Water Based Lubricants
Water based lubricants are a great choice. They are easy to find and inexpensive. Many brands, however, have potentially harmful chemicals.
Look for brands containing natural ingredients, and make sure your lubricant is paraben-free and glycerin-free!
Glycerin is a sweetener added to lube that can promote yeast infections. Glycerin-free lubes are a better choice for women and men alike.
Silicone Based Lubricants
Silicone lubricants are an excellent choice for anal play. Silicone lubes stay slick for a very long time and don’t get sticky like water based lubricant.
Silicone lubes are safe for use with latex condoms, but should not be used with silicone toys (like dildos or butt plugs) – when in doubt, use a water based lube.
Oil Based Lubricants:
Commercially available oil based lubricant, like Vaseline or any kind of lotion, should not be used for sex play. These products contain harsh chemicals that will irritate the sensitive tissues of the genitals and anus.
Natural oils like coconut oil, almond oil or even olive oil have been used for centuries as sexual lubricant, and are much safer than lotions – but any product containing oil of any kind is NOT latex compatible – oils degrade latex and cause condom failure.