With hundreds of different types of lubricants available on the market, it's not hard to be come overwhelmed with choice.
Lube companies claim to be able to cater to each and every different sexual need.
From anal oral lube, it's so specific. And, often expensive!
Naturally, people have started looking for a cheaper, general purpose alternative that can meet their sexual needs...
Enter coconut oil!
Over the last few years, coconut oil has become somewhat of a wonder oil.
People swear by its use for everything from cooking to brushing their teeth, washing their hair and, yes, using it as sexual lubricant.
And, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it.
Her association alone is enough for most people to be sceptical with many people questioning:
"Is it safe to use? Can it affect reproduction? Can you use it with sex toys?"
All great questions, which we will answer in the article below.
One of the biggest selling points of coconut oil is its affordability.
Its multi-purpose use means that it can be manufactured and sold as a commodity, driving down the price substantially.
You can pick up a jar of coconut oil from most supermarkets for less than $5.
Coconut oil is cheap to buy,
thick enough to prevent uncomfortable friction and does not need a constant reapplication.
It’s also natural, smells nice, and is gentle on the skin, leaving it silky soft and smooth.
No surprise then, that coconut oil is becoming more popular in the bedroom; it makes a great personal lube for masturbation.
However, if you plan to introduce anything more exotic than your own skin into your masturbation sessions then you might need to think twice.
Coconut all is not a one-size-fits-all solution and, despite being all-natural, it is definitely not suitable for all sexual activities.
If you plan to lube up for some of the following activities then you’ll need to have another, more suitable, lube to hand.
Read on to discover when coconut oil is the perfect lubricant, and when you should consider something else.
Coconut oil makes a great lube for hard plastic, silicone, metal, and glass sex toys.
Avoid using it with TPE, rubber, latex, or PVC toys and be wary of cheap ‘silicone’ as it is sometimes mislabeled. Be cautious if you have cheaper toys with porous materials, or if you are not sure what material they are made of. If in doubt, keep a water-based lube handy to use with sex toys.
Cleaning your sex toys after use is critical for their longevity. Learn more about how to clean your sex toys.
The moisturizing properties or coconut oil make it ideal for anal lubrication.
It makes the skin more elastic and can help the extremely delicate skin of the anus stretch without developing the small tears that are sometimes the result of vigorous anal activity.
As a bonus, it can also act as a barrier around your sex toys, keeping them free of the unpleasant smell that often builds up from frequent anal use.
Whether coconut oil is a good choice to use with a partner largely depends on your partner and your planned activities. As discussed above, it is well suited for masturbation and as an anal lube. It is not suitable for use with latex so if you plan to stay safe with a condom then choose a water-based lube.
There is some debate about its suitability for use in delicate lady-parts. Most girls know that the vagina is a delicate area which maintains and self-cleans. Upsetting the delicate balance of the area with soaps, scents, and other substances is never a good idea, and there is very little research about using coconut oil down there. The result is that many ladies will choose to play it safe with a lube which has been tested and formulated to cause no harm.
There have been no real tests carried out to determine whether coconut oil is safe to use as a personal lubricant but, for most activities, it is fine. It slides gently onto the skin and provides a good level of lubrication. It will eventually be absorbed into your skin, leaving it soft and smooth and eliminating the need for laborious cleaning up. Many fans swear by coconut oil as a facial moisturizer that adds elasticity and discourages wrinkles.
However, coconut oil is also known to clog pores and will not suit everyone’s skin. No matter what you plan to do with it, it is probably worth doing a quick test on another area of your body (try the inside of your elbow) before coating more delicate areas in the stuff!
Coconut oil is a little different to many other lubes as it comes in a solid form.
The good news is that the heat of your body warms it quickly and the resulting oil glides on smoothly. But it can be a little trickier to use than a liquid lubricant.
If you have invested in a large jar of the stuff, or you plan to use it for something other than sex, try to avoid scooping it directly from the jar with your fingers.
To avoid contaminating it, use a spoon to remove a little oil from the main jar and keep it in a separate container in the bedroom.
Look out for food grade, organic, unrefined coconut oil in the grocery store; you should be able to find a pretty big tub at a low price.
Keep to unrefined virgin oil for best results: it should have a distinct and pleasant coconut smell.
You can buy coconut oils also from Amazon; Carrington Farms is a great option or see all extra virgin coconut oils.
If you are still a little hesitant about using kitchen products in the bedroom you might prefer to try one of a variety of personal lubricants that are made with coconut oil.
Stroke 29 by Gun Oilis a popular choice for masturbation and JO Hybrid Coconut Oil lube is good for all-around use.
If, for some reason, you do not find coconut oil suitable but are still keen to choose an all-natural lube, Sliquid has a good range of safe, natural and organic products.
It also makes a great massage oil to use with a partner. For great value, pick up a large tub and divide it between the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom!