At She Bop, every sex toy we carry is completely body-safe and phthalate-free. But what on earth are phthalates, and why do we want our sex toys to be free of them?Besides having a perplexing name (pronounced thal-ates), phthalates are a family of chemicals used to soften hard plastics. In the realm of sex toys, they are often the reason that cheap sex toys are squishy, smelly, and potentially toxic.Although we may not know it, phthalates are not foreign to us. They are present in a variety of everyday stuff: paints, deodorants, shower curtains, nail polish, vinyl floors, and even food (most likely because they can leach out of food processing machinery and food packaging). roducts that contain more than 0.1% of certain phthalates). 

We recommend heading over to the Sh! website to find out moreHeres just a taster of some best-selling toys & accessories featured in the video. See if you can spot them!Silencer£13Feather Fan£5Co.The tendency of phthalates to off-gas is particularly scary, since children put toys in their mouths.Unfortunately, there is a complete lack of government regulation within the sex toy industry (ever notice that ominous phrase, for novelty use only, on sex toy packaging?), so companies are free to use whichever materials they please. For some companies, this means using phthalates to cut production costs. Greenpeace Netherlands conducted a study in 2006 in which they tested eight sex toys and found that seven of them contained phthalates, in concentrations ranging from 24 to 51 percent of the toys composition. Compared to the 0.1% ban enacte.

And creative pictures of sex toys, visit this week's Toy with me Tuesday round up on Ness's blog, or follow the However, troubling research on phthalates has cast doubt on whether phthalates are as innocuous as they once seemed.It is well-known that phthalates have a tendency to off-gas escape from the plastic in the form of a gas. They also seep out in an oily film, which can be absorbed through skin, mouths, and mucous membranes.In particular, researchers are worried about what phthalates could do to children. Canada, Europe, and the U.S. have all enacted bans on childrens toys that contain certain levels of phthalates (for example, Congress banned the sale of childrens toys and baby p