After immersing myself in the unknown, I rapidly discovered how misinformed the average customer is about adult toys and the materials they are produced from. Not only that, but they are misinformed about the importance of purchasing straight from the maker or subsidiaries there, as opposed to a third party site (amazon, ebay, etc.) With my freshly gained understanding, I will write down the basics of what to prevent and what to look for when purchasing a toy. (From the safest to the safest)
1. We got Silicone first. It is a 100% medical and non-porous grade. They are free from phthalates and latex, hypoallergenic, odorless and far superior to any other material in general. Unlike glass or metal, they are flexible and can be easily cleaned, boiled or in the dishwasher with a toy cleaner. When using a silicone toy, you want to use a water-based lubricant to avoid breaking down the compounds in the fabric. Try warming your toy in warm water before using for some added fun.
Some toys are produced of pyrex or borosilicate glass. They are not flexible unlike silicone, so be careful to use this toy with a harness and go slow. It’s non-porous and readily sterilized, it comes in a multitude of forms, sizes and colors so you can discover one that fits your style fairly much. Glass is the best temperature play material, just throw it into the freezer or hot water and experience new sensations.
** Please warm up your toy gently to avoid cracking **
toys are tough, soft and tend to be heavier than other toys. They’re non-porous and simple to wash like glass and silicone. They can also be used for temperature play, and in gold and silver you can even find them. As far as using a harness with this toy is concerned, the same suggestion applies to metal, they are unforgiving so you want to create sure that your partner is comfortable using this toy.
Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) &
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
TPR & TPE are lightweight and affordable compared to there silicone counterparts. They are flexible, jelly-like, but free of phthalates. TPR is porous, so unless used in conjunction with a condom, sharing is not suggested. In boiling water, they can not be disinfected and can have a subtle to noticeable smell and taste. They can be used with lubricants based on silicone or water.
Superskin or Cyberskin
Superskin maintains good heat and has a soft and smooth texture that is realistic. This is more porous than TPR or TPE to avoid sharing it. Before storing, rinse the toy in hot water and dry. DO NOT CLEAN SOAP IT! Instead, use a dash of isopropyl alcohol and sprinkle some maize starch when dry to keep the feeling soft. Water should be the lubricant used with this material.
PVC (aka Jelly)
PVC is a smooth, rubbery material often produced using a polyurethane mixture and a number of other chemicals. Chemicals such as phthalate are known to contain PVC. This chemical leaks out slowly and in serious instances can trigger chemical burns. It is highly porous, so keep in mind cleaning your toy after use and do not share your toy without using a condom. Some newer variants of PVC do not contain phthalates, but suppose it includes phthalates unless you are 100% sure the vendor is reliable. You should also be conscious that they can bear a heavy smell.
Tips on spotting toys
- Smell is a dead gift. If you open your toy and notice an aroma instantly, that means the chemicals releasing gasses into the air and most of the time, even after washing, the smell will not go away.
- Can you see this through? Well then it’s probably poisonous. Some see dildo’s are safe (i.e., of course, silicone or glass) but most don’t. TPR and TPE can also be used to create dildos see and are safer not to contain damaging chemicals, but not non-porous.
- Finally, you guessed that, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Buying cheaper dildos means they’ve been cheaper to create. I also discovered that most toys produced in China are almost always produced with “Jelly,” a enormous red flag word when it comes to the purchase of toys.