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LUBE 101 – WHICH DO I CHOOSE?

August 17, 2019


Let’s face it, lube makes everything about sex better. It can soften the skin It can reduce genital irritation Hmm. And it can even change the taste of oral. Okay, come on Hello and welcome back to Watts the Safeword. I’m Amp and today I wanted to talk about something that happened the other day. I was in my favorite sex shop the other day looking through their isle of motion lotion – AKA – lube I know what lubes I like and I have some favorites but I was looking through some of the newer stuff that I’ve never used before at the shop and As I was reading through the ingredients something caught my eye ingredients manufactured Neither the manufacturer nor retailer assumes any liability for the use of this product. Now wait a minute! You’re telling me that if I buy this lube, and I’m using it on myself and something happens. I get a rash It just doesn’t sit well with my body I’m not going to hold them accountable for what they are selling to me? No Now, lube, short for lubrication is used within sex or just masturbation to make it easier slicker Smoother less painful in many cases and there’s a lot of it out there and personally I really just like the word lubricant. I mean why I say lubricant when you lubri can But I suppose trying to redefine a term that’s been around for hundreds of years is a Slippery slope! And so it got me thinking how many of these lubes out here, or even good for your body I mean with warnings like that. It kind of leads you to believe that some of the stuff That’s in the lube might not be good for you. Turns out the first known form of lube was in ancient Greece in 350 BC when olive oil was used on dildos. Japan used to use mashed yams as a lubricant and even China and Korea had a bit of history in the lube department when they would boil seaweed and get this mucousy kind of slick liquid they would use as lubricant Luckily we’ve come a long way with lube since then so today I wanted to just break down some of the different kinds of lubes that exist out there the different purposes Pros and cons and what you should look out for when you’re buying your lubes So let’s just jump in and get our feet wet and what better way of getting your feet wet than with water-based lube Now when I was looking at the market the majority of lubes I saw out there were water-based. Pros four water-based lube include being safe for condoms, being safe for all toys, being very inexpensive and just being easy to find However, they don’t always stay wet for long. Water-based lubes are water-soluble So they can’t be used in bodies of water it also means that our bodies will absorb it over time and become sticky and tacky If it becomes tacky you can of course add a bit of water or even just some spit Oh. Well now. I have to clean that up Damn it They’re also very easy to clean up with soap and water And they’re not going to stain. Also for you kinksters out there water-based Lube like JLube for example are great for fisting and general water-based lubes conduct electricity so you can use those with estim or electrical toys and There’s just tons of options out there for water based lubes, which can be both a Pro And a Con if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Before we talk about this next form of lube I do want to make a point that there is a reason California is known to just have more sex in general I mean we have an entire valley dedicated to this next form of lube What? Why is it called Silicon Valley then? Silicon comes in many shapes in forms in our society I mean just look at RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now silicone lube is condom safe and stays slickest the longest and this is because our skin’s mucous membrane cannot absorb the lube therefore it stays slick and it continues to just be nice and slippery also rosy soft It’s also hypoallergenic and because it stays slick the longest you’re going to be reapplying less versus like water-based loops And you’re probably gonna be saving a lot more lube. And it’s good you’re saving money on the amount of lube you’re using because silicone lube can be a bit more expensive Similarly silicone lubes will break down a good deal of silicone toys So make sure that if you are using a silicone lube, you’ve checked to make sure it’s not gonna break down most toys because Science! And while it is incredibly slick It’s also really hard to clean if you’re getting it on wood tile, or any sort of flooring that you would otherwise not want to slip on Similarly if you get out of any clothing, any fabric, any bed sheets, it can stain that cloth So make sure you soak that fabric in any Dawn Dishsoap and water before actually throwing it in the laundry [This bit contains a load of dodgy puns on US names of detergent which this Brit doesn’t understand – but you get the idea!] [Here’s an alternative joke – How much fun is doing laundry??] [Loads.] I’ll go, no problem. Just avoid the floor It’s still great for glass and metal toys But it should be noted that it should not be used for electrical play because it will work as an insulator But honestly silicone is still my favorite for penetrative sex and for sex it won’t take a buttload Although you could use it to get a buttload. I’m not gonna judge You do whatever you like. Now our next Lube is not only great for cooking up trouble in the kitchen But also great for cooking up trouble in the bedroom for some people and that is oil based lubes. If you’re looking for a loop That has a long lasting Silky feel and it reminds you of your favorite meal Oil-based lubes might be the right lube for you. Many people find that it’s an easy way to go from a nice massage to something a little more sexy and intimate and Because they’re so easy to find they are considered some of the cheapest easiest forms of lube to obtain But that’s really the only pros that I have but let me ask you a question Do you like Star Trek because oil based lubes have some serious [Cons] And the first of which is don’t use oil-based lubes with condoms ever just don’t do it They will break down your condoms And they will rip and tear. They’re also known to trap bacteria in many cases and it will still stain the hell out of your Sheets though I will say when I was looking through oil-based lubes the one caveat to oil-based lubes was Coconut oil. There was a huge argument online whether it was good for you, bad for you, many people said that it led to heightened yeast infections in some women But others said that it was an antifungal anti-irritant, also smells good, tastes good And it is recommended for some people who find Irritation in just basic water-based or basic silicone. So use with caution make sure you double check and make sure it’s not gonna do anything to your body, and if you’re finding you’re having a lot more yeast infections I mean stop, so I’m not coconuts about this lube, but it works with some people. Its 7am, I haven’t had coffee, and I’m still able to do puns That’s a miracle. Coffee is kind of a lube for your body to get it started for the day. What does that Make the creamer? I mean I like a good creamer in my coffee Is that a metaphor? Then there is the last big lube category which is hybrids. Hybrids? You mean like one of those furries? No Unless you’re talking about like incorporating the best parts of like an animal which is Maybe the silicone and the best parts of a human which are like water-based and putting it into one majestic beast Which would be hybrid lube! Then yes! No! Hybrid loops are just taking the best parts of silicone and the best parts of water-based lubes and mixing all into one They’re fine for condoms and generally safe for toys, though still check that label And they stay super slick for a decent amount of time not as long as silicone But they’re not gonna get as tacky as water-based so you might still need to reapply at times. The cost generally intermediate. Other slick contenders That should be mentioned in the lube category. The first of which is arousal lubes Now arousal lubes are generally water based lubes that have added chemicals in them that cause that cooling or warming sensation and this can Really heighten the sensation for some genitals, but it can also irritate you so be careful there’s also flavored lubes which can add a nice sensation and taste to oral sex or just licking your person’s body in general. Finally on our list is desensitizing lubes. Now these can help tops last longer if they’re known to get off Too quickly and can help with discomfort of anal or just general penetration for a bottom But be conscious that pain is your body’s way of saying this isn’t okay or something’s not right, so don’t go overboard with these desensitizing lubes and make sure you are using them correctly So now that we’ve gone over what lubes exist out there Let’s talk about just some general safety before we end this episode. First off if you’re gonna be using lube and condoms In your sex make sure that you’re adding a little bit of lube on your penis or whatever you’re inserting Before you put the condom on Imagine rubbing a condom over your skin without putting any lube on it There’s gonna be lots of friction there, and you’re gonna find a lot of ripping and tearing that’s gonna happen No matter how nice the smell in the feel of oil-based massage lubes are Do not use them for insertion and don’t use them with condoms. Some lubes will prompt that they have aloe vera in them And it’ll say that this is better for your skin It’s gonna hydrate you but be aware that aloe vera can break down silicone toys so do not mix those two. There are some really inexpensive lubes out there But what you’re saving in costs you’re going to be paying for in STIs, other infections or just discomfort in general and get your notes ready because i’m gonna go over a lot of the chemicals that you don’t want to find your lubes that I found in a lot of those lubes on the shelves. The first of which are Petrochemicals and petrochemicals can be found in a lot of those flavored lubes. Avoid parabens as they’re known to mimic estrogen in the body propylene glycol can cause general irritation. Poly quan … poly kwacha … Poly … polyquaterniun has actually been found by the World Health Organization to increase HIV 1 replication. Other chemicals to avoid include nonoxynol-9 petroleum oils, sugar alcohols, acetate, benzocaine, midi-chlorians, glycerin and citric acid to name a few it’s always the best practice to read your lube labels make sure that what you’re reading actually makes sense you can actually pronounce it and If you’re unsure about anything look online I’ll leave a list down below of all these chemicals you should avoid for your own reference, so thanks for joining me today I hope you found this episode insightful, educational, slick! All lubes aren’t created equal And I spent in years different lubes to find the one that worked for me, and I’m talking about I’ve tried flavor lubes I’ve tried numbing lubes I’ve tried water base, I’ve tried silicone and I will round out this video by saying that my favorite and my Go-to Lube has always been silicone the purer the better I really likes Sliquid. Wet has a decent silicon and I actually really really enjoyed the mr. S body glide. Whether you’re using lube, please I really hope you’re using lube, always have a safe word. And today’s safe word is SLICK Because I am Leave a comment down below you found out that your lube was trashed! Leave a like if you found this informational and educational And I’ll see you guys next time. on Watts the Safeword! Bye If you have a favorite kind of lube, leave it in the comments I’ll put together a little list also fun fact spit lube is actually the lube that porn companies used to simulate cum in like scenes and it tastes awful! It’s also Well, I don’t want to get in an argument on Twitter, so its great!

63 Comments

  • Reply Swiftie Jackson29 January 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Hi! Amp! 😆

  • Reply Xander Arbaugh January 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I love you Amp!

  • Reply Watts The Safeword January 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    What's your favorite lube!?

  • Reply Joshua Schumaker January 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    midi-chlorians?!?!?!?!

  • Reply Jared Cook January 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    “Motion lotion” I can’t 😂

  • Reply TeganMeetsWorld January 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    It's always great how much information you can fit into each video. This is definitely one of the videos that I feel should be mandatory viewing for high schoolers and college students as part of health and sex ed.

  • Reply Silke David January 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Educational, fun, well edited – superb as usual!What is the slogan on the back of your t-shirt?

  • Reply Tami Pivarníková January 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Just checked the ingredients of the lube I use and I'm shook. It contains: Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid.
    Thanks for the video Amp. Gotta buy my ass some better lube now. 😅😅😅

  • Reply Azreal January 5, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Well I just look at the lube that I have (from Bad Dragon) has Citric Acid…good thing I don’t use it but now I am going to be looking for a different one that will work for my silicone toy

  • Reply LifeLostSoul January 5, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Does anyone know a toy safe lube that simulates cum that also doesn't taste horrible?

  • Reply Johnny Darktronik January 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Most warming lubes I've used are very weak. I like a high intensity heat as opposed to warmth both anally and on the penis. I found that juicing a little ginger and mixing it with a water based lube really gets me to where I want to be.

  • Reply Owen Roberts January 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Great episode Amp, but just because you can't pronounce an ingredient doesn't mean it's bad.

  • Reply Lily Luna January 5, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    9:35 that “slick” made me chuckle 😹

  • Reply eustacia03 January 5, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    No detergent company will ever sponsor you after that!

  • Reply Frankie Lofaro January 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Uhhh I feel most lubes use stuff that is not the best to have on… or in you

  • Reply Than211 January 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I personally like using Elbow Grease a lot but I understand that it's not condom-safe. It works well for what it is; lasts very long, goes only where you touch instead of running/dripping all over the place and I personally hate most lube bottles because trying to get lube with a lubey hand isn't exactly the easiest thing to do when you're in the middle of sex. I'm also pretty sure Elbow Grease is safe for toys.

  • Reply toatess January 5, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Where is bolt?

  • Reply SunFire Samurai January 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    A new year but still no Bolt….

  • Reply Kathi Cipriano January 6, 2018 at 12:25 am

    OMG….the puns are killing me…lol

  • Reply Joshua Kahn January 6, 2018 at 1:51 am

    I sighed at the Khan scream lol

  • Reply Franz McDonald January 6, 2018 at 2:28 am

    someone needs to keep track of all the puns amp makes in the videos for this year 😂😂

  • Reply Light Heart January 6, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Honestly, I come here for all the puns. The education is top notch but the puns are the best!

  • Reply the_peteybug January 6, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Thank you for all the awesome info. 😉

  • Reply Akato January 6, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Is it weird that I haven't needed to use lube for years now ? Only a bit of water and it's fine

  • Reply DrDespicable January 6, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Midichlorians?! I think you Forced that one…

  • Reply Renee January 6, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Very educational, indeed! I didn't know about hybrid or numbing lubes, and the ingredients list is really useful. Will keep in mind for future purchases!!!

  • Reply Realitea Ohansi January 6, 2018 at 4:49 am

    I for one am glad we no longer have to use mashed yams or seaweed mucus…

    Though I'm sure that's someone's kink

  • Reply Daniel Pena January 6, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Also, don't buy your lube at Dollar Tree, or if it's made in China.

  • Reply Daniel Harris den Hartog January 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Can I suggest hanging a few towels around where you're filming? They really great to reduce a bit of the echo. Great vid btw

  • Reply Emiel Callaars January 7, 2018 at 1:50 am

    i so love your channel, i often find myself looking for a video on your channel in addition to a website specific for a certain sex term

  • Reply Elaine Chan January 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Just LOVE your puns sooooooo much!

  • Reply LilThreat88 January 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Your T-shirt is slick!!

  • Reply Grinch Morales January 12, 2018 at 2:32 am

    This was very educational that’s for the video 🙌🏻🤙🏻

  • Reply Fench Fletcher January 12, 2018 at 4:23 am

    My favorite lube is Bad Dragon Cum lube, though, it does have citric acid in it.

  • Reply DancinPeter January 14, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Rude. I'm trying to be a jedi warrior… >:O @9:16

  • Reply bgrowe45 January 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Look into Corn Huskers lotion. Works, but does get sticky.  Thanks for the advice.

  • Reply S Kenzig March 17, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I never used coconut oil myself other than on my partner and only for anal, but my friend who swings swears by it and says it is the best lube for anal

  • Reply MoonShadowWolfe March 24, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I prefer water-based. Maybe it's just the brand I use (Wet) but silicone lube is thinner, ironically more watery, and because of that I tend to reapply more often with that stuff; it feels like there isn't enough within thirty seconds. If there was a lube with the gooey texture of water-based that stayed wet like silicone, that'd be perfect, I think. I've never even heard of hybrids, maybe they do that.

  • Reply Miguel Valencia April 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    "It can even change the taste of oral."

    LOLOLOL.

  • Reply Shiba Doge May 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    M O T I O N L O T I O N

  • Reply RavenOfCen July 11, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Lol, this video gave me flashbacks of my ex knocking a bottle of gun oil all over his wood floor XD.

  • Reply stormtrooper Knowles August 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Yesterday I bought my first lube (for masterbation) and it was Astroglide water based and when I used it, It made my dick all sticky and i lost sensation and it just killed the mood.

    Should I use silicone instead?

  • Reply Shawn Mcnurlin August 18, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Pup amp. What is a good. Lube. For big guys

  • Reply Alyson October 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    the p u n S

  • Reply Madeline Moltzan October 2, 2018 at 5:12 am

    my lube has only 5 ingredients and 3 of them are on your no no list…

  • Reply Nimrat Mutti October 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Motion lotion

  • Reply imhyperer October 4, 2018 at 6:25 am

    So, my boyfriend and found out that water based lube doesn't work for us; it's fine for him, but for me it causes a burning sensation and makes things EXTREMELY painful. We tried researching why this is (we tried several water based lubes, not just one, because we both have several toys of different materials that we wanted to use) but weren't exactly sure. So what advice would you have?

  • Reply Madeline Jane S October 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Sliquid and uberlube are bae

  • Reply Aubree Hesley October 7, 2018 at 12:08 am

    What is so sad is I bought lube a a year ago water based, it burns when used (not intended or marketed as burning) but it works FABULOUS as a lubricant for piercing/changing body jewlery. It's so sad but my piercings are happy! I love this video!

  • Reply Sara James Julien October 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Your puns are on punny as hell this week.

  • Reply Nenia Emm October 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Increases midi-chlorians?! My dreams of becoming a Jedi have never looked so slick.

  • Reply Eriol Lacont October 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I have used any random one for ages… it's just that whenever I look at all the options I feel overwhelmed and take whatever water based is there. XP

    BTW LOVE YOUR CHANNEL!!! You are so funny and your videos are interesting and very informative.

    So… question… what arousal lube would you recommend? I've heard none of those work and that they are all fake. What say you?

  • Reply CrypticSprite R October 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I’ve learned more about sex and shit from this channel than sex Ed through such.
    I’ve learned about the different types of sex, learned about kinky sex, same sex….sex.
    I’ve learned about the different types of lube and what goes with what
    I also enjoy the puns and will probably never use any of this information because I’m asexual, BUT still useful to know

  • Reply Born awkward Help October 24, 2018 at 12:48 am

    “lUbE”

  • Reply John October 24, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    when I found out that I have been doing it all wrong and I shouldn't have just used regular lotion, vaseline, or coconut oil for butt sex. :/ guess I gotta get silicone.

  • Reply Ulrika Hansson December 11, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    ❣️

  • Reply Furia December 13, 2018 at 10:15 am

    lube at home!

  • Reply Malcolm heywood January 5, 2019 at 5:24 am

    You are the Best.I love listening to you, and you gave me great advice.Thank you.

  • Reply Magnus Andres Lescano January 30, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Is it me or you're increasing the amount of puns?

  • Reply Bophades Nutz February 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

    9:15 Petroleum oils? So that means vaseline is no good for silicone toys? welp, time to raid the coconut oil instead then! lol

  • Reply Zofia Szkutnik March 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I know all about lubes, but I'm here for the puns…

  • Reply theoretically09 May 21, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    My slippery fucking bottle of silicone lube fell out of my hands, and spilled on my bathroom tiles. I struggled with the aftermath of that for a looooong time. Lol

  • Reply David Abercrombie August 11, 2019 at 12:37 am

    midi-chlorians…..lol. Amp, youre such a geek. keep it up 🙂

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