Well now, is olive oil a good lube? O_o Yeah, those times when you ran out of lube, or perhaps just start thinking out of nowhere, what stuff from your household items could be a good alternative to a lube. We usually go to the bathroom looking through creams and lotions, rarely we think about going through the kitchen closets. Many (if not all) of us use olive oil for cooking purposes, but how about using olive oil as a moisturizer or perhaps even as an alternative to a lube? Is olive oil a good lube? Healthwise?
We did an in-depth research, and it turns out that olive oil is in-fact a very healthy and natural alternative to a personal lubricant (lube). It is rich in nutrition and can have medicinal benefits, thus revitalizing your skin. The only downside is, that olive oil can not be used with condoms (same as other oil-based lubes). You’ll also want to go for a quality cold-pressed olive oil. Using cheap, hexane extracted, olive oil can pose a threat to your health. Beware, there are some olive oils out there which have pepper or garlic added – avoid these types. You want clean, cold-pressed, virgin olive oil to use as a lube.
Olive oil is rich with nutrition and can in-fact be used as lube.
We are now going to try to explain, how come olive oil is a good and healthy substitute to use instead of lube. The question: “Is olive oil a good lube” is going to be answered through the next chapters of this article. We hope that we’ll cover everything which might be of your interest.
You might also be interested in other household items that can (or can’t) be used instead of lube. For that we recommend reading through the linked article on lube alternatives, which might be lying around your house.
How safe is it to use Olive Oil instead of Lube?
To find out we must first clarify what types of Olive Oil are out there, available on the market. Specific olive oils may contribute to problems: here’s a redditor who tried it and seems to have suffered some nasty consequences.
Therefore, it is vital to use the “correct” olive oil, which might not be the one you currently have among your kitchen items. Now, how do you know which one is the right one?
It is vital to understand what type of Olive Oil is safe as Lube.
Let’s take a look what types of olive oils should be avoided and what types are perfectly safe and even health beneficial when used as a lube. These elements are vital for finding the answer to the question: “Is olive oil a good lube?”
To Avoid: Refined olive oil & Olive pomace-oil
These types of olive oils are not safe to be used as lube (we could also say not safe to eat, but that’s another topic). These oils are basically all “refined” and subdued to chemical processes in order to extract the oil.
Hexane is used preferably as the solvent needed for the extraction (hexane is an extremely toxic compound). To eliminate hexane (not completely), the oils are then heated to extreme temperatures. This not only completely changes (breaks) the oil chemical structure, it also eliminates any nutritional value that the oil would originally posses.
Research study from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov says: “The conventional technology used for oil extraction from oilseeds is by solvent extraction. In solvent extraction, n-hexane is used as a solvent for its attributes such as simple recovery, non-polar nature, low latent heat of vaporization (330 kJ/kg) and high selectivity to solvents. However, usage of hexane as a solvent has lead to several repercussions such as air pollution, toxicity and harmfulness that prompted to look for alternative options.”
Therefore, “Is olive oil a good lube?” – Not necessarily! It has to be a specific olive oil. A quality, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil.
Note that these types of olive oil are still left with a certain amount of hexane in them. Regardless, it is a very low amount, which is considered to be “safe” for consumption, which is of course debatable. Studies suggest otherwise.
What is an Olive Pomace-Oil?
Olive pomace-oil should most certainly not be used as lube. It is not even sold in retail widely. It is merely being used for certain types of cooking in restaurants. Why is it used for cooking in restaurants and not being advertised for home cooking would be my next question but ok.
Olive Oil Times have this to say about Olive pomace-oil: Once the typical, mechanized extraction of olive oil from the olive fruit is complete, some 5 to 8 percent of the oil still remains in the leftover olive pulp or “pomace.” Although the pomace oil that is extracted is still technically oil that comes from olives, this is done via the use of chemical solvents, and therefore should never be termed, directly or indirectly, as “olive oil.”
Our advice is: do not cook with, do not consume it, do not apply it anywhere near your or your loved ones. This olive oil is cheap, and the reason why it is cheap, is because of it’s low quality (regarding health, nutrition and taste).
It is an amazing fact that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be present in this type of Olive oil. One of PAH’s being benzo[a]pyrene, considered to be toxic and carcinogenic. The risk of PAH’s in olive oil happens due to temperatures being used in the process. Extreme temperatures can make the oil combust with the rest of physical pomace, which results in the final product being contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Is olive oil a good lube? – Yeah, but not the Olive pomace-oil!
What is a Refined Olive Oil?
A “refined olive oil”, is a better grade oil in comparison to olive pomace-oil. This grade (let’s just call it “type”) of Olive oil, should not be exposed to solvents such as hexane. Instead, the process of refining includes oil being refined via routes of using charcoal and other chemical and physical filters.
Based on the definition provided by oliveoilsource.com, refined olive oil is: “The olive oil obtained from virgin olive oils by refining methods that do not lead to alterations in the initial glyceridic structure. It has a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of no more than 0.3 grams per 100 grams (0.3%) and its other characteristics correspond to those fixed for this category in the IOOC standards. This oil is obtained by refining virgin olive oils (not olive-pomace oils).”
Refined olive oil is has basically no true taste, and in many countries they believe it is not edible – not due to health concerns but due to the lack of taste and nutrition value.
It is also popular (for all grades of olive oils) to be infused with a blend of pepper or garlic. You should never used garlic infused olive oil as a lube, because, even if it’s an extra-virgin, you are most definitely going to suffer painful irritations.
Why you shouldn’t use refined olive oil or olive pomace-oil as a lube? Based on the reply from Quora, these are the risks of using lower grade oils as a lube for sex:
- Thrush (vaginal candidiasis) – yeast infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
- Skin infections, irritations and inflammations.
Recommended & Safe: Organic Extra-Virgin (Cold-Pressed) Olive Oil
This is the only type that you should be consuming and also the only type that actually works beneficial to your skin.
The Extra-Virgin meaning the highest quality of the olive oil, and the organic meaning that the method to grow olives, was done organically without the use of chemicals / pesticides. In US, you can search for the oils having USDA organic certificate.
These oils are “first pressed” and “cold pressed” – First pressed meaning that the olives were crushed and pressed only one time. Cold pressed meaning that the complete process of creation was done below 80 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 27 °C). Thus providing for the best quality and preserving most (if not all) nutrition value.
Is olive oil a good lube? The below one definitely is. Safe and healthy.
To qualify as an “extra-virgin” the oil has to have the level of acidity below 0,8%. Mina Extra Virgin Olive Oil has acidity level way beyond the standard at just 0,2% (for comparison with refined oils, which may have acidity level at 1,5%). You will be grateful to this, for it will make your lube experience pleasurable without any irritations whatsoever.
The “Mina” manufacturer itself states, that this oil can be used instead of creams & moisturizers for skincare: “Use our oil after showering once daily to hydrate your skin and make it feel soft and look smooth; Great as a hand lotion; it quickly softens dry cracked hands, elbows and knees; Use it as a conditioner for your hair and a face moisturizer.”
So, is olive oil a good lube?
► Here’s an article talking about wonders of extra-virgin olive oil and the effect it has on skin. Revitalizing and nourishing effects it has (externally applied to skin), can be described as a phenomenon. Olive oil gets absorbed by the skin and thus revive it.
► And here is a scientific study confirming the value of olive oil against candidemia (presence of a Candida species in the bloodstream). It has been found that certain non-albicans Candida species (such as C. krusei) are becoming increasingly resistant to Fluconazole (antifungal medication), and that Olive Oil (along with Cinnamon Oil) has resulted to be an effective treatment.
► If you are trying to conceive a baby, olive oil is still a good choice, since it carries sperm-friendly properties. It does not contain any spermicides, which can be found in some commercial lubes. Sperms, eggs and baby development will not be compromised at all.
► We already mentioned, that the only downside is, that olive oil as a lube cannot be used with condoms, since oils can degrade condoms (this goes for any type of oil – mineral, coconut, olive, … oils and condoms don’t work together). Read more here, which type of lube can be used how exactly.
► Oh, and don’t forget, you are going to smell and taste just like an olive oil does, until you rinse it off with soap – which is not as healthy as leaving it on btw. Our advice is, get used to the smell and don’t rinse.
► PS: once again, avoid using garlic infused olive oils as a lube for sex, regardless of their grade.
Is olive oil a good lube? Conclusions
Olive oil (organic, extra-virgin) is a good choice to use as a lube. Commercial personal lubricants can be a lot more harmful, since many of them have added ingredients that irritate skin, cause yeast infections and unbelievably, even cancer. Can you believe that there are formaldehyde releasing agents in your skincare products?
For an ultimate guide on bad (harmful) lube ingredients we advise you take a look at our article about 20 Dangerous Lube Ingredients to Avoid. By learning harmful lube ingredients you’ll receive knowledge, that will enable you to identify and eliminate these ingredients and buy yourself an ingredient-friendly lube, that won’t cause you any problems whatsoever.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is amazingly rich with nutrition, powerful antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory substances, beneficial fatty acids and important vitamins, such as vitamin K & E.
Some sources even say that Olive Oil has the healthiest fat on earth [source]. Well then, is olive oil a good lube? Is olive oil a safe lube? Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as a lube is definitely a lot safer and healthier, than all those paraben-infused, glycerin-containing types of commercially available lubes.
Therefore, go ahead and try it, and if you are not allergic to it, you should be completely fine. We’d also recommend trying olive oil for skincare treatment, which you can read about here.
Hope you enjoyed your read, stay tuned for more articles on lubricants and sexual wellness. Truly yours, the Lube For Sex team.
PS: If you try olive oil as a lube, let us know in the comments how it went down for you personally. We want to know your personal experience. Cya.