Types of lube - how to decide what's best for you

When shopping around for a personal lubricant, you’ll want to think about the different types of lube out there when choosing the one that’s best for you. Lubes come in a variety of bases with the main ones being water, silicone, and oil.

Water-based is widely known as the versatile lube, water-based lubes can be used in practically any activity you can think up and are safe to use with condoms and silicone toys. This type of lube is most popular for three reasons: it won’t stain your sheets, it’s easy on the skin, and it washes off easily in water.

Silicone-based is popular for people with super sensitive skin which is like silk sheets on your sensitive parts. Since silicone is hypoallergenic, most people won’t experience a reaction. This type of lubes also lasts longer. If you’re interested in something more long-lasting that needs to be reapplied less often, you may have found your match. The only downside? The silicone in your lube can deteriorate the surface of silicone toys. Fortunately, silicone-based lubes are safe to use with condoms.

Oil-based is great for the people that don’t want the constant reapplying once you get going and this lube is the gift that keeps you going, going, and going. Oil-based lubes can double for sexy and fun massage time. But the downside comes if you’re using a latex condom. This type of lube increases the chances of a ripped or torn condom, defeating the condom’s purpose.