Lube, Glorious Lube: How it Will Change Your Sex Life!
Firstly, let's get one thing out of the way: people who use lube have better sex. They just do.
It reduces uncomfortable friction for lads and ladies unlike, which leads to a smoother experience, which in turn makes it more enjoyable. Still not convinced? Well, we’ve got a little experiment for you to try.
Guys: Try rubbing one out. Easiest homework ever, right? But now (or as soon as you can), try introducing Mrs Palm and her five lovely daughters to a slathering of lube before you start.
You see what a difference it makes? No more uncomfortable chafing when you’re going for a long time, plus it feels considerably more like the real deal.
Girls, now it’s your turn. Playing using lube makes everything much smoother and more enjoyable, and over 70% of women have found sexual experiences more enjoyable when they’ve used lubrication.
So, which lube's best for which situation? Just keep reading to see our super 'handy' guide.
Always Come Prepared
It’s not just important for solo play. Lube can greatly enhance sex with a partner, too, as sometimes Mother Nature needs a helping hand producing the body’s natural fluids (especially when you’re dehydrated, say, after a night out).
Keep a bottle in the drawer beside your bed for when you bring someone home, and, like they taught you in Scouts, you’ll always be prepared. Although we think that may have been more for a compass and some twine, but the same rule applies.
Lube is also the new best friend of anyone looking to experiment with anal sex. Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t create any of its own natural lubrication, which is part of the reason why it can sometimes be very painful. We’d highly recommend not undertaking any kind of bumfunnery without a decent quality tube o’ lube to hand.
The trouble is, there are a huge range of different lubes to try out there. One way to find out what works best for you is by grabbing a few smaller sachets or sample sizes of different kinds; they’re pretty much one-use-only, but they’re handy, cheap, and an easy way to try things out. The other, of course, is to keep reading.
Which Lube Should I Choose?
Chances are that by now, you get that lube is the way to go. But which do you kind do you shell out for? Scroll through our top lube suggestions below for the best all-rounder, as well as the best lubes for new sensations and experiences.
Great for: Sex and masturbation. The light, natural feel of a water-based lubricant make it perfect for the majority of sexual activities, plus it won't stain your bedsheets, mess with your barrier contraception (such as condoms) or warp the surface of your faithful vibrator.
Not so great for: Marathon sessions. If you’re intending to pull an all-nighter, you may find that water-based lubes dry out faster than some other kinds, as they’re more easily absorbed by the skin.
We recommend: Lovehoney Enjoy Water-Based Lubricant. Slick, non-sticky, and great value.
Best Long-Lasting Lube:
Great for:Long-lasting sex and masturbation. Silicone-based lubes give you the best of both worlds: the highly-arousing, slick feel of oil, plus the safety-first advantages of water-based lube. The waterproof properties mean that you can also use it in the shower or bath.
Not so great for: Use with silicone sex toys. Silicone lube can damage toys that are also made of silicone, so unless you want a bobbly butt plug, stick with the water-based variety. It's also a little more expensive, but because it's longer lasting, you'll use less.
We recommend: ID Millennium Silicone Lube Squeeze Bottle. Long-lasting and smooth.
Best For Oral Sex:
Great for: Great-tasting oral. Flavoured lubes cater to all tastes, from strawberry, to mint, to chocolate orange, and make oral even more enjoyable for all parties. Most are also suitable for anal and vaginal sex, so you can switch from a blowjob to backdoor fun in the blink of an eye.
Not so great for: Stickiness. Some flavoured lubes contain glycerin and parabens, which can get a little sticky after prolonged use, as well as sometimes interfering with vaginal health.
We recommend: Lovehoney Assorted Flavoured Lubricant Pack. With five flavours to choose from, and no glycerin or parabens in sight, you can pick your favourite flavour.
Best For Anal Play:
Great for: Exactly what it says on the tin. The consistency of anal lubes is much thicker than that of ordinary lubes, which helps to protect the sensitive skin of the anus and many also offer a moisturising effect too. When using anal lube, apply it both to you and your partner. Although it might be difficult to achieve penetration at first, you'll appreciate the ultra slick feel once you get into the swing of things.
Not so great for: Stickiness. Because of the extra viscosity, some anal lubes can leave you feeling a little tacky.
We recommend: Maximus Anal Lubricant. Thick, non-sticky, and long-lasting, plus it's great value and feels amazing for both of you.
Best For Indulgence:
Great for: Eco-warriors and those with sensitive skin. Organic lubricants usually contain beneficial ingredients and soothing botanical extracts, making them less irritant than some others. They're also often vegetarian or vegan friendly, and use plant-based cellulose for thickness.
Not so great for: A tight budget. Organic lubes can be slightly pricier than your standard water-based lube, but if your skin is easily irritated, it's worth paying a couple of quid more for comfort. Also remember to check the ingredients, as some are oil-based, whilst others are water-based.
We recommend: Sliquid Organics Natural H20 Lube. It's kind to sensitive skin and suitable for all kinds of play.
Best For New Sensations:
Great for: Something new. Most other lubes are mainly designed just to make sex easier and more comfortable, but these contain additional ingredients that also warm or cool the skin for a tingly feeling that helps to stimulate, increase desire and introduce women to more intense orgasms.
Not so great for: Long-lasting tingle. As the majority of stimulating lubes are water-based, you may find that you have to apply them a few times to prevent drying out.
We recommend: KY Warming Jelly. The top name in intimate lubrication, KY's warming lube creates a gentle heat sensation, and is longer-lasting than some other sensation gels on the market.
Need more help?
You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to help you find the right lubricant for you. You can email, telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The other great place to look for people's advice is on the Lovehoney Forum, where our community is on hand 24/7 to give their opinions and tips.