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Staying Slick- Choosing the Best Lube for You

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

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

Water-Based Lubes

This is the most common lube available on the market and the number of brands are almost endless. Not all of them are created equal, however, and many drug store brands contain glycerin which doesn't cause yeast infections, but which can facilitate the growth of bacteria for those of us with vaginas who are prone to those types of infections. 

Pros:

  • Versatile and can be used with condoms, silicone, and just about anything else that emcompasses sex.
  • Easy clean up
  • Non-staining
  • Less expensive
  • Safe to use with condoms

Cons:

  • Absorbs quickly into the skin, so you’ll need to reapply often
  • Not recommended for shower or hot tub sex 
  • Thinner consistency means more mess

Betty’s Recommendation:

For a lube that’s natural and free of glycerin, try out Sliquid H20 Water-Based Lubricant

Flavored  Lubes

Flavored lubes are usually water-based lubes that contain aspartame, stevia, or other sweeteners.

Pros:

  • As these are usually water-based, they can be used with any kind of sex toy
  • The flavors on the market now range from classic cherry all the way to delicious red velvet cake and creme brulee
  • Great for foreplay and oral sex
  • Edible in small quantities
  • Safe to use with condoms

Cons:

  • Can get sticky when they dry out
  • Not recommended for penetration
  • Can have a strong smell that lingers until washed off

Betty’s Recommendation:

Nature Lovin' Romance 4-Pack  is a good way to try something tasty to get you in the mood with Box of Chocolates, Chocolate Strawberry, and Red Velvet Cake

Warming, Tingling, or Cooling Lubes:

These lubes are usually water-based and provide an extra sensation to your sexy routines. Every sensitizing lotion has a key ingredient that does the job, from menthol to capsaicin to cinnamon so read your ingredients lists before you indulge. Also be aware that massage oils are not necessarily interchangeable with lubricants, so read before you drizzle!

Pros:

  • Stimulates and lubricates
  • Can create heightened arousal 
  • Can control the sensation by rubbing or blowing
  • Safe to use with latex condoms

Cons:

  • Certain ingredients can be irritating or allergens
  • Need to experiment with it before using it in sex
  • Not everyone feels the sensations

Betty’s Recommendation:

For a good sensation, ID Sensation Warming Lubricant will bring the heat.

Hybrid Lubes:

These lube are relatively new to the market, and contain a water/silicone hybrid with a higher ratio of water.

Pros:

  • Smooth and creamy texture
  • Can be reactivated with a bit of moisture like saliva if it goes dry
  • Condom and silicone toy safe
  • Non-staining and easy clean up
  • Thicker texture than water based means it stays put better

Cons:

  • Absorbs quickly into the skin, so you’ll need to reapply often

Betty’s Recommendation:

Spunk Hybrid Lube is a favourite at Betty’s. It's an award-winning lube that is glycerin free, safe with any sex toy materials, and it is specially formulated to look like real ejaculate, so it's great to use with squirting dildos. 

Silicone:

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

Pros:

  • Stays slick for long periods of time, little need to reapply
  • Great for use in water (showers and hot tubs)
  • Condom safe
  • Great for anal sex
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Strongly recommended that you don’t use this with silicone toys. Silicone bonds to silicone so the surface of your toys will be damaged.
  • Requires soap and water to clean off the body or toys

Betty’s Recommendation:

For a silicone lube that lasts as long as you can, there’s Pjur Original Bodyglide Silicone Lubricant.

Oil-Based Lubes

This is seen by some as a more specialty lube. While it does have its uses, there are a few drawbacks that turn people off.

Pros:

  • Oil lubes can double as massage oils as they don’t absorb into the skin
  • Can last for long sessions
  • Great to use for a masturbation cream for men

Cons:

  • Oil based lubricants will break down latex condoms, so they should not be used for penetrative, protected sex. Items such as Vaseline and baby oil should also be considered oil based lubricants.
    • You have to buy condoms made of made out of polyurethane or nitrile to use oil lubricants, which can be expensive.
  • 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’s Recommendation:

For an oil-based lube with a smooth feel, we recommend Swiss Navy Masturbation Cream.

Coconut Oil

Though not exactly a lube, some people prefer coconut oil to lube. It is more specialized and while it does have its uses, it does have drawbacks.

Pros:

  • Solid form has low melting point so it turns into oil quickly
  • Can last for long sessions
  • Good for anal use
  • Smooth and creamy texture

Cons:

  • Breaks down condoms the same way as oil lubricants.
  • Some people can have an allergic reaction to the product, so test it out before using it.

Betty’s Recommendation:

While we don’t stock pure coconut oil, we do have products such as Boy Butter Lubricant that is infused with coconut oil.