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Personal Lubricant

Personal Lubricant.

Friction is a total turn-off during sex, not to mention painful. It is doubtful that anyone enjoys the feeling of inserting the penis (or a dildo) into a DRY vagina. A dry vagina can make sex less pleasurable and more painful. This is why lubricants have become a must-have today. Naturally, the vagina is supposed to release secretions when stimulated to lubricate the vagina wall and reduce friction during sex. But sometimes it doesn’t due to several reasons ranging from menopause, depression, excessive stress, smoking, rigorous exercises, childbirth, and even breastfeeding. Whatever may be the cause, dryness shouldn’t ruin what could have been a steamy sexual encounter. With a lubricant, you can get that extra slip you want. Besides vagina application, lubricants are also important for anal play or sex, and other types of sexual activities. They provide extra moisture, slip, and lubrication to the applied area, removing friction and pain. In this article, we would discuss all you need to know about your lubricant, but before we go further here is a table displaying some of our top picks for you.

Top 10 best Personal Lubricants in 2021

Products Information Price
ID Millennium Silicone Lubricant
ID Millennium
Volume: 65ml
Condom safe: Yes
Contains aspartame: No
Veggie suitable: Yes
Flavoured: No
Lubricant type: Silicone based
Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol
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Sliquid Organics Natural Gel Lubricant 8.5 fl. oz
Sliquid Organics Natural Gel Lubricant
Volume: 255 ml
Lubricant type: Water based
Bottle type: Squeeze
Lubricant Features: Condom-safe, Organic, Suitable for Vegetarians
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Wicked Sensual Water-Based Anal Lubricant
Wicked
Volume: 120ml
Contains glycerine: No
Contains parabens: No
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
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ID Frutopia Natural Raspberry Flavored Lube
Frutopia Natural Raspberry Flavored Lube
Volume: 100 ml
Bottle type: Pump
Lubricant Features: Condom-safe, Suitable for Vegetarians, Flavoured
Lubricant type: Water based
Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Hydroxethylcellulose, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor
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Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant
Lovehoney Discover
Volume: 250ml
Delay: No
Condom safe: Yes
Contains aspartame: No
Flavoured: No
Lubricant function: Anal sex
Lubricant type: Water based
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, EDTA, Carbomer, PEG-90M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
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ID Glide Water-Based Lubricant 8.5 fl oz
ID Glide Water-Based Lubricant
Volume: 250 ml
Lubricant type: Water-based
Bottle type: Squeeze
Condom safe: Yes
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Gun Oil Personal Silicone Lubricant
Gun Oil Personal Lubricant
Volume: 120ml
Lubricant type: Silicone based
Contains aspartame: No
Condom safe: Yes
Veggie suitable: No
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Dimethiconol, Cyclomethicone
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ID Xtreme H2O Thick Water-Based Lubricant
ID Xtreme H2O
Volume: 65ml
Condom safe: Yes
Contains aspartame: No
Flavoured: No
Lubricant type: Water based
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, EDTA, Carbomer, PEG-90M, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
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ID Lubricants Assorted Travel Pack
ID Lubricants Assorted Travel Pack
Volume: 5 x12ml
Condom safe: Yes
Ingredients: silicone-based, water-based, hybrid (water and silicone), tingling and flavored
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What is a personal lubricant?

Sexual lubricants (or lubes) are used mainly during sexual activities which could be in the form of masturbation, penetrative sex, sex play with adult toys, douching, and/or clit and nipple pumping. They help in reducing friction between one surface (the toy, machine, or dick), and another. They also increase the fun derived from sexual activities by reducing dryness and inserting warm, wet juice. Also, they prevent injuries that could be caused by dryness of the sexual opening (vagina or anus). Imagine inserting an anal butt plug without lube, dangerous right? In general, lubricants ease penetration and make the whole experience sweeter, and safer. But not all lubricants are for everyone. Some people cannot use a partner’s lubricant because they are allergic, or sensitive or it just doesn’t sit well with the other person. That’s why it is best to have your lubricant (or personal lube) with you to prevent avoidable complications.

Equate Liquid Personal Lubricant.

Types of personal lubes

There are different types of lubes, and most of them can be categorized under two headings. The types are either based on what they are made from (or of), or where they are being applied. Below is a detailed explanation of the types based on these two groups;

Based on its composition

Lubricants can either be made from water, silicone, oil, or a mix of two or three of them.

  1. Water-based: These personal lubricants are very popular and used by most people. They are water-soluble. The traditional material for making water-based personal lubricants are either glycerin or cellulose ether solutions. Although, the available products today might have other agents added to them for other reasons like retention of moisture, contamination resistance, and even dispersal. The viscosity can be changed by simply adjusting its cellulose concentration, water content, or other materials used in making the lube. Water-based lubes generally tend to absorb into your skin when used and part of it even evaporates in the process, therefore most of them have a high tendency to dry up during sexual play. If this happens, you can reapply the lube or just add a little bit of water to reactivate it. Drying out of it usually leaves behind residues from other ingredients used in making it. You might want to reapply it during sex or just remove it with water. Your lubricant might not work well in sexual activities occurring in water like a bathtub, hot tub, pool, shower, and so on, because, it is very likely it will disperse or dissolve in water. The final thing to note about your water-based personal lubricant is that it doesn’t weaken your condoms when used with it, a safer sex is therefore ensured.
  2. Plus One Water-based Personal Lubricant.
  3. Silicone-based: They don’t contain a single amount of water, and unlike the water-based personal lubricants, these are not easily absorbed by the skin. Silicone lubricants should not be used with other silicone products and/or sex toys because the lube may react with the surface of the material and cause it to dissolve which makes the material sticky or slimy to touch. Also, the silicone object or sex toy will start disintegrating over time which may now start to breed bacteria.
  4. Oil-based: Most of these types are made from petroleum products. This type of lube can cause materials like a condom and/or any other latex(rubber) material to expand (or get more elastic) thereby causing it to break or tear over time. So, they aren’t the best for rubber sex toys and condoms.
  5. Hybrid-based: Hybrid lubes are a combination of any of the above lubricant components. A hybrid lube of silicone and water will contain the elements of both substances present in the lube.

Based on the area of application

Lubricants can be applied to either the anal area or the vagina. However, one cannot be used for the other.

  1. Vaginal lubricants: These reduce pain and dryness in the vaginal during sexual activities involving vaginal penetration. The locally used ones include saliva and oil, which are not so advisable as they have been proven that they are a danger to sperm functions. It is better to go for the commercial personal lubricants which are either water-based or silicone-based as described earlier. They are more soothing for the vaginal area and would cause fewer infections.
  2. Anal lubricants: “Anal lube” as many people would call it, is specially designed for the lubrication of the tight and dry butt hole. They enhance and further increase the fun that comes from the anal sex activity. Most times, they have a thicker gel viscosity than the regular vagina liquid. The thickness is better because it allows the lubricant to stay in place for a longer period. Some anal lube may contain substances that relieve discomfort during anal plays such as numbing agents. Other types of personal lubricants include organic (natural lubricants), warming lubricants, tingling lubricants, and ones with a good scent.
Oil-based Organic Personal Lubricant. Choose Personal Lubricant

How to choose?

When it comes to you choosing the best lube for sex or one to use with your sex toy(s), many factors have to be considered. Some of them include:

  1. What is your skin type like? Sensitive skins work best with silicone-based lubricants than other types. And it also does not dry up easily especially if you tend not to release juices very often.
  2. What kind of sex toys do you use? If you use sex toys and products made from rubber, then you should stay away from oil-based lubricants. Also, if you are a big fan of silicone sex toys or products made from silicone, you should consider stopping the use of silicone-based lube. These lube components have adverse effects on the mentioned materials and could cause infections.
  3. Where do you want to apply your lubricant? Of course, if you want to use the lubricant for anal play, get an anal lubricant. Remember not to use a vagina lubricant for the butt hole. Vagina lubricants are lighter and dry up faster than anal. Also, they contain materials that might be harmful to the butt hole.
  4. Will you (or will you not) use a condom? Similar to the kind of sex toys you use, some lubricants don’t go well with the material that a condom is made from (especially if you don’t want a tear in the sperm holder).
  5. Ease of removal: If you are considering how you would remove, or clean up the lubricant from your bed sheets or your body, water-based lubricants are the easiest to manage. Also, it does not stain surfaces.
  6. Sex in water: If you have always fantasized about having sex in the shower, pool, or the beach, a silicone-based lubricant is best for this occasion.

Note that women require a lube with the pH syncing with the average pH value of their vagina which is between 3.9 to 4.5. So, as a woman, you should only purchase personal lubricants with these pH value range. Also, avoid materials like nonoxynol-9, propylene glycol, glycerin, and chlorhexidine gluconate. Always check the ingredients before buying.

Astroglide X Premium Silicone Personal Lubricant.

How to use your lubricant?

Whether it is for sex, or masturbation, using a personal lubricant is very simple. All you have to do is apply it directly to your sex toy. However, for the skin, it is advisable to first squeeze a little amount on your hand, then rub your hands together to spread it around your palm, after which you can now use it to caress your body or your partner’s. The most important thing is to make sure you are using a lube that is suitable for you or your sex toy and adhere strictly to the directions on the care label. Here’s is a process we recommend; lay on your towel or any piece of wide cloth. Warm the lube up in your hands. After which you can then apply it to any part of your body. You should always apply your lubricant before any form of penetration. Be gentle while applying it. If the lube is not enough, you can always re-apply. Store the rest of the lubricant in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight and water.

Pros and cons of personal lubricants

Though there are many benefits of the lube, there are a few cons that could be attached to its use. They include:

  • Using a lube (especially for the first time) might cause some irritation.
  • If it is not well cleaned up after use, it can harbor diseases causing bacteria. Some might even destroy the cells around the place it is applied.
  • Some types can be corrosive to your sex toys.

However, all these can only happen or be experienced if you don’t choose the best lube that would be personal to you. If all is done well, there are many advantages that a lubricant can add to your sexual life as a whole. The pros of personal lubricants are:

  • The reduction of pain during penetrating sex and other penetration-related sexual activity.
  • Applying lubricants to sex toys or genitals during sex helps to reduce friction.
  • It also makes the whole experience a lot safer. This is even more so because the cell around the vagina (or anus) would become more relaxed.
  • Personal lubrication before sex also helps to produce smoothness and fluid in places that cannot secrete fluids naturally, like the anus.
  • It is perfect during masturbation (like when you can’t get the juice running when you are solo), and for massages.
  • Finally, they are medicinal and can be prescribed by health practitioners for erectile dysfunctions.
ONE Oasis Silk Premium Personal Lubricant.

Conclusion

We all want to enjoy a smooth and friction-free sexual play or masturbation. And if this is not true for everyone, then most people want a very lubricated sexual play. And good news, personal lubricants have got you covered by providing lubrication to any part or place on which it is applied. Luckily, they come in different types, so you have a lot of options before picking the one that is best for you. And you can begin choosing by glancing at our top picks of personal lubricants so that you can begin your journey to a wetter, and juicier sex life.

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FAQ
What is personal lubricant?
They are a specialized or unique type of lubricants that are used in sexual activities (might be masturbation, intercourse, or any other activity) and help in reducing friction around the parts of the body involve in the contact.
How to use personal lubricant?
First, wash the toy involved, or your body part. Then apply the lube to the palm of your hands. Rub it together to spread it around your palm, after which you can now use it to caress your body or your partner’s.
How to apply personal lubricant?
Lie on your towel or any piece of wide cloth, warm the lube up in your hands, then you can then apply it on any part of your body. The most important thing is to make sure you are using a lube that is suitable for you or your sex toy and adhere strictly to the directions on the care label.

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