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The Difference Between Silicone and Water-Based Lube

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The Difference Between Silicone and Water-Based Lube

Kaisha-Dyan McMillanAugust 4, 2020

Find out which lube is best to use—alone, with your partner, and with your favorite toys.

What’s not to love about lube?

“Simply put, lube is one of our favorite things because using just a few drops can make sex with your partner even better.”

Lubricant reduces friction and increases sensation, making sex slicker and longer-lasting.

Bringing lube to the party helps get bodies in motion, which is amazing since not all of us are able to produce our own personal lubricant naturally.

Plus, some of our favorite activities between the sheets are way safer when lube is involved, opening the door to all kinds of afternoon (not to mention, morning and evening) delights.

Simply put, lube is one of our favorite things, because using just a few drops can make sex even better. And we think for every couple, lubricant should be as much of a fixture in the bedroom as an alarm clock (only, you know, sexier).

There are a plethora of lubricant options out there, so when it comes to choosing the right one for you and your partner, a great place to start is to consider silicone versus water-based lube. Read on to learn the differences between the two to figure out which is right for you.

“Water-based lubes light our fire because they’re the best option for people with sensitivities”

Dip Your Toe (And Other Stuff) Into Water-Based Lubricant

We think of water-based as the triple-threat of lubricants: it’s great for sex with condoms, sex without condoms, and playtime with toys.

Water-based lubes light our fire because they’re the best option for people with sensitivities, particularly when there are no parabens or additives present. And they are typically odorless, too.

Available in a range of consistencies, water-based lubes are more flexible for solo and partner play. They can work their magic with latex condoms and all sex toys, including the silicone variety. And because they’re water-soluble, cleanup is simple with just a little soap and water.

However, even the thickest water-based lubricant gel doesn’t actually work well in water and tends to evaporate quickly, making reapplication inevitable. That’s why we don’t recommend it for anal sex, extra passionate playtime, or activities in the shower, bathtub or pool.

Slide Into Sexy With Silicone Lubricant

Few things are as slippery as silicone lubricant, and we mean that as a compliment.

Luxuriously thick, silicone lube is known to last a long time without the need to reapply. So not only is it a perfect (and mandatory) anal lube, but it’s also ideal for marathon sessions between the sheets.

Silicone’s compatibility with latex condoms gives it a leg up on oil-based lubes. And when you and your person want to get it on in water, silicone lube is definitely your go-to.

As great as silicone lube is for partner and solo play, it’s not a match for silicone toys, because it degrades the material.

Because there's a lot of variety when it comes to lube (and even more versatility when it comes to the many ways of using it) we think stocking up on some top-quality lubricant is a perfect addition to every relationship.

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