All the lubricants on the market -- even the ones at health food stores -- contain nasty chemicals that you don't want on your skin, much less on sensitive areas like a penis or vagina. So my wife and I recently started using coconut oil (organic extra virgin -- nothing but the best!)
It works great! My wife has a tendency to get yeast infections but hasn't got one since we started using coconut oil -- maybe because coconut oil has anti-fungal properties.
Anyway, that's our experience. Your mileage may vary of course!
Actually, the finest coconut oil costs far less than a lubricant you buy at Whole Foods. A small tube of lubricant costs about 5 bucks and contains about 1.5 oz. of product. That's over $3.00 an ounce.
A quart (32 oz.) of Tropical Traditions' finest certified organic virgin coconut oil costs $25.00 -- less than $1.00 an ounce.
If you buy the organic expeller pressed coconut oil (still very pure and much healthier and safer than the lube you buy in stores), it's $18.00 a quart. That's only 50 cents an ounce -- one-sixth the price of the lubricant.
Plus, we've saved money by not having to buy antifungal medication for over a year!
Coconut oil is an excellent choice for a lubricant and massage oil. It should not, however, be used with latex condoms, as it is not water soluble. If using condoms, there are some good water based products on the market but a lot of them cannot be ingested. Pure aloe vera gel is a good option, but it needs to be reapplied frequently since it dries out.
I think they suggest water-soluble lubricants because the alternative is presumed to be petroleum jelly which, as I mentioned, would eat through the latex. I don't think vegetable oils are on their radar screen!
In our experience of well over a year using coconut oil with condoms, it has worked fine. No failures. I don't think there's any reason for concern whatsoever.
We have been using Albolene for years. It tends to remain effective, i.e. slippery, but not greasy like Vaseline. Since I have had a vasectomy, we have no use for condoms and never did like them . Since Albolene is semi-solid when coming out of the jar it is easy to handle but has melts at body temperature. Also, it's easy to clean up.