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Toy Materials

There's a variety of materials used to make adult products. Have you ever considered what that might mean for your body? If you've never thought about, perhaps it's time to give it a little thought. Why? Because not all toys are made with a healthy body in mind.

Adding materials to list of things to check when purchasing a product, might feel like the fun is being taken out it. But never fear! I've created a little cheat-sheet of the most common materials used in the adult toy industry. The good, the bad and the downright ugly.

At The Slinky Minx, we don’t just buy from unknown factories or distributors, we take great care in researching each and every brand we bring in, from materials, environmental policies, animal testing, the whole shebang! Read on but know, we only have the best and would not put your sexual health above profits margins! YOU MATTER!

 

100% Silicone


toy material - silicone example100% Silicone sex toys are made out of body safe, chemically inert silicone that is hypoallergenic and safe for all of your delicate parts.

The Pro's

  • It's a non-porous material that is an unwelcoming place for bacteria, so it’s super hygienic.
  • It lasts an incredibly long time without any signs of wear.
  • It doesn't smell, change colours, or have a funny taste.
  • It warms to your body temperature for comfortable play sessions.
  • Silicone is an excellent material for penetration.
  • It's a dense material which allows for powerful vibrations.
  • Toys made of silicone come in an impressive range of colours, shapes, and sizes.
  • It can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees, so it is easy to clean.

 

 The Con's

  • Silicone lubricant can affect the texture of silicone toys, so we recommend using only water-based lubes with silicone toys.
  • Some toys are inaccurately advertised as “silicone.” 
  • Silicone toys can easily attract dust, hair etc. 
  • Silicone toys are some of the most expensive ones sold.

Care

  • Clean your toy before it is first used and after each subsequent use.
  • To clean your silicone toy wash it with mild liquid soap or toy cleaner. You can also boil it for three minutes or stick it on the top shelf of your dishwasher (but only if there are no electrical components!).
  • If you must use silicone lube, do a patch test on the bottom of your toy. High-grade silicone shouldn't be affected by it.
  • If your toy uses batteries, increase its life by storing the batteries outside of the toy.
  • While silicone can last for years if well-cared for, it can tear if nicked, so keep it away from sharp fingernails, sharp corners, and, for heaven’s sake, don’t bite!
Glass

Toy material glass

The Pro's
  • Glass toys are elegant works of art that not only look good but feel amazing!
  • Our glass toys are made out of Borosilicate tempered glass.
  • All lubes are safe to use with it.
  • It's non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Being a smooth texture, it slips easily over (or into) your curves.
  • You can change the temperature of the toy, cold or warm, just be mindful and not put yourself (or partner) in danger.


The Con's

  • If you’re looking for something that can mould itself to your shape or vibrate, the glass may not be the material for you.
  • Glass toys can chip, so give it a good inspection immediately after purchase and every time before use. 
  • Many glass toys on the market are not high quality and dangerous. Look for trusted brands, Crystal Delights, or Fucking Sculptures, not cheap imports. With any glass sex toy, find out from the manufacturer if they have been annealed. For more information about glass toys, take the time to read the great blog post by Dangerous Lilly.

Care

  • Glass toys tend to be quite sturdy, but if your toy becomes chipped, no matter how slightly, it must be taken out of your sex toy collection.
  • Clean your glass toys by washing them in the top rack of your dishwasher, or washing them with soap and water or toy cleaner.
Hard Plastics

Hard Plastic/ABS toy materialThe Pro's


  • Most toys made with it these days is just at the base to hold the electronic parts
  • Vibrators are made out of hard plastic at very affordable prices.
  • Hard plastic is highly durable.
  • It is non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Hard plastic vibes can transmit powerful vibrations and are ideal for outrageous clitoral stimulation.
  • Your hard plastic vibe is compatible with any lubricant.
  • You can turn one hard plastic vibe into many by throwing a variety of sleeves onto it.

 

The Con's

  • The vibrations from hard plastic vibrators can be too intense for some people.
  • Hard plastic toys can be loud.
  • If covered in metallic paint it can chip off


Care

  • Take care to keep electronic parts dry.
  • Your vibrator will last longer if you take the batteries out each time.
  • Wash your hard plastic toy before its first use and after each subsequent use with soap and water or toy cleaner. Do not boil any ABS/hard plastic toys.
Ceramics

ceramic sex toy material

The Pro's

  • It's non-porous - making body-safe, and easy cleaning
  • Ideal for any allergy sufferers as it's latex free, phthalate free and hypoallergenic. Check what's its been coated with, most are body safe polyurethane or lacquer. 
  • Gret to use with all lubricants, oil, water-based, or silicone.
  • Smooth material and rigid ideal for g-zone stimulation

The Con's

  • Being rigid if you're not a fan of rigid toys, this may not be for you.
  • Ceramic toys can chip, so give it a good inspection immediately after purchase and every time before use. 

Care

  • Follow the manufacturers washing guide. Just use a soft cloth, gentle soap and water. Gently dry with a cloth, and leave to finish air drying. You can place in its storage container and leave the lid open for until completely dry.
Stainless Steel

toy material stainless steel

The Pro's
  • An elegant material for sex toys.
  • Steel toys are compatible with any lubricant.
  • It's smooth surface glides nicely over yours.
  • It's non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.
  • You can change the temperature of the toy, cold or warm, just be mindful of the temperature and not put yourself (or partner) in danger.

 


The Con's

  • If you’re looking for something that can mould itself to your shape or vibrate, steel may not be the material for you.

 

Care

  • Wash your stainless steel toys with soap and water or toy cleaner. You can also boil them or put them in the top rack of the dishwasher.  Just remember not to touch them until they have cooled down!
Wood

wood sex toy material

The Pro's

  • It's non-porous - making body-safe, and easy cleaning
  • Great for any allergy sufferers as it's latex free, phthalate free and hypoallergenic - just check what the wood has been coated with. Most are covered body safe polyurethane or lacque, this makes it non-prous and safer to use.
  • Gret to use with all lubricants, oil, water-based, or silicone.
  • Smooth material and rigid so great for g-zone stimulation

The Con's

  • Some can be covered with oil or wax. This is problematic as it's not a permanent and can come off, which is not ideal for your body or longevity of the toy.
  • Being rigid if you're not a fan of rigid toys, this may not be for you.

Care

  • Follow the manufacturers washing guide. Just use a soft cloth, gentle soap and water. Do not use bleach! Gently dry with a cloth, and leave to finish air drying. You can place in its storage container and leave the lid open for until completely dry. Do not use abrasive cleaning products.

  

Thermoplastics (TPR/TPE)



TPE toy material example

The Pro's
  • Toys made of this material are some of the most affordable ones on the market.
  • Many TPR/TPE toys are phthalate-free & latex-free.

 

The Con's

  • TPR/TPE is a porous material that must be washed thoroughly and frequently.  It cannot be sterilised.
  • Even phthalate-free toys may pose some material issues as we are never 100% sure what these toys are made from. 

 

Care

  • Wash your toys with mild soap or toy cleaner before its first use and after each subsequent use.
  • Being a porous material, we recommend you use a condom with your TPR/TPE toys to prevent bacteria transmission.
Acrylic

acrylic sex toy materialThe Pro's

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • It's  non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Acrylic toys can be used with any lubricant.


The Con's

  • Toys made of acrylic are, unfortunately, less-than-common.
  • Acrylic toys can shatter if dropped or knocked against a hard surface.

 

Care

  • Clean your acrylic toys with soap and water.
  • Do NOT clean your acrylic toys with alcohol or other products that contain alcohol or acrylic; they will break down your toys over time.
Elastomer

elastomer sex toy materialThe Pro's


  • Though newer on the marker, many affordable, safe, and fun sex toys are made out of this space-age product!
  • It transmits vibrations nicely.
  • This soft material is phthalate-free.
  • Elastomer toys tend to be quite durable.
  • It is safe for people with latex allergies.


The Con's

  • The elastomer is a slightly porous material. It cannot be sterilised.
  • Because it is a newer material, there is a limited range of toys made out of this dreamy material, but we expect that to change quickly!


Care

  • Wash your toy before its first use and after each subsequent use.
  • Wash your elastomer toy with warm water and mild soap or toy cleaner.
  • Because they are semi-porous, we suggest using a condom with these toys
Cyber Skin

cyber skin toy material example

The Pro's
  • They have amazingly realistic textures and looks.
  • They make great Packers and life-like dildos.

 

The Con's

  • The softness makes them prone to small tears.
  • They're porous materials that need to be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. They cannot be sterilised.
  • Some of these toys may contain latex, so they are not recommended for individuals with latex sensitivity.
  • They also may contain silicone, so we recommend that you use water-based lubes with toys made of these materials.
  • Some (but not all) skin-like toys may contain phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics that may be harmful to your health.
  • We recommend using a condom to prevent any irritation or reaction to the material if used for penetration. Condoms also help prevent any transmission of bacteria or body fluid between partners
  • Even phthalate-free soft skin toys may pose some material issues as we are never 100% sure what these toys are made of. 

 

Care

  • Wash your toy before its first use and after each subsequent use.
  • Wash these toys gently with warm water and mild soap or toy cleaner.
  • Dry your toy thoroughly.
  • Before putting your toy away for its next use, dust it with cornstarch to help maintain its life-like appearance and texture.
  • Do not dust your toy with talcum powder as talc has been shown to be potentially harmful to the cervix. Use 100% cornstarch powder.
  • Store your Soft-Skin toys in a non-plastic bag until their next use.
  • Using a condom will help keep these porous materials clean and protect them from small tears.
Jelly

toy material jelly

The Pro's
  • Toys made of this material are some of the most affordable ones on the market.


The Con's

  • Jelly rubber toys may contain phthalates, and chemicals used to soften plastics that may be harmful to your health.
  • Jelly rubber is a porous material and must be washed thoroughly and frequently.  It cannot be sterilised.
  • Jelly rubber toys also may contain latex, and not recommended for people with latex allergies.
  • Jelly-rubber may also contain ingredients people may find irritating to their skin. 
  • We recommend using a condom to prevent any irritation or reaction to the material.
  • In general, we do not support Jelly rubber toys due to safety concerns. 

     

    Care

    • Wash your toys with mild soap or toy cleaner before its first use and after each subsequent use.
    • It's a porous material of unknown ingredients, we do not recommend the use of these toys. If you do, please use cover it with a condom. 

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