5 Natural Lubricants to Heat Things Up in the Bedroom

Adriana Velez | Jul 29, 2014 Love & Sex

lubrication gelWhen it comes to (cough, cough) intimate lubrication, I think we all want to be careful about whatever we're using. After all, this is a substance we're using with our most delicate parts. Of course, most of us create our own natural lubrication -- more or less. But sometimes it falls in the "less" category and you need some reinforcement. There's plenty of slick substances out there. But what if you want to avoid petroleum-based products?

No worries -- there's a growing number of more "natural" intimate lubrication options, whether that's water-based or homemade lubes. Nothing is as natural as what you produce, but these are the next best thing.

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  • Water-Based Lubricants


    Water-based lubricants are usually a safe, natural-ish choice. Just be careful with that ingredients list and make sure yours doesn't have propylene glycol preservative, which can irritate your skin. Check with your doctor about any other ingredients you should steer clear of. (Sliquid Naturals Sassy, $12)

  • Aloe-Based Gels


    Aloe vera gel on its own makes a good lube. If you want to play it safe, though, try a lubrication gel that contains aloe but is formulated for sexual use. (Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant, $7)

  • Natural Oil-Based Lubes


    The one drawback to water-based lubes is that they dry up relatively quickly. But there are some newer lubes made with natural oils like shea and coco butter. Just keep in mind -- oil-based lubes will break down latext condoms. (Firefly Natural Personal Lubricant, $18.95)

  • Coconut Oil


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    Is there anything coconut oil can't do? Doctors say exercise caution, since its safety as a sexual lubricant hasn't been tested. But many couples love using the stuff. Just make sure you use 100 percent pure, cold-pressed oil, nothing funky or adulterated.

    And if you're up for something really fun, try out this recipe for chocolate mint love butter from Paleo Mama.

  • Silicone-Based Lubricant


    Silicone lube could be considered "natural" if by natural you mean free of harmful chemicals. The advantages are that it's long-lasting, like an oil-based lube, but it's also safe to use with latex condoms. The drawback is that it's usually more expensive -- a LOT more expensive. (Sliquid Silver, $24.99)


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