Which Lube to Choose!? October 08 2016

Seven Types of Lube and What You Need to Know

Do you need to use lube? YES! It's so much more pleasurable and gets things moving quicker, but there are so many options!  Water-based, silicone-based, oil-based, flavoured, warming, vegan, the choices are unlimited!

Well, let us help you shed some light on the issue.  We have made it super simple!

You'll see, it really depends on the scenario...

Water-based Lubes

As a general rule of thumb, water-based (like Sliquid H2O) is definitely a safe bet.  It does not leave your toy tacky therefore you can maximize your toy's durability.  Water-based is also said to be the "gold standard" of lubes and it is safe to use with latex condoms.  They are best for people who tend to have more sensitive skin.  Most water-based lubes will not affect the pH balance of the vagina.

Steer clear of propylene glycol or chlorhexidine!  They affect the pH balance too!

Never Use Oil-based Lubes with Condoms

For those who cannot use latex condoms, an oil-based lube can be used with polyurethane condoms.  Never use oil-based lubes with latex condoms or toys as they can cause tears, which may lead to STDs.  That being said, most experts agree that oil-based lubes are best for male use only and not really the best option for the vaginal flora.

Yummy Flavoured Lubes

Flavoured lubes are fantastic!  They are definitely great for those who are a bit shy or inexperienced when it comes to oral sex.  It is important to note, however, that it should be for external use only.  Most flavoured lubes contain sugar, or aspartame and/or other ingredients that may upset the pH balance of a woman and cause yeast or other infections if used internally.  Make sure, like all other lubes, to check the ingredients list.  Some may contain gluten and are not vegan. The kind we chose to carry is made in Canada! Check out Hathor Aphrodisia!

Hot/Cold Sensation Lubes

Warming lubes (like Sliquid Natural Warming Lubricant) add sensation to your lovemaking.  The key here is not to use more than a dime-sized amount, especially if a woman has sensitive skin.  The sensation may be a bit much. 

What About Silicone Lube?

Silicone lube is a bit thicker and the best place to use it is definitely in the shower!  It is also preferable for anal play as it is longer lasting and has a thicker consistency.

When In Doubt : Go For the Natural Lube! 

The more natural the product, the least likely you are to get a reaction. This eco-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free, water-based lube is available for purchase at our store for those many reasons! That's all we carry here! Check out Hathor Aphrodisia's Canadian-made lube and Sliquid that is made in the US.

DIY Lube?

This is a tricky one.  Although we might think we are saving a few dollars and it might SEEM like a more natural approach, food or other beauty products should remain as food or beauty products.  This is to help prevent condom breakage, vaginal or anal tears and infection.  So think twice before whipping out stuff from the bathroom cabinet or fridge!