Toxicity in Your Sex Toys-Are Your Toys Safe?
Hello readers! It’s been moment since I’ve written a blog for you guys. We’ve recently set up another experiment involving the stability of PVC toys versus Silicone toys. If you haven’t read our first post about this, you can see it here.
I was pleased with the results of this little experiment, but I regretted not documenting a more step-by-step process for our customers. Luckily, the first experiment at our Ogden store was so successful in educating our customers, we decided to make jars for the rest of our stores too!
Consider this blog post a work in progress- I will be using this post as a masterpost for all updates on these new jars.
Act 1: Choosing Our Models
The first step I took to creating these monstrosities involved going to our warehouse and choosing some old, unused and no longer needed tester toys to chop up. I was in luck, as there was quite the selection to choose from! Here are the ones that made the cut:
Pictured from left to right, up top are our silicone choices: Fun Factory Tiger, Jopen Lust L6, We-Vibe Glow, Aneros Evi, Lelo BOB, We-Vibe Dusk
Pictured from left to right, bottom are our PVC choices: The Realistic Cock by Doc Johnson, King Cock Ultra Realistic Dildo, VibroCock #7 by Blush Novelties, The Original Jack Rabbit Vibrator from CalExotics, Doc Johnson Vibrating Glo-Thick Vibrating Butt Plug
These photos were taken on the day that I jarred them: October 27, 2017. These were taken on the warehouse floor, straight out of the box I pulled them from, most of them removed from packaging so you can see them clearer. They’re all dusty from sitting in boxes for ages. Here’s some close up shots of the PVC toys, particularly the ones that were “sweaty” straight out of the packaging:
This “sweat” is an oily substance that PVC toys secrete constantly…as to what it is made of, it feels thick and greasy like mineral oil. This substance REEKS. If you’ve ever walked down a shower curtain aisle at a home decor store, you know what smell I’m talking about: plastic-y, chemical nastiness. No amount of washing gets rid of this smell because it’s ingrained in the material itself, and is released every time the toy “sweats” this nasty oil. This “sweat” absorbs into the mucosal membrane of the vagina or anus and the smell lingers even there! YUCK!
In this photo, you’ll notice our Glo-Thick bum plug has a weird black smudge on it:
This was actually ink or dye from the toy’s packaging that was absorbed into the porous material of the plug. The smudge is 100% ingrained into the PVC now and cannot be removed. This is a good visual representation to the sheer porous nature of PVC.
Here are closeups on the silicone toys, for comparison…they’re dusty, but the material is smooth and dry.
Act 2: Bath Time and Prep
So the next step in preparing our toys for their jars was to properly wash and sterilize each toy. I chose to rinse each toy off with warm water and then wipe them down using the same cleaner for each toy. The cleaner I chose is Essense Renew by Jopen, a universal toy cleaner (meaning it is safe for all toy materials!) that contained tea tree oil as a natural antiseptic.
ALL CLEAN! Now the fun part…
Act 3: Canned to Preserve Grossness
The final act in preparing these jars of yuck was cutting each toy up into chunks and placing them in each jar. Fairly straight forward, and interesting to see the guts of each toy:
I intentionally didn’t take any photos of the phallic toys being cut up…felt a bit too morbid, and because none of those toys were vibrating, they weren’t too interesting chopped up anyways.
Here’s some photos of the products once they had been jarred:
I decided to place the pearls from the jack rabbit into all three PVC jars in the hopes that they would offer some interesting visual once degradation began: some pretty pearls floating in a sea of yuck.
So there you have it! Six jars…three of PVC toys, three of Silicone. The jarring process was finished by 11AM on Oct. 27, 2017.
Update #1 AKA Look How Fast This $#!7 Breaks Down!
These photos of the Sugarhouse PVC jar were taken only 5 hours after the initial jarring. These orange, glow in the dark PVC pieces from our Glo-Thick plug are already warping from being in contact with the realistic dildos. Check it out: