Tell Me How You Really Feel
If my genitals had a superhero uniform, it would be a coat of Sutil. It’s a water-based lubricant that lasts like a silicone-based lube, and leaves my skin impressively moisturized. I just have one peeve when it comes to this stuff.
Taste: Bitter (like most lube with no added sweeteners/ flavor)
Sizes: 10ml (sample), 2oz, 4oz, 8oz
Ingredients: Aqua, Propanediol* (Botanical Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical Source), Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract* (Lotus Root), Oat Beta Glucan*, Gluconolactone*, Sodium Benzoate*, Citric Acid.
The Good, The Bad, And The Bottle
I’m going straight for the bad first, since I already expressed my warm-fuzzies about Sutil. Lube tube technology needs to catch up: I’m talking bottles that don’t just pour our lube whenever they’re open and inverted and caps that don’t induce grimacing when opening or closing. At $24 for 4oz, I felt I could have this one complaint to satiate my skepticism about loving a product 100%. However, after this review went live, Sutil gifted me a tip: grasp the bottle with one hand (cap facing up) and use your thumb to pop the top, then close it by applying pressure to the center of the cap with that same thumb. It’s like a word problem that I majorly overthought. Add the fact that these bottles are biodegradable, and my sass has officially taken a seat.
Now that I’ve possibly deterred you, here’s why I think Sutil is worth the bottle and hefty price. The formula and consistency of Sutil is like no other I’ve tried. It’s silky and moisturizing with a thickness somewhere between a liquid and gel, similar to a syrup (minus the sticky food connotations). The interesting part is that it takes far longer to dry compared to other water-based lube, and when it does “dry,” it feels like you just applied a light moisturizer instead of turning tacky or stiff. Also, a small dab goes a long way, both in surface area and performance. It’s often compared to silicone-based lube because of how slick and long-lasting it is, but silicone lube stays slick by not being absorbed into the skin, so it doesn’t have the same nourishing effect. Basically, Sutil makes my genitals feel like they’ve been to a spa. What is this magic?
Another reason I praise Sutil is that it blends with my natural lubrication to feel like I have superlative, super-powered self lube. Of course, lubrication varies between individuals, situations, and orifices, but Sutil generally feels more like a part of my body than other lubes I’ve tried. Super powered lube isn’t for everyone though: my partner actually really dislikes the forever-wet feeling of Sutil, though it is an undeniable match for longer activity, a lot of friction, and people or body parts that don’t produce their own lubrication.
As for what Sutil is made of, it lacks all the junk I mention in my Lubescouting post, and instead includes organic, skin-soothing ingredients. Much of the goodness I mention about Sutil being long-lasting and moisturizing is due to hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in our bodies and contributes to skin health and personal lubrication. It seems pretty badass.
If You Read Nothing Else
I feel a little like the Scully of lube, because I’m skeptical of just how good Sutil is, but it has undeniably taken down my long-time favorite lube (Sliquid Sea) as my nightstand staple. Its long-lasting, moisturizing, semi-gel formula causes me to forgive the shortcomings of its container. If you prefer thicker lubricants or are turned off by a really wet feeling, it’s probably not for you. If you’re looking for an intensely hydrating and lasting lube though, save your pennies (or start by trying the sample size) because this stuff is worth it.
You can buy Sutil from Smitten Kitten, SheVibe, Early To Bed, and Come As You Are (for the Canadian babes).