Liquid Silk Water Based Lubricant

The Bottom Line

Liquid Silk is a condom and sex toy compatible lubricant that boasts a unique and highly valued quality; it is a water based lubricant that doesn’t get sticky when it dries up. Instead the feeling is like a moisturizer. Unfortunately whatever makes it non-tacky also gives it a bad taste, so there’s a trade off. The consistency is also unique; not as thin as some lubes, not as thick as others, making it easy to use with sex toys, for anal play or for vaginal penetration.

Overall a lube worth trying at least once and one you may want to take home again and again.


  • Unique "non-tacky" formula, doesn’t feel sticky when it dries up.
  • CCreamy consistency, like moisturizer, stays where you put it.
  • Glycerin-free, good for those prone to yeast infections.
  • Also good for full body massage.


  • Distinctly bitter taste.
  • Contains “parabens” preservatives that some people may react to.
  • May be slightly more expensive as it is imported from the UK.


  • Liquid Silk is water based and condom compatible.
  • Available in two sizes (50ml and 250ml).
  • Large bottle comes with a pump top for dispensing.
  • Glycerin-free, but does contain parabens.
  • Liquid Silk does not contain spermicide.

Guide Review - Liquid Silk Water Based Lubricant


Once the water evaporates during use with most water based lubricants, you're left with a sticky or tacky feeling on the skin. Liquid Silk was the first water based lubricant to solve this problem.

In consistency and feel, Liquid Silk seems more like a moisturizing lotion, only it stays on the surface of the skin longer, making it a great lubricant for sex play. But when it dries up it doesn’t leave any tacky feel.

It also has a wonderful creamy consistency that is right in the middle of most other lubricants (not too thin, not too thick).

Anecdotally I’ve heard from many professionals that Liquid Silk is a good stand in for male ejaculate on film. The main drawback is that it has a distinctly bitter taste.

Liquid Silk is glyercin-free, making it good if you’re prone to yeast infections. But it does contain parabens, which have been identified as a potential concern for reaction.

Liquid Silk does contain one of the main ingredients found in silicone based lubricants, dimethicone. There is some debate about whether this makes Liquid Silk safe to use with silicone sex toys. I haven’t found Liquid Silk to damage the silicone sex toys I’ve seen it tested on, but if you’ve got a much loved silicone toy, you might want to keep the Liquid Silk off it, or use a condom.

Ingredient List: Highly Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Cellulose Polymer, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate NSE, BNPD Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT