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Shea Butter Thread
  • I've seen numerous posts on here about the use of 100% unrefined Shea Butter as a lubricant and thought I might make a thread to discuss its use.

    Although this is not its intended use, does anyone have any research or information to support whether Shea Butter is safe or unsafe as an anal lubricant? I've researched just about every over-the-counter lube you can buy and they all seem to have their flaws in terms of being damaging or unhealthy.

    Shea butter could be the be all end all but I cannot find any evidence to support this.

    Edit: It's articles like this...

    Lubricants may increase disease risk of anal sex, studies show | Booster Shots | Los Angeles Times

    ...that have increased my research into alternative lubricants. I wonder if any of these studies are actually true or not.
  • rookrook
    Posts: 1,603
    Good link to info that expands on what many of us know about using excellent vaginal lubes in our rectums.

    I expect Badger will chime in with a link to the Johns Hopkins |CATIE study done in 2007. For your continued research, here's a Google search term that has a multitude of web sites on the subject. Search google for "johns hopkins anal lubricant study"

    helped shape a comprehensive thread on Shea Butter lubes and recipes for several compounded variations. Check it out at: -- http://www.aneros.com/forum/f5/unrefined-shea-butter-how-much-12757/ -- . It might be well to consolidate future Shea Butter posts on that thread.

    Late Edit... Re: Safety of Shea Butter -- no one here is going to say that it's "safe" however, many of us seem to have few issues with it. Obviously though it's an unwise choice for anyone with an allergy to tree nuts.
  • Love_isLove_is
    Posts: 1,672
    Thanks for posting Valhalla41. :)

    I agree that in that article it is disturbing what they are saying about how certain lubes effect the health of the interior of the rectum. As far as I know of, and I believe I'm quoting something Rumel said in the forums here before (Please correct me if I'm wrong), no one really knows what the long term health effects of lubricant in the rectum and anus does. At least until this article. Personally I'm not surprised that Astroglide was the worst. That was the first lube I used for Aneros usage. And it not only gave me the "urge to purge" symptom from the glycerin component in it, but it also made the inner anal sphincter painfully burn. Hence my search for a better lube after that. Which as most people in the forum that have read my posts, know I use 100% unrefined shea butter.

    The use of 100% unrefined Shea butter was what sent me up the next step in my progress such that insertion, movement, and extraction of the Aneros was painless and I could start to enjoy the sensations even more. In addition to not having to re-lube during a long session. While I haven't done any searching for any research about the safety of 100% unrefined shea butter as anal lube. The general rule of thumb that a number of us have agreed upon before, is that if it is safe to eat, then it is likely safe to use as anal lube. The idea being that the lining of the rectum absorbs whatever is put up there. So you might as well put something up there that is non-toxic and safe to eat. Shea butter falls under the category of "vegetable oil". Technically a nut tree oil. There are other users here who have experimented successfully with other vegetable oils such as coconut, grape seed, and I believe extra virgin olive oil if I'm remembering correctly. This to me from a logic point of view seems the safest. I've even heard of women interested in better health use coconut oil for vaginal lube with no problems.

    So that being said, I agree with Rook that it would make sense to keep these discussions all in the same thread so they are easy to find. Please reference the link in Rook's post above. Thank you. :)

    Love_is
  • you ain't gonna get an STI from a clean aneros
    ... receptive butt fuckin' is another matter

    - rip
  • My apologies for the duplicate thread but I do appreciate the responses. Perhaps a moderator can combine the two threads?
  • Badger
    Posts: 647
    [QUOTE=rook;102897]I expect Badger will chime in with a link to the Johns Hopkins |CATIE study done in 2007. For your continued research, here's a Google search term that has a multitude of web sites on the subject. Search google for "johns hopkins anal lubricant study"

    No need to, rook, since you beat me to it. I read the article on anal lubes, and it only listed five; does anybody know what the sixth one was?

    I had minimal luck looking up the Johns Hopkins study, except for an ongoing study on HIV and lube safety; that one won't apply to me, though. But it's late, and I need to get to bed.