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Oral sex can be amazing, whether you're on the giving or receiving end. But it can also taste, um, less than great, depending on your personal palate. If genitals aren't your favorite food on the menu, so to speak, there's a fix for that: flavored lube.
Yep, the holy powers at be know that sometimes, mortals need a little extra somethin' somethin' to make head happen often. Flavored lubricants—which tend to be either fruity, chocolaty, minty, or just sugary-sweet—not only make the experience tasty and thus more pleasurable for your mouth, but they also bring extra moisture to the party. Anyone who's ever experienced dry mouth mid-blow job knows that that's important.
And if you're just looking for a little something sexy while you're getting in the mood, flavored lube is your best friend for that, too. For example, let your partner squirt some around your inner thighs and clean it up with their tongue...then return the favor.
Excited? Then do yourself and your taste buds a favor and shop these 14 best flavored lubes on the market right now. They've received tons (in some cases, hundreds) of glowing reviews from very satisfied customers, so you know they're good. Buy one, buy five—tandem taste test, anyone?
Is flavored lube safe to use?
Yep, these products are all safe to ingest! That said, not all of them are vagina-friendly, so proceed with caution if you're using a lube for cunnilingus or vaginal penetration.
"The vulvar and vaginal tissue is the most sensitive tissue in the body, and easily can be irritated," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, an OB-GYN with the Yale School of Medicine. Minkin generally advises patients against any kinds of products with perfumes and dyes.
The other important thing to avoid down there is sugar. Some flavored lubes are sugar-free and glycerin-free, but many are sweetened. (After all, that's why they taste so good.) This can encourage the growth of bacteria or fungi, says Minkin.
Finally, if you're prone to irritation down there, you should also look for lubes with a pH balance between 4 and 4.5, Shyama Mathews, MD, a gynecologist with sexual wellness brand Playground previously told Women's Health. And it goes without saying, but if you have a bad reaction to a product, please stop using it and opt for something neutral and all-natural, like coconut oil.
Lydia Wang is the love & life editor at Women’s Health, where she writes and edits articles about sex, relationships, identity, and pop culture. She lives in New York and spends way too much of her free time reading romance novels in coffee shops and tweeting about her favorite dating shows.
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