Lubricant: Everything You Ever Needed to Know (and didn’t know you needed to know)

As we’ve mentioned in several previous posts (here, here and here), lubricant is essential, even if it’s something you never thought you’d need. Maybe you’ve already developed some preconceived notions of what it means to have to use lubricant or your afraid your partner will think there’s something wrong with you or them. Either way, the truth is that using lubricant is not a sign of a broken body or failed libido. Everyone can use it and most of us need it. In fact, whether used alone or with a partner, they can actually help us get closer, connect and stay intimate longer. Even though our bodies are capable of creating enough lubrication to be comfortable on a regular basis, there are numerous factors that affect our need for additional lubrication including hormonal changes due to pregnancy or post-pregnancy, going through menopause, going through cancer treatment, vaginal atrophy, or even simply using condoms or intimate devices that absorb a lot of moisture.

But, what kind do you use? We make informed decisions about all the other products we put in or on our bodies and lubricant should be no different. We’ve compiled a fantastic reference of all things lube to help guide you through the selection process. By the end of this post, you’ll have all the information you’ll need to make the right decision for your body and situation.

There are generally three different main types of lubricants: water-based, silicone and hybrid (a mix of water and silicone).

MedAmour Divine 9 lubricantWater-Based Lubricant

What to Look For:

The first ingredient is water or aloe (if glycerin is the first ingredient, it will be very thick and might be more of a “warming lotion”).

  • Can feel cool on the skin and may get a little sticky after some time
  • Can be reactivated by adding water
  • Most commonly used and manufactured
  • Offers the most variety, including flavors
  • Washes from the body quickly
  • Does not stain sheets
  • Compatible with all vibrator materials
  • Examples include: Intimate Organics HydraPjur Med NaturalDivine 9

pjur med premium lubricant silicone basedSilicone Lubricant

What to Look For:

Ingredients that end in “ol” or “cone” like: dimethicone, dimethconol and also an ingredient like cyclopentasiloxane.

  • Never feels sticky
  • Creates long lasting glide
  • Can be used for an all-over body massage
  • Great to use in water (tub, shower or pool)
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass and plastic materials
  • Not recommended for use with most silicone products
  • Examples include: Pjur Med Premium, Pjur Woman

Sliquid Silk intimate lubricantHybrid Lubricant

What to Look For:

A water-based lubricant with a silicone ingredient included, like dimethicone.  It is usually visually white or creamy looking.

  • Feels slippery, but is thin enough to feel a lot of sensation
  • Does not feel sticky
  • Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth when dry
  • Often hydrates, protects and traps moisture in the skin
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass, metal and plastic materials
  • Not recommended for use with most silicone products
  • Examples  include: Sliquid Organics Silk

Other Variations to Consider

Natural/Organic Lubricant

A number of people prefer products that are made with only natural or organic ingredients. Examples include: Blossom Organics Natural Lube, Coconu, Sliquid Organics Natural.

Glycerin-Free Lubricant

Glycerin, which is an excellent humectant that retains moisture, is a common ingredient in most water-based lubes.  Glycerin may also mimic sugar when added to feminine chemistry and can exacerbate existing issues in sensitive women and lead to yeast infections or vaginal irritation. Examples include: Intimate Organics Defense, Sweet Spot Liquid Assets.

Stimulating Lubricant

Designed to increase sensation for both partners.  Stimulating lubes often include active ingredients like menthol or pepper that increase blood flow and awaken the nerve endings. Examples include: Intimate Organics Melt, Blossom Organics Warming Lube, Pjur Med Energy.

Flavored Lubricant

Designed to enhance oral lovemaking.  Usually only offered in a water-based formula. They are condom-safe and can be used for penetration. (We’re sorry, we do not carry any flavored lubricants on the MedAmour website.)

Paraben-Free Lubricant

Parabens are a common preservative found in most beauty products, but some women develop a sensitivity toward petrochemicals in the form of a skin irritation. Most products with parabens are banned in Europe. All lubricants on the MedAmour site are paraben-free.

Carrageenan Lubricant

Carrageenan is derived from seaweed and makes lubricants feel exceptionally slippery.  It can also heal and repair vaginal tissues, soothe and revive vaginal dryness, and add moisture. Examples include: Sliquid Organics Oceanics, Intimate Organics Defense, Divine 9.

Thick Lubricant vs. Thin Lubricant

Thick

  • Stays on the surface of the skin longer
  • Provides more “cushion” or comfortable feeling
  • Reduces friction and sensation—It is often ideal for anal penetration
  • Stays where it’s applied, so ideal for avoiding anal to vaginal migration
  • Examples on this site include: Sliquid Organics Natural Gel, Pjur Med Premium.

Thin

  • Allows a person to feel more sensation without friction
  • Perfect for someone who wants a “kick start” until her own moisture takes over
  • Often referred to as a “women’s” formula (for women who generally prefer to feel more sensation during penetration)
  • Examples on this site include: Pjur Med Natural, Pjur Med Repair, Sliquid Satin.

Whatever choice you make, lubricant is an affordable and welcome addition to the bedroom. Now put down that KY and find one that’s right for you!

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