Sunday, June 13, 2010

Material Data Sheet: TPR & TPE


TPR stands for ‘Thermoplastic Rubber’ and TPE stands for ‘Thermoplastic Elastomer’, but when it comes to sex toys, their material is so similar that they are almost the same thing. The main difference is that TPE is less porous than TPR. The material is not always free of phthalates, but reading the description of the product, the package, or reviews should give you that information.

They are a light-weight material that has many interesting properties for a sex toy. It is hypoallergenic, latex-free and non-toxic. The material is soft, flexible and squishy, and it will follow slightly if you press your finger on the surface and move it around slightly. It is a strong material that resists well to tension and tearing, giving you a durable sex toy.


Thermoplastic rubber or elastomer is somewhat porous, and while it can be washed with mild antibacterial soap and water or toy cleaner, TPR cannot be sanitized or disinfected. The use of a condom is recommended if you intend to share with a partner or if you want to try your toy anally.

TPR and TPE do not contain silicone and are compatible with water-based and silicone-based lubricants.

Remember to always wash your toys before and after each use, no matter what it is made of.


The surface also attracts some lint, just like silicone, and the toy should be stored either in its original package or in a lint-free bag, like a satin drawstring bag or a plastic bag.

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