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Lube Basics 101!

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Posted on September 18 2017

Lube Basics 101! 

Sliquid Naturals Lubricant Group

Lube is AMAZING! I mean... what's not to love? Seriously! It makes everything about having sex feel that much better. But not only that, it can soften the skin, reduce irritation, assist with vaginal dryness, and even change the taste of oral sex... if you want it to! And, that's just the beginning. Some lubricants are even great for preventing chaffing skin, and even frizzy hair taming sometimes. But to get started with the ins-and-outs of the lube basics...Let's start with the 5 different types of lubes available in the wondrous lube marketplace. The water-based, silicone, oil-based, hybrid (usually silicone and water), and plant-based. Each one has its own list of pros and cons!

Water Based Lubes

Pro's - Water-based lubes are great because they are compatible with all condoms, all toys, and all body-parts. Too, they are inexpensive, don't stain the sheets and are extremely easy to find. Not to mention, if you want to explore some flavoring with your lubes, then they are usually water based so ingestion isn't harmful. So, you get more variety and experimentation within the water-based lube family.


Buuuuttt....they have a tendency to dry out a little too quickly, which usually feels sticky, which can ultimately cause a hiccup in sexual activity if you know what I mean. If you do experience the tacky and sticky feeling that resides a little prematurely, then try adding some water to the area instead of more lube to get the smoothness going again.

Then, you also need to make sure there aren't other not-so-good ingredients in the lube that can be harmful to your body and your lady bits. We will go over these in another post.


We like to recommend either Sliquid or Sylk. Both are amazing and do the job well. However, Sliquid has a few more options in the water-based department...Natural (all-around good basic lube), Sea (with healing carrageenan), Sassy (thicker for booty play), and Sizzle (for an extra warming treat). But Sylk is the only water-based lube that actually has Kiwi Fruit extract that is beneficial to your private bits! So either way, you have a great lube regardless.

 

Silicone Based Lubes

 

Pro's - Silicone-based lubes are our personal favorite! They are safe for all body parts and all condoms. They also last longer than the water-based lube, is non-absorbable by the body, doesn't stain, great for an all-over body massage, never sticky and can help people with chronic dryness as well.

Not to mention, silicone lube is great to use in the hot tub, shower, pool...You get the idea!

It's also the silicone based lube such as Uber Lube that is actually made to rub on your chafed skin to reduce the friction that can be caused by say...running or hiking, and it is also great to run through the ends of your hair to calm those fly aways.

In our opinion, it is the all-around best lube out there!

However, there are a couple of downsides too. All silicone lube is a little bit more pricey and can't be found as easily in the typical shopping stores like Wal-Greens or CVS. More than likely, you will have to get to an adult-novelty store or purchase it online.

The second con...And, hands down the biggest con of all... (Except for Uber Lube) You DO NOT want to use silicone based lube with silicone toys! There is a chemical reaction to the friction that basically melts the toy so to speak. So, DO NOT...I repeat DO NOT use silicone based lube with silicone toys! You will not only ruin your toy, but it could cause some internal issues as well.  

We recommend Uber-Lube because of the freedom in using it with silicone! If there are other silicone-based lubricants that can be used with silicone toys, then we are not aware of them. 

Hybrid Based Lubes

Now we get to the hybrid lubes. These are really great too! It's sort of the best of both worlds between the water-based and silicone lubes.

Pro's - It still feels slippery but is thin enough to heighten the sensation while engaged in sexual activity. There is no sticky residue that is left behind as there is in many water-based lubes, and it hydrates and it leaves the skin silky smooth when its dry. It's also compatible with all condoms and safe for all body parts.

I would say the biggest drawback with the hybrid lubes is the same inconvenience that is imposed with just a regular silicone lube! You cannot use the hybrid lubes with silicone toys! But, all other materials such as glass, plastic, metal etc are perfectly safe.

If you are looking for a good hybrid lube, then we recommend Sliquid's Silk. This is hands down the best hybrid lube out on the market! It has just the right amount of silicone added to a water base to keep it from getting sticky and will last a long time too. 

Oil Based Lubes

 

Most oil based lubes have a bad reputation for being a decent lube to use. And to be honest, for good reason. They have been notorious for the contribution of condom breakage, staining your sheets, and trapping bacteria inside your body...which causes yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

But, in all fairness in proper representation - I will say that oil-based lubes are extremely long lasting. So, generally speaking...it's good for external use only, such as massages and hand jobs.


However, there is one oil that is EXTREMELY good for you that can be used as a sexual lubricant as well. And that's coconut oil!  You've probably heard all the hype about cooking with it and consuming it as being so good for you.


But, did you know that there are a thousand other things you can do with coconut oil such as eye makeup remover, body moisturizer, and even used as a lube?


Pro's - Coconut oil is so good because it contains no preservatives or parabens. It also naturally contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that are not only edible but healing as well. Not to mention, it's non-greasy and it soaks into the skin too.


Though, keep in mind...if you are using a condom, you still need to steal clear of coconut oil too. All oils are bad for latex condoms period! There are no exceptions to this that we know of.


We recommend Coconu. This coconut-oil based lube stimulates the senses while providing a long-lasting formula that is great for vaginal and anal use. 

Plant Based Lubes

Sliquid Organics Natural

The last category of lube type is the plant-based lube. These can come in gel or liquid form, and usually, contain a blend of plant-based derivatives instead of silicone or petroleum products.


Pro's - Plant-based lubes provide a smooth feel and might contain aloe which is a great healing and moisturizing property. Too, these lubricants are generally edible making them candidates for flavoring adding to the adventure of sexual play and are certified organic which is appealing to many.


However, the downside of some plant-based lubes is that they often contain a natural form of glycerine that is derived from vegetable oil or plant cellulose. Often, this can lead to increased sugar in the vagina which contributes to acidic ph levels and yeast infections. So, you just have to check the label prior to purchase.


We would suggest using Coconu or the Sliquid Organics line if you are wanting to go au' natural. They have an amazing line of plant-based lube that is organic, certified vegan, glycerine-free, and paraben-free! You can find it here.


The Not-So-Good Things...

The last thing we would like to bring to your attention is a few of the ingredients you definitely will want to AVOID in any, and ALL, personal lubricants you purchase... The not-so-good things we mentioned above...One would think that these things would not be in the lubes, to begin with...But alas, this is not the case. Unfortunately, you will find them more often than not in many popular brands of lube such as Astro-glide and KY Jelly, among many others.
  1. Glycerin - This acts like a sugar in your body which can increase your chances of yeast infections. Ladies...I don't know about you, but I am NOT trying to have a yeast infection! If you find that you frequently develop "womanly issues" after having sex, then check to see if Glycerin is hiding in your lube.
  2. Polyquaternium Compounds - This is found in many of Astroglides formulas. Ummm, the World Health Organization has found that this actually increases HIV1 replication. Need we say any more? This is also found in many hair care products!
  3. Propylene Glycol - A preservative known for causing genital irritation! Why would we intentionally use something that will cause irritation?
  4. Parabens - A preservative that mimics estrogen in the body.
  5. Non-Oxynol 9 - An abrasive spermicide that actually may increase your chances of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's).  No thank you!
As you can see, none of these added things are beneficial for anyone. Especially for them to come into contact with our sensitive girly-bits!

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