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The Things You Should Never Use as Lube


Good sex is good for many reasons. The mixture of sensations building up to that final climax of pleasure can be a truly memorable experience. One of the easiest ways to improve your sex life is to bring lube into the mix. While you might feel like using lube is only for the older generations, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The truth is, lube is a natural part of sex. Not only does it help ensure comfort, but it can also increase pleasure hugely, depending on the variety of lube used. It’s not embarrassing to use lube and it doesn’t make sex any less sexy.

With that being said, there are some things you should definitely never use as lube for sex. Here is our list of absolute no-nos:

  • Coconut oil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Saliva
  • Food or drink

Coconut oil as lube

Coconut oil is a popular product. With seemingly unending uses, it’s become a staple in the cupboards of many across the country. Coconut oil as lube, however, is not ideal.

Why? Well coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which may disrupt the vaginal pH balance leading to infections (like yeast infections). Although coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser for your skin and hair, this may not necessarily be the case for your genitals. Oils and oil-based substances also weaken latex products, like condoms, which can mean you would be putting yourself at risk.

Petroleum jelly as lube

When asking the question, “what can I use as lube?”, we’re guessing that a lot of people will think of petroleum jelly. You may be surprised to learn, however, that using this as lube is going to cause more harm than good.

Being an oil-based product, petroleum jelly is unsuitable for use with latex condoms. Using an oil-based lube and latex condoms will cause the condom to degrade, leaving it more vulnerable to tears and rips. Therefore, this puts you at an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.

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Spit as lube

More people than you might think use saliva as a homemade lube. Some people might think that spit can enhance sex, but the truth is that saliva actually provides very little lubrication.

Sex with saliva as lube could be eventually become painful, as there will be inadequate lubrication, or it will dry up faster than compared to your body’s own lubrication or using a professionally manufactured lube.

Food or liquid as lube

Food can be great to bring into the bedroom. However, inserting any type of food into the sexual organs of your body runs the risk of causing an infection and, likely, food substances won’t be absorbed by the body, meaning they’ll need to be washed off. If you insert food into the vagina, you need to douche afterwards, however douching has also been linked to bacterial vaginosis.

So, even though it can be fun to experiment with food, stick to eating strawberries off each other’s bodies rather than reaching for the tub of butter and wondering “what if?”.

What can I use as lube?

For the best lube, always stick to a specially designed sex lubricant like those from the Durex range. Not just because of the amazing varieties of lube on offer, but because you know that the creation of the product meets our high standards.

Whether it’s tingling lubes you’re after or a water-based lubricant, with Durex, you can be confident of a lube that’ll help make your sexual experiences even better.

Durex Naturals Intimate Gel Extra Sensitive 100ml

If you’re thinking natural is the way forward, then try out the Durex Naturals Intimate Gel instead. With 100% natural ingredients and designed to help make your sexual moments smooth and thrilling, it’s perfect for those who are concerned about what they’re putting on and in their body.


Want to know more about all things sex? Head over to our Explore Sex blog where we talk everything sex.



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