Last week, in my article Your Sexy Guide to Body Safe Lubricants – Part 1 I talked about some of the not-so-nice chemicals that can go into personal sexual lubricants. Thankfully, most lube manufacturers heard the roar of the consumer and jumped on the “natural”, “green” and body-safe product movement, which is great for us.
Most lube manufacturers now omit parabens and glycerin from their products, or have special products for sensitive skin. But, there were a few companies that did this right from the beginning and make all their products body-safe, and here they are.
These Are a Few of My Favorite Lubes!
Aloe Cadabra (Natural) is a truly superior personal lubricant made from 95% organic Aloe and other natural ingredients. It claims to be “a magical liquid gel for intimate pleasures” and while not magical, it just may be the best lube I have ever tried.
Aloe Vera, as you know is a small succulent plant that has been used for its healing properties since like, forever. Both Cleopatra and Nefertiti were said to have used Aloe on their skin to enhance their beauty.
Aloe Vera contains “mannans, lectins and anthraquinones, all of which are thought to support healing and promote wellbeing. Topical application of the gel is thought to reduce inflammation and skin irritation, by soothing the epidermis… [and] has antiseptic properties which can assist in reducing infection for minor skin complaints.”—The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Cadabra’s main ingredient is Aloe Vera, so it is incredibly soothing on the skin. This lubricant feels very natural, just like a woman’s own body fluids and is silky smooth. Aloe Cadabra’s formula is pH balanced to the vagina’s pH so will not disrupt the vagina’s natural environment. It didn’t get sticky at all when I used it and lasted quite long time. All the ingredients are food grade, so it is not harmful if ingested. This means it is just as good for oral sex as it is for penetrative sex and masturbation. It has no discernible flavor and a slightly clean pleasant odor.
Aloe Cadabra contains no parabens, sugars, chemicals or glycerins. What it does contain is all natural body-safe ingredients including 95 percent certified organic aloe vera, citric acid, xanthan gum (a polysaccharide used as a food additive), vanilla essential oils, potassium sorbate (a food preservative) and sodium benzoate (a preservative, which limits the growth of bacteria and fungi). All the ingredients rated extremely low (1-2 out of 10) in the Cosmetic Database.
PS: Aloe Cadabra also makes natural flavored lubes. Review coming soon!
Sliquid Water-based Organic Lubricant
Sliquid Water-based Organic Lubricant is an excellent product that is safe to use with all materials. It has no taste and has a slightly fresh organic smell that is barely noticeable. It is a very thin lube that makes a slick surface on the skin that is perfect for toy play or intercourse. Like most water-based lubes it does dry up, but does not become sticky. If it does dry up during use, you need to simply reapply or emulsify with water.
It is made with all botanical and natural organic ingredients such as Aloe, Flax, Vitamin E and Green Tea. Best of all, it is glycerine and paraben free, and does not contain propylene glycol & glycerol, sugars or artificial sweeteners. In addition it is vegan-friendly, American-made and the bottle is 100% recyclable.
Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from Cotton), Aloe Barbadensis*, Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners), Extracts of Hibiscus*, Flax*, Green Tea* & Sunflower Seed*, Citric Acid (Citrus Fruits), Phenoxyethanol (Rose Ether).
Blossom Organics Natural Moisturizing Lubricant
Blossom Organics Natural Moisturizing Lubricant is just what is says: Pure and Simple. It has no harsh chemicals including parabens, petroleum by products, hormones, flavors or fragrances. The main ingredient is Aloe, which has long been revered for its soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties. This lube is also water-based so does not contain silicone. Water-based lubes are the only ones that can be truly “natural”.
The lube itself is clear, odorless and I couldn’t discern any taste what-so-ever. The consistency is between a liquid and a gel, but more thick than runny. Actually, it is very close to natural female juices. It feels great on the skin, like natural Aloe Vera right from the plant and absorbs into the skin like a moisturizer.
For a sexual aid with vaginal sex or masturbation, it performed very well, and lasted for as long as I needed it and did not get sticky. Like any water-based lube, if you need more just reapply.
Overall, a super sexcellent personal lubricant for women.
INGREDIENTS: Organic aloe barbadensis leaf extract, sorbitol, hydroxyethylcellulose, hyaluronic acid, organic stevia rebaudiana extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), sodium citrate, potassium sorbate, organic extracts of paeonia albiflora (peony) root & passiflora incarnata flower.
Intimate Organics Hydra Lube is a water-based lube made with a blend of organic extracts including aloe, Goji Berry fruit extract, and lemon grass. IO Hydra is extremely slick and silky for a water-based lubricant, naturally nourishing the skin, and lasts longer than most water-based lubes. It is the perfect lubricant for using with sex toys, for as we know, sex toys tend to be a bit drying, and it is of course compatible with any toy material. Hydra also makes a great lube for partner sex and enhances penetration by staying slick until it naturally absorbs into the skin.
Hydra is almost completely odorless but has a slightly tangy, bitter aloe flavor, which reminds me a slight cosmetic taste. It is paraben, animal glycerin and DEA free, vegan, cruelty free, and made with certified organic extracts.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol (Natural Humectant), Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide.
So, those are my top four body-safe lubes that you can get in North America. I omitted a few lubes on this list because they are hard to get in the US or were not “natural” water-based, but still good lubes. These include Hathor Aphrodisia Lubricant Pure (Canada), Yes! Lubricant (UK) and Uber Lube (Silicone & Vitamin E).
This article is from a woman’s perspective and about the best lubes (as I see it) for vaginas and vulvas. Just because I personally am partial to water-based lubes, doesn’t mean that silicone lubes are bad. Silicone lubes are great for all kinds of sexy scenarios; I only prefer water-based lubes on my genitals because they are more compatible with the vagina’s natural flora and are also moisturizing which soothes the vulva and helps prevent vaginal atrophy.
I hope I have inspired you to treat your body nice and only use body-safe products. Remember to read labels and research ingredients lists to make sure what you are using, eating or putting in and on your body are safe. Now if only someone could come up with an aphrodisiac smoothy that is great for sex!