Men and women both prefer some sort of lubricant when massaging
their genitals, but it's best to use water-based lubricants on
women’s genitals to avoid encouraging vaginal infections. For
all other parts of a woman’s anatomy, and for men anywhere on
their bodies, you can use any lubricant, including oil-based,
water-based, or silicon based lubricants. For genital massage on
men, or for massage elsewhere on a man or woman's body, you can
purchase special massage oils at massage supply shops
(preferably made with essential oils, not chemical perfume
scents), or else just use a light vegetable oil (such as
Safflower, Sunflower, or grapeseed) from the supermarket and add
your own essential oils to create a scent you prefer.
Water based lubricants are safe with condoms and wash off
easily. They tend to get very sticky as they dry out, but can be
refreshed with a bit of water. Three common brands are Astro
Glide, Wet and K-Y Jelly.
Astro Glide: While many other lubricants are more like syrup or
Vaseline, this lube is light yet maintains lubrication. Astro
Glide is water based and water-soluble and is condom compatible.
This petroleum free lubrication mimics the body's own
lubricating fluids, is non-staining and tasteless.
K-Y Jelly is a Johnson & Johnson product that is greaseless,
water soluble and bacteriostatic. This is an ideal all around
lubricant widely used in Gynecology and hospital procedures.
Wet Original contains Nonoxynol-9, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin E.
This is the number one selling water based formula in Europe,
Australia, The Orient, South America, Canada, and the United
States. Nonoxynol-9 is a mild chemical detergent that kills
sperm and has been found to also kill some STD causing
organisms. Some experts believe nonoxynol-9 may kill the AIDS
virus. However some men and woman have a sensitivity or allergic
reaction to nonoxynol-9 that may irritate the delicate tissues
of the vagina or the male urethra. If irritation occurs, you
should discontinue use. Wet Light is a thinner, lighter water
based formula for sensitive skin and does not contain
nonoxynol-9. Both are water based and safe for condoms.