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When it comes to things you put in or on your body, I think everyone can agree that natural is typically better. Especially in the case of what you put inside down there: Natural lubricant is always the safer way to go.
Why? In general, the cleaner the ingredient list, the less chance of irritation, or worse, exposure to potential carcinogens (like parabens). But not all lubes are created equal. In fact, even natural lubricants can be tricky for your vagina, since some options, like petroleum jelly or mineral oil, can up your increase your risk of developing bacterial vaginosis or other vaginal infections, says Alyssa Dweck, MD, a gynecologist in New York.
That’s why you’ll want to shop from this expert-approved list of the best natural lubricants. Many of these feature coconut oil, aloe vera, or vitamin E for a silky, slippery texture and none of the icky stuff (plastics, artificial fragrances, and oh, those pesky parabens) for a happy, healthy vag.
Natural Personal Lubricant
This water-based lube is as clean and natural as it gets, made from organic coconut oil, organic coconut water, organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic sunflower oil, and organic shea butter. Yeah…that’s a lot of organic stuff, but when was that ever a bad thing?
H2Oh! Water-Based Personal Lubricant
This natural lube contains pure chia extract, which is known for its super-hydrating properties, and since it’s water-soluble, it won’t cause any issues with condoms, says Dr. Dweck. It’s also free of parabens, glycerin, petroleum, and fragrance, so it’s good for sensitive skin. Want to make the experience even more pleasurable? H2Oh! can be used with or without a Pulse Warming Dispenser, which Dr. Dweck recommends for enhancing pleasure.
This natural lube from the brand that revolutionized tampons (by making them all-organic and subscription-based) relies on aloe leaf juice and zero petrochemicals or parabens to promote a healthy vagina. Plus, the one-click pump makes it as mess-free as lube can get. Finally!
Dr. Dweck swears by Überlube for a super-silky sensation. Its silicone and vitamin E formula make it long-lasting and compatible with natural rubber latex (and polysoprene) condoms. It’s fragrance-free, and the sleek bottle looks like a chic perfume.
Good Clean Love Almost Naked Personal Lubricant
Good Clean Love
This 95-percent organic lubricant uses agar agar, derived from seaweed, as a natural thickener. It makes for a lovely glide during your ride.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
“Coconut oil is a favorite of lots of women,” says Dr. Dweck. Many women like it because it has a good taste for oral sex and smells nice, she says. It’s also pretty easy to use, given that it’s solid at room temperature and liquid once it’s warmed up by your vagina. Just keep this in mind, per women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, MD: Coconut oil can break down the integrity of a latex condom, making it more likely to break.
Clean, organic, and tbh, sophisticated—just look at the bottle. Maude’s Shine Organic lube is made from moisturizing aloe and has the perfect consistency: slick, with no stick.
Natural Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E doubles as a moisturizer, and a lot of times, people will use it as a lube, Dr. Dweck says. But just like coconut oil, it can break down a condom, making the rubber more vulnerable to tearing, Dr. Wider says.
Coconut Love Oil
Woo More Play
This stuff is mostly made from organic coconut oil, but it has the added benefit of vanilla, beeswax, and stevia for a better taste and mood. (Vanilla is said to be an aphrodiasic; beeswax is supposed to chill you out.)
Sliquid Organics Natural Lubricating Gel
Sliquid makes an organic line that uses aloe vera and botanical extracts. It also gets glowing reviews from women, Dr. Wider points out. Plus, the fact that it’s water-based means that it won’t interfere with condoms…schweet.
Aloe Cadabra Natural Personal Lube
Aloe vera is a “good choice” as a natural lubricant, as long as it’s actually 100-percent pure aloe vera, Dr. Wider says. (Some aloe veras contain artificial ingredients that can irritate your vagina, she explains.) This is also safe to use with latex condoms and is usually very gentle on the skin.
That said, some people are sensitive to aloe, so it doesn’t hurt to test a little bit on a small patch of your skin to see if you have a reaction first, Dr. Dweck says. This one works for most.