Review: Icicles No #55 Textured Glass Dildo

Glass dildos are one of the main loves of my intimate life, with my fondness of temperature play being the main reason as to why these particular products grab my interest so much. Pipedream’s Icicles range is one of the most affordable and accessible around and as many retailers stock a selection of these toys, I get asked about this range fairly often. I’ve tried a handful of items from this range now and have had pleasant experiences each time so I was more than happy to accept the Icicles No #55 for review this month for Too Timid. This aesthetically pleasing double-ended dildo looked incredibly enticing with its tale of two textures and as I have made it my mission to try more insertable toys during 2018, I couldn’t wait to give it a test run.

Icicles No 55 Glass DildoMany of Pipedream’s ranges leave little to the imagination in terms of packaging and sometimes even borders onto misogynistic or unethical graphics/text, but their Icicles line is an exception. The front of the box showcases an image of the product and pulls open to reveal the No #55 behind a window of plastic.

It is classy, simplistic and exactly how I like it. I do find it disappointing that none of the toys in this collection come with storage bags as I like to protect my glass pieces to avoid scratches or chipping but this is personal preference and something of a minor complaint. I would recommend having some storage on hand to keep this dildo in if you’re planning to make a purchase though.

The box mentions some care instructions inside but as I’ve mentioned in every Icicles review I’ve ever written, parts of the text need to be updated. It advises and advocates using microwaves and freezers to change the temperature of the glass but I would strongly advise against doing either. Microwaves can create unwanted heat spots that aren’t noticeable until they burn your nether regions and freezers can recreate that dreaded stuck to a metal pole scenario that we’ve all seen in films. I imagine that it would feel rather unpleasant to experience a toy getting stuck to a sensitive orifice so please stick to the safe, trusted methods of changing the temperature such as the fridge or bowl of warm/cold water.

Icicles No 55 Glass DildoOne of the best things about glass is that it can be used with any type of lubricant. The surface is non-toxic, non-porous, odourless, phthalate free and suitable for use with water bases, silicone bases and even oil bases. This body safe rigid material can also can be cleaned thoroughly by boiling for a few moments or placing in the top rack of the dishwasher.

If you are switching between multiple partners, partners that aren’t fluid bonded or different orifices (particularly going from anal to vaginal) then I would recommend one of the above methods to keep things hygienic and prevent passing infections. For daily cleans, soap and warm water will do the trick and an old toothbrush can be used around the textured areas to remove any traces of fluids.

Icicles No 55 Glass DildoThe Icicles No #55 should be suitable for most users regardless of their experience with insertables. It has an overall length of around 7.5 inches and a maximum usable length of 6 inches. I’m very comfortable using dildos with this amount of length as they don’t hit my cervix if I’m relaxed and well lubricated but will still be able to reach all of the sensitive spots that I want stimulated. The No #55 has a maximum circumference of four inches which is fairly slim and manageable for toy beginners and people who may be new to hard materials like glass.

One side of the No #55 resembles another Icicles piece that I reviewed recently, the #5. Those three inches of shaft are basically made up of a spiral of raised ripples. This spiralled texture feels the same on both dildos although the curve belonging to the #55 is more pronounced and the tip more tapered which makes it easier for it to hit my sweet spots right off the bat. It finds my g-spot with no trouble and as it’s safe for anal use, I imagine it would be capable of doing the same thing with a prostate. My partner is only at the stage of using a small plug or finger so we haven’t tested this theory but from our experiences so far, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as a prostate massager too.

The combination of chilled glass, a rigid surface and bumps/ridges has always worked well for me and this dildo wasn’t going to be the exception. If I insert it carefully then use a gentle twisting motion or work it around in a slow rotation then the ripples stimulate every internal erogenous zone that they can find. This alone would probably be enough to bring me to the edge of an orgasm but the curvature of the shaft tips the scales and makes that climax stronger. I think this type of texture was well spread out and not overly intense so it shouldn’t overwhelm a newcomer. However, it’s not bland enough to bore the more experienced player either.

Icicles No 55 Glass DildoEver wanted to get two toys for the price of one? Then look no further than the #55 and it’s double ends that differ in texture. We’ve covered the spiralled side already but what about the noduled side? It has raised nodules, equally spread across its three inches of shaft that have been rounded for comfortable insertion.

I think this side is perfect for internal massages and relaxing masturbation sessions as well as g-spot or prostate stimulation. It has the same pointed tip and curve below the head which makes it just as great for this kind of contact as the spiralled side. You can simply choose which type of texture feels best for you or switch things up based on mood and cravings.

Icicles No 55 Glass DildoOverall, I think the No #55 has the potential to be perfect for people who like slim, short and noticeably textured toys that aren’t going to overwhelm the body or overstimulate. I have had great orgasms with it through my testing sessions and play with my partner so I’d happily recommend it to those who like the features I mentioned above. A final tip for fans of the noduled side – try it as an external stimulator by moving it across the clitoris as this seemed to instantly increase my arousal.

You can purchase the Icicles No #55 Textured Glass Dildo (€52.95/£37.83) from Too Timid.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Icicles No #5 Spiral Glass Dildo

Finding sex toy retailers that stock the best of the best and nothing less is challenging but recently I came across one that does just that. Crimson Princess are a new online store based in England that want to provide a comfortable online shopping experience for people who may find going into brick and mortar shops embarrassing or daunting. Their website is aesthetically pleasing, easy to browse and filled with toys, lingerie and bondage gear from top-rated brands. We have recently begun a collaboration and to kick-start this I was sent a gorgeous piece of glass. I picked out the Icicles No #5 for its delightful spiral texture and bulbous head as I thought it may be fun for G-spot sessions and might make a nice introduction to texture for glass newcomers.

Icicles No #5 Glass DildoMany of Pipedream’s ranges have unethical/misogynistic packaging but the Icicles range is an exception. The front of the box showcases an image of the product and pulls open to reveal the No #5 behind a window of plastic. It’s classy but simple and I like it. I do find it somewhat disappointing that this range doesn’t include storage bags as I like to store glass separately to prevent scratches or chipping but this is a minor complaint and more of a personal preference than a negative point. I would recommend having something on hand to secure the dildo if planning to purchase it though.

The box mentions some care instructions inside but I’ve mentioned in every Icicles review I’ve ever written that parts of this needs to be updated. It advocates using microwaves and freezers to change the temperature of the material but I strongly advise against doing this. Microwaves can create heat spots that aren’t noticeable until the burn comes and freezers can cause that tongue stuck to a metal pole scenario that we’ve all seen in movies, but instead of your tongue being stuck, it’s your nether regions, and I imagine that would be rather unpleasant to experience. Please stick to the safe methods for experimenting with temperature such as the fridge or a bucket of warm/cold water.

One of the best things about glass is that it can be used with any type of lubricant. The surface is non-porous, non-toxic, odourless, phthalate free and suitable for use with water bases, silicone bases and even oil bases. This body safe material can also be cleaned thoroughly by boiling for a few moments or placing inside the top rack of the dishwasher. If you are switching between orifices (particularly going from anal to vaginal) or multiple partners then I would definitely recommend one of the above options for safety. For daily cleans, soap and water will do the trick and an old toothbrush can be used around the textured areas to remove any lingering fluids.

The Icicles No #5 should be suitable for people with some penetration experience. It has an overall length of 7.25 inches and a maximum insertable length of 6.75 inches. For me personally, I’m quite comfortable using six to seven inches so this was the perfect length for me to feel comfortable during vaginal use. It doesn’t hit my cervix providing I’m relaxed and well-lubricated but it does hit the sensitive spots that are located near there. Width wise, the No #5 has a maximum circumference of four inches which is rather slimline. The texture does make it feel slightly larger so keep that in mind but generally I think it will be suitable for most people who can handle three fingers.

Icicles No #5 Glass DildoI was reminded of an earlier reviewing experience when I used the No #5 for the first time. One of the first products I ever reviewed on this blog a couple of years ago was the Kinx Rippled Teaser. It has a similar colour scheme to the No #5 and a swirled texture around the shaft that’s also reminiscent. The spiral texture is equally spread out across the shaft across the Icicles model whereas the Kinx is quite close together and intense. For that reason alone, the Icicles would win in a contest that was best suited for newcomers and beginners.

Less texture doesn’t mean less sensation or satisfaction though. Now don’t get me wrong, I love texture, but sometimes it’s not quite right for me and that’s usually the case when it’s paired with a toy that has a tip that’s been tapered too much. Again, I’ll go back to the Kinx as it’s head tapers to such a sharp point that it felt like I was being stabbed with each thrust. However the Icicles No #5 has a gentle taper to its bulbous head that’s comfortable to insert, thrust against internal sweet spots and remove. It also has a rounded base which makes for great grip and works wonderfully as a handle.

Each time I use the No #5 I fall in love with it a little more. The texture is delightful. It’s basically a spiral of raised ripples that work their way down the sleek shaft and provide maximum stimulation to the vaginal walls. It’s not the most textured glass piece that I own but there’s enough of it that it does what it’s designed to do. I’ve always found the combination of a cold, rigid surface and bumps/lines/ridges to work particularly well for me and this was no exception. If I use a gentle twisting motion whilst the toy is inserted, the ripples stimulate every internal erogenous zone that they can reach. This alone may have been enough to bring me to the brink of an orgasm but the curvature of the shaft just tips the scales and takes me over the edge.

Icicles No #5 Glass DildoIt’s a subtle curve with little definition but it sends the bulb and the texture that follows towards the direction of one of my favourite stimulation zones, the G-spot. The tip finds the spot with ease and minimal thrusting will provide all of the pressure this area needs to be stimulated to the point of no return.

I have had some fantastic internal orgasms with this dildo and some brilliant blended orgasms when I’ve added a clitoral vibrator into the mix. Vaginal play has been my primary source of use for this dildo but I have tried it out a handful of times for anal too. I did enjoy the few occasions I experimented with it like this but I feel that it would be better suited to anal players looking to achieve prostate stimulation.

Overall, I think I could recommend the Icicles No #5 to glass beginners who are looking to explore or discover their G-spot and/or prostate. For those with more sex toy experience, I’d also be able to recommend it to you if you are a fan of slimmer insertables, temperature play, rigid materials and texture. If I had to list a few downsides, I’d have some trouble as there wasn’t anything I hated but there are a couple of minor niggles that I could point out. The first is the lack of storage and the second is the potentially unsafe information listed on the inside of the packaging. Outside of those things, I can’t really complain as my experiences were positive and pleasurable for both me and my partner.

You can purchase the Icicles No #5 Spiral Glass Dildo (£25.99) from Crimson Princess.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Tantus Charmer

In the late months of 2015/early days of 2016, I decided that I wanted to improve the quality and shelf life of the products in my toybox and remove everything mediocre, low-quality and/or porous. So that’s exactly what I did. Tantus are the best in the business for well-made, body-safe products and naturally I was drawn to them for some of my first purchases. I absolutely loved my first choice, the Curve, so I decided to follow-up with the Charmer. A dildo with similar ridges along the side, albeit more defined, and a slightly slimmer shaft. I definitely made the right choice as I’m still obsessed with the Charmer over twelve months later.

Tantus CharmerThe packaging was typical for Tantus products. A simple white and orange cardboard box with a see-through window in the front to view the toy. There’s a bunch of info about the brand on the back. Inside the box the Charmer is stored in some plastic casing. You do not get a storage bag with Tantus products, so make sure to get one of those separately to keep it safe from lint and other sex toys. I’ve had no issues letting my Tantus toys touch each other, but some retailers don’t recommend it.

As it’s manufactured by a company renowned for dedication to body-safety, you can be assured that their unique formula of ultra-premium, completely safe silicone has been used. It’s free from latex and phthalates, non-toxic, odourless and hypoallergenic. It can be bleached, boiled and placed in the dishwasher for through cleans and peace of mind. I usually wipe down with antibacterial cleaner or a 10% bleach solution for everyday cleaning, but as this is textured I do like to place it in the dishwasher once a month for a deeper clean. This is particularly important if you’re switching between partners and/or orifices.

Tantus CharmerLube wise, I’d recommend sticking to water-based. If you prefer using hybrids then I’d recommend doing a patch test on the base first to be sure that it doesn’t degrade the silicone. I’ve had no issues with Sliquid Organics Silk but I don’t want to use it on this too much.

The silicone used for the Charmer has a glossy finish, rather than the matte finish of the Curve, so it has less drag to it. I would still suggest using a good coating of lubricant especially if you’re new to texture or plan to use this for anal play. I personally didn’t need a lot as this toy is within my ideal dimensions with a 3.75 inch circumference and a usable length of six and a half inches.

When I read through the product description, I was excited to see the Tantus Charmer described as firm as that is what works for my g-spot. It definitely does feel firm out of the box, but there is a minute amount of squish to the lower portion of the shaft. It’s small, but enough to stop the toy from being completely rigid and harsh. Due to this I was not expecting flexibility, but that’s what I got. I can make the head touch the base with some pressure, which is great news for those who may need to adjust the angle or positioning for comfortable use.

Tantus CharmerAlthough there were all these great things going for it, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed when it first arrived. I felt that the four ridges across the shaft look less intense in person and I still stand by that now. The photos make them look more pointed and defined, but in reality they are more like soft, rounded bumps attached to the shaft.

They are nowhere near as harsh as the Tsunami’s waves, but they are more noticeable than those lines on the Curve. It’s the perfect medium really. I proceeded with insertion despite my initial reservations and was met with the shock of a lifetime as the ridges pulled, pushed, bumped and grinded up against my g-spot with each thrust.

In order to feel all of the benefits that the Charmer offers, thrusting is essential. I don’t mean the super hard, intense, fuck-me-quickly thrusting, but the kind where a gentle rocking back and forth or game of tug of war with your motions is used. So, in, out and repeat basically. The Charmer doesn’t really work as a furious thruster because it’s quite slimline and flexible which makes those movements difficult. It also stops the ridges from maintaining pressure on the g-spot, which is not what I want. I think this is a toy that has been designed with the idea of users taking their time. It’s a lie back, relax and thrust gently until it pushes you into orgasmic oblivion sort of toy.

I have not been able to squirt with the Charmer, as I can with the less intense but wider Curve, but I don’t feel that I need to in order to enjoy this toy. It’s my preference for g-spot toys, but it’s not essential. I genuinely like the stimulation this toy provides as is. I personally would not have minded a larger girth for two reasons. 1) I do like a full feeling. I don’t want to be stretched as such, but full is satisfying. 2) I could have then rotated the toy in order for the ridges to rub against the internal walls. As it currently is, the shaft is only wide enough to target the specific g-spot area. It doesn’t really stimulate the sides at all. I feel like those ridges would provide a divine internal massage, although it might have been too much for some with double the pleasure going on.

Overall, I feel like this dildo takes a relaxed, laid-back approach to sexual satisfaction. It’s a toy that’s meant to be savoured and enjoyed, rather than being raced to the finish line for a quick fix. If you’re looking for that reliable quick-release dildo, your search is not over. The Charmer is absolutely perfect for getting to know your body with, particularly if the g-spot is new to you, and is great for determining how much pressure and texture you like. It’s ideal for lazy masturbation sessions with no time frame and wonderful for warm-ups to something more intense like the Bound or Tsunami.

You can purchase the Tantus Charmer (£36.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This in no way changes our opinion of the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Tantus Super Soft The Vamp

Tantus Vamp Super SoftIt’s been a while since I reviewed for Tantus, but when I saw that they had released a Super Soft version of their famous Vamp, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out. I reviewed the original several months ago and I loved it, but the firmness is something I definitely have to build up to. It’s not a toy that I can use when I’m feeling particularly sensitive as it has very little give to it. Having said that, the shape and dimensions are both great for me, so I was excited to see how it would feel in a softer material.

FedEx arrived at my door a few days later, which is excellent service as I’m based in the UK and the parcel was shipped from the states. It was as unassuming as previous Tantus packages, with the only tell-tale sign of the contents being the legally required packing slip. The Vamp’s packaging was also typical of Tantus. A sturdy cardboard box following their orange and white colour scheme with a see-through viewing window on the front and product info on the back. Their products do not come with storage so be sure to find something suitable to store it in upon arrival.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftThe Tantus Vamp Super Soft is made from Tantus’s unique formula of 100% ultra-premium silicone. This formula is completely body-safe and free from latex and phthalates. It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic and hypoallergenic as-well as being bleachable, boilable and even dishwasher-safe. I tend to use soap and water for everyday cleans, but this Vamp has been placed on the top rack of the dishwasher for a deeper clean once or twice. I would recommend doing this on a regular basis if you’re using this anally and/or switching between partners/orifices.

Dimensions wise, I think the Vamp is within the medium range although it’s leaning more towards the large side. It’s not quite size-queen material, but it would be a great warm-up toy for people who like bigger toys, stretching themselves and pushing their limits. For me, this is not a warm-up insertable. I need to use something smaller beforehand to accommodate the girth. I generally use the Tantus Flurry as I find that isn’t a huge dip in size. The Super Soft Vamp offers up 5.5 inches around the widest point, the coronal ridge, and about 5 inches across the shaft. It doesn’t sound huge, but the head can take a few minutes for me to warm-up to as it’s just a hint above average.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftAs this toy is made from silicone, only water-based lubricant is recommended and I’d definitely recommend a good coating of this before using this dildo. I did notice that the Super Soft version was easier to insert than the original and I think this is purely due to the difference in firmness. It has some squish primarily around the head which aids insertion although the increased flexibility means I need to have a firm grip on it when maneuvering. I can touch the tip to the base without force if I want to, but it doesn’t bend without assistance.

When I tried the original I wasn’t sure what to expect due to its straight up and down shaft. It doesn’t have any curves that point towards g-spot stimulation and there’s no avert texture that would look to stimulate the vaginal walls. It took me by surprise though. It was actually fantastic for g-spot stuff. I was concerned that the Super Soft edition wouldn’t be the same as I relied on the firmness of the original, but it seems that it’s just as good. It takes more effort than it does with the original but essentially the same results can be achieved.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftThe Vamp’s head is so prominent, defined and noticeable that it becomes the source of pleasure. The coronal ridge grinds up against the g-spot with a reasonable amount of pressure, so then all I need to do is some quick thrusting or twisting. I couldn’t really thrust in the same way with the original as I found the firmness then became overwhelming or I’d accidentally hit my cervix which was much more noticeable than if it were to happen now.

Fast thrusting with the Super Soft Vamp means that the ridge continuously pulls against my g-spot in the most divine way imaginable. It makes me orgasm reliably, but is noticeably helped when I add a clitoral vibrator into the session.

I resorted to using the original Vamp during solo sessions as my partner and I encountered issues when trying to use it together for vaginal penetration. I felt like we couldn’t get the angles right and it seemed to be more enjoyable when I positioned it and maneuvered it myself. We had more luck with the Super Soft version, in that it wasn’t uncomfortable to do, but the positioning still seemed to feel better when done by myself. Having said that, couples play wasn’t completely out of the question.

Tantus Vamp Super Soft and Tantus Original VampThe original Vamp was far too firm for me to use as an anal toy, so I had to try the Super Soft out in this way and see if the shape felt good back there. It has a thick and sturdy base to hold onto to make movement easy and it’s also compatible with harnesses for pegging or strap-on play. I used the Cush beforehand to prepare for the size of the Vamp, as the dual density surface is easy enough to manage with a good coating of Sliquid Sassy.

It’s head went in with a little bit of coaxing and once the ridge entered I felt a highly satisfying pop. I’m working on taking the just under seven insertable inches this way, but I’ve only managed around half so far due to the increase in girth. It’s one of the bigger toys I’ve used back there so I don’t want to rush things. From my experiences with it so far, I can say that it’s enjoyable and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it some more. I would definitely recommend using it anally if the original was too firm for you and the size is in your experience level.

I received the Tantus Super Soft Vamp in Copper ($69.99/£53.86) from Tantus in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used within this post.