Finding your lube

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Finding your lube

swedishfish swedishfish
It seems mostly everybody has their go-to lubes, the one or two they reach for for all their fun times. So my question is: how did you come to find what you liked the best? Did you have to waste a ton of money on lubes you ended up not liking at all (being on quite a tight budget, this is my main worry), or did you rely on previous product reviews? Ideally, I'd like to get a bunch of sample packets so I can try some different ones without committing too much money, but I'm not sure where would be the best place to find them. I look forward to hearing everyone's opinions!
10/02/2010
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ScottA ScottA
Check with the manufacturer. Many offer sample packs that they'll send out for free or Really Cheap.

I went through a number because my sensitivities were developing. One would be good for a while (sometimes only a week ) and then it would start to burn.
10/02/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I read lots of reviews and tried a few from Walgreen's and Wally world. The hard part was figuring out what works with the wife. She has never had major problems but some cause some slight burning sensations. Thankfully we do not need much for PIV so the lubes that do work good last a long time.

Try the manufacturer's like ScottA suggested or just buy small bottles when you can.
10/02/2010
Envy Envy
I tend to like thicker lubes, and when I tried a watery one before I was turned off. So i always look to see if it's thick, like shampoo or even hair gel, and I try those. It narrows my choices but it's helped a lot.

Also, if just trying, there's nothing wrong with getting the smallest bottles first of a lube if you can't get sample packets.
10/02/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
I have found that OBGYNs are big lube fans. However, they don't know a lot about them, they just tell you to get a lube after you have a baby or when you're on the Pill or going through peri-menopause (reasons many women find themselves dry.) But, they usually just tell you to use KY or once in a while one might mention Astroglide.

I have never, in all the years I've been going to GYNs and even working for them, had one say anything about the safety of ingredients.

I only found out that glycerin can cause UTIs or vaginal infections from a little book I got with the first toy I bought from Babeland. This is good information (everybody at Edens seems to know it, but I hadn't come here yet at that point) but I had never been taught that in all my nursing and medically related classes and instructions. Sadly, the medical profession doesn't seem to know a lot about sex.

Anyway, we have tried different lubes, at the present only accepting lube with glycerin for anal play. All around lubes I prefer as few ingredients as possible and I like thick rich lubes better than watery ones.

I read both the ingredient lists and the reviews before trying a lube. For new lubes I am going to review myself, I read the ingredient list and try to determine what might be great for My Man and I to use consistantly.

We are still in the process of finding a perfect lube, but have several that we really like and consistently use.
10/02/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
We have a sex toy super store here and they actually sell sample packs of MANY lubes there for usually anywhere between a quarter and a dollar.

So if we are looking to perfect the lube experience, we will go there and get some samples and see what is what.

Right now I am liking the swiss navy water based. I also enjoy Pink. Depends what we are using it for at the time.
10/02/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
We have a sex toy super store here and they actually sell sample packs of MANY lubes there for usually anywhere between a quarter and a dollar.

So if we are looking to perfect the lube experience, we will go there and get some samples and see ...
I wish we had a sex toy super store where we live! That would be fantastic.

I go by ingredients when choosing a lube since I tend to get frequent UTIs and the occasional yeast infection. I avoid glycerin at all costs in any lube that I will use vaginally. I also only buy water-based since I have so many silicone toys.

I also prefer a thicker lube, as opposed to one that is more liquidy.
10/02/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
I wish we had a sex toy super store where we live! That would be fantastic.

I go by ingredients when choosing a lube since I tend to get frequent UTIs and the occasional yeast infection. I avoid glycerin at all costs in any lube that I ...
It is pretty awesome. Lots of fun stuff, a crap load of sexy party stuff.. But its pretty expensive.
10/02/2010
swedishfish swedishfish
Thanks for all the suggestions guys! I hadn't even considered getting sample packets from actual stores, since I don't have many opportunities to go to one, so I'll definitely be checking that out. Reading some of the other information on the site has definitely given me some guidelines for what I DON'T want, so hopefully it'll help me narrow my choices and find out what I do want. Thanks again!
10/05/2010
thatonegirl thatonegirl
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Originally posted by swedishfish
It seems mostly everybody has their go-to lubes, the one or two they reach for for all their fun times. So my question is: how did you come to find what you liked the best? Did you have to waste a ton of money on lubes you ended up not liking at ...
I have yet to buy the lube we have now it has lasted a long time and i like the feel of it
10/07/2010
lemony lemony
I was going to purchase Astroglide because I was naive but then a store attendant suggested System JO. I was easily persuaded and have been using System JO for over a year now.
11/23/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I have found that OBGYNs are big lube fans. However, they don't know a lot about them, they just tell you to get a lube after you have a baby or when you're on the Pill or going through peri-menopause (reasons many women find themselves dry.) ...
I just reread this and realized that we have ditched the Astroglide Green Cap. We found two other fantastic lubes (through Eden, of course) the Sliquid H2O Ride (thick and long lasting) and the Lelo Personal Moisturizer.

It's interesting that the more you are exposed to things and the newer things you try, how your opinion changes on things you like.
11/23/2010
closed account closed account
I will have to try going to the local naughty shop to look for samples or cheap tryout sizes. Currently using ID moments, which is hypoallergenic, yet causes me a burning sensation both vaginally and anal.

great topic!
11/26/2010
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