Look After Your En-vibe-ronment

Look After Your En-vibe-ronment

The Goddess of Earth, Gaia, has branched out her Mother Earthly horizons to bless us with something we’ve all been calling out for; eco-friendly sex toys.

“The world’s first biodegradable vibrator” is a welcome breath of fresh air. It’s plusher than the leafy notes of Will Young’s Pop Idol breakout banger, “Evergreen”. Cleverly compounded using a starch-based bioplastic, Blush Novelties have concocted two orgasmic vibrators (one being a bullet) using significantly less energy and greenhouse gases than you’ll find involved in the production of other sex toys. For those trying to reduce their carbon footprint, you no longer need to sacrifice your orgasms; you can now recycle them. Hallelujah.

When 2 Become 1

But, how do you know if this toy is for you? The eco-friendly appeal only goes so far when you’re using it to get you off…BUT what about if we told you that the Goddess Gaia is here for you and only you. Using a somewhat traditional dial control, you can adjust the vibrators intensity to the exact speed you prefer. You can start low and slowly twist it stronger, inline with your orgasm. In fact, you only need to twist the lid in one direction to turn on and the other to turn off. The bullet is even simpler, with a button on the lid that you press once to turn on and once to turn off; there is only one singular speed setting for this toy.

So, they’re fairly quiet, super simple to use and even better, they’re cheap! This means that if you’re new at the whole sex toy thing and not sure really where to start, the vibrator or bullet from the Gaia set could be your gateway toy. Take the vibe, for instance, it’s rounded, tapered tip means it’s comfortable and precise. Perfect for internal (vaginally – not anally) or external use, the longer shaft makes it easy to hold. Meanwhile, the bullet functions in the same way as the larger vibrator, but is much smaller and designed for clitoral (or nipple) use.

How to recycle?

As we mentioned above, both the Gaia vibes are fabulously recyclable. But how does one go about this? Can you take them back to us? Do you throw them into your cabbage patch with your used teabags? Can you mash the stalks into a delicious vegan curry paste? We are afraid; the answers to these is a firm no.

Yet, they are easily recyclable, it says so on the box in a large(ish) font. All you need to do is take it to your local commercial composting centre and job done. Bravo!

Recycling Sex Toys

Recycling Sex Toys

We often get emails and queries from customers keen to do their bit for the environment when it comes to offloading old vibrators and dildos. Contacting us is often a last resort, however, so many end up hoarding broken vibes just because they don’t know what to do with them.

Taking an hour or so to clear out your toy box is a good idea in terms of freeing up space (for new sexy toys, obv!) but also for ensuring all your playthings are in good working order, made of body safe material and so on. For tips on what to look out for, check our blog post on how to best carry out an annual spring clean of sex toys.

As an environmentally-aware, responsible company with a strong ethos, waste is and always has been a big issue for us.

We currently work with a great recycling company and recycle at least 90% of our business waste, but there are still some elements of our business and materials we are not able to recycle, such as silicone.

Did you know, for example, that there is nowhere to recycle silicone in Britain, or even Europe at the moment of writing? China will take silicone waste, but they’ll only do so in 20-ton containers.IMG_6295

Let’s repeat that: 20-ton containers. That is a whole load of used dildos!

 

So unfortunately there is no current demand for recycled silicone, but we’re keeping an eye out for local initiatives in the hope this will change.

DIY recycling of sex toys

The hardworking team in our warehouse spend an inordinate amount of time breaking down every waste toy into its simple parts so as much as possible can be recycled: wires going into the electrical bin, plastics into the plastics pile and so on.

Depending on your local service you may be able to recycle parts of old toys yourself. Once you have taken it apart, no one needs to know what it once was; once in the dump truck, no one will be able to tell that it was once your favourite vibrator.

Silicone dildos and other parts can be cut up into unrecognizable pieces and no one will be any the wiser as to where it came from.

We are happy to recycle the parts for you.

If you feel unsure, or worried that a neighbor will spot a Jessica Rabbit poking out from your bin bag, we are happy to recycle the parts for you. In order for us to offer this service though, there are a couple of things to bear in mind:

  • We’ll recycle products purchased from Sh! only
  • Products must be thoroughly cleaned
  • Products must be returned to us at your own expense

Reusing Silicone Waste

By trying to reuse as much silicone waste as we possibly can in our manufacturing process, we are able to keep waste to a minimum.

We have spent time looking at a recycling dildo scheme and if we found hat here is enough interest, we’re willing to look at a recycled dildo range.

For us to take this further, we’d appreciate your feedback.

Our biggest question regarding recycling is…

Would you be willing to pay more for a dildo that had been returned by another customer, sterilized, broken down and re-poured into a new product?

We’d be keen to hear your thoughts on this, so please feel free to respond below. Alternatively, email your thoughts on recycling sex toys to advice@sh-womenstore.com with RECYCLING in the subject bar.

Sh! Spring Dildos

Spring Cleaning Your Toy Box

Spring have finally arrived and if you are anything like us, you’ll be ready to welcome the  warmer weather by getting rid of the grime that’s collected in corners over the colder months. Along with gleaming windows and dust-free skirting boards, now is also a great time to delve deep into the toy box and look at what needs to go…

Melting Materials

Picking up old toys is best done with latex gloves covering delicate skin, as they are probably teeming with nasty bacteria. Sex toys of old were usually made from jelly, a porous material that not only traps lube and bodily juices however well you clean your toy, but also contains the chemical softener phthalates.IMG_6271-(1)

If you see evidence of ‘melting’, the toy is most likely made of jelly and needs to be disposed of sharpish.

Also, if you spot a crack in your toy, it is time to invest in a new one. Silicone dildos last for years, but if vigorous play, sharp nails or pet teeth causes a break, the silicone is no longer non-porous and we recommend investing in a new exciting toy!

Missing Parts

Bullets are teeny-tiny buzzing wonders, but thanks to their petite size, they easily go missing (often to be found under the bed or at the back of the sock-drawer). If your cock ring is missing its magic-maker, chuck it and invest in a new rechargeable version. It’ll be stronger, it’ll have a longer guarantee and you’ll never run out of batteries at inopportune moments!IMG_6273-(1)

Another thing that often go missing are the small plastic lids for any toy that take batteries. Let’s face it – you are unlikely to ever find the pesky lid, and sello taping the batteries in just isn’t a good idea.

Upgrading to a rechargeable vibe takes care of so many issues: no lids, no leaky batteries, it becomes cheaper in the long run…

Discolored Materials

When they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” or “it’s what’s inside that counts”, they are not talking about mucky vibes, rings or plugs that have lost their shine. Sex toy materials can discolor for a number of reasons, but the main ones will be poor materials, incorrect storing, left in baking hot sunshine or cleaning with unsuitable detergents.IMG_6272_3

If your vibrator looks like this it’s time to upgrade and treat yourself to a new, sexy vibrating playmate.

Keep Different Materials Stored Separately

How you store sex toys matter, for sure. Storing them directly on the floor under the bed seems to be a popular option, but it is not something we recommend. Dirt, dust and house pets (or even kids!) will get at your toy and before you know it, the bacteria comes into contact with delicate nethers and itchy infections may take hold – and they tend to hold on tight!

Always store different materials separately. This may mean individual pouches for each toy, or separate storage boxes for silicone and cheaper-material toys. These days, vibrators often come with a dust-free bag to store it in  – make sure to use it.

Batteries & Chargers

Removing batteries from toys after play should be a regular occurrence, but if it isn’t, you should try it. Battery power will last longer, and the motors will feel happier too.

Dispose of all old batteries safely at your local recycling center or even supermarket if they have a special bin provided. If the batteries have leaked inside the battery compartment, please dispose of both battery and toy carefully.

Rechargeable toys is the way forward. Keeping the charger stored with the toy in its pouch will ensure you never get chargers mixed up.

Keep the cord lose – wrapping it tightly around the plug will ensure a breakage at connection point and the charger will be of no use…

Plugging in rechargeable toys every three to six months is good practice. This keeps the motor happy, which in turn will keep you happy!

If you find random chargers that doesn’t belong to anything, dispose of them safely.

Out of Date Lubricant

Are you a bottle half-empty or bottle half-full kinda person? Actually, that doesn’t matter: if the bottle is half full, is it time to invest in a fresh one. Gunky, half-empty bottles aren’t sexy and this is an excellent time to try something new. You can go paraben-free, flavoured or even opt for a warming glide.

Water-based lubes are body-friendly and safe for use with any toys, so a bottle of this lush stuff should always be within reach.

Silicone-based lubes are great for sessions in the bath or shower, but not suitable for use with silicone toys (or toys made from porous, soft materials).

Condoms

Check dates of all condoms to make sure they are not expired. If they’ve been stashed in a bedside drawer for a long time, it’s definitely time to get yourself a fresh box – you don’t want to be caught short.

It’s always a good idea to keep a few different sizes in your toy box, especially if you are single & ready to mingle, have a new partner you haven’t yet gotten hot & heavy with or if you share sex toys with your partner/s.

As well as a selection of condoms, a small pack of latex gloves and dental dams should also be among the safer sex supplies in your toy box.

Cleaning Sex Toys

Cleaning your toys before and after use is important. Lubes and juices will be coating them after a play, so regular washing with a gentle sex toy cleaner or anti-bacterial hand wash & hot water is a must.

 

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Q&A: What’s the best way to store my sex toys?

I have a pile of sex stuff. I’m not sure what the correct way to store and organise my sex toys is but I guess it isn’t ‘heap in drawer’. We have a little of everything so what’s the best way to go?

Y.

Hey Y.

This is a great question and definitely something to consider when you’re buying your sex toys!

You do have to be a bit careful storing your toys, if you store silicone toys together it can damage their surfaces (this is also why you shouldn’t use silicone lube for a silicone toy).

They can also attract a lot of fluff and it’s important to keep them clean and hygienic. You should also store different materials separately.

Some toys will come with their own pouch which is a great way to store them. You can also use make-up bags or pouches, you want a clean, fluff free environment. Sh! Toy Cleaner

You should clean your toys and check them for damage when you store them. You can clean toys with toy cleaner or hot water and antibacterial soap. Some silicone toys and glass toys with no electrical parts might be able to sterilize by boiling or putting through a dishwasher cycle. But make sure you check it is safe to do so for that particular toy!

We’d also recommend leaving your toys to air dry before storing them. This way you should avoid any small particles sticking to them. You should also always store your toys with the batteries (if they have batteries) taken out as this will help them to retain their charge. Nothing worse than reaching for a flat sex toy.

We’ve also had a couple of great tips in the comments! Store your lube in ziplock bags to keep it from getting everywhere, you can also use these to store floggers or similar toys that might be prone to tangling. It’s also suggested that you use nylon stockings as a cheap cheat to keep your toys separate. 

We hope this helps! If you have any other questions send them to us at advice@sh-womenstore.com. If you would like advice from Psychosexual Therapist Sarah Berry include the subject line ‘Ask Sarah’.

Best Wishes, Team Sh! xx

All names have been changed for the purposes of anonymity.

Q&A: Is it safe to put food in my vagina?

Q&A: Is it safe to put food in my vagina?

Hi Sh!

OK, this may seem like the weirdest/dumbest question of all time, but is it ok to put things like fruit or chocolate in my vagina? I’ve played around with it before. But are there like guidelines? Would fruit have pesticides? What is safe for me to put in my vagina? I don’t even know who to ask.

Love L.

Hey L,

The good news is that there are no dumb questions!

In fact, any A&E nurse will tell you people put all sorts of things inside themselves, without first considering if they’re safe, so this is actually a great question. 

Admittedly, the main reason peeps find themselves at A&E is because they’ve lost something up their bum, as toys, fruit and household implements can get lost up there and cause harm, if not, ahem, ‘extracted’.

Using items from the fresh produce aisle vaginally won’t necessitate any pink-cheeked trips to hospital but you are right to be cautious about pesticides and chemicals.

You can remove the chemicals and pesticides that are so freely sprayed over our fresh food these days by soaking in a vinegar solution (10% vinegar/ 90% water) and then rinsing again in fresh water.

It’s never a good idea to risk disrupting the delicate PH balance of your vagina and whilst rinsing is likely to remove all vinegar residue, fruit & veg have their own inherent alkaline and acidity levels, so there is a safer and easier option to ensure your lady garden blossoms rather than wilts, with culinary attention.

Fruit and vegetables are probably the first sex toys known to women and certainly the smooth, cool shape of a cucumber has caught many a women’s eye, so we’d say cover with a condom and go for it!

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Food as ‘foreplay’ is clearly a brilliant love triangle of mouths, taste and sex (who can forget the 9 1/2 weeks food scene) and we carry a whole range of edible delights such as body paint, massage oils and even candy nipple tassels to satisfy this.

Body paint, barring any allergies (they are likely to be made in factories that also work with nuts, so best avoided if you’re sensitive to this allergy) is safe for use on external areas, especially if it’s going to be licked off quickly (though not too quickly- eh!?) rather than be allowed to linger.

But you’re right that you have to be a bit more careful when it comes to what you put in your vagina.

Acidity in some foods can also be a problem and cause irritation. And it’s a bad idea to using anything spreadable because it might be hard to remove… When you start looking into it it seems like food may not be the safest thing to put in your vagina after all.

There are issues around putting anything sugary inside your vagina because sugar, including natural fruit sugars, can upset the natural balance and help create an environment where yeast infections such as thrush can spring to life.

We guess the best, most simple advice is to differentiate what goes on your body and what goes in.

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Body paint, whipped cream, honey or whatever you fancy can make for some sensational fun, but be cautious about putting anything on the delicate skin on your vulva and clitoris.

Anything going inside, either cover with a condom or stick to sex toys made of non-porous, body safe materials, such as silicone and ABS plastic, glass or metal (check out or advice about using sex toys safely too).

Thanks for the thought provoking question. If anyone has any questions about sex and relationships please contact us at advice@sh-womenstore.com.

Hope that helps!

Best Wishes, Team Sh! 

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Guide to Sex Toys Materials: Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel – stunning, temperature-responsive and sensually heavy material.

Adult toys made from steel (the ones we stock are surgical stainless steel) are the weightiest of all sex toys.

Steel Dildos
Steel dildos deliver sleek sensations that’s unlike any other sex toy…

They provide a pressure inside that feels like no other.   The solid weightiness coupled with super-sleek surface means that steel adult toys, like the Njoy Pure Wand, are naturally fantastic toys for penetration and especially great at G-Spot and prostate massage. Steel is more heat responsive than glass, so if you’re playing with these sensations always check the temperature of your toy before play – and no leaving on the radiator or inside the freezer!

Pros of Steel/Metal Sex Toys

  •  Cool sleek surface
  • A luxurious weighty feel
  • Phthalate-free
  • Temperature responsive so can be warmed or cooled for different sensations
  • Non-porous surface, so easy to clean
  • A little lubricant makes surface super slippy and incredibly sensual

Cons of Steel or Metal Sex Toys

  • Pricey
  • Limited Range

 

Care & Cleaning of Steel or Metal Toys

Hand-was your stainless steel toy after every use, using warm water and a mild soap.

If you wish to sterilize the toy we recommend using a mild antibacterial soap, then rinse in warm water.

Promptly dry it off with the satin cloth that was provided or a fine cotton cloth.

Just like fine jewelry, we do not recommend putting it in the dishwasher.

Overall verdict: Stainless steel toys are not cheap but as these toys will last a lifetime, we reckon they are worth it!

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Guide to Sex Toy Materials: Glass & Pyrex

Glass and Pyrex – firm, temperature-responsive and super-slippery material.

Sex toys made from glass offer sensations that no other adult sex toy can:

A solid weightiness coupled with a super sleek surface means that glass sex toys are natural pleasers in penetration and especially good at G-Spot and prostate massage.

Glass toys, being very ridged, may feel too “un-natural” for some folks. If this is you, we recommend opting for toys made of softer, more pliable materials such as silicone or elastomer.

Glass dildos offer the firm pressure that the G-Spot & Prostate really enjoy...
Glass dildos offer the firm pressure that the G-Spot & Prostate really enjoy…

 

Pros Of Glass Sex Toys:

  • Firm, smooth texture
  • Phthalate-free
  • Temperature responsive so can be warmed or cooled for different sensations.
  • Non-porous surface, making glass toys easy to clean
  • A little lubricant makes surface super slippy

Cons of Glass Sex Toys:

  • Although extremely tough, it’s still possible to crack/shatter an adult sex toy made from glass: don’t drop on it your tiled floor! Also be be sure to examine the surface thoroughly before each and every playtime.

• Some glass adult sex toys are decorated with glass paint on the surface, rather than blown into the glass. This paint does eventually wear away: we recommend using condoms if the design is on the surface rather than integral.

 

Care & Cleaning of Glass Sex Toys

Wash in top rack of dishwasher, or use antibacterial soap and hot water, or spray with Sh! Sex Toy Cleaner. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Store wrapped in padded bag or protective packaging supplied with the toy.

Overall Verdict: Glass toys are fantastic toys for those who enjoy G-Spot stimulation. Non-porous and very hygienic, glass toys are a great option!

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Guide to Sex Toy Materials: Vinyl

Vinyl – cheap, soft material containing typically lower levels of phthalates than jelly material. Quite an old-school sex toy material, vinyl is used as a coating and as such is used in simple designs.

What is Vinyl?

You won’t find many sex toys made out of vinyl at Sh!, because generally vinyl toy designs are simply not ‘wow’ enough. Vinyl and Elastomer sex toys feel very similar, but we choose to carry Elastomer toys over vinyl as it’s is phthalate-free.

I Rub my Duckie VibratorVinyl is a pliable,soft plastic, and sex toys & vibes made out of it have a smooth, flexible surface and an opaque colour. It is used in adult toys like the I Rub my Duckie Bathtime Vibrator.

There are different grades of vinyl, from “food grade” to “economical grade”, but on the whole vinyl sex toys tend to contain much lower levels of phthalates/chemicals than jelly toys, though they can initially smell synthetic.

A vinyl adult toy will also be semi-porous. This means the surface is slightly absorbent and will absorb some of your natural juices, so you might find that using water-based lube will enhance your experience with a vinyl toy.

 

NOTE: You should not use vinyl adult toys if you are allergic to latex, or you could  cover the toy with a latex-free condom.

Pros of Vinyl Sex Toys

  • Smooth, flexible surface over solid-feeling toy. Vinyl feels somewhere between silicone and jelly in firmness, though it is dry to the touch like silicone
  • Cheapish
  • Longer lifespan than Jelly
  • Typically lower in phthalates than jelly

Cons of Vinyl Sex Toys

  • Semi-porous
  • Cannot be sterilized. Use condoms especially if sharing.
  •  Do not use if allergic to latex (or cover in latex-free condom)

 

Care & Cleaning of Vinyl Sex Toys:


Clean with Sex Toy Cleaner or mild soap. Be meticulous and be sure it is thoroughly dry before storing your toy away from heat, light and other types of adult toys.

 

Overall Verdict:

Not a huge choice of adult toys in vinyl at Sh!, the choice is more likely to be about the style or design, rather than the material which we reckon to be a bit of a so-so material for adult toys; neither great nor terrible!

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Guide to Sex Toy Materials: Plastic

Plastic – cool, sleek material delivering strong vibrations.

There are two different kinds of plastic used in adult toy manufacturing: standard plastic and ABS plastic (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymers).

They are quite different in quality although both have a super smooth, shiny surface that feels cool and firm.

Both kinds of plastic deliver really intense vibrations as none of the intensity is swallowed up by a soft material.

 

Is hard plastic the right sex toy material for you?

Sh! Bullet Vibrator £10
Sh! Bullet Vibrator £10

All shiny, inflexible adult toys like the Crystal High Intensity Bullet Vibe, the Ultra Vector Egg, the Silencer Vibrator and the Sh! Bullet are made from standard hard plastic.

High end adult toys like many of the Luxury Vibrators are also made wholly or partially with hard plastic, but these toys use ABS plastic. ABS plastic has a high mechanical and impact strength and is therefore the best quality.

Whether standard or ABS, plastic is a cool rigid material that transmits vibrations better than most materials.

As with all materials, plastic has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, it delivers super-charged vibrations, you only need a little lube to make these adult toys super slippery and their firmness can be just what the G-Spot or prostate ordered. On the other hand, the inflexibility and coolness of hard plastic sex toys can feel “un-natural” and for internal pleasure, their shapes can be a bit too truncheon-like for some folks.

A vibrator made from a hard plastic material can be a lot noisier than the equivalent-sized toy in silicone.

This is because adult sex toys made from a softer, sound-absorbing material, muffle the sound of the vibration but also the vibration itself, whereas hard plastic sex toys don’t muffle either!

Hard plastic sex toys are made from a stable material, so they don’t absorb fluids and don’t disclose any substances integral to the material, unlike sex toys and vibrators made from jelly. Hard plastic toys don’t contain any phthalates or latex, so they are a good choice if your are concerned about these materials in your sex toys. Plastic adult sex toys are also odourless and really easy to clean.

 

Standard Plastic: Typically used in cheaper-end sex toys.

Clitoral Bullet
Clitoral Bullet, Standard Plastic

Pros
• Phthalate-Free
• Inexpensive
• Cool, sleek, rigid material which transmits some of the strongest vibrations
• Non-porous (does not disclose or absorb any substances)
• Holds lubricant well; sex toys become super-slippy with just a little squirt

Cons
• Inflexible material.
• Shorter lifespan than most other sex toy materials – will crack if dropped or split if battery cap is forced/over-tightened

 

 

 

ABS Plastic: Typically used in high-end sex toys

We Vibe Tango
We Vibe Tango, ABS Plastic

Pros
• Top quality material, means you’re getting a top-notch sex toy with superior motor and build quality
• Phthalate-free
• Cool, sleek, rigid material which transmits some of the strongest vibrations
• Non-porous (does not disclose or absorb any substances)
• Hold lubricant well; toys become super-slippy with just a little squirt

Cons
• More expensive.
• Inflexible material.

Cleaning & Care: wipe the surface with a damp cloth or use Sex Toy Cleaner. Be sure to dry the toy thoroughly before putting  away.

 

Egg & bullet style vibrators should be covered with a condom if played with internally – this makes it easier to remove the egg, as well as easier to keep the wire area clean.g away.

 

Overall Verdict: Plastic sex toys are great for delivering intense vibrations and a smooth sensation, but may not appeal if you want something that feels organic or is super-quiet.

 

 

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Guide to Sex Toy Materials: Elastomer, TPR & TPE

Elastomer – a soft, safe sex toy material with no phthalates.

Elastomer toys share many of the same positive qualities of jelly adult toys, but without the possible health concerns of phthalates, which is why we offer sex toys made from elastomer in place of jelly.

What is Elastomer Sex Toy Material?

Elastomer is a new technology material and incorporates Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) and Thermoplastic Rubbers (TPR).

The word elastomer comes from two terms – “elastic” (describing the material’s quality to return to its original shape) and “mer” (from polymer meaning “many parts”).

LurveHeart Vibrating Cock Ring
LurveHeart Vibrating Ring £9

Elastomers start out soft and have hardeners added – this means that elastomer toys can vary from being super-soft & super-stretchy like the Lurve Heart Vibrating Cock Ring to being firm & dense-feeling like the Happy Vibrating Cock Ring or the Happy Duo Vibrator.

Vibrators and other adult sex toys made from elastomer feel smooth, soft and dry (unlike jelly toys which can feel tacky) and looks glossy. They give amazing sensations especially if it has a design that features tickly “prongs” that dance away with the vibration.

Every rabbit vibrator in our collection is made from body-safe sex toy materials
Every rabbit vibrator in our collection is made from body-safe sex toy materials

If you fancy a rabbit-style vibe, but are concerned about phthalates that are in many these vibes, or have been put off by the chemical smell/sticky feel of your rabbit vibrator, we are happy to say there ALL our rabbit vibrators are made of body-safe materials;   Sh! Waterproof Rabbit Vibrator & Sh! Jessica Rabbit Vibrator are made from elastomer –   all the same fab rabbit-vibe qualities but without the drawbacks of jelly material.

As fabulous a elastomer is, there are downsides to this material. First of all, elastomer is porous. This means you have to be meticulous when cleaning an elastomer toy. Being porous also means that elastomer toys cannot be effectively disinfected, so no sharing, with other people or between vaginal and anal play by yourself, unless covered with a condom.

Secondly, soft elastomer toys seem to react weirdly with condoms – when we tested this in our London store the two materials started to fuse together- granted the condom was left on for days so not really a true-to-life experiment, but it’s worth noting. Firmer elastomer toys seem ok.

Elastomer toys can absorb your natural juices, so make sure you have a bottle of your water-based lube handy.

Pros of Elastomer TPE/TPR Sex Toy Material:

• Phthalate-free
• Latex-free
• Hypo-allergenic
• Most commonly used in higher quality toys which also usually means better quality motors, switches etc.
• Recyclable

Cons of Elastomer TPE/TPR Sex Toy Material:

• Can be expensive
• Porous (can’t be disinfected)
• May not be compatible with latex so don’t use with condoms or store next to other adult toys especially those made from jelly.

Care & Cleaning of Elastomer TPE/TPR

Clean with very mild soap and water (harsh soaps can start to dissolve the surface). Better still use a special toy cleaner like Sh! Toy Cleaner. Dry thoroughly and store in a cool, dry, fluff-free place away from sunlight and any other toys.

 

Overall Verdict of Elastomer

A good choice for a soft, safe toy and its super-stretchiness is unrivaled in other sex toy materials.