A Quick Guide to Sex Toy Materials

Sex toy materials have gone through many transformations over the years. The once popular, inexpensive “jelly” materials which once dominated the store shelves has been updated to TPR, TPE and silicone materials.

Sex Toy manufacture

ABS Plastic
This is hard plastic and you’ll find it in a lot of sex toys. It is smooth, durable, non-porous and easy to clean. Most ABS plastics do not contain phthalates. Since phthalates are softener, hard plastic by definition doesn’t contain it. It is commonly used to make hard vibes and bullets like the Shane’s World Sparkle Vibes, Clitoral Hummer and the High Intensity Bullets.

Glass
Glass can sound like a scary material to people unfamiliar with the unique properties of the type used for sex toys. The most common kind is Boroscilicate. It is durable, chip-resistant and can withstand considerable stress without breaking or cracking. Glass sex toys, like the ones found in the Inked Collection by California Exotic Novelties, are non-toxic, easy to clean, and can be heated or chilled for added sensations. Boroscilicate can also be boiled for cleaning.

Latex
Known for being used in condoms, some pleasure products are also made with latex. It is a stretchy, pliable material that is sometimes called “natural rubber” as it is made from tree sap. Be aware that latex can cause reactions in people who are allergic to it, and it’s important that people who are sensitive avoid latex products. The Accommodator is a poplar toy made out of latex.

PU Cote/Satin Finish
PU Cote (polyurethane)/Satin Finish is actually a finish given to sex toys to make them silky soft. It is a luxurious texture found on many hard toys made of ABS. The Classic Chic Collection plus most of the First Time Collection, such as the G-Spot Tulip Vibe, and the Body & Soul Collection, like the Transcend, feature a PC Cote.

PVC
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is pliable, durable and flexible. It has been a popular sex toy material for many years. Items with the Safe and Pure logo are phthalate-free. Mr. Just Right is an example.

Silicone
Silicone is to sex toy materials what silk is to clothing. It is a premium, hygienic, body-safe material. Nonporous and more durable than other materials, silicone is easy to clean. Solid silicone toys can be sterilized in boiling hot water. Silicone is often pliable, soft, and versatile. JOPEN is well-known for all its lavish, silicone collections, such asLUST, KEY and ENVY. CalExotics also offers silicone products in many of its collections such as embrace, Impress, Entice and Love Rider.

TPE
TPE, thermoplastic elastomer, a class of polymers, has many of the same characteristics as Silicone, but is often more stretchy. It is soft, pliable, hygienic, and most contain no phthalates. It is found in a wide variety of pleasure products, such as the Advanced Waterproof Jack Rabbit by California Exotic Novelties. Plus it is used on many enhancers, like the All Star Enhancer Ring. TPE is also a recyclable material.

TPR
TPR, thermoplastic rubber, is a lifelike material that feels realistic. Used often in strokers, dongs, and lifelike toys, it closely mimics the texture of real human skin. TPR is a class of polymers with characteristics similar to silicone. California Exotic Novelties’ products marked “PureSkin” are made with TPR. There are no phthalates in most PureSkin products. The Gripper and G.N.D. Strokers are popular TPR products for men, while The Original Butterfly Kiss is a TPR product that women have come to love.

We’ve barely scratched the sex toy surface! There are many other types of materials used in pleasure products. The list also includes acrylic, aluminum, ethylene vinyl acetate, nylon, polycarbonate, polyethylene, styrene acrylonitrile and more.

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