Finding the right lube takes the friction out of sex, literally. From masturbation to partner sex, it makes everything smoother. But there are currently hundreds, if not thousands, of different lubes that you can buy online—it’s a lot to choose from! Still, it’s great to have options, as we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to lubing up for sex.
For example, if you or your partner has sensitive skin or allergies, you might want a personal lubricant with more organic ingredients. If you’re into anal, you probably want a thicker lube that doesn’t try out as quickly, because the anus isn’t self-lubricating, like the vagina. Or maybe you’re really cautious about what you put on or in your body—in which case, you should check out these natural lubricants.
But if you’re someone who just wants a high-quality lube for all types of sex and masturbation? That’s when the choice becomes overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tried out all the lubes on this list, and can confidently say they feel great and definitely get the job done.
But before we delve into our lube recommendations, it’s necessary to break down the various types of lubes: water-based, silicone-based, oils, and hybrid. Water-based lubes are known as the “gold standard” for sex. That’s because they aren’t sticky and are easy to rinse off.
The negative thing about water-based lubes is that they dry out quickly. That’s why some people prefer silicone-based lubricants if their partner struggles with vaginal dryness, or anal is on the menu. The issue with silicone lubes is that it can last a little too long. You can feel sticky even after scrubbing yourself with soap and water.
Then there are hybrid lubes, which are thicker than water-based lubes but less viscous than traditional silicone-based lubes.
Last but not least are oils. There are actually very few commercial lubricants that are oil-based. That’s because you can’t use oils with condoms: they degrade the latex. Oil-based lubes (or oily DIY options, like olive oil) are even thicker, stickier, and make more of a mess than silicone-lube.
Alright. With that primer, we’re finally ready to get to our favorite personal lubricant recommendations.
Here are the 10 best lubes for sex:
Scroll to the end for links to buy all of them.
1. Gun Oil Water-Based H20 Lubricant
Gun Oil’s H20 lube doesn’t dry out nearly as quickly as other water-based lubricants. It also has extracts of aloe vera and oat to repair and minimize irritation, along with stimulating ginseng and guarana extracts to promote blood flow.
2. Swiss Navy H20
This is another excellent water-based lube that doesn’t require constant reapplication. One spurt, and you’re good to go!
3. Durex Massage and Play 2 in 1
“This water-based lube can be used with toys, penetrative sex, anal sex and as a massage gel,” Ashley Cobb, a sexpert for Lovehoney, previously told Men’s Health. “It has a subtle but very nice smell of ylang-ylang, and it cleans up easily without leaving annoying residue.”
4. Promescent Water-based Lube
Promescent lube is 100% paraben-free, odorless, colorless, and greaseless. What I personally like about this lube is that it feels thick without feeling sticky. (It also isn’t too difficult to wash off!)
5. Lovehoney Discover Water-based Anal Lubricant
“This is one of the best anal water-based lubes around,” Cobb said. “It has a very slick consistency and is long-lasting while remaining in place with its gel consistency, unlike most water-based lubes.”
6. pjur Backdoor
This lube is great for long sessions of anal sex since it has a highly concentrated amount of silicone. The addition of jojoba also has a relaxing effect on the body.
7. Royal Water-Based Lube
This lube is very “thin,” so to speak, so it’s ideal if you just need a little bit of lube and don’t want to create a Slip N Slide in your bed.
8. Tush Cush
I like the Tush Cush from Cake because it has a unique jelly texture that’s great for anal sex and to use with toys.
9. Sliquid Silk Hybrid Lube
This lube can be used for everything: anal sex, oral sex, and use with toys. It’s also pH-balanced. It’s a one size fits all type deal!
10. Playboy Intimacy Gel
Playboy just released a line of sexual products that include an intimacy gel, which, in this case, is just a fancy way of saying a water-based lubricant. Note that this gel, however, is CBD-infused to create a heightened, physical sensation.
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