You've Got Questions, this post has ANSWERS
There are lots of personal lubricants on the market. So many varieties in fact, that choosing a lube can be overwhelming, and ultimately disappointing. Understanding the differences in types and brands is the key...So lets clear some things up here!
Not to sound wishy washy, but that depends. Water Based lubes have been Doctor recommended for years. That gloppy lube in a tube, that is commonly used during pelvic and prostate exams, is the grand daddy of all the water based lubes we see in stores today. This blend of glycerins, glycols, and water is SLIPPERY.
New retail formulas are easier to apply, less viscous, less messy, and wash away easily. Many have the addition of Aloe Vera, Carageen, and/or Vitamin E, to nourish and protect delicate skin. Some of the latest versions are Paraben Free, and all natural as well.
Water Based Lubricants are very sex toy friendly. I recommend Water Based lubes with all toys made from elastomers, silagels and silicone blends. These materials are semi-porous, and can degrade when used with silicone lubes. If you have no idea what material your sex toy is made of, water based lubricants are always a safe bet.
Water Based Lubricants are vagina friendly...and booty friendly, and penis friendly. They wash away from the body, and out of the body easily. A little warm water, and joila!
AND, Water Based Lubricants are Condom Safe.
From a personal standpoint, I really like silicone lubricants. Silicone lubricants like Pjur Original, Pjur Gel, System Jo and Pink have the distinct advantage of never drying out, and never getting sticky. They glide on and on without any irritation, and are fully hypoallergenic. The molecules in silicone lubes are too large to be absorbed into the blood stream, and as a rule "float" on the surface of the skin.
For the super sensitive types out there, silicones can be ideal. Even the most natural water based formula can contain ingredients that irritate tissues. Organic and natural lubricants are wonderful, as long as none of those organic and/or natural ingredients cause an allergic reaction. SO, if you've tried lots of water based lubricants, and still find yourself with discomfort, a silicone lubricant may be the answer.
Silicones are safe for vaginal, anal, and oral sex purposes.
AND they have no smell, and no taste on their own.
Silicone Lubricants are so slick, they can be used for full body, sensual massage. System Jo makes a wonderful massage glide that has added fragrance. In stock at Diva in Strawberry, Cucumber, and soothing Lavender. Many customers equate the texture of silicones with a very silky oil. If you or your partner don't like the feeling of oils, you might not like silicone lubes.
Silicone Lubricants are water resistant. This makes silicones a perfect water play lube. Showers and baths get sexier with the addition of silicone lubricant. Just be VERY cautious around smooth, hard, or tiled surfaces.
Silicone Lubricants are a little trickier to clean off of toys and accessories. Warm, soapy water, and/or a good toy cleaner with a soft cloth usually works just fine. After cleaning and rinsing, your toy should be squeaky clean. If not, soap it up again. A soft tooth brush makes an ideal tool to clean lube (and what not) from highly textured surfaces, seams, and creases.
Silicone Lubricants work beautifully with High Grade, 100% Silicone toys. This advice is in direct opposition to some manufacturers advice, and I detail more about that on the post, Lube On!
AND, Silicone Lubricants are Condom Safe.
Liquid Silk is a beautiful example of a hybrid lubricant.
Hybrids are the best of both worlds, a blend of water based lubricant and liquid silicones. The water in hybrid lubes moisturize delicate tissues, and the silicones help to keep it there. The silicone also keeps the surface of the skin silky smooth, preventing any tackiness, stickiness, or irritation.
Liquid Silk is perfect for women experiencing vaginal dryness and may be used on a daily basis as a personal moisturizer, to the labia, vaginal opening, and surrounding tissue. As a post shave moisturizer, Liquid Silk keeps your bikini area nice and smooth.
Liquid Silk is wonderful to use as a personal lubricant for all types of sexual activity, with or without toys. Some customers have mentioned they dislike the taste of hybrid lubricants, including Liquid Silk. If you fall into this category, you might want to purchase a seperate lube for oral sex. There are plenty of great water based flavors to choose from.
AND, Hybrid Lubes, including Liquid Silk are Condom Safe.
Fun flavors, lubes that put a tingle in your jingle, specialty lubes and more! I will be talking about these soon in PART 2. So, Check back or join our E Mail List to be updated with each new Blog Post, as they are published.