Everyone talks about sex positions and the exciting variety of condoms, albeit in super-hushed tones. Even sex toys have started getting some much-deserved attention. But lubes ke baare mein kya? One of the most essential accessories that make sex more enjoyable and explorative, they are yet to be explored enough. They literally keep friction out of your sex sessions and add a sprinkle of adventure to foreplay, keeping friction out of your sex life.
Here are 11 store-bought and DIY lubricants that you should put to good use to spruce it up between the sheets.
5 Types Of Popular Store-Bought Lubes
1. Water-Based Lubricants
The most common type of lubrication, water is the main ingredient that makes up this lube, as evident from its name. Not just normal water, it can also contain the water of fruits like coconut. They not only feel like an extension of your body, but keeps your vagina hydrated throughout the sex sesh. This in turn reduces the chances of unwanted friction in your lady bits and also keeps infections at bay. These are generally devoid of glycerine, parabens, and other harsh chemicals. It is compatible with latex and rubber condoms as well as dendal dams and silicone sex toys. However, this type of lube may dry up quickly, requiring frequent application.
2. Oil-Based Lubricants
Natural oils like plant oils form the main ingredient in oil-based lubes. Their slippery quality makes them a great choice as a lube. They last longer than the water-based ones and don’t need frequent reapplication. Hence, are a comparatively better option. Not just during foreplay, these can be effectively used during anal sex as well. What’s more, you can even use these when you’re turning it on under the shower since this lube does not wash away with water and not even with saliva. They are equally compatible with sex toys and condoms, except the latex variety. Therefore, they are best used when you keep condoms out of the action. They also take more time to rub out your skin and toys, and may stain your bed sheets too.
3. Silicone Lubricants
Yet another lube that you can bank for during a hot shower sex because they cannnot be washed out with water easily, proving to be long-lasting. These are also slithery and keep the vaginal skin smooth and friction-free for a long time. Being hypoallergenic, they are suitable even for those with sensitive skin that breaks out into allergic reactions. They can be introduced along with almost all types of condoms and sex barriers, inlcuding the non-silicone based toys. However, this lube may cause reaction against and even damage silicone based vibrators. You may also need water and soap to get rid of them to prevent them from leaving stubborn stains on your bed sheet.
4. Natural Or Organic Lubricants
These lubes are made from all things natural – water or organic natural oils – ingredients that will not affect the pH balance of your body. No wonder, they are also referred to as organic lubricants. To be more specific, they are devoid of harmful chemicals like petroleum jelly and parabens, maintaining their organic quality. These features make them a much-preferred option not just for the environment but for your lady parts as well. However, they may have a shorter expiry date and tend to be comparatively more expensive than their counterparts.
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5. Edible Lubricants
Made with food-grade ingredients, they are safe for ingestion and are a great way to spice up your oral sex session. They are available in flavourless and flavoured varieties to reach out to varied preferences and fantasies. However, some of these edible lubricants contain glycerine, which is best avoided for the sake of your vaginal health. They may lead to irritation in your vagina and even cause yeast infections. Hence, make sure that you go for ones that do not have this ingredient in them.
6 Types Of DIY Lubricants
1. Aloe Vera
The cooling, soothing, and hydrating properties of aloe vera extracts come into play during foreplay and sex as well. It serves as a gentle lube for your vagina and anus, keeping your lady parts from becoming dry. As a result, the ingredient often finds its way into store-bought lubes as well. Being water-based, it is compatible with all sex toys and almost all types of condoms, barring latex and polyurethane ones. Preferably go for the aloe gel from your house plant. If you plan to invest in a store-purchased one, make sure that it is organic and devoid of harmful chemicals like paraben and alcohol.
2. Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil works to improve skin elasticity and serves as an excellent hydrant, preventing vaginal dryness. The thick consistency of this natural oil ensures that it stays on the skin for longer, making penetration smoother for an extended duration. It is a suitable lube for anal sex too. The oil is compatible with all silicone-based sex toys, although it isn’t compatible with dental dams, latex condoms, and latex-based sex toys. This is because virgin coconut oil is known for reacting adversely with latex, causing breakage of these condoms and damaging toys. The oil may also lead to allergic reactions on the skin, so make sure you do a patch test before introducing it to your private area.
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3. Sweet Almond Oil
A potent moisturiser for dry rukhi twacha, you can apply the magic of this natural hydrant to your sexy time as well. Apart from a sensual, relaxing massage, you can use it during oral sex since it is edible. The oily consistency makes it stay longer during vaginal and anal sex. However, it is not compatible with latex condoms and sex toys made of the same material. Therefore, you can explore this option only when you consciously choose not to use protection. Also, this ingredient is not an option for you if you are allergic to nuts.
4. Olive Oil
Apart from being a dash of health in your kitchen, it does wonders between the sheets as well. It introduces moisture, brushing away chances of friction. On the flip side, this oil does not get absorbed into your ski, hence, you will have to wash it off after your sex sesh is over. Not just that, refrain from using latex condoms while you use this oil as your lube.
5. Shea Butter
Melt the shea butter completely with the heat from your hands. Rub the bottle of the butter or a bowl of it between the palms of your hands before using it. A solid shea butter will be impossible to apply and, therefore, wouldn’t do its job. The thickness of melted shea butter ensures that it lasts long, making it suitable for vaginal and anal sex.
6. Avocado Oil
If you don’t like to experiment with flavours and aromas during oral sex, avocado oil is just the DIY lube you should be looking out for. It is smooth like a dream and stays longer than you can imagine. However, it is not as effective as virgin coconut and sweet almond oils.
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