Glass Dildos Changed My Life

Woman who loves glass dildos

Let me first start off by saying I like so many others am a huge enthusiast of anything sex toy related that is capable of bringing immense pleasure with very little risk or down side in return. With this being said, the truth being known and a tiny amount of unwarranted paranoia too I decided to do some homework on adult glass products particularly dildos, and get to the bottom of just why this particular material is hailed by so many as a more luxurious and an all around safe option.

How Do You Keep Glass Dildos Clean?

Personally, one of the main attractions to a glass sex toy has got to be hygiene. Glass sex toys have a major advantage on silicone or any other material as far as their level of cleanliness goes. They are extremely simple to sterilise and you can do so by washing them in boiling hot water, using a detergent or a proper glass sex toy cleaner. Being the most hypoallergenic material glass is able to be used by people with all types of skin even extra sensitive etc.

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Image: Glass double ended dildo

Is A Glass Dildo 100% Shatter Proof?

To answer this question and put your mind completely to rest (perhaps mine at the same time too), YES! Providing your glass sex toy is one made up of borosilicate glass you will be guaranteed maximum safety with use. Borosilicate is not like your ordinary glass, in fact it is built to withstand heat, bumps, and even a certain amount of dropping depending on the height. It is also able to hold hot and cold temperatures for an extra-long amount of time. Changing the temperature of your glass dildo can and will change the whole sensation you get from the sex toy making you experience two different types of pleasure from two different elements.

The Best And Safest Way To Heat A Glass Dildo

There’s a few different theories on how you correctly heat an adult glass toy, however this is an act simply done by using hot water straight from the tap. There’s no gimmicks or act to it just hold or safely place your toy on a small tray or plate and run hot water evenly over it for a couple minutes. Never ever use a microwave, even though it won’t break the sex toy it will unevenly distribute the heat leaving your toy with some dangerous hot spots. If you wish to make your toy cold to give off a different sensation then do the same act of running it under water but make it cold of course. Do not be tempted to freeze your glass sex toy as it will stick to you once attempting to use it.

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You Can Use A Glass Dildo For Life

Another massive added bonus is the fact that glass toys never ever perish. Yes, you read that right. A good borosilicate glass sex toy will be your friend for life. Unlike rival sex toy materials glass cannot be effected by outside aspects such as lubricants or body fluids. It’s even made to withstand a certain amount of accidental drops and bounces.

Do Your Homework On Glass Dildo Brands

Just like any good or reputable brand glass sex toys are not totally exempt to knock offs. Yes, there are in fact better grades of glass just like there are silicone. The greatest grade being low expansion borosilicate. This glass is guaranteed maximum safety and is in fact the hardest, most durable porous glass out there to date. It is more expensive but as we all know you undoubtedly pay for quality. There are thousands of glass sex toys out there on the market and the majority of them go under the label of Pyrex, however this is not always the case so it is extremely important you keep diligent and go for glass sex toys that are either fully clear or have colour embedded deep within them instead of painted externally, this will ensure you have a quality product that is not a knock off.

Now, with all of this in mind let’s take you to the last and final point of just why glass sex toys, particularly dildos, are such an incredible option and just why you need to add one into your adult toy collection today!

One of the most recommended product ranges of glass dildos is designed by Pipedream Products and is named Icicles. They are made with incredible textures for all experience levels . They are a good place to start. You really can’t go past their products especially if you are a beginner or intermediate user.

Why Does A Glass Dildo Offer More Pleasure When Compared To Other Sex Toys?

There a couple of different reasons why I feel glass gives a more unique pleasure. In fact, a ribbed glass sex toy can offer you one of the most delicious orgasms when used correctly. Glass has a feel which is solid enough to justify security but light enough to hold with comfort. A ribbed glass sex toy makes every single motion intensified giving you a full feeling but is also vagina friendly at the same time. There are so many beautiful variations of shapes or types of glass sex toys from twisted, curved, bumped, etc. They are crafted to cater to anyone and everyone. You can achieve incredible climaxing through simple thrusting motions or you can get creative. Being so durable you’re safe to explore your limits and embed yourself in total pleasure. I recommend a nice hot bath with some pretty candles, to relax and soften your muscles before you play. This will also create a temperature contrast with yourself and the toy.

So let’s weigh it up, not only are glass dildos aesthetically appealing (They almost remind me of a princess sex toy with their ultra-femininity) but they require very little maintenance and after care, provide incredible pleasure and complete safety. Oh and let’s not forget the fact that you do indeed have them for life.

I think it’s safe to say if you haven’t yet explored the world of glass play after reading this today you may just have a change of mind. Glass dildos have an amazing array of benefits that can not be missed!

Channelle xo

Author: Channelle is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

Material Girl’s Favourite Sex Toy Materials

Bestselling sex toy materials

Do you know what your sex toys are made of? No? Me either. I never paid much attention to the materials of my toys; honestly I spent more time thinking about the colour. But now as my sex toy education continues I am learning that what your toy is made of it almost as important as what it does.

Unfortunately the sex toy game is widely unregulated, hence the “sold as novelty only” stickers on most toy packaging. Because of this, a sex toy manufacturer doesn’t have to be particular about what goes into their toy meaning that there could be potentially harmful or unsafe materials contained inside the toy. An example of one of these unsafe materials is plastic containing phthalates previously being used in the production of adult toys. Phthalates for those of us who aren’t scientists is something that can be added to the plastic generally to make it softer and feel more real. The problem with phthalates is that is has been proven to have really strong links between some types of cancer and even birth defects. Phthalates have been banned for all children’s toy manufacturing, but because of lack of regulations it has yet to be banned from adult toys.

Look at it this way, the sex toy you purchase is going inside your body and because of that you owe it to yourself to firstly be informed about the toys make-up and materials but secondly when purchasing a new toy, you owe it to yourself to get the quality item, if for no other reason than your safety.  I’m going to break down the most common materials used in the making of sex toys, I will give you some information about them so you can make informed choices and finally I will throw in a few recommendations your way so when it comes time to buy a quality product you know what you should be on the lookout for.

The Good

Silicone

Silicone toys are the goal. Silicone is one of the best materials for sex toys because it is non porous (so it can’t harbour any bacteria or germs), easy to sterilise, incredibly soft and is a great material for transferring vibrations (meaning you will have a quieter and more effective toy). Silicone toys with proper care and treatment (regular cleaning, proper charging or battery care, storing it correctly) can last a very long time, so even though silicone toys generally sit at a higher price point it can work out cheaper in the long run to make the investment. Think of the cost of replacing a $50 vibrator twice a year for 5 years, that adds up to $500. A single silicone toy could easily last you longer than that and you would be having a better experience with the silicone toy during that time than you would with the cheaper ones.

Silicone Toy Recommendation: The Rabbit Company The Kissing Rabbit

Bestselling rabbit vibrator
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Glass

In my opinion the most beautiful toys are made from glass. Amazing shapes, colours and textures can be made from glass which is a great material for sex toys. Like silicone, glass is non porous which makes it easy to keep clean as it doesn’t have anywhere for germs or bacteria to hide, glass can also withstand both high heats and low colds which makes it a great toy for temperature play. Glass sex toys are not as fragile as people think.  They are normally either hand blown, which mean much attention has been paid to strength or they can be made from Pyrex, yes Pyrex that unbreakable stuff that mum’s baking tray is made out of.

Glass Toy Recommendation: Icicles No 12 Hand-blown Rose Glass Dildo

Bestselling glass sex toy
Image: Icicles No 12 Hand-blown Rose Glass Dildo

Stone And Wood

Yes seriously and as long as they are finished correctly they can be a great safe and clean material for your toy.

Wooden Toy Recommendation: Treezez Wooden Butt Plug

Butt plug made with wood
Image: Zeus Butt Plug

ABS Hard Plastic

This material is slightly falling out of favour for the more real feel options (more on those later) but ABS hard plastic still remains a great option for a sex toy material. It is non porous and easy to sterilise. I love ABS plastic for bullets as it can provide a welcome firmness when held in the right spot.

ABS Hard Plastic Toy Recommendation: We-Vibe Tango

Bestselling bullet vibrator from We-Vibe
Image: We-Vibe Tango

The Problematic

TPE/Elastomer

Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) is a soft type of plastic that is durable and should be phthalate free. The issues with this material is that it is porous which makes it hard to clean and sterilise. This becomes a massive issue for cleanliness and hygiene as removing all bacteria from these toys can be very difficult. If you are sharing a toy made from this material it becomes more risky again because of cross contamination. There are stories of people catching or becoming reinfected with an STI because of poorly cleaned TPE toys. An antibacterial toy cleaner is required for these toys. The reason is, that it would take 5 minutes of “just running it under water with some soap” to get the toy anywhere near as clean as one spray of toy cleaner. Also some soaps can cause thrush, anti-bacterial toy cleaners do not do this.

Genuine Feel Rubber (CyberSkin, UR3, Real Feel etc)

Sex toys made with this material are difficult. On one hand they feel amazing, this material will give you the closest experience to the real thing and that’s why it is becoming very popular. We run into issues again with the cleanliness. Genuine Feel Rubber is porous and prone to tears which can be breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. You must use a toy cleaner with this type of toy. You must also pay special attention to the drying of this toy. Genuine feel rubber is often used for masturbators and these are toys that are designed to be tight fitting around the penis, because of this after cleaning you must turn the toy inside out to allow it to dry. Also think of investing in some renewing powder for the toy, it will help dry it and keep it feeling like new.

Jelly Toys

These are some of the most problematic toys out on the market today. Because sex toy manufacturers aren’t very open with their exact plastic recipe (to keep it from competitors etc) it is hard to know what is actually in these toys. Some have been found to contain phthalates and due to the nature of these materials they are in a kind of slow state of decomposition meaning that unless you are sure what they contain this can be a risky option.  Jelly toys are very hard to clean, extremely porous and it is recommended that with these toys you use a condom. Many adult stores refuse to sell jelly toys because of their potential dangers.

When buying a toy it makes good sense to pay extra attention to what it is made out of. My best tip to avoid anything potentially harmful is to go to a reputable adult store (like Oh! Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres) and their trained staff will be able to walk you through the options and provide you with more information.

Author: Jamie is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

What Do Good Sex Toys Feels Like

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Working in this industry it is really easy to forget that people may not know information about sex toy materials. Perhaps one out of ten customers have a concern with the material in a specific toy, as a sex educator I try to make it a point to point out whatever material is in each toy I am describing only rarely does it go beyond that. I thought it might be important to share a few quick observations in what I think is crucial information for many of the materials that make up many sex toys today. I will include any concerns you might have using the material and how best to clean each of them.

Sex Toy Material’s And Allergies and Cleanliness

Some of the things you as a consumer might be concerned with might be allergies, common materials people are allergic to in sex toys are but not limited to, Latex, Nickel and even MCS ( Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). MCS sounds worse than it is, it’s basically an umbrella description for people with sensitive skin. This can, of course, present itself in varying degrees depending on the person. Another concern one might have is cleanliness. Some materials are more bacteria prone, these toys tend to be porous in nature, having tiny holes for microscopic bacteria to fester and grow. These toys need extra care when cleaning and should be replaced more regularly. Also important is to use a condom if you’re ever sharing these toys specifically.

What Are Phthalates?

The most recent surge in ingredient fear is Phthalates.

Let’s discuss what Phthalates are. To be specific they are a group of chemicals that when combined aid in softening and increasing flexibility in plastics. There is no conclusive study that tells us in what quantity do phthalates become harmful. Further studies are required to conclude how much phthalates are considered non-toxic. Some of the side effects of Phthalates have been linked to affecting: fertility in both egg and sperm, breast cancer and hormones. Again these are linked not necessarily directly affecting.

It is important to keep in mind that when a label reads “Phthalate free” They are only referring to the specific material of the toy itself. This means that any additions to the toy like handles, buttons or painted details may not be phthalate free.

Common Sex Toy Materials

Now that you have an idea of what concerns you might want to pay attention to for yourself have a read through of the most common materials.

BS Atelier GSpot Sex Toy Photo
Sex Toy: BS Atelier GSpot

Silicone

Many would argue this is the most life-like feeling material with strong durability. Silicone is Non-toxic, it is also considered hypo-allergenic and has the potential to last a life time. Silicone is non-porous so less worry for bacteria making a home on your favourite toy. One of the major drawbacks to the silicone toys is that they cannot be stored together. Each individual toy must be stored in its own bag. This will keep the silicone from degrading against each other, it will also help keep lint off your toy.

Because of the way silicone reacts with other silicone, you will want to avoid using silicone or combo lubes with these toys. Better to use a water based lube like the new “WICKED Aqua” found at Oh Zone stores now!

Teagan Presley Masturbator
Sex Toy: Teagan Presley Fleshlight

Cyberskin

For those who like to live within the realm of reality, Cyberskin might be what you’ve been looking for. This material is the most life like texture and even warms in response to use like real flesh. Cyberskin is a collection of chemical materials that create soft flesh like material. This material is Phthalate free, however, studies on the effects of the specific materials over long-term have not taken place. Cyberskin is very very stretchy and surprisingly durable. Much like silicone, Cyberskin must be stored separately from other toys as it tends to stick or almost melt to other toys. Also, only water based lubes will do.

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Sex Toy Pure Aluminium

Stainless Steel/Aluminium

Easily the most durable of toy materials. Stainless Steel is easy to care for and user-friendly. Works well with all lubes, and easy to care for, simply wash in warm soapy water or you can use your favourite antibacterial sex toy cleaner. My Choice would be the “Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools Cleaner”, found on the Adultsmart website.

As it is a dense metal we can rest assured that these toys will be phthalate free as well it won’t have pores to host bacteria growth (care must be taken when cleaning if the toy has ridges or grooves). These toys can be relatively heavy but generally sit mid range in price point for those interested.

One thing to consider before using Stainless Steel toys is that they may have traces of Nickel in them, so if you have nickel allergy its best to avoid.

You can always try an Aluminium toy if you’re worried the Nickel in Stainless steel. Aluminium is much lighter weight than the Stainless steel and can be damaged easier. However, they are pore free and easy to clean.

Talea Spreader Bar Bolster Sex Toy Photo
Sex Toy: Talea Spreader Bar Bolster

PVC

PVC has been a long-time favourite toy material, it is soft and pliable. PVC is Latex free however it can be quiet porous. No guarantee against phthalates, this is because of the porous nature of PVC. There is no phthalate in the actual makeup of PVC.

When playing with PVC water based lubes are always best. Another easy way to clean the toy is to use warm soapy water or a good anti-bacterial toy cleaner is recommended.

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Sex Toy: OxBalls Cock and Ball Sling

TPR & TPE (Plastics)

Both of these materials are commonly used for their benefits during manufacturing. Both are a heat reacted plastic, TPE becomes much more elastic like with a strong durability level. TPR is much like rubber and has a very high tear threshold. TPR is considered to be hypo-allergenic. Because these materials are soft, to begin with, there will be no phthalates added to them in the process, they are also latex free.

These materials are however porous and require care when cleaning. Like silicone, the TPR and TPE toys cannot be stored with other toys of similar materials as they react with each other.

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Sex Toy: Bottom Line Butt Plug Model 7 Black

Rubber

These toys tend to be inexpensive to make and therefore sold. While the popularity of rubber toys is on the decline with other like Hypo-allergenic toys making their way to shelves, these toys are still great. Perfect for a first timer wanting to try something new before spending the big $$.

As rubber is naturally soft and flexible no phthalates are added to the material, it does, however, contain latex. Rubber is also very porous naturally and requires extra cleaning care. Due to its porous nature, I don’t recommend keeping these toys too long.

This is not a complete conclusive list of all materials, but I think it should give you the reader a better idea of what you should be looking for or at least what to avoid. Don’t forget the staff at all Oh Zone stores are willing and eager to answer any question you might have.

About the author: KrizPatrick BA(Hon) Psychology- Human SexualitySave

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