The difference between water-based and silicone-based lubricants

The difference between water-based and silicone-based lubricants

When it comes to choosing a lubricant, you have many options. The two most popular types are water-based and silicone-based. Although they both have the primary aim of reducing friction, they have significant differences in terms of composition, feel and application. In this article, we'll explore what distinguishes these two types of lubricant and help you make an informed decision when making your next purchase.


Water-based lubricants are mainly composed of water, often mixed with ingredients such as glycerine, sodium hyaluronate or seaweed extract. They are generally transparent, non-sticky and easy to clean. In fact, our Glid'In lubricant is easy to clean with Clean Freak when used with our Vibring toys. Silicone-based lubricants, on the other hand, are made from silicone polymers. They have a thicker texture and are often more slippery than their water-based counterparts.


The sensations offered by these two types of lubricants also differ. Water-based lubricants tend to feel lighter and more natural. They absorb more quickly into the skin and may require more frequent reapplication. In contrast, silicone-based lubricants have a silky, long-lasting texture. They are thicker and stay on the skin longer, which can be particularly beneficial during prolonged activities.


Compatibility with different materials is another factor to consider. Water-based lubricants are generally compatible with all types of sex toys, including those made of silicone such as Vibring, latex or rubber; this is the case with Glid'In. On the other hand, silicone-based lubricants can damage silicone toys. So it's essential to check the manufacturer's recommendations before using a silicone-based lubricant with your favorite toys.

Specific applications:

The specific properties of each type of lubricant make them suitable for certain uses. Water-based lubricants are ideal for vaginal or anal sex with toys or partners, as well as for use with latex condoms. Their ease of application and compatibility make them a versatile choice. Silicone-based lubricants are preferred for aquatic play, as they are unaffected by water and remain slippery even when wet.

Ultimately, the choice between a water-based and a silicone-based lubricant depends on your personal preferences, the intended use and the materials you intend to use it with. Water-based lubricants offer a lighter feel and are more versatile, while silicone-based lubricants are more durable and slippery. Whatever you choose, make sure you select a quality lubricant, free from parabens and other undesirable additives, for a pleasant, worry-free experience. Vibring invites you to discover Glid'In water-based lubricant to see if it's a good match for you ;)

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