What's to love about glass sex toys

Sex toys come in multiple materials, including silicone, rubber, metal, wood, jelly, cyber skin, plastic, etc. Some are safer than others. One of the safest toy materials currently used today, when used correctly, is glass. More specifically, clear, medical grade borosilicate glass, also known as "hard glass"; this is the same kind of glass that they make science beakers and test tubes as well as glass measuring cups out of. You may have heard the term "Pyrex" to describe glass toys, which is generally synonymous with borosilicate glass (although there are a few, less popular types of borosilicate glass which aren't Pyrex, most glass toys are Pyrex).  Though it is naturally colourless, additional colour can be added late in the manufacturing process.

Dildos, wand toys, anal plugs and at least a few vibrators come in glass. And there are some great benefits for using glass as a sex toy material!

  1. Glass, specifically the borosilicate glass that are used for toys, holds heat extra well. That means that you can warm up or cool down your toy before using it, and it will hold that heat or chill while you use it, at least for a while. Avoid rapidly cooling or heating your toy with things like the freezer or a kettle full of boiling water. Pyrex is made to handle some rapid temp changes, but there is the possibility of a crack here, a burn there. Gradual is the way to do it. You can get some more specific instructions to cooling or heating your toy here.
  2. Glass is hard! Silicone, rubber and even plastic toys usually have some degree of 'give', a softness to the material. Glass toys, like metal, have a firmness and weight to them that allows for intense pressure against the g-spot or clitoris or prostate and that lots of people really enjoy. Some glass toys are also textured, which can also provide varying intense sensations.
  3. Glass is pretty! Glass toys are ofen designed by companies or studios that emphasize the asthetics of beautiful glass creations, and toys are often made in glass-blowing studios by artists with an eye for colour and design.
  4. Glass is safe! Because it is completely non-porous, glass toys can be completely sterilized. They are also hypo-allergenic.

Glass toys can be kept for a long time as long as they are cared for. Remember that glass is breakable, and that any sudden wacks to a hard surface or falls can crack or break your toy. Once a glass toy is cracked, chipped or broken you can't use it again because of the risk of nicks, cuts or serious lacerations to you. They should be stored somewhere they can't be knocked onto the floor and ideally in a cloth bag or other padded storage option.

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