The difficult thing about sexual health is that while many people would benefit from personalized advice, people are loath to talk about it. But sex is, pardon the expression, not one size fits all. People have different sexual orientations, different preferences and different bodies. One under-discussed part of sexual health is lubricants. They can make sex and self-pleasure more fun, but they can also make it safer and less painful. This is especially true when talking about any especially sensitive areas.
There are many different kinds of lubricants, and they’re good for different things. A silicone-based lubricant is one popular option because it’s long-lasting, hypoallergenic and creates a nice silky feeling. It’s also less sticky compared to other lubricants and washes off easy. One thing worth noting is that silicone-based lubricants can deteriorate the surface of silicone-based toys, so it’s best to use directly on the body. Finally, water-based lubricants are another popular option. These are great because you can use them with silicone sex toys, and they are most compatible with condoms. They’re also suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Whether you’ve got a partner, partners or you’re flying solo, these are the best personal lubricants to use.
1. Uberlube Luxury Lubricant 100ml
With a bottle that looks like it could be luxury cologne, Uberlube delivers on the promise of a premium product. Of course, Uberlube’s silicone-based lubricant goes well beyond just looks. Uberlube’s ultra-simple formula eliminates unnecessary ingredients — it’s pure silicone combined with vitamin E, making for something that reduces friction without reducing sensation.
Pros: Pump-top makes it easy to get just the right amount. Odor-free.
2. Wet Platinum Lube
This odor-less silicone lube is paraben and oil-free. It’s compatible with rubber latex, polyisoprene, and polyurethane condoms. The manufacturer, Wet, has been around since 1989 and is one of the top names in the industry.
Pros: Long-lasting, waterproof, gives a silky feeling.
Cons: The pour-top bottle makes it easy to spill.
3. Valm Silicone Based Personal Lubricant
This silicone-based lubricant is odor-free, waterproof, and formulated for people with sensitive skin. It can be used with latex and polyurethane condoms. While the stylish packaging doesn’t make the product work better, it certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Pros: Long-lasting, odor-free, good for sensitive skin, pump-top design reduces leakage.
Cons: Can be hard to wash off.
4. Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube
Aloe is known for its skin benefits, which is why this aloe leaf-juice based formula is such a great option. The formula is made from natural and organic ingredients, and it’s free from parabens, petroleum and silicone. Plus, it has a pH-balanced formula. It also comes in flavors like peppermint and vanilla.
Pros: Natural and organic ingredients. Features a pH-balanced formula. Can potentially be helpful for dryness.
Cons: Only 2.5 oz bottle size. Not a good choice for anyone with an aloe allergy.
5. K-Y Jelly Personal Lube
K-Y Jelly is a good option if you’re looking for an affordable water-based lubricant. Jelly is a thicker formula, so it won’t run off and get everywhere when you’re using it. And while this means it can have something of a slick feeling, the thick consistency means it’s long-lasting. It can be used with condoms, although it’s only suited for use with latex condoms.
Pros: Thick formula won’t run. A little goes a long way.
Cons: Only suitable for use with latex condoms.
6. Astroglide X Premium Waterproof Silicone Personal Lubricant
If there’s a lube brand that’s truly a household name, it’s Astroglide. The brand offers lubricants of pretty much every variety, and its silicone lube is one of the most popular, thanks to its clean, fuss-free application. It’s also waterproof, fragrance-free, and long-lasting.
Pros: Silky smooth feeling, affordable.
Cons: Not compatible with condoms.