A sex toy’s material is one of the most important aspects of a toy. The materials determine how hygienic and safe a toy is: Can it harbor bacteria or is it non-porous, which doesn’t support nasty microbiological growth? Can I share it? Can I use it vaginally after using it anally? Is it easy is it to clean? etc. Influences how it feels in use: is it hard or soft? Does it feel realistic? etc. Affects its price: is the material expensive or economical? Certain materials are odorless; others smell like a chemical cocktail. Some materials are hypoallergenic while others have like latex or phthalates, which can cause painful, very unsexy, burning allergic reactions or in the case of phthalates have been connected to numerous other health issues as well, Do you want some carcinogens with your orgasms?
This is why I am here with a guide to tell you what you need to know about different sex toys materials and help you pick the perfect toy for you. Happy orgasms!
This is a continuous work in progress and will be updated as I post more reviews on different toys with different materials.
Silicone (100% silicone, dual density silicone)
Not to be confused with TPR silicone which is composite material.
One of the overall best sex toy materials on the market, silicone is a smooth, highly hygienic, odorless, and durable, material used for a variety of different toys. Many toys, especially many dildos and butt plugs, are made entirely of silicone (ex. products by Tantus or Vixen Creations) and it is also used on top of plastic and other materials in many vibrators, prostate massagers, etc. It comes in a wide range of firmness depending on the company’s formulation from near plastic like hardness (ex. LeLo’s silicone) to extremely soft and flesh-like. With some manufactures offering toys in multiple levels of firmness, (ex. the Randy is available in both regular silicone and dual density Vikskin silicone) or even let you pick which level of firmness you want. Lastly, many manufactures offer dual density silicone, which uses two layers of silicone provide a more realistic feel: a firm inner core and a softer outer layer. Silicone has minor to significant drag depending on the toys finish so use it well lubricated.
Lube Compatibility: It is recommend to use only water or oil based lubes, silicone lubes are not recommended as silicone lubes can have a bonding reaction with silicone toys which will mar the surface of the toy. This bonding is more likely the softer the silicone is, so take extra care with soft or dual density silicone. If you still want to use silicone lubes with a silicone toy do a small test patch on an inconspicuous part of the toy to test for a reaction.
Safety and Sharing: Silicone is non-porous and easy to clean/sterilize thus it can shared be between multiple partners (or used between multiple of your own orifices ex. both anally and vaginally) as long as it is properly cleaned and disinfected/sterilized between partners (or orifices). You can also share using a condom for protection. It is hypoallergenic and is free of phthalates or latex.
Cleaning and Maintenance (for toys made entirely of 100% silicone): For basic cleaning just use hot soap and water or a toy cleaner. For a more thorough disinfection, clean it using a 10% bleach solution (make sure to fully rinse the toy before use!), boil it for 3 minutes, or run it through your dishwasher (on the top rack, without any detergent). For the most through home sterilization, boil in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes. If you have, access to one you can also sterilize silicone in an autoclave. You can let silicone air dry or wipe it down with a lint free cloth.
Storage: Silicone does not have any special storage requirements, however many like to store each toy in a plastic bag or similar storage to be on the safe side. (However, a reaction between two solid silicone toys touching in storage is unlikely as long as both are 100% silicone, a reaction between silicone lubes and silicone toys, as noted above, is more likely).