Guide to the Best Lube for You

Guide to the Best Lube for You

Ready to slide into the wonderful world of lube? Buckle up (or rather, lube up!) because it’s a journey that will be different every time depending on what kind of play you’re in the mood for that day. Everyone of all gender identities & sexual orientations can benefit from lube during playtime. In this blog we’ll go over the various types of lubes to help you figure out what will fit your sexual needs.

What is lube?

Lube (short for personal lubricant) is a liquid or gel that is specifically designed for friction and irritation during sexual activity. There are various types of lubes that can be used for different experiences and different sensations depending on the sexual preferences and needs.

Why use lube?

  • Using lube during solo play or partner play can contribute to higher sexual satisfaction and pleasure
  • Adding lube helps those with pain or tearing during vaginal or anal intercourse
  • Use of lube with condoms can help reduce the chance of breakage

Adding a lubricant to your nightstand can make sex more fun and comfortable. There are lubes formulated for penis in vagina sex, anal sex, oral sex, handjobs, blowjobs, solo masturbation, men, women, and EVERYBODY. Everybody deserves to have great sex and lube can be a magical addition to help you have a great time no matter how you like to get down.

Types of lubricants

Let’s start by going over what you might be more familiar with: your body’s natural lubricants. This includes saliva, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluids. While your body produces these naturally, sometimes your state of arousal doesn’t always correlate with your body’s production of natural lubricants. Lack of natural lubrication can increase friction, and cause uncomfortable or painful sex.

We have a feeling that you’re looking to amp up the lubrication to meet your sexual needs, which is why you’re here!

If you don't have pain or discomfort during sexual activity, you can still benefit from adding a lubricant for a little extra glide and comfort.

Water-based lubricants

Water-based lubricants are great for all kinds of play and are generally safe for use with latex condoms. This is great for penis in vagina sex because the lube is absorbable and requires less clean up.

The molecules of water-based lubes are so small that it will absorb into the skin and will need re-application. As long as you keep it near your bed and are okay with reapplying it during sex, this could be the perfect formulation for you. If you want to use silicone toys, water-based lube also won’t break down your toys.

Silicone lubricants

The molecules in silicone-based lubes are larger than the molecules in water-based lube so they don’t absorb into the skin easily. This makes everything slide and slip with ease, and for a longer period of time without reapplication. Silicone lubes are a great choice for anal penetration because the anus is not self-lubricating, and will benefit from some kind of lubricant to add extra glide. Silicone lubricant is safe for use with latex condoms, during sex in the shower, and with metal or glass sex toys.

A few things to keep in mind: silicone lubes may stain your bedsheets, and are not safe for use with silicone toys.

Hybrid lubricants

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, you might want to try a hybrid lube formula. Hybrid lubes contain both water and silicone in different percentages. You’ll get the experience of an easy-to-clean water-based lube, but with the longer-lasting slide of a silicone lube. Hybrid lubricants are safe for use with latex condoms and sex toys of all kinds.

Oil-based lubricants

Oil-based lubes are really great for external play like for massages or handjobs. However, they can be associated with vaginal irritation and are not safe to use with latex condoms.

Flavored lubricants

Flavored lubes can be water-based, silicone, hybrid, or oil-based, with the addition of a delicious flavor. These lubes can be used to make oral sex or kissing even more pleasurable.

What to avoid in lubes

No matter what lubricant formula you choose, you should avoid those containing phthalates, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or sugar. These ingredients are often not body safe and can cause irritations, rashes, or infections.

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  • Alcohol free
  • Dye free
  • Paraben free
  • Fragrance free
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Our water-based lubes are perfect for vaginal play

Toy Wonder: A thick water-based jelly that won’t drip off your sex toys, and is easy to clean up. Safe for use on all types of toys.
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Natural Sex Lube: An all-natural, pH-balanced, aloe-based formula designed for the ingredient-obsessed. Perfect for sensitive skin. Safe for use with latex condoms.
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Our hybrid & silicone lubes for backside play

Tush Cush: A hybrid lubricant of water & premium silicone that adds cushion and comfort during backside play. Designed to be moisturizing, long-lasting, and thick, yet easy to clean up. Safe for use with latex condoms and sex toys.
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Our delicious flavored lubes for oral

Choose from Vanilla Chai, Coconut Lime, Peach Ginger: A pH-balanced, water-based lube for delicious oral play for him and her. These exclusive flavors are formulated to be tasty without being too sugary sweet and without an aftertaste. Vegan & gluten free.

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Choosing the right lube for you is based on how you like to get down and what you’re looking to improve in your sex life. We recommend experimenting with different formulas to find what you like the most. Lubes are always a great way to experiment and add something new to the bedroom, whether by yourself or with your partner.


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