Can you use oil-based lubes with silicone sex toys?

With so many material choices for lubes and sex toys, figuring out what will work with what can be really confusing. Since oil-based lubes are one of the least talked about lubes, it makes sense that there’d be questions about it possibly turning your favorite sex toy into a puddle of melted goop.

Just so we know what we’re talking about, oil-based lubes include: petroleum jelly/Vaseline, Simply Slick, Crisco, Boy Butter, Jack Jelly, Stroke 29, Him, Elbow Grease, Swiss Navy Masturbation Cream, and Please.

Oil-based lubes are my favorite because they are inexpensive and great for anal sex. Oil-based lubes also can be used with silicone sex toys. The key is that they actually have to be silicone. Not Sil-a-Gel, jelly or any other material that’s soft or silicone-like but not 100 percent silicone.

Many sex toy materials are safe to use with oil-based lubes: borosilicate glass, metal, VixSkin, stainless steel, aluminum, aventurine, chrome alloy and stone.

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But there are quite a few more sex-toy materials that oil-based lubes will damage: TPR (thermo plastic rubber), leather, jelly rubber, silicone/rubber mixes, acrylic, AquaGel, Better-Than-Real, ceramic, Jel-lee, O2, Lucite, lambskin, vinyl, wood and latex.

Porous materials and oil-based lubes are a no, for the same reason they aren’t welcome in the vagina: they can trap bacteria. Also, oil-based lubes will eat away at plastics, rubber and natural materials. 

In case you’re wondering, you cannot use oil-based lubes with condoms. You cannot use oil-based lubes with any type of condom. The oil degrades the material and can cause small holes or even tear completely.

From first-hand experience with a condom breaking one second after ejaculation, you will want to heed that warning.

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