Like many other personal products, lubricants contain many toxic substances — potential or proven — that can be easily absorbed by the very permeable vaginal mucous membrane, causing allergic reactions or even vaginal yeast or mycosis. It is therefore important to check the list of ingredients — and once again, the fewer ingredients, the better. Most natural lubricants are made of organic coconut oil, aloe vera or vitamin E.

Healthy alternatives

Fragrance-free

Brand nameProduct description
Aloe CadabraNatural Aloe (Unscented)
Sliquid OrganicsNatural gel
MaudeShine Organic

With fragrance (essential oils)

Brand nameProduct description
ErineaLubricating Intimate gel
SutilLuxe Body Glide
Zorah biocosmétiquesBiolala Lubricant

DIY

If none of the lubricants available on the market suits you, you can prepare you own.

Here is a super simple recipe to make a condom-compatible lubricant:

  • Boil 2 glasses of water with 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds for 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool.
  • Strain the flaxseeds and pour the remaining liquid in a jar. This homemade lubricant can be kept for a week in the fridge.

Another recipe with cocoa butter base (not compatible with condoms) is available on this site Les Trappeuses (in French only).

Ingredients to avoid when choosing a product

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate: irritant, may be toxic for some women
  • Glycerin: may cause mycosis, irritant to mucous membrane, suspected to reduce fertility by slowing down spermatozoids
  • Perfumes: allergens
  • Parabens: endocrine disruptors
  • Phenoxyethanol: irritant, allergen
  • Propylene glycol: allergen, irritant
  • Polyethylene glycol: possible carcinogen (may contain ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxade), irritant to skin, eyes and respiratory tract
  • Synthetic flavours: toxic