1. Which is the Best Lube?

    People who use lubricant have better sex - fact.

    Not only does the slippery stuff ease penetration, it also makes playing, with or without sex toys, so much more enjoyable.

    Even if you feel that your body is doing a great job without any assistance, you might be missing out on a whole lot of extra pleasure without knowing it.

    Whether you want a water-based lube or you're feeling more experimental, this guide will help you to find the perfect sexual enhancement for any occasion.

    Which Lube Do I Need?

    The best way to choose your lube is to think about how you want to use it.

    Lovehoney Enjoy Water-Based Lubricant

    Best All-Rounder: Water-Based

    If you buy only one lube, make it a water-based lube such as Lovehoney Enjoy Water-Based Lubricant. It has a light, natural feel which is perfect for sex and sex toys.

    Water-based lubes won't stain your bedsheets, warp the surface of your faithful vibrator and are usually condom safe.

    Vaginal Sex? Yes

    Anal Sex? Yes, but other lubes are better (eg: Anal Lube or Silicone Lube)

    Sex Toys? Yes (All materials)

    Masturbation? Yes

    Condom Safe? Almost always. Check label.

    Top tip: Keep a bowl of water next to the bed. If your lube starts to feel dry, just sprinkle a few drops over the area to bring it back to slippery life!

    Lovehoney Indulge Silicone Lubricant 100ml

    Best Long-Lasting Lube: Silicone 

    Silicone-based lubes like Lovehoney Indulge Silicone Lubricant give us the best of both worlds: the slick feel of oil plus the safety-first advantages of water-based lube.

    Silicone lube is generally more expensive, but the long-lasting properties mean you won’t need to keep topping up and you’ll probably need less. Silicone lube is also waterproof, so sex in the shower or bath is a possibility.

    Most silicone lubes are condom friendly, but one note of caution: do not use silicone lube with silicone sex toys.

    Vaginal Sex? Yes

    Anal Sex? Yes

    Sex Toys? Yes (Except Silicone & Real Feel) 

    Masturbation? Yes

    Condom Safe? Almost always. Check label.

    Lovehoney Strawberry Flavoured Lubricant 100ml

    Best for Oral Sex: Flavoured

    Wonderful for oral sex, flavoured lube makes foreplay great fun and tasty, too.

    The Lovehoney range comes in lots of fruity and refreshing flavours that are all water-based and don't contain any sugars or other ingredients which could meddle with vaginal health. The delicious flavours include strawberry, cherry, passion fruit and peppermint. Yum!

    Generally, flavoured lubricants are suitable for penetrative sex too, so a blowjob, cunnilingus or analingus doesn't have to be the main agenda when using these delicious treats.

    Vaginal Sex? Often (Check the ingredients)

    Anal Sex? Yes, but other lubes are better (eg: Anal Lube or Silicone Lube)

    Sex Toys? Yes

    Masturbation? Yes

    Condom Safe? Almost always. Check label.

    Lovehoney Release Masturbation Lubricant

    Best for Solo Play (If You Have a Penis): Masturbation Lube

    Specially formulated for masturbation and erotic massages with a partner - simply squeeze the desired amount into your hand and stroke your way to an explosive climax.

    Lovehoney Release has a non-greasy and moisturising formula that contains plenty of skin-softening ingredients, including aloe vera, vitamin E and almond oil.

    As this lube contains oil, it's not recommended for internal play, or use with latex rubber toys or clothing.

    Vaginal / Anal Sex? No

    Sex Toys? Glass and Metal Toys only

    Masturbation? Yes (external)

    Condom Safe? No

    Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant

    Best for Anal Play: Anal Lube 

    The main difference between anal lube and regular sex lube is viscosity: anal lubes are much thicker for longer-lasting, cushioned glide.

    We've created Lovehoney Discover Anal Lube using the exact same ingredients as Lovehoney Enjoy, which it's compatible with any toy, orifice or skin type!

    Anal lubes are often water-based, but sometimes contain silicone or oil. Below are the properties for a water-based anal lube.

    Vaginal Sex? Yes (can be watered down if too thick)

    Anal Sex? Yes

    Sex Toys? Yes (All materials)

    Masturbation? Yes

    Condom Safe? Almost always. Check label.

    Sliquid Organics Natural Lubricant

    Best for Indulgence: Organic Lube 

    An increasingly popular choice for those concerned with the environment and sensitivity, lubes such as Sliquid Organics Natural Lubricant are often fortified with beneficial ingredients and botanical extracts. Using plant-based cellulose for thickness, these lubes are ideal for those investing in a healthy lifestyle and clear conscience.

    All Yes Organic Lubes meet the Soil Association Organic Standard, are Vegetarian Society approved and made from all-natural ingredients, with oil-based or water-based lubes available from the range.

    Vaginal Sex? Check label.

    Anal Sex? Check label.

    Sex Toys? Check label.

    Masturbation? Yes.

    Condom Safe? Check label.

    Durex Play Tingle Personal Lubricant 50ml

    Best for Enhancing Sensitivity: Warming/Tingling Lube

    Fast becoming a must-have in every bedside cabinet, warming and tingling lubes are a fun and easy way to spice up your sex life. They're often water-based and contain ingredients that feel warm or cool on the skin.

    There are a range of stimulating lubes and gels available, designed to awaken nerve-endings and enhance response to touch.

    Vaginal Sex? Yes

    Anal Sex? Yes, but other lubes are better (eg: Anal Lube or Silicone Lube)

    Sex Toys? Yes

    Masturbation? Yes

    Condom Safe? Almost always. Check label.

    Lube FAQs

    Is it safe to use lubricant with condoms?

    For the most part, yes. All water-based and silicone lubes should be 100% safe for use with latex condoms, but always check the label. Oil-based lubricant is never latex-condom compatible as oil degrades latex. Most male masturbation lubes are contain oil. We will always tell you on the product page if a lubricant is not suitable for use with condoms, so make sure to do your research before you buy.

    What is silk lube?

    Some lubricants, like Liquid Silk, are referred to as silk or hybrid lubes. This means that they're technically a mix between water-based and silicone, but the silicone content is low enough that it's fine for use with silicone toys. The advantage of a hybrid lube is that it tends to be more long-lasting than one that is purely water-based.

    Can I use coconut oil as lubricant?

    Yes, although it can't be used with condoms and some sex toys. We recommend using a bottled lube which has been tested and approved for intimate use. Learn more about using natural lubricants.

    Can I use lubricant with my sex toys?

    You can use water-based lube with all sex toys. You should not use silicone lube with silicone sex toys or "real feel" toys like Fleshlights as the silicone in the lube can degrade the finish of your toy.

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    Comments (6)

    • Sandra Mcclure: June 10, 2009 17:44
      I found the above information very helpfull ,as I am new to using lubes and it can be confuseing .
    • rich: September 08, 2009 14:38
      Are we saying that silicone has No potential to harm if used 'internaly'?
      It springs to mind horror stories of breast implants of old leaking. . . would there be a significant danger if silicone lube found its way on to broken skin?
    • LoveHoney - Carly: September 08, 2009 16:37
      The silicone used in sexual lubricants is actually completely harmless when used internally.

      All silicone lubricants are completely inert and will be naturally removed by the body (think of the orifices the lube will be used in and how they errr... 'dispose' of things) anyway.

      When it comes to leaking silicone implants, the problem is that an incredible amount of silicone is being dumped into the blood stream, which your immune system mistakes as a foreign body and starts attacking. However this is, literally, a large amount of silicone! No matter if you swallowed a whole bottle of silicone lubricant or poured it directly into an open wound, this isn't enough to alert your immune system that something is wrong.

      So be free, use silicone lubes and be safe in the knowledge that it's perfectly healthy for you to use!

    • brad deerey: August 30, 2010 02:55
      is it safe to use wet warming lubricant in my real doll? i've heard you have to be careful what types that you use because certain kinds will damage the doll. i've always used water based lubes but the warming kinds sound very tempting.
    • Hella LoveHoney: February 15, 2011 15:47
      Your Read Doll is made from silicone and you're right to exercise caution. Warming lube should be safe, however it is silicone lube that is likely to cause issues. Different silicone polymers can bond together making your doll melt.

      Always opt for a water-based lubricant with silicone dolls and toys.

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