IS YOUR SEX TOY SAFE?
Toxic. Non-porous. Body-safe. Skin-safe. Non-toxic: these are all terms you will see used to define sex toys materials. I know that can be very confusing sometimes. Here, we view masturbation as part of a holistically healthy life, therefore selling body-safe sex toys is non-negotiable; so, today, I’m going to explain to you why choosing the right material is so important and what to look out for.
WHY KNOWING YOUR SEX TOY IS SO IMPORTANT?
Did you know not all sex toys were produced equal? Only high-quality sex toys made out of medical or food-grade material are non-porous, hypoallergenic and safe for intimate contact.
However, many lower-quality sex toys are made out of toxic materials that were never meant to be used on or in our bodies. Using these toys could cause side effects like burns, rashes, blistering skin, carcinogen exposure, allergic reactions and bacterial infections... just to name a few.
“Without comprehensive education about the materials that are going on or inside our bodies, we can’t make informed decisions about our sexual lives” says Sarah Brynn Holliday, an activist and queer sex educator.
AVOID CHEAP JELLY AND PVC
Although there is not scientific literature analysing the body safety of various sex toy materials, there are some materials that consumers may choose to avoid: studies have found some jelly and PVC toys contain added toxic chemicals called phthalates. And so you know, phthalates suck- they can leak out of toys and affect the hormone balance of your body and your reproductive functions.
GO FOR SILICONE AND/OR ABS PLASTIC
Silicone toys are body-safe, easy to clean and offer opportunities for temperature play but they often are much more expensive than non-silicone sex toys.
However, you should be careful about cheaper toys that are made of silicone, as the silicone may be of a lower quality and not 100% body-safe as other materials may be mixed in with the silicone. The only alternative we could recommend you is ABS Plastic which is completely safe and is a common material used in cheaper toys that want to avoid toxic materials. The one downside is that it tends to be hard and inflexible, not always making for the most pleasurable experience so we encourage you to add some lubricant.
As an other option, you can find toys that are made of metal, wood, and glass. These are less common but super safe.
Sex toys are awesome to add to your own solo play or to use with a partner. So make a choice that will enhance your pleasure without causing you any pain or injury in the process.