Why Lube? A Helpful Guide to A Sexy Staple
Lube (or personal lubricant, if you want to call it by it’s full name) is arguably THE sex essential everyone should have on hand (after condoms of course). It comes in many variations and helps create more pleasurable experiences whether that be penetrative sex, masturbation, sex toy play or any combination of the three! We want to erase the stigma that using lubricant means you’re not “turned on.” Using lubricant is actually a great way to claim pleasure and make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable.
The four main categories of lube are water-based, silicone, hybrid and CBD-infused. Within each of these categories are sub-categories like warming and cooling or flavored lubes. Read on to find the right lube for your next intimate encounter:
- Compatible with all toys and condoms
- Great for sensitive skin/bodies
- Comes out in the wash! (No permanently stained sheets)
- Thicker, has a silky, smooth texture
- Doesn’t absorb as fast – Better for longer sessions and anal sex
- Ideal for water play and when using stainless steel toys
- NOT compatible with silicone toys - Using silicone lube on a silicone toy can break down the material of the toy, removing the nice finish and making it potentially unsafe to use
- A fusion of both water-based and silicone lubricants
- A nice middle ground – Hybrid lube lasts longer than water-based but is less oily that silicone
- Compatibility with condoms and silicone toys is determined by the main ingredient – If it’s more water-based, then it is ok to use with condoms and silicone toys, but not if it’s made with more silicone than water.
CBD-Infused (only available in stores)
- Increases blood flow
- Decreases inflammation
- Helps ease muscle tension
- Compatibility with condoms and silicone toys is determined by the main ingredient – See hybrid lube section for more info
Some final thoughts
- Some lubes are made with organic substances like coconut oil. These types of lube are NOT condom and silicone toy safe. If the main ingredient in the lubricant is oil, it isn’t good for condom and/or silicone toys.
- Glass and metal toys are compatible with all types of lube
If you have more questions about finding the right lube for you, visit any Lovers store where our associates are happy to help.