Lube is to anal sex what communication is to a healthy relationship: vital. Without lubrication, anal sex isn’t just less pleasurable, but often painful — and anal shouldn’t painful, says Jordan Soper, PsyD, an AASECT-certified sex therapist. But with lube and a little patience, anal play can be downright orgasmic.
When choosing the best anal lube, the slicker, the better. ‘Silicone-based lubricants are considered top-tier for anal play because they stay on for longer periods of time compared to water-based lubricants, which are more easily absorbed into the body,’ Soper explains. That said, if you’re adding silicone toys into the mix, avoid silicone-based lube—it can cause deterioration, which can both ruin your toys and create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
Splash, Sliquid’s wildly popular shower gel, is getting its first packaging update in almost a decade. A staple of their bath and body range, this gentle, pH-balanced, all-over-body wash is a completely glycerin and paraben-free formula. Being that the formula is not changing, Splash will remain the same great product, just with a sexy new look. The once cobalt blue bottle has been changed to smoky brown. Complimenting the apothecary-style brown bottle is a travel-friendly locking pump, that features a sleek brushed gold and black finish, for dispensing the perfect amount of liquid every time. Topping off the overall appearance of this revamped packaging, is the elegant new label design. The labels now include a dual gold band accent, while also keeping their white background and vibrant color variations to distinguish the multiple scent options, which include Naturally Unscented, Honeydew Cucumber, Grapefruit Thyme, and Mango Passion.
“Our customer’s input has always held immense value,” said Erik Vasquez, Sliquid’s VP of Marketing. “When our team sat down to reimagine the appearance of Splash, we had an overabundance of ideas. We created over a dozen label options, whittled them down to our top six, then invited our customers’ input by having January’s ANME attendees cast a vote for their favorite option. The winning label design, by a landslide, is the one we are proudly introducing to the marketplace.”
Also being revamped is Soothe, Sliquid’s ultra-hydrating body lotion. Soothe is a silky-smooth formula that boasts notes of mandarin, bergamot, and coconut, to envelop one’s senses while quenching the skin’s thirst for moisture. The packaging components and ingredients will remain the same; however, the label has been updated to present a sleeker, sexier appeal.
Referring to the product redesigns, Dean Elliott, Founder and CEO of Sliquid, said, “These new labels and component changes are the first step in modernizing the aesthetic of our entire Balance Collection. The dark bottles, gold pumps, and metallic labels add a level of sophistication and style that we believe our customer’s and retail partners will find highly appealing. Over time, we plan to continue this redesign to create continuity throughout the collection’s product offerings.”
To purchase Sliquid Splash and Sliquid Soothe in their new packaging, please contact your preferred distributor.
This probably isn’t news to you at this point, but both your body and your vulva change throughout every stage of your reproductive health, including menopause. With that, there may be some additional changes in your sex life after menopause.
If you’ve already reached menopause (meaning you haven’t had your period in over a year), then you probably already understand where we’re going with this. While yes, it sucks to know that physically, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as vaginal dryness during sex after menopause, also know that it doesn’t mean the end of intimacy, at all.
My mother masturbates. She’ll smack me on the shoulder when she sees this, but I’ll say the same thing to her then as I say to you now: It’s the truth. My family is Mexican and Catholic, and growing up, we just didn’t talk about sex—but lately, that’s changed. But, even though I know my 58-year-old mom sometimes experiences vaginal dryness amid menopause, I was worried about what she’d say when I asked her to test and pick the best lube for vaginal dryness. To my surprise, she was 100 percent down.
Although once considered something only menopausal people used for vaginal dryness, lubricants are great for everyone (and every sexual need), be it the best lube for sensitive skin or a water-based formula to use with silicone sex toys. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 and having vaginal sex or 61 and having oral and anal sex, lube is that friend that everyone needs for an extra good time.
But as much as lube can make penetrative sex (as well as masturbation!) better, not every formula is as skin-friendly. Like the best sex toys, you want to make sure that the lube is body-safe. In this case, that means formulas that are void of any chemicals or harsh irritants that can disrupt your vagina’s pH balance, or cause bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections.
There’s an unspoken “golden” rule amongst the sexually active, particularly vulva owners, to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) — always get up and pee after sex, no matter how tired and satiated you are. After all that grinding and thrusting, bacteria (be it your own or your partner’s) near the anus and vaginal openings can wiggle its way up through the urethra and wreak havoc on the urinary tract. Urinating can help flush it out, keeping your bits n’ pieces happy and healthy.
“Some ingredients in lubricants can cause irritation to skin and mucous membranes,” explains Christie Cobb, MD, FACOG, a board-certified gynecologist and sexual wellness expert in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Irritation from lubricants can cause symptoms such as vaginal infections, burning, itching and rashes.”
Even if you’re new to the wild and wonderful world of butt stuff, you’ve probably already heard that anal sex requires lube, lube, and more lube — and for good reason, too. As sex and pleasure educator Luna Matatas explains, “The anus isn’t self-lubricating in the way that a vagina is, and the tissue can be delicate and easily injured if there’s too much friction.” Without anal lube, backdoor penetration of any kind — whether it be with a toy, a finger, or a penis — can be painful and even cause some mild bleeding afterward due to any tears in the sensitive anal canal tissue. Pretty sure that’s not anyone’s idea of a good time.
Sure, a little saliva can get the job done, but when you’re in the mood, the best lubes make everything better — and wetter. The only hitch? Amid a sea of seemingly endless options (it’s the Golden Age of Lube, after all), finding the right one can take even more research than securing the best vibrator. In the interest of keeping your search as frictionless as possible, we compiled everything you need to know about personal lubricant and pulled together a few tried-and-true options that work every time.
Giving oral sex through a safer-sex barrier. If you’re using a condom or a dental dam while going down on someone, you could just deal with the taste of latex (or polyisoprene or polyurethane, as the case may be). Let’s be real: It’s probably not your favorite flavor. Might as well jazz it up with lube that tastes like strawberries, coconuts, or birthday cake.