Ever gotten hot n' heavy only to realise you're out of lube? Fear not... here are some alternatives which you can use in a pinch - or even as a go-to staple.
Why do we even need lube?
Lubricants can not only make sex more pleasurable, but also safer by reducing friction and chaffing that can cause tearing and injury during sex - thats right, tearing... no thanks.
This friction can occur when an individual is experiencing genital dryness, which means they aren't producing enough natural lubrication. This happens more often than you’d think, despite how turned-on you and your partner may be. It can happen for many reasons so it's nothing to be ashamed about. Lube can help smooth things over so you can keep going.
Things to remember at a glance:
AVOID oil-based anything if you are using latex contraception or toys. The oils cause damage and breakages which suck when you ruin your fave toy and suck even more when you end up accidentally preggers...
AVOID anything that has mineral oil, parabens, glycerin or petroleum as these can increase infections such as bacterial vaginosis.
All of these alternatives below have pros n cons depending on what kind of sex you're having, the cons have been highlighted for ease of reading.
Best lubricant alternatives:
1. Aloe Vera Gel
The title of best alternative lube has to go to Aloe Vera gel, hands down. It is used to help repair and hydrate skin and is especially great for sun burns and other minor skin problems as it’s oh-so-soothing.
Its consistency makes it a great alternative to lube, and it's also safe to use with condoms and other latex contraception and toys because it's water-based. Just make sure it's the purest form of Aloe gel, because some may contain alcohol which can irritate your bits.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil smells and tastes great and has anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties which make it a great lube alternative, but its anti-bacterial properties may disrupt sensitive people’s pH levels.
It is easily absorbed by your skin, so you don't need to worry about scrubbing it off later.
However, it is NOT suitable for use with latex condoms or other latex contraceptives and toys as the oil can cause them to break, increasing the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
3. Sweet Almond Oil
Another option that smells and tastes great is sweet almond oil. As with all oils though, avoid using it with latex contraception and toys.
4. Plain Yogurt
Sounds a lil weird, but if you aren't grossed out (or vegan) plain yogurt can be used as lube - its safe for use with condoms and toys and it even has properties which can help treat vaginal thrush...
Some usable but not ideal options...
1. Scent-free/sensitive skin lotion
Plain and scent-free lotions are fine to use as lube, just make sure they don't have harmful parabens, perfumes or chemicals that can irritate your genitals, leading to infection. Also make sure they’re safe for internal use - many products will have this stated on their packaging, but if you're not sure, don't risk it!
2. Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil has a great consistency to substitute lube, however it is not ideal. As with
coconut oil, you should avoid using it with latex contraception or toys as it can cause them to break.
Another downside (besides smelling like some kind of pasta dish) is that olive oil is hard for the skin to absorb meaning it can clog your pores and lead to infection. So if you do use this one, make sure you properly wash it off as soon as you can afterwards.
Alternatives to AVOID:
Vaseline is not suitable for internal use and is likely to cause infection or bacterial vaginosis. It can also weaken condoms and damage your latex sex toys... so it’s safe to say: AVOID this one!
2. Heavily fragranced lotions
This one is pretty self-explanatory... really, scented lotions don't belong anywhere near your genitals as they can cause irritation and other nasty things. As mentioned above, some lotions which are fragrance free are fine to use, but may not be the best alternative.
3. Baby Oil
While great for moisturising and softening skin, baby oil should NOT be used during sex as research has found that it can cause rectal infections and bacterial vaginosis. It is also very difficult to wash off, and if you don't wash it off there's a risk that it can worsen the aforementioned problems.
As it’s oil-based, it can damage condoms and other latex contraception, increasing risk of pregnancy and STIs.
4. Refined cooking oils - vegetable, canola, etc...
You should AVOID cooking oils because they heavily processed and are, in some cases, bleached and chemically treated. This can never be good for your private areas. It is for these reasons also that many avoid using refined oils in their food. They are also hard for the skin to absorb which can lead to clogged pores and infections.
Thats the list! Always do patch tests before going ahead and using these as you might have an adverse reaction and we don't want that. If you are unsure, it's best not to use anything until you have consulted a professional. Most importantly, stay safe, stay consensual and ENJOY!