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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: Fetish Fantasy Series Extreme Hogtie Kit

Oh man. Oh oh man. There has been few things brewing in the back of my mind longer than being restrained in some form or fashion. Whether with rope or restraints, it’s pretty much been there as long as I can remember. Quite frankly I think my first sexual thoughts involved being restrained some way and finding sexual pleasure in that.

When I got my hands on the Extreme Hogtie Set, part of the Fetish Fantasy Series by Pipedream Products, I was psyched. Finally! Full immobilization and all the kinky thoughts that went along with that for me! Oh yes, please. Sign me up. Alas, I found myself … underwhelmed by the products when I opened the box.

Included with this kit is: (2) neoprene ankle cuffs, (2) neoprene wrist cuffs, (1) “heavy duty” metal hogtie center piece and (1) free satin love mask. The actual restraints and connector are packaged in one bag and the free mask is packaged in another within the box you receive. When you first unseal the plastic baggies, the overwhelming scent of what I can only describe as “ICK!” greets your nose. My best guess is that it’s the neoprene foam that each restraint is made from. That gross plasticy, rubber smell. Not exactly what I call the best impression a product can make.

Center hogtie ring

 The center hogtie ring that connects all the cuffs is what I first examined. The metal ring seems stable and sturdy enough. No complaints there. There are four smaller rings connected to the larger center ring by way of black mesh straps and two rivets on each strap. I pulled as hard as I could and the black mesh stretched, but didn’t come apart. Despite this, I question its ability to withstand someone very strong pulling on all sides. From that alone I determined this is definitely what the more bondage-gear inclined would call a “beginner set.” If you pull hard enough, I suspect the mesh would come away from the rivets holding the folded over mesh together. Additionally, the smaller rings are not solid rings and I worry about pressure on those as well. Sure it would take someone very strong to pull the ring apart, but it wouldn’t be unheard of.

The cuffs next concerned me. As someone who has a very tiny wrist (I often have to take links out of bracelets or watches) I was worried that they wouldn’t fit me. The wrist cuffs are 10 inches long and after a little maneuvering fit me. The neoprene had to be doubled up and the hook and loop tape had extra hanging over. That being said, the neoprene does make these fairly comfortable, though not exactly what I would call stylish. The ankle cuffs are of similar make, though slightly wider (the wrist cuffs just over 2 inches and the ankle cuffs just over 2 1/2 inches.) The ankle cuffs are also longer. They measure 11 3/4 inches in length compared to the wrist cuffs’ 10 inches. These also fit comfortably on my ankle, but like the wrist cuffs I had to double over the neoprene to make them small enough. 

Closeup of the hardware on the cuffs

My biggest gripe with these cuffs is the hardware on them. It just looks flimsy and cheap. Hell, the rings that are attached to both the cuffs and clips to the center hogtie ring are split rings, like you’d put your car and house keys on. This is probably how the actual connector pieces were attached to them. The clip connector’s swiveling base is wide and the ring it’s connected to is very narrow. This leads to the actual connector sliding around a lot on the ring and while this might be useful in positioning and comfort of the user, to me it just seems like they took a stock piece of hardware and threw it on the cuffs. The metal on these is fairly thin for good cuff standards and also contributes to their flimsy and cheap look.

These cuffs look very beginner and newbie. Almost cheap. If you show up to a professional fetish club with these, you’d be shamed out of there. Or at least I’d be embarrassed if I showed up with these on my body or for use. They may be good for the occasional user at home, one who is curious about restraints and wants something simple and inexpensive, but outside of that I really can’t think anybody seriously into bondage would use these. They just seem …. not very well executed to me. The idea was there and it seems like the manufacturers took a whole bunch of stock hardware and materials laying around the production facility and threw them together into this set.

And this free mask that is included with this set? Oh dear jeebus, just throw it out before you even take it out. Don’t bother with it. The material reminds me of a pool cover. Crinkly and loud. It couldn’t have cost them more than five or ten cents to make this thing and it certainly shows. If you want a mask and don’t want to buy it from a sex toy seller, just go to your local mass market retailer and buy a sleep mask. While not as “bondage”-y, it will probably be more comfortable, smell better and last longer.

Of all the negatives to this set, do I have anything positive to say? After really searching deep for something I found it – the girl on the front of the box is cute. I really like her eye makeup and corset. And quite frankly? That’s kind of sad that’s the only positive thing I could find.

You want a hogtie set? You can find so many more out there that are quality sets than the Extreme Hogtie Kit, part of the Fetish Fantasy Series by Pipedream Products.