The Beginner’s Guide to Lubricants

The Beginner’s Guide to Lubricants

Ready for a beginner’s guide on all things lubricants? We’re here to break everything down for you and put your mind at ease whether you’re a first time buyer or you wanna change up what you’re used to. First and foremost, the presence of lube in the bedroom and the effect it creates during sex greatly improves both the comfortability and pleasure for all parties. The whole stigma surrounding lube and people thinking they don’t need it needs to be left in 2021! After you read this blog – go try some for yourself!

What are Lubricants?

Before even discussing why it’s such an important tool to have during sex, it is vital to fully understand what lube is. So in case you don’t know – lube is short for “personal lubricant” and refers to a gel-like liquid that helps to prevent any unnecessary friction or rubbing which could potentially irritate genitals and make sex less enjoyable (who wants that?).

In addition, lube can be used during vaginal sex, anal sex, masturbation, and other forms of solo / partner sex. It is also worth noting that we do of course produce some natural lubricant to aid in smoother and more pleasurable sex, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. That is where a bottle of lube can come in extremely handy. Even with enough natural lubricant, extra lube can still enhance the overall experience of sex.

What Are The Different Types Of Lubes?

In general, there are three main types of lubes which are all made out of different materials and ingredients:

1. Water-based

A great starter lube

Won’t damage your toys

Gentle and less invasive on your skin

Mimics your natural body fluids

Safe to use with condoms

Easily cleaned, non-staining and washes away with water

The effect may not last as long as other types of lubes

Safe to ingest

Our Suggestion

Some of our favourite water lubes are Sliquid H2O Water Based Lubricant and System JO H2O Original Water Based Lubricant. If you are looking for a lube with a warming or cooling sensation, a great warming lubricant is Wicked Aqua Heat Warming Lubricant and for a colder sensation Wicked Aqua Chill Cooling Lubricant is perfect!

Sliquid H2O Water Based Lubricant

The brand Sliquid is one of the best lubes for sensitive skin and are also all American lubes, so you know exactly where the product is coming from.

2. Silicone-based

Ideal for longer sessions

Slick and can be used in water (great for shower play!)

Safe to use with condoms 

Do not use silicone lube with silicone sex toys!!

Not sticky or tacky

The effect lasts longer than water-based lubes, and you need less of it

Hypoallergenic – most people won’t experience a reaction, but some may

Harder to clean up and may stain

Our Suggestion

If you’re in the market for some silicone based lubes, look no further than Wet lubes – their Wet Platinum Luxury Silicone Lubricant has got your back.

Wet Platinum Luxury Silicone Lubricant

3. Oil-based

No need for reapplication

You can also use for massage time

You can use it for sexual plays involving skin contact

Unsafe to use with condoms and/or sex toys; oil can breakdown latex and make condoms ineffective

Stains quickly and difficult to clean

Associated with higher rates of Candida (fungus responsible for yeast infections)

Our Suggestion

The YES OB Oil Based Lubricant is the perfect oil based lube and has a dual purpose of being an intimate lubricant and massage oil, like we mentioned above!

YES OB Oil Based Lubricant

More on Lubricants

In addition, lubes are also a great addition when using condoms. This is because by minimizing friction during intercourse, lube has drastically lowered the chances of the condom itself being torn or broken apart, helping decrease the likelihood of any unplanned pregnancies or cases of STIs.

Are Lubricants Safe?

Lubes are often considered to be low-risk products and do not have any drastic health-related drawbacks. However, it is advised that if you’re trying to conceive, avoid the conventional lubes and instead select and purchase a lube that is specifically made for conceiving. The System JO Actively Trying Lubricant is the best for this! This is because the conventional lubes are not designed to assist in conceiving, rather it hinders and may cause problems regarding the sperm’s mobility.

There are SO many different lubes out there, but there is a perfect one just for you. You just have to be willing to do some research and try and test a few until you find your perfect match!

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