A comparison between water based sex lubes and silicone based sex lubes

Water based lubricants vs silicone based lubricants


Water based lubricants

Silicone based lubricants

  • Base ingredients include water, glycerine, cellulose and other gel forming agents.
  • Since water based,easily evaporates .
  • Need to be reapplied by simply rubbing water or the lube.
  • Easy to clean up since water based.
  • Does not stain the fabric or sheets.
  • Does not leave coating on the skin since the ingredients are easily absorbed.
  • When suitably formulated, can be  used as a massage oil.
  • Since water based, it is not recommended to be used in or under water,since it gets dissolved.
  • Inexpensive and can be easily obtained from any physical store.
  • Non-sticky and non-greasy.
  • Best to be used with latex condoms.
  • Safe sex since does not rupture the condoms.
  • Compatible to be used with silicone sex toys.
  • Hypoallergenic and safe on skin.
  • Flavored water based lubes are very popular.
  • Very fewer ingredients,not more than four,including, dimethicone and cyclomethicone
  • Gets absorbed into the skin and last longer due to presence of the silicone oil,cyclomethicone. Need not be reapplied.
  • Little quantity is sufficient for the lubrication.
  • Cleanup is not a breeze, need to use a soap or warm water wash.
  •  Difficult to get off your sheets or other fabrics.
  • Leaves a silky coating on the skin which is to be washed.
  • They can also be used for full body massages, and they'll leave your skin soft.
  • Since they won't break down in water, they can be used for sex plays in water.
  • Very expensive when compared to water based and oil based.
  • Super slippery.
  • Best with latex and polyurethane condoms.
  • Recommended for safer sex.
  • Should be avoided with silicone toys.
  • Safe and smooth on skin.
  • Mostly unscented and unflavored.

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Modified on 03/01/2017

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