Many people are surprised to learn that sex toys are considered novelties by the FDA, and that they are not regulated by the government. This means that it is completely legal to sell a vibrator or dildo that contains allergens and cancer-causing materials. Basically, an object classified as a novelty has no suggested use–as far as the FDA is concerned, the buyer could be using it as a paperweight! Many manufacturers play along with the game and do not refer to the actual intended use of the devices they sell. This is why many products of this type come with few or no instructions.
In our view, sexual wellbeing is core to human health and happiness, and your health is vitally important. In the absence of effective government regulations for vibrators, we have developed our own standards to protect consumers.
At Revel Body, our product safety standards cover construction methods, materials, and safe operation. We thoroughly vet our suppliers to ensure they have clean and safe work environments. We verify quality systems, inventory management systems, and storage facilities. We demand stringent testing before, during, and after manufacture. We design our products to be effective and safe, and we specify only the best materials such as body safe silicone. We choose to avoid problematic materials such as these:
- Phthalates: This chemical is used to make some plastics feel soft. Research indicates that phthalates can cause liver and kidney damage, as well as birth defects.
- Latex: Many people have latex allergies and should avoid this material.
- Nickel: About 10-12% of women are allergic to this metal, found in many plated devices.
Revel Body intends to set the standard for high-quality, highly effective personal massagers. We support the creation of an industry-wide product safety standards body. In the meantime, we hope that consumers will protect themselves by making careful, well-informed choices about materials, devices, and brands—after all, these are some of the most intimate products you can buy.