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Pure coconut oil makes a great personal lubricant

Coconut Oil… More Than Cooking

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Guest Post by Beauty Blogger, Natural Beauty Vixen

Recently I had an appointment with the nurse practitioner at my gynecologist’s office.  This was the first time I had seen her since I’d made the switch to natural makeup and skin care products.

While chatting about this change, she asked if I was familiar with the idea of using coconut oil as a personal lubricant.  I told her that yes, it was a very common idea in the natural community and it seemed to be a well-respected option.

She then told me that she would never recommend coconut oil as a lubricant because she “thinks” coconut oil has sugars in it that could cause yeast infections.

I was blown away by the idea that she, as a medical professional, would completely reject an idea based on something she “thinks”.

If she had said, “I wouldn’t recommend it because there have been studies done that show coconut oil to cause yeast infections”, I might have disagreed with her but I would have respected her opinion because she based it on something concrete.  Instead she runs with a vague idea that might or might not have any truth to it.

According to Stephanie Tourles, author of Organic Body Care Recipes “…no fatty oil or butter will encourage yeast proliferation unless a sweetener such as sugar, fructose, honey, maple syrup, or molasses is added.” Coconut oil is not made up of sugars but of fats.  Ninety-two percent of coconut oil is saturated fatty acids.  Forty-eight percent of the triglycerides in those fatty acids are lauric acids. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk and provides benefits to breastfeeding infants.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are going to use coconut oil as a personal lubricant.  It should not be used with condoms.  Oil-based lubricants compromise the integrity of the condom.  And your coconut oil should be unrefined and have no additives.

It protects them from viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections by disrupting the membranes of dangerous organisms, neutralizing their threat. The lauric acid in coconut oil has those same antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Studies have been done that show coconut oil is effective as an antifungal agent on Candidia species, which is the cause of thrush, diaper rash, and yes, yeast infections.

In fact, because of the increase in the number of microorganisms that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, it has been recommended by the National Center for Biology Information that coconut oil be used in the treatment of drug-resistant Candida species.  So not only does coconut oil not contain sugar that might cause yeast infections, coconut oil can be beneficial in their treatment.

Sharron Pinheiro of Eve Organics, a natural makeup and skincare company, has a line of personal lubricants called Love Butter.  Sharron was kind enough to explain to me why she uses coconut oil in her formula.  While we already know that coconut oil has properties that are beneficial to the vaginal area, it is also extremely moisturizing.  Practicality is a major factor, as well.  Coconut Oil is solid at temperatures below 72 degrees.  This means the oil can be easily scooped from the container and applied without dripping through one’s fingers and staining everything it drops onto.  Body heat will then quickly melt the oil.

Sharron also told me that she has received validation from members of the medical community regarding coconut oil for personal lubricants.  They already see the benefit of using it as a moisturizer, and they like it’s purity— no preservatives, no petroleum, no silicones (which are used in most conventional lubricants).

Sharron says, “Some people question how many ingredients our skin actually absorbs (or takes into the body).  When it comes to using personal lubricants, you are literally putting this product into your body.  So why would you deliberately use petroleum, parabens or silicones, when nature has given us this truly amazing ‘multi-tasker’ in coconut oil?  It’s a no-brainer.”

Do you have questions about Eve Organic’s personal lubricants? You can chat with the brand owner at our social beauty site, Healthy Beauty Social.

If you’d like to try an excellent quality organic coconut oil as lubricant, we’d recommend Barlean’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Eve Organics is an advertiser with our site, however this is not a sponsored post.

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14 Responses to “Coconut Oil… More Than Cooking”

  1. Coconu says:

    There is a new line of personal lubricants that are based on coconut oil and/or coconut water. Two options. Both the coconut oil based and coconut water based provide amazing lubrication. These are truly the "cleanest" lubricants available. The oil based is USDA certified organic and the water based is as close as you can get with a product made with "water".

    check out http://www.coconu.com

    Sorry to hear about your trouble with using coconut oil Becky. You may be allergic to coconut?

    Disclaimer: I happen to be the owner and founder of Coconu. :-)

    • H_BeautyProject says:

      Thanks for telling us about your line. I'm sorry it took so long to get your comment on site. It was in the spam folder for some reason.

  2. Becky says:

    My husband and I tried coconut oil for the first time two days ago. Shortly after intercourse my vagina was extremely itchy and swelled shut. The next morning I woke up with a yeast infection. Maybe it's great for some people, but I will not be using it again.

    • H_BeautyProject says:

      Wow. I'm sorry to hear that, Becky. I've never heard of that before, but maybe you're allergic. Can you eat coconuts without problem? Did you buy a really natural brand of coconut oil or did it have other additives?

  3. betty says:

    you sound like you are from Berkeley

  4. I have been reading up on homemade lubes and so on. I have heard that coconut oil can be used during sex for lube. My only problem with this is that she will get a problem "down there" because it's coconut oil. I know it isn't good if using with a condom but I'm talking about disease wise, will it cause something bad for her.

    • H_BeautyProject says:

      Some women who are allergic to coconuts in general may have a problem.

    • Emedoutlet says:

      A woman's area is very sensitive. I would not use coconut oil at all. If you can't get a regular lubricant use your saliva.

      • H_BeautyProject says:

        Hi,

        Did you read the article? Most "regular" lubricants contain really harsh chemicals and all sorts of artificial ingredients. Coconut oil is much healthier. You can find natural lubricants, however, that will not contain those chemicals.

  5. pamij says:

    My husband and I have been using coconut oil for a couple of years now and love it. The only problem is that it takes a bit of effort to wash off afterwards. I also use it to remove eye makeup which just dissolves and wipes off easily. Great for dry skin as well. I put it on toast instead of butter sometimes. Just be sure to use the cold-pressed and non-refined kind.

  6. Todra Payne says:

    Thank you, Ruth. I’d never heard of it. Recently, I received several coconut based body scrubs that I submitted to the media (we help with promoting natural beauty brands) and because the coconut oil was cold, it was in chunks in the sugar scrubs and looked a bit like lard. They didn’t like it because the wanted a product with liquid oil. It’s good to know that some brands can have a coconut based scrub and it stays liquid all of the time.

  7. Ruth says:

    I don’t know about this product specifically, but there is a liquid coconut oil that is all natural. It’s called fractionated coconut oil. It is one part of coconut oil (the part with shorter carbon chains) and is separated without chemicals. It’s commonly used by makers of handmade beauty products because it has a great skin feel and a long shelf life.

  8. admin says:

    Hi Dani,

    Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you stopping by and recommending a product. I’ll definitely check it out on Amazon.

    Coconut oil turns to liquid at around 68-70 degrees, but if a lubricant is liquid ALL of the time, that means there’s some kind of chemical or something in there to do that. It may not be all natural.

  9. Dani says:

    There is a great coconut oil personal lubricant on the market now. I have only been able to find it on Amazon and E-bay. My husband and I love it because it is liquid at room temperature. All the others I have found are solid so that is a big plus for us. The website is http://www.sempure.com.

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