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Slippery When Wet: The Best Lubes to Reduce Friction During Sex

A guide on how to use lube to enhance natural moisture for solo play or partner play



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When most people think about ways to enhance sexual pleasure or ease discomfort, lube is often a term that comes to mind. Yet many of us don’t actually know which lube is the right one to use. A single trip to your nearest pharmacy seems almost overwhelming as the various tubes and colored lube bottles stare back at you in flavors you never expected to find in the “personal health” aisle. Seriously, bubble gum-flavored lube? What were they thinking? 

To make it easy for you to pick the best lube for your skin, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up a variety of both water and silicone-based lubes. Each of the lubes listed below has been vetted by hundreds of happy customers, and we’ve managed to find a few out-of-the-box lubes as well to help increase the intensity between the sheets. 

Shopping Guide: What Are the Best Lubes?

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the best lubes online. Here’s what you need to know.

Water vs. Silicone: Silicone lubes are far more long-lasting than water-based lubes, though this makes it harder to wash them off — you’ll need both soap and warm water to get clean. On the other hand, since water-based lubes are not as long-lasting, you may have to continue to reapply over time, though you’ll be able to use them with both your partner as well as your favorite silicone-based sex toys. The only real no-no is pairing a silicone-based lube with a silicon-designed toy, as it messes with the toy’s construction. That said, if you’re looking to get freaky underwater or try out shower sex, you’ll need to go silicone as water-based lubes are soluble and would wash off quickly. 

Paraben and Glycerin-Free: Parabens and glycerin can irritate you or your partner’s vagina, and some believe it even leads to more yeast infections. That’s why every lube on our list is both paraben and glycerin-free.

Flavored vs. non-flavored: This is more of a personal preference, but some people prefer flavored lube when partaking in oral sex, while others prefer unscented, non-flavored lube. We’ve included both down below so you can figure out which ones are right for you. We’ve also added an option for CBD-infused lube, in case that’s more up your speed. 

1. Überlube Luxury Lubricant



If you’re looking for a silicone-based lube, go with the Überlube Luxury Lubricant. Not only is it extremely popular amongst Amazon shoppers, but it can also be used underwater to make all your hot tub sex fantasies come true (just make sure it’s sanitary, okay?). 

It’s also described as non-sticky and can be paired with latex condoms — because safe sex always comes first. The brand also says it shouldn’t affect PH levels *down there*, so you know it’s a safe-to-use product.

Buy: Überlube Luxury Lubricant at $31.99

2. Lelo F1L



Water-based lubricants are extremely popular but sometimes frowned down upon because they contain glycerin, which some women think leads to more yeast infections, especially in sensitive vaginas. The good part is that Lelo’s water-based lube is both paraben and glycerin-free yet still manages to enhance natural moisture for solo play or partner play.

It’s also non-sticky so you don’t have to worry about it sullying your sheets, and you’ll be able to use it with both condoms as well as vibrators.

Buy: Lelo F1L at $24.90

3. Good Clean Love Almost Naked Lubricant



Another good water-based lubricant is this aloe-based one from Good Clean Love. It’s described as smooth, easy to clean and is entirely paraben-free so it won’t mess with your natural bacteria or PH levels.

Amazon customers even raved about it, saying it worked well on sensitive skin. Some do say it tends to dry out quickly (as most water-based lubes do) so feel free to re-apply as you need. Our suggestion? Stock up on a few tubes so you never run out.

Buy: Good Clean Love Almost Naked Lubricant at $6.99

4. Maude Shine Organic



Maude’s aloe-based vegan lubricant is unscented and paraben-free. It’s also latex friendly, can be used with your favorite sex toys, and easily washes away with warm water so you’re never left feeling sticky or icky. It’s also free of glycerin to keep you from feeling uncomfortable or irritable down there and Maude shoppers agree, giving it a 5-star rating almost every time.

Since it features an easy-to-use pump top, you can place it on your bedside table and use it whenever it feels necessary. Need a silicone-based lube instead? Try this one from Maude instead.

Buy: Maude Shine Organic at $25

5. Sliquid Naturals Silver Silicone Lubricant



Sliquid makes both water and silicone-based lubes. We recommend this silicone-based one that’s paraben-free and vegan-friendly. Amazon customers describe it as long-lasting and “slippery” and says that it works just fine on sensitive skin. Plus, you can even use it during shower sex, since it’s extremely silky and smooth, Once you’re done, just remember to rinse thoroughly with water and soap to get it off (silicone lubes are not water-soluble, hence the need for soap). If you’re in a bind, use wet wipes to get this lube off.

Buy: Sliquid Naturals Silicone Lubricant at $35.95

6. Foria Intimacy Sex Oil with CBD



CBD-induced lubes are the next best thing, and they’re designed to increase blood flow in an attempt to arouse and excite you or your partner. This one from Foria wellness will help ease sexual discomfort, according to the brand, and is free of both parabens and glycerin, so it won’t mess with your natural moisture.

It’s smooth and moisturizing as well and can be used by individuals of any gender. Plus, you can pair it with the awaken sexual oil to enhance your female partner’s pleasure.

Buy: Foria Intimacy Sex Oil at $44

7. Wet Fun Flavors Edible Lube



Flavored lubes are a great way to get into oral sex, and these ones from Wet come in a variety of fun flavors like strawberry, watermelon, and even whipped cream.

They’re paraben-free, edible and warming as well, to heighten sensitivity. Since they’re water-soluble, you can easily wash them off with warm water (no soap required) and the brand describes them as long-lasting, so you should need only a few drops to get all revved up.

Buy: Wet Fun Flavors Edble Lube at $10.99

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