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How to choose the right lube

There are so many different types of lube on the market, how do you know which is the right one? Even without all the flavours and scents, there are different mixes, bottles, and a million and one possible options.

We’ve answered some of the key questions about choosing lube, to help you pick the right one for you.

Q: Should I go for silicone-based lube or water-based?

A: It depends on what you need it for. If you’re using toys, you’re best off using a water-based lube such as GiveLube Premium Aqua. Water-based lubes wash off very easily and are compatible with silicone and latex toys, as well as condoms. However, because they absorb easily and wash off, you might find you need to re-apply them more frequently than other lubes.

Silicone-based lubes, like GiveLube Silicone, are safe to use with condoms, although they can cause damage to silicone-based toys. So if you’re playing with silicone toys, stick to water-based lube. However, as silicone lube doesn’t absorb or wash away as easily, it does work much better for water-based play. So if you’re in the bath or shower, these lubricants might be your best choice.

Q: What’s the difference between a lube and a massage oil?

A: There are a number of different massage oils on the market ・ some that you pour straight out of the bottle, such as this Sweet Touch Kissable Massage Oil, others that are a bit more adventurous. This Lelo Massage Candle, for instance, will give you a sexy scent when burned, then it will melt down into a smooth oil that you can use to massage your partner.

Although there are some products marketed as ‘massage oils’ which are safe to use with condoms and toys, not all of it is. The main difference between lube and oil is that oil is intended for use on the skin rather than internally. Oil can often break down toys and condoms, so if you want something that can be used with these things, always carefully check the label on the product.

Q: Are lubricants edible and safe for oral sex?

A: The short answer to this is ‘yes’, although it’s a bit more complicated than that. Generally flavoured lubes are safe to consume, as the aim is to use them during oral sex to get a specific taste and scent.

Lubes should say on the bottle whether they are safe for consumption – although non-flavoured lubes might not taste very nice! Many products are designed to be licked and therefore ingested, so getting some in your mouth won’t cause you any harm. But we wouldn’t recommend you start spreading them on toast!

Q: So which lube should I buy?

A: As different types of lube do different jobs, we’d always recommend you have a couple of varieties to hand. If you like sex in the shower or bath, you might want to have a silicone-based lube for that, then an extra water-based lube to use with your favourite toy. Or you might be a fan of flavour and scent, so you choose one or two of those to keep beside the bed as well as a water- or silicone-based lube for more intimate play.

Hopefully this guide has given you an idea of what to look out for, but if you have any other questions about choosing lube (or anything else you think we could answer!) just let us know in the comments!

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