3 Natural Lube Alternatives You Can Find In Your Home

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 — 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.

When it comes to other ingredients, though, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a
clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and
Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine,
says it all depends on your level of sensitivity. She suggests
buying a small bottle to start out with and then paying attention
to how you react — and that’s especially true if the lube has
additives like dyes in it. “Because basically, the vaginal and
vulvar tissue is the most sensitive tissue in the body,” she
adds.

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.

So for anyone as paranoid about chemicals as I am — as well as
those who’s skin and vagina are just as sensitive as mine — here
are the best and safest at-home alternatives to personal lubricant.
But before trying anything new, make sure that:

  1. You’re not allergic to the products you’re introducing into
    your body and that your partner isn’t allergic either.
  2. You don’t use products with any kind of sugars or glycerin in
    it. That’s because sugar-based lubricants
    increase the production of yeast
    in the vagina, sometimes
    leading to yeast infections.
  3. You do not under any circumstances use oil-based products on
    condoms.

Here’s what I found.

1.
Aloe Vera


Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100 Percent Gel
, $9.64,
Amazon

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.

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.

Graedon suggests rubbing the stuff on the inside of your elbow
first to ensure that you are not allergic to the latex in it
(unless you already know you have a latex allergy, in which case
you may want to steer clear of aloe altogether). Plus, the slippery
stuff is totally safe to use on condoms since it contains no oils
or properties that can break down latex.

2. Egg Whites

The idea of sticking egg whites into my vagina terrified me at
first. First of all, I’m a vegan, so sticking any kind of animal
product in my body is less than desired. Then my hypochondriac side
chimed in, singing tales of salmonella and subsequent death. If the
former bothers you, I can’t really do much to comfort you. It’s
your body, and if this sounds gross and unethical to you, don’t do
it. As for the latter, however, you will probably not
get salmonella
if you’re buying a pasteurized egg white
mix, according to foodsafety.gov. Still, the medical
community is very hesitant to recommend it. “Salmonella, need I say
more?” says Levine. According to obstetrical nurse Maureen
Stephens, however,
applying egg whites to the vagina
(specifically for fertility
purposes) “is safe and comes with no side effects.”

Additionally, many women in
homeopathic circles believe
in the stuff, and use it not only
for lube but also for conceiving, since apparently it’s good for
making sure the sperm is going where it needs to go. It can be a
mess to apply (as lube at the best of times) so opting for a
dropper of some sort or simply embracing the messiness will be your
best options. Egg whites are best
served at room-temperature
in a bowl or vessel of your
choice.

3.
Natural Oils


Dr. Bronner Fresh Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
, $13,
Amazon

According to
sex therapist Brier Jirka
, some vegetable and mineral oils like
avocado, coconut, and olive oil can be used as personal lubricant.
They can be great for clitoral stimulation and vulvar massage, or
some quality alone time, but keep them far away from your condoms
(it could make them break). Natural oils are great, not only
because rubbing oil over your body feels so damn good, but because
it lasts way longer than water-based lubricants. “If it’s organic,
then it’s good,” Levine says, “So as latex is not a factor.”

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
.

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.”

To all my fellow chemical-fearers and experimenters: Get ready
to re-vamp your lube routine.

Studies referenced:

Cunha, A., Machado, R., Palmeira-De-Oliveira, A.,
Martinez-De-Oliveira, J., Neves, J. D., & Palmeira-De-Oliveira,
R. (2014). Characterization of Commercially Available Vaginal
Lubricants: A Safety Perspective. Pharmaceutics, 6(3), 530–542.
doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics6030530

Pan, S., Yuan, C., Tagmount, A., Rudel, R. A., Ackerman, J. M.,
Yaswen, P., … Leitman, D. C. (2016). Parabens and Human Epidermal
Growth Factor Receptor Ligand Cross-Talk in Breast Cancer Cells.
Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5), 563–569. doi:
10.1289/ehp.1409200

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), 29–36. doi: 10.1177/095646249400500108

Experts:

Dr. Mary Jane
Minkin
, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale
University School of Medicine

Amy Levine, MA, CSE, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure

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3 Natural Lube Alternatives You Can Find In Your Home