If you and your partner are looking to get a bit more experimental in the bedroom, an important item to consider for anal sex is the right anal lube. Good lube can turn a painful, unpleasant experience (for both parties) into something adventurous, stimulating and deeply satisfying. But shopping for lube can be tough because there are so many different formulas, and you probably don’t want to be browsing anal lube on your lunch break.
To make everything go smoother, here’s a complete guide to anal lube.
When it comes to personal lubricant, there are three main types to choose from: silicone, water- and oil-based. Silicone is the most popular choice for anal sex because it’s hypoallergenic and very slippery (minimizing friction). However, you won’t be able to incorporate any silicone-based sex toys if you’re using a silicone-based lube, as silicone lube will ruin the toy.
If you want to use silicone-based toys, go for an oil-based lube instead, but be weary; oil-based lube can break condoms. Finally, there are the more natural, water-based lubes, which are thick and great with toys but often dry out quickly and require more frequent application. There’s also a few good hybrid options which combine the benefits of silicone and water-based lubes into one.
Below are some of our favorite anal lubes from every category that you can buy right now on Amazon. Skip the embarrassment of going to a store and pick up these bottles online.
1. Pjur Back Door Anal Lubricant
This lube from Pjur is formulated specifically for anal sex with a few key upgrades from run-of-the-mill sex lubes. It’s a super slick silicone-based lubricant (meaning it’s also hypoallergenic), but it also features Jojoba extracts that will help to relax the anal sphincter for an easier, more enjoyable experience. This isn’t to be confused with numbing lubes which contain chemicals that reduce the sensation, though. Jojoba is a natural relaxant, so both parties still get all the great feelings. If anal sex has been impossible in the past – even with lube – this Pjur can change your mind.
2. Shibari Personal Lubricant
This water-based Shibari lube is the #1 best-selling personal lubricant on Amazon for a reason. Like any water based lube, you get two major benefits: it’s easy to clean up (whereas other lubes can stain or stick) and it’s hypoallergenic. On top of that, the Shibari doesn’t contain any fragrances or preservatives that can irritate skin. This translates to easy, pain-free lubrication and a clean, enjoyable experience. Plus, it’s very reasonably priced at just under $8.
3. Sliquid Silk Hybrid Lubricant
Sliquid’s Silk lube combines the benefits of water- and silicone-based lubes. It’s long-lasting and easy to clean up, but the silicone element ensures top-notch slickness that lasts. Plus, the lube is only around 12% silicone so it’s safe to use with silicone-based toys. It also has a unique creamy texture that reviewers enjoy.
4. Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube
If you have sensitive skin, natural lube is your best bet. This lube from Aloe Cadabra is the real deal with a pH balance that matches the skin in your backdoor. It’s water-based, but utilizes a formula lead by 95% aloe vera without any glycerin, parabens, fragrances or other irritating chemicals. In fact, the natural formula makes it a decent daily moisturizer as well as an effective lubricant.
5. Penchant Silicon Based Lubricant
Another great silicone-based lube is this one from Penchant. We like it because it has a straightforward, hypoallergenic formula that’s easy on sensitive skin. Penchant also suggests getting adventurous and using the lube in the pool or hot tub as it repels water. It comes very highly-rated with 4.4 stars and almost 1,500 reviews, with users raving about how long the lube lasts. This means you can apply it before getting started and not have to worry about re-application.
6. Gun Oil Silicone Based Lubricant
BEST FOR THE PROS
So you and your partner have made a few trips to the backyard, and you’re starting to get the hang of it. That’s great, but we recommend a lube that will protect and heal while providing the necessary slickness. This Gun Oil is a great option because it uses a hefty dose of vitamin E and aloe vera to heal any small tears that can happen during intercourse. It’s silicone-based (not oil based, as the name might suggest), and costs a little more than other lubes at $19 for 2 ounces.
7. Coconu Oil Based Lubricant
Oil based lubes are very slippery and provide a thick barrier that’s great for anal sex. We like this Coconu because it uses a coconut oil base that moisturizes while providing slickness. Some oil-based lubes can also be a bit much on sensitive skin, but Amazon reviewers say Coconu is very easy on any skin type. While it’s a good go-to for anal, it’s also great for vaginal or even oral sex thanks to an edible, fragrance-free formula.
8. Paloqueth Lube Applicator
Make the most of your new bottle of lube, save some money and reduce the mess by picking up one of these syringe-like applicators. The tip is soft plastic and includes a cap to keep the lube in when you’re not applying. Unscrew your bottle, place the tip of the applicator in the lube, and pull the liquid up into the device. Then, apply just the right amount of lube to your genitals before anal, or keep it handy for mid-game re-application without needing a break. This set from Paloqueth also comes with two applicators so you and your partner can each have one.