Personal Lubricants

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

If you're one of over 20 million women looking to alleviate vaginal dryness, or if you're looking to elevate your sex life, personal lubricants can help keep things moving smoothly. We find out what to look for in this intimate health product.

The Basics

  • Personal lubricants can be found in drugstores, and in sex shops. The ones in drugstores tend to be more functional, while those in sex shops are fun and flirty, with added flavours and other sensations.

  • Some lubricants contain glycerin to help maintain moisture. Some women, however, are sensitive to glycerine, which can cause a yeast infection. If you have concerns, look for glycerine-free products.

  • Lubricants are formulated with a base of one of these three ingredients:

    • Water-based lubricants are the most common type, non-irritating and safe to use with condoms. But because they’re water-based, they dry up quickly.

    • Silicone-based lubricants are also safe to used with condoms and are good for shower or bath since they won’t rinse away as easily. However, they can damage the surface of any silicone toys you may be using along with it.

    • Oil- or petroleum-based lubricants (e.g. Vaseline and baby oil) used to be popular before water and silicone lubricants. Not safe to use with condoms. They’re also difficult to clean up so may cause irritation and infection.

  • Sex stores usually have tester bottles so try them out to make sure you like the fragrance and sensation. At the drugstore, if there are no testers, buy a smaller bottle to start, and if you like it, buy a larger bottle when needed, which is more economical.

Other Considerations

  • “Warming lubricants” are relatively new on the market and create a gentle warming sensation on contact. It’s usually only slightly warmer than someone’s hand rubbing your arm, so don’t worry about it getting too hot. If there’s a tester, try it out to make sure you can tolerate it.

Be Aware

  • When using condoms and lubricants together, stick to silicone or water-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants break down the condom material causing it to rupture easily.

  • If you use any sex toys made from silicone, stick to a water-based lubricant.


We put these personal lubricants through some rigorous workouts with the help of some willing volunteers and their partners.

We tested: .  
  • Wet Platinum (silicone-based): $6.98 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • K-Y Warming Jelly (water-based): $7.00 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Liquid Silk (water-based, glycerin free): $9.18 per 100 ml
. . Womynsware Drugstore.comicon
  • O’My! (water-based, edible – passion fruit ): $12.94 per 100 ml
. . Well.ca

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Taste Test

Yes, we said taste. Since all lubricants are non-toxic and can be used orally, we thought this was an important criteria to test.

  • It was no surprise that the O’My! had big flavour, though we weren’t necessarily fond of the taste.

  • We liked the Wet Platinum best, which had no flavour at all.

Condom-friendly Test

We coated three different condoms products each with water-, silicone-, and oil-based lubricants, then waited 10 minutes and then gently massaged the condoms. As warned, the condom with the oil-based lubricant (not one of our test products) ruptured almost immediately!

The “Real” Test

  • Our testers found the K-Y too thick and goopy. Its consistency was compared to glue.

  • We were all intrigued by the strawberry shortcake flavoured O’My, but it was ultimately overpowering.

  • Wet Platinum wasn’t greasy at all, felt nice on your skin, and it didn’t stain.

  • The Liquid Silk also felt nice and lasted almost as long as the Wet Platinum.


We all agreed that the Wet Platinum provides the best lubrication, felt nice to the touch, and wasn’t greasy. If you have a sensitivity to glycerine, the water-based, glycerine-free Liquid Silk was a close runner-up.



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  • Ratsyte Rats

    What I really care about the lubricants – warm. It is very important to me and usually I take warming lubricants from here: lubrikantai. This king of lubes are quite new in the market as you said, but I love them since when I saw them for the first time. Acually, not SAW, but – TRIED.