For Gals

Clean Lubricants

If you’ve had a bad experience with personal lubricants in the past, you may be hesitant to try yet another product. Women can be especially sensitive to additives and chemicals that alter their pH, contribute to bacterial imbalances or feed naturally occurring yeast.

However, if you stay away from common additives like glycerin, you can avoid most problems. Additionally, there’s evidence that natural oils and ingredients leave the body faster than synthetics, so they’re less likely to affect your microbiome or cause uncomfortable reactions.

Some of the best anal lubes contain plant-based ingredients like aloe and seaweed extract. Cocoa butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil are also popular lubricants for anal and vaginal use.

Tip

Water based lubes clean up easily, but if you prefer oil based formulas, you may want to purchase a pH-balanced cleansing water.

Pros

Clean plant-based lubes can help you avoid unwanted additives and irritation.

Cons

Natural lubes aren’t available in all areas.

You Should Know

Personal lubricants are regulated like medical devices, so many boutique brands aren’t permitted to sell any lube in the United States until they complete the approval process.