DIY Homemade Anal Lube | All You Need To Know

Lubricants help reduce friction and pain during penetration and increase comfort when masturbating. This means lubes are a must-have for slick, sexy fun between the bedsheets, especially if you love anal.

Whether you’re into anal stimulation, penetration, or both – using the right lube will make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable. It goes without saying that anal sex without lube usually results in a painful experience. This is because the anus does not produce enough lubrication to facilitate pleasurable and comfortable sex. 

Aside from store-bought lubes, you can actually make your own right in the comfort of your home. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of a DIY anal lube that will hopefully make your backdoor fun much-much more enjoyable. Without further ado, let’s slide into the basics!

Types of Lubes

Many lube brands are known to cause irritation, and infections and some may even negatively affect your body’s natural PH levels. Before buying and using any kind of lube, consider testing it on your skin to see if causes any reaction or not.

The three most popular types of anal lube are:

  • Water-based
  • Oil-based
  • Silicone-based 

Water-based lube is suitable for beginners as it’s more body-friendly and rinses off easily. It’s considered safer, doesn’t dry quickly, and lasts longer than other types of lube. It also works well with latex condoms and silicone toys, making it a perfect companion during your anal exploration.

While you may use water-and silicone-based lubes with latex condoms, don’t mix oil-based lubes with latex condoms as oil will start degrading your condom in as little as 60-seconds after exposure. This means that you’ll be exposed to STDs in no time. In case you do only have oil-based lube at home, try using polyurethane condoms.

Why You Need a DIY Anal Lube?

First of all, why the hell not? Secondly, it’s a cool project as you know exactly how you’ll be using it later.

Some of the DIY lubes we’ll be discussing below can be made in less than 15 minutes. That’s pretty awesome as in case you are the kind of person who feels embarrassed buying a lube at a traditional sex store, then you may prepare natural lube at home in no time. Buying online of course is another option but delivery times could be anywhere between 1-7 days while your anus needs penetration NOW, right?

A word of caution though, as you know the anus has very sensitive tissues. This means you need to be very careful with whatever lube you decide to make and use. Don’t use anything that may cause irritation or even worse infections.

Be extra careful about using anything that contains chemicals such as glycerin (may cause yeast infection), artificial flavors, and parabens (may cause skin irritation). 

Olive Oil

Natural oils, like olive oil, are mostly used for cooking purposes. However, olive oil can also serve as an epic DIY anal lube as long as it doesn’t include any flavoring ingredients, is unrefined, high-quality, and hasn’t expired. It’s a perfect homemade lube to use if you’re into quick or more extended anal sessions.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a natural smell and taste, and it’s widely used in many households. Thanks to its low melting point, you’ll be catered to full-blown pleasure sensations throughout your anal session. In case you want to include coconut oil as a part of your backdoor fun, make sure to use virgin coconut oil and preferably the unrefined version. Why? Refined oils may include additives or chemicals that can cause skin irritation, particularly when applied to sensitive body parts like the anus.

Word of caution though, if you are using a latex condom, avoid using coconut oil since they don’t mesh well. As we mentioned earlier, oil-based products can rapture latex condoms, leaving you exposed to STDs. 

Avocado oil

Avocado oil is a naturally extracted oil that is heavier than olive oil, making it an even better candidate for pleasurable anal sex as it can last longer. Worth mentioning that avocado oil can even last longer than some water-based anal lubes but it’s not as effective as coconut or almond oil.

PRO TIP #1: Pick a lube that takes longer to dry. These are usually more cost-effective as you don’t need to keep adding more and you can have slick fun longer. 

Robert Thomas

Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the most recommended oil-based natural anal lube that has similar properties to olive and avocado oil. It’s easily absorbed by the skin, so you don’t have to worry about an unnecessary oil mess during anal sex. Just as the name suggests, sweet almond oil has a sweet taste, making it edible if you switch to oral sex or try anal rimming in the process. It works perfectly with non-latex condoms.

Massage & Baby oil

These oils are typically petroleum-based, which means they allow a very slippery experience. Baby and massage oil can be put to dual usage – allowing you to feel relaxation through massage and tinkling pleasure when something or someone slips through your rear gate. Thanks to its texture it feels thin and it also smells nice, what else would you need?

Since baby oil is made for infants, they usually come with fewer chemicals, making them safer to use both for anus stimulation and/or prostate banging. Baby oil is definitely convenient to use but it may degrade your condom or sex toy!

PRO TIP #2:  The fewer the chemicals, the safer the homemade lube. 

Robert Thomas

Vitamin E Oil

Not many people know this but vitamin E oil could be used as a self-made anal lube as it’s slippery in texture. No doubt that using vitamin E oil for sex or masturbation will surprise you with a smooth and wet feeling. Use it with non-latex condoms only!


Everyone has probably used saliva as a lubricant during sex or masturbation, right? Some people argue that this is one of the best DIY anal lubes but, we don’t necessarily agree with that argument. Why? Spit contains quite a bit of bacteria and it dries really quick.

Having said that, it’s also worth mentioning that saliva contains antifungal properties that may prevent the entry of bacteria and infections into your body. Yes, it dries quickly so you may need to use more, but hey – it’s free!

Ghee – clarified Butter

Ghee is used a lot in South Asian cooking, so if you like Asian food you might as well put one of the ingredients in dual-use. It’s known for its comforting and moisturizing effects (relieves dryness and burning sensation) on the skin which means that you’ll be safe when applying it on your anus.

You are probably wondering… because it’s being used in cooking it must taste good, right? That’s true, so it also works well for some tasty oral action. Remember, non-latex condoms only.

Chinese Yam 

The Chinese yam is also known as “nagaimo” and it’s mostly found in China, Vietnam, and Japan. When squeezed, it produces a slippery mucous-like liquid that is slimy in texture. This liquid can be used as a DIY anal lube as it reduces friction and does not cause skin irritation. In case you want to experiment, try using Chinese Yam with coconut oil. This combination should result in being slippery for longer.


Forget about using Crisco to make biscuits and flaky pies for a moment. It can also help you get those deep anal thrusts and fisting without pain, irritation, or straining. 

This is one of the best homemade DIY anal lubes you can ever think of. Why? Crisco is very slippery and heavy, two of the key properties that make it an excellent DIY anal lube. Don’t believe us? Ask anyone from the gay community and they’ll confirm our statement. Since it is oil-based, avoid using it with a latex condom.

Plain Yoghurt

I bet you didn’t think of yogurt, didn’t you? In case this will be your DIY anal lube option, make sure you’ll be using the sugar-free version since sugar can cause yeast infections. Thanks to its thickness, yogurt can make your anal sex more pleasurable with added foody sensations.

How To Make A DIY Anal Lube?

Let’s take a look at some of the DIY anal lubes you can make from the comfort of your home.

Cornstarch Lube

When making a cornstarch DIY lube, you need the following: saucepan, water, bowl, and cornstarch.

How To Make?

  • Add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the bowl and mix with one glass of water.
  • Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat it with moderate heat.
  • Add a little bit of organic cooking oil.
  • Stir the mixture as it boils for about 30 – 40 seconds.
  • Turn off the heat and cool the mixture to room temperature before using.

Aloe Vera Lube

Aloe vera makes one of the best DIY anal lubes thanks to its soothing effects that may help to prevent irritation during anal sex or masturbation. It goes without saying that having a natural garden of aloe vera is a must-have if you want to make aloe vera-based lube yourself. 

How To Make?

  • Cut aloe vera leaves into small pieces, place them in a bowl and grind.
  • Take natural coconut oil (half the quantity of crushed aloe vera leaves) and pour it on a pan together with the mixture.
  • Cook it in medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the moisture has evaporated.
  • Use a squeezer of your choice to “milk” the oil out of aloe vera residue, preferably into a bowl or a glass.
  • Let it cool down before use. That’s it!

You can safely use aloe vera-based oil with a latex condom as it doesn’t contain any oil.

Here is another aloe vera-based DIY anal lube recipe:

This Is What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 8-10 drops of sensations essential oil
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed oil (Since it’s a barrier oil, it protects skin from irritation)

How To Make?

  • Mix the aloe gel with sunflower seed oil in a bowl and add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil. 
  • Cover the bowl which contains the mixture and leave it to sit for 10-12 hours.

An Easy Way For Making A Water-Based Lube

  • Pour 1 cup of cold water into a bowl.
  • Add 4 teaspoons of arrowroot powder or arrowroot flour and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the mix into a saucepan and use medium heat to boil the mixture as you stir.
  • Once it forms a gel-like texture, turn off the heat and cool it to room temperature.
  • Add 4 drops of peppermint, lavender essential, and some black pepper essential oil.
  • Stir the mixture and pour it into a container of your choice.

Coconut Lube Lotion

  • 1/2 a cup of virgin coconut oil.
  • 5-6 drops of synergy blend essential oil like lavender, peppermint, Patchouli, etc.
  • 3 teaspoons of beeswax.


  • Pour the coconut oil and the beeswax into two different cups.
  • Put a glass (or two) of water in a pan and place the wax and the coconut oil on the pan (only apply if you are using the solid coconut oil) to boil until they both melt.
  • Once you melt the beeswax and the coconut oil, add the synergy essential oil (s) and remove the mixture from heat.
  • Cool the mixture using a cooler or a refrigerator until it’s completely hard. 
  • Once the mixture has hardened, whip it until it becomes fluffy. You can use a hand whip or a blender to do this.
  • Store safely in a cool, dry place – preferably in a glass bottle.

Please keep in mind that, this is an oil-based lube, so do not use it together with latex condoms or silicone-based sex toys. 

Homebased Lubes To Avoid


Butter contains milk which may turn rancid way quicker than you think. Even though butter may not seem or taste like it’s contaminated, it’s never worth the risk according to Medical News Today.

Fish Oil

One thing about fish oil is that it has a strong smell. If you have ever burst open those fish oil supplements, you know exactly what we mean. The smell takes hours and even days to completely disappear.

If you use fish oil as a personal lubricant, you may have to take a shower countless times just to get rid of the smell. It will be impossible to hide the fact that you’ve been getting funky with this type of oil. We understand that fish oil can be a little bit tempting given its smooth nature and purity. But, considering the struggle you’ll have to go through to get rid of the smell, it is not worth it. 

Sugars, Syrup And Honey 

Anything that contains these three ingredients should be avoided at all costs because they may cause yeast infection.

Petroleum Jellies & Vaseline

Petroleum jelly may be used as lube, but it is not the best natural lube as it’s more greasy than slippery. The problem with greasy lube is that it tends to stick to your clothing and bedsheets.

If you decide to use petroleum jelly as lube during anal sex, make sure you heat it up a little bit to soften it or rub it between your fingers for a few seconds before applying.

The reason petroleum jellies aren’t the most recommended option for anal lubrication is that they contain wax. The wax makes petroleum jelly a little bit sticky rather than soft and smooth like other types of DIY lubes we’ve mentioned in this article. 

Vegetable Oil 

Most vegetable and cooking oils are refined. This means they contain chemicals used for treatment, heating, and/or bleaching. On top of that, vegetable oil may stain your bedsheets.

PRO TIP 3: Before using any of these natural lubes, do a skin patch test to find out how your skin reacts. If you notice any signs of irritation, stop using immediately.

Robert Thomas

Bottom Line

There are plenty of homemade alternatives to anal lubricants. A DIY anal lube is effectively slippery and much cheaper than its store-bought counterpart, so it’s something you’d want to look into if you’re pinching your pennies.

We hope our list helped you find the right homemade lube to make your backdoor play even more enjoyable. Remember to stay safe and enjoy yourself!


  • Robert Thomas

    Robert Thomas is a sexologist, researcher, and writer who loves to explore and investigate everything that is related to bedroom action. He strives to improve couples' sex life by challenging the advice given in research papers, books, magazines, and on the internet in general. Robert loves to write about sex, BDSM, as well as tips & tricks on how couples can introduce new sex toys to their relationship. He has been proudly featured in Healthline, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Self, AskMen, MelMagazine, Kinkly, Jack&Jill Adult, and in many other publications. Learn more. LinkedIn

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