What is the Best Anal Lube?

When it comes to anal play, lubrication is key. But not all lubes are created equal.

The right anal lube can make all the difference. Using the wrong lube can lead to irritation, friction, and possibly serious injuries. Here are our best anal lube picks, from water-based to silicone anal lubes.

Water-Based

If you want a super-slick anal lube that washes off easily, go with a water-based option. A popular choice is Pjur Backdoor, a non-staining anal lube that’s free from glycerin and parabens, as well as compatible with latex condoms and silicone toys (although it’s not safe for use with polyurethane condoms). It’s also made with jojoba extract, which promises to relax the anal area during sexual activity, without numbing it (since numbing anal play can be dangerous). Its only drawback: it comes in a tiny pot that may spill if you open it upside down (it’s best opened with your fingers).

When choosing a water-based anal lube, keep in mind that you’ll need to reapply often since it can dry out quickly due to friction. It’s best to find a lube that doesn’t contain any additives or chemicals, as these can irritate the delicate anal tissues. And be sure to check the ingredients, as some water-based lubes can be more prone to bacteria growth than others.

Using anal lube is important, as the anus lacks natural lubrication and penetrating the anal can be painful and unsafe if you don’t have enough lubrication. It can also lead to a tear in the tissue, which is a risk factor for sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, like gonorrhea and HIV.

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Silicone-Based

As any anal play lover will tell you, spit is just not a good substitute for purpose-made lube. In fact, using saliva can actually cause friction and aggravate anal pain. The best anal lube is going to be a longer-lasting type, like a silicone lube. It’s also important to remember that anal penetration should not be painful. Any pain is a sign that something is wrong and should be cut short.

Silicone-based lubes are long-lasting and the slipperiest type of anal lubricant, which makes them ideal for both solo and partnered anal play. They’re also easy to clean and incredibly body-friendly. Plus, they’re compatible with most sex toys (though it’s always smart to use a condom over anal penetration, just in case).

The best anal silicone lubes are anal-safe and contain no glycerin. Glycerin can break down rectal tissue and create a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to irritated anuses and infections.

One of our favorites is Shine Organic by Maude, which has lovely packaging to put on your bedside table and a convenient pump top for one-handed application. Another great option is Uberlube, which is scent-free and safe for both your body and your toys. Just keep in mind that if you have silicone toys, you shouldn’t use silicone-based anal lube on them because it could degrade the material.

Oil-Based

Unlike your vagina, your anus doesn’t self-lubricate, which means that it is important to use a lube specifically designed for anal play. These types of lubes are thicker, longer-lasting, and often offer more cushioning for an added boost in pleasure. They’re also compatible with your favorite anal vibrators, butt plugs, and lesbian sex toys.

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The best anal lube is typically a water-based formula since it is safe with latex condoms and most sex toys and easy to clean up after. It will likely need to be reapplied frequently during anal play since it can quickly absorb into the skin and lose its slick factor. We recommend picking a lube that has been formulated for intimate anal use and is labeled as such on the packaging.

A few of our favorites include Shine Organic by Maude, UberLube, and Pjur Nude. Shine has cute, modern packaging that is perfect for your bedside table and comes with a convenient pump top that makes application easy. UberLube and Pjur are both long-lasting and super slick so you may not need to reapply until your anal play session is over.

Be sure to avoid anal lubes with added ingredients like menthol or any type of sugars, which can cause irritation and could lead to yeast infections. A good anal lube should also be fragrance-free, which will help reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

Natural

Whether you prefer a natural-based or synthetic lube, there’s an option for everyone. For a clean, anal-friendly personal lubricant that also doubles as a vaginal moisturizer, look for Coconu’s USDA Certified Organic lube that contains coconut water and sunflower oil. Its formula adjusts to your body temperature, reducing the need for uncomfortable moments trying to apply too much lube.

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Other natural lubricants can be used as anal lube, including cooking oils, but they may not be suitable for everyone because of their lack of consistency and the way they interact with anal skin. For instance, a cooking oil’s process often includes heat and chemicals that could be irritating to the delicate anal area.

Another natural anal lube option is tea tree oil, but it must be diluted with another lubricant because its concentrated properties can be irritating or even burn anal skin. Some people have tried using yogurt as an anal lube, but it’s not a good idea because flavored yogurt contains live cultures that can breed bacteria and cause infection.

Anal lube can help make sexual intercourse more pleasurable and comfortable by adding slipperiness to the anus. It can also help reduce the risk of rectal tearing during penetration, which can occur if you use a tight anal and increases your chances of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Lube is important for anal sex because the anus doesn’t self-lubricate, as previously reported by SELF.

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