Cornstarch, water, and pleasure

It was just earlier when I had the unfortunate event of running out of lube. The solution seems easy–go out and buy one from 7-11, other convenience stores, or the pharmacy of course! But for someone who’s broke and doesn’t wanna go out in today’s grey and wet weather, a girl’s gotta improvise! Besides, Mercury Drug ran out of the Bliss Classic lube I normally use (you don’t say..) and all they had left was the “Fire” variant. Let’s just say the reviews I have read about it are less than stellar.

So off I go to this day and age’s source of not always accurate, but at the very least entertaining information: the Internet. After looking far and wide for homemade lube recipes (which included a suggestion on using egg whites), I happened to see these pages suggesting a cornstarch+water mix. After the boyfriend’s further “research” on people’s testimonies regarding the concoction, I set off to make my own cornstarch lube; an interesting way to spend an otherwise dull Thursday afternoon.

Here are the steps:

a.) In a bowl (or maybe in the cup itself), mix 2 heaping teaspoons of cornstarch with one cup of water. You can change this mixture accordingly. The pages I went to indicated 4 teaspoons but after my 1st batch turned out to be a gooey paste that looked like spoiled porridge, I opted to put in less cornstarch. It’s all in your discretion though, the basic rule is: more cornstarch=thicker lube, and less cornstarch=slicker lube (tip from the boyfriend).

Batch 1: FAIL. This is how the lube looked like even after straining. And I even put lavender oil on it.

b.) Transfer the mixture to a pan/pot (I used a glass one, I’m not sure if metal really wouldn’t be ok) and bring to a boil while constantly stirring. Yes, the instructions I read didn’t mention that you need to stir the thing like there’s no tomorrow or otherwise, lumps will form and you will have to filter it out later. Check the consistency while stirring and once you already achieve the desired slickness/thickness, remove from the stove while continuing to stir. I didn’t take chances, after all, the residual heat might still be able to form lumps.

Batch 2 turned out to be so much better. It’s either the reduced cornstarch or the fact that it was Ate Sanie who stirred and boiled it.

c.) Set it aside to cool down. Read: In room temperature, do not refrigerate! I was still stirring mine at this point from time to time, just to check on any changes in consistency and to make sure it’s all clean. After all, it is lube and will be used on (ehem) intimate areas.

There you have it! I added a few drops of mango scent oil into mine for that zesty twist though I don’t know if I can recommend the same for everyone (Ate Sanie, our helper, was warning me on putting stuff into something I’ll use down there). The mixture itself is odorless so if you’re already fine with that, it should be good to go. Put in an airtight container or a tube dispenser if you have one. Just make sure it’ll stay clean and keep it at room temperature. I’ll try it in a couple of hours and let you know how it is. This is gonna be one interesting experiment!

Update: It was indeed an interesting experiment! I tried using the lube I made for dilation just a few minutes ago and it did work out how lubes should. However, when I opened the container I put it in, it seemed like the mixture eventually still formed lumps; it turned more into a jelly-like substance than the viscuous liquid it looked like hours ago. It does pass for lube but think of it this way; it’s like comparing browsing the Internet through your phone with browsing through your laptop. It sure does the job but lubes well made for the purpose are way ahead of it. If anything, what I liked the most with my lube was the mango scent it had. It really gives that kick and leaves the yummy scent well in “those areas.” I highly suggest scented lubes now.

12 responses to “Cornstarch, water, and pleasure

  1. Thanks TAM for sharing this recipe,

    I have prepared the same by adding few drops of honey and stored in a plastic bottle as my partner is out of city.

    Could you further please let me know for how many days, this lube can be stored ?

    Please reply must or email me at

    • Thanks for reading my blog Sameena! 🙂 As to how many days the lube can be stored, from experience, it’s only good for around 2-3 days after which it starts to become jelly-like and less suitable to be used as a lube. Definitely something that’s only good ‘fresh’ :p

      • what happened, if i stored in a bottled and apply tape on the whole bottle.

        If a made thin lube then is their any possibility that i may use for some long time !!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the advise on this, I’ll be sure to give it a go, however I would like to add that I think adding honey is not a good idea as honey contains sugar and I remember reading somewhere that lubricants containing sugar are not good for you in some way (although can’t remember where i read this, and in what way they are bad) however its worth noting that since the corn-starch lube contains water and unless the water has been sterilised or had a preservative added to it I wouldn’t use it beyond 2-3 days anyway regardless of its thickness.

  3. I recommend making the lube for immediate use and never keep the extra. For easier crafting, you can also make it in your microwave. Put a couple teaspoons of cornstarch in a tea cup and add some water, stir it and put it 20 seconds in the microwave oven. Then stir again until it’s homogenous again and give it a 5-10 second run. Do it again and after a few tries it will have the right thickness.

  4. It thickens up on you, because you cooked it to the consistency you’d be using it as after it cools down. Rule of thumb with sauces.. they thicken when they cool. Try the spoon test.. dip a spoon, then when you can wipe a line across the back of it with your finger, and the line stays there.. your sauce is ready. If it flows back like water.. it’s not.

  5. And the reason it goes lumpy.. you need to use a whisk, and make sure you mix it in cold water first, and then add it to hot water.

  6. I made this and it worked fine initially, it was odorless and cleaned up really easy. But after a few days the mixture started having a foul, sickening smell similar to curdled milk. It looked the same and still worked as a lube but it seemed less slick and it just stunk. The smell was hard to get off of skin without a shower. I’m not sure what caused this, it’s unusual. I kept it airtight, but I think it might’ve gone bad after a temperature drop in the place I stored it, down to maybe 50-60 F for several hours.

    • Use Distilled water. Then you can store it and use it later. Do not add anything to it if you plan on storing it. The stuff will turn into a jelly. Just microwave for one minute and stir. I use this in my Fleshlight and it works great. You can fill the Fleshlight with corn starch lube and then put water based non glycerine lube on you skin. Then it’s a party!

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