Lubricant can significantly enhance yours and your partner’s sexual pleasure. However, there are so many choices out there today that it can be confusing to choose one. In addition to feel and performance, you’ll need to consider condom compatibility and other factors. Let’s take a look at the different types of lubricants so you can choose which one is the best for you.
- Condom compatible
- Non Staining
- Easy cleanup
- Doesn’t last long
Water-based lubricants are usually the first type of lubricant people try, and it’s the most common type found at your local supermarket. It’s easy to use, and safe to use with condoms. It’s ok if you are a bit messy with it, because it is non-staining.
They are safe for use with all sex toys, and can be used during oral sex as well. If you choose to use a lubricant for oral sex, a flavored lube will help give you some extra enjoyment.
The downside of water-based lubes is that they don’t last as long as other types. They can get sticky and require reapplication frequently while you are having sex. You may find jelly or gel water-based lubes to last longer than the liquid type.
Silicone Based Lubricants
- Long lasting
- Works well in water
- Condom safe
- More difficult to clean up
- Not compatible with all sex toys
Silicone lubricants work very well and should last longer than water-based lubricants. They are also condom compatible. If you plan on having sex in the shower or bath, silicone lubes are a good choice because they don’t break down in the water.
However, this means you can’t just remove it with water like water-based lubes, so there may be a bit more clean up. In addition, silicone lubes aren’t safe for all sex toys. They are safe for hard plastic, stainless steel, and glass. They aren’t safe for silicone, real skin, or jelly sex toys.
Silicone lubes may be a better choice for anal sex, because they are usually more slippery than water-based lubes in addition to lasting longer. If you're looking for maximum slip for the longest period of time, silicone lubes are a good choice.
- Safe for most sex toys
- Can stain clothing or bedding
- Not safe for latex condoms
Oil-based lubricants can give you a luxurious feel and long-lasting lubrication. Oil-based lubes can be ideal for those who are sensitive to silicone or glycerin found in most other types of lubes. They are safe for most sex toys, but they can not be used on latex toys or condoms.
Just like silicone-based, oil-based lubes require soap and water to remove and can stain your fabrics. Oil-based lubes come in two basic types: natural and synthetic.
Synthetic oils can include mineral oil and petroleum. Natural oils can include coconut, jojoba, and vegetable oils. It’s best to stick to natural oil-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants are great for massages as well.
What Not to Use
You are about to get busy and you can’t find your lube. Of course, a trip to the store is the last thing you want to do, so what do you do? If you are going to improvise, do not attempt to use lotion or other beauty products. They may not be safe, and the perfumes can be irritating.
If you have a natural oil like coconut, peanut, walnut, olive, etc., you can use it in place of lube. You should not use them with latex condoms or sex toys though.
The right lube can enhance your sex life and ensure that you get maximum pleasure from your sexual experiences, no matter what they are.