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What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Sex Toy (And Why It Matters)

By Abby K. Cannon, JD, RD, CDN


I’d hate to be a mood killer, but I’ve got some bad news. You probably already know that you’re exposed to toxins from food, beauty products, and personal-care items on a daily basis, but sadly, sex toys belong on this list, too. I know, ugh. Is nothing easy in this world?!

And unlike food, sex toys aren’t regulated for safety, which means there are no rules about the materials used to make them, and companies aren’t required to list ingredients on the label. Double ugh.

Of course, you don’t ingest these products the same way you do food, but the vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of the female body (triple ugh!), meaning it’s worth paying attention to the types of products you bring into the bedroom.

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Here’s the deal: Independent testing has revealed that sex toys may contain chemicals that we know to avoid in other products, mainly children’s toys and skin-care items. These chemicals include bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, polystyrene, toluene, cadmium, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and mineral oils. Some of these chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption, skin irritation, nausea, and different types of cancer. 

Good news is, the fix is simple. When purchasing a new toy, look for ones made of ABS plastic, stainless steel, glass, and medical-grade silicone. To make it easy, there are a few brands making non-toxic sex toys: Beyond Delights, Dame Products, Blush Novelties, Smitten Kitten, and Tantus.

For a biodegradable option, try the Gaia Eco Biodegradable Vibrator. It’s the first biodegradable sex toy of its kind, and you cannot go wrong for the price. $30,

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