How to choose the right lubricant

Looking for the perfect personal lubricant to increase your pleasure and comfort during sex? We know how difficult it can be to choose a lubricant, especially if it's your first time or you have a tight budget.

That's why the LOVE Team has put together this guide to give you all the information you need about the different types of lube on the market. By reading this guide, you’ll be able to choose the best lube to make your solo and partner play sessions absolutely unforgettable!

So, shall we get started?

Why should I use a lube during sex?

There are many benefits to using a lubricant during sex or solo play. Here are just a few :

  • Easier penetration : Proper lubrication reduces painful friction and discomfort during vaginal or anal penetration. The anus doesn’t produce natural lubricant, so a well-chosen anal lube is a must. Even the vagina may be a bit dry in certain situations, so it’s best to lube up before getting down.
  • Protection against condom breakage: Using a lubricant reduces the risk of your condom breaking, which will protect you against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • A spicier experience: Lubes can increase the fun factor of your partner play, making your sex session more memorable. Opt for an edible lubricant to make oral sex more delicious, or take a walk on the wild side by using warming or cooling lubes for temperature play. Some lubes may even prolong your erection to make sex last longer.
  • Increased stimulation: When it comes down to it, sex just feels better when using a lube. A slippery glide during penetration will increase both your and your partner’s pleasure.

Water-based lubes

Water-based lubricants are easy to use, affordable and have many benefits.

The advantages of water-based lubes

Water-based lubricant

Water-based lubricants are the most popular kind of lube. Water-based lubes come in a wide range of fragrances (exotic fruits, chocolate, vanilla, etc.) and may have different features (warming, cooling, stimulating, etc.). What's more, they can be used with all kinds of sex toys and condoms, so they're perfect for anyone who likes to experiment with different kinds of adult play.

Water-based lubricants are generally non-irritating to the genital area, making them perfect for sensitive skin and those with skin conditions.

A water-based lubricant is an excellent choice for beginners and experts alike.

The drawbacks of water-based lubes

Unfortunately, water-based lubricants don't last as long as other kinds of lube. They may be absorbed by your skin or evaporate over time, so you’ll need to reapply your lube relatively frequently to maintain the same level of lubrication.

Silicone-based lubes

Silicone-based lubricants are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. These luxe-feeling lubes have more than a few tricks up their sleeve.

The advantages of silicone-based lubes

Silicone-based lubricants last longer than water-based lubricants and have a soft and silky texture.

Thanks to their long-lasting nature, silicone-based lubricants are ideal for anal penetration, which requires a thicker-feeling lube. They can also be used in water, for example in the shower, bath or swimming pool. But be careful: when used in water, a silicone-based lube can make the floor slippery.

Silicone-based lubricants also have more practical uses, such as smoothing frizzy hair, shaving your legs, undoing stuck zips and soothing irritated skin.

The drawbacks of silicone-based lubes

Silicone-based lubricants are not compatible with silicone sex toys because they can damage them. You’ll have to use water-based lube when playing with a silicone toy.
Silicone lube may leave traces on your hands, which you can easily remove with soap and water. The same applies to your sheets: any traces of lube will disappear after a good washing in the machine.

Hybrid lubes (water- and silicone-based)

Hybrid lubricants are the ideal compromise for anyone who wants a long-lasting lubricant for any situation: they combine the benefits of water-based and silicone-based lubricants!

The benefits of hybrid lubes

A hybrid lubricant will give you the ultimate in comfortable lubrication. Just like silicone lubes, hybrids are great for anal play. Just like water-based lubes, hybrids are easy to clean. What's more, unlike silicone-based lubes, hybrid lubricants are compatible with all kinds of condoms and sex toys.

The drawbacks of hybrid lubes


Oil-based lubes

Oil-based lubricants offer an exceptionally sensual experience. Their soft, smooth texture will enhance your comfort and pleasure during all of your intimate moments.

The benefits of oil-based lubes

Oil-based lubricant

Oil-based lubes have an incredibly long-lasting formula. They are also great for moisturising your skin and their luxe feel will make you even more aroused during partner play.

The drawbacks of oil-based lubes

Oil-based lubricants are not compatible with latex condoms. If you’re using a condom, you should opt for a water-based lubricant. Similarly, oil-based lubricants are only compatible with sex toys made of non-porous materials such as silicone, metal or glass.
Oil-based lubricants can also stain your sheets and clothing. Some formulas can also irritate your intimate areas: we recommend that you do a skin test on a small area of your skin before using.
When choosing the right lube, it’s important to think about your personal preferences and needs. Take the time to experiment with different formulas to find the best one for you. The LOVE Team is available to answer your questions and help you find the right lube for all of your bedroom activities.