Body safe sex toys and the fight against toxic toys (and misleading manufacturers) has been among top problems in the industry for years now. The reason for that is the absence of governmental regulations for the production and material use in sex toys. While this matter remains unsolved, we suggest reading valuable materials available of the net to educate yourself about the dangers of non body safe sex toys.
Our selection of the best resources about safe sex toys includes short insights in the topic of body safety, quick suggestions of the best body safe sex toys for those who are in a rush, longer in-depth articles about the importance of fighting toxic toy producers and regulating the industry, as well as a couple of toxic sex toy horror stories.
AT A GLANCE
Body safe sex toys are made of these materials:
- STAINLESS STEEL
- HARD PLASTIC
Non body safe sex toys are made of PVC, jelly, rubber, latex, silicone blends, realistic skin material.
BODY SAFE SEX TOY MANUFACTURERS (SOME OF)
WHAT IS BODY SAFETY?
B-Vibe, a brand for body safe anal sex toys, offer an insightful first look at what sex toy body safety means. There is also a special focus on sharing sex toys and the possible negative consequences of such "caring".
EASY READ: CONCISE TIPS FOR CHOOSING SAFE SEX TOYS
If you want to just get on with your purchase without digging too deep into sex toy chemistry, read this article! Ellen Scott points out the main aspects that you should keep in mind when buying a sex toy without going into too much detail. The tips might seem too some readers, but they are a great introduction to safe sex toys for beginners. This checklist will make you aware of appropriate sex toy cleansing, separating vaginal and anal toys, identifying toxic sex toys and more.
AFFORDABLE & BODY SAFE SEX TOYS: WHERE TO GET THEM
Admitting that a purchase of a $50+ sex toy is unrealistic for many, sex toy reviewer Dangerous Lilly lists the best affordable and body safe toys. Her selection includes "decent", non-toxic, and most importantly non porous vibrators, dildos, butt plugs and penis toys for under $35. Find Doc Johnson, Tantus, Fun Factory among her favourite brands of body safe sex toys. And if you have a bit more to spend, say $50, there is an even wider variety of safe sex toy options for all sorts of pleasures.
WHICH BODY SAFE SEX TOY MATERIAL IS BEST FOR YOU?
Toy Meets Girl sex toy reviewer explains the benefits of each body safe sex toy material: silicone, stainless steel, glass, ceramic, wood, hard plastic, aluminium. The article also features medium-to-higher-end sex toy suggestions made by the best safe sex toy manufacturers. In addition, check out the very useful tips for buying lube in the end of the article.
SEX TOY MATERIALS FROM BEST TO WORST: ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED
Burke Denning explains three main reasons why you should always consider what materials your sex toys are made of. How does material porosity affect a sex toy? Why should a sex toy's chemical composition be your top priority and why are some toys dangerous? The most exciting part - a porosity thermometer that makes it very clear that a huge part of sex toys on the market are porous and not body safe.
EXTENSIVE AND HIGHLY VALUABLE READ: FIGHTING AGAINST TOXIC SEX TOYS
How to fight toxic sex toys that smell of fresh shower curtains? Why have phthalate-containing materials been banned from children's toy industry, yet there are no regulations for the sex toy industry? Sex blogger Epiphora, who has over 10 years of experience in the industry, explains why education is crucial for making pleasure safe for your body. Check out her hands-on experiments with sex toys of all sorts. Be entirely disgusted by toxic sex toy horror stories, like blistering, swelling, burning, peeling, throbbing and more. Finally, learn to distinguish good from bad and pick sex toys that have survived through all of her tests.
ACADEMIC VIEW: HOW TO REGULATE SEX TOY INDUSTRY?
Emily Stabile's commentary on regulating sex toy industry in the US or "getting the government into bed" is a highly informed reflection on the dangers of the unregulated industry. Stabile explains the current problems with the sex toy industry, stressing consumer injuries and toxic materials, as well as offers a list of legislative solutions. Written in 2013, this article holds great value today more than ever, as there are still no unified rules for the production of safe sex toys.
IF A SEX TOY IS NON TOXIC, IS IT NECESSARILY BODY SAFE?
Toy Meets Girl author excels at explaining why non toxic doesn't mean body safe. This is a common misconception, which proves that safe sex toys is a multi-layered concept that requires proper understanding. TPR or thermoplastic rubber is the greatest example for that. It is non toxic and phthalate-free, yet it is porous, which means that it accumulates bacteria in its pores. Find out why TPR is a cheap material that should not be trusted.
GLASS SEX TOYS ARE CONSIDERED BODY SAFE. ARE ALL OF THEM REALLY SAFE?
Sex blogger Dangerous Lilly is fond of experiments - she calls herself the dildo burner. This test with glass sex toys was performed by her in 2016 to inform her readers that not all glass sex toys are equally safe, even though glass is always listed among body safe sex toy materials. Lilly has found a way to test how much stress there is in different glass toys, and her findings differ massively from toy to toy. Check out her interviews with glass sex toy experts and in-depth analysis of the experiment results.
BODY SAFE AND ECO FRIENDLY SEX TOYS: THE BENEFITS
KaraSutra takes a new approach towards safe sex toys by promoting green sex toys. Find out which sex toys qualify as ecological and what are the best places to purchase them. In essence, eco friendly sex toys will last years instead of months, and will save you quite a bit of cash in the long run. The author also suggests tips for affecting a change in the sex toy industry and supporting body safe and eco friendly sex toys. Some of them realistic, others not so much, but this makes you aware that every voice counts in the fight for body safety. Remember - green is sexy!
TOXIC SEX TOY HORRORS
You will throw out your cheap jelly sex toys immediately after reading this. Effect guaranteed. The author of Pantophile Panic blog explains how she learnt about the importance of body safe sex toy materials the hard way. Namely, by being taken to hospital with an extreme allergic reaction and a urinary tract infection. This is the type of real-life horror story that you must read in order to avoid such mistakes yourself.
TOXIC SEX TOY HORRORS 2 : The Jar of Jelly
Want a more visual approach to why porous jelly sex toys should never be purchased? Smitten Kitten have made a disgusting experiment, so you don't have to. The project named BAD VIBES was begun in 2014 to fight misleading and dishonest sex toy producers. Their tactic was simple - to put potentially harmful sex toys in a jar and to see what happens to them over time. The toys were allowed to sit in the jar undisturbed for over a year. As a result, the plasticizing chemicals in the toys seeped out, interacted with each other, and created a soupy, poisonous mess.
WHO TO TRUST?
A comprehensive guide of the best sex toy manufacturers that provide their users with body safe, non toxic, non porous sex toys. The list is very thorough and surprisingly entertaining. Find out the history of each body safe sex toy brand, their main areas of expertise and what they are unique with.