Sex Toy Materials - The Benefits Of Latex Versus Silicone Sex Toys
Mention the word latex and the first image that comes to mind are latex condoms, mention silicone and breast implants automatically come to mind. When it comes to sex toys though, few people can tell you what the difference is between latex and silicone sex toys. Even fewer can explain why you would want to purchase a sex toy made from one material instead of from the other. In this article the virtues of latex rubber sex toys will be pitted against the benefits of sex toys made from silicone. You be the judge of which sex toy is best suited to your sexual needs and to your budget.
The first industry-produced sex toys were constructed from latex rubber-that's right, the same material as regular condoms. Latex rubber sex toys tend to be quite soft in texture, much like rubber and although the latex sex toy does have that "rubber" smell, latex rubber sex toys are overall the least expensive purchase in terms of sex toys. Tremendous growth in the sex toy industry has allowed for the creation of many imaginative sex toy devices and the majority of those sex toys are produced in latex rubber. Some of the latex rubber sex toys are called jellies as these sex toys are transparent and often have small bubbles running through the sex toy which gives them a jelly-like appearance.
Latex sex toys are more porous than other materials used in sextoy production, so latex rubber sex toys are not as hygienic as other sex toy materials. The latex sex toy is safe to use with both water-based and oil-based lubes, however a latex sex toy will attract dust and lint when moist. Other than the scent, many people find latex rubber sex toys to be very appealing sex toys as they often have a realistic texture and feel to them. If you don't want to spend too much on a sex toy and you are not allergic to latex, then a latex sex toy is a fantastic choice.
The second most common material for a sex toy is silicone. Even though silicone sex toys do not have an invasive rubber smell to them, the silicone sex toy does have a slight scent to it. Silicone sex toys are non-porous which makes this sex toy easier to clean than latex sex toys-you can even stick your silicone dildo sex toy in the dishwasher! Depending on the manufacturer, the silicone sex toy can either be quite hard or very soft. Silicone sex toys are silky to touch and do not get sticky when wet or when lubricated. As with all sex toys, silicone sex toys are great with water-based lubes but avoid using oil-based lubricants with silicone sex toys as this may degrade the silicone and decrease the life of your sex toy. Silicone sex toys also warm to your body temperature quickly and retain your body heat making the sex toy feel more realistic.
Other than the lack of smell, the great benefit of using a silicone sex toy instead of a latex rubber sex toy is that the silicone sex toy is hypo-allergenic. For people who are allergic to latex, the silicone sex toys are a great alternative to latex rubber sex toys. Silicone sex toys tend to be more expensive than your regular jelly/latex sex toy because they are hand made, but their durability and quality of construction often make up for the difference in price.
Although neither a latex rubber nor a silicone based sex toy, Cyberskin sex toys are a relatively new material on the market that is the closest material on the sex toy market to real-life skin. Cyberskin, made of a combination of silicone and plastic, simulates the softness of skin yet retains the same hardness as a real penis. As Cyberskin material is very porous, a Cyberskin sex toy must be cleaned very thoroughly with Cyberskin cleaning solution or antibacterial soap and water. Silicone based lubricants cause Cyberskin sex toys to deteriorate.