I would like to say first that a lot of bloggers have written posts about which toys are body safe. I am not the first and I won't be the last. I have learnt a lot from bloggers such as Epiphora and Dangerous Lilly and don't want to step on any toes here. Saying that, this will be brief and I want to make sure it's as accessible to as many people as possible on this particular site.
You may ask why we need to think or talk about this. Wouldn't anything be safe that you put into yourself or use on your genitals, butt, even your mouth? Surely the government regulates this? The answer is no. The sex toy industry isn't regulated so people can say and do whatever they like.
So the low-down is this. Silicone, wood, glass, ABS plastic, stainless steel and stone are body safe. Materials labelled TPR, TPE, PVC, anything which smells like shower curtains isn't safe. Jelly is definitely not safe. These materials are porous and let bacteria in and out and also let out chemicals which can burn your genitals, even your mouth. The chemicals can even come through a condom.
People ask how you can tell if something is actually made of silicone and not all of these plastics. The simple answer is silicone doesn't burn whereas the other plastics do. People test this by exposing the toys to burning flames. If it burns, it's not silicone and not safe.
Check your Lube!! Dangerous Lilly has written a lube guide that explains all of this a lot better than I can but the basic gist is this: it needs to not suck the sells dry or fill them with water till they burst. It has to have the right pH for your genitals. There are ingredients in some lubes which can sensitize, are not suitable for people with allergies and can screw with hormone levels.
Water-based lubes are good with everything. It's best not to use silicone lubes with silicone toys. Oil-based lubes should not be used with latex condoms. Sliquid, Good Clean Love, Hathor Aphrodesia and unrefined coconut oil are examples of safe lubes to use.
If you are watchful of all of these things when buying toys and lube, your play is more likely to be safe and fun rather than a hot mess in the not-so-sexy way.
This is a guest post for RGN Toys Direct by Bianca. She is the writer of the Helen's Toybox blog where you can find out about sex-positivity, synaesthesia and everything in between. She is blind, polyamorous and passionate about sex education. You can find her blog at www.helenstoybox.com and she is @helenstoybox on twitter.