10 Adult Toys that Aren't Full of Banned Toxic Compounds (sNSFW)
Hey, so you know those adult toys you've got stashed away in your sock drawer? They might be full of toxic compounds that are banned for use in most items in the United States. Fo' real. It's time to start side-eying that vibrator.
You see, earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Customs confiscated 200,000 dolls that were shipped over from China, just in time for the holidays, because they contained high phthalate levels. Phthalates, or chemical plasticizers, had been used to soften the dolls' plastic outer materials, which would presumably make them more cuddly and all. But as helpful as those plastic-softening phthalates can be, they're equally as pesky on the toxic side. They aren't good for your health, especially when items that contain them are chewed on.
The FDA considers phthalates a "possible human carcinogen," and studies on lab animals have showed some nasty results, even in low doses. Exposure has even been linked to preterm birth in recent studies.
We all know how mouthy kids can be, especially at the age where they find dolls interesting, so phthalates and mouths? They're obviously not a good combination. Those pesky mucous membranes ruin everything. Dolls that can be poisonous are definitely not worth the risk, so good for Customs for jumping on that and removing the dolls before kids get a hold of 'em. But why are adult toys, that also presumably meet with mucous membranes, allowed to contain plasticizers?
Most adult toys contain the same phthalates that are banned for use in children's toys, but it's completely fine, according to current guidelines. Adult toys are considered "novelties," and you're technically only supposed to laugh and/or stare at them, not put them near mucous membranes -- in the eyes of the government, anyway -- so there is no Customs agent stopping the shipment of 200,000 rabbit vibrators or Dr Who-themed dildos. Those free to come and go as they please.
They are presumably no safer for use, though. Mucous membranes are mucous membranes, whether they're in your mouth or, uh, other places, and it's probably wise to avoid using them in sex toys. But until that actually happens, we've found some legit phthalate-free naughty time items for your enjoyment. If it's not safe for doll faces, it's probably not safe for your goods, either. Here are 10 adult toys that aren't full of toxic compounds.
10. Lelo Mia 2 Rechargeable Vibrator
This little lipstick-like gadget is not only environmentally friendly and body friendly -- which means it contains no harsh chemicals or those rotten phthalates that we're trying to avoid -- but it's rechargeable as well, which is rad cause batteries are never around when you need 'em.
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