Throw Out Your Old Sticky Lube Bottle and Use One Of These 7 Natural Lubes Instead
Let’s face it: A lot of sex toys on the market today contain sketchy ingredients that may aggravate your sensitive vulva or vagina. Lubes are no different. Whether you use them as a pleasure-enhancer or to increase natural lubrication, you wanna use something that does more good than harm. Enter: natural lube.
What it means to be “natural”:
Unfortch, there’s no ~universal standard~ of what makes something “natural,” but some people would define it as being anything that’s free from non-plant ingredients. Your best bet might be an organic lubricant, since “those are formulated to provide lasting lubrication without including botanicals grown with pesticides or adding unnatural chemicals,” explains Jess O’Reilly, PhD, Astroglide’s resident sexologist.
Why you should opt for a natural lube instead of a convenient, generic drugstore brand:
“Many people with sensitivities switch to a natural or organic lube because they’re allergic to certain ingredients. However, what many don’t realize is that just because a product is botanical or ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s not going to be an irritant or an allergen,” says O’Reilly. Like with any other pleasure product, it’s important to pay attention to how your body responds to *any* lube formula.
When introducing a new lube, start by putting some on the back of your hand. Wait ten minutes and then check to see if you had any sort of bad reaction. If you didn’t, good to go. If you did, probs best to skip and not place in or around your vulva.
Remember: “You’re the ultimate expert on your own body and what feels good for you,” O’Reilly confirms.
What ingredients you should look for:
Look for a lube with an organic certification logo (think USFA, NSF, etc.) on the packaging, recommends O’Reilly. If the organic lubricants contain preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, don’t assume it’s a bad thing. “These ingredients are recognized as acceptable and safe preservatives for organic lubricants,” says O’Reilly.
But! Be warned: “If you’re using condoms, do not use an oil-based lube. Coconut oil, for example, is often touted as a great ‘natural’ lube, but it’s not latex condom-compatible and can increase the risk of breakage,” says O’Reilly.
(From personal experience, coconut oil can also irritate TF out of your vagina and throw off its pH—and ultimately cause BV or a yeast infection—so beware of whipping it out of your kitchen cabinet for solo or partnered play).
Now, if you’re sold on going au naturel, here are seven of the best natural lubes for good, clean, wet fun:
1. BabeLube Natural
It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn’t have any potentially irritating ingredients like fragrances or artificial sweeteners. Just the good stuff, like aloe, hibiscus, flax, and green tea!
Buy Here BabeLube Natural, $12, Babeland.com
2. Sliquid Organics Natural
Sliquid’s organic lube is body-safe and eco-friendly… and thin and non-irritating. Plus, the bottle is 100 percent recyclable once you’re done with it. Win-win.
Buy Here Sliquid Organics Natural, $15.99, Babeland.com
3. Blossom Organics Natural Moisturizing Lubricant
A lube and a moisturizer all-in-one? Sign. Me. Up. This gentle lube doesn’t have any alcohols, pesticides, dyes, or flavorings that might otherwise piss off your precious V.
Buy Here Blossom Organics Natural Moisturizing Lubricant, $14, Babeland.com
4. Good Clean Love Almost Naked Personal Lubricant
This lube was specifically designed for women who experience dryness and have sensitive skin. Sooo if you fall into either of those categories, get yourself some Good Clean Love.
Buy Here Good Clean Love Almost Naked Personal Lubricant, $12, Goodcleanlove.com
5. Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube
If you want a natural lube, you prob care about what goes into and onto your body. Want something that’ll also taste yum? This aloe-based option is 100 percent edible (and vegan!).
Buy Here Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube, $12, Aloecadabra.com
6. Astroglide Organix Liquid
“Organix Liquid combines aloe vera, chamomile, flower extracts, and other plant-derived ingredients,” explains O’Reilly. She also notes it’s formulated with NSF certified organic ingredients and no parabens, flavors, or fragrances.
Buy Here Astroglide Organix Liquid, $8, Astroglide.com
7. Astroglide Glycerin & Paraben Free
If you have a glycerin or paraben allergy (or prefer not to play with those ingredients), O’Reilly says this lube is an awesome choice that’s water-based, hypoallergenic, and compatible with condoms and toys.
Buy Here Astroglide Glycerin & Paraben Free, $9, Astroglide.com
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