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While you might be familiar with vegan forms of contraception (and if not, check out our article on the best cruelty-free condoms), have you ever considered the fact that a lot of popular lubricants aren’t vegan either?
We know not everyone uses lubricant in the bedroom, but for those of you who do, we’re here to educate and inform with reviews of seven of the best vegan lube brands currently on the market.
But before we get to these brands and their products, let’s provide some general context for our discussion and identify how we’re going to rate these vegan lubes against each other.
- First, what makes lubricant not vegan?
- Lubricant health concerns
- What to consider when buying a vegan lubricant
- vegan lubricants and brands Reviews
- Which is the best vegan lube?
First, what makes lubricant not vegan?
Since we each might possess a differing level of familiarity when it comes to the ins and outs of sex as a vegan, we thought we’d provide some quick background information on lubricant before we continue our quest to declare the best vegan lube.
Lubricant, a moisturizing product that can facilitate and enhance both masturbation and intercourse, typically contains casein, a milk by-product (which is also present in most condoms that are pre-lubricated).
Always check both the product label and the parent company’s website to ensure that they do not harm any animals during their quality and safety assurance process.
Lubricant health concerns
Similar to the potentially harmful chemicals found in condoms, a vegan lubricant, though cruelty-free for animals, may contain several of the same health offenders that can be plenty cruel to us! These include:
Petroleum-based ingredients are sticky and tough to completely remove (even after rigorous washing). Why’s this such a problem (other than sounding really icky)?
Well, when petroleum-based ingredients overstay their welcome, they can alter of the pH level within the vaginal environment, resulting in bacterial vaginosis and other complications. (1)
Just FYI, this chemical is also used as antifreeze… but the FDA doesn’t label it as a huge risk as long as contact is kept to a minimum.
Parabens are often found in condoms, too, and the main concern is due to their potential for causing endocrine disruption and creating hormone imbalances. More research and reports need to be completed before the FDA can make a firm ruling on safety. (2)
Also a chemical to look out for in condoms, the main issue with lubricants that contain glycerin (similar to petroleum) is that it can get trapped within the vagina after intercourse or masturbation and create bacterial growth and even yeast infections.
This staple ingredient of spermicide is approved by the FDA, but it can cause vaginal irritation, such as burning, itching and rashes. (3)
Before we get to our reviews of products on the marke (coming up soon!), if you’re a big DIY-person or simply interested, then you’ll enjoy this video on how to make your own natural lubricant at home (that’s surely toxin-free):
…and this one, too!:
What to consider when buying a vegan lubricant
Other than being vegan and toxin-free, here are several other consumer categories for your consideration as you determine which of our best vegan lubes is right for you.
Silicone-based vs. water-based lube
While all of the products we’ve reviewed are water-based, we feel it prudent to discuss the differences between these and the silicone-based lubricants, with which you might be more familiar.
Although silicone lubricant typically has a higher viscosity than water-based lubes (which may need re-application) and can be used in certain situations where water-based products fall short (i.e. the shower), it may stain your bed sheets and can create a bit of a mess. Water-based lubricants, on the other hand, are much easier to clean up.
What’s more, although silicone lube is compatible with both natural latex and synthetic condom materials, low-grade products should not be used orally, and they are generally not recommended to be used with silicone-based sex toys either.
That said, the quality of silicone lube and toys on the market has improved greatly over recent years, which has made it safer to use both products together. So, if you use both high-quality silicone lube and toys together, all should be well.
This discussion of silicone vs. water-based lube leads us straight into our next category, by which we’ll rank our candidates for best vegan lube candidates, and that’s overall function.
If you’re planning to use it orally, then you may want to consider the impact of flavored lubricants. That being said, even though it’s safe to consume water-based lubricants, be on the lookout for which actually use natural flavoring and which use the word “natural” inappropriately.
Here’s a great video that dives deeply into this issue of natural flavors that aren’t actually so natural:
If you’re going to use your vegan lubricant for intercourse or masturbation, then you might care more about elements like viscosity and how user-friendly the container might be. For example, some of our reviews include lube that offers an easy-access dispenser and/or a spill-proof top! More on that later.
Quality vs. quantity
Some say that size matters (pun-intended). Either way, you probably want to ask yourself how often you’ll be using your vegan lubricant (versus pre-lubricated condoms) as you peruse how much product you’re getting and for what price.
As with so many other things in life, lube is no different when it comes to getting what you pay for. While buying a barrel-load for a few bucks might seem like a good deal, it often isn’t.
So, one final thought to remember before we dive into our reviews is this: Low quality products are often offered at low prices and give the end user low levels of satisfaction. You have been warned, bargain hunters!
vegan lubricants and brands Reviews
Now that we’ve established how we’ll select the best vegan lube, let’s get to those reviews, shall we?
Passion lubes natural water-based lubricant
Our first review is for this toxin-free, water-based vegan lubricant from Passion Lubes.
As we mentioned above, while this lube won’t stain your sheets, it may have to be re-applied to achieve the same desired feel if you’re used to a silicone-based counterpart. Some of us found this to be true while others felt this lubricant had a nice consistency without being sticky or dry up too quickly.
We do all agree that Passion Lubes supplies a very generous amount from the get-go. We also really like that this bottle uses a pump instead of a squeeze tube; the easy-access is definitely a perk as well as being “worry-free” when it comes to spillage.
While relatively odorless, this isn’t a lubricant we’d recommend for oral use. Since it’s toxin-free and water-based, it won’t harm you or taste “bad,” but it’s not exactly pleasing to the taste buds either. So, if you’re looking for an affordable bulk portion of natural lubricant for intercourse, this may be an option for you.
- Affordable, large bottle
- Nice, even consistency and not too sticky
- Spill-safe pump system
- Not ideal for oral use
- May need to reapply
Aloe cadabra flavored personal lube
The next vegan lubricant we’ve reviewed is from Aloe Cadabra.
This water-based lubricant is also 95% aloe vera, so, not only is it toxin-free, but it conversely offers plenty of health benefits, such as a plethora of vitamin E and a moisturizing effect to help reduce vaginal dryness.
These ingredients are also food-grade, and so, this lubricant is safe to consume orally. If you’re a fan of coconut, you might find the smell and taste of this lubricant to be pleasing. If not, well, then you might not enjoy this product.
Most of us did not find that this lubricant dried out too quickly and enjoyed the natural feel, especially when you consider the added impact of natural body fluid.
Though this vegan lubricant is on the more expensive side, if you’re looking for a gently flavored lubricant that works well and doubles as a moisturizer with health benefits, this is definitely a product to consider.
- Utilizes food grade aloe
- Mixed response to taste
ID frutopia watermelon flavored lube
This water-based vegan lube from ID Frutopia is watermelon-flavored, so right off the bat, this may or may not appeal to you.
Those of us who are watermelon fans found it decent enough though some did not enjoy the taste. Either way, in the ingredients list, we see the item “natural flavor,” so FYI, this means their watermelon flavor is not straight from a watermelon.
We do like that this bottle has its own dispenser that yields a reasonable amount for use in a clean and tidy manner with just one quick pump. While some of us found this lubricant to be a bit sticky, others had no such issues and found the thickness to be pleasurable.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable flavor-enhanced (albeit unnatural) lubricant, this might be an option for you.
- Spill-free dispenser
- Mixed response to taste
- Not-so-natural flavoring
Sliquid Naturals Swirl: Pink Lemonade
The next product we’ve reviewed is Sliquid Naturals’ pink lemonade lubricant.
This vegan lubricant is also water-based and non-toxic. And though we can report that it does taste quite sweet (though it reminded some of cough medicine), this is largely due to the fact that this lubricant employs aspartame as well as a “pink lemonade flavoring.”
So, while we’re not fans of these artificial ingredients, we can report that this product functions well: it’s not too thin or sticky despite the fact that the remaining ingredients are quite natural.
Sliquid as a company does have other high points, too, such as how they use recycled products in their packaging. So, if you’re looking for a highly-functional, moderately-priced lubricant and a fun flavor is important to you, this might be something to consider.
- Works great and has a nice consistency
- Recycled packaging
- Taste is a little out there
- Flavoring is unnatural and contains aspartame
Good Clean Love: Almost Naked Personal Lubricant
This lubricant from Good Clean Love is a popular choice amongst vegans, thanks largely to the companies healthy reputation amongst the community.
With no petrochemicals, parabens, or glycerin to worry about, it’s easy to see why this particular product catches the eye.
Add to that the fact that the packaging is made from sustainable raw materials and you’re well on your way to finding a winner, if the product itself actually performs.
Thankfully, it does.
This personal lube lasts well and isn’t overly sticky to the touch, which is always a bonus. It won’t stain either, so that’s another tick in the pro column. There is, however, a negative coming…the smell! It’s not good. Not good at all.
- Inexpensive two pack
- Great company
- Packaging has been thought through
- Good ingredient list
- That smell
Astroglide Liquid Personal Lubricant
This liquid personal lubricant from Astroglide is petroleum-free, but it does contain many of the chemicals we encourage you to avoid, including glycerin, methylparaben and propylparaben.
As far as how this lubricant worked, our reports varied. Some reported that it had a good level of viscosity and lasted but that it left them with with a burning sensation. Others, however, did not experience any such harmful side effects, while some felt it dried out too quickly, especially when it came to personal use.
But, if you’re looking for an affordable lubricant to try out, and you’re not as concerned about potentially harmful chemicals, then this might be an option for you.
- Questionable ingredients list
- Left some with irritation
Water Slide Lubricant
Our final entrant is the brilliantly named Water Slide by Earthly Body, a leaping bunny approved company based in the US.
The reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive, although is does contain carrageenan, which will raise an eyebrow amongst some of you, I’m sure. That said, the amount you’re likely to ingest is probably negligible, so the concerns surrounding this ingredient shouldn’t be too worrying.
As far as performance goes, Water Slide lives up to its name. The pump action bottle is a definite plus, too.
- Works great
- Nice feel
- Lasts well
- Not as sticky as many of the competitors
- Contains carrageenan, which may put some of you off
- Not cheap
Which is the best vegan lube?
After seeing how each vegan lube brand and product stacked up against our criteria, we’d like to name Passion Lubes natural water-based lubricant as our winner.
We’ve selected this vegan lubricant as our “best” of the bunch because we feel this one has the best balance when it comes to function, health, compatibility and affordability, or in others words, we feel it has the greatest overall value and appeal to the widest number of people.
We also really like that this lubricant comes in several different sizes — from as little as a 2 oz. bottle to a 55 oz. container.
Though we know recognize how the world of flavored lubricant provides its own fun appeal, we do also feel that this aspect can be relatively polarizing across the masses (and it’s also hard for us to condone consumption of flavored products that aren’t actually “natural”).
So, hopefully this has been at the very least a highly-detailed and informative look into vegan lubricants. If you have any further questions or comments for us, please leave us a note below, and we’ll do our best to sufficiently reply!
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About The Author:
Carly Keyes is writer and personal trainer who decided to go plant-based after a visit to the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. The change has completely revolutionized the way she feels, looks, thinks and behaves, making her a very vocal advocate of the vegan lifestyle.
She’s also a keen singer/songwriter and has studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan. Carly lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
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