Unsure which type of lubricant to buy? We’ve got you covered!
Lubricant is an absolute must when using sex toys, such as dildos, vibrators, male masturbators and anal toys, because it helps the toy to slide into your body with ease, which equals more comfort and pleasure. Lubricant is also essential for anal sex and vaginal sex, to keep things slippery and comfortable. Here are the best types to buy based on what you intend to use the lubricant for.
The lubricant you use with your toys needs to be compatible with the material your sex toy is made from.
Water-based lubricant is perfect for use with sex toys and is safe to use with all sex toy materials. If ever in doubt, opt for water-based lubricant.
Silicone lubricant isn’t recommended for use with silicone sex toys as the materials can react with each other and decrease the lifespan of your toys. However, it can be used safely with other materials, such as glass or metal sex toys.
Oil-based lubricant isn’t suitable to use with porous sex toys, such as those made from rubber or jelly materials. It can be used with non-porous sex toys, such as glass and metal.
We recommend anal lubricant for anal play and anal sex, as the consistency of the lubricant is thicker and longer lasting than that of ordinary lubricants. The extra thickness helps to protect the sensitive skin around the anus, and some anal lubricants and many also offer a slight numbing and moisturising effect. Silicone lubricant is also great for anal sex.
When it comes to lubricating the vagina in preparation for sex, water-based lube, silicone lube or organic lubricant are all great options to keep things sleek, slippery and well lubricated. They are also safe to use with condoms.
If you’re looking for a lubricant for masturbation, regardless of whether you’re a penis or vulva owner, we recommend masturbation lubricant, which is designed specifically for masturbation, as well as water-based lubricant, organic lube or silicone lubricant.
To add extra sensation to foreplay, try warming or cooling lubricant, arousal gels or clitoral gels. To decrease sensation, such as for anal sex, try a delay spray or desensitising cream. To add extra flavour to foreplay and oral sex, use a flavoured lubricant to stimulate the senses and indulge the taste buds.
All water-based, hybrid, silicone and flavoured lubricants are 100% safe for use with condoms. The only exception is oil-based lubricant which can degrade the latex of condoms. The product description will outline whether the lube ingredients are compatible with condoms or not, but ever in doubt, opt for water-based lubricant.
To find out more about the different types of lubricants, read our guide on Everything you need to know about lubricants.