It is no longer news that we now have sex toys in widespread use all over the globe. They come in all shapes and sizes that best fit your needs. But the very interesting thing with this whole thing is that not many people think of the materials that are used in the manufacture of these sex toys. It is important to give consideration to the materials used in the manufacture of these sex materials.
In this piece, we are going to pay a lot of attention to these materials and come up with an ultimate guide for them. That way, you are not just going to be very well informed about these materials, you will also know the ones that are best for you.
The Sex Toy Materials
You will be surprised to know about the diversity of the materials used in the production of sex toys. These include:
Whenever you are buying a sex toy, there are some things you need to put in mind. The first of these is that what you need differs from what your sex partner needs. You need to always go for what is best for you. A typical sex toy shop has a lot and you can always select from a diverse range of products.
While you may like sex toys made from glass, your partner may love anything made from plastic. If you are going to purchase for your partner, be absolutely sure of the material that they prefer. In the sections below, we are going to take a look at each of the materials that have been mentioned above.
This is one item that we find everywhere and not just sex toys. For sex toys, the most common type of plastic used in their manufacture is the one called ABS plastic. The ABS here stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. In some cases, plastic sex toys can have other materials like rubber in them. By nature, they are hard and have no smell or taste. They are also safe but you should take time to read the safety details. Plastic sex toys can be used with lubricants made from water or silicone.
This is going to come as a surprise to many but the fact is that there are many sex materials that are made from wood. Some will find this shocking for obvious reasons but as long as you used wooden sex toy materials as described by the manufacturer, you will be just fine. These wooden sex toy materials are smooth and hard, they are finished perfectly and you have a variety to select from.
As for safety, once the product has the resin finish and adequate finishing, it will be safe. You will also do well to check and confirm the source of the wood. Wooden sex toys can be used with any type of lubricant.
However, the quantity of lube that you need is small. But there is one very important point you need to have in mind concerning wooden sex toys. Immediately you see that the wood is wearing off, then you should stop using them. Discard them and avoid injuring yourself.
As you might have guessed, the metal of choice here is medical-grade stainless steel. Sex toys made from metal especially steel are smooth and hard, they also have no smell or taste. Because metal is a very good conductor of heat, you can have some real hot fun with them.
They are also really good for massage sessions or butt plugs during anal sessions. Metal sex toys are quite safe but you cannot use them in combination with rubber or phthalates. An extra benefit is that you can make use of any type of lubricant with metal sex toys.
A vast majority of the sex toys that are made with silicon are made specifically from borosilicate glass. It is a very durable and heat-resistant type of glass, the type used in the manufacture of many cooking utensils.
These glass products are smooth and hard so they are really cool when you need them for sexual acts in need of pressure. Another advantage with them is that you can use them with practically any kind of lubricant, so enjoy it!
Also referred to as platinum silicone, this material is also known as polysiloxanes. There are various kinds of silicone and all of them have the consistency and feel of rubber. Some of the finest sex toys are made using silicone. Silicone has a soft feel and has no taste or smell.
When it comes to safety, you are fine with silicone, especially medical-grade silicone. Silicone is safe, is hypoallergenic and has no latex and phthalate. In other words, you have no problems introducing silicone sex toys in your body. They are often used with water or oil-based lubricants. It is not advisable to use silicone-based lubricants as they can deform the toy.
This material is harvested from the rubber tree and it has a bouncy feeling. It is flexible but you will have to deal with its very strong rubbery smell and pervasive synthetic taste. As for safety, it is often best to utilize condoms with these rubber toys. This is because these rubber toys regularly have phthalates that can jeopardize your health.
However, the good news is that in recent times, more emphasis is being placed on safety as far as the production of rubber sex toys is concerned. You can use them with either silicone-based or water-based lubricants.
This is actually referencing materials that are also referred to as soft skin, Cyberskin or ultra skin. They are all derived from thermoplastic elastomers. They are mainly used in the manufacture of sex toys for males like penises, cock rings, and masturbation collars. They have been given that name because they actually feel like skin, they are very soft and malleable. They also feel warm upon touch which explains why many prefer them.
However, you may have to just live with its intense smell and taste of rubber. As for safety, it is not toxic but it can encourage the growth of microorganisms. Thus, you have to keep it very clean at all times. Again, you can only use water-based lubricants with real feel sex toys.
This is the shortened form of polyvinyl chloride and it is very well known in different industries. They are often made as flexible or rigid formats. Owing to the use they are put to, many PVC toys are flexible in nature. They also have the pervasive smell of plastic which not everyone finds cool by the way.
As for safety, you may want to reconsider your choice and that is because many PVC items have phthalates so they are not the ideal to be used on your skin. Another thing with PVC sex toys is that you need to use them with only water-based lubricants.
History of Sex Toy Materials
Just like the act of sexual intercourse itself, sex toys have been with human beings from time immemorial. Researchers believe that siltstone remains the oldest sex toy material in the world. They believe that it was used in prehistoric area in human societies as far back as almost 35,000 years ago. In ancient Greece, people made use of dildos made from wood and other toys using leather. For lubrication, they just made use of olive oil.
Similar records have been found in records from ancient Egypt, China, India, Italy, and so many other defunct empires. Observing the trend of history has shown that sex toys have evolved but their fundamental use remains the same. The first silicone dildo was made in the 1970s by a cripple named G I Duncan for his lover. That was about four decades after the latex rubber was already introduced for condoms.
Storing and Cleaning Sex Toy Materials
After we have discussed the various materials and a bit of their history, the next thing to highlight is how to clean them. For rubber, do not keep close to other substances so they do not react. Also keep away from excess heat to prevent melting, water and soap are ideal for cleaning rubber toys.
For wood, water alone is enough for the cleaning, do not use soap to ensure the product remains durable. Always keep in a container or case when not in use so as to keep quality intact. Metal sex toys can be cleaned with water, soap or even specially prepared antimicrobial preparations. These same toys can be boiled and subjected to high temperatures as a way to also clean them.
As for real feel materials, they are porous and cleaning them may not be that easy. However, it is still advisable to clean them with water and ensure they are well dried before they are kept in storage. For PVC materials, cleaning is easy especially if they are rigid. It can be a bit trickier to clean flexible PVC sex toys though. For both, warm water and soap are often enough. They should not be stored with other sex toys so that there is no chemical reaction. Boiling as a form of keeping them sterilized is not applicable because of their porous nature.
As for plastic, cleaning is easy, all you need is soap and water. You can also try out boiling as a form of sterilization. For glass, the cleaning is just like any other regular cooking utensil made from glass. All you need is soap and water. You can even clean them using your dishwater. Boiling as a form of sterilization is also good for cleaning.
For silicone sex toy materials, boiling can also be employed as a form of sterilization because of their nature. But that is only applicable if it is made up wholly of silicone and is not mixed with any other material. Another thing you can use to clean silicone is to make use of a 10% bleach-water solution. Just make sure that you rinse properly and let it dry completely before storing.
Issue of Health and Safety
Considering the categorization of sex toys as novelty products, getting them the needed approval by government agencies can be a very tedious and costly process. This is especially true of a country like the United States. If there is no adequate regulation, all sorts of substandard items will be marketed as sex toys and that is already happening. These low-quality sex toys have a real-life impact on the users and can even wreak havoc on their sexual lives. As a user, what you need to do is to ensure that you pay a lot of attention to the descriptions of the product and be absolutely sure that it has been certified safe for use by the relevant agencies.
What the Future Has For Sex Toy Materials
If there is anything that history has shown us concerning sex toy materials, it is that they will always be with us. They have been with us for tens of thousands of years and that is not going to change any time soon. The only thing that can change will be the evolution of these sex toy materials. For example, it is certain that the future is going to be very different and the current buzz of artificial intelligence is a good pointer to what to expect.
The future is most likely going to come with some new materials that will be used in the manufacture of sex toys. Plastic will be dumped and replaced by biological materials. Some researchers are already talking about these sex toys made from human tissue.
It will also be possible to make these sex toys to run on artificial intelligence and even incorporate them with the human body. Other materials that are being considered to be the future include carbon fiber and graphenes – both of which are known for their incredible strength and durability. What the future has for sex toys, it is definitely going to an exciting one!