The Pink Swirl is made from Pyrex, which is a brand name of borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is designed to resist stress caused by temperature changes and to break into large pieces rather than shatter if exposed to extreme stress. This makes it one of the safest glass materials on the market, and also makes it perfect for temperature play. I like to warm a bowl of water up in the microwave for a minute or so, or use a bowl of ice water to soak my glass toys in for a few moments before use. I would NOT recommend putting this toy or any other glass toy in the freezer, unless you want freezer burn on your bits. Likewise, I wouldn't use boiling water to heat this toy up. Mucous membranes such as the vagina are far more sensitive than our toughened palms, so always veer on the side of caution with temperature play. Also remember that taking glass - even borosilicate - from one temperature extreme to another can cause it to break. It's resilient, but all glass has its limits.
With the exception of each end of the dildo and the lovely coiling ridge, this is quite a smooth toy. I tend to shy away from heavily textured toys made from glass or metal, and I think the Swirl strikes a great balance between uncomfortably bumpy and yawn-worthy in its simplicity. As I've mentioned, the coiling ridge is. absolutely. awesome. I preferred the arrow shaped head for penetration because the pointed tip gave me the pressure I needed on my G-spot to get me off, but if you require less pressure you may favor the rounded end. Both are delicious, and I think it's a great dildo to have if you plan to use this toy on others as well as yourself since you have so many options. Less texture, less pressure? No problem. More texture, more pressure? Also no problem!
Modesty on all fronts really seems to be this dildo's major strength. It is 8 inches long, which gives you plenty of toy to work with depending on your preferences, and is an inch and a quarter at its widest point. The shaft itself is a little less than an inch wide. If you favor girth this won't be a great toy for you, but I think the texture of the ridges and the density of the material does compensate for what this guy lacks in width.
The Pink Swirl is an excellent choice for those with modest appetites for girth as well as for those that prefer whimsy and fantasy to realism. I'm reminded more of a sci-fi space princess' scepter than a phallus when I look at this, which is more of my M.O. than bulging veins and the like. This dildo is discreet enough for travel, but must be stored carefully or else it may be broken in transit.
SSA Glass is company that I have not previously heard or seen much from, nor one that I can find too much information about. However, the proof is in the pudding and I'm going to let the results this lovely little sculpture produced speak for themselves. The Swirl's namesake "swirl," which is a raised tendril that coils gracefully around the pointed end of this toy, are absolutely, cosmically sensational.
For a pin-straight toy that has no natural inclination toward the ever-finicky G-spot, this provided my some very complex and satisfying stimulation internally. No, this dildo did not hunker down effortlessly behind my pubic bone and provide perfectly even and firm pressure. I did achieve toe-curling, sheet-sopping orgasms, but it was only by angling the toy upward and thrusting with some moderately intense pressure. I can't say I really minded terribly.
When I came, I came hard, and I found the delicious swirls provided sensation to parts of my vagina that I often neglect in my desire to reach other parts of it. Sometimes you want that easy climax so you can just curl up and fall asleep quickly. But I liked having to work a little bit, and the time it took to get there forced me to slow down and enjoy all the textures and sensation. It forced me to become mindful of the whole experience and remember other parts of my body that I neglect as I often isolate the G-spot out and forget everything else.
Glass is a wonderfully low-maintenance material in spite of its perceived delicacy. Because it is non-porous, microbes cannot breed within the toy itself, so you'll never have to worry about bacteria being absorbed beyond this dildo's surface. To cleanse the surface you can wipe this toy down with a 10% bleach solution, wash it thoroughly with warm water and anti-bacterial soap or even boil it for 3-4 minutes.
If you do choose to boil this toy, be mindful that it should not be taken from one temperature extreme to another. This means, don't take it out of the pot of water and stick it straight in the freezer unless you want a broken toy! You should also be careful and ensure that the Swirl doesn't bump against the bottom of the pot as the water boils; you can hold it in place with a pair of metal tongs to prevent this.
This toy can be safely used with any form of lubricant, including water, oil and silicone bases. It should be stored in a protective pouch such as the one provided, or in a sock or the like. It's best not to store it along side other hard materials (other glass toys, metal toys, etc.) unless it is thoroughly padded and protected.
The packaging for this toy is quite simple. Mine came in a plastic bag which I will be re-using for other toys, keeping this one in the Edenfantasys pouch that was provided. This is a really great storage bag because it's just padded enough to protect your toy, but doesn't take up as much space as the uber-pillow-y Don Wands pouches. No pamphlet with cleaning or storing instructions is provided, however, nor is any information about the manufacturer which was slightly disconcerting.