2:36 pm - 06/30/2010

Coconut oil

So, I'd really like to go about procuring some of this miraculous stuff called coconut oil...but I don't know anything about it. What is best to use for sexy times? There seems to be a whole lot of different kinds of distillments/presses and my head is spinning and I have no idea what to look for when i go out to Whole Foods...if Whole Foods even carries it.

What kind of coconut oil do I buy to use for massage stuff/lubricant?

Is it absolutely safe?

Anything particular that you do with it? I heard that it like...coagulates. 
For those of you who use it, what exactly do you do?

Any information/personal anecdotes you can give me would be very much of help! Thanks in advance :)
isee23s 30th-Jun-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I was going to find you some of the previous entries that asked about coconut oil, but it looks like the search function is broken. So here goes:

-Just make sure it's plain ol' coconut oil, nothing added to it. I'm not sure what difference the other details make. I got mine at Wal-Mart. *shrug*

-It's safe for your nethers, and may even have some antifungal properties to protect you against yeast infections. However, it will degrade latex condoms, rendering them less effective.

-It's solid at room temperature or cooler. You can just scoop some out, and it will warm with body heat or by rubbing your fingers together. I usually just scoop out a glob of it, and as I apply it to my vulva it warms and melts into a nice oil.

I'm a huge fan of it, by the way. I hope it works out for you!
eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for chiming in...but what kind do you use exactly? Extra-virgin? There are so many different words on all the labels it seems...fractionated, hydrogenated, refined/bleached...Extra-virgin seems to make the most sense I guess but I am pretty clueless, I must admit. What does yours say on the label? I am excited to go to the grocery store tonight! Did they have it in like the health food section or something?
isee23s 30th-Jun-2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Mine just says "Pure coconut oil," whatever that means. That might be the off-brand brand name or something. I posted this question to VP many moons ago. My understanding is that what really matters is that "coconut oil" is the only ingredient listed. I suspect the other details have to do with cooking- and flavor-related properties, and less to do with it as a lubricant. That's my suspicion, and I haven't had any problems using the generic random stuff I found at Wal-Mart. Maybe someone else will know more about the other stuff...

It's used often for regular ol' cooking, so I found it next to the olive oil and other similar cooking oils.
eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome...check and check. Thanks again :D
katscanx 30th-Jun-2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Just got my hands on a bit of this last weekend, and lemme tell you - it's amazing! I don't know if you normally use lubes of some sort, but this stuff is different. As said, it does come in a solid form, but it melts right away once it touches body heat. A little goes a long way, too. And the best part? It didn't get sticky. The KY stuff we'd been using was okay for a while, but then it would get sticky & we'd have to reapply. Not so with Coconut oil. Huzzah!

Unfortunately, I wasn't the one who went shopping for it. But, I do know that it is Organic coconut oil, which would most likely be in the organic or health-food section of the grocery store. Ours is store brand, as well. It wasn't cheap - about $8 bucks for the jar - but it's a large jar, and like I said, a little goes a long way, so it should last a good while.

I think I would go with your instinct on this - organic or extra-virgin. Things like 'bleached' and other processing I'm not sure about, but I would want pure stuff for my...stuff. ;)

eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Haha thank you! This was very helpful and I'm glad to hear that it's so awesome! :D
poppleshatesyou 30th-Jun-2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I don't use it for lube, but it's the only thing i use as moisturizer. I am a totally coconut oil instead of lotion convert.

When cold it definitely becomes a soft-solid, but the minute it gets warm or is put on skin it becomes liquid like, so i imagine as a lube it would not stay congealed for very long.

I always go for a brand that is organic and 100% coconut oil. I think the kind i have right now is food grade coconut oil, but i only chose it because it was the cheapest organic option. I'm sure Whole Foods will carry several different kinds. I'd check the oil/condiments aisle and/or the lotion/shampoo/etc. area. Also, I'd steer clear of any and all coconut oil that says it was "bleached." You want 100% coconut oil with minimal processing and nothing else added.
eins_zwei_drei 1st-Jul-2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Still glad you chimed in, because my fiancée has been having really bad dry skin lately and we've been looking for a natural remedy...I thought of coconut oil and from what I've been hearing it seems like it will do the trick for multiple needs we seem to have found ourselves with! Thank you! :)
okamikaze 30th-Jun-2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I just recently got some to help treat my yeast infection that just. Wouldn't. Go. Away. because the wonderful VPers told me it was antifungal/antibacterial, and it worked! Mine was very very light, only a miniscule amount of discharge and no pain/itching whatsoever, so I was able to masturbate with the coconut oil without hurting myself, and it went away!

It also feels amazing, because, as others said, it's a soft solid when it's cool, and feeling it melt on my girly bits is fantastic. I'm a new convert to coconut oil as lube. :)))

I do want to impress on you that oils to disintegrate condoms, so if you're going to use oil for sexytime, I would use other forms of protection.

As to your where and what kind question, I think I got mine either at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, I don't remember, but it's the only one they had and the label said it was organic, so I'd just go with that. Good luck!
eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah totally, good to know! I usually hate lube because it contains glycerine and feels so artificial and sticky to me...I want something more natural so this seems to be the way to go :) Thank you muchly!
okamikaze 1st-Jul-2010 12:21 am (UTC)
There are lubes out there without glycerine. Right now the one we use is silicone-based and doesn't have the sticky feeling (it is, however, hard to get rid of hahaha). I just don't like it for self-love, because it feels somewhat...thicker to me and doesn't provide as much sensation.

You're welcome! :))
andi1235 30th-Jun-2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I bought this at Amazon and I love it. I have used it for lube and it's great, I sometimes use it for moisturizing, and I use it for cooking. It smells very strongly of coconut, so I hope you like the smell of coconut!

Since I wanted to use it for body purposes as well as cooking, I got an old body butter container, washed it thoroughly, and scooped oil in to that with a clean spoon. I use THAT container for getting non-cooking oil out of when I want to use it, and cook with the stuff right out of the containers it came in.

eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I happen to LOVE the smell of coconut so I hope the stuff I find smells very strongly of it haha. Also thanks for the link!
paraxeni 30th-Jun-2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
I *love* coconut oil, and have converted my mother and girlfriend to it too. My mother has tight skin after carpal tunnel surgery and massages it into her scars to keep everything supple, and into her feet which became cracked and sore after a different surgery.

In this house it's lube, moisturiser, hair/nail conditioner, a styling product (my gf has curly ginger hair and the oil cuts the frizz without affecting shine or colour), massage oil, lip-balm hell I've even put it on squeaky hinges! The only problem is that it smells so delicious that it makes me feel like I've got the munchies every time I use it.

Yeah... I'm totally going to retrieve my pot from it's hiding place and have a good old sniff after posting this. :D
eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe reading this delighted me. I am super excited to go to the grocery store and pick me up some of this awesome stuff later. I was reading the wikipedia article on it and was amaaazed at how many things it is used for. And now that you mentioned all the stuff you and your girlfriend use it for I will definitely have to try it on my curly hair...it is quite out of control :D
oopsiedaisies7 30th-Jun-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
I love coconut oil, too!

Get the least-refined oil: virgin or extra virgin, unbleached, nonprocessed, nonhydrogenated, preferably organic.

I used it as lube when I was on the pill, and it was wonderful--long-lasting, super effective, and great-smelling! And, it's not something you have to wash off afterward, as it will just kind of absorb into your skin and moisturize it.

Since I use condoms now for contraception, we don't use coconut oil for PIV lube (but...now that I'm not on the pill anymore, I don't need it anymore, anyway!), but we have found tons of other uses for it. It's a great massage oil, good for handjobs, good for making blowjobs coconutty, good for occasionally deep-conditioning my hair, good for a skin moisturizer, and good in stir-fries. (Well, we have a separate jar for cooking, but it's the same stuff, hah...)

I think its melting point is about 72F, so in the summertime here it is always a liquid. When it is a solid though, it's still easy to scoop out of the jar with your fingers. It will melt within seconds of touching your skin. You apply it just like you would any other lube.

One warning: I have come to associate the scent of raw coconut with sex, so now whenever I smell coconut I might get a little aroused, haha...
may_third 30th-Jun-2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hehe not to hijack or anything but how do you use it on your hair? Just glob it on your scalp and rub it around? It sounds like a really good idea to me, I might just have to try this...&lol at the warning part xD
oopsiedaisies7 2nd-Jul-2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Pretty much! I usually warm it up in my hands to make sure it's all liquid first and work it through my hair from the roots down. Then, I sleep with it in, and wash it out in the morning. It makes my hair super soft and tames frizz pretty well.
misspaigeb 1st-Jul-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Another coconut oil lover over here. This is the stuff I have:

This is the stuff I got at my local organic grocery store: http://www.amazon.com/Coconut-Pacific-Organic-Virgin-4-Ounce/dp/B001EQ52RU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1277944418&sr=8-5

It was in the baking aisle next to all the other cooking oils. It is solid and it will smell AMAZINGLY coconutty and yummy. Like, I don't love typical coconut smelling things.. but this is different. It smells so good. It's super good for you too - I've used it on my waffles, in coffee and to cook with. I also use it as an all over body moisturizer, lube, lip balm, I know lots of people who use it in their hair...

I also noticed it makes my vagina/vulva a lot less irritated after sex. Even if I didn't use any lube for sex, I will sometimes put it on afterward because it's so soothing. I also used it for my mild external yeast infection and it really relieved the itching and obviously the dryness.

I also have a separate jar for cooking and for lube/body moisturizer. I just took like a leftover margarine tub or a tupperware and spooned some of the coconutty goodness into there and use that in the bedroom.
eins_zwei_drei 1st-Jul-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Awesome, thanks for replying :D I'm super excited to start using this stuff in like every part of my life imaginable hehe.
chipie 3rd-Jul-2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Just thought I would add that I've been using coconut oil as deodorant and it works really well! I've tried pretty much every other non-aluminium deodorant and was discouraged, but I'm loving the coconut oil.

Your post inspired me to try cocunut oil as lube again.. I've used it a few times before but I thought it caused a yeast infection. Reading others' comments, that seems unlikely. I think I will give it another chance.

(Also, if your sheets gets stained with from the cocounut oil, dishwasher soap gets rid of oil stains nicely.)
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