Q&A: Help I’m Allergic to Latex & Nickel – Some Safe Sex Toys Advice Please!

Q&A: Help I’m Allergic to Latex & Nickel – Some Safe Sex Toys Advice Please!


I have a severe allergy to both latex and nickel, so I’m afraid to get sex toys that contain rubber or any type of metal.

I am looking to buy some toys but I’m a bit of a novice and I’m having problems finding some that I trust. I’ve looked at silicone but I usually use silicone lube and I’ve heard that sometimes they can contain other materials? 

What would you recommend as the safest option for a beginner? Is there anything else I need to consider?




Hey Amy,

This is a great question!

Lots of peeps have allergies to sex-toy materials such as latex and nickel, so you’re certainly not alone. And, of course you want to be sure that your toy is going to give you pleasure, not pain or even an itch, in order for you to fully enjoy it!

Silicone, a hypo-allergenic sex toy material, is a good choice for those with latex allergies or sensitivities.

We’ve also seen some toys which advertise themselves as silicone, but which we suspect to be mixed with other materials, so it’s always wise to be cautious.

Rest assured that these toys don’t get past our cherry-picking process.

We produce our own range of silicone dildos, so we know what a pure silicone sex toys looks, feels and smells like!

It’s true that stainless steel sex toys can contain nickel but the nickel should be bonded into the steel in such a way that it shouldn’t trigger a reaction.  However, you won’t get the best experience a toy has to offer if you are worrying rather than relaxing, so it’s probably best to stay away from metal, even if it is safely bonded.

Another good option for latex allergies would be a glass dildo.

A glass dildo offers the firm pressure female & male G-Spots prefer and can be warmed or cooled to offer pleasurably different sensations to all erotic zones. Just  a touch of lube turns glass incredibly sleek and slippery, to deliver sensually weighty pleasure, like no other sex toy…

Glass is simply pure glass, so it will be allergy-safe for you.

It’s 100% non-porous, which means it won’t absorb any body substances or lube residue, making it very easy to keep clean. You can even sterilize a glass dildo! Our glass toys are made from  toughed glass and are incredibly strong, but you do need to handle them with care ( be careful not to drop it on a hard floor or bash against taps when cleaning it!) and check for any damage before you use them.

When it comes to a vibrator,  the best, non-allergy choice  is one made from silicone and ABS plastic.

However a lot of these toys are made in factories in the Far East which also produce vibrators made with latex and whilst  cross-contamination is highly unlikely, it comes down to the same issue; having any worries or niggling doubts is not conducive to letting go and having fun, is it??!

One good option maybe a  Fun Factory vibrator, as they produce all their sex toys in their own factory in Germany.

Fun Factory ONLY produce do not use latex in any of their sex toys, so they will be safe for your latex allergy

Fun Factory vibrators are made with silicone & ABS plastic. Yay!

However, the charging contacts on their rechargeable vibrators, is coated in a nickel-copper bond – a fusion that is like almost every cooking pot, apparently –  so if you are ok touching pans, this should be allergy safe.

The  two tiny recharging pins are located on the control unit of the vibe, so wont enter or be close to your body.

Fun Factory’s battery-operated vibes, such as LayaSpot don’t  have these pins and the control buttons are silicone-coated plastic, but changing batteries ( alkaline batteries contain nickel)  might pose a problem – perhaps you could phone a friend!?

We generally don’t recommend using silicone lube with a silicone toy, whether a dildo or a vibrator, simply because the 2 silicones can react together over time, possibly causing slight damage to the surface of the toy.

There’s no health warnings about mixing silicone toys with silicone toys and the possibility of damage is slight and would occur over a long period of time, so if you prefer to stick with the lube you’ve found best for your body,  then do so!

Or you may want to try a water based lube instead; read our Q&A all about lube and sensitivity.

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Hope that helps,


Team Sh! xxx