When it comes to choosing a sex toy, the best one is whatever will bring you pleasure. That being said, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to the material your future toy is made of. You see, sex toys aren’t regulated. They can be made of any material, even ones that aren’t safe for your body. For example, many toys contain chemicals called pthalates. While the jury is still out on their safety, if the EPA is worried about them then so am I! Many toys also are made of porous materials. This means the act like your skin—dust, dirt, bacteria, and even fluids can get stuck in the toy’s tiny little pores. Which means when you use the toy, you put all of that back inside you. No thanks!
Luckily, there are a number of materials that are body safe. These include silicone, glass, hard plastic, stainless steel, and aluminum. While all these materials are awesome – and I’ll be talking about all of them over the next two weeks – silicone is a clear winner in my (humble) opinion. If you’ve attended one of my sex toy soirees, you probably already know this. Most of the toys I recommend are made of this amazing material. Those of you who are in love with your Leaf Vitality or We-Vibe have already experienced the pure awesomeness of silicone. Why do I love this material so much? Read on for my top four reasons.
Why Silicone Sex Toys are Awesome
1) Safety. Silicone is a nonporous material. This is good for two reasons. First, gunk won’t get all stuck up in it. Secondly, you can really clean it.
2) Ease of cleaning. Speaking of cleaning, silicone can be sterilized in boiling water for three minutes or washed with gentle, non-antibacterial soap and water. No fancy cleansers necessary. Note: If you choose to sterilize a silicone vibe, only submerge the part that does not contain batteries and/or where the charger goes in! Use tongs to hold this end and dip the rest in.
3) Feel.The feel of silicone toys varies but generally they are among the softest and most life-like feeling out there. They just feel good, plain and simple.
4) Privacy. Toys made of this also generally super quiet. You can crank the We-Vibe up to max speed and you still barely hear it. Its pretty darn amazing.
Next week I’ll talk more about the other body safe materials: glass, hard plastic, stainless steel, and aluminum. Until then, be sure to share this post with anyone who’s deciding what kind of toy to buy. They’ll thank you and so will I.