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What Toys Are Made Of.
Guide To Materials And Safety

Guide To Materials And Safety
Materials used in sex toy manufacturing are very different in their qualities and safety features. Often manufacturers give the same material different names for marketing purposes which only adds to the confusion. It is hard to overestimate the importance of the material for an intimate product like sex toy: it provides unique feel of the toy, transmits vibrations and motions, assures overall product durability. Most importantly, due to product applications, a customer should consider the safety of its material.

The guide is collective efforts of our product specialists based on the years of experience in the trade. We classified all the materials into common groups and estimated their safety. The safety rating of a material is based on several factors: its sterility, porosity, chemical composition, overall hygienic quality and is expressed in a single number from 1 to 10, the 10 being the safest material.

Pure silicone

This plastic compound is similar to rubber in the sense that it is extremely flexible; though silicone is a superior material for reasons of general quality and impeccable hygiene. Silicone is a material of the highest quality; it is 100% medical-grade, 100% non-porous, phthalate-free, latex free, hypo-allergenic, odorless, tasteless, and serializable.


Common names: Silicone, VixSkin, O2
Safety Range: 10
Safety Range: 10

Glass

Most glass sex toy products are made from borosilicate glass. The material is unyielding, non-porous, and can be sterilized. Glass retains temperature and is perfect for those who like to experiment with cold or warm sensations.


Safety Range: 10
Safety Range: 10

Plastic

When used in the context of sex toys, "plastic" usually means hard plastic. Some of the positive aspects of hard plastic: It is phthalate-free, has a very low porosity level, is easy to clean, comes in a variety of different colors, is extremely rigid, very inexpensive, and it carries vibration well.


Safety Range: 10
Safety Range: 10

Thermoplastic rubber (TPR)

TPR is lightweight, fairly affordable, and very pliable, but tends to have a subtle odor and flavor. It resembles jelly in texture but doesn't contain phthalates or latex. TPR is very porous so use a condom when sharing.


Safety Range: 3-7
Safety Range: 3-7

PVC

PVC is a soft, rubbery material frequently made using a combination of PVC or polyurethane and a number of other chemicals; officially, it has no standardized list of ingredients. PVC is known to contain such controversial chemical as phthalate. However some newer versions of PVC don't contain phthalates making them safe for use in medical and toy industries.


Safety Range: 2-3
Safety Range: 2-3

Skin like

Plastic material designed to mimic the look and feel of human flesh. These composites don't contain phthaltes or latex however they are extremely porous and as such are not very share-able. Skin like materials melt easily and should always be stored in cool, dark places.