Choosing the Right Sex Toy Material
This common hard plastic material is inexpensive and durable. And, while many consumers turn to materials like silicone to avoid latex and phthalates, ABS plastic comes with neither of these potential irritants – or the high price.
Elastomer is a soft, body-safe material that is latex and phthalate free. Best of all, it is safe to use with all lubricants including water-based and silicone formulas. However, Elastomer cannot be sterilized like silicone can. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use a condom if sharing your elastomer sex toy.
Rubber Latex and Jelly
By far the most inexpensive sex toy materials available, jelly rubber toys come in a huge variety of pleasing shapes and colors and prices. Their soft and lifelike feel make them very popular as well. However, they are extremely porous and the chemicals used to soften them (phthalates) are currently under scrutiny for posing potential health risks.
The Gold-Standard of sex toy materials, silicone is body-safe, odorless and does not contain latex or phthalates. Because it contains no pores where bacteria can hide, it can be completely disinfected. Though it’s not quite as soft and realistic as materials like Cyberskin, but it is quite flexible and warms quickly to body temperature. And, it is extremely durable so it will rarely –if ever- tear or rip. Its longevity alone makes it worth the higher price.
This hybrid blend of plastic and rubber or “Thermoplastic Rubber” is a phthalate-free alternative to jelly, and an inexpensive alternative to silicone. TPR/TPE sex toys are durable and compatible with water-based lubes. Their main drawback is that they do contain a low degree of porosity so it cannot be completely sterilized like silicone can.