The Wonderful World of Dildos
We get a lot of questions at the Stockroom from adventurous folks about dildos. One of my favorite subjects! Remember—and this was not that long ago—when the only dildos available were those grayish, white-boy, fleshtoned meatsnakes that all looked like underdone, bloated sausages left behind by the closing shift at the deli? I do. It was not pretty. Or hot. And those fleshy dinosaurs were made out of some soft, crumbly rubber that made the faux penis look like it had spent a night in combat and returned with chunks of flesh torn out.
Dear readers: if you still have one of these in your toy drawer, throw it out! You deserve better!
Ahhhh…...but where to begin? There are so many to choose from these days! And lordy knows, a lady never has just one pair of shoes. Or one dildo. Or one vibrator. And there are so many different kinds, made of many different materials. Which ones can you boil? Which lubes can you use?
Let’s see if I can get you started in the right direction. Because believe me, a good dildo will bring more smiles to your face than another pair of shoes. And I love shoes. Okay; buy another dildo *and* another pair of shoes. You have my blessing.
Let’s start with my favorite: Silicone Dildos & Vibrators
Silicone is a great material for dildos because it feels warm to the touch. These smooth, flexible dildos are resilient and durable. Their texture is similar to the softness of skin, giving them a sensual feel.
The non-porous silicone cleans easily with soap and water and, unlike some latex materials, doesn't get sticky after being used. (No more picking lint off your freshly washed dildos!) And silicone can withstand high temperatures, so you can boil them (as long as there is no vibrator unit inside) for 5-10 minutes or put them in your dishwasher to disinfect them. Silicone products are a great way to go for people who have latex allergies. I recommend these toys, especially for use with strap-on harnesses.
If you disinfect them, you can share them with your partner, otherwise, use condoms. Do not use silicone-based lube with silicone toys—they break the toys down!
|These days, the designs of silicone dildos are so impressive. Some of the most creative and ergonomic designs come from the creative minds at Fun Factory. My favorite Fun Factory dildos are the Heartbreaker Vibrator (left) and the Paul and Paulina (right).|
|The other dildos that are superstars are from Tantus. The Stockroom carries a huge line of their dildos and anal plugs. Being a size queen, I am a fan of the thickness and shape of Butch (left) and the beauty and length of Magnum (right).|
Jelly Rubber Dildos & Vibrators: These guys are great as an inexpensive alternative with plenty of great designs to choose from. They tend to be softer and more pliable than silicone and often have a shiny jeweled look.
You just need to play a bit more consciously with them because they are not as durable and need a condom on them every time. They can't be disinfected like silicone because they are likely to melt and are too porous to be disinfected by boiling or dishwashing, anyway. It is also important not to throw Jellies in the toy box next to silicone or rubber toys; they can break down and lose their shape. No oil-based lubes should be used with these.
|Some lovely jelly options are the Triple Twist Rabbit Vibrator (left) and the Jelly Double Dong (right).|
Cyberskin/Softskin: These toys are the most realistic in look and feel and are great for role playing! They are porous and cannot be disinfected, so use a condom—that makes it feel even *more* like the real deal! Wash with mild soap and water, then powder this toy with corn starch after use so it won’t get sticky—but never with talc powder; talc is associated with cervical cancer and should never be inserted inside your butt or pretty pussy. Use water-based lube.
|Our Cyberskin Cock with Balls will do the trick:|
Soft Vinyl/PVC: Vinyl differs from latex or silicone in several respects: It can be used with any type of lubricant. (Silicone products can be degraded by silicone-based lubes, and latex may be damaged by oil-based lubes. But there aren't any vinyl-based lubes!) The material is pliable, and its texture is smooth and inviting to the touch, but can still have a nice firmness, with excellent strength and durability. Like silicone, vinyl is very resistant to breaking and crumbling. And absolutely safe for people with latex allergies. Many of our vinyl dildos have suction cups on the base, & they're particularly strong and effective.
|And do we have some impressive vinyl guys to choose from! How about a dong as big as your forearm? Try the Sumo Rustler (left). Or how about one that looks like it came from a Mad Max movie? Try Vinyl Cock with Bumpy Balls (right).|
Hard Materials: Last but not least we have HARD PLASTIC, LUCITE, ACRYLIC, GLASS, STONE, and METAL. Fantastic new designs are popping up every day for these toys. Some great plusses are: they are non-porous, conduct vibrations really well, can be used with any type of lube, and are great for g-spot orgasms. Yummy.
Clean them with anti-bacterial soap and water. Do not boil plastic, Lucite or acrylic. Use condoms if sharing. Pyrex (glass), Lucite, and acrylic are shatter proof, but stop using a toy if you see a crack in it. Glass, metal and stone retain temperature extremely well, and they can be disinfected by boiling. Groovy thing about glass: a little lube of any kind goes a *long* way.
If you have any more questions, feel free to email me. Happy hunting!