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Are Silicone Lubes Safe for use on Sex Toys?

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Lube Testing at the Diva Lab :)

    For at least 10 years, we have been warned (by sex educators, sex toy bloggers, and manufacturers,) not to use silicone lubes with silicone toys. The simple explanation was that silicone toys and lubes don't play well together; silicone lubes might degrade silicone toys over time. The resulting gummy texture was not pleasant, AND there would be no way to "restore" your toy or vibrator.

   However, many of my customers LOVE their silicone lubricants, and LOVE their silicone toys...

   SO, in the interest of the greater good, I have been doing some lube and toy testing.

   Several of the toys we carry at Diva, from Fun FactoryLeloTantus and We-Vibe were the subjects. 

   I tested several formulas of lubricant including, Pink silicone, System Jo, Wicked ultra lube, and Pjur glide by applying them, rubbing them into the toy(s) surface for a minimum of 30 seconds, and then letting the toys "rest" for up to 3 hours. I washed them with a mild liquid soap and water, rinsed and patted dry. Easy-peasy...and certainly not white coat lab worthy, but what I consider "real" science.
  The results were as I expected...A HIGH Quality 100% silicone toy, combined with a high quality silicone lubricant of your choice, poses no problem...No adverse affects, and no funny textures, films, discoloration, or any other noticeable changes in the silicone toys surface.
  On the other hand, actual lab testing (by Trigg Labs, the makers of WET lubricants) on  inferior "silicone" sex toy products ie."silagel", or any translucent rubber product erroneously labeled "as silicone" (Screaming O vibrating rings for instance), may react, break down, or even dissolve with a silicone lube over time.
   Specifically TPR or TPE blends were highly susceptible to breakdown and degredation over time when used with silicone lubricant.  I recommend a water based, or hybrid lubricant with any clear toy material, as a precaution for the longevity of your toy.
   Thankfully, more sex toys are being manufactured with high grade silicone materials, giving consumers the choice of any good lubricant they like. As both consumers and retailers demand higher quality products, the issue will probably fade away.
   All We-Vibe products, Fun Factory, Lelo, Jimmyjane, and even Cal Exotics Premium silicone toys are safe to use with any good personal lubricant, silicone or otherwise...so use your favorite personal lubricant, and enjoy!

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    ojaicouple (Friday, 16 August 2013 21:48)

    Thanks for sharing your research. The only toy we use is made of borosilicate glass. Naturally we got it at Diva. Glass seems so easy to keep super clean using alcohol swab and then boiling. What I would like to know is how to keep silicone toys super clean. Maybe you could address this in another article, please. The Leo and other silicone toys look like a lot of fun...

  • #2

    divapassionboutique (Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:46)

    Hi Ojai Couple! Thanks for your comment! Most Silicone toys are exceptionally easy to clean. Non motorized plugs and dildos can be washed in hot soapy water, and for an even more thorough cleaning, they can be boiled or run through the dishwasher...MOST people find that the soap and water routine is sufficient, BUT if you share your toys, or use the same toy for anal and vaginal stimulation, boiling is a sure way to insure no "cross contamination". Drop the toy into a pot of boiling water, after a minute or so, turn off the heat. By the time the water cools, your toy has been disinfected. Obviously if your toy has a motor this is not an option. Use a good, mild liquid soap (or shampoo) to wash your toy after use. AGAIN, for most this is sufficient. Using a soft bristled toothbrush helps on toys with lots of texture, like nubs or creases. For additional cleaning, you can follow with a mild alcohol solution; 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol, followed by a rinse. OR for a more serious cleaning... 10 parts water to 1 part household bleach. Rinse and pat dry. You can also use a specialty toy cleaner. My personal favorite is Pjurs Med Clean. This is a medical grade, BODY SAFE cleaner. Hope this extra long comment answered most of your questions! Thanks again!