Lubricants help reduce friction and pain during penetration and increase comfort when masturbating (and even during sex). Lube can be used for both anal and vaginal penetration.
It is exciting and satisfying to find the best lube for yourself or your partner. Different lubes are made for different types of sex. For example, some lubes are suitable for clitoral stimulation, vaginal penetration, anal sex. In contrast, others are primarily used on condoms.
Different brands and types of commercial lubes have flooded the market. Still, most of them are known to cause irritation, infections, and some can even interfere with your body’s PH. Before settling for any lube, consider rubbing it on your skin to see if it causes any reaction. If it does not, then you may go ahead and use it.
Anal lubes are a gamechanger for anal sex, either for stimulation, penetration, or both. They make anal sex more enjoyable and comfortable. When you attempt anal sex without lube, it might be quite a painful experience. This is because the anus does not produce enough lubrication to facilitate enjoyable and comfortable sex without friction and pain.
The three most popular types of anal lube include:
Water-based lube is suitable for beginners. This is because it is safer, does not dry quickly, and lasts longer than other types of lube. Another benefit of water-based lube is that they work pretty well with condoms. The friction during sex or masturbation does not affect the quality of the condom unless if the condom itself is not of high quality.
Oil-based lubes don’t work so well with condoms; the friction raptures the condom, leaving you exposed to STDS. Similarly, anal sex without lube could damage the inner walls of your anus, consequently leading to infection. To avoid all these, you need the perfect lube for your sexual desires without compromising your health.
There are times when you may need to create your own natural lube just to come up with something that defines your sexuality. You need something that you are comfortable with and does not risk your health.
Some people prefer using saliva for lubrication due to its anti-bacterial and fungal properties. But, saliva can be quite gross, and besides, it dries up quite quickly.
As explained earlier, the anus does not have enough natural lubrication to support sex without lube. On the other hand, store-bought lubes may be quite expensive, especially if you have anal sex regularly. This highlights the importance of learning how to make your own natural lube. You will save money and create something that you are comfortable with and works for you and your partner, hopefully.
Another major reason you need homemade lube is that most are safe. Natural lubes do not have chemicals and additives which may irritate your anus during and after sex.
Anal lubes help prevent friction between your skin, anus, penis, or sex toys. This friction may cause damages to your anus and may create open wounds, which give way to infections.
Natural lubes can also be used for anal masturbation. They provide the wetness that helps stimulate your prostrate when masturbating.
The good thing about homemade lubes is you do not need to keep rushing to the store whenever you need one. When it’s time for some private action, and you need lube, you simply go through your funky secret cabinet to fetch your self-made lube. Alternatively, you can easily create a homemade lube in less than 15 minutes.
If you are the kind that feels embarrassed buying lube at a traditional store, then you may consider making natural lube at home. The same case applies if you love online shopping but you’re not willing to wait for hours or even days, to have the lube delivered.
The anus has very sensitive tissues. And, that is one of the many reasons you should be careful with whatever lube you decide to use. Homemade anal lubes are the safe lubes for anal sex because they do not have chemicals that can cause irritation or infections.
DIY anal lubes help you prepare for anal sex by massaging your anus to make it wet for easy penetration.
Homemade lubes are safer since they do not have chemicals such as glycerin (which causes yeast infection), artificial flavors, parabens (they cause skin irritation), or any other chemical ingredient that may react to your skin.
Now that you know what to expect from self-made anal lube, let’s check out some household items that can be used to make a personal lubricant improved sex life.
Olive oil is a natural oil that most people use in their homes for different purposes. Suppose you have sensitive skin and intend to use anal lubes for the first time. In that case, unrefined olive oil is one of the best homemade anal lubes available.
Coconut oil has a good and natural smell and taste. When using coconut oil as an anal lube, make sure you use virgin coconut oil or the unrefined version. Refined oil may have additives or chemicals, which cause skin irritation when applied to sensitive parts such as the anus.
Coconut oil is easy to find and comfortable to use. If you are using a condom, avoid using coconut oil since it is oil-based. As we mentioned earlier, oil-based products usually rapture latex condoms, leaving you exposed to STDs.
Massage oil helps relax and stimulate the anus and the prostate when masturbating. They are usually oily, which provides a smoother path for the penis or sex toys to penetrate.
Most people using baby oil as anal lube. Baby oils are specifically made for infants, which means they have fewer chemicals due to baby skins sensitivity.
PRO TIP #1: The fewer the chemicals, the safer the homemade lube.
Avocado oil is a naturally extracted oil, which is very moisturizing, making it a perfect anal lube. One great advantage of avocado oil is it can last longer compared to a water-based anal lubes.
PRO TIP #2: Choose lubes that take longer to dry. They are usually more cost-effective because you do not need to keep adding more.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is known to be a carrier oil. Carrier oils act as a base for essential oil. They can be used as self-made anal lube because they are slippery and provide a smooth and wet feeling, ideal for masturbation. This feeling triggers your nerves and activates your sexual desires before masturbation or sex.
Well, everyone knows about using saliva as a lubricant during sex. You may not have known that this is one of the best DIY anal lubes you can opt for.
Contrary to popular beliefs, when you use saliva as a lubricant for anal sex, you do not have to worry about any kind of infection. Saliva contains antifungal properties that prevent the entry of bacteria and infections into your body system.
Ghee has some healing properties, which makes it suitable to be used as lube. It also has soothing effects and moisturizes the skin. Besides, it tastes good, which is a major plus if you decide to have oral sex with your partner in the process of having anal sex.
Sweet Almond Oil
Almond oil is one of the most recommended oil-based natural anal lube according to Healthline. This is because it can be easily absorbed by the skin, so you don’t have to worry about an unnecessary 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 in the process.
The Chinese yam is also known as “nagaimo.” This is a type of yam 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. It reduces friction and does not cause skin irritation.
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. Crisco is very slippery, one of the many properties that makes it an excellent DIY anal lube. But, given that it is is oil-based, avoid using it with a condom.
Plain yogurt is believed to heal vaginal infections and balance pH. When using yogurt as a DIY anal lube, it is advisable to consider the sugar-free version since sugar can cause yeast infections. Yogurt is thick and can make your anal sex more pleasurable.
How To Make A DIY Anal Lube
You can also make your DIY lube at home using various home-based items. Homemade lube is usually less costly and safe to use. Now let’s take a look at some of the DIY anal lubes you can make from home.
When making a cornstarch DIY lube, you need the following: a saucepan, water, a bowl, and cornstarch.
- Add teaspoons 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 due to its soothing effects, which prevent irritation during anal masturbation or sex. If you want to make the lube by yourself, first you need the natural garden aloe vera.
Cut it into small pieces and place the pieces in a bowl. Use a squeezer of your choice to “milk” it into a bowl or a glass. Add some water if necessary. Aloe vera lubes do not contain oil; therefore, they can be used with a condom.
Alternatively, you can use the process below to make another type of DIY anal lube using aloe vera:
What You Need
- Aloe gel
- 5 drops of peppermint
- Seed oil
- Mix the aloe gel with seed oil in a bowl and add 5 drops of peppermint.
- Cover the bowl which contains the mixture and leave it for 10-12 hours.
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
As discussed earlier, coconut oil is one of the most effective and popular homemade lube. Here’s what you need to make this work.
- 1/2 a cup of virgin coconut oil.
- 5-6 drops of synergy blend essential oil
- 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 (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 and remove the mixture from heat.
- Cool the mixture using a cooler or a refrigerator until it is completely hard.
- Once the mixture hardens, whip the coconut oil until it becomes light. You can use a hand whip or a blender to do this.
- Store safely in a cool, dry place
Please keep in mind that, this is an oil-based lube, so do not use with condoms.
Things To Avoid When Making A Homebased Lube
Butter usually contains milk which can become contaminated quickly. Even though butter may not seem or taste like it’s contaminated, it is never worth the risk when it comes to anal sex according to Medical News Today.
One thing about fish oil is that it tends to have a strong smell, which takes so long to fade away. 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 all these three ingredients should be avoided at all costs because they could cause yeast infection.
Petroleum jelly can be used as lube, but it is not the best natural lube because it is more greasy than slippery. This is actually one of the most popular natural lube alternatives, but that does not mean it is the best option.
The problem with greasy lube is that it tends to stick to your clothing. Also, it is not as smooth and takes too long to melt before penetration. If you decide to use petroleum jelly as lube during anal sex, make sure you heat it up a little bit to make it softer or rub it between your fingers for a few seconds before applying.
The reason petroleum jellies aren’t the most recommended option for anal lubricants 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.
Most vegetable and cooking oils are refined, meaning they contain very high and heavy chemicals used for treatment, heating, or bleaching. Also, vegetable oil can stain your sheets, and the stains are often too difficult to get rid of, even with warm water.
PRO TIP: Before using any of these natural lubes, you may want to conduct a skin patch test to find out how your skin reacts to these natural oils. If you notice any signs of irritation, stop using them immediately and consult a doctor if the irritation persists.