There are a surprising number of options to choose from in the world of personal lubrication. Mineral oil is a popular option. Oil-based lubricants offer many advantages over their water-based counterparts, but are not ideal for every intimate situation.
Mineral oil is particularly useful as massage oil. It is thin, so not greasy; yet, because it is not easily absorbed through the skin, it lasts through sustained rubbing. Special mineral oils are made for massages featuring special scents, colors and chilling and heating effects.
Be careful about the type of oil you use and where. Certain mineral oils are too abrasive or have other chemical reactions that make it unsafe to use on particular body parts. To observe mineral oil's effect, put a little on a small area of your calf or thigh. If it becomes irritated, discontinue use.
Many types of mineral oil can break down the latex and other compounds used to make condoms, diaphragms and other birth control devices. This will negate the safety benefits of the condom. If you are going to use any type of prophylactic, instead use a water-based lubricant.
Mineral oil may cause damage to sex toys and other items. Generally, items made of glass or hard plastic are safe to use with oil, but rubber, latex and soft plastic will break down with exposure to the lubricant.
Oil-based lubricants can cause permanent staining in some fabrics. Be careful while applying it so you don't get it on anything too valuable. Cleaning mineral oil off the body may require lots of soap, since it is not water soluble. Cleaning all mineral residues away after use is essential. Prolonged exposure to certain types of mineral oil can cause dermatological problems.