4 Reasons NOT to Use Coconut Oil As Lube

4 Reasons NOT to Use Coconut Oil As Lube
July 21, 2015 Good Clean Love Staff

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It seems like everyone is using coconut oil these days – and not just for sauteing veggies. With seemingly limitless uses for health and beauty, what was once a humble pantry staple has become the latest all-purpose health food of the moment. But like any explosive health and beauty trend, there comes a point when things can get taken a little too far. The recent media fixation on coconut oil has led many a blogger to recommend its use as a personal lubricant, citing its edibility as the key factor in making it suitable for use internally and on our most delicate tissues. Which makes sense: if you can eat it, then you can certainly use it as a personal lubricant, right? WRONG.

We at Good Clean Love have spent a long time thinking about how to make the best personal lubricant we can, and despite the recent craze, we don’t use coconut oil as lube. Here are 4 reasons why:

1.  Nobody knows whether coconut oil is actually safe.

Just because it’s safe (and delicious) to eat and cook with does not mean that it’s safe to use on your precious lady parts. There have been no scientific studies looking at the use of coconut oil as a personal lubricant, and for that reason, there is still a lot we don’t know about its effects. Edibility alone is not a determining factor in whether a substance is safe to use as a lubricant. And coconut oil has many other properties that make it a less than ideal personal lubricant. For example, coconut oil is considered to be comedogenic – which means it can clog your pores. For some people this isn’t an issue, but for others it can cause bumps and irritation to the skin that comes into contact with the oil.

2.  Coconut oil disrupts the vagina’s natural equilibrium.

One of the coolest things about coconut oil is its amazing antiviral and antibacterial properties, which is why so many people use it to heal cuts, scrapes, and burns. But this ability to kill viruses and bacteria is the exact reason coconut oil as lube has absolutely no business being inside you during sex.  The vagina is complicated territory, with both good and bad bacteria constantly battling for control. Adding an antibacterial substance into the mix interrupts the process and can lead to infections that you don’t want!

3.  Coconut oil has all the downsides of other oil-based lubricants.

Since coconut oil is (obviously) an oil, it has the same problems as any other oil-based lubricant. For one, coconut oil is not compatible with latex, which means you can’t use it with traditional condoms and certain sex toys. Bid farewell to your pocket rocket if you plan on using coconut oil as a lube! And like any oil, coconut oil will inevitably leave you with an oily coating that’s hard for our water-based human tissue to break down. So whether you’re using a condom or not, water-based lubes are always a safer choice

4. Coconut oil is not user-friendly.

Ever try removing coconut oil from the jar on a cold winter day? It’s not fun – and I have several bent spoons to prove it. Now imagine that whole process getting in between you and your partner. Need I say more?

Bottom line, if you’ve been using coconut oil as a lubricant, it’s time to start thinking about whether it’s worth the risk. A high-quality, water-based organic lubricant is all you need to feel secure knowing that what’s helping you get wet isn’t also helping you get sick!

Comments (97)

  1. Anon 2 years ago

    I find it odd that there is an article on the dangers of using coconut oil as lube on the same site that sells an “ORGANIC” Lube product that contains Sodium Benzoate and a few other scary ingredients. I would take my chances with the Coconut oil personally.

    • Philip 2 years ago

      Sodium Benzoate isn’t scary but a preservative naturally ocurring in various fruits. Don’t fearmonger with chemical sounding names of substances.

      • Scott 2 years ago

        Your assertion that sodium benzoate is a naturally occurring preservative is flat out wrong.
        Rather, it is a man-made (synthetically derived) product, specifically the (sodium) salt of benzoic acid.
        Sodium benzoate is most commonly produced by reacting sodium hydroxide (i.e. lye or caustic soda) with benzoic acid.
        (Benzoic acid occurs naturally, as do its esters, in varying amounts in many plant and animal species.)
        While sodium benzoate is currently designated GRAS (i.e. “generally regarded as safe” for human consumption) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many reasonably minded people have quite legitimate concerns as to its overall impact on their personal health and well being and thus choose to limit, if not avoid entirely, their exposure.

    • JR 1 year ago

      We have used coconut oil in the bedroom for years and have never ever had an issue. I think there is a conflict of interest for the writer of this article as they are trying to sell us products that have far more questionable side effects than coconut oil.

  2. Sara 2 years ago

    I have not experienced any of the other issues mentioned but the inconvenience of a jar was an issue for me.

    I use the below product now


    • Trish 1 year ago

      Sara, the link to the product you mentioned is no longer valid. Please reply w/ the name of the specific product. Thank you!

  3. Moriah 2 years ago

    As for somebody who has ALOT of issues downstairs, coconut oil has really come to the rescue for me. I’m insanely allergic to SO many things, and this seems to be one of the few things that soothes the irritation. Somebody who has really good flora might have problems with the anti bacterial properties, but I certainly do not. And if your lady parts gets so cold it solidifies coconut oil, you might have a problem and should look into that. And just because it’s not tested in a labrotory, doesn’t mean it’s not safe. I’m sure there aren’t a lot of tests about using cucumbers as dildos but people do it all the time, and the only consistent advise is “make sure it’s clean. As for the big “mold growing in the oil” thing, there is a lot of reasons that could’ve happened (like contamination before or during packaging, age of oil, etc.) other than “coconut oil is bad and shouldn’t be used as lube”… what I get from this article is some people are worried that coconut oil is going to negatively impact the lube business.

  4. LC 2 years ago

    A quick look at some of the bad Amazon reviews on “Good Clean Love” products will show that even their own products aren’t exactly ideal for everyone. Good Clean Love, have YOU personally tested the safety of coconut oil as a personal lubricant or are you merely regurgitating cut & paste “info” that’s been mechanically spit out by science…which is always changing?

    I will opt for peer-related reports from real people who have actually experimented with coconut oil, themselves, thank you. As another commenter mentioned, it does seem like there’s a fear of product sales going down in favor for something that is cheaper, more accessible and most likely the healthier choice.

  5. Lisa 2 years ago

    My gynecologist recommended it for vaginal dryness so I will listen to him before I listen to you. It works great for us.

    • Jim Christian 2 years ago

      You can’t beat it. I’ve always used organic olive and Grape Seed oils, they’re very good, but coconut oil is our new favorite, my gal just loves the stuff. Enjoy!

  6. Jim Christian 2 years ago

    We used to love Grapeseed oil, still do, but that bottle is lonely since we started using coconut oil. We melt coconut oil and use it for everything in the bedroom. I melt Carrington Farms in the tub and pour it into a clear mustard squirter with a long skinny nose and an attached little cap on top. This type of bottle is VERY easy to handle. When 72 degrees or so, coconut oil is solid. I put the squirter full of solid oil in a pan of water and low heat on the stove. In the time it takes to jump in the shower, jump out and head for my love in the bedroom, the oil is melted, warm and perfect. Coconut oil IS good for my lover’s vagina, and we apply it deeply every night, first on me, then in her, she won’t have it any other way. It’s good for me because it does have some staying power, I notice the skin on my cock doesn’t get dry in the winter time and she loves it on her nipples, they don’t crack in the cold dry weather. I rub her down with it from head to toe and my hands are a lot softer since we started using it. This article runs contrary to every other article I’ve ever read and of course, the article is totally contrary to our experience. The one part, making sure you aren’t allergic to the stuff is true. Also, stick to pure, cold-pressed, organic, non-hydrolyzed oil. Again, we use Carrington Farms and you’ll find it at the grocer with the other oils. Enjoy, kids, this stuff is the greatest since Grapeseed oil, also very good! Chemical, commercial lubes are gross, I’ve never used them. Light Olive, Grape Seed Oil and now coconut oils, always organic and cold pressed are all I’ve ever, EVER used with a lover and they’re so appreciative. For a woman to taint her beautiful lady-parts with chemical crap, expensive crap at that, is SO wrong.

  7. chan 2 years ago

    This is silly… I will continue to use my coconut oil which works better than anything I have ever tried… Works like a charm.

  8. Coconut Fan 2 years ago

    Quite possibly the worst article ever written. Vague warnings about the unknown combined with flat out false information and wrapped up with an analogy that doesn’t come close to fitting.

  9. gaga 2 years ago

    This article is clearly salesman’s pitch to sell another product! I’ve used pure virgin coconut oil as a lube many many times, and it’s the best. When I had plenty of sex and a little redness or soreness on my cock, then I put some coconut oil on my cock after shower. It regenerates the skin quicker.

  10. Jay 2 years ago

    Seems like the person writing this article is worried about lube sales! I’ve been using coconut oil for over a year now and I’ve never been healthier ‘down there’

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