Sex Toys: Material Safety
By Ginger Leigh on March 01, 2010
Whether you are single or have been married for 20 years, it's no secret that sex toys can liven up your bed room routine. From vibrators to sex swings, adult toys can enhance you're already sizzling sex life, or liven up the snooze fest.
Now that we have established that, let's talk about sex toy materials. There is no government regulation when it comes to controlling what goes into that dildo that is hidden in your closet. As long as it gets slapped with a label that says "for novelty use only" anything goes. There is no need to be frightened or to boycott sex toys completely; simply make educated decisions before you up and buy the prettiest glittery dong on the shelf.
Always avoid phthalates! Phthalates are chemicals that are used to soften plastics. Scientists debate the potential dangers that they have on the human body, BUT phthalates have been banned in children’s' toys. I think that might be a sign. How do you know when a product contains phthalates? Smell: that strong plastic smell. Some people equate it to the scent of a marker. You may have smelled it in a new car or when you purchased a brand new set of plastic storage containers. Many women claim (including myself) that toys containing phthalates tend to cause irritation and infections after use. Not sexy.
The good stuff:
100% medical grade or platinum grade silicone - There are plenty of products made from true silicone on the market today. The benefits - phthalates free, hypoallergenic, nonporous (does not harbor bacteria) and can be sterilized (using a 10% bleach solution or boiling as long as no motor is present). Toys made from silicone are body safe and they last much longer than their cheaper counterparts. Another benefit - they warm to your body temperature. Make sure you use water based lubricant with silicone toys ONLY! Silicone based lube will break down your silicone toy.
Glass - Glass toys are also body safe. Glass is nonporous, hypoallergenic, phthalates free and easy to clean (just use soap and water). Glass sex toys are next to impossible to destroy. They are made from borosilicate (Pyrex), acrylic or Lucite. Borosilicate is tempered and therefore shatterproof. You can chip it, but you would have to work really hard at it. Glass is also great for temperature play - just place in warm or cool water for fun sensations. In addition to being incredibly satisfying, glass toys can serve as wonderful hand crafted pieces of art. If you don't have to worry about the kids finding it, place your glass sex toy on your night stand for sexy room decor.
Hard Plastic - Hard plastic is not as luxurious as the previously mentioned materials, but it is perfectly body friendly! If not cared for properly it can crack easily. The main benefit - there are tons of hard plastic bullets and other vibes that can get the job done on a budget. They are hypoallergenic, phthalates free, nonporous and easy to clean (soap and water).
Other body friendly sex toy materials that are worth checking out: wood (no, you don't have to worry about splinters), ceramic, aluminum and stainless steel.