So for anyone as paranoid about chemicals as I am вЂ” as well as those who’s skin and vagina are just as sensitive as mine вЂ” here are the best and safest at-home alternatives to personal lubricant. But before trying anything new, make sure that:
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.
Coconut oil especially intrigues me. As we all know, it’s a wonder product that can be used for a multitude of purposes, including dietary and beauty ones. According to Levine, it’s also “been used for a long time particularly for stretching the perineal massage in preparation for childbirth.” But coconut oil also makes a great lube. Make sure it’s virgin and unrefined with no added sugars. It can take a little while to melt at first (since the stuff comes out thick), but it will get slippery as things heat up (temperature-wise and sexually speaking). Bonus: Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties.
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.
You know that bottle of aloe vera gel you’ve been stowing by your bedside to tend to your sunburns? It has many other uses besides tending to your charred skin. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, this miracle skin saver can heal other skin-related wounds and even ease the symptoms of burns, psoriasis, and other skin conditions, according to Dr. Mike Roussell for Shape Magazine.
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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 being able to pronounce half the ingredients listed on the bottle, studies have suggested that some products can even mess with vaginal pH balance and should be reformulated.
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¦
Warning: avoid both if you have a nut allergy.
Warning: if you store your homemade lube in the cupboard, it could become a great breeding ground for bacteria and it obviously doesn’t come with a preservative or an expiry date. Also, anyone can have any kind of reaction to a liquid etc that is going inside you that isn’t usually there, so make sure you see a doctor if something isn’t right.
Whisk until it disolves. Put it in a pan and bring it to a boil. Turn it off and whisk until there’s no more lumps. Do a test on the wrist.
- 1 cup of hot water
- 3 teaspoons of corn flour
- Honey might be great for enhancing the deliciousness of lube, but the sugar content will probably grow lots of bacteria.
- Spit is okay but we’re currently suspicious of saliva’s ability to spread gonorrhoea.
- Stay away from any moisturiser that has a fragrance.
- Vitamin E cream. A while ago, Khloe Kardashian claimed that she uses vitamin E on her vagina to “strengthen the tissue.” That’s definitely not a thing.
- Butter or anything with milk or cream in it.
First tip: use water and silicon based lubes with condoms, DO NOT use oils and oil-based lubes as it can break the latex.
Warning: some people can actually have a severe reaction to aloe vera – either an allergic reaction, or contact dermatitis. And Peppermint essence can heighten the sensitivity for some people, but can also feel like chilli powder for others. Also, some oils and oil-based lubes can cause yeast infections.
- 1 part aloe vera gel
- 1 part flax seed oil
- 5 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil
These are a few things that people tend to add to their homemade lube recipes that are a bad idea:
The Hook Up brought in former Masterchef contestant Beau Cook to give us the low-down on a couple of 'lube alternatives' and to share their recipes.