Here is a quick guide to sex toy materials (very handy when considering what toys to buy from our store ).
Glass- 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.
Compatible with: Water-based and silicone lubricants. Feel: Smooth and rigid. Smell: Odourless. Taste: Tasteless.
Jelly Rubber- one of the cheapest materials around. It 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.
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!
Compatible with: Water-based and silicone lubricants. Feel: Smooth, rubbery and flexible. Smell: Strong rubbery smell. Taste: Slight chemical taste. Contains phthalates. Warning: Contains latex.
Latex- a form of rubber 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 ita glossy,wet-look finish.
Latex requires some TLC when it comes to cleaning. Ensure you spray it with an antibacterial sex toy cleaner and dry it thoroughly before sprinkling with a renewer powder. The renewer powder will help the rubber stay soft, supple and flexible.
Compatible with: Water-based and silicone lubricants. Feel: Smooth, rubbery and flexible. Smell: Slight rubbery smell. Taste: Slight rubbery taste. Does not contain phthalates. Contains latex.
Metal- is non-porous, waterproof, skin-safe, compatible with all lubricants and extra durable.
However, 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.
Compatible with: Water-based and silicone lubricants. Feel: Smooth, cold and rigid. Smell: Odourless. Taste: Tasteless.
Plastic- Hard, hygenic ABS plastic; transfers vibration well and allows for firm, strong stimulation. It’s also compatible with all lubes and easy to clean with warm water and a mild soap or your favorite toy cleaner.
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.
Compatible with: Water-based and silicone lubricants. Feel: Smooth, hard and strong. Smell: Odourless. Taste: Tasteless.
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. Not ideal for sharing.
Compatible with: Water-based lubricants only. Feel: Firm, tactile and life-like. Smell: Strong rubbery smell. Taste: Rubbery taste. Warning: Check individual descriptions for latex and phthalates content.
Silicone- has a non-porous finish and hypoallergenic properties. Easy to clean with warm water and a mild soap or your favorite toy cleaner. Silcone toys can be long lasting when properly cared for. Do not use silicone lubricants with silcone toys as they will degrade the material.
Compatible with: Water-basedlubricants only. Feel: Smooth Smell: Odourless. Taste: Tasteless.
Skin-Safe Rubber- free of phthalates, free from latex, completely non-porous. Easy to clean with warm water and mild soap or your favorite toy cleaner.
Compatible with: Water-basedlubricants. Feel: Smooth, rubbery and firm. Smell: Slight smell until washed Taste: Tasteless.
(this information was adapted from lovehoney.com a great wealth of information!)