Water-Based Lubricants

Opting for water-based lubricants is an excellent choice if you prefer a lightweight lubricant with easy cleanup. 

Unlike silicone-based lubricants, water-based ones do not stain fabrics and do not cause any deterioration to your sex toys. They are also generally compatible with most other sex toys and vibrators. However, you might lean towards using water-based lubes with toys you are already comfortable with or those that don't involve penetration.

This preference arises from the fact that water-based lubes have a lighter texture and offer less cushion compared to oil-based lubricants. If you plan on using your silicone toy for anal play, water-based lubricants might be too mild for this activity.

It's worth noting that depending on the brand, water-based lubes can sometimes dry up or evaporate relatively quickly compared to other types of lubricants. This factor is crucial to consider when making your selection.

Oil-Based Lubricants

If you prefer a lubricant with a thicker consistency, particularly useful for new toys, anal sex, or if penetrative sex is challenging, consider oil-based lubricants. 

Oil-based lubes share the waterproof characteristic of silicone lubes and are exceptionally hydrating. Although they may require a bit more effort in cleanup and have the potential to stain fabrics, they remain a great choice for use with silicone toys.

It's crucial to be aware that oil-based lubes cannot be used with latex condoms, which some individuals may use on their toys, as they can break down latex.

It's essential to avoid using household alternatives like Vaseline, olive oil, or baby oil as lubricants. None of these alternatives are safe for use with toys or during sexual activities.

Can You Use Silicone Lube with Silicone Sex Toys?

In brief, it is not advisable to use silicone lube with silicone sex toys for various reasons. The primary concern is that silicone lubricants can lead to the degradation of silicone toys over time, especially those of lower quality.

This degradation occurs as the silicone in the lubricant forms a bond with the silicone in the sex toy, a phenomenon scientifically described as "like dissolves like." As a consequence, the silicone toy may undergo a change in texture, developing a gel-like feel instead of maintaining the intended pliable, firm, and smooth texture.