Icicles No. 38 is made out of leather and glass. The whole toy rates a seven out of ten on Eden Fantasy's Safety Scale. The leather is latex and phthalates free. The glass dildo/handle rates a ten out of ten. Glass is really safe to use. It's non-porous and hypoallergenic. The glass dildo can even be sterilized if you're going to share the dildo. Even though you can boil glass, washing the dildo in a 10% bleach solution is your best bet.
The glass dildo is very swirly textured. The texture isn't too intense, but those extremely sensitive to texture won't like it. Glass is a hard material with no give or flexibility. There is no smell, and no seams are in sight. Glass has very little drag, but using a lubricant is always a good idea. The glass dildo can even be used for temperature play! Simply place the handle in some warmer or cooler water for some added fun. Always be sure to test the temperature before using it on your genitals.
The leather strips feel like any ordinary leather. They are soft to the touch, yet almost fuzzy. The strips are very tough and hold up well to a good slapping. They have the traditional leather smell you would find in a belt or purse. It's very light and not overly pungent. After playing with the whip, little black specks of material come off the leather. It isn't something that bothered me a whole lot. It's very similar to little fuzzies that come off your blankets and clothes. There wasn't a ton, and they are easy to wipe off.
The design of Icicles No. 38 is that of any other Cat of Nine Tails. Except, the handle also functions as a dildo! How cool! The glass handle has a ball at the end with a straight, wavy-like shaft. The handle is a total of 8 inches long. It is definitely long enough for vaginal and anal penetration. It has a circumference of 4 3/4" and a diameter of 1 1/2". The dildo is fairly average in size and suitable for most individuals.
There are a total of 30 leather strips. They are fairly long, measuring around 18 inches. You can certainly cut them down if they are too long for your needs. The size of the whip is fairly average.
I was pleasantly surprised with the handle's performance as a dildo. I wasn't expecting much from the dildo since it's so straight. However, the handle worked really well for my G-spot. The bulb on the end gives good pressure on the G-spot. The wavy texture feels especially delicious if you love texture. Surprisingly, the leather strips didn't get in the way during use. When you're only dealing with the handle, the strips stay out of the way, partly because the handle is SO long that the strips don't get too close to your genitals. I loved using the handle as a dildo. There is something really hot about using this dildo when it doubles as a whip's handle.
Using the whip as a whip is pretty effective. The hard glass handle gives you a good grip. It can deliver a very hard thwack, or a soft, feathery light touch: you decide! Both the dildo and whip are suitable for most users, unless you don't like texture in a dildo.
The main issue with the toy is the cleaning. If you use this toy as a whip, there isn't much you have to clean. If you use the handle as a dildo, you may have to do some cleaning. Although the handle is really unique and cool, it can make clean up time a little more difficult if any fluid gets stuck on the leather. To clean it, simply focus on washing the handle in some warm water and soap. If any fluid gets on the leather, simply use a wet cloth to wipe it off. Surprisingly, after using the dildo, fluid didn't get stuck on the leather anywhere. However, if you tend to squirt you'll have to do more cleaning. This toy is a little higher maintenance, but definitely worth it.
Glass can be used with whatever lubricant you wish. To store the whip, you can use the package it came in or place it in your own place of choosing. A plastic bag will suffice if you're looking for nothing fancy.
Icicles No. 38 is packaged in the new classic Pipedream packaging. Unfortunately, a storage bag doesn't come with the toy. It's not a huge deal, but annoying. You can certainly reuse the box to store the whip. However, I have found it hard to perfectly fit the whole whip back in the package like when it first arrived. I've had to constantly stuff the whip back in the box. Storing it in the box can be a hassle, so a simple plastic bag might be preferable. Here is the front of the package.
It's placed in a white box that magnetically opens and closes. It's not discreet, as you can see the toy everywhere. Here's the view when you open the magnetic flap. Beware that it's hard to recreate the whip placed down so perfectly once you take it out.
I was pleasantly surprised with the dildo's performance. I thought it was too straight for my G-spot but I was wrong. I'm going to hunt for similar dildos with a bulbed top. It provided a really nice sensation on the G-spot. I thought this toy was going to be hard to clean, but it wasn't any more difficult than any of my other glass dildos.