Warm, Wet, and Tingly: A Guide to Clitoral Stimulation Gels


Anything that gets the clitoris more attention is a good thing, in our humble opinion. Clitoral stimulation gels and creams have ingredients that pull blood to the skin’s surface, and work well on the thin skin of the clitoris, nipples, and even the penis. Creating what's often described as a buzzy or vibrating sensation, these gels help with arousal, engorgement, and (hopefully) orgasm.

Understanding the ingredient list is key to knowing which product is right for you. The most common ingredients are menthol, niacin, and capsaicin (the stuff that makes peppers hot) and oils from wintergreen, cinnamon, clove, and peppermint. Milder gels and creams tend to use oils as their main ingredients. Menthol, capsaicin, and arginine dominate the ingredient list in stronger ones.

All of these ingredients can cause skin irritation, and an unpleasant burning sensation is the most common complaint. We strongly suggest testing the gel on a small patch of skin inside the elbow. If the area turns red or burns, wash the area with water and mild soap, and do NOT put the gel anywhere else on your body. Also, these products are not lubricants and should only be applied to the outside of the body, and not inside the vagina or anus.

It would be lovely if a drop or two of these miracle creams was all it took to make a person climax, but nearly all of them instruct the user to apply the gels liberally and massage them in for 3 to 5 minutes. Three to five minutes of direct clitoral stimulation is typically enough to get the blood moving south, whether a clit gel is used or not. Still, these creams and gels can create a powerful tingle that some people find sublime, and can be a great way to drive a partner crazy as part of the buildup to the main event.

Ultimately, clit gels and creams are part of foreplay, and not a replacement for it. Finding the right one will make a great addition to your sex toy arsenal!


The Fine Print: Stimulating Ingredients in Our Most Popular Clit Gels

Crazy Girl Wanna Be Naughty Sex Arousal Creme - Methyl Salicylate (wintergreen oil), niacin, ginger root

Crazy Girl Wanna Be Naughty Intense Orgasm Gel - clove oil

ID Stimulating Gel for Her Wild - yohimbe, ginseng, niacin

Liquid V for Women - L-arginine and menthol. Contains parabens

ON Natural Arousal Oil for Her - cinnamon oil

System JO Clitoral Gel Mild - peppermint oil

System JO Clitoral Gel Wild - peppermint oil, oleoresins capsicum (Capsaicin)

System JO Clitoral Gel Atomic - peppermint oil, oleoresins capsicum (Capsaicin)

System JO Volt 9v (regular strength) - zanthoxylum bungeanum (a pepper substitute)

System JO Volt 12v (max strength) - zanthoxylum bungeanum (a pepper substitute)

Viva Cream - Menthol, niacin, peppermint oil, arginine

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  • Julia Eckard