How did you learn about toy materials?

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How did you learn about toy materials?

charletnarouh charletnarouh
When and how did you first realize that not all sex toy materials were created equal? Did you have a bad experience with a material? If so, what material and what happened? If you had a reaction or other bad experience, how quickly did you realize it was material related? Did you read about it? If so, where? Did someone clue you in and, if so, who?

Do you still use materials that are lower on the safety chart, and if so, why? Do you use toy covers or condoms over them?
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Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
When I just started out in toys, I assumed they were only ever made of plastic, rubber, and jelly (I'd heard of glass toys, but assumed they were intended more as erotic art and didn't believe many people actually used them). My first few toys were plastic, jelly, and one that I thought was jelly but was more likely TPR.

I didn't get more toys for a long time. After finding Eden, I started noticing just how many materials were listed as I browsed through the toys, and began absorbing knowledge both through the material guide and discussions here on the forums. I never knew about the variety until then, let alone the differences in quality between materials.

Most of my toys now are an 8 or higher on the safety scale. I do have a few 7's and 6's, and I don't cover them. I'm the only one using them and none get used anally, so any health risks are reasonably small.
js250 js250
After finding Eden. I was curious about why the materials were a different color-clicked on it and the rest is history.
LovesAPoet LovesAPoet
I learned after watching KaraSutra's videos on youtube and later here on Eden.
Bethy Cassatt Bethy Cassatt
I read the material index here on eden that describes all the material choices.
SMichelle SMichelle
I learned about it on Eden.
- Kira - - Kira -
I mostly had plastic and cheap silicone toys before coming here. I bought a cheap jelly dildo on one of my first orders here, assuming it would be similar to TPR. The second I put it in me I started burning badly. I then researched here on Eden and around the web and learned about safety of sex toy material. I also learned about lube ingredients because lube caused lots of issues for me. Now I won't buy anything that's not high on the safety scale.
ToyGeek ToyGeek
A combination of fanfiction and product reviews. (I swear fanfiction is more comprehensive than sex ed classes, even back when schools actually taught it.)
AmethystSmoke AmethystSmoke
I'd never had any toys - shopping for some is how I found EF. I read reviews to learn about the items and couldnt help but learn about the various materials since info is contained n just about every one of them. I was especially curious after seeing so many glass toys as well as metal and wood as first my thoughts were that they would be too hard to be comfortable. Strangely enough, my first order included three glass toys, all of which we still used today.
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Originally posted by ToyGeek
A combination of fanfiction and product reviews. (I swear fanfiction is more comprehensive than sex ed classes, even back when schools actually taught it.)
Some fanfiction is. Some, on the other hand, will make rather strange claims (like saying men have a hymen in their butts), so proceed with caution, kids! Though honestly, I love naughty fanfiction when it's well-written!
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