It is used in the production of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and is a known carcinogen (causes cancer) with no safe exposure levels (Government of Canada, 2016).
Jellies contain phthalates. Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. If you buy a rubber sex toy, be sure to use it with a condom because it is porous. PVC and vinyl: These are both cheap materials that contain phthalates.
Other materials in the composition (e.g. softened PVC) may make these toxic as well. Dangerous Lilly discusses Sil-A-Gel in depth. PVC sex toys 🙁. Bad. Common in realistic dildos. PVC, by nature, is a very hard substance, so if you have a soft squishy PVC toy, it’s likely that it’s been softened with toxic phthalates. This is a very common sex toy material because it’s cheap to produce.
Some PVC dildos now claim to be phthalate-free. (So they may or may not be nontoxic.) But all PVC toys are porous, meaning that they'll harbor bacteria and can lead to bacterial or yeast infection. I agree that there are lots of cheap but still body-safe alternatives. Definitely let us know what you're looking for exactly.
"Body safe" refers to the ability to sterilise the toys properly. PVC is porous, and not able to be sterilised, so over time it will become less safe to use and grow bacteria on it and generally become something you don't want to use in/on your sensitive areas.
So, even though Fine says phthalates (and PVC) are much less common in sex toys nowadays, look out for toys that say phthalate-free and are made of silicone or other non-plastic materials.
However, the level of phthalates in sex toys leaves many questions unanswered. Sex toys with PVC can leach oil and smell terrible after a short time. It makes shoppers wonder, how much of this junk is in our toys and how could anything that smells this bad possibly be body-safe?
Opt for Body Safe Sex Toys Silicone is the premium material when it comes to soft sex toys. One of the biggest advantages of silicone is that it's 100% body safe. Silicone sex toys are durable, flexible, hypoallergenic, nonporous, and can be enjoyed by all couples.
For example, Doc Johnson calls its Ultraskyn (UR3) “body-safe,” as NS Novelties does with its TPE toys, and Pipedream does with its Dillio dildos (made of PVC!), etc., etc. So what is Ultraskyn, btw?
Materials: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic rubber (TPR), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), jelly rubber, and latex It's wise to stay away from these—especially jelly rubber toys, which contain phthalates which are harmful to the body.