Who hasn’t heard of the Kama Sutra? Not only is it a renown book of acrobatic sex positions, but it’s also a company that produces sexual enhancement products. I first heard of them at some variant of a passion party about fifteen years ago, but I couldn’t remember ever trying their products. When they contacted me about reviewing for them, I was happy to give some products a try.
For my Kama Sutra Intensify Plus review, I tried two “female arousal” gels: warming and cooling. I can’t say these gels were a plus, but at least they weren’t a big minus.
Out of the Box
Kama Sutra arousal gels are branded in the faux-Far-East aesthetic. The box is black with a pink or blue flower that looks lotus-adjacent, a bit reminiscent of a mandala.
This type of branding permeates the Kama Sutra product line, which wants to capture the aesthetic of the original Kama Sutra text.
As you’ll notice, the product is super gendered. It’s “for her,” and it’s branded as “female arousal gel.” It’s made for use on the clitoris, although that word appears nowhere on the box — the box instructs me to put a few drops on my “female pleasure center.”
Clearly, the target audience of this product is people who might be squeamish about buying sexy things.
That’s not me, folks.
The boxes are wide, but the actual gel is in a small tube. The tube is long and thin with a pump-top applicator.
Pre-Use: The Ingredient Check
I’m no Lube Noob, and I have learned to always check my product ingredients before applying. This product is not a lube, mind you, and it’s not meant to be used as such. You’re supposed to only apply a few drops, and only externally.
These products have some stuff I generally avoid: namely glycerin, propylene glycol, and sucrose. I tried the gels anyway, because I only needed a bit, and I was committed to doing the review. I wouldn’t make a habit of using a lot of it. Sucrose, especially, makes a breeding ground for yeast, and that is not my idea of a good time.
Onto My Box
I tried the warming gel by putting a few drops right on my *cough* pleasure center *cough* and then waiting.
No, seriously. I could not feel any warmth at all beyond what was caused by the friction of my finger rubbing the gel. I started to think maybe it needed to be exposed to air (I had put my underwear back on after applying it). For the sake of science, I sat bare-ass on the couch with my legs akimbo after another dose of arousal gel. I felt something a little warm, but nothing particularly noticeable.
I expected a similar experience with the cooling gel, but that stuff worked even without exposure to air. I popped some onto my
clit pleasure center and pulled my underwear back on, and immediately, that menthol got to work.
It wasn’t an unpleasant coldness, nor did it burn like when one applies IcyHot too close to one’s bits. It was a tingly, cool, minty freshness.
Neither of these products made me feel particularly more aroused, and any sensation after using them was no different than normal. They certainly weren’t uncomfortable, but they didn’t add anything to my sexual adventures. This might be different if I were new to the world of sexual enhancement products. It’s exciting to try something new, and one should never discount the placebo effect.
Cheers and Caveats
Cheers for a product with a focus on women’s sexual pleasure, which isn’t focused on often enough.
Hesitant cheers for a lovely product aesthetic, because it’s also got an exoticized look that might be problematic? I’m super white, and this isn’t an area I know much about, but I would be hesitant to unreservedly praise the branding.
Cheers for the minty cool sensation of the cooling gel, which was pretty pleasant on my bits.
Caveat: the language on the box is dated, both in the refusal to use anatomical terms and the assumptions that all clitoris-owning people are women.
Cheers: This is a pretty accessible product for someone who’s terrified of buying anything to do with sex. I imagine just the excitement of using it would have a pleasant effect, even if the physical sensations are a bit lackluster.
Caveat: sucrose in a product that goes on a vulva? I’m not eating it, so why should it have sucrose? Propylene glycol and glycerin are problematic as well, but really common in lubes, so I’m willing to let them slide. I’m not letting sucrose slide.
These products are pretty harmless, as long as you aren’t prone to yeast infections and don’t overdo it. While I didn’t get much sensation from the warming, your body is different than mine, and you might. If you like gentle sensation, or if you’re just curious, you could do worse than these products.
You can get the Kama Sutra Intensify Plus gels on the main Kama Sutra site.