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Is Olive Oil a Safe Sexual Lubricant?

Olive Oil As a Lubricant

Olive oil as a lube is safe, but as always it depends a bit on some things. In actuality many vegetable oils are safe for vaginal, anal and oral use; olive oil is no exception. In fact, people have used the substance for masturbation and sex for hundreds of years. It’s a safe substance in its raw form, but there are a few important things to keep in mind when considering any kitchen oil as a personal lubricant.

Overall, olive oil offers a few significant benefits as a personal lubricant. It’s not water soluble, and as a result, it provides long-lasting lubrication in small amounts. A few drops of olive oil can last for hours. It isn’t very greasy, and most people have a bottle of olive oil in their kitchens.

Because it’s not water soluble, olive oil doesn’t have a pH value, but it is a very weak acid; however, olive oil shouldn’t increase your chances of yeast infections or other conditions.

The Disadvantages of Olive Oil as a Lube

Olive oil is safe for vaginal, anal and (obviously) oral, but it’s not all smooth sailing. There are some obvious drawbacks to olive oil as a sexual lubricant.

Because it’s not water soluble, cleanup can be difficult. Olive oil can also permanently stain some sheets or clothes, and some people are allergic to it. When olive oil goes rancid, it creates an unpleasant odor—even in its natural state, it has a strong smell that some people find unsuitable for sex. Real olive oil is also relatively expensive, so while it might work in a pinch, it’s not always feasible as a sexual lubricant.

There are also a few health concerns to keep in mind. Like any oil, olive oil can break down some materials. You should never use olive oil (or any oil-based product) with latex condoms or silicone sex toys. Olive oil isn’t officially recommended by the FDA for use as a personal care product, and many of the olive oils that you’ll find at your local grocery store contain additives and other ingredients. They’re not formulated for internal use except as foods, so you may be taking risks by using these products.

Are Other Types of Oil Safe for Sexual Use?

Vegetable oils were some of the first lubricants, and many of the products in your kitchen will technically work in the bedroom. However, you might not enjoy the experience.

Canola oil, corn oil and other common vegetable oils can create a gunky, unpleasant buildup. Hemp oil and almond oil are sometimes suggested as lubricant substitutes; some lube manufacturers use these ingredients to create long-lasting, odor-free products.

Commercial products often contain preservatives, including natural preservatives, that prevent bacteria, fungi and yeast from growing. They also have ingredients that improve the lubricating qualities of their base substances. For instance, many water-based lubes contain cellulose and other thickening agents, which make the lubricants easier to use.

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Wrapping Up

If you’re looking for an oil-based lubricant, we strongly recommend commercial products for a simple reason: there’s significant oversight for lubricant manufacturers, and they specifically design their personal care products for the human body. Pure olive oil isn’t dangerous, but it’s not necessarily an ideal choice.

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