Erg (*blush*)…it feels exceptionally weird to post about such an intimate topic on the world wide web (I hope my mom doesn’t read this)…but I’m reminding myself that everyone has sex, most people use lubricants at some point in their lives (especially if they’re over 30 and married, like me), so I’m getting over it and moving on…
I don’t like the idea of putting chemical-laden, glycerin- or petroleum-based products down there (or anywhere for that matter) and get tired of reading the ingredient labels of so-called natural or organic lubricants, only to be disappointed. It doesn’t really have to be that complicated, does it?
No, it doesn’t. Food-grade oils that are safe to ingest are generally safe to use in your nether-regions as well. Such oils can be used on their own or in combination to produce a nice and slippery, long lasting lubricant. (Whereas commercial petroleum jelly-type lubricants can be sticky and gloopy, and water-based ones can dry up quickly, requiring frequent reapplication.) I combined some of my favorite oils and came up with this recipe for a DIY lubricant that is safe and natural, while effective and pleasing to the senses (ahem).
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil (exceptional as a lubricant even on its own, it smells heavenly and sensual, and it has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that suit it to use is this delicate region)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons jojoba oil (light and slippery, mimics the natural oils produced by your skin)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grape seed oil (another light and slippery oil that highly emollient and gentle on the skin)
- 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil (a thicker oil that will lubricate and protect; just pop open a supplement capsule and squeeze out the oil)
- optional – 5 drops grapefruit seed extract (this has anti-microbial properties, so you can keep it clean while you’re getting dirty)
- optional – a few drops of essential oil (a combination of ylang ylang and patchouli will have an aphrodisiac effect, cinnamon will produce a warm tingling sensation, peppermint or spearmint will tingle and feel cold at the start and then warm up)
- In a sterile glass measuring cup or bowl, melt the coconut oil (in the microwave or a hot water bath).
- Add remaining ingredients, pour into a clean squirt bottle (either buy one new or use an old empty that you’ve sterilized with boiling water or alcohol), and shake to mix.
- Give the bottle a little shake before each use. Enjoy!
Important Tips and Warnings:
- Oil-based lubricants can reduce the effectiveness of latex condoms (causing them to break down) – I think the risk is pretty low, but one you should be aware of. After having three kids, we shut down the baby-production factory and my husband got the old snipperoo, so I need not be concerned in this department (suckas!). If you want a safe and natural water-based lubricant, pure aloe juice is a great option.
- Using too much essential oil can irritate the skin. Particularly if you are using mint or cinnamon, make sure the final product tingles but doesn’t burn. It’s a good idea to test your homemade lubricant on a patch of skin before using it. Just put a drop on the inside of your arm and wait a few moments to verify that just the right amount of tingle is felt. Adjust the amount of essential oil, as needed. (And, uh, how do I say this?…keep in mind that the tingling sensation will intensify with friction.)