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Adding lube to your play may just be the easiest way to spice things up in the bedroom. Far from being a go-to when your natural lubrication just doesn’t cut it, lube makes everything much more enjoyable - from solo play to toy play to partner play. But with so many options on the market - which one do you choose?
There are three main types of lube, and the “type” is based on the main component in the product. Water-based lubes are the most popular as they’re non staining and can be used with sex toys. Silicone-based lubes have been growing in popularity over the past few years, as they tend to be longer lasting, and they can even be used in the shower. Careful using a silicone lube with a silicone toy, though! Water lubes are safer for toys for this reason; although carefully reading through product info on a lube online or in-person will reveal whether or not it’s safe to use with your favourite vibrator. The last kind of lube is an oil-based lube. These lubes tend to be less in fashion today as they can sometimes stain sheets and clothing, and generally should not be used with toys.
A important note - sex lubes do not prevent STDs or pregnancy. They should always be used with other forms of protection. And not all lubes are condom-safe. Be sure to carefully read the label, and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your sex product retailer or sex toy website. For couples who aren’t consensually fluid bonded and using condoms for protection, water-based lubes (whether flavored, unflavored, all natural or traditional) are generally a better choice than silicone or oil-based lubes.
And what about the cost? As for the price of lubes, this is one item not worth hunting for bargains on. Luxury lubricants like “Pjur” are often used in the porn industry because they are so long lasting, and they are latex-condom compatible. Just as many people wouldn’t bat an eyelash at spending money on high quality cosmetics, most lube lovers don’t mind investing in high quality lube. Plus with the good stuff - a little goes a long way! Remember that lube is a product you use your most intimate areas and often consume as well - the ingredients of your lube should be as high quality as your moisturizer if not more so.
For a little more excitement, look for specialty lubes. Flavored lubes, for example, add a new dimension to oral sex. “Sliquid” brand even has a strawberry lemonade variety - yum! And to “heat things up” (literally), look for a warming lube. Warming lubes create highly arousing sensations by gently stimulating the nerves at the surface of the skin. They can even be used on nipples (both his and hers) to really up the ante. We recommend “ID Sensation Warming Lube” for its non-sticky formula and climax-enhancing effects.
Lastly, if you’re having trouble deciding which lube to buy… try a few different types. Sampler packs are an excellent way to experiment, and many lubes come in different sized bottles. Until you’ve found your favorite, purchase the smallest size and experiment. Try different types and brands of lube during different sexual positions and activities - oral, intercourse, anal, solo play and toy play. You may even find that you like different sex lubes for different styles of play and different moods.
No matter which lube you choose - lube is still one of the most fun and economical ways to add more pleasure to your sexual adventures.