Using flavored lubricants is a fun way to spice up your sex life. The vast majority of edible lubricants are water based, although it is occasionally possible to find one that is oil based. Flavored lubes are never silicone based because silicone is considered inedible because it is an inert substance and therefore cannot be digested. It’s not harmful; swallowing a silicone based lubricant is similar to swallowing chewing gum. Most people prefer to use flavored lubricants when adding tastes to their sexual activity, although flavored powders and flavored condoms are popular as well. Flavored lubricants come in a wide variety of options, including fruit flavors like raspberry, cherry, tropical fruit, strawberry, watermelon and orange, as well as dessert flavors like cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and mint.

Be aware that many flavored lubes taste more like cough medicine than like candy, and most of them have an aftertaste. You may need to try a number of edible lubricants before finding the right one for you and your partner. A good way to do this is to take advantage of samplers of flavored lubes. Samplers are also good in general because most people get tired of the same flavor day in and day out. Having a variety keeps things new and interesting. Many flavored lubricants also come with additional sensations like warming or tingling. Some warm to the touch or if you blow on them; although they are not actually raising their temperatures, the sensation is that of being warmed and is pleasant for the user. Using edible lubricants can sometimes be a messy process, so it is a good idea to start with just a dime-sized amount and to have a towel or tissue nearby for clean-up.

Because flavored lubricants are just water based lubricants with added flavor, they can also be used as a lubricant when taste is not involved. Edible lubricants sometimes leave a tacky feeling when they dry, but it is easy to revive both their consistency and their flavor by just adding a small amount of water or saliva. Like with any other lubricant, it is important to check the ingredient list before using to ensure that the flavored lubricants have no ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction or which you know irritates your skin. If you’re not sure, test a small amount on the inside of your wrist, which is a very sensitive area of the body. If you can use the edible lubricants on the inside of your wrist without a negative reaction, you should be safe to use it sexually or to consume it orally. While flavored lubricants shouldn’t be used in the pool or shower, they do wash off very easily with just water, allowing for easy clean-up. Because they’re safe, fun and easy to use, flavored lubricants add a new vivacity to your sex life.