Formulated for our bigger one pleasure and our comfort, lubricants are essential to a sex life happy and flourishing. For many women who sometimes suffer from severe droughts they’re even indispensable for calming down the discomfort during the love.
But what are these really intimate lubricants that promise the nirvana? Faced with the plethoric supply available on the market, it is often difficult to find your way around and to choose the best intimate lubricant.
Love to Love offers you a complete guide to making the right choice.
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WHY USE AN INTIMATE LUBRICANT?
Since this is what will allow you to identify your need, this is obviously the first question to ask yourself. There are two main reasons: pleasure and comfort.
For more fun:
Because lubricant rhymes above all with pleasure. When it comes to sex, the wetter it is, the more it is… you see where we’re going with this! No, lubricants are not there to make up for the lack of interest in your partner, quite the contrary. They are your allies in pleasure, to the delight of both of you. In fact.., one study conducted by Indiana University revealsthat70% of women surveyed admit that lubricants make sex more pleasurable .
For more comfort:
When arousal increases, a woman’s body usually produces natural vaginal lubrication. This varies from person to person and, depending on the degree of arousal, is normal. At certain times in life, however, women may experience vaginal dryness: the natural lubrication of the mucous membranes is insufficient, and the flexibility of the vaginal tissue is reduced. This disorder particularly affects women during periods of low estrogen hormone levels (during and after pregnancy, during breastfeeding, during menopause). In case of stress, taking certain medications, etc., the condition can be treated by a physician. These disorders can even be very frequent. Naturally, sexual relations are impacted. It can be painful and permanently uncomfortable. In this case, the use of an intimate lubricant is a great solution to soothe the discomfort and live a fulfilling sexuality!
WHAT TYPE OF LUBRICANT TO BUY?
Before you buy, you need to be aware of the different types of lubricants that exist on the market in order to identify which one will be best for you.
Intimate lubricants are effectively designed from several bases:
Hybrid lubricants are also available. Most often, they are a mixture of water and silicone. It’s impossible not to find a lubricant that suits your needs!
The water-based intimate lubricant: the most classic one
Water-based lubricants are the most common. The reason is very simple: they can be used in almost all cases, even those involving the use of a silicone sex toy. They can also be applied to a condom, whether or not it is made of latex. This would even reduce the risk of a condom cracking.
Neutral pH, which reduces the risk of unwanted reactions.
they’re gentle on the skin.
they don’t stain the sheets.
very easy to clean after use.
However, since this type of lubricant evaporates quickly, it may be necessary to reapply it regularly. They also lose their effectiveness in the shower.
Silicone-based, the most versatile
The perfect choice for the most sensitive skins and for longer and more intense intercourse. Since silicone is not absorbed by the skin or mucous membranes, lubrication is 5 times greater than with water-based lubricants.
Silicone-based lubrication offers many advantages:
As with water-based products, the pH is neutral, which reduces the risk of unwanted reactions.
since it lasts longer, it is applied less regularly.
ideal for shower sex and anal pleasure.
The only disadvantage is that silicone is not silicone compatible! In other words, it is not advisable to use this type of lubricant on your silicone sex toys. You would risk damaging the surface of your toy and encourage the development of bacteria. For the rest, if you are interested in a very versatile lubricant, you may have found the right product for your needs.
Oil-based lubricants, made to last
Great, but does having to reapply lube during sex bother you? In that case, let yourself be seduced by oil-based lubricants! You’ll enjoy such a long lubrication life that you only need to apply one application. Another strong point is that they are ultra-hydrating. This makes them an ideal choice for women suffering from temporary or chronic vaginal dryness. Caution! This type of lubricant is not compatible with condoms. They are also more complicated to clean and may stain your sheets or clothes.
Do the ingredients in the above lubricants make you tick? No problem, there are 100% natural lubrication solutions that are even more respectful of your body and the environment. Whether oil-based or water-based, they combine the strengths and weaknesses mentioned above, while offering you a composition that suits you.
Vegetable oil-based lubricants
Probably the most economical and ecological solution (provided that you choose a bio and first cold-pressed oil). The choice of oil is made according to your desires. The most widespread is certainly coconut oil, but hazelnut oil can also satisfy the greediest. For a neutral lubricant, choose macadamia or jojoba oil. Apply directly to the vulva, lips, or penis.
Water-based natural lubricants
If you’re looking for a natural lubricant, but find the texture of the oil too greasy, this type of lubricant may be the ideal alternative. Water-based, intimate aloe vera gel and flaxseed gel are excellent compromises: both respectful of your privacy and your health. Note that aloe vera is particularly appreciated for its healing and soothing properties.
WANT TO SLIDE INTO PLEASURE?
Now that you’ve been able to identify the type of lubricant that best suits your body and your needs, let’s talk about fun! Variety of textures, warming effects, different flavours… the lubricants available on the market compete in imagination to spice up your naughty moments and transport you to seventh heaven.
Follow the guide and let yourself slide into pleasure.
Vary the textures: did you think lubricants necessarily came in the form of a gel? If this is the most common format, there are other textures that will make lubrication much more fun.
Turn your lovemaking into foam party with Super Smooth. Light, airy and creamy like whipped cream, this water-based foam will make you melt with pleasure. Playful and super-lubricating, it will be your favourite playmate with or without a sex toy. The icing on the cake: it comes with an extremely precise dosage pump.
Combine the pleasures: what if your lubricant was more than just a lubrication aid? Let yourself be tempted by 2-in-1 solutions that turn your lubricant into a real ally for your naughty moments.
The silky texture of this massage fluid brings a unique sensuality to your caresses and leaves your skin satin smooth. And since pleasure never comes alone, this 2 in 1 is your naughty companion even in your loving embrace. For total pleasure, apply Touch my body to your erogenous zones and slide into ecstasy thanks to its intense lubrication.
Flavored or scented lubricants
Are you strawberry or banana? Mint or caramel? Give your lovemaking a gourmet scent with flavored lubricants. Ideal for oral caresses, water-based flavored lubricants can be applied to condoms to give your partner a more pleasurable experience. As a precaution, make sure that they are edible beforehand, especially for silicone-based condoms.
Touch my body, a perfume variation
In addition to offering a great naughty 2-in-1 solution, touch my body massage fluid comes in three fragrances: cherry blossom, monoi and ylang-ylang. Ideal for a variety of pleasures!
Play with temperatures: heating effect or shivering effect, discover new sensations to accompany the penetration. Enough to provoke an explosion of pleasure between partners!
5 (OTHER) THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LUBRICANTS
If you have reached this point in our guide, you will probably have understood that the choice of a lubricant cannot be made lightly. We have grouped together here 5 other essential things to bring to your attention for optimal and risk-free use.
Beware of allergies
The use of lubricant brings a lot of spice and comfort to your sex life. Unfortunately, your body can develop intolerances to some of the ingredients. If you experience any unpleasant sensations after applying your lubricant (burning, tingling, etc.), we advise you to stop using it and consult your doctor.
Lubricant and fertility
You want to have a baby? Then be extra careful about choosing your lubricant. Make sure you choose a fertility lubricant, as lubricants that are not formulated for fertility can have a detrimental effect on sperm orientation and speed. This is especially true of lubricants containing glycerin and paraben.
Always use clean gel
It is important to always use clean gel for each use. For example, if after anal penetration you want to penetrate your partner vaginally, you must use clean gel again so as not to facilitate the development of bacteria.
Compatibility with condoms and sex toys
As mentioned earlier, not all lubricants are compatible with condoms and sex toys. As a reminder: only water- and silicone-based lubricants can be used with latex condoms; silicone-based lubricants are not compatible with silicone toys.
For women… but not that!
When it comes to sex, what’s good for one is very often good for the other. And although lubricants are usually applied to the female sex, the penis should not be ignored. If you use a condom, you can, for example, put a drop of lubricant on the tip of the male sex to increase the sensation. It is said that using lubricant for masturbation and fellatio would make them even more pleasurable!
We’re nearing the end of this guide to guide you through the fabulous world of intimate lubricants. As you’ve seen, it’s essential to follow our step-by-step advice to make the best choice!
Whether for your comfort or to spice up your sexuality, lubricants are true allies of pleasure, to be consumed without moderation.