The benefits of natural lube cannot be understated, but most importantly, you don’t need to worry about harsh chemicals or ingredients causing problems for your vulva and vagina. You may not realize it, but so many lubes contain nasty ingredients—just go look at the list of stuff contained in KY Jelly. You will be scarred for life.
For those of you who like to keep it healthy and natural, a plant-based lube might be just the thing you want in your life. A 2014 study showed that a large portion of women use a personal lubricant (and you should be one of them!).
Do keep in mind that oil-based natural lubes are not compatible with latex (ie: condoms). They can corrode the material and cause breakage in condoms, so if latex condoms are your main form of birth control, or you are sleeping with more than one partner, don’t use an oil-based lube. You can instead use condoms made from polyurethane or latex-free condoms, which won’t suffer damage from oil.
Without further ado, here are 5 natural lubes you should definitely try. Pick them up at your local grocery store or organic food center ASAP!
Aloe Vera is a great lube and it won’t damage latex condoms (it's not oil based) which is always a bonus. Aloe is the main ingredient in lots of all-natural organic lubes such as Unbound Jelly or Sustain Natural.
You can buy 100% Aloe Vera at any WholeFoods (just be sure it isn’t mixed with any other ingredients). If you’re not using condoms, you can add a few drops of all-natural lavender oil. It smells amazing and turns the aloe into more than just lube, but a great massage oil as well.
For a guide on massages, check this out.
Almond oil smells wonderful and is awesome for staying power. It’s a good choice for anal play, if that is something you’re looking to explore since it requires little reapplication. Almond oil is also safe to eat so it’s a nice choice for oral sex and blow jobs.
Almond oil is rich with antioxidants, which help to calm irritated skin. Since the skin on the vulva is such a sensitive area, the more soothing and skin-safe the oil, the better.
Combine some almond oil with your favorite vibrator for a magical masturbation experience. Another tip? Try using almond oil with your favorite wand vibrator—the added slide and barrier between toy and clitoris is truly life changing.
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is our favorite lube of all time. It smells like a cupcake and will NOT come off during sex. When you’re having marathon sex, it is the ideal choice. Seriously, is there anything coconut oil can’t do? It’s amazing for your skin, hair, and nails too!
Just be sure the coconut oil you buy is slightly hydrogenated and ultra refined. With unrefined coconut oil, it takes on antibacterial properties which can wipe out the good flora in your vagina. Some women have reported yeast infections or BV as a result. Pay attention to labels!
All natural sunflower oil may seem like an odd choice, but it actually makes for stellar lube. It is non-greasy, light and has a pleasant aroma that won’t overwhelm the senses.
We love sunflower oil for erotic massages and hand jobs especially, as it stays on but will eventually absorb into the skin without any buildup. Additionally, sunflower oil contains the rich fatty acid linoleic acid which is good for skin health. Anything to keep the vulva healthy, right?
Vitamin E Oil
Organic, 100% pure vitamin E oil is a great choice for erotic massage and sex. Some women may experience irritation, so this might not be the right choice for you. Experiment with what works.
See more: The Ultimate Guide to Lube
Keep in mind that all-natural lubes such as Maple Holistics, Good Clean Love, Sustain Natural, Unbound, UberLube offer the same benefits of store-bought oils and plant-based lubes. These might be easier options as they are specially formulated to be used as personal lubricant.
There are plenty of options out there. Don’t be afraid to try new things!