Sex Toy Material Guide Part 2: The Realistics

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The best “realistic” materials are made by Doc Johnson’s Ultra Realistic or UR3 and Topco’s CyberSkin®. Both are very soft and lifelike, mimicking the texture and elasticity of real human skin.  Because this material is so super soft, most dildos made with this realistic like skin material has a firm inner spine made of a harder PVC material to keep the dildo rigid for penetration. Because realistic materials are also very stretchy, many masturbators and pocket vaginas are made of realistic materials as well.


CyberSkin® is the name of a material made by Topco, but it used by many companies, as are many pseudonyms. Most CyberSkin® toys are either male masturbators, or realistic dildos. They feel very similar to skin, and their softness makes them popular. It is primarily only used to make Caucasian flesh toned items, such as porn star vagina/anus/penis replicas.  It picks up fuzz, hair, dirt and even newspaper ink in moments, and is very difficult to wash.

TopcoPros: Feels fairly similar to real skin, comfortable, easy to mold.

Cons: Very delicate, hard to keep clean, requires care and up-keep.

Lube compatibility: Water-based.




Ultra Realistic or UR3

The Ultra Realistic is the material created by Doc Johnson. The UR3 emulates the feel of human skin and a sex toy made from it gives the feeling of doing it with the real thing. There are certain attributes that are unique to this material. Firstly, the texture of this material can be made both soft and firm, just like the real skin. It can be molded in varying densities, which allows it to be made soft, firm and flexible realistically at the right places. UR3 has the ability to retain body heat for a longer period of time, which means it provides both the feel and the warmth of the real thing. The material can be made transparent or translucent and can be given any color.

Pros: Feels fairly similar to real skin, comfortable, easy to mold and phthalates free.Doc UR3

Cons: Very delicate, easily damaged by oil, petroleum and silicone oils.

Lube compatibility: Water-based.

X5 Ultra-Realistic Material

The X5 is the realistic material that was created by Blush Novelties.   The X5 has a soft yet flexible spine will allow you to bend and hold any position.  It also have the feel of human skin.  It is also warms to the human touch, making the feel very realistic.


Pros: Feels fairly similar to real skin, comfortable, easy to mold and phthalates free.

Cons: Very delicate, easily damaged by oil, petroleum and silicone oils.

Lube compatibility: Water-based.




TPR (thermoplastic rubber)

TPR, thermoplastic rubber, is a life like material that feels realistic. Used often in strokers, dongs, and life like toys, it closely mimics the texture of real human skin. TPR is a class of polymers with characteristics similar to silicone. Manufacturers such as  California Exotic Novelties’ uses TPR. There are phthalates free.

GNDPros: Phthalates Free

Cons: Not recommended for people with latex allergies.

Lube compatibility: Water-based.






This material used by Rascal. FleshPhallix a very realistic material. FleshPhallix is made from 100 percent FDA approved ingredients and is free from latex and PVC. This material feels  real, the plush firmness warms to the touch, and can be heated or cooled more dramatically prior to play.  Best of all, it is odorless and non-toxic.

Pros: FDA Approved, Latex and PVC freeRAST-JEREMY

Cons:  Requires care and up-keep.

Lube compatibility: Water and Silicone based.


Elastomer is often known as TPE (thermo plastic elastomer). Unlike the similarly named TPR (thermo plastic rubber), it is latex free, and is always phthalate free as well. It is a porous toy, which means you cannot share it, or use it either vaginally or anally unless you cover your toy with a condom. However, this material is a great, body friendly one, and if you’re not planning on sharing, it’s definitely a good buy. It’ll last a long time, transmits vibrations well, and comes in a whole array of awesome colors. While not quite the quality of silicone, it does transmit vibrations better, and is a bit more affordable as well. This is a great material for the budget conscious.

TPEPros: Comes in fun colors, can transmit vibrations well, phthalate and latex free, hypoallergenic

Cons: Porous, not as good quality or long lasting as silicone

Lube compatibility: Water-based or silicone-based




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