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Materials Guide

All the toys and accessories at Nikki Darling are bodysafe. But what does that mean?

Sex toys come in a wide range of materials - some of which are porous, some of which contain phthalates or other chemicals not ideal for use on, or especially in, the human body. The lack of regulation in the industry means manufacturers and retailers are free to sell products that may be harmful or cause injury. 

Nikki Darling chooses to only stock products that are confirmed bodysafe and supplied by reputable manufacturers and distributors. Sex toys and other pleasure products have come a long way, and affordable, bodysafe toys are becoming more and more common. We're proud to bring you a range of vetted bodysafe toys, with clear material descriptions and care notes on each product page. 

You can learn more about the bodysafe materials we supply below.

ABS Plastic

  • ABS Plastic is body-safe, non-porous, easy to clean and able to be sanitised.
  • ABS is an acronym for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene - which is the chemical make up of this hard plastic.
  • It is a hypoallergenic material.
  • ABS Plastic toys are always firm, although they are sometimes coated in a 'soft/velvet-touch' material, usually polyurethane.
  • ABS Plastic is compatible with all lubricants.

Elastomer (TPE / TPR)

  • Elastomer is body-safe, porous, and requires a little extra care to keep it clean.
  • It is a hypoallergenic material.
  • Elastomer can be firm, but is usually used for softer toys as a body-safe alternative to jelly rubbers or to mimic 'real feel' (cyberskin, etc).
  • Due to the porous nature of Elastomer, it is advisable to not share your elastomer toys, or to use barrier protection to reduce transmission risk.
  • Elastomer and silicone are not the same.

Glass

  • Glass is body-safe, non-porous, easy to clean and able to be sterilised.
  • It is a hypoallergenic material.
  • Glass is compatible with all lubricants, and feels particularly nice with silicone or oil-based lubricants.
  • Glass toys are often made of borosilicate glass (commonly known as Pyrex), but can also be made with soda-lime glass. Glass toys are always firm.
  • Glass toys are generally safe, although not all glass toys are created equal. Renowned sex toy critic Lilly, from Dangerous Lilly, explored this topic in her article, Is Your Glass Sex Toy Truly Safe?
  • Glass is a great material for temperature play (can be heated up or cooled down before use.)

Silicone

  • Silicone is body-safe, non-porous, easy to clean and able to be sterilised.
  • It is a hypoallergenic material.
  • Silicone is compatible with water-based lubricants, oil-based lubricants and some silicone-based lubricants (please always perform a patch test first and refer to manufacturer guidelines).
  • Silicone can be very firm or very soft and all shades of density in between! Some silicone toys are dual-density - where a firm inner-core provides stability while a soft exterior layer provides added comfort and cushioning during use.

Stainless Steel

  • Stainless Steel is body-safe, non-porous, easy to clean and able to be sterilised.
  • It is a hypoallergenic material.
  • Stainless Steel toys are loved for their firmness and weightiness.
  • Stainless Steel is compatible all lubricants, and feels particularly nice with silicone or oil-based lubricants.
  • Steel is a great material for temperature play (can be heated up or cooled down before use.)

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