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Coconut Oil as Lube

Can you use coconut oil as lube? Is it safe to use during sex or with a sex toy? Sex educator Gigi Engle answers all your questions and reveals the best coconut oil lube.
by Gigi Engle
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Everyone is losing their minds over coconut oil. It's been around forever, but it had a media moment in 2020 that has continued into 2021. We can understand why.

What are the benefits of coconut oil?

It's 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 as lubricant is excellent for sex stuff, too? Especially if you're performing the Kivin Method!

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 for sex' train right now. But 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 lube 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 lube?

Thankfully, there is no "WHAT TO BUY?!" headache. 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.

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Coconut Love Oil by Woo More Play

So, why do we love coconut oil lube by Woo More Play? Well, it's made from:

Natural organic coconut oil: Coconut Love Oil is free from nasty chemicals, parabens, sulfates, spermicides, and synthetic preservatives. It's the most natural, fun ride you'll ever have and is even safe to use if/ while trying to conceive.

Vanilla baby: 100% edible and 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.

Is coconut oil safe to use as lube?

Something to keep in mind when considering using 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 for sex, stop using it. Go with a natural water-based lubricant.

When should you avoid using coconut oil as lube?

While coconut oil and coconut oil lubes are 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.)

Related: Fluid Bonding - the complete guide to having unprotected sex, intentionally!

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.

Can I use coconut oil with 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 wand vibrators).

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 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.

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Le Wand Intimate Natural Based Lubricant

The Natural Intimate Lube is 100% body-safe, hypoallergenic, and compatible with all sex toys. 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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Enjoyed this article on coconut oil as lube? Check out these other popular guides on analingus (AKA oral sex on the anus), vaginal orgasmstemperature play, and a little-known sex toy that everyone is raving about—the pussy pump.

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