Lubricants and other cosmetics contain preservatives that allow them to sit on the shelf for months or even years at a time. This is important because stores and manufacturers never know when a product will sell. But preservatives such as parabens aren’t necessarily healthy. And the longer a product sits, the more its chemical makeup can change.
Finally, not all manufacturers care about your health. They may contain ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for you. Oil-based products can block pores, and some people avoid ingredients containing silicone at all because of the way it coats skin. Cyclopentasiloxane is one type of silicone that companies have moved away from.
Harvesting the aloe gel from the plant requires you to cut a leaf from the plant and strip off one layer. The gel sits between those layers, and you can use it directly. You can store leftover gel in the refrigerator for a few days.
Note that these recipes suggest a type of oil (such as coconut), but you can swap it out if you’d like. Almond, jojoba and olive oil can also be used as carriers.
At room temperature, coconut oil is actually a solid and not an oil (unless it’s been refined to be a liquid). However, body temperature melts it into a nice pool. This is why coconut oil works well as a personal lubricant and for giving a sensual massage!
Coconut oil won’t wash off easily, which makes it good for shows but bad for cleanup.
You’re not alone if you head to the sex store or your favorite online retailer when you need a bottle of lube, but you’re wrong if you think that any lube is okay or even that every lube on the market is safe.
Almond oil is another natural lube option (and you could even consider jojoba oil or olive oil). Like coconut oil, it’s solid in cooler temperatures but easily warms. It’ll degrade condoms, but it’s full of vitamins: E, D, B1, B2, B6 and A. Almond oil is also soothing.
Petroleum : has links to cancer and degrades condoms
Natural Homemade Lubricant: The DIY Guide If you haven’t considered making your own lube, you’re missing out on the fun and all the benefits. Switching to DIY lube ensures you know exactly what
- 1 cup of hot water
- 3 teaspoons of corn flour
The Hook Up brought in former Masterchef contestant and author of Food Porn, Beau Cook, to give us the low-down on a couple of ‘lube alternatives’ and to share his recipes. [Note: obviously have fun with food and sex but if you really want a reliable, decent lube, go into a sex store, your local supermarket, or buy some online].
- 1 part aloe vera gel
- 1 part flax seed oil
- 5 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil
Mix the aloe vera, the lavender/peppermint oil and the flax seed. Let it sit over night and then you can use it.
Be careful with the consistency as it can turn a bit gluey. Warning: this could create a lot of friction if the consistency is too thick.
Warning: avoid both if you have a nut allergy.
Warning: if you store your homemade lube in the cupboard, it could become a great breeding ground for bacteria and it obviously doesn’t come with a preservative or an expiry date. Also, anyone can have any kind of reaction to a liquid etc that is going inside you that isn’t usually there, so make sure you see a doctor if something isn’t right.
First tip: use water and silicon based lubes with condoms, DO NOT use oils and oil-based lubes as it can break the latex.
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The Hook Up brought in former Masterchef contestant Beau Cook to give us the low-down on a couple of 'lube alternatives' and to share their recipes.