Aug 062014
 

No 10 vibrationsIt’s beautiful, and that’s all it has to offer. I love the color scheme of the Ceramix No. 10 from Pipedreams. I think it’s wonderful that they are trying to bring ceramic sex toys to the masses, but they need to bring stronger vibrations to the mix. Ceramic toys sealed with a body-safe glaze, are safe to use. You need to be careful not to chip it, as ceramic (unsealed) is extremely porous and absorbent, not to mention possibly sharp. However, it’s going to be extremely difficult to chip a Pipedreams Ceramix, as they use a high fire glaze with yttrium within in the ceramic; the same as jewelers use.

This is not a small vibrator; in fact it’s quite large for a traditional design. It’s heavy, and doesn’t transmit the vibrations you hear at all. It’s loud, and the sound is very misleading. It sounds like strong vibrator but feels like that same vibrator wrapped in a down comforter. The vibrations are lacking in power and boring. The picture you see above, was extremely hard to take. When placing the vibe in the water, it only rippled the surface for the first three seconds. After those three seconds, the water looks extremely still.

No 10 vibrations 2

The button is made of silicone, as is the area where the removable end meets the ceramic. From there up, the end is plastic. There are 6 different settings. The first three are different strengths and the other three are different vibration patterns. The first three patterns are underwhelming; the one I tried the most was the third and strongest. I tried letting the vibrations carry me something resembling an orgasm; that didn’t work. So, I tried reaching into the “Sure Thing” folder of my Spank Bank, and still nothing. My wrist was sore from trying to add pressure, I tried holding it lightly on my clit; this vibe did nothing. I admit the past year of reviewing has given me an acquired taste for strong vibrations, but I have still used weak vibes out of pure necessity (i.e. all powerful vibes are dead) and have had success. I didn’t with the No. 10; not even close. Also, the the only way to turn the No. 10 off, is by cycling through all of the settings. You are not able to turn it off by holding down the button, as you are able to do with a number of other vibrators. So, if you are in a hurry to turn off your No. 10, you have to hurriedly cycle through to the off setting.

The No. 10 is powered by 4 AAA batteries; another thing I’m not a fan of. Not simply because disposable battery powered vibes tend to be less powerful and are wasteful, but because twisting the end off and on can have differing results. Sound confusing? What I mean is that when you twist the end back on, with the batteries in it, it can be a challenge to find the sweet spot for it to turn on. If you don’t hit this “sweet spot”, the vibe won’t turn on at all. This leaves me feeling like it isn’t tight enough, when I have to twist backward from the tightest it will go. Every time I put batteries in it, I have to go through this (I don’t leave batteries in the toy because I don’t want them to corrode).

Ceramix No 10

The color scheme is beautiful. The light blue with black stripes is something to be admired, but what good does a pretty vibe do me if it doesn’t get me off? I think if  Pipedreams had used a stronger motor this would be a great vibe. The ceramic is a great alternative.  It does retain my body heat and will hold it for little while. Don’t be mistaken, it’s not like stainless steel toys. Those pick up heat quick and hold it for a long time. This holds lukewarm and cool temperatures for a shorter amount of time. Before I forget, I want to be clear about the coloring. This isn’t a uniform color scheme. Each stripe is different. I don’t know if they are hand painted or if they just stick in a machine and a brush makes its rounds. I like it because it reminds me of ceramic pieces I made years ago. Again, though, this is not a reason to buy a toy, function is.

I’m not impressed with the Ceramix No. 10 at all. I like the colors and I appreciate their attempt to make a ceramic vibrator, but colors and a “new” material design doesn’t get me off. It is waterproof, but it does take disposable (or rechargeable if you have them) batteries. The No. 10 lacks the power needed to warrant a tradition design. If a traditional design has a powerful vibration, I’d be all over it. This one does not, but I guess I can say that I have a nice ceramic piece. As sitting on a shelf, is all it’s going to be doing.

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Feb 192014
 

No. 28When I opened the box from Pipedreams, I had no idea what they sent me. When I saw they sent me the Icicles No. 28, I groaned. I had flash backs of my horrible experiences with the Awesome Blossom. Still, I shook my head, and thought, “This could be different.” It was different, but not by much.

No. 28 tip

Pipedreams is a California-based company that produces toys in a variety of materials such as glass, aluminum, ceramic, plastic, and rubber. They also make other products such as whips, restraints, novelties, and more. They pretty much make a little bit of everything. The Icicles are made from borosilicate glass (in other words Pyrex), this means it’s non-porous and completely sterilizable. You can clean it with bleach, alcohol, soap and water, or boiling. Keep in mind, if you boil the glass, it’s going to be hot as fuck. So be careful. That being said, if you plan on using the No. 28 for temperature play be mindful of how long you keep it in warm water. If you leave it in for too long and if the water is too hot, you can seriously hurt yourself. The same goes for freezing your glass. Cold water should suffice.

Some quick measurements:

Height- 6 7/8″
Insertable surface length- 7″
Base- 2 3/8″ x 2″
Head diameter- 1 1/2″
Shaft diameter- a hair over 1″ (without swirl), 1 5/16″ (with swirl)
aaaand, the listed weight is 10 oz (without packaging)

No. 28 upper halfI’ve used the No. 28 about 6 different times. Each time I’m left disappointed and with an irritated vagina. When I say irritated, I don’t mean that my vagina was telling me, “You know, I’m trying to be nice, but I’d really like it if you were to stop now.” It means my vagina gets irritated like I get irritated, “Put it the fuck down. I don’t know why you keep doing this. You already know what’s going to happen. Just fucking stop.”

As I stated before, seeing the No. 28 brought back the horrible memories of the Awesome Blossom. When I was using it, it was nearly the same thing. Not that it was like using a cheese grater in my vagina, but it was definitely jarring. When using a glass toy with swirled texture, I feel like my urethra and my labia minora are being pulled. Not like the toy is pulling them as one, rather it feels like it’s grabbing little bits of skin and they’re being pinched.

The head has two lines in it that can be seen in the second picture. I have no idea what purpose they serve. They catch on important flesh, and collect debris. The base of the No. 28 is anal safe, but proceed with caution. The texture may be intense. The curve of the No. 28 is very slight. Even when I would put the toy in place, and tred to grind it into my g-spot, it wouldn’t work. It lacks the angle that I need.

This may work for other people. It may just be my vagina saying, “NO”, every time I pull it out. Either way, this toy is pretty to photograph. Not that that is a valid reason to buy a glass toy. “Oh yeah! It doesn’t work, but damn look at the pictures I took and can only show a very select amount of people! Totally worth it!” To be perfectly honest, it drives me nuts when a toy that I don’t like or despise photographs extremely well. The No. 28 is a perfect example of this. When it comes to functionality? If the texture is what you’re looking for, go ahead, give it a shot. If not, you’ve been warned.

Thank you Pipedreams for providing me with the Icicles No. 28 free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

You can get the Pipedrems No. 28 at Shevibe & Pink Cherry.

No 28 desk crop

 Posted by at 2:19 pm
Aug 082013
 

Icicles No. 8I got the Icicles No. 8 on a whim. I had read that the size and shape would be good for kegels, and that’s honestly all I got it for. It’s a beautiful glass toy. It reminds me of a garden globe. You know the orbs you put your garden, that have that shimmery surface like a soap bubble? I thought, even if it didn’t work out, it’s still a pretty piece, and I got it relatively cheap. So, no real worries there.

Well, the first time I used it, it was after a session with mondo silicone cocks. I felt stretched and had a ridiculous fear that my vag would stay loose. So, I grabbed the No. 8, and did some twaterobics with it. Rather than standing and holding it in, I rolled over on my stomach with it in and I kept my legs open. When I did kegels, I felt like I was weightlifting. No joke. I could feel the feel the balled end going up and down. I would do reps with it, and hold the balled end up. It makes kegels fun. Not that I’ve ever considered kegels to be a pain in my ass, but then I’ve never been “Yay! Kegels!”. Using the No. 8 raised my interest level. It was fun making the toy bounce by clenching hard, and lowering it by relaxing.

Using the No. 8 as a sex toy is extremely lack luster. I found it a great tease, and a great cool down after a heat session. Since my glass toys stay relatively cool where I store them, after an intense session, I like to run the No. around my slick labia. It’s so soothing, and it’s great come down. I don’t get to use it as much I’d like, lately, since becaues of time issues, but I like to use it quite a bit. As an orgasm chaser, this thing is terrible. It’s slim, there’s no angles. It’s like a swizzle stick for the vagina. Nothin’ really there.

Overall? I could live without it and not be heartbroken, but I do like it. It serves its purpose as a twaterobic instrument, and labia cool down device. It’s fun to use for kegels, and the cool glass feels great after long session. It’s like the suckerfish of toy play. It doesn’t do well on its own, but it does thrive when it latches on to the play time of other toys.

Wanna try the Icicles No. 8, yourself? Click the link to get it at Lovehoney.com.

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