When people think of coconut oil, they think of cooking oil or as a hair and facial moisturizer. But did you know that this ubiquitous oil has some surprising uses too? Coconut oil is gaining popularity as a personal lubricant. And why not? Coconut oil is moisturizing, slick, slippery, and is an all-natural product. But is coconut oil the best oil for sex? Is it safe to use as a lubricant?

Types of Coconut Oil

Before we delve into the subject of coconut oil for sex, we need to know the types of coconut oil available in the market.

There are two types of coconut oil available: unrefined and refined (fractionated) coconut oil.

According to Livestrong, unrefined coconut oil, sometimes called virgin coconut oil, is extracted using either a quick-dry method or wet-mill process. In quick-drying, the coconut meat is dried, and the oil is pressed out of the coconut flesh. Wet milling undergoes a much more rigorous process of boiling, straining, fermenting, and running the coconut milk through a centrifuge to extract the oil. Both methods do not require additives or further processing, so they retain the coconut scent and flavor.

With refined coconut oil, the coconut meat may be treated with heat and chemicals to extract the oil. However, not all refined coconut oils are the same. In the case of fractionated coconut oil, this type of oil is made from virgin coconut oil that has been distilled. The long-chain fatty acids in the oil are solidified, separated, and removed. This is why fractionated coconut oil is odorless, tasteless, light, and remains liquid in colder temperatures compared to virgin coconut oil.

Types of Lubricants for Sex

Lubricants are essential for sex. During arousal, a woman’s vagina naturally becomes lubricated, but it can take the body a while to produce lubrication. There may be situations and reasons (medications, menopause, etc.) why a woman does not produce enough lubrication. In cases like these, lubricants are a must-have. Lubricants are also a must for gay couples. There are four types of commercial lubricants available. These are:

  • Water based lubricants – Water-based lubes are often made of glycerin, propanediol or natural thickeners found in plants like cellulose. This type of lube is most suitable with condom use. Some examples of water-based lubes made of glycerin include Astroglide and K-Y Jelly.
  • Silicone based lubricants – They’re as their name suggests, made with silicone-based ingredients. They are not absorbed by the skin. According to Healthline, silicone-based oils can last longer than water-based lubricants, so they don’t need to be reapplied often, and most are also hypoallergenic for those who have extra sensitive skin. Unfortunately, this type of lube is not recommended to use with latex sex toys as they may break down over time.
  • Oil based lubricants – This type of lubricant may contain plant-based oils from coconut oil, sweet almond oil, etc. Oil based lubes may also contain synthetic oils or a blend of both plant-based and synthetic oils.
  • Hybrid lubricants – Hybrid lubricants are primarily water-based lubricants with some silicone. These lubes tend to last longer than water-based lubes.

Coconut Oil as Lubricant

With regards to using coconut oil as lube, there are those who advocate for its use and those who are strongly against coconut oil for sex.

In an interview with Health Magazine, Florida-based ob-gyn and chief medical officer at BodyLogicMD, Dr. Jennifer Landa said, “One of my favorite natural lubricants is extra virgin coconut oil,” She adds, “It is moisturizing and lubricating and doesn’t ball up like a lot of lubes you can buy.”

Unlike silicone and water-based lubes, the consistency of coconut oil is thicker, and it’s longer-lasting compared to other types of lubes. Plus, it won’t get clumpy on you.

Still, there are those that would argue over its safety. According to Healthline, “Coconut oil has a high pH, making it alkaline, while the normal pH of the vagina is acidic. These properties can disrupt the natural pH balance of your vagina. This upset can cause yeast infections or other vaginal infections,”

However, according to Planned Parenthood, there’s currently no research done to determine if using coconut oil as lube will lead to infections. They recommend that if you try it, that you make sure there aren’t things added to the oils like sugars, which could potentially cause yeast and other vaginal infections.

If you do decide to try using coconut oil as lube, ask your doctor or a health professional about it first.

Coconut oil and Condoms

Even if you are using a lubricated condom, you will still need lube. Unfortunately, condoms and coconut oil are totally incompatible.

Planned Parenthood warns about the use of coconut oil with condoms. Coconut oil or any oil-based lubricant for that matter should never be used with condoms. Oil-based lubes can damage the material or latex that the condom is made out of and could lead to breakage. So for condoms, stick to water-based or silicone-based lubes, they’re the safer option.

Coconut Oil For Anal Sex

Lube is incredibly essential during anal play. It makes anal sex comfortable and enjoyable for both partners. But, can you use coconut oil for anal sex? According to Women’s Health Magazine, “coconut oil is a great choice for anal, especially for anyone looking for a safe all-natural lube option,”

Unlike Vaseline, coconut oil won’t dry out or irritate the anal tissues. Just remember that it’s not safe to use coconut oil with latex condoms. If you are unsure if you should used coconut oil for anal sex, we recommend asking your doctor about it.

Skinsations Fractionated Coconut Oil

Skinsations Fractionated Coconut Oil - 16oz

Skinsations fractionated coconut oil is cold-pressed, unscented, undiluted, and does not contain added ingredients. Each batch is rigorously tested for purity. It’s non-GMO and Hexane-free too. You get nothing but 100% fractionated coconut oil in every bottle. Use Skinsations fractionated coconut oil as a carrier oil to make your own signature massage oils with your favorite essential oils. It will leave your and your partner’s skin soft, silky, and non-greasy.
Skinsations fractionated coconut oil isn’t just great for sex, it doubles as massage oil, skin moisturizer, face and body oil as well as a makeup remover. It’s rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, proteins as well as Vitamin A, B, D, and E for a youthful, radiant complexion. So grab a bottle of Skinsations Fractionated Coconut Oil today!

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