Most women, if they are honest, will tell you they have had a moment or two when a little extra moisture during intimacy is a good thing.
It’s not a popular topic of conversation, either at the watercooler or over tea, but a woman’s… er…private parts are tender and sensitive. Many factors effect the level of moisture a woman produces on her own, including hormonal cycles, age, dehydration, diet, mood, medication, or plain old individuality. Whether it’s out of necessity or a sense of adventure, there are many options for healthful organic personal lubrication.
There has been an array of clever advertisements recently for personal lubricants, and I noticed a giant display at my local pharmacy where I pick up my prescriptions. It seems that lube has become de rigueur. In 2012 the World Health Organization issued an avisory note regarding the safety of commercial personal lubricants for both vaginal and anal intercourse. Their research found that the chemicals (including preserveratives) can cause damage to these delicate tissues, increase risk of bacterial infection, and growth of yeast. Furthermore, the very thing that is commonly being used as humectants—glycerol and propylene glycol—actually have an overall drying effect. The science is compelling and supports my general philosphy that if I wouldn’t put it in my mouth, I shouldn’t put in any other orifice. And since I eat mindfully, opting for organic foods and avoiding chemicals whenever possible, I decided to explore alternatives to what’s on the big display at Walgreens.
My favorite two products are Aloe Cadabra and Foria. Aloe Cadabra is 95% organic aloe vera. What makes more sense than that?! I put aloe on burns, cuts, and rashes for immediate soothing, using it as a lubricant is a no-brainer. The folks at Aloe Cadabra, located just up the coast in Ventura, are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their product. It comes in a variety of scents and flavors and actually feels quite like the real thing (if you catch my drift), which is lovely and natural feeling.
Foria comes straight from Topanga and it is magical. It’s more than a lubricant; it is an adventure. To a base of organic coconut oil, the geniuses at Foria have added cannabis oil. The results has been call “Viagra for women.” It’s exciting, intense, and is becoming wildly popular. Available throughout California, they are now just launching in Colorado.
Organic Expeller-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
I use coconut oil for everything. Basically I moisturize my entire body, inside and out, with coconut oil. I use it for oil pulling, removing my eye makeup, moisturizing my skin and nails; I use it to heal my digestive track by cooking with it; so it stands to reason that it is my all-time favorite personal lubricant. It’s water soluble and absorbs beautifully into the skin. It smells and tastes divine. It’s alkalinity is good for vaginal tissue and reduces bacteria and yeast. In fact, I use it for general maintenance of such areas even outside moments of intimacy. There are many brands to choose from. I prefer the cold-pressed variety because it maintains it’s coconut flavor and scent.
Foria is a revolutionary, all-natural, sensual enhancement oil, design thoughtfully for women of all ages. The visionary creators have blended a combination of liquid coconut oil and lab-tested cannabis oil from local California-grown marijuana. The prorietary formula draws on the historical use of cannabis as an aphrodisiac.
Foria 10ML $44. Foria 30ML $88.
Simply the first personal lubricant that’s all natural and contains 95% organic aloe vera. Aloe Cadabra also contains Vitamin E to soothe and nourish while lubricating. It’s pH balanced for a woman’s body, certified organic, and completely edible. Aloe Cadabra absorbs into the vaginal tissue, so there is no gooey, sticky mess. It supports the body’s natural healing process by carrying vitamins and nutrients to the skin, and helps restore vaginal moisture.
Available in Tahitian Vanilla, PiñA Colada, and peppermint tingle flavors, Lavender Scented, and Unscented. 2.5oz. $9.95
Homemade Essential Oil Love Serum
6 Tablespoons of your favorite Organic Oil as a base
(Coconut, Almond, Apricot, or even Olive Oil)
3-4 drops each of:
Lavender Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Lavendar calms and relaxes the nervous system. Ylang Ylang is a natural aphrodisiac. Geranium supports healthy hormone function. Add the peppermint if you are looking for a tingly sensation. This oil not only makes an aromatic personal lubricant, but doubles as a massage oil.
Homemade Cornstarch and Water Lube
8 oz. cold water
4 tsp. cornstarch
Whisk cornstarch into water in a saucepan. Gradually bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Once the cornstarch has reached a certain temperature, the starch molecules will burst and mixture will become thick and viscous. At this point, it’s done. Pour into wide-mouth glass jars for future use. Make sure to cool thoroughly before use. Refrigeration not necessary nor recommended.
Zoë Kors is a writer, speaker, and coach. She is the founder of The Big Libido, Pussy Project, and other programs which cultivate a women’s rights, empowerment, and self-expression. Zoë is the former Senior Editor and Creative Director of LA Yoga Magazine and Origin Magazine. She is a certified Co-Active Coach and has a thriving private practice. Zoë’s work reflects her extensive study of Tantra, Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, breathwork, and other Eastern disciplines, which she blends with more process-oriented modalities of Western psychotherapy and Co-Active Coaching.