Jojoba oil. Lube. Have you ever thought of the two in the same context before?
Most people don’t even think about using artificial lubricants on their bodies. It’s just something we do. Yet, we use lube on the most sensitive areas of our body. If anything, we should be extra careful about what products we’re using down there.
Not all natural products are going to be as effective as artificial lubes. They may not even be safe. Just because a natural oil is okay to use on your arms and face doesn’t mean it’s safe to use as lube.
Where does jojoba oil fit in? The truth is, you can use jojoba oil as a natural lubricant. It is one of the most gentle substances you can use on your body.
Below, I cover the exact answer to whether you can use jojoba oil as lube and why as well as the drawbacks and also discuss some alternatives you can use as lube.
What Is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant, or Simmondsia chinensis. The plant grows in the Sonoran desert. This expands across parts of northern Mexico, Arizona, and California. It is also farmed in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay South Africa, Egypt, Haiti, Israel, and Australia.
The plant has been around for centuries. After watching the animals consume it, humans began to take advantage of the plant as well. Native Americans have been using the oil for cooking and medicine for centuries.
Most often, we use jojoba oil for the skin and hair because of its healing properties. We know it helps promote healing in the skin. We use it to treat wounds, burns, scars, infections, and the signs of aging.
People use it for their hair for much the same reasons. Jojoba oil moisturizes the hair and protects it from outside pollutants. It can even relieve itching and infection caused by dandruff.
But, what if jojoba oil had a lesser-known use?
Can You Use Jojoba Oil As Lube?
Using a jojoba oil lubricant is a good idea.
Think of a natural product. Do you picture a plant that comes from a harsh environment? Probably not. Yet, the jojoba plant grows in dry, arid deserts. It also produces one of the most valuable natural products.
Jojoba Oil Mimics Sebum
Because jojoba oil is a waxy ester that mimics sebum, it is very safe to use for the body. This means you can use it as lubrication on the body.
Sebum already acts as a type of lubrication on the body. It is a natural oil that our body produces to bring nourishment and moisturization to our skin and hair.
Jojoba oil is close in composition to sebum. Because of this, the body doesn’t even recognize jojoba oil as a foreign substance. It believes that jojoba oil is sebum created by the body.
Most water-based lubes contain harmful chemicals. Besides that, there are other reasons why many oils make good lubes.
You Can Use It With Water
Oil-based lubes — or products that act like oil (i.e. jojoba “oil”) — last longer than water-based lubes. This is because they don’t evaporate.
They’re also a good option if you like to have sex in the shower or pool. Oils don’t mix with water, so they won’t wash away while you’re in the middle of an intimate moment.
It Maintains Your pH Balance
Jojoba oil also makes a great lube because it won’t mess with your body’s pH. pH is very important for your body, especially in your most sensitive areas. An imbalance of pH is often what leads to problems like yeast infections.
Many people love to use jojoba oil for their skin and hair because it helps restore the body’s natural pH. This remains true when it’s used for lube.
We must be so careful about what we use as lubrication. Harmful products can throw off our sensitive systems. But, you won’t have that problem with jojoba oil.
Of course, there are a few bad things about using jojoba oil as a lube. One downside is that it can stain your sheets. To remedy this, place a towel over the bed to protect your sheets.
The most important drawback, though, is that you CANNOT use jojoba oil with condoms. Jojoba oil is very slippery which can cause the condom to slip. This has the potential to lead to infection.
More importantly, jojoba oil (and any oil) will damage latex. This is terrible if condoms are your main form of birth control or STI protection. Jojoba oil will wear down the condom. This leads to an increased potential for pregnancy or infection transmission.
You also shouldn’t use jojoba oil on any latex-based sex toys. As with condoms, jojoba oil will wear down your latex toy and ruin it.
Alternatives To Using Jojoba Oil As Lubricant
Manufactured lubes aren’t usually a good choice for our bodies. We assume they’re safe, but they’re usually filled with harmful parabens and chemicals.
Jojoba oil is a safe and natural choice to use for lube. Still, if you’d prefer other options, here are other natural products that work as lube:
- Almond oil: DO NOT use if you have nut allergies
Canola oil Castor oil: DO NOT use for oral sex Cocoa butter
- Cooking oil
- Grapeseed oil: DO NOT use if you have sensitive skin
- Extra virgin olive oil
Sunflower oil: DO NOT use it if you have a sunflower seed allergy Tea tree oil: DO NOT use for oral sex
Here are some items that are generally thought to be safe:
Aloe vera: DO NOT use if you have a latex allergy Argan oil Avocado oil
- CBD oil: DO NOT use if you have a hemp allergy
Coconut oil Shea butter Vitamin E oil
Here are some items that you should NEVER use as lube:
- Baby oil
- Mineral oil
- Vegetable oil
- Body butter
So yes it is safe to use a jojoba lubricant. Our body naturally produces sebum which is like jojoba oil in composition. Our body recognizes jojoba oil as sebum. So, it acts as a natural protective barrier and moisturizer.
Of course, there are always exceptions, but jojoba is generally very safe. It is incredibly gentle so you can use it on your most sensitive skin. It is also very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
If you’re searching for a natural lubricant, you shouldn’t need to look any further than jojoba oil.