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Top 5 Natural Lubes

Top 5 Natural Lubes

Updated April 9, 2019

Conversations about feminine health are powerful and often eye-opening when we realize other women struggle with a lot of the same problems.

When it comes to our health, what we put in and on our bodies is very important. Sadly, many mainstream feminine products contain harmful chemicals. I'm here to share some alternatives that BENEFIT your vaginal health.

For a list of natural alternatives/oils you can use as lube, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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I want to skip to the 5 lubes.

Honestly, it was tough to find natural and organic lube for women with beneficial ingredients. Why are there so few choices? I dug a little deeper.

The FDA classifies personal lubricants as Class II medical devices (along with menstrual products, but that's an annoying fact for another day 🤔🤦🏽). Consequently, lube requires agency approval before landing on store shelves. This process leads to fewer options and often lubes that aren't safe.

Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean you should use it. An excellent example of this is poison ivy. The FDA has not established a formal definition of the word "natural” on food labeling.

After the public filed multiple petitions to define "natural," the FDA "asked the public to provide information and comments on the use of this term in the labeling of human food products."

Here is their conclusion:

“We do have a longstanding policy concerning the use of ‘natural’ in human food labeling. The FDA has considered the term “natural” to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food."

"However, this policy was not intended to address food production methods, such as the use of pesticides, nor did it explicitly address food processing or manufacturing methods, such as thermal technologies, pasteurization, or irradiation. The FDA also did not consider whether the term “natural” should describe any nutritional or other health benefit.”

Also, the FDA does not have a definition for “natural” regarding medical devices or cosmetics. Yeeaahhh I’ll just leave all this info here for you to ponder.

Why should you care about what you put near your vagina?

"Mucous membranes are the moist layer of semi-permeable tissue lining the mouth, nose, eyes, vagina, and anus. Because they do not have the protective layer found on the surface of the outer skin, mucous membranes can be damaged, irritated and penetrated by synthetic chemicals much more easily."

Synthetic chemicals can also hurt fertility and the movement of sperm.

I am not here to scare you or give you medical advice, as I am not a doctor. However, I do want you to have the healthiest freaking vagina so you can go out and do boss shit. 👊

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Now onto the lubes

Below I list and explain the ingredients of each product. Why? Because Linum Usitatissimum is edible and not the name of my #MCM.

To remember: Not all lubes are compatible with condoms.

1. Yes Lube

They have a water-based lube (condom compatible) and a plant-oil based lube (not condom compatible).

What’s the difference? Here is a comparison.

Water-Based Ingredients:

  • aloe vera leaf juice

  • flax seed/linseed oil

  • guar gum (a legume)

  • carob/locust bean gum (a legume)

  • xanthan gum (produced when glucose, sucrose or lactose is fermented by the bacteria xanthomonas campestris and is made into a solid by isopropyl alcohol - sounds scary, but it’s harmless unless you are allergic)

  • sodium chloride (salt)

  • potassium sorbate (salt of sorbic acid which is a polyunsaturated fat)

  • citric acid (acid found in citrus fruits)

  • sodium benzoate (the salt from benzoic acid)


Plant-Oil Based Ingredients: sunflower seed oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, cera alba (beeswax), cocoa seed butter & tocopherol (vitamin E)

All organic ingredients

The products have rave reviews and numerous testimonials!

All their products are certified organic. The company even has an ingredients policy.

2. Hallelubeyah

Plant Based, 100% Vegan, 100% Organic

This lube is condom compatible.

Ingredients:

  • organic aloe vera leaf juice

  • sclerotium gum (a mushroom-based thickener)

  • gluconolactone (derived from corn)

  • sodium benzoate (the salt from benzoic acid)

You can also anonymously text your questions to them.

3. Blossom Organics

This lube is compatible with natural rubber latex and polyisoprene condoms.

Ingredients:

  • organic aloe vera leaf juice

  • sorbitol (sugar alcohol)

  • hydroxyethylcellulose (a cellulose-based thickener)

  • allantoin (metabolic intermediate in most organisms including animals, plants, and bacteria)

  • lactic acid (milk acid)

  • tocopherol (vitamin E)

  • potassium sorbate (salt of sorbic acid which is a polyunsaturated fat)

  • organic stevia rebaudiana extract (stevia plant)

  • hyaluronic acid (clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally - greatest concentrations in skin, joints, eye sockets and other tissues where it helps retain collagen)

  • organic paeonia albiflora (peony root extract)

  • organic passiflora incarnate flower extract (purple passionflower)

4. Aloe Cadabra

100% Vegan & Edible, Certified Organic, Sugar-Free 😛

Not recommended for use with polyurethane condoms

Aloe Cadabra has five options, all with the same base of ingredients. A blend of organic essential oils is then added to change the scents and flavors.

Ingredients: organic aloe vera leaf juice, vitamin E oil, xanthan, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate & organic vanilla planifolia concentrate

5. Good Clean Love

100% Vegan, 100% Gluten, and Organic

This lube is condom compatible.

The company even has an ingredient philosophy.

Ingredients:

  • organic aloe vera leaf juice

  • xanthan gum (produced when glucose, sucrose or lactose is fermented by the bacteria xanthomonas campestris and is made into a solid by isopropyl alcohol - sounds scary, but it's harmless unless you are allergic)

  • agar (jelly-like substance derived from red algae)

  • potassium sorbate (salt of sorbic acid which is a polyunsaturated fat)

  • sodium benzoate (the salt from benzoic acid)

  • sodium lactate (salt of lactic acid)

  • lactic acid (milk acid)

  • natural food grade flavors (lemon and vanilla)

If you are looking to use only oil/natural alternatives as lube, here are some options:

  • extra virgin coconut oil 🥥

  • avocado oil 🥑

  • sweet almond oil

  • neem oil (natural contraceptive and prevents STD’s)

These oils are not compatible with latex condoms.

Please practice safe sex 😘

What do you think about the FDA? Did you know some of these ingredients? Will you try one or all of the lubes? 😉 Do you want to see a post on condoms that don't have harsh ingredients?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of feminine health 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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