Reduce the chance of throwing off your delicate pH balance with these safe, pleasure-enhancing lubes
Article from verywellhealth.com and written Isabel Vasquez RD LDN
Medically reviewed by Renita White, MD. Fact checked by Rich Scherr.
The female reproductive system consists of a delicate and intricate microbiome that can easily be thrown off by irritating ingredients. Harsh ingredients such as glycerin and nonoxynol-9 can cause infection or even make it harder to conceive. For these reasons, it’s important to look at ingredient labels when searching for a new lube to ensure you’re purchasing one that’s right for you.
There are a few different types of lube: water-based, oil-based, silicone-based, and hybrid. The best kind for you depends on your intended use. Water-based lubes have a low risk of irritation and can be used with condoms and sex toys, but they often require reapplication. Oil-based lubes are not compatible with condoms but are good for severe dryness. Silicone-based lubes are very slick and good for water play, but they can’t be used with silicone toys. Hybrid lubes often combine water and silicone, making them easy to clean up and longer-lasting than water-based lubes.
To select the best sex lubes, we spoke with two gynecologists who work in the sexual wellness space. They shared the best uses for lube, the pros and cons of each type of lube, and ingredients to avoid. We then researched to find the best lubes, considering these experts’ insights.
Best for Vaginal Dryness Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube
- Compatible with rubber and plastic toys
- Small bottle
Aloe Cadabra’s Natural Personal Lube is a unique aloe vera-based lube free from parabens, propylene glycol, and glycerin. This lube is vegan, edible, and comes in multiple fun flavors. It’s made with 95% organic aloe vera and it contains vitamin E, so in addition to being safe for your body, it helps to reduce painful intercourse and relieves vaginal dryness. It’s a two-in-one deal as it acts as a personal lubricant and a vaginal moisturizer.
We like that this lube won’t stain clothing or bedding, is pH balanced, and is rubber and plastic toy friendly. This bottle is a bit smaller than other lubes on our list, but the aloe vera base helps it last longer than water-based lubes.
Price at time of publication: $10Key Specs:
Type: Aloe vera-based | Key Ingredients: Organic aloe vera, vitamin E | Size: 2.5 ounces | Scent: Unscented