Lubes - Pro and Cons

I think is safe to say that lubricant (Lube) can be your best friend during bedroom pursuits, whether you are with a partner or having some fun with just you and your favourite toys.

However, considering the amount of lotions and potions you can be faced with, it can be hard to know what is the right bottle for the occasion. So here we can help you answer the question


Every type of lube has pros and cons and it is just about finding out which one works best for you!


Water based Lubes


This is the most popular of all lubes as well as the most versatile.

It can be used with any type of condom, barrier or sex toy.

It can be washed off of any type of clothing or bedding with minimum fuss.

You can purchase it as a liquid, gel or cream, depending on your preference! 


Waterbased lubes tend not to stay as wet as long as other lubes and you may find yourself needing to reapply. 


Silicone Lube


It is hypoallergenic - great for people with sensitive skin!

It lasts longer than water based lubes.

It is waterproof! So you can enjoy it in the shower, the bath, or if you are feeling adventerous, the pool!


Silicone based lube is not compatible with latex condoms or your soft material toys. It will cause damage and degradation.

However, it is great fun to use with your hard material toys! 


This is a delightful combination of both water and silicone based lubes, with a creamy texture.

They don't dry out as quickly as water based lubes but as they do contain silicone you still cannot use them with latex condoms or soft material sex toys. 


Anal Lube

The anus is not a self lubricating part of the body, so lube is essential!

While you can use any lube that you have to hand, anal lube is specifically designed for the task.

Thicker than most waterbased lubes, it does contain anti-bacterial agents and most contain aloe vera to make the most sensitive of skin feel soothed. 


If you have sensitive skin, there are lubes out there for you!

However here are a few extra tips:

  • Keep away from products that contain the words

          Glycerine - which contain sugars that can cause irritation

          Parabans - used to increase shelf life and can affect estrogen hormone

          Spermicides - can cause irriation

  • If you do have sensitive skin, test a small dab of the lube on the inside of your elbow the day before you plan to use it. 


Store your lube upright, in a cool, dry place.

Household items are NOT as a substitute for lube as you do not truly know what they contain and they can cause irritations and/or infections and who wants that!

People assume that vaginas always produce enough natural lubrication but this can change for a variety of reasons - age, use of certain medication, pregnancy or even stress. Lube can be used to combat this as well as vaginal dryness and THAT IS OKAY! 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ring, use the online chat option or even call into us in Kilkenny or Tallaght.

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