Thursday, September 29, 2016

Water or Silicone? Try Both!

This blog was prepared by Lips'n'Licks in her own personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own.

This is the most common of lubricants due to it's universality; warming, cooling, tingling, flavoured, scented, light and silky lubes all start with a simple water based lubricant formula. The prominent ingredient in water based lube (other than water), glycerin, is what gives the lube its familiar and slick feel. It is a naturally viscous and sweet material deriving from plants such as soybean and palm. The addition or subtraction of the presence of glycerin in a water based formula can dictate the thickness or slickness of the lube depending on what the user prefers. Not only is water based lubricant versatile in the varieties it comes in but it is versatile in the way it is compatible with all toy materials. Whether your toy has a silicon coating or made of rubber, a water based lubricant will not react negatively to any material. A couple things to remember with water based lubricants: our skin absorbs water at a fast rate so be sure to put aside some time during intercourse to reapply; and because glycerin is naturally sweet this may cause irritation to sensitive skin so before using your lubricant test the formula on the inside of your arm to be sure that lubricant is safe to use on your skin. All in all, water based lubricant is an inexpensive and versatile way to indulge in sensual play.

Although more expensive than water based lubricants, silicone lubricants have a lot more function. The silicone found in lubricants is made from a very refined sand giving the formula a silky, more satiny feel. And because there is no water in the formula, when used on skin, it takes longer to soak in keeping you worry free about the chore of reapplication. That's why it is also great for double use as a massage oil. Silicone is also hypoallergenic due to the material and the use of less ingredients. So there are no worries when it comes to your sensitive skin. However, silicone lubricant cannot be used with a silicone toy. The refined silicone in the lubricant will break down the material of the toy leaving you unappeased and toy-less. Silicone lubricant can also be infamous for staining the sheets so remember to use only as much as you need at any given time. I find silicone lubricant better in the area of function over bells and whistles of flavoured or warming lubes. If you're looking for tried and true, silicone lubricant is the way to go.

If you decide which option works best for you, try a hybrid lubricant. Although it is mostly a water based lubricant the small amount of silicone added to the formula really makes a difference in regards to function. Also, hybrid lubricants can be used with all toy materials so you won't have to worry about purchasing two separate lubes. It's a two for one! Comment below and let me know which formula works best for you. Happy Explorations!!



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