Wondering how to buy lubricant? With literally thousands of lubricants on the market, it’s important to know what’s in the bottle. After all, most lubricant is used internally, either vaginally, anally or orally, so it’s important to know how to buy lubricant that’s good for you and your partner.
How to Buy Lubricant
- Know your body
If you know you are allergic to certain ingredients or substances, always start there so you can avoid ingesting an ingredient that may be harmful to you.
- Read the list of ingredients
All GOOD lubricant companies will put the list of ingredients right on the bottle. If you can’t find the list of ingredients, don’t buy it! Some manufacturers may list their ingredients on their website but Fantasy Gifts NJ feels you shouldn’t have to hunt for the ingredients in our lubricants. If a lube doesn’t list its ingredients on the bottle, we don’t carry it.
- Pay attention to allergens
Even if you don’t feel or know you have a particular allergy, it is always a good idea to look for ingredients you may be sensitive to. Many times this can be botanicals or tree nuts. Lavender and almond are two very common sensitivities you may want to avoid if you are prone to allergic reactions.
- Look at a lubricant’s osmolality
A lubricant’s osmolality is a numerical score of how concentrated the molecules are in the product you are using in comparison to whatever the product is reacting with (like your skin or vagina). If a lubricant has a high osmolality it can actually dry out the vaginal tissue and cause a yeast infection. How do you know a lubricant’s osmolality? It’s not written on the label but generally speaking the cleaner the ingredients, the lower the osmolality. So water based and silicone lubricants are made of natural ingredients but when you add warming or flavors into them, it can increase their osmolality. If you are prone to yeast infections, stick to labels with very few ingredients and no additional flavors, scents or enhancers.
- Be mindful of how they are being used
Not all lubricants play nice with each other and your toys! If you’re using latex condoms, never use an oil based lubricant as it can cause it to break down. Similarly, if you’re playing with a silicone toy, we recommend using a water based lubricant. If you’re playing in water, try a silicone lubricant which won’t wash away as easily.