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.

What kind of formula should I use?

Choosing the right lubricant is crucial for enhancing your intimate experiences comfortably and safely. With various types available, each offering unique benefits and catering to different preferences, it's important to understand their differences. From water-based to silicone, hybrid, and oil-based options, this guide will help you navigate the choices to find the perfect match for your needs. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned user, understanding the characteristics of each type will ensure a more enjoyable and suitable selection for your personal use.

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 flavours (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.

How do I choose the right lube for a specific sex act?

When it's time to choose a lubricant for those intimate moments, it's not just about sliding into the experience - it's about crafting it. Whether you're looking to ramp up the pleasure, add a dash of realism, or ensure comfort and safety in specific practices, picking the right lube can enhance your experience.

In this section, we're diving into the world of specialised lubes - from anal to warming, sperm effect to edible. Each one is crafted to enhance and enrich unique occasions. We'll guide you through the quirks and perks of each type, helping you zero in on the lube that resonates with your desires and adventures.

Anal lube

anal lube

Venturing into the realm of anal play? Then, grabbing a bottle of anal lube is more than just a good idea – it's essential. When it comes to sexual activities that involve anal penetration, comfort and safety aren’t just nice-to-haves; they’re must-haves.

This practice has become a go-to for couples eager to explore new sensations while ensuring a smooth and pleasurable experience. Anal lubes aren't just about easing things in; they're about upping the ante in comfort. They're a savvy choice for folks using anal toys, too, offering a helping hand in insertion and cutting down on any risk of chafing or injury.

Plus, for those dealing with anal dryness or increased sensitivity in the area, the right lube can turn a potentially awkward situation into a relaxed and enjoyable one. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned explorer in these waters, the right anal lubricant can be your best ally in transforming a delicate expedition into a pleasure cruise.

Warming lube

warming lube
Warming lubricants are all about adding an extra layer of thrill to your intimate escapades. They're designed to create a gentle warming sensation that can seriously amp up the sensitivity of your erogenous zones, taking intimacy and pleasure up a notch.

This type of lube is a game-changer for couples looking to dabble in temperature play and spice up their sex life. It's not just about the heat; it's about the excitement and the playful, sensual boost it brings to foreplay. This heightened sense of warmth can strengthen the connection and intimacy between partners, turning ordinary moments into something extraordinary.

And it's not just for couples – warming lubes are also a hit for solo adventures, especially when paired with sex toys. They bring a more realistic and stimulating dimension to self-pleasure, transforming routine into a journey of heightened sensations. Whether it's for a night of exploration with a partner or a solo session, a warming lubricant might just be the secret ingredient you need to turn the heat up in the bedroom.

Sperm effect lube

sperm effect lube
Sperm effect lubricants, with their sperm-like texture and appearance, offer a uniquely realistic experience for those looking to add a touch of authenticity to their intimate activities.

These lubes are a hit for folks keen on introducing a sense of realism into their intimate escapades. Whether it's for enhancing sperm play sessions or bringing a new level of authenticity to experiences with ejaculating dildos, sperm effect lubes are the go-to choice.

But it's not just about looks. Beyond their distinctive visual appeal, these lubricants deliver on the fundamental promise of any good lube: they provide comfort and reduce friction. This means you can enjoy the realistic aspect they bring without compromising on the practical benefits of a quality lubricant. So, for anyone looking to add an extra dose of realism to their intimate moments, sperm effect lubes might just be the perfect blend of fantasy and functionality.

Flavoured lube

edible lube

Flavoured lubes, or edible lubes, are the secret ingredient for those looking to add a dash of delectability to their intimate experiences. These playfully delicious options come in a smorgasbord of tantalizing flavors - think chocolate, vanilla, watermelon, strawberry, and even pina colada. Their exquisite aromas invite sensual play, encouraging partners to explore the application area with their taste buds, thereby extending and intensifying foreplay.

Perfect for oral adventures like fellatio and cunnilingus, edible lubes turn these moments into a feast for the senses, enabling prolonged sessions brimming with pleasure. Imagine transforming a simple act into a gourmet experience - that's the magic of edible lubricants.

Most of these lubes are water-based, which not only makes them compatible with a variety of toys and condoms but also ensures they're a breeze to clean up. This hassle-free aspect means you can focus entirely on the shared pleasure without worrying about the aftermath.

Incorporating edible lubricants into your intimate time opens up a whole new world of sensory exploration, where taste blends with pleasure for a truly unique and memorable experience. It's not just about the physical sensation; it's about adding a flavorful twist to your intimate moments.

How do I choose the right size for my lube?

When it comes to selecting a lubricant, size is just as crucial as the formula. Each size is tailored to meet specific needs, whether it's for occasional use, diverse experiences, or regular home use. Understanding the advantages of each size will help you choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and intimate needs.
The right size lubricant can make all the difference in ensuring you have just the right amount for your needs - not too little, not too much. It’s about finding that perfect match that aligns with how and when you plan to use it, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience every time.

A single-use packet of lube

single-use lube

Single-use lubricants come in nifty little packets, perfectly portioned for a one-off use. This format is a game-changer for those on the move – think travel, outdoor adventures, or those spur-of-the-moment encounters where discretion and convenience are key. They’re also spot-on for use with sex toys that demand top-notch hygiene, like penis plugs.

These portable packets are a breeze to carry around, ensuring you’re always prepared without any fuss. Their impeccably hygienic nature makes them a smart pick for the jet-setters and adventure-seekers. So, if you're someone who's always on the go and values both convenience and cleanliness, these single-use lubricant packs are your go-to solution for a hassle-free experience.

A small bottle of lube

small bottle of lube
A small bottle of lubricant is the perfect pick for those who want to experiment with different types of lubes without committing to a large size. Containing enough product for several uses, it allows you to discover if a particular type of lubricant suits your needs, without requiring a major investment. This size is an excellent way to explore new textures and sensations.

These modestly-sized bottles are fantastic for dipping your toes into the vast world of lubricants. Whether you're curious about a warming sensation, a flavored option, or something that mimics the feel of natural lubrication, a small bottle lets you test the waters comfortably. It's the ideal choice for the explorative and the adventurous, looking to broaden their intimate horizons without the pressure of a full-sized commitment.

An extra-large bottle of lube

Extra-large bottles of lubricant are showcased in oversized bottles, designed for frequent and long-term use. Ideal for keeping on your bedside table, this size is not only economical but also ensures you're never caught short during those intimate moments at home. Its excellent value for money makes it a favored choice for those who know their preferences and engage in regular use.
These generously-sized bottles are perfect for anyone who's found their go-to lubricant and wants to stick with it. They offer the convenience of not having to constantly restock, letting you focus more on enjoyment and less on logistics. If you're someone who values both practicality and passion, a maxi-size lubricant is your reliable partner, ready and waiting for whenever the mood strikes.

A starter pack

lube starter pack
The starter pack is an outstanding choice for those keen to explore a variety of lubricant types. Including several small sizes of different lubes, it offers a unique opportunity to test and compare various formulations and textures. This pack is ideal for discovering which lubricant best suits different situations and preferences.

Think of it as a tasting menu for lubricants – an assortment that allows you to dip into different styles without the commitment of a full-size bottle. Whether you're curious about warming sensations, intrigued by flavored options, or want to compare water-based against silicone-based, the starter pack is your gateway to a broader understanding of what works best for you. It's a journey of discovery, tailored for the adventurous and the undecided alike.

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.