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Review: Icicles No. 21

pennysblog_20130302_2705The Icicles No. 21 is a 8.5×1.25” glass dildo with a phallic head, a long, slightly curved shaft with flower detail, and a flared based. I chose the No. 21 to review for Pipedream with Toy Tuesday as well as my g-spot in mind, since glass is fun to photograph, and I saw potential in its pronounced head.

While I knew ahead of time that the No. 21 would probably feel pretty intense, I didn’t realize how intense. This is one of those toys that definitely requires a good amount of foreplay and lube to work for me, and I almost wanted to give up on it after the not so pleasant “pop” feeling the first time I inserted its hard, bulbous head. After I got used to it though, I discovered that the No. 21 does feel pretty amazing– when I get it at the right angle.

Stimulating my g-spot isn’t the only requirement I have for what I consider a successful dildo though— ease of use is equally important, and that’s where this toy is lacking.  Since I only need to insert it until right where the curve starts, I have to hold it on its shaft rather than on its base, which would be much easier to grip and handle. If it had more of a curved “C” shape, it probably wouldn’t feel too long since the handle would be curved towards me, but since it straightens out after the slight curve, it’s hard to hold. After a while my arm gets tired trying to keep the right angle and pressure, and I find myself craving the ease of stimulation that is the Pure Wand.

In hopes that I could enjoy the 21 without my arm getting tired, I had Jake try it on me with even less success. I definitely prefer using toys on myself in general, but since this one has such an intense head and also requires very specific angling to hit my g-spot, it was pretty much impossible to enjoy this way. Since the No. 21 has a flared base, it can be used safely for anal or strap on play, but I have no desire to use it for either and see it being potentially painful if misused.

Although it is a lovely toy, and I like the way the bulbous head feels on my g-spot when I can get it in the right position, I don’t recommend the No. 21 since its shape and length make it hard to hold for long masturbation sessions.  I’m also annoyed by its lack of a real protective storage case. If you’re going to sell delicate glass sex toys, you should include some kind of cover or case, not just a Styrofoam insert.

Like all glass toys, the Icicles No. 21 is hygienic, non-porous, and can be easily cleaned with soap and water or by running it through the dishwasher (on the top shelf with no soap or detergent.) Glass is also a good material for sensation play since it holds temperature well. To do this safely, place it in either warm or cold water for a few minutes (don’t put it in the freezer.)

 

Review: Pipedream Mini Wanachi Massager

The Mini Wanachi is a cheap wand style clitoral vibe. The 8″ by 1″ toy has a flexible silicone head and plastic handle and operates with a twist on control at the base that gradually increases the strength of its vibrations from moderate to strong. At its lowest speed the vibration sound is pretty quiet but gets louder when you turn it all the way up, but it is still relatively quiet compared to a lot of other wand style vibes. The Mini Wanachi runs on 2 AA batteries, and if you take them out in between uses they last a very long time. The toy is also waterproof, and although many toys that claim to be waterproof actually aren’t, I would consider this one truly waterproof because I actually put it through my dishwasher (without soap) and it survived and has still worked over a year later. I wouldn’t recommend trying that though because I can’t vouch that it will always work (plus it isn’t necessary.) This toy comes in a variety of colors including black, white, blue, pink, and purple. The price varies depending on where you purchase it, mine was $24.99 at a toy boutique (it is cheaper online), but I would still consider that a steal considering how long it has lasted.

This toy is marketed as a “body massager”, but considering its small size it is actually more ideal as a clitoral vibrator. I like that it is strong enough that I can use it over my panties if I don’t have a lot of time or want to avoid getting messy, but it isn’t so strong that I feel like orgasming immediately (like with the Hitachi.) The toy doesn’t come with any programmed functions or pulsations, but I easily create my own by twisting the control back and forth from low to high rapidly or slowly.  This toy is also easily used during sex because of its long handle and flexible head.

Cleaning this toy is easy; I use soap and water, but you can use toy cleaner if you want (just make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol.) The package and toy details online both say the head is silicone, but it doesn’t feel the same as the high quality silicone on some of my other toys (such as Lelos). This doesn’t really bother me though me considering I only use this toy externally. Both of the Wanachi’s materials (silicone and ABS plastic) are phthalate free, body safe, and non porous.

I recommend the Mini Wanachi if you’re looking for a cheap clitoral toy because it’s inexpensive yet powerful and long-lasting. The petite toy is great for travel, and its hygienic materials make it low maintenance and easy to clean. As with any other toy, I recommend taking the batteries out in between uses to increase the life of the toy and the batteries. Since the toy’s head is made of silicone, only use water based lubes with it. Also, if you are going to use it in water, make sure the battery compartment is screwed on tightly.