Adult Toy Materials 101


Once you start browsing the many adult products available on Top Drawer Essentials, you'll note that a number of materials are described as points of difference.  This will help get you up to speed as why those materials are good or bad.

Rubber / Latex.

Latex is a natural product from the sap of various plants, such as the 'Rubber Tree', and which can be processed/solidified into what we know as rubber.  Latex/Rubber is amazingly versatile and very appropriate for products which need to be firm but flexible, such as for dildos.  Despite the fact that latex/rubber is 'natural', some people are sensitive to it and really need to look for latex-free options. 


Silicone is another synthetic (man-made) material but with different chemistry to plastic.  The result is an amazingly versatile rubber-like product which can be moulded like rubber, but with better and more controllable properties.  It's important to note that if using silicone-based toys, you cant use silicone-based lubricants (go for water-based lubricants instead).  The opposite is also true, so if you need to use silicone based lubricants you'll be better off with 


Plastic is a very generic term to describe manmade polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc which can be moulded into virtually any shape.  Their ability to be moulded into any shape, and with properties ranging from rigid to elastic is a great advantage for adult products.  Plastic is typically less porous than some materials which means that it will be easier to clean and less likely to absorb odour.


Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.  While they are widely used in everyday items from cleaners to packaging, they have been attributed to human health impacts which are still not fully understood.  Typically, products which dont include phthalates will be labelled as being 'phthalates free'.  To help you decide if phalates are of interest or important to you, you might like to read this: Phthalates -


It helps to be informed!

Yes, Top Drawer Essentials has a great range of dildos, vibrators (all kinds), masturbators, plugs, cockrings, beads and balls and eggs, but we've also got lubricants, condoms and dams and more. We only stock quality products and of course we ship throughout Australia.

And of course, Top Drawer Essentials can offer suggestions if you like. After all, we are all about safe sex, solo sex, fun sex and better sex.

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