Well, first let me congrats on getting some action tonight young fella. Or is it a miss?
I see you searching for some answers regarding “wet fun”. Additional lubrication can definitely spice things up and make your experience better.
Whether you plan to use it alone for solo action, or with your boyfriend / girlfriend, we will try to give you some helpful stuff that every young person should be aware of, before buying themselves a lube.
But, is there a legal age to buy lube?
To give you an answer straight away: According to r/legaladvice, lubricants can be bought by anyone at any age in the United States of America, and most countries outside the US. Truthfully, I don’t know of a single country that would have an age restriction when it comes to purchasing lubricants. However, the person at the counter might still give you some hard-time when they notice you are young and nervous, but they have no legal grounds for doing that.
What about condoms? Can I buy condoms if I’m underage?
Yes. The answer is basically the same as with the lubes. Anyone can buy a condom. And truthfully, if you are going to have sexual acts involving condoms, using additional lubrication can be an effective way to remove the unwanted friction. – To think of it, why would condoms not be allowed to everyone? I mean, their purpose is to prevent premature pregnancies with teens who have just begun experimenting.
Keep in mind, that besides knowing whether there’s a legal age to buy lube, that there are also additional stuff that you should know about personal lubricants:
- the risks of using a lube
- the types of lubes
- which lube is safe with condoms
- what household items you may use instead
- what you should never use as lube
Some risks to be aware of
I do not want to scare you off or anything, but some people with sensitive skin, may experience certain discomforts when using a lube. It mostly depends on the ingredients.
For example, glycerin is an ingredient that is commonly used in personal lubricants, but it is known to promote yeast infections. If you want to see all bad lube ingredients, go ahead and see our article on 20 ingredients to avoid when buying a personal lubricant.
The types of lube
We’ve established that a legal age to buy lube is non-existent. But which one to get? It is great if you are familiar with the types of lubricants that are available on the market, and some basic differences.
1. Lubricants based on water – As the name tells you, their main ingredient is water (aqua). This is your safe choice. They are compatible with condoms (and other materials) and tend to cause no complications whatsoever. Just make sure to avoid the ingredients, we’ve linked to above.
2. Lubricants based on silicone – Before using a lube, always apply it to a certain part of your skin outside the private areas. Wait 5-10 minutes to see if there’s any reaction. If no, then you are good to go. Silicone lubricants main feature is that they are longer-lasting (won’t dry up), and can’t be rinsed with water (good for shower fun). However, they are not compatible with silicone materials (e.g. polyurethane condoms and toys).
3. Lubricants based on oil – There’s one thing to remember with oil-based lubricants. They are not to be used with condoms. Oil breaks the material and you are into trouble. However, this type of lubricants tends to have no preservatives. It’s because oil is a preservative in its nature. Therefore it can be your healthy choice if no condoms are required. It’s usually based on vitamin E oil, coconut oil, or some other natural oil.
4. Lubricants based on petroleum – All I can say about this one is to stay away from it. It’s made from the same stuff as gasoline is made of. You can identify it if there’s “petroleum jelly” written on it, or if you see ingredient such as petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffinum liquidum, etc. They are also not safe with condoms. Avoid.
Which lube is safe with condoms?
As we mentioned already, lubricants on a water base are in most cases safe with just about everything. So, it may be wise to start with those.
Silicone lubricants are also safe with condoms, accept most of them are incompatible with polyurethane condoms (but can be used safely with latex and polyisoprene).
However, always read manufacturers specification. Those are usually written at the back of the bottle, or you can also find all info on their official website. It should be specified whether you can use that specific lube with condoms or not.
Still, we can’t stress enough to anyone searching for the answer to “is there a legal age to buy lube” to go with the water-based. You’ll have enough time to try other types later, once you get more experienced.
What household items can or can’t be used as lube?
Here we also give you a list of stuff that people sometimes think of using as lube. These items are not originally meant to be used as a personal lubricant. And we advise that you do not experiment with them.
Healthy in general
- Aloe Vera gel
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Egg whites
- Almond oil
- Plain yogurt
- Chinese yam
To be avoided
- Baby oil
- Body lotion
- Cooking oil
Is there a legal age to buy lube? – Conclusions
The purpose of this article was to answer your question regarding age restrictions and provide you with some basic info that will come in handy to a newcomer.
Our priority is your health and sexual well-being. And we hope that you have found this article helpful in one way or another. If you have an option to get a lube online, we can also give you some specific recommendations. These are all water-based, natural and organic:
You just can’t go wrong with those. They are all ingredient-friendly, safe to be used with just about anything, and should provide an amazing experience.
Thanks for reading our article that investigated questions surrounding the legal age to buy lube. We wish you good luck and lots of fun.