Mystique's Hassle Free Guide to Lubricants
Not all lubes work for all people or all purposes! Be your own best lube expert! Keep reading to understand the essentials of these 4 types of lubricants:
- Hybrids, and
- Plant-Oil based.
LUBE TYPE 1: Water-based lubricants
These lubes are compatible with all safer sex supplies and sex toys. They may also be used for all sexual activities.
Regardless of the overall quality of ingredients some users report itching or burning sensations when they first apply their water-based lubricants. Typically this has to do with a mismatch of pH and will subside quickly.
WATER-BASED LUBE PROS
WATER-BASED LUBE CONS
LUBE TYPE 2: Silicone-based lubricants
Silicone-based lubricants are designed to create a reliable, long-lasting friction barrier for any sexual activity. Most silicone-based lubricants are lightweight and gently coat the surface of the skin providing serious slipperiness. You can expect to use less product per session because a little bit goes a long way.
Silicone lubricants also vary in quality.
However, most are now formulated using pharmaceutical grade ingredients and are widely considered hypoallergenic. Users don’t report burning or itching sensations related to silicone lube use.
Silicone-based lubricants are compatible with all safer sex barriers and many sex toys, but not all. Some silicone lubes will adhere to the surface of some silicone toys and are therefore not recommended.
This is why you will see a notation on our silicone toys that says “Not for use with silicone lubricants.”
SILICONE-BASED LUBE PROS
SILICONE-BASED LUBE CONS
LUBE TYPE 3: Hybrid Lubricants
Hybrid lubes are any type that are an emulsion (or mixture) of two or more of the other lubricant families. The most common hybrid lubes are water and silicone-based. However, there are also lubes that include a silicone and oil-based mixture.
Usually hybrid lubricants are creamy in both color and texture. These lubricants are almost always safe for all condoms and safer sex barriers as well as for use with all sex toys.
Hybrid lubricants are less likely than water-based lubes to cause itching, burning or other irritation. Like silicone lubricants, they are long-lasting and require less applications.
HYBRID LUBE PROS
HYBRID LUBE CONS