Did you know that October is Stick Stuff Up Your Butt Month? I may be kinda making that up, but Monday was October 21, and the third official National Fisting Day, a “holiday” created by feminist pornographers.
In honor of Fisting Day and sticking stuff up your butt, Tantus is offering 25% off ALL of their Butt Toys. All you need to do is enter code: WHATWHAT at checkout. To celebrate this great WHATWHAT butt toy offer, Tantus was kind enough to send me the most beautiful Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug for review.
Like its sibling, the Tantus Rocket Dildo, the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug comes from the unique line of Tantus Space Toys, which consists of four sex toys, the Asteroid, the Rocket, the Comet, and the Meteorite.
Though the shapes of the toys in the Space Toy line are actually not new, all four are handmade with three different colored sections, like Neapolitan Ice Cream. Did you ever try that freeze dried Astronaut Neapolitan Ice Cream you could get at the Smithsonian Museum? AWFUL, but I did like the real ice cream as a kid. Except for the chocolate, which I always left behind.
Instead of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate colors, the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug is hot pink, bright orange, and lime green. I have one word for gorgeousness of this butt plug, AWESOME. Admittedly, the reason I wanted to review the Asteroid was way more about its color scheme than its shape. Until I discovered the shape should not be overlooked.
As I mentioned above, the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug and its brethren are based on shapes that already exist in the Tantus arsenal. The Asteroid is the Cody Butt Plug in disguise. It has the same shape and dimensions as Cody, so if you’d like to try out the Asteroid Butt Plug but for some crazy reason feel it’s too flashy, you can always get Cody in black. I’ll be slightly disappointed in you, but I’ll get over it. Eventually.
With an insertable length of 4.5″ and a diameter of 1.75″, the Tantus Asteroid is not a butt plug for beginners. It is definitely something to work up to if you are new to anal play. If this is the, case and you are looking for a starter butt plug, I suggest the Tantus Little Flirt, which is only .8″ in diameter, or the Tantus Slim, which is 1″ in diameter. Better yet, go with the Tantus Meteorite, which is the same as the Slim (black = boring), but in the pretty colors of my Asteroid.
As it clearly states on the Tantus Asteroid’s product page, the Space Toy line is handmade, so the one you receive may not match the image on the site. The color placement on my Asteroid Butt Plug is slightly different than on the one in the Tantus images.
On my Asteroid, the pink of the base turns to orange much higher up on the butt plug (on the stem), rather than sticking to just the base. The orange to lime green fade also happens higher up on the body of the plug, right in the middle of the second curve from the top. I think it is so cool that not all the Asteroid Butt Plugs are identical. The more unique and special the sex toy, the better.
There are many great things about Tantus sex toys and it’s no secret I’m a big fan. Tantus makes all of their toys with a proprietary blend of Platinum Silicone, called Ultra-Premium Platinum Silicone, which is of very high quality. This pure silicone is latex and phthalate-free, body-safe, and hypoallergenic. While anything is possible, I have yet to hear of anyone having a reaction to silicone of this quality, so if your body is hyper-sensitive, Tantus toys are an excellent choice.
Tantus designs and produces all of their products in the U.S., which means they provide jobs to people living here. I’m not going to get on my soapbox about outsourcing, but I consider this to be a good thing. Speaking of their designs, Tantus is a company that does a significant amount of product testing before making the decision to produce and market a new sex toy. This means that real people try early prototypes and provide feedback that allows Tantus to make adjustments before going to market with their products. You may find this shocking, but not all sex toy manufacturers do this.
In addition, if you are less experienced with sex toys, Tantus has a great Sex Ed page with some very good articles that are absolutely worth checking out. If you still believe it is ok to shove jelly sex toys into your body, the article, Metis Black on Toxic Toys: Beyond Phthalates, is a must read. If you’ve got questions about lubricant, especially silicone-based, check out Got Lube? (part 1) and Got Lube? (part 2).
As Tantus silicone is high-caliber, you can use it with high quality, pure silicone-based lubricants, such as Pjur. If you’re not sure whether or not your silicone-based lube will work with the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug, either do a spot check on the underside of its base, or stick to water-based lubricants.
Be aware that the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug is very draggy, as is common with many silicone sex toys. You will want to be very liberal in your use of lubricant, regardless of what type you are using. In general, you do not want to skimp on lube when you are inserting toys into your body, but this is especially true of anal play.
Silicone is practically non-porous, which means it does not absorb bacteria and can be cleaned in a variety of ways. Warm water and mild soap is always doable, as is a sex toy cleaner. Since the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug has no moving parts, it is waterproof, which means you can also pop it into the top drawer of your dishwasher and run it through the cycle, sans soap.
Additionally, the Asteroid can be sterilized with a 10% bleach solution or by being boiled for 3-5 minutes. Sterilizing your Tantus Asteroid will allow you to share it with partners (once sterilized, obviously) or use it both vaginally and anally, if you so desire.
I think I have already raved a fair amount about how much I adore the colorful beauty of the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug, but in case I haven’t done so sufficiently…rave, rave, rave. Now it’s probably important to discuss the actual use of it, I suppose.
As I mentioned above, the dragginess of the Asteroid’s silicone necessitates a good amount of lube. However, I find that once it is lubed up and in place, I don’t need to constantly reapply. This could be because I’m usually not doing a lot of thrusting with the plug. I’m more of a pop it into place and enjoy the feeling of fullness kind of girl. Though I also think the Asteroid just doesn’t eat lube like some silicone toys.
The size and shape of the Tantus Asteroid lend themselves to that delicious sensation of being filled. The rounded, yet pointy, tip allows for smooth insertion (lube, lube, and more lube), while the curviness of the two bulges creates a comfortable transition as the plug widens. The stem of the Asteroid narrows enough between the bottom of the second bulge and the top of its base to provide sufficient space for my anal muscles to grip and hold.
In general, I have had good luck with Tantus butt plugs. They stay inside of me, which might seem totally obvious and like it’s no big deal. “Aren’t butt plugs supposed to stay inside of you? Isn’t that standard?”, you might query. Yes. Yes, they are. Yet you would be surprised to discover how many don’t. SO many butt plugs just slip right out during play…or breathing. Happily, the Tantus Asteroid does not. The large, round base keeps it well-secured inside my butt, even during vaginal penetration, which can be a tricky time for an anal toy.
Due to this large, round base, the Tantus Asteroid is not a butt plug I am going to wear out and about underneath my clothes, or even around the house doing chores. (Will someone PLEASE come over and do the vacuuming??) For me, the base is just too bulky to be comfortable running errands or lazing on the couch. Though it is superb for anchoring the Asteroid inside of my body during anal play, it doesn’t do well under clothing.
If you’re curious, my favorite long wearing butt plugs are the njoy Pure Plug and the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug. Though it is very texturey, the Tantus Twist does a good job as well.
As for downsides, I must mention the one annoying aspect I have found with all of my Tantus sex toys, perhaps with the exception of the Tantus Twist Butt Plug (which has a different, unusually smooth and silky surface).
The Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug is a lint magnet. It’s actually not quite as bad as some of my other Tantus toys, but if I leave it drying on the counter, dust, hair, and anything else floating in the air will be irresistibly drawn to it. If I dry it with a towel, that’s even worse. Lint city. To be fair, most of my high quality silicone sex toys have this issue.
Oh! I just had an idea. I need one of those special, lint-free, microfiber cloths that is meant to be used on LCD and plasma screens. Maybe that would help my Tantus toys…
The pointy, curvy shape of the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug is not something I had in my butt toy collection, but it is a welcome addition. The tip encourages easy insertion, while the gradually widening body of the plug allows my anal muscles to slowly warm up to the increasing size.
The base is definitely large enough to keep the plug from disappearing inside my anus, but also large enough to keep the Tantus Asteroid from being a wear around house or running errands butt plug. As I have a number of butt plugs in My Toy Box, it’s not necessary for the Asteroid to meet my every need. However, most people don’t own over a dozen anal toys, so think about what you want in a butt plug before purchasing.
The diameter of the Tantus Asteroid keeps it from being an ideal first butt plug. If you are an experienced anal player, by all means, the Asteroid is an excellent choice. If you are a newbie, consider the suggestions I made earlier in this review before moving on to the Asteroid. However, once you are practiced and ready, GO FOR IT.
On the off chance you don’t follow me on Twitter and hang on my every tweet (even though I know you do, or you will once you click on that Twitter icon on the left hand side of the page), I absolutely have to link you to the most awesome image in existence of the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug. This is not photoshopped, friends. This is the plain old image I was able to grab on the standard camera on my phone. It happened to be sitting on the edge of my table in a rare ray of sunlight. Do you see how it glows??
As with my most recent Tantus review item (Yes, I’m aware it was just two weeks ago. Get off me.), the Tantus Max O2 Dildo, the Asteroid Butt Plug was set aside as a product sample. For this reason, it did not arrive in the typical Tantus clear plastic box, but rather free and loose, wrapped in paper for protection. However, when you purchase your Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug, it will come in the same packaging as my other Tantus sex toys, such as the Tantus Cush O2 Dildo.
Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug Pros:
• Gorgeous colors
• Awesome Ultra-Premium Silicone
• Great shape
• Good size (for me)
• Large base
• Remains inside my body during play
• Can be used with high quality silicone-based lube
• Terrific company
• Made in the U.S.
Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug Cons:
• Lint, lint, and more lint
As always, Tantus sex toys make me happy, but the Tantus Asteroid Butt Plug makes me feel particularly joyful. Its colors are so cheerful. It’s like a brightly colored butterfly (currently) sitting on my table. With such a beautiful, kaleidoscopic butt plug like the Asteroid on the loose, how can you not want to stick something up your butt?