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How to Decide Which Lube Is Best for You Lubricant is a must-have in the bedroom. A lube makes masturbation much closer to the real thing, ensures safety during anal play and anal sex and helps make experimenting with new toys a far more pleasurable experience. There are dozens of lubricant products available on the market, and each type is perfect for specific uses. So how can you easily determine which product is right for you? Here are some things to consider when selecting lubes:
1. Reapplication - Are you looking for a lube for anal sex or a marathon lovemaking session or something for quick pleasure? Water-based lubricants tend to become absorbed quickly by the skin, making it more likely that you'll need to reapply for longer use. Silicone lubes by contrast stay on the surface of the skin, so the need for reapplication is less likely.
2. Ease of Clean Up - Do you mind getting a little messy in the bedroom or do you prefer something simple to clean up? Water-based lubricants are water-soluble and wash off easily with water. Silicone lubricants are not as simple to rinse away so they can make for more time-consuming clean-up.
3. Thickness - What are you using the lube for? For anal sex or playing with large toys, a thicker, silicone-based lubricant is typically the better choice. If you don't like a heavy, greasy lube, a lighter weight water-based formula is more likely to be a winner. These products are great for masturbation and vaginal sex.
4. Location - Where will you be using your lube? If you want a lube that can be used in the shower or tub, stick to silicone-based formulas that won't become diluted by water. If you want to keep the bed sheets clean, a water-based lubricant may be the better choice for your needs.
5. Toys and Condoms - Both water and silicone-based lubricants can be safely used with latex condoms, but you should never apply an oil-based lube to latex, as oils can cause latex to dissolve, increasing the chances of rips, tears and leaks. This is why it's not a good idea to use a moisturizer or petroleum jelly as a lube for latex and to choose personal lubricants instead. If you plan to use your lube with a butt plug, a dildo, a vibrator, a stroker or another type of toy, you'll need to check the materials carefully. Silicone lubes can break down silicone toys over time, making water-based lube a better choice for a toy crafted out of silicones or that contain silicone fillers. You can use silicone lubes on other types of materials, including hard plastic, metal and glass. Never use an oil-based lubricant on sex toys. If you'd like individualized advice about which lube product in our collection is perfect for you, give us a call or send us an email using the "Contact Us" page. We'll be glad to help you choose the perfect product to ensure your pleasure alone or with a partner.