A dildo isn’t a ham sandwich: You can’t just shove it in your body with zero prep
That’s where lube comes in, creating a slippery barrier between yourself and the toy (or condom, or partner) that protects your tissue against irritation or tearing. Sure, vaginas are self-lubricating, but dryness can create discomfort for people of any age. And self-lubrication isn’t a thing with anal sex, so if that’s your style, you definitely need to know your way around a bottle of lube.
How do I choose a lube?
Choose a formula based on your sensitivities, how you like to play, your budget, and the textures you like. Each formula has its own set of benefits, so it’s all about individual preference. We break down the differences below.
For playing with toys: Water-based lubes are your best bet for silicone toys, since both silicone-based and oil-based formulas can wear down a toy’s finish. Sliquid Naturals H2O, our bestseller, works with all types of play and mimics the body’s natural lubrication.
For my sensitive parts: Definitely avoid irritating ingredients like glycerin, which is common in a lot of drugstore lines. You might also seek out a formula with aloe vera, like Sliquid Naturals Satin, which helps calm irritation.
For shower sex: Sliquid Naturals Silk hybrid lube won’t rinse away too easily, so it’s perfect for a steamy moment under your showerhead. It’s technically a silicone lube, but it has a low enough silicone-to-water ratio that it won’t wear down your vibe, plus the longevity and cushiony texture that a lot of people love about silicone-based formulas.
For my budget: Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with good old coconut oil. It’s antibacterial, non-irritating, and nontoxic—and it smells good! But it can damage condoms or toy handles, and for FUN FACTORY toys in particular, that damage isn’t covered by the warranty. So, if you’re someone who likes the feel of oil, it’s best to use it with dildos or only on the shaft of a motorized toy. Also, coconut oil’s antibacterial qualities can throw vaginal flora out of whack, so if that’s a sensitivity of yours, then it’s probably smart to avoid this option.
Can I really go wrong?
Hopefully this doesn’t bum you out, but yes you can. Certain common chemicals in lubricants, like parabens and phthalates, are irritating and generally not good for the body. That’s why the brand we partner with, Sliquid, doesn’t use those ingredients in any of their formulas.
Plus, there’s the question of degradation, like how oil-based lubes can weaken condoms and silicone-based lubes can damage your toys. If you’re looking for something with flexible uses, make it water-based.
Overall, though, lube is a very good thing, so find one you like and enjoy more effortless, sensation-filled FUN.