Review – Julian Snelling small steel Rosebud plug

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I’ve wanted a princess plug for years. It’s like a fixation. I’ve been looking for an affordable option for what seems like forever and who’d have thought? I stumbled onto the Rosebud’s website (did you know that their range was so vast? because I didn’t) and guess who was having a sale! Within 5 days of picking out my colour and paying that €21,50 + €9 shipping from France, a brown cardboard box landed on my doormat.

My plug came in a tiny little velvet bag, which I have of course managed to break the drawstring on and cover in miscellaneous fluff in the month or so I’ve had it. The plug itself is TEENY. I know this is the ‘small’ version (from what I can gather, Rosebud plugs come in four sizes- small, large, XL and XXL) but this is truly pocket size. It’s shorter than a lipbalm tube, has a reassuring weight to it, and while being smaller than I thought it was, it’s my favourite shape for a plug to be, with an almost lollipop-like bulb, a tapered tip, a long skinny neck and a flared base.

I’ve never actually lost something up my butt, but I’ve read enough cautionary tales and had enough gruesome stories told to me by a pal who’s training to be a nurse to be extra super cautious; I pretty much view buttholes as distant, organic relatives of vacuum cleaners at this point.

pluggplgThe gem (crystal?) on my plug is the ‘white lagoon’ colour, and it is beauuuutiful, opalescent and milky with a warm pinkish shimmer to it. I’m officially infatuated with something that lives in my butt. There is one thing that’s less than perfect about it, and it’s weird – there are little black clusters of something around the edges of the jewel. It looks like soot. When I first took it out of the package I gave it a good wash, went in there with a soft toothbrush and cottonbud soaked in Lelo cleaner and most of it came off but there are some traces of whatever it is stuck right in the difficult to access crevice between the steel and the gem. I’m not concerned and I’m just assuming that it’s something to do with the process of inlaying it, maybe, but still. It’s weird. If anyone else has one of these plugs I’d really appreciate you telling me if yours came with this ~mystery substance~ too!

plug2Being the eager lil bunny I am, in my rush to get this thing up there I forgot that steel’s generally pretty fucking cold, especially when you combine it with silicone lube from a bottle that’s been sitting on your windowsill all night. This led to the butt equivalent of brain freeze. That’s a thing. I can tell you first hand that that’s a thing now. You can warm this or any other steel toy up by running warm water over it or alternately, clenching it between your thighs for twenty minutes or so if you’re especially concious of your water bill.

The good news is that this little plug fits me like it was made especially for my body, and it’s easy to insert and easy to remove. The tapered tip does look a bit pointy but it doesn’t feel that way at all, and I think it’s just the right size for the material it’s made of. Like a good set of kegel balls, I can feel it in there but not to the point where it feels off and I want to remove it. The only thing I’d change is I’d maybe make the base a little wider; it’s adorable but very small and I’d feel more secure with a bigger base.

This plug gets major points from me for actually staying put, too. I know it’s a fairly common sex tip (‘remove a plug or a string of anal beads at the moment of orgasm for heightened sensations!’) but I can’t get into that. I like my plugs to stay where I put them until I want them to remove them myself, intentionally, thankyou.

The one thing I don’t like using it for is keeping it in during penetrative sex – it’s too firm, penetration with fingers feels stupid good with this in, it’s definitely a dick thing, silicone or otherwise. My dude partner said it felt like I ‘had a frozen grape sitting up there’ and I got this feeling that I was being uncomfortably compressed and took it out eventually.

rosebud2 Glass toys are a no-go, too, I tried it with my very lovely recently acquired Double-O, but the rigid, bulbous head of the Double-O banging against the plug wasn’t something I’d ever want to repeat. I remember reading a quote years ago by some horrible man I don’t remember the name of where he said he ‘wanted to click his fingers inside women (he) didn’t like’ and that’s what that feeling brings to mind.

I think I end all my reviews with ‘I’m so happy I bought this!’ but I really am! It’s made me even more curious about trying the Large size (edit: I have two large plugs and an XL now, they’re excellent, 10/10 would recommend) and maybe-actually-finally getting my mitts on a glass one. You can get one direct from Rosebuds, or Lovehoney stock the clear crystal variation.

 Oh, and one final thing – I’d only ever seen bits and pieces of the Rosebuds line before finding the website, but GO LOOK. I URGE YOU TO LOOK. You too can have Athena’s face poking out of your rear end if you wanna! It’s amazing. And it’s in very charming translated English, which makes me feel a bit like a knowledgeable French person is murmuring in my ear about bespoke anal jewellery. If I ever get super rich you can bet I’ll have the most sophisticated butthole in the northern hemisphere. 

Update – I’ve written a small size guide to the Rosebuds plugs! And for a very limited time, you can snag yourself a large t-bar plug for £50 at Lovehoney!

8 Comments

  1. dizzygirl 06/03/2014

    This is a very pretty plug. I’m glad you’re happy with it.

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    • A C 06/03/2014

      Thankyou! It’s so pretty, I don’t think I did it justice.

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  2. Reenie 06/03/2014

    Either your Vaseline Lip Therapy is huge, or that plug is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! It really looks super big, and I’m having difficulty picturing just how small it is! I WANT ONE! This is like the perfect size I need!
    That crystal also looks so pretty and wonderful! But having that Athena poking out of an ass is a little bit creepy…lol

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    • A C 06/03/2014

      It really is that small and fabulous! It’s pixie-size. For me it’s ideal considering what it’s made of, if it were silicone it’d be far too small for me to get anything out of I think.

      Yeah the Athena is a bit odd…and I’d feel a bit like I were defiling her image you know? They have one with a lion on that looks like a door-knocker and I’ve been giggling about it all day!

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  3. […] The Double-O is fairly slim, and measures just shy of 8 inches long. It’s got a distinct bend to it, each textured half curves upwards and with the bulbous ends it’s no surprise that it’s marketed mainly as a g-spot stimulator. The two textures each provide different sensations – one side has large, evenly spaced bumps, and the other a long, slim swirl. I’m not going to say it’s butt safe because it doesn’t have a flared base – I guess you could count the opposing bulb as a barrier of some kind, but I wouldn’t risk it. We all know how I feel about buttholes. […]

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  4. Teal Valentine 20/03/2014

    I keep reading this and thinking that I want a pretty princess butthole too.

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  5. Camryn 28/03/2014

    IT’S SO TINY! *squeals* It’s adorable. It is such a cute little plug!

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