Then read on, lube noob: Technically, a lubricant is any substance that helps reduce friction.
Lubricants are often used for things like bicycle chains and machines to help cut down on the friction caused by moving parts.
Now that you have a “base understanding” of different lube formulas, you can begin to get an idea of the lube that’s best for you by deciding exactly what you’d like to use your lube for.
The first is that oil-based lubricants aren’t safe to use with latex condoms.
The best thing about using lube on your own is that you only have your preferences to consider, so you can take your time experimenting until you find the formula that’s perfect for you! ) both water and silicone based lubes are good choices since most are latex safe (always make sure to check packaging for condom compatibility).
Again, you’ll definitely want to steer clear of oil based lubes, as these can erode latex and make your safe sex practices anything but.
Another thing to consider is that oil-based lubes can also be hard to clean off of toys and skin, so be prepared to do some extra clean-up afterward.
An Example of Oil Based Lubes: Which type of lube is best for you?