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Jelly is a blend of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and rubber used to make sex toys, including vibrators and dildos. It's a popular sex toy material because it's inexpensive and able to be formed into virtually any shape. It gets its name for its soft texture and feel, which resembles jelly.
This finish comes from the addition of softening chemicals known as phthalates. The more rigid the jelly sex toy, the fewer phthalates it's likely to contain. Phthalates have potential health risks and can cause allergic reactions in some people. However, these risks can be reduced if you use a condom with your jelly toy.
Jelly is a porous material so jelly sex toys can harbor bacteria. They should be cleaned thoroughly after every use to avoid outbreaks.
Jelly sex toy fans love their soft, lifelike finish. Jelly is also very affordable, so it's a common material for many entry-level sex toys. Jelly toys should only be used with water or silicon-based lubricants, as oil-based lubes can break down the jelly.
As rubber is a major component of jelly, sex toys made from this material can have a distinctive, rubbery odor. Most people are not troubled by this, but it can be a turn off. Many also have a distinct "new car" smell due to the addition of phthalates.
It concerns some people that phthalates have been phased out of many products in the United States and European Union. However, it’s important to note that many of these health concerns surround products that in the food industry, such as water bottles and plastic containers. No conclusive studies have been conducted on the risks of phthalates in the production of sex toys. To be on the safe side, it’s best to use a condom whenever you use jelly sex toys. This is particularly important when sharing your toy or using it for anal play.