Oil-based lubricants are desirable for people who wish to avoid certain additives and preservatives often found in other lubricants.Oil-based lubricants also last longer than most water-based and silicone-based lubricants.

But the downside comes if you’re using a latex condom. Oil-based lubricants increase the chances of a ripped or torn condom, defeating the condom’s purpose.

Oil-based lubricants are also associated with higher rates of infections, such as bacterial vaginosis. And your expensive sheets may be another reason to stay away from oil-based lubes. Oil tends to stain sheets and clothing, and can also be difficult to clean up.