I was one of the many people who thought personal lubricants were only for the “older folks.” As for many of others, lube was sort of my introduction into the whole pleasure products world. It was the first sex product anyone had ever talked to me about. I had heard time and time again from my experienced older sister that lube was helpful to make sex more comfortable, and as the stubborn younger sister I was, I didn’t listen.
It wasn’t until recently that I really started to experiment with different types of lubricants. I felt that my body was producing enough moisture on its own, and that lube would not do anything to enhance my sexual experiences. I had tried one lubricant and felt that it wasn’t right for me, it just felt sticky and I didn’t know what consistency would work best with my body.
Let me backtrack a little… Yes, I said different types of lubricants. Who would’ve known? It may seem naive, but I genuinely didn’t know all of the different formulas in the lube market. (There are so many!) Pleasure is so personal and something unique to each body, finding what’s right for your is key.
So let’s talk about lube.
There are oil-based, water-based, and silicone-based lubricants… All of these varieties have different pros and cons and work for different bodies.
Oil-based lubricants will have an oily feel, and are designed to moisturize dry vaginal and anal tissues. The downside to oil based? Not compatible with latex condoms or silicone toys. Because of the components, oil based lubricants can break down the materials in toys and condoms. It’s usually very nourishing with vitamins and feels good, so this is a great option as a daily moisturizer. Check out Coconu or Privy Peach!
Next up is water-based lubricants. Water-based tends to be the most common of the types, and also feels the most like natural lubrication in most cases. Some formulas pride on balancing the pH close to a healthy range and feeling most body-natural-like. Water-based is compatible with all different types of toys, condoms, and play. I’ve found that water-based lubes don’t last as long, and may require reapplication throughout your play time. Check out Intimate Earth or Ah! Yes Lubricants.
Silicone-based lubricants are designed to last longer, and typically work well with latex and plastic… They are the most slippery feel with no scent or taste. On the downside, silicone-based lubricant does not work well with the use of silicone toys, as it may breakdown the toy’s silicone material overtime. However, this silicone lubricants are great to rub on the body to avoid chaffing and a bonus for shine and de-frizz your hair! We recommend Pjur Premium or Migliori for a silky finish!
CBD Infused Lubricants
In the new wave of CBD products, this popular category is growing in personal lubricants and has amazing benefits! CBD lube is built to relax your body with anti-inflammatory properties, and soothe anxiety around sex. Most typically oil-based, these lubes are 100% body safe, and have no psychoactive effects on the consumers. Commonly, the CBD lubes are meant to be applied some time before play, so their effects can really settle in. If you don’t mind the wait, this may be a great option for your body. As the CBD works as moisture retention, it helps with painful sex by increasing blood flow and relaxation. Check out Toca’s Toto Oil, or GoLove CBD Water-!
Lube Is for Everyone.
I want to finish by saying that lube can be for everyone, with so many different brands, and formulas, you are bound to find the lube that’s right for you with a little bit of exploring. I also want to note that personal lubricant goes on some of the most sensitive areas of your body, when exploring lubes, be sure to read the ingredient list. Plain and simple, the less chemicals and harsh ingredients, the better for your body.
At just 20 years old, Emi is finishing her business degree and has recently started managing three adult brands virtually. Emi Chiaramonte is a fresh new face in the sex industry, and documenting her journey navigating this intricate world.