Buying a sex toy can be overwhelming. There is always uncertainty when buy from a new company—It can be difficult to know if the materials are high quality, if it is safe to come into contact with the most sensitive areas, and what kind of wear to expect. But I have a shortcut to help you make more informed sex toy purchases: the iPhone rule.
He iPhone It is not designed to be in direct, prolonged contact with anyone’s genitals, and I advise against trying to use one as a sex toy. But if you did, it would probably be fine, and that’s because of the material it’s made of: glass, metal, and, if you have a case, silicone. Yes, there are many other materials used to make a phone and not all cases are silicone, but I have found that this is a good way to remember what to look for in a sex toy. Naturally, all of these materials have varying degrees of quality, but glass, metal, and silicone are the big three to look for when purchasing a sex toy.
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Good old glass
This may not be the first material that comes to mind when you think of sex toys, but it’s a tried and true choice for solid-state, non-vibrating sex toys, like dildos and glass butt plugs. When purchasing a glass sex toy, make sure the packaging or website explicitly states that it is made of borosilicate glass. Glass sex toys are safe to use with all types of lubricant and only need to be hand washed with soap and water to clean.
This is the same type of durable glass used to make scientific equipment and is completely non-porous. Not being porous is important for sex toys because if there are no pores, there is nowhere for bacteria to hide when you wash them. If a sex toy is porous, it is probably single-use, because it will never In fact You will be able to clean it and it will discolor and degrade over time. If it is not clear what type of glass a sex toy is made of, do not buy it. This goes triple for glass toys because if made incorrectly they can be potentially dangerous! If the company’s packaging or website is oblique or unclear, it’s usually time to move on. There are some exceptions, however, so if a particular toy catches your eye, it never hurts to email the company directly; most have “contact us” sections just for those occasions.
The toy we previously recommended didn’t have the exact information we were looking for on their website, but Kindred Black co-founder Alice Wells confirmed to us that each of their glass sex toys is hand-blown from borosilicate glass in the USA. USA
Hard and cold metal
Metal sex toys are a little less common than those made of silicone or plastic, but like glass, they are incredibly durable and safe to use with all types of lubricant. Unlike glass, some metal toys can offer safe internal vibration options. What you want to look for in a metal sex toy is similar to what you want in a glass toy: clarity about what it’s made of and how.
Metal sex toys should be made of surgical steel, also known as 316 or 316L stainless steel. This type of steel is a non-porous material that has been tested for biocompatibility and is often used in medical applications such as surgical nails or even piercings. The parts of the body you will be in contact with are important in determining whether a material is safe. It’s worth noting that surgical steel can potentially corrode over time when implanted in certain parts of the body; 316 stainless steel can see some. significant corrosion in solutions with a pH of 1.58 or lower. Thankfully vaginal pH It normally fluctuates between 3.8 and 5, rectal pH between 7 and 8, and salivary pH between 6.3 and 7.3. All that means is that there’s almost zero chance that a surgical stainless steel sex toy will corrode upon contact with any of the usual places a sex toy might end up, even if you use it. every day.
It is a tried and true material and is designed to last. Like glass, you’ll need to scrub it with soap and water to clean it.
Silicone is the most used sex toy material and also the most difficult to identify. Almost all sex toy manufacturers use different words to describe the silicone they use. I’ve seen body-safe, medical-grade, body-friendly, hypoallergenic, and many other terms, and I’ve looked at each one of them.
There are a couple of them with a solid body of research behind them, along with some common testing standards: platinum cured silicone and food grade silicone. Food grade is an FDA regulated label and means that the silicone has been tested to ensure that it does not leach harmful chemicals into food. Platinum cured silicone It is safer than standard (peroxide-cured) silicone because the chemicals used to make the silicone are consumed more completely during the process, leaving nothing that can leach into the body. For this reason, platinum-cured silicones are surprisingly odorless.
Medical grade is a label you will see quite often, but if it is not endorsed by specific regulatory body or test standard used to determine if it is medical grade, leaves me wondering because that has not been revealed.
What happens if there is no information?
You can usually contact the company you’re interested in and ask them what the sex toy is made of. If they don’t respond, or if there is no way to obtain this information, you should probably avoid the product. No matter how cool the toy is, if you don’t know what it’s made of, it’s because someone in the supply chain has decided No tell him, and that is a warning sign. Sex toys should be treated like medical devices, and as a potential buyer, you deserve specific, clear, and solid information about what you are putting in your body.