Platinum Cured Silicone makes a better sex toy!
Platinum (Cured) Silicone is a unique material with many advantages over plastics or other types of silicone when used as a sex toy. Platinum Silicone is not only safer and more hygienic, it also feels great!
Continue to read more about this wonderfully squishy stuff!
Platinum Cured Silicone is...
Non-plastic and non-porous!
Unlike plastics, Platinum Cured Silicone is primarily derived from quartz (silica sand) and it's non-porous. That’s a good thing, since pores allow bacteria to hide during cleaning.
It’s also non-toxic, latex free, hypoallergenic, and phthalate free!
Heat sanitize safely!
Platinum Silicone toys can be sanitized in boiling water, which makes it a great choice if you play with multiple partners or so you can safely enjoy the same toy both vaginally and anally.
Don’t try boiling plastic toys – they can melt! Since the pores in plastic toys allow bacteria to hide from cleaners and they can't be heat sanitized, you can't truly "clean" plastic toys!
See "Cleaning Instructions" below for stovetop and dishwasher sanitizing tips.
Body safe, feels great
Have you ever noticed that a toy smells “chemically” or leaves you with a burning sensation? Some plastic toys are treated with softeners for a more appealing firmness, but they may not be skin safe or they could cause the toy to degrade over time.
Platinum Cured Silicone is not only non-porous, non-toxic, easy to sanitize, and with a delightfully natural flesh-like squish, it's also chemically stable with no weird odors. With proper care you'll have them for years to come!
How can "non-toxic" be a selling point?
Why do we have to have this conversation? Aren't all commercially sold sex toys body-safe?
You'd think so, but unfortunately no.
Most people, through no fault of their own, assume that a company shouldn't be able to sell a sex toy that is toxic or otherwise unsafe. Similarly, people are also usually surprised to learn that the sex toy industry is unregulated. That means unscrupulous manufacturers can label their products however they want or use unsafe materials, with no regard for accuracy or your safety.
In fact, many of the most popular and accessible toys, including jelly dildos, are made with materials that are unhygienic and could be toxic, while certain design flaws can pose health risks as well.
When it comes to adult toys, safety is sexy. It's important to buy from companies with a good reputation, that you trust, and that are transparent about the materials they use. We exclusively and proudly use Ecoflex by Smooth-On, an industry leader in high-quality rubbers, plastics, and foams.
If you're curious, you can read more about these topics in the tabs below.
Sexual health is health.
Since Platinum Cured Silicone is non-porous and heat-proof, it's much easier to clean than plastic toys. It can even be heat sanitized in boiling water while plastic toys would melt!
To Handwash: Thoroughly wash the toy with antibacterial soap and warm water, using your fingers to gently scrub and remove all excess lube. Avoid using brushes or other tools that may scratch the surface of the toy, as well as soaps that include ingredients that end in "-cone," such as Dimethicone, which can harm silicone toys. It's best to wash your toys as soon as convenient after playing, otherwise just be mindful to remove anything that may have dried.
Dongsmith's Note: Since Platinum Silicone is non-pourous, it cleans easily. As long as they're cleaned thoroughly, it's not truly necessary to heat sanitize our toys after each use. However, it's sometimes nice to know your toys are heat sanitized, such as before and after playing with different partners, or if you want to enjoy the same toy both vaginally and anally. As an added bonus, toys look beautiful after boiling since they air dry quickly without collecting lint as they will from towel drying.
Boil to Sanitize: To heat sanitize your toy after washing with soap and water, bring a pot of water to a boil and carefully place the toy in the pot for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the toy and stand it upright on a towel to air dry. We recommend using a kitchen towel as they usually shed less lint than bath towels.
We promise you won't hurt them! Platinum Cured Silicone can withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, your toy has already been boiled! During post-processing, each and every HHT toy is washed with Dawn original dish soap then boiled for 10 minutes, a process that some affectionately refer to as "making dong soup."
Dishwasher: Load the dishwasher with toys only and run on "sanitize" or whichever cycle runs hottest* on your dishwasher. Do not use detergent as it's too harsh and can harm your toys!
Cycle temperatures are listed in the manual. If you don't have that, you can find the manual online by searching for your dishwasher's model number + "manual."
* Disclaimer: While all dishwashers, including those without a sanitize feature, will be able to remove most things from the surface a toy using very hot water, your dishwasher won't be able to truly sanitize your toys unless it can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit (NSF).
Our cleaning instructions expand on Brown University's recommended sex toy sanitization methods.
What lube can I use with your toys?
We generally recommend using water-based lubes. Oil-based lubes are also just fine, but can be a little more difficult to clean off the toy.
We know silicone and hybrid lubes are popular, but we cannot recommend their use. There is a wide variety of formulations and ingredients that these may contain and some have the potential to harm your toy.
Can you tell me more about those unsafe materials?
Yes, however this overview will just scratch the surface as this topic is too complex to fully cover here -- and this is already plenty long!
Again, lack of regulation is the heart of the problem as manufacturers can label toys however they want. While there are plenty of reputable brands doing it right, shady companies have been observed using misleading marketing at best, or outright deception at worst. Here’s a few examples of common issues with how plastic and silicone toys are marketed:
Plastic: Certain plastics may contain compounds that can cause nervous system damage or are linked to other significant health issues. For example, PVC toys may contain phthalates, which are linked to a host of medical issues. TPE is another common material, often what the popular clear jelly dildos are made from. While it's not as harmful as PVC, it's usually softened with mineral oil which can degrade the toy to the point it becomes unsafe for use -- ever had a toy get "sticky?" And while TPE and PVC toys are both porous, they can't be heat sanitized.
In either case, one must take the manufacturer's word that a PVC toy is made with phthalate-free PVC as claimed, or that the toy marketed as TPE is made of that and not a more problematic material. In both cases, you simply can’t know.
Silicone: While Platinum Cured Silicone is body-safe, not all silicones are. For example, Tin Cure Silicone contains toxic ethanol and is not a safe material for sex toys. When toy shopping, it can be confusing because manufacturers know that people generally think of silicone as “better” than plastic and they’ve developed marketing terms to this effect. Toys can be found marketed as “100% silicone" or “premium silicone” which both sound good, but neither clarify which type of silicone the toy is made with.
One final wrinkle is that without regulation, there’s been very little comprehensive testing of these different plastics and silicones as sex toys. We don't truly know everything about them and their potential risks. On the other hand, Platinum Cured Silicone has been around since the 1950’s and has been extensively tested. It’s used in all sorts of applications where it’s critical that the material be non-toxic, body-safe, hygienic, and durable. This includes prosthetic limbs, implants, movie and theatrical “skin effects” makeup, and food, beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Again, it's important to buy from companies with a good reputation, that you trust, and that are transparent about the materials they use. More information is always better. A company that uses Platinum Silicone will be loud and proud about their premium product and they'll want you to know why their products cost more than the “100% Silicone” toy! Here at HHT we exclusively use Ecoflex by Smooth-On, an industry leader in high-quality rubbers, plastics, and foams.
For more complete information, we recommending searching the internet for topics like “TPE dildo risks” or “phthalates in sex toys” for a cornucopia of well-sourced articles about these problematic materials.
What are "design flaws" that could be harmful?
The main issue is toys that are marketed for anal use but lack an anal-safe base.
To be considered anal-safe, a toy should have a base that is at wider than the widest insertable portion of the toy, and that's thick enough so that it cannot fold and unintentionally slip inside the user.
How can I tell which toys to buy or avoid?
Since the industry lacks labeling regulations, it can be tricky to tell which products are safe. Unfortunately, you can't just take the manufacturer's word at face value and instead you have to consider all of the available information and maybe do a bit of research.
You've probably noticed that our products cost more than most toys found at mainstream retailers that carry toys made of various plastics or "100% silicone." Platinum Silicone is a far more expensive raw material than plastic or other types of silicone and often times the price alone can tell you whether a toy is something that you'll want to put inside of you or not. If a toy seems too good of a deal to be true, it probably is.
Perhaps resulting from the lack of regulation, a robust community has taken shape online and has aggregated an immense amount of knowledge on adult toys and flags companies with concerning practices. This includes companies that employ improper manufacturing processes and produce dangerous toys, or others that engage in IP theft by copying designs from reputable makers to mass produce using low-quality materials. These are usually priced to undercut the original maker.
Twitter user @HausGecko has compiled an excellent thread expanding on these topics and offers helpful clues to watch for when toy shopping: Let’s Talk About: Intellectual property (IP) theft, knock-offs, suspiciously cheap toys and more!
We've already mentioned this twice, but it bears repeating: It's important to buy from companies with a good reputation, that you trust, and that are transparent about the materials they use. More information is always better. A company that uses Platinum Silicone will be loud and proud about their premium product and they'll want you to know why their products cost more than the “100% Silicone” toy! Here at HHT we exclusively use Ecoflex by Smooth-On, an industry leader in high-quality rubbers, plastics, and foams.
Are you saying that Platinum Silicone is the only body safe sex toy material?
Not at all! Metal, glass, and ceramic toys are all fantastic, beautiful alternatives that, like Platinum Silicone, are also nonporous and can be heat sanitized.
The main reason we prefer Platinum Cured Silicone over those materials is that in addition to having the same safety benefits, it feels realistic with a great squish.
What else is Platinum Silicone used for?
It's not just for sex toys!
Platinum Cured Silicone is used in a variety of demanding applications where hygiene and durability are key, as well as being a non-toxic material. This include "skin effects" in theatrical and movie makeup, prosthetic limbs, as well as food, beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. But, it also makes really great sex toys!
Three Firmnesses to Choose From
We offer three firmnesses to choose from: 00-30 "soft" 00-40 "medium-soft" and 00-50 "medium."
Learn more about these firmnesses, including our custom in-house mixed 00-40 with our Firmness Guide!
About our shop
Inventory Toys include Premium Pours like our Opalescent Rainbow and Seacock Spirit signature colorways, as well as Single-Color Toys. Premium Pours are added during pre-announced drops, but Single-Color Toys may be added at any time. Shop Inventory Toys for one-of-a-kind Premium Pours, to see if there’s a Single-Color Toy with your favorite specs, and for flop deals. They also ship faster!
Made-to-Order (MTO) Toys allow you to customize your toy right down to the firmness, in colors from our two single-color collections, UV-Sparkle and Natural Series. And we never run out!
When operating our standard Shipping and MTO Production Schedules, Inventory Toys ship M/W/F with a 3pm Pacific cutoff, and MTO Toys ship within two weeks of ordering. Please see our Fulfillment Status page for current lead times.