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Sex toys come in a huge range of styles and finishes. Toys vary in quality and workmanship, and some toy materials are more desirable for certain purposes. You probably want to get the best value for what you spend, so you need to understand why some materials are better than others. At NeoJoy we aim to provide you with the best quality material products, and up to date information on the materials we use.

SILICONE

Advantages:

  • Silicone sex toys are made out of medical-grade, chemically inert silicone that is hypoallergenic and safe for all of your most delicate parts.

  • It is a non-porous material that is an unwelcoming place for bacteria, so it’s super hygienic.

  • It lasts an incredibly long time without any signs of wear.

  • It doesn't smell, change colours, or have a funny taste.

  • It warms to your body temperature for comfortable play sessions.

  • Silicone is a great material for penetration.

  • It is a dense material that allows for powerful vibrations.

  • Silicone toys come in an impressive range of great colours, shapes, and sizes.

  • It can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees, so it is easy to clean.

Disadvantages:

 

  • Silicone lubricant can affect the texture of silicone toys, so we recommend that you use only water-based lubes with your silicone toys.

  • Some toys are inaccurately advertised as “silicone.” Consult with one of our staff members to determine if your toy is the real deal.

  • Because it is so fabulous for so many reasons, silicone toys are some of the most expensive ones sold.

How to maintain it?

  • Clean your toy before it is first used and after each subsequent use.

  • To clean your silicone toy wash it with mild liquid soap or toy cleaner.

  • If you must use silicone lube, do a patch test on the bottom of your toy. High-grade silicone shouldn't be affected by it.

  • If your toy includes batteries, increase its life by storing the batteries outside of the toy.

  • While silicone can last for years if well-cared for, it can tear if nicked…so keep it away from sharp fingernails, sharp corners, and don’t bite!

SKIN-LIKE (SOFT SKIN)

Advantages:

  • They have amazingly realistic textures and looks.

  • They make great life-like dildos!

Disadvantages:

  • Their softness makes them prone to small tears.

  • They are porous materials that need to be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. They cannot be sterilized.

  • Some of these toys may contain latex, so they are not recommended for individuals with latex sensitivity.

  • They also may contain silicone, so we recommend that you use water-based lubes with toys made of these materials.

  • Some (but not all) skin-like toys may contain phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics that may be harmful to your health.

  • We recommend using a condom to prevent any irritation or reaction to the material if used for penetration. Condoms also help prevent any transmission of bacteria or body fluid between partners

  • Even phthalate-free soft skin toys may pose some material issues as we are never 100% sure what these toys are made of.

 

How to maintain it?

  • Wash your toy before its first use and after each subsequent use.

  • Wash these toys gently with warm water and mild soap or toy cleaner.

  • Dry your toy thoroughly.

  • Before putting your toy away for its next use, dust it with cornstarch. This will help maintain its life-like appearance and texture.

  • Do not dust your toy with talcum powder as talcum has been shown to be potentially harmful to the cervix. Use 100% cornstarch powder.

  • Store your Soft-Skin toys in a non-plastic bag until their next use.

  • Using a condom will help keep these porous materials clean and protect them from small tears.

ELASTOMER

Advantages:

  • Though newer on the market, many affordable, safe, and fun sex toys are made out of this space-age product!

  • It transmits vibrations nicely.

  • This soft material is phthalate-free.

  • Elastomer toys tend to be quite durable.

  • It is safe for people with latex allergies.

Disadvantages:

  • Elastomer is a slightly porous material. It cannot be sterilized.

  • Because it is a newer material, there is a limited range of toys made out of this dreamy material… ..but we expect that to change quickly!

How to maintain it?

  • Wash your toy before its first use and after each subsequent use.

  • Wash your elastomer toy with warm water and mild soap or toy cleaner.

  • Because they are semi-porous, we suggest using a condom with these toys.

TPR/TPE (SOFT PLASTIC)

Advantages:

  • Toys made of this material are some of the most affordable ones on the market.

  • Many TPR/TPE toys are phthalate-free & latex-free.

Disadvantages:

  • TPR/TPE is a porous material that must be washed thoroughly and frequently. It cannot be sterilized.

  • Even phthalate-free toys may pose some material issues as we are never 100% sure what these toys are made of.

How to maintain it?

  • Wash your toys with mild soap or toy cleaner before its first use and after each subsequent use.

  • Because it is a porous material, we recommend that you use a condom with your TPR/TPE toys to prevent bacteria transmission.

JELLY RUBBER

Advantages:

  • Toys made of this material are some of the most affordable ones on the market.

Disadvantages:

  • Jelly-rubber toys may contain phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics that may be harmful to your health.

  • Jelly-rubber is a porous material that must be washed thoroughly and frequently. It cannot be sterilized.

  • Jelly-rubber toys also may contain latex, so they are not recommended for people with latex allergies.

  • Jelly-rubber may also contain ingredients that people may find irritating to their skin.

  • We recommend using a condom to prevent any irritation or reaction to the material.

  • In general we do not recommend Jelly-rubber toys due to safety concerns.

How to maintain it?

  • Wash your toys with mild soap or toy cleaner before its first use and after each subsequent use.

  • Because it is a porous material of unknown ingredients, we strongly recommend that you use a condom with your jelly rubber toys.

HARD MATERIALS

GLASS

Advantages:

  • Glass toys are elegant works of art that not only look good, but feel amazing!

  • NeoJoy glass toys are made out of super-safe medical-grade tempered glass.

  • All lubes are safe to use with it.

  • It is non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.

  • Its smooth texture slips easily over (or into) your curves.

Disadvantages:

  • If you’re looking for something that can mold itself to your shape or vibrate, glass may not be the material for you.

How to maintain it?

  • Glass toys tend to be quite sturdy, but if your toy becomes chipped, no matter how slightly, it must be taken out of your sex-toy collection.

  • Clean your glass toys by washing them in the top rack of your dishwasher, or washing them with soap and water or toy cleaner.

ACRYLIC

Advantages:

  • It is non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.

  • Acrylic toys can be used with any kind of lubricant.

Disadvantages:

  • Toys made of acrylic are, unfortunately, less-than-common.

  • Acrylic toys can shatter if dropped or knocked against a hard surface.

How to maintain it?

  • Clean your acrylic toys with soap and water.

  • Do NOT clean your acrylic toys with alcohol or other products that contain alcohol or acrylic; they will break down your toys over time.

STAINLESS STEEL

Advantages:

  • It is an elegant material for sex toys.

  • Steel toys are compatible with any kind of lubricant.

  • Its smooth surface glides nicely over yours.

  • It is non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.

Disadvantages:

  • If you’re looking for something that can mold itself to your shape or vibrate, steel may not be the material for you.

How to maintain it?

  • Wash your stainless steel toys in soap and water or toy cleaner. You can also boil them or put them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Just remember not to touch them until they have cooled down!

HARD PLASTIC (ABS)

Advantages:

  • Vibrators of a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors are made out of hard plastic at very affordable prices.

  • Hard plastic is highly durable.

  • It is non-porous and thus super-hygienic and easy to clean.

  • Hard plastic vibes can transmit powerful vibrations and are great for outrageous clitoral stimulation.

  • Your hard plastic vibe is compatible with any kind of lubricant.

  • You can turn one hard plastic vibe into many by throwing a variety of sleeves onto it.

Disadvantages:

  • The vibrations from hard plastic vibrators can be too intense for some people.

  • Hard plastic toys can be loud.

How to maintain it?

  • Take care to keep electronic parts dry.

  • Your vibrator will last longer if you take the batteries out each time.

  • Wash your hard plastic toy before its first use and after each subsequent use with soap and water or toy cleaner.