Anal Lubes

There are some things that take preparation to get into, and the ass is one of them. A good anal lubricant will get you a long way.

The distinguishing element of anal sex, compared to vaginal and oral sex, is that the anal canal and rectum do not produce their own natural lubrication. To comfortably penetrate anally, you must bring your own lubrication.

Since the rectum is not going to be replenishing any lubrication lost to evaporation or displacement, you have to consider reapplying lube during the course of anal sex.

Due to the reliance of anal sex on lubrication, there are lubes geared specifically for anal sex.

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Product Name Pjur Backdoor Relaxing Anal Glide

3.4 oz

Specially designed for hardcore anal play

Swiss Navy Silicone

8.0 oz

Official lube of the Swiss Army

Jo H2O Anal

8.0 oz

For healthy anal play

Cleanstream Relax

17.0 oz

Relax in the anal game

Healthy Vibes Anal Relaxing Lubricant

8.0 oz

All Natural Anal Relaxing Lube.

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Price Price (unit): $14.38
Price per oz: $4.23
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Price per oz: $2.06
Price (unit): $9.97
Price per oz: $1.25
Price (unit): $17.90
Price per oz: $1.05
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Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil.

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, and tocopheryl acetate.

Propyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben, Sodium Carboxy, Methyl Cellulose, Glycerine, Purified Water

Cellulose Gum, Diazolidinyl urea, glycerin, isopentyldiol, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, Active ingredient - Lidocaine 2.0%

Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Sucralose, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Piper Nigrum Resin, Cinnamonum Cassia Resin, Propanediol, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Resin, Capsicum Annuum Resin, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Colloidal Silver.


6 x 5 x 4 inches ; 4.2 ounces; bottle with screw cap

bottle with leak-proof pump

6 x 5 x 4 inches ; 9.6 ounces; press bottle

6.9 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.4 pounds; bottle with convinient pump dispenser

7.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches; squeeze bottle with cap


- Specially created for anal sex.
- Effective relaxing effect to make hardcore anal games comfortable.
- Lasting slippery effect to reduce friction.
- Compatible with latex condoms.

- Lasts a very long time.
- Hypoallergenic, contains only 3 ingredients.
- Slippery, slick, doesn't get sticky.
- Great for water play.
- Very discreet.

- Thick consistency specially designed for anal play.
- Safe for condoms and toys.
- Slick and slippery at touch.

- Great for anal sex, slick and thick consistency.
- Useful desensitizing effect, specially for first timers.
- Water-based and therefore safe for condoms and toys.

- Water-based and therefore healthy for your internal tissue.
- Made with natural, botanical ingredients.
- Paraben-free.
- Provides a relaxing and warming effect without desensitizing.
- Thicker than other water-based lubricants.
- Safe with condoms and silicone toys.


- It can only be used for anal sex.
- Harden to clean than water-based products.
- Not compatible with some silicon toys. Check your toy labels.

- No condom / toy compatibility

- Not discreet.
- Some bottles with leak report.
- Gets sticky after some time.

- A little sticky after it gets dry.
- The numbing effect might be undesirable by some people.

- Not discreet bottle, says “Anal” in big letters.
- Doesn’t last as long as silicone-based lubes.
- Gets a little sticky after a while.

Product Attributes
Product Name (cont.) Pjur Backdoor Relaxing Anal Glide Swiss Navy Silicone Jo H2O Anal Cleanstream Relax Healthy Vibes Anal Relaxing Lubricant

Elements of a good anal lube:

  1. Silicone-based. Silicone-based lubes have a reputation for being messy compared to water-based lubes. However, the advantage of silicone-based lubes over water-based lubes is that they do not evaporate and will last much longer before reapplication is necessary. This is ideal for anal sex because things are much less likely to dry out and cause painful friction.

    Another benefit of silicone-based lube is that it the anal cavity rapidly absorbs water. It's one of the roles of the anal tract. Water-lubes quickly become a casualty to absorption while the body cannot absorb silicone, thus it will last much longer.

    Also, the rectum is naturally cleaned during the process of defecation which does a good job of sponging up any residual silicone-based lube before being passed into a toilet.

    Finally, since silicone-based lube is more viscous than water-based lube, it is far less likely to leak out of the anal sphincter after the act or later on in the day.

  2. Use a syringe applicators (aka lube shooter) if you want to pre-lube the interior. An anal syringe is similar to a turkey baster you'd use to inject broth into poultry before you stick it into the oven. You just stick the plastic tip into the lube, pull out the plunger, and then slowly inject it into the receiver's anus, just so that the small tip is past the walls of the sphincter's entrance.

    Ensure to lubricate the entrance with a finger, first. The idea of the syringe is to inject lube straight into the entrance of the cavity since most lube tubes/bottles are not equipped to be inserted directly.

    Once you inject some lube, insert a finger to slowly spread the lube around the interior of the cavity. Remember that this is part of the anal experience and a moment to be enjoyed for both of you. Focus on slow, gliding motions with your finger, start with shallow insertions, and work your way up into deeper insertions.

    While a syringe is not a requirement for enjoyable anal sex, it tends to make things more straightforward between two partners that are new to each other as it's always preferable to err on the side of too much lube until you get a feel for how much you actually need.

  3. Avoid scents and any other excess lube ingredients. The anal cavity is more prone to irritation than the other orifices. The act of squeezing through the tight sphincter alone can cause micro-tears that may cause inflammation and increase the body's exposure to any irritants within the lube.

    Ingredients added to the lube for fragrance or taste are common irritants. Instead, prefer neutral, odorless, tasteless lubes. Read the ingredient list on the lube's tube to look for excess ingredients. Look for the active lubrication ingredient (usually dimethicone) and then avoid lubes that have more than a few ingredients.

    Other common lube additives are chemicals that relax or numb the tissue, and they are mostly a gimmick. Instead, play things safe and aim for a neutral lube with minimal ingredients.

Tips for anal sex

  1. Ease into it. For most people being penetrated anally, it is not an event enjoyed spontaneously. Instead, much of the pleasure of anal sex comes from the process working up to penetration rather than the end goal of being being repeatedly thrust in the ass.

    Much of the pleasure of the receiver hinges on communication and gradual progression. Remember that one of the most erotic sensations of anal sex for the receiver is not the act of something inside their rectum but rather the feelings of domination and the taboo nature of being anally penetrated.

    So, instead of squirting some lube into the anus and slamming away, focus on teasing the anus and working your way in slowly. Start with your finger or a toy smaller than the toy or penis you will ultimately insert. Start small and slow to give the receiver's body a chance to relax and expand to the occassion. And get feedback from the receiver until you get a feeling of the pace their prefer and the sensations they most enjoy. Enjoying this progression together is the key to anal penetration.

  2. Lube up everything. To adequately prepare for anal sex, lube up anything that will come in contact with anything else during the full course of penetration.

    For vaginal penetration, since the vagina can create its own lube, it's common to only lube up the entrance of the vagina and the tip of the penis, and a common mistake among anal beginners is to do the same when prepping for anal.

    Instead, for anal penetration, you want to lube up the entire length of the penetrating object whether it be a penis, toy, or finger. The larger the penetrating object, the more you need to ensure that it isn't going to run out of lube the further it penetrates.

    Also, you want to lube up as much of the anal cavity as the penetrating object will go. However, the most important part to lubricate is the anal sphincter. You can think of the anus as a large room with a tight door. The most important part of comfortable anal penetration is to ensure that tight door has ample lube. Once the widest part of the penetrating object has made it past the anal sphincter (like the crown/ridge of the glans penis), it becomes much easier for the receiver to take the rest, so focus on making insertion as frictionless as possible.

  3. Let the receiver dictate speed. As you get to know your partner, you will form an idea of their preferences. But during the first handful of anal sessions with a new partner, it's most important to focus on the comfort of the receiver. When applying lube and fingering them in preparation, get feedback from them and ensure you are not going to fast. Some receivers may be too shy to even provide feedback, so you can encourage your partner to talk to you by just asking them yet or no questions.

  4. If you need to apply more lube during anal penetration, you do not have to completely remove the penetrating object. Simply slide the penetrating object mostly out, apply lube to it, and ease it back in. Repeat this a few times. After a few slow pumps of the penetrating object, it will push the applied lube deeper into the cavity as far as it penetrates.

    The benefit of this is that you do not need to pull the widest part of the object past the sphincter which is the hardest part of penetration. Also, this is most likely to be least comfortable when you think you need to apply more lube. Similarly, the pistons of an engine are lubricated without taking them apart because the act of the piston's oscillation is enough to spread the lube around.

  5. Keep a washcloth or towel handy. Anal sex has a reputation for being messy, much of that having to do with oil- and silicone-based lubes sliding around and getting on sheets.

    To mitigate the soiling of bed sheets, keep a towel on hand to wipe away excess lube, like any lube that may be dripping down the receiver's legs. This way, you can apply a liberal amount of lube without worrying too much about it getting all over everything.