Sex Toy Material Guide Part 1

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Sex Toys are made from many types of material. This training guide will help to train store staff on the various sex toy materials along with manufactures’ examples.  

PVC and Plastics

There are quite a few vibrators (both internal and external) made of hard plastic, from the cheaper side of things up into the luxury vibes. Wondering why plastic vibes are so popular? They’re fairly affordable and transmit vibrations like no other material. One of our best sellers Pocket Rocket by Doc JohnsonPocket Rocket is one such inexpensive yet oh-so-awesome vibrator made of a hard plastic.  Almost all plastic toys are phthalate-free, making them body friendly. Plus, they’re easy to clean, because they aren’t as porous as those previous materials. You can wash them easily with soap and warm water, or a recommended toy cleaner.


Pros: Inexpensive, easy to clean, comes in lots of pretty colors, phthalate free, transmits vibrations well.

Cons: Hard material, non-sterilizable,

Lube compatibility: Water-based or silicone-based.


Jelly (aka Jell-e, Gelle, Gel-E, Sili-Gel, etc)

Jelly used to be (and in some places, still is) the most popular material for sex toys, particularly vibrators, dildos, butt plugs and cock rings. Why? It’s soft and squishy, very bendable, and can transmit vibrating sensations extremely well. It also comes in a variety of pretty colors, making it perfect for exciting and designer toys. You’ll know its jelly because it is see through (or partially clear).

Pros: Pretty colors, super soft, inexpensive, transmits vibrations well.Jelly

Cons: Some odor,  can cause irritation.

Lube compatibility: Water-based.



Toys made from latex are usually dildos and anal toys, although some vibrators contain latex. Very popular in the kink community due to many people enjoying the feel of latex. Latex and rubber toys are not very durable, and will break down over time, especially when exposed to heat, dry air, or alcohol based cleanser. Keep in mind that many people have allergies or sensitivities to latex. People with these intolerances should stay far away from latex/rubber toys, and might want to consider  another material such as silicone, glass, ceramic or metal.

SE0618013Pros: Inexpensive, comes variety of colors, solid, great for latex fetishists.

Cons: Can irritate people with latex allergies.

Lube compatibility: Water-based







It’s not wonder than this material is often called the best in the business…of sex toys, that is. Real silicone products use 100% medical grade silicone, which is the same material that is used in lots of medical settings. It is completely hypoallergenic, phthalate free and is sterilizable, which means you can choose to share your toys, or use them both vaginally and anally.lelo

How do you know if your product is made from silicone? Real silicone is never clear/see-through, and it will have no smell. 

Pros: Comes in lots of fun colors, easy to shape, transmits vibrations fairly well, sterilizable/easy to share, hypoallergenic, phthalate free,  easy to clean.

Cons: Cost:  Silicone toys are generally more expensive than other toy materials.

Lube compatibility: Water-based



Next Week Realistic Materials

CalExotics’ 20th Anniversary Honored by Honey’s Place

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Written By: Bob Johnson

SusanCalifornia Exotic Novelties has been honored by Honey’s Place with a commemorative statue recognizing the company’s 20th anniversary.

“What a beautiful statue. We’re so lucky to have such amazing, supportive distribution partners like Honey’s Place. We’re incredibly touched by their thoughtfulness. Thank you for this recognition, we will treasure it always,” CEO Susan Colvin said.

The company noted that Colvin launched the company in 1994 with a single mission in mind: to create quality products with the features and benefits that women and couples wanted. The company quickly set the standard for pleasure products in the industry and is famous for introducing many innovations into the market.

Among its achievements are: packaging with personality, the introduction of feminine colors like pink and purple, marketing the Original Jack Rabbit, releasing a water-proof line of toys, making a remote-control egg-style vibrator, advertising and follow up with manufacturer warranties through Vibetronics, making products with 100 percent premium silicone,and  creating pulsating vibrators made in the U.S.

Other accomplishments include the introduction of rechargeable rabbit-style vibrators, manufacturing a talking vibrator, bringing an eco-friendly, solar-powered toy to market, employing an all-women product development team, designing butterfly-style vibrators, and conforming to EU directives.

CalExotics was also an early adapter of RoHS and WEEE standards for motors, though there was no requirement to do so in the in U.S.

“Susan is a pioneer in the industry. She was the first to create sensual products geared toward women and couples starting 20 years ago,” said Bonnie Feingold, President and CEO of Honey’s Place.

She added, “Susan continues to raise the bar in our industry by improving the quality of the products and packaging at California Exotic Novelties. She is an amazing person and has built an innovative company. I am honored to have her in my life and to call her a friend and mentor. It is her hard work ethic, innovation and the way she does business which has allowed CalExotics to become one of the largest and most successful companies in the industry.”

To read the entire history of CalExotics, visit the 20th anniversary page at