Hybrid lube is the lube I recommend most. It’s the best of both worlds! Today we close out the Lube Matters series.
What is it?
Hybrid lube is technically a water-based lube blended with silicone. It usually contains a chelating agent, or something that helps water and silicone blend together, since silicone tends to repel water on its own. There’s usually much more water than silicone in a hybrid lube.
Hybrid Lube is my fave because there are so many benefits and so few drawbacks. It’s combines the best features of water-based and silicone-based lubes, without any drawbacks!
Like silicone lube, hybrid lube lasts an extra long time, and works great in the shower. Like water-based lube, it can be reactivated with a little water or saliva if it happens to dry out.
Because hybrid lube is mostly water, it rubs into the skin like lotion, so there’s no need for any soap when cleaning up like with some silicone lubricants. It washes out of fabrics more easily, too.
Hybrid lube is far more gentle on surfaces in general than silicone lube, and a good high quality version won’t stain expensive sheets or fabrics. Make sure it’s a high quality one, though.
Safe with Toys
The best thing about hybrid lube is that a high quality one is perfectly safe with silicone toys. Again, this comes with the caveat that the toys are actual silicone, and not a plastic blend that the manufacturer claims as silicone but isn’t (which is totally legal, by the way). Make sure you wash your toys right away afterwards, too, with a sex toy cleaner or gentle hand soap and soft water (hard water or bar soap can leave soap scum or lime deposits on your toys).
About the only thing that’s a real drawback is that the osmolality of hybrid lube has yet to be tested. Therefore, you still need to watch out for ingredients like propylene glycol, glycerin, parabens, and polyquaterniums (among other nasty things) that increase the osmolality of a lube just by virtue of being there. Chelating agents may have chemical-sounding names, but are special buffers, surfactants, and salts such as EDTAs or polysorbates. These should appear at the end of the ingredient list, indicating they make up the smallest percentage of the overall mix. Water should be the first ingredient, the one that makes up most of the mix.
More Expensive than Water-Based Lube
Price wise, hybrid lube is going to be middle-of-the road: less expensive than silicone lube, but more expensive than water-based lube. However, because there’s less of a need to reapply and it reactivates with water if it does dry up, there’s actually a cost savings over time. It’s also a good all-purpose lube, so you don’t need a bottle of silicone for marathon sex, a bottle of water-based lube for sex toys, a thick lube for anal – it does it all in one bottle.
Who can use it?
Everyone can use a hybrid lube! Just be careful of ingredients like you would with any water-based lube. Parabens and glycerins can cause allergic reactions and vaginal infections. Organic ingredients may cause irritation in those with seasonal allergies. If you have Celiac disease, you will want to be wary of tocopherols (Vitamin E) since they’re almost always from a gluten source. Beyond that, I recommend hybrid lube to anyone.
What to Look for
As stated, shop for hybrid lube the way you’d shop for any water-based lubricant. Watch out for ingredients that indicate high osmolality or are likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions, like glycerin, propylene glycol, parabens, or polyquaterniums.
My all-time favorite lube is Sliquid Organics Silk, but there’s also the non-organic Sliquid Silk for those with seasonal allergies. Erosense Sync is 15% silicone, which is more than most, making it the best choice for marathon sessions and anal sex.
This ends the Lube Matters series. If you missed the other posts, we talked about why lube matters, oil-based lube, silicone-based lube, and water-based lube. You may want to bookmark them – the #1 way we learn about sex is through gossip, and you’re the go-to person who reads sexpert blogs!