Tantus Echo Super Soft

One of my all-time favourite dildos has to be the original Echo from Tantus. It seems hard to believe that it’s been five years now since I first reviewed it here on this blog, so it’s fitting that I finally come back to it now. For all that time it’s steadfastly remained one of my go-to toys, that I regularly whip out whenever I’m in the mood for some guaranteed prostate satisfaction, so when I heard recently that Tantus was bringing out a version in their Super Soft silicone, I naturally clamoured to get my hands on one.

Now let’s see if they’ve improved on perfection!

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Tantus Super Soft Ball Stretchers

Hello, hello, hello! Spring is here at long last, and what better time could it be to finally emerge from my blog hibernation?

The smell of freshly cut grass hangs in the air, Rupaul is once again telling queens to “sashay away” on our screens, and I’ve got my balls wearing some sort of tennis bracelet with Wimbledon still three months away.

How fitting, I thought, to kick this off with a review of something from one of my favourite companies, the all new Super Soft Ball Stretchers from Tantus!

If you’d told me when I first started blogging that there’d be a time when I was reviewing Ball Stretchers, then I probably would have scoffed at you, because on the surface Ball Stretchers don’t seem like the most exciting item, but actually that couldn’t be further from the truth.
For anyone who has ever worn a cock ring, you’ll know that there’s something strangely comforting about that subtle squeeze of it gently hugging your shaft, or pressing against your perineum, and that’s the same principle that comes into play with ball stretchers, and what makes them a great addition to any toy drawer.
The Tantus Ball Stretchers are wonderful in their simplicity, made from velvety soft and stretchy silicone, you get a set of two which can either be worn separately, or together if you’re up for the challenge of an even greater stretch. 
Both Stretchers have a generous internal diameter of 1 1/2″, making them nice and easy to put on. With your scrotum fully relaxed, all you need to do is pull some of the loose skin down through the Ball stretcher, and then feed each testicle through after it. If need be you can stretch the soft silicone to make the opening wider, and help a larger testicle pass through.
The smaller Stretcher is 3/4″ deep and is great for a novice user. It doesn’t provide any noticeable stretching effect until the scrotum beings to tighten and the balls are naturally drawn closer into the body, but it does give a good first impression of what that snug feeling around the balls will feel like. 
The larger Stretcher is 1 1/4″ deep and is definitely my favourite of the two. Even with the scrotum fully relaxed you can feel it pulling the balls away from the body, giving a more intense sensation. As it pulls the balls down, it naturally pushes itself back up against the underside of the shaft and the perineum, and this in itself creates a pleasurable sense of pressure there. 
One of the features I really like about the Ball Stretchers is down to the nature of how they work. As you pull the scrotum away from the body, it naturally draws in skin from the shaft of the penis, so if you have a foreskin it automatically pulls it back and holds it there, significantly reducing its mobility. This can be fun because if drastically alters the way sex feels without that rolling gliding action of the skin, and the place where that’s most noticeable is with a highly textured masturbator. If you’re used to just feeling that texture against the head with the in stroke, and then very little of it as you withdraw, then the action of the Ball Stretchers helps you to feel every little tickling nub and ridge of your favourite Fleshjack, in both directions. 
One of the potential downsides to the Ball Stretchers is if you have smaller testicles, because they do come in all sizes. As the internal diameter is so generous, you run the risk of one ball slipping back inside and breaking the stretching effect. A solution to this though can be to use another smaller ring as a locking device, and the smaller diameter of Tantus’s Super Soft C-Rings makes them a good option for this. 
What I love about ball stretchers is that they offer a subtle enhancement to the already great sensations of sex, like someone constantly playing with your balls, and tugging gently on them, even when the person you’re with may be focussed somewhere else on your body, or not even there at all. Where they start to come alive is the closer you get to orgasm, as the body starts to pull the balls closer into the body in preparation for ejaculation, only it can’t because they’re being held back, and somehow that just makes the sensations and the orgasm feel even better. Couple the Ball Stretchers with a cock ring and you’re on track for a very happy penis. 
Thanks to Tantus for sending me the Super Soft Ball Stretchers; they’re another fine product that I’d happily recommend. 
You can buy them directly from Tantus, and they’re also available from the fine folks at SheVibe.

Tantus Slick

Today I’m going to be looking at the all new Slick from Tantus. I say ‘new’ but they kindly sent it to me back in May when it officially launched, and I’ve been a little slow in getting around to review it. 
I first saw a sneak preview of the Slick on Twitter a year ago this month, and instantly fell in love with the shape, and now that I finally have one in my hands I can happily say that functionally it does not disappoint either.
Head below for the review.

The Slick is Tantus’s first completely non-phallic dual-density toy, made in the same way as their O2 line of dildos. I’m a huge fan of these wonderfully soft and squishy creations, and it’s a nice change to see a technology originally devised to make realistic dildos feel more penis-like, being applied to other sorts of designs.
The Slick comes in a choice of two sizes, Small or Large. The Small is a nice little beginner’s toy which slips easily into the body thanks to its tapered shape, but beyond that it’s not terribly exciting for anyone with prior dildo experience, so I shan’t spend too much time on it. The Large, however, is where the real magic happens, so that’s going to be the focus of my review 
The shape of the Slick is wonderfully unorthodox. A former Tantus employee stated that it reminded her of a seadragon, and it does have something aquatic about it, though I find equally it has a botanical vibe, almost like a cartoon representation of a jungle vine. The head of the dildo is like the unopened bud of a flower. It’s gently tapered at the tip, steadily growing wider the farther down you move, and then rounding off before it meets the shaft. The shaft too is tapered, having its smallest diameter where it meets the head, and then slowly growing ever wider as it moves towards the base. On the whole it’s quite a simple, elegant, design, topped off by a gentle curve to the entire piece. At the very bottom it has Tantus’s teardrop shaped base, making it both anal-safe and harness compatible. 
The Slick comes available in a choice of just two colours, black or purple haze, which is a far cry from all the different shades I saw in the prototype photo. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed by this, as the pearl-white and blue Slicks caught my attention more than anything, but Tantus know better than anyone which colours are going to sell, so I can’t hold it against them.
As the Slick is a dual-density toy it’s manufactured from two different firmnesses of Tantus’s own premium formula of 100% platinum silicone. The central core of the toy is made from a stiffer silicone, while the exterior is covered in a generous layer of soft squishy silicone. It gives this great combination of a dildo which holds its shape well, while still being easily flexible, and it feels great when you squeeze it in your hand.
The quality of the Slick is up to Tantus’s usual high standard. You won’t find any seams or air bubbles anywhere on the toy, and it’s finished off with a perfectly smooth shiny gloss surface, free from all texture. 
When it comes to using the toy the Slick is a pure joy, and it’s become one of my new favourites almost overnight. It’s one of those toys where you definitely get the most out of it by riding it, rather than trying to use it manually. When you first go to insert it it’s a lot like using a buttplug, it has that gentle taper which helps to slowly spread you open, and then you get over the widest part of the head and it pops inside as you slide down onto the shaft. The combination of the shape and the soft dual-density silicone makes it a really comfortable experience, with no need for a warm-up toy beforehand. The other thing I like about the Slick is that it goes deep, and with very little fuss. The whole thing is only around 7 3/4″ long, but it’s all useable. The average rectum is only 5″-6″ deep, which can be an issue when it comes to longer dildos, but the shape of the Slick – the tapered head and gentle curve – combined with the soft O2 tip, help it to snake around inside the body and pass deeper into the colon. You’ll find yourself squatting over it, starting to insert it, and the next thing you know you’ll be sat on the floor wondering how it all just disappeared inside you like that. Deep insertions have always been my Achilles heel, so it’s refreshing to finally find a toy which actually helps with this, not to mention that there’s a whole new sort of sensation to be found when something goes that deep. 
Going beyond all this, what I really love about the Slick is thrusting with it. The smooth gloss surface to the shaft allows it to glide seamlessly in and out of the body, with no drag or irritation to the sphincter, allowing you to focus entirely on the sensations coming from the shape. As you go down on the shaft you can feel it gently growing wider, adding a little stretch to the sphincter, and then as you go back in reverse this all turns around, right up until the point where you reach the head and it hits you with a double whammy. The bulbous tip ploughs beautifully into the prostate for maximum effect, but also you can feel the rounded underside of it tugging at the sphincter, giving it a pleasurable stretch again just as it’s relaxed from feeling the shaft narrow. Every time you complete a thrust you find yourself withdrawing it a little more, adding that extra bit of stretch, and then eventually the whole thing will slip out, giving that satisfying pop like when you remove a buttplug. When this does happen though you realise how easy the Slick is to reinsert, and so allowing it to happen becomes part of the routine, and you bob up and down on the dildo, allowing it to pop in and out of you with each thrust, filling you up, hitting the prostate, and pleasurably stretching the muscle. It’s this combination of sensations which makes the Slick such an utter joy to use, and because it slides so freely and without friction, you can carry on using it for ages without any soreness. You don’t even have to worry about being too rough with it, because that soft dual-density tip, and the fact that it’s naturally inclined to go deep, means you can slam down with your thrusts without fear of being jabbed uncomfortably in the top of the rectum. It’s such a satisfying experience, and it works on the prostate almost effortlessly, though you can change the angle and rotation of the toy to pull it into the gland even more if you wish, thus maximising the pleasure from it. 
I have to say that I think the Slick would probably be perfect for couples who want to try pegging, in part because of how fantastic it feels, but also because the non-phallic shape of it helps to take down the psychological barrier which might exist. 
Without a doubt I would definitely recommend the Slick to anyone, and if you think that the Large might be a little too much for you, then it’s really worth working up to. The sensations are a pure joy, and the Small just doesn’t manage to replicate them. If you’re looking for a really comfortable and effective prostate toy, then the Slick Large is the way to go. 
Thanks to Tantus for sending me the Slicks to review, and they’re available now from their website.
Remember you can get 15% off any Tantus order with the code “INCENDIAIRE”
 

Tantus Alan

This month Tantus have kindly sent over their two newest dual-density dildos for me to review, the Alan and the Sam, and it was tough to decide which to review first as they’re both a treat.

One of the interesting questions I often ask myself about dildos is “exactly how many variations do you need?” because I constantly find myself being impressed with all the new designs coming out of companies like Tantus.  It certainly can’t be an easy task to maintain creativity when working within a fairly narrow theme – such as penis shapes – and yet somehow they still manage it, as this latest toy can attest to.
The Alan is, by my reckoning, a sort of Jack of all trades of dildos; the product of years of dildo evolution. It’s mid-sized, dual-density, harness-compatible, suction cup compatible, and with space for a bullet vibrator inside. It’s a dildo packed with features, all aimed at being a great first dildo for someone who wants it all, or even just a first quality dildo for someone looking to finally divest themselves of a drawer of toxic materials.
The Alan, as it happens, is one of Tantus’s smallest dual-density dildos, second only to the shorter Mark. It’s 7″ long in total, with 6 5/8″ insertable, and a circumference of 5″. It’s smack bang in the middle of that realistic territory, offering a size that’s more akin to the man down the street, rather than the man on your computer screen. It’s ideal for anyone looking for a comfortable everyday dildo that they’re not going to have to prepare to use, or someone curious to start experimenting with anal play before they move onto a real person.
The design of the Alan is probably best described as “subtly phallic.” It’s clearly a penis, but it’s not in your face about it with masses of exaggerated detailing and accentuated features. The shaft is perfectly straight throughout its length, and topped off with a low profile glans which barely adds anything extra to the girth. There are a few wrinkles in the skin, and hints of veins, but nothing major, making it a nice middle ground for anyone looking for a dildo which is distinctly anatomical, but without being hyper realistic.
The Alan is available in a choice of three skin tone mimicking colours: cream, cocoa, and mocha, allowing you the option to find a match for yourself, your partner, or even just your fantasy. I got mine in the cream variant for what’s probably the first time since I reviewed the Adam in 2013, and what’s interesting to note is that they’ve actually changed the hue of it quite significantly. It used to be a very pale, solid, ivory sort of colour, but now it’s a slightly translucent fleshy-pink tone. From a personal standpoint I much preferred the old colour, and am slightly off-put by the aesthetics of the translucent silicone, so it’s worth bearing that in mind when considering your choice. The cocoa and mocha colours are just as sumptuous as ever though, as I can confirm from the Gary and upcoming Sam review.

As always the Alan is made from Tantus’s own formula of premium platinum silicone, an odourless, non-porous, and 100% body-safe material. As it’s a dual density toy the dildo is constructed from a firm-yet-flexible silicone inner core, coated with a layer of a much softer silicone, all to create a more realistic feel. The inner core extends only about halfway into the head of the dildo, leaving it comprised largely of the softer silicone, and giving it a wonderful squishy feel similar to the spongy nature of the glans penis. Along the shaft the soft layer is much thinner, making it less noticeable when you squeeze it. The surface of the silicone is entirely matte throughout, making a departure from earlier Tantus designs which featured a glossy head in contrast to the matte shaft. 

Concealed beneath the base of the dildo is the opening to a short channel within the core of the shaft, which allows either a bullet vibrator or suction cup to be inserted, and because Tantus are wonderful they include both of these with the dildo. Personally I’m not one to pair vibrators with dildos, but the suction cups are invaluable. 
In terms of quality of construction the Alan is impeccable. You won’t find a mould line on it anywhere, nor any air bubbles or other defects in the material, and this is especially impressive considering how many things the dildo has going on, from bullet holes to dual layers of silicone. 
When it comes down to use the Alan is a lovely all round dildo which does just enough to keep you satisfied. I’m not going to say that it blew me away, because I already have my go-to toys for when I want something that’ll really hit my prostate hard, or provide a real sense of fullness, and the Alan isn’t designed to specifically target any of these things. What it is is almost a blank canvas of a dildo, waiting for you to impress upon it what you want from how you use it. The squishy tip makes it very comfortable to insert as it presses against the sphincter, with the soft material cushioning the force as it steadily passes through the muscle. It doesn’t “pop” as it enters the body, but as it glides deeper you can feel that subtle matte texture to the silicone, and mild stimulation from it adds a touch of interest to the experience. Inside the body it feels satisfying; it doesn’t especially stretch you or create a strong feeling of fullness, but you’re aware of its presence there and it doesn’t feel alien. The size of it, the flexibility of the material, and its ability to suck up body heat and radiate it back out, all contribute to a very natural and comfortable sensation of it being there. One thing which I do like about the slightly smaller dildos is that it’s easier to insert them deeper into the body, to the point that it’s possible to sit down with the Alan fully inside. This is aided by the squishiness of the tip, with again cushions the force of the dildo as it pushes against the top of the rectum. 
Thrusting with the dildo is a really lovely experience, and there are plenty of options of how to do it, whether by hand, riding it, or held to the wall with a suction cup. Personally the best way I found is by riding it with it stuck to the floor with the suction cup. This method gives you the maximum amount of control over the dildo, as well as freeing up both hands for other things. Once you get a good rhythm going there are three main sensations to be derived: the basic sensation of this delightful dildo moving its bulk in and out of you, the added sensation of the matte surface gently stimulating the sphincter with each pass, and finally prostate stimulation. I did say earlier that it’s not specifically a prostate toy, but when you’re squatting over it and riding the shaft you can angle your body so as to maximise pleasurable contact with the dildo. The ideal technique is go down so that the head hits the prostate directly before deflecting on its route deeper, and then on the way out again it bends and flexes as it pulls hard back against the gland. It’s actually very satisfying, especially once you get a good rhythm going. It may not be as intense as the best prostate toys are, but you can really ride it for a long time and keep getting a steady stream of pleasure, without feeling like you’ve overloaded yourself. It’s actually the sort of dildo which I wish had been around years ago, because the level of stimulation it delivers would have been ideal right when I was starting to experiment with toys.
All in all I have to say that this is another great little toy from Tantus, and an all round winner. As much as dildos tend to be a very personal thing, it’s one of those few that I think would be suited to the vast majority of people. It’s perfect for anyone who’s simply looking for a realistically-sized and feeling toy, as well as having the potential to make a great starting point on anyone’s dildo journey. I’d happy give my recommendation to it, especially for anybody considering picking up a first time dildo.
Thanks to Tantus for sending it over, and you can grab one directly from them.

It’s also available from the fine folks at SheVibe

Tantus Duchess

In the lore of Tantus first there came the Raptor, a beautiful chunky dildo with a bulbous head and amusing set of balls. Then there was the Duke, a reinvention of the Raptor, stripped of its balls but still retaining every other feature which made it great. Now we have the Duchess – Tantus’s newest creation – the Duke in every way except it’s been given a fresh lease of life in glorious dual-density silicone. Being both a huge fan of the Duke and all things dual-density it was clear that this was one I needed to try.
You can get the lowdown after the jump!

The Duchess is going to be a bit of a funny dildo for me to review, just on account of how very very similar is it to the Duke. A lot of my time was spent going back and forth between the two products, trying to measure every subtle difference in feeling and behaviour, because naturally when it comes to a review like this what everyone wants to know is how they compare. Much of what I say about the Duchess is going to be simply parroting what I said about the Duke, as it’s unavoidable when they’re so alike, but I’m going to aim to steer the focus firmly towards the areas where the two diverge.

The design of the Duchess perfectly mimics everything we know about the Duke, from its shape, its size, to even the bullet hole tucked away in the base. It’s not bigger, it’s not smaller, it’s not elongated, it has no added curvature; it’s formed from exactly the same mould and stays true to its predecessor in every way.

From base to tip it measures around 7 1/4″ long, and of that you can insert 6 5/8″, making it a good-sized dildo. Around the widest point of the head the circumference measures an impressive 6 1/4″, so it’s nice and thick, and then the shaft narrows down to a more modest 5 1/8″ around the middle. The base of the dildo is 2 3/4″ wide and 5/8″ thick, giving it a nice stable footing and making it compatible with a standard O-ring harness if desired.
Like all Tantus products the Duchess is made from 100% platinum silicone, but where it differs from the Duke is that it’s made from two different firmnesses of silicone in order to create the dual-density effect. The internal core of the dildo is made from Tantus’s regular type of silicone, while the outer layer is made from a much softer variety. This outer layer varies from being only a few millimetres thick over the shaft, to accounting for almost the entirety of the head, making the dildo delightfully squishy there. Like with the Duke the Duchess features a dual finish to the silicone, with a smooth glossy head and a matte velvety shaft. It’s one of those fairly minor details which I happen to really like as it indicates that someone’s put some extra thought into the design.

The Duchess comes in a choice of three different colours, none of which is quite as exciting as the vibrant orange of the Raptor, or the elegant Peacock of the Duke, but it’s the same two-tone colour palette as the Cush. You choose your base colour of either pink, purple, or blue, and that makes up the core of the dildo, while the outer layer of soft silicone is comprised of a translucent white, making it look as though you’re peering through a dildo encased in cloudy ice.

The production quality of the Duchess is impeccable; something which I’ve learnt to expect from Tantus. There are no mould lines anywhere, no any defects in the surface, and the two different types of silicone are bonded perfectly together. In this instance I couldn’t find a single fault even if I wanted to.

When it comes to using the Duchess it’s one of those toys where you’ll probably want to consider using a warm-up toy first, just because the head is very large and rounded, and has quite a rapid taper. This was almost a pre-requisite with the Duke for just those reasons, but with the Duchess it’s much easier to get away with skipping one, provided of course that you have sufficient experience to know what you’re doing. The reason for this is simply the change in silicone firmness. The head of the Duchess is so soft and squishy that you can push it firmly up against the sphincter and every bit of pressure is cushioned away, ensuring maximum comfort during insertion. It probably goes without saying that at this size it still isn’t a beginner’s toy, but it’s much more friendly to the less advanced user.

With a liberal application of water-based lubricant all over, the Duchness is actually a very comfortable dildo to insert. The smooth glossy head glides seamlessly through the sphincter as you feel the muscle steadily expand, and at the same time the soft surface of the silicone changes shape in response to the pressure that the muscle is exerting back on it. The bulbous head actually shrinks slightly in response to it being compressed, allowing it to enter the body without having to stretch out the muscle quite so much, and this gives it a clear advantage. Once you reach the widest point you feel a slight bump or “pop” as you pass over the ridge of the corona, then slowly as you insert the shaft further you feel it begin to narrow, and the sphincter goes from being stretched to its maximum to being able to relax a little, which is quite a welcome sensation. With the dildo inside you there’s this wonderful combination of feelings; the large rounded head feels satisfyingly filling at every depth, but the thinner shaft doesn’t place too much tension on the sphincter or leave it feeling overly stretched, so you get the best aspects of both a larger and smaller dildo rolled into one.

My favourite way to enjoy the Duchess is unsurprisingly the same as with the Duke, and that’s by squatting over it and riding it. Here the broad base gives the dildo a nice amount of stability, allowing you to use it without holding it in place, with no fear of it suddenly toppling over. If you own the Tantus Suction Cup then this can be plugged right into the bullet hole of the toy and works fantastically to anchor it to any surface. Overall it really is a brilliant dildo for thrusting with; the slightly thinner shaft increases the comfort factor and reduces friction, while allowing for a little more manoeuvrability, and the matte surface provides a nice amount of sensation with each stroke. Due to the squishy tip on the Duchess you can afford to go a little more wild with your thrusting, because it cushions that battering ram effect that you get sometimes when you accidentally go too hard and too deep with a dildo. That’s not to say you can throw caution completely to the wind, but it does outperform the Duke in terms of comfort during use.

One thing I especially loved about the Duke was how good it is for prostate stimulation, and the Duchess lives up to this as well. That big head is nothing short of incredible; the size and shape of it all comes together so that with every thrust it rubs back and forth across the prostate to the maximum effect, delivering waves of pleasure. After extensive testing I’ve concluded that the Duchess feels slightly less intense on the prostate than the Duke does, but it’s an almost imperceptible difference. Unless you’re repeatedly going back and forth between the two toys like I was, it’s not something you’d ever be aware of. The only reason that can explain this is that the coronal ridge on the firmer Duke maintains its angular shape better as it drags along the prostate, and transfers more sensation because of it. Again though, it’s a truly minor difference.

Like many Tantus toys the Duchess does come with a vibrating bullet which can be inserted into a hole in the base. If you know me then you’ll be aware that I’m not especially crazy about this feature and tend to prefer to use a dildo just as a dildo, but it is quite nice to have the option there, and you can always use the bullet separately if you don’t want it inside the toy. The bullet itself is almost identical to the RO-80mm from Rocks Off, so that review is the best place to go to get a full idea about the intensity of it. It’s pretty simple to fit into the bullet hole in the Duchess, and thanks to some internal ribbing within the hole which acts to prevent a vacuum from being formed, it’s also removed relatively easy. My general problem with toys with bullet holes is that the hole is in the base, and you want the vibrations down at the tip, but they simply don’t travel that well through inches of thick silicone, so I just don’t find it worthwhile, but that’s very much a personal thing.

At this point I feel as though I’m really expected to pick a favoured toy and suggest that everyone should really buy one over the other, but that’s something that’s hard to do. Truth be known I like both toys equally, but for different reasons. If you own more than one toy then you’ll understand that sometimes you want different things when you go reaching in the drawer to pull something out. Sometimes you crave a firmer toy, and sometimes one that’s softer, so a lot of the choice between the Duke and Duchess will be decided by personal preference. What I will say, though, is that in my considered opinion I think the Duchess makes for the better anal toy, if only for the comfort factor. The extra squish in it makes it easier to get that bulbous tip into the body, and you can afford to be a little more reckless when thrusting it like a jack-hammer. It performs just as well on the prostate, so you’re not sacrificing anything for the comfort. The only thing left to consider really is if the 32% extra cost is worth it for you. Either way, I’d fully recommend it to anyone who enjoys intense prostate stimulation and a full feeling from their toys.

Thanks to Tantus for sending me the Duchess, and it’s available directly from them.

It’s also available from the fine folks at SheVibe