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Everything You Need to Know About Lubricants

By Janelle Cheesman one year ago. Posted in Sex Toy Guides
Everything You Need to Know About Lubricants

Adulttoymegastore stocks hundreds of different lubricants, so while choosing a lubricant can be one person's "kid in a candystore" moment, for others it's more like something nightmares are made of!

This lubricant guide will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of lubricant (yes, there are multiple types!) so you're able to make an informed decision about which lubricant is best for you.

Let's get started!

Why should I use lube?

Lubricant is one of the greatest unsung sexual accessories because it makes sex slicker and more sensitive, which results in intensified pleasure, longer-lasting sex, and some pretty kinky foreplay too!

Couples, singles, young, and old are all discovering the benefits of lubricant for their sex lives. Whether it's to make sex more exciting and sensual, to ease your way into new sexual activities or to remedy vaginal dryness, a lubricant is the best thing to have on hand!

Wetter is always better

Contrary to popular belief, lubricants aren't only for people experiencing a lack of natural lubrication.

Lubricant can add an extra element that can help both men and women reach climax as it boosts sensations and allows your man to thrust longer and harder without any discomfort.

For women who do experience vaginal dryness, lube should be a definite go-to because it helps ease penetration so sex is pleasurable, not painful.

lubricant on woman's face

How do I know what lube is best?

Unless you're a lubricant connoisseur, there's such a large variety of lubricants available it can be difficult to decide which type suits your needs best.

But never fear, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about lube!

Water Based Lubricants

Water based lubricant is the most common and most widely available type of lubricant. Their main feature is that they are smooth and slick, not sticky and messy like silicone and oil-based lubricants tend to be.

Due to them being water-soluble, skin and mucous membranes are able to absorb them, making cleanup a breeze! It is easily washed off the skin by using a little warm water and soap, it also doesn't stain if it was to get on either clothing or bedding.

One disadvantage of water based lubricant is that they dry out a lot quicker than other lubricants, but are able to be quickly reactivated through either water or saliva.

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Silicone Based Lubricants

Silicone based lubricants are long lasting and constantly remain slick with that silky smooth feeling. Due to silicone not being able to be absorbed or evaporate, it lasts a very long time and a little bit goes a long way.

As silicone cannot be washed away via water, it is the perfect lube if you are wanting to have sex in the shower or submerged in water.

However, this means silicone based lubricant is difficult to remove with water alone when cleaning up, but with a bit of soap it should clean away easily.

One disadvantage of silicone based lubricant is that it cannot be used with silicone sex toys due to silicone-on-silicone reactions.

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Organic Lubricants

Organic Lubricants are great for people who prefer to go all natural and prefer not to use any products containing chemicals during sex.

Most organic lubricants have a vegetable oil base to them so are very hydrating and moisturizing while serving their slickening purpose, leaving you with well-nourished skin!

Organic lubricants allow you to avoid allergic reactions and vaginal sensitivity. They are possibly the closest thing you will find to the body's natural lubricant, ensuring a silky-smooth, natural feeling.

Disadvantages of organic lubricant is that some are not condom compatible and without preservatives they expire more quickly.

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Oil Based Lubricants

Oil based lubricants are long lasting lubricants consisting of natural oils, such as coconut oil, and often are mixed with silicone lubricant.

They are generally thicker than water based lubricants, making them perfect for male Masturbation and anal sex. They wash off (not always easily) with water from skin and fabric, they're gentle, hydrating and feel silky smooth!

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Sensitizing & De-Sensitizing Lubricants

Lubricants with added sensations allow you to experiment with temperature play and experience different sensations that you wouldn't experience with other styles of lubricant.

Warming lubricant makes the body feels as if it's heating up, without actually changing temperature. Warming lubricants are the perfect partner for masturbation, hand jobs, or sex, and include ingredients such as capsaicin, peppermint, and cinnamon.

Cooling lubricant do the opposite as they generate a cooling tingling sensation when contacted with the skin and peak arousal. Mint extracts are affiliated with most cooling lubricants available in the market.

When using warming or cooling lubricants it's important to make sure you don't use too much before understanding the effect it has on your body, becasue applying too much of a warming or cooling lubricant can produce unpleasant sensations which take time to wear off!

On the opposite side of the scale, desensitizing lubricants are suited for anal sex as they help to desensitize the area and relax the sphincter, making anal sex a breeze. /search/desensitizing lubricant/

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Hybrid Lubricants

Hybrid lubricants typically consist of a primarily water based lube with a little bit of silicone lube added to create a product that feels unique and 100% amazing!

Perfect if you enjoy the slippery sensations that water based lubricants provide, but would prefer a lubricant that doesn't dry out as fast as pure water based lubricants do.

Hybrid lubricants give you the best of both worlds with its smooth feel and long lasting properties of silicone lubricant and the easy to clean and water soluble properties of a water based lubricant.

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Flavoured Lubricants

Flavoured lubricants are designed to make oral sex extra delicious!

Many are safe to use for intercourse, but it pays to check the packaging. They're designed for oral sex, which is what they should predominantly be used for. Some are so tasty you could put it on your ice cream!

Chocolate flavoured lubricant dripping onto spoon

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Remember, wetter is always better!

Well lubricated sex and foreplay is the best kind!

Don't feel ashamed when using lubricant as everyone who isn't is missing out! Who wouldn't want slicker, sexier and more sensitive sex?

Just remember to not overdo it in the heat of the moment - a little wetness will ease penetration but too much can make it impossible to generate frisky friction!

Woman using lubricant bodyscape

What's your favourite type of lubricant? We'd love to know! Let us know in the comments below!

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