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Adulttoymegastore's sex toy material guide
By Kacey Willers 6 months ago. Posted in Sex Toy Guides
Adulttoymegastore's sex toy material guide

Have you ever wondered what your sex toys are made of and which materials are best?

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about sex toy materials, which will help you to make the best possible choice when buying sex toys, because not all sex toy materials are created equal!

Why should I care about what my sex toys are made of?

When purchasing a sex toy, few people realise that safety should actually be one of the most important things to consider when making their selection.

It's not all about the size, vibration strength, and functions. There's also a wide variety of materials to take into consideration, because unfortunately not all materials are safe to put inside your body.

Materials are extremely important as what feels good for one person won't feel so hot for another, some people have allergies, and others are eager to avoid phthalates.

Whatever your reasons are for being interested in a certain sex toy material, or you had no idea the material was important, this guide will help you find the perfect material sex toy for you.

Chemical Composition

When purchasing sex toys, a lot of people assume that the materials in the product are completely body safe.

Unfortunately, this isn't always the case as often cheaper brands have chemicals added to the product to change the feel and flexibility.

Even if a product is listed as a particular material, it is important to look beyond that at the chemical composition, as in some extreme cases some chemicals can cause itching, burning, rash and tissue damage to those who are extra sensitive.

One common chemical that you need to be way of is phthalates which are a class of chemical plasticizers that are frequently added to the plastics to increase their flexibility which results in a softer, squishier feel to the toy material.

Phthalates is a controversial issue amongst regulation agencies around the world as it has been linked to neurological and reproductive issues.

Unfortunately, no regulations have been put forward in the sex toy industry, making it vital to check materials before purchase.

PVC and TPR will often contain phthalates so make sure to keep an eye out!

The Porosity

The porosity of a material describes how porous or absorbent a particular material is, which ultimately determines how hygienic the product is.

The more porous the material of a toy is, the more nooks and crannies there are for bacteria to hide, live and thrive in.

A non-porous toy has a smooth, impermeable surface, like stainless steel, and does not retain and harbor bacteria in its surface.

Many non-porous toys can be sterilized by boiling them in water or running them through the dishwasher, whereas porous toys cannot, so porous sex toys should always be used with a condom.

Silicone Silicone is a non-porous plastic compound similar to rubber in terms of its flexibility but silicone has a much softer and more like life feel that is able to warm quickly to body temperature and hold that temperature for an extensive period of time.

Silicone is also of much higher quality then rubber, and is classified as one of the safest sex toy materials available.

Many companies are turning to silicone as their main material choice as it's easy to clean, feels fantastic and lasts a long time.

Quality silicone is 100% medical grade silicone, hypo-allergenic, non-porous, phthalate free, hypoallergenic, and is able to be sterilized in temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius.

It's important to note that not all silicone will be 100% medical grade, some will still contain harmful additives.

Basically, the quality will be reflected in the price and the brand you go for. If you are concerned when making your purchase we recommend you go for trusty brands such as Lelo, JimmyJane, Rocks Off and Tantus.

The general rule of thumb when it comes to silicone products is not to use them with silicone lubricant, as this can lead to a nasty chemical reaction and end up with a breakdown of your toy. To be safe opt for a water based lubricant.

Silicone Sex Toy Qualities:

  • Compatible with: Water-based lubricants only
  • Feel: Smooth and beautifully shaped
  • Smell: Odourless
  • Taste: Tasteless
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    $499.95
    $269.95
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    Butt Quiver
    $61.95
    $50.95

ABS Plastic

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is non-porous hard plastic is used by a lot of manufacturers to create quality vibrators and massagers as it is able to transfer vibrations extremely well and allows clear, direct stimulation.

ABS plastic is phthalates free and is extremely hygienic as it can easily be cleaned with soap and water. ABS may sometimes grab the skin, so often is given a smooth rubber based or polyurethane coating which is then referred to as having a 'velvet touch'.

ABS Plastic Sex Toy Qualities:

Glass

Glass sex toys are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility and beautiful appearance.

Majority of glass toys are made of borosilicate glass, which is inflexible, non-porous, and can be easily sterilized.

Glass holds temperature extremely well making glass products awesome for temperature play. Either heat it up or cool it down depending on your personal preference and your pleasure will be enhanced in seconds!

Borosilicate glass is also less dense than regular glass so is more resistant to breaking or shattering so will not shatter, chip or splinter if dropped.

Glass is a breeze to clean, either use soap with hot water or pop it through the dishwasher for an easy clean!

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Glass Sex Toy Qualities:

  • Compatible with: All lubricant types
  • Feel: Smooth and rigid
  • Smell: Odourless
  • Taste: Tasteless
    Icicles No 2
    $51.95
    $27.95
    ICICLES NO 27
    $64.95
    $52.95

PVC Plastic & Vinyl

PVC is a soft, rubbery material frequently made using a combination of Polyvinyl Chloride or polyurethane and a number of other chemicals.

It has no standardized list of ingredients and the cheaper products are known to contain phthalates and other risky chemicals as the addition of these plasticizers make the plastic softer and more flexible.

However, there are newer toys being released which are made of PVC that do not contain phthalates making them a lot safer. Similar to silicone, the quality of these sex toys will be reflected in the price, and generally high end toys will state whether they are phthalate free.

PVC is a fairly porous material so after use will need to be cleaned thoroughly with warm water and toy cleaner, to ensure hygiene.

PVC Plastic & Vinyl Sex Toy Qualities:

TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer

TPE is similar to thermoplastic rubber jelly in softness, yet the elastomer is a lesser health risk and better quality as the elastomer compound does not include phthalates.

Elastomers start out soft and have product added to make them hard. The product is then removed by suction so there are no residual hardeners.

Many life-like feel toys are made of this material, such as male masturbators. This is an incredibly soft and realistic material. Non-allergenic, latex free and retains heat well.

Simply clean with warm water, do not use soap, and allow time for it to dry completely before storing. To keep the toy soft sprinkle with a small amount of corn starch and shake off the excess.

Use only with a water based lubricant otherwise the toy will become tacky.

TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer Sex Toy Qualities:

TPR Thermoplastic Rubber

Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) is a mixture of PVC and rubber resulting in a soft jelly-like look and feel and is the official name for jelly toys.

This one of the cheapest materials for manufacturing products and can be shaped and coloured to almost any form making this a popular choice for vibrators and dildos.

Phthalates are often added to make the TPR more flexible but there are now many types available that don't contain this ingredient so make sure you look out for 'phthalate free jelly' as it can be a health risk.

TPR Thermoplastic Rubber Sex Toy Qualities:

Always go for quality

High quality sex toys are the safest to use, but with quality comes cost and we realise not everyone is willing to spend large amounts of money on sex toys.

If you do opt for a cheaper sex toy, we recommend using a condom with it, and that you thoroughly clean the toy before and after use. We also recommend replacing these toys more frequently as the material is likely to degrade over time and become porous.

If you're ever unsure of what one of our sex toys are made of, please get in touch with our customer service team and we'll happily help you out!

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