Can coconut oil be used as lube? Five everyday items that are safe to use when you run out of lubricant
If you've ever run out of lubricant, and have wondered if coconut oil can be used as lube, then you're in the right place.
There are a number of personal lubricant options on the market, but we all have different needs, and it pays to do some research before committing to one kind or the other.
Here's everything you need to know about using coconut oil in the bedroom...
Can coconut oil be used as lube?
Coconut oil has been clinically proven for safe and effective use as a moisturiser — this may make it suitable to be used as a lubricant, per Healthline.
Before you use coconut oil as lube, it's important to bear in mind your personal needs. Coconut oil stays smooth and acts as a moisturiser, so if you are struggling with vaginal dryness, this can help with friction. And unlike water-based or silicone lubes, coconut oil will not get sticky or tacky.
Likewise, if you're looking for something natural, coconut oil is a good bet. It has no added chemicals or toxins, which makes it ideal for those who have allergies or sensitive skin.
However, there has not been much research done on using coconut oil as a personal lubricant, so some people may want to proceed with caution or use alternatives.
In any case, coconut oil should not be used with latex condoms or diaphragms as it can weaken them. If you are using condoms, then it is best to proceed with water or silicone-based lubes.
However, if you're prone to yeast infections, you may want to stay away as it has a high alkaline pH. The normal pH of a vagina is acidic, meaning that coconut oil can disrupt its natural balance, possibly causing various infections.
Additionally, like other oil-based lubes, coconut oil may stain your sheets. So if you're worried about that, opt for another kind of lubricant.
How do you use coconut oil as lubricant?
Before you use coconut oil, ensure it's come to room temperature so it's of a slippery consistency and not solid.
Then, you can simply use it how you would use any other personal lubricant. Apply it around the opening of the vagina and on the vulva if you are using it for more comfortable penetration.
You can also use coconut oil for masturbation or with sex toys to increase stimulation, enjoyment and comfort.
What kind of coconut oil do you use for lube?
You'll want to ensure you're picking up a food-grade type of coconut oil that is free from preservatives and additives. Your nether regions can get irritated when using fragranced items, so it's best to use as pure a coconut oil as you can find.
Afterwards, keep your jar as sterile as possible. You can store the oil in a cupboard, and it should be shelf-stable and suitable to use for at least six to 12 months. Always check the packaging, however, for "best before" and expiry dates.
If your coconut oil develops a foul odour, it's best to chuck it. Trust your instincts here...
What else can I use when I run out of lube?
There are a number of items that you likely have around the house that are safe to use as a personal lubricant. Here's a round-up of our favourites...
Olive oil is a kitchen staple that can also double as lube when in a pinch. It can also be used with sex toys, although its consistency may make it difficult to wash off.
As ever, any oil-based product should not be used with latex condoms.
Like olive oil, vegetable oil can also be used as a personal lubricant. It can be used with sex toys — but check the manufacturer's notes beforehand if you're concerned.
It cannot be used with latex condoms.
Vaseline or petroleum-based products
Although petroleum-based items can be used as a personal lubricant, in some women, they can increase the chances of vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis.
They also shouldn't be used with latex condoms, and they can break down some silicone sex toys. So, proceed with caution!
Aloe Vera is known for its moisturising properties, making it a contender for those who struggle with dryness and friction. It's also safe to use with condoms and sex toys.
Of course, if you're allergic to aloe, steer clear.
Corn starch and water
Combining corn starch and water can make an effective lubricant. You simply mix a ratio of two to four teaspoons of corn starch and one cup of water. Then, bring it to a boil while stirring. Leave to cool.
There has not been enough research to say whether it's safe to use with latex condoms, so it's best to avoid for now.