Our philosophy is “WETTER IS BETTER” - especially during foreplay, anal or vaginal intercourse. Quality lubricant is like liquid magic – adding just a few drops can enhance sensation and extend, transforming good sex to “OMG!” sex. Lubricant makes sessions last longer as the extra moisture helps to maintain a steady rhythm, whether with a partner or playing solo.
WHY USE LUBE?
- Lube makes sexual activity, flying solo or with a partner, more pleasurable
- Ample lubrication decreases friction and irritation, while increasing sensation
- Increases the comfort and efficacy of using safer sex barriers like diaphragms, condoms and dams
- Enhances and extends performance
- Resolves dryness, making some sexual activities possible
- Toys are more fun with lube
- Lube is essential for water-play, as water alone can cause friction
WHO NEEDS LUBE?
It’s our opinion that pretty much everyone will benefit from using an intimate lubricant. While most people produce enough lubrication naturally, a number of factors can contribute to dryness – including medication, hormonal changes, menopause or a body’s slow response to foreplay. Whatever the case, needing additional lubrication will only enhance lovemaking for both partners.
If you are using toys or condoms, it is ALWAYS a good idea to use lubricant. Both tend to create dryness as they are exposed to air, making for uncomfortable re-entry and condom breakage. Remember that the anus produces no moisture of its own—always use lube with anal play.
Needs and preferences vary, so we have carefully selected a variety of lube options made by our favorite sexual health brands.
5 REASONS TO TRY LUBE
- Stimulating and lubes create a different feeling!
- Flavors make oral play a decadent delight!
- Lubes are a fun way to experiment with different textures!
- Lubes make toys more comfortable!
- Lube helps prevent condom breakage!
TYPES OF INTIMATE LUBRICANTS
The first ingredient is water or aloe (if glycerin is the first ingredient it will be very thick and might be more of a “warming lotion” for oral play).
- Can feel like ones natural juices
- Depending on the brand, it can feel cool on the skin and may get a little sticky after prolonged use
- Can be reactivated by adding water.
- Most commonly used and manufactured
- Offers the most variety, including flavors, warming, stimulating, and natural.
- Washes from the body quickly
- Does not stain sheets.
- Compatible with all toy materials.
Ingredients that end in “ol” or “cone” like: dimethicone, dimethiconol, Also an ingredient like cyclopentasiloxane.
- Never feels sticky.
- Creates long-lasting glide.
- Can also be used for all-over body massage.
- Great to use in water (tub, shower or pool).
- Compatible with latex, rubber, glass and plastic materials.
- Not suggested to be used with most silicone products.
A water-based lubricant with a silicone ingredient in there somewhere, like dimethicone. It is usually visually white or creamy looking.
- Feels slippery, but thin enough to feel a lot of sensation.
- A unique water-based lube that does not feel sticky.
- Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth when dry.
- Often hydrates, protects and traps moisture in the skin.
- Compatible with latex, rubber, glass, metal, and plastic materials.
- Not suggested to be used with most silicone products.
Can be a gel or liquid and contains a blend of plant-based derivatives instead of silicone polymers or petroleum products.
- Provides a smooth glide and feels very silky.
- Some contain a natural form of glycerin that is derived from vegetable oil or plant cellulose.
- Many contain aloe for its healing and moisturizing properties.
- Can be flavored or have a warming sensation.
- Many formulas are Certified Organic, which appeals to many customers.
- Most formulas are compatible with all toy materials, check label prior to use.
NATURAL OR ORGANIC LUBE
A number of customers prefer products that are made with only natural or organic ingredients. There are many different definitions of “natural”, so be sure to read the bottles and offer versions that appeal to your needs.
Designed to enhance oral lovemaking and are condom-safe. Usually only offered in a water-based formula, they can also be used for penetration
Glycerin, which is an excellent humectant that retains moisture, is a common ingredient in most water-based lubes. But glycerin may also mimic sugar when added to feminine chemistry and can exacerbate existing issues in sensitive women and lead to yeast infections or vaginal irritation.
Parabens are a common preservative found in most beauty products, but some women develop sensitivity toward petrochemicals in the form of skin irritations. Most products with parabens are banned in Europe.
STIMULATING LUBES AND ENHANCERS
Designed to increase sensation for both partners. Stimulating lubes often include active ingredients like menthol or pepper that increase blood flow and awaken the nerve endings.
Carrageenan is a seaweed and makes lubricants feel exceptionally slippery. It can also heal and repair vaginal tissue, soothe and relieve vaginal dryness, and add some moisture. Coconut Oil Coconut oil contains no preservatives or parabens and naturally contains antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties like caprylic, capric, and lauric acids and it is naturally edible. It can be used as a lubricant or as a ultra-moisturizing massage oil. It is also non-greasy and soaks into skin quickly. Latex condoms are not compatible with ANY oil based lubricants and should not be used together.
Stays on the surface of the skin longer
Provides more “cushion” or comfortable feeling
Reduces friction and sensation. It is often ideal for anal penetration
Stays where it’s applied, so ideal for avoiding anal to vaginal migration
Allows people to feel more sensation without friction
Perfect for someone who wants a “kick start” until their own moisture takes over
Often referred to as a “women’s” formula (who generally prefer to feel more sensation during penetration)
Provides long lasting lubrication
Less versatile than other types of lubes
NOT COMPATIBLE CONDOM OR LATEX DAMS
Often not to be used with certain softer toy materials like TPR, latex, or elastomer
Great for masturbation and massage
DESENSITIZING / PROLONGING LUBES AND ENHANCERS
Used to relax and numb areas such as throat and anal canal and to prevent premature ejaculation
Contain a mild anesthetic called Benzocaine – 5-7.5% is the standard
Can be oil-based in which case are NOT COMPATIBLE WITH LATEX CONDOMS OR DAMS