Sex Toys – Some Background Information

When you have finally made the decision to purchase your first male sex toy, or perhaps you are a veteran of pleasure toys used for men, it is always important to understand how male sex toys are made, the material used, and safety. Don’t worry, this won’t take the eroticism out of reading about this subject, but here at Saucy UK we care about your sexual well-being, as well as what you are putting in and on your body.

When you are purchasing a sex toy, the first thing to look for is the “porosity” or how porous the material is. Is the material smooth or rough? The more porous, bumpy, gritty, or rough, the more chance for bacteria to get caught in those services and all the more important to thoroughly clean often. It is important to note that porous sex toys cannot be fully sanitised, so you should use a barrier, such as a condom, when using them (toys such as the Fleshlight or a cock ring), especially with anal use.

Non-porous material is smooth and difficult for bacteria to penetrate. Stainless steel is an example of a non-porous sex toy that does not retain bacteria. These toys can simply be sterilised by running them through the dishwasher, or by boiling them in hot water for at least 5-10 minutes. By careful when you remove the toy, it will be very hot!

The chemicals that are used in sex toys are incredibly important to know, these objects are in and on your body and your skin can absorb harmful material unbeknownst to you. If you experience itching, burning, hive-like rash, chances are the sex toy you are using contains harmful chemicals. We ensure that our products are safe though so please rest assured.

A popular, but harmful, chemical that is commonly used in sex toys is called Phthalates (pronounced “thal-ates”). This chemical is added to sex toys in order to give the toy a more flexible, soft, and “jello”-like feel (specifically called PVC). These are used commonly in male sex toys that are used to simulate penetration. PVC is a known carcinogen, which is also correlated with nervous system dysfunction and potential reproductive harm. Currently, the EU is planning a complete ban of the use of PVC in sex toys, but has yet to make its final decision. PVC was banned in the UK in 1999 for use in baby toys, thus it has a long history of established harm.

What can you do to protect yourself? Look at the package and try to stay away from toys that contain “PVC, vinyl, and jelly rubber” as those are the most common used chemicals in sex toys and are the most harmful. We are confident that our products are safe and we only stock products that we believe to be so.

Check to see if your product is “squishy”, chances are a softening material has been used and it is likely to be phthalates. If you already have toys that you suspect of having PVC in them, looking for what’s called “weeping”, these are beads of oil on the surface of the material that shows the product is degrading. Do not use with this oil on the surface of the material.

One of the easiest way to tell if your sex toy contains PVC is to smell it. Yes, that’s right, smell it, out of the package. If it has a chemical or rubbery smell, it probably contains PVCs.

Using your sex toys should be a fun yet also safe experience. We want you to get the full pleasure out of the use of your sex toy without worrying about the construction, materials, or safety hazards, leave that to us. Sex should be fun, and the best way to do that is to start by making it safe!