What CAN’T aloe do?
Article from Oprah Daily
By Samantha Vincenty PUBLISHED: May 18, 2021
In an ideal world, your home would be stocked with the very best lube that money can buy. But one rarely plans ahead for the moment they need a dollop of personal lubricant, whether it’s for trying out Kama Sutra-style sex with your partner or playing with your very best vibrator. When it’s time, you need the stuff ASAP. The only thing more mood-killing than a frantic fumble through the nightstand drawer is expanding your fruitless search into the bathroom and the kitchen. All thoughts of getting intimate vanish within minutes of squinting at your pantry, wondering un-sexy things like, “is it safe to use coconut oil as a lube substitute?”
You deserve to enjoy sex without worrying whether aloe vera or olive oil will give you a nightmarish yeast infection in the days that follow. And while we can’t recommend investing in a good lubricant that’s designed for intercourse, medical use, and/or sex toys enough, it can be tough to make it to the store and pick some up before you need it. Fortunately, you do have options close at hand that’ll do the trick when you need to get slick quickly. We asked experts what to use if you have no lube, and they told us which household items to reach for in a bind—and what to never apply “down there.” Here’s the lowdown on the 13 best natural lube alternatives.
For sex: The aloe plant doesn’t just offer amazing benefits for skin and hair; it’s a good vulva moisturizer, too. “Because of its restorative qualities and soothing, gel-like texture, aloe is a great choice for lubricant,” Caitlin V. says. Dr. Alyssa Dweck points out that this makes it a popular ingredient in over-the-counter lube, such as Aloe Cadabra. It’s safe for both anal and vaginal sex.
For condoms: Safe. “Make sure to choose a product that’s 100 percent aloe or designed specifically as a sexual lubricant,” Caitlin V. says. And, of course, “those who are allergic should avoid aloe-based lubricants.”
For sex toys: Safe.
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Alyssa Dweck, MD, was named a top gynecologist by New York magazine.
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