Water Based vs. Silicone Based Lubricants
If you don't use lubricants, you should. They are not just for women who are experiencing vaginal dryness. One of the most frequently asked questions I get on a daily basis is, "What is the difference between water based and silicone based lubricant?" Well, there are quite a few differences between the two.
Water Based Lubricants
Water based lubes are just that - water based. Their main feature is that they're smooth and slick. Since they're water-soluble, skin and mucous membranes will absorb them. This makes cleanup a breeze, most times there is virtually no clean up because the lubricant absorbs into your skin similar to a moisturizer or lotion. Its solubility also means that you might have to periodically re-apply it, depending on how long you’re busy. This is one of the drawbacks of water based lube, since we all know that in the heat of the moment, an interruption is probably the worst thing that could happen. However, it truly does depend on how long you're getting busy for! Water based lubes have the added advantage of being completely condom compatible, as opposed to oil based lubes that corrode latex. One of the disadvantages is that a lot of lubricants contain some harsh ingredients like glycerin or parabens which can be harmful for women's vaginal ph balance.
Some of our favorites:
Sliquid Satin Lubricant: Sliquid Satin is not just a lubricant, it is also a vaginal moisturizer created for women who are experiencing frequent or periodic dryness due to menopause, medication etc. Since Sliquid Satin is formulated with Aloe Vera, Carrageenan and Vitamin E, it emulates your bodies own natural lubrication. Like all Sliquid lubricants, it is formulated without glycerin, parabens, DEA or sulfates, vegan friendly and hypoallergenic!! What's not to love?
JO H20 Lubricant: JO H2O Water based Lubricant is made to supplement the bodies own natural moisture. This top selling lubricant is designed to provide a smooth and comfortable glide without getting sticky or tacky!
Intimate Organics Defense Lubricant: Intimate Organics Defense Protection lubricant with sea kelp and guava bark is a premium water based glycerin and paraben free formula. It protects against yeast infections by maintaining healthy micro-flora. Studies have shown that Carageenan, a compound extracted from red algae, may prevent the spread of the Human Papaloma Virus (HPV) which causes Cervical Cancer and Genital Warts. Intimate Organics is formulated without DEA or preservatives and is also vegan and cruelty free!
One of the best advantages to using silicone lubricants is that they are waterproof. Yes, waterproof, meaning you can use them in the tub without them washing away like water based lubricants do. So, if you're enjoying some playtime in the hot tub or shower, silicone lubricant is perfect! One of the other many uses for silicone lubricant is anal play. Not to say you can't use water based lubricant for anal play, but since the anal area does not self lubricate, it's better to use something extra slippery for the most comfortable experience. Another fun way to incorporate silicone lubricant in the bedroom is by using it as an unscented massage glide! Unfortunately, if you are looking for a lubricant that is compatible with your B.O.B. (Battery Operated Buddy), silicone lubricants will only work with certain materials. For example, anything made of a hard material is usually safe. (i.e, glass, ceramic, metal, plastic, marble etc.) However, most of the softer materials used to make adult toys, like silicone, are not compatible with silicone lubricant. Unfortunately, the molecules found in silicone lubricants mixed with silicone toys will cause the toys material to deteriorate over time.
Some of our favorites:
Pjur Original Silicone Lubricant: Pjur Silicone Lubricant is by far our best seller and, according to the very prestigious Men's fitness Magazine, is one of the worlds best lubricants. Pjur Silicone also works wonderfully as a unscented massage glide due to its special formula. Pjur is a very reliable source for good long lasting intercourse, as its molecules to not allow it to absorb into the skin; it stays wet and slippery!
Wet Platinum Lubricant: One of our best selling silicone lubricants, Wet Platinum Premium is a concentrated lubricant making it more silky and long lasting. Wet Platinum is one of the few silicone lubricants that is compatible with condoms! Wet Platinum is also formulated without parabens and is now Kosher!
So is one better than the other? We believe that it comes down to what you're looking for in a lubricant and what you're using it for or with. Some women are very sensitive when it comes to what they are putting in and on their bodies, so bare in mind what your needs are when shopping for a lubricant.
- Sonia Williams