Can You Use Lotion as Lube? – Clear Your Doubt Now

In the heat of the moment, when you are feeling the many pleasures of human closeness, touch, and sexuality, it is incredibly frustrating when you feel friction and pain in your special parts. So, what do you do? You grab the nearest or most accessible bottle and slather some on. This is usually a bottle of body lotion.

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Can you use lotion as lube?

Since lotions are moisturizing and smoothening, they seem like perfect replacements of lubricants. But, is it wise to use lotions during your sexual games? Is it safe for you and your partner? In this article, we are going to explore this in detail so that all your doubts are cleared and you enjoy your romp in the sack without fears.

Is lotion a good lubricant?

The short answer is yes. A lotion is a good lubricant because it is meant to moisturize. Many people have used it for anal sex, intercourse, and masturbation without complaints.

Also, everyone uses it anyway. Many couples are saved of embarrassment that they may usually face when another family member finds their tube of lube lying around.

What are the downsides?

Many lotions are known to cause vaginal itching and infections. Lotions are usually scented, and the chemicals they contain can harm your vagina’s pH. It also increases the chances of problems down under. This is because lotions are not formulated to serve the purpose of intimate pleasure. They are for the skin and not for your private parts.

Are they worth the risk? Are they worth ending up sore, itchy, and irritated? We don’t think so.

If you have to use lotion, what should you keep in mind?

If you aren’t a fan of lubes or do not want to purchase them for personal reasons, you can still use lotion, but there are things you should remember.

  1. Always buy unscented and odorless lotions. Perfumed lotions can easily cause infections, but unscented ones are comparatively safer.
  2. Use lotions meant for sensitive skin. The skin down there is sensitive. So, using lotions for sensitive skin makes a lot of sense. They are usually hypoallergenic as well, which is another plus.
  3. Avoid using oil-based lotions with condoms. They can wreck the condom and end up breaking it. Water-based lotions are a better choice.
  4. Avoid using lotions during vaginal intercourse, if possible. They are still okay for anal sex and penile masturbation, blowjobs, and oral sex but the vagina is very sensitive and shouldn’t be irritated needlessly.

Our advice

We sincerely advise that you purchase a good lubricant for sex. There are plenty on the market, and you can purchase them discreetly. In fact, there are brands that sell lubes in bottles that look like lotions. So, you don’t have to worry about embarrassment at home.

When the world has so many options, why settle for less and why risk your sexual health? Grab a good lube and keep it handy to make every wow moment, a WOW moment. ;)

This article was updated on July 13, 2021


I come from Louisiana, USA, and have been a Sexual Health & Wellness Expert for 4 years now. This blog is my attempt to help those who are too shy to ask questions about things that happen behind the scenes. I understand it can get tough and scary for you and your partner, both. In my blog, I shall answer all your questions and give you advice without you ever having to voice your concerns!