6 modern (and chic) lube brands for the modern woman
The sex-positive picks we're loving
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / May 04 2021
Having a vagina is a full-time job because let’s be real – she fussy.
When it comes to the bedroom in particular, the vagina can be affected by a plethora of things that can make her a little drier than is ideal when it comes to enjoying pleasure.
For example, while your antidepressants may be a mood stabiliser for you, they can have the opposite effect on your lady bits. And for trans women who’re unable to self-lubricate during arousal, a good lube is not only a must for an enjoyable rendezvous but it’s actually recommended by doctors to maximise satisfaction in the bedroom.
In fact, when it comes down to enjoying sex with your partner or a bit of solo play, without proper lubrication, we think we can all agree, the whole thing tends to lose some of its appeal.
And so with all things wet and wonderful in mind, we’ve collated some of the modern lube formulas we can’t get enough of so you can get your slip ‘n slide on. Enjoy!
My ilo Slip Lube
Boasting a plant-based formula that’s free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours and silicones, the Slip Lube from My ilo includes hydrating ingredients like vitamin E for lubrication that lasts. Or at least that’s what one reviewer said after she tried this water-based pick: “This lube is amazing! Ive been trying to find an all natural lube that still has long lasting lubricancy and I have found it!! I definitely recommend!”
We recently sat down with FIGR founders Eloise O’Sullivan and Eloise McCullough to chat all things lube. The Melbourne-based female-founded brand sells lubricant with the modern woman in mind, delivering a formula that mimics the body’s natural lubrication process. FIGR™ Fluid features Australian botanicals and, according to the brand’s website, it’s also “latex friendly, silicone toy safe, [has] zero sticky residue, fragrance-free, and vegan.” Phew, what can’t she do?
Get Frenchie oh la la love lube
This natural, pH-balanced, water-based aloe formula features a range of impressive Australian botanicals with antibacterial and antifungal properties, while also helping with keeping skin moisturised. According to one reviewer, “It's the first lube I've used that hasn't given me a burning sensation (sensitive snatch problems!), including all those marketed as 'organic' and 'natural'. This product is the holy grail”. The easy to use pump bottle sure doesn’t hurt either (though the brand’s website insists that one pump is more than enough for optimum enjoyment).
Formulated to match your vagina’s natural pH, this aloe-based lube will have you looking like the somewhat adorable, somewhat comical O-face emoji on the side of the bottle thanks to a formula that includes natural plant extracts. Mushroom extract promotes blood flow for increased stimulation during playtime, while linseed and oat kernel extract promote that moisturised feeling you’re after.
Can’t stand the mess that traditional lubricants leave behind? Then this thin and silky pick is for you. Featuring a handy spray nozzle for easy application, this multi-tasking formula is completely odourless and tasteless and won’t leave behind any sticky residue. In fact, you can also use this little guy as a hair serum, makeup primer, massage oil, moisturiser and shoe polish. Yep, you read that correctly, you can shine your shoes with this.
LELO Personal Moisturiser
This dual-use lube also doubles as a body moisturiser making it our top pick if you’re after something discreet. Safe for use with toys or latex, this glycerine-free, paraben-free and unscented pick has been formulated with body-safe ingredients as well as aloe for long-lasting moisture. What more could you want?
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and Beauty Heaven.