Walking into any of ourthree locations, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sex toys. However, you may notice that toys vary wildly in terms of price because of sex toy safety and quality.
All sex toysare not created equal. You will soon find that you get what you pay for!
Many dangerous sex toys fill the market, manufactured by companies using toxic materials to raise their profit margin.
Your sexual safety is up to you. Do your research, read the boxes, and know precisely what you’re looking for!
If you want to learn about sex toy safety, we have a lot to say on the matter!
The most important thing you need to learn first is that sex toys are made ofporous materials ornon-porous materials.
Porous materials such as TPE/TPR or jelly contain microscopic holes that will become a stronghold for bacteria, viruses, and dust. They’re also impossible to completely clean. Every time you use them, you’re putting yourself at risk for unpleasant things like urinary tract infections or yeast infections.
Non-Porous materials such as borosilicate glass (what Pyrex products are made of) or platinum-cured silicone have solid surfaces that contain no holes. Meaning your toys can be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between uses. It also means that they’re safe for anal use since there’s nowhere for fecal matter to hide!
This section is crucial, so read it closely! Again,not all sex toys are safe. There are no government regulations on the materials that go into sex toys, so some can cause some nasty, lifelong side effects!
Phthalates are a cheap family of chemicals added to all kinds of plastics to make them more flexible. They’re found in everyday items such as takeaway food containers; they have recently been banned in children’s toys becausestudies directly link them to autism.
This group of chemicals is popular in cheap sex toys; they can be easy to avoid!
Make sure the product packaging states “Phthalate-free” as a first precaution.
There is a lot to know about choosing a safe sex toy! But, we’re here to help keep things simple for you.
Thanks to recent sex positive trends hitting the adult toy market, many companies have stepped up to the plate to create safe and ethical toys.
While brand names tend to come with a higher price tag, they also usually have a warranty which means you can feel assured in the quality of your purchase.
They also usually practice ethical employment, meaning regardless of where the toy is manufactured, you know that slave labour isn’t used to please you.
These products are also high quality, have been designed by pleasure engineers, and will bebody-safe, which is the pivotal key.
You should be on the lookout for particular materials when you’re shopping for a sex toy. The most important rule of thumb isif the box doesn’t say what it is made out of, walk away.
Companies that use high-quality materials want to brag about it, so they’ll tell you right there!
Since these products are designed to feel life-like, they are seldom made out of non-porous materials. Fret not!
Many high-quality companies still use body-safe materials in their products. They just tend to have a shorter lifespan.
With Dildos - Look for dual or triple density TPE or TPR. Again they’re going to be porous, so put on a condom if you want them to have a long lifespan! Again, make sure these sayphthalate-free orbody-safe on the box!
With Masturbators - Different companies use different composite materials that vary widely. Look for specifically named materials like Fanta Flesh or Cyberskin.
We hope you feel more empowered to make body-safe sex toy choices now! Avoiding poor quality and toxic products can be easy when you know what to avoid.
Get out there, Get in there, and Get off there!
Elaine S. Turner
Sex Coach, Sexual Wellness Brand Consultant, and Sexuality Writer
5 min read
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