Silicone. It’s one of the most popular materials in the doll industry, but what exactly is it, and what makes it so sought after by collectors? In this post we set out to answer some of your silicone related questions so you can make an informed choice when selecting a doll.
We’ll also be discussing a new material some doll companies have been promoting lately called “silicone vinyl.” Spoiler alert: It can be a misleading term.
Silicone is a man-made material known for its soft feel and flexible texture. It is synthetic yet made of completely natural ingredients, with its base component being silica (hence the name silicone) which is found in sand. Its other elements such as oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon are naturally-occurring as well, making it not only useful but environmentally-friendly.
In addition to being “green,” silicone is safe, non-toxic, and resistant to bacteria. It is also long-lasting and durable, making it a great choice for collectibles, toys, and lifelike baby dolls.
Silicone is desired by doll collectors for one main reason—its incredibly lifelike feel. When baby dolls are made from silicone, their skin is soft and has a “give” when pressed, just like real human skin. These dolls are also extremely flexible. The little fingers and toes can be bent naturally, and when you hold them in your arms, they “snuggle” back into you. Couple this with their lifelike weighting, and these dolls provide all the comfort and joy of holding an actual baby.
Silicone is a high-quality material, so dolls made from it tend to cost more. Because of this, some manufacturers have begun promoting dolls made from silicone vinyl “blends” which supposedly offer both the flexibility and quality of silicone, and the more affordable price of vinyl. Unfortunately though, these claims are sometimes misleading. Recently we even lab-tested a doll supposedly featuring one of these combinations, only to find that there wasn’t a single drop of silicone. Just extra chemical agents to make the material feel softer. Turns out, if you want a doll with the realism of silicone, there simply isn’t an alternative.
If you want a soft, lifelike baby doll featuring the best of what silicone has to offer, you simply must experience our proprietary TrueTouch® authentic silicone. Specially formulated by our team for exceptional realism, it features an extra soft and cuddly texture that’s so lifelike you’ll expect the doll to come alive right in your arms! Just look at some of the comments our satisfied clients have left on our website:
“Received my doll today and she is so beautiful. This is my first silicone doll and I just love her. The skin is so very soft and realistic. I will be ordering more dolls. Thank you Ashton-Drake for the most beautiful lifelike dolls.”
“We have the Little Ava for our daughter who is besotted with her. We’ve just ordered more for my grandmother in the retirement home. The silicone dolls are amazing and so lifelike. Highly recommend.”
“I have ordered several silicone babies for my daughter through this site and company and they are wonderful and durable.”
Just received baby Katie, she is just perfect. Very well packaged, looks just like her picture, smells great. I bought her for my special needs daughter, she hasn’t put her down yet .We can’t wait to meet our other new arrival, baby Grace. Hopefully we get her soon. Awesome, will do business again! Would recommend Ashton Drake to everyone.
I’m very pleased with the speed of getting my order. The dolls are beautiful. They look like the ones on the website. This has made my Christmas knowing my granddaughters will have the babies they wanted under the tree.
Thank you Ashton Drake.
Amazing company. My daughter loves these dolls which are beautiful. They are perfect and any little girls dream! Can’t say enough good about this company!
I have always enjoyed all of my purchases from Ashton-Drake Galleries. I have never been disappointed or needed to return anything. When it comes to dolls, they just keep getting it right.