WHAT SEX TOY MATERIALS ARE SAFE TO USE
We demand our bottles are BPA-free, that our food is of organic source and use cosmetics that are paraben-free and safe for our bodies. Unfortunately this is not always a thing with sex toys.
When you shop at Peachy Vibes, you can be sure that the toys you buy are safe to use and put in your body. There are more important decisions you should make when buying a sex toy than having to research which materials won’t harm your health. We’ve done it for you.
Safe sex is not just contraception.
Body-safe sex toy materials
Many sex toys on the market contain phthalates, a chemical used for softening plastic. It gives off strong plastic smell and recent research studies indicate that phthalate toxicity can target the reproductive and respiratory systems.
Body-safe materials are safe for intimate and internal use and don’t contain harmful chemicals. Unfortunately the sex toy industry is not as well regulated and many manufacturers will say their toys are body-safe when more than often they are not.
All toys on Peachy Vibes are body-safe and made by trusted manufacturers world wide. We keep an open conversation with the brands we stock and make sure to gather as much information on the products we sell as possible.
Silicone toys are durable, retain body heat and vary from firm to super soft. If you are looking for a toy that is the best of both worlds, try dual-firmness silicone products which are firm on the inside but squishy on the outside.
Silicone is very hypoallergenic and non-porous which makes it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.
Non-vibrating silicone toys can be sanitised by boiling completely submerged for 3-5 minutes. Be mindful that the toy can get very hot during boiling so handle with care.
Alternative is to use a sex toy cleaner or wipe down your toy with rubbing alcohol and wash it thoroughly.
Using silicone based lubricant with a silicone toy can cause the silicon to break down which will permanently damage the toy. We recommend using water-based lube.
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic) or hard plastic is a popular body-safe material used in vibrating toys, often together with silicone. As plastic transfers vibrations extremely well, it allows firm and strong stimulation. This plastic is very chemically stable (LEGO’s are made of it), odourless and tasteless.
Toys made of hard plastic are great as they are rigid and maintain their shape, which is great for g-spot and prostate stimulation.
As plastic toys cannot be boiled, they can’t be fully sanitized and should only be used between fluid bonded partners.
To clean the toy – use a sex toy cleaner, wash it with mild soap and water or follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you want to share a toy, it is advised to put a condom on it.
Hard plastic toys can be used with water and silicone based lubricants however, some hard plastic toys can react to a silicone lube so make sure to do a patch test before use.
Usually stainless-steel or aluminum, these toys are non-porous, hypoallergenic, almost indestructible and easy to clean. Just like glass, metal toys can be used for temperature play by either cooling or heating the toy (never use a microwave).
Metal toys are perfect for those who seek firmness and pressure as these toys tend to be more heavy.
Cleaning metal toys is extremely easy – just boil them in a pot together with a towel (like with glass toys) to protect the finish of the toy or wash it with mild soap and water. Be cautious that metal toys get extremely hot when boiled.
Metal toys are compatible with all lubricants.
Definitely beautiful and versatile – glass toys are growing in popularity and rightfully so. They are non-porous, easy to clean and can be used in temperature play by either cooling or heating the toy.
Borosilicate glass is the most commonly used glass in sex toy manufacturing due to its resistance to pressure and thermal shock as well as shatter-proof qualities.
Some toys are made of “soda-lime” (pyrex) glass which is shatter-proof but has lower thermal-shock resistance than borosilicate and should be treated more carefully.
Glass toys should always be checked for breakage or chipping before use. Once a toy is damaged it can no longer be used as a sex toy.
Glass toys should be boiled fully submerged and it is advised to put a towel in the pot to create a barrier between the toy and the pot, which can cause damage to the toy.
Alternatively you can wash the toy with mild soap and water or sex toy cleaner.
Glass toys are compatible with all lubricants.
Elastomers are a mix of plastic and rubber (Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) & Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR)) and generally do not contain phthalates, latex or PVC. Elastomer is soft, pliable and squishy. Popular penis masturbators are made of materials like SuperSkin, Cyberskin and others are polymers of elastomer and should be treated the same.
To wash elastomer toys, use mild soap and water, sex toy cleaners or as recommended by manufacturer.
Unfortunately elastomer is porous enough that bacteria can flourish within a short period of time unless taken extra special care of. This is why toys made of elastomer should not be shared between partners that are not fluid bonded.
Although not an exact science, using a condom with these toys could increase their longevity.
Elastomer toys are compatible with water-based lubricants.
Good to know
- Sex toys should be washed/sanitized when first purchased, between anal and vaginal use and between uses with non-fluid-bonded partners.
- Boiling os the most thorough way of sanitizing a toy but can never be done with hard plastic, elastomer toys and motorized ones.
- If in doubt – go with water-based lubricant.
- Putting a condom on a toy is a good idea when sharing your toy.
- If a toy smells or tastes bad (strong chemicals f.ex.) then most likely it is not body-safe.
- If a toy contains the word “jelly” it is highly likely that it is not good for you.