The Great Lube Taste Test

by Eleni Gabrielides

on Dec 3, 2019


Flavoured lubes are a great way to bring some delicious fun into your sex life.

They can be used just like any other lube, with the added bonus of a tasty flavour to lick off any body part or toy. I've always been a bit hesitant when it comes to flavoured lubes – I tried one a long time ago and it was so sickly sweet that it put me off them entirely.

But, I've been thinking about finding one that suits me, that makes me and my partner enjoy giving oral even more. So, I bit the bullet and completed The Great Lube Taste Test to find my flavour, and hopefully help some of you.

All of these lubes are water-based and vegan, so they're perfect for practically anyone!

System JO Gelato Salted Caramel 

This was the first I tried, and I truly started with a bang.

It's super sweet, but I didn't find it sickly at all. However, if you don't have a sweet tooth, this one probably isn't for you.

I wasn't expecting the gelato flavour to come through as much as it does, but it's completely there. It tastes like the syrup that would be drizzled on a fancy plate of dessert in a restaurant.

It's delicious – the salted caramel is there with the added sweetness and freshness of gelato.

      Sliquid Swirl Green Apple

      Oooh yum! This lube is sweet, but not as sweet as the first lube.

      It's a little bit tangy, almost sour – like a green apple would be, but with sweetness. Like an apple-flavoured gummy sweet.

      The green-apple sourness gives it an edge so it's not overwhelming. I love it.

      Sliquid Swirl Pina Colada

      I don't think I've ever actually had a real-life Piña Colada, and I'm not the biggest fan of coconut or pineapple juice so we're not starting from the best place with this one. But, for the sake of research, I'm going for it.

      Okay, so it absolutely tastes like a cocktail. It's not as sweet as the salted caramel or green apple lubes, but I set the sweet-bar pretty high with that first one.

      You can really taste the pineapple and the coconut, which, as expected didn't float my boat very much. But, if you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the slippery-slidey lube-rain, this one's for you.

      Lovehoney Cherry 

      This one packs a punch! It tastes like one of those cherryies that would come on top of a cake – a maraschino cherry! If you're a fan of those, you'd lick this up in a heartbeat.

      It's sweet, and 100% tastes like cherry. I do know lots of people that don't like maraschino cherries, so this one may not be for everyone.

      I think it reminds me a bit of a medicine I had as a child, so this one doesn't go to the top of my ladder, but it could totally be the one for you.

      Lovehoney Peppermint 

      I was really excited to try this one, as it's not immediately sweet-sounding and the menthol extract adds tingly sensations to the skin you use it on, which sounds amazing.

      As expected, I loved this one. It tastes a bit like the aftertaste of brushing your teeth – a gentle minty flavour with some sweetness in there too. Like a tic-tac!

      The perfect level of minty-sweetness, but it's not too sweet. I think this one might be the front-runner...

      The Final Verdict

      1st Lovehoney Peppermint Lube.

      It was so yum, and I just can't get past those tingles.

      2nd Sliquid Swirl Green Apple Lube.

      This one was delicious too! Totally up my street.

      3rd System JO Gelato Salted Caramel Lube.

      So yum! It would become a little too much for me if there was a lot of it, though.

      4th Lovehoney Cherry Lube.

      This cherry-bomb isn't 100% for me but could be for you!

      5th Sliquid Swirl Pina Colada Lube.

      I feel like my dislike of coconut and pineapple really killed this one for me, but if you're a fan of those flavours this would be the lube for you!

      Eleni is a health communications student from Sydney. Her favourite topics to communicate are sexual health, gender and sexuality; she spends her time smashing taboo topics everywhere she goes.

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Written by Eleni Gabrielides.

Originally published on Dec 3, 2019. Updated on Aug 5, 2020