When it comes to anal sex, the wetter, the better. Anal sex without lube is like turkey without cranberry sauce – it’s dry, unpleasant, and just no fun.
Using lube when you’re doing butt stuff is a no-brainer, but not all lubricant products are made equal. That’s why, in this article, I’m going to be sharing my top picks for the best anal lubes on the market.
Spoiler: My overall top pick for the best lube for anal goes to Pjur Analyse Me silicone-based lube. Not only is it a great, long-lasting silicone lube that’s compatible with condoms and sex toys, but it also contains jojoba, a natural relaxant that helps to keep your skin flexible and slick.
But wait – don’t go rushing off to buy it just yet; it’s not the right choice for everyone. The truth is, everyone has his/her own tastes when it comes to anal lube, and the best lube for you will depend on a lot of different factors.
With that in mind, before we get into my top 15 products, I’m going to be walking you through everything you need to know to pick out the best lube for your needs and sharing a complete anal lubricant buying guide.
Ready? Let’s get started!
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Why Lube Matters for Anal Play
First off, let’s clarify why you need to use lube for anal sex.
Unlike vaginas, the anus and rectum aren’t self-lubricating. In other words, your butt is like a desert. It’s totally dry. There’s nothing naturally there to help reduce friction when you’re penetrating your partner.
Not only is this uncomfortable and painful for the receiver, but it’s also dangerous. The friction created during lubeless anal sex can cause microtears to the skin, which can lead to infection later down the line.
Infected anus, anyone? Yeah… no thanks
So, in case you were wondering if you can just skip the lube and do it dry, the answer is no. Always use lube when you’re engaging in anal sex. Seriously.
Different Types of Anal Lubricant
When you start shopping around for anal lube, the first thing you’ll notice is that there are a ton of different types to choose from. Water-based, oil, silicone, natural… the options can seem endless.
To help you to make sense of it all, here’s a quick breakdown of all the main types of anal lubricant and the differences between them.
Water-based lubes are (yep, you guessed it) made primarily from water. They’re probably the most popular type of lube on the market, as well as the most affordable.
One of the reasons they’re so popular is that they’re easy to clean. As they’re water-based, they absorb into the skin when you use them and don’t stick around on your bedsheets like other kinds of lube.
The downside of this is that they also don’t tend to last very long. As they’re easily absorbed into your skin, you need to reapply often, which can kind of kill the mood if you know what I mean.
You can use water-based lubes safely with condoms and sex toys as they’re compatible with latex and silicone. However, for obvious reasons, they’re ineffective in the shower or pool.
Silicone-based lubes are made with silicone as a primary ingredient. They last a lot longer than water-based lubes as they don’t absorb into your skin.
Silicone also has a higher viscosity than other types of lubes, which is fancy talk for ‘more slippery.’ It feels like a lot like silk. If you’re a smooth operator and like it to really glide in there, silicone may be the way to go.
You might also want to use silicone-based lube if you have sensitive skin. Silicone is a hypoallergenic ingredient, which means you’re less likely to experience a reaction.
The main drawback of silicone-based lubes is that they’re sometimes not compatible with silicone sex toys and will deteriorate their surface. This is a problem as damaged sex toys are less sanitary; the abrasions on the surface can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Oil-based lubes use oil as their main ingredient and often are even more long-lasting than silicone-based lubes so you can keep going all night without having to worry about re-application. Some people also prefer the feel of oil-based lubes over other types, but it really comes down to personal preference.
There are a few major drawbacks to oil-based lubes that you should know about, the most important of which is that they’re not typically very compatible with latex condoms. The oil can break down the latex and increase the likelihood of your condom tearing.
Oil-based anal lubes have also been known to completely ruin bedsheets and tend to be very, very difficult to clean up, so use with caution!
When you’re putting stuff in your body, it’s normal to be a little concerned about what it actually is. Nobody likes the thought of putting harsh chemicals and unnatural ingredients on their junk, or in their anus. It’s no wonder, then, then tons of natural anal lubes have begun cropping up to alleviate these concerns.
Natural lubes typically contain a small number of natural, organic ingredients that help to moisturize and increase the elasticity of your skin, like aloe vera and coconut oil. Some natural lubes may be vegan, odorless, tasteless, or paraben-free.
Finally, we come to hybrid lubes, which are kind of a cross-over between two different kinds of lubes, usually silicone and water-based.
This type of anal lube is growing more popular, and for good reason. They give you all the long-lasting durability of silicone lubes while still being compatible and easy to clean.
How to Choose the Best Anal Lubricant: A Buyer’s Guide
Now that you know a little more about the different kinds of anal lubes, let’s talk about how to choose the one that’s right for you. Here are some different factors to consider when you’re shopping around.
The right type of lube for you will depend on your needs. If you don’t plan on using toys or protection during anal sex, you should probably stick to either silicone-based, oil-based, or hybrid lubes as they’re more effective and long-lasting. If you are using condoms or silicone sex toys, water-based lubes are usually the way to go.
Flavor and scent
Some lubes have added flavors and scents, which is worth thinking about. Personally, I’d advise you to avoid these and go for odorless and flavorless, as they’re a little friendlier to your skin and less likely to cause a reaction.
Many anal lubricants advertise themselves as ‘numbing.’ These kinds of lubes contain numbing agents that desensitize your skin so that you’re less likely to feel pain. While that might seem like something desirable if you’re a newcomer to anal sex and you experience pain, it isn’t necessarily a good thing.
On the contrary, many sex experts caution against using numbing lubes as analgesics and desensitizing agents can put you out of touch with your body. It makes sense if you think about it: pain is your body’s natural defense mechanism. It’s there to tell you to stop doing whatever it is you’re doing, and you shouldn’t ignore it.
If you do choose to use lube with numbing properties, be very careful. The last thing you want is to wake up the next day feeling very sore once the effects have worn off. I’d recommend sticking with regular, non-numbing anal lube and just easing yourself into it.
When you’re buying lube, make sure you’re factoring in any allergies or skin sensitivities you might have. Some people react differently to different ingredients than others. Look at the product information of the lube of your choice and make sure it doesn’t contain anything that you tend to react too. If you have naturally sensitive skin, go for an all-natural lube.
A final consideration to make is, of course, the price. Anal lubricants range from $1 at the lowest end right the way up to $50 at the top end. It all depends on the quality of the lube and the ingredients. Expect to pay more for fancy natural and hybrid lubes, and less for water-based products.
Generally speaking, the more you pay, the better the lube will be.
Top 15 Best Anal Lube Products Reviewed
Alright, now you know what to look for, it’s time to start shopping. Here are the top 15 anal lubricants on the market.
1. Pjur Analyse Me Silicone Lube
The top position goes to Pjur’s Analyse Me silicone lube. Let’s start by appreciating the pun in the name – ANALyse, get it?
Seriously, though, this is a must-have staple lube if you plan on exploring anal play. It’s one of the most long-lasting lubes I’ve tried and almost never needs re-applying, at least in my experience.
It’s made from silicone, which means it’s very kind to your body and feels silky smooth. It’s also compatible with condoms made from latex, polyisoprene, and polyurethane.
However, the best thing about this lube has to be that it contains jojoba. Jojoba is a little-known extract from the seeds of the jojoba plant in Southwestern North America that has some interesting anti-inflammatory properties.
It acts as a kind of natural relaxant that keeps skin flexible and slick. Note that I didn’t say numbing – the effects are a lot more subtle than that. Numbing agents can be harmful, and I wouldn’t usually recommend them, but in this case, it’s more relaxing than numbing and won’t put you out of touch with your body.
I’d especially recommend this for anyone that is new to anal play and has had uncomfortable experiences in the past – this will transform the whole experience and might just change your mind about anal sex.
2. Gun Oil Silicone-Based Personal Lube
Next up, we have another silicone-based Personal Lube, this time from the brand Gun Oil.
While the Pjur product above is great for beginners, the Gun Oil silicone-based personal lube is my top recommendation for the pros. If you’re used to having anal sex and do it on a regular basis, this should be your go-to silicone-based lube.
It’s a very high-quality lube that lasts for a long time in the bedroom thanks to its Unique Patented 3-Molecule Silicone formula. It contains both aloe vera and vitamin E, two ingredients that help to protect your skin from small tears, guard against infection, and accelerate your body’s natural healing process. So, if you do hurt your butt a little in the heat of the moment, it’s less of a big deal.
It’s also paraben and glycerin-free, hypoallergenic, and designed to feel great. You won’t even notice it’s there because it’s so smooth.
The only problem I have with this lube is that it’s a little expensive. $13.95 for just 2 oz definitely isn’t cheap, but you’re paying for quality. At that price, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest stocking up with this as your main lube, but maybe have a bottle or two around for special occasions!
3. Sliquid Naturals Silk Hybrid Lube
Sliquid is a brand known for creating some really great lubes, and their Naturals Silk lube is no exception. It’s the first and only hybrid lube on this list and is my top recommendation for a hybrid anal lube for several reasons.
It gives you all the best qualities of water- and silicone-based lubes together in one package. You’ll enjoy long-lasting slickness without making any of the mess that usually comes with silicone lubes.
It has a milky consistency and is completely vegan-friendly. It’s not specifically an anal lubricant, but I see no reason not to use it for anal sex. If you’d like, you can also try Sliquid’s Sassy, their anal-specific model, if you want something a bit thicker that’s water-based and paraben-free.
Alternatively, you can also try out Sliquid’s Organic, which is completely vegan, organic, and infused with green tea. Just be careful with it if you have sensitive skin and try out a small amount with a few drops before you go full-throttle.
4. Überlube Luxury Lube
This luxury, silicone-based lubricant from Überlube is one of the most highly-rated lubes on the market. It’s a real premium product that looks extra chic and stylish.
It’s infused with vitamin E and is incredibly gentle on your skin. So gentle, in fact, that it doubles up as a makeup remover – and I’m not even joking. Überlube is also a great hair product that tames frizzies while leaving your hair nice and soft with a healthy sheen.
Überlube is also edible and safe to use with condoms. Test it first if using it with cheaper silicone anal sex toys, as silicone lubes may damage the material.
5. Please Water-Based Gel Lubricant
Moving on, here’s another great anal lube from the brand Please. Unlike the others we’ve talked about so far, the Please gel lubricant is water-based, which means it is much easier to clean and compatible with all sex toys and condoms.
It’s a gel lubricant that is a lot thicker than other water-based lubes that I’ve tried, which means it does a great job of cutting down on friction without ruining the sensation. While not advertised as a natural lube, it uses lots of natural ingredients and is paraben and glycerin-free, so it’s more skin-friendly.
Overall, this is probably my overall favorite water-based lube on the market, and it’s not too expensive either. You can get a sample size bottle for just $1, so there’s really nothing to lose – try it out and see what you think!
6. LELO Personal Moisturizer
Here’s another fantastic water-based lube to check out. The LELO personal moisturizer really puts the ‘luxe’ in luxury. Everything about it looks fancy, from the chic black design to the perfume-like spray nozzle. Bringing this out in the bedroom will make the whole experience look and feel a little more classy.
But enough about the design, let’s talk about how it performs. I have a lot of good things to say about this lube. The unique water-based formula that’s enriched with Aloe vera does a great job of reducing friction and lasts surprisingly long, considering it’s water-based. It’s also pH-balanced, which is great if you plan on also using it for vaginal sex.
It has a smooth sensation and a very clean, non-greasy texture, and it won’t stain your bedsheets. Because it feels so soothing, it doubles up as a moisturizer for your intimate areas too.
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference, though, and my personal favorite thing about this lube is the spray nozzle.
When you’re applying lube to your fingertips from a squirt bottle, it has the tendency to make a mess, and you end up wasting a lot more than you actually need. With a spray nozzle, you can be more accurate and get a more-even application while using less, so your bottle lasts longer.
7. Shibari Triton Water-Based Anal Lubricant
Shibari is a brand known for creating great, best-selling lubes. The Triton gel is their take on an anal lubricant, and it doesn’t disappoint. The unique water-based formula creates a gel that’s thicker than many other water-based lubes while still more flexible than jelly lubes.
It’s a 2-in-1 gel that you can use for both anal lubrication and as a moisturizer for your private parts. Like the other water-based lubes we’ve talked about, this one is also easy to clean up, stain-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic.
At around $11 for 8 oz, it’s not bad value either – that’s around 4 times as much as you’re getting with the Gun Oil lube we talked about earlier for a few dollars less!
Not really very thick, so I’d recommend it for things like butt plugs that are stationary, but not necessarily full anal sex unless you’re prepared to reapply often.
8. Boy Butter Original Formula Oil-Based Personal Lube
We’ve looked at a few silicone-based lubes; we’ve looked at water-based lubes. Now, let’s talk about oil-based lubes.
The Boy Butter Original Formula is, without a doubt, the number one oil-based anal lube on the market right now. I’m not a fan of oil-based lubes myself, but if you are, this is the way to go. Boy Butter really is the gold standard in the oil-based anal lube space.
It’s made using a mixture of coconut oil, organic silicone, and other vegetable oils, which apparently are the same ingredients used as a de-tangling agent in hair conditioners. This also makes it edible, which is great news if you’re into rim jobs.
In terms of consistency, it’s a lot like butter. No, in fact, it’s exactly like butter. The fun packaging plays on this fact and features a hilarious, macho-looking, margarine-esque design. It comes in both a tub and a bottle; I like the tub.
Be careful you don’t accidentally spread it on your toast because I can see that being an easy mistake to make when you’re bleary-eyed in the morning.
When it warms up, it starts to thin out a little, but it retains a buttery-like consistency that a lot of couples go wild for. Many people like the feel of oil-based lube in general because of how slippery they are and the thick barrier that they usually create.
Boy Butter also won’t drip, stick, or make a mess, so clean up is surprisingly easy considering it’s oil-based.
The only downside to this product is that it isn’t suitable for use with condoms, and it’s important to bear that in mind. If you do plan on using condoms, Boy Butter does have a water-based spin-off, so you can always check that out instead.
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9. Woo More Play Coconut Love Oil Lube
Here’s another oil-based lubricant from the brand Woo More Play. This is a truly ‘natural’ anal lube in all senses of the word.
It uses four main natural ingredients: organic coconut oil, vanilla essence, beeswax, and stevia. The coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and also has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that help with guarding against anal damage and infections.
The beeswax helps to soften the skin, soothe pain and helps the user to really relax and get into the mood. Vanilla acts as an aphrodisiac and, of course, makes it taste great (think rim job), while the stevia sweetens the deal.
This lube feels great, so it works well for anal massages, anal sex, and finger play. Just remember that, as an oil-based lube, it isn’t compatible with condoms. It’s also a little on the pricy side.
10. B-Vibe The Butters
Here we have another buttery, oil-based lube from brand B-Vibe. This one is a lot like Boy Butter, with a creamy, rich, thick texture that makes anal feel great.
It’s quite moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling nice and soft, and it doesn’t stain your sheets. There’s not a lot of difference between this and Boy Butter in my opinion, so try both of them out and see which one you like best.
11. Penchant Premium Silicone Lube
Here’s another premium lube from the brand Penchant for times when you’re feeling extra fancy. The Penchant Premium silicone lube doesn’t contain any glycerin or paraben and shouldn’t cause any reactions with your skin.
As a silicone-based lube, it’s water-repellant, so feel free to use it in the shower or pool when you’re feeling extra frisky!
12. Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel Lube
Elbow Grease H20 is a thick, water-based gel lube that’s extra slippery and doesn’t dry out as fast as many other water-based products.
It also has a thicker consistency than usual, which is necessary when it comes to anal sex as you need to keep that friction down. You can use it with condoms, and it won’t stain your bedsheets if you make a mess.
Not that you’re going to make a mess, as this product features a pump dispenser that makes neat, clean application a cinch.
The only weird thing I’ve noticed about this is that it leaves a kind of sticky residue, but it’s not like you’re not going to be taking a shower when you’re done anyway, so it’s really no big deal! Overall, a great product.
13. Master Series Invade Deep Fisting Cream
This next one is a little different. Unlike the other lubes we’ve looked at so far, the Master Series Invade Deep Fisting cream is designed specifically for fisting. You can use it for regular anal sex as well, but that’s not what it was made for, and the grainy texture might make it a little strange.
I won’t get into a discussion about whether fisting is a safe practice or not here, but if it’s something you’re into, you need more extreme lubrication to reduce the pain. The Master Series Invade Deep Fisting cream is about as extreme as it gets.
It contains numbing agents, for obvious reasons, which, as I’ve said earlier, I wouldn’t usually recommend, but there are some use cases for them. Fisting is one of them. You might also want to consider it when you’re using larger toys and for harder sessions.
The numbing properties are very intense and not at all subtle, so expect to completely lose all sensation in your butt. The penetrating partner will also feel the effects of this if you’re doing it bareback, so you might want to use a condom if you don’t want a numb penis. Just remember that oil-based lubes can make condoms ineffective as contraceptives.
14. Swiss Navy Silicone Lube
The Swiss Navy silicone lube is a terrific silicone-based lube that’s great value for money. It’ made from pure silicone, so it’s silky smooth on your skin and very slick – you’ll practically glide in there.
This lube is compatible with latex condoms, so you can wrap up without a second thought. It’s quite thick (about as thick as olive oil), so it doesn’t tend to run off and get on your sheets.
Plus, Swiss Navy gets bonus points for having very discreet packaging. The packaging it comes in doesn’t mention anything related to lube or sex, so the neighbors will have nothing to snoop about.
15. Nutiva Coconut Oil
Who said lube had to be actual lube? Believe it or not, pure coconut oil works perfectly as an all-natural anal lubricant. It stays smooth and won’t dry out and cause irritation like other things such as Vaseline and baby oil.
I’ve picked out Nutiva coconut oil as it’s one of the best-selling coconut oils on Amazon, but you can really use any brand. As long as it’s straight coconut oil, it’ll do the trick.
The only drawback to using coconut oil is that it tends to solidify in cold temperatures, so you might have to warm it up before you use it. Some experts have also cautioned that coconut oil might also make women susceptible to yeast infections, so I probably wouldn’t recommend using it for vaginal sex – stick to anal!
Oh, and remember not to leave it lying around the kitchen when you’re done. You don’t want your poor roommate to accidentally use it in their next coconut curry dish!
How to Use Anal Lubricant
So you’ve chosen an anal lube that you like and bought it. It has just arrived in the post; you open up the package, take it out, and put it on your bedside cabinet. Later that night, you and your partner are getting frisky – time to try that bad boy out.
You’re about to get started and – oh no – you realize you have literally no idea how to use it. Do you put it on your penis? In your partner’s butt? Do you have to work it in, or do you just throw it on there? Questions, questions, questions.
Don’t panic – it’s easier than you think. Here’s how to use lube for anal play in 4 easy steps.
Step 1: Warm it up and grab a towel
First thing’s first, grab a towel and have it nearby, or put it down on the bed. It will help you to clean up and protect your bedsheets from any spill-over.
After that, you should warm the lube up. This isn’t technically necessary, but lube is seriously cold, so I’d absolutely recommend it. All you have to do to warm it up is put some of it in the palm of your hands and then rub them together until it feels less chilly.
Step 2: Apply liberally with your fingertips
Next, use your fingertips to apply the lube to the head of the giver’s penis (or your sex toy of choice), as well as the exterior of the receiver’s anus. If you like, you can use your fingers to reach in and apply it to the interior too, but you don’t really need to. As long as there’s plenty on the outside and on the giver’s penis, it’ll get pushed in there when the fun starts.
Important note: you don’t have to rub lube in like you would lotion. It’s supposed to be a thick layer, just smear it on and leave it there.
There’s no definitive rule about exactly how much lube you’ll need to use, but don’t be shy. For anal sex, it’s always better to have too much than too little, so don’t be afraid to really get it on there.
If you’re using a condom, you can smear the lube onto the outside of it once you’re wearing it, and a little on the inside if you like the feeling.
Step 3: Be careful not to squeeze it all out when you enter
When you penetrate your partner, try to enter at a 45-degree angle. This helps to avoid the ‘squeegee effect,’ by which I mean all the lube that you’ve applied getting squeezed back out by your penis and/or sex toys.
Step 4: Reapply as needed
Depending on the kind of lube you’re using, you might need to reapply once or more while you’re having anal sex. If you’re using water-based lubes, you’ll almost certainly have to do this at least a couple of times.
When you do need to add more lube, have the giver partially slide out and add some to his shaft, then get back to it. Leave the bottle nearby so that you’re not pausing to fumble around for it because that’s a surefire way to ruin the mood.
Bonus Anal Lubricant Tips
Here are a few bonus tips to help you to get the most out of your anal lube:
- Oil-based lubes need not just be for anal sex, they make a great massage lubricant too. Get more bang for your buck by using them for massage time too.
- Consider investing in a ‘lube shooter’ to help with the application. These little appliances are like syringes for your butt; they allow you to deposit the lube internally, which helps avoid making a mess.
- All lubes aren’t fit for all purposes. Some lubes are better for anal play, others are better for toys, and others are better for vaginal sex. Invest in different lubes for different sex acts so that you have a separate product for each act – it’ll be worth it!
- If you’re concerned about infections, choose a lube that is free of paraben, glycerin, and petroleum
- Look for the latex-friendly and plastic-friendly marks on lubes when you’re shopping around if you plan on using condoms and/or sex toys.
Anal Play Lubricant FAQs
Before we wrap up, here are a few commonly asked questions and answers about anal lube.
Can’t I just use vaseline?
This is a huge no-no. You shouldn’t use vaseline as an anal lubricant. While there was a time in the past where this was common, that time is long gone.
There are several risks to using Vaseline as an anal lube, the biggest of which is that it’s unhygienic. Vaseline takes a long time to leave the body and can hang around for days. While it’s still in your body, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to infections.
Not only that, but it also breaks down condoms quickly as it’s made with petroleum, and it’s very messy. If you get vaseline stains on your bedsheets, it’s tough to get them off.
With so many great, affordable, specially-designed anal lubricants on the market, using vaseline just doesn’t make sense.
What about coconut oil?
Although there have been plenty of studies into coconut oil as a food additive, there have been no studies into its usage as a lubricant for sex. That being said, a lot of people use coconut oil as an anal lube, and it has been highlighted as a potentially great all-natural lubricant.
Can I use tingling lubes for anal sex?
I wouldn’t recommend using tingling lubes for anal sex as some people find the sensation too strong. Tingling lubes are better off used on the clitoris, penis, or for vaginal sex.
Do I need to use lube if I’m using a condom?
You don’t necessarily need to use lube if you’re using a condom, but I’d recommend it. Most condoms are lubricated, but for anal or long-lasting sex, that lubrication is seldom enough. They could use a little extra help, so I’d recommend adding a little extra lube to the outside and inside.
Can I use the same lube for vaginal and anal sex?
I wouldn’t recommend using the same lube for anal sex as you do for vaginal penetration. You’re better off using a lube specifically designed for anal penetration. Lubes for anal play tend to be thicker and more lubricating.
The Final Verdict
That concludes this guide to the best anal lubes on the market. Hopefully, you’ll have found one or two lubes that you want to try out.
If you’re still undecided, go for the Pjur Analyse Me silicone-based lube. As I said at the beginning of this article, it’s my overall favorite product and won’t let you down.
Did we miss any products you think we should’ve included? What’s your go-to anal lubricant? Let us know in the comments!