If you’ve been following me for long enough, you know how important lube is. Regardless of age, sexual experience, hormonal makeup, or gender, lubricant is a sexual necessity. With that being said, there are SO many options when it comes to lubricants that it can frankly be pretty overwhelming. I’ve talked to you about some of my favorites AND recently I was introduced to a company I hadn’t heard of before called #LubeLife. Their branding stuck out to me because it’s modern, fun, bright, non-gendered, and their ingredients (for the most part) are great for all bodies. On top of that, they’re the #1 best-selling and customer-rated personal lubricant on Amazon, with over 138,000 reviews. When I found out that the brand was literally designed for millennials, I thought, “oh, that tracks.”
Their goal? To help you create limitless sexual adventure.
How do they do that? They have a lubricant for about everything (the only other brand I’ve seen do this effectively is Cake and they are different they are different in terms of their ingredients, so I encourage you to try both and others and see what feels best in and on your body.) Today, we’re going to talk about the five items they sent to me to test out.
Let’s get to it. #LubeLife sent me their Water-Based Toy Lubricant, Barely There Thin Silicone Lubricant, Water-Based Cotton Candy Flavored Lubricant, 2 In 1 Massage & Lubricant, and their Foaming Toy Cleaner.
My favorite thing about this lubricant is that it’s non-staining. It’s a really good water-based lubricant you can use with your toys (of all materials) or with a partner. It’s compatible with latex and polyisoprene condoms, but not polyurethane condoms. It lasts a long time, isn’t sticky, and doesn’t contain parabens, glycerin, silicone, or oil. It’s also FDA-cleared (many lubes are not) and made here in the USA! I’m also including the ingredient list below because while there is no glycerin in here, sometimes things like propanediol can impact some vaginal pH levels — not for everyone — but for some.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Gluconolactone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid
Here’s the thing about silicone lubricant… it’s fantastic for anal play because you don’t have to re-apply it very often, it stays lube-y even in the shower, and it makes for a silky thin barrier (which feels great sometimes!) BUT (and I’m using but and not and), it CAN NOT be used with silicone sex toys or pleasure aids. I repeat. DO NOT USE SILICONE LUBRICANTS WITH YOUR SILICONE SEX TOYS.. It does stain and doesn’t rinse off with soap and water (see why it’s good for anal play?) Additionally, it only has three ingredients (listed below.) This is FDA-cleared, made in the USA, and is free of parabens and glycerin.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Vitamin E Acetate
I’ll be the first to admit that I do not like flavored lubes. I like tasting what I’m supposed to be tasting. WITH THAT SAID, I know many people who very much enjoy flavored lubricants — they often will say they can go back and forth between penetrative vaginal and oral sex that way, and it tastes delicious. Again, to each their own, right? We’re not here to yuck anyone’s yum. I prefer to taste the body parts, and some want to enjoy strawberries, chocolate, or in this case, cotton candy. Now, a lot of flavored lubricants are made with glycerin. If you are sensitive to yeast infections or BV, I would not recommend using this lube or any lubricant with glycerin or other sugar products. The benefits of this lube? It tastes like cotton candy (if you want that), free of parabens and propylene glycol, FDA cleared, non-staining, compatible with ALL condom types and toys, and washes off easily with soap and water.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Flavor (Aroma), Sucralose, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid
Okay, this is a really cool product that took me off guard. The tagline for this product? “A brand new take on the ole fashioned rub and tug.” (I chuckled for a solid 3 minutes after reading this) I really enjoyed this product!
First things first — if you are sensitive to propylene glycol, do not use this product. If you are using polyurethane condoms, do not use this product. Now that we have that out of the way, this is a massage oil and lubricant in one. SO COOL. It’s non-staining (yay), made in the USA, FDA cleared, is latex safe (this is rare with lubes with oil in them), and has a 30-day money-back guarantee. Most massage oils on the market are thick and viscous, and this thins out without leaving a greasy or sticky layer — just moisturized with a subtle hint of coconut. There are no parabens, no silicone, and no glycerin in this. Again, every body is different, so here are the ingredients to make sure there’s nothing that will irritate your bits. (You’ll notice this has the most ingredients out of all the products I reviewed… so if you have a sensitive genital area, please do a thorough read-through of these.) — This product does leave a bit of a residue, unlike a massage oil.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate 13, Cellulose Gum, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, PEG-45M
Whenever you use a sex toy or pleasure aid, you want to make sure to clean it after — and then clean it again right before the next time you use it. Using an unscented, gentle soap with warm water does the trick for some toys and uses, but for others, it needs something with some power. For example, I use toy cleaner on any toy meant for or used for anal play. How do you use it? You foam the cleaner onto or into your toy, let it sit for 10-15 seconds, and then rinse with water. Make sure you use a clean towel to dry it and then store it properly! There is no alcohol in this wash, and there are no parabens or sulfates. This toy cleaner was super practical and can be used on toys of any material.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Zinc Gluconate, Fragrance.
I hope you can tell that #LubeLife has something for everyone.
If you’re not sensitive to glycerin and like flavored lubes, there’s something for you. If you’re sensitive to ingredients and want something simple, there’s something for you too. There is something for everyone — and I love how the packaging is non-gendered. Check out #LubeLife on their website www.lubelife.com and see their fun content on their Instagram (@hashtaglubelife). Let me know if you try any of these and how they work for you. It’s always important that I work with brands my community loves, so let me know what you think!
And remember, go enjoy some limitless sexual adventures.