Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the kernel (or meat) of coconut. It is an edible and high in saturated fat content. It’s very popular in today’s kitchens, as a food ingredient or to cook, and also for personal use as a skin moisturizer.
Most of us know coconut oil and have heard of many good uses we can give to it. There is an ongoing craze about coconut oil being used for all sort of purposes, for food, health and beauty. You might have heard about it being good to be used as lube in sex. After all, it’s natural, can it do any harm?
Pros of coconut oil as lube
- It seems to be a great moisturizer. When you apply it anywhere, it will leave your skin feeling super soft.
- It is a natural product and doesn’t contain harmful substances that some commercial lubes do, such as glycerin, parabens (such as Propylparaben, Methylparabens, etc.). These ingredients can be dangerous for you in a big extent.
- Lubrication provided by coconut oil is more intense and will last longer than water-based commercial lubes. It has a great consistency and ads extra padding to reduce friction during intercourse.
- Coconut oil can help fight yeast infections, since it has antifungal properties. It contains caprylic acid which helps combat many different Candida strains.
- It is quite affordable. You can find a jar of organic coconut oil selling for 6 cents per ounce of oil, while a cheap lube costs around 1 dollar per ounce.
- Coconut oil works great as massage oil too. You can use it during foreplay for a sexy body rub. It feels super silky on your skin and will leave it very soft and moisturized.
- It has a great smell most people love. Who doesn’t like the smell of coconut?
Cons of coconut oil as lube
- There’s not any actual scientific / clinical test that has proved that coconut oil is safe to use inside your vaginal or anal cavity. Just because it is good to eat doesn’t mean it has to be good for applying inside of your body.
- Coconut oil is comedogenic for the skin, which means it will leave a coat on the surface of your tissue and clog your pores. This is especially bad for your vagina’s internal tissue as you can imagine. Some people are more affected by this than others, and you might see no harm immediately, but in the end your skin will suffer.
- Coconut oil, with its antibacterial properties, can kill the good bacteria that live naturally in your vagina, harming the natural equilibrium of it, and increase the risk of infections.
- Coconut oil is not safe to use with latex or polyisoprene condoms, therefore you shouldn’t use it as lube if you want to have safe sex.
- It can also damage some sex toys, such as silicone made toys.
- Coconut oil can be messy and hard to clean from some fabrics.
- Coconut oil is definitely not good if you are trying to conceive. It will change the pH or your vagina, as most oil-based lubes do and affect sperm mobility.
There’s always a chance that you might be allergic to it. So as you should do with any lubricant you try, first apply some in your arm or leg, to make sure you don’t get any negative reaction, before you get intimate with it.
We believe coconut oil is awesome for eating and for some beauty applications. But we believe it’s not worth the risk putting it in your vagina / anal cavity. There are a lot of healthy, FDA approved options of lubricant in the market that are especially designed for this purpose (intimate lubrication), that are not so expensive and you could try. We invite you to check out our section of vaginal and anal lubes for recommendations on the best brands.
Also, unless you are in a stable relationship or married, you are not supposed to have sex without a condom, and as we said, coconut oil is not compatible with them, another big reason to stay away from it.
Coconut oil is awesome to be used for body massages and masturbation. We just think it is better kept away from the internal cavities.
Which one should I buy?
If you are resolved to try coconut oil, here some ideas to go on.
The coconut oil we’re talking about is the same you find in the supermarket and use for cooking. We just recommend you to get one that is organic and virgin (or unrefined). Virgin coconut oil generally refers to coconut oil which hasn’t been processed (bleached, deodorized or refined).
Make sure the one you buy doesn’t content any added ingredients. It generally doesn’t, but make sure to always check the labels.
Here we recommend you the top 3 brands for this purpose:
We also recommend these coconut oil-based commercial lubricants, which are great for masturbation:
How to apply coconut oil as lube?
When you take it out of the jar it’s best to use a spoon and not scoop it out with your fingers, since you might contaminate the whole product. Always keep the jar closed when you’re not using it. A little is good, you don’t need too much. Half of a teaspoon if a good quantity to get started.
Even though coconut oil is generally solid in a jar, it has a low melting point, so as soon as you rub it in your hands it will melt and be good to apply. Rub it in the body parts as you desire.
Coconut oil generally lasts about 6 months before it starts going rancid. If you notice that it smells off or any change in the smell, it’s best to discard the product.
Another warning sign is if you see the coconut oil starts changing color, turning yellowish. It’s very likely that it has become rancid, so discard it.