Tantus Tulip

The Tantus Tulip is one my favourite butt plugs in my collection. It was sent to me as my first item to review for the lovely people at Sextoys.co.uk
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The packaging for Tantus products is very tasteful and minimalist; the toy comes inside a clear plastic box with some information printed on the outside, allowing you to clearly see the item within. My first impression upon removing it from the box and inspecting it was that it had this wonderful metallic violet colour, which they call “purple haze.”
The Tulip is made from Tantus’s own “Ultra Premium Silicone” formula, which feels quite similar to the “Premium Silicone” used in the Doc Johnson toys I own. The plug is 100% platinum silicone all the way through, and moulded in one solid piece with no seams, leaving a completely smooth shiny surface. The flexibility of the material eliminates any discomfort which you might expect from trying to insert it, but it’s also firm enough to push through any resistance in the muscle with ease, and without losing its shape. Like other products made from this material, it does have a slight sweet artificial-fruity smell to it, which isn’t unpleasant at all.
The toy is 1 5/8″ in diameter at the widest point on the bulb, and the unique tulip-shape seems to neither aid nor hinder insertion, but it does feel incredibly comfortable when inside. Other butt plugs I’ve tried tend to become progressively more uncomfortable over time, but I could wear this one happily for hours. The Tulip has a good length neck on it, measuring around 1 1/4″ from the bulb to the base. The base itself features an hourglass-shape, which comfortably nestles between the buttocks, making it even more suitable if you’re planning to spend some time walking around while wearing it. The taper on the reverse is somewhat blunt, so you wouldn’t want to attempt to remove it too sharply, but with some gentle coaxing it’s not a problem to take out.
The price of the Tulip is under $20, which is great value for money for such a high quality material, and well-made product.
I’d recommend it without hesitation to anyone looking for either their first butt plug, or just another one to add to their collection.
You can buy the Tulip directly from Tantus for a limited time.

Doc Johnson Classic Butt Plug

I was looking for a large butt plug to help train myself to accept another toy, and that wouldn’t break the bank, and this cheap and cheerful item from Doc Johnson did just the trick.
If you’re looking for a higher quality version then check out my review of the Super Big End.

There’s not too much one can say about this butt plug, other than that it’s quite straight forward and it gets the job done.
The plug itself is constructed in two layers; there’s a thin outer shell made of a rather tough vinyl-like material, and this in turn is filled with a flexible rubber centre. The combination produces a firm solidly built product, leaving the only mould line hidden below the base. It’s not as soft as a silicone plug, but I still found it comfortable to insert.

The plug is quite long at 5.75″ – with 5″ of that being insertable – which gives it a very gentle gradient from the tip to the widest part of the bulb, which is 2.3″. With plenty of lubricant it’s possible to insert the the plug quite gradually, steadily increasing how much you can fit as the muscles adapt with each use, meaning it’s suitable for those with only a fairly moderate level of experience, as well as the more advanced user. 

At the bottom of the plug is a good sized neck, meaning that once you’ve inserted the plug fully there’s space for the muscles to close down behind it and hold it securely in place for prolonged wearing. Attached to this is a wide flared base which prevents the possibility of the toy becoming lost inside you, and which also doubles as a solid handle for pulling the plug out again once you’re finished. Removing the plug shouldn’t be an issue, due to the gently rounded underside of the bulb, which encourages the muscles to dilate when need be. 
The plug does come with a noticeable odour; it’s not unpleasant, but did eventually perfume my entire toy drawer with its fruity fragrance.
For the price this is an excellent product, and a good way to embark on butt plug exploration, or even to replace an older tired model you have lying around.
The Classic Butt Plug is available in the UK from SexToys.co.ukLovehoney, and ThatPosition.

Double Bubble Gum Drops

Originally I bought this butt plug from the Doc Johnson ‘Gum Drops’ range because not only did I think it looked attractive, but because I made the mistake of thinking that due to the shape it would be a useful tool for anal training and working up to the larger section. It ended up taking a while and the purchase of an additional toy before I could finally fit it in completely, but generally I have been pleased.

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The first thing to say about this plug is that it’s only really suitable for someone who can already accommodate its full size. I point this out early on because the shape can be quite deceptive. You’d be forgiven for looking at it and assuming that with the smaller and larger areas, it would be ideal for gradually training your muscles up to accepting the whole thing, but you’d be mistaken. Due to the unique shape, and the length of the plug, the result is two sections both with quite a steep gradient compared to a traditional plug. This makes the plug more difficult to insert if you’re not used to it; once you get over the first ‘bubble’ the muscles close back down around it and then have to start expanding again from scratch in order to take the larger section. By this point you’ve lost a portion of the overall length, and so the muscles have to expand a greater amount over a shorter distance, and you’re liable to find they simply won’t comply, even if you keep pushing until you’re blue in the face. So, if you haven’t taken this size before then start with a more traditional shape, as the gentle taper will ease its way through the muscles more gradually and you’ll make better progress.
With that out of the way we can look into the specifications:
Aesthetically it’s a very attractive toy to look at, thanks to the combination of the unusual shape and the translucent ruby-red colour. You might find yourself tempted to put it out on a shelf for decoration, if you’re not worried about the suspicious glances of any visitors. 
The plug is made of PVC, which I found to be quite a hard material to the touch, especially when compared to something such as silicone. As a result of this I didn’t find it to be an especially comfortable toy to insert, but you may disagree if you typically enjoy glass and metal toys. The build quality is generally good and free from mould lines, but is let down in some areas; it’s noticeably asymmetrical, there are half a dozen visible air bubbles within the plastic, and there’s the odd lump and bump along the otherwise smooth contours of the surface, none of which really amount to a deal breaker.
The plug noticeably has two main sections, the first “bubble” with a diameter of 1.6″, and the second with 2.25″. There is a lack of any neck on the toy near to the base, with 4.25″ being insertable, of the total 4.6″ height. This means that once the plug is inside, there isn’t really any space for the muscles to close down behind it, and hold it in place. If you want to leave it in then you can’t just relax and forget about it, but rather must actively clench to hold it there. The flip side is that it’s incredibly easy to take out when you’re ready. To finish it off there’s a flexible 3″ x 1.2″ base to prevent any mishaps, this is a little flimsy and bends and twists a lot when you’re grabbing it, and could do with being a little thicker to increase its strength.
The toy is not completely odour free. The smell it has is not overly strong or unpleasant, but it is present.
Over all the toy is pretty fun, with the shape adding a little something extra over the traditional butt plug form, and it represents good value for money.
Readers in the UK can buy the plug from SexToys.co.uk.

Rocks Off Ass-Berries Blackberry

When I first caught site of the Blackberry I found its whole appearance to be irresistible, and I immediately knew that I had to have one. What could be cuter than a vibrating butt plug fashioned after a wild fruit?

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When the product arrived I was very impressed by the overall appearance. The Blackberry came packaged inside a sturdy black cardboard box, with a clear plastic viewing window at the front. Inside the box the item is clipped securely into a plastic tray adorned with the company logo, which makes it the perfect place to store your toy when not in use, safely away from unwanted dust.
The plug itself is very attractive, closely mimicking the shape of a wild blackberry, with lots of nodules across the surface providing points of interest. There is one discreet mould line running around the length, but this is largely disguised by all the detailing.
The material used in the manufacturing is a type of silicone used in all Rocks Off products, which is completely odourless. I found this blend of silicone to be noticeably firmer than the silicone used in products by Tantus and Doc Johnson.
The plug is quite short, and also quite blunt, meaning you may wish to first loosen yourself up with something else prior to inserting it, if you’re not someone who regularly uses anal toys. I found that because of the blunt shape and the firm silicone, it wasn’t the most comfortable toy to insert, even when well lubed. Once inside, however, the compact shape made it made it quite pleasant to wear. Beneath the bulbous berry part of the plug is a rather short neck, the result of which is that a significant portion of the base seems to be pulled into the body when the muscles tighten down onto it. The base itself is one area where there may be a possible design flaw; it’s not very big at all, both in length and in that the diameter is only marginally less than the widest point on the berry part. This presents the real risk that if you’re not careful you could push too hard and lose the whole thing inside you. There also isn’t very much to grab onto when you’re trying to take it out after you’ve had enough.
The vibration is powered by the RO-80mm bullet, which can be removed and used separately if desired. The bullet is held in place very snuggly and can be difficult to extract without a lot of twisting, tugging, and wiggling, as the tight fit forms a vacuum inside. The entire toy is waterproof, so removing the bullet during routine washing isn’t a necessity. The vibrations produce a pleasant tingly feeling inside, but don’t travel too far due to the shape of the toy. I would have preferred a stronger sensation, as it feels as though a fair amount of the vibrations from the bullet are absorbed and dampened by the thick silicone body of the plug. Whilst wearing the plug I found the bullet a little difficult to operate, mainly because of how firmly the button needed to be pressed to switch it on and off. Unfortunately part of the bullet does protrude from the base of the plug, meaning you can’t sit down whilst wearing it, and the bullet does produce a level of noise which could be heard in a quiet room, in case you were considering wearing it in public.
Over all it’s a good product, especially to look at, but you get the impression that aesthetic considerations came before practical ones in some areas, which does let the toy down somewhat. For the amount of money it costs it’s a pretty nice item to have in your collection.
The Blackberry is available from SexToys.co.uk, and Honour