Is Lube Edible And Safe To Swallow?

While most lubes are safe to ingest in small quantities, some are NOT and are made with unsafe ingredients that shouldn’t be swallowed or used internally.
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While most personal lubricants are safe to ingest in small quantities, certain lubes are made with ingredients that shouldn’t be swallowed or even used internally.

Here’s why:

  • Despite being labeled as edible, some lubes might contain potentially toxic ingredients or potential allergens based on individual sensitivities.
  • In addition, even safe lubes might present a choking hazard if eaten or might NOT be “flavored” – being edible and flavored are two different things.
  • Finally – no matter the safety of the lube – ingesting large quantities, or the use of certain oil-based lubes, can lead to nausea, digestive issues, or worse.

In this article, we’ll cover: 

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Everything Lube hub, an in-depth and evolving resource that comprehensively explores 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.

Is Lube Safe To Swallow?

The answer to this question depends on the lube and what it is made from.

Some personal lubricants claim to be edible, yet they include potentially toxic ingredients, could be a choking hazard, or taste outright disgusting.

In other words, you should not eat these lubes!

Lube ingredients that can be harmful to put in your body include: 

You should also always check your lube’s ingredients list for anything you are allergic to, as some lubes have oils derived from nuts and seeds, or latex for those derived from aloe vera.

All lube types can technically be edible, however, we recommend saving the oil-based lube for just anal or vaginal sex.

Whether it’s oil, water, or silicone-based lube, when we say “edible” we mean ingesting a small amount. Even edible lubes will make you sick if you throw back a whole tube.

It’s also important to distinguish the difference between edible and flavored lube. Lube that is edible won’t always have any added flavoring, but is safe to be ingested, making it great for use during fellatio or cunnilingus, and even sensual activities like toe sucking.

Lastly, when you’re looking for edible lube, really you’re just looking for lube because any lube that is hazardous to swallow shouldn’t be going in your body at all!

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Is Water-Based Lube Edible?

Water-based lube is our favorite kind of edible lube.

Its lightweight consistency is the most similar to the body’s natural lubricants, making it pleasant to have on your lips and in your mouth.

Water-based lubes make for easy cleanup, because they’re water-soluble, but can last for a shorter time and require some reapplication.

  • Flavored Lube:

Most flavored lubes are water-based and are safe to swallow.

Be careful when using flavored lubes that are made with glycerin, sugar, or sugar substitutes. If used internally, these ingredients can increase your chances of infections like yeast or bacterial vaginosis and have been shown to decrease good bacteria.

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Is Silicone-Based Lube Edible?

Because silicone is not absorbed by the body, small amounts of silicone-based lubes are safe to swallow.

However, silicone-based lubes aren’t most people’s top choice when searching for an edible lube because its thicker texture can be somewhat unpleasant when inside your mouth.

But, if you’re looking for a longer-lasting lube that can be used in the bath or shower, a silicone-based edible lube might be a good fit.

  • Is Condom Lubricant Edible?

Most condoms are lubricated with silicone-based lube making them safe to use to perform oral sex and ingest in small amounts.

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Is Oil-Based Lube Edible?

Although there are oil-based lubes that are technically safe to swallow, oil-based lubricants are the last on our list for lubes to integrate into your oral sex routine.

Oil-based lubricants can cause nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting.

If an oil-based lube accidentally enters your airway, it can cause coughing, choking, or even respiratory problems.

With all that being said, we recommend steering clear just to be on the safe side.

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What Are The Differences Between Lube Types?

Every type of personal lubricant has its share of pros and cons, so how do you know which one is right for you?

We’ve created a lube comparison table to help you answer that question — quickly and easily.

Lube Type:
Oral Sex Yes Yes Not usually
Vaginal Sex ONLY if pH/Osmolality suitable Yes Yes
Anal Sex ONLY if pH/Osmolality suitable Yes Yes
Condom Types All All Polyurethane, nitrile and lambskin only
Sex Toy Types All All but silicone All but latex
Bath/Shower Use No Yes Yes
Does It Stain? No Yes Yes
Lube Type:
Oral Sex
Vaginal Sex
Anal Sex
Condom Types
Sex Toy Types
Bath/Shower Use
Does It Stain?

In Conclusion

Most brands of lube are safe to ingest but you should always read the ingredient list carefully before putting any products into your body.

While some kinds of oil-based lubes are safe to swallow, it’s best to save oil-based for activities besides oral sex.

As long as you’re careful to avoid lubes with hazardous ingredients or possible allergens, you’ll be well on your way to having safe oral sex.