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Hathor Body are a Canadian mother-daughter team that specialized in creating spa treatments before venturing into the adult industry as lube-brewers. Starting Hathor in 1989, they wanted to create a pure, botanical lubricant that was organic and socially conscious.
Having sampled some of the original Hathor Body line at my local sex shop (which includes a massage oil, lotion, unflavoured lube, and three unique flavoured ones), I was excited when Hathor offered to send me a tester from their new line, promising new things for the future of their original brand, too. Communication with them was easy and professional, while the shipping was snappy and discreet.
Health & Safety
While it’s now common knowledge among many toy users that silicone is the material of the gods and PVC should just melt away in a Dumpster, lube health is a little more obscure, but Dizzy wrote an article that breaks it down well and has a few other links if you want to delve more into it. It is fairly sciency, but I’ll help break down the lube science of this one right here.
- Aqua — also known as H20 – used as the base
- Propanedoil — a healthy substitute for Propylene Glycol, it’s sourced from corn – used as a thickener
- Hyaluronic Acid — used in the body as a natural lubricant for eye sockets and joints – used for moisturizing and binding the lube as a gel
- Nelumbo Nucifera Extract — the plant is an edible flower used in Indian cuisine – used to balance the formula for the body (moisturizing, conditioning)
- Oat Beta Glucan — a medical sugar used to soothe burns and irritations, derived from oats – used to soothe and condition skin
- Gluconolactone — an organic preservative used in foods and found in mammals – used as a preservative
- Sodium Benzoate — a salt used in cosmetics and food – used as a preservative
- Citric Acid — vitamin C sourced from citrus – used for the vitamins
While that’s a bit of a hearty list, I’m impressed that on SUTIL’s website, each ingredient is explained for the consumer. It’s clear how seriously Hathor takes responsibility as a company that makes products that will be smeared on customers’ insides.
All the ingredients aside from water, Hyaluronic Acid, and Citric Acid are eco-certified as being from renewable resources. This means there are no GMOs, parabens, phenoxyethanols, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.). The packaging, stylish as it is, is also made from recycled materials and completely biodegradable.
Googling any of these will likely lead you to health and vegan-based websites that offer advice on herbal medicine and body-safe skincare. Most of them are used by Western medicine for injection or surgeries and all are safe for consumption. All of them are non-controversial and used by the general public in many other beauty products or pharmaceuticals.
Note that the only one that will have something pop up is Sodium Benzoate, which is stirring some concern. This is over the Sodium Benzoate that is created in laboratories, while Hathor uses the one found naturally in berries.
Without there being any of the traditional lube irritants, the only thing would be oats, corn, or citrus that someone might have a reaction to, but they’re such standard ingredients that many who have the allergy would be aware of it.
Overall, it’s a smashing list and I’m really impressed by all this greenness and body-safety.
Price: $25 for 4oz
Brand: Hathor Body
Compatible With: latex barriers, vaginas, toys of all materials
So, now that all that science is out of the way, what do I think of it?
I think it’s fucking fantastic. That’s what I think of it.
SUTIL is thick and gel-like, lasting a hell of a long time and staying where you put it, whether that be on toys or your body. A little gel droplet will go a long way, easily sustaining me through a regular session. However, when it got a little warmer and heated up, the gel started to become less gel-like and melted into my natural lubrication and felt more like oil or, actually, silicone.
All those skin conditioners, by the way? Totally paid off. It has this silky feel to it and leaves my hands and genitals feeling like I just rubbed lotion into them — don’t do that, though, your bits will not thank you. It dries a little sticky, feeling almost exactly like putting lotion on after a hot shower, when your skin is still wet. The little stickies wipe away clean, but you could also let them absorb into the skin, but it will take a little longer as the heat (and additional fluids) of the body keep the lube slippery.
It smells a little sweet and not at all unpleasant, but the taste does not match the smell at all. I should really stop tasting lubes that aren’t meant to be tasted. But, there you go, it tastes a bit like medicine and bitter green things with an astringent, prickly aftertaste. Try not to use it for oral. I mean, it won’t kill you and I’ve eaten food that tasted worse, but making sour lemon faces after licking a partner’s genitals would sort of spoil the mood.
The bottle is pliable, meaning you can squeeze it out easily and, when you get to the end, it’s not hard to roll it up like a tube of toothpaste. The light grey bottle could also double as some obscure hand lotion bottle and doesn’t look out of place on the bathroom counter or bedroom dresser. The only nit I have to pick is with the cap. It’s quite sturdy and requires a lot of force to snap it open or shut. With lubed up hands, I sometimes used my teeth to open it (sorry, Mom) and occasionally didn’t close it properly, leaving a bit of a mess.
So, it’s a fantastic lube with great staying power and a very health-conscious, environmentally-concerned background, that will also leave your skin soft and feeling fine. But, something is bugging me, and that’s the price. For many people, finding products that are eco-friendly and fit into their moral framework are very, very important to them. I am not one of those people, which means that I am unlikely to pay $25 for 4 oz personally. If I encounter a sale or end up buying in bulk, then I’ll remember how much I enjoyed it and probably invest in a few more bottles.
At the end of the day: do I know of a substitute that is eco-conscious, body-safe, and wallet-friendly? No, not to the extent of SUTIL. Like all other things, you pay for quality, and this is very high quality, from all angles you want to look at it.
I can’t think of a single thing that could’ve been done to make this lube more awesome. The taste isn’t too great, but it’s not a flavoured lube, and the price isn’t too great, but it’s not a run-of-the-street lube either. Its gel-turned-oil /silicone texture is very appealing to my vulva and it’s a rare thing that I hold such a green product in my hands.
I received SUTIL from Hathor in exchange for an unbiased review of its performance.