With latex fashion, authenticity is key. Knowing how to distinguish natural latex from synthetic alternatives isn’t as hard as one might think. In this guide, we’ll help you avoid scams and ensure that your latex wardrobe is made of 100% natural latex and unveil the secrets to identifying the real deal.
To tell if your latex clothing is 100% natural latex, look for characteristics such as texture, smell, appearance, stretch, price, and whether it's made-to-order.
Here at Laidtex, we're committed to transparency, labeling our products accurately, and sourcing our latex sustainably and ethically. Unfortunately there are a lot of sellers out there who attempt to pass off synthetic materials as natural latex. It’s not that hard to tell the difference, here are some tips:
Natural latex has a smooth and supple feel compared to synthetic. It’s soft to the touch, flexible, and molds to your curves effortlessly. Synthetic latex however, feels incredibly stiff and doesn’t feel very soft.
One of the distinctive characteristics of natural latex is its scent. It exudes a slightly sweet or rubbery aroma, which is an indicator of its authenticity. Synthetic latex or alternatives, on the other hand, often emit a more chemical plastic-like odor. So, give your latex clothing a sniff, and if it leans toward the latter, it might not be the real deal.
When it comes to shine, natural latex takes the spotlight. It generally boasts a more vibrant and deep luster, making it truly eye-catching. In contrast, synthetic latex might appear duller or have an artificial sheen. However, it's worth noting that the appearance can vary depending on the quality and treatment of the material, so use this as just one of several indicators.
Natural latex is known for its superior elasticity. It can stretch and bounce back without losing its shape, providing a snug and form-fitting experience when worn. Synthetic latex may not stretch as easily or may deform after being stretched, compromising that sleek look. Authentic latex should be free of creases when worn, enhancing both comfort and aesthetics.
Authentic latex is expensive due to the intricate and time consuming process of making it. If you stumble upon a full latex suit for less than $200, be cautious—it might not be 100% natural latex. Smaller latex pieces usually start at around $100.
Authentic latex clothing is almost always made-to-order (MTO). The expensive nature of the material warrants tailored fitting to ensure a perfect look and feel. This process typically takes around 2-4 weeks.
While natural latex is the pinnacle of sensuousness, there are some alternatives that people turn to for various reasons:
PVC is a type of plastic used as a latex alternative. It's appreciated for its durability and water resistance, as well as its ability to mimic latex's shiny appearance. However, PVC is less elastic and stretchy compared to real latex, so it might not provide the same snug fit.
PU is an incredibly versatile material that replicates the look and the feel of latex. It's also known as vegan leather and is generally more breathable than PVC. If comfort is a priority for you, PU might be a good choice. It offers a similar aesthetic without the same level of stretchiness.
For those seeking a premium alternative, silicone rubber is a top choice. It’s durable, flexible, and it’s the best option for someone who’s allergic to natural latex. It’s the closest option for mimicking genuine latex, and it’s often used in high quality clothing. It’s a fantastic option for people who value comfort and quality. The only major downside is that it doesn’t have the same shine.
So, when it comes to latex fashion, authenticity matters. By paying attention to the texture, smell, appearance, stretch, price, and MTO status of your latex clothing, you can ensure that it's made from 100% natural latex. But remember, there are alternatives like PVC, PU, and silicone rubber that can provide a similar experience. The choice is yours, and the pleasure is all yours as well.
Don't be fooled by imitations—choose your latex wisely, and revel in the world of sensuality and style it has to offer.