People use lubricants for many hundreds of years, but in its present form in which we know them, they appeared relatively recently. If you ever wondered what ancient people used as a lubricant, there are a few interesting answers to this question.

The most ancient and obvious lubricant – vegetable oil. In Ancient Greece olive oil was used for different purposes, including for sexual as lubricant. The first written mention of the use of olive oil as a lubricant dates back to 350 BC Greek philosopher Aristotle in one of his writings refers to the contraceptive capabilities of olive oil mixed with cedar oil, lead and incense. Of the Greek texts we know that women who used dildos made of leather, greased them with olive oil for better sliding.
The Romans used olive oil for sex and Masturbation, and as the Greeks tried to include contraceptives in an oil formula. Pliny, the great Roman thinker, offered to mix the olive oil, pigeon droppings, and wine. Olive oil has maintained its popularity as a lubricant to the 16th century, around the time the word "Dildo" and entered the vocabulary.

The use of lubricants is of course not limited to the West. In the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868) pair used a substance called Tororo-Jiru (slippery oil made from mashed yams) to ensure lubrication during sex. The Japanese used Tororo-Jiru as a way to facilitate sliding during use condoms from the intestines of the animal.
Today, Tororo-Jiru often known as a popular Japanese soup.
The Chinese, too, was at that time condoms from the intestines of animals, which they greased with vegetable oil.
In the article, "Medicinal uses of seaweed," explains that previously, people in China, Korea and Japan boiled red algae to produce thick, sticky liquid called carrageenan. This liquid was used as a sexual lubricant. Today, this substance is used as an additive in food and cosmetics, but in the past it was used as a moisturizer during sex. 

In 1899 the English chemist named Frederick Kipping opened a special polymer, this was the birth of lubricants based on silicone and synthetic rubber. So fans of greases based on silicone, I have to say thanks to Kipping for his discovery.

As you might expect, people in socially conservative societies were less likely to use lubricant. In the 19th century, some gynecologists prescribe pelvic massage for women who can't produce enough natural lubrication. The doctor massaged the woman's clitoris until she experienced orgasm, and at that moment she was cured.


Lubricant produced on an industrial scale it was not until the early 20th century. The first commercially made lubricant had been KY Jelly, which was published in 1904 as a surgical lubricant. 
In 1933, Robert Chesbro invented petroleum jelly (brand name Vaseline), which has since been used as a lubricant, especially for circumcised men and for use during anal sex. But vaseline can damage latex and cause irritation on the skin.
The sexual revolution of 60th years made lubricants more socially acceptable. Since the 90's and currently on the market are hundreds of lubricants that meet the needs of different types of users.

Modern sex toys for adults provided us with some modern necessities, such as condoms, vibrators. Of course, no good conversation about sex toys is complete without the mention of sexual lubrication. Today's market offers an exciting variety of lubricants: water-based, oil, silicone, stimulating, hydrating, warming, cooling, natural, organic, synthetic, good, flavored, condoms for anal sex, vaginal, oral... These luxuries are unique to modern times. Our ancestors did not have access to a wide range of lubricants. We have lots of ways to improve or diversify their sexual life, and it pleases!