Unlock Your Pleasure: Expert Guide to Choosing and Using Different Types of Sex Lubricants

Written by: Quanna Experts



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Sexual lubricants or sex lubes, are essential for enhancing your pleasure and reducing friction during any sexual activity. However, with so many lube types available, choosing the right one for you can be overwhelming. In this article, we will discuss the different types of sex lubes and give you our expert tips on picking and using the right one.

1. Water-Based Lubricants

Water-based lubricants are the most popular type because they are versatile and safe to use with condoms and sex toys. They are also easy to clean up and won’t stain your sheets or clothing. You can get as messy as you want! Water-based lubes come in various consistencies, from thin to thick, and are best used for vaginal or oral sex.

Expert Tip: Look for water-based lubes that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera or carrageenan for added moisture and nourishment.

2. Silicone-Based Lubricants

Silicone-based lubricants are longer lasting than water-based and provide a silky, smooth feel that mimics natural lubrication. They are ideal for shower or bath sex because they do not wash away easily. This consistency also makes silicone lubes the best for anal sex where consistent lubrication is needed. Rember, do not try have anal sex without lube!The disadvantage of silicone lubes however, is they can damage silicone sex toys and are not safe to use with condoms made of latex.

Expert Tip: Use silicone-based lubes sparingly because they are not as easy to clean up as water-based lubes and can leave behind a residue.

3. Oil-Based Lubricants

Oil-based lubricants, such as coconut oil or almond oil, are natural and moisturizing. They are safe to use with latex and polyurethane condoms but not with latex sex toys. Oil-based lubes are not recommended for vaginal sex because they can cause irritation or infection. However, they are great for massage or as a personal lubricant during solo play.

Expert Tip: If you want to try an oil-based lube, make sure to use it only for external use and test it on a small patch of skin to avoid any allergic reactions.

4. Hybrid Lubricants

Hybrid lubricants are a combination of water-based and silicone-based lubes. They provide the best of both worlds, with the long-lasting properties of silicone and the easy clean-up of water-based lubes. Hybrid lubes are safe to use with condoms made of latex but not with silicone sex toys.

Expert Tip: Look for hybrid lubes with more water-based ingredients if you are sensitive to silicone.

5. Flavored Lubricants

Flavored lubricants are a fun way to add some excitement to oral sex. They come in a variety of flavors, from classic strawberry to more adventurous options like bacon or pizza; although we’d only recommend trying these if you’re really brave. Flavored lubes are generally water-based and safe to use with condoms and sex toys.

Expert Tip: Make sure to read the label and check for any ingredients that may cause irritation or allergies, especially if you or your partner have sensitive skin.

6. Natural Lubricants

Natural lubricants are an excellent option for those who prefer to use products with minimal ingredients. They are made with natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, carrageenan or CBD and are safe to use with condoms and sex toys. Natural lubricants are also biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Expert Tip: Look for natural lubes that are pH-balanced and free from parabens, glycerin, and fragrances to avoid irritation or infection.

7. Never Give Up

Don't give up on yourself or your partner if it seems none of your efforts are working. Things like this take time. Your physician might be able to ascertain the root of your sexual issue and suggest the most effective therapy. They might advise that you speak with a sex therapist to assist you in exploring any issues that might be preventing you from satisfying sexual experiences.


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At Quanna, we wanted a sex lube that would combine all the best aspects of the different types available, plus the benefits of CBD such as increased sensitivity and blood flow for pelvic relaxation.

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