Based in Dresden, Germany, SelfDelve is a maker of beautiful silicone dildos. Their mascot, Leo the chameleon, is a symbol of their use of thermochromatic pigments that add an extra flair to their toys.
As Inventory Curation Intern at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in the summer of 2016, I had the pleasure of working with SelfDelve’s Anja Koschemann to bring in toys donated from their Garden of Eden collection. The company was great to work with and easy to contact, and I got to see their fantastic work in person.
The Garden of Eden collection is a set of thermochromatic fruits and vegetables that look nearly realistic enough for consumption (though they are shiny enough to raise the suspicions of the observant). I would compare their look to decorative wax fruit: you can usually tell that it isn’t actual food, but it could easily food anyone not paying attention.
The Center received the Pepper, Corn on the Cob, and Curved Banana. These each arrived nestled in tissue paper inside unassuming metal containers. The Pepper is a darker red hue in its resting state, and when heated turns a bright orange. With the little dips and curves added to the toy, and the fact that actual peppers tend to have a shine to them, I would say this was the most realistic of the three, as well as the largest. The Curved Banana is a ripe green at room temperature, becoming a more appetizing yellow color when heated. The Corn on the Cob was the most subtle, changing from darker to lighter yellow. Along with the donation, SelfDelve was also kind enough to send along a color-changing mug, which starts out black, and when heated, shows off the Garden of Eden toys, all lined up around the mug to admire at your leisure (or until the tea gets cold).
An article on Zeit Online discusses some of the difficulties behind making produce dildos. “The fruit or vegetables had to have certain dimensions as well as a certain thickness and of course also functional. “I’m looking for the perfect cucumber,” says Koschemann, laughing” (translated from German).
If you turn your nose up at veggies, you can also order a personalized dildo that may appeal more to your sexual appetite. You can choose from a variety of shapes and up to three colors. The colors can be thermochromatic, marbled, or you can ask for a motif. Add some glitter, hearts, or stars, choose the silicone hardness, and you’re all set. They even put up pictures of some of the special requests, so you can look for some inspiration, or admire others’ imagination.
This is an article based on information from the company’s website, as well as personal experience. To see videos of color changing veggies, check out my Instagram!