How to choose your lubricant gel?

How to choose your lubricant gel?

What is an intimate lubricant

Lubricants are products used to reduce friction. By extension, intimate lubricants have the role of lubricating the mucous membranes whether it is to facilitate sexual intercourse or simply for greedy foreplay. Of a generally neutral pH, the lubricants also allow the hydration of the mucous membranes and the attenuation of the feelings of discomfort and can be used daily. Unlike saliva, they do not evaporate.

There are two main categories of lubricants: water-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants , both of which are 100% compatible with condoms. (Be careful, however, not to use a silicone-based lubricant with silicone sex toys). The only things that differentiate these two types of lubricant are the lubrication time and the price: silicone-based lubricants have 5 times more lubricity than water-based lubricants, last longer and are therefore , a little more expensive. They can also, unlike water-based lubricants, be used in the shower and do not dissolve.

Warning: Oil-based lubricants exist (petroleum jelly, butter, oil, boy butter ...) but are incompatible with condoms. Since the oil changes the porosity of the latex, condoms would no longer be "waterproof". The risks of contamination (STD) and pregnancy would then be higher.

Which lubricant gel to choose

Small budget

For small budgets, nothing like water-based lubricants. Compatible with condoms and sex toys, intimate lubricants based on water are generally colorless, odorless and do not stain. Be careful not to use them underwater, they will dissolve.


  • Cheap
  • Leave no trace

The lessers

  • Do not use underwater
  • Lasts less than a water-based lubricant

Gourmet pleasures

Nothing like greedy foreplay than a perfumed lubricant. All scented lubricant gels are edible. It remains to find your favorite perfume. Chocolate, banana, strawberry or even orchid, all tastes will be there.
Designed primarily for oral intercourse, scented lubricants can also be used as simple lubricants and give the atmosphere a touch of exoticism.


  • The scents and taste are really tasty
  • Nice for fellatio or cunnilingus

The lessers

  • Little stick because of the sugar it contains
  • Do not use underwater

Strong sensations

Eager for thrills, try heating or shivering lubricants. Their duration is the same as a basic lubricant. Only their composition changes, they also contain active substances such as menthol or eucalyptus. Please note that the heating or shivering effects gradually diminish. To reactivate them, it will be enough to first blow on the area where the lubricant has been put and then put it again.


  • Gives new sensations
  • Warm effect or cold effect, there is a choice

The lessers

  • Heating or shivering effect lasts a short time
  • Some people don’t tolerate menthol or eucalyptus

Anal pleasure

Unlike the vagina, the anus is not naturally lubricated, which is why anal pleasure will depend all the more on the use of a lubricant. More suitable for anal pleasure or long-term pleasure, intimate silicone-based lubricants last longer than water-based lubricants and have a power 5 times more lubricating than the latter. They can also be used in the shower and rinse off with soapy water.

Some anal lubricants are enriched with antibacterial agents for maximum hygiene. However, be sure to change condoms if you want to return to vaginal intercourse after anal intercourse. The germs in the rectum are harmful to the mucous membranes and the vagina and could cause infection.


  • Long lubricates
  • Use in the shower (for silicone-based versions)

The lessers

  • More expensive
  • Few leave traces on the sheets

Intimate dryness

Vaginal dryness is a disorder due to the lack of lubrication of the mucous membranes which causes discomfort and pain. Its factors are multiple: menopause, breastfeeding, pregnancy, medication or simply stress. The use of a lubricant on a daily basis and especially during sexual intercourse becomes essential.

Lubricants for intimate dryness - generally water-based - have a neutral pH more suited to the mucous membranes and are often enriched with Aloe Vera or other protective body. The best known of them, Monasens, is sold in pharmacies but there are many others? If the discomfort becomes too great, do not hesitate to go see a doctor.


  • Respects the vaginal mucosa
  • Intense hydrating power

The lessers

  • Less effective for penetration

Gel pods

Because it is not always practical to have a tube of lubricant on you, there are also pods of about 5ml. It will then be easy for you to slip one or two with your condoms in the pocket of your jeans.
Note that some brands such as "GaySafe" or "Terpan" sell condoms with their lubricant pods.


  • Convenient

The lessers

  • Fragile

Tips for using the lubricating gel

It is advisable to apply lubricating gel on the condom during any intercourse, whether vaginal or anal to reduce the risk of rupture. Only water-based or silicone-based lubricating gels are 100% compatible with condoms.
The application is simple, before penetration, just place a small amount of gel at the entrance of the orifice and a little on the condom. For better lubrication, do not hesitate to play with your fingers to dispense the intimate lubricant in the anus or the vagina.

For more pleasure, you can put a drop of gel on the glans or at the bottom of the hood before putting it on, which allows a more pleasant contact with the latex. And if your partner likes the feeling of freshness, you can leave the pod or the bottle of lubricating gel in a cool place and take it out at the last moment, or on the contrary you can warm the pod or the tube between your hands before apply.


Wilfried BORG - CPO (Chief Préservatif Officer)

Co-fondateur de Condomz et créateur de la marque Condomz en 2003, j'achète et je vends des préservatifs et des lubrifiants partout dans le monde.
Incollable sur la norme NF et le procédé de fabrication de la capote, j'ai parcouru la planète pour dénicher les meilleurs usines et les meilleurs modèles.
Fier d'avoir aider à protéger des millions d'Européens et d'Européennes depuis plus de 20 ans

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