Can You Use Argan Oil As Lube, Or For Anal Sex?

In most situations, argan oil is perfectly safe to use as lube. Its light texture is usually best for vaginal or oral sex, but it can also be used for anal sex.
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Yes — in many cases it is perfectly safe to use argan oil as lube for vaginal or anal sex, although it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Here’s why:

  • Argan oil won’t disrupt the pH of your vagina or anus, although using oils as lube can increase your risk of developing a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis if you are prone to recurring infections of either.
  • High-quality, minimally processed argan oil is safe for both anal and vaginal sex because it won’t clog pores and it’s great for the skin, replenishing its moisture.
  • As with other oil-based lubes, however, it isn’t safe for use with condoms, diaphragms, or dental dams made from latex or polyisoprene, as the oil will degrade their material and render them less effective against unintended pregnancy or STIs.
  • Although allergies to argan oil are rare and it’s often used in massage oils, argan nuts are tree nuts and as such, may potentially lead to reactions in those at risk for them. Additionally, if the argan oil is processed in a facility that also produces other nut-based oils, cross-contamination is a possibility — so argan oil should be avoided by those for whom this is a life-threatening concern.

Also known as Moroccan oil, argan oil is a common ingredient in skin and hair care products.

It is known for its softening and healing properties, it’s a great massage oil base and is also held in high esteem in the culinary world.

As we’ll discover, it’s best to use a pure, minimally processed argan oil if you plan to use it as a lubricant and although it’s a safe option for many, it may not be the best choice for everyone.

In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about using argan oil as a personal lubricant, including:

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Lube Alternatives and Everything Lube hubs, in-depth and evolving resources that comprehensively explore all aspects of personal lubricants from the different types and how to use them, to ingredients and safety — created to help you achieve the sexual pleasure you deserve.

Can You Use Argan Oil As Lube?

Yes, it is safe to use argan oil as lube in many circumstances although it may not always be the ideal choice for everyone.

Here’s what you need to know about using argan oil as lube:

  • Argan oil won’t disrupt the natural pH of your vagina or anus, however, when used as lube, any type of oil can increase the risk of developing a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis if you are prone to either.
  • Argan oil isn’t safe for use with latex or polyisoprene condoms, diaphragms, or dental dams because the oil will degrade their material and put you or your partner at risk for unintended pregnancy or STIs.
  • Allergies to argan oil are pretty rare overall, however, argan is a type of tree nut that could elicit a reaction in those allergic to them. Additionally, argan oil may be processed in a facility that produces other nut-based oils (including peanut oils) so cross-contamination is a possibility.
  • It may not be the best choice for anal sex, as argan oil has a thinner texture that may not provide enough cushion for some.
  • High-quality, minimally processed argan oil is the safest option because it won’t clog pores and it’s very beneficial to the skin in general.
  • As an oil, it will degrade sex toys made from latex, rubber, or jelly rubber, and it will stain fabrics — including your sheets, bedding, towels, or clothing.

In the absence of the concerns listed above, argan oil is a safe lube as long as you choose a high-quality, cold-pressed argan oil — which we’ll talk about more in-depth later.

When using argan oil as lube, refrain from combining it with latex or polyisoprene condoms, diaphragms, or dental dams because the oil will degrade their materials.

If that happens, you or your partner may be at risk for unintended pregnancy or the transmission of STIs.

As long as you have no allergies or sensitivities, it’s safe to use while masturbating a penis or vagina since argan oil is non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores — which is why it makes a great massage oil.

Safe to ingest, argan oil can be used as an edible lube, thanks to its lightweight consistency.

That same thin consistency, however, may make it a less-than-great choice for anal sex for some people.

If you prefer a lubricant with more cushion, chose a better anal lubricant instead.

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Can You Use Argan Oil As A Vaginal Lube?

Yes, you can — as long as you don’t struggle with recurring yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis and you aren’t using STI or pregnancy barriers made from latex or polyisoprene.

Additionally, if you or your partner has an existing allergy to tree nuts, you may want to skip argan oil just to be safe.

Although specific allergies to argan oil are rare, argan is a type of tree nut and the oil could cause a reaction.

If the oil is processed in a facility with equipment that also produces other nut-based oils, cross-contamination is also a concern.

Argan oil is a luxurious and healing oil that has a lighter texture when compared to some other oil-based lube alternatives and in fact, it is sometimes used as an ingredient in store-bought oil-based lubes.

As we’ll talk about in just a bit, always make sure to use a minimally processed, high-quality argan oil that is as pure as possible.

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Can You Use Argan Oil As Anal Lube?

Although it is safe to use argan oil as an anal lubricant — it will not disturb anal pH and it is a body-safe oil — it may not be the best choice for anal sex.

While you can use argan oil as anal lube if it is comfortable enough for you to do so, the oil is very lightweight in texture compared to other oil-based lubes and won’t provide a thick cushion during penetration.

It may also require frequent reapplication during use and for that reason, a formulated anal lube may be the better choice.

As we mentioned earlier, oils will degrade condoms made from latex or polyisoprene so argan oil should only be used with oil-safe condoms made from nitrile or polyurethane.

Although it’s also safe for use with lambskin condoms, those do not offer protection against STIs.

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What Is Argan Oil Made From And Is It Safe?

Argan oil is a plant oil made from the extracted kernels from the fruit of the argan tree, commonly grown in Morocco.

It’s often manually prepared by Berber women who remove the kernels from the fruits and dry them out.

The kernels are then roasted if they’re destined to become culinary oils or left unroasted for use in cosmetic products.

Traditional methods involved a long process that meant picking the fruit, drying the nuts, peeling and cracking them, roasting them, and then grinding them to make a paste from which the oil was extracted.

Modern oil extraction involves mechanical means of obtaining the oil through pressing — essentially squeezing the oil from the roasted and peeled argan nuts.

This is known as “extra virgin argan oil” and preserves all of the oil’s beneficial properties in the process.

If the oil is roasted for food-grade oil, it turns more copper in color; left unroasted for cosmetic use, it has a lighter, golden hue.

Argan oil is composed of fatty acylglycerol and antioxidant tocopherols, squalene, phenols, and sterols.

It is an oil that’s full of nutrients and fatty acids that provide beneficial rejuvenating properties.

Argan oil is a coveted ingredient in cosmetics and cuisine due to its many repairing and regenerating benefits. Argan oil is also edible and tastes subtly yet distinctly nutty.

It is important to note that commercially-prepared argan oil may be processed in facilities that also produce other types of nut oils.

For this reason, if you or your partner has an allergy to tree nuts (including peanuts), argan oil may be best left on the shelf.

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What Are Other Lube Alternatives To Argan Oil?

In addition to argan oil, we highly suggest using a store-bought personal lubricant that is body-safe.

Other personal lubricant options include:

Here’s a cheat sheet for selecting the best lube based on how you intend to use it:

Lube Type:
Water-Based
Oil-Based
Silicone-Based
Condom TypesAllPolyurethane, nitrile and lambskin onlyAll
Sex Toy TypesAllAll but latexAll but silicone
Bath/Shower UseNoYesYes
Does It Stain?NoYesYes
Lube Type:
Condom Types
Sex Toy Types
Bath/Shower Use
Does It Stain?

If you haven’t done so already, look through our in-depth lube guide or take our helpful lube quiz to discover your next favorite personal lubricant.

We’ll discuss the four main lubricant categories below.

  • Water-Based Lubricants

Water-based lube is the most adaptive sex lubricant available because it’s compatible to use with all condoms and sex toys.

As its name suggests, water-based lube is water-soluble, meaning it’s easy to clean up although it might dry out and require reapplication during longer sex sessions.

Water-based lubes don’t perform well in water because they rinse away too easily, therefore they’re not great for shower or bath play.

Read through our in-depth review of the safest and best water-based personal lubricants to learn more.

  • Silicone-Based Lubricants

Silicone-based lubes are long-lasting and slippery in texture.

They do not dry out like water-based lubes, however, they are not safe to use with silicone sex toys as they’ll degrade their material.

When it comes to the difference between water-based and silicone-based lubes, it all boils down to how you intend to use them — and what you need from a lube.

Silicone-based lubricant feels much thicker and silky in texture in comparison to water-based lubricants.

Their luxurious consistency makes them a great option for anal sex, but they’re noticeably different from your body’s natural lubrication during vaginal sex.

Silicone lube is waterproof and won’t wash off in the bath or shower, so it’s perfect for underwater sex play.

Take a look at our review of the best silicone-based personal lubes to find one that suits your fancy.

  • Oil-Based Lubricants

Oil-based lubricants are thick, luxurious, and moisturizing, making them great for long-lasting sex sessions.

Just like with silicone lubes, the texture of oil-based lubes is wonderful for anal sex and hard, deep penetration.

Do keep in mind that some oil-based lubes include nut oils in their formulation, and those with allergies to nuts should always read the ingredient list before use.

While oil-based lubes are safe to use with most sex toys aside from those made from latex, rubber, or jelly rubber, they will degrade latex and polyisoprene condoms, diaphragms, or dental dams.

Furthermore, oil-based lube is generally not safe for ingestion because it can pose a choking hazard if the oil is thick.

If these sound like what you’re looking for, we found and reviewed the best oil-based personal lubricants.

  • Natural And Organic Lubricants

This type of personal lubricant is made from natural or organic ingredients. You can find both water-based and oil-based natural lubes, for all preferences and sexual situations.

As with other oil-based lubes, those with nut allergies should double-check the ingredient list before using one as a sex lube, just to make sure it contains no potential allergens.

Take a look at the best and safest natural and organic lubricants available right now if you’re curious about learning more.

Are There Any Safe Home Lube Alternatives?

If you need a lube alternative that can be found around the house right now, there are some options available aside from argan oil:

Although these alternatives are considered safe for most, they’re not ideal for everyone in all situations.

Don’t pair an oil-based lube alternative with condoms, diaphragms, or dental dams made from latex or polyisoprene, as the oil will degrade their material.

Additionally, it’s wise to test any lube alternative on your skin, such as your inner elbow, to watch for allergic reactions before using it as a personal lubricant on your (or your partner’s) genitals.

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Bottom Line: 

In many situations and for many people, argan oil is perfectly safe to use as lube.

Its light texture leans in favor of being best for oral or vaginal sex, although it may be an option as an anal lubricant if it feels comfortable enough for you.

If argan oil doesn’t seem like the right fit, take a look at our personal lube guide or explore our full list of lube alternatives to find the best option for your situation and needs.