Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review of the Tantus Ripple

I was given the Tantus Ripple for review from a great woman-friendly sex store, Babeland. I am a great fan of Tantus, and I wanted to try this anal probe, because it was smaller-sized and I figured that the smooth silicone that would make anal play almost effortless. I was sure it would be something Tantus Ripple Package 1gentle and pleasurable, and it was.

The Tantus Ripple comes in black and in midnight purple, which is the one I have. The midnight purple color is a dark purple color that has fine shimmery dust particles that give it a lovely shine. Tantus toys come in a completely recyclable plastic packaging that has information about 100% pure-platinum silicone, but do not come with instructions.

The Ripple is an anal probe and is not designed to work as a butt plug. If you walk around with it, the last bubble can slip out. Although, it does feel nice when you are sitting in a chair or in front of the computer, and you won’t feel the base. This toy has four spheres of increasing sizes that makes it looks like a string of anal beads. The first ball is smaller than the tip of my index finger and, considering that I have small fingers, it’s fairly small. It about 1/2” in diameter, the second one is 6/8”, the third one is almost one 1” and the last one is 1 1/8”. The insertable length is a little short of 5”. There is a very wide base, over 2” wide, that makes it obviously anal safe. The Ripple could also be used in a harness.

The Tantus Ripple is made of pure silicone; it is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-porous, odorless, latex and phthalate-free, and totally practical for cleaning. It is a great material, but there are a Tantus Ripple 2few things to know about it. The most important thing about a silicone toy is to use a water-based lubricant, but to never use a silicone-based lubricant with it, or the surface may degrade or melt. A silicone toy really attracts lint and you may need to rinse it even after washing it before use, but seriously, it’s not a big deal. It can be washed with mild soap and water, with a toy cleaner, and it can be sanitized by boiling for 3 minutes, bleached with a 10% solution or put on the top rack of the dishwasher (no soap). If you intend to share this toy, you can also use it with a condom.

I’m not sure if it’s my imagination that is playing tricks on me, but the toy’s density feels different from my other Tantus toy. It’s appears to be made of a softer and more flexible silicone. Not by  much, but just enough to feel somewhat squishy. It bends easily from side to side and has some give to a normal finger squeeze. The surface of the toy is glossy and very slippery when lubricant is applied.

The Tantus Ripple felt wonderful, and I really like the fact that the polished surface would not irritate my skin and insides at all. I particularly enjoyed tightening my muscles on it when I would pull it out, since the smooth bubbles gave no friction, except for their size. I even used it for double penetration with the Tantus Silk Large, which I have reviewed here, and it made the bubbles feel twice as large. So if you ever feel like the Ripple has become too small for you, if it ever happens, you can upgrade it with a second toy as well, if you are physically able to obviously.

The first time I tried this probe, I had to hold the tip in order to insert it, because it kept bending to the sides, and I had some trouble feeling where the tip was. But the second time I did, I could Tantus Ripple 3 get it in just by holding the base. It depends if your muscles are relaxed or not. The only slight disadvantage is at the base, because it is a slightly too slim and bends easily when you’re trying to get a hold on it. The best way to get a good grip on it is by applying pressure in the middle of the bottom and on the sides of the neck, and not on the very sides of the base.

It’s really perfect for those who are curious about trying an anal toy as a fancier upgrade to a beginner’s butt plug like the Fun Factory Bootie or the Tantus Little Flirt. I would even recommend this toy as a first anal toy, since the first bubble is so small and is extremely beginner-friendly. So, you can start with the first ripple and gradually work your way to the larger ripples once you can handle it all. Even if you consider yourself intermediate in anal play, you can really get playful with the Ripple because of the slickness of the silicone. It’s a fun toy to have around and can also be used for warming up to a larger anal toy.

All in all, this toy is particularly for anal beginner, but people into more intermediate play will still have a lot of fun to get out of those ripples. It may not work well as a plug, or have a very solid base, but it feels wonderful where it counts.

Kynky Kytty

 
This item was received for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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