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The 22 best lubes for every sexual scenario

Our pick of the best lubes for sex, self-love and female wellness.

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Do you suffer from vaginal dryness, is sex sometimes uncomfortable, or would your love life simply benefit from a bit of extra slip and slide?

There is no shame in seeking help if it benefits your sex life! And trust us, when it comes to keeping your labia happy, lubricant is the answer to almost all woes. The right lube can work wonders in the bedroom, keep your skin soft and transform your orgasm power in the process.

The benefits of using lube

Using lube with a partner during sex or adding a pea-sized drop or two during solo masturbation can sidestep vaginal dryness, make penetrative sex more comfortable and can even help combat chafing if things get really heated.

'Lube is great and I honestly believe it should be used by everyone who wants to experience penetration,' says Kelly Gordon, Head Of Creative at Sex Tech Brand Hot Octopuss. 'It makes penetrative sex comfortable, highly pleasurable and it also means that you can always have a quickie if you don’t have time for foreplay.'

Whatever gets you off, there is likely to be a lube for you. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start?

What are the different types of lube?

Lube comes in various forms, so do your research before you make a purchase to ensure you choose the best tool for the job:

  • Water-based lube: This is our go-to lube for most sexual scenarios. 'Water-based lube is great and can be used in almost all situations!' says Kelly. 'It can also be used with your favourite silicone sex toys without damaging your toy. Water-based lube is also said to reduce condom breakage, plus it's easy to wash off.'
  • Silicone-based lube: This is often thicker and more luxurious than its water-based counterparts. 'Silicone lube is long lasting, so it doesn’t need to be applied often,' explains Kelly. 'It is also incredibly smooth, giving an amazing and sensual feeling when using it for penetration. Silicone lube is also great for use in water, as it doesn’t wash away as easily as other lubes.'
  • Oil-based lube: This type of lube is also long lasting, but it can damage condoms and play havoc with your bedlinen, so proceed with caution. 'Oil-based lube is known to work well with the body and your natural lubricant,' says Kelly. 'There are a few downsides to it though, as it can leave oily stains on sheets and it can also increase the chance of upsetting your natural pH level and increasing the chance of yeast infections.'
  • Hybrid lube: Some brands have caught onto the fact that no two people are the same and created hybrid lubes to suit differing tastes, so it's worth shopping around to find the shoe that fits.

    The 22 best lubes to shop in 2022

    From the best water-based lubes for partnered sex, to the oil-based gels ideal for solo sessions, keep scrolling for our pick of the best lubes for every sexual scenario...

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    1
    BEST PREMIUM WATER-BASED LUBE
    Roam exploreroam.com
    Refreshing Gel Lubricant - For the Front
    £12.00
    2
    BEST ALL-ROUND WATER-BASED LUBE
    Lovehoney lovehoney.co.uk
    Enjoy Water-Based Lubricant
    £12.99
    3
    BEST MOISTURISING WATER-BASED LUBE
    lelo
    Personal Moisturizer
    £19.90
    4
    BEST MOISTURISING OIL-BASED LUBE
    Yes lovehoney.co.uk
    Oil-Based Organic Lubricant
    £16.99
    5
    BEST SILICONE-BASED LUBE
    Pjur lovehoney.co.uk
    Original Silicone Lubricant
    £19.99
    6
    BEST CBD-INFUSED LUBE
    Oomf mellow.store
    CBD All Natural Water-based Lubricant
    £34.99
    7
    BEST AROUSING WATER-BASED LUBE
    Woowoo feelunique.com
    Arousal Boosting Lubricant
    £6.99
    8
    BEST HYBRID LUBE AND MASSAGE GEL
    Fair Squared ethicalsuperstore.com
    Lubricant & Massage Gel
    £13.95
    9
    BEST LUBE TO USE WITH SEX TOYS
    Satisfyer satisfyer.com
    Gentle Classic
    £14.95
    10
    BEST LUBE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
    Lubido bondara.co.uk
    Water-based lubricant
    £1.99
    11
    BEST LUBE MADE FROM NATURAL INGREDIENTS
    Natural Lubricant bondara.co.uk
    Natural Lubricant
    £12.99
    12
    BEST WATER-BASED LUBE FOR ANAL SEX
    Sliquid lovehoney.co.uk
    Sassy Water-Based Anal Lubricant
    £19.99
    13
    BEST LUBE FOR PENETRATIVE SEX
    Smile Makers smilemakerscollection.com
    Generous Gel Vaginal Lubricant Gel
    US$25.00
    14
    BEST LUBE FOR SOLO MASTURBATION
    Liquid Silk lovehoney.co.uk
    Water-based sensual lubricant
    £12.99
    15
    BEST LUBE FOR CANDIDA SUFFERERS
    DeoDoc cultbeauty.co.uk
    Intimate Lubricant Drops
    £22.00
    16
    BEST LUBE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY
    Unbound
    Jelly
    £16.00
    17
    BEST FRUITY LUBE FOR ORAL SEX
    Boots boots.com
    Pleasure lubricant
    £3.99
    18
    BEST SILKY LUBE FOR A SENSUAL RIDE
    Slip N’ Slide bondara.co.uk
    Silky Water-Based Lubricant
    £9.99
    19
    BEST OIL-BASED LUBE FOR EXTENDED SEX
    My Viv
    Oil-based Lubricant
    £10.00
    20
    BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY LUBE
    HANX feelunique.com
    Vegan Lubricant
    £11.99
    21
    BEST LUBE FOR MINTY FRESHNESS
    Nakd amazon.co.uk
    Water-Based Lubricant
    £7.99
    22
    BEST LUBE FOR ORAL SEX
    Lovehoney lovehoney.co.uk
    Birthday Cake Flavoured Lubricant
    £7.99
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