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All About Lube

Want to try lube but don’t know where to start? Lube can increase your pleasure and be a good way to reduce your risk of STI transmission! It can also be a good way to fight against dryness for transmasculine folks who are on testosterone.

There are many types of lube — some are better paired with certain kinds of sex.

Water-based:  

  • Water-based lube is considered the universal lube. It’s cheap and easy to find and most people aren’t allergic. However, transmasculine folks or anyone with sensitivities should be careful of the ingredients “glycerin” and “paraben”. 
  • It can be used with any kind of condom or sex toy.
  • The only downside is that it tends to dry out quickly. Apply liberally and often. 
  • It’s also easy to clean up! 
  • KONTAK has many types of water-based lube, including: iD Glide, Sutil (glycerin+paraben free), and we can also special order. KONTAK us for pricing!

Silicone-based lube:

  • Silicone-based lube lasts for a long time but tends to be more expensive than other types of lube.
  • It can be used with any type of condom.
  • It doesn’t dry out like water-based lubes, so many people prefer it for anal.
  • It can be messy to clean up– use soap and water. It can also stain your sheets and other fabrics. Careful about spilling it on the ground, it’s very slippery!
  • Never use it with silicone toys – it can melt them! 
  • KONTAK offers iD Millennium Silicone lube, and we can also special order. KONTAK us for pricing!

J-lube:

  • J-lube comes in a powder form, so you need to add water to turn it into lube.
  • It can be messy, so be sure to clean with salt and dish soap. 
  • It’s great for activities that require lots of lube, like fisting.
  • Want to try it? Use our homemade recipe. Trust us, it’s tried and true.

INGREDIENTS:

– 4 tablespoons of J-Lube powder
– 1 tablespoon of Crisco
– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
– 500 ml of warm water

STEPS:

1. Soften the coconut oil and Crisco in the microwave.
2. In a blender, mix the J-Lube powder with about 500 ml of warm water.
3. Add the softened coconut oil and Crisco into the blender and mix until slick and slippery.
4. Transfer the final product into a clean Gatorade bottle with a squeeze top.
5. Enjoy the ride!!

***NOTE: this recipe is not compatible with latex condoms!  If you plan to use one, skip the Crisco and coconut oil.

Oil-based lube:

  • Oil-based lubes are long lasting but they can damage latex condoms. 
  • Some natural types, like coconut oil, can also cause infections for transmasculine folks.
  • It is also best to avoid using them with sex toys.
  • Some guys like to use thicker oil-based lubes, like Crisco, for anal sex and fisting

Semen lube: 

  • Semen lubes are sometimes used by transmasculine folks to relieve dysphoria or just for the fun of it! 
  • As the name suggests, semen lube is made to resemble cum in its look, feel and sometimes even its smell. 
  • It is often water based for easy clean up. 
  • It can be well paired with certain prosthetics, such as the Joystick (formerly the Bono).

Numbing, tingling, warming and cooling lubes

  • These types of lube can be fun for some guys – but use with caution! 
  • It’s like using a hot sauce – try only small amounts at first since you can’t “turn off” the sensation once it’s on!
  • Most types can be used with any kind of condom. 
  • They can be harder to find but are typically available in sex shops and online.
  • They also contain additional chemicals that are not found in other types of lube.

Want to try? We offer lube of all kinds, and can special order too. KONTAK us for more info!