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).
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.
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.