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Guide to Water-based Lubricants

One of the best ways to make the most of your sex is by making it seem as natural as possible. No, we’re not advocating for some kind of “sex imitating life” role play (unless you’re into that). Rather, let’s consider using sex products that feel as amazing as the real thing!

We’re talking dildos, vibrators, masturbators and other adult products that are soft and supple. They might have realistic curves and be of a size similar to your lover. Feeling these products on and in your body can provide you all of the sensations that another person can with your body. There is another way to simulate sexy feelings and feel completely body safe: water-based lube.

What is water-based lube?

Water-based LubesWater-based lubes are the sure thing of personal lubricants. Because they are derived from water, they are body-safe as well as sex toy and condom safe. The other main type of lube available is silicone and you cannot use silicone lube with silicone toys - they will be damaged. Water-based lubes, however, won’t damage anything, making them a key part of your essentials sex toy kit. This versatile product is great for vaginal, anal and oral sex.

One of the most important things to remember about using water-based lubes is that they can wear out during prolonged use. As you enjoy your sexy sensations, you have to be ready to continually reapply water-based lube. The longer you enjoy your fun, you’ll notice that the lube can become sticky and tacky. Fortunately there are a couple of easy solutions here: add more lube or just add some water! Adding more lube is always fun and adding water works just as well. However, water-based lube is, eventually, water-soluble. This makes it easy to wash off when you’re done, but not an option for shower sex.

What is water-based lube made from?

Water-based lubes are made from... water! Because its dominant ingredient is so natural, water-based lubes easily absorb into the skin - externally and internally - and are entirely body safe. Some new lubes are infused with carrageenan and others have moisturizers added.

How do I use water-based lube?

Water-based LubesThe great thing about water-based lube is that it can be used for pretty much any sex act you can think of! If you have a need to get wet and slippery, water-based lube has got you covered. Well covered!

Whether you’re applying water-based lube to a penis, vagina or anus, it is appreciated and considerate of you if you warm the lube up before spreading it on sensitive skin. Roll it around in your hands a little bit so that the lube can absorb your body heat. Once you feel that the lube has warmed up, slide it all over the skin you want to enjoy. Remember, if you’re going to use a lot of manual stimulation, you might need to add more lube.

One important thing to remember is that most water-based lubes are thinner and runnier. If you get a little overzealous and squirt too much, be prepared to drip and dribble it all over your sheets. Fortunately, it is washable and shouldn’t stain, however, we’re talking many possible wet spots to sleep in!

Okay, I'd like to buy water-based lube, what now?

If you would like to buy your own water-based lube to enhance your sexytimes, just head on over to our water-based lubricant category: Buy Water-based Lubricants.

Need more help?

Would you like a little help choosing the right lube for you? Just Contact Customer Care and a staff member from the Cherry Banana team will be in touch right away to assist you. Alternatively, you can explore our other lubricant guides here.

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