Whatever you choose to call them, chances are you're not going to find a decent selection of sex toys at your local Walmart.While most physical retailers aren't usually too keen to stock the items, online stores will usually be happy to provide you with a wide selection. The first thing you should keep in mind when buying online is that there are certain types of material that you should avoid when buying toys that you plan on placing on or inside sensitive bodily areas.While there are plenty of online sites that run legitimate businesses, there's not much regulation regarding what chemicals can and cannot be used in adult toys, which means even trustworthy sites can sell "novelty items" that are unhealthy for your body.
Phthalates can be pretty bad for your health, particularly if used over a long period of time.
In some cases you can get non-toxic plastics, but ideal options include silicone, metal or glass toys.
These can be a bit more expensive, but it's worth it over the long run.
When it comes to identifying toys of questionable toxicity, Ruby Ryder suggests taking into account the smell (if you're shopping online, you should definitely double-check your items when you get them).
PVC toys tend to have and keep a strong chemical smell.
Translucent or see-through toys also have a higher chance to be made of unhealthy plastics. Once you've narrowed down what you want to buy and are sure it's made of safe, non-toxic materials, you still need to find a reputable store.
Fortunately, the internet's been around long enough for a few frontrunners to emerge as reliable, safe, and discreet.
Note, all of the following sites contain very NSFW images: The list doesn't end there, either.
If you're looking for more options, you can try checking out Pure Romance, Too Timid, Liberator, or
It's also worth pointing out that Amazon has a pretty good selection of adult toys and accessories.
The one downside to this (as we'll discuss below) is that because Amazon hosts both first- and third-party sellers, it can be a little difficult to nail down their discretionary shipping policies.