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Pros and Cons of Silicone-Based Lubricants

Should You Avoid Lubricants That Contain Silicone?

I'm a huge fan of water-based lubricants since they're so easy to find (KY Jelly and Astroglide are sold at nearly every drugstore). They're also safe to use with condoms and sex toys, they are fairly inexpensive, and they wash off easily with water. I try to avoid ones that contain glycerin though, since they can be yeast infections waiting to happen.

So what about lubes that contain silicone? Is this something you should avoid? Keep reading to find out!

Don't throw out that bottle of Wet Platinum just yet! Although silicone seems like an ingredient you wouldn't want anywhere near your lady business, it's being used in lubes because of its safety and effectiveness. It has both good and not-so-good qualities, so check the chart below to see if it's something you'd be interested in using.

Pros Cons
  • Since these lubes contain no water, they never dry up, so they'll stay slick for a long time.
  • Silicone is great for people with sensitive skin.
  • 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 in the shower or bath (or even underwater or in the rain, if you're into that).
  • You can't use silicone-based lubricants with silicone rubber sex toys as they'll break down the material.
  • Cleanup is not a breeze, and it's difficult to get off your sheets or other fabrics.
  • It's more expensive than water- or oil-based lubes, but since you use less, the price is pretty comparable at the end of the day.
  • They can leave a coating on your skin that some people don't like.
  • Most taste bad.

Advice: Not all silicone lubricants are created equal. If you're interested in trying one out, buy the the higher quality ones such as Pjur Eros or Wet Platinum.

— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

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andeej andeej 5 years
good article, we find its much better than water based, as long as you use the right amount, we love the pump dispenser of Sasmar original 1.7oz for $9.90, its got no scent, smell and no taste.
meghanlriley meghanlriley 6 years
yes silicone based lubricants are safe with condoms, it is oil based you that will break down latex.
meghanlriley meghanlriley 6 years
You can used silicone based lubricants with rubber toys, but you are correct on this point, it cannot be used with silicone. Also silicone lubricants do not have a taste at all, but they do coat the mouth a bit. Silicone does not stain the sheets, that is oil based lubricants. If you take a look at the ingradients of your shampoo, conditioner and lotion you will see ingredients similar to dimethicone and cyclomthicone, which is silicone lube. It is a matter a prefernce between the two, silicone is slipper but not safe to use with silicone toys, water based feels more natural (but usually the ingredients are far from natural, not always though) and you will need to reapply it more often.
sarahtwitt sarahtwitt 7 years
best ever is Liquid Goddess, not super sticky/oily like silicone lubes. plus it fights candida and works like nothing i have tried. i get it on amazon. there are some seattle shops that have it too.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
good to know, and btw- that picture looks like Jamie Lynn Spears
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
can you use them with condoms?
eightieslingo eightieslingo 8 years
We only use silicone-based lube because it last a long time and doesn't irritate my lady business. We got a sample of it one time and ever since then we haven't gone back to KY.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 8 years
hmmmm lube.... glad this came up. i have been a wondering.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
good to know! i'll still stick with my water-based ones though i think
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