Whether you’re a man or a woman, a high-quality personal lubricant can really improve your masturbation experience and make you feel more comfortable. For women, lubrication can help to combat vaginal dryness during masturbation, while for men with a circumcised penis, lube is an essential part of any masturbation session.
A lot of the lubrication products in this article could be used by either sex, but I’ve tried to pick lubes which best match traditional male and female genitalia.
Here I’m going to take a look at the best masturbation lubes for both men and women, from all-natural oils to popular lube brands. I’ve tried to pick safe lubricants and advise you if a product contains ingredients that may irritate some people. First, let’s get acquainted with the 3 main types of sex lubricant out there.
Lube Science: The 3 Basic Types of Lubricant
Before we dive in, there are 3 main types of lubricant you can use for sex or masturbation.
The most common lubricant and usually the cheapest. Compatible with all sex toys and condoms. However, it dries out quickly and usually contains a long list of (potentially harmful) ingredients depending on the formula and brand.
Rarer and more expensive type of sex lube. Compatible with condoms but NOT with silicone-based sex toys. Lasts a long time and is usually regarded as hypoallergenic. Silicone lubes can be used in the bath or shower easily as they aren’t water-soluble.
Hydrates the skin and is usually the most natural lube option depending on the brand. Lasts a long time and is compatible with all sex toys, but NOT with condoms. Takes a while to clear out of the body and can stain bedsheets if you’re not careful.
Only use plant-derived oil products like olive oil as lubricant. Using petroleum oil products like Vaseline as lube can lead to infections and act as a breeding ground for bacteria, especially in women. Women using Vaseline as lube are 220% more likely to develop bacterial vaginosis.
You can also get “hybrid” personal lubricants which are a blend of water-based and silicone-based lube formulas, but these products are quite new and rare at the moment so I would suggest staying away from them until more research has been carried out.
4 Best Male Masturbation Lubes
Whether you’re using your hand or humping a pillow, these lubes are great options for men who want to get their rocks off solo!
Gun Oil H2O
Water-based lube for all your penis wanking needs
If you’re after a lube that you can use for masturbation, sex toys, fleshlights, and basically all of your solo play needs, then a high-quality water based lube like this is an excellent choice. Also available in a silicone lubricant version, Gun Oil has been a staple men’s lubricant many years now.
You know Gun Oil is for men because it’s all macho and stuff. Look at that packaging. It’s very tough. It has gun in the name. I bet Chuck Norris uses Gun Oil while wrestling bears or whatever.
PROS: Longlasting, hypoallergenic, reputable brand
CONS: Contains propylene glycol
I can’t believe it’s not butter!
I have to admit, “Boy Butter” sounds like some sort of homoerotic euphemism, but it’s actually a really decent brand of oil-based lubricant. It’s actually a mixture of plant-based oil products and organic silicone, so it has a really unique feel compared to most lubes on the market! It also has a passing resemblance to butter, so that’s nice.
PROS: Unique oil-based blend, longlasting, organic
CONS: Contains glycerin, not safe with latex toys/condoms
Swiss Navy Personal Lubricant
pH-balanced silicone-based lube made in the good ol’ USA
One of the main lube brands that people have heard of, Swiss Navy produces high-spec products where a little goes a very long way. The packaging is also pretty subtle and easy to mistake for a non-sexual lube product, so it has the bonus of being fairly discreet too.
I mean, “Swiss Navy” doesn’t exactly scream SEX as a brand name unless you’ve got some really specific gangbang fantasies.
PROS: pH balanced, easy to clean, a little goes a long way
CONS: A little pricey
Sliquid Naturals Silver
100% vegan silicone lube. The animals will love you.
Although marketed toward women, Sliquid Naturals Silver is a great silicone based lube for men too, with a few drops of this stuff often lasting many hours. Cleanup might be a little tricky, but buying this stuff is basically a future wanking investment.
PROS: Vegan, organic, longlasting, hypoallergenic
CONS: Can’t be used with silicone toys, may stain sheets
4 Best Female Masturbation Lubes
These 5 lubes are great to explore your pussy with, but remember that only water-based and oil-based lubes can be used with silicone toys! If your sex toy is made from ABS plastic, feel free to use any of these.
Not just for baking!
If you’ve never tried using coconut oil as lube, I’d recommend giving it a go. If you like the creamy tropical smell, it can add a whole new erotic aroma to your wanking experience. Just make sure that the room is fairly warm, as it stays solid until it reaches 76 degrees F (24 C).
Coconut Oil can help to harbor yeast infections if you’re prone to them, so some ladies may want to steer clear.
PROS: Organic, natural lube, antibacterial, antifungal
CONS: Can stain sheets, hard to get off, can’t be used with condoms
Sliquid H2O Original
Suits all your masturbation needs!
Most water-based lubes have ingredients lists longer than the Magna Carta, but this is the exception. This vagina-safe lubricant has a small list of hypoallergenic ingredients, making it ideal for women who want to masturbate and use adult toys safely and confidently.
PROS: Hypoallergenic, vegan, vagina-friendly, no nasty ingredients
CONS: Dries out quicker than silicone/oil lubes
Pjur Woman Silicone Lube
Just a few drops does the trick!
Compared to regular Pjur lubes, Pjur Woman has a softer, more slippery formula that makes it easy to play with your pussy till the cows come home. You only need a few drops of this stuff to keep going several hours, so it’s incredibly cost-effective despite the steep price.
They make great lubes, but “Pjur” has to be the least erotic name for a lube company.
PROS: Little goes a long way, safe ingredients
Cheap and affordable water-based lube from LoveHoney
LoveHoney Enjoy water-based lube is a great personal lubricant for women and men alike, boasting a strong formula that lasts longer than many other water-based products. However, it does contain glycerin and propylene glycol, so it’s not ideal if you’ve got very sensitive skin. Still, it’s nice and cheap if you’re able to use it safely!
PROS: Affordable, compatible with all toys/condoms
CONS: Contains glycerin and propylene glycol
I hope you enjoyed this review of the best lubes for masturbation! Solo masturbation sessions are a great time to try out oil-based lubes because you don’t have to worry about condoms breaking, though there are many lube products that work equally well in sex and masturbation alike.
Whatever you choose to rub on your penis/pussy, remember to stay safe and have fun!