Tabuu Wrap-up: A little bit of lubricant can go a long way and completely transform your experience in the bedroom. That’s why it’s so important to choose the perfect one!
Sex educators don’t always agree on everything, but one of the things they’re 100% settled on is lube. Lubricant is essential to some sexual activities, it not all, and it can make them 10 times more pleasurable.
Lubricant is a must for anal play and anal sex, and it makes some vaginal activities that much better. It’s also very important for masturbation. The best part is that lube is not expensive, it’s easy to find, and easy to use.
However, it’s still greatly overlooked and ignored. But that’s a mistake! A little lube can make all the difference in the world. It can bring sexual pleasure to the next level. All you need to do is find the right lube for your purposes. So here are 9 useful tips to help you choose the perfect one!
1. Know the 3 Basic Types of Lube
Before you start browsing for a new lube, you need some knowledge of the most basic types of lube available on the market. Namely water-based lube, silicone-based lube, oil-based lube.
Water-based lube is the most common choice because it’s safe for everything; it’s safe for sex, safe for sex toys, easy to clean, and it’s made with good ingredients. The only drawback is that it dries faster than other types of lube, so you might need to re-apply often, and you won’t be able to use it underwater.
Silicone-based lube is the best option for underwater sexual activities and it’s also safe for sex, but it won’t work well on sex toys made of silicone. This type of lube is so long-lasting that many people don’t like it because it’s difficult to clean up.
Last but not least, oil-based lube can be great for male masturbation, but it will mess up condoms entirely, so be careful with that. Most experts say oil-based lubes are not good for penetration because they can trap bacteria, so they’re not recommended for this purpose. However, they’re great for non-penetrative sexual activities, such as masturbation and massages because they offer a great glide that will last for quite a while.
Now that you understand the differences between the three basic types of lube, you can go on to look for the best options. However, there are many other factors to consider, so let’s continue with the list!
2. Consider Your Lifestyle
Your lifestyle choices matter in the bedroom as well. If you’re living a green, eco-friendly, vegan, organic lifestyle, you want to make sure your lube falls in line with that. To determine whether your lube matches your lifestyle, you want to read the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain anything you don’t agree with. Also, check out the manufacturer’s practices and values, as well as how they source the ingredients they use. This way, you can determine whether you want to support their business or not!
3. Think About Your Sex Toys
If you plan on using your lube with your sex toys, you need to consider the material your sex toys are made of. For example, silicone-based lubes won’t work on all silicone toys. To figure out if your lube works, you’ll want to do a spot test, which consists of putting a little lube on a non-essential part of the toy and see how they react. If you don’t want to worry about compatibility at all, go straight for the water-based lube.
4. Choose the Right Bottle Top
You need to consider what bottle top will work best for you. Determine if you want to be able to use your lube with only one hand and whether you want it to be always at hand at your bedside table. If you want to be able to use your lube one-handedly and you want to keep it out, a pump bottle is the best option. But if you prefer to make the most of your lube and get every drop, a squeeze bottle will be perfect for you.
5. Consider Discretion
Now that we’re talking about packaging, it’s also important to consider how discrete you want your lube to be. If you don’t want to be concerned about people stumbling upon the bottle and instantly knowing it’s lube, you might want to steer clear of lubes with the word “sex” or “anal”. Also, avoid packaging that’s too sexualized and go for lube packaging that’s nice and discrete.
6. Make Sure It’s Safe for Oral Application
If you plan on licking or tasting your lube, or you plan on alternating between oral sex and penetration, you must get a lube with a neutral taste. Some lubricants will taste quite good, but to find one you really like, you’ll have to try different kinds. Luckily, there are lube packs that provide multiple options in a single purchase, so you can discover the one for you.
Commonly, people prefer neutral or organic tastes because other flavored lubes will have a fake, medicinal taste. Whatever you choose, make sure you find the taste pleasurable so it doesn’t distract from what you’re doing. Also, if you’re using the lube on sensitive areas, make sure it contains very little sugar if any.
7. Keep Your Body in Mind
When it comes to choosing the perfect lube, you need to know your body very well. This is particularly important for women because vaginas need to be taken care of and they’re sensitive. Lubricants can mess with the balance of your vagina, so you need to try different lubes to find the one for you. If you experience any kind of irritation or discomfort, you know that lube is not for you. Lubes are made with different ratios of ingredients, so trial and error is a big part of what it means to find a lube that works.
8. Consider Your Level of Fertility
Not everyone knows this, but most lubricants can keep you from getting pregnant. Because of their design and the fact that they make the vaginal canal thicker, they can make it very difficult for women to conceive. It’s by no means a birth control method, but if you’re trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening, take a look at your lube. If you’re looking to conceive, look for lubes that are specifically made for women with that goal. Some great brands to consider are Sasmar Conceive Plus, Pre-Seed, and Yes Baby, but there are many others. Organic lubes are also a great option if you have conception on your mind because they contain less harsh ingredients.
9. Consider Additional Sensations
If lubrication is not the only thing you want out of your lube, there are options for you! Most lubricants are only designed to provide lubrication, but others can also provide stimulation and additional sensations. If you’d like to enjoy additional sensations, you can try lubes that make your skin warm, cool, or produce tingling or numbness.
If you have super sensitive skin or genitals, you want to go easy on lubes that provide stimulation because they can cause irritation. Apply them lightly and go from there. Again, if you feel any discomfort or pain, wash it off immediately. You’ll need to try different options so you can find a sensation-filled lube that works for you and doesn’t cause any unwanted side effects.
Finding the perfect lube for you can be overwhelming. There are hundreds and hundreds of options on the market. But that’s where these tips can come in handy! Keeping them in mind will help you narrow down your options and find a lube that works perfectly for your purposes. Make the most of your trial phase and have fun with it until you find a lube you’re happy with!