Choosing a Toy
Choosing the right adult toy can be a confusing experience. All the information you need to make an informed decision is rarely on the box! While everyone has different preferences, especially when it comes to an intimate accessory, Misstreated wants to make sure you know what to look for, and what to avoid! We carry a variety of toys and intimate accessories made from a lot of sources, but there are always high and low end items. Some people prefer high end, and some prefer lower end. Before you make up your mind on your purchase, take a moment to browse our information.
Hard Shell Vibrators
Hard-shell vibrators are usually crafted from a hard plastic material. Hard-shell vibrators are ideal for on-the-spot internal or external stimulation. The vibrations of a hard-shell vibrator that is powered by two AA batteries will feel much stronger than those from a soft vibrator that utilizes the same power supply. Hard-shell vibes are easy to clean as well. Hard-shell vibrators are sometimes made of Pyrex (a type of glass), gold or aluminum. These materials can be cooled or heated for added sensations.
Vibrators constructed of a soft material are usually made from silicone, jelly or Cyberskin. These vibrators are best for penetration. These vibrators can be smooth or textured, and come in all sorts of shapes. 100% silicone vibrators are considered the highest quality soft vibrators. Silicone is clean, safe and hypoallergenic. Silicone also diffuses vibrations well, for an all-over vibrating feel. Silicone vibrators are a little pricier, but they last the longest and feel the best. They retain body heat too. You should not use a silicone-based lubricant with a silicone vibrator; it will break the material down. Use a water-based lubricant instead. Some vibrators claim they are made of silicone, but are really composed of a silicone/rubber blend.
Jelly Vibrators are made of rubber materials, including Poly Vinyl Chloride. They are generally inexpensive and vibrate less intensely than hard-shell or silicone vibrators. Jelly vibrators are soft and have some give, so they feel great. These vibrators are porous and cannot be disinfected, meaning disease can be passed between partners if jelly toys are shared.
Latex vibrators are generally stiff with a soft, velvety texture. They have a consistency somewhere between plastic and jelly. A lot of realistic vibrators are made of latex, since latex visually mimics skin tones well. Latex gives off a strong odor that some find offensive. Make sure to take into consideration any allergies you may have before buying a latex vibe.
Cyberskin vibrators simulate the look and feel of real skin. They are soft, yet firm, and warm up to your body temperature quickly. A Cyberskin vibrator usually comes with toy cleaner and talc, both of which prolong the life of this unique texture. Ultraskin, Superskin and Pleasureskin perform similarily to Cyberskin.
TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)
A soft, stretchy compound that is body-safe and used in a wide range of products including medical devices. TPE is not as durable as silicone, so will typically not have as long of a lifespan.
TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber)
A soft, light weight, flexible material used in many soft toys. It's phthalate-free, easily washed, supple and pliable to the touch.
A Note on Phthalates:
Phthalates (pronounced "tha-lates") are chemical plasticizers that are added to materials to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. They are suspected of having carcinogenic and mutagenic effects on the skin and mucous membranes, and are being phased out of many products in the United States and European Union over health concerns. It is advisable to avoid products made of materials that incorporate them. Phthalates are often associated with sex accessories made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and Jelly materials, but it should be noted that not all PVCs contain phthalates, and some silicone blends can contain them, so look for brands and products that specifically state that they are free of those chemicals.
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