Ultimate Beginner Anal Plug

The Ultimate Beginner Anal Plug from The Adult Toy Shoppe is from the Love Pacifier range from California Exotics. It is my first experience into anal play with myself. Being a newbie to anal play, I was hoping for a beginners toy to start off with before moving onto some of the much larger toys that are out there. I’ve been looking forward to my first butt plug for a while actually.

When a website gives the dimensions of the various parts of the toy, I sometimes wonder how large, or small, the toy may be, and whether the dimensions really are a true representation of the actual toy. The Ultimate Beginner Anal Plug dimensions are as the website describes, and in fact, it actually looks slightly smaller than the dimensions say it is. I knew that I wouldn’t have much trouble to begin with, and I sure wasn’t disappointed.

The plug is certainly a beginners plug. The bulb is approximately the diameter of my thumb, and with a little coaxing I was able to slip it inside my anus. Being a butt plug, plenty of lube never goes astray, and as they say, any amount of lube you use will never be enough. One problem I did have was that the narrow neck made insertion of the toy difficult when your hands and finger and the toy are covered in lube. Relaxing enough to get the toy inside makes it slightly simpler, however trying to insert it on my own proved a little more difficult then I expected the first time I used it.

Subsequent times I tried different angles of insertion, as well as different positions, I haven’t tried them all yet, or at least all the ones I have come up with to determine the best position to make insertion rather easy. I’ll keep at them and report back once I have worked it out.

This butt plug is manufactured from silicone, an excellent material for butt plugs and sex toys in general, and it is phthalates free which is a definite must. One word of warning, even though silicone lube has a longer lasting time in which it acts like a lubricant, it should not be used with this product. It will destroy your lovely toy.

The more I used the Ultimate Beginner Anal Plug, the more comfortable I felt inserting and removing it. Being new to the whole anal insertion experience I was initially hesitant, but as I have used it, I grew more confident each time. I’m sure that you will find the same thing as you experience and play with your anal toys.

I have also recently posted a list of my top tips when it comes to anal toys, and I hope that you find it useful.

Being new to most adult toys in general, this butt plug is also my first experience with anal penetation, and I would certainly recommend this toy to any man or woman who are new to anal plug, and looking to purchase their first butt plug.

Dr. Joel Kaplan Compact Prostate Massager

Calexotics kindly provided the Dr Joel Kaplan Compact Prostate Massager for me to review, and I am looking to share my thoughts with you in a way that words just don’t quite express. I’m thinking a video would be more appropriate but for some reason my webcam isn’t working too well as the moment.


As with many of the Calexotics toys that I have reviewed, the toys are manufactured from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) with a polyurethane (PU) coating, and a Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) button, or at least that is what I can discern from the packaging and the Calexotics website. All of these are considered to be hypoallergenic and phthalate free, however the TPR is mildly porous and will hold retain smells. So don’t expect a smell free toy after use, especially without a condom.


As all of these materials are safe for use with silicone lubricant, both water-based and silicone-based lubricants can be used safely with this prostate massager. In my experience, anything used anally is best used with a silicone-based lubricant.


My first thoughts were that the shape of the toy won’t work with the shape of everybody’s body, and it certainly wasn’t going to work with my body. Not only was that the case with my body, it didn’t work well with my wife’s body either. (Yes we know that it is designed for men, but we wanted to see how it worked for women as well.)

The rigidity of the massager allows for easy insertion, unlike some of the other anal toys that I have used that were more flexible. However the rigidity also limits the position that the massager will also sit. Being a slightly larger man, I found that the massager didn’t quite sit as I think it is intended. It didn’t seem to sit flush against my perineum as I believe it is supposed to do.

The vibrations outside the body felt strong, but not overly strong. My experience is only with butt plugs, and none of our butt plugs vibrate, so I didn’t know what to expect with a vibrating anal toy. The vibrations from the prostate massager were strong enough to be felt, but I didn’t find they were directed enough. If I moved to some positions, they disappeared altogether, except as my anus where the toy penetrated me. I didn’t really feel the prostate massager pressing against my prostate, I don’t think it is angled enough to hit mine.


The Dr Joel Kaplan Compact Prostate Massager indeed does vibrate, and is easily insertable, something which is new to me when it comes to anal toys. The vibrations were strong enough to be felt, but I didn’t find them directed towards my prostate as I think they were intended. Overally I believe it is a average toy.

Tantus Twist and Juice Plugs

When this series of Tantus plugs came out, I remember having a Pokemon-esque moment of ‘Oh gods, I need all three!’. It’s not normal for me to want a trio of similar toys, but each one has unique differences that call to me.

The Twist, Juice, and Neo all have the same general shape. They’re tapered at top and bottom, with the middle being the widest point. The bases are also all the same, with a thin and long base that tapers at the end without become poke-y or uncomfortable. There’s a fair amount of flex to the base, but the part near where it turns into the ‘stem’ of the plug is much more solid, so I’m not worried about it being pulled into my body by a random muscle spasm. There is a small seam that runs down one of the sides of the Twist, but given the ridges that was to be expected. It’s barely noticeable to the touch, and not at all during use.

The material of these plugs is insanely awesome. I’m not sure what sort of black magic Tantus is cooking up to make these toys so freaking soft and plushy and smooth, but whatever it is, it works. The silicone is honestly the softest and smoothest (without having any drag!) that I’ve ever groped. Embarrassing story time, guys. When I got the package containing my Twist in the mail, I was rubbing it on my face within minutes of getting it out of it’s packaging. It’s that soft! The silicone has a medium amount of squish to it-it’s firmer than their Ryder, but not rock solid. Be sure to take your time with warming up, use lots of lube, and it’ll be just fine. Pet owners take note! This particular silicone does *not* pick up cat hair. I may have tested this out by rubbing one of the new plugs on my cats, but it was FOR SCIENCE, so that makes it ok, right? Right?

In use, these are hugely different toys. While the Juice is solid with only light texture (lines running down it’s length), Twist is an entirely different beastie. It’s highly textured, as it’s shape echoes that of a corkscrew, and while the material is smooth, it’s intense to use. If you’re new to anal play, I would suggest picking up the Juice or the Neo. (While I don’t own the Neo, it’s similar to the Juice in every way, except with even less texture, due to it’s lack of lines.) The Juice is inserted like any other plug, while the Twist is best, well, twisted as it is inserted. It’s a fairly intense sensation, and that was with a fuckton of Sliquid Sassy. I found the best way to get lube on the toy, short of dipping it, was to cover my fingers in it, and then follow the ridges from top to bottom, and also use a fair amount elsewhere. I wasn’t brave enough to try just inserting the Twist without twisting, but I imagine that would be too much for most folks unless they’re a huge fan of texture on their anal toys. The ridges are still noticeable, at least to me, once they’ve been inserted. It’s not uncomfortable, just different, and definitely not something any of my other butt plugs offer.

The Juice performs like most other plugs I’ve had. The light texture from the grooves is nice, but not too much, and I don’t notice it as much as I do the Twist’s texture. The material doesn’t have drag, and given the minimal texture, I didn’t near anywhere near as much lube as with other toys. The base on this series of toys is fabulous. It’s not so wide that it spreads my cheeks uncomfortably, but still sturdy enough that I’m not worried about it going anywhere. The base may look like it curves inward and is going to be pointy, but I promise it’s not! The softness of the silicone means it flattens and adjusts to your body so there’s not poking.

Cleaning these plugs is easy. Tantus’ silicone is hypoallergenic, non-toxic and free of phthalates, and is going to last forever with just a bit of TLC. You can wipe your toys down with a 10% bleach solution, put them through the dishwasher (top rack, no dish soap!), or boil them in a pot for 5-10 minutes. For day to day cleaning, I just use anti-bacterial soap and water, and once every other month, gather up all my toys to make a giant pot of dildo soup and boil them. These do need a bit more care cleaning, as there are grooves in the Juice and the Twist has plenty of areas for lube and bodily fluids to collect. There is also the Tantus logo on the side of the base, which is set in slightly, so extra care should be used there. When in doubt, grab a spare toothbrush and scrub! (Make sure you label that toothbrush well, or tuck it into your toy storage. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant tooth brushing experience. /voice of experience)

Overall, I love both these toys, but the Twist is my favourite of the two. The unique shape and texture offers me something no other toy has so far, and I adore the soft and silky material!

Nexus G-play

When I was contacted last month by Chloe of Nexus, and was offered a chance to review a toy of my choosing, I was a happy girl. I’d heard good things about the Nexus range, and was curious if their toys would live up to the hype. I picked the G-Play in large, as one of the few types of toys I don’t own is a vibrating butt plug, plus the shape of this intrigued me.

Ladies and gentlemen (and whomever else is reading this), I am in love.

The G Play large is a silicone vibrating butt plug that is designed to be used anally or vaginally, and stimulates the G-spot in women or the prostate in men. It has a very unique shape, with a hook at the top that is perfect for catching my G-spot or a prostate. While this toy is listed at a large, it’s a large in comparison to the G-play medium and small. It measures 4 inches long, with 3-1/3 inches insertable, and the diameter is 1-3/8 inches at its widest point. I would personally consider this an intermediate anal toy.

The silicone that Nexus uses is a plushy velvet with a bit of a drag to it. It doesn’t pick up lint or dust like some other silicone toys I own, which is a lovely change. (Having to wash your toys before and after use gets old after a while sometimes.) Because this is a silicone toy, you should only use water based lube with it, so as to not damage it. The G Play large is not a waterproof or even a splashproof toy, sadly. For cleaning, you can actually pop the vibrator part of this toy out of the bottom, and then clean the silicone plug the way you normally would. (Antibacterial soap and water, boiling, wiping down with a 10% bleach solution or tossing it in the top shelf of the dishwasher will all work!)

The vibrations are great. Slightly buzzy, but still strong enough to feel amazing. G-play large is also controlled by 1 button on the bottom. There are 5 different vibration patterns:

1.) a low to high oscillating pattern, followed by a fast pulse.
2.) long fast pulses with extended stops. (I really dislike this particular vibration setting when I am being teased by Sir with it! Every time I start getting close to that “ooh, I could just maybe orgasm from this” sensation, it stops. So frustrating!)
3.) constant high vibrations
4.) long high pulse with short stops.
5.) rhythmic oscillating pattern escalating low to high, punctuated by a pause. (This and the high constant are my two favourite patterns!)

To turn it off, just press and hold the on button for a few seconds. Because some of the patterns do have pauses in them, it make not be immediately obvious if you’ve shut down this toy properly, which I find slightly annoying.

Using the G-Play vaginally was interesting. The hook on the end found my G-spot and the vibrations felt good, but I need thrusting to have a G-spot orgasm, and this toy isn’t shaped ideally for thrusting, or at least for me. It’s not long enough for that, and the angles required are ones that make my wrists tired and sore quickly.

Anally is where this plug delivers. Dear gods, does it deliver. The shape is one of the first anal plugs that seems to fit my body perfectly…while I am definitely aware it is inside me, I don’t feel any discomfort or as though I’m constantly having to try to relax my muscles around it. It just…fits. It could be because of the odd shape, or maybe because that this plug isn’t round. The G-Play has an oval diameter, which may be part of the reason it’s so comfortable?

I had this plug in during sex with my Master earlier in the week, and he said that the vibrations really transferred well, and that it made me feel like ‘The best vibrating pocket pussy ever’. The base of the plug is a little large, and was slightly annoying during sex, but turning the plug to the side worked well, and didn’t take away from the sensations for either my Master or myself.

I give this plug 5 sated paws up out of 5. The G-Play Large is an amazing addition to my toy box, and I”ll definitely be recommending it to several of my play partners and friends. Thank you so much, Nexus, for letting me review this toy!

Aneros Helix review

It’s been far too long since I had a new review on my site that focused on a toy for males and sexshop.netwas awesome and sent me the Aneros Helix to review. Luckily, my mate/boyfriend/fiance, BloodHound, likes occasional anal play, so was willing to help test this toy out for me, report back, and help with the review. Aneros Helix

Aneros is known for their line of male prostate toys. Most of their line consists of sleek white toys that look vaguely clinical, with one or two forays into coloured toys. They have also recently made a toy for female bodies, the Evi.

The Aneros Helix is a butt plug that is shaped specifically for prostate massage. The main part of the plug is curved slightly upwards, and the shape of it reminds me of a finger, with the different bulges echoing the shape of knuckles. So, it stands to reason that shape should work pretty well for prostate massage. The taper to the toy is the opposite of what I normally see in anal toys, though. This starts larger, and then tapers into a slim neck.

The helix is 4 1/2″ long, with 4″ of that being insertable. It is 3″ in circumference, so slightly less than 1″ in diameter.
The material is hard plastic, smooth to the touch, and has no seams that I can see or feel. If you’re used to squishier toy like silicone or some other material, this is going to feel bigger than a toy of similar girth as there is no give to it at all. Because it’s hard plastic, you can use any type of lube you want with it (silicone, water, or oil based), and cleaning is also simple. A toy cleaner, soap and water, or a 10% bleach solution will all work. Don’t boil this toy! You’ll wreck the toy and quite possibly your pot, and scraping melted sex toy off the bottom of a pot will just ruin your day.

The base of the toy is a bit different looking. It has two curved tabs that The p-tab (perineum tab) extends horizontally from the toy’s base and curves up to apply pressure on the perineum. My fiance loves perineum pressure/massage during handjobs/blowjobs, so really liked this part of the design. He says that it can get a little annoying during really long sessions, as the rubbing is more pinpoint than a finger would be. I’m not really thrilled with the base, as it feels a bit flimsy to me, and I’m worried that it may break at some point. So far, it seems sturdy enough, but I would have been happier with slightly thicker arms on the base.

Aneros has some awesome packaging. The box looks almost like a book, and has an outer sleeve holding it together. The scarlet box closes with a magnetic closure, which I really like a lot better than traditional (and cheap looking) sex toy packaging. The massager itself sits in an inner tray if you like to keep toy packaging, tucking this away on a bookshelf would be an excellent way to store your Helix. I didn’t keep my box, as it’s a bit bulkier than I would like, and instead, it’s just tucked into one of my storage drawers.

There’s definitely a bit of a learning curve with this prostate massager. When you clench around the toy, your body pulls it a bit deeper into you, and this causes the body of the Helix to rub against the prostate. In theory, you can have an orgasm from just this sort of repetitive prostate stimulation, without ever having your cock touched. This may not work for everyone, though, so don’t be upset if you don’t have hands free orgasms from this toy. Every body is different, and some just may not like having their prostate messed with as much as the next person. Bloodhound wasn’t able to, and instead he liked this toy a lot better as an added bonus during handjobs, blowjobs, or sex. He definitely had stronger orgasms when he used it, and I noticed that there was a lot more cum to clean up afterwards (Grab a towel if you’re experimenting with prostate massage, just in case. I talked to a few other male friends who are into this, and several of them also said that they came a lot more when they added anal play to their orgasms.).

Overall, this is a great toy if you like prostate massage, are willing to spend a bit of time learning to use it, and prefer your anal toys to be made of really firm material. We give it 4 out of 5 paws up, with the one star removed for how the base is shaped.