Standardising Sex toys

There has long been speculation and arguments about Standardising Sex toys. The adult toy industry was roughly worth AUD$44.69 Billion worldwide during 2020 and it is projected to grow to AUD $69.61Billion by the year 2028 (Grandview Research, 2021).

LBTQ Sexual Wellness

Acceptance of LGBTQ+, sexual wellness and acceptance, sexual experimentation, even Fifty Shades of Grey and lets not forget COVID, the global sex toy market increases to grow and expand. All of these reasons and more can be attributed to the rise of the purchase and use of adult toys. But with the increase in mainstream use and attention.

At this point it is important to note that it is an unregulated corner of consumerism. That’s fine and well for me to say, but what does that mean? Simply put, anyone can make an adult toy and sell or market it as such. It does not have health standards to meet or safety standards. That alone is pretty scary though, because I mean, these toys are more often than not, going near our nether regions where we have sensitive, delicate organs that are very important to our everyday function as well as for pleasure and sometimes for reproduction. These organs aren’t even all external, some are internal which brings a whole new spin to the question “do you know what you’re really putting in your body?”

So we immediately think and agree that we need to put good quality if not premium quality grade materials in or out of our body during our pleasure time. And that is a great consensus. A brilliant, amazing solution to the aforementioned problem.

But then there is the cold hard grossly more concerning fact that is the problem without regulations.

Anyone can state an adult toy’s materials is one thing, on the packaging, and nobody, no regulation, no standard or government body can stop them or pull them up on it. Yes, they cannot say that a dong is made of silicone when in actual fact it is made of pvc. But it does not need to be 100% silicone, for a company to label an adult toy “silicone”. Factories are legally able to add fillers in and cut corners and costs to produce more and cheaper toys, bringing in a bigger revenue or convincing you that you can get away with a cheaper product when in fact, that material is no better for your body than if you chose a product that was made with “bad” materials in the first place.

Even tags such as BodySafe or MedicalGrade are a little bit dependent on who has deemed it so. BodySafe silicone for instance is deemed body safe in each individual factory or lab, therefore will have different and varying grades across the world.

So how do you pick!

All is not lost and there are safe toys out there. The best way to ensure that you are using a quality product is by investing money in a product. Yes it may seem like a bit of money but we consider things such as shoes or a car, the money we put into them is the quality we often see in return. When we skimp on these things, we aren’t surprised when they don’t work, or they break or we end up injured.

Buy from reputable brands. While we may not have regulations, there are reputations. Not having regulations has not stopped some pretty amazing companies from developing products that are safe, made from high grade materials and amazing for your body. Least of all forgetting the literal orgasmic nature of them. These big companies have worked hard on their reputations to bring you products that will last a long time, and be amazing and work hard in improving sexual wellness at the unprecedented incline that the market is working at.

Not sure what makes a reputable brand? Talk to our sales consultants. This is all part of our job. We extensively train with representatives from companies and research the companies that are being sold in our stores to ensure that we can give you the best information regarding the safest product experience for you and for your body.

Warranties. Another good indication of quality is a warranty. If a product doesn’t have a warranty, give it a wide berth. When a company puts a warranty on their products it’s somewhat telling you that they have faith in their product.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long though, with so much traction, popularity and exploration within the world with adult toys it was no wonder that soon there would be a consensus that adult toys needed standards.

Swedish Institute of Standards

Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS) approached the International Standards Organization (ISO) and in 2019 a committee was created for discussions surrounding this. ISO/PC 325 Sex toys – Design and safety requirements for products in direct contact with genitalia, the anus, or both. Standardization in the field of sex toys This document  will specify safety and user information requirements relating to the materials and design for manufactured products intended for sexual use. This will cover only manufactured products that are intended to come in direct contact with genitals and/or the anus.

So how will this change the industry? It can only mean good things for the industry! Or at least, for our health and safety. Unfortunately, yes it will mean that adult toys and products will most likely become more expensive because not every man and his dog can make them any longer. It will also mean that companies will be held liable for producing safe and good quality products for “consumption”.

Already, there are a number of “admittance’s” to hospital or medical related issues that have come down to materials used in cheaply or poorly made toys that unfortunately can not be liable followed up on or known for absolute certainty if they were the cause. Currently, American law dictates that only serious injury or death as a consequence from a product can warrant investigation and prosecution. With standardisation this will be a thing of the past.

These are yet again why it is so important to shop in store, to be able to ask the relevant questions regarding material composition with our sales consultants and discuss the differences between the companies and factory origins of individual products to ensure that you are getting and putting the best companion for your body to make for the ideal play partner.

I can only imagine that having a set of standards to abide by will also drive the industry forward to be more innovative and produce more specialised products that are improved in both material, design and functionality. I think the amount that the sex toy industry has already changed and evolved so much since the 90’s I for one cannot wait to see where these next decades will take us, especially with an introduction of standards that are there to work for us as consumers.

 

At your Service

Tiffany,

OhZome Sales Consultant, Educator and Standards Advocate.

Covid Safe Adult Shopping NSW 2021

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Covid Safe Adult Shopping In Greater Sydney 2021

UPDATE COVID SYDNEY 2021

Adultsmart Kogarah Australia’s premier online adult store will continue to service and dispatch online orders throughout Greater Sydney and Australia. Adultsmart also offers a click and collect and phone in advance services from it’s shop and warehouse at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah. Contactless purchases are allowed and collection of purchased items is available outside the front entrance of the shop/warehouse.
From 11.59pm on Saturday 17 July A raft of new restrictions have been announced for NSW after the state recorded 111 new local cases of COVID-19.
These include Retail premises (including adult retail stores) will be required to close (‘click and collect’ can still operate). It is with sadness that we announce that both the Caringbah and Penrith stores will be not trading until July 31.
No customers will be allowed to enter the store.

OUR CONTACTLESS IN STORE OPTION WILL RECOMMENCE ON JULY 31 SUBJECT TO FURTHER COVID RESTRICTIONS.

At first, we were unsure how to face the Covid-19 pandemic, and we have already had our fair share of challenges. However, we have learned how to adapt to the situations that CoVid-19 has created. We have adopted new habits that keep us safe from Covid. In NSW, it has not been an easy journey, especially now that Sydney is on lockdown at least till July 30 and beyond.

However, it does not mean that people in NSW cannot take part in online shopping and goods will either be delivered to their door or they will be able to click and collect from our adult warehouse at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah.

After July 30 subject to current Covid Restrictions being eased people can do their shopping, so long as they ensure that they safely conduct their shopping for specific items and they are not just browsing. To do that end, one has to follow the Covid safety guidelines laid out by the government. These guidelines are;

Wearing a mask

If you are in NSW, you must cover your nose and mouth using a mask when in certain areas. When you are shopping, taking a plane, travelling, in beauty parlours, and in other outdoor centres where you face the risk of Covid infection, you should wear your mask. The only exceptions to this general rule are children under the age of 12 and any other person who has a mental or physical condition that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

Spitting and coughing

Spitting and coughing are some of the ways how Covid is rapidly spreading. Under the government guidelines, one guideline is that you should not use cough or spit or cough at a public official or worker intentionally. You should note that even though the government only talks about public officials or workers, one should never spit or cough at anyone intentionally as it may lead to the spread of the virus.

Working from home

If it is practicably reasonable, all employers should ensure that their employees work from home. The rule does not apply to Sydney but applies to the whole of NSW.

Stay at home rules in Greater Sydney.

In Greater Sydney, people are expected to stay at home unless they have reasonable excuses. These good excuses include;

• Getting food, goods, and services- Only one family member should go to get food or goods, and browsing shops is not considered a reasonable excuse.

• Getting to work or accessing education if doing it online is impossible.

• One may also exercise outdoors in groups of not more than two persons, and these recreational activities should be done within ten kilometres of where you live.

• You are accessing medical supplies, including the Covid vaccine.

One should always follow the government guidelines concerning Covid to stay safe amidst the pandemic. When shopping, you need to be on high alert on how you conduct yourself in public and from which shop you get your food and goods. Only choose a shop that offers excellent service, support while taking care not to spread the virus to its customers.

One characteristic you need to be on the lookout for is a contactless and counterless system. At our shop, we provide this as we understand the importance of safety in the current situation. We offer a flawless design, and in the shop, you need not worry about following the restrictions since we are here to help you.

In our shop, we do not accept cash but accept credit and debit cards only. Our system can be broken down into the following steps;

i. You come into the shop, select the items you want to purchase and take them to the counter.

ii. A staff member responsible for scanning your items will check them using fresh gloves.

iii. After scanning, the friendly staff member puts the items in the bag and places them on a pickup table.

iv. You pay the due amount using your card, and after paying for the items, you can pick your items.

The system has proven to be effective, and our customers give us outstanding reviews and recommend their friends to try out our shop. Do not be left out; try out our shop now.

Bottom Line

Covid has changed the way we live, but we are now adapting to new habits that keep us safe. One needs to follow all the rules set out by the government since they are sanctions put in place and one does not want to be caught breaking these rules. Being safe is an individual’s decision, and following the rules and selecting a suitable shop for your shopping activities is one way to start.

Oh Zone Safe Contactless Purchases During COVID 2021

UPDATE – OUR CONTACTLESS IN STORE OPTION WILL RECOMMENCE ON JULY 31 DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS.

From 11.59pm on Saturday 17 July A raft of new restrictions have been announced for NSW after the state recorded 111 new local cases of COVID-19.

These include Retail premises (including adult retail stores) will be required to close (‘click and collect’  can still operate).  It is with sadness that we announce that both the Caringbah and Penrith stores will be not trading until July 31.

Adultsmart Kogarah Australia’s premier online adult store will continue to service and dispatch online orders throughout Greater Sydney and Australia.  Adultsmart also offers a click and collect and phone in advance services from it’s shop and warehouse at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah.  Contactless purchases are allowed and collection of purchased items is available outside the front entrance of the shop/warehouse.

No customers will be allowed to enter the store.

Oh Zone Safe Contactless In Store Purchases

Though Greater Sydney will remain in lockdown until 11:59pm on Friday 30 July, that does not mean that there aren’t safe and socially distanced ways to purchase essential goods. A contactless counter checkout option is exactly the way to do this, so we’ve dedicated time and effort into making sure our new checkout system works safely and efficiently.

We understand that this is still a very challenging time for our customers and team members alike, but we want to continue to do our bit for the community by providing a convenient way for you to shop for your essentials while respecting the current COVID-19 guidelines.

We have made every effort to ensure that our store is adhering to the COVID safety plan as laid out for retail establishments by the NSW government. This means that we have been providing staff with information and training on COVID-19, including the importance of masks, social distancing, and cleaning, and also preventing staff and customers who are feeling unwell from entering the premises.

Our capacity will also not exceed the greater of one person per two square metres of space in the store, and we will support 1.5 metre distancing and aim to avoid congestion wherever possible. We have hand sanitiser at key points around the store, keep our bathrooms well stocked with soap, disinfect frequently touched indoor surfaces, and open windows to increase the circulation of fresh air. Our record keeping is also up to scratch so we can inform staff, customers, or contractors within a 28-day period should a COVID-19 case be brought to our attention.

Oh Zone Store Locations

Caringbah  

1/322 Kingsway, Caringbah 2229 NSW

Mon – Sun  New Covid  Hours 10am-8pm (02) 9524 1170

Kogarah

12 Production Ave, Kogarah NSW

Mon – Sun  New Covid  Hours 8am-10pm  (02) 9553 6995

Penrith

1/478-482 High St, Penrith 2750 NSW

Mon – Sun  New Covid  Hours 10am-8pm  (02) 4732 4475

New Contactless Check Out System

Ultimately, our main goal is to keep our business running smoothly while also ensuring the good health of our customers and staff alike. That is why we have introduced contactless pickup in store, as well as items that can be purchased online as well as install. This new checkout system will keep things running at a good pace so that the chances of congestion and a break in social distancing are severely limited.

This new contactless counter is only available to those with in store N.B. credit and debit cards, and the process is very simple. You may select the items that you want to purchase as you normally would and then bring them to the checkout table near the counter. Here, one of our friendly members of staff will scan your items for you and place them in a bag on the pickup table. And rest assured that our team will all be masked and changing into fresh gloves before touching items brought by the next customer.

The ‘contactless’ part of contactless counter refers to the quick and easy way to pay at this station. Simply tap your card or mobile card app onto the reader to complete your payment, then pick up your items and depart the store. This system not only allows you to pay using the contactless option, but also greatly minimizes the need for contact between the customer and staff member. And though both will be wearing masks and our staff members wearing gloves, a contactless interaction when purchasing items is the surest way to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.

It must be reiterated that we are only open to servicing essential adult needs in order to adhere to all COVID policies. We want you to be able to get everything that you need during this lockdown, but we are prioritizing the safety of our community above all else. We aim to provide relief and aid the wellbeing of those who have been further isolated by this lockdown, so know that you can rely on us to provide any essential items that you need as well as a safe, sanitary place to shop for them.

We hope that you will find our new contactless counter checkout system to be useful and that it makes your shopping experiences quicker and easier in these still uncertain times. It is a relatively small addition to our store but one that we think fits perfectly in the current climate of social distancing. We are doing everything we can to aid our community and support both customers and staff on the road back to normality.

Click & Collect Shopping CoVid Safe Shopping At Adultsmart

Adultsmart is conveniently situated at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah in Sydney’s South.  The telephone is (02) 9533 7217 and the Covid trading hours that are subject to change are 9am-10pm Monday to Sunday.

Click and Collect Services allow you to order and pre-pay for your purchases online.  You can browse at your leisure when visiting an online store and choose the items that you could otherwise not do in store because of Covid restrictions.  It also allows contactless purchases if you choose to utilize a service like the Adultsmart Contactless Click and Collect Option,

Staying Safe While Shopping During The NSW Covid Outbreak

covid shopping safety

Staying Safe While Shopping

If you live in New South Wales in July 2021 then you are no stranger to the word Covid lately, as the state battles a second wave and an ongoing lockdown.  Many are now fearful of simple everyday tasks such as retail shopping, with the possibility of picking up the virus while doing so and it is essential to follow the NSW government CoVid guidelines.

As a country, we have been extremely lucky with handling this virus, so understanding the different means to shop safely may be new to some.

Groceries and essential items like adult personal care still need to be bought, and going shopping is inevitable for most. Here are different ways you can help protect yourself and your family with covid safe retail shopping during this outbreak.

Wear a mask

You’ve heard this everywhere, and it’s everywhere for a reason. We’ve been living this pandemic lifestyle for quite some time now, so chances are you’ve picked up a mask or two over that time.

If you’re going anywhere out in public, put your mask on. This not only helps protect yourself but as well as others who are more vulnerable. Think of it this way, if someone sneezes next to you and no ones wearing a mask, you’re going to get covered in bits of saliva and mucus (yuck!). If someone sneezes while you’re wearing a mask, you’re more protected from inhaling their germs. If someone sneezes while you and said person are wearing a mask, you’re both at a much higher level of protection as the sneeze has to both escape their mask and enter yours, which is very unlikely.

Carry sanitiser everywhere

Mini hand sanitisers should be your best friend when leaving your home. You have no idea who has touched the same things as you and whether or not they are infected. After shopping and before getting in your car/home be sure to sanitise your hands to kill any germs.

Avoid touching your face before you sanitise also (which can be hard, it’s amazing how many times we unknowingly touch our faces!)

Many shops have sanitiser stations at their entrances to keep their customers safe. If you don’t own a mini sanitiser be sure to take advantage of this.

Check in

Use your smartphone and check into the shops you’re visiting. If someone visited that same store as you who has since come down infectious, contact traces can track down every single person that checked into that store around the same time and warn them that they may have been in contact with someone who is now sick with covid and you need to isolate yourself until you receive a negative test result.

Trust us, little things like this are what’s going to help us reduce the spread and get our lives back to normal sooner rather than later. It only takes a second as you enter the store, and you could even save lives by being informed if you need to isolate.

Distance yourself

Take note of the 6 feet apart rule, it’s there for a reason. You don’t know the person in front of you at the grocery store and you don’t know where they’ve been and who they’ve been in contact with. For your sake, treat everyone as if they are infectious and keep your distance where possible.

The line won’t move any quicker if you stand closer to the person in front of you.

Pay with your card

Most people have already adopted this method over the last few years as our money becomes more digital, but if you still like to pay with cash it’s time to put it back in your pocket and take out your card instead.

Paying via card means only you have to touch your card (and you know where your own card has been!) Paying by cash involves change and handling of money back and forth between you and the server/self-checkout. Every reduced amount of contact is going to help you stay safe, no matter how small.

Use Click & Collect Services

Click and Collect Services allow you to order and pre-pay for your purchases online.  You can browse at your leisure when visiting an online store and choose the items that you could otherwise not do in store because of Covid restrictions.  It also allows contactless purchases if you choose to utilize a service like the Adultsmart Contactless Click and Collect Option,  Shop CoVid safely.

Adultsmart is conveniently situated at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah in Sydney’s South.  The telephone is (02) 9533 7217 and the Covid trading hours that are subject to change are 9am-10pm Monday to Sunday.

We can’t avoid the retail stores forever, and unfortunately, this pandemic isn’t going away overnight. Take the precautions mentioned above for the highest possibility of staying safe and healthy.

The more of us that are cautious when out in public the sooner we will get past the worst of this pandemic and life will return to normal. Masks won’t need to be worn forever, but they’ll keep your family safe for now.

Click and Collect Option Now Available At Adultsmart Sydney

UPDATE – OUR CONTACTLESS IN STORE OPTION WILL RECOMMENCE ON JULY 31 DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS.

From 11.59pm on Saturday 17 July A raft of new restrictions have been announced for NSW after the state recorded 111 new local cases of COVID-19.

These include Retail premises (including adult retail stores) will be required to close (‘click and collect’  can still operate).  It is with sadness that we announce that both the Caringbah and Penrith stores will be not trading until July 31.

Adultsmart Kogarah Australia’s premier online adult store will continue to service and dispatch online orders throughout Greater Sydney and Australia.  Adultsmart also offers a click and collect and phone in advance services from it’s shop and warehouse at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah.  Contactless purchases are allowed and collection of purchased items is available outside the front entrance of the shop/warehouse.

No customers will be allowed to enter the store.

Sydney Lockdown Till July 30, 2021

Greater Sydney has now been thrown into lockdown until at least. July 30, 2021 Adultsmart now offers a Contactless Click and Collect Option.   With over 800 positive cases in Sydney over the past month the third extension of the stay at home orders was inevitable.  Adult Lifestyle Center Kogarah is an essential service retailer providing condoms, ED products, marital aids, lubricants and more.

 

Adultsmart is Australia’s premier online adult store services online orders throughout Australia but will now offer a Covid Safe Contactless Click & Collect Service.  Whilst servicing our internet orders via Australia Post we will also be able to provide a same day Click & Collect Service.

 

Like most ethical and compliant businesses the priority is to provide our valued customers with products and services with their wellbeing in mind.  This new click & Collect Service has been brought into effect to enable local customers with another option in which to receive their purchases.

 

Adultsmart is conveniently situated at 12 Production Ave, Kogarah in Sydney’s South.  The telephone is (02) 9533 7217 and the Covid trading hours that are subject to change are 9am-10pm Monday to Sunday.

 

NEW Click And Collect Contactless Service

For residents and customers adhering to all travel restrictions in Sydney during the stay at home orders – purchases may be collected from the store on a contactless basis many times on a same day basis.

 

How To Use Click & Collect Service

  1. Choose your items online at the adultsmart online adult store.
  2. Go to the check out page and fill in the comments field prior to payment the words ‘Click and Collect Service’
  3. Pay For your Goods
  4. You have two options here –

4.1  Ring store and request your order to be prepared N.B. Allow 4 hours to pick and pack the order

4.2  Wait for a return email that your order is ready for collection.  Allow 1 business day.

  1. Attend the store with a print out of the invoice and your drivers license or other photo id.
  2. Your invoice/proof of purchase and license will be viewed
  3. Pick up your goods from the Orders processed table at the front of the store.

 

It’s as easy as that – contactless pick up.  Please note that once you pick up the item Adultsmart will not be responsible for loss or damage to the items excluding manufacturing issues.

 

During Covid the Kogarah Adult Lifestyle Center will remain open as an essential service providing products recommended and prescribed by doctors and other health and well-being professionals.  Contactless purchases are available in store and each store is active in ensuring they remain as Covid safe as is humanly possible.

 

Although browsing is not allowed, customers are allowed to come in to choose whilst purchasing products.  It is mandatory that face masks be worn, social distancing is adhered to, no groups or couples shopping and contactless counter and purchasing options are encouraged.