The Texture, Consistency, And Performance Of Lubes
When it comes to the texture and consistency of a lubricant, products offer a variety based on their formulas.
Water-based products tend to closely resemble your body’s natural lubrication — only in a much larger supply — and they don’t necessarily “feel” like a personal lubricant.
They’re also compatible with all STI barriers and sex toys.
Silicone and oil-based lubricants have a consistency that tends to be thicker and much longer-lasting, but they generally have a texture that’s somewhat unnatural in comparison.
Both have compatibility issues, however.
Silicone lubes cannot be used with toys made from silicone, as they’ll degrade the material.
Likewise, oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex or rubber sex toys, and they will degrade STI barriers made from latex or polyisoprene.
When considering any lubricant’s performance, we took into account the varied preferences people might have, testing products across a range of textures from lightweight to thick.
We also included formulations designed to maintain vaginal pH, enhance vaginal flora, or promote fertility.
Our team then tested how each of our finalists performed during oral, vaginal, and/or anal intercourse, and during cleanup to determine which lubricants were truly the best of the best.
As a result of our rigorous testing, we chose a variety of textures, consistencies, and formulations in our selections.