One of the things that can be misunderstood or confusing is what the toy’s they are looking at are made of, and what that mean for them.

Basic Sex Toy Rules:

If you don’t know the material of your toy or can’t remember what’s safe for it:

  • Use an Antibacterial Toy Cleaner from a Sex store. It is worth the investment. Easier than finding a clear colour-free antibacterial hand soap, and won’t get stuck in the pores of porous materials like soap can.
  • NEVER use dishsoap
  • Use a water based lube
  • Don’t use a lubricated condom on toys when you think they may be silicone as some lubricated condoms use silicone lube

 

Jelly:

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This is a material that is very commonly found in women’s vibrators

Pros:

  • Soft, Squishy, Semi-lifelike feel
  • Low priced
  • Comes in variety of vibrant colours
  • Can be used with any lube

Cons:

  • Porous: This means it is more likely to keep bacteria, and retain parts of any liquid it comes into contact with.
  • Should only be used for a maximum of 6 months due to its porous nature
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • May contain phthalates – But many companies now advertise there Jelly toys as Phthalate-free

Phthalates (pronounced THA-lates) are a group of chemicals that can make products (usually plastics) softer and more flexible. They are sometimes called plasticizers, but many other chemicals are also called plasticizers.

Phthalates are used in a range of products, including:

  • polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, which is a specific type of plastic used in some products, such as shower curtains
  • medical plastics, such as PVC IV bags and tubes
  • children’s toys and supplies
  • cosmetics, such as nail polish and perfumes

The Canadian Cancer Society is most concerned about phthalates in certain medical supplies and in children’s toys and supplies

Click here to learn more

 

Silicone:

100% Pure Silicone is what I am referring to here. Check the packaging of your product. If it is truly pure silicone they will be sure to let you know.

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This is my FAVOURITE toy I have ever seen. I will make a post about it in the future, but for now, here is an example of a silicone toy.

Pros:

  • HYPOALLERGENIC
  • Non-Porous Material
  • Phthalate-free
  • Lasts VERY long with proper care (Cleaning with antibacterial toy cleaner, and storing separate from other silicone products.)
  • Soft feel, feels pleasing to the touch (Like a velvety feel)
  • Semi-Squishy

Cons:

  • Must be used with a water based or hybrid lube (be cautious with hybrids, some are not safe for silicone. If you can go into a store and talk with an employee, or use an online resource to find a silicone safe hybrid go for it.) Examples of safe hybrid lubes are: Sliquid Naturals Silk, Wet® Synergy™ DO NOT USE A SILICONE BASED LUBE WITH A SILICONE TOY
  • More pricey (I think it’s worth it, that’s me though #NOSHAME)
  • Harder material than Jelly (Pro and con)

 

“Is your Sliquid Naturals Silk lubricant safe to use with silicone or ABS plastic toys as it contains around 12% silicone ? Its always mentioned not to use silicone based lubricant with silicone toys, but yours is a water-base. I just wanted to be sure. Thanks for your answer.”

Sliquid Answers…

We have found that Silk is safe with many of the high end silicone toys. We always suggest testing on the base of the toy first, and cleaning the toy ASAP after, to insure there is no damage to your toy.

Can Wet® Synergy™ be used with silicone toys?

Wet® Synergy™ has been tested on various qualities of silicone toys without any adverse effects. To be sure, we recommend conducting a small patch test on your toys prior to use to determine if there is any risk of the silicone in Wet® Synergy™ reacting to the silicone content in your favorite toy. As with any formula, we recommend washing your toys immediately after play.
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I’ll go into lubes later… I’m getting off topic.

Cyberskin / UR3

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Cyberskin looks and feels about as close to real skin as you can get without having the real thing. This was first used for men’s toys. I believe this to be one of the best materials for male masturbation toys, and for packers.

Recently cyberskin made it to the world of womens toys. Lets talk.

Women are generally more likely to get UTI’s and we can get yeast infections. This is why I tend to prefer silicone as the material of choice for womens toys. If you have no history of UTI’s, or any bacterial infection and are aching for a real feel, go for it ladies.

Tips: (Before I move on to my Pro’s and Con’s list)

  • Use an antibacterial toy cleaner to clean your UR3/Cyberskin toy. Rinse off thoroughly. Using soap is much harder to get out of a porous material and will refoam up if it’s not completely rinsed off when lube or natural body fluid hits it. Toy cleaners are specially made so that they easily rinse off and out of porous materials and do not reactivate as easily.
  • Never use alcohol on UR3
  • Once your toy is air dried, Place in cyberskin powder or cornstarch to bring back the softness of it.

Pros:

  • Real look and feel
  • Warms up to body temperature easily

Cons:

  • Is semi fragile, you don’t want to go to fast.
  • Porous
  • Doesn’t last long
  • The softer the material, the less vibration carries throughout it
  • More work after use than most toys

Glass

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Pros:

  • Easy to clean (Can be cleaned by boiling, or using toy cleaner)
  • Solid, smooth
  • Transfers vibration extremely well throughout dildo
  • Can be very discreet
  • Does not break easily (An inch of Pyrex Glass can last 3000 pounds of pressure)
  • Can be used for lifetime
  • Can be cooled in fridge, or warmed in hot water before use
  • Holds temperature well

Cons:

  • Solid (Hey some people really need soft)
  • Check for any chips before use (if dropped it is more likely to chip than shatter)
  • Does not absorb body heat quick.
  • Heavy

 

Ceramic

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Ceramic Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Transfers vibrations easily and thoroughly
  • Some ceramic toys have a plug at the bottom so you can fill it with very warm or cold water. Great for temperate setting
  • Hard material so wont change shape
  • Non porous material
  • Colourful

Cons:

  • Hard material, no softness
  • Breaks easier than glass or metal

Metal

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Aluminum

Pros:

  • Some aluminum toys have heating function
  • Transfers vibration easily
  • Non porous

Cons:

  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Doesn’t hold temperature as well as better metals
  • Doesn’t look very good
  • Breaks easily

 

stainless steel

Stainless steel

Pros:

  • Non porous
  • Easy to clean, Can be boiled to clean, or toy cleaner
  • Lifetime toy
  • Transfers vibration well
  • Strong material, won’t break or flex
  • Looks good
  • Can be put in warm or cold water to take on temperature
  • Holds temperate well

Cons:

  • Solid, no squish
  • Heavy