What Is The Best Lube For Anal Sex?

If you are going to have anal sex there is no other requirement than having a good lubricant. Being able to have a great anal sex experience with your partner depends mostly on how many time have you done it already.

The first couple usually are more painful than the subsequent, and even the best lube won’t change that. But using anal specifically made lube can help considerably reduce the pain and increase pleasure due to their texture and ingredients.

How to choose the best anal lube: Download this free guide that will show you how to choose the right lube for anal sex.

Finding the best personal lubricant can be difficult. There are literally thousands of them on the market today. Fortunately, they all fall into three types: water based lubricants, oil-based lubricants, and silicone based lubricants.

​The best lube for anal sex is Silicone based lubes. My personal favourite is Wet Platinum Premium Lube which contains the highest grade silicone. It is slick, slippery and last much longer than any other lubes. The only downside is you can't use it with silicone toys as it breaks them down.

On the other hand, Water based lubes like System Jo Anal can be used with all toys and latex condoms. However, they are less slippery than silicone based lube and dry quickly so you need to reapply them quite often. They are very easy to clean, though.

If you want to get the best of both worlds, then try Hybrid lubes like Liquid Silk . They are basically water based lube with the mixture of silicone base. They are very slick and last much longer than water based lube and very easy to clean.

If you are looking for desensitizing lubes then Cleanstream Relax anal lube is a great choice. It is water based lube that contains Lidocaine as a numbing agent.​

Why Lubricant is Necessary for Pleasurable Anal Sex

It's obvious that lubrication makes any sex better but it is an absolute necessity for enjoyable anal sex for both partners involved. It's okay to skimp on the lube during vaginal intercourse because the vagina is self-lubricating. The anus, however, lacks this ability and needs the judicious use of something slippery to help prevent against irritation.

The anus is a touchy area so precaution against tears, infection and other nasties helps avoid serious complications in the future. Choosing the right anal lube for your and your partner's pleasure and safety goes a long way towards turning this once-feared act into the perfect sex-life spice-up.

Oil Based Lubes For Anal Sex

You can use oil based lubes or natural oils like coconut oil, Olive oil or even shea butter for anal sex as long as you are not using condoms. Oils and oil based lubes cause latex to break down. So, if you are using condom, go for Silicone or water based lubes.

Coconut Oil as Anal Lube

Coconut oil can be used as anal lubricants too as it has its own unique properties of being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and perfect at moisturizing the skin. If you are going for it, go for Viva’s organic extra virgin coconut oil.

It is also longer lasting lube compared to water based lube. However, it may be absorbed into the skin thus reapplication may be needed during the act. And since it is oil based, it may leave an oil stain on your fabric or your sheets but it is easily washable.


Water Based Vs Silicone Based Lube

Both have their pros and cons depending on the experience you're looking for and contain a different chemical make-up.

Most people reach for the water-based formulas citing the simple ingredients and safety for their choice. It's also great for using with toys.

For anal intercourse silicone based lubes tend to last longer. Both are safe and compatible with condoms and toys, however, silicone-based lubes will break down the materials used in silicone sex toys. Use silicone lubes with glass or plastic toys only.

Silicone Based Lubes - Pros and Cons

Pros:

Silicone-based personal lubricants are growing in popularity for a variety of reasons that may include:

  • Stay viable longer – These lubes do not contain water, so they stay ”slick” for the duration of your interlude so you don't have to re-apply.
  • Gentle on skin – Silicone-based lubricants rarely cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.
  • Non sexual uses – These lubes are great for use during a massage.
  • Can be used in water – Silicone-based lubricants can be used in all of the places where a water-based alternative would breakdown: the shower, pool, bathtub, or hot tub.

Cons:

Silicone-based lubricants do have a few drawbacks that you should be aware of:

  • Not compatible with most toys – Many sexual aids are made from silicone rubber and a silicone-based lube will cause the material to deteriorate.
  • Hard to clean up – Silicone can be difficult to remove from sheets and other fabrics as well as your skin.

Water Based Lubes - Pros and Cons

Pros:

Water-based lubricants are the most widely used type of personal lubricant on the market today. There are many good reasons for that, including:

  • Easy To Clean Up – They are easily absorbed by skin tissue and thus easy to clean up after using them. They easily wash out of sheets and other fabrics, as well.
  • Latex compatible – This is an absolute necessity for safe-sex. Additionally, it means that this type of personal lubricant is compatible with All types of sex toys including silicone toys.
  • Does not thicken – Some lubes can become thick and clumpy with friction, Water-based lubes do not.
  • Glycerin-free versions do not promote yeast infections. Some oil-based lubes and silicone-based lubes have been associated with an increased occurrence of yeast infections. This may not be directly linked to the base material so much as the overall quality of the lube.

Cons:

Water-based lubricants have two main downsides:

  • Easily absorbed – While this is a great quality when you are trying to clean up after an interlude, it is a poor quality during intercourse. Since the lube is absorbed easily, you may need to reapply during intercourse. That can be a mood killer.
  • Water-based lubricants can not be used in all situations – They can not be used in a bathtub, pool, or hot tub because they dissolve in water.

Best Anal Lube Reviews

Keeping the above advice in mind will always lead you to the right lube but having a list of recommendations is always a good way to start a shopping trip. Give these  lubes a go to find the right one for you.

1. Wet Lubes Wet Platinum Premium Silicone Lube

This silicone-based formula is non-desensitizing yet comes with all the perks of the silicone lube.

A velvety feel combined with high-grade silicone products makes this a must-try lube. This hypoallergenic formula is perfect for individuals with sensitive skin. It even leaves a skin moisturizing quality after the party has ended.

It doesn't become sticky and it doesn't have a smell. It is one of the slickest lube and it lasts the whole time! No need to reapply.. Latex-friendly but still safe to use on bare skin.

Like Pjur's bottle, Wet's bottle runs into similar troubles with slipperiness as well as more-than-occasional leaks.

Things We Liked

  • Very Slick
  • Last Longer, No need to re-apply
  • Nonsticky, No Smell

Things We Didn't Like

  • Sometimes bottle leaks
  • Difficult to clean

2. Pjur Backdoor Relaxing Anal Glide

Even the name of this anal lube sounds slippery. Pjur Backdoor Relaxing Anal Glide is a silicone-based desensitizing anal lubricant with some all-natural jojoba oil thrown in for maximum slide and comfort.

This medical-grade formula is great for anal sex no matter what your experience level with backdoor fun [It is highly rated amongst homosexual men, that's why sometimes its called Gay Lube].

Key Ingredients - dimethicone, dimethiconol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, amyris balsamifera bark oil.

Things We Liked

  • Mild Numbing
  • Dries slowly so last longer
  • Perfect for First Timers

Things We Didn't Like

  • For some, it might be too thick
  • Bit Messy

3. Swiss Navy Silicone Personal Lubricant

It is a long lasting lubrication which gives the user a smooth velvety, slick feel that is ideal for anal sex. It is made of the highest grade of silicone in the market.

It has a secured cap design that “locks”, preventing leakage or spillage when kept in bags. It is tasteless and odorless, suitable for those sensitive to scents. Can also double up as a massage oil for better sensation

It may be difficult to wash off and may even cause irritation to your skin if you do not wash yourself off properly after use.



Things We Liked

  • Hypoallergic
  • Highest quality silicone
  • Long lasting with velvety feel

Things We Didn't Like

  • Texture may be gritty
  • Leaves residue that's hard to clean off

4. Liquid Silk Personal Lubricant

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At first glance, it is easy to mistake Liquid Silk Personal Lubricant for a nice lotion. While you can certainly use it as a massage lotion it can also be used for anal sex. This formula is designed to prevent skin tears and breakage as well as claims to reduce spreading bacteria and yeast spores that could lead to infection.

​This formula is a hybrid water- and silicone-based lube, giving you the pleasure of both worlds. If you like moving through a variety of acts during sex this is your one-stop lube. Great not just for anal sex but vaginal intercourse, massage and anything else you may think of.

Since Liquid Silk contains a bit of silicone it's not the lube to use with silicone toys. If oral pleasure is a part of your plan wait until afterward to use this product. The taste is awful. While a pump top is convenient for using any kind of lube there has been some issue with broken pumps putting the brakes on sexy fun of any kind.​

Things We Liked

  • Hybrid Lube - Silicone and Water
  • Not too thick, dosen't get sticky
  • Long lasting
  • Good for massage

Things We Didn't Like

  • Dosen't smell/taste good
  • Not suitable for silicone toys

5. System Jo Anal Water Based Lubricant

Jo Anal H2O lives up to its liquid name by being a simple water-based lube that is geared towards anal intercourse. Created with pharmaceutical grade ingredients this lube resists getting too sticky while keeping things slippery far longer than most traditional water-based lubes.

​In addition to being odorless and fragrance-free, this lube is also tasteless, meaning you can have your cake and eat it too.

It easily washes off and cleans up once playtime is over and has the perfect consistency for a great anal lube.​

Although the consistency is great it gets used up quickly and needs frequent replenishing. Jo Anal H2O may be a water-based formula but cleanup requires soap and water to remove the lube and any sticky residue it leaves behind.

​On that same note avoid spills as they need to be cleaned immediately, which can really put a damper on your night. It gets sticky quickly. It can also leave a sticky residue on surfaces and fabrics that is difficult to clean.

Things We Liked

  • Dosen't get sticky
  • Last longer than other water based lubes
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used with all toys

Things We Didn't Like

  • Bit thin for some people's liking
  • It leaves stains despite being water based lube

6. Cleanstream Relax Desensitizing Anal Lube

Cleanstream Relax is a water-based desensitizing lube with 2% of the common topical anesthetic lidocaine as the active numbing ingredient. It gently numbs the anus so that you can enjoy anal sex without having to worry about pain or taking things too hard.

​Can be used with toys. Pump-top allows for easy application and even quicker reapplication. Although Cleanstream Relax is a water-based lube it doesn't dry up as quickly as most other formulas.

However, it can become extremely sticky. Make sure you have a wet washcloth or towel on hand. Since this formula contains such a small amount of lidocaine individuals who are more sensitive to anal sex may find that it doesn't help numb or relax them during anal play.​

Some individuals may also find they are allergic to this lube. Always test out lube by rubbing a small amount on your forearm well in advance of having anal sex.​

Things We Liked

  • Numbing lube
  • Big 17oz bottle
  • Perfect lube consistency; not too watery nor too thick

Things We Didn't Like

  • Very sticky
  • Careful with bottle as sometimes it leaks

Conclusion

The above are some of the best lubricants in the market to be considered to entice your anal sex.

If you are using a condom for anal sex, use either Silicone or Water based lubes. If you are using any toys, go for Water based lubes.

One recommended enhancer would also be to purchase an Anal Lube Injector or shooter.This helps to apply lubricants easier and without much hassle.

It will literally apply a generous amount of lubricant deep inside, making preparation extremely easy and without obstructions. It is worth to be considered in order to gain an optimum experience with using an anal lubricant.

  • Updated March 20, 2017
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