What are Phthalates?

Phthalates (pronounced THA-lates) are chemicals that can make products (usually plastics) softer and more flexible. They are sometimes called plasticizers. When exposed to Phthalates over long periods of time, they could be a cancer risk. Phthalates often have a strong odour that is present on or in products.

Phthalates are used in a range of products, including:

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, which is a specific type of plastic used in some products, such as shower curtains
  • Medical plastics, such as PVC IV bags and tubes
  • Children’s toys and supplies
  • Sex toys
  • Cosmetics, such as nail polish and perfumes

Sex Toy manufacturers were quick to realize the potential danger from phthalates and began one of the best cases of self regulation. A recent Swedish study found that sex toys had little to no evidence of phthalates in the toys tested. Unfortunately that was not the case in children’s toys! Today, when shopping for your sex toy, you can feel safe in the knowledge that sex toys are safe and of the highest quality.

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