Sex is better with good lube. (We could all do to acknowledge this more freely.) And because the vulva, clitoris, and vagina are highly permeable, ideally you want to use a clean lube—one formulated without parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrance, alcohol, or petroleum. Harsh additives commonly found in lubricants can irritate sensitive skin, too, which sort of defeats the purpose.
Water- and aloe-based lubricants are the most versatile: They’re compatible with condoms (latex and polyisoprene) and sex toys of all types, including silicone vibrators. The four lubes here all fall into this category, meet our clean ingredient standards, and have more than earned their place on our nightstands.
THE BEST MOISTURIZING LUBETabu Aureum Lubricant, $45
Made with moisturizing aloe and hyaluronic acid, this water-based lubricant feels especially lovely if you experience occasional dryness. Gently squeeze it directly onto your vulva (or anywhere else you choose).
THE BEST INEXPENSIVE LUBESliquid Organics Natural Gel, $16
We’ve long been fans of Sliquid, a straightforward and soothing aloe-based lube that’s made with vitamin E and extracts of hibiscus, green tea, and sunflower seed. It’s easy to clean up and comes in a notably large bottle.
THE BEST FLAVORED LUBEGlissant Sea Salt & Caramel Water-Based Lube, $55
Flavored lube can be a little scary, we know. But Glissant has changed our minds about it. This lube uses food-grade sea salt and caramel flavor—not fragrance—and it’s formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, L-arginine, and botanical extracts. Everyone on our team who has tried it loves it. And the bottle adds a chic touch to your bedside drawer.
THE BEST PUMP-BOTTLE LUBELark Love Organic Personal Lubricant, $27
One or two pumps of this plant-based lube does the trick for solo or partner play. Made with ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid plus organic peony root and passionflower, it’s designed to provide the right amount of slip however and wherever you use it.