Sex Lube Types: Different Types of Bases Used for Sex Lubes

Sex Lube

When it comes to sex lubes, there are hundreds of different items on the market - everything from the traditional KY Jelly to silicone-based lubes, some that are even waterproof. Sex Lube is a vital part of your private erotic life and shoudl be used in every sexual advanture. Adam and Eve encourages a "Sex Positive" life style that includes sexual experimentation. In that vein we encourage you to use lube with sex toys as well as intercourse for the most enjoyabe experience.

Before selecting a lube, you should think carefully about exactly what you will use it. After deciding on that, you’ll want to find out the main types of lubes and check out some of the different lube options available to further enhance your experience. But even the perfect lube can be less than satisfying unless you know to use it and more importantly cleaning up afterwards.

Main Types of Sex Lubes

When looking for a sex lube, the most important quality is the primary ingredient in the lube, in other words, what substance the lube is based on. Not only does this affect the properties of your lube, it can even limit which kinds of toys you can safely use with your lube. For instance, a petroleum-based lube will always be thick, difficult to clean, and incompatible with latex condoms or adult sex toys. But the petroleum-based lube will also last longer than almost any other kinds of lube. Lubes are made from four basic substances; water, silicone, oil, and petroleum.

Water Based Sex Lubes

Water-based sex lubes are the most common lubes in the adult industry. Users love water-based lubes for their relatively low price and easy cleaning. Water-based lubes can be used safely with any type of adult toy or product and used for oral sex, vaginal or anal penetrations, masturbation or for massages.

Many water-based sex lubes can be scented and flavored – making them especially appetizing for oral sex. Water-based lubes clean off easily with just warm water and a little bit of soap and don’t leave a sticky residue like some kinds of sex lubes can. Water-based lubes also don’t leave stains on your clothes or bed sheets. The only real drawback is that water-based sex lubes tend to wear off faster than other types of lubes - meaning you might need to reapply the lube once or twice before you're finished.

Silicone Based Sex Lubes

Silicone-based sex lubes are essentially a futuristic version of water-based lubes. Silicone lubes contain the exact same ingredients but replace water with silicone instead – making these lubes waterproof! Silicone-based lubes are much more long-lasting than water-based sex lubes – making them perfect for almost any kind of sexual activity. Because they're new to the market, silicone lubes can be harder to find and often come with fewer options than other types of lube. Like water-based lubes, silicones don’t leave stains and are easy to clean up afterwards with just a towel. The only real drawback to silicone-based lubes is that you shouldn’t use them with silicone sex toys – other than that silicone lubes are compatible with all other types of sex toys, condoms and other products. Silicone lubes are especially useful for trysts in a shower or pool or any kind of vaginal or anal penetration.

Oil Bases Sex Lubes

Oil-based sex lubes are manufactured primarily out of vegetable oil or other natural ingredients. These lubes are excellent for masturbation or for vaginal or anal penetration but should never be used with condoms and some kinds of adult sex toys. Oil-based lubes chemically react with latex products, weakening and damaging latex condoms, toys, diaphragms and similar sex related items. Oil-based lubes tend to be thicker than either water-based or silicone-based lube, which can make them harder to clean off afterwards. Oil-based lubes also sometimes leave a sticky film behind. Because oil-based lubes last far longer than water-based lubes, they are an excellent choice for masturbation.

Petroleum Based Sex Lubes

Petroleum-based sex lubes are made primarily from mineral oil or petroleum jelly and include Vaseline-type products. Petroleum-based lubes tend to have the thickest consistency of the lubes on the market, which helps explain why petroleum-based lubes also tend to outlast other brands of lube. Petroleum-based lubes have an even stronger reaction to latex than their oil-based counterparts, almost melting it on contact. Because of their durability, petroleum sex lubes can be extremely difficult to clean off afterwards and can easily stain sheets or clothes. But that very durability makes petroleum-based lubes a popular choice for anal sex especially.

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