Like a Genetically Engineered Rose

I was looking for a bargain toy cleaner and I found one. But I also found an artificial fragrance that rivals President Snow's genetically engineered roses in the Hunger Game series for repugnance. This Classic Erotica product is worth it if you don't own any silicone Lelo toys, you don't use any toys for anal play, and you want a triclosan-free cleaner at an affordable price.
+ Inexpensive
+ Does clean toys (with a caveat)
+ Lack of triclosan
- Potential for damaging Lelo toys
- Fragrance
- Not travel size
- Indiscreet label
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
Why buy a toy cleaner?
A toy cleaner is usually bought for convenience of not having to find a sink to wash your toys in. They can be particularly helpful for cleaning non-waterproof vibrators. Another perk is a toy cleaner is less likely to leave behind residue, unlike soap which may leave behind residue.

Water (Eau), Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (an ammonium salt), Benzyl Alcohol (an alcohol), Disodium EDTA (a salt), and Fragrance (Parfum). This Classic Erotica cleaner has not been tested on animals and is manufactured in the USA. If there's any irritation, please don't continue using it. The label is not discreet and can be removed by a combination of force and rubbing alcohol.

Among the few:
I've noticed that toy cleaners that do not have the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan are a minority. Because of this article, specifically this quote "...triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance...", I've decided to stick to toy cleaners without triclosan.

To be fair, when it comes to cleaning products I prefer a chemical smell rather than an artificial fragrance. When I first sprayed this, my immediate reaction was "Is that President Snow's rose perfume?" I was surprised at how potent the fragrance was in just one spray. It takes several minutes for the smell to dissipate from a cleaned toy. The fragrance isn't worth the nuisance since it does not remove the scent lingering from anal play on my dildos and butt plugs.

Unlike most of its competitors, the Before and After toy cleaner is available in more than one size. I chose the 8 oz. (239 mL) because for double the volume of the 4 oz., it only costs $2 more. The comparison picture above shows the difference in volume between the larger size of the Before and After Cleaner and Lelo's 2 oz. cleaner. Because the bottle is large, it barely fits into my medicine cabinet and is a bit bulky to travel with. The bottle could be recycled or reused for storing a home-made cleaner.

Bargain price:
One of the biggest gripes with the Before and After toy cleaner's Lelo competitor is that it is cost prohibitive; it can be pricey if you have more than a handful of toys and you don't own any Lelo toys. However, the most expensive toy cleaner on EF is actually the Pjur med clean spray at $5.50 per ounce. At $4.45 per oz., the Lelo cleaner is more than a dollar cheaper than the Pjur cleaner. The Before and After toy cleaner is the best bargain at $1.25 per oz.

The Thorny Caveat
Lelo explicitly advises against using a cleaner with alcohol as stated in their manuals. Although the Before and After cleaner does not have "harsh soaps", it does have an alcohol ingredient. I hypothesize that the effect might be discoloration of the silicone. Because of this risk, I will not be buying this again because my vibrator and massager are both manufactured by Lelo.
This bargain was a dud for me because of incompatibility with my collection of toys and olfactory (sense of smell) preferences.
Follow-up commentary
I stopped using this and switched back to the Lelo toy cleaner. Although Lelo's cleaner is more expensive, I use it sparingly and it doesn't overwhelm my nose. However, I re-acknowledge that I might be odd for preferring a chemical smell to a fragrance. Additionally it doesn't damage my Lelo toys like the Before and after toy cleaner can. I would not recommend this product.
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  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Bath / shower
    • Bedroom / on a bed
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    • Fragrance
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  • Contributor: bog
    Great review! I'm scent-sensitive, so I really appreciate the scent info. Also thanks for mentioning about Lelo toys. I'm getting my first Lelo toy tomorrow, and now I'm thinking maybe I should grab some Lelo toy cleaner, too
  • Contributor: LoneOokami
    Thanks for the info.
  • Contributor: ZZ
    Thanks for your review!
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