There are many different types of lubricants. Water, silicone, hybrid and oil-based lubes are all great in their own right, but when should you use a silicone-based lubricant versus a water-based one? What about hybrid lubes? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each, and what’s all this about oil and silicone?

The Different Types of Lube

  • Water-based lube
  • Silicone-based lube
  • Hybrid lube 
  • Oil-based lube 

Water-based Lube

The most widely used personal lubricants are water-based such as our AQUA collection. A good rule of thumb is: use water-based products with latex, adult toys, and sexual aids. Water-based products will not harm these materials, are easy to clean up, and won’t stain fabric.

WSC Water-based products are always vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free and safe for all latex products and toy materials.  We offer many water-based formulas so you’re sure to find a favorite. 

Our newest line of lubricants - simply® boasts clean water-based formulas for those looking to do it simply™.

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Water Based Versus Silicone Lubricant

Silicone-based lubricants, such as the Wicked Sensual Care Ultra collection, are a little different. These types of lubricants stay on the skin’s surface and are not easily absorbed or dispersed in water. Consequently, they create excellent slip-and-slide, last longer than water-based products and are ideal for intimate moments in the shower, bath, and beyond. 

When choosing water based versus silicone lubricant, there are a few things to keep in mind. Silicone lubes may stain delicate fabrics and require a little more clean up than water-based lubes, but using mild soap and water will do the trick.

Silicone Lubricant

Wicked Ultra has a clean, simple formula – 100% pure silicone. It is tasteless, fragrance-free, does not contain glycerin or parabens, and offers an intensely luxurious, slippery smooth feel.

Hybrid Lubes - Water Based and Silicone

Wicked Sensual Care hybrid lubes bring together all the benefits of water-based and silicone lubricants in one bottle. Enjoy superior slip from 10% silicone, with the easy clean up and benefits of a water-based lube. simply® Hybrid is also creamy in color and consistency. 


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Oil-based Lubes

Finally, there are oil-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants tend to be thicker and heavier than water and silicone-based products. While these types of lubricants may be desirable for those hoping to avoid additives, certain preservatives, parabens, and/or glycerin, they may also increase the risk of bacterial infections when used internally

They do, however, provide great glide for stroking or massage sessions. Creme is a coconut and sweet almond oil-based stroking cream that is perfect for just these things!

When selecting a lube, take a moment to think about your wants and needs. Be honest about your desires, be mindful of health, and – most importantly – enjoy!

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simply™ Lubricants

simply® lubes are clean lubricants that are slick, sensual, and never sticky. Free of glycerin, propylene glycol, and parabens, the simply® collection is also vegan, cruelty-free, and enhanced with our signature antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract known for its moisturizing and bio-static properties.

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