Up until recently, I had never had the extreme pleasure of trying out silicone lubricant. In my defence, Jack and I rarely use lubricant (except for anal play and vaginal fisting) so I hadn’t given a lot of thought to types of lubricant and the pros and cons of each.
Spicy Gear was generous enough to throw in a bottle of Pjur Eros BodyGlide Original silicone lube along with the awesome toys they sent me. I was interested in giving it a go, especially to discover the differences between it and water-based lubricant.
Our first experiment with said lube involved Jack’s rear end and a certain steel toy, wielded by yours truly. The first thing I noticed is that it’s much runnier than water-based lube. It has a consistency similar to cooking oil, and a little bit goes a long, long way.
Much to our delight, silicone lube does not become sticky and dried out like water-based lube can become. It seems to last forever and ever. It’s also more slick feeling than water-based lube, doing a superior job of reducing any unpleasant friction.
Unlike water-based lubricant, which obviously will wash away with water, silicone lubricant is ideal for use under, ahem…wet conditions. No, not that kind of wet, I am talking about in the shower, bath tub, pool, hot tub, slip ‘n’ slide, etc. You may have to reapply a little more often in those situations, but it’ll last you ages longer than KY or similar.
Another thing I’ve heard it’s excellent for (although I can’t speak to this personally) is for skin-on-skin friction in non-sexual situations. I am talking about the insides of your thighs rubbing together when you wear a dress or skirt. For some people, this is an uncomfortable problem, particularly if you are heavier set. Just apply a little silicone lubricant to the insides of your thighs and it will apparently help a great deal.
The only thing that I disliked about silicone lubricant is that it will not easily wipe off with a little tissue (like water-based lubricant). That slick, somewhat oily feeling will last until you shower and scrub with soap, or until you clean yourself VERY well with WetOnes. It’s fine you have such things handy, and the time to use them, but if you’re having a quickie on the way out the door to your yoga class, you’re going to be stuck with that feeling for a while. I am sure that won’t bother everyone, but for me it’s a little…icky. However, not worth subtracting points over, just wanted to mention that.
When you use silicone lubricant with sex toys, it might take some effort to scrub it off of some surfaces. Also, NEVER, EVER use silicone lubricant with a silicone sex toy. The chemical properties of the silicone lube will destroy your toys. You must use water-based lubricant only with silicone toys. However, there is a small loophole. If you are very careful to use a condom on your sex toy, and insure that the silicone lubricant never comes into contact with the surface of the toy, you’ll be fine. Silicone lubricant is fine for steel, glass, latex/rubber, and plastic. Due to the porous nature, I don’t recommend it for jelly toys either.
I’ve been converted. I’ll never go back to water-based lubricant again!
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