The Icicles No. 27 is made out of borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is made differently from other glass, making it more resistant to temperature changes and breakage. Always inspect glass toys for any damage or imperfections before use. It is non porous, making it able to be sterilized and shared between partners.
Being glass, the Icicles No. 27 is hard and solid. It will stay in place when inserting it. There is texture on the toy, as well as two bulges. The first bulge is larger and has a tapered head to allow for easier insertion. This bulge also has swirls wrapped around it. They can be felt, but are not extreme. They might be disappointing for those looking specifically for texture.
After this bulge, the Icicles No. 27 has a second smaller, rounder bulge. This bulge is smooth, unlike the first one. After this, the toy thins to a small neck and then a circular flat base. Given the size, shape and texture of the Icicles No. 27, lubricant will allow for easier, smoother, and safer insertion. There is no overt odor or taste to the Icicles No. 27.
The Icicles No. 27 is not an entry level toy. This also is not a toy that is just popped in without any preparation. Warming up with a smaller toy or fingers before using this one is recommended. There is also no such thing as too much lubricant for these toys. The first bulge is the widest and most challenging, making it an option for more advanced users. When inserting, have a firm hold on the base. Once the toy passes its widest point, it will slide in rather quickly, which might be painful for some.
The toy focuses more on its girth; it's relatively short compared to other plugs. This is generally preferred for glass toys, since they cannot conform to the body like other materials. The Icicles No. 27 is not discreet. While artistic, it is easy to guess the true purpose of this toy. If you intend to travel with it, keeping the packaging might be wise. If not, it's best to wrap this plug in a cloth to keep it from being damaged. The Icicles No. 27 is more artistic and modern looking than realistic.
The shape of the Icicles No. 27 helps it stay in place. The thin neck fans out to a small round base to allow for hands-free wear. The base is on the smaller side, but still keeps the toy from being lost inside the body. It is also small enough to fit comfortably when sitting down. The base of the Icicles No. 27 may allow it to fit with smaller O-ring harnesses, but the neck might be a weak point if using this in a harness. This would probably not be the best toy for a harness. There is no suction cup on the Icicles No. 27.
The Icicles No. 27 can be used for temperature play. Coming from the box it tends to be cool to the touch. It can be warmed in hands or run under warm water. For cold play, the Icicles No. 27 can be run under cold water or placed in the refrigerator.
While intended for anal play, the Icicles No. 27 can also tease the entrance of the vagina with its tapered shape. If desiring dual penetration, it is best to place the plug in first. Then hold the base in while the giver penetrates the receiver. Vigorous thrusting can cause the toy to move out, so it is best for the giver to periodically check the base's position.
The Icicles No. 27 can be used in the shower as well. If you intend to use the Icicles No. 27 in the shower, silicone based lubricant is less likely to be washed away.
The Icicles No. 27 can be cleaned in a variety of ways. To sterilize, you can boil it, throw it in the dishwasher, or wipe it with a bleach solution. When boiling, be sure the Icicles No. 27 doesn't go through quick, extreme temperature changes, as this could weaken the glass. Allow the glass to cool back down at a gradual pace.
Once dry, the Icicles No. 27 can be stored in its original packaging or in any way to keep it from colliding with other toys. Both silicone and water based lubricants be used with the Icicles No. 27.
The packaging for Icicles No. 27 is the iconic packaging Pipedream uses for all their Icicles. The box has a magnetic door that you pull to reveal the toy in a clear plastic window. The toy is kept secure in Styrofoam. The box opens easily from the top. The packaging is quite informative, and details how to take care of the toy and how the glass is made. There are no additional paper instructions. The packaging has a large picture of the toy on the front, making it far from discreet.
The packaging, while a bit bulky, is a good storage option for protecting the glass. If space is an option, wrapping the toy in a thick or plushy cloth and then a pouch is a great alternative. The Icicles No. 27 is a great gift option for experienced anal players and aficionados of glass.
This toy is intense. If you have a partner inserting this toy for you, make sure they have a firm grasp at the base and are able to keep the toy from getting "sucked" in after reaching its widest point.
Overall, the Icicles No. 27 is a nice piece of glass artwork. If you look at the toy head on, you can see the swirls and how the light reflects along the toy. The pink color is a nice shade. It is not a washed out, almost clear pink, and it is not a neon, "in your face" pink. It is a medium, pleasing shade.
For use, this toy will be used once in a while when I'm craving a more challenging toy. My partner and I prefer smaller toys if we're going to have sex while I'm wearing a plug. if you do used a water based lubricant with this toy, makes sure it's a thick one, more designed for anal play. You want the lubricant to last, or reapply well when using this toy.