Why a special category for silicone vibrators?
Many of you are more conscious of what you put in and on your bodies nowadays, and silicone stands out as one of the most durable and hygienic options for sex toys.
While we believe any sex toy can be used safely (just put a condom on it if in doubt!), silicone stands out as an option for play that is less likely to harbour bacteria, is more durable and is very unlikely to tear or scratch like some softer, jelly toys might. Silicone is also pretty much guaranteed to be free from questionable chemicals or materials, because it is a single compound all of it’s own rather than a blend of other things. However it is important to verify that the target of your passion is in fact made from 100% genuine silicone, and not a silicone blend.
Generally you can tell a high quality silicone toy by appearance and smell. Silicone nearly always has a dense, solid colour hue (due to the way the material holds pigment) and will have a velvety smooth surface with little or no sheen. ‘Shiny’ or clear/translucent sex toy materials often indicate the presence of oil based PVC or plastics, which aren’t necessarily a no-no if used safely, but you do have to take extra care to keep your toy in really good condition when made from those materials.
Silicone is also a man made material, but it’s made without the use of fossil based oils like most plastics. It is more akin to rubber in terms of density and durability and is very non-reactive, meaning it is less likely to cause irritation or react to other materials. Silicone also warms up or can be cooled relatively quickly, then it releases the heat/cold over time, making an excellent option for temperature play.
The one great big footnote to all of this is that you MUST. NOT. EVER. use silicone lubricant with a silicone sex toy (did we stress that enough?!). The one thing that silicone does want to adhere to and blend with is other silicone materials, so introduce your favourite new bedroom friend to a silicone lube and you will never separate them again! Silicone lubricant will cling to the surface and cannot be washed off, leaving a sticky, tacky feeling. Always use a water based lube and give your toy a wash in soapy warm water after play and you’ll be enjoying your silicone for a long time to come.