So, you want to do some butt stuff. Whether you're a seasoned pro or you're trying anal for the first time, you should know that one of the most important components to having good anal sex is using lube — and lots of it. Which seems straightforward enough, until you realize just how many different formulas there are out there on the market.
How are you supposed to figure out which one is going to make anal sex feel as incredible as possible for you and your girl? To make your shopping trip a heck of a lot easier, we asked a few experts to give us their best recommendations for their top picks. We also had some real women who enjoy anal tell us their favorites, too. Here are the best anal lubricants for butt sex, and what makes them so great — no matter what type of budget you're working with.
1. If Your Budget Is Low
Just because you don't have big bucks to blow on the stuff to give your anal sex some extra slippage doesn't mean you can't find a formula that'll get the job done on the cheap. Here are a few suggestions for anal lube that's as cost effective as it is effective.
Moist Anal Lube
When it comes to a lube that's affordable and feels good, the resounding response we got from women was this Moist Anal Lube. Why? It's cheap and extra slippery — and you can have it delivered to your door in 30 minutes or less if you live in an area that goPuff services. "It doesn't smell and has a nice consistency," says Sarah, 24, "and it's not sticky or messy." Plus, the ease of delivery allows you to avoid that whole awkward exchange with your cashier.
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A&E Forbidden Anal Lubricant
Not only is this lube well priced, but its long lasting formula means you'll end up using less of it.
"Women love this lube for anal exploration," says sex and relationship expert Dr. Kat Van Kirk. "It's one of the thickest, longest lasting lubes on the market."
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Durex RealFeel Intimate Pleasure Gel
If you're looking for a lube that allows you to move more freely, Makayla, 31 suggests giving this pleasure gel from Durex a try. "It's more watery than any other lube I've used," she says, "which means it's not the best if you're having regular sex — but it's perfect for anal, because it keeps everything flowing and doesn't dry out or start to stick, which can end up getting really uncomfortable when you're doing anal."
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Wet Uranus Anal Silicone Lube
Gayla, 29 raves about this silicone-based lube from Wet Uranus. Pro tip: Any lube that doubles as a moisturizer is going to make your woman pretty happy, folks. "Talk about incredible!," she says. "It’s great that it’s thick that provides a little extra cushion for the pushin'! (if you catch my drift). And talk about clean up, it’s so easy to just wipe away. It’s so smooth and it really leaves your skin feeling moisturized as well. I can’t say enough about this lubricant!"
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Astroglide Personal Lubricant
"Astroglide is my favorite for anal because it just doesn't dry out like some of the other lubes," says Suela, 28. "From practically start to finish it stays pretty consistently slippery, which is obviously important for anal. I find with a lot of other lubes are either too thick or you need to keep applying. It's also water-based and has a silky texture."
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2. If You're Looking For Something Natural
Down for a more DIY way of thinking about anal lube? Here's what ladies have to say about the natural formulas they prefer to use when they're doing butt stuff.
Another common response we heard when we asked women their go-to anal lube was coconut oil — and most women already own a bottle for other purposes. "I literally use coconut oil for everything," says Ashley, 27. "It works as moisturizer, eye makeup remover, for cooking. And it even works wonders for anal."
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Cheap and all natural — what more could you want in an anal lube? "Shea butter has no additives or chemicals," says Ubani, 32. "The steroidal effect helps the anal ring sphincter, making it easy for healing while thrusting without fear of bruising." It also smells really, really good.
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Alli, 26, swears by grapeseed oil for her pantry provided anal lube of choice. "Grapeseed oil is proven to not only be the best lube, but it's really good for you," she says. To get the most for your money, split this bottle into two parts — one for cooking with, and one for butt stuff.
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I'm willing to bet you didn't even know that this many all natural oils were on the market. Emily, 28, says jojoba oil is her anal lube of choice. "It's all natural, feels like silk and is completely scent free," she says. Not to mention, this stuff is really good for your skin.
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Intimate Earth Soothe Anal Lubricant
If you're not down with using the same substance you cook your stir fry in for anal sex, Dr. Van Kirk recommends this water-based, vegan lube made with organic extracts — which also works well with condoms. "This is my favorite anal lube to recommend," she says. "It's natural and latex friendly. Women love the way it feels and the natural extracts help keep inflammation to a minimum."
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3. If You've Got Money To Burn
If only the best will do for your anal activities, here are a few premium formulas that'll get the job done right.
SYLK Natural Personal Lubricant
According to Dr. Susie Gronski, physical therapist and certified pelvic rehabilitation specialist, you can never be too careful about the ingredients in your lube — especially when you're doing it in the butt. She recommends a formula that minimizes risk of anal injury — which you should probably get on board with. "Formulas like SYLK don’t degrade or break down rectal or vagina tissue," she explains, "lessening risk of infections, anal fissures, and perianal skin breakdown with frequent use. Organic, oil-based or water-based lubricants and vaginal/rectal pH-friendly formulas are significantly healthier than the products found at Walgreens, for example."
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Yes WB Water-Based Personal Lubricant
Amber, 29, says that this water-based lube is worth the splurge. "My boyfriend loves doing anal, but the first few times we tried it I ended up being in pain almost right away," she says. "We were using a lube that had a warming effect, which was great for regular sex, but ended up making anal sex feel so uncomfortable. I did some research and came across this formula from Yes Yes Yes, and it made a world of difference. I think it's due to the fact that it's water-based. I wouldn't use it for [vaginal] sex because it's actually too wet, but for anal it's just the right consistency."
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Pjur Eros Lube
"This is the best lube for anal because there are no preservatives, no fragrances and no flavors — which equals no burn," says Chrystal Bougon, founder of Curvy Girl Lingerie. "If your anus is burning, nothing is going in. Pjur is also condom-compatible, and they use very high-grade ingredients, so it does not burn or irritate couples’ mucous membranes. To me, having sex with Pjur lube compared to the water-based lubes is like taking a ride in a Lexus compared to taking a ride in a Kia. One gets the job done, but the other is so luxurious."
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CaraGold Premium Personal Lubricant
"Traditionally, dimethicone/silicone lubricants are used for anal because it is not an area of the body that self lubricates at all," explains Wendy Strgar, founder of GoodCleanLove. "This is because water-based lubricants are more apt to dry up." To get the best of both worlds, use a hybrid like the CaraGold. "It combines oil- and water-based ingredients for a longer and smoother glide," she says, "which is helpful for anal sex."
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Wicked Anal Jelle Lubricant
"Anal sex requires a thicker lube and special safety precautions," explains Dr. Ronald D. Blatt, board-certified gynecologist, chief surgeon and medical director of the Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery and Manhattan Centers for Women's Health. "Anal sex is more enjoyable and easier by using the right products that are specifically marketed or designed to enhance the enjoyment of anal sex." Dr. Blatt recommends this formula from Wicked Anal, which nails the right consistency. "A thicker-consistency gel is preferable, because it helps the lubricant stay in place and reduces the risk of friction and abrasions," he says.
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