Are your sex toys toxic?

What was I thinking when I got *those* toys?

As a naive consumer a mere 3-4 years ago I bought a plethora of toys varying in their quality; in some cases, they were just plain dubious. I should not have bought them. I’ve also received items for testing. I agreed to test those items. Now I go through my collection of plain brown cardboard boxes (yes, I still have some of those!). And I find freaky looking things like:

  • A floppy penis extender, made from TPR.
Gross. I think I’d rather just stick with a standard real-life penis thanks.
  • A crystal jellies ribbed anal starter dildo, made from PVC. The bright pink colour is now faded, ugh. Even more worrying, the packaging says that the toy contains Sil-A-Gel formula, and I’m thinking Sil-A-WTF?! I will say more about this dubious component later, but safe to say, it doesn’t sit well with me. Pardon the pun, here!
Contains Sil-a-Gel, aka, whatthefuckisthisshit?
  • A tacky skinny purple G-spot vibe that takes 2 AAA batteries. It is made from TPR and ABS plastic. The insertable part is TPR.
I wish I hadn’t bothered testing this to be honest. Not the ‘First Time’ I have felt this way about a toy…
  • a ‘realistic’ 7-inch extra-girthy dildo, that resembles the cock of a non-green Hulk. Made from some rubbery feeling god-awful stuff. I didn’t keep the packaging so I’m not quite sure.
Those veins are just gross. And the cracks appearing where the glans bulges out make me think ugh!
  • Various ‘silicone’ vibrators that are manufactured in China so I am not sure they are actually pure silicone. A flame-test would ascertain whether they are bona-fide or not. I just haven’t gotten round to holding a match to any of these toys yet…

 

What is body-safe versus toxic anyway?

‘Body-safe’ materials include inert non-reactive components such as:

  • platinum-cured, medical-grade silicone.
  • Borosilicate glass.
  • Ceramic.
  • Metals such as aluminium and titanium.

Toys that contain TPR, PVC,  weird antibacterial additives (for example, Sil-A-Gel), generic ‘silicone’ and those pesky phthalates are NOT strictly body-safe. Despite the claims of the manufacturers! Because they also claim, that the items are sold as novelties only, and so any medical claims are unfounded.

Sex toys are not regulated by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration, MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) or other governing organisation. So this means that unstable or reactive components may be used in the manufacturing process. Take for example Phthalates. These are, according to the FDA:

a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions…

 

Say what?! Why would Phthalates be put into sex toys anyway?

Now if that didn’t already set off alarm bells in your head, (hello, putting a component of engine oil somewhere sensitive and that is a permeable entrance to the rest of your body), then maybe the following will! Dibutylphthalate (DBP) is a plasticiser that was used in nail polishes to reduce cracking. Dimethylphthalate (DMP) was used in hair sprays to help them form a flexible film on hair. The FDA say that these two phthalates are now rarely used. But that does not mean to say they are no longer used at all. Nor does it mean that other potentially harmful phthalates / other chemicals are not used in manufacturing.

Phthalates  have been used in toys because it helps them remain flexible and resistant to cracking. The bad news is that phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they’re added to, so they can ‘leach’ out. Which is why you are advised to take your microwave meal out of the plastic tray it was packaged in, before heating in the microwave. They are odourless, and the risk they pose to human health includes (but is not necessarily limited to) liver, kidney, lung and reproductive system damage.

The Guardian reported in 2015 that:

While phthalates are a huge class of chemicals and nowhere near every chemical in the class has been studied, several have been shown to have negative health impacts…Enough distinct phthalates have been studied to indicate that companies should proceed with caution when using any chemical in the phthalate class, particularly in products for pregnant women or young children, whom the research has indicated are the most vulnerable to the effects of phthalates.

Education for dildo-diddlers

This is scary reading. But I don’t wish to tell my readers what materials they should or should not use. I still *occasionally* (like once every six months) use products that contain things like parabens. These are the chemicals reported to increase cancer risk. They are “preservatives that have been identified as ‘estrogenic’ and disruptive of normal hormone function.” Parabens are found in a range of cosmetic items.

I mainly tell you this information so that you can consider what you are putting into your body when you indulge in a bit of self-love. That way, you can decide for yourself if you wish to forego the risks and jump into bed with your TPR / ‘Phthalate-free’ PVC dong.

What about Sil-A-Gel?

Before I forget, let me get back to that weird additive, Sil-a-Gel, which I have no idea of in terms of its chemical composition. Some Googling lead me to discover that this additive, that is supposedly anti-bacterial is a proprietary constituent made by Doc Johnson: 

Sil-A-Gel is “added into our material in the raw mixing phase so that the anti-bacterial agents are actually engrained into the product and will not wash away with use. Sil-A-Gel helps stop the spread of unwanted and potentially bad bacteria forming on your favorite products.”

If you look at the source of this extract, you will find it comes from Dangerous Lilly’s 2014 blog post on Sex Toy Material Guides. Her advice is to basically avoid any toy containing Sil-A-Gel. If you search further on her blog you will find out why. It caused irritation to sensitive parts on a sex-toy user.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I’m using a sex toy, I do not expect to feel unpleasant irritation. You may ask why I’ve held onto these toys for so long. I ask myself the same question. But then I remember, it’s so I can take them out periodically and remind myself why these toys are just plain yucky!

These toys will remain banished to a brown box, until sometime when I see fit to just toss them out. For now they are my sex toy ‘museum of horrors.’

 

Guest Review – Fleshlight’s Stamina Training Unit

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Fleshlight’s Stamina Training Unit. Reviews written by Quiet James

“The Fleshlight Pink Lady Stamina Training Unit (STU) is the third masturbator I’ve bought. I first purchased a Tracey Cox Supersex Stroker, followed by a Tenga 3D Zen. I loved and still love the Stroker. But I’m disappointed with the 3D Zen, particularly after the rave reviews others gave it. One aspect of the 3D Zen I don’t like is the texture.  As the Fleshlight is a similar toy, it was the one aspect that gave me reservations about buying one.

Fleshlight’s  Stamina Training Unit is an impressive beast. It weighs in at 646g and is 25cm long, with a 9cm diameter at the business end. The inner sleeve is contained in a tough plastic case. This is adjustable at the closed end to alter the amount of suction within the sleeve. Unscrewing the top reveals a pretty pink vagina; a nice touch is the addition into the mould of a clitoris. It is purely aesthetic as it has no effect on the STU’s performance. Soaking the inner sleeve in a basin of warm water for about 10 minutes pre-heats the STU. Meanwhile, I undress and watch a video to get me in the mood.

Getting a grip

I like to use the Fleshlight lube on the head of my penis and dribble a fair amount into the STU. I then lie back and slip into the warm canal. Oh my God, the sensations are fantastic, realistic and very different to my other toys. As I pump the STU up and down, I find that to be perfect, the grip it has on my penis needs to be stronger. The only change that can be made for this, is the adjustable bottom cap.

Since I already use it firmly in the down position, there is no option to increase the suction. I’m tall and slim (75kg), so perhaps the girth of my penis does not suit this toy. However, one aspect that will make me return to this toy again and again is the sensation of warm lube on my pubic bone area. The length of the toy means that the lips of the vagina touched my pubic bone area on each down stroke. A small amount of lube (along with other fluid!) oozes out, feeling very pleasant and reminiscent of sexual intercourse. Despite the lack of grip, I’m able to play to completion and as you might imagine, it’s quite satisfying.

Cleaning the toy in warm water, with a bespoke cleaner is relatively easy. I leave it to air-dry and coat it with powder renewer before storing it away for next time. Overall I’d give it an eight out of ten and maybe it will be even better if I put some weight on!”

Don’t be left in the dark…

Visit Lovehoney to get your Stamina Training Unit (£52.99).

Ann Summers are currently offering the Fleshlight Lady Lager Sex in a Can for £34.99.

To maintain any Fleshlight toy, this care set (containing powder renewer, water-based lubricant and cleaner) is currently on sale for £20 at Lovehoney!

Photo reproduced from Lovehoney’s website.

 

 

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Sqweel XT Oral Sex simulator for men

I received the Sqweel XT oral sex simulator free from Lovehoney when I made a purchase recently. Since Mr Bunny does not use toys, I have decided to gift it for a guest reviewer…

Over to @1Stutographer who has kindly offered to get to grips with the Sqweel XT, for the sake of sex toy enthusiasts!

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First Impressions

I felt really privileged to be asked to review the Sqweel XT for this blog. It was with a sense of anticipation that I waited for it to be delivered. When it was, I opened it with eagerness.

The Sqweel XT comes in a clear- fronted box, also containing an extra wheel, USB charger cable and instruction booklet. The Sqweel XT needs to be fully charged before you can use it for the first time. You can charge it either directly from a laptop or from a wall plug if you have an adaptor. Charging takes approximately 2 hours, and provides about an hour’s play time.

In use

To turn the Sqweel XT on you have to press one of the two buttons on the side of the hand-grip. Pressing the button again cycles the toy through the various speeds and cycles (three of each). A travel lock can be applied by pressing both buttons together.


The Sqweel XT simulates oral sex by using rotating wheels with tongues that stimulate the shaft of the penis. Unfortunately for me it didn’t. Starting with the softer of the two wheels, I applied a good water-based lube to my erect penis, turned on the Sqweel XT and slid my penis between the tongues. I felt nothing but the lightest feather touch. Since it simulates oral sex, it’s not going to be the strongest of vibrations. But even cycling through the other speeds and cycles left me wanting. I had to finish off by other means. The same feelings were experienced using the firmer wheel. Even though I could feel a slighter firmer tickle, it was still just that.

The Sqweel XT is totally waterproof so cleaning is simple enough. Run it under a tap or take it in the shower with you, then leave it to air-dry. There’s a tiny hole in the top of the toy that allows any water to drain out of it should you submerge it. Just remember to stand it on its head while it dries. The wheels are just as easy to clean.

In conclusion

What can I say? After a string of failures with other toys, I really wanted to like this toy. Unfortunately it’s not for me; I like fairly strong vibrations in a toy to get me off, but even at its fastest speed this just doesn’t supply them. For me it really is more of a teaser than a pleaser.

 

Bunny’s thoughts

Thank you @1Stutographer for providing your honest feedback!

The Sqweel XT does seem to obtain mixed reviews from those I have seen on other sites.

It may be that it is more of a foreplay style toy than a ‘main-event’ toy. And it may be better on the glans of the penis rather than the shaft. Though what do I know…I don’t have a penis!

 

 

 

 

Sex toys for Boys

I have a fair few male followers on Twitter who have confessed that they do not use sex toys. I’m sure many guys out there think their hand is all they need to masturbate, but by having this blinkered outlook, they are merely denying themselves a tonne of pleasure. In this post, I’ll describe some of the adult industry products available for men, which will improve their solo play time and in addition can be used for couples play.

Firstly, the male masturbator. These can be as simple as a textured cock sleeve, or more sophisticated and modelled on an adult performer’s vagina and vulva. Fleshlight produce a range of these toys, in their Girls range. The life-like materials surround your penis and grip it tightly as you thrust, mimicking a real-life vagina. The bumps and ridges within the canal glide along the shaft giving the sensation of sex. To make the experience even better, you can pre-warm your masturbator.

A toy that could be used in conjunction with a masturbator, is a cock ring. Simple rings made from silicone can be found easily and are inexpensive. Some rings incorporate a vibrator to enhance their satisfaction. There are rings that surround the penis alone. Then there are others that are dual rings, with a second loop to wrap around the testes. For enhanced female pleasure during sexual intercourse, a cock ring that provides clitoral stimulation is a great way to treat your lady to some explosive satisfaction.

Going Deeper Underground

For some men, anal play can seem a daunting or just downright taboo prospect. But before you say, “won’t playing with my arse make me gay?” I’d like to point out that, if you are gay, firstly what does it matter? We live in an age where sexuality is more widely accepted, whatever your orientation or gender identity. If you’re heterosexual, then that’s fine, but playing with your butt won’t make you gay; you’re either homosexual or you aren’t! So for any men wanting to try bum-fun, well, you are thoroughly spoilt for choice.

  • Anal dildos range in all sorts of textures and sizes, and some are harness compatible making them suitable for pegging.
  • Butt plugs, likewise come in various forms. for beginners, I’d recommend TPR or silicone as they are more pliable. Glass is great for temperature play, but is firm (obviously).
  • Prostate massagers are the G-spot vibrator equivalent for men. Rock’s Off supply a range of prostate massagers, that receive good reviews, and are affordable. Some regular butt plugs won’t stimulate the prostate sufficiently (if at all) since they are not curved to reach the inner rectal wall where the prostate is sited. Prostate massagers have a bend to reach this highly sensitive erogenous zone.

For those interested in more futuristic gadgetry, the SenseMax VR Headset is an interesting concept for an engaging interactive experience. Otherwise, it’s back to Pornhub or xxxvideos.com which is perfectly fine too!

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