Product Review — 24 September 2012
Silicone – Is it good for sex toys?

Silicone sex toys have become common place in the vast selection of vibrators, dildos and other products available from sex shops. Here we discuss some of the advantages and dis-advantages of sex toys made from silicone.

Silicone properties and uses

Generally, silicones are synthetic compounds which do not react easily with other substances. Silicone does not support microbiological growth, has low chemical reactivity, is heat-resistant, has low toxicity, and repels water. Typically rubber-like, it is readily used in sealants, lubricants, baby bottle nipples, medical applications, and cookware where it is known for its cleanliness, aesthetic feel and appearance, and durability.

For sex toys, silicone has become one of the materials of choice due to it’s soft lifelike texture, high durability, ability to clean easily, non-degradation, warms up quickly to body temperature. Also, silicone does not contain any lead or phthalates which are the chemicals suspected of having carcinogenic and mutagenic effects (cancer causing effects).

Silicone-based personal lubricants are available for use in medical procedures or sexual activity. These lubricants have superior latex compatibility, and so are also used in the manufacture of pre-lubricated condoms. These silicone-based lubricants are not generally compatible with silicone sex toys, since the formula may dissolve the surface making it sticky, and causing disintegration over time.

Cleaning silicone sex toys

It is recommended that sex toys be cleaned before and after each use. Silicone products can easily be cleaned using warm soap and water or a toy cleaner. Boiling for sterilisation can also be used to clean solid silicone sex toys, such as dildos without motors, since silicone is not porous (does not absorb any moisture) and can withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees centigrade.

Allergic reactions

Silicone allergy is extremely rare. Most cases of silicone allergies are caused by products which are not 100% silicone, and may contain traces of latex, for instance. Silicone is used in many household products, including polishes, hand lotions, cosmetics – skin care, makeup, soaps, processed food, and chewing gum. If you truly do have an allergy to silicones, you would have a difficult time using most personal grooming products available on the marketplace. You would also have a hard time getting medical treatment, as silicones are used practically everywhere in medical clinics and hospitals, precisely because they so rarely cause reactions.

Many people these days claim to be allergic to silicone or silicone-based products, but true silicone allergies are very, very rare. They’re certainly possible.  But so are allergies to water.

 

Advantages of silicone sex toys

  • Soft, lifelike texture
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Warms up quickly to body temperature
  • Non-porous
  • Easy to clean
  • High durability
  • 100% medical-grade silicone

 

Disadvantages of silicone sex toys

  • Not compatible with silicone-based lubricants
  • Cheaper silicone products may use industrial-grade silicone, which can contain traces of latex or other materials.

 

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicone

 

By: Adam S.

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