Sex Toy Materials vs Lube

sex toy 101

Going into buying sex toys can be scary enough if you’ve never gone into a sex shop (it shouldn’t be, all workers at the best adult shops in Sydney are amazing, helpful, open minded, and just want you to have good orgasms), and then when faced with all the choices of lubes it can be overwhelming, not knowing what’s safe with what is another hurdle, so here are the common materials and what they can be used with, with the added bonus of how they should be stored and cleaned!

You would be amazed what are the most popular sex toys in Australia!

Silicone – smooth, no real smell or taste, some with a silky finish. Medical grade silicone is body-safe and is 100% hypoallergenic with no latex or phthalate.
Lubes: safe with water-based, oil-based, and hybrid lubes. (Extremely high quality is safe with silicone lube, Colours triple density dongs are safe.)
Cleaning: 100% silicone can be boiled, others should be washed with a toy cleaner!

Glass – most are made from the same glass as Pyrex, they are heat resistant and shatterproof. They are smooth and sturdy and perfect for temperature play. Glass is incredibly skin safe but be sure to check for cracks and fractures before each used!
Lube: Glass is safe with all lubes.
Cleaning: Can be washed with toy cleaner and water, or even thrown in the dishwasher, or boiled.

Plastic – most commonly made with ABS (the same material as LEGO), used for it’s cheap production value, these toys may be blended with latex. These are hard with no distinct smell or taste. Generally a skin safe material but could be blended with phthalates and latex, which are common allergens and harmful to skin.
Lubes: safe to use with all lube types
Cleaning: can be cleaned with sex toy cleaner, anti-bacterial soap and water, or through boiling.

PVC – man made plastic, can be hard or more flexible, has an intense plastic smell and more often than not contains phthalates and latex so isn’t the most body-safe option in the world.
Lubes: this material should be used with water-based lubes only, as oil and silicone can melt the material.
Cleaning: rigid PVC is non-porous and very easy to clean, flexible PVC can be porous so may be harder to clean. Store these toys away from other materials and preferably in their own casing to avoid chemical reactions and damage to toys.

TPE – the material used to create Real Feel, Cyberskin, Softskin, or Ultraskin. Frequently used for male masturbators. Realistically fleshlike, warms to the touch, incredibly flexible, due to it’s softness it isn’t a great option for vibrators as it can weaken vibrations. Can tend to have a rubbery smell and taste. TPE is non-toxic but is porous so it’s prone to bacterial growth, and can be mixed with product softeners which can be allergens.
Lubes: use water-based only with this material.
Cleaning: as this is a porous material it can be hard to clean, best to use just water and a toy cleaner.
This should be kept away from other toys in storage to be on the safe side. Any discolouration can be a sign of growing mould in the pores of the material, so throw it away. These toys should be replaced every 5 months.

Metal – usually made from medical grade stainless steel, they can occasionally be mixed with other metals (such as nickel WHICH SOME PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC TO), so be sure to check this. These toys are rigid and smooth but perfect for temperature play, higher densities are good for weighted and pressure play.
Lubes: all lubes are safe to be used with metal! 😊
Cleaning: this is a non-porous material which makes cleaning a breeze, toy cleaner, soap, dishwasher, or boiling all work.

Wood – if made correctly these toys are beautifully smooth with a non-toxic resin coating to prevent splinters. The weight and look will depend on what kind of wood was used to create the toy. If made correctly these toys are super body safe and environmentally friendly. Some manufacturers use scrap wood which is great for conserving rainforests.
Lubes: wood is safe with all lubes, due to it’s smooth finish you only need a small amount.
Cleaning: best washed with just water to prolong life, be sure to check for any damage before and after each use.

Rubber – one of the cheapest materials, will be flexible with a very strong rubber smell and chemical taste. To ensure body safety it is strongly recommended to use a condom with rubber toys as they often contain phthalates which can be harmful to the skin. (They have produced body safe rubber recently but it is not widespread).
Lubes: best used with just water-based, however if using a condom with rubber silicone is okay to be used.
Cleaning: best washed with soap and water and stored away from other materials, just to avoid chemical reaction with other toys.


My personal favourite lube is the Wicked Hybrid as it’s super vagina friendly and can be used with most toy materials out there, it has the benefits of the longevity and silkiness of a silicone lube, but the easy cleanup of a water-based!

Rid Yourself From Vaginal Dryness With System Jo!

System Jo Premium Lubricant Photo

We have recently received an assortment of JO Lubricants in the Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres and I am so excited to share about these exquisite products. Finding a quality lubricant for sex  is a bit like finding the perfect lover. Everybody has different tastes and needs. Some people like to mix it up a bit and be with someone different every week (Silicone one week, flavoured the next), others find one lover who fulfills all their desires and stays with them for the rest of their lives (A quality water-based lube). A high quality personal lubricant that suits your body can make all the difference between a good sexual experience and a great one. We are all different and what I love about the JO Lubricant range is that they have a product to suit everyone depending on what your unique needs are. These lubricants are guaranteed to impress.

Someecard Lubricant Cartoon
Someecards: Always Remember Lubricant Is Your Friend!

JO is a company based in the United States, providing customers with quality lifestyle products. I find it reassuring that JO have a satisfaction guarantee on all their products. This means that if after buying a JO Lubricant you are not happy with the quality of the product, JO will exchange, replace or refund the item. This is just one of many reasons why I believe their lubricants are top of the range and a must try.


The JO Silicone-based Premium Personal Lubricant is a silky lube that does not go sticky or tacky no matter how long you use it for. The silicone formula is not absorbed by the skin like water-based lubricants which is how it maintains its smooth glide. This lubricant is paraben, glycol and glycerine free and its thick consistency means only the tiniest amount is required. A bottle of this lubricant is sure to last you a very long time, with hopefully many pleasurable experiences had because of it.


JO All-in-one Silicone-based Sensual Massage Glide Photo
Photo: JO All-in-one Silicone-based Sensual Massage Glide


The JO All-in-one Silicone-based Sensual Massage Glide is a 3 in 1 lubricant, perfect for massage, skin conditioning and tattoo brightening. JO claim that 1 drop of this amazing product is as good as 10 drops of massage oil. I can vouch for them on this, a tiny amount goes such a long way and unlike massage oil where constant reapplication is necessary, this stuff lasts forever. This formula is body safe and a perfect all-rounder silicone lubricant.

Silicone lubricants are not compatible with silicone toys but are perfect for use with steel and glass. The JO silicone formulas are very high quality, perfect for sex, anal play, hand jobs & massage. They are 100% latex safe.


JO For Her Agape Water-Based Personal Lubricant Photo
Photo: JO For Her Agape Water-Based Personal Lubricant


The JO For Her Agape Water-Based Personal Lubricant is my new favourite lube perfect for use with silicone toys. It is paraben, glycerine and glycol free making it a great choice for women, especially those sensitive to these nasties. Cheaper options on the market go sticky and tacky very easily and require you to use a whole heap. A little bit of JO Agape goes a long way making it an economical choice. I believe a high-quality water-based lubricant should be a staple in every woman’s bedroom whether for partnered or solo pleasure. I would recommend this lubricant to woman going through menopause or women who are experiencing vaginal dryness as it has a lovely moisturising quality to it.


System JO Gelato Flavoured Lubricants Photo
Buy Now | System Jo Personal Lubricant Store


Wow the JO flavoured lubricants are by far my favourite flavoured lubes available. When they first came into the Oh Zone stores, I couldn’t stop testing them because they were so delicious (You know, to make sure I knew what I was selling!). Flavoured lubricants are perfect for mixing up oral sex and are very popular with younger people new to this sexual act. Using a flavoured lubricant during oral sex adds a playfulness to the experience. I have found that some other flavoured lubricants available can become a little bit overwhelming and sickly which is a bit of a mood killer. The JO Flavoured lubricants are so tasty and don’t leave you feeling queasy after using them. The Gelato range features delectable flavours that include; Hazelnut Espresso (The greatest in my opinion), Crème Brulee, Salted Caramel, Tiramisu and Mint Chocolate. Some of the fruity flavours include Tropical Passion and Juicy Pineapple. These lubes are sweetened with sucralose-an artificial sweetener-meaning they’re body safe and don’t go sticky. JO have created a recipe booklet for alcoholic beverages, with the flavoured lubricants an ingredient in these delectable cocktails. So as well as being a body safe lubricant for sexual play, they also can be brought out on a Friday night to be added to your favourite drinks. Think a Pineapple Cream Cocktail with coconut milk, lime juice, vodka and JO Juicy Pineapple lubricant…sounds strange but I’m sure you would be excited if you knew how tasty these lubricants are!!

The JO range feature many more amazing products including toy cleaners, clitoral stimulating gels, hygiene products and supplements. Come into the Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres soon or buy online at Adultsmart to find out how quickly we operate and deliver your products safely to your front door. Try these lubricants out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

Author: Stephanie Curtis- BA NursingSave



A Grey Silky Caress From Fifty Shades!

Fifty Shades Lube

I have always wanted something to spice things up in the bedroom a little better and that is exactly what I got after trying Silky Caress Lubricant from Fifty Shades of Grey. This is the ultimate bedroom companion that got my marriage back into a good place. My wife was tired of how our sex life was going, lets face it, it was getting boring and mundane but ever since I went online and searched for something that would excite things up a little.   We were both getting rusty in that love making department so I thought lets oil it up, so I got the Fifty Shades of Grey Silky Caress Lubricant and I have never looked back. It is an incredible product that has improved our sessions in many ways and has reignited that spark of desire that we have been wanting for quite some time. The fact that it actually lubricates and makes more sensitive our erotic parts as well as making sure that we maintain a steady fore play that will lead to really wild as well as intimate love making. I love it more each day.

Lubricant from 50 shades of grey
Shades of Grey Lube

My wife who had actually started to lose interest in me at the  bedroom department but is now coming home from work ready to play and is even now waking me up just so that we can do it more. Sometimes we even do things differently and we take it to the shower and this is where it even gets hotter. This amazing solution will even withstand water so that we can never be hampered from having incredible sex anywhere, anytime that we feel like it.

Sometimes when we come from work and we are so tired, this is great for massaging and feels just like the name implies a silky caress and the fact that my wife loves this foreplay the best is why we have now gone places we have never thought of before. When massaging it on her still beautiful body, it just makes everything even better and within no time all the stresses of the day disappear and we are on top of the world. This is amazing and will mean that our marriage survives any turbulent times thanks to this secret silky caress formula here that is not just amazing but  also totally safe for me as well as my partner.


Fifty Shades of Grey Book
BDSM Movie: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie


We have now begun experimenting with sex toys and the fact you can also apply it on toys safely for that much needed extra slipperiness is what makes it perfect because we get to have that feeling that we have always looked forward to and my wife actually enjoys it when she is wet,  She says it loosens her up when she is about to orgasm and allows her to have a more deep, smoother and sensual climax.

It is also approved by the author of Fifty Shades of Grey which my wife has read a million times over and this is one of the reasons when I got this lubricant, she was so ecstatic about it. It is just incredible that it is even endorsed by that author who would not be doing so unless they believed in it – for goodness sake they would have so much money from the rights to the books and movie I am sure they would not want to damage their brand franchise by endorsing a dud. The fact is that it works, it is not a phony, it is the real deal a silky caress. What you see is what you get and that is exactly what I got and now my sex life is now at a place that I wanted it to be again. We are like a couple of 20 year olds out on camp each night that cannot keep our hands away from each other that with my wife we give thanks to this amazing formula. The fact that it is also really small and I can carry it in my pocket so that whenever we go away from home, we can always take it with us which makes the whole amazing  experience even better.

The solution Silky caress has delivered is just amazing and I like the author of Fifty Shades of Grey endorse it and the fact that my wife also gets to enjoy it just as much as I do I find pretty cool. We get to apply it and have all the sensual fun in the world that we want and this is what keeps a marriage going and in a better places as I am a man who never wants to cheat on my wife. The fact that this secret formula Silky Caress creates that atmosphere for the most intimate fun in the bedroom or anywhere that we want to do it is why you should try it too. It is amazing and we get to have the most intimate sex that we haven’t had in years and I am just grateful to this lubricant and massage oil. It also comes at a very affordable price which is very small considering it has actually helped my marriage as well as my sex life. This is the ultimate solution that I had been looking for just to make things fierier and it has done just that.


Which Lube Is Right For You!

Award Winning Personal Lubricant SuperSlyde

Personal Lubricants

When it comes to sex, sometimes we need a little help making things go, well, smoothly. Enter lubricants, also known as “personal lubricants” or, colloquially, “lube”. Sex Lubricant Types are specialized lubricants that are used by human during their sexual activities to reduce the friction between body parts or between body parts and other objects. These are used by the people to get the ultimate orgasmic enjoyments during sexual acts like intercourse and masturbation in reducing the friction between the penis, vagina, anus and other body parts. Moreover, these are also used in various kinds of sex toy to ease in penetration by reducing the friction.

Lubricant can also make intercourse more comfortable for women with vaginal dryness, a common problem that can stem from a variety of causes, including falling estrogen levels at menopause, emotional factors, or certain medications. It also helps for women who do not naturally moisten when aroused. Lubricant also makes it easier to practice safe sex making it more pleasurable to use condoms, as condom’s are a must for protecting against sexually transmitted diseases.

There are various types of sex lubricants available. These can be used by the people to feel the most sensational orgasmic enjoyments during sexual activities. Have a look on different Sex Lubricant Types including:

  • Oil-Based Lubricants:

    These kinds of lubricants are also known as petroleum-based lubricants. These are considered desirable for the people who want to be involved in sexual activities without using condoms and avoiding certain additives & preservatives found in other lubricants. Oil based is the least used types of lube from anything from baby oil, coconut oil that is very popular, gun oil to petroleum jelly, this is not recommended at all as it is destructive to condoms, damages sperm and has no QC (Quality Control) for use as a sexual lubricant. I’d advise against using this as a lubricant completely as the damage isn’t worth the risk and would suggest either purchasing a silicone lubricant such as Pjur, Superslyde or a water based such as Wet Stuff or Wet.  The other thing with oil based is that there is more of a tenancy to get thrush or other infections.

  • Water-Based Lubricants:

    These lubricants are most widely used sex lubricants. In the past days, these lubricants were glycerin or cellulose ether solutions but nowadays, there may have different agents added for moisture detention, even dispersal and resistance to contamination. By adjusting their water content and concentration of cellulose or other gel-forming hydrophilic ingredient, the viscosity of these lubricants can be altered.  Water-based lubricants may be incompatible with sex acts that occur in water like under the shower, in the bathtub or pool because they can be dispersed or dissolved in water. Water Based Lubricant is latex friendly, body friendly but not completely anal friendly as it tends to dry up quick so multiple applications are usually required depending on what sort of positions you are attempting. The most known brand is Wet Stuff which has countless different products all the way from Vitamin E to Caramel flavoured and even tingling lubricants for extra pleasure. However the best water-based lubricant on the market in my opinion is Pjur however it costs a few dollars more but it is also has a cap this is travel friendly. Water based is great all around but I’d only suggest it if you have an allergy to silicone or are just performing vaginal sex or for toy use.

  • Silicone-Based Lubricants:

    These are usually made with fewer than four ingredients and do not contain water. Thus, it provides different feelings than water-based lubricants. Silicone-based lubricants have long-lasting duration than water-based lubes because these are not absorbed by skin or mucus membranes. It’s also completely awesome to use in water, whether that be spas, pools, shower, bath and anywhere else involving water! It will stay on your skin for a long time and once washed off will give you nice soft feeling skin that lasts for hours! Silicone is fantastic for sex especially anal sex due to the fact that it does not absorb into the body like water based lubricant and lasts longer than traditional water based as well!  Not only is it great for sex but can be used for things like prevention of Eczema, Dermatitis and Split ends of the hair. For instance Superslyde is fantastic and my favorite lube by far due to the fact that it’s completely condom friendly (not all silicone lube is) completely body friendly and so pure of a silicone that you can actually use it with Silicone toys. Do not use other silicone lubricant with silicone sex toys as they can cause deterioration.

  • Fertility Lubricants:

    These lubricants are also known as sperm-friendly, are specifically made to be safe for use by the couples, who are trying to conceive. These are pH-balanced and designed so that they could not affect the body’s electrolyte balance. These are also considered as safe for sperm as they have a specific osmolality range. Thus, fertility lubricants do not harm motility or viability of human sperm as these are non-spermicidal.

  • Special Lubricants:

    As the name suggests, these lubricants are formulated for causing a sensation of warmth or cool. So, these are sold together as “cold & hot”. These also come with different flavors to enjoy the oral sex.  

Pjur Lubrication
Sexual Health Product: Pjur Woman Aqua


Many people get confused when they walk into a huge adult shop like Oh Zone in Sydney to find a labyrinth of Sex Lubricant Types in all colours, shapes and sizes. Often customers will find themselves reaching for a lubricant which isn’t the best selection for their needs. When selecting the best lubricant there are 5 questions which the customer should ask themselves:

  1. Does my partner(s) have any allergies? The first question may sound obvious but it’s very important to ensure that both yourself and/or partner/s don’t have any allergic reactions to any of the ingredients. The majority of the products on the Australian market are safe but everybody reacts differently to different lotions and it’s always important to check. As a general rule, water based lubricants are more gentle on the skin than silicone based lubricants.
  2. Will I be using the lubricant with a toy or for sex? I can’t remember the amount of times I’ve had to communicate to my customers the importance of using a water-based lubricant with their sex-toys. Some adult toys on the market can be used with silicone lube but most of the popular vibrators for women and male masturbators require water-based formulas.
  3. If the lube is used for sex, will it be vaginal, anal or oral? One of the main benefits of silicone lubes is that they don’t need to be reapplied as often as water-based lubricants which make them perfect for anal sex. Unlike vaginal sex where women’s bodies produce their own natural lubrication, anal sex often requires partners to reapply during intercourse.  SuperSylie recently was voted the best of all lubricants in Australia at the 2013 Eros Shine Awards.  It is a silicone based lubricant that is great for anal sex, body massage, safe with sex toys, used to treat eczema and even been used by long distance athletes to stop chaffing and rash.
  4. If oral, then what’s your flavour? Another consideration when making your selection is oral sex. People are often reluctant to buy flavoured lubricant because they feel it’s made exclusively for the tongue, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A flavoured oral lubricant is completely harmless when used for intercourse and many people are depriving themselves of an amazing experience due to this misinformation. Although the majority of flavoured lubricants are water-based the choices are endless. Strawberry, Banana, Watermelon, Grape, Peppermint and the list goes on/
  5. Will it be used in the bath or shower? Water-based lubricant actually washes off with water alone so it’s not suitable for shower sex or water play. Silicone based lubricant is perfect for intimate moments in the shower or bath as they’re formulated to stay on the skin until washed off with soap and water.

The amount of questions I’ve been asked about Sex Lubricant Types during my years as an adult shop worker in Australia probably outnumbers every other topic. I hope you’ve found the answers you’ve been looking for.


About the Author:  Nick is a consultant at Oh Zone Penrith