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Your Quick Guide to Lube

Some people think sex should be an amazing and sensual experience, but what if you are in need of lube – does this ruin the mood? Lubrication aids are often used in sexual acts such as sex, masturbation or playing with sex toys and even make them more pleasurable.

Lube is great and can really boost your sex life. Its works from reducing the friction between your body and the thing you are using, eliminating chafing and rubbing. Even if people produce enough personal lubrication, maybe will still include an extra lubricant to add to sexual pleasure.

But how do I pick one? There is so many …

Waterbased Lubes – the closest wetness naturally produced by the body

The pros

  • Best lube for first timers
  • Generally safe for sex, masturbation, use with condoms and sex toys
  • Minimal irritation for your body will make a more comfortable and pleasurable playtime
  • FAR EASIER to clean of your body and bed sheets than other types of lube

The cons

  • Many drug store brands include Glycerin – an ingredient that can irritate the vaginas natural flow and cause yeast infections in some people
  • Bad for water or shower play as its not long lasting and will just wash away – also means its not great for one of those LONG sessions that are just so enjoyable

Aurora recommends …

Silicone Lubes – slippery, smooth and long-lasting

The pros

  • A lot less lube is needed – silicone lubricants require less lube to be applied AND lasts longer
  • Great to use for some play – solo or not. Silicone lubes don’t wash off easily in the shower like waterbased lube so ALWAYS the better option. (Be warned – it will make your shower floor a slip and slide if you’re not careful)
  • They are sometimes better for more sensitive bodies as it tends to be more slippery
  • They are hypoallergenic

The cons

  • It is a PAIN to wash off – where it is long lasting and good for shower play, you need soap and water to get this lube off of you after you’re done with playtime
  • They don’t play well with silicone sex toys – they can break them down over time. Although, don’t let that put you off using these types of lubes with other sex toys made from glass, hard plastic or steel

Aurora recommends …

Oil-based Lubes – the natural one

The pros

  • A longer lasting option for longer, pleasure sessions
  • Great for water play
  • The least messy lube on our list
  • Perfect addition for masturbation and sextoy play

The cons

  • NOT COMPATIBLE WITH LATEX CONDOMS – they will dissolve the latex and may cause the condom to break
  • They may stain your sheets
  • They are often more pricey with a shorter shelf life

Aurora recommends …

What to remember – when choosing your lube

  • If you regularly get yeast infections – AVOID any lubricants that contain glycerin. Glyercin with irritate and kill the good bacteria in your vagina. This can cause an infection.
  • If you are using condoms – do not use an oil based lubricant. They will render them ineffective as they breaks down the latex.
  • If you want to use a sex toy – try to stay away from silicone lubricant as it will damage your silicone based toys. Try to stick with water-based lubes when have toy time.
  • If you are prone to dryness – Try a silicone based lube. They are long lasting, don’t contain glycerin and won’t dry out really quickly.

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