What You Need to Know About Lube

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There’s no denying that sex feels better with lubricant as natural sensations and stimulations from toys are intensified with the added moisture.

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But going out to buy lube can be an overwhelming experience.

Colours and scents and flavours are the superficial choices, but what are the differences between oil, water, and silicone based lubes?

Here’s a quick rundown to help you make the right choice:

OIL based

  • use with polyurethane condoms ONLY
  • CANNOT be used with latex toys
  • water beads on contact
  • washes off with water and soap

WATER based

  • use with either polyurethane or latex condoms
  • can add water to get slippier
  • washes off with water


  • can be used polyurethane or latex condoms
  • cannot be used with silicone toys
  • does not dilute or wash off with water – so can be used in the shower

Bottom line, for the most versatility, stick to water-based if you plan on using any other toys or condoms and if you want to clean up quickly and easily.

Added bonus: it’s typically the cheapest!

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