We’ve already covered 9 healthy lube alternatives in a separate article, so today we’d like to go through things people tend to think should work as lube, but are either performance-wise or from health perspective not recommended to be used as lube.
Vaginal dryness, skin lacerations, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection … these are only few problems that you may catch if you apply wrong stuff to your intimate parts.
Also, using something that just doesn’t work and feels bad when being used as lube, will not do you any favors, regardless whether you’re having a bit of solo fun, or you are trying to make things more wet together with your partner.
Therefore, if you ran out of your favorite lube and you’re thinking about what you can use instead, here are 7 things you should NEVER use as lube alternative.
Can I use Vaseline as lube?
Vaseline may not seem at all like one of the things you should never use as lube. In fact, anytime I hear the word “Vaseline” I think about sexual matters. However, from health perspective, due to possible contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons this product is not suitable for application to ones private parts and therefore shouldn’t be used as lube.
We invite you to take a look at our comprehensive article, which studies Vaseline from sexual perspective. All ingredients are carefully analyzed and we looked into available research studies.
Interestingly enough, even the manufacturer states that this product was designed for external application only, and is not meant to be used as a lube, neither vaginally, anally, nor orally.
CONCLUSION: Vaseline is the 1st of the 7 things you should NEVER use as lube alternative due to health related concerns that come with internal application.
Can u use water instead of lube?
Using water instead of lube just doesn’t work. A perfect lubricant will provide the slippery, long-lasting experience, which in case of water can not be achieved.
However, there is a reason to keep a glass of water near your bed. Anyone who ever tried water-based lubricants (the real products), knows how fast some lubricants may absorb and dry out. The usual thing we all do, is reapply more lube. Sometimes several applications are needed during a single sexual intercourse (or solo session if that’s your thing).
But here’s a little trick – Instead of reapplying more lube once it starts to dry out, simply apply some water to that spot. You will notice, that previously dried out lubricant will start running smoothly back again.
CONCLUSION: Water doesn’t work as lube because the lack of functionality (it doesn’t provide anything that someone would expect from a proper lube).
Is Baby Oil okay for lube?
The problem with baby oil and it being used as lube are the ingredients. Baby oil will work great as lube (from performance point of view), but is not recommended for that use from the health point of view. So the bottom line is, do not use baby oil instead of lube!
Let’s try to explain this and take a deeper look into the reasons for our claim. Baby oil has two ingredients, making it unsuitable for vaginal use: Mineral oil and Fragrance. Both can cause harm to your vaginal health, resulting in infections and / or irritations.
We’ve already mentioned some main risks of using mineral oil (aka petroleum) on your private parts in the chapter talking about Vaseline. Petroleum-based products should be kept away from your vagina or penis.
Even more concerning are the fragrance ingredients (perfume). Here’s what womensvoices.org says about this topic: “The generic ingredients “flavor”, “fragrance” or “aroma” represent a combination of undisclosed chemicals. Numerous harmful chemicals can be included in flavors, fragrances, and aromas including carcinogens, reproductive toxins and allergens.” – So let’s just keep away from applying this to the reproductive parts of our body.
CONCLUSION: Baby oil is one of those things you should never use as lube. This is because it is based on mineral oil (petroleum) and includes fragrance ingredients (perfume), which can pose harm to your reproductive body parts.
Is it okay to use lotion as a lubricant?
Well, the problem with lotion is, that it doesn’t have the texture you’d want from a lube. It absorbs into your skin and dries out way too fast, not providing the slippery feel you’d expect from a lubricant.
Besides, body lotions were not originally designed for internal use. So even if one would assume that its moisturizing properties are perfectly fine for it to be used as lube, there are several vaginal health concerns, which are the main reason why lotion is one of the things you should never use as lube alternative.
Here are the reasons why you shouldn’t use lotion instead of lube:
- Doesn’t really feel good as lube.
- Dries out too fast.
- May disturb your natural vaginal flora and pH.
- Can cause irritations.
- Can include chemicals harmful for your sensitive skin (preservatives, fragrance, …).
CONCLUSION: When you see that tube of body lotion on the shelf, don’t be tempted to use it for sexual matters as a lubricant. It just wont work well for you and may even pose a threat to the health of your vagina.
Can you use cooking oil as lube?
While certain types and certain qualities of oil are perfectly fine as lube (and even healthy for your sensitive skin), your average cooking oil is not something that you should be comfortable using on your vagina or penis.
Here are examples of the types of oil that IS fine to be used as lube:
- Cold-pressed coconut oil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 100% pure sweet almond oil
Cooking oil (e.g. average sunflower oil) is usually extracted by using a solvent. Solvents like Hexane C6H14 is a significant constituent of gasoline, while also widely used for oil extraction. While green methods include steam and pressure to extract oil from seeds, most cooking oils are made via chemical routes. In case of Hexane, the solvent is used to extract oil, which is then after heated to extremely high temperatures for the reason to remove the toxic solvent. However, traces to around 2% can still be found in such oils, while the heating process also destroys all of its nutritional value.
CONCLUSION: Cooking oil gets a place on our list of the things you should never use as lube, due to chemical procedures used for extraction, the traces of solvent, and zero value for your skin.
Can Crisco be used as a lubricant?
Crisco became popular in recent years mostly for its use in baking sweet stuff (like sugar cookies). What exactly is it? – It is a type of shortening, which is a bit different from lard or butter or margarine. Crisco is made via hydrogenation process, with its main ingredient being soybean oil.
Why Crisco is one of the 7 things you should never use as lube?
- It is based on soy, which is a known GMO.
- It includes trans fats, which are not healthy.
- Made via hydrogenation process.
- Includes TBHQ an additive preserving processed foods (prolonging shelf life).
- It is made for cooking, not for lubing.
So one might think “Well it’s plant based,” but that doesn’t mean that Crisco is appropriate for use as a lube substitute. It turns out 100% pure pig fat lard is a healthier alternative to be used in your kitchen, since it is natural. Also extra virgin olive oil can be used, when you’re not heating thing up to high temperatures, and it can provide plenty of health benefits. While hydrogenated stuff like Margarine and Crisco, are just not as natural and should in my opinion be avoided.
CONCLUSION: Do not use Crisco as a lubricant for sex. Let it stay in your kitchen and use it for culinary purposes only. While I would suggest that you think about going for natural products (lard, butter, olive oil, etc).
Can you use lard as lube?
Talking from personal experience, lard does actually work as a lube alternative providing that long-lasting glide. But from health point of view, I don’t think using lard as a lube substitute is a good idea. Lard includes many species of bacteria, which aren’t suppose to be put into female vagina. For a male, there are of course fewer concerns.
What also plays an important role here is, whether the lard is obtained straight from the farmer or did you get it from the store shelf. The industrially produced products (in most cases) contain additives, chemicals, and are not ecologically produced.
Of course natural 100% clean pork fat lard is better and healthier, compared to industrial. But let’s be honest. Using lard on your private parts is not only dangerous for catching an infection, it is also completely disgusting and carries the smell you probably don’t want in bed!
CONCLUSION: The last of the 7 things you should never use as lube substitute is lard. It may provide the glide, however, the presence of bacteria and with that specific smell, lard doesn’t have a place in bed.
Conclusion: Should I always use a proper lube?
Not necessarily, there are very health lube alternatives available out there, which work great as lube and are also very healthy for your sensitive skin. Like lube from aloe vera, cold-pressed coconut oil, cornstarch and water, and many more. For a complete list refer to our article linked at the beginning of the content.
Even proper lubricants sold as sexual addition for wet fun can at many times include harmful synthetic ingredients. We’ve made an analysis of the best lubricants available on the market from both performance and health point of view. You can find the list of the best lubes for sex here.
Just to recap, these were the 7 things you should NEVER use as lube:
- Baby oil
- Body lotion
- Cooking oil
Sometimes when you’re really in a pinch, you might be tempted to reach for one of the above and apply it to your private parts to provide the better glide. Regardless whether it is for solo action, vaginal sex or anal penetration, we recommend staying away from these stuff.
Doing so you will avoid bad sexual experience and also maintain your sexual health. Things like yeast infection, irritation, and bacterial vaginosis, are merely few problems that may occur.
Thanks for reading and take care!