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Sex Toy Hall of Shame - Sue Johanson 'Royal' range.

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 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"

 "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.

  • I'm glad you started this community - I actually have one of these toys, and though I always use a condom on it now for ease of cleanup, when I first got it, I didn't. (My other main toy is a Tantus, good quality and I always glove it up too.)

    It's still a decent toy for what it does, but I won't even think of using it without a condom after reading this! (I also think I paid too much for it now, but eh, live and learn.)
    • And I'm sorry - I just realized my default icon looks just too wrong here. ;) LOL.
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