Researching ingredients in body products is not something I enjoy. The more I read, the more horrified I become, until I eventually reach the conclusion that nothing in the world is safe for you and humanity is UTTERLY DOOMED.
Then again, I am also the type to look up “cough” on WebMD, and determine from the results that clearly, I have the bubonic plague.
I find it unfortunate that Please Cream includes a couple questionable ingredients, especially since the company is trying to pass this off as a natural product. Please Cream is from the Pleasure Works line of lube, which also includes Please Liquid and Please Gel. All three are water based lubricants, but Please Cream also includes silicone. The amount of silicone added is small, however, and the company states it is safe to use with silicone toys. I have used Please Cream on several different brands of silicone toys, including Fun Factory, LELO, and Tantus, and haven’t had any issues so far.
This lube feels very silky, smooth, and moisturizing, and is a slightly translucent, creamy white color. It doesn’t become sticky with use, which is a common complaint with some water based lubricants. The cream, which is slightly thicker than a typical (non-gel) water based lube, also lasts quite a long time before needing reapplication. There is a faint sweet taste to this otherwise flavorless lube. The package design is appealing, and the smaller size could pass for a little bottle of hand lotion if not observed too closely.
Pleasure Works claims their Please Lubricants are made from “natural ingredients”, which is mostly true for the Liquid and Gel versions. The Cream version, however, includes a larger number of synthetic ingredients, such as isopropyl palmitate and polysorbate-20 (which are also found in the Sliquid Silk and Sliquid Organics Silk water/silicone blends).
Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone (aka Silicone), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Polysorbate-20, Cellulose Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA
The good news is this lube is, as advertised, free of glycerin and parabens. While doing ingredient research, I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that sorbitol is a sugar alcohol very similar to glycerin. Ingredients with numbers in their names appear to be a potential red flag as well. One thing to keep in mind is that terms such as “natural” and “all-natural” are not regulated by the US FDA for food or body products, so it’s often best to make it a habit to scrutinize ingredient lists. For anyone in search of a lubricant that comes as close as possible to being genuinely all-natural, I’d recommend trying the Please Liquid or Gel, or something from the Sliquid line.
Despite my anxiety over ingredients, I usually seek out a compromise between natural and sanity when it comes to products that I put onto or inside my body. This keeps me from obsessing over buying only shampoo that is crafted using 100% pure mountain snowdrops from the highest untouched peaks of the Himalayas. However, mainly due to the sorbitol, Please Cream is no longer my favorite lube, and I am now a big fan of Sliquid Silk.