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Our Love Affair With Lube

Water-Based vs Oil-Based Lube

6 women reveal where, when and why they fell in love with lube

Body-safe lube can be an amazing addition to sex, especially if you live by the motto “the wetter, the better”.

The silky jelly-like substance can increase sensations both internally and externally, whether you’re playing with a partner or a toy – you just need to make sure you’re using the right lube for you.

So as part of our crusade to normalise the use of lubricant during masturbation, penetration and every sex act in between, we asked six women to open up about their love for the sticky stuff.

Here, they share the intimate details of their most memorable slippery ride.

Emma, 29

“I first used lube about a year ago and f*cking hell, I wish I’d discovered it sooner. I bought a water-based one to use with my massager and it was so silky and smooth. It made my orgasm about x100 more powerful and I came in about a minute. If you’ve never tried it, please don’t wait as long as me!”

Lottie, 26

“Anyone else used to think lube was only for menopausal women? Yep, me too. This sounds weird but I actually used my mum’s KY Jelly to masturbate when I was about 16. I was hiding under the covers in my single bed and squirted it all over the purple and grey ‘back massager’ I’d bought from Next (no joke). The friction burn this makeshift sex toy usually gave me disappeared and from that moment on I’ve never vibed without it.”

Rachel, 31

“I was in my teenage boyfriend’s bedroom when I first tried lube. We bought it from Ann Summers one Saturday trying to be all grown-up and kinky (we were in sixth form so must have been 17 or 18). It was a cooling lube in a blue bottle and I remember it made everything tingle. The touch of his fingers felt so much more intense than anything I’d experienced before, they glided around in a really soft and warm way. From that day forward I was addicted.”

Molly, 29

“My first lube experience was at university. I’d only slept with two people beforehand and they weren’t serious so I’d never done the whole long-term partner/sex thing before. It was about six months into my relationship with my ex and I bought some just out of curiosity. It was AMAZING, like velvet. I find penetration a bit uncomfortable sometimes – I’m one of those people who finds it hard to come from P in the V – but lube removed that discomfort with him. I don’t use it every time I have sex now because I get quite wet naturally, but if I’m sleeping with someone who’s oversized then it’s a must.”

Alisha, 30

“Mine was on a girls’ holiday in Spain. There was a sex shop on the strip that everyone went into and we all bought different flavours for a laugh. I actually ended up using mine with a boy I met that night in a bar. We had the kind of hot, mind-blowing sex you have when you’re 19, body confident and single. I remember loving the feeling of the slippery texture inside me, it dialled everything up a notch. It also made this really loud, squelchy sound that turned both of us on.”

Jessica, 34

“Bathroom floor. 18 years old. First ever orgasm. Enough said!”

Water-based vs Oil-based Lubricants

Choosing the right lubricant can significantly impact your sexual experiences, whether with a partner or solo with sex toys. There are two primary types of lubricants: water-based and oil-based. Understanding the differences between them is crucial for maximising pleasure and ensuring compatibility with your preferences and needs.

Water-based lubricants are immensely popular for several reasons. Firstly, they are compatible with most sex toys, including those made of silicone, rubber, or latex. This versatility makes them a go-to choice for many individuals. Additionally, water-based lubes are easy to clean and don’t stain fabrics, which can be a relief during intimate encounters. Furthermore, they’re generally safe to use with condoms, reducing the risk of breakage and STI transmission. However, water-based lubes may require reapplication more frequently due to their tendency to evaporate or absorb into the skin.

On the other hand, oil-based lubricants offer a different set of advantages and considerations. These lubes tend to be longer-lasting and provide a silkier texture, making them ideal for extended sessions or activities where friction is a concern. Many users appreciate their luxurious feel and the way they glide effortlessly. However, oil-based lubes are not compatible with latex condoms, as they can degrade the material, increasing the risk of breakage. Additionally, they may stain fabrics and can be more challenging to clean up compared to their water-based counterparts.

When selecting between water-based and oil-based lubes, it’s essential to consider your specific preferences, as well as any potential sensitivities or allergies. Some individuals find that water-based lubes are gentler on the skin and easier to tolerate, especially for those prone to irritation. Conversely, others may prefer the long-lasting slickness of oil-based options. Experimenting with different formulations and brands can help you find the perfect lube for your needs, whether you’re enjoying solo play or exploring with a partner. Always remember to check the compatibility of your chosen lubricant with your sex toys and safer sex practices to ensure a pleasurable and safe experience.

Gal pal stocks water-based and oil-based options by Yes Lube and other suppliers, which are organic, vegan and totally chemical-free. It’s worth experimenting with both to find out what works best with your body/vibrator/sheets. Just remember, oil-based lubricants are NOT safe to use with condoms.

If you have any questions about anything in this article, please feel free to reach out to us here.

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