Phthalates: What you Need to Know About This Sex Toy Material

Phthalates are used all over the world and Phthalate esters are toxic chemicals added to make products more malleable.

Research has shown that phthalates can actually be harmful to the human body since they can give off toxins that can react to skin and hormones in the body. This has a proven negative effect on fertility.

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It is in just about everything that is manufactured from sex toys to cosmetics, engine oils to disposable gloves.

Interestingly enough it is against the law to sell children’s toys that contain phthalates.

The reason being children may put them in their mouth.

Well, I don’t know about anybody else but I do know sex toys can go in the mouth as well as in other holes we have!!

Why not ban toxic materials like Phthalates in sex toys?

Unfortunately, there is little research available on the effects of phthalates in sex toys. The sex toy industry is not highly regulated.

You see on the back of most packaging, sex toys are often labelled as “Sold as a novelty item”. Meaning it is a gag gift. This is a huge loop hole that needs to be closed.

I believe this is because of the shame associated with the product.

To a certain extent we still hide our sex toys and our sexual preferences.

Thus resulting in a catch 22 situation.  Because of our “shame” and “embarrassment” some sex toy makers take advantage of this and continue to use materials that are potentially dangerous.

We have come a long way but we still have a long way to go.

Consumers must be protected when it comes to our sexual health.  Embarrassment or false taboos should not stop consumers getting the information they need and quality checks being done on sex toys.

It is not illegal to sell sex toys made with phthalates.

Manufacturers have become aware over the years that we don’t want it any more.  The popularity of these sex toys has been decreasing. But to be safe stay away from jelly like, vinyl or PVC toys.

If you do have toys made with phthalates place a condom over the toy.

To wash simply use toy cleaner or mild soap and water. Only use water based lubes on these products.

Body safe sex toy materials

Now, let me talk to you about sex toy materials that are considered to be body safe.


Adult products made from silicone are considered to be latex free and phthalate-free sex toys . They are odourless and have no taste. Many silicone toys are waterproof, despite having batteries or rechargeable insides.

This means you can take them into the shower knowing they are safe. The only drawback is you can not use them with silicone based lubes.

Silicone is considered to be one of the safest materials on the market. It is non porous.  This means it will not collect dirt or bacteria inside the material. Silicone is used in medical instruments all over the world.

One drawback is that silicone toys can attract dust and hairs very easily

I recommend keeping your toys in a plastic bag or a toy case.  Personally, I buy 100% cotton pillow cases to store mine in.  1 pillow case for 1 toy.  It works.

If your toy is 100% silicone you can actually boil it on the stove or wash it in your dishwasher to keep it crystal clean.  But if your toy is not 100% silicone please use sex toy cleaner or soap and water in the shower.

Silicone should feel smooth have no smell or taste.  If your toy is 100% silicone, it is 100% skin safe.  I buy silicone for peace of mind and the luxury feel.


I find glass to be one of the cleanest toys around.

Most glass sex toys are made out of borosilicate glass.  Basically, like nannas Pyrex baking dishes. When purchasing glass look for a toy with no joins. Glass should be poured in 1 piece. This helps the toy from breaking when dropped.

Glass is smooth and hardy.  It can be used in temperature play.  To warm put it in hot water, to cool put it in ice. Please don’t overheat or freeze as this may cause injury to the user.

Glass is safe and has no side effects.

Please always keep your glass stored in a bag. If your glass toy gets scratched not only will it feel nasty and become a dangerous toy to use the germs can breed in the scratches.

Glass is non porous and can be boiled.  Put it in a dishwasher or use some sex toy cleaner.  Any of these options are good.  The good news is that you can use any lubes with glass.

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Easily one of the more recognisable and hardy toys.  These usually  medical grade stainless steel sex toys. You can tell by the quality of the finish.

Look for toys that are seamless and are in good condition. Keep your metal toys in material bags. This not only keeps them clean, this stops them from getting scratched and this could result in injury.

Be aware of some toys that are combined with nickel.  Usually, you can tell as they have some discoloration.  Some people are allergic and this can cause a nasty reaction.

Metal sex toys are safe, have no smell or taste and are very easy to clean.

To clean they can be boiled, placed in a dishwasher or simply washed and sprayed with some sex toy cleaner.  They are very safe for personal use and last forever.

The good news is that you can use any lubricant with metal sex toys.  Like glass, metal can be used in temperature play.


I hear your question, “Wood?”

Whilst not the first material you think of when it comes to sex toys, there are a few I have seen and they are impressive.  These toys actually have the same feel as glass toys.  Smooth and cold.

Depending on what wood is used the toy can vary in weight.  The toys are finished off with a coat of non-toxic resin. So they are safe to use.  To clean use water only. You do not want to break down the resin as this will break down the toy.

Look for seamless toys that have a high quality finish.  You can use any lube with wood.

Real feel

These materials are often referred to as Cyberskin, soft skin or ultra-skin. Most masturbators are made of this as well as cock extensions and cock rings. The material is thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).

It has a very soft dense feel and can hold warmth once it has been heated. You can heat these toys by putting in hot water or simply by using the products.

These materials are very flesh like and are soft and very flexible. Due to the soft dense like material any vibrations that accompany the toy are usually weak.

Whilst TPE has been claimed as a safe material, it is porous.

You should watch out for any colour change. This can mean mould is growing on your toy and should be discarded immediately. Due to the personal nature of the toys TPE toys should be changed every couple of months or so.

You can only use water based lubricants on TPE. Silicone and oils will break your toy down and leave it feeling sticky and dirty.

I hope this list helps you pick out body safe products the next time you go sex toy shopping!

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NS Novelties Fusion Dong Range!!

The NS Novelties Fusion Dong Range has caught my eye so many times since we started stocking them in store! They are designed to deliver a firm shaft for easy penetration but supply enough flexibility to glide against all of your hot spots.

Made from TPE, it is compatible with all of your favourite lubricants.  A super strong suction cup base will adhere to any non-textured flat surface for hands-free fun.

They Slay in Looks!!

NS Novelties Fusion Dong Range absolutely slay in terms of aesthetic prowess!  They are a TPE jelly dong but they are so sleek and glossy that they could easily be mistaken for glass.

There are three (correct me if wrong) shapes to choose from in the range.  But one this thing they do have in common is there suction cup base which is super strong and will stick on any surface.

The base also makes these unrealistic dildos perfect for pegging!

You Get What You Pay For

One issue I do have is you really do get what you pay for with cheaper sex toys.

At the base where the suction cup and the toy meet I did notice it was a bit roughly joined.  So if you are a bit pedantic like myself you will find the extra TPE flaps extremely annoying.

These dongs are flexible enough to bend and please all erogenous zones but firm enough for an easy insertion.

NS Novelties Fusion Pleasure Dongs Charm

1. Fusion Pleasure Dongs Charm

First up is the charm the most realistic shaped of all the semi-realistic!  Its body is bent in such a curvaceous way that the g spot and p spot will be stimulated!

It’s head is extremely prominent with help from its thin tapered neck which widens out as it gets to the base for that fuller than full feeling many people delight in.

I would definitely say that as far as experience goes Charm I would recommend this one to be for intermediates.  As it does have a bit of length and girth.

2. Fusion Pleasure Dongs Dream

The Fusion Dream has quite a bit of length and it’s extremely textured!  Its first half of it looks like the ebb and flow of waves travelling down to its extremely girthy base.

Although the tip and wave area is quite thin it does not sag or droop down when held horizontally the TPE keeps it sturdy with good flex.

I find Dream quite an eye-catching in store as it is a very unusual shape to see a dong.

3. Fusion Pleasure Dongs Glamour

The glamour is the smallest of the three and could easily accommodate any beginner to pegging.

Its shape is nice and fluid with a large rounded tip which slims down towards the base finally to a small bump before going really thing and then hitting the base.

Glamour is certainly my favourite of the three.  Its shape is reminiscent of the Aneros Perideise but larger and may be able to stimulate in many of the same ways.

Whole Range is Powerful, Sexy and Exciting

NS Novelties Fusion Dong Range describe their whole entire range of sex toys as sexy, powerful and exciting.  It combines the highest grade materials with state of the art innovation that adheres to all American and European manufacturing guidelines.

All NS Novelties products are made with body-safe silicone, hand-blown Borosilicate glass (TPE and TPR), free of Phthalates, additives and fillers.

NS Novelties offers packaging that is second to none.

Designed to enhance each individual sex toy as well as promoting a visually striking display when combined as a line.

Their varied selection offers products in a multitude of categories and there is quite literally something for everyone.

Desire.  Excitement.  Fulfilment.

NS Novelties product always offers good quality product’s throughout their sex toys.  Rest assured when you pick up one of their products you know you’ll be adding something that is long lasting to your sex toy collection.

They make me want to buy a whole collection of their product’s as they are all designed to match each other.

Happy sex toy dildo and dong shopping.

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