Sex Toys Materials Safety

Sex Toy Material Types

 Silicone Smooth, soft, flexible, jiggles. Silicone resembles real skin. It even retains body heat for a lifelike feel. When you run your hand on silicone you feel no blemishes. With your eyes closed, you may forget it’s not real skin. Silicone is smooth and not porous. This allows you to sterilize silicone-you can even put it in the dishwasher or boiling water, assuming the toy is completely waterproof. Or wash it with soap and hot water. Silicone is hypo-allergenic-few people are allergic to this material. Very sturdy and durable. Toys made with silicone tend to last a long time. One of the more expensive materials, but well worth it.
 Glass All the glass objects PleasureMeNow carries are made from medical grade borosilicate glass (“hard glass”) of which Pyrex is a brand-essentially “lead-free crystal.” It is smooth and totally rigid. You can change the temperature of glass to your preference. Some people like it cool or even cold for an almost shocking sensation. Others like to put it under warm water and get it more body temperature. The glass we carry will withstand extreme temperatures as well as physical shock without compromise to it’s structural integrity. You can disinfect it in boiling water or wash it in the dishwasher All the glass we carry is completely non-toxic. Our glass products are very sturdy; however, if hit on a hard surface with enough force they will break. Glass objects will last forever if handled properly. They can be scratched though. Expensive due to special hand processing.
 Cyberskin CyberskinTM CyberskinTM will amaze you. It feels like the skin on a human body. Very realistic. Technically, it is called thermal plastic. While extremely flexible, it has “memory” so it can revert back to it’s original form. CyberskinTM is extremely porous, making it difficult to clean and easy for germs and dirt to hide. (Don’t share without a condom) CyberskinTM is extremely sensitive and should be cleaned following every use with warm water and stored in a clean dry place. (It’s very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on these products.) CyberskinTM is designed to be used with it’s special talc powder to ensure it’s lifelike texture. It also has a specially formulated lubricant to work with it’s unique feel. CyberskinTM takes a bit of maintenance but it is well worth it. Moderately expensive.
 Jelly Jelly toys (a kind of rubber) feel good and they’re very flexible, but they fall short of silicone. Jelly just doesn’t have the feel of skin-not as smooth as silicone. You’ll enjoy jelly toys most when adding a water-based lubricant. Jelly material can’t be sterilized like silicone-so no boiling water. You shouldn’t use soap either as the chemicals in soap can break down the material. Just use warm water. Since jelly toys can’t be sanitized they can’t be shared-unless you put a condom over them. You can buy them scented, as jelly’s normal scent is slightly rubbery. Jelly holds up well, but doesn’t last nearly as long as silicone. About half the cost of silicone based toys.
 Plastic We are all familiar with hard plastic. It does not bend and it’s cold. That said, there are many people that like the feel of a smooth, cool, rigid plastic vibrator-especially for insertion into the vagina. Also, you can really feel the intensity of the vibration with a plastic encased vibrator-no soft silicone, jelly or rubber to absorb the pulsing of the vibe. Plastic toys are easy to clean using a paper towel with rubbing alcohol or soap and hot water, (note: don’t submerge any battery operated toy unless it states it is waterproof). However, plastic does not hold up in boiling water, like in the dishwasher. It is rare that someone would be allergic to plastic. If handled properly, plastic lasts a long time. However, plastic can crack or break if thrown or stepped on. Very inexpensive.
 Rubber Latex rubber is the most common material used in sex toys (although we don’t carry many of these low end products). While rubber toys are bendable and somewhat soft, you won’t confuse it with the more “real” feel of jelly or silicone. It’s much firmer. Being very porous, latex does not clean well. You can make a rubber toy last longer and keep it cleaner by using a condom over it each use. Some people are allergic to latex. Latex rubber won’t last nearly as long as either jelly or rubber. Very inexpensive

With the thousands of sex toys on the market today, it’s hard to know what you’re getting. You’ll see Jel-lee, Gel,lee, silicone, jelly, plastic, latex, and even foam rubber sex toys. You name it, they’ve made a sex toy out of it. That said, some materials are better than others. While that flexible latex vibrator may be the prettiest one in the store, it could disappoint you on your first date. Herewith, an examination of the best and worst materials on the market.

Jelly Sex Toys

Next on the menu is the mysterious jelly rubber material. In the sex toy world, jelly is marketed with myriad spellings, among them jel-lee, jelly, gelly, gel-lee, gellie and even MarbleGel. For all of their spellings, jelly sex toys are some of the most beautiful models on the market. Available in a rainbow of colors, they’re made of a translucent and pliable rubber and are a great starting point for sex-toy exploration. As an all-purpose dildo, we recommend the clear Crystal Jelly. It’s made of a popular gel-type material and offers an extremely flexible, realistic feel with an incredibly smooth surface.

The jelly material used in conjunction with some water-based lubricant can send you to the moon. The texture is a little rubbery but with enough lubricant jelly performs more than adequately. While not as smooth as silicone, these vibes do the trick at a fraction of the price. Some complain that they have a slightly off-putting rubbery odor – a sort of cross between Vaseline and an inner tube. If you can get over such details, you should consider a jelly sex toy for your collection. Inexpensive and quite lovely, jelly rubber is our number two pick for sex toy materials.


The uncontested best material for vibrators (and all sex toys, for that matter) is silicone. It is, quite simply, the cashmere of sex toy materials. Exquisitely textured and remarkably life-like, silicone warms up quickly and retains body heat very well. Of course silicone vibrators also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There’s anything from the sleek Gigolo Vibe with its smooth, avant-garde stylings, to the fancifully ridged Twister vibe that will add a wavy sensation to the spread of vibration. Not enough? Silicone sex toys are also by far the easiest to clean. Because of its non-porous nature, silicone cleans up with ease with mild soap and warm water. Silicone toys are also the only sex toys that can be completely sterilized and hence shared – the material even withstands boiling! Finally, some women have allergic reactions to the latex rubber sex toys (the same material used in condoms); silicone vibrators, on the other hand, very rarely cause any irritation.

So why aren’t all vibrators made of silicone? Cost has something do to with it. When you’re out buying a vibrator, check out the prices of the silicone models. They’re generally $20-$30 more than the other models on the shelf. Every silicone toy out there is cast in a mold by a real human being. No machines here folks – making silicone vibrators is a real art and you’ll pay for it. Overall, silicone can’t be beat. As Ferris Bueller said, “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”

Many women express concern over silicone dildos, worried that it presents the same potentially toxic danger as silicone breast implants. While related, the two materials are very different; the silicone rubber used in vibrators is solid and cannot potentially leak into the body.

Plastic Sex Toys

What discussion would be complete without a mention of plastic sex toys? Perhaps most famous for their appearances in various adult films, plastic toys are hard, cool and delectably sleek. While available in a wide range of colors, the veneer of choice for adult movie stars seems to be silver. Its metallic appearance brings a degree of sophistication to the sex toy. The cool, smooth hard surface transmits a firm pulse that is not tempered by the exterior of the toy.

These sex toys feel like an intimate encounter with the motor itself. The Lady Mood is a classic favourite with its smooth, chrome finish and slim, firm shape – it features an easy-to-clean surface and multi-speed settings for the perfect experience from amateur to professional. Sound exciting? Perhaps these vibes are for you. While the vibrators are great, vaginal and anal stimulation might not be as intense as you desire – they’re typically quite smooth and provide little friction during any in and out movement.

Rubber Sex Toys

Perhaps the most popular material for sex toys is plain and simple latex rubber. These sex toys come in various colors, with skin tone and black being the most popular. The Realistic 6-inch is made of soft, ultra-lifelike rubber for extra realism and comes in two.

Metal Sex Toys

Very few sex toys are made of metal. Largely enjoyed by S&M enthusiasts, metal toys are sleek, cool and quite beautiful. Extreme caution must be taken whenever using any metal sex toy. They’re are definitely not starter items; if used too roughly, injury can result.

Whenever using a metal toy, it’s important to take it very slow. Feel your way around and do not make any sudden movements. Unlike the other materials described, metal doesn’t have any give to it at all. A sudden tap of a metal dildo against the pubic bone or cervix is extremely uncomfortable; make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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In addtition, sex toys are most enjoyable when used with a lubricant. [click to learn which lubricants work best for different toys and situations]

Wand Vibrators

These vibrators are designed as body massagers with a long handle and they are exceptionally well made. So, not only can you enjoy them as a sexual toy, they are also perfect for tired muscles.

Wands have circular heads, best used for external genital stimulation. However, a variety of attachments can be purchased for them that fit over the head for vaginal or anal entry. Again, the Hitachi Magic Wand is the most famous and sought after vibe in this category.

Battery Operated Vibes

Battery operated vibrators offer the user a smaller, more portable unit than are the plug-in type wands. They come in many different sizes, shapes, colors and textured shafts. They are not as strong as the wands, but the larger the batteries used in the vibe, the more intense the motion”thus, vibes requiring “C” batteries will be more powerful action than “AA” vibes.

Classic Vibes

These “cylinder” vibes come in various lengths. They are made of plastic and can be a bit noisy. They look like a small rocket ship, and they can really help you take off! Examples: Pearlessence Wand 7.5″, Magic Power Vibe 8″.

Realistic & Jelly Vibes

Made to look like a penis, these vibes are made out of a wide variety of more flexible, or skin-like materials. Some have veins or ribbing for a more natural feel.

One of our favorite skin-like substances is the amazing Cyberskin. While not an intense vibrator, the Private Members Vibrating Cyberskin Cock Pink 6.5″ is a good example of a realistic look and feel. Or use the Cyberskin Transformers 3″ Sleeve, which fits over your classic vibe to create a real feel.

Flexible jelly vibes also offer a more skin-like feel than classic vibes. Check out the Jazzy Power Vibes 8″ or the Jel-Lee Red Vibes 7″.

Waterproof Vibes

Waterproof vibes have become increasingly popular. Who doesn”t love playing in the bath, at the beach or in the Jacuzzi. Now you can bring your water-friendly vibe along, and have MUCH more fun! Many shapes and materials are available. Try the Waterproof Amethyst Jewel 7″, Water Toys Multi-Speed, or the Waterproof Rabbit for multi-stimulation vibe.

G-Spot Vibes

Difficult to reach and mysterious, the G-Spot can now be accessed by a woman with specially curved vibrators. These vibes offer a curved tip with a long shaft, so that, once inserted, a woman can reach the G-Spot on the upper wall in her vagina.

Vibes made of hard material are best because they don”t bend when inserted in the vagina. Examples: Celebrity Slimline G 7.5″, G-Spot Fantasy Massager 6.5″, and the Waterproof G-Spot Skinny Mini 4″.

Multi-Stimulation Vibes

With their unique properties, these vibes are becoming very popular. The long, phallic, vibrating shafts penetrate the vagina, while simultaneously a clitoral stimulator acts independently, with separate controls. Additionally, some shafts have beads that twist and rotate for additional stimulation of the vaginal lips and the g-spot. The protruding, independent clitoral stimulators usually look like animals: rabbit, beaver, bear, or kangaroo.

The Japanese vibes are pricey, but the quality is outstanding. Check out these multi-stimulators: Japanese Rabbit Habit, Japanese Beaver, or the less expensive Rabbit Habit.

Bullet (Egg) Vibes

The unique shape of bullets/eggs make them very versatile. They typically measure only 1 inch by 3 inches, and they”re attached by a small cord to a control unit/battery pack. Made of hard plastic, you can use them externally, insert them into the vagina or into the anus (best to use a condom when using them anally). They allow for more than 1 intensity level and some offer varying types of vibration (pulsating, surging, escalating, and roller coaster).

Some bullets come with sleeves for the bullet that give a more sensuous feel, like the Evibe Love Bullet, which comes with the real-skin feel of a Cyberskin Sleeve.

Strap-On/Clitoral Vibes

With their straps that fit like underwear, these vibes fit over the clitoris and hold it in place providing hands-free fun. They can even comfortably be used while having intercourse. They are basically a bullet, with a jelly cover. The most popular versions: Venus Butterfly, real-feel Cyberskin Clit Climaxer Passion Flower and the Micro Climaxer Butterfly.

Remote Control Vibes

What will they think of next? The remote control vibes can satisfy your kinkier side. These vibes are fitted into panties without any wires, just press the remote for instant pleasure. Let your lover take charge of the remote and enjoy surprises all night long, when you”re out on the town. You”ll love it! One caution: like most vibes, if used over an extended period of time, it tends to heat up, so be careful. The Remote Control Butterfly is great for clitoral stimulation and the Remote Control Black Panty offers an all around good time.

I’m a sex enthusiast, published fantasy writer and the editing director of Brewin’ After Dark. I write about topics surrounding sexual health. Thanks for reading and add me on Twitter!

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