Sexy Science-Our Own Jars of Horrors
A while back, I wrote a blog post about the tools of our trade here at Blue Boutique…sex toys, specifically, and what they are made of. I touched on the importance of knowing what materials your toys are made of, and why silicone is better versus PVC Jelly or Cyberskin options.
Yet without much of a visual, you sort of had to just take my word for it, right?
Enter my little science project…exactly one year ago from today…November 7th, 2015. I wanted to see exactly how PVC reacted to other porous materials, while also seeing if silicone stays stable with varying degrees of quality.
In the PVC jar, I popped a masturbation sleeve made of TPR, a bright red PVC dildo, a purple PVC cockring, and a couple chunks of brown and beige Cyberskin.
In addition to the jar of PVC, I also cut up an old (boiled for sterilization!) silicone toy of mine and added that with a few brand new silicone toys in another jar. I included some chunks of bright pink Fun Factory silicone, a chopped up grey bum plug from Corked, and a bright blue Luxe bum plug…all claiming to be 100% non-porous silicone. Well, we would just see about that!
My results were incredible, albeit very disgusting. Read on for a little bit of an eye-opening experiment…
Starting out, both jars were relatively stable for about one week. We kept both jars on a room temperature shelf in our adult room, where our customers could pick them up and take a peek at what they were doing.
I did notice after the first day, a small amount of “sweat” had formed on the glass of the PVC jar, which we see happening in packaging on our shelves all the time.
One week into the experiment, the PVC in its jar began to rapidly break down. A sleeve made with TPR began to melt like butter against a solid PVC dildo, which claimed to be “phthalate free and skin safe”.
As the next six months progressed, we started to notice the PVC jar had significant deterioration compared to the perfectly normal Silicone jar. The TPR sleeve has completely disinegrated into a mass of liquid TPE, while the red PVC dildo literally carves through all the other PVC toys (like the purple cock ring you can see near the bottom left).
After a full year, the PVC jar is nothing but liquefied sludge and chunks of PVC. The PVC is quite literally liquid that is free flowing, smells like chemicals (think of the shower curtain aisle at BB&B…yeah, that smell), and looks absolutely vile. The PVC and Cyberskin toys are porous, and chemically unstable, so when they touch, they melt together! Yuck! Meanwhile, our Silicone jar is still sitting pretty…no deterioration, no sweat…just stable, unscented, and clean Silicone. The photos below were taken today, November 7th, 2016…exactly one year after I started this little experiment.
To see the jars in action, here’s a little video I did about a month before the year anniversary, showing the liquefied PVC in motion.
After doing a bit more research, I have found a blogger, DangerousLilly, who put together a similar project with just as yucky results! She started her jar experiment way back in 2013… and has a TON of photos! You can see her entire experiment on her website, dangerouslilly.com.
At the end of the day, we care about the health of each and every one of our customers; with affordable silicone, glass, and steel toys, why settle for the cheap, unstable PVC products on the market?
And if you must buy PVC, please use condoms! Condoms can protect those nasty chemicals from getting into your skin and keeps the toy from harboring bacterial growth.
If you’re still unsure on the toxicity of your playthings, feel free to stop into your local Blue Boutique and ask any of our knowledgeable staff about the benefits of silicone.
Oh! And if you want to see these nasty jars in person yourself, come see us at our Ogden location, where the Jars of Horror call home.