Whether you are a total lube novice, or you have been using it for some time but are looking for new tips on how to get more enjoyment out of it; this guide should help you find the lube for you. Help maximise your sexual pleasure by reading this guide and getting all of the information you need about lubricants.

What is lube?

Lube is a specially formulated gel or liquid that can be applied to intimate areas to increase pleasure and ease discomfort during sex.

During the build up to sex, your natural moisture usually increases due to heightening sexual excitement. However, for a variety of reasons, you may need a little extra help to achieve enough lubrication so that sex is more pleasurable and to help make it comfortable for both you and your partner. While natural lubrication can decrease at different points of your life due to stress, medication, health and hormonal changes; using lube can be very effective during these periods.

Even if you don’t have a problem with dryness, lube can be used to help stimulate and enhance sexual experiences and to make the act of sex, as well as oral sex, more pleasurable in many ways. It can help to increase sensations felt during sex between you and your partner.

What type of lube should i use?

You may have been using lube for a while and are just looking for some new tips or you might be a lube novice not quite sure where to start. Either way, this guide will give you lots of useful info on the wonderful world of personal lube.

Read on and find out all about the different types of lube available and how you can use them to have even more fun.

What is lube used for?

Lube is a specially formulated gel or liquid that can be used on the penis, vagina, anus and anywhere on your body that you want more slipperiness or to increase the pleasure when you get it on. It gives you something fun to experiment with during foreplay and helps make penetration more pleasurable and comfortable for all involved.

But lube isn’t just for sexual penetration. It can also be awesome when used for oral, foreplay and masturbation too.

Our Durex Play range of lubes designed to make sex better

What type of lube should i use?

1. Water-based lube

Durex water-based lubes are super light and won’t stain the sheets or your clothes. Most of our formulations are suitable for sensitive skin, and because they’re non-sticky, they’re easy to wash off when you’re done. We have lots of different water-based lubes to choose from including one that doubles-up as a sensual 2 in 1 massage gel, and even a strawberry flavoured lube.

Lubes with a naturally moisturising formula, such as Durex Naturals Intimate Gel, are great if you want to steer clear of silicone or other ingredients that may not agree with your skin. As well as being a natural lube for sensitive skin, our Naturals Intimate Gel is safe to use with condoms and sex toys.

2. Silicone-based lube

Silicone-based lube is thicker and glossier than water-based lubricant. Because it doesn’t easily get absorbed into your skin, it lasts much longer. This means you won’t need to interrupt your activities just to put on more lube.

At Durex, we have a great range of silicone lubes for you to choose from. For long lasting and silky-smooth pleasure, try our Durex Real Feel Silicone Based Gel Lube.


Condoms and lube: can they be used together

Most Durex lubes are suitable to use with condoms, but you should always read the label on the bottle just to make sure. If the label does say you’re good to go, then simply add the lube to the outside of the condom once it’s on.

Watch out for oil-based lubricants not made by Durex; these are generally not safe to use with condoms as the oil can cause the latex to fail.

Is lube safe to swallow?

Most water-based lubes are suitable for oral sex and the good news, if you’re calorie-conscious, is that our flavoured lubricants are completely sugar free.

Lubes such as Durex Play Strawberry lubricant make a fun and tasty addition to oral sex.

How much should i use?

As much as you like. If you’re trying a new lubricant, or this is the first time you’ve used lube, start off with a small amount, gently applying it with your fingertips. Then, feel free to add more as and when the mood takes you.

Some lubes also double up as massage gel, so why not add a back (and anything else) rub to your foreplay to give your partner an extra treat?

How long can you use that bottle of lube after opening?

As a general rule, lube should be used within three months of opening the bottle. The best place to store it is in a drawer or cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight and well away from pets and children.

Can i use lube for masturbation?

A big ‘Yes’ to that one. Lube can be a perfect playmate when it comes to masturbation.

If you like a little extra stimulation while you masturbate, use our zingy Durex Play Tingling Water Based Gel Lube.

Or try a few drops of Durex Intense Orgasmic Gel which give women waves of warming, cooling and tingling sensations and helps intensify orgasms.

Hopefully, this has inspired you to dive in and enjoy the wonderful world of lube. Check out our full range of water-based and silicone-based lubes and see what grabs your fancy.