The Easy Guide To Lubricants
Lubricants are a great way to enhance your sex life. Whether you're having fun with a partner or enjoying your favourite sex toy, a high-quality lubricant will heighten the experience and guarantee a good time!
There are numerous brands and types of lubricant available and although there's no right or wrong way to use a lube, we thought we'd point you in the right direction.
Types of Lubricant
Sounds simple? Well, it is!
Water-based lubricants can be used for anything! They're great for sex, ideal for using with sex toys, really enjoyable during masturbation and the thicker ones are perfect for anal sex.
Water-based lubricants often come in different varieties such as tingle, warming and flavoured so if you're looking to spice up a session, then water-based is the way to go.
Oil-based lubricants are a little more specialist. The ingredients in many oil-based lubricants will rot anything made from rubber (including your sex toys and condoms) and cause vaginal dryness and thrush in women.
However, oil-based lubricants are ideal for anal play or male masturbation due to their thicker, longer-lasting texture.
Silicone lubricants are great if you want a super-slippery lube that will last and last! Ideal for using in the bath or shower, silicone lubricant is thinner but slicker; making it water resistant.
Silicone lubricants are not advised for use with silicone or realistic feel sex toys as the ingredients and materials can react, but they're great for everything else.
Lubricants and Sex Toy Compatibility
As mentioned briefly above, certain sex toys don't react well with certain lubricants.
The combination of materials in your favourite sex toy and the ingredients used in your latest lubricant can cause a funny peeling or rotting effect that will make your sex toy completely unusable!
To figure out which lubricant works with which sex toys, check out our handy grid below:
Where do I begin?
After reading the above, you should have a little knowledge about each lubricant and what it's good for.
But where do you start?
We here at Lovehoney advise that you start with an all-purpose water-based lubricant such as Tracey Cox Supersex Love Lube.
This is our all time, best selling, highest rated lubricant and is ideal for those who have never tried a lube before.
If you like the Love Lube but want something a little thicker try the Tracey Cox Supersex Anal Lubricant.
If you like the Love Lube and the Anal Lube but want something a bit more exciting, try the Tracey Cox Supersex Orgasm Gel!
Developed by international sexpert Tracey Cox, these lubricants are basic but brilliant!
Once you've got to grip with these three (what we like to refer to as 'the Holy Trinity') you'll know exactly what you're after and you'll be able to experiment with different flavours, different textures, different scents and different sensations!