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A (surprise) sexy product

Our sex columnist Tara says you can use this in the kitchen... and in the bedroom. Really.

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Family holidays are always interesting. And by interesting, I obviously mean that they usually consist of awkward events that leave you hoping the next family vacation isn’t until 2017.

This year, mine was no exception. On my family vacation I learnt about substitute lubricants... from my mother. Interesting, huh? Or you could just describe it as weird. Here’s how our conversation went:

Mum (frying my morning eggs in coconut oil): “Gosh, I just really love coconut oil. Don’t you, Tara?”

Tara: “Totally, I reall...”

Mum: “It’s great for everything. I cook with it and use it as a conditioner and a moisturiser. It also makes a wonderful lubricant, darling, you know, for sexual intercourse.”

Tara (squirts coffee out of nose): “MUM! Did you just say the word ‘lubricant’ to me?! It’s 7:45 am!”

Mum: “Well, it is. It’s so greasy. The trick is to feel like dessert not the main meal, that’s why coconut oil is the best.”

As I sat down to let my eggs, and mum’s revelation, digest, I couldn’t help but wonder if my mum was right. I’ve always hated how some of the conventional lubricants dried out quickly or felt gluey, and a natural alternative sounded like a great idea.

So, off I went on a coconut crusade. And with a little investigation, research and, of course, some vigorous testing, I can now confirm that my mother is right. Natural coconut oil makes a great lubricant. Seriously!

And here are seven legit reasons why:

1. It doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals

2. It has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties and can actually help with yeast infections

3. It won’t interfere with your natural flora downstairs

4. It doesn’t get sticky

5. It’s very moisturising

6. It will make, er, downstairs smell like a tropical island

7. It’s totally cost effective. A nice big jar will set you back around $9.

BUT WAIT! Before you race out to your nearest supermarket to pick up a tub, beware that you cannot use coconut oil when you’re also using latex condoms - it messes with the rubber. My top tip? It’s perfect for sexy massages and personal playtime.

Are you game to try it?