The Mechanics of an Orgasm

The orgasm, or “Big O,” has been enhancing the lives of people for as long as humanity has existed. Not everyone is able to have them or has experienced one. In fact, researchers suggest that 25% of women have a hard time reaching an orgasm. That is 1 in 4 women who have yet to experience one of the many joys of life. While this is unfortunate, no worries, sometimes it’s more about the journey rather than the destination.

What is an orgasm?

You know that moment during sex when it feels like your soul left your body? Yes, that’s the climax. Have you ever stopped to think about what is actually happening in your body, and why it feels so good? 

An orgasm is when your body physically responds to reaching the peak of sexual arousal.

During an orgasm, your body releases chemicals like oxytocin, which is a naturally occurring chemical in your body that will cause you to feel relaxed and happy. In other words, keep going long enough, and you might mentally end up on another planet for a brief, euphoric moment.

Four Stages of an Orgasm (The sexual Response Cycle)

Did you know that there are levels to an orgasm? These stages are called The Sexual Response Cycle and they include excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. Learning and understanding these stages can help to increase pleasure with yourself or your partner(s). 

Excitement: 

  • Muscle tension increases.
  • Heart rate quickens and breathing is accelerated.
  • Skin may become flushed (blotches of redness appear on the chest and back).
  • Nipples become hardened or erect.
  • Blood flow to the genitals increases, resulting in swelling of the woman’s clitoris and labia minora (inner lips), and erection of the man’s penis.
  • Vaginal lubrication begins, is possible.
  • The woman’s breasts become fuller and the vaginal walls begin to swell.
  • The man’s testicles swell, their scrotum tightens, and they begin secreting a lubricating liquid.

Plateau

  • The changes begun in phase 1 are intensified.
  • The vagina continues to swell from increased blood flow, and the vaginal walls turn a dark purple.
  • The woman’s clitoris becomes highly sensitive (may even be painful to touch) and retracts under the clitoral hood to avoid direct stimulation from the penis.
  • The man’s testicles tighten.
  • Breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure continue to increase.
  • Muscle spasms may begin in the feet, face, and hands.
  • Muscle tension increases.

Orgasm

The orgasm is the climax of the sexual response cycle. It is the shortest of the phases and generally lasts only a few seconds. General characteristics of this phase include the following:

  • Involuntary muscle contractions begin.
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing are at their highest rates, with a rapid intake of oxygen.
  • Muscles in the feet spasm.
  • There is a sudden, forceful release of sexual tension.
  • In women, the muscles of the vagina contract. The uterus also undergoes rhythmic contractions.
  • In men, rhythmic contractions of the muscles at the base of the penis result in the ejaculation of semen.
  • A rash, or “sex flush” may appear over the entire body.

Phase 4: Resolution

During resolution, the body slowly returns to its normal level of functioning. You may feel satisfied, euphoric, and oftentimes fatigued. Some people may be ready for round 2, and some may not. Some vulva owners are capable of quickly getting back to the orgasm and may experience multiple orgasms. Penis owners, however, need recovery time after orgasm, called a refractory period. The amount of times a person can reach orgasm varies from person to person.

Types of orgasms

It’s important to note that orgasms aren’t achieved just through penetrative sex or oral sex. There are many different types of orgasms, and different body parts have the ability to give you different orgasmic sensations. We are going to talk about six of the main types. 

  • Clitoral –  It Involves the clitoris becoming erect, and the orgasm itself provides a release. You can feel these orgasms on the surface of the body, like a tingly feeling along your skin.
  • Vaginal- It happens inside the vagina and is usually accompanied by pulsations of the vaginal canal walls.
  • Anal- These are muscle contractions in the anal canal and around the anal sphincter. (And not inside the vagina).
  • Combo or Blended- When the vagina and the clitoris are stimulated at the same time, it results in full-body trembles and tremors.
  • Erogenous- Stimulating lesser-known erogenous parts of the body (ears, nipples, neck, elbows, knees, etc.) This can cause a pleasurable release when kissed and stimulated. Some people describe the orgasm that follows as a full-body sensation.
  • Convulsing- This happens when the pelvic floor muscles convulse over and over and over again, really quickly, after a long buildup. 

Tips to reaching an orgasm

Yes, there are multiple ways to experience an orgasmic sensation but not all of them are as easily achieved. Here are tips and tricks for ways to explore your body solo, or with a partner(s), so that you can reach the ultimate climax. 

Clitoral Orgasms

The clit, or clitoris, is a nerve-rich, spongy tissue covered by a hood that becomes erect when you are aroused. The best way to turn on the clit and get her started is to gently rub the clit with the fingers, palm, or tongue in back and forth, or circular motions. Then gradually increase the pressure, and the pleasure will intensify resulting in an orgasmic sensation.

Vaginal Orgasms

Vaginal orgasms involve the “G-Spot.” The “G- Spot is a group of nerve endings that are located about two inches inside the vaginal wall. When this spot is stimulated it is sure to make your partner or yourself feel all the feels. Insert a finger, penis, or toy into your vagina and angle it upwards, then move it back and forth. You can try different motions or pressures until you find what feels the best.

Anal Orgasms

Anal Orgasms stimulate the clitoral legs which are the internal part of the clitoris that you cannot see. It can also stimulate the G-Spot as well. Since the anus doesn’t naturally produce lubricant on its own, this is where you’ll need Sliquid Sassy. Sassy is a long-lasting water-based lube, and it is great for butt play. With a generous amount of Sassy, gently rub around the anus to prepare it for penetration. Once you’re inside, start exploring! You can tap, make circular motions, wiggle around, whatever feels the best to you. 

Combo orgasms & Erogenous orgasms

Combo orgasms can be achieved by stimulating the clit and the vagina at the same time in the ways we mentioned above. Doing this will result in an explosive sensation. *See clitoral orgasms and vaginal orgasms.

Erogenous Orgasms

Erogenous orgasms can be achieved by experimenting with different sensitive spots on your body. Using a feather, rub it across your body and take note of where you feel the most pleasure. These orgasms will take a lot of exploring, but with fingers, mouths, and toys, you can achieve orgasms in many different places.

The body is magical and has the ability to reach great heights. There are so many ways to experience intimacy and pleasure. Explore your body, get in tune with yourself, and get that orgasm you deserve!

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The Best Lube for Masturbation

There’s no way to show yourself some love quite like some good, old-fashioned me time—and the best lube for masturbation can take any self-pleasure to the next level. Whether you’re sticking with your hands or bringing the best G-spot vibrators, suction toys, or butt plugs into the mix, personal lubricant keeps things frictionless and fun. Here’s everything you need to know about mixing lube and masturbation, according to the experts, plus top-rated picks to keep by your bed.

Read more on Glamour.

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2022 Sliquid Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a super unique and thoughtful gift? Sliquid has got you covered this gift-giving season! Look through this gift guide for some inspiration on some wet and wild, or thoughtful and mild gifts for those you love.

Sweet Indulgence

 Keep things nice and sweet with Sliquid’s Sweet Indulgence bundle. This bundle includes some sweet and flavorful products that would brighten up anyone’s holiday! It contains Soak Limoncello to help you unwind in a warm, yummy bubble bath, Swirl Green Apple & Cherry Vanilla lubricants to give you and your lover a pH-balance sweet tooth, and the Naturals Lube Cube with single-use packets to help you test out a variety of the products before you find the one you love!

Seduce Him

Give the guy in your life something that will keep it going all night long with the Seduce Him bundle! This bundle includes many products for men or masculine-identified people who enjoy intimate luxury. Some of the products in this bundle are the Ride Rock Delay Spray and the Ride Rise Stimulating Spray – to help keep things spicy on those long, cold winter nights! It also includes the Ride Razor Shaving Cream and the Ride Beard Oil in Sandalwood to help keep your body smooth and your beard soft! Finally, it comes with Ride Booty Buzz, a silicone lubricant, and Ride Water Based for all types of penetration. It’s a gift that truly keeps on giving.

Big Red Box

Trying to get a gift for someone who might be a little picky? Not sure about their style? Gift them the Big Red Box! This bundle includes a little bit of everything, featuring some of Sliquid’s most popular lubricants in sizes that are perfect for testing the waters! The bundle includes Sliquid Silver and H20 a silicone and water-based lubricant, respectively, Swirl Green Apple for those who want to taste their pleasure, and 2 sample sizes of Sliquid Naturals Silk, Sassy, and the Organic O Gel to help experiment with sensations! It also includes a Sliquid-branded tee and a $20 gift card (redeemable on Sliquid.com) for when they find the lube that is just for them!

 Perfectly Pampered

Have someone in your life who might be more about their self-care? Gift them the Perfectly Pampered Bundle! This bundle is for those who take luxurious self-care seriously and want only the best of the best for their body! This bundle includes Sliquid Soak in Coconut Papaya for some calming and lovely suds in the tub, Sliquid Soothe in Mango Bergamot – a lotion to pamper and hydrate the skin after a lovely soak, the Serenity Massage Oil in Tahitian Vanilla for some self-love or partnered love, and a Soul Cube of Organic Coconut Moisturizer to also add some hydration for the skin! This gift is might be better than a certificate to the spa (and cheaper too)!

Sliquid Apparel

Sliquid Shirt Promotional Offer

Looking for a gift to showcase your loved one’s favorite lube brand? Gifting a more conservative family member? Looking to add to your loved one’s collection of shirts, hoodies, or caps? Sliquid has got just that for you! Sliquid has a variety of colors, styles, and even collection options of t-shirts, hoodies, and hats for you or your loved one this holiday season! They’re fun, stylish, and a great way to advertise and start convos with your community about your favorite lube brand!

As always lovelies, be thoughtful, romantic, or spicy this holiday season with one of the many awesome gift bundles for yourself or your loved ones this year! Sliquid has a variety of great products to choose from that will not disappoint and will keep you or your loved ones coming back for more! As always lovelies – Heaux responsibly and Happy Holidays!

Note: Gift sets are excluded from the Sliquid.com holiday sale.

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”
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Sliquid Earns 2 Nominations For The 2023 XBIZ Awards Nominations

Media Contact: Erik Vasquez, VP of Marketing, erik@sliquid.com, (800) S L I Q U I D

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: — November 17, 2022 — Dallas TX — Top natural intimates’ manufacturer Sliquid (www.sliquid.com) is pleased to announce they have received two nominations for the 2023 XBIZ Awards.

2023 XBIZ Award Sliquid Nominees

Sliquid, the Dallas-based manufacturer of high-quality natural intimate products has earned two coveted XBIZ Awards nominations in the Pleasure Products division.  Sliquid is nominated for “Sex Lubricant Company of the Year” and their newest product release, Sliquid Sparkle, has snagged a nomination in the “Sex Lubricant of the Year” category.

“As a wellness brand built on the promise of formulating the most natural and effective lubricants for everyone, we are deeply honored to be nominated in these two specific categories,” says Dean Elliott, Sliquid’s founder, and CEO.

This past March, Sliquid hit a milestone anniversary as it turned twenty years old, cementing its presence in the lubricant industry as a legacy brand. Elliott started the company in 2002 with a single formula called H2O which, to this day, is still the brand’s top seller. Sliquid now boasts an impressively large lubricant range consisting of three collections, including their Naturals, Organics, and Ride Bodyworx lines. The company is also the creator of the groundbreaking FTM wellness range, the T-Collection, with industry icon Buck Angel, and a premium lubricant collaboration, Ride Rocco, with gay adult superstar Rocco Steele.

Sliquid Sparkle, the newest addition to the Sliquid Naturals collection, has received a 2023 XBIZ Awards nomination for “Sex Lubricant of the Year”. Sparkle made its industry debut at the ANME show in Burbank, California, this past July, where it was received with great enthusiasm and accolades by industry retailers and distributors. Sparkle is Sliquid’s premiere Pride-edition sex lubricant that also acts as a fundraising campaign for two North Texas based LGBTQ+ nonprofits, whose services directly impact the rainbow community in which Sliquid’s base of operations exist.

Though Sparkle is marketed as a Pride-edition lubricant, it is available to the public year-round. Similarly, the donations to these two non-profits will also be ongoing. Pride is something that Sliquid considers to be a constant movement, not relegated to a specific month or time of year.

“To simply say that we value the acknowledgment of our company and Sparkle by the great team at XBIZ and our industry peers would be an understatement,” says, Elliott. “Being recognized for who we are as a brand, in our twentieth year, nonetheless, as well as having such an important lubricant as Sparkle also nominated, is invaluable to the brand. I thank XBIZ for this recognition and am looking forward to bringing home a win for the entire Sliquid team.”

In keeping with tradition, select award categories under Web & Technology, Pleasure Products and Retail will be presented as part of the annual XBIZ Honors ceremonies.

The voting period begins Thursday, Nov. 24.

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Sliquid Earns 3 Nominations For The 2023 XBIZ Exec Awards


Media Contact: Erik Vasquez, VP of Marketing, erik@sliquid.com, (800) SLIQUID ext. 203

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: — November 15, 2022 — Dallas TX — Top natural intimates manufacturer Sliquid (www.sliquid.com) is pleased to announce that 3 members of their executive team have received individual nominations for the 2023 XBIZ Exec Awards.

The XBIZ Exec Awards spotlight outstanding business leaders who play key roles in the success of progressive brands. Sliquid’s three nominations include company founder, Dean Elliott, for “CEO of the Year,” Senior VP, Colin Roy, for the “Senior Leadership Award,” and VP of Marketing, Erik Vasquez, for “Marketing Executive of the Year.”

“I truly appreciate this nomination,” says Dean Elliott, Sliquid Founder, and CEO.  “With twenty successful years of Sliquid in the rear-view mirror, this nomination means that we must be doing something right!  Thank you to my wonderful industry family and dear friends at XBIZ for including me in this group of stellar leaders. Good luck to all.”

Colin Roy, Senior VP for Sliquid, is nominated for this year’s Senior Leadership Award. “I am honored and flattered to be considered for this award, especially among such an amazing group of peers,” says Roy. “Thank you to XBIZ and this wonderful industry for the nod.”

The third Sliquid executive nominated this year is the company’s VP of Marketing, Erik Vasquez.  “I am honored to be recognized in this category alongside some amazing talent, many of whom I call both colleagues and friends.  Congrats to everyone nominated and thank you to the wonderful staff at XBIZ.  My fingers are crossed for a win this year!”

XBIZ Exec Awards nominees were selected based on several factors including leadership, business acumen, community influence, and overall career success as submitted by industry members via the adult industry social network XBIZ.net.  The 2023 XBIZ Exec Awards will be presented in January as part of the retail edition of the XBIZ Honors ceremony, presented by Satisfyer.

Click here to view the nominees for the retail edition.

Voting for the 2023 XBIZ Exec Awards continues through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

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To learn more about Sliquid visit sliquid.com. Follow Sliquid through social media on Twitter and Instagram @Sliquid, on Facebook www.facebook.com/sliquid, and on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/sliquidintimate.

About Sliquid, LLC
Sliquid was born, first as an idea, then as a reality. The company vows always to put the safety and comfort of the consumer first, regardless of cost, and to never formulate with sugars or petrochemicals. Today, the company boasts a product line of over 100 SKUs across varying collections, all formulated vegan-friendly and pH balanced neutral. Sliquid is formulated entirely sugar and sugar derivative free (glycerin), and with sparse amounts of only the safest ingredients, making it the cleanest, most natural lubricant on the market.

Keywords: Sliquid, XBIZ, XBIZ Awards, XBIZ Exec Awards, XBIZ Honors, Dean Elliott, Colin Roy, Erik Vasquez @Sliquid

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Rimming 101

Eating a Peach - Rimming 101 from Sliquid

Happy Fall, everyone! It’s that time of year to snuggle up under the covers and get cozy with your lovers. What a better way to celebrate and get into the Fall spirit than by learning and trying something new! I’m sure we’re all familiar with it, but might not know what to think of it! Rimming! Yes, that’s right anilingus or a rim job – the act of oral on the anus! This includes when the the tongue, lips or mouth are used to help provide stimulation to your lovers bottom! And while it is called rimming because of the act of stimulating the area around the anus, it also includes penetrating the anus with the tongue, lips or mouth. There are a lot of myths and skepticism around rimming and we’re here to dispel some of that.

We’re all about pleasure here at Sliquid, and exploring all of the ways we can achieve pleasure without judgment and with lots of curiosity. And with curiosity, comes dispelling myths, whether that be with research or with practice. One of the oldest and probably most common myths is that rimming, along with other anal play, is only for queer men.This simply is not true! Rimming and anal play can be pleasurable for people of all genders and of all orientations! The anus is home to hundreds of nerve-endings making the act extremely pleasurable and unexpected to many!

Dude Yes, Dude No. Rimming 101.

While not everyone is concerned about the initial myth of rimming – there are a lot of other common questions and concerns that folks might have before they decide to explore this sexual act.

Another really common question and concern that folks have is how safe is it to give a rim job? Short answer, any sexual act comes with the possibility of risk, but there are many ways to prevent and reduce said risks but for the most part, it is safe to perform. What are some of the
risks you might ask when you want to consider rimming? For one, like any other sexual acts, STIs are something that can potentially be spread when participating in rimming. Some STIs that can be transmitted with this act specifically are Herpes, Syphilis, Hep. A & B, Genital Warts & Gonorrhea. Now before you start freaking out, there are ways to protect yourself and still enjoy the act! Dental dams are a great way to stay protected while rimming and also add some
sensation play to your act! If you don’t have access to dental dams, you can cut your condoms up to make your own.


One other common misconception or thought that some folks might have is that if you consent to rimming, that means that you’re consenting to all things anal. That is definitely not true! Consent is an ongoing, fluid, non-binding, and non blanketed agreement. Consent can be
granted and taken away at any moment in the interaction. When talking to your lover about rimming or any sexual act, make sure to discuss every and all possibilities and have consent for each interaction! No, it won’t kill the mood and it definitely is not awkward to ask, “Is this okay?,”

Spongebob tonguing the rim.

while you’re interacting! Communication and consent are key factors to aiding in creating a positive and exciting experience for all parties involved!

Now that we’ve dispelled some myths, here are a few tips to creating a great rimming experience for all you curious lovers out there!

  • Hygiene is key for all parties – make sure you have brushed your teeth! Wash up, but be
    mindful not to use anything scented down there and most importantly make sure that
    you’ve used the restroom and have checked to make sure you’re good to go! (Douching
    is optional and up to the receiver if they want to use one. Before you do use one, make
    sure you do it several hours before receiving oral and to only use water to clean out
    your anus)

  • Add toys or flavored lubes – this can enhance the experience for both parties by
    incorporating sensations, flavors, smells and more for the both of you! It also creates a
    fun way for both of you to pick things out together and express some desires and things
    you’ve maybe wanted to try!


As always, trying new things can sometimes be scary – but they don’t have to be! Being curious
about sex and different ways to explore yourself or your lovers body is normal and helps to keep the spice alive! If it feels good or you want to know how something feels? Try it! You won’t know if you like it or not until you do. And always remember that consent, communication and comfortability are key! Heaux responsibly!

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”
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Sliquid Earns Nomination for 2023 AVN Awards

Media Contact: Erik Vasquez, VP of Marketing, erik@sliquid.com, (800) S L I Q U I D

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: — November 7, 2022 — Dallas TX — Top natural intimates’ manufacturer Sliquid (www.sliquid.com) is pleased to announce that the brand has been nominated for a 2023 AVN Award.

Sliquid, the Dallas-based manufacturer of premium natural wellness products, has been nominated for “Best Lubricant Brand” in the Pleasure Products category. The in-person 40th annual AVN Awards, presented by MyFreeCams, will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Resorts World Las Vegas Events Center.

“Thank you to everyone at AVN,” says Dean Elliott, founder, and CEO of Sliquid. “This recognition of the exceptional lubricants we produce, and the work our team does to create and cultivate lasting partnerships with our amazing distribution and retail partners is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all the nominees.”

Founded in 2002, Sliquid brought its flagship natural water-based lubricant, H2O, to market, quickly followed by the release of its pure silicone formula, Sliquid Silver.  With twenty successful years of growth, the company now boasts an extensive product line of over 100 SKUs across varying collections, all formulated pH-balanced neutral, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.

Sliquid’s most recent entry to the lubricant space is their new Pride-edition lubricant, Sliquid Sparkle.  Comprised mostly of purified water, Sparkle is unflavored, unscented, non-staining, pH balanced, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.  It is the perfect glide for all genders and identities. While the lubricant itself does not contain glittery flakes or shiny particles, Sparkle gets its fun name from the unique purpose behind the product. Sliquid will be donating a portion of the sale of every bottle of Sparkle to two North Texas non-profits that service the local LGBTQ+ community.

To learn more about Sliquid, visit sliquid.com. Find Sliquid on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Role-Play For Beginners

We’re almost to our favorite spooky holiday, Halloween! While it is a fun day to eat treats, play sweet tricks, and show us your best costumes – it can be either spooky or sexy! What’s an even sweeter way to liven up your Halloween? Sexy role-play! Role-play is when a person or persons take on a different persona to act out sexual fantasies. Role-play sometimes falls under BDSM dynamics but isn’t exclusive to kink-related fantasies! Have you ever been interested in exploring something with your sexual partner but weren’t sure how to bring it up or felt a little shy? Here are some ways to use your Halloween costumes as a fun and sexy segway to role-playing!

Role Play For Beginners - Male Doctor Examining Woman

Before The Role Play:

Deciding to add role play into your sex life can be exciting and nerve-racking! We’ve all been there, trying something new can cause some anxiety, but hopefully, some of these tips can help to ease that discomfort!

  1. Pick Your Scenario: Fantasies can become a reality, and sometimes they can be really overwhelming! There are so many to choose from. You might be asking, how do I decide on a role-play scenario and how can I bring this up to my partner? We suggest asking in an open-ended way; this allows for the decision to be made between all parties involved and also gives way for honest and transparent discussion around likes and dislikes of different ideas to happen!
  2. Set Boundaries: Once you have established your fantasy and role-play idea, it is super important to discuss the boundaries and parameters of how it’ll all go down. Of course, there is a possibility of the role-play being more ‘off-script’ but it is also important to discuss what is okay for you and your partner and what isn’t. This creates a safe space for exploration and comfort for everyone.
  3. Establish Safe Words/Phrases: Much like boundary setting – establishing a specific safe word or phrase for you and your partner is just as important. Safe words or phrases are something that helps you and your partner understand during a scene, that your limit is reached and that you want it to end immediately. Sometimes things might become overwhelming or feel uncomfortable that you didn’t anticipate; that’s why safe words and phrases are there.
  4. Aftercare: Aftercare is super important once the scenario has ended. Aftercare is a ritual or routine that happens after engaging in sexual or sensual situations; either solo or partnered. Aftercare can be a conversation, massages, eating, hydrating, watching your favorite movie or show, etc. It is a space to decompress from what was just shared together.

Role-play Ideas:

Now that we’ve got some of the technicalities out of the way, you’re probably looking for some ideas to try out and get the creative juices flowing! Here are some popular role-play examples and what they might help bring out in your sexual exploration journey!

Boss & Employee

Boss Looking at employee's short skirt - Roleplay example

This super popular role-play dynamic is often a lot of people’s fantasy. The Boss and the Employee. This dynamic can be seen as a Dominant/Submissive situation where the Boss is telling the Employee they might have to stay a little late to work on a special project; or whatever scenario you might want to add to this! This can also be seen in the reverse where the Employee is the one calling the shots. Have fun with it!

Maid/Butler

Maid swinging her hair - roleplay example

This role-play dynamic can be fun! Not only does it include dressing up in a hot costume, but it also allows for a dynamic of service/submission to be added to this role-play scenario. This scenario can be really sexy with any addition to the storyline that you might want to add. Food perhaps? Adding food to the bedroom is also a fun time!

Strangers

Sexy eyes at the bar - Roleplay example

While this doesn’t have a specific costume involved – making it even more fun and creative, this is a super popular role-play scenario. You’re sitting at a bar or restaurant and a hot stranger approaches you. What’s your next move? This fantasy of having sex with a stranger maybe in a public place, or picking them up and taking them home is a wild adventure that leaves you anticipating and wanting more! You can literally be anyone you want!

The Other Person

Checking out another woman walking down the street - Roleplay example.

While we don’t condone or promote cheating – the fantasy of catching your partner in the midst of getting sexy with someone else, or even being the other person has always created a very hot vibe! This role-play scenario also doesn’t have a specific costume, but allows for a lot of creativity and situational exploration! Maybe the opportunity to have a threesome?

Teacher/Student

Teacher smacking her ruler against her hand - Roleplay example.

This role-play scenario is also super popular. The costumes are fun and easy! In this role-play scenario, similar to the Boss & Employee, you can explore the Dominant/Submissive dynamic or any other variation of it. Maybe you’re the teacher’s pet gone bad! Or maybe you’re two teachers working late after hours!

We hope that this has been insightful and adds a whole lot of sweet treats to your sexy trickery. Role-playing doesn’t just have to be a fantasy – it can also be a way of working through some difficult things in your real life but in a non-traditional way! We hope you have a safe, fun, and sexy Halloween! As always, heaux responsibly!

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”

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Threesomes, Group Sex, and Play Party Etiquette… OH MY!

Threesomes & Group Sex Etiquette

Spooky season is here and while there are some frights, haunts, and scares – your sexual exploration doesn’t have to be one of them! That’s right – we’re diving into what might be scary to some, but the fantasy of others: threesomes, group sex, and play/sex parties! It’s safe to say that most people have been curious about threesomes, group sex, or play/sex parties at one time or another. Usually, curiosity doesn’t manifest into discovery because there aren’t a lot of guidelines or rules to help guide people along this journey. We’re here to share some tips and guidelines for approaching threesomes, group sex, and play/sex parties that will hopefully help in creating a positive experience for you.

Threesomes

Close up of threesome illustration

Before we dive in, let’s get the basics out of the way. What is a threesome? According to Healthline, a threesome is a sexual activity between three people. And the cool thing about that is – it isn’t just the physical activity that counts as a threesome. It can be sexy text chat, video chat, or any other sexually intimate act really! So how does a sexy adventure go from one person to three people?

Communication

If you are someone in a relationship with another person(s), the first thing you should do is openly and honestly share what your thoughts and feelings are about threesomes. Here are some ways to bring this conversation up with your partner:

“Have you ever had a threesome fantasy?” “Have you ever thought about threesomes?”

“I have been thinking about what it might be like to add another person into the bedroom. How do you feel about that?”

“I had a sexy dream with you and another person?  Have you ever had a dream like that?”

Consent

This is one of the most important guidelines to think of when considering a threesome. Are you comfortable and consenting to this without feeling pressured? Are your partner and the other person involved comfortable and consenting to this without feeling pressured? This is also a friendly reminder that consent is fluid and can change anytime before, during, or even after. People’s minds are allowed to change at any time.

Establish Boundaries

If you are a couple, or even single, inviting an outside person into your bedroom, make sure you both have a conversation and mutual understanding of your relationship and its stability. NEVER HAVE A THREESOME TO ‘FIX’ A PROBLEM IN A RELATIONSHIP! It’s not healthy and makes it uncomfortable for everyone involved. With that being said, establish the boundaries you or your partner might have and need between the two of you and then again when you have the conversation with everyone involved in the threesome. This should include sexual yeses and nos, sexual safety and wellness practices, and this is also a great time to get comfortable and a little more intimate with one another.

Spread the Love

If you are a couple in the threesome scenario be sure to not make the threesome all about just you two. On the other hand, if you are a single person playing with a couple, you need to be sure to pay equal attention to the other two people in the play session. If possible, make sure you try your best to spread the love and attention equally. Mindfulness and awareness can be a lot when having sex with one person, let alone two people. Check in with one another, and allow for natural vibes between certain parties to happen; this is a sexual exploration situation for everyone and it is normal for feelings of jealousy to sometimes pop up.

Aftercare

Aftercare is post-sex rituals that are done to support and create intimacy and empathy with your partner(s) after you have participated in sexual acts. As I mentioned before, threesomes can be overwhelming physically, mentally, and emotionally; use aftercare as a time to debrief what you experienced, felt, and how you felt. Cuddle, eat, hydrate, or watch a movie with your partners for a little post-threesome bonding time. I said bonding…not bondage! These are all great examples of aftercare.

Group Sex & Play / Sex Parties

Illustration of Group Sex

Much like having a threesome, the approach to group sex and play/sex parties are pretty much the same, with a few nuanced specifics to these two types of sex experiences. Before we dive in, what is group sex? Group sex is sexual activity that happens between more than 3 adults simultaneously, not necessarily with everyone having sex with each other. This is not to be confused with an orgy which specifically includes drinking and ‘debauchery’ and people having sex with everyone all at once; often seen in ancient Greek and Roman times of celebration and excess. A play or sex party, according to Women’s Health Magazine, is “a group of consenting adults getting together to have sex.” Play and sex are used interchangeably throughout the community but mean the same thing. Anyone can attend these. Some are open to the public, meaning that you can purchase a ticket as a single person or a couple. Some are invite-only and have specific rules and boundaries around who can be invited to play.

 As always, the first things you want to establish before attending and participating are communication, consent, and boundaries. These are crucial to making sure you have an ethical, safe, and fun time. Now let’s get into some specifics:

What are the play / party rules?

Find out what the house rules are of the club, party, or group sex environment. For instance, is it a wet or dry event? Meaning, is alcohol served and/or allowed? The same goes for smoking…of any kind! <wink, wink> Who is allowed to attend? Is it specified for singles or couples? Gender-specific? Is it sexual orientation specific? Nothing is more awkward than showing up to a place you’re not supposed to be. That being said, this happens sometimes…and it’s okay!

B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Supplies)

While most of these environments provide things like towels, lubes, and condoms – it’s always a great idea to bring your own. First, supplies are shared between everyone at the party. Second, you might have allergies or not like the brands and materials provided. For these reasons, it never hurts to have your own supplies. Toys and sex gear are sometimes brought by the hosts or other attendees but they aren’t necessarily for everyone to share. If you want to spice up your playtime, you can always ask to try what is at the party but still bring your own favorites to ensure you have fun without having to ask someone else for supplies and/or toys.

Privacy, Boundaries & Voyeurism

What happens at a play party and group sex space stays at the play party and group sex space! Consent is always key, and so is privacy. Absolutely no phones, pictures, or videos are allowed to be used during the time of play and when in the play areas. This could also be a different case depending on what you all agree to, but that goes back to boundaries and what is discussed prior to the party happening. Not feeling like participating in the action physically? Rather watch? That’s totally fine too…WITH CONSENT ALWAYS! Some people might not feel comfortable having sex with others around but maybe you are curious and want to just watch – that is totally okay! Make sure you always get consent before watching and touching anyone.

These guidelines and etiquette advice might not apply to all scenarios. However, they are great starting points to help support and ease any anxieties or lingering questions you might have about how to approach threesomes, group sex, and play/sex parties. They can seem really intimidating, but I guarantee you, even long-time participants in the game were also once nervous or a little lost on where to start. This is your friendly reminder to always be open, to know yourself and your boundaries, and to continue exploring your sexuality. Until next time #HeauxResponsibly.

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”
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4 Intriguing Toy & Sliquid Lube Pairings


This month seems to have zoomed by and we are slipping and sliding (wink wink) into the next season… FALL! Autumn is more than just the time of year for pumpkin spice, falling leaves, and yummy baked goods. It’s also a good time to cuddle up and masturbate or add some spice (pun intended) to your sex life. Today we’re not only going to share our favorite Sliquid products with you but also the excellent toy pairings that we think would take your experience to the next level!


Ioba OhMyG & Sliquid Sea

Sliquid Sea Lube with the OhMyG Vibrator


The amazing folks at ioba.intimate have an awesome line of sex toys that will blow your mind – including the OhMyC and their OhMyWand. But we highly recommend the ioba OHMYG. This
super unique toy is a g-zone massager that was the first product they introduced to the sexual
wellness world! It is super sleek and made with soft body-safe silicone that feels almost like
skin. This toy has to be the quietest g-spot stimulator on the market; IT IS! This toy we
recommend pairing with Sliquid Sea. Sliquid Sea is a water-based lubricant that is infused with
seaweed and carrageenan that is compatible with latex, rubber, plastic, and silicone toys. The
Sliquid Sea and ioba OhMyG combination will get that river flowing if you catch my drift! ;)


Fun Factory SUNDAZE & Sliquid Sizzle

Sliquid Sizzle lube with Fun Factory Sundaze

Fun Factory is one of Sliquids favorites! They have a variety of very cute, unique, and fun sex
toys for penis and vulva owners. We highly recommend Fun Factory’s SUNDAZE. This
one-of-a-kind toy isn’t your average vibrator. This is a pulsing and thrusting vibrator that takes
your self-pleasure experience to new levels! Its modes come equipped with a rumbling, zingy,
and stroking, hands-free experience! Take that experience to even newer levels with Sliquid
Sizzle
. This lubricant is water-based and infused with menthol that goes on cool and warms with friction. This toy and lube pairing will definitely heat things up in the bedroom whether solo or partnered!


Zumio S & Sliquid Oceanics

Sliquid Organics Oceanics lube with the Zumio S


Zumio is an awesome line of precision, clitoral stimulation toys and is another unique find we
have added to our list! They have four versions of this super wonderful toy but we recommend
the Zumio Sadie, more commonly known as Zumio S. The Zumio S is not a vibrator, but a toy
that stimulates using rotation. Its varying speeds coupled with its unique sensations create a
one-of-kind pleasure experience that can be shared with a partner or solo! We recommend
coupling this toy with Sliquid Oceanics! Sliquid Oceanics is an aloe-based lubricant with
seaweed extracts that help blend and make for an even better, wetter experience! Try this out and let us know what you think! ;)


Satisfyer Pro 2 & Sliquid Sassy

Sliquid Sassy lube with the Satisfyer Pro 2


Satisfyer is a brand that has been in the game for a while and has some of the most awesome
clitoral stimulation toys! One of our faves and probably the most classic is the Satisfyer Pro 2.
The Satisfyer Pro 2 is an air-pulsator clitoral suction toy. It’s super quiet, sleek, and doesn’t lack intensity. What makes this toy even better is that it is waterproof and the head is made with
body-safe silicone! Providing a comfortable and safe orgasmic experience anywhere you want!
We suggest pairing this awesome toy with Sliquid Sassy. Sliquid Sassy is a super thick
water-based gel that provides the perfect amount of slick lubrication for better pleasure! This lube is also designed to mimic and add to your body’s own natural lubrication – providing an even more comfortable experience with or without the use of the Satisfyer Pro 2!


We’ve made it through the list and these are only just a few of the endless combinations that
exist and only some of the many products that Sliquid offers! Before we wrap up, we must remind all of our amazing readers that we DO NOT recommend using pure silicone lubricant with silicone toys. On that note, what are some of your favorite toy and lube pairings? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned above? Let us know in the comments!

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”
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Can Lube Help You With Menopause And Vaginal Dryness?

Happy September, Sliqies! As we wave goodbye to the summer sun & heat, not all of us are able to escape the hot flashes and dryness. That’s right folks, we’re talking about menopause and vaginal dryness. We’ve heard all this talk about WAP after the popularization of the term from the rap queens Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion; however, not everyone naturally has a WAP and that’s okay! We commonly hear about vaginal dryness being associated with menopause, but there are many other reasons someone can be experiencing this. Let’s get into it!

Sliqy - A dictionary definition.

Perimenopause

We often only hear about “the change” or menopause, but no one talks about perimenopause. Perimenopause, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Journal, is the time leading up to one’s final menstrual cycle, or the natural process of the ovaries stopping their function. This also marks the end of the reproductive years. During this time period, one can experience hot flashes, changes in their menstrual cycle, mood changes, etc. Perimenopause and its symptoms can often be easily confused for other reproductive complications or disorders – but is easily diagnosed by age, medical history, and a physical exam by your healthcare provider. Even with a diagnosis of perimenopause, it does not require any treatment unless your symptoms begin to disrupt your day-to-day.

Menopause

After perimenopause has been identified, once your final menstrual cycle ends, menopause begins. According to the National Institute of Aging (NIA), under the National Institute of Health (NIH), menopause is the twelve-month period after a person’s last and final menstrual cycle. This transition typically happens between the ages of 45-55 and lasts up to seven years, but can last as long as 14 years! During perimenopause and menopause, the levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease, which is the result of the common symptoms we hear about. The symptoms of menopause vary from person to person and are dependent on various factors including diet, race, family history, and other lifestyle choices. Some of the common menopause symptoms include sleep changes, changes to your period, hot flashes, incontinence or bladder control changes, and most commonly, vaginal dryness. Much like perimenopause, it is a natural occurrence of a vulva owner’s life cycle and you do not need to treat any of these symptoms unless they begin to interfere with your day-to-day.

Vaginal Dryness

With perimenopause and menopause being some of the more common culprits of vaginal dryness, you might be asking yourself, “I’m not that old or going through menopause, so why am I experiencing this?!” Well, I’m glad you asked, and thank you for being so brave to do so! Vaginal dryness is actually more common than we think. The Cleveland Clinic states that vaginal dryness is a symptom, often a painful one, that is caused by a variety of ailments and can affect one’s quality of life. It is estimated that around a little less than 20% of vulva owners ages 18-50 experience vaginal dryness! You might be wondering “what are these things that cause me to have a DAP instead of a WAP?” Vaginal dryness can be experienced because of birth control, breastfeeding/childbirth, medications like anti-depressants or antihistamines, certain medical conditions, lack of sexual arousal, and more.

DAP Treatments

Depending on why one is experiencing vaginal dryness, there are several different ways to help remedy this. For example, if you are experiencing vaginal dryness during sex and are not on any medications that might be causing this, or experiencing menopause, it could be that you are not sexually aroused. You can remedy this by trying new things to spice up your sex life and get your mind more stimulated to help with physical arousal, or you can use lubricant!

Model posing with Sliquid Satin 2oz bottle for menopausal women.

If you are experiencing perimenopause or menopause and are dealing with vaginal dryness, there are lots of creams, moisturizers, gels, and even herbs to support this. However, it is often suggested to use lubricant – even when not having sex. A very popular and recommended suggestion by gynecologists and medical practitioners is Sliquid Satin! This product is a daily-use, moisturizing lubricant that is aloe-based, infused with seaweed extract and Vitamin E, that can be used for sexual activity or daily comfort! It was specifically created to support vulva owners who experience vaginal dryness due to medication, menopause, and more. This product is natural, light, and a little more cost-effective than some other solutions.

As always lovelies, menopause, like many other things in life, are a part of this journey and the beauty of aging! Vaginal dryness, much like menopause, is often seen as taboo or even embarrassing, because it is not commonly talked about, or folks just might feel shy. Both of these things are something that we should continue to bring awareness to so that more people are comfortable asking questions, getting support, and finding the right products to help support them as well. The human body is impressive and also confusing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all learn and share together; more likely than not, someone you know has or is experiencing the same thing. Be gentle with yourself and as always, #HeauxResponsibly!

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”
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Sliquid Issues MAP Policy For All Vendors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: — September 1, 2022 — Dallas TX — Top natural intimates manufacturer Sliquid (www.sliquid.com) announces the release of a new MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policy, effective immediately.

Sliquid MAP Policy Graphic

Sliquid’s new MAP policy applies to all resellers selling directly to the end user, on all platforms. The Minimum Advertised Price for all Sliquid, LLC products, whether sold in brick-and-mortar stores, on company websites, or third-party reseller sites, including but not limited to Amazon.com, is established at 20% below the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  The MSRP rates are set in the official Sliquid, LLC Price List, which can be downloaded at https://sliquid.com/retailer-resources or by contacting your sales representative.

“We recognize that our high-quality retailers invest time and resources to deliver an extraordinary customer experience through knowledgeable staff and compelling vendor presentation,” says Sliquid Senior Vice President, Colin Roy.  “To support these efforts, Sliquid wishes to establish policies that allow our resale partners to earn the profits necessary to maintain the high level of customer excellence people have come to expect from Sliquid retailers.”


The purpose of the MAP Policy is to encourage fair competition across all distribution channels, preserve brand identity and value, permit smaller retailers to compete with larger retailers, mitigate underpricing, and foster reasonable retailer margins. While this new MAP Policy takes effect immediately, the company is providing a courtesy grace period of one month for retailers to implement the policy.  Full enforcement of the policy will take effect at the beginning of Q4.

To review the complete terms and conditions of Sliquid’s MAP policy, please visit https://sliquid.com/shop/sliquid-map-policy/.

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Everyone Needs A Healthy Wellness Routine

A healthy wellness routine. Yoga illustration in front of the sun.

August is slowly coming to a close and in addition to Anal August, it is also National Wellness Month. National Wellness Month highlights and reinforces the idea of promoting healthy routines and prioritizing self-care. What is self-care? Self-care can be a lot of things and look a lot of different ways. Self-care is the process of taking care of yourself with behaviors that promote health and wellness in the prevention of and during illness. What is wellness? Wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as a goal. Wellness encompasses many aspects of our daily life; including but not limited to Emotional, Physical, Financial, Sexual, Occupational, Spiritual, etc. What are some ways in which this applies to you?

Emotional, physical, spiritual, and sexual wellness are very closely intertwined. For example, sexual wellness can be creating a healthy masturbation routine that has physical, emotional, and even spiritual benefits. Masturbation is an excellent way of maintaining all of these wellness spaces. In the physical aspect, masturbation can help support a healthy heart. It also supports and relieves menstrual cramps and muscle tension. In the emotional aspect, it can reduce stress and increase self-esteem. It also helps to promote better sleep habits. In the spiritual aspect, masturbation can help you become more aligned with yourself and even be a part of your rituals of manifestations or daily wellness.

Sliquid Sea & Sliquid H2O can be a part of a healthy wellness routine.

It seems really intimidating and might even prove to be difficult to maintain so many routines to check all the boxes of wellness for oneself. But to show you how it might be a little bit more manageable, I’m going to share some ways in which I personally maintain overall wellness.  I am a person who has a chronic illness, fibromyalgia. Because of this, sometimes doing daily tasks, especially those that are needed to maintain my daily wellness, can be difficult. If I am having a low spoons day – I may modify or skip some of my daily wellness routines; but if I am feeling 100% and have the time, I try and get through the entire routine. In the morning, when I first wake up, I take the time to light some palo santo, sage, and incense. This is the start of my spiritual wellness routine. I then clean up my space, make my bed, and put on some nice meditation music. Next, I go into my daily stretches and light yoga and exercise, depending on how I’m feeling that day. This is a part of my physical wellness. I then give thanks to my ancestors and do some affirmations along with a quick, silent meditation. This is a part of my emotional and spiritual wellness routine. Soon after that, I jump right back into bed and grab my favorite sex toy of the month, along with one of my favorite lubes from Sliquid…either the Sliquid Sea or Sliquid H2O, which are two of my absolute favorites! This checks my emotional and sexual wellness boxes for my routine.  Soon after that, I get my tea or coffee started with breakfast and set my space up comfortably to work – since I work from home.

While this might not seem substantial, it goes a long way – and hopefully showcases ways in which you can create healthy, simple, and manageable wellness routines to maintain overall personal wellness. We often hear that we need to eat right, exercise, and stress less. However, wellness is much more multifaceted and complex than that. In addition, individually we all have very different needs and might need more support/attention in certain wellness areas than others. What are some ways in which you support yourself and overall wellness? What is your wellness routine? Feel free to share in the comments. As always lovelies, be gentle with yourselves and #HeauxResponsibly!

Heaux on the Geaux

About The Author

“Saniyyah (They/Them/Saniyyah) aka @HeauxOnTheGeaux is a Community Sexual Health Educator, Pleasure Activist, Heaux Mentor, Abortion Doula & Sex Toy Reviewer. They strive to create easy & accessible, free sex education for folks in the Black and brown communities – prioritizing liberation, decolonization & harm reduction. Saniyyah’s goal in their work is to create a world in which sex & shame no longer co-exist; a world in which speaking freely about sex & pleasure are no longer taboo; and as a non-binary, queer, polyamorous person, Saniyyah also emphasizes uplifting & highlighting those in their marginalized communities”

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Sliquid Debuts Sparkle Pride-Edition Lubricant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: — August 24, 2023 — Dallas TX — Top, natural intimates manufacturer Sliquid (www.sliquid.com) is pleased to announce the release of a new Pride-edition lubricant, Sliquid Sparkle.

Sliquid Sparkle Pride Lube Debut

Sliquid Sparkle, the newest addition to the Sliquid Naturals collection, made its industry debut at the ANME show in Burbank, California, this past July. Sparkle, a re-packaging of the brand’s flagship product, Sliquid H2O, is a superior water-based formula that uses only five ingredients.  This lubricant, comprised mostly of purified water, is unflavored, unscented, non-staining, pH balanced, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.

While the lubricant itself does not contain glittery flakes or shiny particles, Sparkle gets its fun name from the unique purpose behind the product. Sliquid, whose headquarters is in Dallas, will be donating a portion of the sale of every bottle of Sparkle to two North Texas non-profits that service the local LGBTQ+ community.

“The decision to donate a portion of the proceeds of this Pride-edition lubricant to two local organizations was the easiest part of this project,” says Erik Vasquez, VP of Marketing for Sliquid.  “As a member of the Dallas LGBTQ+ community for over two decades, I know these two organizations very well, and have always been an advocate and champion of the work they do for a community that is near and dear to my heart.”

The two non-profits that Sliquid has chosen as beneficiaries are Resource Center and Legacy Cares.  Established in 1983, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Resource Center pursues societal equity by proudly offering LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) affirming resources designed to improve health and wellness, strengthen families and communities, and provide transformative education and advocacy. For over 25 years, Legacy Cares, formerly Legacy Counseling Center, has been providing quality mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and special care housing services for people challenged with HIV and AIDS.

Though Sparkle is marketed as a Pride-edition lubricant, it will be available to the public year-round. Similarly, the donations to these two non-profits will also be ongoing. Pride is something that Sliquid considers to be a constant movement, not relegated to a specific month or time of year.

“Packaging is as important as the product itself,” say’s Vasquez. “The stark white label and bottle cap for Sparkle is a departure from the customary Sliquid packaging for which the brand has become known.”  Sliquid has crafted a unique retail identity for its products with its bold, color-coded labels specific to individual formulas. “In the case of Sparkle, the marketing team decided to take the opposite approach, instead opting for a bright white cap and white label with metallic rainbow accents. This absence of a bold, prominent color helps to set this special edition lubricant apart from our other well-known formulas, making it pop when merchandised among the Sliquid product range.”

The colorlessness of the label, while playing an important part in the overall branding for Sparkle, is mostly a vehicle for the messaging that is printed on it.  On the label, customers will find a whimsical artist drawing that includes queer imagery, such as a unicorn, leather daddy, the new inclusive Pride flag, and various gender non-specific people.  There are also important keywords used within the drawing, including LGBTQ, rights, and love.  Turning to the back of the bottle, you will find the words “Pleasure With Purpose™”, which is the newly trademarked tagline for Sliquid Sparkle. The tagline was created by Sliquid VP of Marketing, Erik Vasquez, to convey the larger purpose and mission behind the product and the company.


“We are proud to say that, at any given time, roughly half of our workforce identify as LGBTQ+,” says Sliquid founder and CEO, Dean Elliott. “Diversity and inclusivity are the bare minimum a company can do. Without action both are merely performative so, when the marketing team pitched me the idea of this Pride-edition product and its fundraising purpose, it made me proud to have a team that uses their creative gifts to help Sliquid give back to their community.”

The messaging that Sliquid has prominently transcribed on the Sparkle label perfectly encompasses the idea behind the product.  “People, like pleasure, exist on a beautiful spectrum. Whether you are part of the rainbow community or an ally, this lubricant is for you.”  Sliquid Sparkle is now available in 2.0 and 4.2-ounce options. Retailers can access Sparkle via a select number of distribution partners, which include Entrenue, Honey’s Place, Nalpac, and Ultra Love. MSRP for Sparkle 2.0 and 4.2-ounce is $10 and $14, respectively. For marketing assets related to Sparkle, please email marketing@sliquid.com.

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