Which Personal Lubricant is right for YOU?
Shopping for personal lubricants can be a little overwhelming with choice of water based lube, oil based lube and silicon lubricants, tons of colours, and even flavours… we’re here to cut through the marketing hype and explain which personal lubricant is best suited to your lifestyle!
Organic natural personal lubricant
For us, obviously, this is a biggie! We love organic produce, organic skincare, organic cosmetics and organic personal lubricant… the more natural the better! So when it came to creating Bonk Lube personal lubricant we were adamant that it must be 100% certified organic and completely natural. Because it just doesn’t make sense to put toxic chemicals on delicate skin and special places!
Dr. Madeleine M. Castellanos, aka the Sex MD, who’s also a licensed psychiatrist and a professor at NYU suggests that the ideal is a product that has the healthiest ingredients and the lowest number of ingredients, and sums up with “You don’t want to put synthetic stuff into your very sensitive mucosal membranes, because everything gets absorbed through there.”
Water based personal lubricant
Water based personal lubricant is the one-size-fits-all king of personal lubricant. You can use water based lubricant safely with any consenting adult, sex toy or condom. Slip this magic potion on on the pleasure spot of your choice, and you’re ready for good times!
One reason people often choose oil based lube over water based lube is that it lasts longer. That’s still true with Bonk Lube; but our organic water based lube is exceptionally long lasting and will still give you plenty of fun time before you need to add any extra personal lubricant to keep things flowing smoothly.
If you want to make it last even longer you can sprinkle a little water on and the water based lube will keep on giving, but we find it’s easier to just strategically add a little more sex lube – slowly and sensually applied, this can be like a second bonus round of foreplay!
Water based sex lube is easy to wash off afterwards, and won’t stain your sheets. And, Bonk Lube’s water based lube contains moisturising extracts of NZ native flax, or harakeke, to keep your skin silky smooth and nourished. Nice.
Oil based personal lubricant
Bursting with rich natural oils and butters, our oil based lube offers a creamy melt-at-the-touch lubrication which lasts and lasts and lasts. Oil based lube feels most similar to natural lubrication, and Bonk Lube’s formula doesn’t drip like other oil based sex lube can.
Ideal for sex and toys in tighter-than-normal spots, oil based lube provides extra comfort and glide. Shower sex is another great reason to reach for oil based lube as it doesn’t wash off as quickly as water based lube.
Remember, oil base lubes are not for use with latex or polyisoprene condoms!
Silicone personal lubricants
Silicone lubricants are normally more expensive, last well and are waterproof, but can stain sheets and clothing. Silcones are also rated as a low hazard by the EWG with moderate concerns around organ toxicity (not THAT organ!) and eco-toxicity – frankly; it just doesn’t make our standard of natural organic goodness.
And oddly, you shouldn’t use silicone based lubricant with silicone sex toys as the surface of the toys can be degraded by the silicone lubricant.
Mix it up
Customers tell us they like to play mix n match and make their own blend of the water based lube and the oil based lube! If you want to create a bespoke love match, grab a mix pack of sex lube here!
Ingredients to avoid
Regardless of the personal lubricant style, we recommend avoiding lubes that contain glycerine, as it is a sugar that can feed the bacteria that start yeast infections, increasing your risk of a painful infection. Another common nasty in sex lubes is propylene glycol, a petrochemical by-product notorious for being used in antifreeze, and even lovely old coconut oil which can degrade condoms (but is fine for moisturising your legs or cooking up a storm!).