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The 10 Best Lubricants for Getting Down and Dirty
Lubrication, in our eyes, is severely undervalued when it comes to good sex. Lubrication (or lack thereof) can either make the experience sensual and free-flowing or full of friction. And, since sex can already be complicated enough, it’s best if we help take the guesswork out of finding the right lubricant for you, your partner, and whatever sexy stuff you have planned.
Whether you’re into all-natural ingredients that are safe to eat, looking for a water-based lubricant that can be used with latex condoms, or want a thicker lube for anal and longer sessions – there’s a formula for you that won’t turn your bedroom into a slip and slide. To explore our top 10 picks of the best lubricants for any kind of sex, you’ll want to keep reading. Oh, and scroll to the end to see our answers on what lubricants are, why you should use them, and which ones you should choose.
1. Durex Massage & Play 2 In 1 Lubricant
You’re probably already familiar with Durex condoms or even have a few (or a box) in your bedside drawer. Why not pair Durex’s Massage & Play 2 in 1 Lubricant with it for a packaged deal? Durex’s 2 in 1 lube is a gentle, water-based formula that is safe for use with latex condoms and toys.
The gentle gel-like consistency is non-staining and can even be used as a full-body massage gel, so it washes away from bed sheets and skin like a dream. This unscented formula also contains a touch of aloe vera for a soothing, comfortable (dare we say skincare-like?) experience.
2. GoLove CBD Intimate Lubricant
CBD is all the rage thanks to its multitude of mind and body benefits. And if you’re ready for even more hemp in your life (let’s be honest, we all are), then prepare to experience the sex benefits of CBD with GoLove’s CBD-infused Intimate Lubricant. Enhanced with 200 mg of US-grown, 100% organic CBD, GoLove’s water-based lubricant formula is designed to help moisturize delicate skin, minimize dryness and irritation, calm stress and anxiety, increase blood flow, and heighten your pleasure senses for the best sex of your life.
And if that didn’t convince you already, know that you and your partner are in good hands. GoLove is the first PhD-founded and formulated water-based CBD lubricant on the market, founded by sexologist and author Dr. Sadie Allison and her husband, John Renko. Plus, it’s free of oil, parabens, alcohol, petrochemicals, silicone, and all the other things you’d rather not be in your lubricant.
3. BabeLube Natural Lubricant
Hey babe, it’s about time you look into some natural lubricants. Not to burst your bubble or anything, but if you care about what food you’re putting inside your body, you sure as hell should care about what ingredients are in your lubricants. Luckily, there’s plenty of natural lubricants on the market that care about you and all your bits, like BabeLube!
BabeLube Natural Lubricant’s gel formula is filled with organic ingredients like aloe vera and hibiscus to moisturize and soothe, green tea extract for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and carrageenan, an extract from Irish Moss, which in some studies has shown to prevent HPV transmission. This vegan, cruelty-free formula is also long-lasting, hella slippy, and dripless for a clean, incredibly smooth ride.
4. maude Shine Organic Personal Lubricant
Sex isn’t always as clean and sophisticated as it’s made out to be in the movies, mainly because they chose to leave out all the awkward messiness that happens during the act. But at least in the real show, when you want to get down and dirty, you can have a chic lube waiting for you on your bedside table to make things a little smoother.
Enter maude’s Shine Organic. This personal lubricant is made of 100% all-natural ingredients like aloe vera, mushroom extract, and quinoa seed extract for an ultra-moisturizing, smooth, never sticky ride. The water-based lubricant is also pH balanced, latex-friendly, and can be used with any and all devices. Oh, and did we mention that it has an easy-to-use pump that gets you lubed in a jiffy?
5. Uberlube Luxury Lubricant
Speaking of luxury lube, meet Überlube. This natural silicone lubricant works with all your latex-based condoms and toys, plus (thanks to the silicone) it works in water – and we mean all types of water.
Whether it’s the shower, bath, hot tub, pool, or lake, and whether you’re with a partner or riding solo, Überlube lets you have all the fun without water’s sticky friction getting in the way. This unscented, moisturizing, pH-balanced, glycerin and paraben-free formula is the perfect minimalist lubricant for those maximalists in the bedroom.
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6. Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lubricant
Aloe vera makes the perfect all-natural personal lubricant ingredient because it’s safe, moisturizing, and highly effective. Aloe Cadabra’s Natural Personal Lubricant is made from 95% organic, food-grade aloe vera and other food-grade ingredients like vitamin E, organic vanilla, and citric acid. Finally, an ingredient list we can actually understand. Not to mention, this stain-free, pH-balanced, moisturizing, vegan formula is entirely edible (yum!) and safe for all of your rubber and plastic toys too.
Though this is one of our top water-based lubricant picks for men, the formula was originally designed for women who want to reduce vaginal dryness and stave off painful intercourse. So, if your sexual partner or partners are women, then consider this a no-brainer and add it to your shopping basket immediately.
7. Sliquid Sassy Formula
Sliquid’s Sassy Formula is a water-based (and water-soluble) lubricant gel designed for keeping long sessions of anal play sexy, silky, slippery, and never sticky. Its thick, drip-less formula is made with plant cellulose that mimics a silicone lube to provide for more cushion, plus it stays in place so both partners can have a more enjoyable experience.
But don’t just keep this on the shelf for the occasional anal play because it also works great for vaginal sex and personal play. This vegan, gluten-free formula is also tasteless and odorless for wherever sex takes you.
8. Unbound Jelly
Release your inhibitions and keep things interesting with Unbound Jelly. This water-based lubricant contains our favorite naturally lubricating ingredient, aloe vera, and has hints of the natural food-grade flavors lemon and vanilla to engage the senses.
And, since it’s water-based, you don’t have to worry about the formulation negatively affecting your toys and condoms like you would with oil-based lubes. Aloe vera and its team of pleasure ingredients create a slick, gentle formula that works for your own personal use or with a partner.
9. Boy Butter Personal Lubricant
This one is for the long haul. With its blend of creamy coconut oil and organic silicone, Boy Butter Personal Lubricant is crafted for those special, intimate moments of long-time couples (or self-pleasure) where a condom isn’t involved. The creamy, hypoallergenic formula represents all things silky, sensual, and pleasure-inducing and lets you forget about all of the messy, leaky, or tacky lubricants you’ve tried before.
The best part about silicone-based lubes is that they last, so you only have to apply once, and they’re great for long sessions or however long you last (hey, we’re not judging). Boy Butter is also stain-resistant, easy to wash away with running water, can be used with non-latex products, and is completely edible (yes, it’s vegan).
10. #LubeLife Water Based Lubricant
Why not throw a hashtag on it? #LubeLife is a water-based, toy, and condom-friendly lubricant that allows you to have fun whilst keeping it safe. Its smooth, butter-like consistency compliments the body’s natural lubricants and feels comfortable on the skin, so you can forget about the lube and focus your attention on what really matters.
And since it’s a water-based lubricant, you can say goodbye to questionable sex stains as it easily washes off skin, clothing, and sheets. The #LubeLife Lubricant also comes in several different flavors: original (unscented), strawberry, watermelon, cotton candy, and mint chocolate chip. It’s kind of like going to the ice cream parlor naked and horny.
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Lubricants can be broken down into several categories. The two main types are water-based and silicone-based. Water-based lubricants are most common and widely loved because they are easy to clean and safe to use with latex-based condoms and toys. Though water-based lubricant formulas have become increasingly more sophisticated, they aren’t always the best option for longer sessions, anal sex, or partners that struggle with vaginal dryness.
Silicone-based lubricants provide that long-lasting padding that makes it great for anal or even use in water. Silicone is also hyper-allergenic, so it can be great for those with sensitive skin. However, beware that silicones in your lubricant can deteriorate the surface of silicone sex toys.
Oil-based lubricants are another less popular option. Though they can be sexy, sensual, and great for massages, they are known to rip, tear, or degrade a condom’s latex. And nothing is less sexy than a condom that doesn’t do its job. Oil-based lubricants are also more challenging to clean up and have higher rates of infections like bacterial vaginosis.
There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be using lube during sex or intimate moments. Lubricant can be used by all genders, sexualities, and ages to enhance pleasure, increase moisture, and avoid friction, pain, and sex-related injuries. Lubricants are also a must for anal sex since this part of the body doesn’t provide enough natural lubrication during sex.
When looking for a lubricant, first make sure that it’s suitable for what you plan to use it for: whether that’s anal, vaginal sex, sex with latex or non-latex condoms, self-pleasure with toys, you name it.
You should also look for natural, soothing ingredients and a pH-balanced formula that won’t cause any issues like irritation, inflammation, or infection. Some commonly known ingredients to avoid in your lubricant include petroleum, nonoxynol-9, and propylene glycol.