This article was originally written by Gigi Fong for Hypebae.
A few years ago, the world learned that coconut oil was not only great for hair and skin care, but it could also be used as a lubricant for sex. At that point it made us wonder, “d-mn, what can’t coconut oil do?” Slight problem though, coconut oil isn’t compatible with many forms of pleasure.
Oils and oil-based lubricants have many benefits. They can be used to provide more slip and less friction during sex and they can also double as massage oils. But, oil-based lubricants aren’t safe for sex toys or condoms.
Many toys that are advertised as silicone are actually made of silicone and other plastic materials, that are not oil safe. As a result, oil-based lubricants wear out condoms and slowly deteriorate sex toys. Also, coconut oil can disrupt the pH balance of your vagina so it’s best to avoid that, as well. Sexologist Dr. Sadie Allison shared with Well + Good: “Oil can also trap unwanted bacteria in a woman’s vagina, which can lead to infection. If you’re using latex condoms and/or are sensitive, the safest choice would be a water-based lubricant.”