Silicone based lubricants are the newest category of lubricant on the market. Condom manufacturers have been using silicone based lubricants for years on their pre-lubricated condoms, but more recently lube manufacturers have begun selling silicone lubricants for sexual and sensual purposes.
Pros and Cons of Silicone Based LubricantsPros:
- Because they contain no water, silicone lubricants never dry up. They stay slick for a very long time.
- The silicone molecules are larger and don't absorb into the skin, which is thought to result in fewer topical body reactions, irritations, allergic reactions. For this reason it is a good choice for people with sensitive skin.
- Silicone lubricants are also great for full body massage, as a skin moisturizer, and you can use it for shaving.
- Because they don't break down in water, silicone lubricants can be used in the bath or shower, or for any kind of underwater fun.
- If you live in an area where there is snow in the winter, silicone based lube is great for putting on the bottom of a sled or toboggan and going down hills!
- Silicone lubricants are not compatible with silicone sex toys or many "cyber skin" or "real feel" sex toys. Silicone lubricant can damage these toys and make them unsafe for use.
- It is very difficult to wash off, especially sheets. Silicone is not water soluble so it won't come off your sheets.
- It is more expensive (although it goes farther than water based lubes, so the price evens out in the end).
- Because they don't absorb, silicone based lubricants feel like they coat the skin which is a feeling some people don't like.
- Silicone lubricants tend to have a bad taste.
Quality and Texture Differences between Silicone Based LubricantsThere are very few differences in the way silicone lubricants feel, but there is one main difference which affects both the quality of the lubricant and the cost. Better quality silicone lubricants use more of the denser ingredient called dimethicone. This ingredient is also more expensive. It feels more velvety and lush than the other ones.
If you are comparing silicone lubricants you can check to see where dimethicone comes in the ingredient list. In the better quality, more expensive silicone lubricants it should come first.