Ditch the Roses
A Valentine’s Sex Toy Gift Guide.
It’s that time again. You’ve just barely recovered from the shit-storm that was Holiday Season 2013, your New Years hangover has faded, and the time has come to deal with Valentine’s Day. If you’re anything like me, you’ve accepted that this holiday is bogus. But maybe you just want a good excuse to buy some sex toys. In my humble opinion, there is never a bad time to buy a sex toy, but if you’re seeking an enabler, St. Valentine has got your back.
Whether you’ve never had a vibrator before or you’re running out of storage options for your collection, there are some important things to know when purchasing sex toys. Lucky for you, I’ve taken all of the guess work out of sex toy shopping and made a handy-dandy guide to all of the things you should keep in mind. All in a day’s work.
The first thing to consider when buying a new toy is material. This is because the sex toy industry is completely unregulated, so manufacturers can get away with making toys out of toxic materials without having to reveal what is in them. At the very least, you want a toy that is odorless; a strong smell is a good indicator of toxicity and porosity. Steer clear of toys made out of “jelly,” as this material is full of toxic chemicals called pthalates. It is also porous, so it traps bacteria and can’t be sterilized.
The best system for sticking to body-safe toys is to look for the same materials that you cook on and eat off of. 100% silicone, glass, and stainless steel are all great materials, as well as hard plastics and sealed wood. Do your research. Learn about the manufacturers and suppliers you are buying from. If a toy sounds iffy, has a scent, or is suspiciously inexpensive, avoid it. And if you already have a toy made out of a questionable material, put a condom on it during use. We’re talking about bodies here – you might want to pay attention to what you put in yours.