What is lube?

Lube is a quicker way to say intimate or personal lubricant. There are various types of lube you can buy, but they all serve the same purpose – enhance lubrication and make sex more pleasurable. Most intimate lubricants are safe to use with condoms and sex toys, but you can also use them even if you’re not using condoms. Lube is particularly indicated to use if you have vaginal dryness or for anal sex, but as a general rule, the more lubrication the more pleasurable sex will be.

What is the difference between the various types of lube?

There are various types of intimate lubricants out there, and each serves a specific purpose. Let’s check them out.

Water-based lube

Dubbed “the versatile type” water-based lube is the most popular. You can use it with all kinds of sex toys, all condoms, and for all imaginable sexual activities. Water-based lube can be natural, meaning that it doesn’t have any particular taste or scent, but you can also choose from an array of flavoured options. Flavoured lubricant can enhance oral sex, but all options you can find here at Condoms.uk are also suitable to use for vaginal and anal intercourse.

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Silicone-based lube

Silicone-based lube is not as popular as the water-based variety, but it still holds a high position in the charts. Like water-based lube, silicone lube can be used with all condoms, but it might be incompatible with silicone sex toys. This type of lube lasts longer than the water-based and can also be used under the shower, since it’s not easy to wash it away.

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Oil-based lube

This type of lube doubles as massage oil and can make sexy time incredibly sensual. It is ideal for couples in a committed relationship or for solo play, since it can damage latex and polyisoprene condoms. If you want to use this type of lube with condoms, choose a polyurethane or synthetic resin condom.

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Vaginal moisturisers

Unlike lube, which is typically used during sex, vaginal moisturisers are products designed to combat vaginal dryness. Most moisturisers have a water-based formula, a neutral pH, and are often enriched with natural extracts, such as aloe vera. Moisturisers can be used at any time, during sexual activity but also throughout the day to prevent irritation and discomfort and to improve tissue quality.

Massage gels

Like their name suggests, massage gels are not designed for the specific purpose of lubrication. They are an excellent choice if you want to include a seductive massage into your routine and can lubricate you down there, but most massage gels are not safe to use with condoms – even if they’re water-based. If you use condoms for contraception, remember to always read the lube label before using it with a condom. Never use a lube or massage gel with condoms if the product isn’t labelled as safe, because it could damage the latex structure and cause the condom to break.

Can I use lube with sex toys?

You can use lube with sex toys, but you should pay attention to the type of lube you’re using if the toy is made of silicone.

Silicone toys are usually incompatible with silicone lubes because the two types of silicone may react and damage the toy. In most cases, the silicone on the toy swells or starts to peel off. The reaction is usually harmless for you, but it could as well cause inflammation if the toy starts to degrade inside your body.

Not all silicone toys will be damaged by silicone lube, so if you really want to try (perhaps for using the toy underwater), do a patch test before applying lube on the main surface.

You can do the patch test on a portion that doesn’t normally come in contact with your private bit, such as the handle of the toy. Apply a small quantity of silicone-based lube and watch out for a reaction. Any reaction should happen quickly, but it is recommended to leave the toy for at least a few hours. Inspect and see if there is any damage, such as a difference in structure, the silicone peeling off the patch, or an unusual smell.

If you notice any of the above, you should stick to using water-based lube with the toy.

What is the best lube for people with sensitive skin?

Whilst most lubes are hypoallergenic and suitable for everyone, people with sensitive skin may still have reactions if the lube contains parabens (a common preservative) or fragrances. If you have sensitive skin and don’t know which lube to buy, here are some of the safest options:

What is the best lube for anal sex?

Silicone lube is a popular choice for people who engage in anal sex, but is it the best choice? One of the best option comes from Boys Own, and the product is water-based.

Boys Own Clear and Boys Own Silk are two types of lubricants developed specifically for anal sex. The only difference between the two is the colour – the Silk version is white, whilst Clear is transparent. This moisturising product has a very smooth formula and is thicker than regular water-based lube, but it doesn’t feel greasy and it doesn’t stain fabrics.

Both types of Boys Own lubes are enriched with aloe vera and are paraben-free. The lube doesn’t contain fragrances either, but it contains Carrageenan extract, a natural additive that is beneficial against HPV. This ingredient makes it safer to use for unprotected anal sex.

Boys Own is a brand owned by LTC Healthcare, the same brand behind the popular EXS condoms and lubes.

What is flavoured lube?

Flavoured lube is personal lubricant that smells and tastes in a certain way. For instance, cherry lube smells and tastes like cherry, strawberry lube smells and tastes like strawberry, and so on. At Condoms.uk, you can find flavoured lube that tastes like:

Is flavoured lube safe for sex?

Flavoured lube was originally designed to enhance oral sex. All flavoured lubes are edible – this doesn’t mean that you should eat it, but the lube is safe to ingest in small quantities during oral sex. This type of lube can be applied directly on the penis, vulva, or anus, but it can also be used with condoms or dental dams.

In fact, most people prefer to use flavoured lube to cover the smell and taste of latex during safe oral sex. In the case of cunnilingus, a few drops of flavoured lube applied between the dam and the vulva can help you prevent flipping off the sheet accidentally in the heat of the moment – if you feel the sweet taste of the lube, the dam has flipped.

Flavoured lube has not been used for vaginal or anal sex historically because brands used sugar or glycerine to sweeten the products. Both sugars and glycerine can alter the delicate vaginal balance and should never be introduced inside the vagina. They can cause yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, or urinary tract infections.

However, most brands nowadays only use natural extracts to flavour up their lubes. In other words, you can use them for vaginal or anal sex without worries.

An easy way to tell if the flavoured lube you like is safe for vaginal and anal sex is reading the label. If there is no sugar or glycerine in the list of ingredients, you’re good to go.

Is lube safe to use with condoms?

Silicone, water-based, and hybrid lube (a blend of silicone and water) are safe to use with all types of condoms. Oil-based lubes are only safe to use with polyurethane, synthetic resin, or lambskin condoms. When in doubt, read the product label or the instructions on your condom packet.

Is massage gel safe to use with condoms?

No. Massage gels should never be used with condoms regardless of their formula. You can, however, use water-based or silicone-based lube instead of a massage gel for a sensual massage, and in this case you don’t have to bother clearing up the product before using a condom.

Where can I buy lube?

You can buy lube right here at Condoms.uk. We stock a wide range of water, silicone, and hybrid lubricants, including anal lube and lube for people with sensitive skin. Our range also includes water-based massage gels in addition to condoms and accessories. When buying from us, you’re buying genuine products from trusted brands and benefit from free discreet delivery on all orders of £25 or more.