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:
- Thicker lubes are easier to use as they are easier to put on toys and stay on longer.
- Silicone lubricants destroy silicone sex toys (so avoid them at all costs).
- Oil based lubricants will break down less expensive rubber toys.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.