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REVIEW: Spunk Lube Trilogy — Hybrid, Pink, Pure

 

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D. Enterprises is an American lube-making company that was founded in 2010 and has worked closely with porn studios ever since, providing their lube and artificial cum for videos and photography. Aside from the trilogy of Spunk Lubes, D. Enterprises also has one called STR8cam and is currently looking at developing more in their Spunk line.

Since I was very interested in their cum lube but also wanted to try Pink and Pure, I was excited when I was told they were going to set me up with all three. They arrived quickly and discreetly in a heavy mailing envelope, with customs marking them as lotions and the ambiguous D. Enterprises on the shipping label.

Thanks, D. Enterprises!

 

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. It is fairly sciency, but I’ll help break down the lube science of this one right here.

Ingredient Run-Down

  • Water — H20 — the primary base of the lube
  • Cyclopentasiloxane — silicone-based compound used commonly in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisturize the skin — used for the shine and gloss
  • Cyclohexasiloxane — silicone-based compound used commonly in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisturize the skin — used for lubey-ness
  • Dimethicone — medical compound used to treat dry skin — used to give an oily/creamy texture
  • Dimenthiconol — a common ingredient in cosmetics and household products — used for staying power
  • Propylene Glycol — a petroleum-based additive to cosmetics — used to bind the lube together
  • Hydroxymethylcellulose — a vegan alternative to gelatin or gluten in food — used to give an off-white colour and thickening agent
  • Methylparaben — a preservative in food and cosmetics — used as its preservative

 

Most of the ingredients are recognized as safe by the FDA and are in common use among personal products, food, or other household products. With the addition of Hydroxymethylcellulose, Spunk is vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Propylene Glycol is an ingredient that should be avoided, as high percentages in lubes are linked to osmolality (drying out cells in the mucus membrane and causing irritation or reactions). Many are not sensitive to this and it’s low enough on the list that I feel comfortable that it isn’t hyper-osmotic. However, the more you’re exposed to over time, the greater chance you will develop a sensitivity to it.

Parabens in general are starting to be phased out by companies and I hope to see Spunk do the same in the future. Methylparaben imitates estrogen in the body, causing hormone receptors to produce excess estrogen, which could lead over time to male infertility. It’s also an allergen, which could potentially set some people off.

While the Spunk Original Hybrid uses the ingredients above, Pink only adds Red40 (standard red food colouring that’s in everything from slushies to skittles) and Pure Silicone is limited to Dimethicone, Dimenthiconol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane. This makes Pure hypoallergenic and healthier, as these ingredients are without controversy and allergens.

 

My Thoughts

Price: $10 for 2oz; $12.50 for 4oz; $15 for 8oz; $44 for 32oz; $70 for 64oz; $105 for 128oz

Brand: D. Enterprises

Base: hybrid water-silicone base & silicone base

Features: glycerin-free, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, “cum lube”

Guys… I’m conflicted.

I love this lube. I know I just spent 400 words bitching about it, but I do, I really do love it. Hybrid is thick and hearty and slimy and reminds me of the jars of goop we made in elementary art class. But, throughout all this, it makes me feel sexy. By smearing globules of formulated cum on myself, I feel weirdly, sexually empowered. My “irl” sex experience is zilch and I’ve never felt real cum. I’ve seen it often enough and its slightly stringy, thick and goopy consistency is pretty realistic. Aside from the fact that it’s chilly and comes in a pump bottle with an ingredient list on the side.

The taste is a bit gnarly and chemical-y and there’s a very mild smell but neither are enough to deter me. It outlasts some of my marathon jack-off sessions and can be wiped away, or left to dry without any stick. It leaves my skin feeling conditioned and because I have a huge 8oz bottle of it, I don’t feel like I should skimp.

The simple addition of colouring to the hybrid cum lube is interesting, but as there is no real difference between Pink and Original, there’s no reason to prefer one to the other aside from personal colour preference. However, Spunk does get some brownie points for not being gross and not gendering their marketing Pink as being “For Her”. Also, surprise surprise, Pink is actually non-staining. It didn’t leave marks on my sheets, carpeting, or skin, drying invisible or the faint shadow washing out cleanly.

Pure is my first experience with silicone lube and I have to say that I really like it. It’s thin, slick, non-sticky, non-stringy, and oily, reminding me weirdly of vegetable oil in its texture. Since silicone isn’t absorbed through the skin, the lube lasts ages but simply wiping it off on your hands or a blanket will let you feel clean. Pure is also odor-less and tasteless.

I’m also in love with how Spunk is sold. It comes in every size, from tiny 2oz travel bottles to a gallon jug, all reasonably priced (actually, pretty cheap, I feel). As someone who’s lived with Sliquid’s pop-top plastic lids, I have to say that I completely adore the pump bottle that Pink and Hybrid come in. Pure is still relegated to pop-tops, but I can deal. The bottles are entirely not discreet and fairly masculine in their design, with big graphic letters and black labels, but the labels are easy enough to take off, and then you’re left with nondescript clear bottles with black tops that wouldn’t look out of place in the bathroom or bedroom.

Since these lubes do have silicone in them, you should do a spot test on the base of any silicone toy before using it with them. Watch for stickiness or a sign of the toy melting with the silicone lube. The Hybrid, as far as I can tell, works with everything I have (Tantus, Fleshlight, LELO, Minna, NS Novelties, Blush, CalEx, Vixskin), while the Pure Silicone melts the outside layer and the lube that I wipe off the toy makes my fingers tingle. My experience with silicone lubes is pretty much nil, but I figure this isn’t a good sign, because now all my toys have a little melted patch on their base. I still advise you to test you toys with silicone lube before you knock it completely. I prefer silicone lube for when I’m just playing with my fingers (rare) or with non-silicone toys and many couples prefer silicone lube for intercourse.

Honestly, I’m more educated about healthy lube than I was a few months ago. I know that, although the ingredient list is short, it’s not the best, and, if it didn’t have petroleum-based chemicals or parabens, I would outright recommend the Hybrid everyday of my life to everyone over the age of consent for every sexytime activity. Ever. I would buy it by the gallon and pour it into my little 8oz pump bottles for both convenience and bulk savings.

But it does. And, so, I can’t.

I know people with sensitive skin will likely have an unfortunate reaction to propylene glycol and that longtime exposure to parabens is not a super fantabulous thing. Pure, on the other hand, isn’t something I can use very often, since I don’t have a partner and my collection of non-silicone toys isn’t great.

 

Conclusion

I don’t feel comfortable recommending it, but I’ve given you all the information I have and now say what I’m going to do with the rest of it. I really love how this lube performs and looks and so, I am making the decision to keep using it as my stock lube (I’ve already bought another two 8oz bottles), but my vagina is not particularly delicate and my skin isn’t sensitive to ingredients. If you’re trying to avoid parabens or know you have reactions to proplyne glycol, then give this lube a miss or buy the 2oz sample to try.

 

I received the samples from D. Enterprises in exchange for an unbiased review of its performance.
Thanks, D. Enterprises!

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