Silicone (sometimes spelled silicon) lubricant is very long lasting and doesn't dry out - there's none of the gloopyness or sticky residue that you can get with some water-based lube.
Silicone lube fees like light baby oil* but with one difference; is is safe to use with condoms.
( *never raid your bathroom cabinet for added lubrication - many products contain mineral-based oil which will upset the delicate balance of the vagina)
A little goes a long way; a few drops is all you need, which is why silicone is a good lube-choice when super lubrication is required: anal sex, shower/bath/jacuzzi sex (thou' the oiliness of silicone can make surfaces slippery so be careful not to slip!) and marathon sex sessions.
If you're looking for a lube to play with sex toys (and you should, because lube makes all sex toy play even better!) don't choose silicone lube for a silicone toy as, over time, it can damage the surface of your sex toy.
Silicone lube can be difficult to wash off, whether from your body, clothing or bedding - this is not a lubricant for squirting with abandon!
SILICONE LUBE: THE TEAM SH! JURY IS STILL OUT...
There's lots of conflicting opinion on whether a silicone lube is a good choice for an "everyday" vaginal lubricant.
Some say it's actually better than a water-based lubricant as it won't typically cause an allergic reaction or skin irritation, whereas ingredients in some water-based lubricant (ie parabens or glycerin) can cause allergic reactions/create a haven for yeast infections.
[NB: We stock our own water-based paraben-free lube]
But here's the thing:
Because silicone is water-resistant, this lubricant won't flush out of the body as easily or quickly as a water-based lubricant.
The vagina is a self-cleaning organ; coat it in oil (albeit a safe one) and surely this will inhibit its ability to self-cleanse and keep itself healthy?
Some of Team Sh! love silicone lube, some don't and we're in a bit of a quandary about how best to advise around using silicone lube as an everyday lube.
We'd love YOUR feedback!