Ode to Lube!
Let's face it... lubricants make everything feel so good! Whether you are using sex toys or grinding up against your lover(s) you can always have more fun when you use it.
Lubricants make sex toys and sex play not only feel better, but also more safe. Think about what happens when you're having sex: the body creates natural lubrication so you and your partner don't hurt each other with too much friction. While your body can make a lot of it (especially with female ejaculation) the kind of "slickness" that lubricants provide can be very hot! The same logic applies to using adult toys, either with a partner or during solo play. Really, I don't think there's such thing as too much lubrication. Even if you lubricate naturally, a dab of extra lubricant on your toy or a body part is a highly recommended addition. It's better to be safe and slippery than sorry and sore!
Pick the Right Lube
Lubricants come in three basic formulations: water-based lube, which is the most common, and most versatile, silicone-based lube, which is similar to water-based lube but waterproof and petroleum-based lube, which is great for anal play.
Water-based lubes, such as Astroglide may be used on virtually any body part, vibrator, masturbation sleeve, erection ring or dildo. An exception may be toys for anal play, as you may want a lubricant that also contains a desensitizer -- this is purely preference, of course.
The greatest advantage of water-based lube is the easy cleanup: You simply rinse off the toy with warm water, and voila! The lube is gone! However, this "no muss, no fuss" quotient also has a down side -- if you like to use waterproof adult toys (during a bath, in a hot tub, what have you), a water-based lubricant will rinse right off -- which really defeats the whole purpose of using lube!
You definitely want to use a water-based lube with anything made of silicone. A silicone lube used on a silicone adult toy will destroy the toy. Silicone is essentially made up of tiny glass beads; when these beads rub together, they will merely scratch one another other, wreaking havoc on the silicone toy. So stick with a water-based lube for your premium silicone adult toys, and use silicone lube for the purpose for which it was intended!
Silicone lubes are the perfect choice for sensual fun in the water. If you love your waterproof adult toys (or just love having sex in the water), you and a silicone lubricant will be lifetime companions! Of course, a silicone-based lube is not as readily available at your corner drugstore as a water-based lube, but fortunately, you can get plenty here through our site!
Another "pro" for silicone lubricant is that it lasts longer and can be easily revived after a lengthy encounter with your favorite vibrating friend, just by adding a little water or saliva to it. Silicone lubes never really get absorbed or evaporate the way a water-based lube may. On the other hand, this also means that getting your toys (and yourself) clean will take a little more effort, but it certainly doesn't need to be sandblasted off. A good soapy wash should do the trick and that can be fun in itself!
Petroleum-based lube should really only be used with non-latex anal toys or for male masturbation. These lubes are great for anal play because they're generally thicker than other types of lubricant, making entry easier. A good one to try is Anal Eze as it's petroleum-based and also contains a desensitizer.
Do not use a petroleum-based lube with anything made of latex -– toys, condoms, or other products -– as the petroleum will destroy the latex on contact. Petroleum also tends to irritate a woman's vagina, so we don't recommended this type of lubricant for intercourse or for use with any sort of vibrator or dildo intended for vaginal penetration.
Now that you've taken a closer look at lube, you're probably wondering about the best way to apply it. Again, this is really personal preference, but here are our tips for the easiest and least-messy way.
Simply pour a small amount -- about the size of a dime -- onto your fingers and then spread it on your toy and yourself.
Rub your fingers over the head and down the shaft if it's a vibrator, masturbation sleeve, erection ring or dildo. Be sure to lube any other clitoral or anal stimulators on your toy, as well.
Rub the lubricant onto your sex toy so that it's slick, but not dripping. Be careful -- you don't want to rub so much that the lubricant is absorbed in your hand, leaving the toy high and dry!
If you are male and using a masturbation sleeve, you'll want to apply lube to your fingers and then slide them around the entrance and down the inside of the sleeve. Since most sleeves have a small hole in the other end, you probably don't want to just pour the lube into it -- you can always add more if you need to. If you or your toy becomes dry during use, simply add more lube.
How Much is Enough?
You also don't want to "over apply" or "over rub" the lubricant, particularly on a toy. The amount of lube you use is a personal preference. The general rule of thumb is that if it doesn't slide in comfortably, you probably need more lubricant! Some people like their toys as lubricated as possible, while others enjoy only enough lubrication to reduce friction to a point of comfort. We recommend that if you're experimenting with a toy or lubricant for the first time, try starting with an amount about the size of a dime and keep adding lube until you're happy. You'll figure out how much you like soon enough!
On the Body
Much like massage oils, if you're lubing yourself or a lover's body part, do not pour the lube directly from the bottle onto bare skin! Pour the lubricant into the palm of your hand and warm it to body temperature before applying it to warm skin. This rule also applies using lubricant on your toys. After all, you wouldn't want to get a chill because you applied a cold lubricant to your favorite dildo!
If you're sharing a toy with your partner, such as a vibrating erection ring, just lube everything! Well, actually, be sure to lubricate the penis it will be on, any stimulating pieces on the ring (bullet, animal-shaped head, what have you) and the person receiving the action. Of course, you don't need to lubricate the entire person (unless you want to and especially if it's flavored lubricant so you can lick it off them!), just the receiving sexual organ!
Now Go Out There and Lube Up!
Lubes are manufactured in many, many different consistencies, colors, even flavors -- it's best to experiment and find the right one for you. Think about what you want most in a lubricant, if you have any sensitivities (flavored lube can sometimes cause yeast infections), and what you'll mainly be using it for -- solo sex, toy fun, a combination of sex toys and your partner, water shenanigans? If you're intrigued by something, try a sample (if possible) or buy the smallest bottle that's offered, so you can discover your favorite without spending a ton of money.
Our Favorites Are-
Flavored Fun ~
The fun way to keep things slick, slippery, and scrumptious. Completely clear, non-staining lubricant with a delicious flavors makes for silky-smooth and tasty private parts!
Tight & Slippery ~
Anal-Eaze is a desensitizing cream that is used to enhance the pleasure of anal penetration. Cherry Flavored.
Sexy Slick ~
Never-Drying and Super Slick, I-D Millennium is the leader in Long Lasting Lubricants. Using a special silicone-based formula, ID Millennium is Latex-Friendly and will stay slick even under water. Available in 2 oz. and 8 oz. sizes, the Advanced Formula makes ID Millennium the Preferred Choice in High-End Lubricants.