Ode to Lube!
Let's face it...
lubricants make everything feel so good! Whether you are using
sex toys or grinding up
against your lover(s) you can always have more fun when you use it.
Lubricants make sex toys
and sex play not only feel better, but also more safe. Think about what
happens when you're having sex: the body creates natural lubrication so
you and your partner don't hurt each other with too much friction. While
your body can make a lot of it (especially with female ejaculation) the
kind of "slickness" that lubricants provide can be very hot! The same
logic applies to using
either with a partner or during solo play. Really, I don't think there's
such thing as too much lubrication. Even if you lubricate naturally, a
dab of extra lubricant on your toy or a body part is a highly
recommended addition. It's better to be safe and slippery than sorry and
Pick the Right Lube
Lubricants come in three basic formulations:
water-based lube, which is the most common, and most versatile,
silicone-based lube, which is similar to water-based lube but waterproof
and petroleum-based lube, which is great for anal play.
Water-based lubes, such as
Astroglide may be used on virtually any body part,
vibrator, masturbation sleeve,
erection ring or
dildo. An exception may be toys for anal play, as
you may want a lubricant that also contains a desensitizer -- this
is purely preference, of course.
The greatest advantage of water-based lube is the easy cleanup: You
simply rinse off the toy with warm water, and voila! The lube is gone!
However, this "no muss, no fuss" quotient also has a down side -- if you
like to use
waterproof adult toys (during a bath, in a hot tub, what have you),
a water-based lubricant will rinse right off -- which really defeats the
whole purpose of using lube!
You definitely want to use a water-based lube with anything made of
silicone. A silicone lube used on a
silicone adult toy will destroy the toy. Silicone is essentially
made up of tiny glass beads; when these beads rub together, they will
merely scratch one another other, wreaking havoc on the silicone toy. So
stick with a water-based lube for your premium
silicone adult toys, and use silicone lube for the purpose for which
it was intended!
Silicone lubes are the perfect choice for sensual fun in the water.
If you love your
waterproof adult toys (or just love having sex in the water), you
and a silicone lubricant will be lifetime companions! Of course, a
silicone-based lube is not as readily available at your corner drugstore
as a water-based lube, but fortunately, you can get plenty here through
Another "pro" for
silicone lubricant is that it lasts longer and can be easily revived
after a lengthy encounter with your favorite vibrating friend, just by
adding a little water or saliva to it. Silicone lubes never really get
absorbed or evaporate the way a water-based lube may. On the other hand,
this also means that getting your toys (and yourself) clean will take a
little more effort, but it certainly doesn't need to be sandblasted off.
A good soapy wash should do the trick and that can be fun in itself!
Petroleum-based lube should really only be used with non-latex anal
toys or for male masturbation. These lubes are great for anal play
because they're generally thicker than other types of lubricant, making
entry easier. A good one to try is Anal Eze as it's petroleum-based and
also contains a desensitizer.
Do not use a petroleum-based lube with anything made of latex -–
toys, condoms, or other products -– as the petroleum will destroy the
latex on contact. Petroleum also tends to irritate a woman's vagina, so
we don't recommended this type of lubricant for intercourse or for use
with any sort of vibrator or dildo intended for vaginal penetration.
Now that you've taken a closer look at lube, you're probably
wondering about the best way to apply it. Again, this is really personal
preference, but here are our tips for the easiest and least-messy way.
Simply pour a small amount -- about the size of a dime -- onto your
fingers and then spread it on your toy and yourself.
Rub your fingers over the head and down the shaft if it's a vibrator,
masturbation sleeve, erection ring or dildo. Be sure to lube any other
clitoral or anal stimulators on your toy, as well.
Rub the lubricant onto your sex toy so that it's slick, but not
dripping. Be careful -- you don't want to rub so much that the lubricant
is absorbed in your hand, leaving the toy high and dry!
If you are male and using a masturbation sleeve, you'll want to apply
lube to your fingers and then slide them around the entrance and down
the inside of the sleeve. Since most sleeves have a small hole in the
other end, you probably don't want to just pour the lube into it -- you
can always add more if you need to. If you or your toy becomes dry
during use, simply add more lube.
How Much is Enough?
You also don't want to "over apply" or "over rub" the lubricant,
particularly on a toy. The amount of lube you use is a personal
preference. The general rule of thumb is that if it doesn't slide in
comfortably, you probably need more lubricant! Some people like their
toys as lubricated as possible, while others enjoy only enough
lubrication to reduce friction to a point of comfort. We recommend that
if you're experimenting with a toy or lubricant for the first time, try
starting with an amount about the size of a dime and keep adding lube
until you're happy. You'll figure out how much you like soon enough!
On the Body
, if you're lubing yourself or a lover's body part, do
not pour the lube directly from the bottle onto bare skin! Pour the
lubricant into the palm of your hand and warm it to body temperature
before applying it to warm skin. This rule also applies using lubricant
on your toys. After all, you wouldn't want to get a chill because you
applied a cold lubricant to your favorite dildo!
If you're sharing a toy with your partner, such as a vibrating
erection ring, just lube everything! Well, actually, be sure to
lubricate the penis it will be on, any stimulating pieces on the ring
(bullet, animal-shaped head, what have you) and the person receiving the
action. Of course, you don't need to lubricate the entire person (unless
you want to and especially if it's flavored lubricant so you can lick it
off them!), just the receiving sexual organ!
Now Go Out There and Lube Up!
Lubes are manufactured in many, many different consistencies, colors,
even flavors -- it's best to experiment and find the right one for
you. Think about what you want most in a lubricant, if you have any
sensitivities (flavored lube can sometimes cause yeast infections), and
what you'll mainly be using it for -- solo sex, toy fun, a combination
of sex toys and your
partner, water shenanigans? If you're intrigued by something, try a
sample (if possible) or buy the smallest bottle that's offered, so you
can discover your favorite without spending a ton of money.
Our Favorites Are-
Flavored Fun ~
The fun way to keep things slick, slippery, and scrumptious.
Completely clear, non-staining lubricant with a delicious flavors makes
for silky-smooth and tasty private parts!
Tight & Slippery ~
Anal-Eaze is a desensitizing cream that is used to enhance the
pleasure of anal penetration. Cherry Flavored.
Sexy Slick ~
Never-Drying and Super Slick, I-D Millennium is the leader in Long
Lasting Lubricants. Using a special silicone-based formula, ID
Millennium is Latex-Friendly and will stay slick even under water.
Available in 2 oz. and 8 oz. sizes, the Advanced Formula makes ID
Millennium the Preferred Choice in High-End Lubricants.