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Give lube a chance: the lowdown on lubricant

Do you only ever reach for that two-year old generic lubricant when things get a little rough? Chances are you’re missing out.

By Aurelie | 23 February 2020
Women's bodies: illustration by Laura Berger

Do you only ever reach for that two-year old generic lubricant when things get a little rough? Chances are you’re missing out. So, what do you know about lube? Not much. Can you identify the two major types? Uhm, plain and strawberry-flavoured? Not quite. It’s mostly about what goes inside, whether it’s water-based or silicone-based. Which one would you use with your favourite sex toy? Guessing the toy is made of silicone so… silicone? Most definitely not. Your best option with toys is always going to be water-based. Out of the two it’s the one that resembles natural lubrication the most, so you’re good to use it with most toys and condoms. So why would you buy silicone at all? It’s actually great when you decide to give your toy a break and need a long-lasting, highly resistant lube that keeps on giving. (PS: It’s the absolute best for anal sex too.) Good to know. Anyway, you did have a point earlier… With the strawberry lube? Decided to give it a shot once and while it wasn’t that hot I guess it’s nice to try something new now and then… Well if you like it hot you should definitely try a little temperature play. Warming? Cooling? Your call. And they’re generally water-based so you’re free to experiment with any toy. Never knew there was that much to lubricant. Anything else? I’m on the sensitive side and some of those neon-coloured gels don’t necessarily feel safe and natural… Moisturising lubes would be great for that, as they’re dermatologically tested and fragrance-free. Anything else?

IN SHORT > Use water-based lubricant with your toys. > Use silicone-based for regular penetration, vaginal or anal. > Experiment with flavoured or temperature-altering products.

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