The Best Lube for Women, According to Experts and Reviewers

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You've explored a bajillion guides to sex toys and shopped the best online boutiques (so much more discreet than heading into your neighborhood adult boutique). You've even brushed up on all the definitions of the latest pleasure gizmos. But while you may have an opinion on the best rabbit vibrator or c-ring, have you taken the time to explore the side salad in this veritable sexual feast? Consider, if you will, the humble bottle of lube. Recent years have seen new formulations flood the market, full of active ingredients, unique textures and other surprises. We spoke with OB/GYN Maria Sophocles for some help sorting through the plethora of options. Here's our look at the best lube for women.

Meet the Expert

Maria Sophocles, MD, FACOG, NCMP is a board-certified OB/GYN with more than 25 years of medical experience. She is the medical director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Sophocles is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the North American Menopause Society and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a certified menopausal specialist and a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.

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The Best Lubes for Women at a Glance


Our Favorite Overall Lubricant

Dame Aloe Lube

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Our Favorite Value Lubricant

K-Y Ultragel Lube

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Our Favorite CBD Lubricant

Foria Awaken Arousal Oil

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Our Favorite Organic Lubricant

Maude Shine Organic

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Our Favorite Flavored Lubricant

CG Blow Me Gel

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Our Favorite Overall Lubricant

1. Dame Aloe Lube

What We Like

  • doctor-approved
  • pH-balanced
  • silky texture

What We Don't Like

  • U.S. shipping only
  • some users wish the product was longer lasting


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “This gives delicious slip. Super comfy and quick to warm when a little extra lubrication is necessary. All without leaving behind any residue.”

We’d be happy to have this cute blue bottle on our bedside, and even more pleased to use it, since it is toy- and condom-safe. Plant-derived (with aloe vera juice, quinoa seed and oat kernel extracts), this non-irritating formula leaves your intimate area conditioned without any stickiness.

Our Favorite Value Lubricant

2. K-Y Ultragel Lube

What We Like

  • pH-balanced
  • free from ulphates, hormones, parabens, artificial colorants and fragrances
  • easily washes out

What We Don't Like

  • some users reported that the lubricant was watery and wish it had more of a gel hold


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “This one had just the right consistency and only needed to be applied once and then we'd be set for an hour or more.”

Great for quick application, this low-cost, pleasantly thin formula gets high marks for what it doesn’t have: hormones, parabens, silicone, artificial colorants and fragrances. “Unlike other lubricants, this is very smooth and it is not sticky,” says one user. K-Y is safe for use with condoms and sex toys, and this classic lube washes up easily.

Our Favorite CBD Lubricant

3. Foria Awaken Arousal Oil

What We Like

  • formulas use 100 percent all-natural and organic botanicals
  • no fragrances, additives or any synthetic ingredients
  • can purchase a CBD-free version

What We Don't Like

  • some users report dropper-style bottle is prone to spillage
  • thinner formula


  • Type of Lubricant: oil-based
  • Promising Review: “It provides a continuous feeling of relaxation leading to numerous orgasms. I don’t want to have sex ever again without it!"

Used topically, CBD promotes blood flow, and health and wellness brand Foria is a category leader in spicing up products with it. Case in point: The brand's innovative arousal oil just requires a quick application to your clitoris, inner labia and inside your vagina to encourage more sensation, faster.

Our Favorite Organic Lubricant

4. Maude Shine Organic

What We Like

  • safe for use with devices
  • non-irritating and fragrance-free
  • comes in different sizes and can buy in bulk

What We Don't Like

  • some users found the formula a bit sticky
  • some users reported dryness over time from use


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “This stuff is the best. My partner and I have tried a lot of different brands but we keep coming back to this one. Great texture, no scent, natural feel. 100 percent.”

Made with moisturizing aloe, the Maude 100 percent natural lubricant is organic and ultra-hydrating. The gentle pH-balanced formula is free from glycerin and parabens and manufactured to the ideal osmolality for the body. On top of that, the pump top is thoughtfully designed for easy (and tidy!) hands-off dispensing.

Our Favorite Flavored Lubricant

5. CG Blow Me Gel

What We Like

  • unisex product and can be used by any gender
  • free from parabens, mineral oil, sugar and gluten

What We Don't Like

  • thicker formula
  • no reviews available


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based

Flavored lube can stimulate more of your senses and make oral sex even more fun, and this smooth, lubricious gel from Blow Me has a sweet berry flavor for an added sugar rush. Its gel texture means it’ll go on thick and stay where it's applied, plus, if you were wondering, it doesn’t contain any parabens, mineral oil, sugar or gluten.

Our Favorite Natural Lubricant

6. Aloe Cadabra Natural Lube

What We Like

  • a number of flavor options like orange cream, peppermint and watermelon
  • doctor-recommended
  • 95 percent organic aloe vera

What We Don't Like

  • some users report that it dries up too quickly
  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “Absolutely the best lube I've ever used!!! It's indistinguishable from my and my partner's natural fluids. I'll never stop buying this.”

If you’re hoping to avoid a lot of unnecessary ingredients, Aloe Cadabra’s Natural Lube boasts a makeup of 95 percent organic aloe vera, meaning not only lubrication but gentle, soothing moisture for your skin. It’s safe to use with condoms and dental dams, and users say a little goes a long way for the smooth water-based product.

Our Favorite Water-Based Lubricant

7. Lelo Personal Moisturizer

What We Like

  • pH-balanced
  • glycerine-free, paraben-free and unscented
  • water-based and non-staining

What We Don't Like

  • some users report that the packaging is prone to breakage
  • open-style cap and dispenser


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “This is a great lube. I'm very sensitive too which is why I keep coming back to this one, literally it is sooooo neutral.”

This pH-balanced moisturizer gets high marks for gliding on smoothly and not drying sticky like so many lubes. Glycerine-free, paraben-free and unscented, this is a water-based fan favorite that’s safe for bodies and for your sex toys. It’s also enriched with aloe vera so you know you’re getting a non-greasy, non-staining lube.

Our Favorite Gel Lubricant

8. Lulu Lube Water-Based Lubricant

What We Like

  • toy-safe
  • free from parabens and glycerin
  • beautiful and elegant design and packaging

What We Don't Like

  • some users report a sticky texture
  • some users reported bottle breakage during transport

Lulu Lube

  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “For those who don't ‘need' to use a lube, believe me—you are unknowingly denying yourselves increased pleasure and even some NEW feelings & sensations when not using this great lube!”

Gel lubricants have a thicker texture than their thinner counterparts, and this water-based one from Lulu won’t run where you don’t want it to. Its sleek, hand-soap looking bottle—complete with a pump on the top—makes dispensing a breeze (plus, gives it a discrete look if that’s a concern!). It doesn’t contain any glycerin or parabens, meaning irritation is less likely (but like with any lube, test it out first), and its long-lasting formula doesn’t easily dry out.

Our Favorite Lotion-Like Lubricant

9. Woo More Play Coconut Love Oil

What We Like

  • all natural, 100 percent organic, edible & cruelty-free
  • free of parabens, sulfates, and silicones
  • natural vanilla essence

What We Don't Like

  • no returns or exchanges
  • not available for international export

Woo More Play

  • Type of Lubricant: oil-based
  • Promising Review: “This is a game changer. I'm pretty sensitive with lube products and have tried many others—this one is the only one that doesn't make me burn or itch.”

An organic coconut base with a slight vanilla flavor, this creamy, lotion-like lube does double duty as a good massage oil, too. It is oil-based, so if you’re using any latex barriers for pregnancy and STI protection, this might not be the best lube for you (or you could get some non-latex options); alternately, the coconut oil gives Woo More Play a lovely moisturizing component (just note that it might leave some unwanted staining behind).

Our Favorite Lubricant for Older Women

10. Sliquid Satin Lubricant

What We Like

  • hypoallergenic and gluten-free
  • water-based
  • a little goes a long way

What We Don't Like

  • has a tendency to absorb and dry faster


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “After calling the Sliquid company directly to ask which of their products would be best for a woman having hormonally-induced (NOT) fun, I have been using the Satin for daily comfort for several months. This has become my go to brand, hands down.”

Sliquid’s Naturals Satin is beloved not only as a gentle water-based sexual lubricant, but as an everyday moisturizer for older women who find themselves experiencing natural vaginal dryness. The blend of aloe vera, carrageenan and vitamin E make for long-lasting hydration that emulates your body’s natural lubrication, and its paraben-, DEA- and sulfate-free formula won’t irritate.

Our Favorite Anal Lubricant

11. Hello Cake Tush Cush Lubricant

What We Like

  • combo water-silicone hybrid for extra comfort
  • cushier formula for ease-of-use
  • super cute packaging

What We Don't Like

  • a bit slippery
  • prone to drying up during prolonged sessions

Hello Cake

  • Type of Lubricant: water-silicone hybrid
  • Promising Review: "Plush is an understatement. It’s really thick which I don’t normally love, but it really makes the whole experience nice and soothing.”

The “cushy” Cake Tush Cush formula is a thicker consistency gel lube that aims to create an air cushion for easing discomfort and increasing pleasure. The hybrid water-silicone formula aims to soothe and slide, and is safe for sex toys and easy to clean up with some soap and water. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is super cute.

Our Favorite Fertility Lubricant

12. Good Clean Love BioGenesis Lube

What We Like

  • paraben-, petrochemical- and glycerin-free and safe for toys
  • supports sperm viability and healthy vaginal flora
  • gynecologist-recommended

What We Don't Like

  • dries fairly quickly and need to use more for this reason
  • on the runnier side

Good Clean Love

  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “My partner and I enjoy using this product and we'll continue to use it—whether we're trying to make babies or not. ;)”

Paraben-, petrochemical- and glycerin-free, this specially formulated lube is engineered to encourage sperm motility and contains calcium and magnesium to potentially support fertility. “This product really works,” says one user. “I read so many reviews thinking that it wouldn’t assist me when TTC [trying to conceive]. I used this during my ovulation and here I am four weeks pregnant, and this is my first time using it.”

Our Favorite Jelly Lubricant

13. Unbound Jelly Lube

What We Like

  • no petrochemicals, glycerin or parabens and 100 percent vegan-friendly
  • safe for use with latex condoms
  • slight vanilla and lemon taste

What We Don't Like

  • some users report the formula as prone to stickiness
  • dries quickly


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “Easy to use, smells nice and feels nice. High quality product.”

A thick, vanilla-and-lemon flavor lubricant, this has 95 percent organic ingredients, and it’s safe for use with latex condoms. Additionally, its pH is carefully formulated to be between 4.3 and 4.8, which is close to the average healthy vaginal pH of 4.0.

Our Favorite Travel Lubricant

14. Pulse Pods Travel Kit

What We Like

  • choice of water- or silicone-based (both are condom- and toy-friendly)
  • TSA-approved sizes

What We Don't Like

  • water-based on the stickier side
  • water-based has a tendency to dry faster


  • Type of Lubricant: includes water-based and silicone-based
  • Promising Review: “This is amazing stuff—changed our life!”

There’s something for everyone you might hook up with on your travels in this two-lube, one massage oil set—all of which come in TSA-approved small sizes. Of the lube choice, one is water-based while the other is formulated with aloe and silicone, and both are condom- and toy-friendly.

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15. Überlube Silicone Lubricant

What We Like

  • works underwater
  • adorable perfume-style packaging in a dozen colorways
  • glycerin- and paraben-free vegan formula contains added vitamin E

What We Don't Like

  • on the pricier side for the size
  • some users report difficulty with the packaging and valve top


  • Type of Lubricant: silicone-based
  • Promising Review: “I'm perimenopausal so we need a little extra sometimes and this stuff is the BEST, lives up to its UBER name.”

The thin and silky texture of this silicone textured lube doesn’t dry out quickly, making it a must-have for women experiencing vaginal dryness caused by menopause. The glycerin- and paraben-free vegan formula contains added vitamin E to comfort skin without stickiness, and it works great underwater. The adorable packaging resembles a perfume bottle, and even if the small spray nozzle can get a little slippery, it’s worth it for how nice it is to look at (not to mention its discreteness).

Our Favorite G-Spot Lubricant

16. Intimate Earth Discover G-Spot Gel

What We Like

  • certified by the USDA Organic Board as vegan-friendly
  • helps to increase the size and sensitivity of the G-spot
  • made with natural plant extracts and oils

What We Don't Like

  • trying it out was a learning curve for some users
  • a bit challenging to get the lube to the correct spot

Intimate Earth

  • Type of Lubricant: oil-based
  • Promising Review: "It works...some of the most intense orgasms I've ever had. Would highly recommend, I have an extremely hard time getting there and this helps a lot."

Sunflower seed and peppermint oils, fruit extracts and arginine (an amino acid that's popular as an oral treatment for erectile dysfunction) are found in this lubricating gel. For best results, this 1-ounce bottle comes with a detailed set of instructions on internal application and use so you can increase the size and sensitivity of the G-spot.

Our Favorite Lubricant and Dispenser Set

17. Pulse Warming Dispenser

What We Like

  • aloe- and silicone-based lubricants are included in the set
  • the massage oils are plant-based
  • device dispenses precise temperature and measurements

What We Don't Like

  • on the pricier side
  • need to use brand-specific pods for the device


  • Type of Lubricant: includes water, oil and silicone based lubricants and massage oil
  • Promising Review: "WOW! We've come a long way baby! The warmth is amazing! Couldn't imagine ever going back to a cold, messy, sticky experience in bed. Girls, treat yourself or let your man know about this… it will change your life.”

This rechargeable gizmo dispenses a dollop of warm lube with just a wave of your hand, thereby letting you keep your hands doing...whatever else they were doing, instead of fiddling with a slippery plastic bottle. The Pulse warming dispenser comes with four personal lubricant pods, and you can also swap in massage oil pods.

Our Favorite Warming Lubricant

18. Rosebud Woman Arouse Stimulating Serum

What We Like

  • three-in-one serum to lubricate, tingle and plump the labia
  • made with natural plant aphrodisiacs
  • cruelty-free, vegan and non-toxic

What We Don't Like

  • best results require daily use
  • sensation strength varies from person to person

Rosebud Woman

  • Type of Lubricant: oil-based
  • Promising Review: “Very tingly. Put the 'wow' back in the bedroom.”

This ambitious product aims to help the body relearn self-lubrication, deploying traditional aphrodisiacs, maca, damiana and ashwagandha, to wake up the external folds and creases of the vulva. Unlike a traditional lubricant, which solely reduces friction during sex, this “arousal serum” also aims to generate a warmth and tingling sensation and stimulate natural moisturization.

Our Favorite Oral Lubricant

19. Flora + Bast Aphrodisia

What We Like

  • can be used both topically and orally
  • can consume like a tincture
  • helps to ease worry and discomfort

What We Don't Like

  • on the pricier side

Flora + Bast

  • Type of Lubricant: oil-based
  • Promising Review: “I was scared about the ‘take one pump in the mouth’ instructions, but the product is cinnamon-y and me and my partner really enjoyed.”

The makers recommend using this warming, blood flow-enhancing oil not just on the genitals, but also ingesting one to three pumps orally. That means when you’re oral sexing, the combination of coconut oil, CBD, cardamom and cinnamon essentials oils will allow you to share the tingle.

Our Favorite Lubricant Kit

20. Frenchie L’Essential Doublé Bundle

What We Like

  • vegan and cruelty-free
  • products are triple-tested for quality
  • condoms are 100 percent natural rubber latex

What We Don't Like

  • on the pricier side for the amount of product


  • Type of Lubricant: water-based
  • Promising Review: “The lube is just the right consistency, not heavy at all, gliding on and you really don't need more than 3 pumps.”

A box of 12 condoms and a bottle of water-based, aloe lube make a great gift (and a handy bedside necessity). The condoms are 100 percent latex and don’t have a strong odor or taste, while the water-based lube is totally safe to use with them (duh). It’s also hypoallergenic, glycerin- and paraben-free and vegan and cruelty-free, so you can be sure you’re getting a gentle product.

What Are the Different Types of Lube?

There are several different kinds of lubes to help meet every need—from different textures, to how they work with sex toys or whether or not they’ll leave you with a lot of cleanup afterwards. The three main types are water-based, silicone-based and oil-based lubricants. There are also lots of lubes with special ingredients to encourage warming, stimulation and, for those with CBD, relaxation. 

“Find the lube that gives you the best sex,” Dr. Sophocles says. “Lubricants can also be used to treat dryness—they are great for everyday use as well as for sexual activity." She cautions that, along with more bells and whistles, scents and ingredients, there's more opportunity for an unpleasant irritation or allergic reaction. Keep that in mind as you as you browse our 20 picks.

  • Water-Based Lubricant: Water-based lubes are, you guessed it, formulated with water, and are easy to find for a decent price in just about any drugstore. They’re safe to use with latex barriers such as condoms or dental dams, as well as with sex toys made from materials such as silicone, rubber and latex. Water-based lubricants are also a great low-maintenance clean-up option. One downside, however, is that water-based lubricants can dry out quickly, which means you may need to reapply.
  • Silicone-Based Lubricant: Silicone-based lubricants are made from a synthetic material called dimethicone, a word you’re probably familiar with from your skincare routine—it’s often used in these products as a skin protectant. Silicone lubes are silky smooth, long lasting and waterproof, which makes them ideal for use in the shower or bath. Since they don’t dry out as quickly as water lubes, they’re also a good option for anal sex, too. Cleanup can be trickier with silicones, and while they are safe to use with condoms, you don’t want to use a silicone lube with silicone sex toys, as they can cause them to break down over time.
  • Oil-based Lubricant: The biggest downside to oil-based lubricants is that they’re not safe to use with latex condoms. Otherwise, oil lubes are typically thicker than water or silicone varieties, so their slippery texture will last longer than other types of lubricants. Oil-based lubricants are also not water-soluble, so they can be more difficult to clean up than other types of lubricants.

What Helps a Woman Lubricate?

Put simply, Dr. Sophocles says, “Blood vessels in the vagina make moisture when you get aroused.” When your blood pressure increases during arousal, those blood vessels, as well as fluid from the cervix and Bartholin glands—two pea-sized glands at the entrance to the vagina—help with vaginal lubrication.

While vaginal tissue is naturally moist, occasional dryness can occur, especially with changing hormone levels as we age. “Lube can help make things even more ‘wet,’” encourages Dr. Sophocles. “Lube is used to increase the comfort of vaginal or anal sex.”

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