What is the difference between Water and Silicone Lubes
We live fast paced stressful lives and sometimes that translates into the bedroom (or kitchen or lounge or shower… you get the idea). One of the most common reasons for “not so great” sex is caused by vaginal dryness and in the bedroom as in life, the less friction you have, the better! This is where a sexy lube comes in to save the day.
There are two main types of Personal Lubes: Water based and Silicone based. We often get asked what the difference is between the two, so here’s a quick guide.
Water Based Lubes
Water-Based lubes are as the name suggests, made mostly of water, and can be free of smell, taste and colour. Water-based lubes do absorb into the skin, so if you are going at it for a while you may need to re-apply. They are safe to use with Polyurethane and Latex condoms and are generally safe to use with sex toys made of any material, including Silicone. Which makes water-based lubes a popular all round choice!
You do get a variety of Water-Based lubes that are flavoured and scented for your oral pleasure. Flavoured lubes tend to be high in sugar though so if your V is sensitive we don’t recommend using these during Sex.
Bonus Note: If you find that things start getting a bit sticky after a little while, you can either just reapply some lube OR just add a few drops of water and get back in the saddle.
Silicone Based Lubricants
Silicone-Based Lube is like the little train that could, it’s the lube that keeps on going… A few drops could keep you playing for ages, and this is exactly why it is so popular, particularly for anal play. On the downside, some silicone-based lubes are not safe for use with condoms while others are – so you need to check before you get intimate. Another key thing to remember is that Silicone-Based Lubes are not suitable to use with Silicone Sex Toys as it will break down the material the toy is made of.
Bonus Note: Silicone-Based Lubes don’t break down in water, and this makes them perfect for playing in the bath or shower or pool but more difficult to wash off.
So in summary, the main difference between Water and Silicone Lubes is that silicone lubes last longer and go further but you need to check if they are condom compatible. You may need to re-apply your water-based lube during play but they are safe with any condoms or toys.