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Coconut Oil as Lube: A 101 Guide

By Gigi Engle / 03 March 2020

Can you use coconut oil as lube? Is it safe to use with a sex toy? Sex educator Gigi Engle answers all your burning questions and reveals the best coconut oil.

The complete guide on how to use coconut oil as lube for sex

Everyone is losing their minds over coconut oil. It’s been around forever, but it’s having a media moment in 2020. We can understand why.

What are the benefits of coconut oil?

Coconut oil is fabulous for literally almost everything. It makes a fantastic hair mask, skin moisturizer, and is a healthy addition to a morning smoothie. But, did you know that coconut oil is excellent for sex stuff, too?

You guessed it: Lube. We can’t say enough great things about using coconut oil as lube. It’s slippery, stays in place, and smells AMAZING. You can use it as a sensual massage oil and then USE IT AS LUBE. What’s not to love?

Can you use coconut oil as lube?

Everyone is on this coconut oil train right now. With so many low-quality, chemical-filled products on the market, it can be challenging to find a safe, natural lube for your cooter.

Didn’t know your pussy should go organic? We have news for you.

You do not want to be using a bargain basement, pharmacy lube. The mucus-rich vaginal and vulva skin is amongst the most absorbent parts of the entire body. You don’t want to be putting any gross KY Jelly down there. That is a one-way ticket to a yeast infection. No, thank you.

When buying lube (whether it’s a natural oil, silicone-based, or a water-based lube), you want to be sure that it is free of parabens, harmful chemicals, and glycerine.

This is where coconut oil comes in. It is a great natural lube for all people with a vulva (and those with penises, as well). Coconut oil doesn’t have any added ingredients or chemicals, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. And you deserve that.

What’s the best coconut oil for lube?

Thankfully, there is no “WHAT TO BUY?!” headache with coconut oil. Just go to your local Whole Foods and buy a jar of 100% pure, organic coconut oil. Be sure it’s virgin and unrefined (both terms that are LOL considering that we’re talking about sex).

If you’d rather try a coconut oil lubricant (like from a company that makes lube), we love the Coconut Love Oil by Woo More Play. This product stays in place, is never too greasy, and absorbs into the skin leaving you moisturized AND post-orgasmic. Plus, your whole room will smell like a tropical paradise.

Coconut Love Oil by Woo More Play

Coconut Love Oil by Woo More Play

Why do we love this product?

Organic coconut oil: The Coconut Love Oil is free from harmful chemicals and synthetic preservatives. It’s the most natural, fun ride you’ll ever have.

Vanilla baby: Long used as a natural aphrodisiac, studies show vanilla promotes feelings of joy and pleasure. Coincidentally, so do orgasms.

Beeswax: Rich in Vitamin A, beeswax is perfect for softening and hydrating your skin and lips. Both kinds.

Stevia: Antibacterial and naturally derived, Stevia puts the sweet in ‘sweet cheeks,’ so you can too.

Coconut oil and yeast infections

Something to keep in mind when considering coconut oil as lube is whether or not you’re a vulva-owner who gets regular yeast infections. Coconut oil is a fantastic lube alternative for women with sensitive skin or allergies, but it is also an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

If you’re a regular yeast infection-getter, coconut oil might not be the best option for you. Anything that can disrupt your pH balance is not ideal for Yeast Queens.

For the most part, you probably won’t have an issue with coconut oil as it is pretty mild. This author bakes bread on the reg, and I’ve never had a problem with coconut oil.

If you start getting yeast infections after using coconut oil, stop using it. Go with a premium water-based lubricant like this one by System JO.

JO Agapé Original by System JO

JO Agapé Original Water-Based Lube by System JO

JO Agapé is a personal lubricant designed to mimic a woman’s natural lubrication. This new and improved water-based formula is free of glycerine, glycol, and parabens; ideal for individuals who are ingredient-driven in their purchases. Plus the incredibly light formula provides a delicate glide that feels as smooth as silk.

When should you avoid using coconut oil as lube?

While coconut oil is the slipperiest of the slidiest lubricants, it is not always a good choice. If you’re using latex or polyisoprene condoms as a form of protection against STIs and pregnancy, you’ll want to steer clear of all oil-based lubes (such as vitamin E oil, almond oil, olive oil, etc.)

You might be saying: Awwwww. Bummer. Why?!

Oil lubricants are not compatible with latex or polyisoprene. They cause corrosion, which can lead to breakage. And no one needs that in their life. If you and your partner have both been tested for STIs, are monogamous, and are using an alternative form of birth control, you can forgo condoms if you choose.

If you’re using condoms, stick with a water-based or silicone-based lube.

What’s the deal with coconut oil and silicone sex toys?

Another time coco is no-no (we’re not going to stop this rhyming bit) is when you’re using silicone toys (such as your Le Wand Massager).

Oil and silicone-based lubes can break down the material of your toys, smudging away years of their lives.

If you want to use an oil-based lube with your favorite silicone toys, be sure to wash them thoroughly with soap and water AS SOON as you’re finished using them. If your toy is made from glass or stainless steel, use as much as oil-based lube as you want. It won’t harm them!

We recommend sticking with a water-based lubricant when using silicone toys, as it’s just plain better for them. Here’s another lube we adore. 

Toy Love by Wicked Sensual Care

Wicked Toy Love Water-Based Lube for Sex Toys

Toy Love is a water-based lube developed specifically for sex toys. Its super thick texture conducts and enhances vibrations from your toy. Rich & decadent, it’s loaded with Aloe to remove any stickiness while leaving your skin and toy protected and feeling velvety soft. The Wicked Toy Love is also free of alcohol, glycerine, and parabens.

Think about your options and pick the lube that works best for you. It might take some trial and error, but you’ll find your stride (and glide).


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