I was approached by Zestra to try their new Arousal Essential Oil, as a bonus they sent me a sample of their Glide sensual lubricant. You may have heard about Zestra, as they have been advertising a bit. I think it is fabulous that arousal oils are starting to be more mainstream.
I am going to review both the Zestra Essential Arousal Oil and the Glide Lubricant.
Zestra Essential Arousal Oil
Ingredients: Borage Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Angelica Extract, Coleus Forskholii Extract, Theobromine, and the Anti-Oxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin E: and flavor
Zestra comes packaged in either a pump bottle or a single dose personal packette. Zestra was kind enough to send me the pump which holds 0.406 fl. oz. It is suppose to last up to 12 uses. The instructions say to apply Zestra to the clitoris and labia and within 3-5 mins the sensation will begin. The peak of this product is suppose to be 10 minutes after application and then it wears off after about 45 minutes. The instructions say to apply Zestra before or during sexual stimulation, if you plan on using a lubricant apply Zestra first and wait five minutes.
I applied Zestra and it took about 3 minutes to feel anything. The first thing I noticed was the smell, which it potent. I applied Zestra on labia and clitoris. It felt like a gentle warming sensation. Not like a warming lubricant a bit more mild than that. I could feel it for about 45 minutes with the peak being after about 10 minutes. I would compare this to the sensation I got from Blossom Organics arousal oil. It felt like blood was rushing to the surface and it heightened my sensitivity. Zestra had about the same consistency, being rather runny. Zestra is clear and has a gel like appearance. Zestra washes off with soap and water, it seems to leave a film or slightly waxy feeling when it is just rinsed off with plain water.
Zestra is so much like Blossom Organics Arousal Oil that I would not be able to tell the difference, honestly. It has a waxy smell to it though. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It is unpleasant. I could smell it with my hand extended away from my face and it tastes kind of bitter. I would not recommend ingesting this product.
This product is not compatible with latex condoms or with anyone pregnant or nursing. Being that this is an oil based product it can be used with polyurethane condoms. It is safe to use with silicone sex toys and lubrication. It is not harmful if ingested, but it tastes awful!
I would only use this product without my partner. I know it is safe to ingest, but I could not ask him to taste it. After I tried it, I would not ask anyone to taste it. It took a while for me to get the taste out of my mouth and it was unpleasant. I paired my experience of Zestra with a clitoral toy and I found it focused my attention on that one spot on my body. Zestra was tested in some clinical trials and the website offers that information to the public here. I think it works pretty good as an arousal oil, but there are products on the market that work better without the smell/taste. I would not recommend this oil, I would suggest either Blossom Organics or ON by Sensuva.
Glide Sensual Lubricant
Ingredients: Purified Water, Natural Vegetable Glycerine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Vitamin E
The bottle I received of Glide was 3.0 oz. It has a slide open top that allows the water-based lubricant to come out. As a matter of personal preference, I like a pump top for lube. The good thing about this top is that it makes it easier for travel. Glide has a slightly citric smell that was far less potent than the Zestra Arousal Oil. I had to stick my nose right up to it to smell it. The taste was much better too, somewhat like muted fruit. The taste lasted only a few seconds and the it was gone. The lube itself is cloudy when I first dolloped it onto my hand, it was clear once I smoothed it out. Glide was not runny at all and stayed where I put it, unlike the Arousal Oil.
It works pretty well and stays slick for a little while. It does not last as long as other water-based lubricants I have tried. It seems to absorb into the skin almost too well. On the upside, it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling behind. This lube leaves no sticky residue on the skin, it absorbs really nicely and leaves the skin soft. Also, Glide is non-staining. I ended up spilling some of it on the sheets and it disappeared when it dried.
Glide is something I would recommend to someone who doesn’t want parabens in their lube and appreciates something that won’t leave your skin needing a wash after use.
If you want more information about Zestra Essential Arousal Oil or Glide Sensual Lubricant, check out their website.
I received this product free of charge from Zestra in exchange for an honest review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.