Lube is a great addition to sex or masturbation, but there are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming to find one that’s right for you. Silicone? Oil-based? Water-based? Flavored? Warming? Now the choices are getting even more complicated with many people adding "natural" to the list of things they want from their lube.
Almost any lube you buy in a store will be safe, but some people prefer to use ones with all-natural ingredients, particularly if they have sensitive skin or allergies. Store-bought options often contain ingredients that include glycerin, parabens, or fragrances, which can make skin itchy or irritated.
The thing is fans of natural lubes tend to really love them. "I love the consistency — it isn't sticky, it feels like silk, lasts a long time, and doesn't really have any smell at all," wrote one reviewer of Maude's organic Shine lube. "I didn't have any effects from it afterwards, and I usually have to rush to wash any remnants off or it creates a rash. Perfect!"
A quick primer on responsible lubricant use: Water-based lubes are generally safe to use with toys and condoms or dental dams. Many natural lubes, however, are oil-based, which means they break down latex condoms. Others use aloe vera, which contains naturally occurring latex that might irritate those with a latex allergy. To be safe and avoid unwanted pregnancy, check the label to see what the specific brand’s guidelines are when mixing lube with barriers (or sex toys; silicone-based lubes can't be used with silicone toys).
Ahead, find 17 of the best natural lubes on the market.
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