Sex toy material guide
Want to know more about the materials that adult toys are constructed from?
Our adult toys have the material it is constructed from listed on it's product detail page usually like this below:
ABS (controller) ABS with Silver Plating (bullet)
(please note above is an example only and sex toys vary in material they are constructed from)
Use the material listing on the product detail pages and the below information as a guide on the material the sex toy is made from.
TPR Nontoxic Thermoplastic Rubber
- "Thermoplastic Rubber" is a material that mimics the soft, flexible properties of traditional jelly rubber. It is hypo-allergenic and phthalate-free though generally less expensive than silicone.
- As well as sex toys TPR is used for
- Thermoplastic rubber is used in the the production of shoes soles, loaters sole, safety shoes sole & industrial shoes sole, sports shoes sole, ski-boot soles, kiddy shoes sole and related decorative accessories, food & medical, ball pen grip, tooth brush grip, umbrella handle grip, milk tubing, disposable medical product, beverages.
- Is a thermoplastic polymer blend that can be manufactured into a range of textures. TPE is less porous than cyberskin but more porous than silicone.
- Does not contain phthalates and is hypoallergenic. This material is soft, latex free and does not contain any chemical solvents, which is great for people who are sensitive to certain chemicals and latex. TPE is slightly porous, which means it can still hold some of the bacteria even after cleaning. Condom use is recommended if sharing a product made of TPE. Use only water-based lubricants with TPE toys.
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is a common thermoplastic used to make light, rigid, molded products
- as well as sex toys ABS is used for
- Piping (for example plastic pressure pipe systems), musical instruments (most notably recorders and plastic clarinets), golf club heads (used for its good shock absorbance), automotive body parts, wheel covers, enclosures, protective headgear, buffer edging for furniture and joinery panels, Thule boxes, airsoft BBs, and toys, including Lego bricks.
- Silicone is soft and lifelike, it is hypoallergenic, warms up quickly to body temperature, non-porous and so is easy to clean (with mild soap and water, or boiled for sterilization). Unlike jelly rubber and other porous materials, silicone can be sterilized in temperatures up to 300 °C (572 °F). In addition, it can be bleached in a 10% bleach solution. Silicone is phthalate free.
- When using lubricants with silicone sex toys it is important that silicone or silicone-based lubricants are not used to avoid damage to the toy.
- It is important to note that products labeled "silicone" are not necessarily 100% silicone and are often silicone composites. When shopping for a non toxic silicone toy, make sure the packaging says 100% silicone instead of just "silicone"
- CyberSkin is a thermal plastic elastomer and is a close emulation of real skin. CyberSkin is made from ingredients on FDA approved lists and it does not contain phthalates, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), heavy metals or latex. It is easy to clean and maintain by washing it with soap and water, patting dry. Water based lubricants are best and they should be stored in a dry place.
- Latex rubber, also called jelly rubber, is commonly used for sex toys; it is a flexible and inexpensive material allowing the user more options in size and look. While latex is commonly used and less expensive than materials such as silicone, glass and CyberSkin, it can be allergenic to some people with latex allergy. Latex is porous and should be cleaned thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and water and not shared with other people.
- It is recommended by many experts that one use a condom with each use for protection against bacterial infection or sexually transmitted diseases if one is sharing sex toys. Water and silicone-based lubricants can be used with latex toys, but oil-based lubricants and petroleum jelly should not be used with latex as these may adversely affect the toy.
- Elastomer are a phthalate-free rubber with specific stretchy properties. Sex toys made of elastomers look and feel similar to other rubber and jelly rubber sex toys, but they are better in terms of cleanliness, and they are both latex-free and phthalate-free.
- Elastomers are a cleaner kind of rubber than jelly rubber and they are phthalate free and hypoallergenic. They are a better choice for people concerned about reacting to sex toys who want a soft rubber sex toy. Elastomers sex toys are porous and cannot be disinfected. For this reason we recommend using condoms on elastomers toys. As with all toys condoms are required if you want to share your toy or use it vaginally and anally.
- Jelly rubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that has softeners (called phthalates ) added to it.
- Phthalates have been linked to serious health problems in other areas, so it is recommended that these toys should be used with condoms.
- Jelly rubber sex toys are inexpensive, soft, and usually come in translucent colors. They feel a bit more resilient than the older rubber mixes used to make sex toys.
- Jelly rubber is porous, so there are places for bacterial to hide, making washing your jelly rubber sex toys very important.
- Use a very mild hand soap to clean. Using alcohol or bleach, or even dish soap will lead to the breaking down of the rubber.
- Only use a water based personal lubricant with jelly rubber.
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency released a study that found that using sex toys with phthalates did not pose a significant risk, unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding. But there is a body of evidence that shows the potential for health risks with exposure to phthalates, and if you are able to afford better quality materials, it is preferable. Putting a condom on a jelly rubber sex toy will reduce the risk of exposure to phthalates (but may not eliminate the risk entirely).
- It is possible to transmit infections on sex toys that have not been sterilized, even if they have been washed.
- Because jelly rubber sex toys cannot be boiled (like silicone sex toys ) use a condom to keep them clean and free of bacteria.
- If you are going to share a sex toy with a partner use a condom on the toy to prevent transmission of bodily fluids.
- While it is not recommended, if you are going to use a toy both vaginally and anally use a condom to prevent transmission of bacteria.
- Unlike other sex toy materials, skin-safe rubber has not undergone the same softening processes that fill it with phthalates. As well as being free of phthalates, skin-safe rubber is free from latex and is completely non-porous, so it's ultra easy to clean!
Often used in rabbit vibrators, skin-safe rubber is quite firm and provides the right amount of stimulation needed for G-Spot orgasms.
Skin-safe rubber is Latex and phthalate free
- Afraid of glass sex toys? There really is no need to be! Glass Vibrators and Glass Dildos are made from Pyrex glass which is very strong and resistant to chipping. Glass sex toys are quite safe for regular use. As opposed to the materials of realistic sex toys, glass is non-pourous and extremely easy to disinfect. Most can be boiled and even run through the dishwasher without harming the product (Just make sure the kids won’t be home for a while!). Glass is very smooth and very hard. Glass sex toys transfer vibrations extremely well which makes them an ideal candidate if you seek powerful vibrations.
Glass is is Latex and phthalate free and hypoallergenic
Cleaning of sex toys.
Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) (TPE)
- Soap and Water before and after each use, Sex Toy Cleaner after each use.
Cyberskin Sex Toys
- Mild Soap and Water before and after each use, Cyberskin Cleansing Solution after each use, Dusting of Talc Powder after each use.
- Soap and Water before and after each use, Boiling Water after each use.
- Mild Soap and Water before and after each use, Sex Toy Cleaner after each use
- Soap and Water before and after each use, Sex Toy Cleaner after each use
- Mild Soap and Water before and after each use, Sex Toy Cleaner after each use.Glass
- Soap and Water before and after each use, Boiling Water after each use, Dishwasher occasionally after use.
Storing adult toys
The different materials of sex toys can cause damage to each other if they are left to rub or touch each other when storing. Best to clean, make sure they are dry, take the batteries out and wrap each individual toy in a soft cloth before storage.
Best to store them close to the 'action' zone so you can access in a hurry when needed. You can buy all kinds of storage containers especially made to store your toys in but I find these solutions save you money and work a treat.
1/ Wrap in soft cloth and store in Tupperware containers.
2/ Buy a plastic cutlery container you use in kitchen drawers to keep your knives and forks separated. Put in your bedside table drawer, underwear drawer etc, place your toys wrapped in a soft cloth into the sectioned areas and place a towel over the top. If you want it discreet place some items over the towel (Underwear, clothes etc) and no one will be the wiser.