The idea of coconut oil being a semi-miraculous multi-purpose ingredient is hardly a new one—everyone from health nuts to beauty bloggers to low carb connoisseurs seems to have found a use for the stuff. So, does it turn out that coconut oil might have a place on your nightstand, too? Here’s our take on whether or not the natural oil of the coconut could be your next favorite lube.
If you’re sensitive to chemical ingredients, you’ve probably been looking for a natural lube that’s truly natural. There are plenty of organic lubes out there designed for personal and intimate use, but that requires some research and reading the ingredients (Read our best organic lubes guide). Unrefined virgin coconut oil is indisputably natural and reading the ingredients is as easy as seeing that it has only one: coconut oil.
In terms of performance, coconut oil comes as a soft solid (think slightly firmer than butter) that melts into a silky, slippery liquid at body temperature. It never gets sticky, it smells great and has a slight coconut flavor, lasts a reasonably long time, and it’s a fantastic moisturizer. It’s also an incredible massage oil.
Another pro? It might be a bit expensive for a food oil, but it’s very inexpensive compared to other all-natural personal lubricants, even if you opt for an organic brand! You really can’t ask for a better deal if you care deeply about using all-natural products.
Finally, gynecologists agree that coconut oil shouldn’t cause any discomfort unless you have a particular allergy or sensitivity to it (which could be true of any lube or ingredient). Furthermore, it has anti-microbial properties and is known to stall the growth of yeast and other yucky bacteria.
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With all that in mind, coconut oil as a personal lubricant sounds awesome. But what are the downsides?
Despite its initially solid form, the oil which results when it melts is pretty thin in consistency, despite being very slippery. That means it can get a bit messy, and it’s not inclined to stay put where you initially applied it. This may or may not be an issue for plays that includes vaginal penetration, but when it comes to anal, coconut oil may not be up to the job. Lots of people prefer a thicker, more persistent lube for back door play time.
Then there’s the scent. While most people consider smelling like a day at the beach to be appealing, if you dislike the smell of coconut on any level, steer clear of coconut oil personal lubricant. You don’t want your most intimate adventures tainted by a fragrance you can’t stand.
Whether or not coconut oil is right for you is mostly a matter of preference. It’s safe to use, and stands up well against many brand name lube options, especially if you have a penchant for all-natural products. The best thing to do is give it a try! And, as with any new product, it’s a good idea to try it on a small area of skin the day before you play, just to ensure you don’t have any sort of reaction.