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The Pros and Cons of Lubrication

Silicone-based Lubricants

  • Safe with all latex, polyurethane and silicone products 
  • Water-proof, odorless and tasteless
  • Never becomes sticky or tacky
  • Does not contain water
  • Does not contain glycerin (sugar alcohol)
  • Hypoallergenic and inert (won't alter your body's PH)
  • Great alternative to a massage oil
  • Safe for all over the body and internal use
  • May be difficult to rinse off - use soap with water to clean
  • Available from several manufacturers and include similar ingredients
  • Our number one selling and recommended lubricant

Water-based Lubricants

  • Safe with all latex, polyurethane and silicon products 
  • Available in gels, liquids, warming, tingling and flavors
  • Easily breaks down in water 
  • Due to water evaporation, more than one application may be required
  • Most contain glycerin (sugar), which:
    • may increase risk of yeast infections if used internally
    • can cause a sticky and tacky feel after water has evaporated

Flavored Lubrication

  • Water-based and safe with all condoms, dental dams or Saran wrap for oral sex
  • Not recommended for internal use or with adult products 
  • The majority contain glycerin to make them sweet
  • Glycerin (sugar) may increase the risk of yeast infections
  • Products are sticky due to the sugar 
  • Recommended for the pulse points on the body
  • To use, first rub into body before tasting - doing so will dissipate the initial flavor
  • Some warm with friction
  • Available in a wide variety of flavors

Oil-based Lubrications

  • Only safe with polyurethane and silicone products
  • Caution! Never use any oil with latex products (typical condoms)
  • Oils, including those for massage, eat latex and will destroy it
  • Recommended for massages or male masturbation
  • Not recommended for internal use - oil can trap bacteria next to the skin
  • Difficult to wash off

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S3's recommendation for lubrication and top seller, silicone-based lubricants are safe with all latex and can be used for massage in place of oils. Also recommended by dermatologists for all over body use to treat dry skin.
What are Glycerin and Propylene Glycol?
MOST water-based lubes have the ingredients "Glycerin" and "Propylene Glycol". Introducing these ingredients into the vaginal region may cause irritation to some women.
Slippery Scale of Lubes
Lubrication is not always a question of need, but an issue of making intimacy more comfortable and enjoyable. Use this chart to determine which style is best for you.
women's health
women's health
Ladies! There is much to know about the compatibility of products with the tissues of the vaginal canal. Learn about kegels, lubes, condoms and others here.

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