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Lubricants are an essential part of many different sexual practises. The body doesn’t produce lubrication in some of the places that we can enjoy stimulating, and in the places it does, sometimes there just isn’t enough. Even worse, your favourite sex toys don’t produce any lubrication at all, so you always need to keep a constant supply available to you.
Sometimes though, you quite simply haven’t got any lubricant around! Or, you aren’t a massive fan of some of the ingredients in store bought lubricants, so you’d like something a little more organic. In these cases, you might turn to homemade lubrication.
Types of Homemade Lubrication
There are objects all over your house that you might think would be suitable for a sexual lubricant. From Vaseline to olive oil, or even your own saliva. Some of these lubricants work better than others, and some you should just outright avoid as they’ll cause some nasty side effects.
Generally homemade lubricants will be a little extra work. There are a ton of different options, but most of them result in more mess, and more clean-up than a store-bought lubricant. Some of the most commonly tried things include:
- Coconut Oil
- Aloe Vera
- Body Butter
- Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Flax Seed
- Almond Oil
- Basically, any other kind of oil you have.
Which Homemade Lubricants Are Any Good?
Each different type of homemade lubricant will have its own group of dedicated fans claiming it’s the best thing since sliced bread. You should take care though, as many of these lubricants have downsides that are conveniently ignored by their passionate fanbase. Causing damage to your body just for the sake of saving a trip to the store isn’t a great thing, so you should think carefully before you decide to use any of these.
Overall, coconut oil seems to be the best of the bunch. It’s a gentle oil that moisturises the skin and also has antiviral or antifungal properties. As it is an oil-based lubricant though, it’s completely incompatible with condoms so be sure to use a different method of protection alongside this lube, or a different lube if you absolutely need condoms.
Saliva is another relatively safe alternative lubricant. It’s super handy if you’re in the middle of something and realise you need some lubrication to be able to just use a little spit. Unfortunately, saliva just isn’t that effective for very long. Just after it’s applied it will feel great, but it dries up very quickly.
Negatives of Homemade Lubricants
Even if your recipe claims to be the safest and most body friendly one there is, you should still be a little careful. Many different types of lubricant can cause side effects in your body that you won’t have been expecting. In particular they can disrupt your hormones, damage your skin or cells, disrupt the healthy flora found in both your vagina and anus, or even decrease your fertility.
I could go through every single substance known to man that you might think is slippery, so you’d probably use it as a lubricant, but that would take literally hours. I don’t think you’d want to read that as much as I wouldn’t want to write it. Overall though it’s pretty safe to say that nearly anything you put inside your body that wasn’t designed to be put inside your body is going to have some level of negative effects.
Many of these effects will be light, so people might not notice them. They could be subtle, so people will attribute the feelings to something else instead of the lubricant. Or they might just flat out ignore the bad sides for the sake of something being organic.
Whichever category your chosen substance might fall under, you have to consider that there is an entire industry devoted to creating lubricants. If random objects you could find around your house were sufficient and had no downsides, why would this industry of even started? At the end of it all, I would always recommend going with a high quality store-bought lubricant.