This is essentially a hybrid lube which uses aloe vera gel (water-based) and flaxseed oil (oil-based) to create a unique natural anal lube formula which is uniquely scented and stirs up erotic sensations within the body. Because it’s an unusual water-oil hybrid, you get to enjoy a consistency which is not typical of most anal lubes.
Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera gel is naturally a water-based lube which means that it can be used with condoms! This makes it ideal as a general-purpose go-to household lube for both vaginal and anal sex, with or without condoms involved. It’s cheaper than most water-based lubes, which is great, but it can become a little bit sticky as it dries, which some people find uncomfortable… so watch out for that.
While I do like the taste/smell of olives personally, I’m not sure that I’d call it “sexy” per se.
- Coconut oil (desired amount)
- Lavender essential oil (4 drops)
- Peppermint essential oil (3 drops)
- YlangYlang essential oil (4 drops)
- Geranium essential oil (4 drops)
- Jasmine essential oil (3 drops)
Most soaps also have a pH balance of 7-9, making them slightly alkaline, while your anus has a pH balance of 6-7, making it slightly acidic. This mismatch of pH balances can lead to further problems and irritation.
First and foremost, Vaseline is made from petroleum oils, which makes it an oil-based lube. This means that it destroys most condoms, so it’s not safe for any kind of protected sex you plan on having. In addition to this, it’s also a breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to infections. In fact, women who use Vaseline for lube are 220% more likely to develop Bacterial Vaginosis than women who don’t use Vaseline for lube.
Just bear in mind that because this recipe contains flax seed oil (i.e. a plant-based oil), it is not suitable for use with most condoms and sex barriers.
There are many reasons that you might be interested in DIY anal lube or makeshift lube items around the house, so let’s take a look at the crème de la crème of cheap anal lube substitutes.
Homemade Anal Lube – Household Lubes & DIY Recipes For Anal Sex Lubricant. From Olive Oil to Coconut Oil, There Are Many Anal Lubricants You Can Create!
Steiner, M., Piedrahita, C., Glover, L., Joanis, C., Spruyt, A., & Foldesy, R. (1994). The Impact of Lubricants on Latex Condoms during Vaginal Intercourse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 5(1), 29вЂ“36. doi: 10.1177/095646249400500108
Amy Levine, MA, CSE, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure
But what you didn’t know is that aloe also makes a great lube, according to pharmacologist Joe Graedon of The People’s Pharmacy. Aloe is already known to be incredibly gentle and neutral on all skin types, so it’s safe to use around your vagina. Make sure your aloe gel is 100 percent pure aloe vera, and contains no sugars or artificial ingredients.
To all my fellow chemical-fearers and experimenters: Get ready to re-vamp your lube routine.
In addition to dyes, some people avoid certain preservatives like parabens. A 2015 study suggested that in a lab setting, parabens in particular can contribute to breast cancer cell growth. Still, as Amy Levine, MA, CSE, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure, tells Bustle, the long-term health risks aren’t entirely clear yet.
When I asked for Levine’s personal opinion on natural lubes, she recommends organic ones like Yes water-based lube. Basically, anything that is organic or natural is preferable. “If you’re having a lot of solo or partnered sex, something more pure/healthy is a better choice,” she adds. When all else fails, good old saliva will do the trick, as long as “you and your partner are not at risk for STDs that are spread through saliva like Hepatitis.”
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Pan, S., Yuan, C., Tagmount, A., Rudel, R. A., Ackerman, J. M., Yaswen, P., вЂ¦ Leitman, D. C. (2016). Parabens and Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Ligand Cross-Talk in Breast Cancer Cells. Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5), 563вЂ“569. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1409200
The process of finding an alternative can be a little daunting, though. When I started my research on the best natural alternatives to lube, I was discouraged by a lot of things that didn’t seem to qualify. Obviously, oils are tricky вЂ” especially when it comes to vaginal sex and sex with a condom. Oil can corrode the latex of the condom significantly, according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, which can then cause it to be less effective and even tear during intercourse. I also discovered that “waxes,” such as shea butter, beeswax, and jojoba oil, can damage the skin cells of the vagina and compromise its ability to replace vaginal skin, according to Women’s Health. And of course, anything sugar based is a definite no-no as well, due to its tendency to cause yeast infections.
In a world of personal lubricants that vary in taste, texture, and sensation, it’s hard to know which is the right one for your body. Luckily, there are a few household products that can make great natural alternatives to lube. On top of not beingвЂ¦