We used to be very dogmatic about the use of silicone-based lubes with silicone toys: you just don’t mix the two! Then a couple years ago, some toy and lube manufacturers started changing the story, saying that high quality silicone-based lubes could be used with no ill-effect on 100% silicone toys. We’ve been fed a lot of mixed messages since then and have just been telling customers to do their own spot tests if they wanted to try mixing the two. We’ve finally gotten together a bunch of toys and lube to do our own very scientific testing to settle this once and for all for ourselves. So here it is: Can you use silicone-based lube with silicone toys?
We tested three different silicone lubes on ten purportedly 100% silicone toys from different companies. Each lube was rubbed into each toy in a different spot and left to sit. After an hour, each toy was washed with liquid hand soap and water and left to air dry before examining.
Lubes: Uberlube (dimethicone, dimethiconol, cyclomethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)), Eros Pjur Classic Bodyglide (cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethiconol), and Pink (dimethicone, vitamin E, aloe vera, dimethiconol, cyclomethicone).
Toys*: Tantus Adam 02, PleasureWorks Maven and Silicone Butterfly Kiss, Blush Novelties Tantra G, VixSkin Lonestar, Max, Cal Exotics Sasha, We-Vibe Touch 1.0, Fun Factory Bubbles, and an Adam & Eve Bum Buddies plug.
No toy was completely unaffected, though several were harder to tell than others. Effects of the lube post-cleaning included: feeling slippery or oily to the touch, feeling fuzzy or gummy, visible outlines of where the lube had been, and a general change in texture or appearance. All silicone toys were also just more difficult to clean after use with silicone lube than they would be with water based lube or a than a different material would be with silicone lube. It generally just seemed like the lube bonded slightly with the toys and never really washed off. Natural differences in texture made it difficult to accurately compare between toys. However, we felt that Fun Factory and VixSkin toys were among the least affected and We-Vibe, Blush, Adam & Eve, and the Butterfly Kiss were among the most affected. Although all of the lubes certainly had some impact on all of the toys, it seemed like the Uber Lube may have had less impact on some of the toys than the other two lubes did.
We don’t recommend using silicone lube with any silicone toys. If you really want to try it though, we suggest starting with a spot test at the base of your toy so you know what to expect. You may find that you don’t notice a problem when using Uber Lube with a Fun Factory or VixSkin toy. Personally, I’d rather not risk messing up the lovely texture of my expensive silicone toys, and I’m a hard-core Eros Pjur devotee. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing water based lubes that work fantastically with your favorite silicone toys. Use one of those for worry-free silicone toy enjoyment!
*Note: We don’t currently carry all of these toys. Links are provided to the most similar items that we do currently carry.