Everything You Need To Know About Lube: The Definitive Guide

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Not every lube is fitting for every purpose. You need to know what you are doing when it comes to sexual lubricant. This may seem trivial and petty, but nothing can be further from the truth. Simply because it is wet and gets the job done, does not mean that it is safe. There are many different types of lube and some combinations are very unsafe, and some may be safe but cause downright displeasure. So here’s everything you need to know about lube!

What Is Lube, Anyway?

The best thing to do is get educated, because not knowing which kind of lube to use in a situation can put a serious damper on what is meant to be a fun experience. Some lubes are better for solo sex, others are better for use with toys, and there are different ones recommended for the various types of sexual intercourse.

Finding which lube is best for both you and your partner doesn’t have to be a chore. It can (and should) be an enjoyable quest. You may not get it right on the first try, but don’t be discouraged. Different people react to different kinds of lube. And with so many different kinds out there, there is no chance you will not find the one which gives you the greatest pleasure. Certain things to look out for when picking a sexual lubricant are:


Size, temperature, pressure – these can all have an effect on the actual lubricity of a product, and consequently on your experience with it. Because of this, there is no real way to measure lubricity. It is all about trial and error. The good news is, you get to trial and error together, and more often than not, it can be a lot of fun to discover these things together.


How long does it last? As mentioned earlier, water-based lubes tend to last the least amount of time, because water is quickly absorbed by our skin. This could mean having to reapply. Is this a deal-breaker for you? Do you want complete and utter spontaneity, without the need to use more lube?


Gel or liquid? The big difference is in the texture. Liquids will always wash off relatively easily. Gels can be more difficult to remove, and the gel’s sensation may stay longer on the skin, even after the act is completed. Liquids are better for vaginal play, for instance, while gels are more recommended for anal intercourse.


How does it feel? Does it create a thicker or thinner kind of sensation? Does it spread evenly? These are important questions, because ultimately it is all about you, your partner, and your bodies. You should use something you are both comfortable with.


Woman trying to get out of washing machine in laundromat.

You could drive yourself crazy trying to clean up lube stains.

Removing certain lube stains can sometimes be a hassle. On the other hand, nothing interrupts a passionate moment quite like stopping everything to say “hang on, honey, I need to go get a towel.” make sure you get something which fits your needs. You will need to see which lube works best, as far as cleaning up is concerned.


A relatively important factor, which can prove to be of crucial value. Consider the bath, shower, or jacuzzi are viable options, and be prepared. Water-based lubes, for instance, should not be used in water since they become utterly useless.


Once again, lubes are meant to further enhance the sexual experience, and not just when something is wrong. Intimate oral pleasure is amazing all by itself, but if you want to kick it into high gear – nothing beats a flavored lube. Also, some individuals are very self-conscious or sensitive when it comes to flavors and tastes (their own, or their partner’s).

Using a tasty lube, one which you really enjoy, can make the difference between a mediocre encounter and a mind-blowing journey into the heart of the Sun. Remember, natural products are always better to ingest than anything filled with chemicals like parabens and sulfates.


Is it big and bulky? Is it small and discreet? Does it come in a hard bottle with a pop cap? A flexible tube? A squeeze bottle with a twist cap? No-one should have to struggle with their lube. With certain people, all it takes is a few short seconds of hesitation to kill the mood and diminish the moment.