It’s because like condoms and vibrators, different lubes offer different benefits.Personal lubricants can come in liquid and gel forms, and each formula has a base ingredient that accounts for its unique texture.Silicone is also hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for lube users with sensitive skin or allergies.And since these lubes contain mostly silicone instead of water, they often last longer and need to be reapplied less often. Unlike water based lubes that would be quickly washed away in the shower or tub, silicone lubes (especially when in gel form) stay put and keep friction at bay while you enjoy some slippery, wet fun.Again, you’ll definitely want to steer clear of oil based lubes, as these can erode latex and make your safe sex practices anything but.For a latex-friendly lube with natural ingredients and a soft, soothing feel, try sharing a bottle of ASTROGLIDE Natural Feel with your partner. For toys coated in silicone gel or made with silicone resin, opt for a water based lube that won’t cause the surface of your toys to break down.Let’s take a look at the three main lube bases and what they mean for you: 1.) Water Based Lube Water-based lubricants are by far the most common, and for good reason.Because they’re water-based, they’re easy to clean up (and to wash out of clothing or sheets).
There’s no need to have one kind of lube for in the bedroom and another for water play -- a hybrid lube formula can pull double duty.
Just remember that, like any lube that contains silicone, a hybrid lube can put some serious wear and tear on your silicone toys, so avoid using them together.
4.) Oil Based Lubes If you’re looking for a lube that is seriously long-lasting with a luxurious silky feel an oil-based lube can be a great go-to.
This means that oil-based lubes are better for those who do not need to use condoms.
Another thing to consider is that oil-based lubes can also be hard to clean off of toys and skin, so be prepared to do some extra clean-up afterward.