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Lubricants: Silicone-based vs. Water-based

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Have you ever found yourself wondering: silicone lube or water-based lube, which to choose for my kinky sex play? The last time I was in a sex shop, there was an entire wall dedicated to lubes. Here’s a quick guide!

Water-based Lubricants

Most popular, these lubes provide a natural feel but are easily absorbed and may need to be re-applied during a sexy session. If you do use a lot, they are easy to clean and will wash out of fabrics. Other advantages for water-based lubricants is that they do not thicken or clump with friction, and they often come in tasty flavors like blueberry cheesecake. Yum!

For safe sex, latex compatibility is a must and water-based lubes offer that. If underwater play is something you enjoy, these aren’t practical because they will just dissolve.

Silicone-based Lubricants

These lubes stay slippery and slick for a much longer time, so stopping your play isn’t as much of an issue. Women who grapple with vaginal dryness usually prefer this type of lubricant, as do those with sensitive skin.

Disadvantages to silicone-based lubes are that they are not compatible with most sexy toys, they can be difficult to clean up or wash out of sheets, and they don’t taste very good at all.

My friend Roxanne, who I met over on BDSMdate.com, explained much of these differences to me. The ladies at my local sex shop were also a well of information and gave me free samples of lube to take home and try. My fave is a water-based kiwi-strawberry lube.

Do you have a great lube you can recommend?

Tell us what you think!

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