Playing roller derby has taught me so much more than just the game. I’ve learned a lot about the way our bodies work and the importance of a balanced diet. Believe it or not, the food we eat really does effect more than that number on the scale. This month, I’ve joined a Whole30 challenge, and I’ll admit it was with total dread… at first. Now, two weeks into the challenge, I’ve noticed things beyond my dress size. I have more energy and less cravings for crappy food. My mood has become better and more stable, and fresh food really does taste better!
Hey, don’t look at me like that! I can sense your shifty eyes from behind my Mac! What the hell does this have to do with sex toys? Well, being aware of the things we put into our bodies is imperative. Whether it’s food or sex toys, you should know the exact ingredients or materials, how they work, and how they effect your body. So here it is, Pipedreamers — a breakdown of the materials used here at Pipedream Products.
ABS Plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadeine Styrene): A plastic that is 30 times more durable than regular plastic. It’s not affected by temperature and holds its shape when molded by heat. ABS is a common thermoplastic sex toy material that’s lightweight, easy to manufacture, and is super- tough and impact-resistant. For these reasons, ABS can be found in a wide variety of hard plastic sex toys like your favorite waterproof vibrators, dildos, and anal plugs. ABS sex toys are also easy to clean, and are non-porous and phthalate-free.
Fanta Flesh: Pipedream’s exclusive material, a proprietary blend of TPR, TPAE, and silicone. The most lifelike material that mimics the look and feel of real human skin. Warms to the touch during use. Waterproof, lightweight, super stretchy and soft.
Glass – (Borosilicate): A 100% green sex toy material, glass is beautiful to behold and artistic in design. No additives, no allergens and absolutely no chemical residues. High- quality glass can generally be taken to high or low temperatures for erotic hot/cold fun. Specially tempered glass specifically designed to withstand temperature changes. This sex toy material is also found in some of your favorite cookware products and in professional laboratory equipment – it’s just that versatile. Borosilicate glass sex toys are made for enthusiastic use with no breakage, cracking, or chipping.
Latex: Most articles you will read on latex will lump a great many products in this category; however, it is very helpful to learn exactly what latex is, how it’s made, what varieties exist, and how they’re used in the production of such sex toys. The most common sex products using latex are condoms, dildos, fake vaginas, dolls, and fetish clothing. Latex toys are, as mentioned previously, inexpensive, so don’t expect them to last more than a year or two, even with the best of care. Cleaning should be done with mild soap and water — NEVER use alcohol or household cleaners.
Metal: A solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile. Perfect for adult novelty products, it’s firm and smooth, phthalate-free, and won’t break. Metal toys are great for temperature play and can be cooled or heated simply by placing them in warm water. They’re easy to clean too, and can be boiled or bleached (10% solution), are dishwasher-safe (top shelf), or can be washed with soap and warm water.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): PVC, also known as vinyl or jelly, is a more affordable, yet strong plastic. What is jelly? Well, if you’ve purchased more than one sex toy in the last 10 years you probably own a jelly toy. Unlike the stuff you spread on toast, jelly rubber is made of polyvinyl chloride or “PVC.” This comprises 98% of the sex toy market because it is soft, translucent and easy to produce. If your soft adult toy does not specifically state otherwise, it is most likely made from rubber jelly. PVC is a vinyl polymer so versatile and valued for its durability and flexibility that you’ll find this sex toy material in just about every kind of sex toy – from dildos to vibes, plugs to strap-ons, and more. PVC is great for making both softer and firmer sex toys in a variety of exciting colors. PVC sex toys are durable, compatible with most lubes, and clean up easily. All of Pipedream’s new PVC products are phthalate-free and body-safe.
Silicone: is an elastomer (rubber-like material) that offers good resistance to extreme temperatures. Why do we love silicone? How do we count the ways- Silicone is an inert, latex-free, non-porous material that features the soft, elastic properties of jelly without the odor or chemical residues. It translates body heat and vibration beautifully, and, with a little TLC, a silicone sex toy can last a lifetime. Lastly, silicone can withstand extreme temperatures, which means you can easily disinfect your non-vibrating silicone sex toys in boiling water or even the top rack of your dishwasher. A mixture of organic and inorganic material, silicone is a polymer found in only the very best sex toys. That’s because this sex toy material is both fantastically versatile, durable, temperature resistant, and extremely body-safe.
TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer): Combines functional performance and properties of rubber with the processability of plastics. In other words, it’s nearly as soft and supple as TPR but made faster and more economically so as to be offered at a low price. Elastomer is the hot new word in sex toy materials because it’s a less expensive option to silicone. Like silicone, elastomer is hypo- allergenic, phthalate-free, latex-free, and ideal for people with chemical sensitivities. And, unlike silicone, most elastomer sex toys can be used with any kind of lubricant: water-based and silicone formulas.
TPR (ThermoPlasticRubber): The most lifelike material that mimics the look and feel of real human skin. Warms to the touch during use. Waterproof, light weight, super stretchy, and soft. These hybrid blends of plastic and rubber are probably the most commonly used sex toy materials today. TPR/TPE sex toys are easy to make and can be extremely soft or hard. In fact, TPR/TPE is what you usually find in specifically lifelike and real-feel sex toys like pocket pussies and lifelike strokers. TPR/TPE toys are non-phthalate, durable, and are compatible with water-based lubes.