Some More Info About Flammable Silicone Lubricants

If you saw my post the other day about  how silicone lubricants can be flammable, you’ll be glad to know that we’re always looking out for you and getting the information you need to play safe.

Our buyer contacted the manufacturers of our silicone lubricants and asked them about this issue and they were all very responsive and helpful. (As an aside, if you ever have a question about sex toys or any other products email us at and we’ll do what we can to help you out.)

Every single one of them told us that silicone lubricants have a very high flash point, which is the temperature at which a substance vaporizes to form a flammable mixture in air. While it varies from brand to brand, it’s still high enough that you don’t need to worry about your lube spontaneously combusting if it’s near a candle because there won’t be enough vaporized lube to burn. Yes, if you stick a burning match in a pool of it, it can catch on fire, but that’s what it’ll take. And of course, the same thing will happen with many other substances, including condoms, jelly dildos, and oils. Common sense should be your guide.

As long as you don’t put your lube in direct contact with flames, you should be just fine. I still think it’s probably a good idea to be careful if you’re doing waxplay, fireplay or electricity play (if your toy produces sparks). But then, that’s true even if you’re not using silicone lube, isn’t it?

Since one person emailed me to ask about it, I’m still wondering what would happen if someone tried to put out a fire by smothering it with a towel that had been used to clean up silicone lube. Does anyone want to contact the folks at Mythbusters? They seem qualified to answer that.


Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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