Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They’re Made of

People of all genders can use lubricant for practically any type of sex, whether it’s solo or partnered. When you are getting ready to get your freak on lube is a great way to create some more motion in your ocean! But just like sex toys not all lubes are make alike. In fact the variety is quite extensive. Typically when searching lubes you’ll see three different types, Water-Based Lube, Oil-Based Lube and Silicone Lube. Understanding which one to use is the part where we come in. This guide was written to help you find the perfect lube for any erotic experience.

Why would I want to use lubes?

Lube is great! It’s literally your friend. Using lube is nothing to be embarrassed of. Even if you don’t have problems getting wet, lubricant can still be used to further increase your sexual pleasure.  Personal lubrication (lube) can be used to help make sexual experiences like sex, maturbation, or sex toy play more pleasurable. Lubricants work to reduce friction between your skin and the person/object/or body part that you are using, which can eliminate chafing pain, and uncomfortable friction.


 

Different Types Of Lubes and How To Use Them

Type 1: Water-Based Lube

water-based lube

When it comes to picking out a great lube water-based is your safest bet. It can be used for all of your sexual needs: penetration, masturbation, and sex toy play. They come in two varieties: with glycerin, which has a slightly sweet taste, or without glycerin.

Why would you want to use water-based lube?

Firstly, Water-based lubes are typically the easiest to find and are often the more affordable formulas found in drugstores, including some of the offerings from brands like pJur. Secondly, they’re compatible with sex toys, safe to use with latex condoms, and won’t stain fabrics, making water-based products a versatile option for vaginal or anal sex.

7 Pros To Water-Based Lubes
  1. Can be used for penetration.
  2. Compatible with condoms.
  3. Compatible with Sex Toys
  4. Easy to clean and doesn’t stain your sheets
  5. Ideal for people with sensitive skin
  6. Glycerin-free products are less likely to cause vaginal irritation.
  7. Longer shelf life.
6 Cons To Water-Based Lubes
  1. Not good for shower play
  2. Tends to get sticky and tacky over time
  3. Requires frequent reapplication which makes it not so ideal for marathon sex.
  4. Flavored or warming lubricants often contain glycerin.
  5. Also known to contribute to yeast infections.
  6. Glycerin-free lubricant can taste bitter. So it’s not the best for switching up between oral and penetration.

 


 

Type 2: Silicone Based Lubes

Silicone-based lubricants are odorless and tasteless, smooth and slippery. Silicone-based lubes often last longer than water-based lubrication, as well, but in turn, they can be irritating for people with sensitive skin and may damage silicone toys. Silicone lube can really be used for anything but are ideal for butt stuff (which always requires lubrication — remember that your anus doesn’t self-lubricate).

Why would you want to use silicone lube?

Silicone lube also happens to be a great hair de-frizzer and chafe-blocker when applied between the thighs. (The travel-sized bottle I keep in my purse takes on many, many roles — I’ve even de-squeaked a door with it before.) Unlike water or oil molecules, silicone molecules roll along the surface of the skin without being absorbed into it or evaporating into the air, meaning you will feel much more glide from a single application. Silicone lube can be a bit messy, but it can be washed away with a mild soap.

Pros To Silicone Lubes
  1. Slippery and long lasting
  2. Requires less re-application
  3. Great for shower sex and masturbation
  4. Compatible with sex toys such as hard plastic, glass, steel
  5. Tasteless, great for switching between oral play and penetration.
  6. Safe to use with Latex Condoms
  7. Hypoallergenic
  8. Compatible with Silicone Sex Toys
Cons To Silicone Lubes
  1. Not recommended to be used with sex toys
  2. Sticky
  3. Hard to wash off
  4. Sometimes stains sheets

 


 

Type 3: Oil-Based Lube

lubes for sex

Generally, oil-based lubricants are safe to use, inexpensive, and easily accessible. While oil-based lubrication formulas often last longer than their water-based counterparts, there’s a downside. But, they are not compatible with latex, plus oils can irritate your skin and stain fabric.

 

7 Pros To Oil-Based Lubes
  1. Provides slippery feel
  2. Lasts longer than water-based lubricants
  3. Great for sensual genital massages
  4. Ideal for masturbation
  5. Works in the shower
  6. Compatible with Non-Latex condoms
  7. Natural-Based Lubricants- like avocado, coconut, vegetable and olive oils
4 Cons To Oil-Based Lubes
  1. Can’t be used with latex condoms
  2.  Not compatible with latex diaphragms
  3.  Not compatible with latex sex toys
  4. More difficult to clean off

2 Types of Oil-Based Lube: Natural & Synthetic 

There are two types of oil-based lubricants: natural (think coconut oil or butter) and synthetic (think mineral oil or Vaseline). When choosing a oil-based lube, consider the kind of sex you’ll be having and whether you’ll be using condoms or adding sex toys.

Type 1 : Synthetic Oil-Based Lube

Synthetic oil-based lubricants, including body lotions and creams, are good for external masturbation, but not much else.

Type 2 : Natural Oil-Based Lube

Natural-Based Lubricants- like avocado, coconut, vegetable and olive oils
Some people have super senstivae skin and need a lubricant that Some lubes can cause allergic reactions and rashes, so opt for these gyno- approved natural lubricants next time you have sex. Natural oil-based lubricants aren’t the only natural products on the market. Some companies have produced organic or vegan lubricants made of botanicals or other eco-friendly ingredients.

Natural and organic lube for sex

Pros
  1. Most Parabens Free
  2. Use preservation with established health risks
  3. Use Organic ingredients
  4. Environmentally safe for your vagina
Cons
  1. Shorter shelf life
  2. Typically cost a little more