Top 4 Lubricant Recommendations For Women In 2017

Woman who needs personal lubricant

As a woman, I understand that it can be a bit of a challenge finding the perfect personal lubricant. There exists so many brands on the market that it is an overwhelming endeavour if you have no idea what exactly you are searching for. The pH balance of a woman’s vagina is very fragile, with caution around what goes in and near there necessary to maintain a healthy balance. For women, especially those that are prone to vaginal infections and thrush, I recommend investing in a good quality lubricant free of nasty ingredients. Your body will thank you for it! I have compiled a list of my favourite personal lubricants that I recommend for women, perfect for a range of needs.

Intimate Earth Hydra & Defense

It is not a coincidence that I have included Intimate Earth Glide first off – This brand is my absolute favourite! Intimate Earth products are made in the USA and include organic ingredients. Both Hydra and Defense are vegan, glycerine and paraben free.

Hydra is a natural plant cellulose with minimal smell and a really nice glide to it. This is a great product for a woman looking for a simple lubricant that can be used for vaginal and anal sex with sex toys.

Defense includes tea tree oil, giving it a stronger fragrance which I personally love. Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial qualities which gives this lubricant a protective quality. The Carrageenan Sea Kelp and Guava Bark Anti-Bacterial extract found in this lubricant is said to be used for anti-yeast infection and HPV protection. Without reading peer-reviewed research, I am reluctant to validate these claims however it is an amazing lubricant for many other reasons including the smooth texture.

I find these lubricants do not go sticky or tacky like many other water based lubricants however the only down side would be that frequent reapplication is necessary.

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Image: Intimate Earth Hydra and Defense

JO For Her Agape Water Based Personal Lubricant

Coming in at a very close second place, JO For Her Agape Water Based Personal Lubricant is an incredible product that never lasts long in the Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres due to its popularity. JO Agape is Glycerin, Glycol and Paraben free making it a great option for most women. The formula is on the slightly thin side with a super silky glide. I have found this lubricant to be very long lasting compared to many other water based products on the market. A big thumbs up from me!

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Pjur Woman & Nude

I know that it is a bit of a generalisation but the people of Germany sure know how to make great sex toys and lifestyle products! Pjur is one of the most well know personal lubricant brands, with the Pjur Original Silicone Based Lubricant one of the best sellers in the Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres. Pjur Woman is a tweaked version of the Pjur Original silicone lubricant, with the slightly gentler formula perfect for many women. Silicone lubricant is great for sex and massage however can only be used with glass or steel sex toys. Unlike water based lubricants, your skin does not absorb silicone lubricant therefore it needs to be washed off with soap and water and can stain sheets so be mindful when using it. A study also showed that some women have a higher chance of having a negative reaction to silicone lubricant compared with water-based so be mindful of this when trying it. Silicone lubricant is great but does not suit every woman.

Pjur Woman Nude is a water based lubricant that I have reviewed previously and have only good things to say about. Free of parabens and glycerine, Nude is a perfect accompaniment to your sex drawer. It can be used with most sex toys too. A little bit goes a long way with this fantastic lubricant.

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Image: Pjur Woman And Nude

Wildfire Black All Over Pleasure Oil

Wildfire All Over Pleasure Oils are my favourite multi-purpose massage oils, made in Australia from 100% natural ingredients. The Black bottle take precedence on my bedside drawer, with this oil great to use as lubricant, massage, bath and body oil. The Black contains fragrant essential oils such as Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Bergamot along with natural aphrodisiacs like Maca and Horny Goat Weed. It is important that if you are using latex condoms, anything oil based will disintegrate the material making them almost useless. Just with silicone lubricant, oil is only to be used with glass or steel toys. Keep this in mind if using Wildfire Oil as lubricant and be mindful that oil will stain the sheets! A hot tip for you – Mix the Wildfire Pleasure Oil with some warm coconut oil to make it go further when using it for massage.

Every woman’s body is unique and will react differently to each of these products. I suggest trying on a small patch of skin first to ascertain if you have any reactions. If during or after use of these products you experience any unusual symptoms, please cease using them. It is definitely not worth pushing through if your body has a negative reaction to any product. Oh and don’t worry gentleman, despite these products being recommended for women, they are perfectly safe for men too!

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Lube 5 Ways

What Is Personal Lube

Lube​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​and​ ​primal​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​sex.​ ​Without​ ​lube, pleasurable​ ​and​ ​fulfilling​ ​sex​ ​can​ ​be​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​achieve.​ ​Regardless​ ​of​ ​gender​ ​or sexual​ ​orientation,​ ​everyone​ ​sexually​ ​active​ ​has​ ​lube​ ​in​ ​common​ ​and​ ​even​ ​those who​ ​aren’t​ ​sexually​ ​active,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​the​ ​act​ ​of​ ​sexual​ ​self-exploration​ ​can​ ​find​ ​a​ ​use for​ ​lube.​ ​Which​ ​is​ ​why​ ​today​ ​I’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you​ ​explore​ ​various​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​use​ ​lube and​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​a​ ​better​ ​understanding​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​product​ ​that​ ​we​ ​love​ ​so​ ​much.

What Is Lubricant Made From?

Lube​ ​can​ ​be​ ​made​ ​from​ ​various​ ​products;​ ​water,​ ​oil,​ ​petroleum​ ​or​ ​even​ ​silicone. The​ ​ingredients​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​making​ ​lube​ ​make​ ​a​ ​difference​ ​to​ ​the​ ​end​ ​result​ ​of the​ ​feel​ ​of​ ​the​ ​lube​ ​and​ ​the​ ​versatility​ ​of​ ​the​ ​lube.​ ​Water-based​ ​Lubes​ ​are generally​ ​better,​ ​as​ ​they’re​ ​safe​ ​to​ ​use​ ​with​ ​condoms,​ ​easily​ ​washed​ ​away​ ​and can​ ​be​ ​safely​ ​used​ ​with​ ​silicone​ ​toys.​ ​Silicon-based​ Lubes​ ​will​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​gritty feeling​ ​when​ ​used​ ​with​ ​silicone​ ​toys​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​greater​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​causing​ ​infection, as​ ​it​ ​isn’t​ ​water-soluble​ ​and​ ​therefore​ ​harder​ ​to​ ​wash​ ​away​ ​lingering​ ​bacteria. This​ ​is​ ​particularly​ ​important​ ​for​ ​people​ ​prone​ ​to​ ​yeast​ ​infections;​ ​it’s​ ​incredibly important​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a​ ​water-based​ ​lube​ ​made​ ​without​ ​glycerin,​ ​as​ ​sugars​ ​found​ ​in glycerin​ ​feed​ ​yeast​ ​and​ ​cause​ ​it​ ​to​ ​multiply.

When To Use Personal Lubricant

1. Masturbation

Perhaps​ ​the​ ​most​ ​common​ ​way​ ​to​ ​use​ ​lube,​ ​is​ ​to​ ​use​ ​it​ ​to​ ​masturbate.​ ​If​ ​you have​ ​dry​ ​hands,​ ​there’s​ ​no​ ​need​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a​ ​moisturizing​ ​lotion​ ​that​ ​could​ ​contain unwanted​ ​chemicals​ ​that​ ​you​ ​wouldn’t​ ​want​ ​entering​ ​your​ ​body.​ ​Applying​ ​a​ ​few drops​ ​of​ ​lube​ ​makes​ ​for​ ​a​ ​smoother,​ ​more​ ​pleasurable​ ​and​ ​tactile​ ​experience.

To​ ​add​ ​to​ ​this,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​use​ ​lube​ ​when​ ​you​ ​are​ ​masturbating​ ​with​ ​a​ ​vibrator. Imagine​ ​the​ ​sensation​ ​that​ ​your​ ​vibrator​ ​normally​ ​provides​ ​you,​ ​whether​ ​used anally​ ​or​ ​vaginally,​ ​but​ ​now​ ​with​ ​a​ ​tactile​ ​sensitive​ ​edge​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​sufficient lubrication.​ ​Just​ ​remember​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a​ ​Water-based​ Lube,​ ​as​ ​Silicon-based​ Lubes​ ​on a​ ​silicone​ ​made​ ​toy​ ​can​ ​definitely​ ​erode​ ​the​ ​soft​ ​rubber​ ​and​ ​provide​ ​for​ ​a​ ​less than​ ​desirable​ ​experience.

2. Vaginal Intercourse

Another​ ​common​ ​way​ ​to​ ​use​ ​lube​ ​is​ ​during​ ​vaginal​ ​intercourse.​ ​Realistically, there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​wrong​ ​way​ ​to​ ​use​ ​lube;​ ​so​ ​you​ ​can​ ​apply​ ​it​ ​to​ ​the​ ​penis​ ​itself,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​the vagina​ ​as​ ​you​ ​see​ ​fit.​ ​Always​ ​start​ ​with​ ​a​ ​few​ ​drops​ ​and​ ​work​ ​up​ ​from​ ​there,​ ​to ensure​ ​that​ ​the​ ​lube​ ​doesn’t​ ​drip​ ​excessively​ ​on​ ​the​ ​sheets​ ​or​ ​cause​ ​your​ ​partner to​ ​slip​ ​everywhere.​ ​And​ ​if​ ​you​ ​do​ ​reach​ ​that​ ​point,​ ​then​ ​this​ ​can​ ​be​ ​easily​ ​fixed with​ ​a​ ​paper​ ​towel.​ ​For​ ​some​ ​women​ ​who​ ​don’t​ ​auto-lubricate​ ​or​ ​find​ ​it​ ​hard​ ​to, lube​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​game-changer.

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Many​ ​men​ ​complain​ ​that​ ​using​ ​a​ ​condom​ ​ruins​ ​sex.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​where​ ​lube​ ​comes​ ​in handy;​ ​if​ ​your​ ​partner​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​more​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​pleasure​ ​while​ ​being protected,​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​little​ ​lube​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​condom​ ​ups​ ​the​ ​sensitivity​ ​that​ ​he’ll​ ​feel inside​ ​the​ ​latex.

3. Anal Intercourse

Anal​ ​intercourse​ ​can​ ​sometimes​ ​be​ ​impossible​ ​without​ ​lube.​ ​Asses​ ​don’t​ ​create their​ ​own​ ​lubricant​ ​like​ ​a​ ​vagina​ ​does,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​safe​ ​anal​ ​sex,​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​lube should​ ​be​ ​involved.​ ​One​ ​can​ ​never​ ​be​ ​too​ ​careful​ ​and​ ​too​ ​much​ ​is​ ​never​ ​enough when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​anal​ ​intercourse.​ ​Again​ ​the​ ​lube​ ​can​ ​be​ ​applied​ ​to​ ​the​ ​entrance of​ ​the​ ​anus,​ ​or​ ​on​ ​the​ ​penis​ ​itself,​ ​or​ ​both​ ​on​ ​the​ ​outside​ ​and​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​the condom.​ ​Using​ ​lube​ ​during​ ​anal​ ​intercourse​ ​can​ ​prevent​ ​the​ ​prevalence​ ​of​ ​anal tears​ ​or​ ​fissures,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​friction​ ​can​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​relatively​ ​painless experience. It is also one of the ways to prevent the condom from breaking.

4. Blow Job

Lube​ ​can​ ​also​ ​be​ ​used​ ​during​ ​a​ ​blow​ ​job.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​instance,​ ​an​ ​edible​ ​range​ ​of lubes​ ​would​ ​be​ ​ideal,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​flavoured​ ​lubes​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​taste​ ​of​ ​penis. The​ ​role​ ​of​ ​lube​ ​in​ ​this​ ​scenario​ ​is​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​lubrification​ ​in​ ​place​ ​of​ ​spit.​ ​Women and​ ​men​ ​often​ ​use​ ​spit​ ​but​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​muster​ ​up​ ​enough,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​well lubricated​ ​mouth​ ​provides​ ​enough​ ​wetness​ ​so​ ​that​ ​your​ ​jaw​ ​won’t​ ​get​ ​tired.

5. Massage

Lube​ ​can​ ​even​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​start​ ​off​ ​a​ ​steamy​ ​sex​ ​session.​ ​Everyone​ ​knows​ ​that the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​part​ ​of​ ​sex​ ​is​ ​foreplay.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​was​ ​to​ ​get​ ​your​ ​partner in​ ​the​ ​mood​ ​is​ ​with​ ​a​ ​sexy​ ​massage.​ ​Since​ ​any​ ​good​ ​quality​ ​lube​ ​is​ ​body​ ​safe,​ ​it can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​a​ ​massage​ ​oil​ ​and​ ​often​ ​are​ ​marketed​ ​as​ ​being​ ​a​ ​lube​ ​and massage​ ​oil​ ​in​ ​one.​ ​Using​ ​it​ ​to​ ​massage​ ​the​ ​erogenous​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​your​ ​partner​ ​or even​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​back​ ​rub​ ​can​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​pleasing​ ​long​ ​lasting​ ​sexual​ ​experience leaving​ ​both​ ​you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​partner​ ​satisfied.

Now​ ​that​ ​you​ ​know​ ​the​ ​various​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​lube​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​better​ ​your​ ​sex​ ​life, I​ ​implore​ ​you​ ​to​ ​use​ ​this​ ​knowledge​ ​to​ ​go​ ​forth​ ​and​ ​open​ ​your​ ​minds​ ​and​ ​your bodies​ ​in​ ​self​ ​and​ ​mutual​ ​exploration​ ​and​ ​see​ ​where​ ​lube​ ​can​ ​take​ ​you!

About the author: Isaac is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres


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