If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. If you’re under 30, about 1/3 of women use something slippery (lube or lubricant) to help everything glide and slide with sex. If you’re in your 50’s or beyond, it’s more like 50- 75%.

Which lubricant is best? Well that depends. Most of the manufacturers of lube have several different varieties for any situation. Here’s a chart

Here are some guidelines:

Water Based:

– These include Good Clean Love, KY, Sliquid, Aloe Cadabra, Sylk, Yes

– These can be used with any toy made out of anything

– Ok with all condoms

– Available in sugar-free flavors

– If you’ve used a water based lubricant and it’s feeling a little dry, instead of applying more lubricant, you can use a little bit of water to rehydrate the lubricant. (hint- your saliva will also work)

– Won’t stain the sheets and rinses off with water

Silicone Based:

– Includes KY, Astroglide, Pjur, Uberlube, Oceanus

– These should not be used with Sex toys made out of silicone

– Ok with all condoms

– These lubricants can be used if you’re having sex in water because it won’t rinse off.

– Will stain the sheets and washes off with soap and water


– These have both water and silicone for the best of both worlds and include Sliquid organic silk, Turn On, KY Yours & Mine, Astroglide Spark

– Ok with condoms

– Will stain the sheets

– Best of both worlds and super slippery

Oil Based:

– Includes Olive, Coconut, Mineral and Baby Oils, Petroleum Jelly and body lotions.

– These should NOT be used with latex condoms or with latex sex toys. Ok to use with polyurethane condoms

– OK with sex toys, except those made with latex

– This will wash off easily with soap and water

– These can stain sheets

– If you’re in contact with water, this will bead up

Final thoughts: Have fun and try different kinds to add more fun and prevent discomfort.

Disclosure: I have no relationships with any of the products or companies mentioned. 

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