POSTED ON September 14, 2018
We've mentioned the benefits of lube more than a couple times here on Intimacy Advisor, so we decided to write a whole article dedicated to it!
There's a lot of different purposes and kinds of lube, and due to this variety there's often a wealth of questions that accompany the amazing product like: what lube is the best? Should I use more silicone-based or water-based? Or maybe even a hybrid? Do I have to reapply it? What lube should I use for anal? Can I use anal lube for vaginal sex? And so many other questions have been asked and answered through the years. While we'd love to answer all your questions, we're going to give a general overview of all things lube. If you have anything specific questions, please ask a romance specialist. Lubricant is a large umbrella that a lot of different products can fall under but we'll be discussing three major areas: water-based, silicone based, and hybrid.
Water-based lubes are a lot of people's go to because they're the most toy compatible and easiest to wash. Their biggest downside is the need to be reapplied more than silicone based or hybrid lubricants. Wicked has a top notch water-based lube named Aqua.
Silicone based Lubes
Silicone lube will last longer than water-based lube so there's usually no need to reapply, but their biggest drawback is that they often don't play well with silicone toys. However, some silicone lubes are safe to be used with silicone toys. There's a huge misconception that when both are used together, the toy will be damaged beyond repair. While this is a possibility, it's significantly less likely than you may think because many silicone toys and lubes are actually quite compatible. The higher the quality the less likely a lubricant is to react with a silicone toy and the same is true of high quality toys. Just be careful with the lube because it will stain your sheets and even other fabrics. A good example of a high quality silicone lube is Elite by the ever popular Intimate Earth or Uberlube which 32 out of 33 people gave five stars, the other one gave it four.
Why not have the best of both worlds! Hybrids have the longevity of silicone lube and the easy clean-up of water-based lubes. You usually won't have to reapply hybrid lubricants, but they still have the potential to stain your sheets and ruin your toys. Other types of lubricant are aloe based like Natural Gel from Sliquid or using oils like organic coconut oil. If you want a water-based lube that feels like silicone try out the Jo H2O Lube. We're going to jump into some helpful tips to get the best use out of your lube, but back in March we wrote an article that addresses the "can I use anal lube for vaginal sex?" question so if you're wondering about that, the answer is only a click away.
If your lube starts changing color or smelling like it's not supposed to be then it's probably time to ditch it and get something new. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure to clean your toys off after use because residual lube can shorten your toy's lifespan.
Glycerin(e), Propylene Glycol, Nonoxynol 9, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Petroleum Oils, Polyquaternium-15, Benzocaine, Sugars & Sugar Alcohols, Ureas, and Parabens are all either substances or chemicals that you definitely do not want in your lube.
Time to lube up and let playtime begin 😉