Overall, you’ll see that there are a lot of great options out there for oil-based lubricants, and you’re probably reading this summary because you’re unsure which one is the best – and that’s absolutely fine! We completely understand that if you’ve never bought an oil-based lubricant before, you’re going to have some questions or potential concerns. Generally, oil lubricants are super popular, however they aren’t the be-all-and-end-all if you decide not to use them. You can still get a lot of use out of other lubricants on the market, as well as your own personal lubricant!
Below we’ve highlighted a few things for you to consider before making a purchase, as there are hundreds of lubricants available on the market. We’re sure that you’ll find something suitable.
Funnily enough, the texture of a lubricant can actually play a big part in whether you like it or not. There are a lot of individuals out there who get funny about texture, and it can actually put them off sexual play if something doesn’t feel right. Our recommendation for beginners is always to go for something sliky, as it resembles your natural lubrication the most and won’t feel too foreign. If you’re more experienced, go ahead and spice things up with a cream or a jelly – just be mindful that it will feel slightly different at first…however that may be a good thing.
If you’re sleeping with multiple partners, or you have an STD, or you don’t know your partners STD status, then you must use a condom. Condoms, however, do impact what kind of lubricant you use – and oil-based lubricants are completely out the question if you’re using condoms, even if they’re the best non-latex condoms in the world. Have a read of the best silicone based lubes and the best water based lubes which are both safe to be used with latex and non-latex condom!
Sex toys are great fun, but you also need to ensure that you’re taking care of them too. As long as they aren’t latex or silicone, you are free to use an oil-based lubricant on them. We recommend checking out the toys that you currently have to find out whether you can use them with an oil-based lubricant. That should help you narrow down your choice and find one that will suit your lifestyle and sex life.
If you’re sensitive to scent, this is something to consider when buying an oil-based lubricant, as these can also double up as a body massage oil, too. We recommend opting for something with zero scent, as that way you can enjoy the moment without having to smell something that may be unpleasant for you!
What are the Pros and Cons of Oil-Based Lubricants
- Lasts for a very long time: Just like silicone lubes, it remains slick and glossy for quite a while during anal play. Oil lubes will not wash off with water or saliva.
- Perfect for foreplay: The fantastic thing about oil lubes is that it may double as oil for a sensual massage along with other foreplay such as hand jobs. They also often have lovely scents to them if that is something.
- Moisturising: Because they’re oil-based, the positives is that you will naturally feel more moisturised, especially if you’re using them as a massage oil. This can be particularly helpful for those who struggle with dryness.
- Can not use with latex condoms: Oils degrade latex significance it will cause latex condoms to tear and break.
- Tough to wash up: Oil lubes tend to become cluttered and will need soap to wash off the slipperiness in your entire body and cloths.
- Does not kill sperm. What is a spermicidal lube is an article that will answer all of your questions about this. Please note that lubricant (spermicidal or not) will not protect against pregnancy or catching an STD. The only effective method for this is using a condom and getting tested regularly.
Do oil-based lubricants help with vaginal dryness?
If you’re sitting there thinking “why does my vagina feel dry” then it’s time to start looking at lubricants. It doesn’t have to be specifically an oil-based lubricant, however, oil-based formulas can often help as they last longer than their water and silicone competitors on the market. The only thing to consider is whether you’re using condoms or not, as you cannot use oil-based lubricants with condoms. If you still suffer with extreme dryness, we recommend going to see your gynaecologist who will be able to help you get to the root of the problem, as it may also be dietary.
Are oil-based lubricants safe?
Of course, they’re safe! These lubricants aren’t toxic, nor should they cause any allergic reactions (unless you have an existing condition). The only thing to watch out for is condoms and latex toys, as these will be damaged or broken by oil, therefore you can increase the risk of a) pregnancy and b) damaged toys. Neither are ideal, especially if unplanned. Make sure that you are buying a lubricant that is specifically designed for sex, as other oil products may not be safe unless stated otherwise.
Can I be allergic to an oil lubricant?
Like anything, there is always the possibility that you may have an allergy. However, as a general consensus – it’s unlikely that you are going to have a random allergic reaction to it. Always check the ingredients, and if you’re in doubt make sure to go and see your Gynaecologist who can run some tests. If you are someone who already has allergies to latex, you may want to get checked out just in case. We always recommend doing a small patch test on the inside of your wrist and seeing how your skin reacts within 24 hours. Most brands will have their full ingredient list on there so you can check them out.
What oil-based lubricants can Vegans use?
Surprisingly, there are so many options nowadays for vegans, even lubricants. Each brand will always state if they’re Vegan-friendly or not, so double-check the label and the ingredients list before purchasing.
Can I use oil-based lubricants on my sex toys?
Yes, only if they are not silicone or latex. Glass, plastic or metal toys are absolutely fine. Always double check your toys beforehand and ensure to clean them thoroughly.
Are oil-based lubricants difficult to clean off?
You’ll need a little soap and water, and an antibacterial spray or toy cleaner for your sex toys, but otherwise it should be fairly easy to clean. Make sure that you are careful to not get it on the walls, delicate furniture or cloth pillows as these could stain. Time to get your old bedsheets out if that’s the case! Make sure to always be careful as oil is a lot harder to clean than water or silicone.