Guest Review: The Icicles No. 60 Beginner’s Slimline Realistic Glass Dildo

Hello my lovely readers!

A while ago I had the wonderful Lemon Fresh do a guest review for me. Lemon Fresh is a good friend and he was happy to tell you all about the Tenga 3D Zen Male Masturbator. Lemon Fresh will be back again soon but, for now, I have another exciting guest review for you.

One of my other friends, Curious Clementine was another sex toy newbie who has recently discovered the joys of adult products. Today she is here to talk to you about her first purchase, the Icicles No. 60 Beginner’s Slimline Realistic Glass Dildo.

As a sex toy veteran I find the opinions of my associates invaluable, as they provide a perspective to you that I’ve long since passed.  Everyone has to start somewhere after all and reading the thoughts of someone in a similar position is always valuable. So, without further ado, here is Curious Clementine’s review of the Icicles No. 60 Glass Dildo

Curious Clementine’s Critique

For a long while I was always skeptical of toys in solo play, probably because of my up-bringing and cultural influences. But I still always had a certain curiosity about them.

When I first found out about my friend Emmeline Peaches being a reviewer of intimate playthings, I wouldn’t say I was shocked, surprised maybe, but not shocked. Mainly, though, I was intrigued.

It was even longer after that I finally plucked up the courage to consider talking about toys with her, let alone consider buying one of my own.

After plenty of research and consideration, I finally decided to ‘take the plunge’ and buy one, eventually settling on the Icicles No.60 by Pipedream. Coined as ‘perfect for beginners’ on their own website and on Lovehoney, I figured, “hey. Why not”.

The Icicles No. 60 Beginner’s Slimline Realistic Glass Dildo

Glass is a material I’ve been fascinated with for a long time, and suffice to say the Icicles No. 60 is a lovely looking piece of glass. When it eventually arrived, in highly discreet packaging from Lovehoney I might add, I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box to take a look at it. Seeing pictures online is all well and good, but you can’t beat the physical object itself.

The box for this toy is beautiful
The box for this toy is very attractive.

The box itself is rather nice. It’s black and white, very artsy, and opens from the top. But what’s quite neat is the book-like flap that opens so you can see it proudly displayed within as if to tease you through the little window cut-out.

The Icicles No. 60 is, as I said, a lovely looking piece of glass. No colour to it though, which is a shame because visually it’s not exactly outstanding. Nice, but nothing to shout home about. Made from hand-blown borosilicate glass it’s almost guaranteed for a lifetime (unless you decide to hurl it down the stairs or something).

Being a toy that’s good for beginners it’s not the largest. So it’s small enough to not be intimidating but big enough to feel like there is actually something there. Also at only 6 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter it’s extra discreet for hiding away from prying eyes in a full house.

The Icicles No. 60 isn’t just a straight shaft of clear glass, however. It has a flat base which protrudes slightly more on the lower edge, allowing for an easy grip in use. If you’re not shy about displaying your toys, this base can also be used to stand the dildo tall semi-proudly when not in use. It has a slight curve upwards, which as I’m told is a good thing for g-spotting. It also sports some raised ridges across the full length that criss-cross at right-angles and meet at two long straight ridges that flank it either side.

The texture on this dildo is beautiful but not perfect.
The texture on this dildo is beautiful but not perfect.

However, to me it’s like someone’s tried draping the raised glass with extreme precision but didn’t quite achieve the level of precision they intended. They’re not the most even of ridges, being straight in some areas and a little wavy in others. It also has some slight bubbling under the surface of them where air has been trapped during the moulding of the glass, which ordinarily would detract from the nice look but it somehow works.

The tip itself though is very round, and like the shaft it has two ridges that encircle it (as though to vaguely emulate the head of a penis). But although it looks ok, this doesn’t quite work aesthetically. I am willing to forgive it’s imperfections however because of the nature of it being hand blown, and therefore these imperfections are unique to my toy and mine alone, so no one else will have these crazy squiggles of ridges and slight bubbling under the surface.

Buying the toy was easy, figuring out how best to use it was a challenge all its own.
Buying the toy was easy, figuring out how best to use it was a challenge all its own.

“So, what do I do now?” I thought to myself upon receiving and opening my toy. I had this chunk of glass in my hands, which was manageable for a newbie but slightly intimidating regardless.

Previous talks with Emmeline Peaches advised and informed me that glass is great for temperature play, and that lube doesn’t necessarily need to be applied as liberally as with other toys. But still, being new to it all, I lacked any idea of how little was too little or too much, hence my exasperation.

My initial try with this thing was less than fun, as I appeared to have too little lube. So, more lube was applied, at which point it became akin to fumbling with a bar of soap in the bath. So take note – this thing only needs a small amount, especially as the ridges will gather a lot of it in the inclines, which helps overall. It can be a case of trial and error to find the right balance of lube coverage but once you get it, you’re good to go.

Once successfully lubed, first and foremost my thoughts became ones of temperature shock at the literal icicle that I was driving into myself. So I swiftly removed it and proceeded to warm it under a hot tap.

Temperature play: while nice for some, is not my thing. Well, at least the cold isn’t.

Once warmed, and lube reapplied, I tried again. And the only way I can describe it, is odd, but a good odd. The feel of the ridges is surprisingly gentle, despite being so pronounced on the toy themselves. But it’s the symmetry of the ridges that make this toy odd but nice. When inserting it, the base makes a great handle, although it can seem a little small. I only have tiny hands to start with, which helps me, but anyone else with bigger hands could find this a little awkward.

During insertion the ridges around the tip and on the shaft glide across my labia, creating little waves of sensation all round. Because of the uneven criss-cross pattern to them it gives a mild sense of a throbbing feeling, while the straight ridges help to glide it in straight.

For me, all it takes is some gentle thrusting take full advantage of the feeling of these ridges. It’s extremely effective for something so simple. The slight curve also pushes against the vaginal walls enabling a little extra pressure where it’s needed, and it feels great. However though I’m told it’s good for g-spotting, I am so far unsuccessful with this toy in effectively stimulating my g-spot.

Nevertheless it’s a nice toy. It’s simple and small enough and has enough ridging to stimulate the labia in an odd way that I have since not found to be replicated by others I have tried.

Not only is this thing good for internal stimulation it’s also great externally, as the deep ridges around the tip tickle enough on their own.

Cleaning is also extremely easy. Being glass, if you’re bold enough the website says it can be popped into the dishwasher. But somehow I don’t feel comfortable eating from plates that have been in the same water as my sex toy, so antibacterial soap and warm water is all it really needs. Plus it’s more discreet than trying to slip it in between the pan lids after the evening meal.

Final Thoughts

Overall, my thoughts of this toy are that it’s nice. It’s simple, it’s small and it’s discreet. I do have a slight gripe however with it being so bland in colour, as it could have been made so much prettier. Seeing the other Icicles products it wouldn’t have been hard to infuse a little colour or something, even on the ridges themselves. But aesthetics aside, it’s a nice little toy.

However the reviews that pitch this thing as perfect for beginners are a little off in my opinion. While size-wise it’s probably perfect (as it’s not too intimidating for anyone new to toys) the temperature play and the level of texture seem a bit too much for a complete novice to get their head around.

I for one still recall the horror of the icy poke every time I take it out and have to heat it before it’s a comfortable temperature for me to use it. And while the ridges do feel nice, I feel as though it could be a bit less textured and still be great, because when it’s cold, my god are they obnoxious.

Recommend to:

People looking for a slim dildo.

People who like textured toys.

People who like temperature play.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who dislike glass toys.

People who dislike textured toys.

People who dislike temperature play.

Disclaimer- When buying this product and writing her review Curious Clementine was not aware of the horrific reputation that Pipedream have in the sex toy industry. Personally I didn’t feel it was fair that her hard work went to waste because of this so this review went forward uninterrupted. However Curious Clementine has agreed for me to put this link up to Dangerous Lilly’s article on Pipedream. From there you can decide whether or not Pipedream products are something you would consider purchasing.