Forget Toilet Paper, Stock Up on Lube Now

One way to ride this out.

Forget Toilet Paper, Stock Up on Lube Now

Forget Toilet Paper, Stock Up on Lube Now

Forget Toilet Paper, Stock Up on Lube Now

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Cancelled flights. School closures. Stocks buckling. The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is really kicking our collective butts. At the time of writing, the virus has hit over 100 countries and infected over 120,000 people. In the U.S. alone, over 1000 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed, according to the New York Times, and people are reconsidering venturing out into the public to complete their day-to-day tasks.

How should I pick a lube?

  • Water-based lube does it all: penetration, masturbation, works with condoms and sex toys.
  • Silicone-based lube is long-lasting, great for water play but should not be used with silicone-based sex toys.
  • Oil-based lube is great for masturbation and water-play and sensual massage but should not be used with latex condoms or latex sex toys.
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Although the spread of coronavirus can be combated with frequent handwashing and coughing into the crook of one’s elbow, we totally understand if you’re planning on avoiding public spaces for the time being. And if that’s the case, then may we suggest at least stocking up on lube before shutting yourself out from the public sphere? Listen, we’re not trying to make light of the situation in any way, shape, or form. But let’s be honest. Netflix, board games, and cards are only fun for so long. 

If you and your partner want to ride this one out (or if ya wanna ride it solo!), so to speak, here are a few lube recommendations that you can get shipped right to your house.

1. The Butters Lube, $4.50 (2oz) - $14 (8.2oz)


With a 5-star rating on the company’s website, The Butters Lube is an oil-based lube made from all natural ingredients and is safe to use in all body orifices. The Butters Lube is especially designed to make skin-to-skin contact feel more enjoyable, too. (Heads up, these kinds of oil-based lubes are not safe to use with latex condoms!)

2. Shine Organic Lube by Maude, $10 (2oz) - $25 (8oz)


This all-natural, aloe-based lube is hydrating, moisturizing, and safe to use with condoms and toys. Shine Organic Lube is glycerin-free and paraben-free, and has a pH-balanced formula to help avoid irritation. 

3. BioNude Ultra Sensitive Personal Lubricant, $11.99 (3oz) - $21.99 (6oz)


Water-based, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and earth friendly, BioNude Ultra Sensitive Personal Lubricant is especially formulated for people who experience vaginal irritation when using lube. With its pH-balanced formula, the product tries to “mimic natural moisture,” as explained on the site.

4. Sliquid Swirl Lube, $1.25 (5ml) - $15.99 (4.2oz)


Sliquid water-based lube has a subtle sweet flavor that aims to “enhance, not disguise,” and is safe to use during oral sex and with all sex toys and condoms. Sliquid is a glycerin-free lubricant, but it retains moisture longer than other glycerin-free lubes because it contains plant cellulose.

5. Alu Lubricant, $18 (4oz)


Alu is water-based, made from all natural ingredients, and contains green tea, oat, hemp, and aloe vera. Free of sugars, hormones, parabens, and glycerins, Alu has a pH-balanced formula to help avoid irritation and washes off your body easily.

6. überlube, $18 (50ml) - $28 (100ml)


überlube is a lightweight, body-safe personal lubricant known for never feeling sticky after use. As explained on their website, überlube “dissipates” and helps your skin feel moisturized. This product is especially loved by people who experience irritations from other lubes, and it doesn’t contain any alcohols, preservatives, or antimicrobials. (The site warns that if you are allergic to silicone, you should not use überlube.)

7. Please Lube, $1 (5ml) - $20 (8oz)


Please Lube is a water-based lubricant made from all natural ingredients, meaning that it’s paraben-free and glycerin-free. It is safe when used with condoms and all sex toys, and is loved for its ability to stay moist for a long time while still retaining friction.

Olivia Harvey

Reviewed for Medical Accuracy

Olivia Harvey is a freelance writer and award-winning screenwriter from Boston, Massachusetts.

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