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All what you need to know about What Sex toys Made all materials in details

All what you need to know about What Sex toys Made all materials in details

Many sex toys—especially inexpensive “adult novelties” found at traditional adult bookstores—are made of some kind of rubber, vinyl, or softened PVC (polyvinyl chloride, plus softening agents known as phthalates). These toys are cheap to produce and thus often very affordable.

dildos, vibrators, butt plugs, cock rings, penis sleeves, and other toys made of these materials come in a wide variety of styles, from super-realistic flesh-toned dildos to colorful and glittery vibrators. In recent years, there has been some serious debate about the safety of these toys, because they contain chemicals known as phthalates (see sidebar on page 44). However, companies are developing soft plastics without these chemicals, so if this is a concern for you, look for toys marked “phthalate-free.” The biggest pro of soft PVC, rubber, and rubberlike materials is their price point, so if you want to try something without spending a lot of cash, this is a good bet. But these toys are not long-term investments; they definitely have a shelf life and should be replaced regularly (at least once a year). Because they are porous, you should never share these toys, or always cover them with condoms if you do. Elastomers are flexible plastics. Some companies have turned to elastomers to make toys that look and feel like rubber but are latex-free, more resilient, and free of phthalates. Toys made of elastomers are firm yet soft, durable, and hypoallergenic. They are slightly porous, so they shouldn’t be shared unless you protect them with condoms. Clean them with soap and water. Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) is also a phthalate-free soft material that has a durable yet pliable texture. It’s still porous, so TPR toys should not be shared.

 Thermal Plastics: Closest to Real Skin

Thermal plastic toys—sold under popular brand names such as CyberSkin, SoftSkin, Real Feel Super Skin, and UltraSkin—are soft, are very realistic looking, and come closest of all sex toy materials to feeling like skin. Although the formulas vary, thermal plastics tend to be slightly stretchy and have the same give as human flesh. Most thermal plastics do not contain phthalates, but always check the packaging or ask the retailer to make sure. There are dildos, vibrating dildos, vibrators, and penis sleeves made of thermal plastics. The unique element of this material is that it comes very close to the feeling of skin. The drawback to these toys is that they are hard to clean and maintain. They are prone to small nicks because the material can be quite fragile. Use only water-based lubes with these toys because oil-based lubes will destroy them and silicone lubes can melt or degrade the material. Cleaning and caring for them properly is the key to maintaining a thermal plastic toy’s pliable texture and having it last a long time

Silicone: More Expensive, but Definitely Worth It

If you want a soft, flexible toy that’s durable, easy to clean, and can be disinfected, silicone is the top-of-the-line material. That also means it’s the most expensive of the soft materials, but it’s worth it. It is very resilient, so it will last through years of use. It conducts body heat and vibration better than other soft materials, and it’s much easier to clean. Because it is not porous like other soft materials, you can not only clean it, but you can also disinfect it in a diluted bleach solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach), by boiling it for about 3 minutes, or by putting it in the top rack of the dishwasher without detergent. Because these toys can be disinfected, they can be shared by different partners. The only drawback is that you cannot use silicone lubricants with them; most silicone lube bonds to a silicone toy and ruins it, so stick to water-based lubes. Not All Sex Toys Are Created Equal: Your Primer On What They’re Made Of 43 Toys made of silicone include dildos, vibrators, butt plugs, wands, cock rings, and penis sleeves. The majority of silicone dildos are designed to be compatible with strap-on harnesses. As the popularity of silicone has grown, some companies have attempted to capitalize on it by using lesser grades of silicone, using a small percentage of silicone, or—worse yet—labeling a toy silicone that’s not silicone at all. You want to make sure you purchase toys made of medical-grade or platinum silicone. But unlike other manufacturing industries, the sex toy industry is not regulated by any government agency, so it’s not held to any specific standards for what goes into their products, how they’re made, or whether they’re safe to use. Manufacturers are not required to disclose what a toy is made of on its packaging or elsewhere; furthermore, there is no law against a company printing misleading or incorrect information about what a toy is made of. Still, you can contact toy manufacturers and inquire about what

 Thermal Plastics: Closest to Real Skin

Thermal plastic toys—sold under popular brand names such as CyberSkin, SoftSkin, Real Feel Super Skin, and UltraSkin—are soft, are very realistic looking, and come closest of all sex toy materials to feeling like skin. Although the formulas vary, thermal plastics tend to be slightly stretchy and have the same give as human flesh. Most thermal plastics do not contain phthalates, but always check the packaging or ask the retailer to make sure. There are dildos, vibrating dildos, vibrators, and penis sleeves made of thermal plastics. The unique element of this material is that it comes very close to the feeling of skin. The drawback to these toys is that they are hard to clean and maintain. They are prone to small nicks because the material can be quite fragile. Use only water-based lubes with these toys because oil-based lubes will destroy them and silicone lubes can melt or degrade the material. Cleaning and caring for them properly is the key to maintaining a thermal plastic toy’s pliable texture and having it last a long time.

Silicone: More Expensive, but Definitely Worth It

If you want a soft, flexible toy that’s durable, easy to clean, and can be disinfected, silicone is the top-of-the-line material. That also means it’s the most expensive of the soft materials, but it’s worth it. It is very resilient, so it will last through years of use. It conducts body heat and vibration better than other soft materials, and it’s much easier to clean. Because it is not porous like other soft materials, you can not only clean it, but you can also disinfect it in a diluted bleach solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach), by boiling it for about 3 minutes, or by putting it in the top rack of the dishwasher without detergent. Because these toys can be disinfected, they can be shared by different partners. The only drawback is that you cannot use silicone lubricants with them; most silicone lube bonds to a silicone toy and ruins it, so stick to water-based lubes. Not All Sex Toys Are Created Equal: Your Primer On What They’re Made Of 43 Toys made of silicone include dildos, vibrators, butt plugs, wands, cock rings, and penis sleeves. The majority of silicone dildos are designed to be compatible with strap-on harnesses. As the popularity of silicone has grown, some companies have attempted to capitalize on it by using lesser grades of silicone, using a small percentage of silicone, or—worse yet—labeling a toy silicone that’s not silicone at all. You want to make sure you purchase toys made of medical-grade or platinum silicone. But unlike other manufacturing industries, the sex toy industry is not regulated by any government agency, so it’s not held to any specific standards for what goes into their products, how they’re made, or whether they’re safe to use. Manufacturers are not required to disclose what a toy is made of on its packaging or elsewhere; furthermore, there is no law against a company printing misleading or incorrect information about what a toy is made of. Still, you can contact toy manufacturers and inquire about what

Phthalates Make Toys More Pliable, but at a Cost

Phthalates are added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make it more pliable, so they are often found in soft plastic items, such as toys made for small children, animals, and sexual pleasure. PVC sex toys containing these chemicals are among the most inexpensive and widely available on the market. Although their texture makes them ideal insertable, it turns out that what makes them enjoyable may also make them toxic. Because phthalate-spiked PVC is not a stable, inert compound, these toys continually leach phthalates, which can cause a nasty odor, a greasy film, and, for many people, genital irritation. In studies on mice and rats, high levels of phthalates have been linked to reproductive organ damage, liver damage, and liver cancer; however, there have been no conclusive studies on human beings. There’s been enough media coverage about the issue and dialogue among retailers and consumers that many toy manufacturers have begun advertising products as “phthalate-free.” If you’re concerned about what’s in your sex toys, do some research and ask the store where you’re buying toys about what materials they are made of. kind of silicone they use in their toys, or buy toys made by companies with a reputation for top-quality silicone, such as Vixen Creations (which offers a lifetime warranty on its toys), Fun Factory, Tantus Silicone, and Jollies. Vixen Creations pioneered a special blend of silicone called VixSkin, which marries the best of two worlds: the look and feel similar to materials like CyberSkin with the superior qualities and durability of silicone. VixSkin toys look and feel more realistic than other silicone toys because of the way they are fabricated: They have a firmer inner core that is surrounded by a softer outer layer that mimics the flexibility and softness of real flesh; they are more expensive than regular silicone because they are handmade with a special two-step process.

Hard Plastic and Acrylic: Rock-Hard Toys

Some vibrators and anal toys are made of hard plastic; unlike thermal plastics or rubber-like products, they have no added material to soften them, so they retain a firm, solid texture. Hard plastic is easy to clean, and most toys made of it are less expensive than those made of other materials. Some hard plastic is nonporous and some is not, so always check with the manufacturer. For people who want a firm, inflexible toy without the price tag of glass or metal, hard plastic is a good alternative. However, some hard plastic toys can be expensive, especially if they are made of medical grade, non-toxic plastic. Acrylic, or Lucite (which is a brand name of acrylic), toys are crystal clear and rock hard; several of the first acrylic toys were designed with dramatic curves especially for the G-spot, including one called the Crystal Wand. Acrylic began to wane in popularity as glass toys appeared, so there are only a few of these toys left in the marketplace. Like their glass counterparts, acrylic dildos, wands, and butt plugs bring beauty and pleasure together to create works of art that are hypoallergenic, unique, and usually on the expensive side. Well-made acrylic toys should be seamless (seams on a toy reflect lower quality toys that are mass-produced). Their smooth, seamless texture is ideal for penetration, and lube clings to them nicely, too.

Glass: Like Works of Art, but More Fun

Glass toys (including dildos, double-ended dildos, wands, plugs, and the occasional vibrator) are hard, smooth, and beautiful. Many people consider them works of art in addition to being great sex toys, and many of the designs are simply stunning. Glass lends itself to gorgeous color combinations, interesting textures, and artistic embellishments. If you like firm pressure during penetration, G-spot stimulation, and artistic, handcrafted toys, then glass may become one of your favorite sex toy materials. One of the best things about glass is its incredible surface; even the best-quality silicone toy will have some “drag” to it when you run your fingers along it, but not glass. People also like it because it has some weight to it. Glass is seamless and compatible with all kinds of lubricants. Be sure to buy glass toys from a reputable manufacturer and confirm that the toy is made of medical-grade borosilicate or Pyrex, a brand name that has become synonymous with heat- and shock-resistant glass. A properly made borosilicate toy can withstand up to 3,000 pounds of pressure as well as extreme heat and cold.

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Metal: Smooth, Firm, and Durable

For folks who like a smooth, firm, solid toy, metal toys offer a variety of styles as well as weights. They’re durable, are nonporous, and conduct hot and cold temperatures nicely. There are a variety of metal toys on the market, made of aluminum or stainless steel, and some are hollow while others are solid metal. Like glass, these toys create an amazingly smooth sensation for penetration and they hold on to lube well (all lubes work with them). Also like their glass counterparts, metal toys—including dildos, wands, butt plugs, prostate toys, cock rings, and some vibrators—are among the most expensive on the market, but also some of the most beautifully made. Look for metal toys made by one of the top companies: Njoy, Big Teaze, and Tantus Alumina

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