Excuse me while I get up on my soapbox. Toxic sex toys are a major no.
Worldwide, there is no standard or requirement around the materials used to make sex toys. Yes, that means manufacturers from all around the world can make – and sell – toys made of anything and no-one is going to do anything.
So what makes a toy toxic? Phthalates are still commonly in use – it’s a component of some plastics, has been banned from children’s toys in the USA and has been linked to changes in hormone levels and birth defects. There are also a range of plastics chemicals that have been linked to causing cancer or causing reproductive harm. On a more simple level, if a toy can’t be effectively cleaned or sterilised, it makes you prone to a range of infections. Many people have a range of sensitivity reactions as well, such as irritation, burning, itching, and even respiratory reactions.
And this is gear we are putting in our most intimate places? Heck no!
Looking on the bright side, there are a range of really fantastic, hypoallergenic toys and materials for you to choose from. Silicone, glass, metal, certain ceramics (this is more about sealing than anything else), ABS hard plastic and even specially treated wood.
Passionate Jade DOES NOT STOCK ANYTHING that isn’t 100% body safe. We have a really tiny range compared to a lot of retail stores. That’s because we don’t stock anything we don’t completely trust.
If you want to read more about the current state of play, there’s a brilliant article over at Bitchmagazine here that’s well worth a read. And shop safe at Passionate Jade, with the confidence knowing that not only are our products 100% body safe, heaps are organic and vegan.