Whether to relieve the discomfort of vaginal dryness or to facilitate certain sexual practices, lubricant is an important ally in terms of intimate well-being. But it’s not always easy to find the ideal product, especially since most commercial lubricants contain synthetic fragrances, silicones and other ingredients that can irritate our genitals or be harmful to our bodies. Fortunately, natural solutions exist and chances are you already have them in your home. We present you 4 of them.
aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a succulent plant from all over the Mediterranean. The leaves contain a pulp that gives a juice and then a gel, known since ancient times for its moisturizing and healing properties. When used externally, aloe gel can be used to nourish and regenerate the skin: ideal for vaginal dryness. This penetrating gel also provides good lubrication and prevents irritation (especially from repetitive back and forth). If you choose this natural lubricant, know that a little product is enough. Be careful though, it cannot be used with a condom as it can damage it. You can buy this gel yourself or find it on the market and in this case make sure that it contains juice whose purity is close to 100%.
Coconut oil is obtained from the white pulp of the coconut, the fruit of the coconut palm. This vegetable oil not only smells and tastes good, but also has lubricating, moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It adapts to all skin types and is “generally well tolerated,” gynecologist Alyssa Dweck assures on the Insider site. Easy to use, this “solid” oil turns into a liquid upon contact with skin and body heat. If you want to try this lube solution, opt for organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil. Like aloe gel, it cannot be used with a latex and polyisoprene condom.
Shea butter is extracted from the fruits of Shea, a tree that in the wild only occurs in Africa. The sweet flesh is edible and contains a nut that can become “butter” after pressing. This product has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties and it prevents or soothes irritations. Rich in vegetable latex, shea butter revitalizes tissues and makes the skin more supple. If massaged sufficiently on the intimate area, it can also be a good lubricant. However, be careful not to use it with a condom. As with coconut oil, shea butter should be purchased organic and 100% pure. Its use is not suitable for people who are allergic to latex.
Better known in the kitchen, olive oil can also be an ally to your intimacy. Known since ancient times, this oil is moisturizing and can soothe possible irritations. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, both of which are beneficial for the skin. “In case of vaginal dryness, it can be used in local massage 2 hours before sexual intercourse, even with the condom”, adds Olivia Haquin, naturopath, questioned by The women’s magazine. For intimate use, it is recommended to opt for organic and first cold pressing. It is also not recommended to use an oily lubricant with a latex condom.
If you are not a fan of the taste or smell of olive oil, you can also go for avocado oil, which is more neutral. It has the same lubrication benefits.
No more buying industrial lubricants, these 4 natural products are simple and healthy solutions for more comfort in your intimacy. Moreover, they are multifunctional, so economical!