I choose to use lubrication no matter what kind of sexual activity I’m engaged in because I know the value to taking care of my skin. I also know what it feels like to fuck with too much friction, which is why I select only the best possible personal lubricants and then pit them against the products I’ve already tried before. It’s a nice little game I like to “The Lube Olympics” and I’m always the one who comes out with the gold. It isn’t hard to find something that’s amazing; it’s all about knowing where to look. My friends seem to think they’re experts on the subject, so I get enough suggestions from them to last a lifetime. When one of them mentioned Valm Silicone in passing one day, I paid it very little attention. And once I saw the price tag, I ignored it completely. Then…
I decided to give it a try anyway. After all, it has to be expensive for a reason and everyone I knew was talking about how luxurious it was. Mine was purchased secretly from an online supplier because I couldn’t bare the thought of my buddies thinking I was listening to their recommendations. I’ve got a reputation to maintain here. So, was my experience worth humbling myself before my friends or do I get to say “I told you so” for the rest of my life? Well, let me start by making sure you know which product I’m referring to.
What Is Valm?
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Valm is a high-performance, silicone-based personal lubricant that’s packed inside an attractive, ergonomic bottle and manufacturered by one of the industry’s most trusted brands. The substance is designed to be long-lasting with a silky-smooth finish because of its super concentrated formula. The proprietary ingredients supposedly reduce genital dryness and eliminate friction while lasting for hours without causing the participants to lose feeling. Best of all, it only take a few drops to create a sexy slip-and-slide, plus it’s one of the only doctor recommended silicone lubricants on the market. Unequalled in beauty and quality, this brand’s flagship product can be found in adult entertainment stores around the world because of its innocuous container design, unflavored consistency, and fragrance-free presence. The non-irritating ingredients are FDA regulated and slapped together right here in the United States too.
The Main Features
This slippery and sexy little bottle of lube contains 8.5 ounces of the brand’s patented liquid which, by the way, is not only odor free and safe on the skin but also waterproof and clear so that it doesn’t stain any of your fabrics. Valm is designed especially for people with sensitive skin, so it doesn’t contain potential allergens like some options. It’s paraben, latex and phthalate free, making it extremely easy to pass around. This discreet and visually appealing bottle of lube is also registered as a 501(k) accepted medical device, meaning it’s used in numerous health and wellness applications when it’s not being used for sex and/or masturbation by both males and females for vaginal sex, anal penetration and play with compatible sex toys.
Ideal for singles and couples like, the discreet packaging looks like something from a luxury-grade cosmetic company and it features a spill proof pump on the top for easier access to the contents. Valm’s ingredients have been extensively tested by industry experts to insure compatibility with condoms made from latex or polyurethane. According to the manufacturer, it can serve as a terrific massage oil because of its long-lasting properties. And perhaps best of all is the ease with which users can clean up after this stuff. Unlike most other silicone-based personal lubricants, it requires little more than a quick wipe with a wet cloth to clean it up (if it hasn’t completely dissipated into your skin like a moisturizer, that is).
What Comes in the Box?
Most personal lubricants, no matter who they’re made by, come with very little in the box they’re contained in. That’s because lubes are typically the last thing you buy when preparing for sex and/or masturbation with a partner or a sex toy. Therefore, lubricants usually come tucked inside a small box or simply displayed on their own in adult entertainment stores and pharmacies. Well, Valm Silicone is no exception to that rule. It doesn’t come with anything but the bottle and a lockable nozzle, but the quantity of contents and quality of ingredients gives this product a surprisingly low price point considering. Unfortunately, the manufacturing company doesn’t seem to host many sales annually and discounts are almost impossible to find, so you’re kind of stuck with the cost unless you can pull off miracles.
Experiences with personal pleasure products like sex toys, accessories and lube can be very subjective depending on the person using them. It’s not fair to throw your opinion around unless you have something to back it up. The best way to make sure you’re not talking too much trash is to remain objective about your perceptions of something until you’ve explored all possibilities. With that said, I use the same basic criteria when judging the value of any lubricant, silicone-based or otherwise. So, when it came to Valm Silicone lube, there were no holds barred. Here’s how it measured up against my somewhat lofty expectations:
- The Container
As far as lube bottles go, the Valm container was one of the sleekest – appropriate for the bedrooms of both men and women regardless of their sexual persuasions. At first glance, you really can’t even tell what the product is. The relatively mysterious name isn’t a dead giveaway either; you’re not dealing with something called “Astroglide” here. Furthermore, the nozzle was easy to use and ideal for traveling kink shows because it twists to lock into place.
- The Ingredients
Silicone-based lubes are already great because they’re safe to use on all skin types, but they’re not ideal for use with silicone sex toys. Either way, the ingredients in this stuff are obviously on the highest echelon because they produce some of the silkiest sensations I’ve ever encountered. For a product of this quality, it’s no surprise that my skin felt softer by the end of my session. I tried it as both a lube and a massage oil just to test the manufacturer’s claim. As it turns out, they were telling the truth about the possibilities. I ended up using it more for my muscle kinks that for my sexual ones.
- The Sensations
When using a silicone lube I expect nothing but the best sensations. I also expect the product to be somewhat thick because of the synthetic ingredients. Valm pleasantly surprised me. It was slick, soft, smooth AND thin, which was a convenience for me when I was using it for massages and foreplay. I especially appreciated the fact that it absorbed into my skin once I was finished moving around. Overall, it’s certainly a high-grade product in my book simply because of how luxurious it felt on my body.
- The Scent
There’s absolutely no scent with Valm Silicone, not even that “new product” odor that you usually get when you buy something from an online shop. This stuff is completely fragrance-free, which meant I could smell the sex in the air instead of the aroma coming from my bottle of lube. So, if you’re looking for something that’s flavored or scented in any way, you’ve come to the wrong place. This stuff reminds me of water – sweet, succulent, magic water.
The Ups and Downs
Nothing in this industry is perfect. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought I had a flawless product in my hands only to find out how wrong I was later on. The idea is to understand how one thing could be ideal for someone else while being the absolutely wrong product for you. The best way to tell how your experience with anything will play out is to look at the various pros and cons associated with it. Here are the things I think you need to know about Valm Silicone before you spend any money on it:
- Attractive and discreet bottle
- Ergonomic pump-style top for easier applications
- Twist-lock nozzle for safe travels
- Can be used for sensual massaging
- Does not become sticky or tacky when drying
- Absorbs into the skin like moisturizer
- Made from hypoallergenic ingredients
- Somewhat expensive by comparison to competitors
- Not compatible with silicone sex toys
When it comes to personal lubricants, there are obviously degrees of quality or else it wouldn’t matter which one you used. Valm is one of those lubes that seems to stay positioned in the top ranks despite what the competition develops. It’s a silky-smooth version of an already impressive substance and it doesn’t feel sticky when it’s dry either. And since it can double as a massage oil, won’t stain your bedding or clothes, and features no off-putting stench, it’s one of well-rounded products that remains in my bedside table to this day. So while it may not be ideal for use with everything in your sex toy stash, it’s certainly a worthwhile product to own simply because of its versatility and quality.