The Things You Should Never Use as Lube

Great sex is just that: great. 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 some people feel like using a lubricant is only for older generations, they couldn’t be more wrong.

The truth is, lubrication is a natural part of sex. Not only does it help ensure comfort for both parties, it can also increase pleasure hugely, depending on the variety of lube used. Whether it’s in an effort to save money or to try something different, the problem arises when people start using products that weren’t designed to be lubes.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this helpful, and hopefully fun, guide to the things you should never use as lube alternatives.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very in Vogue at the moment. With a seemingly unending source of uses for the product, it’s become a staple in the cupboards of many across the country. Coconut oil as lubricant however, is not ideal.

Why? Well, it’s down to coconut oil showing to have antiviral and antibacterial properties that could wreak havoc with the delicate balance of bacteria that’s found in the vagina. It may also clog pores, which in people with sensitive skin could cause irritation.

As with oil-based products, it is also not compatible with latex condoms, limiting the different types of condom you can use it with.

In the end, it’s best to leave the coconut oil for your cooking and hair care, rather than your sexual routine.

Petroleum Jelly as Lube

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

Like coconut oil, petroleum jelly has its own properties, creating a barrier on the skin that locks in moisture. Because it isn’t absorbed into the body, it remains on the skin, creating a messy experience that is hard to clean off.

Again, 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 contraception to degrade, leaving it more vulnerable to tears and rips. Therefore, this puts you at an increased risk of contracting sexual transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.

Spit as Lube

Sounds horrible doesn’t it? But more people than you might think use saliva as a lubricant. Some individuals might think it makes sex more exciting or sensual but the truth is that spit and saliva provide very little in the way of a lubricating barrier.

Sex with saliva as lube could be painful as there will be inadequate lubrication when compared to a professionally manufactured lube. Don’t go there.

It’s not embarrassing to use lube and it doesn’t make you any less of a person. It’s very rare that the body is optimally lubricated completely of its own accord, so help it along the way with a specially formulated lubricant.

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Food can be great to bring into the bedroom. However, inserting any type of food into the lower areas of your body runs the risk of causing an infection and it’s likely that food substances won’t be absorbed by the body, meaning they’ll need to be washed off.

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?

It’s always best to stick to a specially designed 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 just a classic water-based lubricant, with Durex, you can be confident of a lube that’ll help make your sexual experiences that little bit more special.

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