Sex Toy Materials-Snake Oils in Sexy Packaging?

Not All Sex Toys Are Created Equally

In your search for the perfect sex toy, you may have come across
warnings about elusive sex toy materials, in particular phthalates. In
2006, Greenpeace Netherlands and UK started a huge debate and phthalate
scare among consumers, retailers and manufacturers of sex toy products
by calling on the European Union to ban all phthalates in sex toys.
Phthalates are a chemical compound often called “plasticizers” that are
used as softening agents for hard plastics, including sex toys or
“adult novelties”.

Phthalates are normally used in jelly or latex sex toys and may be
labeled “rubber jelly”, “latex rubber”, or “crystal-something”. They
can be identified by their chemical odor, soft pliable nature, and
sometimes gooey, gasing-off or oozing of a slick oil-like substance.
This is not lubricant. Many manufacturers will scent their jelly
products to hide the unpleasant chemical odor these toys often have.

Phthalates are classified as “probable human carcinogens” and have
been banned by Health Canada for use in children’s and pet’s toys, but
regrettably not sex toys. In one study it was found that they, “can
cause liver, kidney and testicular damage” in lab rats.

Hans Ulrich Krieg, a German researcher found that no-less-than 10
dangerous chemicals “gassed-out” of sex toys. Although there hasn’t
been any comprehensive human testing, researchers suspect that these
chemicals can “leech-off” into the body, causing body burdens that can
lead to cancer as well as damage the reproductive system and
potentially cause sexual developmental abnormalities. To date there is
no conclusive information about what effects phthalates may have on our
bodies, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Most retailers will
strongly recommend the use of condoms with any of these type products
to reduce your contact with its ingredients.

Some companies, such as Doc Johnson, are now removing the use of
phthates from their sex toy materials, using labels like
“phthalate-free”. Other companies have never used phthalates such as
Tantus, Fun Factory, and Vibratex, using medical-grade silicone
instead. Cyberskin by Topco is also phthalate free and approved by the
FDA.

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