Lubricant, Reviews

Sensuva Ultra-Thick Water-Based and Hybrid Lubes: Review

Before Sensuva’s Ultra-Thick Water-Based and Hybrid Personal Moisturizers showed up at my door, I thought I had the lube market figured out. I knew what ingredients to avoid and which ones were body-safe. I thought I’d found my favorite lube and I was going to keep using it forever. But I must confess, fellow pervs, it turns out I knew nothing. Nothing. Sensuva’s Ultra Thick lubes, specifically their Hybrid Formula, have me questioning everything I thought I knew about lube. My mind is blown.

Overview

I’m happy to report that both of these lubricants are body-safe. Unlike many lubes on the market, these are of free of glycerin and propylene glycol. Those pesky ingredients are found in most drugstore lubes, and unfortunately, they pose a potential risk to vaginal health. Sensuva says they’re also pH balanced, making them less likely to irritate sensitive vaginas. And who wants an irritated vag?

Two considerations you should make when buying water-based lube are pH and osmolality. A lubricant’s pH should be close to the natural pH of the body. If it’s not, the lube is likely to cause irritation that can set the stage for infection including bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and other hellscapes. I was unable to find the pH of either of these lubes online, so I contacted Sensuva directly. They’ve informed me that the pH for both is 4.0. The vagina has an average pH of 3.5 to 4.5 so these lubricants are ideal for vaginal use. 4.0 is a bit low for anal use though, as the average anal pH is closer to 6.0 (more on anal use below).

A lube’s osmolality, which is a measurement of dissolved particles in an aqueous solution, is impossible to pin down outside of a lab. As a general rule, we want our lube to test low in osmolality. Otherwise, it might pull water of out the tissue instead of lubricating it. Since you probably don’t have access to a lab, keep in mind that generally, the shorter the ingredient list, the lower the osmolality. I wish I could test these lubes for osmolality and report back to you, but I just don’t have the resources.

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and their functions:

Sensuva Ultra-Thick Hybrid Formula Personal Moisturizer
  • Water (it’s wet, duh)
  • Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (plant matter used to thicken a solution)
  • Dimethicone (liquid-form silicone that adds slip, conditions skin, and slows evaporation)
  • Propanediol (moisturizer, widely considered safer than propylene glycol)
  • Isopropyl Palmitate (emollient/ moisturizer)
  • Sorbitan Monostearate (emulsifier)
  • Potassium Sorbate (preservative)
  • Sodium Benzoate (preservative)
  • Polyacrylate (water-absorbing polymer)
  • Polyisobutene (film-forming polymer)
  • Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier)
  • Sodium Citrate (preservative)

The Hybrid Formula (a hybrid combo of water-based and silicone lubricants) contains a ton of emollient ingredients, making it less like a traditional lube and more like a lotion. In use, its creamy texture is unlike any lube I’ve ever encountered.

Sensuva Ultra-Thick Water-Based Personal Moisturizer
  • Water (Again, it’s wet. Keep up.)
  • Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (plant matter used to thicken and add slip)
  • Propanediol (moisturizer)
  • Potassium Sorbate (preservative)
  • Citric Acid (pH adjuster and preservative)
  • Gluconolactone (humectant)
  • Sodium Benzoate (preservative)

The Ultra-Thick Water-Based formula is a more conventional lubricant. It has a gel consistency that’s easier to work with than liquid formulas. Note the short ingredient deck; that’s always a good thing.

Sensuva ultra-thick lubriants bottles on a blue surface

In Use

I love thick lubes because you apply them and they stay put. They’re just that simple. The runniness of thinner lubes makes me want to tear my hair out. The mess. The friggin’ mess. I can’t handle it. They end up on everything but their intended target: the sheets, the lamp, and occasionally, the cat. That’s why Sensuva’s Ultra-Thick lubes are a godsend; they’re the thickest lubes I’ve ever tried. The Ultra-Thick Water-Based formula has a gel texture runs very slowly when applied. The Ultra-Thick Hybrid formula doesn’t run at all. As someone who uses lube on a daily basis and is frequently frustrated by their runniness, Sensuva’s personal moisturizers have helped me reclaim my sanity.

Sensuva ultra-thick lubriants bottles on a blue surface
Sensuva Ultra-Thick Hybrid Formula Personal Moisturizer

I simply adore this stuff. It was love at first squirt. Seriously, we’re engaged. Sensuva’s Hybrid Formula hasn’t left my bedside since the night it arrived. Before I tried Sensuva, I already favored hybrid lube over 100% water-based options. They’re thicker, slower to evaporate, and generally compatible with silicone toys. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the silky creaminess of Sensuva’s hybrid lube. The lube’s high concentration of moisturizers make the Ultra-Thick Hybrid Formula feel less like a traditional lube and more like luxurious face cream. I suppose that’s why Sensuva calls these products “personal moisturizers” rather than “personal lubricants.”

When I dispensed the hybrid lube for the first time, I desperately wanted to rub it all over my body. I fought the urge though and settled for my vag and dildo. The slippery feel was incredible. I found that it only took a tiny pump of product to have enough lubrication for an entire session with a silicone dildo; no re-application necessary. It stood up to aggressive thrusting like a champ and left my vulva and inner thighs feeling conditioned when I was done.

A frequent concern about hybrid lubes is that they may damage silicone toys due to their liquid silicone content. Before Sensuva, I used another brand’s hybrid lube with dozens of silicone toys and never damaged anything. I also know that many people use silicone lube with silicone toys without issue. So while I was pretty confident that I’d be able to use the Sensuva Ultra-Thick Hybrid Formula with silicone toys. I patch-tested it first, applying a smidgeon on an inconspicuous spot on my toys. In total, I used the Hybrid Formula on ten toys without damage. I’d recommend that you also patch-test hybrid lubes with silicone toys just to be safe.

Sensuva Ultra-Thick Water-Based Personal Moisturizer

Sensuva’s Ultra-Thick Water-Based formula is also a winner. It’s a non-irritating gel lubricant. The consistency is remarkably similar to natural vaginal lubrication. Because I’m used to using water-based gel lubricants, I wasn’t totally bowled over by this formula. That’s not because the water-based based formula isn’t great, it’s a fantastic lube but it isn’t too different from other gel lubes. I was completely satisfied with its performance even if I wasn’t dumbfounded by it.

I also tested these lubes both anally and orally. Because the pH of both of the lubes is optimized for vaginal use at pH 4, I was concerned that they might be too acidic for anal use and therefore, irritating. I tested both Ultra-Thick lubes with a dildo, a butt plug, and anal beads. Fortunately, I didn’t experience irritation. Both lubes performed well anally but the Hybrid Formula is superior because it’s so creamy and has occlusive properties (seals in moisture). I recommend these lubes for anal use with the caveat that users should be on the lookout for irritation. If there’s any stinging, repurpose your lube for oral use or handjobs. I absolutely love the hybrid lube for handjobs, by the way. It’s deliciously slick and doesn’t dry up before the deed is done. Orally, both of these lubricants have a faintly sweet taste. It’s not unpleasant but I wish there was no taste at all, honestly. That’s right, I’m out here taste-testing lube for you, dear reader.

Sensuva ultra-thick lubriants bottles on a blue surface

The Same Questions We Always Ask

  • Manufacturer? Sensuva
  • Price? $10.99- $13.99
  • Body-Safe? Yes
  • Suggested Use? Vaginal, oral, manual (and anal with caution) lubrication

Final Thoughts

I’m so lucky to have been able to try these Ultra-Thick lubricants by Sensuva. I’m a fan. The Hybrid Formula, in particular, has earned a permanent spot on my bedside table. I’d recommend either of these lubricants to anyone looking for a long-lasting body-safe lubricant.

Thank you to Betty’s Toy Box for sending me these Sensuva Personal Moisturizers in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Sensuva Personal Moisturizers

$10.99- $13.99
9

Quality and Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Non-runny consistency
  • Evaporates slowly
  • pH balanced for vaginal use
  • Exceptionally slick and slippery

Cons

  • Slightly sweet taste