Is Your Glass Sex Toy Truly Safe?

Is Your Glass Sex Toy Truly Safe?

With an abundance of soft non-shattering materials on the market, glass sex toys are at the top of the list of what makes people worried. One of the most asked questions that we get asked at Be Daring is, “Won't the glass break when I use it?”.  

Not likely, but we totally get it! 

We’ve all accidently knocked a glass off the bench before, just to have it shatter below, and then it’s a stressful situation. Even worse? The risk of having something sharp break off downstairs. Or even-even worse? shattering into a thousand little pieces in your most intimate areas. This however, isn’t likely, and we’d be hearing a lot more about it if it was! 

So, are glass sex toys safe? Let’s take a look…

What are Glass Sex Toys Made from?

As a general guide for the quality of your glass sex toy:

   1. A well-made, annealed, borosilicate toy is the BEST!

   2. A well-made, annealed, soda lime toy is also great!

   3. An annealed toy can still be bad if it’s crafted poorly.

However, understand that although borosilicate is the stronger glass, a borosilicate glass toy is NOT automatically better than a soda lime glass toy. Why? As with anything, the quality of your glass toy will come down to the processes implemented during its manufacturing. 

I feel it would be irresponsible to not mention, Pyrex. Once a trusted brand that used borosilicate, over the years and through changes of ownership the quality of their products has declined and they now currently use soda-lime glass. I mention this Pyrex is often terminology that gets used in place of borosilicate in common speech, however, it isn’t an accurate comparison to make any longer. So any time an item is advertised as “pyrex”, please use caution.

How to Check for Signs of Stress on Your Glass Sex Toys

There is one way you can see the stress of your glass sex toy at home – courtesy of - keep in mind that this is not a be-all-end-all method but it’s super easy, can be completed in the privacy of your bedroom, and it will at least give you a good idea in what direction the quality of your glass sex toy is heading in.  

   1.Your toy needs to be clear glass: Unfortunately, painted or coloured glass isn’t compatible for this type of test

   2. You need your computer monitor: Open up word or notepad, but just ensure that you’re left with a blank white screen

   3. You need a polarizing camera lens: You can find these lenses available on most smartphone cameras, however, a pair of 3D glasses will also yield similar results.

   4. Make sure the room is dark

   5. Hold the toy between the lens and the monitor … and any stress points will show up as rainbows.

During your observation you might notice:

Indigo or Brown Colours mean there’s stress, but it’s not something to worry about, like with us, a little stress isn’t always a bad thing and CAN actually strengthen the glass toy. 

 A little bit of Rainbow means that the toy has few stress points that may get worse over time, but it's certainly no time for stressing! 

Significant Rainbow action means the toy has lots of stress points and will, probably eventually break – if you’re toys are presenting like this, it’s time for them to head for the bin!

Will Glass Toys Break Inside Me?

Look, it’s really not likely. Even lower quality glass toys are capable of keeping up with most sexual activities, however, because there’s nothing sexier than safety, it’s important to be aware of what could increase your risk factor. 

Dropping your Glass Sex Toy

Unfortunately, if you do drop your glass sex toy, it will be time to send it to the graveyard. Even the most well-crafted toy should be binned if dropped. Dropping a glass toy will cause internal stress points that compromise the integrity of the toy. Yes, you’ll hear of makers dropping their toys to test their strength, but those are display testers, not toys that will continue to be sold on. In the end, it’s better safe than sorry!

Weak Points

 Most noticeable on older glass sex toys, or toys that come to a thin taper – use caution when using these toys as they do have an increased risk of breakage. Although, nudge-nudge, there is a pretty easy way to test the strength and weak-spots of your new glass toy! 

Temperature Play

Soda-lime glass (even annealed) is not a good bed-mate for temperature play. Yes, you can warm it or cool it slightly, but avoid anything else and don’t do either after the other, otherwise you do run the risk of exposing weak points throughout the toy. Borosilicate glass is a much better option for this kind of play, and allows much more versatility!

The Fun Bits

If there’s any textures or bumps added, they’re usually okay if they’re stuck on or were accomplished in the glass-blowing process. However, for peace of mind, make sure to give the textures on any new glass toy a good nudge to ensure they’re secured. Realistically it’s better to cut your finger than your anus or vagina. I’m just sayin’!

Final Thoughts 

So, there you have it! Glass sex toys are definitely rising in popularity, and for good reason! With design and pleasure at the forefront, they don’t need much else! However, as with any good things, glass sex toys have gained notoriety through the hard exteriors. I hope this blog has helped you to know the basics of your glass toy, so you can put fear behind and embrace pleasure!

If you are looking for the best range of adult sex toys to help you broaden your sexual horizons, then please feel free to drop in to one of our stores or call us today on 1800 666 069. We are always here to help!

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