Superboy loves butt toys! 😉
Oh you know, just some painting supplies and a matching butt plug…
The Ryder isn’t my first silicone butt plug, but it’s my first Tantus plug, which for me is a cause for celebration. Tantus is a respected manufacturer of 100% silicone sex toys, trusted even by sex bloggers’ high standards, and I’ve wanted to try one of their products for quite awhile now. When Vibrations Direct offered to send me a toy to review, I chose the Ryder because Epiphora, one of my favorite reviewers, raved that it’s a “sex toy staple,” and I’ve never come across a negative opinion about it.
So, is all of the hype true? Is the Ryder some sort of silicone butt miracle? After constantly sticking the thing in and out of my ass for the past 2 weeks, I can confidently tell you that it is definitely a wonderful plug, once you’re ready for it. I say once you’re ready for it because many sites describe the Ryder as perfect for beginners, which I don’t think is true, unless you have a very stretchy ass or you like a challenge.
I thought I would have no problem getting the Ryder in since I have anal sex, even though it’s the largest anal toy I’ve tried so far, with a 3” insertable length and 1.6” girth. Not surprisingly though, inserting an egg-shaped silicone plug that has some drag to it is a lot different than inserting a hard dick, and the first few times I used the Ryder took a lot of time and patience, starting first with fingers and foreplay and then moving on to inserting it with lots of lube and more patience and foreplay. Now that I’ve used it quite a few times, I can get it in faster, but I still need a good warm up.
Once I got the hang of the Ryder though, I began to enjoy its magic. Ryder’s slightly tapered egg shape and thinner neck makes it very comfortable once inserted, and it stays in place well, giving me a nice full sensation while masturbating, having sex, or just wearing it around for fun. The Ryder’s rectangular base is a godsend compared to other obtrusive round bases, and although I definitely know it’s in there when I’m wearing it, it isn’t obvious or obnoxious, and it doesn’t poke me when I sit.
My favorite way to use the Ryder is as a warm up for anal sex. The added time it takes for me to get the Ryder in is foreplay in itself, and once it’s in for awhile while Jake and I play around or have vaginal sex, my ass is more than ready to move on to something bigger. The Ryder’s longer body warms up my sphincter muscles much better than the quick “pop” of my other smaller and more bulbous shaped plugs. I also enjoy using the Ryder with a dildo, and it doesn’t get in the way even when using hard toys or fall out when I orgasm, unlike some other plugs.
Since it’s made of 100% silicone, the Ryder is non-porous and can be easily cleaned and sterilized, which is especially important for anal toys. I always wash it before and after use with antibacterial soap and water and give it a more thorough cleaning as needed. Silicone toys are notorious for their tendency to retain smells, and the best way I’ve found to get rid of this is by spraying it with a 10% bleach 90% water solution and letting it air out.* I’ve also tried boiling it for 10 minutes and running it through the dishwasher (top shelf, no soap,) which are both valid cleaning options, but they don’t work as well for eliminating odor. The Ryder’s silicone also attracts lint, dust, dirt, cat hair, and anything else around like crazy, so it requires a wipe down or rinse at the very least before use.
If you’re looking for a quality, comfortable medium butt plug or a fun toy for anal sex foreplay, then I wholeheartedly recommend the Tantus Ryder. It’s made of hygienic silicone, it’s comfortable, it provides a nice full feeling, and it’s a fun way to warm up for anal sex. I wouldn’t recommend the Ryder for anal beginners though, and even if you’re not an anal beginner, I suggest lots of foreplay, relaxation, and thick lube, which are important for all anal play anyways.
*After using a bleach solution, wash the toy with soap and water and rinse well before use. You don’t want bleach or even soap residue getting in or around your genitals.
This was one of my favorite images that I captured while photographing sex toys last week. Can anyone guess what kind of camera it is? Also stay tuned y’all, I’m posting my review of the Tantus Ryder tomorrow…
Update 12/18/2014: Crystal Delights doesn’t make the Atomic Rose Plug anymore, but they still make other similar plugs.
When I found out I won a Crystal Delights Atomic Rose Plug through Dangerous Lilly’s contest, I was beyond excited. Not only was it my first glass butt plug, but it was also a beautiful, handmade, clear pink glass plug complete with a vintage rose medallion from the Czech Republic (fancy, huh?) I’m part Czech, so that only added to my feeling that it was meant to be mine, and I couldn’t wait to get the plug in the mail and wear it.
The Atomic Rose Plug came delicately wrapped in its protective black storage bag and was just as lovely as I expected. The website says it’s about 4” long, with 3.5 insertable inches and a 1.3” bulb, but mine is a little smaller (about 3.25” long/ 1.2” bulb,) which didn’t surprise me since I knew that Crystal Delights toys are hand blown and have slight variances.
My Atomic Rose Plug has had plenty of air time (figuratively speaking) since I received it; sometimes I wear it simply so Jake can admire its beauty in my ass, or while masturbating with a mirror so I can admire it myself, or as a warm-up for anal sex. It’s small enough for me to use comfortably and easily, but it’s still big enough that I can enjoy the sensation of inserting it and a feeling of fullness while I wear it. It stays in place well, and even though it moves outward when I orgasm, it hasn’t fallen out.
I love my Atomic Rose Plug as a pretty plug for play, and it works perfectly for that. What it doesn’t work as well for is casual wear, since it protrudes out of me quite obviously, and I can feel its circular base between my cheeks. I’ve tried to walk around with it in, and it’s cumbersome, although it’s actually not bad to sit in (on a soft surface,) but I don’t do it often. Still, that doesn’t really bother me as I love the toy for what is it—a high quality glass plug and luxurious anal accessory.
One advantage to glass toys is that you can use either water based or silicone lube with them, and I’ve tried it with both and like it either way. I’ve found that I don’t need a lot of lube with it since it’s so smooth and fairly small. Glass toys are also ideal for sensation play since they hold temperature well, although they should always be cooled and heated gradually with water to avoid harming the material.
Glass is non-porous, hygienic, and easy to clean, and I usually just wash it with antibacterial soap and water. The medallion portion does have texture and a grove around it, but it’s still easily cleaned with an old toothbrush. Since it’s glass, I do have to wash it more carefully than some of my other toys to avoid damaging it. It’s made of sturdy Pyrex, but it could still chip against the wrong material, which would ruin it and be a tragic waste (although if that ever happened I would probably display it somewhere as artwork.)
If you’re looking for a small, stunning piece of butt bling, I definitely recommend the Atomic Rose Plug or another Crystal Delights plug. If you need another reason to buy this toy (besides its general swankiness,) it’s also one of their various Colors Against Cancer toys. I hope to add some other Crystal Delights toys to my collection soon, specifically one of their original Swarovski Crystal Plugs, one of their Mini Twist Plugs, one of their Glass Dildos… okay who are we kidding, I want to try them all. If you decide you want one, please buy one through my link and help me save up for my next; I appreciate it!