Amber wave

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What a Cutie!

Though this adorable dildo is probably better suited for beginners because of its slenderness, its curves provide a unique sensation for users of all levels. In addition, this hand-crafted beauty doesn't have to take up room in your toy box - it's discreet enough that it can be stored on a bookshelf or coffee table in full view of everyone!
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Pros:
Beautiful, discreet, all the benefits of glass, curves provide nice sensation
Cons:
Not for those seeking girth or prominent texture.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

The Amber Wave by SSA Glass is a unique double-ended dildo. This toy is shaped like a snake, and you can choose to use either the nubby tail or larger head for penetration. 9" long and fully insertable, this toy is best suited to vaginal penetration. Resist any temptation to use it anally! The glass becomes extremely hard to grip once lubrication is applied, and combined with the lack of a flared base, using this toy for anal play could result in an embarrassing (and uncomfortable) trip to the emergency room.

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The Amber Wave is only 1 1/4" wide at its widest point, and if you wanted you could stick to the smaller diameter of the tail end. However, remember that glass has no "give," and you could find this toy more difficult to take than toys of the same diameter that are made of more forgiving materials. While I wouldn't recommend it as anyone's first dildo, I doubt anyone would have too difficult of a time using this toy, and its cute appearance won't scare off anyone new to dildos.

Travel wise, this toy is only okay. Pyrex glass is very sturdy, but I wouldn't risk taking this cutie on a plane because of all the rough handing I've seen baggage endure. It's also longer than most toys I would consider bringing with me on long trips, as you can't just stick it in a pocket and go. I think this toy is best suited to life at your home, on display for everyone to admire. Of the many friends and family members who have seen this piece, absolutely none of them have recognized its true purpose, instead commenting on how it looks handmade (it is!) and how cool it looks.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Temperature play
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Vaginal

Material / Texture

This toy is made of Pyrex glass. If you have any glass bakeware, then you probably know what I'm talking about. This material is fantastic for several reasons:
- It is completely nonporous, meaning it can be easily sterilized and shared without worry.
- Unlike regular glass, if broken it will come apart in large chunks rather than shattering.
- It requires very little lubricant (and you can use any type of lubricant you want)
- It's beautiful!

One thing to remember about glass is that it is completely unforgiving. Unlike jelly or silicone, it has no "give" and will not bend to fit your body. Keep this in mind if you are purchasing a glass toy with a larger diameter than you are used to (though I doubt that would be a problem with this particular toy).

top detail

This toy has twelve nubs running down its back, as well as a pair serving as the snake's eyes and a few more for added texture at the end of the tail. They are not placed so as to specifically target certain parts of your anatomy such as the g-spot, but it isn't too difficult to turn the dildo so that the bumps line up. I found that they were most noticeable while twirling or lightly thrusting the toy, but they were not extremely prominent.

tail detail

I think this would be a good intro toy for those interested in textured glass. The majority of the toy is smooth, and there are not so many nubs as to make the sensation of them overwhelming.
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

The Amber Wave is shaped like a stylized snake, with small bends along its body as if it were slithering away. The body of the snake is clear, with red details (the nubs, eyes, and stripes on the head). The product page shows a snake with golden nubs and black eyes, though a quick glance through the reviews leads me to believe that no one has received a golden snake other than the first reviewer to get one. Also, my snake's head has very delicate stripes spiraling around it, and the product page shows much thicker stripes that cause the head to look almost solid in color. This is not a con, just something to consider.

topviewcomparison
(without and with flash)

If turned upside down, the curves of the glass create an optical illusion, stretching the nubs to make your snake look like it's striped instead of dotted. As the eyes are on the side of the head rather than the top it doesn't look upside down and I choose to display it this way. I leave it on a shelf in my room, and no one suspects a thing - it really just looks like a cartoony statue of a snake! As it is hand-made, you can expect your toy to be somewhat unique. Mine has a few imperfections around its middle, fingertip-sized impressions along the curves as well as some small bubbles inside the toy. None of this affects its performance, so I don't mind! Plus, the bubbles are very small, and not noticeable at all unless you get up close to them.

stripes

As I mentioned before, this dildo is 9" long and 1 1/4" in diameter (at its widest point). This is a bit on the slender side, and those seeking girth should definitely look elsewhere. The rigid material makes up for the slimness to some degree, and the curves and rigidity provide a nice full sensation, so this could be a good choice for someone seeking a half-step between different-sized toys.
    • Discreet look/design
    • Whimsical / artistic

Performance

Each end of this toy provides a different experience. The head end of the snake is obviously a bit wider, and has more of a taper to it than the tail end. This makes a big difference if you are only inserting two or three inches of the toy, but if you want to penetrate deeper than that, the change in diameter isn't very noticeable. Because the eyes are on the wider part of the head, it does press them into the vaginal walls a bit more than the nubs on the side of the tail, but this didn't do much for me.

The tail end is thinner, but easier to manipulate. You can maneuver the toy so that the tip rubs your g-spot pretty easily, but this is not then end to go for if you want to thrust. Because it's so thin and hard, it feels pokey rather than pleasurable.

When using either end, I found the curves of the snake's body to be surprisingly pleasant. It gave me a satisfying "full" feeling without the toy itself being very girthy. I think that if the toy were any wider, the curves would be uncomfortable, but because this dildo is so slim the shape shouldn't be a challenge for any body.

The head is a nicer grip than the tail because of its diameter, but both ends become extremely hard to grip once lubrication is applied. You really don't need a lot anyway because the material is nonporous, so remember that less is more and use sparingly. Again, this toy is not appropriate for anal play! Other than temperature play, I don't see how this toy could be very useful for nipple or clitoral stimulation, but it certainly isn't unsafe for either of those purposes, so if that's your fancy then go right ahead!
    • Comfortable
    • Easy to use

Care and Maintenance

Pyrex is extremely easy to clean! You could use a toy wipe/spray, boil it, or run it through your dishwasher. Be aware that glass does streak pretty easily, though, so be careful when drying it if you want to put this toy on display. Also keep in mind that the smallest nick or scratch on the surface of glass toys can cause some serious damage, so if your Amber Wave arrives damaged, do not hesitate to send it back using EF's wonderful return policy! Even if your toy arrives perfectly whole, inspect it before each use to make sure that no new damage has come to it.

As I mentioned in the materials section, Pyrex is compatible with silicone-, oil-, and water-based lubes, so you don't need to worry when storing this toy with the rest of your collection.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The Amber Wave arrives wrapped in bubble wrap and packaged inside a toy bag. Mine is red faux-velvet with a black drawstring, and is neither padded nor lined. It does a fine job of keeping the toy from receiving any minor damage, but if I were going to store it in a bag I would purchase one with more padding. This is not a problem for me, however, because I keep my Amber Wave out in plain sight! It's so cute that no one suspects a thing.

with bubble wrap and bag
    • Minimal

Personal comments

I like this toy more for its appearance than anything else. I was so sad to find out that the Snake of Paradise had been discontinued before I joined the site, but the Amber Wave appears to be a new-and-improved remake of it (albeit from a different manufacturer)! It certainly appears to look more snake-like. My partner really loves snakes, but isn't completely comfortable with using toys yet, so this was a nice non-threatening dildo to start off with.

This certainly isn't a girthy toy, but I really like the sensation that the curves provide. As I don't have a lot of glass toys yet, this was a good dildo for seeing how well I can handle the rigidity of Pyrex, but in the future I probably would not purchase another toy this thin. While I might not use this as often as some other pieces in my collection, it is very unique and it doesn't take up room in my toy box.
Follow-up commentary
This has proved to be my partner's all time favorite toy for several reasons. It's cute, conspicuous, and the glass curves hit him just right. I worry about him using it anally because of its lack of a flared base, but he doesn't care and I can't stop him, so he's gonna keep doing it. I was surprised he likes this toy so much because it's glass (not his favorite) and its much slimmer than his usual picks. He loves both ends equally (I tend to use the 'head' much more, myself), and picks it up every single time he plays around, both with me and while going solo. All in all, this toy was definitely worth the price and will see a lot of use from us in the future.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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