Gone are the days when all we had for personal lubricant was KY Jelly. Not that there's anything wrong with the original KY Jelly—it certainly can get the job done. But for those with fussier, more sensitive vulvas, vaginas, and penises, it could leave us, well, unsatisfied to say the least. Enter: organic lubes, the chemical-free, natural alternative to more traditional ingredients (which can include glycerin and petroleum jelly). Whether you have sensitive skin and have to be extra particular about what you put "down there," or just are just drawn to natural formulations, organic lubes are sure to please.
Best organic lubes at a glance
- Best water-based: Jo Organic, NaturaLove Lubricant
- Best fruit flavored: Jo Organic, NaturalLove Strawberry Fields
- Best oil-based: Coconu, Organic Personal Lubricant
- Best pH-balanced: Good Clean Love, Almost Naked Personal Lubricant
- Best botanical: Sliquid Organics, Natural Lubricant
- Best moisturizing: Maude, Shine Organic
- Best aloe-baed: Dame, Alu
- Best fragrance-free: Tabu, Organic Lube
- Best female-friendly: Love Wellness, Sex Stuff
- Best for sensitive skin: Cake, Natural Sex Lube
- Best non-sticky: Aloe Cadabra, Natural Lube
- Best herbal: The Honey Pot, Organic Lube—Vanilla Chamomile
- Best plant oil-based: Organic Glide, Natural Personal Lubricant
- Best coconut oil-based: Woo More Play, Coconut Love Oil
- Best with CBD: Foria, Intimacy Sex Oil with CBD
- Best soothing: Dani Pepper, 'O' Orgasm Enhancer
What makes a lube organic?
So... what exactly makes organic lube different from the rest of 'em? It's all about the ingredients, says sexologist Marla Renee Stewart, MA, and in-house sexpert for sexual wellness brand Lovers. She says to chck out what's on the label (which can include a lot for lubricants). Look for organic lubes that have that USDA-certified emblem to confirm they are actually organic. This is the only guarantee that the ingredients meet the USDA's specific standards, like being grown on clean soil and not being loaded with any GMOs.
That being said, that doesn't mean other "natural" lubes can't do the trick—you just need to look at the ingredient label. Stay away from things like glycerin and parabens, which can often trigger vaginal flare-ups, as well as any added hormones, artificial fragrances, fake flavors, and so on.
"Any kind of polymer or ingredients that you can't pronounce easily are a good sign that it's not natural or organic," Stewart says. "Look for all natural and whole food ingredients or herbs... On most of these bottles, you'll find that there's indicators of which ingredients are certified organic."
Why organic lube is good for you
"Using organic lube is a way to get the closest to natural ingredients in their purest form," says Stewart. "When we introduce chemicals into our system, this may hurt our immune systems and our bodies might not react in ways that we like or need. Organic is most beneficial for folks who strive to have the closest to all-natural as possible. Most of the time, certified organic lubes are best for most bodies."
Ready to make the switch to sleek, silky organic formulations? Here's a list of the best organic lubes to add to your nightstand.
Best organic lubes
Jo Natural is one of Stewart’s favorites. It’s an organic water-based lubricant, which means it’s safe on silicone toys and condoms. “What’s also fantastic about this lube is the fact that it only has five ingredients and most nutritionists encourage you to put whole foods into your body or foods that contain less than five ingredients,” Stewart says. “So this is a win-win situation, considering that it’s ideal for oral sex.”
Stewart recommends this strawberry-flavored lube if the original isn’t your thing. While some lubes have that sticky, artificial taste, this fruity flavoring is natural, making it another ideal option for oral sex.
If you want to go the coconut-oil based route, go with Coconu. The coconut oil in each batch is USDA-Certified, so you know it’s the good stuff. Other ingredients include beeswax, cocoa butter, sunflower oil, and shea butter, to leave you feeling good.
Good Clean Love’s Almost Naked formulation is 95 percent certified organic that uses an aloe base combined with other natural ingredients to give you safe slickness. It’s OBGYN-approved—as Dr. Lucky Sekhon, OB/GYN, previously told us, the additional lactic acid helps maintain the pH balance of the vagina during sex.
Sliquid makes an organic line of natural lubricants using organic ingredients. While it doesn’t have the USDA seal of approval it does use Certified Organic ingredients, like aloe, hibiscus extract, green tea extract, and sunflower seed extract. Natural goodness that feels like the real thing.
If you’re on the hunt for a dreamy natural lube, look no further than the Shine Lubricant from Maude. It ticks off just about every box: natural ingredients, glycerin and paraben-free, vegan and cruelty-free, and made in an FDA and GMP-approved and regulated facility. Oh, and it comes in a minimalist bottle that looks chic on your bedside table.
Another amazing aloe-based lube comes from Dame. Alu is made from organic aloe vera, so it’s safe for condoms and toys and is safe for sensitive or fussy vaginas. There’s also quinoa seed extract to promote elasticity in your skin, and oat kernel extract that helps soothe inflammation.
Tabu is basically a skin-serum for your vagina. It ‘s recommended by OB/GYNs who are experts in all-things menopause for its ability to nourish, moisturize, and repair. It’s also FDA-approved and uses a blend of organic and natural ingredients to give you a sleek slick-down you’re sure to love.
Sex Stuff is made for, well, sex stuff. Like all of Love Wellness’s products, it’s formulated for vaginal health, so you won’t have to worry about your vaginal pH being thrown off. It’s FDA-approved and uses clean, gentle ingredients to provide natural lubrication when you need it most.
Just in from the cool new DTC sex toy and accessory brand Cake, this natural lubricant is perfect for solo or partner play. It uses a water and aloe-base that’s safe for latex condoms. It’s also infused with organic goodness from ingredients like hemp, mushroom, and quinoa to leave your nether regions healthy and happy.
This magical lube lives up to its name. It’s made with 95 percent organic aloe vera, and there’s no artificial additives like glycerin, parabens, or hormones. Plus, it’s breeze to clean-up—there’s no stick-factor when you’re finished.
For another flavored option, check out The Honey Pot’s vanilla chamomile blend that’s practically dessert. It’s 95 percent organic, swapping irritating additives for gentle naturals, like water, agave extract, and carrageenan.
This Organic Glide lube is plant-oil based and has a probiotic formula, making it smooth and healthy. It has no glycerine, fragrance, parabens, or alcohol — only natural goodness. And it’s non-sticky and long-lasting, too.
Who needs foreplay when you can have more play?! Just kidding, foreplay rocks. And if you want to spice it up, use Woo More Play’s Coconut Love Oil, which is made from organic coconut oil, beeswax, and a bunch of other natural ingredients. It’s also flavored with juuust a touch of vanilla, making it a good option for oral, too.
This Intimacy Sex Oil is made with two ingredients—organic coconut oil and USDA organic-certified hemp. It’s about as minimalist as you can get, but the formulation packs a punch that leaves you ready for action.
Looking for spine-tingling, toe-curling orgasms the natural way? Get this orgasm enhancing lubricant from Dani Pepper. It’s made using 100 percent plant-based ingredients, including the Big Kahuna—CBD. The result? Absolute euphoria.
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