Eden's Sensuous Silicone anal beads are made from 100% silicone. Silicone is non-porous, phthalate and latex-free. It's hypoallergenic, which is great for people with sensitivities, and comes scent free, preventing headaches unlike lesser materials. There aren't any strange tastes on the material either if you put these beads in your mouth. With the material being unable to harbor bacteria, these beads can be shared in between partners if you fully sterilize them in boiling water between uses.
The silicone is luxuriously smooth and velvety to the touch. While the silicone is firm, the toy is extremely flexible for comfort purposes and will bend if you'd like them to do so. The smooth silicone allows the toy to glide easily without much drag, and if lubricant is applied, the surface will be even more slippy. The toy is not realistically shaped, nor does it feel like a penis, but the beads do create a nice popping sensation, and the texture on the beads themselves provides good stimulation in their own right.
The material and the size of the beads make these perfect for beginners to anal play, but more advanced users may feel that they fall short.
These silicone anal beads are shaped like most anal bead designs. They consist of four 'beads' on a 'string'. The entire toy is made of silicone, and the beads are not freestanding on a rope, but rather one solid piece that looks like a string of beads. Each bead is shaped in such a way that it looks like a bulb of garlic. There is a light seam running along the length of the toy, but it cannot be felt during use.
The size of this string of anal beads is great for beginners. They're a non-intimidating size and are about the length of a large hand. The beads themselves are fairly small, so users shouldn't have a problem with discomfort, even if they're a beginner. These bulbs graduate in size as they are pushed inside of you. The size of each bulb is as follows:
1st bulb: 2-3/8" circumference
2nd bulb: 2-3/4" circumference
3rd bulb: 3" circumference
4th bulb: 3-1/8" circumference
Overall length: 7-1/2"
Insertable length: 6"
While this toy is small, if left out in the open, people with knowledge of anal toys may be able to guess that this is a string of anal beads. The small size of this toy makes it great for travel, and it can easily flex to fit in a pocket or bag as previously stated.
The anal beads performed as they should. The beads can be difficult to insert due to the flexibility of the toy, but once in, the beads are comfortable, and provide wonderful stimulation to the rectal walls. Users will be able to walk, sit or stand around without any discomfort while the beads are inserted. The unique shape of the bulbs aids in the user's ability to clench these when inserted either anally or vaginally. If the retrieval ring is tugged, the beads will create a nice popping sensation as they're removed.
When inserted, the retrieval ring takes some getting used to, but comfortably rests between the butt cheeks. Once inside, you will not be able to see the ring through underwear or pants. This toy was made for beginners of anal play, so advanced users may find this toy lacking both in girth, and in length. Due to the smaller size, this toy may not even be noticeable to those who are used to having bigger toys inserted. When lubricated, these beads become slippy and may become more difficult to insert so patience is key.
These beads feel like little nodules against the rectal wall, and provide a nice sensation, especially when moving around. They're small enough that they're pleasant, but not quite big enough to have a huge impact.
Silicone is a fantastic material that is easily taken care of. Pop your beads in the top rack of the dishwasher without detergent, wipe them down with a bleach solution of 90% water, 10% bleach, boil them for up to 5 minutes, rinse them with hot water and soap, or spray on a toy cleaner of your choice, followed by a toy wipe. If you're boiling your toy in hot water, you need to remember that silicone retains heat, so use caution when removing the toy from the water for the first time. Use tongs or gloves, or simply pour the hot water out of your pot that you're using and replace it with cold water. When you're removing a toy from the dishwasher, use gloves or tongs as well as it may be too hot when first removed.
Silicone does in fact retain scents, especially when that scent is in the ass category. Anal toys have a tendency to retain the scent of the orifice they're placed in. If your toy begins to smell after prolonged uses, simply boil it a bit longer and the smell should come out of the material. If this doesn't work, sunlight is a powerful weapon against unwanted smells as well. Simply leave it in a sunny window for the day, and the smell might be gone by the end of the day. This also allows the toy to 'breathe' and air out with it being in a well-ventilated area. If you want, you can also make a little sachet of 'potpourri' filled with a fresh vanilla bean and coffee beans, and it should give your toys a nice scent where they're being stored.
There is also a forum post pertaining to the toy smell here.
For storage, you can toss your silicone in with your other silicone toys or keep it in the little bag it came in. Do not let silicone touch other materials, such as TPR, Jelly, Rubber etc. They will melt the toy or discolor and ruin it. When using the toy with lubricant, only use water-based lubricants.
The toy came packed in an unmarked cardboard box in the mail. It had no identifying labels and was only said to have come from Web Merchants Inc., making it completely discreet. The toy itself came packaged in a lovely black mesh bag, and the toy was housed in a clear plastic self-adhesive bag inside of the mesh bag. There weren't any instructions with the toy, but the purpose is straightforward. The mesh bag that the toy came in is sturdy and pretty, with black ribbon at the top that reads 'sex toys' along it in pink lettering.
The bag is not discreet because of the toy being in full view, but the clear packaging the toy came in is recyclable. If you're wanting to gift this toy, and if the person you're gifting it to is easily embarrassed, you may want to find a nice gift bag or box to put the toy in. The mesh bag included with the toy can be used for storage if you wish.