With thousands of different items being created by adult toy manufacturers, it can be challenging to keep up with what materials are used to construct the vast variety of toys.
We have made it easier for you to find what you are looking for by including this information in our product descriptions for all of our toys, just in case you are unfamiliar with some of the terms.
This Materials Guide can help!
ABS – Hard plastic. Non-porous, durable, and easy-to-clean and maintain. Many toys have a hard plastic base and are covered with other velvety soft materials. All types of lubricants may be used with hard plastics but be sure to clean well around waterproof seals. ABS products are phthalate-free.
EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) – A polymer that is processed like other thermoplastics. It is non-porous, durable, and phthalate-free. Flexible and light weight.
Latex – A rubber-like material produced from the sap of a rubber tree. Latex contains varying degrees of allergens, so people with sensitivity should avoid using these products. Latex is Safe and Pure (phthalate-free).
PE (polyethylene) – Man-made thermoplastic polymer commonly used in consumer products. It is a durable, non-porous, easy-to-clean, soft, pliable, safe material. All types of lubricants may be used with this material.
POM (polyoxymethylene) – A thermoplastic material engineered for precision parts that require high stiffness, low friction, and excellent stability. POM is a Safe and Pure (phthalate-free) material. All types of lubricants may be used with this material.
PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) – A transparent thermoplastic often used as an alternative to glass. A phthalate-free material.
PP (polypropylene) – Man-made thermoplastic polymer often used as an alternative material to ABS plastic that is durable, non-porous, easy-to-clean, and a Safe and Pure (phthalate-free) material. All types of lubricants may be used with this material.
PU Cote (polyurethane) – Man-made polymer in varying degrees of hardness or softness. This Safe and Pure (phthalate-free) material is best used with water-based lubricant.
PVC - (polyvinyl chloride) – For years, one of the most widely used materials for adult products. PVC toys designated by California Exotic Novelties as Safe and Pure (phthalate-free) are in full compliance with European Directive 2005/84/EC, which deals with safe levels of softeners phthalates). PVC items without this designation are still within the safety standards for non-ingestible materials, and some may contain an anti-bacterial agent. Recommended lubricants are water-based.
SAN (styrene acrylonitrile) and AS (acrylonitrile styrene) – Hard plastic material. Non-porous, durable, and easy-to-clean and maintain. This is a phthalate-free material.
Silicone – High quality, hygienic, man-made polymer that is non-porous, durable, soft, flexible, pliable, as well as versatile in its applications in toy production, either as a coating, or in a solid molded form. Silicone products are Safe and Pure (phthalate-free) and are available in several different grades from medical to food certified quality. Water-based lubricant is recommended.
TPR (thermoplastic rubber), TPE (thermoplastic elastomer), and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) –A class of polymers, the characteristics of which mimic many of those of Silicone – hygienic, soft, pliable, durable, non-porous, Safe and Pure (phthalate free), as well as recyclable.