I’ve never used silicone lube mostly because it’s usually so expensive. Why is it so much more and is it worth the money?
— Anonymous, from Tumblr
Sarah: Some people complain that water-based lubes absorb too quickly and become gummy or sticky. The upside to the silicone stuff is that it stays right where you put it, and it has a super-silky, gliding feel to it, and it doesn’t absorb or evaporate. The downside is, you have to wash or wipe it off or it stays as slick as greasy waterslide down there. If you’re looking for something that really lasts, this would be a good bet.
Debby: Silicone products cost more to make and thus they cost more to sell to consumers. This is true for silicone sex toys (especially the ones that are made mostly of silicone, which are quite pricy, versus the ones that use a small percentage of silicone but claim to be “silicone based” that are somewhat more affordable but still pricier than jelly and other similar toys. Silicone based lubricants are not always called “silicone” based lubricants on their boxes but may also be sold as “premium” lubricants. They hold up in water so people tend to use silicone-based/premium lubricants for sex in the shower, hot tub, bath tub, lake, or other water environment. However, they are not considered compatible with other silicone based lubricants such as silicone contraceptives or silicone sex toys because of their potential to degrade the other product in barely noticeable but real ways. So is it worth the money? Depends on your lubricant needs and your budget.