Lubricant Categories - A Sliquid Lube BreakdownLast month we talked about having fun with the clitoris and we left you eagerly awaiting some lube education. Well, now it’s here! Today we’ll look at the various lubricant categories and what they can do for you!

There are 4 basic personal lubricant categories: water based, silicone based, hybrid, and oil based plus a couple of bonus categories designed to customize your experience. So what does that mean? What’s the difference? Don’t worry, we’re going to break down what’s what, and give you some body safe options for each category! As with anything you put in or on your body it’s important to pay attention to what is in your lube. Glycerin, parabens, gluten and other additives like polypropylene glycol can be hard to tolerate for some. Always check the ingredients list to see if there might be additives that you don’t want in or on your body. Now, let’s take a look at lube! 

Basic Lubricant Categories

Water based – Water based lube is by far the most common lubricant around and has a lot going for it.  Water-based lube is condom compatible, budget friendly, and plays well with the toys in your nightstand. However, because it’s water-soluble, it’s not great for things like playing in the shower or bath. Several Sliquid lubricants are water-based, including H2O, Sassy, Sea, Satin, and T-Lube and can all be reactivated with a little bit of water, as can Sliquid’s flavored lube, Swirl and warming lube Sizzle. Similar to water based are aloe based lubricants, which can be found in the Sliquid Organics line.

Silicone based – Silicone lube, like our Sliquid Silver,  is the workhorse of the lube family. Many people like silicone because it lasts a long time, it only takes a little to get the job done, is condom compatible and it can be used in water making it the ideal choice for use in the shower or bath. However, silicone lube sticks around for a long time and is not water soluble — you will need soap to get silicone lube off of you, so if you can’t grab a shower post-sex you might want to stick with water-based. It’s important to note that silicone lube can damage silicone toys. If this is a concern, do a patch test on an inconspicuous area of the toy and see if after a little while that patch gets sticky or changes the integrity of the material. If it does, only use water-based lube with that toy.

Hybrid lube – Hybrids, like Sliquid Silk, are like getting the of the best of both the water-based and the silicone worlds. Hybrid lubricants are usually water based with just a touch of silicone. They are known for providing all the benefits of water-based lube with some of the long-lasting benefits of silicone.

Oil based lube – Oil based lube is incredibly slick and long-lasting. However, sometimes oil based products don’t always make for a happy vagina, and that includes food-grade oils you may have in your house. Oil can stick around a long time in the vagina and can sometimes cause infection by feeding bacteria possibly causing irritation or infection, so it’s best to use a product formulated specifically for vaginal use. Additionally, keep in mind that oil can degrade latex and polyisoprene condoms so stick to nitrile or polyurethane so if you are practicing safer sex, it’s better to stick to the first three types above. Sliquid does not make any oil based products that are specifically intended for use as an internal lubricant.

That’s lube, folks! Still not sure which is right for you? Try some out! Sliquid’s Lube Cubes are the perfect way to audition different lubes until you find your favorite. Or, take the NEW Sliquid 101 Quiz at to be directed to a product that best suits your needs. 

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