Back in September, 2013, I reviewed the Crystal Delights Hello Kitty Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug, which I adored. The only issue I had with this butt plug was that the Bunny Tail is made of real fur, fox fur to be exact. This is not a problem with the product at all and I knew beforehand the tail was real fur. It’s simply my vegetarianism and apparently expanding issues with how humans use animals.
Considering how crazy I was for the Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Crystal Delights had released a new line of Crystal Minx Tail Plugs made with FAUX FUR. Of course, I had to publish a Spotlight on the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plugs immediately. I bet you can guess how thrilled I was when Crystal Delights offered me my number one design choice, the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug for review.
Crystal Delights is my absolute favorite manufacturer of glass sex toys for so many reasons. They are a small, artisan company based in New Hampshire. All of their products are handmade in the U.S. (with the exception of the Swarovski Crystal elements, which are created by the Swarovski company in Wattens, Austria). They use only the highest quality borosilicate glass for their butt plugs and dildos.
In addition, Aside from consistently releasing new and exciting designs, Crystal Delights will also make custom pieces if you would like a larger plug than is offered on their website. I’ve had the opportunity to meet the owner of the company and she is awesome.
As I mentioned above, Crystal Delights fashions their butt plugs out of borosilicate glass, which has certain properties that make it a great choice for sex toys. If you’ve ever used a Pyrex measuring cup, mixing bowl, or baking dish, you have used borosilicate glass. It is formulated to withstand extreme temperatures and is stronger than glass used to produce a typical jar or water glass.
When most glassware breaks, it shatters and little tiny bits of glass go everywhere. No matter how well you clean up the mess, you will inevitably end up stepping on a piece of glass months down the road. Borosilicate glass is designed to avoid this entirely. In addition to breaking far less easily than other forms of glass, if it does break, borosilicate glass does not shatter but fractures into large chunks of glass.
Though I own a number of them, I have never broken a glass sex toy. I’m sure I could if I really put my mind to it, but I have dropped some of them multiple times (accidentally) without any damage. That being said, it’s a good idea to double-check all glass sex toys prior to use to ensure there are no nicks or cracks.
Aside from the strengths of borosilicate glass (both literal and figurative), glass is also non-porous, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. The lack of pores means there is no place for nasty little bacteria or viruses to hide, as long as you thoroughly clean your Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug.
Unlike the Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug, the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug is not magnetic and the tail portion is not removable. While the glass butt plug itself is very easy to wash and can even be disinfected, because the faux fur tail is firmly attached, it becomes a bit trickier. Putting the tail aside for a moment, you can simply wash the Crystal Delights Glass Butt Plug with warm water and mild soap (not antibacterial) or wipe it down with a sex toy cleaner.
To disinfect the butt plug, either because you want to share it with someone or just because it’s a good idea to disinfect toys you stick up your butt, you can use a 10% bleach solution. Bringing the faux fur tail back into play, you really don’t want go spraying bleach all over the place and risk damaging it. Crystal Delights suggests spritzing a soft towel with the bleach solution or dampening it with rubbing alcohol or peroxide and wiping the plug down.
Another advantage to constructing sex toys with glass is that you can use any kind of lubricant, unlike some materials such as silicone. However, as it is very possible lube may end up on your tail, I would stick with water-based lubricant.
I realize the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug is made with….well, faux fur, but silicone-based lube is not easy to remove. You probably don’t want a product that can stain clothing and sheets getting on your Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail.
Speaking of tails, the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug is available in seven different styles, including Red Fox, Grey Wolf, and my favorite, Snow Leopard. Keep in mind that all Crystal Delight products are individually handmade, so your Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug may not look exactly like or have precisely the same measurements as described on the website, but it will be close.
My Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug has a total length of approximately 21.25″. The Snow Leopard Faux Fur Tail takes up 17.75″ of this length and is about 2.5-3″ wide. It’s a bit tough to measure because it’s so lush. The glass butt plug is about 3.5″ long, with 2.5-2.75″ being insertable, and 1.4″ in diameter.
You can see the dimensions of my glass butt plug are slightly different than those described on the Crystal Delights website, but are very similar. Though they do make colored butt plugs and dildos, the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug is clear glass. As you know (if you read my Spotlight), I wanted to test the Snow Leopard Faux Fur Plug, so I was an extremely happy sex toy reviewer when I actually got to do so.
The Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug shown on the website is a bit more understated than mine. Not that my tail is loud, but its spots stand out more and are far less faint than the example on the site. I love it. I have never actually seen a real live snow leopard tail, primarily because I have never seen a real live snow leopard. So all I can say is that on my tail the subtle, darkish leopard spots stand out from the slightly paler background fur in a very attractive and leopardy way.
As I am unable to compare my faux fur tale to the real thing due to some silly idea that a real live snow leopard might try and eat me if I attempt to pet its tail (and the fact that snow leopards are endangered and not commonly found), I cannot make a true comparison. I can live with that. I’m obviously not trying for reality here.
The Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail is delightfully soft, silky, and sumptuous. As with real fur, it feels totally different if you pet with the grain as opposed to against it (so to speak). The sensation of the Snow Leopard Faux Fur Tail against my skin is utterly luxurious. Unlike the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug which snuggles right up against my body, this tail hangs down and glides along my legs in a very sensual fashion.
Though I am really not into serious Pet Play, I definitely enjoy anal play. I prefer the sensation of being filled rather than the feeling of continuous thrusting. One way to switch things up, increase awareness, and pleasure is by adding new stimuli, such as a fluffy, lush, and luscious tail swishing across your backside.
The touch of the tail against my butt and the back of my legs creates a unique sensitivity that subtly shifts the atmosphere along with my perceptions. It puts me into a particular headspace that doesn’t happen any other way, and that is YUMMY.
Just so you know, wearing the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug under clothing is not a good idea. Aside from it being totally obvious you’ve got a tail hanging out of your skirt (which would look super silly because snow leopards don’t wear skirts), the pressure of the clothing could crush and damage the faux fur.
For this reason, I am not terribly comfortable sitting around in this butt plug, but it’s an issue of mental discomfort rather than physical. I’m too concerned about harming the faux fur tail permanently to relax for long in a seated position. My mind is more at ease when standing or laying on my stomach.
This plug’s shape is similar to my other Crystal Delights Butt Plugs and works just as well for my body. It slides into my bottom easily and requires only a small amount of water-based lube due to the slick nature of its glass. Though the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug is comfortable enough for long-term wear, it’s not a plug I would wear during many activities, such as working, for example. It’s just not worth the risk of permanently crushing the faux fur. However, spending time on your feet or knees allows for longer periods of use.
There are numerous butt plugs on the market in a multitude of shapes. Due to my considerable experience sticking sex toys up my butt, I am confident in my ability to guess whether or not a specific plug will be successful for me based on its shape and measurements. However, I don’t claim 100% accuracy. Every now and then a product slips through that is relatively disastrous.
Point being, the Crystal Delights glass butt plugs that I own are designed well and their shape should work for most people. Notice I said most, not all. I have yet to find any sex toy that works for everyone. I am also specifying the Crystal Delights Plugs in my collection. They do make a few other designs and shapes that I have yet to test, such as the RoseBud Delight Anal Plug (which comes with FREE handmade New Hampshire chocolates if ordered by Valentine’s Day).
I knew ahead of time that the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug doesn’t come in a pouch like my other two plugs, the Crystal Delights Crystal Kiss and the Crystal Delights Hello Kitty Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug. However, I had no idea the shipping box would be GINORMOUS. I receive a lot of packages via USPS, but had never run across this 25.5″ long and 6″ wide triangular box that looks like it could hold a lightsaber (turned on, obviously).
The box is so big because the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug ships all stretched out at its full length. I guess I assumed the Crystal Minx Faux Snow Leopard Tail Plug would be curled up around itself for shipping purposes. Nope. It arrives wrapped in a cylinder of tissue paper for protection, sealed with the official Crystal Delights sticker.
Within the tissue is the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug in all its glory, laid out so as not to get smushed or kinked up. The Crystal Delights Care & Use page (standard 8.5″ x 11″) is wrapped around the actual tail, while the glass butt plug is protected by a black foam cylinder. This protective foam slips on and off easily and is sturdy enough to use for ongoing storage.
Looped around the glass plug is a Crystal Delights certification card. It assures you that this is an authentic Crystal Delights piece, as well as displaying the handwritten date and initials of when and by whom it was inspected. It’s a nice touch.
I’ve got to admit storage is tricky. Even though this Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Tail Plug is made with faux fur as opposed to real fur, Crystal Delights very clearly advises not storing it in any way that folds or crushes the tail. This can flatten the fibers permanently and ruin the tail’s gorgeous lushness.
I still haven’t sorted out long-term storage for my Faux Tail Plug. Of course, if I had a good storage solution for my sex toy collection I wouldn’t be literally tripping over dildos and vibrators in my living room.
For now, I am keeping my snow leopard alter ego laying across completely useless gloves and scarves (ridiculous summer weather in January) with the glass butt plug tucked inside the foam cylinder in one of my wardrobe’s drawers. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than draping the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug over the arm of the couch.
I love, love, love the included Crystal Delights Care & Usage sheet. It provides clear and specific directions on how to care for and clean the glass butt plug and keep the faux fur tail in tip top shape. I greatly appreciate that Crystal Delights advises against putting your glass sex toys in the microwave or freezer.
I always cringe whenever I see packaging promoting these as good ideas. This is an excellent example of an effective and efficient “users manual”. It doesn’t have to be fancy to tell you what you need to know.
Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug Pros:
• Soft and silky FAUX fur
• Well-shaped, comfortable glass butt plug
• High-quality borosilicate glass
• Excellent craftsmanship
• Beautiful snow leopard design
• Great Care & Use sheet
Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug Cons:
• Tricky cleaning
• Challenging storage
As has been my previous experience with Crystal Delights Butt Plugs, I am hard-pressed to find much wrong with the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug. I wouldn’t necessarily call the storage issue a downside. I just want to be sure it is clearly understood that smushing the tail up into a ball and tossing the whole thing in a cupboard where it will get crushed up against other sex toys is a very bad idea.
Cleaning the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug would be far easier and less stressful if the tail was magnetic. This is actually a two part issue. First, you’ve got to worry about getting lube and bodily fluids on the faux fur.
Then, you’ve got to deal with getting said fluids off the tail without getting the faux fur wet. It’s doable, but it requires patience and a bit of extra cleaning time. We all know that I am lazily thorough when it comes to cleaning my sex toys. I don’t cut corners on the necessary steps to ensure they are safe and hygienic, but I do prefer the process to be as simple and quick as possible.
Crystal Delights has produced an excellent anal toy yet again. They continue to create fun, new designs without decreasing any aspect of their workmanship. They also seriously consider their clientele’s wants and needs, which is clearly demonstrated by the Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Faux Tail Plug line.
I couldn’t be happier they have added a vegan product to their Crystal Minx lineup, nor could I be more pleased with the quality of my Snow Leopard Faux Fur Tail. I am a long time consumer of faux fur products so I can confidently report they have not skimped on the excellence of the Snow Leopard Faux Fur.
Bottom line: The Crystal Delights Crystal Minx Snow Leopard Faux Tail Plug is a comfortable, soft and silky, beautiful butt plug that allows you to indulge your inner wild animal. Even with the extra careful cleaning and challenging storage, it is well worth the investment.
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