Dildos come in a wide array of materials from silicone, to glass, metal, jelly, and thermoplastic rubber, not to mention several branded “realistic feeling” materials. Different materials are great for different purposes and some need extra care and caution.
Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. 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.
Latex rubber is one of the best dildo materials for “stiffer” toys like dildos and some vibrators because it is firmer but still bendable. Similar to jellies, rubber-based toys are usually inexpensive.
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Choose a dildo made with non-porous materials such as body-safe silicone, glass, or metal. Use plenty of lubricant, but avoid using silicone lubricant with silicone toys.
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.
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. This is a very porous material. Latex Rubber sex toys 🙁. Sprint away.
Jelly Sex Toys. Jelly material is just about the cheapest material when it comes to sex toys. And as you may have guessed, it almost always comes with tons of phthalates. The material uses rubber as a baseline, and adds phthalates to make it flexible. As a result, jelly sex toys can easily be made into any shape (and color).
Less commonly, you can find sex toys in other non-porous materials, including specially treated wood and even stone. These toys are beautiful and unique in addition to being body safe. This is the NobEssence Seduction sculpted wood dildo.
There are dildos that vibrate, inflate and deflate. They come in all sizes from beginner-friendly to frankly enormous. They are made from different materials too, such as glass, metal or silicone.
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