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The fastest growing ingredient used in sex toys today is silicone. Latex and PVC are also pretty common as they are much lower in cost.
There are a lot of researchers that praise silicone as a great product, however, you should be aware that this does not apply to ALL silicone. What makes silicone so great in general is that it resists extreme temperatures and oxidation making it durable and easy to clean. Silicone can be made soft enough to mimic human skin and provides a wonderful sensation when used in a sex toy.
Are Silicone Sex Toys Safe?
While the long term answers are still uncertain, the short term observations show that they are relatively safe. Silicone sex toys have only been around since the late 1980's but there are still no thorough studies conducted or published on the subject. However, because silicone is an "inert" substance, it is fairly reasonable to deduce that it will not have a chemical reaction with your body when used in this capacity.
Since many manufacturers mix different materials with silicone, one should be careful and select name brands.
When you purchase a silicone sex toy make sure to purchase ones that are 100% food or medical grade silicone. Medical grade silicone is hypoallergenic, hygienic, boilable, bleachable, and even dishwasher safe.
Can You Use Silicone Sex Toys With Silicone Lubricants?
A common myth is that silicone sex toys can never be used with silicone-based lubricants and that silicone sex toys should not come into contact with other silicone sex toys.
However, we have not found either of these points to be completely true.
As for 100% silicone sex toys, you will not find such problems unless it is not 100% silicone.
You have to be sure that it is made from 100% silicone, otherwise it may destroy the sex toy and break it down.
The issue is that there are many "silicone" toys on the market, are a blend of silicone and other less expensive materials, or a lesser grade of silicone called "tin" silicone.
Because sex toys are not regulated by the FDA, manufacturers do not have to list all materials used.
One way to tell if a toy that says it's silicone but is only partly silicone is if it emits a chemical smell. 100% silicone toys will not have a smell.
If a toy is silicone mixed with another material there is a chance that using a silicone lubricant will cause the material to break down over time and release chemicals. Also, the only thing that bonds to silicone is silicone; so using silicone lube with lower-quality silicone toys can gum up the surface.
Since sex toys are used on intimate parts you will want to make sure any sex toy you use is a high quality product and as chemical free as possible. The high quality sex toy brands that you can trust are JimmyJane, Vibe Therapy, Fun Factory, SinFive, Tantus and Lelo to name a few - all of which we carry on our site.
JELLY AS AGAINST ELASTOMERS
Avoiding Toys With Phthalates
Jelly sex toys are often made from a mixture of PVC and rubber, resulting in a soft jelly-like texture and feel. This material is one of the cheapest materials available and may contain toxins. However, there are also jelly like materials called Elastomers, which we understand to be safe and a much higher quality. Read about the difference below-
Jelly often looks translucent and has a strong rubber odour due to its porous nature. One of the issues with Jelly sex toys is that they are made with phthalates (pronounced "thal-eights"). Phthalates are plastic softeners which give jelly its unique properties. Studies have been conducted on the health risks of products containing phthalates, such as children's teething rings and other household items and there are efforts to ban their use in such products.
Though no conclusive studies on jelly sex toys have been done, you should still be careful about what goes into your body. For peace of mind, a condom can be placed over the jelly sex toy in question for added protection.
Cleaning a jelly toy is similar to CyberSkin, which is to say use a mild soap and warm water, taking care to dry the object and store it in a cool, dry place away from other objects - especially other jelly toys. Use only water-based lubricants.
Elastomer is a compound that does not contain phthalates. Phthalates are "plasticizers" used to soften PVC vinyls. If vinyls do not have any softeners, they are basically very hard PVC plastic.
You can tell the grade of the vinyls and quantity of plasticizers (phthalates) used by the smell. The more you smell, the lower the grade and the more phthalates used. You are probably aware of the terrible chemical smell that many of the "jelly" vibrators give off. This is basically the vinyl off-gassing the large amounts of phthalates.
Elastomers are a completely different material. They start out soft and have product added to make them harder. This product is then removed by high vacuum so there are no residual hardeners. No solvents are used in this process and there is no latex. This type of material is ideal for manufacturing a variety of textures.