Okay, not a cage match, but man would that be awesome. 100% Silicone dong kicking the ever living shit out of some “silicone” dildo, perhaps dropping it through a flaming table within the ring. Hell in a Cell, no count outs, no disqualifications. Only way to win is through submission! Two Dongs enter and one leaves on a stretcher! (Don’t hate, I watched a lot of WWE with my Dad as a wee Geek.)
Like the cosmetics and health supplement industries, sex toys/sex merchandising is not a regulated industry. This means that consumers of sex products, like consumers of vitamins, need to do their home work. Similarly to cosmetics, manufacturers are under no obligation to disclose everything in their products or any ill effects from them. Tons of cosmetics companies use talc in their products because it is cheap – ignoring the dangers, and for a similar reason many toys are made out of low quality, porous* materials. Overall we live in an unregulated world and we all need to be as informed as possible.
There is a ton of confusion surrounding the difference between a toy marked “Silicone” and one labeled “100% Silicone”. Silicone is one of the most ideal materials for your toy to be made out of as it is nonporous*, incredibly easy to clean, transfers vibration wonderfully, Eco-Green, and properly cared for should last a lifetime. Many of the mass-producing manufacturers have taken advantage of this knowledge entering the collective toy buying conscious by using a small amount of silicone and slapping a “Silicone” label on their packaging. Often this is as little as ten percent – legally something only needs to contain 10% of something to be called that material – and mixing the rest with jelly, jelly rubber, latex, vinyl, or rubber. (Think of fruit juices. Most of the juices you find on a store shelf will be called apple juice, but when you look at the label you’ll see it is actually only 12% juice and the rest is sugar water. That’s in a tightly controlled industry. Same principal with toys. Silicone is the juice, latex is your sugar water.) The other materials it is mixed with are porous, do not transfer vibration well, and may produce off gasses*. (More on Off Gases in a minute.) That Silicone label also typically comes with a hefty bump in price for a non superior product.
100% Silicone toys are just that, all silicone. Most 100% Silicone toys are made by small manufacturers (Tantus!) and are hand poured as well as hand finished. It is a labor intensive process which combined with the higher cost of materials makes for a more expensive toy, but a toy that should last a lifetime. You’ll spend far more in the long run replacing inferior toys. All of my Silicone toys are 100% Silicone, Love U does not carry any products made of silicone mixes or undisclosed make up.
The Charmer. A beautiful toy for the G-Spot inclined. 6 incertable inches of heaven and 4 soft yet stimulating ridges of pure G-Spot pleasure. 100% Silicone. Harness compatible. My personal favorite non-vibrating toy. Would be utterly unstoppable in a Cage Match. (I call it the Fuck Me Gently With A Chainsaw, in a good way.)
* Porus vs Nonporous & Off Gasses.
When we say a toy is nonporous we mean it is solid with no microscopic openings that harbor bacteria. These are much easier to clean, in many cases can be sterilized, and you can safely use heavier cleaning agents on them. A porous toy means it does contain those microscopic, bacteria harboring openings. Porous toys require special care to clean and using heavier cleaners like bleach, dish soap, or even rubbing alcohol will break them down. These often change colors or get dirty looking over time, and have a one to two year lifespan.
Off Gasses are a signal that your toy has plastic softening agents. They smell akin to a new shower curtain. Sometimes these gasses are masked by a fruity scent. A toy without softening agents should have no taste or smell to speak of, and if like me, your nose sometimes fails you, pop that baby in your mouth. The membranes in your mouth are a good deal like the vaginal membranes, with the added benefit of taste buds. You can taste those chemicals even if you cannot smell them, and a chemically laden toy will make your lips and tongue tingle or go numb. That’s right, numb. Do you really want that on your sensitive bits? I didn’t think so.
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