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Lubricants 101

Whether alone or with a partner, personal lubricants are essential. They are used to help us get closer, connect and stay intimate longer.  We use them to make love, explore our sexuality and feel comfortable enough that there is no distraction from being present. Most of the time, our bodies create enough lubrication to be comfortable on a daily basis. But, if a device or condoms are used during intimacy, more lubrication than nature provides may be needed. Many items made of rubber or silicone can absorb a woman's natural moisture. Hormonal changes, medications and our environment play a role as well. Using additional lubricant is perfectly normal, and not a sign of a broken body or a failed libido.

Different Kinds of Lubricant

Water-Based Lubricant

The first ingredient is water or aloe (if glycerin is the first ingredient, it will be very thick and might be more of a “warming lotion”).

  • Can feel cool on the skin and may get a little sticky after some time
  • Can be reactivated by adding water
  • Most commonly used and manufactured
  • Offers the most variety, including flavors
  • Washes from the body quickly
  • Does not stain sheets
  • Compatible with all vibrator materials
  • Examples on this site include: Intimate Organics HydraPjur Med NaturalDivine 9

Silicone Lubricant

Ingredients that end in “ol” or “cone” like: dimethicone, dimethconol and also an ingredient like cyclopentasiloxane.

  • Never feels sticky
  • Creates long lasting glide
  • Can be used for an all-over body massage
  • Great to use in water (tub, shower or pool)
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass and plastic materials
  • Not recommended for use with most silicone products
  • Examples on this site include: Pjur Med PremiumPjur Woman

Hybrid Lubricant

A water-based lubricant with a silicone ingredient included, like dimethicone.  It is usually visually white or creamy looking.

  • Feels slippery, but is thin enough to feel a lot of sensation
  • A unique water-based lube that does not feel sticky
  • Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth when dry
  • Often hydrates, protects and traps moisture in the skin
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass, metal and plastic materials
  • Not recommended for use with most silicone products
  • Examples on this site include: Sliquid Organics SilkSweet Spot Liquid Assets

Other Lubricant Variations to Consider

Natural/Organic Lubricant

A number of people prefer products that are made with only natural or organic ingredients. Examples on this site include: Blossom Organics Natural Lube, Coconu, Sliquid Organics Natural.

Glycerin-Free

Glycerin, which is an excellent humectant that retains moisture, is a common ingredient in most water-based lubes.  Glycerin may also mimic sugar when added to feminine chemistry and can exacerbate existing issues in sensitive women and lead to yeast infections or vaginal irritation. Examples on this site include: Intimate Organics Defense, Sweet Spot Liquid Assets.

Stimulating Lubricant

Designed to increase sensation for both partners.  Stimulating lubes often include active ingredients like menthol or pepper that increase blood flow and awaken the nerve endings. Examples on this site include: Intimate Organics Melt, Blossom Organics Warming Lube, Pjur Med Energy.

Flavored Lubricant

Designed to enhance oral lovemaking.  Usually only offered in a water-based formula. They are condom-safe and can be used for penetration. (We’re sorry, we do not carry any flavored lubricants on this site.)

Paraben-Free Lubricant

Parabens are a common preservative found in most beauty products, but some women develop a sensitivity toward petrochemicals in the form of a skin irritation. Most products with parabens are banned in Europe. All lubricants on this site are paraben-free.

Carrageenan

Carrageenan is derived from seaweed and makes lubricants feel exceptionally slippery.  It can also heal and repair vaginal tissues, soothe and revive vaginal dryness, and add moisture. Examples on this site include: Sliquid Organics Oceanics, Intimate Organics Defense, Divine 9.

Thick Lubricant vs. Thin Lubricant

Thick

  • Stays on the surface of the skin longer
  • Provides more “cushion” or comfortable feeling
  • Reduces friction and sensation—It is often ideal for anal penetration
  • Stays where it’s applied, so ideal for avoiding anal to vaginal migration
  • Examples on this site include: Sliquid Organics Natural Gel, Pjur Med Premium.

Thin

  • Allows a person to feel more sensation without friction
  • Perfect for someone who wants a “kick start” until her own moisture takes over
  • Often referred to as a “women’s” formula (for women who generally prefer to feel more sensation during penetration)
  • Examples on this site include: Pjur Med Natural, Pjur Med Repair, Sliquid Satin.

 

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