Your ultimate guide to lubes & pleasure gels

Lubrication isn’t just a tool: it’s also a great way to enhance pleasure during sex and foreplay, or add another dimension when you’re fooling around. There’s a range of sensations you can feel with lubes, from cooling effects to heat. It’s up to you to try them all! However, we can help your decision with a few of our own recommendations, with descriptions of the sensations that you can expect to feel.


Once a warming lube or pleasure gel has made contact with the skin, it begins to warm. This can have an instant and very arousing effect, particularly if your partner rubs it on. Remember, you only need a little to begin, so take things slow if you’ve never experienced a heating pleasure gel before. For those with a little more experience, have you tried gently blowing on it? This enhances the warming action by contrasting it with the cool air, making the sensation so much more intense.


There are some lubes that provide a cooling effect too. This might sound a little counter-intuitive, especially when sex is so often all about the heat, but a feeling of coolness can send chills of excitement down your spine. We especially recommend using it during foreplay rather than trying to introduce it in the middle of sex, but what’s romance without experimentation?


Flavoured lubes add a little something extra to sex. They can make oral sex much more palatable for some, and will provide exciting new smells and tastes during regular sex, such as cherry. They’re designed to taste appealing and they’re water soluble, so don’t hesitate to try some with your tongue before venturing a little further.

Durex® lubrication is condom friendly, so don’t fret, just try what you want and go with it. Many of them are water soluble and easy to wash off, and they won’t stain. So have fun and experiment with Durex®.