The Charming Duet is made from Borosilicate glass, aka Pyrex, which has a 10 out of 10 rating on the Eden materials safety rating scale. It is totally odor-free, hypo-allergenic, and non-porous, making it great for folks who have to worry about allergies to certain toy materials. It being waterproof, combined with these features, also makes it easy to clean, sterilize, and use in many versatile ways.
This particular toy comes in a lovely blue color, with darker blue raised nubs and waves on the surface. The nubs on the ends and the waves on the shaft are easily felt during use and really add to the stimulation gleaned from this toy. Be sure to use some lubricant with this toy to help it glide along smoothly, but just a dab will go a long way since it does not soak into the material. Any lubricant you feel comfortable using would be great for this toy, since it is compatible with all lubricants.
The Charming Duet is a double ended dildo, so both ends of its entire 8" length are usable. It has a smaller circumference than most toys, but the raised nubs and waves make it feel a bit larger that way, since the material is very rigid and unforgiving. This toy does not weigh much as far as glass toys go, so traveling with it would be fine as long as it's packed away properly to prevent possible breakage.
This glass toy is an inch thick, smooth piece of glass that is slightly curved at each end to help aid in stimulating the g-spot. There are also raised glass nubs on each end and raised glass waves all along the shaft of the toy that add to the stimulation and circumference. This toy is not very realistic looking, but most folks will know what it's used for, so be sure to store it away properly from prying eyes. The size of this glass toy is perfect for travel, as long as you make sure it's padded so it doesn't break in transit.
There are many great qualities to a good glass toy, and this one has them all. It's waterproof for easy cleaning and sterilizing but it also makes it great for playing in the bath tub or shower if that's your thing. Glass is an awesome material for holding temperatures, so warming this up or cooling it down in warm or ice water is possible to get your favorite temperature before playing.
Those who like texture and rigid toys will love this piece as well, since it has both qualities. The nubs and waves add to the overall size of the toy, but it isn't so much that it makes it impossible to use. This glass dildo is also double ended so, no matter what end you choose, it can be inserted. Both ends of the toy are slightly curved to help you stimulate your g-spot, but obviously it will not work for everyone.
The only downsides to this dildo are that the double ends are exactly the same texture, and shape-wise and it really isn't safe to use anally without somehow adding to it to make it so.
Cleaning of the Charming Duet is very simple; just wash it with warm water and antibacterial soap or toy cleaner, or wipe it down with a toy wipe. To sterilize the toy, just boil for a few minutes, put it in the top rack of the dishwasher with no detergent, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, or wipe it down with some isopropyl alcohol. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly after wiping it down with the bleach to ensure you don't introduce harsh chemicals to sensitive body areas.
This dildo came with a storage pouch of its own, and it will do just fine for storing the toy as long as you keep the bubble wrap that came with it. Otherwise it is suggested to purchase a padded pouch to further protect the material while being stored with other toys.
The Charming Duet came packaged in bubble wrap that was placed inside a red velvet drawstring storage pouch. Beyond that it was just placed in the typical brown box that Eden uses to ship, with some of that crumpled brown paper to keep it from sliding or banging around while in transit. The packaging is pretty minimal, but it's not too bad for storage barring you keep the bubble wrap.
There were no booklets, warranties or instructions included in the packaging, but this toy is pretty self explanatory. The packaging is pretty discreet and nice looking, so wrapping it before gifting to someone isn't necessary. but that is up to your discretion.
Personally, I love glass toys with a lot of texture, so I was glad to get this one and try it out. Luckily it did not disappoint, and I enjoyed it thoroughly when paired with some extra clitoral stimulation. One thing with this toy I didn't get was g-spot stimulation but that's usually a hit or miss kind of thing with these toys that are slightly curved, so it wasn't surprising. Overall, this toy is pretty awesome, and it will definitely keep a spot in my toy box.