Hello, friends. Welcome to today’s class about enhancing your sex life. First thing to know: Lube is your vagina’s best friend. Second thing to know: Flavored lube is your mouth’s best friend. Allow me (and some handy experts) to explain:
For one, you may find that different tastes enhance your arousal, pleasure, and presence during sex play. “Just as we can be turned on my the smell and taste of foods, we’re also affected by the scent and taste of our partner,” says Astroglide’s resident sexologist Jess O’Reilly, PhD. And flavored lubricant, which O’Reilly explains is basically just plain old lube with added flavorings to enhance the oral experience, could help with that.
“Unflavored lube is perfectly adequate—especially if someone is sensitive to flavors and prefers a more natural taste of their partner,” says certified sex therapist and sexologist Jenni Skyler, PhD.
But for those who aren’t as eager to go au naturel, using flavored lube can make things a lil bit more enjoyable, she says. You don’t just have to use it for oral sex, though. O’Reilly recommends using it by dripping it on your partner’s chest and licking it off, or putting a few drops on your lips before kissing your way all over their body. Yum.
But as with all pleasure products, keep in mind there are potential risks involved. Any sugary ingredients in your sour green apple lube could upset your vag or vulva. “Putting sugar and other chemicals in the genitals, especially inside a vagina, can compromise the pH balance and cause issues like yeast infections,” warns Skyler.
“Some people experience sensitivity to certain ingredients, but this applies regardless of whether or not a lube is flavored,” O’Reilly adds. (Do a skin test before using any sexual product, but especially flavored lube. Place some on your wrist or forearm, wait ten minutes, and see if you have any sort of reaction. If you don’t, you’re good to use).
Another risk? Be mindful about which type of lube you’re using and whether or not it’s compatible with the condom material. (Basically don’t go using oil-based flavored lubes with latex-condoms unless you want to destroy it). Now, ready to taste the rainbow during your next hookup? Try one of these six flavored lube products for all the fun.
1. Astroglide Strawberry Lube
“Astroglide’s Sensual Strawberry is water-based, which enhances the comfort and ease of intimate activity while also allowing for easy clean up,” says O’Reilly. Plus, water-based lube = compatible with condoms. Win-win.
Buy Here Astroglide Strawberry Lube, $ 13, lovehoney.com
2. Adam & Eve Cotton Candy Flavored Lube
Adam & Eve’s flavored lubes come in a bunch of flavors (cherry, cotton candy, strawberry, or watermelon), so pick your fave or try ‘em all. They’re also sugar-free so you don’t have to worry about that sweetness aggravating your most sensitive parts.
Buy Here Adam & Eve Cotton Candy Lube, $ 13, adameve.com
3. Sliquid Swirl Green Apple Lube
Sliquid’s flavored lube is water-based and glycerin, paraben, and gluten-free—only sweetened with aspartame. Not a fan of green apples? They also sell blue raspberry, tangerine peach, strawberry pomegranate, and a bunch of other delicious flavors.
Buy Here Sliquid Green Apple Lube, $ 9, babeland.com
4. ID Frutopia Natural Mango Passion Lube
If you like mangos, or just want to feel like you’re drinking a tropical drink on a beach, this is the perfect flavored lubricant for you. It’s water-based and tastes just like mango with the help of natural flavoring—plus, it’s not too sticky or too sweet.
Buy Here ID Frutopia Mango Lube, $ 10, lovehoney.com
5. Wicked Aqua Flavored Lube
Wicked won the 2018 AVN award for best lube manufacturer, so clearly, these lubes gotta’ be good. Their water-based flavored lubes come in apple, caramel, or mocha, all of which you can use with toys and condoms. It’s even PETA-certified too.
Buy Here Wicked Flavored Lube, $ 15, adameve.com
6. Intimate Earth Natural Flavor Glide Lube
This flavorful product is vegan-friendly and made up of certified organic ingredients. Try it in banana cream pie, salted caramel, or wild cherry. (Ugh, now I’m hungry).
Buy Here Intimate Earth Flavored Lube, $ 15, adameve.com
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