Not all lubes are created equal — and the best water-based lubricants have achieved "best" status for a reason. Yeah, it may seem easier to walk into a store and grab the first thing you see off the shelf, but a little extra research could save you possible discomfort and intense clean-ups in the future. A great water-based lube is a solid investment for a multitude of reasons.
While oil and silicone-based lubes might last longer than water-based lubes, they come with their fair share of disadvantages. Oil-based lubricants can ruin your sex toys, are a huge pain to clean up, will stain your clothes and sheets, and they break down the latex in your condoms which could render them ineffective. And silicone lubes can make oral pretty unpleasant and shouldn't be used with silicone toys. Water-based lubes, on the other hand, are often non-sticky, safe for oral, and they work well with toys and condoms.
The reason water-based lubes don't last as long is that they're water-soluble, which happens to make cleaning them up a breeze. But, with any lubricant or sex toy, it's important to read your labels — especially if you have any specific sensitivities. Being conscious of what you're putting on (and in) your body can help prevent irritation and make it easier to find the lube that works best for you.
1. An All-Natural Option That's Free Of Glycerin
Isabel Fay Personal Lubricant
Most water-based lubricants contain glycerin, which can cause infections if not cleaned off properly — but the Isabel Fay Personal Lubricant is free of glycerin and parabens, if that's something you're concerned about. It's made from high-quality ingredients that won't stain or get sticky, and it comes in a discreet bottle that's easy to use.
2. This Warming Lube That'll Heat You Up In Just The Right Way
Wicked Sensual Care Aqua Heat Warming Lubricant (2 oz)
Bring the heat to couple or solo play with this warming lubricant from Wicked Sensual Care. This water-based lubricant is a total blast, and not just because the sensations it delivers will leave you tingling in more ways than one. Since it’s fragrance- and paraben-free, it’s gentle on sensitive skin, and unlike other glycerin-based lubes that can end up feeling tacky after use, this one stays smooth as silk. One reviewer wrote: “This stuff is the real deal. I have tried a few warming lubes, and this one works the best, the quickest, and cleans up the easiest. A little goes a long way too.”
3. A Water-Based Lube That's Perfect For Sensitive Skin
Aloe Cadabra Organic Personal Lubricant
Because it's pH balanced, has totally natural ingredients, and is free of dyes, fragrances, petroleum, and parabens, this organic personal lubricant is a great option for sensitive skin. It moisturizes and lubricates with aloe vera and Vitamin E. A win on all fronts!
4. This Lube That Feels As Natural As Possible
Lush Personal Lubricant, $10, Amazon
Extensively tested to ensure safety with condoms as well as toys, this personal lubricant is made to feel as natural as possible. Even better: it's non-irritating, unflavored, fragrance-free, non-staining, and the bottle even has a locking, spill-proof pump mechanism to prevent messes.
5. Non-Sticky Flavorless Lubrication That Works Well For Oral
Lulu Water Based Lubricant
Whether it's used to combat vaginal dryness or just to enhance things a bit, this water-based lubricant is another favorite. It combines pleasure and comfort with a super smooth consistency that leaves skin feeling soft instead of sticky. It's also got a gorgeous and relatively discreet bottle, and reviewers love that it's natural as well as flavorless.
6. The Lube That Lasts For A Really, Really Long Time
If you and your partner tend to go at it for a while, you need something that's going to keep things slick. With a silky smooth feel and an unbelievably easy clean-up, Nooky Lube is one of the most popular water-based lubricants available. It's colorless, has no taste, and is free of parabens.
7. A Reliable Option That Tastes Like Watermelon Candy
Passion Lubes Watermelon Lubricant
If you're looking for something with a flavorful kick, Passion Lubes Watermelon Lubricant has a fruity flavor that actually tastes pleasant. On top of that, it's also long-lasting, body-safe, non-staining, and doesn't get sticky.
8. A Lube That's Great For Anal Sex Or Toys
PALOQUETH Personal Lube
Because it's free of alcohol, parabens, fragrances, and triclosan, this personal lube works for vaginal sex as well as anal and toy play. It stays slick for a long time, won't cause any irritation, and doesn't stain clothing or sheets, either.
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