Next, I did the finger friction test. I put a drop on my thumb and rubbed it around with my forefinger. It spread out easily and didn’t seem to want to stay under my forefinger, where the friction was focused. It also dried up alarmingly fast. Within two or three minutes, I was left with just a slightly sticky dry patch on my thumb. A couple minutes later, the residue had completely disappeared. The rate at which it dried up worried me. When I worked at a sex shop, I would test lubes in my down time. When I tested Pjur Nude, it lasted for over 15 minutes on my finger. It was still as slick as ever when I had to wipe my hands off to help a customer. While writing this review, I put three drops of lube on my arm. One of Coconu, one of Sliquid Sassy, and one of Pjur Nude. I spread them out evenly and left them alone on my skin to see which one dries first and which leaves a residue. Without any friction, Coconu lasted approximately 18 minutes, Sliquid lasted 15 minutes, and Pjur Nude was still slick when I finally wiped it off, an hour later. Coconu left my skin feeling tight and dry and I could see the patch of dried lube on my skin. It looked like glue that had dried.
Being a huge fan of thick lubes, I was really worried about how this would hold up in use. The first time I used it with my partner, he was massaging my breasts and I asked him to add some lube to lessen the friction. He applied some Coconu and it worked well to decrease the friction without decreasing sensation. Thick lubes can sometimes decrease sensation as they cut out a lot of friction. However, a few short minutes later, his hands were dragging over my skin, which had dried up completely and was feeling slightly sticky. On regular, dry skin, Coconu does not hold up well at all. It can’t be used for massages. This experience made my partner hesitant to use Coconu during intercourse and he reached for our old standbys. A couple days later, I reached for Coconu to use solo. I applied it to a silicone dildo and it spread out quickly and easily. A little bit goes a long way with this lube. Feeling a little hesitant myself, I kept a bottle of Pjur Nude within reach, just in case. Surprisingly, Coconu lasted the entire time I was using my silicone dildo. It didn’t dry up on the silicone at all and I didn’t have to reapply at all. To be fair though, I’m a quick masturbator. It couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes before I was finished. Those who prefer longer, drawn out sessions may find Coconu dries too fast for them. Coconu didn’t leave a sticky residue after use. Some lubes have me reaching for a washcloth right after use because they leave me feeling slimy or sticky. Coconu blended in with my natural lubrication and dried well.
It seems that Coconu stays wet in use as long as I’m producing some natural lubrication myself. Water-based lubes can always be reactivated with any liquid, so this makes complete and total sense to me. I was just shocked that the difference was that pronounced. I don’t have a big issue with vaginal dryness but I can’t imagine this lube would last as long for women who don’t produce much natural lubrication. Because it seems to need it’s own source of hydration, I would not recommend this for anal use at all. The anus is not self-lubricating and I can only imagine that Coconu would dry up as fast as it does on skin.
Coconu isn’t a bad lube, but it’s not a great one. The ingredients are decent and it has a nice texture if you’re a fan of thin lubes. I appreciate the fact that it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s biggest downfall is how fast it seems to dry and the slight residue it leaves behind on dry skin. It’s still too thin and quick drying for me to use regularly. I’m still hoping for my holy grail lube with the thickness of Sliquid Sassy and the longevity of Pjur Nude. Coconu water-based just isn’t it. Maybe when my sex life no longer requires the use of condoms, I can give Coconu oil-based a try. Coconu is a lubricant I'll definitely keep around in my nightstand but once I run out, I doubt I'll buy another bottle of the water-based.
Thank you, Coconu, for providing me with this lubricant in exchange for an honest review!