Wood toys, finish, & maintenance

Contributor: Positwist Positwist
I am lusting SO HARD after wood toys right now, but I'm a toy geek and I want technical details, damnit. I can't find much discussion of the specifics of the varnishes used on wood toys, so I was wondering if anyone out there knows anything?

The Hardwood Dildos here on EF are coated with "at least five coats of salad bowl varnish." These varnishes don't last forever, so you'll have to refinish them at some point.

But how do you know when it's time to refinish? Can you tell before you damage the toy? If the waterproofing is wearing away, then it seems like you might not know until you start seeing water damage.

And... where does the varnish go? Is it dissolving into your body?

NobEssence claims that their sealant has "no waxes to melt away, no salad bowl oils to leach out or maintain, and no toxic petroleum distillates." Does anyone know if that means these toys DON'T need to be refinished? Are NE's toys good for a lifetime?
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Contributor: married with children married with children
every piece of wood that comes in contact with water needs to be refinished at some point in their life. You can use all kinds of products that are safe for food contact. Tung oil, pretty much any kind of nut oil works also. You can also use a wax free shalic. All of those options are natural and safe to be eaten.
Contributor: Positwist Positwist
I shot an email to NobEssence, and they got back to me within a few hours (wow!):

"Thank you for your message. Yes, the Lubrosity coating is permanent and as you suggest, all you'll need to do is clean your sculpture and avoid dings and scratches. You can clean our products with warm water and non-abrasive soap or wipe down with anti-bacterial cleaner (alcohol, 10% bleach, peroxide, etc)

And in terms of lifespan - we expect our sculptures to last a lifetime.

Feel free to contact me again if you have any further questions
All the best

Alicia Yoder
NobEssence, Inc"