Lube is the new black
Whether you’re bringing home people, toys or just riding your bike a lot, you are probably using or need to be using some type of lubricant. Using lube can make sex and masturbation more comfortable and can cut down on chaffing and the possibility of tearing your tissues. The different bases for lube and their interactions with other materials can make choosing a lube difficult if you don’t have all the info. Here is a quick breakdown of what is what and why it matters.
The most common base for lubes
Why it’s great: Water-based lubes are easy to find, feel the most like natural lubrication from bodies and when you’re done, they just absorb into your skin so you can roll over and go to sleep/eat a hoagie/finish watching Armageddon.
Downside: Because water does absorb, some people may find that these lubes quit before the sex does. In that case, instead of reapplying, you can reanimate your water-based lube with some water. I know someone who keeps a spray bottle on her night stand to use for a mid-fuck misting to get everything slippery again.
Not compatible with: Water is compatible with everything! Party!
Avoid: Glycerin which is VERY common in commercially produced lubes (I’m looking at you, Astroglide and KY). Many folks avoid glycerin because it acts like a sugar in the body and will likely change the PH of a vagina leading to yeast infections and serious irritation in the anus. Seriously, this shit is everywhere and it is the devil.
Parabens are also in a ton of body products and are used as preservatives. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. So maybe don’t put them all over your gentle bits, you feel me?
Brands: Some companies that specialize in glycerine and paraben-free water-based lubes are Sliquid, Blossom Organics, and Good Clean Love which I’ve recently started seeing at regular-ass stores like Walgreens and Fred Meyer.
Why it’s great: Oil can be a moisturizing option of you want a slippery feeling and a solution to mild dryness. The consistency is unlike any of the other lubes and warms to body temperature quickly.
Downside: This shit is messy. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so you can’t put it in a pump bottle like I prefer everything to be in. Also, different oils can clog pores in different people so experiment with several types if you find yourself with a case of crotch acne.
Not compatible with: Anything latex! Condoms, gloves & dental dams are out of the question with oil as it breaks down the latex material rendering the barrier useless. As for non-latex condoms, oil is compatible with polyurethane (Trojan SUPRA, Durex AVANTI) but NOT with polyisoprene (Lifestyles SKYN, Durex BARE).
Avoid: Using a low-grade oil for lube. Just because you can cook with it, doesn’t mean it’s high quality enough to be smeared on your genitals. And if you do have a nice oil that you also cook with, keep your kitchen bottle separate from your bedroom bottle.
Brands: Some people really like YES oil-based but it does have beeswax in it and, since I’m not a beegan, I don’t use it. I’m more of a coconut oil kind of gal. I’ve known people to safely use almond, olive, flax seed, grape seed and oils from many other plant sources. Plus, you can buy them on EBT, so there’s that.
Why it’s great: Since there is no water in silicone, it doesn’t evaporate and the large molecules of silicone sit atop the skin and stay slippery for, kind of, ever. If you are one of those people that has sex for three hours, you might want to try a silicone since it will keep up. Silicone is also great for sex while you’re showering or hot tubbing or scuba diving since it’s not water-soluble.
Downside: Silicone lubes are very thin and can run and drip. This can be problematic if you’re trying to keep bacteria from one orifice from contaminating another (I’ll give you a hint: a butthole & vagina!). They can also stain fabric like sheets and my car seat covers so be careful. Silicone also has to be washed off when you’re done using it so prepare to hop in the shower or have wipes on hand.
Not compatible with: Silicone toys! Silicone is a synthetic that with bind to itself and cause the surface of your toy to become tacky or even break off in tiny chunks. Not cool. Even silicone hybrid lubes which have been blended with water can fuck up your silicone toys so don’t screw around. If you really need to mix a toy and silicone lube, put an unlubed condom between the two.
Avoid: Extra additives. There shouldn’t be more than 4 ingredients in your silicone lube. Some companies add Vitamin E or aloe but that’s really all that should be tolerated.
Brands: Eros Pjur, Pink, & Uberlube make some of the top lubes on the market. A review of my favorite is on its way!
There are a million brands of lube and many of them are now offering organic options for people with super sensitive skin. Just read labels and, if you can, touch, smell and taste them before taking them home. You’ll thank yourself for not getting that ‘really silky one’ that ended up tasting so bad no one will ever go down on you when you use it. And if you did, you can always use it to grease your bike chain.
Whether you’re bringing home people, toys or just riding your bike a lot, you are probably using or need to be using some type of lubricant. Using lube can make sex and masturbation more comfortable and can cut down on chaffing and the possibility of tearing your tissues. The different bases for lube and their […]