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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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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness and Lubrication
Whilst we appreciate this is not a sexy topic, it is however a topic that we have been asked to expand on. So here we go….

When we have sex, two glands, called Bartholin’s glands produce extra moisture in order to provide good lubrication when aroused. However, this lack of lubrication moisture can become a problem for many of us during sex.

This can be caused by a number of reasons:
• Low oestrogen levels when breastfeeding or post menopause
• Stress
• Feeling Guilty or Worry
• Problems with your relationship
• Lack of Foreplay
• Not being aroused
• Exposure to Chemicals used in Hygiene products, Pools, Hot tubs and even washing powders
• The use of some Anti-depressants and Allergy treatments

Dryness can be releived easily by using lubricants. There are two primary types of Lubricants, Water and Silicone based:

Silicone-based lubricants
Silicone lubricants do not contain any water. They are not absorbed by skin and are therefore hypoallergenic and last longer than water-based lubricants. They are ideal for use in water such as baths, hot tubs, and pools. Many are not Latex safe, and we would not recommend using them with condoms unless specifically stated by the manufacturer. We do not recommend their use with toys or other products made of Silicone as it could cause damage to the toy. As Silicone based lubricants are not water soluble, use for oral sex is not recommended, they may also leave stains on bed sheets.

Recommended:
• For use in water (bath, pool and hot tub).
• If you suffer from allergies.
• For prolonged use.
Not recommended:
• With Condoms
• With Silicone toys
• Oral sex

Water-based lubricants
Water-based lubricants are the most widely used. They are safe to use with condoms and sex toys, and wash off easily. As they are water based they absorb into the skin, evaporate and have a tendency to dry out during use, however, reapplication of the lubricant or of water/saliva is usually enough to reactivate them. When the lubricant eventually dries, it can leave residue from the other ingredients in the product. This may require reapplication during sex, and/or removal of the residue with water. We would not recommend using water based lubricants in water. As water-based lubricants are readily absorbed by the body, if you have concerns or suffer from allergies, you should check the label and consult with your doctor prior to use.

Recommended:
• With Condoms
• With Silicone toys
• With all toys
• Oral sex
Not recommended:
• For use in water (bath, pool, hot tub or sea), as the lube will wash away.
• If you suffer from allergies, seek advice prior to use.

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Lube Guide

Our guide guide to Lube….Do’s and Dont’s when using lube during sex with and without sex toys.

Lubrication during sex can be used for two main reasons. Either to improve sensation and the enjoyment or to help with vaginal dryness that can cause pain.

When we have sex, two glands, called Bartholin’s glands produce extra moisture in order to provide good lubrication when aroused. However, this lack of lubrication moisture can become a problem for many of us during sex. This can be caused by a number of reasons and is covered in our article covering vaginal dryness.

Dryness can be treated easily by using lubricants. There are two primary types of Lubricants, Water and Silicone based:

Silicone-based lubricants
Silicone lubricants do not contain any water. They are not absorbed by skin and are therefore hypoallergenic and last longer than water-based lubricants. They are ideal for use in water such as baths, hot tubs, and pools. Many are not Latex safe, and we would not recommend using them with condoms unless specifically stated by the manufacturer. We do not recommend their use with toys or other products made of Silicone as it could cause damage to the toy. As Silicone based lubricants are not water soluble, use for oral sex is not recommended, they may also leave stains on bed sheets.

Recommended:
• For use in water (bath, pool and hot tub).
• If you suffer from allergies.
• For prolonged use.

Not recommended:
• With Condoms
• With Silicone toys
• Oral sex

Water-based lubricants
Water-based lubricants are the most widely used. They are safe to use with condoms and sex toys, and wash off easily. As they are water based they absorb into the skin, evaporate and have a tendency to dry out during use, however, reapplication of the lubricant or of water/saliva is usually enough to reactivate them. When the lubricant eventually dries, it can leave residue from the other ingredients in the product. This may require reapplication during sex, and/or removal of the residue with water. We would not recommend using water based lubricants in water. As water-based lubricants are readily absorbed by the body, if you have concerns or suffer from allergies, you should check the label and consult with your doctor prior to use.

Recommended:
• With Condoms
• With Silicone toys
• With all toys
• Oral sex

Not recommended:
• For use in water (bath, pool, hot tub or sea), as the lube will wash away.
• If you suffer from allergies, seek advice prior to use.