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Slippery, slidey, moisture-adding, friction-banishing lubrication is a key part of sex. For a lot of people and a whole lot of sex acts, the right lube or oil is the key to pleasure.
When it comes to sex no matter your gender, age, or walk of life, we all want the same – pleasure. Many things play important roles here, what you enjoy is something particular and sometimes can be very peculiar, but there is one simple rule that applies to everyone: the wetter the better. Intercourse without lube can be painful and can damage the vaginal lining.
When we get sexually aroused, most of us normally have natural lubrication, but sometimes we need extra help to get there. Using a lubricant is totally normal, whether you want to use it for lack of natural lubrication or just to enhance all the amazing sensations. In fact, lube makes sex more pleasurable and enjoyable.
What is the best lubricant to use?
When shopping for something intimate as sex-related products we all want to know what the best product for us is. This is a very specific question and the answer can seem vague: you are the only one who will really know but don’t worry, you are not alone, we are here to give you a tour on the Lube’s world so then knowing all your options you can choose the best for your needs.
Lubes mostly come in one of these bases:
Whether it’s your first time buying or looking to expand your lubricant collection, there’s one out there for you, guaranteed.
If you are looking for a long-lasting option this is the one, no need to be reapplying in the middle of your moment. Silicone lubes are smooth and described by users as “the silk sheets on your sensitive parts”. Nothing to worry when using on yourself or on your partner, silicone won’t cause any reaction to your body.
Is there any downside? Unfortunately, yes. Silicone-based lubes can destroy the surface of your silicone sex toys with constant use. Fortunately, it is safe to use with condoms.
Generally, oil lubricants are inexpensive, safe, and easy to use. You can find natural – coconut (not recommended for people who are prone to have yeast infection) or butter lube oils or synthetic – Vaseline. This type of lube will keep you going, going, and going, no need to reapply it. Looking at the positive side you can use oil lubes for sex and for massages as well, great combo, right?
The cons of oil-based lubricants come if you are using a latex condom, this type of lube can increase the chances of a ripped or torn condom. Oil can also leave stains in your clothes and bedsheets.
Water-based lubes are the most common and versatile type of lubricants. It goes with both types of condoms latex and non-latex, typically they don’t stain sheets, it’s inexpensive, easy on the skin and it washes off very easily with water. They come in two varieties with glycerin, which can have a slightly sweet taste, or without it. It’s the safest option to use with toys. One of our favorites is the Natural Swirl, it’s vegan and it comes in many flavors.
Hybrid lube is a combination of the above types of lube. With this option, you get to enjoy the natural feeling and versatility of water-based and the long-lasting benefit of silicone-based lubes. Isn't it great? Some combinations have a very small amount of silicone and in this case, it is ok to use it on your sex toys.
Which type of lube is the best for you?
Now that you have an understanding of the different lube formulas you just need to choose the type that suits your needs better. A great tip is to think about what you would like to use your lube for.
How to apply lubricants?
After you’ve found out the best lube for you it’s time to be creative and apply it where you need and as much as you want, because there’s no such thing as too much lubrication. A good tip is to warm it up a little bit – in your hands, not in the microwave. This isn’t necessary, but lube can get cold and you will feel it even more in your genitals. You should apply lubricant not just for penetration but also for touching yourself, exploring your labia during partner or solo play, feel free to reapply if needed.
How to store your lube
Most lubricants have a very stable chemical structure and for that, there is no need to keep your lube in the refrigerator, we do advise you to keep it away from direct heat and out of the easy reach of children and pets. Most lubes have non-toxic formulas but they can still cause digestive issues if consumed in large amounts.
Now that you are an expert in lubricants it’s time to go ahead and experiment, share, play, explore, and most importantly, have fun!