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Review: Icicles No 23 Double End Dong

Icicles No 23

There are some toys I’ve always wanted in my life based on certain experiences I’ve had. Anal toys came from my first dominant insisting he preferred submissives who liked anal. Paddles came from years of playfully swatting myself with rulers. Double dongs came from watching lesbian porn in my formative years. My first foray into double dongs was an abysmal failure. It was a clear jelly piece of horror, smelly and made from totally body-unsafe material. I never used it and ended up throwing it out with the trash months after purchasing it.

Not so with the Icicles No 23 Double Dong made by Pipedream and sold at Fascinations Fun. Sure the experience is different with a glass dong than a jelly one, but what you’re compromising on with flexibility you’re making up for in handcrafted beautiful glass.

We all know of my love of glass toys and oftentimes how beautiful they can be. This piece is no different. It’s made from what I suspect to be Pyrex instead of what Pipedream says is glass. Most “glass” toys nowadays are made with Pyrex because it resists chips and breaking better than standard glass. That being said, I’m going to take Pipedream’s word and call it glass from here on out.

As I’ve previously talked about in reviews, glass is a wonderful material for sex toys because it is so versatile. For those that enjoy temperature play, it can be easily warmed up or cooled down for different sensations. Pipedream and Fascinations both suggest using a microwave for warming up glass, but be careful about this method. Anybody who has ever microwaved a glass food storage container can tell you how scalding hot glass can get in the microwave. I suggest running glass toys under warm water as a safer alternative where you can gradually raise the temperature of your toy in a more controlled manner. If you are going to microwave it, I suggest super short bursts of time. Five to fifteen seconds tops and then test it with your hand before you do anything like holding a scalding hot pink dong to any sensitive genitals. Second degree burns on your labia does not make for a happy toy enthusiast.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, cool temperatures provide an entirely different sensation. I prefer the cooler end of the spectrum in terms of temperature play, sometimes putting a glass or metal toy in the freezer for ten minutes before starting toy time. Where warm water will provide a controlled temperature raise, cold water will help in the opposite direction. I know many people who shudder at the idea of cold toys in their genital region and if you don’t know which you prefer, try both and decide for yourself. It’s simply a matter of preference and trial and error. Just remember to cool and warm your toys in a controlled, safe manner and you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Icicles No 23 by Pipedream

The Icicles No 23 is a pleasant shade of translucent pink, reminiscent of the Epiphany Baton by Crystal Delights. Where I liked the pink before because it was color coordinated with a huge pink Swarovski crystal, the pink here seems …. predictable. Having looked at many, many sex toys in my years of sex toy shopping and reviewing, I can say that there is a distinct overkill use of pink and a lack of other colors on the market. I understand why manufacturers use pink as their go-to color. Women are the largest purchaser of sex toys and it’s gender stereotyping to assume all women like pink. I personally think this double dong would have looked spectacular in a blue color for example, but it is what it is. Set against a black background (like on the packaging for the No 23) the pink is actually very pretty.

Total length of No 23 is approximately 13 inches

This is a big dong, no doubt about that. The weight is somewhere between the nJoy Fun Wand and Pure Wand by my estimation. My entirely imprecise bathroom scale tells me it’s approximately one pound of solid glass. The dong itself is just shy of 13 inches in total length from tip to tip. If you’re going to be using this with just one person and depending on where you’re going to be inserting it, expect maybe half to be insertable. When I used this, I lubed up more than I realistically should have and ended up slipping a little bit when lube slid down the shaft of it. Rule of thumb – be realistic about the amount of lube you use.

Both ends of No 23 are designed to look like a cock head

Each side of No 23 is tipped with what are arguably penis heads. From the tiny urethra-like indentation at the very tip to the glans corona around soft spongy glans head. The glass has been shaped into a scoop shape and then has three little ridges under it. Those wanting a more gender-neutral dong should consider other toys. This is definitely intended to remind users of a penis, no doubt about that. On my No 23, one glans corona (the very ring of the cock head for the less medical terminology-aware) is slightly larger than the other. This tells me either the mold was crafted with slight differences or the item is actually hand blown (pun intended!) and this has resulted in minor differences between the sides. There really is no practical effect though. If yours arrives with similar differences, I doubt a less eagle-eyed user would notice.

In use the pronounced cock head is actually quite stimulating. I’m someone who prefers strong g-spot stimulation to orgasm and the ridged, protruding head hits my g-spot at an excellent angle. I like toys that take some time to make me orgasm in comparison to my trusty Pure Wand that takes all of 30 seconds to a minute tops. It’s a nice alternative. Glass is one of those materials that people either love or hate. “It’s too hard and not realistic feeling!” I’ve heard from the latter camp. Personally, I really enjoy the completely hard sensation. Combined with any lube of your choice, glass is a very slick material and has no friction.

I’ve referred to No 23 as my “penis scepter” and that’s definitely what this is. There’s no mistaking that No 23 is designed to look like a penis. If you’re looking for an alternative to jelly double dongs and don’t mind trading flexibility for a quality material, look into the Icicles No 23 Double Dong sold at Fascinations Fun. Sure, the pink color is a predictable choice, but you’ll find that on the whole you’ll love the idea of a glass double dong, solo or with someone! Use the extra length as a handle if you’re solo or if you’re with someone use it to penetrate two people at the same time. For those who enjoy showing off their glass toys, display it and wait for the questions to roll in. No 23 is a piece of art, no doubt about that.

Review: Epiphany Baton by Crystal Delights

There are simply no toys in the world like the Crystal Delights toys. Hands down. Not even going to entertain an argument here. The quality is beyond amazing and the look of them is out of this world. You already have heard about my extreme love of the Crystal Delights Crystal Clear Anal Plug. Since receiving that plug I’ve worn it numerous times, both in private and in public. I’ve showed it to many people. Nobody can believe how beautiful it is when they see it in person.

Epiphany Baton by Crystal Delights

Imagine my shock when Shellie offered to send me yet another of the beautiful glass toys Crystal Delights is becoming known for. Not just any toy though – an unreleased one! Ahh! I just about went crazy with lust when I saw the picture too. What was this little kinkster getting? The beyond gorgeous Pink Epiphany Baton.

Like its already-in-use cousin the Crystal Delights Anal Plug, the Epiphany Baton is from Pyrex glass and truly one of a kind. Each piece is handmade and done so to exacting specifications. The quality of these toys is beyond reproach.

My absolute favorite part about this and all Crystal Delights toys is the crystals themselves. They are Swarovski crystals and easily rival huge diamonds. The gem in this particular piece is a huge pink gem. It is a shade I can’t really describe – you just have to see it in person. The intensity of the pink is beautiful.

Gem in the base of the baton

This baton measures in at approximately 11 inches in total length. That sounds like it’s super long, but of that length only about 6 3/4 inches is insertable. The other portion is the handle itself, not meant for insertion into the body. In those proportions it’s much easier to understand. At first glance this toy looks huge, but when you really get it in your hands and use it, it feels much better.

The total length is approximately 11 inches

The insertable shaft of the baton is a slightly pink color, not exactly matching the intense pink of the gem in the handle base. The shaft is also bent and intended so for g-spot stimulation. The insertable shaft also has a raised swirl of ridges from the head of the toy to the end of the insertable portion. These also aid in stimulation. I found the ridges themselves to be a bit on the large side for me. When I’m trusting a toy in my vagina I prefer to have a smoother thrust than something with texture. This is a personal preference only because I find it’s easier to thrust and doesn’t cause me discomfort. This toy was a bit on the uncomfortable side because of this, but someone who likes ridges will be pleasantly surprised I think. The insertable shaft is approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter, making for a thicker and girthier toy than some may be used to.

This is no toy for the weak! It takes guts to use this baton.This thing is pretty weighty and I can see someone with less arm strength than me possibly getting tired while using it. Glass is no lightweight material and having something this large will inevitably lead to it being weighty. I guess the upside to this is that if you really needed to in an emergency, you could use this as a weapon and defend yourself from an attacker. I’m not exactly sure what situation you’d be in where you’d have this ready and available to defend yourself, but I’m sure it might come up in the far reaches in a crazy twist of the universe.

The bulbous head at the end of the shaft is quite large, almost 1 1/2 inches in diameter. This will stimulate your whole g-spot area. The tip is slightly pointy and judging from this people who prefer their toys to have a more blunt end may find this tip to be too pointy. I didn’t have a problem with the point.

Top: Epiphony Baton. Bottom: Ribbed Twister

Within the a few days of receiving this Epiphany Wand, I also received the Ribbed Twister by SSA Glass from Eden Fantasys. Comparing the two, the differences are very apparent. The Epiphany Baton is thicker, longer and the head is bigger. The handle is also thicker in diameter. While the Epiphany Baton has a more drastic angle for g-spot penetration, the Ribbed Twister is only slightly curved in comparison. Having used both of them, I feel that they both have their place in my toy box. The Epiphany Baton is more for vaginal penetration or possibly anal penetration if you like thicker anal dildos and can handle the angle. I’ve used the Ribbed Twister for both vaginal and anal penetration and have found it to work for both much better because of it’s smaller diameter. The narrower head on the Ribbed Twister also makes for easier anal insertion at first than the Epiphany Baton.

Included with every Crystal Delights toy is a sample sachet of some variety of lube (my plug came with Boy Butter while this came with Lucky water-based lubricant), two ultra thin latex Life Styles condoms and a card with two glass charms. They all come hand wrapped in pink glittery tissue paper and stored in some kind of padded bag. Shellie has told me that she is having bags for the Epiphany Baton specially made and that the bag I received will not be the bag is ultimately sold with. I look forward to seeing what that bag is.

Glass is one of my favorite sex toy materials because of the ease with which you can use it. There’s no chance that any type of lube will interact with it so go ahead and go crazy with silicone, water or oil-based lubricants. They warm up and cool down remarkably well and clean up just as easily. To warm your glass toys, the safest way is to run it under warm water for a few moments. Making the water too hot will increase your chance of burning your sensitive bits – not a good thing. I’ve cooled glass toys in the past by three methods: (1) running it under cold water, (2) placing it in the fridge for a short while and (3) placing it in the freezer for an even shorter amount of time. Test the temperature on a non-genital portion of your body first so as to avoid both burns and the glass freezing to your skin ala A Christmas Story.

Remember to store your glass toys in a safe place and don’t play catch on a concrete floor with them. If you drop them, they will either crack or shatter. This stuff is not indestructible though it is indescribable. The love and care that Crystal Delights puts in all their glass toys is very apparent when you get one. They are quality pieces of art and pieces I’m very proud to have in my toy collection. I promote them wherever I go and encourage you to check out all the Crystal Delights toys available for sale at Virtually Adult.

You will not be disappointed if you purchase the Epiphany Baton once it is released. It’s beautiful, functional, and above all else – sparkly. 

Review: Rose G-Spotter from Babeland.com

If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ve probably noticed my love of glass toys. There’s just something about them that appeals to me. The Rose G-Spotter from Babeland.com fits the bill perfectly.

First and foremost, I am a fan of Pyrex and glass sex toys simply because they can be fully disinfected. Whether boiled, bleached, put in the dishwasher or otherwise, this material can be used in filthy, nasty ways and still be cleaned wonderfully. My inner germaphobe revels in this fact. This means I don’t have to worry about the hard material absorbing germies or using a condom over glass toys if I want to use them both vaginally and anally. Of course if I plan on using it anally and then vaginally right in a row I still use a condom so I don’t have to stop and disinfect. Don’t ever go anal to vaginal unless you want either an infection or a UTI. Besides, it’s just icky in my mind. Would you want poop up your vag? Gross!

Another thing I like about glass is the sheer hardness of the toys. As someone who likes rougher sex than most, I like toys that replicate that rough penetration I may receive from my partner. The weight of glass that comes from the material is a wonderful feeling as well. Whether anally or vaginally, the weight of glass toys is definitely something you feel inside of you. Glass anal plugs definitely feel weighty in your ass and I love it. It reminds me that I’m filled and plugged, turning me on and I love that.

Glass can also be used in some temperature play, another great play time activity. I put my glass toys in the freezer for about five to ten minutes and I swear I orgasm so much harder when toys are cold. To warm up glass toys, it’s recommended to run them under warm water instead of other ways of warming. This will ensure that the glass doesn’t become too hot and possibly burn something you definitely don’t want to burn.

My Rose G-Spotter came with a great padded storage case by Don Wands. It’s thick and plush, made of a black padded velvet-like material with a drawstring at one end to keep your dildo safely stowed inside the storage case. I’ve tossed it around and it’s not come loose or damaged it at all.

The actual dildo is a soft rosy pink color, reminding me of the old phrase “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.” I inspected the whole dildo thoroughly and was disappointed to find a little imperfection in the bulbous head of the dildo. I can feel the chip when I run my hand over the spot and while it’s not too sharp, I do have slight concerns that it would scratch me if it was bigger. That’s a risk you run when you use glass toys though. Treat these toys well otherwise you could very well end up with a chip in them. Keep them in a padded storage bag and away from other glass toys. Don’t drop them or swing them around.

I settled in to use the dildo and liked that multi bulbed portion can be used as a handle as well as a penetrative portion. Glass can be used with any type of lubricant and I used some of Wet’s new lube, Synergy, which is a mixture of water-based and silicone lube. There’s no worry about the glass material dissolving using silicone-based lubricants. Pretty much any lube will make glass super slick and wonderful for easy thrusting.

My g-spot is located in a somewhat strange position and I’ve tried many toys that claim to hit the g-spot perfectly. While I was thrusting this one with the bent end inside my vagina, it didn’t quite hit my spot perfectly, but it did a pretty good job. This was a great toy for extending out my play time. Normally when I play I last roughly 30 seconds to a minute and this dildo made me last probably double that before I came.

The next time I used this toy I wanted to try it anally. This time I used Wet’s Synergy again and lubed up the multi-bulbed end. It went in my ass smoothly and I really enjoyed the bulbs rubbing the inside my ass as I thrusted with it. Using the dildo this way was really great and I will probably use it more this way than anything in the future. With it’s easy clean up properties, this makes a great anal dildo.

I really enjoyed this dildo and the fact that it’s glass only makes it better. While it didn’t quite hit my g-spot perfectly, it hit it well enough and felt even better in my ass.

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Review: Crystal Delights Crystal Clear Glass Anal Plug (Small)

Okay so you know how I have a love of jeweled anal plugs? Unfortunately my last foray into that type of plug left me wanting more, left me wanting something of better quality and a prettier jewel. For ages I’ve lusted after the Crystal Delights glass anal plugs. After hearing some of the great things people have said about these plugs and seeing the beautiful selection of colors, these plugs have been on my wishlist for quite some time. The great people at Virtually Adult contacted me and offered to send me one after reading my lackluster experience with the Cal Exotics Aluminum Mini.

After the initial shock at the possibility of receiving one, I had to select what size and color I wanted. I browsed the selection available to me and decided that the smaller necked plug would be better for me because of my petite size. The color selection was harder. They’re all so pretty! But ultimately I decided on getting the clear one. Why is that? Because it looks like a giant diamond! How could I pass up having a giant diamond in my ass? So what does the gem look like? It looks absolutely gorgeous in person.

The package I received from Virtually Adult arrived at my doorstep and I quickly pulled off the packaging to get my hands on what I hoped would be a beautiful anal plug. The toy came wrapped in glittery tissue paper with a wonderful sticker on the seal. You can tell that someone put a lot of care in packaging your plug and that you’re getting something special. I gingerly unwrapped the paper and found the black storage sleeve the plug comes with. Elastic wraps secure the roll around the plug, keeping it safe and ensures that it won’t be damaged either in transport or while you own it.

I undid the elastics and unrolled the sleeve to find not only my new glass plug but also some free gifts that were included! I received a sample of water-based Boy Butter and two Lifestyles Ultra Thin condoms. Also included was a card about the Crystal Delights line of plugs with two glass charms attached to the card. I got blue glass hearts that are absolutely gorgeous.

But enough about my free gifts. What about my plug?! I swear from the moment I set my eyes on it I was in love. The plug itself is made from 100% handblown Pyrex glass. This type of glass has been shown to be safe for internal use. The glass is extremely clear and I looked all over it for flaws, chips or defects. I simply couldn’t find any. It’s flawless. The gem on the end of the stem is quite possibly the sparkliest thing I’ve ever seen at that size. It is a Swarovski crystal, the best that is on the market. It doesn’t even compare to the crappy plastic gem that was in the Cal Exotics Aluminum Mini. It’s like night and day comparing the two. Quite honestly, this looks like a giant diamond, no kidding.

One of my favorite aspects to this plug is that the glass is great for temperature play. I love playing with cold moreso than heat. While I don’t recommend this for an extended period of time, I pop my glass toys into the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes to cool them down. The general recommendation is that you should gradually raise or lower the temperature by using warm or cool water. Too rapid temperature shifts in either direction have the possibility of scalding or freezing skin when touched to it. The rare possibility is cracking the glass and that’s definitely not something you want.

The other feature I like about this plug is the weight. As I’ve mentioned before in regards to anal plugs, I like plugs with some weight. I like to be reminded that I’m plugged and filled. Even more so when I’m in a submissive position because it reminds me who is controlling my holes. This plug definitely delivers in the weight I like. Each small plug weighs in at approximately 5 ounces.

Because this plug is glass, it means you can use it with any type of lube. Water based, silicone based, or oil based. You can use anything with this plug. I suggest cleaning it immediately upon removing it with warm to hot water and antibacterial soap. You might be able to put it in the top rack of your dishwasher as well, but I have not tested this. I would be hesitant to do this only because of the gem even though the gem is very well secured into the plug.

So how did the plug feel inside me? Pretty much as I expected it would. I loved it. At it’s widest point, the plug is approximately 1 1/2 inch in diameter and has an insertable length of 2 3/4 inches. The flared base of the plug sits comfortably between the ass cheeks and I don’t feel that it would slip inside your ass. The stem is so narrow the your bum closes around it securely. I think with the longer version of this plug, the neck may slip in and out if you don’t clench your ass the entire time. I am much happier with this shorter necked version.

Because the diameter is fairly small on this plug in comparison to what plugs can be, it is fairly easy to put in. That being said, it’s probably not for anal play virgins. I love anal play and have slightly relaxed my ass to the point that I can slip plugs in with little to no relaxation ahead of time. What do I suggest with this plug? Go slow and use lube to get it in. If you are female, clitoral stimulation helps with relaxation and insertion I have found. Perhaps some play first and then try inserting plugs that are larger in diameter than the average finger.

One gripe I have is in regard to the black storage sleeve that comes with. To be honest, it stinks. Two days after it’s been sitting out on my desk and it still smells. It’s the typical fake leather and plastic smell I think. I love the sleeve but hate the smell it has. I’m really really hoping the smell goes away with time because the sleeve is fantastic for storing this plug. It keeps it safe and padded. There’s no damaging this delicate plug when it’s in the sleeve.

Overall I really can’t say enough good things about this plug. It’s beautiful, weighty, and looks like a ginormous diamond in your ass. It’s wonderfully decorative and I can imagine wearing this out to dinner with a partner under a dress, perhaps giving them a flash here and there during the night to tease them with the knowledge my ass is sparkling for them. The sheer knowledge that I’m wearing this is so erotic. Wearing any plug for me is definitely what I consider one of the best ways you can be an undercover kinkster. Nobody needs to know that you’re wearing a toy in your ass unless you tell them or show them.

The Crystal Delights Crystal Clear Glass Anal Plug (small) is sold through Virtually Adult. It comes in two different sizes, regular and small. Currently, these plugs are available in eight colors, but I suspect more may be added soon. The small size sells for $79.95 and the regular size sells for $89.95. This plug comes in a special dichroic gem plug for $129.95. Run, don’t walk to the Crystal Delights page on Virtually Adult. Once you see these plugs you’ll fall in love with them just like I did. You’ll simply have to add one to your anal toy collection!