The great news about lubricants is that there are SO MANY formulas and varieties - manufacturers tend to follow the “if you build it, they will come” sales model. As a result, there are literally hundreds of options out there for you to choose from. So how do you know which one will be right for you? Let’s dive into this wet and wild world with a little lube lowdown:
The two most common types of lubricants are water-based and silicone-based.
Water based lubricants come in all flavors- literally. Made primarily of- you guessed it, water- these lubes mimic a woman’s own moisture, giving them a slippery, natural feel. They can be thick, slick, or even jelly-like in their consistency. Many water based lubricants are enhanced to provide extra stimulation and sensation, like Fleshlight’s Fleshlube in Fire, a warming lube that is great for use with toys or with a partner. Generally, all water based lubes are compatible with all toys and safe for use with latex (condoms).
Next up are silicone based lubricants. Like their name suggests, the main (and often only) ingredient in silicone lubricants is silicone. Like other lubes, silicones can vary in viscosity from light to super concentrated. Silicones have a smooth finish and they feel velvety to the touch, like liquid satin. Because they typically contain few ingredients, silicones are great for people with sensitive skin.
Did you know that silicone is made from sand? Sure is! And that’s why, when choosing a silicone based lube, you want to look for premium, highly purified products like Pjur Med Glide or Original. Low quality silicones can be tacky or even grainy, leading to microscopic tears that increase risk of infection.
Silicone isn’t absorbed by the body, so it’s much longer lasting than water or oil based lubricants or massage oils. This makes it a popular choice for lengthy sack sessions, menopausal women, and anal adventures (try Pjur Analyse, which is infused with jojoba oil to soothe and condition the skin). Also, because silicone is by nature waterproof, it is the perfect choice for bath or shower play.