After diving into the unknown, i’ve learned quickly how misinformed the average consumer is when it comes to adult toys, and the materials they are made of. Not only that, but they are misinformed about the value of buying directly from the manufacturer or there affiliates, as opposed to a 3rd party site (amazon, ebay, etc) With my newly acquired knowledge, I am going to run down the basics of what to avoid, and what to look for when buying a toy. (Ranked from safest to least safe)
**Be sure to warm your toy slowly to prevent cracking**
Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) &
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
TPR & TPE are lightweight and affordable compared to there silicone counterparts. They are flexible and resemble jelly but are phthalate free. TPR is porous so it is not recommended for sharing unless used in conjunction with a condom. They cannot be disinfected in boiling water and can have a subtle to noticeable odor and taste. They can be used with silicone or water based lubricants.
Superskin or Cyberskin
PVC (aka Jelly)
Tips on spotting toys
- Smell is a dead give away in most cases. If you open your toy and immediately notice an aroma, thats the chemicals releasing gases into the air and most times the smell won’t go away even after washing.
- Can you see through it? Well then most likely it is toxic. Some see through dildo’s are safe (i.e silicone or glass obviously) but most are not. TPR and TPE can also be used to make see through dildos and are safer in terms of not containing harmful chemicals, but are not non-porous.
- Lastly, you guessed it, you get what you pay for. Cheaper dildos to buy, mean they were cheaper to make. I have also found that most toys manufactured in China are almost always made with “Jelly” which is a huge red flag word when it comes to buying toys.