Our All-Around Best aloe-based lubricant! Aloe Cadabra has a simple, gentle formula that’s exactly what we look for in a natural lubricant. It’s also longer-lasting & less sticky than other aloe formulas we’ve cataloged.
Aloe Cadabra is safe for most materials, has a moderate lasting power, and is best as a light-duty sexual lubricant & personal moisturizer.
If you like the idea of an all-natural lubricant or aloe vera, this is the lubricant to try.
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Condom & Materials Safety
Aloe Cadabra’s packaging explicitly states it’s compatible with latex and polyisoprene – meaning it’s safe for most condoms.
Like many formulas made with vitamin E, Aloe Cadabra is not safe for polurethane – skip this formula if you’re using polyurethane condoms such as Trojan Supra.
While not stated on the label, Aloe Cadabra’s ingredients suggest it is also safe for silicone toys.
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract).
Almost Naked is an aloe-based formula made with xanthan gum for added slip. This is a gentle formula that doesn’t contain glycols – we reasonably estimate this is a low-osmolality lubricant, meaning less likely to irritate sensitive skin or disrupt vaginal microflora.
Consistency & Lasting Power
Aloe Cadabra has a watery slickness that reminds us of a woman’s natural lubrication. Compared to Good Clean Love, Aloe Cadabra stays smoother for longer and is much less sticky as it dries.
As a category, aloe-based lubricants tend to be lower lasting. Aloe Cadabra scores well above average with a moderate lasting power that’s the best in its category.
Multiple applications can cause the sticky feeling to intensify – beyond one or two applications, try adding water to refresh the slip.
Left on exposed skin – like hands – Aloe Cadabra drys to a thin, somewhat shiny, finish that feels a little tight. This is something we expect from aloe.
Aloe Cadabra rinses away easily with plain water and a little rubbing. It’s unlikely to stain even delicate fabrics.
Taste & Smell
Aloe Cadabra has a faint vanilla smell that’s almost undetectable on skin.
Aloe Cadabra has a faint taste our reviewers describe as “not unpleasant”. One described a sour background note like watered-down lemonade. Another reviewer was reminded vaguely of Elmer’s glue.
Aloe Cadabra doesn’t numb the tongue and has no gross mouth feel. All of our reviewers agreed the taste & smell are light & pleasant enough to not deter oral sex.
Packaging & Labeling
In most cases, the FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose a lubricnat's pH or osmolality. Because we feel it's important to vaginal health, we do request this information. However, it isn't always available or offered and does not impact our reviews.
We reviewed the 2.5 oz. squeeze bottle with flip cap. The bottle is easy to work one-handed, even with lubey hands. We wish the hole were a little smaller, but had no real problems dispensing the right amount or with accidental spills.
Aloe Cadabra’s packaging falls a little short. On the one hand, its box is informative and its bottle is discreet.
But we also believe that regardless of what’s printed on the box, every bottle of lube should have certain information printed directly on the bottle. Aloe Cadabra’s bottle is blank on the back. A better use of this space would be to include lot numbers, expiration dates, ingredients, and material safety.
In addition to an expiration date, most lubricants display a small symbol indicating how often open bottles should be replaced. Aloe Cadabra does not have this information – we suggest replacing open bottles every 3 months.
Many thanks to Aloe Cadabra for providing the products used in this review - we appreciate your support!