Lubrication, lubrication, lubrication. When it comes to getting wet, make sure you’re not slipping up on the basics with our one-stop guide to lube. For solo play, with a partner or alongside a sex toy, a good quality lubricant makes everything better; like Ant and Dec, it’s not right to have one without the other.
Not only is lube an essential for great sex, it can also bring a new and exciting element to your play. The world of lube is sensational, stimulating and tasty, so let’s slide right into it…
This type of lubricant is one of our favourites. Due to the formula, water-based lube won’t stain materials such as clothes or bedding – so you don’t have to worry about any spillages! It has a gentle pH level and won’t leave a sticky residue. As well as being perfect for vaginal sex, you can also use it with all your sex toys. However, as it absorbs into the skin during use, you may need to reapply. The thin consistency of water-based lube also means it’s not the best choice for anal play.
Thicker than water-based lube, silicone lubricant is longer-lasting and has a gorgeous, satiny texture. It’s also perfect for some sexy shower-time and, if you don’t have a lube specifically designed for anal, this is your next best choice. Do not use silicone-based lube with silicone or jelly rubber toys though as contact between the two can cause a reaction and damage your toy.
For the best of both slippery worlds, check out a hybrid lubricant. These are primarily water-based with a little added silicone to create a thicker consistency and longer-lasting pleasure that still easily washes away. However, we still recommend you do not use this type of lube with silicone or jelly rubber toys.
This type of lubricant is less common than water and silicone-based lubricant. The texture is similar to that of silicone-based lubes but you cannot use oil-based lubricants with condoms, silicone or jelly rubber materials. On women, this lube can also cause an imbalance in the genitalia’s pH balance – which we definitely don’t want!
So you’ve heard about the basics, but now it’s time for the fun stuff…
Anal and Fisting Lubricant
These are much thicker than standard lubricants. As you stretch your limits and venture into new lands, anal and fisting lubes will be your best friend; the Robin to your Batman, if you will. This concentrated formula is long-lasting and often includes some form of numbing or relaxing agent.
Tingling, warming, cooling or intensifying: sensation lubricant is – you guessed it – sensational. If you’re looking to get a little more out of your lube, these do the trick. Reacting to the skin when applied, try blowing on the lubricated area to boost the sensation.
As mentioned above, female genitalia can be pretty picky. Whether you’re a horny eco-warrior or feel the pH balance of your bits is particularly sensitive, there are plenty of natural lubricants on the market – so you can get your kicks without the chemicals. Win-win!
A perfect starting point if you’re wanting to add something new to the bedroom but not quite ready to whack out a strap-on, flavoured lubes are unintimidating and suitable for anal or vaginal sex – although particularly incredible for oral! Keep it simple with Bondara’s strawberry or cherry flavoured lube or give your tastebuds a treat with Pina Colada or even Crème Brulee (a Bondara team favourite!).
Lubricants are the ultimate essential for getting the most slip and slide out of your sex. If you’d like any more advice on which one’s best for you, leave a comment or ask us a question by emailing [email protected]