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Sex Toy Lubricants

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Updated August 16, 2012

It wasn't so long ago that your choice of lubricants was easy. There was either KY or generic brand X or Z. But the sex lube market is changing, and there are now dozens of different brands each offering their own marketing spin. The bad news is that it makes choosing harder. The good news is that, if you're so inclined, you can choose your lubricant based on what you want to use it for.

If you're looking for a good lubricant to use with sex toys there are a few things to consider:

  1. Thicker lubes are easier to use as they are easier to put on toys and stay on longer.
  2. Silicone lubricants destroy silicone sex toys (so avoid them at all costs).
  3. Oil based lubricants will break down less expensive rubber toys.
  4. You will probably use more lube with a toy than you would with a partner, so consider your budget as you may go through lube for sex toys a bit faster.
Beyond that your choice will be personal and based largely on your taste and any potential reactions you may have. Here are some lubricants I recommend, with pros and cons included.

Aneros Marksman Shooters

aneros marksman lubricant shooteres
Aneros
The only lubricant on this list that was designed specifically for use with sex toys, Marksman was made by the manufacturer of the Aneros Prostate Massager. The product is designed for single use, and the tube has a long neck which is meant to be inserted in the anus, delivering lubricant higher up the anal canal. This makes Marksman lube recommended for use with anal sex toys, but because of its cost and the packaging it isn't recommended for general sex toy use.

Astroglide Gel

Astroglide Gel
Pricegrabber.com
One of the thickest water based lubricants on the market, making Astroglide Gel is easy to use with toys and has a convenient flip top cap. But it contains glycerin and uses parabens as a preservative, which may not be recommended for people who are prone to yeast infections or have sensitive skin.

Good Clean Love

photo of bottles of Good Clean Love lubricant
Good Clean Love

The only organic lubricant in the recommended list, Good Clean Love offers a sex toy friendly lube for people who want something that's easier on your body and the environment (the manufacturer advertises it as vegan too).  It is not as thick as other lubes on this list, so may be preferred by people who want a lube that will stay on a toy but still provide silky slip.  Good Clean Love contains glycerin, but no parabens, and has a mild sweet taste.

Hathor Aprhodisia

photo of Hathor lubricant bottle
Hathor Aphrodisia

A wonderful choice for a thicker lubricant made by a small family owned business, using organically sourced ingredients.  Hathor is very thick yet smooth to use and not tacky wen it dries.  It's a good consistency for using with sex toys and is paraben free.  For what it's worth, it's also the only sex toy lubricant with horny goat weed!

ID Glide

Picture of a bottle of ID Glyde lubricant
Westridge Laboratories

ID Glide is thick enough for easy sex toy use, but not as thick as many of the other recommended lubes on this list (it's right in the middle, consistency wise).  The bottle design and flip top make it easy to dispense even when your hands get slick, and it is among the better priced water based lubricants.  The Glide formulation contains both glycerin and parabens.

Maximus

photo of Maximus personal lubricant

This may be the thickest water based lubricant on the market.  But despite its consistency many users report that it is longer lasting than other water based gels.  Maximus is glycerin free, but does contain parabens.  It also has a noticeably bitter taste.

Probe Thick and Rich

Photo of Probe lubricant
Davryan Laboratories, Inc.

Probe has a unique stringy consistency (sort of like saliva) and the thick and rich formula is the stringiest.  It stays well on toys but is still relatively messy.  People who like Probe appreciate the natural preservative and the attention the manufacturers have paid to the ingredient list.

Slippery Stuff Gel

bottles of Slippery stuff lubricant of different sizes
Wallace OFarrel

One of the older gel lubricants on the market, Slippery Stuff is glycerin-free but does contain parabens.  When you apply Slippery Stuff it stays where you put it, but once you start using it, the consistency is thin and it doesn't get gummy when it dries.

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