Toxic Toys – The Definite Guide to Toxic Sex Toy Awareness


Sex Toy Safety Information / Toxic Sex Toy Awareness

sextoystoxicorsafeThe point of this page is basically to have a landing spot with an easy address. A one-stop shopping point, if you will, of all content that relates to sex toy materials, their safety (or dangers) and the industry as it relates to this topic. Some posts are quite old and while I’ve updated when I can, the information we get changes. We understand material nuances better as the years go on. It wasn’t all that long ago that most people didn’t care about their sex toy material or thought they were the problem. It’s only been 10 years that we’ve had increasingly more access to silicone sex toys.

We’ve seen some sex toy lab tests over the years and boy have things changed. In the mid-2000’s the Danish EPA tested many sex toys, with poor results where toxicity is concerned – the same could be said for the first tests run by Smitten Kitten / done in 2006; but the sex toy industry has come a long way since then. In September of 2014, Smitten Kitten again sent out a bunch of sex toys to be tested, the results are found here. Surprise! All were considered phthalate-free. Does this mean they’re no longer toxic? We don’t know. A recent Swedish study showed that hazardous chemicals were also declining. These recent test results fail to explain why so many people still get chemical burns from use, especially with Doc Johnson sil-a-gel-added products.

You will find information here on toxic toys and “non-toxic but not body-safe” toys. There are shades of grey when it comes to the dangers and yes, some people will experience no ovbious side effects. This page also will provide links to DIY hom sex toy “tests” and will aim to dispel some myths about silicone sex toys.

We have still have sex toys that contain phthalates, but phthalates aren’t the only harmful chemical being used. Companies can lie about their “phthalates-free” claim, so ultimately we’re left 100% in the dark about the true safety of a sex toy unless we buy only materials from the approved list or sex toys only from the approved manufacturer list. And then, we have sex toy materials that have never been proven toxic yet are still softened with oil (grades and types unknown), the material still breaks down and is unstable, and the material is still porous enough to harbor bacteria and mold.Even if the material is non-toxic when you first buy it, that may change as you own it and the material breaks down. Chemical changes will occur, oils will release along with new VOCs, and more.


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How can you look at these images and still want to put sex toys made of materials that break down over time and possibly contain dangerous chemicals inside your body? How is this safe?

Original Photos (September 2013)November 2013February 2014November 2014June 2015 2016: An update and Retrospective


Toxic Toy Talk – Articles about Unsafe Materials

Yes, Jelly Sex Toys can be Dangerous 
Using Jelly products for oral, vaginal, or anal stimulation is going to introduce phthalates and other toxic solvent absorption into the mucous membranes of the body. … Headaches, cramps, and nausea are some of the side effects that result from exposure at the levels found in the study. … Regardless of whether you sheath the thing in condoms every time you take it out of its box, it’s still going to degrade and fragment, off-gas so that it leaves an oily stain behind, fuse to its packaging and stink like an old car tire. Is any part of that sexy?

Bringing Toxic Sex Toy Facts Out of the Attic
A company could have the manufacturing plant in China put “silicone” on the label when it’s far from silicone. Nothing and no one can stop them. Nothing on that packaging has to hold a grain of truth. NO REGULATION.

Are Toxic Sex Toys Still a Problem?
In late 2014, another official lab test was done on a bunch of suspicious, porous sex toys. We take a look at what the results mean and where we should go from here.

How Do I Know if a Sex Toy has Phthalates in it?
You don’t. The better question would be: How do I make sure I don’t buy a sex toy with phthalates in it?

Doc Johnson ‘Sil-a-gel’ Products are Burning People
Sil-a-gel isn’t a material, it’s an additive. They claim it is anti-bacterial, mixed in with very porous PVC to inhibit bacterial growth in the pores. But the extreme reactions people have is cause for great concern and complete boycotting of any Doc Johnson product containing this additive.

Non-Toxic But Still Not “Body-Safe”?

How Porous is Your Sex Toy and Why it Matters
Bacteria, mildew, fungus etc can enter the pores of these materials and make a home. The more porous the material is, the easier this will happen. No studies have been done on the effects of using a sex toy that mildewed.

Is Your Glass Sex Toy Truly Safe?
Cheap glass dildos are a dime a dozen in the industry, but are they safe? They’re more sturdy than the uninitiated may first thing but cheap dildos cut out an important safety step. We also talk about safety in colored glass and painted glass.

How Porous Sex Toys and Bad Lube can Affect Vaginal Health
So I’ve told you that not all porous sex toys are toxic, like TPR. But so many folks have had reoccuring yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and more and the answer came to me when I was researching how oil-based lubes can affect the vagina.

DIY Sex Toy Safety

Deciphering The Results of a Flame Test
There are many variances in sex toy materials, and your results when doing a burn can vary. In fact, results we used to think meant one thing now mean another. The good news is that I feel more confident that I’ve got a lock on what’s going to happen if your material is silicone or not silicone. I’ve documented most of the results achieved on known-content materials to show the array of results and what you can expect.

Is Your Glass Sex Toy Truly Safe?
This article gets listed twice because it talks about the problems you can encounter in cheap glass sex toys, but also shows you how to easily test your glass dildo at home to make sure it’s annealed and more.

Soothing the Genital Burn – Tips for Dealing with the Burn of Bad Sex or Bad Lube
Whatever the cause, the pain is real. Until you can get to your doctor these home remedies should help abate the feeling that fire ants have devoured your genitals.

Sex Toy Industry and Material Myth Busting

Silicone vs Silicon vs Silica Gel
Thanks to shady sites that shouldn’t be selling sex toys, and the “lost in translation” issue, we’re seeing some weird claims in sex toy materials. Spoiler alert: Sex toys are never made from silica gel.

Dismantling the “Silicone Touching Silicone Melts” Myth
For years, we believed this because many things were called silicone that were not. I did another Jar test to prove that nothing happens when you store your silicone sex toys touching in storage.

Should You Really Cover It With a Condom?
For years this advice made the rounds: Using an unsafe material? Cover it with a condom! Simple! I’m delving into this advice to see if it’s worth anything. Hint: It’s complicated.

“For Novelty Use Only” Part 1
The “For Novelty Use Only” disclaimer is likely more for exporting reasons than anything else, for most companies – if it’s not “novelty”, then the FDA thinks it is medical and they will require formal approval, photos, and a 3-page paper written on the subject.

“For Novelty Use Only” Part 2
“I honestly don’t think it has anything to do with the quality, or lack thereof, of a sex toy. I think it has to do with history. Small manufacturers are less likely to use this terminology.” In the second part I interview manufacturers and dig deeper.

If It Stinks It Can’t Be Silicone, Right? WRONG
Silicone is like tofu – tasteless on its own but it soaks up the flavors of the dish. There are many valid reasons a true silicone sex toy could stink when you first get it, so give this a read before you worry that it’s not silicone.


Tip: To get the best chance at a quality, safe sex toy avoid buying from Amazon and Ebay. Chances are high for counterfeit sex toys and problems galore. Want to know who I recommend for a safe shopping experience? View the list here.


List of Reputable Sex Toy Manufacturers

This section used to contain a long, hard-to-update list of reputable sex toy manufacturers, brands that only made non-toxic sex toys. But the problem with this list, well, there are multiple problems:

  1. I can’t tell you for 100% sure without testing myself, and I can’t do that with every brand
  2. Brands come and go at increasingly more rapid speeds
  3. In short, it’s complicated.
  4. And I would get endless emails about every little obscure brand on the market. I don’t have those answers.

So now what? Now I tell you how to decide for yourself.

Amazon-only – There are a number of sex toy brands that only sell on Amazon or their own site. While this doesn’t automatically make them bad, I do have grave reservations. I tested one such brand with disastrous results. At this time I simply don’t trust 90% of them.

Retail Store Brand – A number of retailers do “white label” sex toys, which they don’t necessarily design. They just pick from a manufacturing plant’s catalog and slap their brand on it. With regards to Lovehoney, anything they have said is silicone seems to be silicone. Their glass is not annealed. A retailer on my Blacklist, MEO, I am more suspicious of especially when it comes to their branded lubes.

Check Trusted Retailers – If you can find the brand for sale at any of the retailers I trust, then you can trust that their silicone products are silicone. I have yet to find a case that defies this rule. Look at Shevibe, Smitten Kitten, Early to Bed, Come As You Are, Self Serve, SheBop, Babeland, and Good For Her.

Which Sex Toy Materials Are Safe?

–> 100% pure silicone. You’ll also see this called Platinum silicone, which refers to the curing agent. You’ll sometimes see medical-grade, but usually it’s food-grade (which is still very body-safe). When a brand pulls out the “medical grade” wording, I would be a little suspect because medical-grade silicone is much more expensive and isn’t necessary. There are also regulations on brands using that terminology. Even if it just says “silicone” and you’re buying from a trusted retail website, I give my blessing. If they try to call it a “blend”, though, run away.

–> Wood sex toys can be very safe, if the finish is medical grade. So far, only Nobessence makes wood sex toys with a lab-tested body-safe coating. Lumberjill also seems to have a body-safe coating, it just wasn’t lab-tested.

–> Medical grade stainless steel is very safe. Njoy is the premier company for this.

–> Aluminum is safe; most aluminum toys are powder-coated with body safe coloring. Crowned Jewels UK is a great brand.

–> Glass as a material is safe; you’ll mostly see borosillicate glass. Fucking Sculptures is soda-lime glass. Cheap manufacturers won’t state the type, but leaded glass is expensive and super heavy, so it’s not likely to be used. Cheap brands also will not anneal, which is a long process that makes the glass extremely tough. Un-annealed glass won’t be a fragile bubble but it needs to be handled with care. Cheaper brands may also paint glass which should be avoided at all costs.

–> Ceramic is safe, so long as it is glazed and kiln-fired. The glaze keeps it non-porous.

–> Natural stone is mostly safe. Most natural stone sex toys cannot be sealed, they can only be polished. We’re unclear on the porosity and safety levels of putting these minerals and rocks inside the body for longer periods of time. I can’t seem to get a straight answer from brands nor scientists.

–> ABS plastic is considered non-toxic, but is somewhat porous.

Which Sex Toy Materials Should I Avoid?

–> Jelly / Jellee / Gel and other various spellings

–>Rubber / “skin safe” rubber merely means that the retailer is saying what the manufacturer claims, which is that the rubber is latex-free and phthalates-free, but this may not be true.

–>Cyberskin / UR3 / Futorotic / Fanta Flesh / Neoskin / FauxFlesh/ etc – if it’s not pure silicone, and it looks super realistic (and it’s not Fleshlight) then avoid it.

–>Vinyl and PVC

–> TPE, TPR, Elastomer, TPR-silicone, SEBS, “silicone blends” – These should be approached with caution. They are non-toxic, but are nearly always porous enough to harbor mold and bacteria. These materials are also softened with mineral oil, and might contain harmful chemicals besides phthalates. The material is highly unstable, and will begin to break down over time (a few months). Sex toys made from these materials should be examined closely before every use for material tears, black spots, foul odors. Sex toys made from these materials should be replaced every 8-10 months.

Click here to read up on proper care and maintenance for all sex toy materials.


Toxic Sex Toys with Jennifer Pritchett from Smitten Kitten on Vimeo.


Posts from around the ‘net, written by others

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 Posted by at 10:25 am
  • I’m so glad you did this post; it’s a vital resource!

  • Since it’s not going to be touching your body directly, I think it’s okay. You’ll want to keep an eye on it for odd odors, discoloration, black spots, or if down the line it makes you itchy even in indirect contact. Since it’s so porous it can harbor bacteria, fungus, etc.

  • Iris

    Not sure if you know, but the Eroscillator is made of TPR : (

  • Yeah, I know.

    I’m contacting them to see if they have anything official to say. The TPR they use is different from most sex toys; it’s really firm, and the more firm it is, the less plastic softener has been added…..therefore it is less porous and more stable than traditional TPR used in sex toys. And there IS a medical grade version of TPR, which I would hope they’re using, but we’ll see what they say!

  • CrystalTippedWings

    Thanks for raising awareness, I had no idea! At the moment most of this is going over my head and I’m going into information overload slash confusion. Still it’s a vital resource and way of raising awareness, thank you. ♥

    I really, really liked the video, thanks for the link. :)

    As for your list of safe until proven otherwise sites, at first I was rather alarmed to see lovehoney wasn’t on there. Currently waiting for my recent order to show up to get a closer look at what things are made of but at a quick glance over my order list shows most things appear to be rubber so it sounds like I might be sending a whole lot back.

  • I didn’t include them since they’re technically a retailer, rather than a manufacturer. But they do have a number of store-branded items; for that I didn’t include because there’s still quite a lot of porous stuff. I don’t approve of their wording of “skin safe rubber”, either.

  • CrystalTippedWings

    Thanks for explaining. :)

    Your post and the links below in particular ‘Lubes 101 – Harmful Chemicals and Body Burden’ really helped me give things a yay or a nay pretty quickly. (I also found ‘What Materials Are Safe For My Body’ to be a helpful quick for a quick overview.)

    The only one I got caught up with was one that was ‘Made from smooth coated skin safe plastic. Does not contain latex or phthalates.’ The ‘skin safe plastic’ part freaked me out more than anything else since I recalled what you said about ‘skin safe rubber’. Thankfully I contacted them to clarify what type of plastic it was since I then found out it’s made from PVC. (note to anyone one else who ends up in the same situation, I had to ask twice since originally they just replied ‘hard plastic’ before I further clarified my question.)

    Anyway, pretty much everything I ended up setting aside was made out of something non-obviously toxic or otherwise (one of which was lube) so if I’d just been looking for jelly there is no way I would have caught it all. So thanks for all the amazing detail you went into for this post, it’s now among my top reference posts in regards to sex toys. While this and your other posts have been useful in finding other friendly sex toy sites and articles. I appreciate you’re knowledge getting to me so early in the game.

  • AbigailTea

    Why do so many of these look nothing close to an actual man’s penis? What are some safe dildo brands that actually look like the human body? I have a hard time finding arousal with products that do not look like the real thing.

  • DocOctavia

    Did you ever hear from them? I recently got one from a friend and I was wondering how I can sterilize it?

  • they say that it is “safe, non-porous TPR”. Now I don’t think this means you can boil it, because I’m not sure about the temp rating on it. But since the material is so firm on the attachments, I’m inclined to believe them on the non-porous part (it IS possible, there are firm times of TPR that are non-porous). I would suggest a 10% bleach solution and then rinse it well.

  • Same Lilly as on reddit ? I had no idea on on parts of this that it is/was such a pandemic!

  • If I listed out all the manufacturers I don’t trust, the list would be a mile long. Which is why, if you don’t see a manufacturer on the list, they’re iffy. That’s not to say that you should never buy from them, but exercise caution. The list simply says that these companies “do not produce toxic sex toys”. That’s it. I do not include companies like CalEx and Doc Johnson on the list (because they DO produce toxic toys), but I will recommend certain items of theirs because they are making decent, actual silicone, sex toys.

    However, Pipedream as a whole is a company I cannot support:

    The product you have is safe, but I’ve been told that all of their anal toys come with a packet of anal eaze, a numbing agent, which is extremely dangerous to use. So they go and do a good thing by producing more silicone toys, but then ruin it by telling you to numb your ass so that you don’t feel the signal of pain which is your body telling you to STOP. Pain = problem, do not proceed.

  • sumdood

    thank you so very very much for your reply. (i’m sorry if i spammed my post earlier, i wasn’t sure if it actually posted or not). i really can’t thank you enough for this list. i have another concern/question i’ve had since i first got my toys. as i mentioned earlier, these were the first toys i had ever purchased. did very little research except to make sure to not get jelly. when i received the items, they seemed to have a very slight odor if i pressed them against my nose. i assumed this was a “new toy” smell. it wasn’t a strong odor i could smell from 1 foot away, or even 3 inches from my nose. i litterally had to smell the surface to catch it. but the odor still bothered me because i thought true silicone was completely odorless? the odor itself, as best as i can describe, was like..earthy, like moist pasture, did i get ….*gulp* a used toy? >.< i might make this the last time i ever purchase from adam and eve. i just needed to confirm if silicone has a "new toy" smell. :(

  • Yes it is very possible for a silicone toy to have an odor out of the box. In fact, it can even have a strong odor. It’s not that the silicone itself has an odor, but the pores, while small enough that they cannot house bacteria and fungi, can still hold onto smells. Anal toys especially can start to get a butt funk sometimes. However, that’s not the only way. When toys are made, there’s a mold involved. Like making candy. And they have to spray a release agent (the toy equivalent of Pam) to make sure the toy pops out of the mold. There can also be dyes/glues in toy packaging, those can have odors too, and can cling to the toy for a little while. Leave it out for a day or two and I bet the smell will go away. Give it a good scrub with standard soap and water, too.

  • PersonMcPerson

    The kits that create a dildo from a mould look to be all the same product, regardless of where it comes from/ what it’s named. They are described as “100% silicone rubber”. I wanted to verify, that probably means that it’s not actual silicone right? Do you know of any kits where you could create a dildo from a mould that uses proper silicone? I don’t think I want to get a toy that’s rubber after reading your post. Thanks!

    Edit: I’ve spent the last hour doing some more research, and it looks like the “Clone A Willy” and “Make Your Own Dildo” sets are by Empire Labs. So what are your thoughts on Empire Labs? They claim to be phthalate and latex free, as well as claiming to be platinum cure silicone. So it looks like the perfect toy. I just wanted an expert opinion! This will be my first time buying and I’m a little uncertain.

  • Brant Martin

    I just bought a toy from NS Novelties on Amazon (I know, I know). They claim medical grade silicone on the listing, but the box simply says “superior grade”. Bah. I tried the flame test, and while it didn’t melt or go sticky, it’s now got a weird spongy texture where the flame was. You can pull off little bits of material pretty easy. What do you think about this? It looks to me like it’s still largely silicone, but has some other mystery substance in it as well. (as an aside, the mold release they used smells like pepper. It’s really werid, but seems to be going away with washing)

    Do you think it’d be alright to just cut off the burned part with a razor?

    One last semi-unrelated question: I have one of those rude boy massagers from Rocks-Off, and for the life of me I can’t get the smell of poo off it. I’ve tried different soaps and an antibacterial toy cleaner. Only thing I haven’t tried is boiling. What should I do?

  • The term “silicone rubber” is antiquated but doesn’t mean anything other than “silicone”. I think they’re trying to say that it’s a “rubber-like” version of silicone since there can be silicone liquids (lube), hard silicones, etc.

    I’ve heard from others that Empire Labs kits are indeed true silicone and body-safe. Now, it’s not EASY to shove a cock into a mass of cold go and stay erect, but that’s another story.

  • Star

    Do you consider nsnovelties a reputable manufacturer?

  • for the most part no, I don’t but just like other companies (Doc Johnson) I will recommend certain items I know to be silicone and others have flame tested that particular dildo.

    The threads, I have no idea, I’ve never heard of that happening!

  • Thought I responded to this! Ok so the “grade” is less important. Medical grade is tough to get,
    because “medical” means “FDA” and created in a “clean room”. Superior grade, platinum, etc is all gonna be the same these days. Even food grade is perfectly safe and fine.

    How soft was the material? Did you get any ash? This post should help:

    Odor is a by-product of using things anally a lot if they come into contact with poop, they can retain an odor. Let it air out for a while, try baking soda (fill a bowl, cover it with a box of baking soda), try bleach solution.

  • Invida

    I have a question and maybe someone will see my comment and feel like answering. :) I bought a certain kind of toy because all the other insertables I’ve tried were just too hard and I felt too ouchy using them. When I unpackaged it, the thing smelled chemically and bad. I contacted someone about it who said to wash and let it air out. Stupidly, I used the thing, just assuming the smell would eventually go away, but even my hands stunk for hours with the chemical smell after using it no matter how many times I cleaned my hands or the toy. Gross. I washed the toy and hid it in a drawer with some clothing and forgot to throw it out. I just opened the drawer today to toss or donate old clothes I don’t wear and the whole thing stinks of that same chemical nastiness. The drawer and everything in it completely reeks of the toy smell. I washed some of the clothes and the smell is still there. I cleaned the drawer and sprayed in there with various things, but the odor just isn’t going away. Has anyone encountered anything like this before? I looked up the toy and the only material given on the site I bought it from is latex, but what could be in this damn thing that the stink would permeate and ruin a whole drawer of things? Thank you for all of the information here! I found this site because all of this made me want to put a lot of research into what is safe instead of the silliness I did.

  • Unfortunately it’s hard to say which chemical it is, exactly. Some claim that phthalates have no odor. Some say they do. It’s a plasticizer of some sort and it’s off-gassing. I had that happen once when I was forced to write a review years ago on a dildo that I assumed would be silicone but was PVC.

    The first step is to get rid of the dildo. You can’t rid the chemicals until you destroy the cause. The scent left behind is a Volitile Organic Compound (VOC) and you’ll sometimes see aerosol hair products state that they’re low-VOC or No VOCs. Wash the clothes after you get rid of the dildo, air them out, and maybe use a vinegar solution on a rag to wipe down the drawer.

  • Invida

    Thank you so much! I threw the toy away and tried vinegar amongst some other things, but I think maybe it will take a while for the chemicals to air out of there. I’m thankful your site is here with all of these helpful things I can read about and I’m enjoying your reviews, so at least something good came out of getting that stinker.

  • If it’s not silicone, then I’m not going to tell you it’s safe.

  • Tomas

    I just bought a Cockzilla dildo for my girlfriend and now I stumbled on this blog. I believe the material is PVC. Is that very bad?

    The dildo was a more expensive altenative and the reason I chose it was because the site claimed that it was very skin safe. Is that just money down the drain now?

  • If it’s not silicone, then I’m not going to tell you it’s safe.

    Another comment on this page asked something similar…. and my response is the same. With everything I’ve written, and others have written, that is linked on this page I kinda feel like this is pretty clear. I don’t know what brand it is, and I’m not familiar with the product name.

    If it’s PVC, then it’s worse than TPR. If it’s TPR then at least it’s non-toxic, but it’s still very porous and can never be fully cleaned AND will break down over time.

  • ShalMusicFX

    Have you done a review of Bravolink? I want to make sure they’re safe.

  • Negative_Space

    Hey, is Fleshlight’s Sex in A Can series safe? I heard Fleshlight only produced them instead of designing them, so that’s why I’m a little cautious.

  • Sorry, I have no way of knowing. If they have a bad odor, I’d say not, but you wouldn’t know that until you purchase.

  • Negative_Space

    Thanks. What specifically do you mean by a bad odor though? I own a Fleshlight Go and I’ve always thought it smelled a little ‘weird’, but not bad exactly. Just, ‘made of materials I’m not used to’ sort of weird.

  • Negative_Space

    Also, the representative I talked to on Lovehoney said it was non-toxic, but they also said that if it was toxic they wouldn’t sell it, and they DO sell jelly toys it seems, so. =/

  • It’s hard to describe. “Sickly sweet chemical” has been used. “New shower curtain”. If a sex toy has a strong odor, let it air out for a day. If the odor fills the room vs dissipating then you’ve got a bad item. I once had a dildo with strong offensive chemical plastic softeners and the stench didn’t go away, it permeated the room. I only had to walk NEAR it and I could smell it. But I’ve received silicone sex toys that smelled strong of chemical right out of the box; the mold-release agent chemicals didn’t have time to evaporate before the product was sealed up in packaging and in those cases the bad smell was gone in a day or three.

  • The problem there is that they’re going by the manufacturer’s claims. Doc Johnson claims that sil-a-gel is non-toxic, but I’ve had many reports of it burning people.

  • Negative_Space

    So is that a sure fire way to tell then? I guess what happened with my original item is what you said, that I smelled it at first, but now it seems to be fine (though I could just be used to the smell by now?).

    (Disqis is a pretty neat way to communicate, what with seeing people who are typing in real time and all that.)

    Oh, and would you trust the admins on the FL forums for accurate info?

  • Well no, there is no surefire way to tell short of paying to have a lab test it, which is a few hundred dollars.

  • Negative_Space

    Is Sliquid a safe, trustable lube while I’m at it? Sorry, I feel like I’m asking way more questions than usual/being kind of a pain. I really appreciate this site and what you do for people. It’s super cool. ^^

  • Yes. Lube Guide, wherein I sing their praises: (and other brands that are good for sensitive folks)

  • Negative_Space

    Thanks again.

  • Negative_Space

    So if it doesn’t smell awful in about 2 days or so I should be good to go (I just got it, and it has a very mild odor, like perfume or something)? I seem to remember you also mentioned you could lick a toy to see if it tasted bad? Finally what with having a penis and all would I be less at risk from a toy if it WAS toxic (good old convenient external sex toy use)?

  • Noah Archer

    Howdy. Just bought a pocket pussy from this site called lovehoney, which is a fairly reputable site with numerous commercials here in the U.K. The sex toy i purchased came from their own line of sex toys, and it claimed to be made of TPE and to be free of phthalates, but it smells like rubber, not strongly, but still there is a noticeable smell. Also, the outer surface is oily but it may be mineral oil, as i have read. Any suggestions? I don’t want to slowly kill myself using this product but, god, do i want to use it.

  • Leave it out for a day. TPE/TPE is odorless but may have taken on the smell of glue in the packaging, chemicals used in the process, etc. If it still stinks, I’d be wary, however I am already wary that the material is breaking down already.

    Buy a better brand, like Tenga.

  • Jay

    I’ve read this article many a times, it is such a good resource when it comes to being aware of what you put on and in (!) your body. So, thank you for this, it is a great resource.