The best lubricants and sex serums for sensitive skin

The best lubricants and sex serums for sensitive skin

Written by: Denise John, Ph.D

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Published on: November 2, 2022

If you have sensitive skin, you are likely to be more reactive to harsh ingredients and irritants. So for your most delicate body areas, such as the vulva and vagina, you’ll want to use lubes and sex serums made without parabens, phthalates or other hormone-disrupting substances.

All the lubes, sex serums and oils here have been thoroughly tested by our team of scientists to meet our pure, safe ingredient standards. They serve various purposes, from lubrication to body massage to vulvar hair and skin care. Some are compatible with sex toys and condoms, some are best when gently heated, and some are ideal for travel. And they’re all incredibly satisfying to play with.

LUBES AND SEX SERUM

Water- and aloe-based lubricants and sex serums are satisfactory in themselves. They are compatible with condoms (latex and polyisoprene) and sex toys of all types (including silicone vibrators).

  1. BEST MOISTURIZING GLEMIDRE

    Made with moisturizing aloe and hyaluronic acid, this water-based lube feels especially nice if you experience occasional dryness. It is safe to use with latex and polyisoprene condoms (but not polyurethane condoms). Add drops directly to your vulva (or anywhere else). It has a nice texture so there is a slight delay while the dropper fills – it’s worth taking a sensual break.


    Tabu organic lubricant

    Taboo
    Organic lubricant
    goop, $39

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  2. BEST FLAVORING

    As a category, flavored lube is a little intimidating. Which makes this spritz more of a surprise. It is flavored with salt and caramel (food approved, not fragranced) and formulated with moisturizing hyaluronic acid, L-arginine and botanical extracts. Everyone on our team who has tried it loves it. And the little bottle adds a smart touch to your bedside drawer.


    Shiny sea salt and caramel water-based lubricant

    Glissant
    Sea salt & caramel water-based lubricant
    goop, $55

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  3. BEST FOR HEATING LUBRICANTS

    If you’d rather not fumble around with slick lube bottles (and you’re willing to spend a little on your accessories), the Pulse Warmer gently warms your lube for extra sensual pleasure. It is designed to pair with Pulse pods, such as H2Oh! Personal lubricant and Spoil Me Massage Oil Pulse Pods. Insert one of the pods into the heater and it dispenses a blob of hot lube non-contact.


    Pulse Pulse Warmer

    Pulse
    Pulse heater
    goop, $199

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  4. BEST FOR NO MESS

    H2Oh! pods contain a water-based lubricant made with an organic chia seed extract that is moisturizing and glides on smoothly without sticky residue. You can dispense lube from the pods manually, but this six-pad refill pack is ideally used with Pulse heater.


    PULSE H2Oh!  Personal Lubricant (6 Pack Refill)

    Pulse
    H2Oh! Personal Lubricant (6 Pack Refill)
    goop, $29.95

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  5. BEST CANDLE BUTTER
    (AND BEST FOR TRAVEL)

    Made with aloe, chamomile, ginseng, horny goat weed and hemp seed extracts, Whet is a light, water-based sex serum infused with arousing ingredients that release without stickiness. You only need a few pumps. Its petite bottle (and durable pump with a tight cap) make it great trip.


    Personal Fav WHET

    Personal Fav
    WHAT herbal sex serum
    goop, $24

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  6. BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

    Sliquid is formulated to match the vagina’s natural lubrication. It’s a soothing aloe-based lubricant made with vitamin E and extracts of hibiscus, green tea and sunflower seeds. It’s easy to clean up and comes in a big bottle – great if you like lots of lube while you play.


    Sliquid Organics Natural 4.2 oz

    Sliquid
    Organics Natural 4.2 oz
    goop, $16

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BODY AND MASSAGE OILS

Try stimulating body and massage oils, with or without a partner, to spark sensual play. (Again, just keep in mind that oil-based products are not compatible with condoms or sex toys. Water- and aloe-based products are.)

  1. BEST HEATING OIL

    Spoil Me Massage Oil is a silky smooth oil to go with Pulse heater. It’s a plant-based blend – safflower, sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils – with the right amount of moisture so it doesn’t penetrate the skin too quickly.


    PULSE Spoil Me Massage Oil Pulse Pod

    Pulse
    Spoil Me Massage Oil Pulse Pods
    goop, $29.95

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  2. BEST NEUTRAL SCENTED OIL

    Made with coconut and sunflower seed oils, this luxurious oil has enough release to be used all over the body. It has added vitamin E, evening primrose oil and rosemary leaf extract.


    Provins Apotheker Sex Oil

    Provincial Pharmacies
    Sex oil
    goop, $32

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  3. BEST FOR SENSUAL MASSAGE

    If you’re looking for a massage oil with a sensual note, Province Apothecary Lover’s Oil is a delicate blend of bergamot, sage, ylang-ylang, rose and jasmine that delivers. Its blend of coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E is richly moisturizing and provides a silky smooth quality to every touch.


    Province Apothecary Lover's Oil

    Provincial Pharmacies
    Lover’s oil
    goop, $38

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  4. BEST TWO-IN-ONE

    A little bit of everyday magic for you: this candle turns into massage oil. The light melts only a few degrees above body temperature, so it doesn’t require patience – you can pour it on your skin without waiting for it to cool. The candle helps create your mood, and as it melts, you can use the oil for a soothing and moisturizing massage – or as a gentle experiment with temperature play.


    Seed to skin The massage light

    Seed to skin
    The massage light
    goop, $65

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SKIN AND HAIR OILS FOR YOUR VULVA

Whether you’re fully waxed or fully grown, these oils delicately care for your vulva’s skin and hair. They are made to soothe the skin and limit ingrown hairs. Use them on your vulva, bikini line, or anywhere you grow or shave hair (underarms, legs, face, etc.).

  1. BEST FOR VULVA HAIR

    Bush Oil is formulated with 15 oils to nourish the hair and skin of your vulva and bikini line. And its essential oil blend of lavender, neroli, helichrysum and ylang-ylang gives it a light, sensual aroma. Add a few drops directly to your vulva (or legs or armpits). A little goes a long way.


    True Botanicals Bush Oil

    Real botanicals
    Bush oil
    goop, $38

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  2. BEST FOR POST-SHAVE BUMP

    Fur oil is made to soothe the skin and limit ingrown hairs. It includes grape seed, jojoba, sage and tea tree oils. It is light, absorbs quickly and leaves no residue. And it has a very subtle citrus aroma.


    Fur coat oil

    Fur
    Fur oil
    goop, $52

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