With the exception of last week’s review of the Liberator Tensionier Cuff and Blindfold Kit, I noticed I have been focusing on vibrators lately. I thought it would be good to take a break from the buzzers and check out a dildo this week, like the Pipedream Icicles No. 17.
Icicles No. 17 is not the most exciting name for a sex toy, but I suppose it does make it easy to keep track of it if you have a bunch of toys from the Icicles line. I have reviewed only two other products from the Pipedream Icicles line, the Icicles No 14 and the Icicles No 24, also known as the Octopussy.
Icicles is a line of glass toys produced by Pipedream, a very large manufacturer of sex toys. The Icicles No. 17 is made of borosilicate glass, the very same kind of glass as your kitchen Pyrex. This means it is able to withstand temperature changes and is much less likely to break than a regular old wine glass, for example. Unlike how a traditional wine glass shatters when it breaks, if borosilicate actually does break, it does not shatter, but rather breaks into large pieces. I have a number of borosilicate glass dildos and have dropped more than one of them. I have never had an issue with breakage. The glass of the Icicles No. 17 is very strong. That being said, always look over your glass sex toys carefully before use to be sure there are no chips or cracks.
There are many benefits to glass sex toys. Very few people are allergic to glass, so the Pipedream Icicles No. 17 is hypoallergenic. It is also latex and phthalate-free. With no moving parts, the Icicles No. 17 is easy to clean. You can use warm water and antibacterial soap or a sex toy cleaner. You can also disinfect the Icicles No. 17 with a 10% bleach solution. This will allow you to share between non-fluid bonded partners, as well as go from anal to vaginal use. You can use the Icicles No. 17 anally as it does have a flared base, though the base is not wide enough for me to really recommend this. If you do decide to go this route, I would keep a close eye and firm grasp on it.
Another benefit to using glass sex toys is that they are compatible with all types of lubricant. You can use both water-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants with the Icicles No. 17 glass dildo. You can even use an oil-based lube, which is not possible with many sex toy materials. As glass is slick on its own, you can get away with using much less lubricant. It definitely does not eat a ton of lube like some other materials. (Yes, silicone, I’m referring to you.)
The other thing I love about glass sex toys is sensation play. You can pop the Icicles No. 17 into a bowl of ice or hot water and allow it to cool down/heat up and it will retain the temperature for a significant amount of time. This allows you to explore different sensations, essentially giving you three toys in one. I prefer cooling down my glass sex toys, but to each her own.
The Pipedream Icicles No. 17 is is fairly long at 8.5″. What really stands out is the insertable length of 8″, which is a significant amount of penetration. Of course, no one is saying you have to insert all 8″, just that it is possible. The head of the Icicles No. 17 is a bit larger than 1.5″ in diameter with the shaft being quite a bit thinner, and as I mentioned, it has a flared based. In the images on the box and online, the shaft of the Icicles No 17 looks like a deep blue but in hand it looks black to me. I suppose the blue is so deep that the color doesn’t come out. The head of the Icicles No. 17 is what really stands out. It is clear with a detailed yellow rose embedded inside. Even though I’m not a flowery person, it’s quite lovely.
In use, the Pipedream No. 17 gives a strong performance. The flat base gives me a secure place to hold onto that is not all slippery from lube, and makes thrusting easy. The curviness of the shaft fits well with body and allows for smooth thrusting. The slickness of the glass allows the Icicles No. 17 to slide easily in and out of me when thrusting as well. While some may find the circumference of the head to be on the larger side, I do not find the Icicles No. 17 to be terribly girthy. However, it is important to keep in mind that as this dildo is made of glass, it has absolutely no give. This can cause it to feel larger than its actual size. The larger head provides that lovely popping feeling as it enters my body. It also allows for very firm g-spot stimulation, which is what works well for me. One word of caution, the 8″ of length can allow you to thrust to far and hit the cervix if you’re not paying attention. Some women like this feeling, I do not.
The packaging of the Pipedream Icicles No. 17 is the same as the packaging for the other Icicles products. It comes in a totally indiscreet box with images of the dildo all over it. It also says, “hand blown glass massager” on the front, so if anyone was unsure about the purpose of the Icicles No. 17, they would be clued in. The front of the box has a flap that opens up to a window showing the dildo inside. Inside the box, the Icicles No. 17 is securely wedged in a large piece of Styrofoam to keep it protected. While the Styrofoam and box take up a ton of room in storage, they do provide excellent protection for the Pipedream Icicles No. 17.
Pipedream Icicles No. 17 Pros:
• Base provides a good handle for thrusting
• Good g-spot stimulation
• Very attractive
Pipedream Icicles No. 17 Cons:
• Can hit cervix if not paying attention
I love glass sex toys, the slickness, the hardness, the sensation play. The curve of the shaft aligns well with my body and the large, rounded head provides great g-spot stimulation. This would probably be an excellent choice for someone who wants to explore her g-spot. Though my Icicles No. 17 looks black rather than blue, it is still lovely and the flower embedded inside the clear head is a nice touch. I love that it has a flared base which makes it easy to hold on to while thrusting. Overall, the Pipedream Icicles No. 17 is a good, solid dildo.