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How to Choose Lube

“Most of the time when shopping for lube, I reach for a well-known brand or, honestly, just the first bottle that jumps out at me.” if this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Lots of people feel overwhelmed by the number of choices when it comes to lube. Should you choose water-based or silicone-based? What about for anal sex? We’re here to answer all these questions and more! This article will make you a confident lube-shopper and help you find the perfect one for you!

Let’s start from the beginning:

What is Lube?

Lube is the perfect slippery accessory to all of your sexual escapades. Whether you’re getting it on by yourself or with a partner, with a hand or with a toy, lube keeps everything moving smoothly. It helps reduce friction on the delicate tissue of the penis, vulva, and/or anus, preventing unwanted irritation. Think of lube being to sex as water is to a Slip n’ Slide–it can make all the difference!

Where do I start?

There are a few different types of lube:

Sutil lubevWater-based lube is the universal lube. It’s compatible with latex barriers and silicone sex toys, making it a safe choice for most sexual play. It has a thinner consistency than silicone lube and is sometimes stickier. Since its main ingredient is water, it’s easy to clean up afterward. A great place to start is with Sutil, a no-fuss lube made with the finest botanical Eco-Certified Ingredients. It’s water-based, making it latex and toy friendly, and is free of parabens and glycerin. It also comes in a biodegradable tube, for those who like to stay eco-friendly even between the sheets!

UberlubeSilicone lube is the lube to use when there is no sign of stopping all night (or day) long. It tends to be longer-lasting and thicker than water-based lube. While you won’t need to reapply a great silicone lube, it won’t be compatible with your silicone toys (think back to chemistry class – the silicone will bond together and ruin your toy!). An amazing lube to start with is Überlube, a luxurious, long-lasting silicone lube with no sticky residue. It’s latex-friendly, scent and color-free, and comes in a pump that helps you measure the perfect amount. Überlube is also über-useful. Beyond sex, use it in your hair to tame frizz, or to prevent chafing during exercise.

Sliquid Silk Hybrid LubeHybrid lube gives you the best of both worlds. With mostly water-based ingredients and a dash of silicone, you get the less-mess benefits of a water-based lube with the long-lasting power of a silicone lube. You can use hybrid lube with latex barriers, but keep in mind it is still not suitable for your silicone toys. Start with Sliquid Silk Hybrid – made using a water-based formula that is blended with silicone, so it loses some of the drippy nature found in a water-based lube. Sliquid lubes are uniquely designed to emulate your body’s own natural lubrication. They’re also vegan, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic, so you know you’re giving your body the best it deserves.

What else should I know?

Check the ingredients of the lube you use. Vibrant won’t sell any lubes with glycerin, oil, desensitizing products, or any other harmful ingredients, but it’s important to know how these ingredients affect the body and why you should avoid them.

People with vulvas should be wary of lubes made with glycerin, as those who are prone to yeast infections may find glycerin to be irritating. If you’re using latex condoms, stay away from oil-based lube. It will weaken the condom and cause it to break.

Also be cautious of desensitizing lubes. Numbing sensitive areas makes it harder for you to listen to your body’s signals that tell you if something hurts (and not in a good way).

Sliquid Sassy LubeFor any sort of butt play, lube is crucial since the rectum doesn’t produce any lubrication of its own. Check out Sliquid Sassy Anal Gel for backdoor adventures. It’s water-based with a slightly different formula to add extra padding, and this product is compatible with your silicone toys.


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Vibrant Staff

The Vibrant Staff writers are a group of sex-positive women employed by Vibrant. Our contributors are passionate about advocacy, women's rights, relationships, and sharing their experiences with you!

Vibrant Staff

The Vibrant Staff writers are a group of sex-positive women employed by Vibrant. Our contributors are passionate about advocacy, women's rights, relationships, and sharing their experiences with you!

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