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The K-Y Lube Buying Guide

Personal lube has been used by people in sexual relationships since before our time and over the years we have seen huge advancements. K-Y® has created a guide to personal lubricants to look at these advancements while sharing the history of lube in the sexual industry and where it is today. We’ll also be looking at a range of lubes K-Y® has to offer and what benefits each of them gives so you can decide which one is right for you. When it comes to discovering the best lube for sex, you're in the right place.  

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What is Lubricant?

Lube is used for sexual pleasure and comfort by adding moisture and glide in sexual activities, which ultimately helps to make the sensations smoother. A woman’s natural lubrication depends different factors including hormone levels which vary through different times of her cycle, meaning lube is sometimes needed so she can stay in control of her sex life. 

Lubricants aren’t just for women either, both genders can use lubricants to help add adventure and excitement to their intimate experiences.


The History of Lube

Although in today’s market we have a wide variety of lubes to choose from, we weren’t always this lucky. In past years people had to be creative with what they used for a personal lubricant and some of these are outlined below. However, be sure to never use anything but a branded lube and always use lubricant products as directed.     



The first flavored lube came along in the 1600s and was created from mashed Chinese yams called tororo-jiru. It was the favourite lube of choice for both sex and masturbation[1].



1899 was when the first silicone-based lube was born. Frederic Kipping, an English chemist discovered the special polymer which he coined as silicone and this is how the lube was developed.[2]



1904 is when K-Y Jelly was first commercially manufactured as a surgical lube. It became very popular, very quickly, so we developed a sterile version that very same year and released it to the public. This same K-Y Jelly Water Based Personal Lube is still available now.   K-Y is now the #1 doctor recommended brand*[3] and has a long track record of expertise in sexual health, with products that are safe to use.



In today’s society we have a wide variety of lubricants to choose from. From tingling lubes to warming, desensitizing, flavored, and many more, there is a wide range of options available to you that are all manufactured and safe to use when used as directed.

It’s important to know that the above methods used in the past are not safe in today’s society and it is always advised that when you want to use a personal lubricant you should always purchase a safe lube from a quality manufacturer like K-Y.  


K-Y’s Range of Personal Lubricants

For everyday comfort seekers to pleasure explorers, K-Y has a lubricant gel available for almost everyone. From lube for couples to lubricants for her, you’ll be sure to find the right one for you. Below are a few of our favourite collections:


Natural Feeling Lubes

Our natural feeling lubes can be used as a gentle massage gel or a personal lubricant for intimate areas. They are designed to enhance intimacy whilst protecting against discomfort during sexual activity. These products contain natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera to help ensure you can continually enjoy those special moments free from parabens and hormones. This Aloe Vera lube i deal for those who are keen to know exactly what is in the products they buy.


Pleasure Gels and Lubes

Our pleasure gels and lubes collection includes products with formulations designed to bring warming, cooling or tingling sensations to help take your intimacy to new heights These lubes are designed to enhance and help intensify those special moments you and your partner share together. Even if you and your partner have a great relationship, adding a lubricant into your sexual moments could help further your connection and add excitement into the bedroom.


Water Based Lubricant

It’s no secret that a woman’s natural lubrication varies every day. Our collection of water based lubes will supplement that natural lubrication and could help to give you the confidence to have fun in the bedroom and enjoy those intimate moments. Each lube in the collection has a water-based formula that is non-greasy and will quickly prepare you for sex, easing the discomfort of personal dryness.


Silicone Lubricant

The long-lasting silicone formula in our collection of silicone based lubes helps provide a naturally smooth experience and will help you feel closer to your partner, protecting against discomfort and irritation during your intimate moments. Our silicone lubricants are also compatible with natural rubber latex, polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms.

Lube has travelled through time and has significantly advanced over the years. People had to be inventive with what they used as they had very little resources. Nowadays there is a wide variety of personal lubricants available such as the K-Y range of silicone, water-based, natural feeling and pleasure lubes & gels.

With more choices now available, it’s easier to choose the right one for you so you can enjoy being intimate with your partner. You should always make sure you purchase a properly manufactured lube to ensure safe and exciting sex and always use these products are directed. The best lube for sex then is completely down to your own personal preference. 

Want more from your lube? Discover how to effectively use lube during sex with our helpful guide.

© 2018 RB Health


[1] Condom Depot “The History of personal lubricants” Condom Depot, (undated),

[2] Condom Depot “The History of personal lubricants” Condom Depot, (undated),

[3] In the USA

  • K-Y Yours & Mine Couples Lube The two personal lubricants in the Yours + Mine couples lube set with the top of each bottle open.

    K-Y Yours & Mine Couples Lube

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  • K-Y Jelly Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula) K-Y Jelly Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula)

    K-Y Jelly Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula)

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  • K-Y Intense Pleasure Gel Lube K-Y® Intense Pleasure Gel Lube bottle with cap off and lube dripping out of the top.

    K-Y Intense Pleasure Gel Lube

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  • K-Y Liquid Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula) The front of the 4.5 oz. K-Y® Classic Liquid WaterBased Lubricant bottle for wetter sex.

    K-Y Liquid Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula)

    K-Y Liquid Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula)

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