Arts Clair Passion Glass Butt Plug

This week I’m doing a review for Bondage Bunnies. It’s a new website that mainly focusses on bondage gear for women, but they also stock a small assortment other bits and pieces that are worth checking out. They got in touch with me last month and asked if I would review something for them, so I picked out this lovely-looking glass butt plug.

The Arts Clair Passion plug is a rather straightforward butt plug from the German company You2Toys. What makes it interesting compared to the other glass toys I’ve tried in the past is that it’s entirely clear, with no form of embellishment at all, and actually I quite like this. Increasingly you find that glass toys are becoming more and more ornate, and some are actually quite beautiful, but every now and again it’s nice to make a return to simplicity.

As it happens I’ve actually been interested in the idea of a completely clear glass plug for a while, ever since a conversation I had with an exhibitionist acquaintance I used to talk to online. He was always experimenting with creative self portraits, and he told me of the time he inserted a clear glass plug and pointed his butt up towards an open window as the warm midday sun streamed through, catching the rays of light in the plug like a glass prism. It was an oddly romanticised recollection of sex toy use, and apparently enough to plant a seed in my mind.
The plug is a fairly modest-sized toy, though it’s not easy to gauge from images and probably looks a little more substantial than it actually is. It’s a total of 4″ long with 3 1/2″ that can actually be inserted, and around the thickest point it measures 5 5/8″ in circumference. Girth wise it’s probably a little bit up from being an absolute first time plug, but it’s not one you’re going to need a lot of experience to be able to manage. 
Shape wise it’s a fairly standard plug with a gently tapered bulb at one end, followed by a nice straight neck and base at the other. The only slight difference is that the underside of the bulb, where it joins onto the neck, is completely blunt, meaning there’s no taper on the plug in reverse. The neck itself is a generous 1 3/8″ in length, giving the muscles plenty of space to rest on while the plug’s being worn, and it’s 3 1/4″ in circumference, meaning they’ll be able to relax a bit after passing over the bulb.
The plug is manufactured in China from what I’m assuming to be toughened borosilicate glass, though the packaging only mentions it being “glass” which leaves some uncertainty. Glass is a material that I enjoy both because it has a little extra weight to it, but also because it’s fun for temperature play. You can toss it into the fridge or a bucket of ice water before use and enjoy some pleasant chills.
In terms of use the plug is nice and easy to insert thanks to its taper, and it goes in comfortably all the way despite some initial concerns I had about the angle at the bottom of the bulb being a little pointy. Inside the body the plug stays in place well and it feels pleasant. You don’t get that great feeling of fullness due to its smaller size, but it gives a nice subtle variant of that familiar enjoyable sensation that comes from using a plug. Because of its size and shape it’s a really nice plug for long term use; it doesn’t overwhelm you with a feeling of being full or stretched, and the base nestles comfortably between the cheeks and allows you to sit down on it. What’s also nice in this regard is that because it’s glass you can use a silicone lube with it, which won’t dry out during prolonged use. Once you’re done with the plug it’s also quite comfortable to remove. This is another area I had concerns about due to the aforementioned bluntness, but thankfully such concerns proved unfounded.
One thing I really do like about the plug is strictly visual, and it comes back to it being clear. Because the glass is completely see-through it provides an intriguing view into the body. It shows you exactly what your body looks like when you’re wearing a plug, and creates almost a virtual gape, whereby you can peer through the base and see the sphincter clenched around the neck in a perfect circle. It’s quite a unique experience.
A nice feature of the plug is that it comes packaged with its own velvet storage pouch, so you have somewhere safe to keep it in between use. On the subject of packaging I was going to say that it’s fairly discreet, but the box does quite unnecessarily have a topless woman printed on one of the sides.
On the whole I do quite like this plug. It’s a nice, simple, quality little toy, that feels good to use, and that’s also quite interesting to look at. Due to its size its something that should be suitable for a wide range of people, and I’d feel happy recommending it.
The Arts Clair Passion Glass Butt Plug is available from Bondage Bunnies.

24/7 Anal Stretching Ring

Last month I got a surprise package in the post from my German friends over at Meo.de, containing none other than one of their very own anal-stretching rings. As it happens this is a product that I’ve been aware of for quite a while, so I was especially pleased to discover that I now had one of my own to try out.

The Anal Stretching Ring from Meo is at its heart a rather stylish-looking butt plug, but what sets it apart and makes it that little bit special is that it has a hollow channel running all the way down the centre of it. In this regard it’s actually very similar to the Perfect Fit Tunnel Plug that I reviewed back in 2013, with the main difference being that this is made from a high grade aluminium alloy rather than TPR. Because of the similarities it’s quite useful to drawn comparisons between the two for the purposes of this review. 
The 24/7 Anal Stretching Ring comes available in a total of six different sizes, aimed at every level of experience. I was sent the “small” which actually has a 6 1/4″ circumference, so you can fully imagine just how much bigger things get by the time you’re up to XXL. It really is only small in the relative sense, and not a beginner toy by any means. Size wise it is actually almost identical to the Tunnel Plug, which is both convenient for me and this review, and for anyone considering making a direct trade up from a TPR toy to a metal one. In terms of its other dimensions it has a total insertable length of  2 3/4″, split between a generous 1 1/4″ long neck and a 1 1/2″ long bulb, and it has a 4 1/2″ circumference around the neck itself.
The general shape of the plug is a bit like a funny little doorknob. The actual bulb is almost entirely spherical, save for the flattened tip which is absent due to the hollow passage running through it. The shape is certainly something to bear in mind as the lack of taper will have an impact on how easy it is to insert. Aesthetically it’s a very attractive toy, and it mirrors the roundness of the bulb with a completely circular flared base. 
The plug is machined from one solid piece of high-grade aluminium, and it’s manufactured to a very high standard. The curves are all perfect, the edges are safe and rounded, and the surfaces all feel beautifully smooth. It really is a great quality piece, and because it’s metal it has that reassuring weightiness to it. The finish to the plug is some sort of black coating applied to the metal which gives it a very sleek appearance, and elevates it from that dull grey which is typical of aluminium. 
When it comes to using the plug I’m going to suggest that most people are going to want to go for a warm-up toy first, and this is strictly down to its shape. The thing about round toys in general is that they have no taper, so there’s nothing to gently dilate the sphincter as you insert it, and the result is quite a rapid expansion of the muscle instead. This almost goes double for a round toy which is completely blunt in the section where what would be its tip is missing. As always I did endeavour to see if it was possible to insert without a warm-up, and indeed it is. With a toy of this size, and my level of experience, I was able to get it in on the first occasion without too much fuss, but I really wouldn’t be that confident if I was going one size up, so my advice still stands. What was interesting to me though is that I found the Stretching Ring far easier to insert under these conditions than the Tunnel Plug. One might be tempted to think that the soft flexible toy would be the easier and more comfortable one to use, but actually the rigidity of the Stretching Ring does far more to aid insertion by holding its shape as it pushes through the muscle. 
 
Once you’ve got over that initial hurdle of starting the insertion it goes in very comfortably, just as with any other plug, and soon as you pass the mid point of the bulb the remainder seems almost to be sucked into the body. The big advantage of a metal plug here is that you can use a silicone lube with it, and nothing rivals the slickness of a thick silicone anal lube on a smooth metal toy. Inside the body the plug does feel extremely comfortable to wear, and immediately you can feel that extra weight that comes with a metal toy, yet it still feels very secure. The stubby design places the bulk of the toy just beyond the anus, and not deeper inside the rectum, so you feel the full extent of it nestled right up against the prostate, and the girth does give a reasonable sensation of fullness, though the size queen in me craved a little more. The neck of the plug is long enough that it leaves plenty of room for the sphincter to rest against, so it’s not sitting on the underside of the bulb and generating that sensation that it may slip loose at any second. The girth of the neck is also such that it allows the muscle to relax again a little after stretching over the bulb, but it still holds it open enough to give a nice sensation and aid with removal again afterwards.
If you’re considering wearing the plug long term then the base of it is pretty unobtrusive. It fits comfortably between the cheeks without digging into the flesh, it can’t be seen under clothing, and all importantly you can sit down on it. 
The key feature of the Stretching Ring is the hollow down the middle, and yet I still haven’t entirely figured out the purpose of yet, but that might just be because I haven’t been exposed to much of the kink world yet. I’m sure it has plenty of uses for people in the know, so I’ll just leave it at that. The flip-side to this though is that it can be a liability. If you’re wearing something that holds you open like this then you want to make certain you’re completely empty and clean at the time, lest you ruin your favourite pair of underwear. Luckily Meo do have a solution for even this, in the form of a little rubber stopper for the hole which is sold separately.  
Overall I have to say that I really do like this plug. It’s a great stubby little shape, its really well made, and you get those wonderful sensations of weight and temperature variation which come only with metal. Compared to the Tunnel Plug this has to be the one I prefer by far; while the other felt more like a bit of a novelty the Stretching ring is a serious piece of equipment, and not only that but it’s easier to use. I can’t claim to fully understand the purpose of the passage, but psychologically it is interesting to think about the notion of not so much being plugged up, but rather being constantly stretched wide open.
I’d be very happy to recommend the 24/7 Anal Stretching Ring, and many thanks to Meo.de for sending it over. You can grab it from them right now.

Three Years!

My little blog turned three today; it almost doesn’t seem possible, and yet at the same time it has become an established part of my life since I began it in earnest back in 2012.
I’ve been too swamped to really plan anything to celebrate it this year, so I thought I’d just make a brief post to mark the milestone.
As always thanks to everyone who’s been a part of my blogging experience over the past year, from the humble commenters on my reviews, to the generous companies who’ve sent out products for me to test. I couldn’t keep doing it without the support.
Before I sign off, seeing as today also marks another event, I hope all the couples out there have a great Valentine’s Day together. As for the rest of us, pizza and Fleshjack would be a fine way to spend the evening.

Giveaway: Traz Rhino Penis Extender

Recently the company Traz got in touch with me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing their new silicone penis extender, the Rhino. Because it’s more of a couples’ toy I decided that it would be best to hold off on reviewing this for now, but they came back and offered me the chance to run a giveaway with them, and I of course agreed as I do love to share free stuff with my readers.
To find out more about the Rhino, and to enter the competition, simply head below!

There are a number of penis extenders on the market today, but what they tend to have in common is the materials they’re made from, namely TPE/TPR, not something I’d be eager recommend. These materials are fine to wear around your penis, but in terms of inserting them into someone else’s body they’re porous and really not the best choice. What makes the Rhino different is that it’s made of silicone – one of my favourite materials – and so it’s non-porous, non-toxic, and completely body-safe. For this reason it meets with my principles of only giving away safe products that I’d be happy to use myself. I’m pleased to see another company going down this route because the only other silicone penis-extender that I’m aware of is made by Vixen, and variety is always a good thing.
The Rhino comes in three parts: there’s a hollow outer sleeve which is rolled down over the penis to create extra length and girth, a solid plug which is inserted into the end of the sleeve to stabilise the extra length, and a locking pin which holds the two pieces together. It disassembles for easy cleaning, and to allow you the option of wearing it just for added girth, or to increase your length as well. The Rhino can also be placed over a dildo or vibrator as well as for use on the penis.

One of the unique features of the Rhino is the ribbed interior of it. This ribbing both helps the Rhino to grip onto the penis during use, but it’s also designed to stimulate the penis during thrusting so that both partners can feel pleasurable sensations. It does this by using what they call “Motion Transfer Technology,” which takes advantage of the fact that the penis will move around somewhat in its own skin, even while the skin is being gripped by the Rhino, allowing stimulation of the head to occur. The Rhino also forms a vacuum inside which delivers a sensation of suction during thrusting to further enhance the man’s pleasure.

The exterior of the Rhino is completely smooth, but does incorporate a slight ridge designed to stimulate the G-spot or prostate of a partner.

There are three different Rhinos available: the original Genesis which offers a size of up to 8″ x 2″, the slimline Sleek which is 8″ x 1 ½”, and the Stampede which is also 8″ x 2″, but with a little extra girth around the tip. The Rhinos are all available in a choice of Vanilla, Cinnamon, or Chocolate colour, to help match with your skin tone.

So onto the competition. Traz are letting me give away three Rhinos! That means one of each size is available to be won, and you can enter from anywhere in the world. Simply follow the instructions on the widget below to rack up as many entries as you’d like, and in two weeks I’ll randomly pick three winners and Traz will ship the prizes out directly to you. It couldn’t be simpler, good luck!

Rhinos are on sale right now at SheVibe.

Fun Factory Vibrator Giveaway Winners

For the past three weeks I’ve been running a competition with Fun Factory to give away three of their all new vibrators. It came to a close a few hours ago, and because I don’t believe in dilly-dallying the winners have already been drawn at random and you can check below to see if you were one of the lucky three to be chosen.
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition, and who helped to spread the word by tweeting and through other social media. I did spot that I got a large number of entrants from the United States, who missed the notice that the competition was open to people in Europe only. Sorry about that guys; I’ll try to hold another giveaway soon that’s open to folks in North America as well.
Everyone who’s won should get a confirmation e-mail from me saying which vibrator they’ll be receiving. I’ve tried to pair everyone up with their first preference, so I hope you’ll all be happy. Someone from Fun Factory should be in touch shortly to obtain your shipping information.
The winners’ names are featured on the widget below: