12 Types of Personal Lubricants

Picking the right type of personal lubricant is like navigating sex for the first time! With the choices available you almost need a Masters Degree just to make sure you buy the right lube, just to ensure you don't cause damage to your condoms, sex toys or each other.   In this short guide we try to make life easier for you, we will help you understand each the of personal lubricant.

Before we go any further remember to patch test lubricants you haven't used before, you can never use to much lubricant and not all lubricants are safe to use with condoms.

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With anti-bacterial properties Aloe Vera personal lubricants add hydration to your skin and may help reduce skin irritation that some glycerine based lubricants may cause. Aloe vera is generally a water-based lubricant, so good to use with condoms.

#Tip: Put your Aloe Vera Personal Lubricant in the fridge for a cooling yet stimulating experience.

Cream based personal lubricants are designed to take masturbation to a whole new level. Unlike silicone and water based lubricants, these thick, non greasy formulas provide more than just wet slipperiness, they often help reduce unwanted friction burns.

#Tip: Often not suitable for use with Latex Condoms. Use at room temperature

There are many options of desensitising personal lubricants on the market. Many desensitising lubes contain clove oil - a mild numbing agent that minimises discomfort, allowing you to make the most of every experience. Always patch test before using. Water-based and silicone options.

#Tip: Some of these lubes really chill you down, use a little to start with

Water based flavoured lubes will take your sex life to a whole new level. Coming in many flavours from Banana to Chocolate these lubes will make oral sex and rimming more fun.  

Many brands sell flavoured lubricants, always pay a little more for a quality flavour. You really do pay for what you get.

#Tip: Use with unflavoured condoms, don't mix flavoured condoms and lube. Yuk!

Hybrid personal lubricants are primarily water-based and contain a small amount of silicone. Hybrid lubricants are provide the benefits of both water based and silicone based lubricants. They are versatile like water based lubricants but they are long-lasting and don't dry out as fast meaning you can continue having fun for longer, try it what do you have to loose.

#Tip: Generally ok to use with toys as the silicone level is very low. Spot test first though

Non-glycerin, water-based lubricants are good for massaging as well as for sexual activities they tend to dry out faster. though. Silicone based lubricants are good for massage and sex as they don’t contain any water, so they won’t dry out easily. Why not try a warming or cooling massage oil or a flavoured lubricant to have more fun.
#Tip: Generally ok to use with toys as the silicone level is very low. Spot test first though

Anal sex requires more lube than other penetrative sex. The anal passage is not self lubricating so needs to be given some love and attention. There are many anal lubricants specially designed to help make the experience more comfortable. For extreme anal sex like anal fisting there are also specially designed desensitising lubes.

#Tip: Use lots of lube and treat the ass with respect, poppers may help relax you!

If you’re prone to infections or are extra sensitive, it may be a good idea to use Natural Lubricants and steer clear of lubes that contain glycerin, a common ingredient that can raise some women’s risk of infection. Parabens can also disrupt hormones. There are plenty of natural lubricants just check they are 100% natural.

#Tip: Just because a lube contains ingredients that are plant-based, or non-synthetic, doesn’t mean that they are non-irritating. Patch test before use.

An old style lubricant, petroleum jelly, is an oil based ointment that people can use to moisturise and soften their dry skin or lips. Petroleum lubricants may work as a sexual lubricant, but will damage latex condoms therefore increasing the risk of infection and accidental pregnancy. It is better to use a water or glycol based lubricant.

#Tip: Just don't use it, use it on your lips as a lip balm and leave it at that.

Have you’ve got the stamina for a long-lasting sex session then silicone based lubricants will be a good match. Silicone lubes are thicker and glossier than water-based lubes, silicon-based lube isn’t easily absorbed into your skin it doesn’t dry out as quickly, but is gentle enough for vaginal, anal, oral sex and condom-friendly.

#Tip: Do not use silicone lubricants with silicone sex toys

Warming and cooling lubes are such a good and simple way to dabble in basic temperature play. Adding heat just intensifies the sensations. warming and cooling lubes are water-based but there are some silicone ones around.   These lubes are great for changing the pace between the sheets.

#Tip: Do not use silicone lubricants with silicone sex toys

A great water-based lube is a solid investment for a multitude of reasons. Water based lubricants are universally accepted as the gold standard, they are easy to wash off, condom safe, toy safe and come in different consistencies. A good water based lubricant may be used for anal, vagina and oral sex.  

#Tip: Water-based lubricants may dry out quicker, you may need to add a bit more lube as you play.