The wetter the better; a YES® guide to understanding and enjoying lube
From coconut oil to silicone, there are a plethora of lubes on the market. But how do you know what lube to choose, and what’s the difference between them? Consider this your one-stop guide to the wet and wonderful world of personal lubricant.
What is lube used for?
Penetration, masturbation, massage, oral, clitoral play, sex toy use, tampon, and menstruation cup use – the list goes on! The great thing about (most) lubricants is that they are versatile. Most often, lube is used during sex to reduce friction, increase pleasure, and ease any discomfort. It can also reduce the risk of condom breakage and injury during sex. However, not all lubes are made equal. The ingredients used will often determine how, when, and why you apply them.
The base ingredients used in lubricant formulation mean that they fall into three main categories, explained below.
Water-based lube vs oil-based lube. What type of lube should you use?
Water-based lubricants are formulated with water as the main ingredient. They tend to feel the most natural and work quickly to ease dryness and discomfort. Water-based lubricants are likely to be condom compatible but it’s always best to check the label. YES® WB, our organic water-based lube is compatible with natural rubber latex and polyisoprene condoms. It can also be used with all toys: including metal, wooden, plastic, glass, and even silicone because our water-based products do not contain silicone or mineral oils. This makes it a great choice for solo pleasure!
Silicone-based lubes are often hailed as a ‘natural’ option that lasts longer than water-based alternatives. They are usually compatible with latex condoms but should be avoided with silicone toys. Silicone is arguably the most common type of lubricant.
Our verdict? Silicone oil coats the skin and restricts its ability to breathe, so whilst it might lock in moisture, it can also lock in dirt and bacteria. Studies have shown evidence of unwanted side effects when silicone is used in shampoos and conditioners. They tend to be extremely difficult to wash out and can cause long-term dryness (Green People, 2017).
Oil-based lubes are great for extended play (partnered, solo, or otherwise!) This is because they last longer than the alternatives. They are usually water-resistant, so if shower sex is your thing, reach for an oil-based lube.
We believe the best oil-based lubes are made with natural oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, or sunflower oil. Watch out for synthetic ingredients, fragrances, glycerine, and parabens. These are likely to damage intimate tissue and cause you more harm than good!
YES® OB, our organic plant-oil-based lubricant is long-lasting and extremely moisturising. Ideal if you are looking for a lube to nourish your delicate skin.
Oil-based lubes, including YES® OB, cannot be used with latex rubber and are not condom compatible. Plant oils can erode material (especially latex) which can compromise the material integrity of the condom. Opt for water-based if you choose to wear condoms.
Using coconut oil as lube
Reaching for a coconut oil-based lube is no bad thing. Rummaging through your pantry or the cooking oil aisle of your local supermarket, however, is not recommended! The formulation, manufacturing, and quality of ingredients and preservatives used in lube are what keep them safe for use on your intimate parts. If you’re searching for a natural coconut-oil-based lubricant, YES® OB applicators are made using organic coconut oil. They are a natural coconut-oil-based alternative to silicone lubricants and are richly nourishing, providing soothing relief for dry vulval and vaginal tissue.
Having fun with lube; how to use lube for more pleasure
Smooth, silky, slippery, moist. When it comes to sex and intimacy, wetter really is better. Whatever the anatomy of you and your partner, experimenting with lube can bring an exciting dynamic to your intimate relationship.
Using oil-based lube during foreplay can help you experiment with touch and increase anticipation and relaxation. Why not practice your massage skills with YES® OB? Its organic plant-based butters make it ideal to use as a massage oil! YES® WB has no stickiness, taste, or smell so it’s great for oral sex and mutual masturbation.
Whatever your preferences, we strongly recommend; clothes off, lube on!