An easy step to improve your overall sexual experience is picking the appropriate intimate lubricant. Choosing the right lube can make a big difference, whether you're using it to increase comfort, reduce friction, or spice things up. As a first time shopper one might get overwhelmed by the amount of different types of lube bottles that are on the market. Fear not. Here is an easy reference guide to help you get started.
There are many different formulations of sex lubricants and each has special qualities. Typically lubes are either water, silicone or oil based, or some combination of the above. Let’s take a closer look at differences between these types.
Good all-rounder. Fits all types of sexual activity, including use with toys and condoms.
Easy to clean and non-staining.
Suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Wears out pretty quickly so needs to be added more often to maintain the needed effect.
Might not provide enough lubrication for all possible scenarios
Long-lasting and silky smooth.
Safe to use with condoms.
Great for activities in water since it does not wash away.
Avoid using with silicone-based toys as it can damage them.
Might be a pain to remove after use, since it does not wash away.
Might stain fabrics.
Naturally derived from oils like coconut or olive.
Long-lasting and moisturizing.
Avoid using with latex condoms and clothing as they can weaken them.
Might leave stains on fabrics.
Combines the best, and worst features of water-based and silicone-based lubes.
May be harmful for silicone based toys, so use with caution
Versatile and suitable for various activities, also with condoms.
Another good option as an “one for all” -lube
There are also lubricants that come with special effects!
Intimate lubricants with different stimulating properties are designed to enhance sexual pleasure by providing additional sensations, such as warmth, cooling, tingling, or increased sensitivity. These types of lubricants can add excitement and spice up your sexual pleasure. These lubes can be water, silicone or oil based, so please read the labels. Most common stimulating effects found in lubes are:
These create a gentle, warming sensation when applied to the skin or mucous membranes. This warmth can increase blood flow and sensitivity, enhancing arousal.
The opposite effect of warming ones. These produce a cooling, tingling sensation that can provide a refreshing and invigorating experience.
Tingling lubricants typically contain ingredients like menthol or peppermint extract, which create a tingling or buzzing sensation upon contact with the skin. This can heighten arousal and pleasure.
While not necessarily designed for sensory stimulation, flavored lubricants can add an element of fun to intimate moments. They are available in various flavors and are mostly designed for oral play.
We are all individuals so it's essential to take your specific needs into consideration when selecting your lube. Let's go through the most important points of view.
Allergies and Sensitivities
If you have allergies or sensitive skin, opt for hypoallergenic lubes with minimal additives and fragrances. Especially if you have sensitive skin or severe allergies, t's a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of your skin to check for any allergic reactions or sensitivities. Be extra careful when using lubes with effects, such as warming or cooling ones.
Use with Condoms and sex toys
If you're using condoms, ensure that the lubricant is compatible with latex or polyurethane. And make sure that your toys are compatible with the lube to avoid damaging your precious pleasurers.
Type of Activity
Different activities require different lubes. For instance, silicone-based lubes are great for prolonged sessions where good glide is essential, like anal play and fisting, while water-based lubes are a versatile and easy option if you just need that little bit of extra moisture.
Your personal preferences matter. Some people prefer thicker lubes for extra cushioning, while others prefer thinner, more natural-feeling options.
Read the label carefully. Avoid lubes with glycerin if you're prone to yeast infections, and choose options with natural ingredients if that's important to you. There are also vegan options on the market.
Consider the type and size of packaging. Some lubes come in convenient pump bottles, while others have flip-top caps. Choose what's easiest for you to use.
Remember that there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Added to differences in formulation, lubes also vary between brands and the only way to find your lube-of-choice, is to test different ones until you find just the one that fills all your desires. Since lubes are often used with companion remember to discuss with him/her about preferences and experiences about different lubes to find best possible fit for you both. If you engage in different kinds of activities, it might be a good idea to have a selection of different lubes at your disposal so that you can select the one that fits best the situation at hand. Whatever lube you choose, remember to use it, and use enough of it! Lubes are meant to make sex more pleasurable and contrary to common belief, it is not shameful to use one!
Happy and safe exploring!