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Sex Toys Material Guide

Sex Toys Material Guide
 
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A basic guide to material used by sex toy manufacturers.

LUCITE/ACRYLIC
These materials are as hard as a rock. However, this firm texture makes acrylic and Lucite perfect for PC muscle-strengthening toys such as Kegel exercisers. This material is also good for prostate-stimulating toys, which many people consider to be dildos, too. Another great thing is that you can boil them without harming them, which means you can share your toys without worrying about catching (or spreading) something nasty.
CARE: Can be boiled for sterilisation. If you are the only using these toys then a simple bath with anti-bacterial soap and water will do. Also can be used with any type of lubricant; silicon-based, water-based or oil-based.


CYBERSKIN
CyberSkin, also known as thermal plastic, is the brand-name of a soft elastomer material that is similar to the human skin; warm and soft to the touch, yet with a firm underlying texture. It is made by the Topco Sales. The technology behind CyberSkin was originally designed by NASA engineers…” Similar materials are on the market under other trade names, such as Ultraskin, Eroskin, Softskin, SoftTouch, Cyber Jel-lee, New supersoft, Futurotic and UR3 (Ultra Realistic 3.0). All are soft and stretchy, with a velvety texture that is caused by the talcs and cornstarches used to prevent the material sticking to the moulds. Toys made of these substances are more durable than latex, but also more expensive. If your CyberSkin (or equivalent material) ever becomes unpleasantly sticky, just give it a light dusting of cornstarch to restore its original texture. While some sites recommend talcum powder to restore sex toy finishes - talc has been linked to cervical cancer when used in the genital area. Only use water-based lubricants, never use silicone or any petroleum or oil-based lubricant as this will destroy the material. Toys made of these materials are extremely porous, so sharing of toys without a condom is not safe.
CARE: You should thoroughly clean the sex toys between uses, and coat them with a proprietary renewal powder to ensure it retains its lifelike texture. You can also use corn starch and a soft cloth to keep your sex toys in the best condition, though the manufacturer recommends against such “home remedies.” Extremely sensitive and should be cleaned with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Do not use alcohol-based or other household cleansers as they will damage the material. After cleaning, pat dry with a lint-free towel and allow your CyberSkin product to air dry before applying renewal powder. This will prevent discoloration and protect your toy when not in use.


JELLY RUBBER
Jelly rubber has been widely used to make sex toys for years but has seen a dip in popularity due to outstanding confusion surrounding phthalates, chemicals which are added to rubber to make it flexible. One of the cheapest materials around and can be shaped and coloured to almost any specification. Not all jelly rubber toys contain phthalates so always check our toy specifications to be sure. Skin-safe rubber is now often used as a substitute for jelly rubber, offering similar properties but without phthalates. If you're going to use jelly sex toys, make sure you cover them in a condom first and never store them together - the materials will react and they'll melt!
CARE: Use with water-based and silicone lubricants. Has a slightly chemical taste. Has a smooth, rubbery feel, fully flexible. May contain phthalates but contains latex.


GLASS TOYS
Glass sex toys have the ability to be heated up or cooled down to enhance your pleasure and have a firm, rigid feel that offers sensual pressure similar to metal. Made of ultra durable borosilicate glass, sex toys made of this material are exceptionally durable and won't shatter when dropped. They're also very easy to clean with just hot water.
CARE: Can be used with water-based and silicone lubricants, odourless and tasteless. Can be smooth or rigid.

METAL
Metal has all the qualities needed for a brilliant sex toy - it's non-porous, waterproof, skin-safe, compatible with all lubricants and extra durable. Being made of solid stainless steel, metal sex toys tend to be quite heavy and the rigid feel is a little too much for some. People who like firm pressure will love the heavyweight metal toys.
CARE: Can be used with water-based and silicone lubricants. Odourless and tasteless. Smooth and rigid feel. Does not contain phthalates or latex.


LATEX
Latex is a form of rubber that can be made into some amazingly stimulating shapes. Latex is often used in inflatable sex toys due to its amazing flexibility and is also used to make latex rubber clothing. Latex feels flexible and fun and has a smooth finish that can be polished with silicone lubricant or latex shiner to give it a glossy, wet-look finish. Latex requires some tender loving care when it comes to cleaning. Ensure you spray it with an antibacterial sex toy cleaner and dry it thoroughly before sprinkling with a renewal powder. The renewer powder will help the rubber stay soft, supple and flexible.
CARE: Can be used with water-based and silicone lubricants. Slight rubbery smell and slight rubbery taste. Does not contain phthalates but contains latex.


REALISTIC FEEL
Realistic feel is a very broad term for sex toys made with materials that are designed to be natural in both look and feel. CyberSkin, Real Feel Super Skin, Better-Than-Real, Fanta Flesh, Futurotic, Loveclone RX, UR3, Sensafirm – all of these are terms for essentially the same elastomer based material. Buying a realistic feel sex toy such as a Fleshlight, will give you an ultra life-like experience - it even retains heat to keep it at body-temperature! Realistic feel materials are porous, so it's important to clean them thoroughly and powder them with cornflour or a renewer powder to keep them soft.
CARE: Can be used with water-based lubricants only. Strong rubbery smell and rubbery taste. Check the details.


PLASTIC
Hard and hygienic, rigid acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic (ABS plastic to me and you) is a favourite material in vibrating bullets and classic vibes. Plastic transfers vibrations extremely well and allows firm, strong stimulation. It's also compatible with all lubes and easy to clean. If you prefer a velvet touch but want the same firmness, look for smooth coated plastic. This is ABS plastic that has been given a smooth rubber-based or polyurethane coating.
CARE: Can be used with water-based and silicone lubricants. Smooth, hard and strong feel, Odourless and tasteless. Does not contain phthalates or latex.


SILICONE
Silicone is often used in designer sex toys and is championed for its non-porous finish and hypoallergenic properties. Many sex toy companies are now turning to silicone as their main material choice as it's easy to clean, feels fantastic and lasts a long time. Silicone sex toys can be firm, flexible or rigid and are so long lasting, you may never need to replace them. YOU shouldn't use silicone lubricants with silicone sex toys. Silicone lubricants my degrade the material of your sex toy, so stick to water-based lubricants.
CARE: Only use water-based lubricants. Odourless and tasteless.Does not contain phthalates or latex.


SKIN SAFE RUBBER
Unlike other sex toy materials, skin-safe rubber has not undergone the same softening processes that fill it with phthalates. As well as being free of phthalates, skin-safe rubber is free from latex. By those in the know, it is also called TPE/TPR (thermoplastic elastomer/rubber). These are often used in rabbit vibrators, skin-safe rubber is quite firm and provides the right amount of stimulation needed for G-Spot or P-Spot orgasms.
CARE: Compatible with Water-based lubricants. Smells like nail polish and tasteless. Does not contain phthalates or latex.


TPR
TPR (Thermoplastic rubber) is a polymer blend that has a thermoplastic character. TPR is hypoallergenic, nontoxic and phthalate free. TPR is less porous than Cyberskin but more porous than Silicone, therefore we recommend condom use with sex toys made of TPR to prevent the spread of bacteria and other infectious agents.
CARE: TPR sex toys should be cleaned with mild soap and water or antibacterial sex toy cleaners. This material cannot be sterilized by boiling, therefore we recommend the use of a condom when sharing sex toys made of TPR.
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