Oil vs Water
There’s a lot of debate around oil vs water-based personal lubricants.
… and we can now throw silicone in the mix!
So what goes with what? And what are the pros and cons?
- Water-based lubricants are condom compatible. So are silicone lubricants. Together they make up over 95% of the 200+ personal lubricants I could find on the market. It seems that condoms are what personal lubricants were developed for, and they are usually marketed at young people.
- Oil-based personal lubricants are new on the market – Olive & Bee is the only Australian made oil-based lubricant I know about. Oils are not condom compatible, but are actually more hydrating on the skin than water (think lip balm vs water on cracked lips).
- Not all oils are the same – some are “too thick” and more likely to clog pores, eg coconut oil. Olive Oil has a low comedogenic rating, which means it is a good absorbable oil on the skin.
- Water based lubricants need to have a preservative. Any cosmetic with water needs a preservative. Otherwise it would grow bacteria and mould. There can’t be a 100% natural water-based lubricant.
- Oil based lubricants do not need a preservative, hence are good for people that are sensitive to these chemicals, or just want to avoid them. And silicone lubricants are petrochemicals.
- Water based and some oil based products are fine to use with silicone (eg a pessary or dilator), but silicone lubricants don’t go with silicone products.
Hope this helps! Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olive & Bee is now trademarked in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
- United States (which went to appeal but we won!)
- EU pending…
Hopefully we’ll on the track to increasing international sales in 2019…