Lube, on its own, is a wonderful product. It can transform any regular romp or foreplay session into a sexy slip-and-slide within seconds — add a bit of flavor and you’ve got yourself a tasty situation!
What are flavored lubes?
Flavored lube is designed to make giving and receiving oral even tastier. Flavored lubes shouldn’t be used during penetrative sex as it could cause a world of problems for both you and your partner, including an increased risk for vaginal infections among other things.
Are flavored lubes safe to eat?
When it comes to flavored lube, it’s easy to get caught up in the sticky-sweet jargon — chocolate syrup, whipped cream, strawberries… the list goes on and on. But just because you can ingest something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Before you decide on what flavored lubes to buy, it’s important to ensure that they’re safe to ingest. This means doing a bit of research and checking out the ingredients.
“You need to be careful when purchasing flavored lubricants,” says Carmel Jones, sex expert and founder of The Big Fling, a sex-positive blog dedicated to fighting toxic masculinity. “Many incorporate harmful unnatural ingredients and parabens.”
If you see the words “petrolatum,” “petroleum jelly,” or “microbicide nonoxynol-9,” remove it from your shopping cart and find another lube to try. These hard-to-pronounce ingredients can not only interfere with your skin but alter the vagina’s natural pH levels.
“Look for natural flavors and remember not to use these as sex lubes—just licking fun,” says Carol Queen, Ph.D., and staff sexologist at Good Vibrations. “I also recommend avoiding the flavor if you’re sensitive to the fruit or whatever it’s based on. If there is real flavor in it, there is a small chance it could cause irritation—but not if someone isn’t already sensitive to that food ingredient,” adds Queen. “Some of us are also sensitive to certain lube components, flavored or not, so listen to your body so you can learn what works and what doesn’t for your unique bodily needs.”
The best flavored lubes on the market
Take your oral sex game to the next level with these body-safe flavored lubes.
Sutil Luxe sells luxury water-based lubricants that are vegan, eco-certified, and paraben- and glycerin-, and sugar-free. (Each lube is sweetened with Stevia.)You can purchase Sutil’s Coconut Body Glide in a 4-ounce tube, 2-ounce tube, or 0.34-ounce tube, all of which are biodegradable. If you’re not a fan of coconut, Sutil also sells Vanilla and Mint Body Glide.
Embrace the taste of summer with #LubeLife’s Watermelon Flavored Lube. Recommended by Jones, #LubeLife’s flavored lubes are water-based, 100 percent edible, and paraben-free. Want to sweeten things up even more? #LubeLife’s line of flavored lubricants includes flavors like cotton candy, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip, among others.
Sweetened with stevia, this lickable water-based lube is vegan, paraben-free, and light and silky in texture. The Wicked Sensual Care collection also includes flavors like Cinnamon Bun, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Caramel.
Intimate Earth’s Salted Caramel Oral Pleasure Glide is a clean, water-based lube made with organic extracts of aloe leaf, stevia leaf, and goji. It’s toy-compatible, condom safe, and free of sugar and parabens. Other Intimate Earth flavors include Wild Cherries, Cheeky Apples, and Fresh Strawberries.
Transform your bedroom into a hot and heavy tropical vacation with CG’s Woo Hoo Coconut Passion Flavored Water-Based Lubricant. CG’s water-based lubricants are sugar- and paraben-free and condom-friendly. CG’s lubes also come in an easy-to-spray bottle so you and your partner can get down to business even quicker.
Sliquid Naturals flavored water-based lubes are 100 percent free of DEA, gluten, glycerin, glycol, parabens, PEG, propylene glycol, sorbitol, and sulfates. They’re also vegan, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and latex-, rubber-, and plastic-friendly. Sliquid designs lubricants specifically formulated for people with vulvas, so if you have a vulva and are prone to UTIs or yeast infections, Sliquids could be your new go-to.
Glissant’s Sea Salt & Caramel Intimate Lubricant Spray is a luxe lube that comes in a chic spray bottle that resembles a tube of lipstick. It’s beautiful, mess-free, and vaginal pH-friendly. In addition to using organic ingredients, Clissant’s Sea Salt & Caramel Intimate Lubricant Spray is both condom- and toy-safe.
If the thought of bringing food into the bedroom (even if it is in the form of lube) is a turn-off, opt for something lighter. Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked Water-Based Lubricant is made with organic Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice and is condom- and toy-safe. It’s also iso-osmolar, meaning won’t harm sensitive tissue or leave you feeling dry or irritated down there. (Bonus: Good Clean is doctor-recommended!)