A Quick Guide to Lube

September 23, 2009

Introducing a new lube into the bedroom can be tricky. But for increasing pleasure with and without a partner, a good lubricant can make all the difference.

When you decide to take the plunge and suggest trying lubricant, know that some people may feel uncomfortable about the idea. Your partner might feel criticized, thinking that if they were doing a “good job” of turning you on, you wouldn’t need it. In reality, and especially if you’re using toys together or enjoying anal play, extra lube can mean a smoother, sweeter, sexier experience for everyone involved.

But how do you choose the right lube? There are lots of options and your choice will take into account the way you’ll use it, what kinds of materials it will come into contact with, your personal sensitivities and environmental considerations.

Here are some of the pros and cons of the main choices available.

Oil-based Lube

Oil-based lubes are most often made from mineral oil and/or petroleum jelly. They are long-lasting and usually very slippery. However, some evidence suggests that they can contribute to vaginal and yeast infections in women and many people find these lubes excessively greasy and hard to clean up. Oil based lubes should not be used with condoms, especially latex ones, as they can compromise their strength.

Silicone Lube

Silicone-based lubricants are usually very slick and resist drying out and getting sticky. They are water resistant so they’ll keep doing what they do best even in the water. However, that makes them a little harder to wash out of your sheets and clothes. Silicone lubes, ironically, are not recommended for use with silicone toys.

Water-based Lube

Water-based lubes are the most popular choice with most people and for good reason. They’re compatible with all condoms and toys and are available in a range of slippery textures, from light and slick (like Sliquid H2O) to thick gels that stay right where you want them (Sliquid Organics gel). The drawback? Some water-based lubes tend to dry out and get sticky faster than others. You can always re-apply.

Sliquid H20

Sliquid H20

Silicone Hybrid Lubes

Silicone hybrid lubricants offer the longevity of silicone and the safety of water. They are easy to clean up and are safe with condoms and most toys. Sliquid Organics Silk is a great example – made by sensible women for sensitive women, it is luxuriously creamy and free from sugar derivatives so it won’t cause yeast infections.

Sliquid Silk Hybrid

Sliquid Silk Hybrid

Flavoured Lubes

Flavoured lubricants can bring a whole new dimension to lovemaking. After all, who likes nasty-tasting lube? Just beware of flavoured lubes containing sugar or sugar derivatives (such as glycerine) in the list of ingredients. They can provide a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause yeast infections. A good choice? Sliquid Swirl: available in 4 different flavours and free of glycerine, sugar and its derivatives.

Sliquid Swirl Cherry Vanilla

Sliquid Swirl Cherry Vanilla

Sensation Lubes

These specialty lubricants contain ingredients that provide warming or cooling sensations. The drawback? Many use menthol to achieve their effects and for many people, menthol is just way too strong. It can be like putting Vick’s Vaporub on your genitals and trying to wash it off makes it even worse. A good choice would be Sliquid Organics Sensation which uses mild botanical ingredients.

Sliquid Organics Warming

Sliquid Organics Warming

Organic Lubes

Probably the safest and most environmentally sensitive choice is to decide on an organic lubricant. Usualy fortified with beneficial, soothing botanical extracts and plant-based cellulose for thickness, these are lubricants you can use safely in any situation and with a clear conscience. They’re also completely vegan. We recommend Sliquid Organics.

Sliquid Organics Natural

Sliquid Organics Natural


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