Pink and Gun Oil brand lubricants are manufactured by Empowered Products, and come in a variety of different types: silicone-based, water-based, hybrid, warming, and gels. Despite the name Gun Oil, the only oil-based products in the line are the lubes specifically designed for male masturbation. I was sent silicone-based Pink and Gun Oil, as well as water-based Pink Water and Gun Oil H2O for review.
Pink Water and Gun Oil H2O are pretty good water-based lubes, and during use I found them to be long-lasting with a smooth feel. To be honest, however, I don’t find that these lubes particularly stand out in any way compared to other glycerin- and paraben-free water-based lubes on the market. Although they do the job just fine, there is nothing special about them (aside from the fact they taste horrible). Given the choice, I would just rather buy a water-based lube with less synthetic ingredients.
As for the Pink and Gun Oil silicone lubes… well, they are silicone lubes. I can’t classify myself as a silicone lube connoisseur, since the stuff generally does not play well with silicone sex toys. However, silicone-based lube is preferred by many people, as it is very long-lasting, and especially great for anal play and shower sex. Gun Oil is a well-known and popular brand for silicone-based lube.
Except for the addition of Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, Pink and Gun Oil have the same ingredients as Pjur Original Bodyglide and Sliquid Silver. Pink and Gun Oil have a similar lightweight feel compared to Pjur Bodyglide, whereas Sliquid Silver feels somewhat thicker.
The entire line of Pink and Gun Oil products are glycerin-free. All products are also paraben-free, with an exception of the hybrid blends and Stroke 29 Masturbation Cream.
According to Empowered Products, the added guarana extract (which is found in energy drinks) works to “stimulate blood flow for heightened reaction and response.” According to Wikipedia, guarana seeds contain “about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans.” I can only conclude that this means I could go to sleep and have my vulva stay up all night writing new blog content.
The formulas for the two Empowered Products brands are exactly the same – the only difference is the marketing. Pink has painfully stereotypical targeting toward a female audience; everything is the color pink except for the actual lube itself (because pink things are for women, right?). Gun Oil comes in bullet-shaped bottles, with a brochure featuring incredibly ripped men holding machine guns in front of combat tanks.
Pink products “embrace the essence of what is female”, and Gun Oil products will “elevate the vital expression of masculine fulfillment”.1 I get that the ‘story‘ behind the Gun Oil brand is that the founder was a U.S. Marine who noticed fellow soldiers using firearm cleaning lubricant for masturbation, but the exaggerated message of these products are for the manliest of men is absurd. The gender-based marketing for each brand is just over the top and unnecessary.
I do love the pump-top bottles on the Pink brand lubes – this makes it so much easier to squirt lube onto toys and body parts than fumbling with a snap-top cap. Since Pink Water contains preservatives, the pump-top isn’t a concern for accelerating spoilage. This bottle style is also fantastic for Pink silicone, since it helps cut down on accidentally getting super-slick silicone lube ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE.
A plus about the Gun Oil brand is that it tends to be widely available in adult retail stores, and can also often be found along with Pink products in some drugstores. Not everyone lives near a sex-positive sex shop or is able to shop online, so if you are looking for a glycerin- and paraben-free lubes and your shopping options are limited , there’s a good chance you may find these brands at CVS or your local sketchy porn emporium.
Pink and Gun Oil products are hard for me to sum up, since I don’t particularly feel strongly either way about them. They’re sufficient, but not exceptional. Would I pick them over Astroglide? Absolutely. Would I pick them over a more naturally formulated water-based lube? I can’t say that I would.
These lubricants were provided to me by Empowered Products in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
- These quotes are taken verbatim from the brands’ brochures. [↩]