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TOYS – What Lube to Use

Silicone Sex Toys

  • Compatible with water based lubricants
  • Usually not compatible with silicone-based lubricants
  • 100% silicone is hypo-allergenic
  • 100% silicone is non-porous and can be sterilised
  • 100% silicone will not change colour, texture, shape or odour

High grade, 100% silicone products will not change colour, texture, will not have an odour, and will not melt or react with other 100% silicone toys. Some cheaper products may use low grade fillers claiming to be silicone so look for 100% medical grade silicone.

100% silicone is non-porous, meaning the surface will not harbour bacteria or residue, it’s hypoallergenic and inert. It’s easy to sterilise and can be washed with soap and warm water, cleaned with bleach, or even run the through the dishwasher to clean.

A silicone-based lubricant should generally not be used with a silicone toy, as it could potentially damage the surface. Stick with water-based lubricants for silicone toys, if possible.

Glass Sex Toys

  • Compatible with water and silicone-based lubricants, and oils
  • Non-porous and easily sterilised
  • Hypo-allergenic

Quality glass toys should be crafted from borosilicate glass (like Pyrex), which makes them much stronger, more chip and break resistant and safer than regular glass. Tempered glass products won’t shatter like regular glass and if you were to drop a borosilicate glass toy on a hard surface, it might snap in half but wouldn’t explode like a drinking glass would.

Glass toys are non-porous, hypoallergenic, inert and easy to sterilise. It can be washed with soap and warm water water, cleaned with bleach or run the through the dishwasher.

ABS Plastic Sex Toys

  • Water based lubricant recommended, also compatible with silicone based lubricants, and oils
  • Generally non-porous
  • Can be cleaned with soap and water, or alcohol, and air dried

ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene ) is generally a hard plastic, and contains no phthalates (a softener).

There are many different types of ABS, and they have a variety of uses in almost every industry worldwide. Some examples are hard toys, remote controllers, and the plastic on cell phones.

ABS plastic is desirable for it’s hard, glossy, and non-porous surface, however it can grow brittle over time.

ABS is generally non-porous and can be cleaned with soap and water, or alcohol, and allowed to air dry. Take care to ensure there are no cracks, crevices, or nicks in the surface of ABS which might harbour bacteria.

Jelly Plastic Sex Toys

  • Compatible with water and silicone based lubricants, generally not with oils.
  • NOT non-porous and cannot be sterilised
  • Jelly plastics should not be stored touching other plastic items, as they may interact poorly and melt

Jelly plastic is a generic term that can be used to cover a wide variety of plastics. It covers a wide variety of colours, textures and degrees of firmness. The exact make up of jelly plastic is often a closely held trade secret, but they are generally inexpensive and compatible with water or silicone-base lubricants, although water-based lubricant is usually best.

Jelly plastic toys of different types interact poorly and “melt” when in contact with each other, if they are of different formulas. Because jelly plastic is a mixture (not a chemically bonded compound, like silicone or glass), it may also develop an oily sheen, change shape, colour, or texture, even when not in contact with other plastics.

Jelly plastics are not non-porous and cannot be sterilised. Because of this some people will use a condom with their jelly plastic toy before use.

Some people experience irritation when in contact with some types of jelly plastics.

Sil-a-gel Sex Toys

  • Water-based lubricant is recommended, NOT compatible with silicone and oil based lubricants
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised

Sil-a-gel is often a mixture of silicone and other plastics, advertised by manufacturers as anti-bacterial and latex-free.

It may contain some silicone, but Sil-a-gel is a trade name, and not a description of the material.

Sil-a-gel is not a non-porous material, and cannot be sterilised like silicone or glass.

SEBS Silicone Sex Toys

  • Water-based lubricant is recommended, MAY NOT be compatible with silicone and oil based lubricants
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised

SEBS (Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene) Silicone is a mixture of silicone and other plastics. It can vary widely in, colour, firmness and texture depending on the manufacturer.

SEBS Silicone is best described as a material which has the characteristics of both silicone and rubber, and can be worked more easily than silicone, possibly replacing liquid silicone in some consumer products. Because of its mixture of plastics there are many different gradings when it comes to quality.

SEBS Silicone is not a non-porous material, and thus cannot be sterilised like silicone or glass.

PVC Sex Toys

  • Water-based lubricant is recommended
  • MAY NOT be compatible with silicone and oil based lubricants
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised

Poly vinyl chloride, or PVC, is a very common soft plastic and has a great deal of versatility. (just like the perfect guy) . It comes in a variety of colours and textures, and quality can vary greatly.

Without a plasticiser PVC is a hard plastic (think PVC pipes) but with a plasticiser, PVC is very soft and flexible, and can be used in place of common natural latex rubber. You will see this material a lot in shiny faux leather items, as well as adult toys.

A water-based lubricant is recommended. Different grades of PVC may interact poorly with silicone or oils.

PVC is not non-porous, and thus cannot be sterilised like glass or silicone.

CyberSkin, SoftSkin, etc. Sex Toys

  • Water-based lubricant is recommended
  • MAY NOT be compatible with silicone and oil based lubricants
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised

Touted as phthalate and latex free plastic, the actual make up of Cyberskin is a very closely guarded trade secret.

Other similar materials may go by the trade names of RealSkin, SoftTouch, and others. This material is soft to the touch, and feels much like real skin. Water-based lubricant is strongly recommended.

Cyberskin may react or melt when stored with other soft plastics if they are of different formulas (similar to jelly plastic). Cyberskin, and similar materials need to be carefully cleaned with soap and water, and allowed to air dry, and may need talc or corn starch to maintain its soft touch.

Cyberskin toys are not non-porous, and cannot be sterilised like glass or silicone.

TPE Plastic Sex Toys

  • Generally compatible with water and silicone based lubricants
  • MAY NOT be compatible with oils
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised
  • TPE plastics should not be stored touching other plastic items, as they may interact poorly and melt

Thermo Plastic Elastomer, TPE, is sometimes thought of as the same as TPR. The basic difference is in the bond structure when it is created. TPE can be processed on plastics machinery, and typically does not require curing or vulcanisation. This makes it less expensive to work with.

TPE may not be quite as strong as TPR, but may be more flexible. TPE is desirable for how easy it is to use in injection moulds because of the softness, and the soft-touch and texture in finished products.

Some common elastomer examples are nitrile rubber and silicone rubber. However some products may contain low quality fillers, affecting how porous the final product is.

TPE toys are generally not non-porous, and cannot be sterilised like glass or silicone.

TPR Plastic Sex Toys

  • Generally compatible with water and silicone based lubricants
  • MAY NOT be compatible with oils
  • NOT non-porous, and cannot be sterilised
  • TPR plastics should not be stored touching other plastic items, as they may interact poorly and melt

Thermoplastic Rubber ,TPR, is best described a material which has the characteristics of both rubber and plastic. It may be desirable, because often TPR can be worked like a plastic, but maintain the characteristics of rubber when finished.

There are many different types and quality gradings, and there are a variety of uses in almost every industry. Other uses for TPR are the rubber/plastic soles on shoes, window seals, and gaskets. TPR may be used where flexibility and a soft texture is desired.

TPR is not non-porous, and cannot be sterilised like glass or silicone.

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