Tantus Vibrating Progressive Beads

This month my new customer service friend at Tantus, Captain Sparkle Bunny, has sent me their brand new Tantus Vibrating Progressive Beads which are due to launch officially any time now, and you can get a early preview right here with my review!

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The Vibrating Progressive Beads are an interesting new product concept from Tantus, a company which is never afraid to shake things up in the world of sex toys. When I first heard about them admittedly I was a little on the fence; I don’t have a great deal of experience with anal beads, but enough to know that I find them somewhat underwhelming, so I was intrigued to see where Tantus was going with this idea. These aren’t the company’s first foray into the world of beads, in fact I reviewed their older product a little over two years ago, but these are their most traditional set of beads yet, no longer employing that almost rigid style and marking a break into new territory.
The beads are 11 1/2″ long in total, with 11″ that can actually be inserted and the rest comprising of the base. The design features four ovoid beads of gradually increasing diameters, connected together by thin and flexible bridges of material. The first bead at the tip has a circumference of 2 1/2″, the second  3 1/4″, the third 4″, and the fourth and final bead 4 3/4″, so it’s a steady journey up to something which still is pretty manageable for most people. Attached to the final bead is straight neck-like section with a 3″ circumference which adjoins the anchor-style base that can be found in many of Tantus’s latest designs.
Like all Tantus products the Vibrating Progressive Beads are made from 100% platinum silicone, guaranteeing you an odourless and completely body-safe product. In this instance it’s quite a firm silicone that’s been chosen, as you’ll notice if you try to squeeze one of the beads, but in the bridge sections between the beads it’s very flexible, and you can even stretch it a little if you pull gently on the beads. The surface of the beads is matte, and has this lovely soft velvety finish, which not only feels lovely against the skin, but all helps lube to adhere to the surface. As always the Beads are made to Tantus’s impeccably high standards and there’s not a defect to be found anywhere. There is evidence of a slight mould line running around the toy, but it’s almost imperceptible and wouldn’t bother even the most sensitive person. Trying to find it by touch is harder than finding the end of a roll of sticky tape.  
Because of the progressive design of the Beads it makes them incredibly easy to insert, and fun too. You simply press each one up against the anus and the body seems to readily swallow them up with very little fuss or resistance, as though you were feeding it series of hors d’oeuvres, from a small olive, to a grape, to quail egg, to a medium chicken egg. Each one pops in and then paves the way for the next size up moments later. The downside though is that when you take them back out again they have less of an impact. That first big bead comes out with a pop, but then because you’re already relaxed to its size as the series of smaller ones follow they barely elicit any sensation from the sphincter. This even tends to be the case if you made a concerted effort to clench your sphincter tightly as you remove them. You just don’t get that sequential “pop-pop-pop-pop” like you do with some other beads, which may result in disappointment if that’s something you were specifically looking for.
The Vibrating Progressive Beads do have another trick up their sleeve though, and that lies in the other part of their name: they vibrate! If you examine the base of the beads you made notice that it’s very similar in design to the Tantus Perfect Plug Plus, and indeed you can wear the beads just as though they were a butt plug. With all 11″ inserted and gently snaking around inside your colon, the flat neck section provides the perfect place for your sphincter to rest up against, while the anchor base nestles comfortably between the buttocks, and then with a press of the button you can turn on the 7-speed vibrating bullet. Because of the nature of the toy you’re only going to feel the vibrations in the immediate vicinity of the bullet, i.e. the sphincter, a little in the prostate, so don’t go expecting them to travel all the way to the farthest bead, but they do provide a lovely bit of added sensation. It gives you the ability to play around inserting them like beads, then wear them all day like a vibrating plug, and finally go back to that bead experience again when you remove them. I can’t think of any other product that offers that, so it’s a nice mash-up. There’s also the option to pop out the vibrating bullet and replace it with something stronger, such as a We-Vibe Tango, or even not use a bullet at all, so there’s inbuilt flexibility.
On the whole I do quite like the Vibrating Progressive Beads; they’re not enough to sway my mind on anal beads in general, but the fact that they’re a combination toy means that they have a little more to offer, which is perfect for anyone just building their sex toy collection and looking to experiment with as many different sensations and modes of play as possible without breaking the bank. On this basis I could happily recommend the product to someone; you get an assortment of sizes to insert, something that goes deep, something you can wear, something that vibrates, and something you can pull back out and see how you like the sensation.
You can get the Vibrating Progressive Beads right now, directly from Tantus.
It’s also available from the fine folks at SheVibe

Tantus Silicone Anal Beads

What better way to kick off February than with a review for an all new Tantus toy, kindly provided to me courtesy of the wonderful folks at SexToys.co.uk. Of all the things in my now-vast toy collection anal beads aren’t something that I’ve had a lot of experimentation with, so I was rather pleased when I got the news that I’d be testing out this particular piece. Check out the review after the jump!

There are two main varieties of anal beads available on the market today, those that feature individual beads connected together by a thin cord, and those moulded out of one single continuous piece of material, of which these are the latter. Each has its own pros and cons, but from a personal standpoint these are the type which I favour.
The Tantus anal beads are made entirely from 100% platinum silicone and are available in the singular colour choice of black. As with all Tantus products the beads are manufactured to an exceptionally high standard, free from any mould lines or defects, and are intended to last indefinitely. The surface of the beads incorporates a smooth shiny finish which reduces drag, but which does have the propensity to attract dust, so you many wish to rinse them prior to use. Silicone is a great material for a toy such as this, and indeed any toy, because it’s completely body-safe, odourless, and non-porous. It’s by far one of the most superior materials you can buy.
The beads are 9″ in total length, with around 8 3/4″ being physically insertable. The design features a straight shaft with six equally-spaced bulges located along it, followed by a smooth 1 1/2″ long neck section similar to that which you might find on a butt plug, and topped off by a very thin base. The base is flared and measures 2 3/8″ wide, making it perfectly safe for anal play. The top-most bulge is the smallest with a circumference of only 2 7/8″, while the others are all slightly larger at 3 3/8″, and the spaces in between are significantly narrower at only 2 1/4″.
One of the first things you’ll notice when it comes to using the beads is just how floppy they are, but this is simply down to the long and thin nature of the design, and the silicone is identical to that used in other Tantus products. This property plays a factor when it comes to inserting the beads as you’ll want to guide them in from the tip, rather than trying to push from the base. The surface of the beads holds lube very nicely and that first bulge will enter the body ever so easily, accompanied by a small ‘pop.’ Because the beads aren’t too wide, and the material has a nice amount of give in the surface, insertion feels very gentle on the sphincter and even the most inexperienced beginner shouldn’t feel any discomfort. The rest of the bulges are much the same story as the first, and despite the slight increase in size it doesn’t feel noticeable on the way in, just provided that you stay relaxed. What may come as a surprise is just how easily the whole 8 3/4″ can be inserted into the body; typically after 5″ or so of a toy you’ll feel the tip poking somewhere inside, but the wonderful flexibility of the material and the relatively narrow tip helps the beads to snake all the way up through the rectum and into the sigmoid colon. Usually trying to get anything that deep inside the body requires a degree of experience, but these beads are very adept at finding their own way and avoiding any resistance, so you might even not notice how far you’ve gone until you suddenly realise that you’re sitting right down on the base. The advantage that these solid-form beads have is in achieving that depth, whereas the beads on a string are liable to just bunch up in a coil inside the rectum, never going much further. Once the beads are fully inserted the sphincter comes to a rest along the smooth neck portion of the toy, and this helps to hold it inside the body. If you wanted to you could leave the beads there as though they were a butt plug and walk around like that without them coming out.
Anal beads are designed primarily as an active toy rather than a stationary toy, and its with a mind to removing them more than it is inserting them. The beads come out just as easily as they went in, and this time the base can be used as a handle to pull on in the process. As the beads come out you get a series of little pops as the sphincter passes over each bulge, but they’re not a major event. The downside to the solid-form beads is that the sphincter doesn’t close completely between each bulge like it would if there was a string there, so instead of going from closed to open as the beads are withdrawn, it goes from slightly open to slightly more open, which lessens the impact. For the more novice anal user the sensation that it delivers will probably be enough to feel quite satisfying, but a more experienced user would likely desire a larger ‘pop’ that can only come with a thicker toy.
One of the slight downsides to the toy is that once you’ve removed it you can’t stand it upright anywhere on its base. The floppiness of the material causes it to immediately droop to one side, shifting the centre of gravity, and causing it to topple. Either you re-insert it again as soon as you’ve removed it, you take it to the bathroom to wash it, or you clear an area where it’s safe to lay down a lube-covered toy. 
Overall I’d definitely recommend the Tantus Silicone Anal beads, especially to the more novice end of the market. It may seem exceptionally long, but it’s really not a size queen toy and shouldn’t feel intimidating. If you are someone who likes it big then you can probably tell by the measurements that it’s not going to be thick enough to feel filling, but it’s still useful for experimenting with depth when those larger toys just wont go that far.
You can buy the Tantus Silicone Anal Beads from SexToys.co.uk.
For those outside the UK they’re also available directly from Tantus.

Sex in the Shower Anal Beads

 

This week I’m going to be reviewing my first ever pair of silicone anal beads. They’re made by  Sportsheets, but the company also sells a version in black under their Sex & Mischief brand.

The packaging is quite simple, with a plastic clamshell design. The cardboard insert is a little tacky, and features an image of a naked couple embracing. As a gay man it certainly did nothing to sell the product to me, and went straight into the recycling.
The product itself is 10″ long in total, and is made in two pieces. The beads are formed in one continuous chain made from silicone, and attached to the end is a hard plastic handle in the shape of the ring. There are nine beads, giving a maximum insertable length of 8 1/2″. Personally I wouldn’t insert the final bead, as half of it is made from the silicone, and half from the plastic of the handle, so it’s possible for dirt to get trapped between the join making it awkward to clean. This leaves 7 1/2″ of the silicone portion which can be inserted safely.
The silicone portion has a velvety finish as opposed to a shiny one, and is very bendy and flexible. It does have a noticeable mould line running down the side, but I wasn’t too put off by this, considering the very reasonable price. The advantage of the flexibility is that it’s extremely easy to insert the whole length of the toy; it snakes around inside you the deeper you get, without causing any feelings of resistance. Obviously being so bendy means it’s not a thrusting toy, but that isn’t really the point of anal beads. I found that compared to other silicone toys, this one doesn’t attract dust quite so badly, but it does have a slight odour if you hold it close to your nose.
The beads are quite small – only 1″ thick at the widest point – and tapered at the end; I liken it to a chain of hazelnuts. The small size makes them suited to someone who is just starting out with anal play, as they’re very easy to insert. I wouldn’t be inclined to recommend them to somebody more experienced, as personally I found them a little boring. The small size and the close spacing limits the sensation you feel when removing them, and there’s no satisfying sense of a “pop” as you pull each one out.
When the beads are inside the body they do rest quite comfortably. The silicone material has enough give in it, that even if you clamp down tightly with your muscles, you won’t feel sore. I didn’t find the beads suitable for wearing long term, as if I began to relax they slowly started slipping out one by one. They’re definitely more suited to being actively played with, rather than inserting and forgetting about for a while.
The ring-shaped handle is a useful feature, both because it acts as the widest point and prevents the beads from being inserted too far, and because slipping a finger through it gives you very good grip on the toy to remove it, no matter how slippery and lube-covered your hands might be. Personally I would have preferred it to be made from silicone like the rest of the product, in order to eliminate the aforementioned issue with the final bead.
As always you’ll want to use lubricant with an anal toy, and make sure it’s a water-based lube when you have a silicone toy. I found I only needed a couple of dabs on the first few beads, and the thing slipped in like a charm, rather than needing to cover the whole length of the toy.
The toy is very easy to clean; you can wash it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water, apply toy cleaner, and as it’s silicone you also have the options of boiling it, or using a 10% bleach solution.
Overall I’m quite pleased with the product. It was fun to try something little different, and even though it wasn’t quite right for me, I can see it being very suitable for a lot of people. Being a silicone toy, the price point means it represents excellent value for money.

The silicone anal beads are available in black from SexToys.co.uk