By: Arielle Aquino
We often don’t think about the ways in which we are exposed to nasty chemicals through our tampons, condoms, lubricant and even sex toys. However, sex toys are some of the worst offenders, often containing phthalates, which are plasticizers that are banned from children’s toys for being known endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately the sex toy industry is not regulated by any governing body and as such, manufacturers don’t have to list the ingredients used. In fact, something labeled “100% silicone” might not even be silicone at all. (See our in-depth guide to sex toy materials here).
One of the main principles of The Sensualist is our commitment to body-safe and non-toxic sex toys, but what exactly does that mean? Plain and simple, body-safe, non-toxic and natural are words that gets thrown around a lot these days. Just like sex toys, these words are unregulated and there isn’t a standard definition or criteria to claim something is body-safe or non-toxic.
When we use these words, we’re referring to our specific criteria and standards as defined by The Sensualist. Body-safe and non-toxic won’t mean the same to every brand or every person, but know that any of the products found on our site are what we consider “body-safe” and “non-toxic”. Read how we define those words below:
Body-safe and non-toxic may be used interchangeably and as applicable. They refer to ingredients or materials that:
- Do not contain parabens, sulfates, glycerine, Nonoxynol 9, Benzocaine, synthetic oils, Propylene Glycol, chlorine, BPA, phthalates, developmental toxins, heavy metals, fire retardants, pesticides, herbicides, nitrosamines.
- Do not contain nickel
- Are non-porous
- Are within the vaginal pH range (this applies to lubricants)
- Are not poisonous to the body in the dose/concentration found in the product
- Are not known endocrine-disruptors
Are we missing anything? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions of other criteria we should consider!
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