One of the simplest ways to enhance your sex life is to find a lubricant you love.
However, people have been getting up with all kinds of weird stuff to use as lubrication when they don’t have anything at hand but still want to give that drunken anal sex a shot (btw stay away from doing that, for real!).
I’ve seen some sh*t out there, including people rubbing shortening on their genitals along with cooking oil, olive oil, and, of course, coconut oil.
However, not all personal lubricants are formulated equally, and each one comes with benefits and downsides, so in today’s article, we will be talking about one miracle product that seems to be dominating pretty much wherever you turn… coconut oil!
Can You Use Coconut Oil As Lube?
On the whole, YES. Coconut oil can be used as a lube and it makes sense to bring it into the bedroom. It’s slick and slippery, and the fact that it’s a natural product is also very appealing.
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts and it has many good qualities.
It is also a great moisturizer for the body, however, it is best that you stay away from resorting to coconut oil as a face moisturizer as it is known to clog pores and thus cause acne.
Is Coconut Oil Safe For Your Vagina?
Coconut oil is safe for your vagina, however, you obviously have to have the common sense of washing it off after your playtime.
Behind every healthy vagina is a healthy “community” of hard-working bacteria called the vaginal flora. Similar to gut bacteria, the microbes in our vaginas can keep us healthy, or make us sick.
Now, anything that has the ability to affect your flora could disrupt your vagina’s natural balance, including antibiotics, chemical preservatives, raging hormones, unfamiliar bacteria on shared adult toys or on a new partner’s skin, yeast overgrowth, etc.
That’s how you get a vaginal infection.
That said, the internet is literally overflowing with articles warning against using coconut oil on and in your genitals, however, while there is nothing wrong with cautionary speculation, the truth is that these claims are not supported by science.
Can Coconut Oil Cause Yeast Infections?
Coconut oil cannot cause yeast infections if, again, you have the common sense of washing it off after using it as a lube. Coconut oil is also claimed to have antibacterial properties, which unfortunately also isn’t true.
However, coconut oil contains a component called lauric acid which has antifungal properties, therefore, some research suggests that virgin coconut oil could be antifungal, meaning it can be beneficial against yeast overgrowth.
However, there is not enough data to back up this claim and studies are still at an early stage of testing. If you suffer from yeast infection it is always advisable to see a doctor instead of resorting to remedies from your kitchen to solve the problem.
When Not To Use Coconut Oil As Lube?
There are instances when you can safely use and enjoy coconut oil in the bedroom, however, it is not always the best alternative for a lube.
Here’s when not to use coconut oil as lube:
✖️ Latex condoms.
Latex condoms and oil do not mix together and this is backed up by a study done in 1989 where exposing latex condoms to mineral oils even for as little as 60 seconds decreased the condom’s efficacy by as much as 90%
If you are, however, choosing between the two, condoms should take priority over coconut oil, therefore, you should always opt for a water-based lube to stay on the safe side.
✖️ Sex toys.
Plastic and TPR sex toys aren’t oil-compatible. Pure silicone toys should be alright, however, there is also a chance that they can get destroyed over time of constantly pairing them with coconut oil.
However, when it comes to plastic toys, coconut oil will surely destroy them over time and potentially even make them a bountiful harbor of unwanted bacteria.
Additionally, TPR sex toys seem to absorb oils once they start to melt, which means you will eventually end up with a sticky, oily, and destroyed sex toy.
✖️ Coconut allergy.
This one is self-explanatory and probably intuitive, but if eating coconuts is causing you an allergic reaction, it is probably best to stay away from trying coconut oil as lube.
✖️ Watch the sheets.
Coconut oil as all oil-based lubes will stain your sheets and it is a pain in the butt to clean it off. Baking soda seems to be helping, however, it goes without saying that your favorite sheets won’t be the same after this treatment.
If you plan on experimenting with coconut oil as lube it’s best that you say your goodbyes to an old towel before using and throwing it away right after.
Best Coconut Oil As Lube Alternatives.
So, we’ve established that coconut oil is very much safe to be used as a lube, however, should you prefer to opt for a nice lube with a subtle coconut scent, take a look at the list of coconut oil alternatives I made for you:
Amor – Coconut Oil Flavored Lube – $10
The Amor Coconut Oil flavored lube is a water-based lubricant that won’t stain your sheets, clothes, etc, is super easy to wash off and it has a nice and pleasant coconut aroma.
It is made from food ingredients, however, it contains no added sugar and is also compatible to be used with latex condoms as well as all sex toy materials.
Furthermore, it is hypoallergenic and does not contain preservatives or potentially irritating ingredients.
System JO – Hybrid Coconut Lubricant – $13
System JO is a manufacturer known for producing high-quality lubricants on the market. This fusion Hybrid lubricant is the perfect blend of water and coconut oil and it has a nice slippery feel as well as a pleasant coconut aroma.
It is formulated without glycerin, sugars, or potentially irritating preservatives and is compatible with all sex toy materials as well as latex condoms.
Naturally Yours – Coconut & Pineapple Flavored Lube – $19,99
This delicious, mildly flavored Coconut Pineapple personal lubricant has a pleasant aroma of fresh fruits with that added coconut sweetness.
The flavors are natural and the formulation doesn’t contain silicone, parabens, or other potentially irritating chemicals. This high-performance water-based lube is easy to wash off and it offers a smooth glide to make your play more pleasurable.
Additionally, it is compatible with latex condoms as well as all sex toy materials.
So, by now, we can all agree that coconut oil can be safely used as a lubricant, however, it goes without saying that it is not always the best replacement for a lube.
Have you ever used coconut oil as a lube? Do you plan to? Don’t forget to hit that comment section and tell us all about your experience with using coconut oil as a lube.