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Betty's Guide to Lube or How to Stay Slippery When Wet

Everybody should own at least one really good lube. We here at Betty’s cannot stress this enough.

Whether your main form of play is solo or with a partner, lube can and will make all the difference when the action starts to heat up. If your exposure to this erotic liquid of the gods has been limited to what’s on the drugstore shelves or (gasp!) you’re a lube newbie, we are here to guide you through this slippery minefield.

Just click on the name of the lube if you want to read the ingredients and get more info.

Water based lubes

This is the lube most of us are familiar with.

PROS

  • Great to use with condoms, silicone toys, anything really. You can’t go wrong in terms of compatibility
  • Easy clean-up and non-staining
  • Clear and slippery, many water based brands include flavored versions or ones that tingle or heat

CONS

  • Doesn’t last as long as oil based lubes because the water absorbs into the skin
  • Some water based lubes contain Glycerin which is is gentle, slightly sweet, edible, and body safe BUT glycerin can convert to sugar in some women’s vaginas causing yeast infections. Read your labels carefully if you think this could be a concern for you.
  • has glycerin, doesn’t

**BETTY RECOMMENDS**

For a great water based lube with glycerin, try our besteseller ID Glide Water Based Lubricant 4.4 oz

For a non glycerin lube, you can't go wrong with Nature Lovin' Romance 4 Pack 

Hybrid Lubes

These lubes are the newest evolution of personal lubrication, typically containing a silicone/water hybrid with much more water than silicone

PROS

  • Feels smooth and creamy and if it dries a bit during, can be reactivated with a bit of moisture like saliva
  • Ideal for silicone toys and condom safe
  • Easy clean-up and non-staining

CONS

  • Because this is also primarily water, it can dry out and need to be rehydrated or reapplied because the water absorbs into the skin

**BETTY RECOMMENDS**

This is a personal fave of mine. I love love love this lube Sliquid Silk Hybrid Lubricant 8.5oz

Silicone Based Lubes

There are lots of silicone lubes out there but it’s important to know what they do and how to use them

PROS

  • Silicone lasts longer than water based because the body doesn’t absorb it
  • Silicone lubes are great for using in the water so it’s great for play in the tub and pool
  • Silicone can be used on latex condoms BUT other oils cannot
  • Preferred for anal sex because it is super slick and lasts a long time.

CONS

  • DON’T USE ON SILICONE TOYS. SILICONE BONDS TO SILICONE AND WILL MAKE THE SURFACE OF YOUR TOYS TACKY. There are exceptions to the rule that involve the grade of silicone of the toy and the exact combination of ingredients in the lube but you really need have all your facts straight or risk hurting your silicone toys

**BETTY RECOMMENDS**

For a great silicone lube that will go as long as you do, try Pjur Original Bodyglide Silicone Based Lubricant 3.4 oz

 Oil Based Lubes

I consider these lubes a bit specialized. They have their uses, but the drawbacks may be a bit much for some people

PROS

  • These lubes are great to double for massage because they are slippery and don’t absorb into the skin
  • They are great for LONG sessions because they just don’t give up

CONS

  • Oil based lubricants will break down latex condoms, so they should not be used for penetrative, protected sex. You have to buy condoms made of made out ofpolyurethane or nitrile. Items such as Vaseline and baby oil should also be considered oil based lubricants.
  • The oils cannot be flushed from the body after penetration because they are waterproof so you are more at risk of yeast and other infections

**BETTY RECOMMENDS**

For a great feel try Boy Butter Oil Based Lubricant with Coconut Oil