Guide to Lube
Presented by: Pup Se7en
- Different kinds of lube
- Lube Bases
- Allergic Reactions
- Which is the right kind for you?
- Quick Fuck Solutions
- Making Lube Yourself
Different Kinds of Lube
Like with most products, there is two kinds you can get and make:
- Organic Lube: Made from organic materials and oils found in nature.
- Synthetic Lube: Made from articificially created components, a.e. silicone etc.
Generally most either are a form of the above, or more rarely, also a combination of them. Which is better is up to debate. Some prefer organic, as it’s not something chemical that could hinder normal body functioning etc. , others synthetic, as organic could be harmful with developing bacteria etc. Both sides have their arguments, and I’ve not found any general scientific studies with absolute evidence to put the discussion to an end. ( If you do, please send them to us 😉 ). I will show info for both, with reminders on how safe it apparently is. Which one you want to use, is up to you.
What you use as base for your lube counts a lot. The following terms you’ve read and heard of for sure:
- Water-based: Lubricates well, but dries out or is absorbed by the body after a while. Easy to remove.
- Silicone-based: Lubricates extremely well, lasts for a long time, but hard to remove or get off surfaces.
(Floors become iceskating rings). Also destroys silicone sex toys.
- Oil-based: Lubricates better than water-based, but has restrictions in applications as it destroys condoms and latex.
- Hybrid-based: Combinations of the above mentioned.
Please keep in mind that no matter what lube, some people may have an allergy to some, which will irritate contacted areas. Common allergy-causing ingredients (according to other pages) are:
- propylene glycol
- chlorhexidine gluconate
- lubes with high Ph levels
Even if you don’t, your playpartner might, so it’s best to ask. And if you do have it, please share that information with your playpartner beforehand. That way you can avoid a ruined mood and bad experiences.
If you tend to be allergic to things, to be on the safer side, silicone lube is recommended, as it’s generally hypoallergenic if no other things are added.
Which is the right kind for you?
Which one to go for, depends on various things and you as a person. (Attention latex lovers, read through of this chapter!)
If you are the kind who has hour-long sessions, mostly play with towels and/or don’t have any expensive gear (leather cuffs, metal collars etc) and furniture that you care about to an extreme extent, then silicone is a good choice. Silicone is hard to wash off your body and everything else, as it’s quite waterproof. Which makes it good for shower sex incidentally. Just don’t let it get onto anything else, especially your woodboard floor. It’ll become an iceskating ring. And don’t use it on silicone sex toys, if it’s not stated that it’s ok on the toy’s production webpage. Even then, better not. It’ll degrade them, and makes it possible for bacteria to nest in these degraded areas.
If you are only want to have some quick fun, or don’t mind reapplying lube for longer, or have many things you care about dearly about their state of slipperyness, then maybe consider waterbased. You’re gonna have to reapply and use more frequently when playing, but your gear and bed won’t be slippery forever afterwards.
Oil-based might be good too. It’s long lasting (and hard to remove) just like silicone, and often natural based. However if you play with condoms or latex gear, it’s a no-go. The oils will destroy these, dissolving them. Which is very saddening, be it a condom or your expensive fullsuit. Furthermore, depending on the ingredients, there is also a higher risk of infections. It’s also a pain to remove again. Honestly, it’s always the least recommended, just because there are so many troubles attached to it.
And now we get to the complicated part. Many of the lubricants on the market are hybrids. And there’s both a whole lot and not much I can say about them, as each depends on the combo of it’s ingredients.
If you got a water-oil combo, the latex restriction still stands. It’s probably better lubricating than just waterbased and easier to get off again than just oil-based though.
If you got a water- and silicone based, it’s probably good. Hopefully it’s a mix that will last longer than the former and be easier to remove than the latter.
If you got a Silicone and Oil based, I honestly don’t know anything. But it’s probably very slick I imagine. And not usable with silicone toys or latex suits / condoms.
There’s so many combos out there, it’s hard to give recommendations to each. Which brings me to the most important tip I can give you.
Always check the Label
This sounds stupid. But let me tell you a little secret. Many of the commerially available lubes can be to some part at least hybrid. Even if they say they aren’t. That might only mean they are under the percentage to declare themselves. Or they only have a few “perfuming” ingredients, which can cause reactions. It always pays off to check the back label, and not blindly trust.
Latex Lover Tips
There are some special things to consider if you’re into latex. It’s not only primary oil-based lube you have to watch out for. As said above, there can also be other oil-ingredients in oil-based lube. Scented lube often contains oil as carrier for example.
Essential oils, Vitamin E (or more, the Oil in which the Vitamin E is dissolved), Lanolin, Petroleum and just generally any fat soluble substance are just bad for your latex gear and condoms. So you have to watch out even more what’s on the label. In general, it’s recommended to stick to pure silicone lube.
Quick Fuck Solutions
So now you’ve read through what kinds of lube exist, and know what to buy at a store. But what else than storebought could you use in a pinch? Let’s see:
- Spit: If you’re salivating enough, I guess? It’s only for quickly going in though.
- Water: Same as above, only good for going in for a short moment, and your body will absorb it quickly or let it out.
- Cum: Same as above. It’ll smear quickly, but not bring a lot of lubrication else.
- Olive-oil: If you’re playing without condom or latex, that actually could work better. It’s been used by the ancient greeks for sure.
- Butter: … that’s asking for a bacterial infection.
- Grease: It’s a bit better than butter. Crisco is actually quite well used in the fisting department.
Be reminded, compared to usual lube, the kitchen supplies examples pose quite a higher risk of bacterial infections. So while they may be usable in a pinch, it’s not recommended to use on regular basis.
Making Lube Yourself
If you find that much of the lube out there is too expensive to buy, there are various repices on the internet. One of which is for example @PupMaphia ‘s fantastic silicone lube mix.
The basic recipe contains 1.9 – 2.5 liters of Dimethicone, about 1.9 liters of Cyclomethicone and 0.11 l of a third secret ingredient. I won’t give away the full method here, but you can find it all on Maphia’s own blog post 🙂 He also gives various additional interesting information in it such as further links and cost breakdown etc, and also has other cool things on his site. So it’s definitely worth checking it out!
Alright that’s it for this know-how post. I hope you enjoyed reading through it and wish you a lot of lubey fun!