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January 20th, 2012

Hi all! :)

Another post from my sex blog, Blacksilk's Boudoir, for you. I went into town recently with some friends and we came across the weirdest, most awful vibrators I have ever seen in my life. Honestly, they're dreadful.

So I thought I'd show you all in a post I call What Is This, I Don't Even. Yes, there are pictures. So, if you want to see the weirdness and enjoy me ranting about how these are awful ideas, come on over. I'll give you a sneak preview: one claims to be 'chocolate' (because women like chocolate more than sex, right?) and the other is the most terrifying thing I've yet seen.

http://blacksilk.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/what-is-this-i-dont-even/

Please leave a comment on the blog post if you want to say hi or have something to say! Thanks!

January 10th, 2012

Hi there all,

An update from my sex blog, Blacksilk's Boudoir! This time it's a review of a very interesting sex toy. I only ever post honest and unbiased reviews and the only benefit I get from doing so is receiving the product for free to review. This does not affect my opinion on the product and I do not have to give a good review of the product.

I reviewed the Icicles 10 Function Glass G-Spot Vibrating Wand, which is a glass g-spot wand that comes with an insertable bullet vibrator to make the whole thing vibrate or to use separately! I thought the product was OK, but had some issues. Please read my review if you're interested!

http://blacksilk.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/review-icicles-10-function-glass-g-spot-vibrating-wand-no4/

Thank you!

January 9th, 2012

Hi everyone,

Yes, time for another update from Blacksilk's Boudoir! This time it's an important one too. A bit of a Public Service Announcement, almost. DO NOT use jelly sex toys.

If you don't know this already, you should really read my post entitled I Don't Think I'm Ready For This Jelly. It describes my experience with a jelly toy I bought back before I knew they were bad for you. Jelly toys are porous, cheap and nasty, often very smelly and contain potentially harmful chemicals (often including phthalates, which have many risks). This particular toy actually gave me fairly painful chemical burns in my vagina. Not nice.

Jelly might not cause a reaction in you specifically, but its still a terrible material for sex toys and unfortunately is still very common. You should at least know the risks and hear how it affected me, so go read and get informed!

http://blacksilk.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/i-dont-think-im-ready-for-this-jelly/

Feel free to comment on the blog with your thoughts and experiences.

October 2nd, 2007

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 Last night I emailed one of the UK's largest sex-toy retailers (lovehoney.co.uk) with regard to the Sue Johanson toys.  It seems that they too were misled about the makeup of the 'Royal' range, and had been led to believe that the toys were made of premium silicone.  I've received two emails from them this morning, here's the second one:

"Thank you for contacting LoveHoney.
 
I have passed on your message to our Product Manager, and we have now updated our product information. The product is now listed as:
 
Material: Skin Safe Rubber
Supplier material: TPR Silicone
 
We thank you for informing us of this, and we have now removed this item for the Silicone Vibrators section of our website.
 
Thank you again for contacing LoveHoney"

Yay!  I like to start the day with a victory, however small.

October 1st, 2007

 The Sue Johanson 'Royal' range of sex toys is marketed as 'safe' and 'silicone'.  Quotes from some websites selling the toys make such claims as:

"This vibrator is part of the Sue Johanson Royal Collection. Each item in the line is made from silicone. Silicone is hypoallergenic and more sterile, because it has no pores that hold bacteria"

and
 "Another one of this vibe's strengths is the silicone material it's made from; this stuff is possibly the best feeling material in the sex toy industry, and it's also easy to clean because it's non-porous"


Sounds great, doesn't it?  It would be if it was the truth, however the Sue Johanson toys are actually made of something called 'silicone based TPR (thermoplastic rubber)'.  This is a 'polymer blend' of rubber, silicones, and petrochemical byproducts.

 Badvibes.org sent away some Sue Johanson 'Royal Balls' for chemical analysis.  Like all of the 'Royal' range they are described as 'silicone' or even '100% silicone'.  The analysis showed that the actual makeup of this toy was:

"
Styrene-Butadiene Copolymer (28% Styrene) with Mineral Oil
7% Unknown Additives
28% Volatile Compounds

*including cyclohexanone, butenal, decane, 3,3-dimethylheptane, 2-toluenesulfonamide, styrene, unknown phenol derivative, and silicone derivatives"



While genuine, medical-grade silicone is non-porous, sterilisable, hygienic and safe, rubber is not.  These toys are using a celebrity endorsement, and misleading claims about their content to drive sales.  These toys cannot be sterilised by boiling or being placed in the dishwasher.  If you own this brand of toy then it's probably wise to follow the same precautions as you would with any 'unsafe'* toy.  Use a condom over it, wash well with warm soapy water between uses, store in a plastic baggie so that it's not touching any other toys, and rinse before use.


* unsafe meaning: any toy with an unknown chemical makeup, any toy that is latex, jelly, rubber, or does not have ingredients listed.

 The 'safest' toys (ie. non-porous, sterilisable) are made from 100% medical-grade silicone, glass/Pyrex, hard plastic/acrylic, chrome,  and stainless steel.

 

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 Hi!  Recently I've become more aware of problems surrounding sex toys.   Sex toys are not regulated.  They are classed as 'novelty items' and as such are made to wildly varying standards, and can be made from materials that we wouldn't normally dream of putting inside our bodies.   I own many, and it's been quite a journey from "Ooh shiny!" to "It's made of WHAT?".

 Many manufacturers don't care what's in their toys as long as they sell, and look nice.  There may even be an assumption that customers who do have a bad experience with a toy will be too embarrassed or ashamed to seek a refund or replacement, so the practice of making sex toys out of questionable materials goes unchecked.  This needs to stop!  The sale of products such as 'Anal-Eze Numbing Cream' and various 'Pussy Tightening' potions also needs to be challenged, and the make-up of these products scrutinised, as there is the potential for injury and distress.

Sex and masturbation should be fun, not a painful, risky endeavour.


  Use this community to ask other members about a toy you're thinking of buying, safe use of sex toys and lubes, and responsible, consumer-friendly retailers and manufacturers.  Also, warn us about mislabeled products, misleading sales blurb, and bad experiences with manufacturers or retailers.  If companies are lying to consumers, they should be taken to task over it.  If they're not ashamed to take our money, we shouldn't be ashamed to complain if something goes wrong!

 Some useful links, while I'm working on some informative items:

Badvibes - Coalition Against Toxic Toys

Unsafe sex products 

Toxins in Sex Toys
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