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24 July 2008 @ 12:35 pm
This may sound odd, but I was just looking up yes lubricant online.


Because I want to try a 'natrual lube' and I noticed the first ingredient is aloe vera, I have plenty of that at home and I was just thinking, I might be able to just use plain aloe vera gel for lube for my lady cup. I don't know much about lube anyway so I don't know if this is a crazy idea or not. I was just wondering if any one has any thoughts on this, or has ever tried it themselves. It doesn't seem harmful but, I don't know if it'll actually help or not.
Ex astris, scientia.component on July 24th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
i use vitamin E capsules as lube :) although I'm not sure if i should recommend that, because i'm not sure if there would be any allergic reactions or something. ive never had adverse affects from it though.
Lindseyas_she_melts on July 24th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I just bought a bottle of vitamin E oil at CVS last night--I was going to go for capsules because I hadn't seen it sold like that, but it's really convenient. I got the natural kind in the vitamin aisle (intended as a dietary supplement), but they also sell synthetic in the skin care aisle for a lot cheaper, about $3 as opposed to $10 for the natural kind. You can use it for everything--lube, supplement, skin care... I love it, but I've never tried it with my cup. It'd be worth looking into.
Ex astris, scientia.component on July 24th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
i've also heard that vitamin E is a natural cure for warts. I'm not sure how accurate that is though. I just know that people would take vitamin E oil or Vegetable oil with vitamin E in it and put it on a cottom swab and then tape it to the wart or whatever. so for people who have genital warts and use a cup, that might even be ideal!
pidget11 on July 24th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
but vitamin e oil, is well oil, so wouldn't that be bad for the cup?
Autumn Sylverautumn_sylver on July 24th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, the only thing that's bad for the cup is silicone based lubes.
ever so slightly obsessedscien on July 24th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
There aren't many household substances that make for an effective and safe internal lube. Food oils work, but you aren't supposed to use oil based lubricants with cups. And pure aloe vera gel is more sticky than slidey, anyway.

I wouldn't do it. I would rather have something that I know is safe than something 'natural'. You probably won't need to use lube very often, I'd be inclined to just buy a cheap small tube of KY for 99p. If you want to treat yourself to a posh 'natural' lube by all means go for it, of course.
emily.lessthanmost on July 25th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I get the idea of not wanting to use something JUST because it says it's natural, but to say something cheap (like KY) is "safer," or just as good, is a bit misleading. Most KY has glycerol, which is a sugar. And you know, sugars cause yeast infections in lots of women.
ever so slightly obsessedscien on July 25th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
KY is the bog standard lube used by gynecologists everywhere. It's actually one of my least favourite lubes evar for sexual activity, but for a pretty much one-off use with a comparatively small amount, I think it is very rare to have problems.

I'm not saying it doesn't happen, and of course women who know they are prone to yeast infection should avoid it - along with things like having their partner go down on them after eating a sweet desserts! But it's not that much of a factor for most people, particularly in a context like this where you're using a small amount for not very long. If she was asking for a lube for frequent penetrative sex my answer would have been different.

I think things should be evaluated on the actual information you've got on their safety, not on their 'natural'/'artificial' status. I would much rather go for something that is approved and tested and constantly used worldwide than a random 'natural' substance that I've no data on whether it's okay for internal use or not. If people have info on using aloe vera gel vaginally I'm certainly very happy to read it. I did do a quick Google myself and came up with nothing. Until I do then yes, I do consider KY jelly to be safer.
spartagus on July 24th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't; alow is very sticky and would probably just be frustrating. If it can be used as hair gel, it isn't going to work for lube, lol!
too weird to live / too rare to dielilliah on July 24th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thirded for a no on aloe. Sticky sticky sticky!
crystal: kittentitsjust_a_spark on July 24th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know why you'd need a lube during your period anyway. blood is lubrication! hello!
I'm not goth, I'm anemic!sadhe_sati on July 24th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Some people don't bleed all that much though. I never did when I was taking HBC; it definitely wasn't enough to use any as an effective lubricant
flyingdogsflyingdogs on July 25th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I find
I'm much more in need of lubricant when I'm bleeding. I guess my blood does not make good lube - it actually feels drying, and a nice lube feels quite soothing and makes me more comfortable.

I will ditto all those who have said no to alow as lube, and caution against using lube that advertise as "natural" since many of them use glycerin, which is sugar, which feeds the yeastie beasties.

I'm not goth, I'm anemic!sadhe_sati on July 24th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that lube is either really sticky, or the other stuff in it makes it so it's not really sticky. I wouldn't recommend using aloe vera alone as a lubricant. I don't know if it'd be harmful or not, but it'd be super sticky
chennaisara: spiritfingerschennaisara on July 24th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
it may not work well...i've never actually tried it... but a PP certified educator told me it was safe to use.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrotniemaodpowiedzi on July 24th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Aloe gel straight from the plant is about the texture of cervical mucus at ovulation, so it could work as lubricant. I'm guessing the easiest way to find out if it would work involves trying it once you make sure it won't hurt your body or the cup.
Kristinbeautifulmithra on July 25th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
I wouldn't do it either. Like someone else said, aloe is sticky and it would probably just feel weird.
I sell Pure Romance (shameless plug) and I'd try this lube called "just like me". It's unscented, unflavored, and water-based. I'm sure it would work out fantastic for you. Let me know if you're interested and I could probably get ya a bottle for cheap.

bomega on July 25th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
I've never used it personally (but I don't really need lube. However, I know a gay couple who use aloe gel for lube.
Witch Hazellongpig on July 25th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
I use O' My natural lube and it's awesome... Highly recommended.

flyingdogsflyingdogs on July 25th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
that's great that it works for you without problems... but isn't the first ingredient in that glycerin?

They don't have the ingredients listed on the website.
Witch Hazellongpig on July 25th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's water, actually, but the second is vegetable glycerin, yeah.
Carolinemiriyaayanne on July 25th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
"Natural" doesn't necessarily mean "good". Try it out :)