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Lube Meaning: Definition, How to Use & Best Lubes to Try In 2021

What Is Lube? What Is A Lubricant?

A sex lube or lubricant is a smooth liquid or gel that you (or your partner) can apply to your vagina, vulva, or anal area to reduce friction and make it wetter and more slippery. Lubricants can also be used on a penis or sex toy to make them glide better.

A lube is perfect when you want enhanced lubrication during sexual intercourse, anal play, masturbation (with or without a toy), and even water play. 

Disclaimer: This type of lube is not to be confused with car lube (dry lube, chain lube, or even wax lube), which pretty much does the same thing but for your automobile! Car lube, like grease, solid lubricants, or motor oil, can help your car parts move well and prevent friction from wearing them down. 

Why Do I Need A Lubricant?

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Typically, your vagina produces lubrication on its own when you’re aroused. ‘So why do you even need a lubricant?’ you may ask. Great question - here’s why:

  • Not everyone can quickly achieve natural lubrication. If you experience vaginal dryness, lube can help you get wetter and ready for bedroom play. Applying a vaginal moisturizer can also help with dryness. Vaginal dryness happens to women of all ages, particularly those going through menopause.

  • Lube reduces irritation, friction, and pain, making vaginal and anal sex a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

  • Even if your body produces lubrication, a little extra lube can heighten pleasure. The golden rule “wetter the better” totally applies!

What Are The Different Types Of Lube?

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We have mentioned the main lubricant varieties here, but if you want more details jump to our post on Everything You Need To Know About Different Types Of Lube.

Here are the basic types of lube you can choose from: 

1. Water Based Lube


  • A water based lube is versatile and works well in most sexy scenarios. 
  • You can safely use it with a silicone sex toy and during oral sex.
  • This lube also works with both a non-latex and latex condom.
  • The lube won’t stain your sheets and will wash off easily. 


  • A water based lubricant does not last long if you’re using it in the shower. 
  • For extended fun, you’ll have to reapply as it dries out quickly.
  • If the lube contains glycerin, it can cause irritation and a yeast infection.


  • The Coconu Water Based Organic Personal Lubricant is 100% natural lube meaning it’s made with coconut water and is free of any harmful chemicals. 


2. Silicone Based Lube


  • Silicone based lubricant applies like silk.
  • It’s ideal for women with sensitive skin.
  • Silicone lube is super long-lasting, making it suitable for extended play.
  • It’s safe to use with a condom.


  • Silicone lube doesn’t wash off easily.
  • It can cause some women irritation if the lube contains glycerin.
  • Silicone lube can degrade silicone toys 

3. Oil Based Lube


  • Oil based lube is ideal for extended play as you don’t have to reapply.
  • Most oil based lubricants also work as an intimate massage oil, making sexy times much more fun. 
  • It works great with steamy water activities.


  • Don’t use an oil based lube with condoms as the oil degrades latex. This can lead to accidental pregnancies or contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  • An oil based lube is tough to clean up, and it stains sheets. The only exception being Coconu’s oil-based personal lubricant. This formulation gets absorbed into your body and there is no staining or clean-up necessary. 


  • The Coconu Oil Based Organic Personal Lubricant is USDA-certified, hypoallergenic, and made with organic coconut oil. All other ingredients are completely natural and will be gentle on the skin. 


  • The Coconu Hemp Body Oil is the ultimate triple threat as it works as a pre-lubricant, lubricant, and massage oil. It’s a USDA-certified organic product and contains broad-spectrum CBD. 


4. Hybrid Lube

This type of lube has the properties of both silicone and water. If you’d like to explore this type of lube, there are plenty of options to choose from in the market.

5. Natural Lube


  • A natural lube is an excellent option if you’re concerned about what ingredients you’re putting on your lady bits. 
  • This can include pantry staples like virgin olive oil, coconut oil (yup, the one you use in cooking) or store-bought lubricants that have a few natural ingredients used.


  • If you’re using an ingredient found in your pantry, be mindful of cross-contamination. Make sure you have separate jars for kitchen use and bedroom activities. 

Discover more about the best natural lubricants to buy this year and make an informed decision.

How Do You Apply Lube Properly?

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In all honesty, there is no “correct” way to apply lube. But here are a few tips:

  • You can apply lube anytime you want a little added moisture during masturbation, toy play, water play, and penetrative sex. 

Jane, 32 uses lube whenever she’s gearing up for some sexy solo action. She says it ups her pleasure factor during masturbation sessions.

  • Once you’ve figured out the best lube for you, squeeze or pour out a dollop, and warm it between your fingers so it isn’t cold. Then, apply it to your vagina, anus, your partner’s genitals, or on your adult toy. 

Take Tamara, 35, for example — she struggles to self-lubricate after the birth of her second child, so she rubs lube on her partner’s genitals whenever she needs it during sex.

What Should You Avoid With Lubes?

  • Stay away from synthetic oils or anything with petroleum listed as an ingredient. Products like petroleum jelly, baby oil, and mineral oil can cause inflammation, irritation, and infections.

  • If you’re interested in flavored lube or lube that has warming or tingling effects, thoroughly check the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce the words, chances are it should not go on your vagina. Glycerin is one such additive, but also watch out for:
    • Nonoxynol-9
    • Chlorhexidine gluconate
    • Propylene glycol
    • Parabens
  • The right lube should help your vagina maintain a healthy pH level of 3.5-4.5.

  • Although studies indicate that lube slows the speed at which sperm swims, it is not a contraceptive. 

Slip ‘n’ Slide With Abandon!

Now that you know exactly what lube is, it’s time to experiment to determine which one works for you and your partner. 

Remember, choosing a lube is very personal, so if you need extra guidance, a health professional or sex therapist can help you with your decision. 

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