Poisons in Intimate Toys – Toxins in Vibrators, Love Balls – Alarming Test Results – German Consumer Organisation

The intimate toy trade has exploded with on-line purchasing. However we know little about what is used to make these products – until now. From 12 Vibrators, 3 Love Balls and 3 Cock rings tested only 3 were free of toxins.

From time to time I will post on the TRANSFORMATES.com website important health focused articles which I consider to be of potential interest to regular readers. This week I came across this important research publication in Germany. It is from a highly respected independent organisation set up in 1964 to investigate consumer goods and services by the German Government.

On 30th January 2019 the German Consumer Organisation ‘Stiftung Warentest‘ (Homepage) published the results of its analysis of the chemical composition of 18 sex toys that it had purchased from erotic shops or via online retailers. These included 12 vibrators, 3 love balls and 3 penis (or cock) rings.

Typical Sex Toy Range (not tested) – Potential Toxins Found in  other Vibrators, Love Balls and Cock Rings

The prices of the items purchased varied from 6.8 to 165 Euro. Of all the products tested only 3 were found to be free of toxic substances. Five of the ‘Toys’ tested (4 vibrators and 1 Love Ball) were judged seriously inadequate (‘mangelhaft’) due to quantities of the substances found. Typical substances found were

  • Plasticiser diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) – which can affect fertility
  • Poly cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – which are possible/probable human carcinogens (linked to skin, lung, bladder, liver and stomach cancers in well established animal model studies)
  • Phenol – suspected of causing genetic defects
  • Nickel – potential allergen

Interestingly there was no significant correlation found between the poor test results and the price or smell of the products. Two of the most expensive vibrators were among the worst test results. Many products had a ‘plasticky’ smell when unwrapped but some of the smelly ones’ test results gave no cause for concern.

Price is no guide with regard to levels of Toxins in Sex Toys (these were not in the study)

The items tested are marketed to the German public under the following names:

Vibrators:

  • Big Teaze Toys I rub my duckie Travel Size
  • Doc Johnson The Realistic Cock Vibrating 6 Inch
  • Fun Factory Ocean Mini Vibrator
  • Mystim Elegant Eric
  • NMC In-Style
  • OV-Großhandel You2Toys Space Rider 3000
  • Pipedream Fetish Fantasy Series Vibrating Hollow Strap-On
  • Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation
  • Sevencreations Bijou Sassy
  • Svakom Siime Camera Vibrator
  • We-Vibe Sync Couples Vibrator
  • Womanizer W500 Pro

Love Balls:

  • Joydivison Joyballs Secret
  • Lelo Luna Beads Noir
  • OV-Großhandel You2Toys Smile Loveballs Sporty

Cock Rings:

  • Durex Intense Vibrations
  • Fifty Shades Freed Lost in each other
  • OV-Großhandel You2Toys Get Hard 3 Penisringe

It is possible that these products are marketed under other names in your region therefore you may want to check the picture gallery which is on the Warentest website – the link to the article is here: ‘Sextoys im Test: Nur 3 von 18 Sexspielzeugen ganz ohne Schad­stoffe’. Then click on ‘Getestete Produkte‘ to open the ‘Products Tested’ window or click on the ‘Bildergalerie‘ further down the page (picture gallery) for a more pictorial description of what Sex Toys are.

A typical simple penis or cock ring (not used in this study)

The Warentest Foundation justified carrying out this detailed evaluation of sex toys because it is estimated that several million are sold in Germany each year. I am certainly not aware of any other Sex Toy study carried out with this degree of thoroughness.

One of the problems in evaluating sex toys is that there are no established norms for levels of potentially toxic products in them. The foundation therefore relied on their own test experience of what would be an appropriate benchmark for maximum levels for the toxic substances or adopted appropriate norms used in other products like children’s toys. They were particularly concerned to get this right because unlike many other consumer product sex toys come into close contact with the body’s mucous membranes and areas with enhanced blood flow (especially during arousal). Therefore the potential for toxic substances to enter into the body may be increased.

If you want to see the specific test results for individual items (they are quite detailed) I suggest you check out the original report on the Warentest website using the link below (for 1.5 Euro you can download the full 6 page ‘Sextoys im Test‘ report as a PDF file).

Link:   Sextoys im Test: Nur 3 von 18 Sexspielzeugen ganz ohne Schad­stoffe

I have translated this description from the original German and therefore am unable to accept any liability for its correctness or completeness. If you have any concerns relating to potential contaminants in Sex Toys please refer directly to the Warentest Foundation or your own regional consumer product testing organisation. If in doubt with regard to health or toxicity matters always seek professional guidance.

Here is the Warentest video about the testing. Although it is in German you will be able to see the products being analysed and some of the methods in the lab:

Please visit the TRANSFORMATES.com website again – I will try and keep you abreast of the latest trends, fashions and developments relating to transgender issues.

Pretty Boy Sally

 

 

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Hiding Your Lingerie At Work – The Discreet Trans Gentleman

A number of gentlemen prefer to wear ladies lingerie under their everyday work clothes. In this article we will provide some guidance and tips (sizing, styling, shopping, health and safety).

In our last blog we discussed how one androgynous male dealt with his gender uncertainty by undergoing a full gender transformation (if you missed it just click here).

Hiding Your Panties at Work 1 A good belt can help

However most gender fluid individuals don’t want a full transformation to the opposite sex. They can be visualised along the gender continuum as fairly close to their ‘biological’ or ‘birth’ gender but they feel comfortable adopting opposite gender attributes some of the time. These attributes may relate to dress, make-up, mannerisms or bisexual behaviour.

With regard to dress some ‘birth’ males hesitate in wearing a full ‘opposite gender costume‘ in public, at work or with their family. There may be many reasons for this – perhaps they are simply not ready to go ‘all-out’ or maybe they like female undergarments but don’t feel comfortable wearing over-garments (skirts, dresses, blouses). Therefore, in order to satisfy their natural gender fluidity, they wear lingerie normally associated with women underneath their day-to-day public attire.

Hiding Your Panties at Work 2 Plain, neutral colours can help if public undressing is normal

This is a phenomenon commonly adopted by both sexes and made much easier by the rise in on-line retail sales’ sites for clothes. In today’s blog we will concentrate on issues relating to males who choose to wear female underwear (don’t worry ladies we will address this issue for yourselves in a later article).

3 Men selecting work lingerie should consider any safety related issues

 

 

 

 

 

One of the first things you need to consider is whether you will feel embarrassed buying clothing normally marketed for the opposite sex. For some individuals however the excitement of cross-gender shopping is something they are particularly attracted to. Some folks actually derive a kind of extroverted thrill in seeing the expression on a sales person’s face when a guy asks for an item of ladies’ lingerie.

4 One challenge can be to find the right size

If you do want to use traditional retail outlets to purchase your gender fluid wardrobe one easy approach is to explain that the clothes are for your wife or partner (‘she is about my size’).

Sometimes gender fluid individuals in heterosexual relationships are very open with their partners about their cross-dressing desires. This openness can help because the partner can then accompany them and provide support on shopping trips. When it comes to buying women’s apparel ladies generally have considerable experience and add to the sense of fun (If you’re lucky they may even pay!).

5 Having a lady partner accompany you when shopping can help with sizing, style and colours

 

 

Having a lady accompany a cross-dressing guy when shopping for intimate apparel can have several advantages. If the lady is roughly the same size as the gentleman (or can easily gauge the difference) the opportunity presents itself for her to try on relevant garments on behalf of her partner. It is not unheard of for ladies to call out from the changing cubicle: ‘Please ask my husband to pop in and help me decide‘. Once inside the chap can try on the goodies himself.

 

By the way ladies have you given any thought to the possibility that your dear partner may have a secret passion for wearing ladies’ lingerie? Keep in mind that a lot of chaps are a bit shy or reticent with regard to discussing such matters (or perhaps maybe just ‘a bit old fashioned’). You might try mentioning to your bloke that it would really please you if he tried on some of your favourite lingerie (or if there is a bit of a size difference you could ‘accidentally’ order the wrong size for yourself – ‘Oh darling how silly of me – would you like to try them on to see if they fit you?‘).

6 Being open with partners about trans desires can add a new dimension to a relationship
7 Cross Dressing can bring out the hidden ‘romantic’ in a man

You may be surprised how many chaps, once given the opportunity, quickly open up about their own gender fluidity and quite enjoy trying on more sensual ‘ladies’ garments. In fact if you are finding that your relationship is starting to get a little repetitive you could be pleasantly surprised by how much a bit of cross-dressing can perk things up. Of course it does not have to just be one way (see my ‘Ladies in men’s boxers’ blog – coming soon!).  I remember the excitement when David Beckham admitted on TV how he ‘enjoyed wearing Posh’s smalls’  around the house – this iconic revelation probably helped to rejuvenate multiple marriages.

So back to the shopping. Don’t worry chaps if you don’t have a suitable partner to accompany you or if you are too shy to purchase your lingerie in person. Today most of us buy loads of stuff on-line and this trend is probably responsible for dramatically increasing the number of people who can now carry out cross-dressing procurement in the privacy of their own homes.

8 Buying online you may be able to try more than one size

The problem of deciding the correct size has also been helped by this cultural shift. Due to the inconsistency of sizing (especially when you buy clothes made in another country) people commonly order more than one size on-line and return the one that does not fit. This may seem wasteful but the on-line retailers know they are saving a fortune by not having to pay rent for high street physical shops with changing rooms.

Although you may be permitted to return wrong sizes they should ideally be tried on over a suitable undergarment – re-sellers do not look favourably upon returns accompanied by pubic hair or other bodily ‘remnants’. In addition it is good to have a rough idea of the size that is most likely to fit you. You do not want to order 10 different sizes and return 9! Most re-sellers (e.g. Amazon) have size charts to provide guidance. After making a couple of purchases you should get close to your preferred size.

9 The many forms of ladies knickers sit differently on men

When men buy women’s clothes they also need to remember that the body shape and contours differ. Generally speaking ladies knickers do not go round your waist at the same level as the classical men’s boxer short. In fact depending upon the type of knicker (string tanga, mid-line, full body brief etc) the elastic will sit at a different level.

I’m afraid a degree of sizing trial and error will be necessary in the early days. If you find a good fit from a reliable supplier it makes sense to stick with them (especially if they have a large collection). One thing to be particularly careful about if you have a typical ‘western’ male body size is with purchases from Asia. Even when a bloke buys men’s apparel from Asia the sizes are invariably too small (a US Medium is probably more like an Asian XL or XXL).

10 HSE: For long periods at work avoid lingerie that is too tight

So if a western gentleman wants to get himself into lingerie cut for an Asian lady he will need to add on multiple sizes. This is really important and can lead to health issues if you intend to spend the whole day and/or night wearing underwear that is too tight for you. In addition to circulatory problems you will probably find you have cramps and back/shoulder aches you never experienced before. I will cover textile related health issues (like allergies) in another blog.

The potential problems multiply if a man wants to find a suitable bra. I have found an international guide for cross-dressers which might be useful – the link to a copy is here tips for gentlemen when sizing bras from transformates dot com.

11 Sizing the bra needs care see the embedded PDF chart for some tips

I do not want to over state the problems in acquiring trans underwear – my main objective here is to help starters avoid some of the early pitfalls. Sometimes a bit of trial and error as you develop a new Trans wardrobe can add to the fun. So don’t let the teething problems put you off – the benefits far outweigh the challenges.

With this article I have shared some photos to highlight different styles and to demonstrate that this is something that many men already do. You do not have to be a full 100% cross-dresser to enjoy the pleasures of wearing nice lingerie. In fact some men do not find themselves suited to wearing a dress or a skirt but feel fully ‘at home’ wearing ladies underwear beneath their normal ‘male’ attire (as do many ladies who wear men’s undies – a subject for another day).

How about a bit of musical entertainment to finish off this article. This video is dedicated to our latest follower. Remember some people may find what you do is freeky – but I LIKE YOU A LOT!

I hope this has been informative and interesting. If you agree please visit the blog again (and of course followers are always welcome).

Pretty Boy Sally

Hiding Your Panties at Work 12: Sometimes a ‘little’ hole can add to the fun!

The Androgynous Male in Gender Transformation

Most of us are not born at the very extremes of the gender continuum – in other words few people would be described as 100% male or female. Most boys and men have some feminine attributes and most girls and women have a little bit of the tom-boy in them.

The Androgynous Male – Would you know the gender if the nipple is covered?

There is a group of people who occupy a position close to the middle of the gender continuum – mid-way between the classical definition of totally male or female. These very special people may be referred to as androgynous. Some times when these people cover their sex organs it is quite difficult to determine the biological gender type they were born with – in other words whether they were born with XY (male) or XX (female) chromosomes. Consider these visual examples:

the androgynous male in transition see blog at transformates dot com
Androgyny – Boy or Girl?
Gender fluidity – Male or Female?
A Stunning Model – but what gender? 

Some people are perfectly comfortable identifying themselves as androgynous – in fact they consider it to be a gift. It can clearly increase the choice of potential partners. Truly androgynous males can simply adapt their clothing, makeup and behaviour to suit the situation and the assumed gender of their partner.

Some androgynous males are so stunning they are snapped up by modelling agencies looking for that little ‘something special’ when presenting clothing for women. Jean Paul Gaultier selected androgynous model Andrej (now Andreja) Pejic in 2011 to model the wedding dress in his Spring Couture show.

Super Model Andrej (now Andreja) Pejic – Originally Promoted as ‘Androgynous’
Androgynous Supermodel Andrej (now Andreja) Pejic

Pejic started in modelling as an androgynous male – but had struggled with the masculine identity since childhood. At the age of 13, partly due to learning about transgender issues on the internet, Pejic became clearer about being positioned much closer to the female end of the gender continuum. After spending years of androgynous modelling of both male and female clothing Pejic underwent sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in 2014. Andrej became Andreja.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A key theme of today’s blog is to introduce the subject of androgynous male transformation. Transformation can involve simply changing your dress, behaviour and lifestyle to adopt aspects normally associated with the female end of the gender spectrum. Many gender fluid people actually find themselves hovering between periods of masculinity and femininity. This can add tremendous colour to your life because you can enjoy exploring different styles – presenting yourself either as a male or a female.

If you, like Andreja, are convinced that you are trapped in the wrong body ‘type’ then it is possible, following careful professional psychological counselling and support, to consider gender reassignment treatment (both hormonal and surgical). If you are interested in what it is like to have gone through such a transformation why not listen to Andreja Pejic explaining herself in the following video:

 

As well as video support you may find it useful to read about Andreja’s views and her answers to relevant questions in relation to her transition. If this is you I recommend you take a look at an interview she gave to Vogue in July 2014, a few months after undergoing SRS. Here is the link (it should open in a new tab): Exclusive: Andreja Pejic Is in Her Own Skin for the Very First Time.

So if there are any gender fluid Transformates out there looking for a little more glamour and perhaps considering a career as a super model let me finish off today’s blog with another interview with Andreja as she takes us through a typical day in her new life (PS – Guys please note she is looking for a boyfriend – or even a husband):

Hope you enjoyed the blog. In future publications we will explore the subject of gender fluidity and transformation in more depth – so don’t hesitate if you have any comments or recommendations. In this way you can help us shape the site.

Please visit the Transformates.com blog again (followers always welcome!).

Pretty Boy Sally

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