Why Coconut Oil Makes an Ah-mazing Lube (Tips, Risks & More)
Want to use coconut oil as a lubricant?
But is it safe? Is it effective?
There are some things you need to know about this natural ingredient before using coconut oil as lube.
Let’s find out…
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Is It Safe To Use Coconut Oil As Lube?
Applying coconut oil around your genital area can do a lot of wonders.
Think: Vaginal moisturizer, pleasurable penetrations, and more. (We’ll get to that in a minute.)
But here’s the thing:
A healthy vagina has an acidic pH level (3.8-4.5) maintained by an army of good bacteria that help fend off infections.
However, coconut oil has a pH of 5.5-7.5, making it alkaline.
When you apply JUST coconut oil as lube, it can disrupt your vagina’s natural flora. This makes you prone to infection. (More on this later.)
But don’t worry; there’s a solution.
Use an all-natural commercial oil-based lubricant like Coconu — it’s made with 100% organic coconut oil and is vag-safe.
The Coconu Oil Based Personal Lubricant creates a stimulating and deeply satisfying sexual experience. (More on this soon, promise!)
|Did you know: Virgin coconut oil (or unrefined coconut oil) is made with fresh meat (the white meat inside a coconut). Refined coconut oil is made with dried coconut meat (copra).|
What Are the Benefits of Coconut Oil as Lube?
Here are some possible benefits:
1. Vaginal Moisturizer
Suffering from a dry vagina thanks to menopause?
Virgin coconut oil can help battle menopausal symptoms like:
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal atrophy (thinning and drying of the vaginal walls)
- Pain during sex
Virgin coconut oil is known for its hydrating properties. It improves skin elasticity and can be used as a vaginal moisturizer to keep you hydrated and supple down there.
2. Smoother Anal and Vaginal Penetration
Virgin coconut oil has a thick consistency. And according to top gynecologists and health physicians, the oil is long-lasting and won’t clump.
Plus, it may prevent tearing and bleeding around the anus during sex. You can also enjoy pleasurable solo play with non-latex sex toys.
Coconut oil’s staying power and moisturizing capabilities can make it suitable for vaginal and anal penetration.
3. Good with Silicone
High-quality coconut oil plays well with silicone based sex toys like vibrators, butt plugs, and dildos.
Like your silicone spatula, your silicone toy will be fine when used with a coconut oil lube.
Read More: Find out why you should never use Soap as Lube. Ever.
Are There Any Risks to Coconut Oil as Lube?
While virgin coconut oil as lube has a lot going for it, here are some downsides to keep in mind:
1. It Degrades Latex Condoms and Toys
Did you know coconut oil will make your latex condom ineffective?
Since oil degrades latex material, direct use of coconut oil may cause your latex barriers (dental dams, latex condom, and even polyisoprene condoms) to break.
It also damages latex-based adult sex toys.
Doctors recommend only using a polyurethane condom when applying coconut oil. A polyurethane condom is made from a thin, durable plastic material.
2. It Can Cause an Allergic Reaction
Got sensitive skin or are you typically prone to allergies?
Keep a close eye on your skin when applying coconut oil.
Some people are allergic to coconut, and its oil can cause flare-ups. In others, coconut oil may lead to clogged pores and skin irritation.
Some allergic reactions to look out for include:
- Skin rashes
- Skin blisters
Always do a patch test on your inner forearm before using pure coconut oil for masturbation, oral sex, vaginal, or anal sex.
3. It Increases the Risk of Vaginal Infection
As mentioned earlier, coconut oil can disrupt your vagina’s pH balance.
When that happens, you risk getting a vaginal infection like bacterial vaginosis (imbalance of good and harmful bacteria in the vag) or a yeast infection.
Since pure coconut oil locks moisture wherever applied (in this case, your genitals), the vagina can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Avoid using coconut oil as lube if you’re generally prone to a bacterial infection (think yeast infection).
Avoid using anything that disrupts your vagina’s natural balance. This includes vaginal lubricants with chemicals, petroleum jelly, glycerin, parabens, glycol and fragrances.
What’s a Good Coconut Oil Lube Alternative?
If you’re wondering what you can use instead of coconut oil for lube, here are two types to consider:
1. Natural Lube Alternatives
Coconut oil may not be your thing, and that’s totally okay.
If you prefer a natural lube, try one of these:
- Pure aloe vera
- Virgin olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Pure grapeseed oil
- Argan oil
Read More: Find out the risks of using Olive Oil as Lube.
2. Commercial Organic Lubes
Prefer an over-the-counter lube option?
Why not try an organic oil or water based lube?
1. Oil Based Lubricants
A commercial oil based lube is far safer for your sexual health than your standard organic coconut oil.
An oil based lubricant is formulated especially for your vagina or anus so you can enjoy stress-free sex.
Plus, the following oil lubes contain coconut oil as a key natural ingredient, so you can enjoy all the benefits along with other top-notch organic ingredients.
Here are our recommendations:
A. Coconu Oil Based Personal Lubricant
The Coconu Oil Based Lube contains USDA-certified organic coconut oil.
But that’s not all. It’s also:
- Free of paraben, glycerin, and other harmful additives. So you don’t have to worry about it upsetting your delicate vaginal skin.
Long-lasting, so it protects and moisturizes dry or sensitive tissues.
- An ah-mazing massage oil — perfect for a moment of self-care or a sexy warm-up before moving to the main event!
- Highly absorbent, unlike natural coconut oil and other oil based lubricants. It leaves no stains or greasy mess.
B. Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil
The Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil is a triple threat that works well before, during, and after sex. It combines the goodness of coconut oil with the amazing benefits of hemp.
- Nourishes the skin
- Soothes pain
- Eases tension
- Increases sensation
Use it for an intimate massage, sports massage, foreplay, or go all the way.
2. Water Based Lube
A water based lubricant is ideal for sexual intercourse with a latex condom and toys. Plus, it’s best for sensitive skin.
A. Coconu Water Based Lubricant
Made from organic coconut water, Coconu’s Water Based Lubricant doubles as a lube and vaginal moisturizer.
The lubricant rehydrates sensitive skin and is effortless to clean up after your intimate session. It’s also pH balanced to preserve your vaginal flora and protect against irritation.
What Kind of Coconut Oil Is Best for Lube?
Virgin or extra virgin coconut oil is the only kind you can reliably use as a lubricant.
Let’s take a closer look at the types of coconut oil:
1. Refined Coconut Oil
Refined coconut oil goes through a cleaning process that contains preservatives, additives, toxins, and chemicals. (Eek!)
It can cause a skin irritation or an allergic reaction when used outside the kitchen.
Never put refined coconut oil anywhere near your genital area. Okay?
2. Unrefined Coconut Oil
Unrefined coconut oil (extra virgin or virgin coconut oil) is a highly saturated oil, rich in medium-chain fatty acids.
The coconut meat is pressed to draw out the oil, and that’s it — there’s no further processing. The final product has a distinctive coconutty aroma and flavor. (Remember this if you’re planning on oral sex and don’t like the coconut smell or taste.)
Did you know:
Both refined and unrefined coconut oil is saturated, so they remain solid at room temperature.
But another coconut oil type also stays liquid at room temperature: Fractionated coconut oil.
3. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil goes through a fractionation process. This is when regular coconut oil (solid at room temperature) gets heated to a specific temperature and cooled.
Then, the solid fats separate from the liquid ones. You remove the solid bits, and the remaining coconut oil is bottled. It’s tasteless and odorless.
Pure fractionated coconut oil that only has healthy, medium chain fatty acid can be safe around your vag or anus.
How to Make Lube With Coconut Oil?
For those who are into DIY, you can make your own natural lubricant with organic coconut oil at home.
The process is not difficult, but you must carefully source the ingredients.
Grab organic coconut oil and some essential oils (think ylang ylang and lavender). Then, follow this simple coconut oil lube recipe.
Read More: Can you use lube with condoms? Yes, but certain conditions apply!
How to Use Coconut Oil as Lube?
If you still want to use natural coconut oil as a sexual lubricant, here’s how:
- Scoop out a dollop of unrefined coconut oil in your palms
- Rub your palms together to warm the oil and make it silky smooth.
- Apply it on your vagina or anus.
With coconut oil, a little goes a long way.
If you use too much, it’ll only make it that much harder to wash away. And any build-up over time will become a breeding ground for bad bacteria and yeast.
Ready for some erotic play?
Prepare Before Play
Before jumping into the sack, check these essential rules:
Rule #1: You’re dealing with oil — so lay a towel on your sheets.
You don’t want to stain your best sheets, right?
Rule #2: Don’t bring out your latex sex toy or latex barriers.
Oil tends to break down latex. So, coconut oil will damage the surface of your favorite latex dildo or vibrator.
Also, use a non-latex condom if birth control is on your mind.
However, silicone sex toys like anal vibrators or butt plugs are good to go!
This brings us to the next question:
How Do You Use Coconut Oil As Anal Lube?
When using this natural lubricant for some anal sex, take a small amount onto your fingers, and apply it to your anus.
Also, apply a dollop to your partner’s penis or the sex toy you’re using.
Then, go to town!
Play It Safe (But Sexy) With Coconu
Natural coconut oil is not always ideal for your sexual health. As a massage oil during foreplay, definitely. But not as a lubricant for the main act!
However, you can use the benefits of coconut oil as a lubricant, while keeping it safe with Coconu.
Try Coconu’s Oil Based Singles. They conveniently fit into your glovebox or pocket and are ideal for some on-the-go action!