What do you look for when you are selecting a sex toy? You might filter by price (because there’s a wide range of price points out there), or choose the toy that matches your choice, with a cute colour or an appealing shape.
But there’s actually one aspect you should take care of, and that’s body safety.
Not all sex toys are body safe! Unsafe toys can be manufactured from cheaper, low-grade materials that can harbour harmful bacteria and chemicals – a definite no-go for your nether regions.
While Kamasutratoys has nothing but body-safe toys for you, we still want you to be safe when you go sex toy shopping.
What are the best body-safe sex toy materials?
The absolute gold standard sex toy material is medical-grade (or body-safe) silicone – that’s what all our toys are made of!
Other great options are stainless steel, borosilicate glass and ABS hard plastic.
Why are silicone, stainless steel, glass and ABS plastic such great sex toy materials? Because they’re non-porous, so they don’t harbour nasty (and harmful!) bacteria and they’re easy to clean with soap and water.
We think body-safe silicone is the best of the lot, because it’s the perfect mix of form and function. It’s non-porous, but (unlike stainless steel, glass and ABS plastic) it’s firm yet flexible. It gently contours to the body, it’s super easy to clean and maintain, it’s long-lasting and hypoallergenic – we could sing the praises of silicone ALL. DAY!
What sex toy materials should you avoid?
Porous Material: Read the product description carefully. It should explicitly state that the toy is non-porous and hypo-allergenic. Porous materials break down pretty quickly, and any bacterial stuff that’s been trapped in the pores will find its way to the surface, eventually ending up inside you.
Latex: Sex toys constructed from latex are a no-go for many. Latex isn’t an unsafe material, but latex allergies are quite common and can cause rashes, burns, breakouts and other unpleasant effects.
Phthalates: These are endocrine-disrupting chemicals often used with cheaper materials to soften the plastic. They are actually in lots of products we use every single day, but in sex toys they tend to be used in very high quantities. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, chronic and autoimmune diseases and certain types of cancers, and you really don’t want them on you or in you.
Jelly: Jelly is commonly used in sex toys because it’s cheap, soft and flexible and it can feel pretty great. However, it’s porous and usually contains Phthalates, so stay well away!
So what material should you actually go with?
While there are a lot of safe options available, products made from body-safe silicone, glass, stainless steel or ABS plastic are 100% safe and you can use them without any problems!