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Five Women Tried CBD Arousal Oil and Here’s What They Said

Foria Awaken CBD arousal oil

Would you try arousal oil with CBD? Awaken by Foria is a 100% plant-based arousal oil that helps to enhance sensation and pleasure, so we recruited five friends to give their reviews…

First, what is Awaken?

Awaken is a 100% plant-based, sustainably-sourced CBD-infused arousal oil, made with natural and organic ingredients. You spray it on your fingers or directly onto yourself; and it feels light and silky. It can help enhance your natural lubrication (and, in turn, lessen dryness and discomfort); increase blood flow to the genital area and make you feel relaxed; and intensify touch and lead to deeper, easier orgasms. (Compelling, right?) FYI, it’s not for use with latex condoms.

Foria Awaken CBD arousal oil

We invited five friends to try Foria’s Awaken, and here’s what they had to say:

Cameron, single: “It’s hard to get into a solo sexy headspace when you have a roommate hanging out in the next room (plus, street noise and work stress), but last night, I turned on my noise machine and got to it. Awaken put me into a relaxed headspace, and then I had one of the deepest orgasms in months (years?). And that has continued as I’ve used it. I’m a big proponent of high-quality sex toys, and this was right up my alley.”

Chloe, married for 11 years: “We’ve been together for a long time, and this was our first time experimenting with something like this. Touches were intensified; I felt them more and reacted more to them. It really does what it says! Since we’ve been together for so long now, it felt good to mix things up, and this is a really easy thing to add to the mix.”

Sasha, single: “Awaken was a welcome alternative to lube because it felt ‘natural’ versus sticky. Lube feels surgical and makes me want to shower afterward because I want it off and out of my body, but Awaken has no residue or messiness. I was also excited by the warm, soothing sensation. I used it by myself and now want to try it with a partner. Intercourse can sometimes feel painful for me, and I think this might make a big difference.”

Penny, married for 8 years: “To be honest, I was a little nervous to try CBD arousal oil because I didn’t know what to expect. But I really, really loved it. You spray it and wait 10 to 15 minutes, which felt like foreplay. With two little kids and a busy job, I’m often not in the mood, but this made me feel sexy and ready to go. I can take a while to orgasm — or find it hard to get all the way there — but I felt primed for it with this oil; and afterward, I felt warm and glowy for longer. I was surprised that it had such a big effect. Sex feels fun and exciting again. I’ve been recommending it to my friends.”

Esme, in a relationship: “I love to experiment with random potions and have been known to bring home special teas, honeys, chocolates… so, when I told my boyfriend that I wanted to try an ‘arousal oil,’ he was not surprised. There were questions every day to the tune of, ‘Is it here yet? Did it arrive?’ When we opened it, I was taken with the scent — like a low-key Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie. We both loved that it’s vegan and edible (the taste is subtle, like the smell). It felt smooth and warm and good. The pretty bottle now lives on my nightstand.”

Foria Awaken CBD arousal oil

I’m really into the goal of finding sexual pleasure that feels good to you. Personally, when I was younger, I was often focused on my partner instead of myself (and concentrating on what I was “supposed” to do/say/feel), and it feels freeing and refreshing to have a product that’s all about enhancing your own pleasure. I’ve been using Awaken, and for me, it really makes a huge difference. It feels so, so good, and I’m so happy to be partnered with them.

Thoughts? Will you try it?

Bonus for all readers: Get 20% off your Foria order with code CUPOFJO20, good through July 23rd.

P.S. 15 reader comments on sex, and did you have sex on your wedding night?

  1. Jo says...

    Ok, so I’m not entirely sure what CBD is and how it’s linked to cannabis, but I have found smoking weed to be an insane aphrodisiac. I’m curious if other people experience something similar, as I find it’s not as much discussed effect. For me the effects are two-fold: it makes me SUPER turned-on and wonderfully sensitive to touch. I’m in a long-term relationship (13 years) and every time we combine weed with sex, it feels like we’re making out for the first time, it’s wildly electric. It feels so good we only use it sparingly, about a month or so, for fear of “too much of a good thing…”

    • K says...

      Agreed 100%! I just finished breastfeeding my 2nd babe in two years and can’t wait to get back to smoking a bit before sex.

  2. Daniela says...

    I ordered it, but forgot to put the discount code :(

  3. B says...

    Strange question but if you start using this, and then you stop, will that mean your body won’t orgasm like it used to because it got accustomed to the oil?

    • B: you’ve got nothing to worry about. Your concern is understandable, but this formula is holistic, all-natural, and multi-botanical, so there’s no “tolerance” or “desensitization” issue.

      If anything, we’ve heard from our community that when it comes to sex and pleasure, “practice makes perfect.” I love using Awaken (and Pleasure, the THC version) but if anything they’ve expanded my capacity even when I’m not using them.

      Think of it like wearing running shoes when you jog, or adding electrolytes to your water.

    • Beth says...

      Ahhh ‘all-natural, and multi-botanical!’ Bee sings? Nettles? Thorns? Natural or botanical doesn’t necessarily mean it will be without undesirable effects! I feel like Cup of Jo readers deserve a more considered reply! We’re a thoughtful bunch xx

    • Robin says...

      I had a difficult child birth. The whole thing was traumatizing. His heart beat stopped at 8 months inside my womb so I had to be induced. The doctors who checked on my opening did it poorly that it hurt like hell. I had 25 hours of labor. And post this, having sex was so painful. It is really dry down there and I feel nothing but pain. After a year the pain subdued but it was still a painful process and we just stopped having sex. Until I saw this and I sent the link to my husband. He ordered right away. When it arrived we tried it on… And we’re back in the game, after almost 3 years. Thank you, Cup of Jo!

  4. Sabina says...

    I’m sad this does not ship to Canada… it sounds amazing! Hopefully that changes one day.

  5. Morgan says...

    Silly question… can a breastfeeding mom use this?

    • Ray says...

      I don’t see why not..then again they probably didn’t thest that. When brestfeeding I found coconut oil to be a game changer. Plus it’s a natural anti-fungal so you do some good for your dry (due to breastfeeding) vaginal muscose. They say not to use oil with condoms (makes them more fragile apparently) but I’ve done just that for 11 years and never had one break or leak. Good luck!

    • Jess says...

      Same question here! Not silly at all btw…

    • H says...

      Be careful with coconut oil as a lubricant if you have blood sugar issues. My gynecologist cautioned me saying it could help contribute to yeast infections in women who already deal with diabetic issues.

    • For legal reasons, most companies tell breastfeeding moms to consult with their doctor about using a new product. That said, the active ingredients are all things you’d find in your kitchen cabinet, spice rack, or tea shelf (CBD, Kava Kava, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, peppermint, vanilla, cacao, and coconut oil), and every batch is tested for purity from pesticides, heavy metals, and microbes.

  6. lisa says...

    ooooh have been a long time lurker and seldom commenter but this looks amazing. agree with the other readers, i love the way you all talk about sex and pleasure. thank you for the discount.

  7. ABC says...

    Okay sooo… I’m a huge CBD and THC fan here, but I also wonder about how much of this is placebo. I mean, thinking about how sexy it is to order this, wait for this to ship, discuss how good it’s going to feel with a partner (or just in your head if solo), spray it on you (or in some cases, rub it on you), wait for 10 – 15 minutes… isn’t this all just sexy foreplay and building anticipation? I often think, “well, of course, this weed lube is going to work. The instructions tell you to massage it on your clit for 10 minutes. That in itself feels great!” ;)

  8. Erica says...

    Soooooo….not cool. I opened the link in an incognito tab, started ordering, but didn’t finish. Never hit submit on anything. Not only have they already emailed me but I just got a A TEXT MESSAGE from them being like “Hey Erica! I see you’re looking at XYZ, Is there anything I can answer for you today?” No. Not cool. Hella invasive.

    No purchase from me now, Foria.

    • AJ says...

      Same here. Not cool.

    • We’re sorry you felt the text was invasive. We never spam your phone, for what it’s worth, this is just a customer support program that we found helps, because a lot of people have a lot of questions they want answered before purchasing. Based on your feedback we’re investigating a way to opt out of this service or at least to delay texting until it’s clear that the shopping cart has been abandoned. FWIW most people don’t mind this at all and enjoy the extra personal touch but aim to please so… We really hope you’ll come back!

    • Amy says...

      You are straight-up wrong about most people liking this, Rae. Most people are going to hate it. For me, seeing that this happens completely shut down any of my interest in the product (and I had some!), forever. Someone else out there is probably selling something similar without harassment; I’ll try that instead.

    • Susan says...

      Thank you for sharing this. I was interested and going to look into it but I’ve had that happen with other companies and I hate it. Appreciate the heads up, and take note Foria.

    • jaime says...

      I was juuust about to click over to their website when I saw these comments. I HATE invasive advertising; if I want to buy a product I’ll buy it. If I have a question I am very capable of navigating a company’s website to find out how to ask it. And especially, TEXTING?! No no no no no.

    • Thank you all for letting us know about this issue. We figured out how to disable the texting and make it completely optional. We’re a small company and we’ve been using off the shelf web technology while we focus on product development and quality assurance. (This was originally set up by a web consultant last year and we didn’t realize people had no option to opt-out because we never received any complaints until now.)
      Again, we’re sorry for the upset, and want to reassure you that you won’t receive any spam text or email.

    • Sheri says...

      Rae, I’m glad you’ve disabled the automatic texts. Your company can get in major TCPA hot water by contacting people by phone when they haven’t explicitly opted in.

  9. H says...

    I’m intrigued, but anyone else concerned about putting peppermint and cinnamon on your lady parts?? That doesn’t sound like how I want to get blood flowing 😂

    • Catherine says...

      Yes, not sure I want my labia to feel minty fresh. :)

    • Kiana, Director of Education at Foria says...

      As always, “the dose makes the poison.” Undiluted essential oils are famously advised NOT to be used directly on skin or membranes, but there are very small amounts of cinnamon and peppermint in the formula, along with other botanicals, helping to create a gentle warmth and pulsing arousal — not a burning icy-hot sensation caused by chemical-based arousal lubes.
      Awaken has been used by thousands and thousands of women over half a decade, and the formulator (a master herbalist) developed Awaken over many years in close testing with her community. We track customer experiences and complaints very closely, and the vast majority of our customers (80%) are extremely satisfied and repurchase.
      There are a small number (1-2%) who report sensitivity or irritation (whether due to pre-existing yeast infection, micro tears, or allergy to the ingredients) so we advise that concerned or sensitive individuals do a wrist test, and then a one-spray test vaginally before graduating to higher doses.
      That said, many customers enjoy using decadent amounts of Awaken with no problem.

  10. joana says...

    hi!
    i’ve never had an orgasm with penetration, which isn’t really a problem for me or my boyfriend because we both know how to make it happen anyway :), but i was curious if maybe this would help. however, i do not need more lubrication…! and i couldn’t really figure out through the article if this is just for people who lack lubrication or not.
    help! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! this is more than lube — so if you don’t use lube but want to try something new, this could be a great fit for you. it helps blood come to the genital area, which can help you feel touch more intensely and have easier and deeper orgasms. hope that helps! xo

  11. Sara says...

    Love how you talk about pleasure and sex here, jo and crew. I’m always learning something new. Pregnant now but bookmarking this for post baby fun!!!

  12. Nina says...

    sounds great. hitting 50 this year and with having already gone through menopause I appreciate added lubrication. so…do you think the CBD helps with anything or is it just there as the fad thing?

    • CBD is definitely a muscle-relaxing anti-inflammatory, but the overall formula works because of the combination of all the ingredients.
      And some of our most inspiring testimonials are from people in peri-menopause or post-menopause, who find tremendous relief from discomfort and dryness, along with enhanced pleasure and libido.
      Check out the testimonials on the product page!

  13. Cindy says...

    So excited!! I purchased immediately after reading this post :). I also entered my cell # but have not received any texts. Can’t wait to try this out….

    • Kaye says...

      DITTO on you Cindy ^ said! Ordered immediately!

  14. April says...

    Bought immediately! Love the reviews. Excited to try it.

  15. Dee says...

    Definitely buying!

  16. Amy says...

    Does anyone know if I can buy this – or something similar in the UK?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, they ship to the UK!

  17. Sadie says...

    Just a note to say I really love the way CoJ talks about sex and pleasure. It’s respectful and welcoming, never intimidating. Great work!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!

  18. Leah says...

    I have a question about this product. I remember reading an article on COJ that women shouldn’t use coconut oil as it disrupts the PH and good bacterial balance in their vagina leading to yeast infections. The carrier for this (and most CBD oil) is MCT which is coconut oil. I’m concerned about possible side effects regarding long term use and vaginal health.

    • E says...

      I was so bummed when I saw it. Coconut oil is often recommended as a lube, and it feels great, but really isn’t great :(

    • Yoni says...

      Yes! Also repeatedly spraying cinnamon and peppermint oil (both ingredients in this product) on the membranes could be irritating/inflammatory/potentially lead to cell death.

    • Kiana, Director of Education at Foria says...

      Our PhD Biologist wrote about the “coconut oil causes yeast infections” myth here:
      https://www.foriawellness.com/blogs/learn/can-you-use-coconut-oil-as-lube
      In short, she says that this myth is based on ONE study that used synthetic, perfumed baby oil NOT coconut oil. We also know quite a few gynecologists that give coconut oil the thumbs up.

      Also @yoni we wrote a long response in the comments above about concerns with the Cinnamon and Peppermint in Awaken – essentially it comes down to the amount we use in the formula (which is very little) but just enough to stimulate a very subtle warming and cooling sensation. Awaken was formulated by a master herbalist and, has been used by thousands of women over a number of years. We are very careful to collect customer feedback and data. The only times we typically get feedback about burning or irritation is when someone’s PH is already altered due to infections like yeast or BV, or when someone is allergic to one of the ingredients. If you are concerned about how your body will respond we recommend doing a spot test on your skin elsewhere before using on your genitals.

  19. JC says...

    Just curious, has anyone asked their OB about using CBD products while trying to get pregnant? Asking for a friend ;)

    • m.I. says...

      I would like to know this too!

    • LS says...

      Yep – my obgyn basically said she can’t give me the all clear because there aren’t any studies on it, but it’s unlikely to be any more harmful than weed. So basically fine in moderation before s positive pregnancy test, but probably best to skip it once you’re pregnant.

    • Gillian says...

      Hahaha! The picture of the shell!! At least they didn’t use a Lotus flower 😂

  20. G says...

    Wow CBD is taking off. Per the ingredient list, you can probably make this yourself and save 50 bucks! Will def go that route first.

    • Cindy Mackenzie says...

      The product itself is only $48, how would you save $50? You would still have to buy the cbd to make your own mix and that costs $$…

  21. SJ says...

    My partner and I use condoms but I have used foria on my own and the CBD does nothing for me. If you can get a CBD/THC combo product it’s way more potent, just sayin. I’m sure they didn’t cover it here since it’s not legal everywhere. And since I have looked into this topic a lot (cause I want something I can use with my partner), this is going to be my next purchase — it works with condoms!! The only reason I don’t have it yet is because I have to drive across state lines to get it LOL (It’s CA/WA only.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      foria has a THC version, too, but it’s only available in certain states. xo

    • SJ says...

      Oh, i see my link didn’t post but if you google it there is a cbd/thc product now on the market that can be used with condoms, finally. i want to help ppl here like y’all helped me — i first learned about the womanizer from the comments on one of these posts, jo! and it changed my life! LOL the more you know…

  22. -C says...

    Can pregnant women use this product?

  23. Carol says...

    Sounds great. Going to order some!

  24. Anna Vitale says...

    um, on a plane. drinking gin + tonic. saw this, bought it, SO EXCITED TO GET HOME TO MY HUSBAND IN A FEW DAYS.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahaha what a fun scenario!!

  25. rae says...

    As someone who is very prone to urinary tract infections and yeast infections I’m nervous to try this. Can people report back??

    • Eloise says...

      THIS!

    • Roxanne says...

      Hi Rae,

      Same here! My naturopath recommended this to me, even knowing that. Of course, I’m sure it goes without saying that it’d be best to speak to your own medical professional just to be sure. Good luck! XO

    • Elisabeth says...

      I’ve been using it for a while and have had no problems. Your mileage may vary, obviously.

    • Nan says...

      I had the same worry, it’s fine though – no problems with it. I don’t use as much as is recommended (4-8 sprays). It’s pretty awesome, I definitely really like everything about it, including the amazing smell, and it DOES work which really surprised me (I’m a huge skeptic).

  26. Annie says...

    I was sold until I went to purchase and while filling out my shipping information I was texted by the company – I had within the minute put my number in for shipping purposes only. Very invasive way of doing business and will not be buying from them. Is nothing sacred? Also no where did I sign up for texting. Thought I’d share.

    • Ashley W says...

      Yeah… I was ready to purchase, and the fact that it was forcing me to put in a cell made me exit. It said something about “must put in cell for SMS deals” – and no where did I agree or check any box for email or SMS deals. Super weird. Bummed but oh well… saves me some money I guess!

    • a.n. says...

      for the record, I just put in a fake number (hehe) and it worked just fine!

    • Darcy says...

      WTH? Seriously sketchy. I put in a fake number as a work around—I suggest everyone do this. Still, now I’m worried about having submitted my credit card. hhmmmm..

    • Erica says...

      I didn’t even hit submit (in an incognito tab, mind you!) and they emailed AND texted me. NOT OK. I texted back that it was super intrusive, that they lost a customer, to remove me from their contact lists and to reconsider their communication strategy. Yiiiiikes.

    • Kiana, Director of Education at Foria says...

      Hi Annie,

      Thanks for your feedback! We set up this system with our customer service representatives to help answer any questions a customer may have. Because our products deal with issues around sex and cannabis (which most people have questions about) we thought this would be the quickest way to facilitate customer service support for our customers and their questions! We are working on a way to offer an opt. out – and we definitely won’t spam your phone.

    • A-Chi says...

      @Kiana since this product finds itself at the crossroads of two “private” topics, sex and weed, wouldn’t it make more sense to say ‘you can text us at xxxx number if you have questions’ instead of automatically opting people in? In this day and age, people are realizing more and more how our privacy has been invaded by technology. You should create an opt out option ASAP because getting a text from a company that you didn’t sign up for feels gross.

    • We figured out how to disable the auto-text and won’t turn back on until it’s fully optional.
      Thanks for alerting us to this problem!
      Rest assured that we don’t spam your phone, and all our emails have an unsubscribe option.

  27. Hilary says...

    Two thoughts

    1) omg this sounds amazing! Ordering it now

    2) friendly reminder that oil-based lubricants may make latex barriers (condoms, dental dams) less effective, so this might not be the right lube to reach for those moments when you’re depending on condoms etc for protection/prevention. Go for water-based lubes in those instances

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes great point! It’s written clearly on the bottle too.

    • Vanessa says...

      I came here to comment about the same thing. What triggered a bell was the word oil, and then clicking on the link and seeing MCT oil is listed as the main ingredient. The latex warning came wayyyy down the product page, right before the customer reviews. I think Cup of Jo should mention that warning here on the review? Being clearly stated on the bottle is good but is only apparent after you buy it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Good point — I’ll add now!

    • j says...

      Can you use it with non-latex condoms? My partner and I are partial to the Skyn brand, which are made of polyisoprene.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      J, I’ll find out and report back!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      J, here’s the answer about condoms from Foria:
      Polyisoprene is all good! we usually recommend that or natural skyns.

    • Tamara M says...

      Hilary! Thank you for pointing this out- I ordered mine yesterday and definitely did not think of that.

  28. Grainne says...

    I love the idea of this but am wary of trying something on my tender parts that’s so new. I’m concerned about possible reactions and its affect on vaginal PH, etc. They do address this on their site but basically say our users haven’t reported severe problems though some experience burning :/ I’m eager to see more on this as it sounds amazing but I’m wary of being a guinea pig.

    • Nicole says...

      Agreed!

    • Kirsten says...

      Same! When I saw it has peppermint oil (which I sometimes react to topically) I figured maybe it’s best to not apply to such a sensitive area… it would kind of seem that peppermint might not be a great idea to put into a lube in general, even for people without sensitivities?

      It’s too bad, I was interested in trying it!

    • Kiana, Director of Education at Foria says...

      Hi Grainne,

      Thanks for sharing your concerns! Awaken isn’t really a new product, it has been on the market for a few years and we’ve collected thousands of testimonials and customer feedback about how it has worked for them. Only about 1-2% of our customer’s report reactions, most likely due to sensitivity to an ingredient in the formula. If you have concerns about how you will respond to the product you can always spot test on another part of your body before putting on your genitals.

  29. Faith says...

    I’ve never clicked on a sponsored URL so fast! Haha! This product is rather expensive, but I’m sure it will be worth it. :)

  30. Tosha says...

    Buying it right now!!

    • Emily D says...

      same, ha!

    • Tamara M says...

      Same! Just bought mine :)