The sex toy market today is leaps and bounds better compared to the jelly and phalate filled options of yesteryear. Although the sex toy industry is one that is unregulated from a government standpoint, companies around the globe have taken notice and our producing more toys in quality, body safe materials. Below is a guide to some of the most popular materials found in today’s toys that are recommended as being the safest of options out there.
Silicone is one of if not the most popular material that makes up body safe sex toys. Being nonporous, hypoallergenic, and the ability to be completely sanitized makes it one of the safest materials used in manufacturing today. Coming in array of colors (never see through), as well as differing levels of firmness makes Silicone one of the most versatile materials as well. When it comes to using lubricant with silicone toy, I tend to stay away from silicon lubricants as there is a chance of reaction occurring. If you really prefer silicone lubricant spot test at the bottom of the base to observe if there is a reaction with the toy. Caring for a silicone toys is also easy with many options available for cleaning listed below:
- 10% Bleach solution
- Anitbacterial soap
- Top rack of dishwasher
- Toy cleaner
Glass toys come in nearly every shape imaginable and are usually comprised of Borosilicate glass, known better as Pyrex. These toys are very rigid and can withstand significant force so fear of breaking is minimal at most. Glass is also nonporous and also has the ability to be sterilized through boiling. Glass is a popular option when engaging in temperature play, with the ability to chill/heat the toy to reasonable levels for unique sensations. Other advantages include the ability to use with any lubricant of your choosing. Cleaning options mirror those of silicone.
Stainless steel is heavily used in the medical industry for many of the same qualities that people look for in a quality sex toy. Sharing many qualities with glass and silicone for its ability to be sanitized, and cleaned in a variety of ways. Stainless steel is nearly indestructible when cared for properly, and has the ability to be used for temperature play even more so then glass. As with glass the ability to use any variety of lubricant will be perfectly suited for a toy made of steel. One disadvantage to some may be the weight associated with steel toys, to others that may be seen as positive.
Many toys are comprised of ABS plastic, from bullet vibrators such as the Wevibe Tango, to many popular prostate stimulators such as those by Aneros. ABS is nonporous and Phalate free. ABS is popular is use many vibrators and often times make up the form of the toy in which the silicon covers. ABS can be cleaned with antibacterial soap, or a quality toy cleaner.
When purchasing a toy please be mindful of what the toy is comprised of. It may be tempting to buy a bright colorful jelly dildo for what seems like a bargain price, but the amount of chemicals and porosity of said toys are under no supervision or regulation. It is up to us as consumers to be educated on what we are putting in our bodies.