Here at As You Like It we are huge fans of lube! Why? Well, the short answer is: it makes so many things feel better!! Too much friction can take any activity from unbelievable to uncomfortable really quickly but having the right lube on-hand can help you ensure that everything keeps gliding smoothly! So let’s take a look at lube!
First we’re going to talk about what you don’t want. There are some ingredients that you want to avoid when shopping for lubricant.
- Glycerin: Glycerin throws off the Ph of the vagina which, for many women can trigger yeast infection and that’s no fun!.
- Parabens: Parabens mimic estrogen and excessive estrogen promotes reproductive cancers.
- Propylene glycol: To put it mildly propylene glycol is an irritant. To put it not mildly, it is a toxin. It’s what is used in anti-freeze. You don’t want it in your body.
Lucky for you, you’re here at As You Like it where we don’t sell any lubes that contain any of the above ingredients! Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s talk about what you might want and when.
Water-based lube-Perhaps the most versatile of the lube options, water-based lube covers a lot of your bases (as it were). It is condom compatible, plays well with toys and, depending on the formulations useful for all different kinds of sex (for anal get a good thick gel) water-based lube is a multi-tasker (except for sex in water, shower sex is not the time for water-based lube) The downside to water-based lube is that it can get sticky. This is because water in it evaporates. This is easily solved. Some folks use a little spray bottle of water or generally spitting on the lube brings it back to life.
Silicone- based lube– Silicone based lubes hard hard workers! They are long-lasting, a little goes a long way, they don’t get sticky, they can be used in what and, like the water-based lubes they’re condom compatible. Now one of the awesome things about silicone lube is also one of the caveats— it lasts and lasts. If you can’t grab a shower post-sex you may want to stick to water-based.
An oft-repeated refrain in the sex toy industry is that you can never use silicone lube with a silicone toy because the lube will degrade the toy… that’s not strictly true. High-quality, pure silicone lube (no other ingredients like Vitamin E) with a high quality silicone toy should be fine. Do a patch test on an inconspicuous part of the toy first so you can know for sure.
Hybrid Lube – Water based lubes with a little bit of silicone in them, hybrids offer the best of both worlds. Creamy, smooth and long-lasting, there really isn’t a downside to these!
A good hybrid lube is Sliquid Organics Silk
Oil-based lube- Oil-based lube can be tricky. Generally commercial oil-based lube doesn’t do well with vaginas (it tends to clog pores and promote infection) and it is not compatible with latex or polyisoprene condoms. So when is it good? I’m glad you asked! For anal play oil-based lube is pretty fantastic, especially with toys. When playing with other bodies you can use nitrile gloves or condoms or polyurethane condoms and still be safe.
If you want to try oil-based lube check out Ah Yes!
I hope you enjoyed our lube tutorial! For more, see our whole line of lubricants.