Sexual Lubricants - Sex Lubrication Guide and Types of Lubrication

Definition of Lubricant

Lubricant - Also referred to as "lube." A water, silicone, or oil-based mixture used to male masturbation or intercourse more pleasurable by enhancing or providing a slippery feel. Ingredients (which can include flavoring and herbs) and prices vary, but water-based lubes are the most widely used as they are appropriate for most sex toys (they won't cause damage to pricey silicone and realistic materials) and are safe for use with condoms. Silicone-based lubes are a favorite amongst many because they usually have no odor or taste, are hypoallergenic, safe to use with condoms, don't wash off in the water - great for shower sex, and don't absorb into the skin making it seem like they last forever. However, silicone lubes can damage certain sex toys and stain sheets. Oil-based lubes are used primarily for male masturbation and are not a condom or vaginal safe. Lubricants also come in several consistencies: liquid, gels, oils, and creams.  Different consistencies are good for different kinds of play.

We know selecting a lubricant can be confusing.  Just answer these three simple questions.  

1. Results: What do you want this lube to do?

  • Are you looking for a lubricant that feels as natural as possible? Then a water-based lube may be more to your liking. Affordable and available in a wide selection, you can experiment with different lubes without spending too much money.
  • Do you want something with more staying power? A silicone-based lube is ideal because it doesn't absorb into the skin. It's also perfect for use in the water or with waterproof toys. Just make sure the toys aren't made of silicone.
  • Will you be using this lube for anal play? You'll probably want a thicker water-based lubricant, silicone-based lubricant or a lube designed to relax the anal muscles.

2. "Extras": Any other characteristics you want in this lubricant?

  • Are you looking for a lube to make oral play more tasty? Try a flavored lubricant.
  • Do you want to add an extra kick to your sexual encounters? Try a lube that warms or that includes different ingredients such as ginseng, yohimbe or even hemp. Some people feel heightened sensations thanks to these all-natural additives -- you never know!
  • Will you be using the lube with condoms? Then please, please be sure to read the description to ensure the lube is condom safe. If you aren't sure, email customer service and they will be able to tell you.


3. Size: Are you using it mostly at home or are you more on the go?

  • Would you like something to keep handy in the bedroom? Then you would probably prefer a larger size container that's also easy to dispense from, such as a pump bottle.
  • Do you prefer something that you can throw into your bag or your pocket? Anything less than two ounces is ideal. Some lubes also come in super-convenient sampler travel packs.
  • Are you interested in having a variety of different kinds of lube to try? Then try our Lubricant Sampler.


Things to Keep in Mind


You're about to choose the lube of your dreams, so we just have a few more items for you to consider:

  • Not sure about the best way to use lubricant or if you should even use it? Read all about it here!
  • If cleanup is an issue for you, stick with water-based lubes as they simply need a rinse with water and they're gone; most are non-staining as well.
  • Concerned about reactions or irritation? If you experience discomfort after applying a lubricant, wash it off immediately and see your doctor if a rash appears or does not fade in a day or so. As you're dealing with a very sensitive and delicate area, you may have to try a few before you find one you like and that likes you! It's rare that people are allergic to silicone lubes unless there are extra ingredients added to them.
  • Make sure you have a copy of the MyPleasure Customer Service email in case you have questions!

Now that you've found a lubricant that you like, enjoy it in good health and great pleasure!

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