Personal lubricant is the quickest, easiest, and probably most effective preventative measure that you can take against dryness and chafing during sex. It can also help prolong love-making sessions, and make your own masturbation more enjoyable. There is a misunderstanding about lube, thinking that if a woman uses lube during sex, it’s because the man cannot get her wet enough, or that something may be wrong with her. This is absolutely NOT true, and no matter how naturally lubricated you are, generally the wetter the better and the more enjoyable it is.

There are a number of different lubes out there and it can definitely be intimidating. Here we break down the essential information you need to make an informed decision about which type is right for you and how you plan to use it.

Water based

  • Water soluble – easy to clean
  • May need to re-apply
  • Safe to use with all condoms & toys
  • Available in different varieties such as flavors, viscosities, warming, cooling and tingling sensations.
  • Do not use for anal sex

Hybrid (Water + Silicone)

  • Hybrids have the long lasting advantages of silicone but with much easier clean-up like water-based products.

Oil based

  • Petroleum based products
  • Can provide a distinctive slickness
  • Never use with a latex condom


  • Available in water & silicone based formulas – silicone is recommended, the anus does not self-lubricate and silicone will not be absorbed into the body
  • Thicker viscosity & longer lasting
  • May contain a desensitizing agent – we recommend you use these with caution and you should listen to your body

Silicone based

  • Longer lasting than water lubricants
  • Not absorbed into the body
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Not water soluble
  • Best choice for marathon sex and any intimate activity in water such as the shower or hot tub.
  • Not safe for use with silicone toys
  • Can be used for anal sex

Warming / Cooling

  • Usually water-based formulas
  • Meant to provide a warming or cooling sensation
  • Can be used on any part of the body, and during massage
  • Touching or blowing on area can enhance the warm / cool sensation
  • Some warming & cooling lubricants are designed to use together and intensify the experience with your partner.

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