The lowdown on the best lubes for anal play...
Using lube for anal sex is crucial as the anus doesn't produce any natural lubrication of its own.
Lube protects anal tissues which are more delicate and easily torn than those of the vagina. Using lots of lube during every kinds of anal play is absolutely key to ensuring anal sex is ALL pleasure and NO pain.
Anal pleasure requires a slow pace and using lube ensures that everything feels slippery and sensual throughout the journey.
From the very beginning, through to the point where anal muscles relax enough to be receptive to penetration, and all through your anal sex session, you should ensure everything starts out coated, and remains coated in lube. Keep applying, as any 'drag' can cause tension and tension is the enemy of pleasurable anal sex!
Use lube is essential during all anal play - A water-based anal lube is thicker, more viscous and longer-lasting...
Best Water Based Lube for Anal Sex
Standard water-based lube may dry up too quickly for the slow pace of anal sex so chose a thicker water-based lube such as Sh! Pure Plus, Maximus or Probe Classic Thick.
These lubes contain less water and so evaporate slower and have a thicker consistency than regular water-based lubes, which means they coat and cling to toys, fingers and condoms for longer...
Thick water-based lube can be used to enhance all sex-play, so it's a great choice if you prefer to have just one lube-type by your bed - if you find it a little thick for other activities it can be simply watered down with a little purified water or even saliva.
Water-based lube is the best lube to choose if you are playing with any silicone anal toys, such as butt plugs and anal beads, or pegging / performing anal sex with a silicone dildo.
Silicone Lube feels oily, like a light baby oil but is body and condom-safe...
Best Oil-Based Lube for Anal Sex
Some people prefer to use oil-based lube for anal sex as, without the evaporating qualities of water, it provides unsurpassed, super long-lasting and uber-slippy lubrication.
As the anus naturally flushes itself, it is less vulnerable to oil-induced infection than the vagina.
BUT oil-based lubes will rot a condom in seconds and will damage the surface of many anal toys, which is why we don't stock oil-based anal lubes and caution against using mineral or vegetable oil-based products as lubricant.
The only oil-based lube we recommend, or offer, are silicone-based lube such as Eros Pjur Woman Lube, Sh! Silicone Lube or ID Millennium
These lubes deliver an oily-feeling AND keep anal pleasuring and non-silicone anal toys super-safe as well as super-slippery.