We don't mean to overhype it, but lube is an excellent — and highly versatile — addition to just about any sexual encounter. Not only can it make sex delightfully messy, it can intensify the sensations that come with sex and help you avoid unwanted friction. Beyond its many applications, lube comes in nearly countless forms and varieties these days — and when you take your specific preferences into account, not all lubes are created equal.
For example, if you tend to use latex condoms or silicone sex toys, water-based lube (as opposed to silicone-based ones) should be your go-to. A Babeland sex educator tells Refinery29 that lubes made with silicone can break down other silicone-based products, so, in order to keep your playtime safe, stick with lubes that are free of the stuff.
If you're still not totally sure which lube is right for you, swing by your local sex toy shop and chat up the salespeople for advice. "Ask questions," she says. "And don’t be afraid to sample."
Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite water-based, silicone-toy-safe lubes. Read on to discover your next favorite.