Out of every sex “accessory” out there, lube is probably the most important one (aside from birth control, obviously). A vagina, ideally, will get itself naturally lubricated enough to make things comfortable, but every girl knows that sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Sometimes, even if you’re really turned on, you don’t get super wet down there. Sometimes, we’re on medication that makes it harder to get wet (this can often happen with birth control pills). Other times, you’re really wet, and then suddenly, in the middle of things, you realize you… aren’t. And you don’t know why. These are all reasons lubricant is great to have. On top of that, even if you do get naturally lubricated with no issue, lube can still make things better.
Unfortunately, lube can be hard to come by as a young girl. Getting your hands on it means purchasing it, which can be difficult when you don’t have any money and/or you live at home. There are some things to consider: can you buy it without borrwing money? Will you be able to successfully hide it so that no one else finds it? And even if you have no problem owning lube, we’ve all run into the unfortunate situation of running out at the absolute worst times.
In this case, you start to wonder if there’s anything else you can use in its place. Good news: there is! And the natural alternatives to lube are probably already in your kitchen. So, the next time you need to use something down there and you don’t have lube, look at this list. Here are a few products you can use down there instead of lube:
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It might sound random, but aloe vera actually makes an excellent substitution for lube. In fact, if you want to be all natural, all the time, you might even want to always use this one. Why? Here are a few reasons. One: aloe is known for being extremely gentle and neutral, leaving skin super soft, even if it's sensitive - and the same is true for your skin down there. Two: it's even safe to use on condoms, because it won't break down latex. Just make sure it's 100 percent aloe, with no added sugars or any other ingredients, as those can irritate you down there. And, as with everything else on this list, you might want to check it on a patch of skin before using it to make sure you're not allergic. Source: iStock
Is it any surprise that the miracle product that is coconut oil can be used as lube? It's great to use on sensitive skin, because it's safe, natural, and it feels good. On top of that, it will last longer than regular lube before getting sticky and a little dry. It even has anti-fungal properties that can keep you from getting yeast infections. Just don't use it with condoms, as it can break down the latex.
Does it sound gross to put egg whites in your vag? Yeah, kind of, but if you're desperate, it works. Some people worry about salmonella, but others say there's no risk for it. It's not the BEST option on this list, but it will work! Just stay safe by making sure you don't put your fingers (or whatever touches them) anywhere near your mouth. You might also want to consider using a dropper, since egg whites can be tough to handle. Source: iStock
Similar to coconut oil, olive oil is a great natural alternative that lasts for a long time, feels good, and is totally safe. Also like coconut oil, it should not be used on condoms. Oh, and try to find the rawest, most natural olive oil you can to ensure it doesn't irritate you.
Vaseline makes a decent lube if you're desperate and you don't have anything else, but to be honest, you're better off using something else on this list. While it works and lasts for a while, Vaseline is also very messy and sticky and annoying to work with. On top of that, it can't be used with condoms, and it also isn't as slippery as a more oil-based lube. But, it isn't harmful, so you can use it if needed. Just don't rely on it for every day use!
Plain yogurt is great for lube. Not only does it feel good, but it's not that hard to work with, and it can even keep your vagina healthy by preventing yeast infections. It's also cheap and easy to find, and looks really innocent. Just make sure you're getting totally plain yogurt with no flavors or anything else added. The sugar can bother you down there. Source: iStock
If you don't have any of the above products or you just don't trust them, then stick with the classic: your saliva. Don't just lick your finger and try to make things work, though - you'll need to, uh, spit on your fingers to get something going. It's a little messy and kind of annoying, but it will work! Source: iStock