With so much hoopla around organic, vagina-friendly products (and organic, vegan, planet-friendly and cruelty-free products in general) it’s no wonder that oil-based, natural lubes are all the rage in 2019.
But you might be wondering what oil-based lubes even are: Oil-based lubes are usually plant-based oils that are safe (and effective) to use as lubrication during sex. The most common types are coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil.
There are many awesome reasons to use an oil-based lube: They are slippery, stay in place, and have lovely, earthy scents. Plus, they often pull double duty acting as moisturizing hair masks, sensual massage oils, or extra boosts in your morning smoothie. Talk about bang for your buck.
Here is your A to Z guide to oil-based lubes.
Why oil as lube?
The short answer: It’s good for your body. There are countless low-quality, chemical-filled products on the market, so it can be difficult to find a good option for your vagina.
You do not want to stick pharmacy lube up your vagina. The mucus-rich vaginal and vulva skin are some of the most absorbent parts of the body. When buying lube (whether it’s oil, silicone, or water-based), you want to be sure that it is free of parabens, harmful chemicals, and glycerine.
This is why oil-based lubes can be so useful. Organic, all-natural oil-based lubes don’t contain any added ingredients or chemicals. Your sex life deserves only the best, right?
Where to buy oil-based lubes.
Buying oil-based lubes is actually super easy. Just head to your local Whole Foods or organic grocer and buy yourself all-natural, 100% pure olive, coconut, or almond oil. No muss, no fuss.
If you’re buying coconut oil, be sure it's virgin and unrefined. If you’re using olive oil, go for extra virgin.
For oil-based products, we love, love, love CocoLube . It stays on really well, is never too greasy, and absorbs right into the skin leaving you moisturized and feeling fresh. And it smells DIVINE.
A word of caution for the yeast-infection prone among us.
Most oil-based lubes are fine and won’t disrupt your normal vaginal flow. But, something to keep in mind when specifically considering coconut oil is the frequency with which you get yeast infections. Coconut oil is a good lube alternative for women with sensitive skin or allergies, but it is also an antifungal with antibacterial properties. So if you’re a regular yeast infection-getter, coconut oil might not be the best option for you; it can disrupt your pH balance.
If you start getting yeast infections after using coconut oil, stop using it. You can opt for a different oil-based lube, or switch to an all-natural water-based formula like The Sex Gel from Necessaire.
When NOT to use oil-based lubes.
While plant-based oil lubricants are slippery, have staying power, and are generally fabulous, they may not always be the right choice for you.
If you're using latex or polyisoprene condoms as a form of protection against STIs and/or pregnancy, you’ll want to stay away from all oil-based lubes.
The oil can cause corrosion which can lead to breakage with latex or polyperine condoms. If you’re using condoms, stick with a water-based or silicone-based lube.
Oil-based lubes also have potential to damage sex toys by breaking down the material of the toys, significantly shortening their lifespan. You can use oil-based lubes with just your silicone toys, but be sure to thoroughly wash them with soap and water immediately after use. Don’t leave the oil on the toys to sit and get nasty.
See more: How to Properly Clean Your Sex Toys