Recommendations from LubeZilla

What I recommend from the lube store that carries approximately 90 brands:

Hey, friends! Lubezilla contacted me recently and wanted to know what from their product lists I would recommend to my readers, and why. So today, I'm here to tell you just that. Though they do carry a great many lubricants I don't recommend (which is, to be fair, most lubricants available in the US market), and I'm not particularly keen on the gendering of their site, I can say that I've never seen so many lubricant brands in one place before. I've carefully gone over their offerings, and give you below a list of those I would myself use or recommend to others to use. I've gone into some of the reasons why I recommend these lubricants in particular, what for, and what I wouldn't recommend them for (lubes can be specialists, and that means that not all of them are applicable to every application!). 

Lube is something that we're just beginning to understand thanks to the work done by Sarah Mueller at the Smitten Kitten (you can see some information at www.badvibes.org)--the fact of the matter is that, scientifically, we have very little understanding of how lubricants effect the body in use. This includes most medical professionals, even gynecologists, even many sex educators. Precious little research has been done into how various ingredients in lubricants effect the body in different forms of use, and there's a boatload of misinformation available based on educated guesses made in the absence of research. There is some work being done, but many lube brands themselves aren't looking into how various ingredients are effecting the people using their products. While I would ideally prefer that more companies would carry only body safe options, I recognize that many people have their tried-and-true preferences, and that change in the industry will only come with more research and more brands creating body-safe options. One would never be able to have a "comprehensive" lube offering and only carry the brands I think are best based on the information available to me, and that will only change with more companies making lubricants.

 In conclusion, never use KY or Astroglide. Ever. Amen. 


Blossom Organics 

Blossom is, as far as I'm aware, one of the first "natural" lubricants that you could find regularly on the market. pH balanced, which is still a rarity in a lot of lubricants. Blossom's water-based lubricant is touted as feeling a lot like your own natural lubrication, and is often recommended for people who have problems with lubrication and want something that feels 'natural'. Like other water-based lubes, Blossom isn't the longest lasting (especially not in comparison to silicone or oil), but it is compatible with condoms of all materials. 

I'd recommend Blossom for someone who likes water-based lubes but often feels irritated by them. I am not sure of the osmolality of this particular water-based lubricant, but it's missing the ingredients on my hard limits list, and the pH balancing means it will work better for some people who experience irritation. 

I would not recommend this for anal use, since it's a thinner waterbased lube (most thicker waterbased lubricants are labeled as specifically for anal). I would also give some warning to people with bad allergies: Tocopherols, or Vitamin E, are often derived from corn, soy, seed oils, olive oil, or whole grains. Most products do not label the origin of their tocopherols, and some are concerned about soy and gluten cross-contamination in tocopherols. This won't effect most people, but those with severe soy or gluten allergies should talk to a doctor before using a lubricant with tocopherols in it, or find a way to test for contamination. 


A typical healthy vaginal environment is moist and acidic. An acidic environment around pH4 is microbicidal for many sexually transmitted diseases (the acidity kills microbes and prevents infections). This acidity is made by a naturally occurring good bacteria population (called lactobacillus), when this population is reduced or compromised it cannot make sufficient lactic acid to keep the pH low. Examples of the sort of concerning microbes are Candida albicans (causes Thrush), HIV and various bacteria (causes Cystitis and BV). Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common disease (although we believe it is not talked about enough) where an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria take hold in the vagina. BV is associated with a reduction in vaginal acidity; the pH rises towards pH7 or higher.
— www.yesyesyes.org
The range of “normal” vaginal pH is far greater than what has traditionally been understood. Vaginal pH varies widely in
relation to hormonal levels and different bacterial populations, and the range stated here accounts for normal pH fluctuations
that happen over a menstrual cycle and throughout life. A higher pH correlates to lower estrogen. A pH higher than 4.5 has
often been seen as an indicator of bacterial vaginosis — however, recent studies1 have shown that most people with vaginas
can regularly experience relatively high vaginal pH without the occurence of BV.
— Sarah E. Mueller

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Earthly Body Waterslide

Earthly Body

Earthly body is a pretty straightforward choice, sporting only three ingredients, all of them natural. I would recommend it as a good option for people who are very sensitive and looking to find a basic water-based lube; less ingredient complication might be the ticket for some folks. 

I would recommend this for typical P-i-V intercourse or hand play, but not anal. It's also compatible with all condom materials. 


Carageenan in lubricants? In 2006, the National Cancer Institute published results of a study that suggested that carageenan could prevent human papilloma virus, or HPV, which can cause various cancers. While clinical research is still needed, it is generally accepted as a naturally derived preventative for HPV. That said, there is not enough information to conclude that lubricants including carageenan can prevent HPV, and lubricant manufacturers use wildly varying percentages of the ingredient in their products. That said, there is thusfar no indication that carageenan has a negative effect on users; I personally would not presume that it will prevent HPV and continue to use your preferred preventative measures, such as a condom. 


Sliquid

With the most options and even a few sub-brands, Sliquid is one of the original "natural" lubricants on the market. With formulas ranging from basic water and gel water based to flavors and sensations and boasting an organic line as well as some silicone-based options, they're a really solid pick that more people are likely to be able to access. Their flavored lubricants are some of the only ones I recommend, using aspartame as a sweetener rather than a sugar that might trigger a yeast infection or other unpleasantness. Overall, a safe choice for most buyers. Being water based or silicone based, all Sliquid products are compatible with all condom materials. 


Uberlube

Uberlube has, and likely always will be, one of my most recommended silicone lubricants. Most silicone lubes are essentially the same, using 3-5 liquid silicone ingredients. Many silicone lubes are additions to water-based lines that have a lot of ingredients I tell people to avoid, though, and Uberlube has sleek design and the option to get a travel dispenser, which is really great for those of us on the go, with multiple partners, or who just like to keep silicone lube, which is multi-purpose, in our backpacks. Silicone lube naturally moisturizes latex, and is friends with all condom materials. 

Uberlube does have Vitamin E, or Tocopherol, which I mentioned above might be a problem for some people with allergies. Aside from the Vitamin E, however, none of the ingredients can be absorbed into the skin, which makes silicone a great option for people with sensitivities. Silicone is also much longer lasting than water, because it doesn't evaporate, and can be used in wet environments without washing away-this also means that it takes soap and water to be cleaned up. 


Overall, Lubezilla does have some solid offerings. That said, they are missing some of my favorite water-based and oil based brands (for example, Good Clean Love, Yes Organics, Coconu, and Southern Butter--which, to be fair, most don't carry), and also carries a lot of products I don't personally recommend. But they do also carry some of my most widely recommended brands. Check them out, and always feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 

PS: I'm not sorry for the Godzilla gif.