I do love a good lube. Seeing that the Mrs and I were going through our sex toy shash and doing a bit of a spring clean out, the email from Pasante asking me to test out their latest lubes couldn’t have come at a better time. Expecting a smaller sample size of one of the lubes, I was pleasantly suprised to have two full sized bottles arrive in my mailbox a few days later. Here’s my take on the Pasante Bullet Silicone and Water Based lubes.
Quick and dirty stats: The first thing that caught my eye when the Pasante Bullet lubricants arrived were the unusual packaging. Each lube bottle lives up to the name and is actually shaped like an oversized bullet. This does have it’s down sides, as I’ll discuss in the usability section. The silicone lube is in a silver bottle with a gold colored cap, with the water based lube being the opposite – gold colored bottle with silver colored cap. (Although, I must admit – the OCD in me swapped the caps so that the water based lube is entirely gold, and the silicone lube silver.) Each bottle holds 75mls of lube and has a smaller sized push-down pump to dispense the lubricant. One thing that I do appreciate about the Pasante lubes is that they actually have an expiration date stamped at the bottom of the lubes. My silicone lube will ‘go off’ in October 2015, and my water based bottle the year before.
Overall Feel and Fit: Both lubes are pretty much what you expect. The clear lubes are relatively odorless, with the silicone lube being somewhat thicker than the water based lube. Like most silicone lubes, this one stayed on the skin longer during my “back of the hand” test as compared to the water based lube. The bottle has a nice and flat base, so storing it in my toy cupboard was easy.
Usability: I used the Pasante Bullet Lube in several solo sessions, both with toys and without. The pump action on the bottle was easy to use, taking around 2-3 pumps to get the amount of lube I generally used on my own. I started with the water based lube with a silicone dildo (as silicone dildos and silicone lubes don’t mix). The lube covered the toy well and wasn’t too thin that it dripped off before use. The experience was quite pleasurable, not getting that ‘gummied up’ half dry lube issue that you sometimes get with lubricants. My next run was using the silicone lube and my fingers. I prefer silicone lubes overall, and tend to use them quite a bit during tribadism. I loved how the Pasante Silicone Lube lasted as long as I did, and I didn’t need to reapply any before I came. In subsequent tests – glass dildo & silicone lube, silicone covered vibe & water based lube, and solo with the water based lube – were all to be as expected. The water based lube didn’t last as long, but that’s pretty standard given the nature of the lube to begin with.
I do think I’ve come across a rather large flaw in the whole bullet shaped packaging thing, though. If your hands are slightly slippy, taking the cap off the top is nearly impossible. After pumping a bit of the silicone lube into my hands then dabbing it onto my body, I realized I needed a bit more for my sex toy (in this case, a glass dildo). Because I still had some of the lube on my fingers, trying to get the tapered cap to come off was impossible. I had to find an article of clothing to cover my hand with, then take the cap off this way. I suggest that if you are using Bullet Lube, wait until you are completely done with your session before putting the cap back on.
Cleanup and Storage: Pasante lubes cleaned off my body as well as the toys with no issues what so ever. For me, I washed my hands and used a wipe down below, and was ready to get on with my day. For the toys, a quick bath in warm soapy water and a quick rub with a face cloth got all the lube off. There was no ‘scum’ left of the toys as I’ve found with other lubes, so it didn’t need a re-wash after the initial swim in the sink.
Value for money: Hopping onto Google to check out how much Pasante Lubes are selling for, it was a bit hard to actually find anywhere that was selling them – especially to US customers. Lovehoney sells the water based lube for £6.99 and the silcone one for £7.99. Amazon carries them for a few pounds more. In my searching, I wasn’t able to find a US retailer for the lubes other than Lovehoney.com, and I checked the usual suspects of American sex toy retailers. As far as lubes go, the price isn’t too heafty for the amount and quality that you get. I’d consider buying this lube in the future and would mention it to friends who were in the market for a new lube.