My main aim as That’s The Spot is to help women feel more informed about what they are buying when they choose a sex toy. That’s why I want to talk a bit about why materials are important and also why and how they affect the quality of the toy and how it makes you feel when you use it.
In the past, a lot of toys have been made from jelly or a hard plastic. A lot of the rabbit-style toys are made of a jelly material. Apart from the disposable Screaming O toys I sell, I only have 2 other toys that are made of jelly – a Rabbit and the Flexible Double Dong
The forward thinking manufacturers have started phasing out the use of jelly when it comes to making toys because there are better materials out there nowadays. Some manufacturers don’t use it at all, like Rocks Off and Fun Factory (my 2 favourite manufacturers!). The good things about jelly is that it is soft and bendy and squishy and doesn’t feel too…’foreign’. What you need to be aware of, though, is that this material is porous. Porous materials can absorb, so think about what happens to your jelly toy if you use it regularly. The toy will deteriorate, discolour and maybe even start to smell. These are the reasons that jelly toys are fairly inexpensive though and maybe one shouldn’t expect it to last too long. There is a simple answer, though, if you would like to keep it alive longer – use a condom when you use the toy. Simples!
Who knows about phthalates? Have you ever opened up a jelly toy and have had that strong smell appear? Those are the phthalates. Phthalates come in all sorts of forms and are used for various things, including coating particular tablets, perfume and pesticides. It is a very popular ‘plasticizer’. You can get phthalates at different ‘molecular compositions’ but the European Union have banned particular types from childrens toys since 1999. The USA takes a similar stance. They can also prove to be a tad poisonous! It is still deemed OK to put them in vibrators though – mainly because we don’t use it as a teething toy! There haven’t been any injuries or death associated with using vibrators with phthalates in them, but there is a general view that phthalates are not good for us so when you find yourselves looking at toys, lots of manufacturers make a point of saying ‘NO PHTHALATES!’ so I suppose a toy without them is better than a toy with them! Wikipedia has just told me that Greenpeace has managed to get a ban on some particular phthalates to be banned from being used in sex toys in Europe, so I’ve learned something new in doing this blog today! If you want to know more, here are a couple of links to it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/phthalates_factsheet.html – oh, and children are much more affected by them than adults.
So yes, this is why I only sell a couple of jelly toys. I am proud of the quality of the toys I source so tend to avoid the jelly ones. If you own jelly toys, just use a condom!
Plastic is the other classic one – ABS plastic being the most popular with sex toy manufacturers. Plastic makes for a very firm toy. It is definitely non-porous – you can use it as often as you want and it won’t absorb a thing! Plastic makes for a safer material because of this. It is easy to clean too. ABS plastic is good because it is impact resistant so dropping your toy and chipping it is unlikely. Some people favour using plastic because they like that hard feel. When you have a plastic toy (like the pink g-vibe) that has a good curve on the end of it, you are more likely to find Continue reading