Beauty

The Best Clean Lubes and Intimate Body Oils

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Written by: Denise John, PhD

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Updated on: October 6, 2023

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Adding lubricants and oils to sexual play can do two things: Add comfort and make it even more pleasurable.

But harsh ingredients commonly found in lubricants can cause irritation and potentially longer-term health effects, which are not so comfortable or pleasurable. The vulva, clitoris, and vagina are highly permeable. Ideally you want to use clean lubes and oils made without parabens, phthalates, or other endocrine disruptors.

All the lubes and oils here meet our clean, safe ingredient standards. They serve different purposes, from lubrication (with or without condoms and sex toys like vibrators) to body massage to vulva hair and skin care. And they serve them very well. They are all an absolute pleasure to use.

BODY AND MASSAGE OILS

Stimulating body and massage oils are great for arousing sexual pleasure and sensual play and can be enjoyed with or without a partner. (Oil-based products don’t work with condoms or sex toys. For those, you want to use water- or aloe-based products.)

  1. SEX OIL

    goop Wellness
    Sex Oil
    goop, $55
    This revolutionary oil-jelly adds just the right amount of slip for massage or sexual play. Its aphrodisiac botanicals saffron and goji—plus aromatic cinnamon, clove, and ginger—help set the mood.
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  1. WARM IT UP

    Pulse
    Spoil Me Massage Oil Pulse Pods
    goop, $29.95
    If you’re looking to heat things up a bit, Spoil Me Massage Oil is the silky-smooth oil that pairs with the Pulse Warmer. This plant-based oil blend—with safflower, sunflower, grape-seed, and jojoba—has just enough moisture, so it doesn’t soak into the skin too fast.
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CONDOM-FRIENDLY AND TOY-SAFE LUBES AND SEX SERUMS

Water- and aloe-based lubricants and sex serums pair well with condoms (latex and polyisoprene) and sex toys of all types (yep, the silicone ones, too). And they’re quite satisfying on their own.

  1. PLAYFUL SERUM

    Personal Fav
    Whet Plant-Based Sex Serum
    goop, $24
    Made with aloe, chamomile, ginseng, horny goat weed, and hempseed extracts, Whet is a light water-based sex serum infused with arousing ingredients that give slip without the stickiness. You need only a few pumps for however you want to play.
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  1. MOISTURIZING LUBE

    Tabu
    Aureum Lubricant
    goop, $37
    Formulated with moisturizing aloe and hyaluronic acid, this water-based lubricant feels especially lovely if you experience occasional dryness. Gently squeeze it directly onto your vulva (or anywhere else you choose).
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  1. SOOTHING LUBE

    Sliquid
    Organics Natural 4.2 oz
    goop, $16
    This aloe-based lube contains vitamin E and extracts of hibiscus, green tea, and sunflower seed. It’s formulated to match the vagina’s natural lubrication. And it’s soothing and easy to clean up.
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  1. FLAVORED LUBE

    Glissant
    Eau D'Amour Sea Salt & Caramel Water-Based Lube
    goop, $55
    Flavored with sea salt and caramel (food-grade, not fragrance), this water-based lube will add another tasty layer to your play. Plus, it’s formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, L-arginine, and botanical extracts. And the chic bottle is a nice touch in your bedside drawer (or wherever you take it).
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Editors’ Picks: Toys for Couples

We-Vibe’s line of (very good) sex toys is thoughtfully designed with partner play in mind.

  1. We-Vibe
    Chorus
    goop, $209
    For hands-free exploration.
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    Forever Favorites
    goop, $149
    Two powerful, versatile toys in one set.
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    Ditto+
    goop, $129
    A vibrating plug that’s great for first-timers.
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  1. PUMP-BOTTLE LUBE

    Lark
    Love Organic Personal Lubricant
    goop, $27
    One or two pumps of this plant-based lube will do the trick for solo or partner play. Made with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and organic peony root and passionflower, it’s designed to provide the right amount of slip however and wherever you use it.
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SILICONE-BASED LUBE

Silicone-based lube is not easily absorbed like other lubes, so it stays on the surface of your skin for as long as you play. Silicone-based lubes are compatible with latex condoms but not with silicone sex toys—use water- and aloe-based lubes with those.

  1. pjur
    Infinity Silicone-Based Lubricant
    goop, $38.50
    This silicone-based lube is FDA-approved and dermatologically tested. And it’s made without fragrance, flavors, or preservatives. A few pumps will go a long way (and easily wash off with soap and water after you’re satisfied).
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VULVA (SKIN AND HAIR) OILS, BALM, AND SERUM

Oils and a balm and serum that delicately nurture your vulva’s skin and hair—whether you’re completely waxed or fully grown out. Note: These are for external use only.

  1. NOURISHING VULVA OIL

    Ina
    Nourishing Oil Elixir
    goop, $42
    Ina’s Oil Elixir is a blend of plant-based oils—jojoba, apricot kernel, olive, sunflower seed, and sweet almond, among others—that nourish the delicate skin of the vulva. It can be used in two ways: to prep the skin before intimacy or to soothe it before (or after) hair removal.
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  1. HAIR CARE

    True Botanicals
    Bush Oil
    goop, $38
    Growing it out? Bush Oil is formulated with 15 oils to nurture the hair on your vulva and bikini line. And an essential oil blend of lavender, neroli, helichrysum, and ylang-ylang gives it a sensual aroma. Add drops of the oil directly onto your vulva to nurture and soften hair; you can use it on your legs and underarms, too.
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  1. FOR THE POSTSHAVE-BUMP-PRONE

    Fur
    Fur Oil
    goop, $52
    Fur Oil is made to soothe skin and limit ingrown hairs. It includes grape-seed, jojoba, clary sage, and tea tree oils. And it is lightweight, nourishes hair follicles, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave a residue. Use it on your vulva, bikini line, or anywhere you wax or shave hair (underarms, legs, face, etc.).
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  1. ORGASM BALM

    Coco de Mer
    Pure Delight Orgasm Balm
    goop, $35
    When you’re not using a condom or sex toy during play—this balm should not be used with either one—this silky oil-based sex balm is best. Whether you’re alone or with a partner, it brings a new intensity to all your sexual escapades. It’s made with menthol and Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, which can heighten sensation and encourage blood flow for increased pleasure. Dab a small amount on your clitoris before play. You can feel the difference right away.
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  1. SERUM FOR VULVA SKIN

    Ina
    Hydrating Intimate Serum
    goop, $38
    To hydrate the delicate skin of the vulva, this silky intimate skin-care serum uses aloe vera and five kinds of hyaluronic acid. A little pump sinks right in and lasts all day.
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