Glass vs Steel Stretching Plugs

Glass vs Steel Stretching Plugs

At Arctic Buffalo, you know we are all about providing you with stretching plugs that help you size up in style and with ease. Our stretching plugs come in 1mm incremental sizing to allow you to stretch to larger sizes seamlessly. Most people say it's even easy and painless. The stretching plugs we offer provide you with a safer stretching method to reach your goals, without having to deal with injury or blowouts. We currently offer stretching plugs in glass and stainless steel. Let’s take a look at the difference between these stretching plug materials.  

Glass Stretching Plugs:

The Single Flare Glass Plugs are available in black, clear, white and blue ranging in sizes from 2mm-28mm. They are made from borosilicate glass, which is durable and smooth to allow the plugs to slide in with ease. The post on these is slightly longer than other single flare plugs, which helps when dealing with fresh stretches by providing extra room for swelling.

The sizes of glass are not exact because they are handmade. We measure their exact circumference and write it on your receipt for your knowledge. Although these size variations are not drastic, if you have especially sensitive ears and you are uncomfortable with the size, leave the bags sealed and reach out to our customer service for a return.

Once you get your stretching plugs in the mail and open up those little bags with your new stretching plugs, pop those babies in for a couple weeks and watch them work their magic while you prepare for your next stretch. 

Pro Tip #1: We recommend ordering each size up to your goal, all at once, so you only have to pay for shipping once.

Pro Tip #2: Combine your stretch with our stretching balm for best results.

Steel Stretching Plugs:

If you want the sizing pretty dang perfect, the Single Flare Stainless Steel Plugs might be your go-to option. These are also available in sizing up to 38mm, so they are an option when stretching to larger sizes. The sizes ranging from 1.2mm-16mm are solid steel plugs and the sizing from 17mm up has the plug hollowed out to remove some of the excess weight. The high-quality 316L stainless steel makes these easy to clean and a great material to consider when sizing up. If you have a nickel sensitivity, glass may be a better option for you.

Weight Comparisons:

 

 Size Glass Steel
1.2mm N/A 1.1g
1.6mm N/A 1.3g
2mm 0.5g 1.7g
2.5mm N/A 2.2g
3mm 0.8g 3.1g
4mm 1.4g 4.1g
5mm 2.1g 5.6g
6mm 2.8g 6g
7mm 3.5g 10g
8mm 4.9g 14g
9mm 6g 22g
10mm 8g 26g
11mm 10g 29g
12mm 12g 32g
13mm 13g 36g
14mm 14g 40g
15mm 18g 46g
16mm 22g 52g
17mm 25g 26g
18mm 27g 34g
19mm 30g 41g
20mm 34g 50g
21mm 36g 54g
22mm 40g 60g
23mm 46g 64g
24mm 50g 68g
25mm 55g 74g
26mm 62g 76g
27mm 67g 82g
28mm 70g 94g
29mm N/A 106g
30mm N/A 112g
31mm N/A 117g
32mm N/A 122g
33mm N/A 130g
34mm N/A 138g
35mm N/A 148g
36mm N/A 158g
37mm N/A 168g
38mm N/A 178g

What Customers Had to Say About Glass:

What Customers Had to Say About Steel:

Whether you choose to go with the glass or the steel stretching plugs, we don't think there's a wrong answer! There's incredible ease to stretching with either material and it truly just comes down to personal preference. The big win here is the 1mm incremental sizing! Give these a try and watch your stretching dreams come true. We're always glad to help if you have any questions. Happy stretching!

June 06, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Get to Know the Zodiac Signs

Get to Know the Zodiac Signs

As Aries SZN comes to a close, and we head into Taurus SZN, we wanted to take a little time to get to know our zodiac signs! Plus, your favorite jewelry company, Arctic Buffalo, is an Aries! Arctic Buffalo’s birthday is April 9th, so we’re celebrating with a zodiac blog! The Earth’s 360-degree orbit is broken up into 30-degree sectors giving us these twelve zodiac signs. Aries season starts on the first day of spring which is known as the vernal equinox and ends on April 19th. The western zodiac signs, in order, include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Kicking off getting to know our zodiac signs with Aries baby! 

 

Aries 

Dates: March 21st – April 19th  

Symbol: The Ram 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Determined, blunt, positive, fearless, and assured 

Famous Aries’: Reese Witherspoon, Chaka Khan, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Celine Dion, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. 

Taurus 

Dates: April 20th – May 20th  

Symbol: The Bull 

Element: Earth 

Personality traits: Social, desire stability, hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, and strong in their opinions 

Famous Taurus’: Adele, Queen Elizabeth, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, Channing Tatum, Lizzo, Jerry Seinfield, Travis Scott, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 

Gemini 

Dates: May 21st – June 20th 

Symbol: Twin 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Extroverted, clever, adaptable, loyal, creative and daring 

Famous Geminis: Aly Raisman, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Amy Schumer, Mark Wahlberg, Iggy Azalea, Michael Cera, Liam Neeson, Kanye West, Natalie Portman, Venus Williams, Kendrick Lamar 

Cancer 

Dates: June 21st – July 22nd   

Symbol: Crab 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Nurturing, loving, lighthearted, humorous, entertainers, and loyal 

Famous Cancers: Meryl Streep, Chris Pratt, Ariana Grande, Vin Diesel, Fantasia Barrino, Tom Cruise, Post Malone, Kevin Hart, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Julianne Hough 

Leo 

Dates: July 23rd – August 22nd  

Symbol: Lion 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Attentive, generous, big personalities, leaders, confident and driven 

Famous Leos: Jennifer Lopez, Barak Obama, Sandra Bullock, Mick Jagger, Jason Momoa, Tom Brady, Meghan Markle, Robert de Niro, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Steve Carell 

Virgo 

Dates: August 23rd – September 22nd  

Symbol: Maiden 

Element: Earth  

Personality traits: Patient, creative, reliable, elegant, funny, and witty 

Famous Virgos: Blake Lively, Keke Palmer, Melissa McCarthy, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Tyler Perry, Zendaya, Salma Hayek, Kobe Bryant, Freddie Mercury, Keanu Reeves, Avicii, Adam Sandler 

Libra 

Dates: September 23rd – October 22nd  

Symbol: Scales 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Friendly, peaceful, balanced, dreamers, fair-minded and cooperative 

Famous Libras: Gwenyth Paltrow, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, John Lennon, Gandhi, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Cardi B, Doja Cat, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski 

Scorpio 

Dates: October 23rd – November 21st 

Symbol: Scorpion 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Bold, mysterious, creative, passionate, smart and stoic 

Famous Scorpios: Whoopi Goldberg, Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Gabrielle Union, Frank Ocean, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Ciara, Matthew McConaughey 

Sagittarius 

Dates: November 22nd – December 21st  

Symbol: Archer 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Loyal, assertive, intelligent, extroverted, lively, passionate and philosophical  

Famous Sagittarius’: Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, DJ Khaled, Tina Turner, Trey Songz, Jay-Z, Tyra Banks, Nicki Minaj, Samuel L. Jackson 

Capricorn 

Dates: December 22nd – January 19th 

Symbol: Sea Goat 

Element: Earth 

Personality traits: Realistic, practical, ambitious, mature, grounded and a like to keep a tight social circle 

Famous Capricorns: Martin Luther King Jr., LeBron James, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, Ellie Goulding, Betty White, Calvin Harris, Kit Harington, Bradley Cooper, Kate Middleton 

Aquarius 

Dates: January 20th – February 18th 

Symbol: Water Bearer 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Clever, optimistic, self-reliant, free-spirited, eccentric, innovative and progressive 

Famous Aquarius’: Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Michael B. Jordan, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Rowland, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Jordan, Niel Diamond 

Pisces 

Dates: February 19th – March 20th  

Symbol: Fish 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Emotionally aware, wise, open-minded, driven and in touch with their feelings 

Famous Pisces’: Rihanna, Simone Biles, Tyler the Creator, Justin Bieber, Flavor Flav, Drew Barrymore, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Jon Bon Jovi, Dakota Fanning, Elliot Page, William Macy 

As the Earth rotates, it causes the sun to appear to be in front of one of these zodiac constellations, which determines what zodiac season it is. Each sign has great qualities that make them unique from one another and allows you to have a bond with the people you share a zodiac sign with. While we may be slightly biased towards Aries SZN because that is Arctic Buffalo’s season, there are some insanely cool people that you can find with every sign. Rep your zodiac with pride by wearing a pair of our stainless steel zodiac tunnels!  

April 19, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Plug Pairings with the Top Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Plug Pairings with the Top Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to highlight some of the best cities to celebrate in! This holiday is full of good food, good drinks, good times and of course, lots of green. We matched a pair of plugs or tunnels with each of these cities that fit the celebration going on there. Whether you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in one of these places, or just planning to celebrate at home, any of these green options will help you to avoid a pinch in style.  
    

Boston, Massachusetts // Metallic Green Double Flare Glass Plugs: 

Boston is a city full of history and life, which makes it no surprise that it is a great location to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The city’s NBA team is the Celtics, so need we say more? Boston’s most popular Celtic punk rock band, the Dropkick Murphy’s, comes back to Boston to perform in their hometown each year at the House of Blues to get the St. Patrick’s Day party started. There is also a parade with floats, Irish pipe and drum bands, Irish step dancers and a massive crowd.  
    
We have paired the city of Boston’s celebrations with the Metallic Green Double Flare Glass Plugs. The black and green coloring matches the Celtics logo and the small black cracks in the metallic green foil resemble the pattern of clovers on the Celtic’s vest. Celebrate in style whether you’re near the Boston area or just want a funky green look. The cracked foil and added black coloring make these a standout pair of plugs that avoid a pinch!  
    

Chicago, Illinois // Green Cat Eye Plugs: 

From Boston, Massachusetts to Chicago, Illinois! The Chicago traditions are some of the most well-known St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. When the whole Chicago River is dyed emerald green, it’s a hard tradition for people to miss. The green river is dyed the morning of the parade and brings thousands of spectators. This makes Chicago a hot spot to celebrate the holiday. Check out the river then head over to one of the many Irish pubs in Chicago for good eats and plenty of beer. 
    
To complement the emerald green river, we matched the Green Cat Eye Plugs with Chicago’s St. Patty’s celebrations. The coloring of these plugs and the river is similar. The chatoyancy effect the Green Cat Eye material even has a whitish appearance when the plugs move in the light, just like the river sparkles in the sun. The Green Cat Eye Plugs are a classic St. Patty’s Day accessory.  
    

New Orleans, Louisiana // Green with Yellow and Pink Spiral Glass Plugs: 

Next up, we’re headed down south to New Orleans, Louisiana. This city is lively and bustling year-round, but especially around St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows New Orleans is the home of Mardi Gras, which was at the beginning of March 2022. The celebration just keeps going as the city transitions from Mardi Gras to St. Patty’s Day. Why stop when you’re having that much fun? To continue the celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, a giant block party is held in the French Quarter. 
    
For the ultimate celebration, we have paired the Green with Yellow and Pink Spiral Glass Plugs with the city of New Orleans. These are a party in a plug! Between the vibrant green glass, shimmery swirl and added pink and yellow, these embody the New Orleans celebrations perfectly. Not to mention, they’re going to get plenty of use after the holiday too. 
    

New York, New York // Rose Gold Stainless Steel Peacock Tunnels with CZ Gems: 

Is anyone surprised that New York is one of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’re most definitely not. New York, New York is home to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. The center of the New York events are held right in front of this architectural masterpiece. A parade goes up 5th Avenue and the city even has a bar crawl you can attend. No wonder it’s one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world.  
     
To match the detailed architecture of the building, we have paired New York’s celebrations with the Rose Gold Stainless Steel Peacock Tunnels. The CZ gems add a pop of green and the rose gold coloring is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you’re looking for a more subtle way to wear green on St. Patty’s Day, these are the way to go. 
    

Philidelphia, Pennsylvania // Green Line Jasper Plugs: 

Our final destination is the historic city of Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. The first ever documented St. Patrick’s Day parade was held here, making this the 250th year of celebrations. There are numerous bar crawls, live music and parties. They go big or go home for St. Patty’s Day in Philly! 
    
We have paired the historic celebrations in Philadelphia with the Green Line Jasper Plugs. Just like the celebrations have been going on for years, this gorgeous stone has also been around for years. The green line jasper stone comes from a natural form of chalcedony and can have coloring ranging from dark olive green to lighter mint green. Since it’s unaltered from its original form, each pair is completely unique. No matter what color green you choose to wear on the holiday, these will complement it! 
     
Green is a color that isn’t going out of style anytime soon. Treat yourself to feel confident with some green jewelry this St. Patrick’s Day. Any of these options are perfect to get your green in and we promise they will be worn many times after the celebrations are done. Who knows, maybe they’ll even bring you some good luck! 
March 09, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Arctic Buffalo 2021 Gift Guide

Arctic Buffalo 2021 Gift Guide

Happy holidays Buffs! With the holidays coming so soon, we wanted to share our 2021 gift guide. Below are customer favorites throughout the year of 2021. These products are guaranteed to bring smiles. Want in on a secret? Depending on your giftees size, almost every gift option on this list is under $40. 😄 Happy holidays and happy shopping!
     
BRASS TUNNELS WITH BLACK RESIN INLAY 
This simple, appeasing design makes it hard to go wrong when gifting these cool and classy tunnels. 🖤 They have quite literally been described as “perfect”. These beautiful tunnels are definitely a staple and made from high-quality brass to show your giftee how special they are to you.  
    
CLEAR GLASS PLUGS 
You simply cannot go wrong gifting our clear glass plugs this holiday season. 🎄 Let your giftee show off their amazing ears with this pair of clear glass plugs. Smooth, simple and comfortable is the way to go this holiday season.  
    
BLACK ACRYLIC ROSE STEEL PLUGS 
The black acrylic rose plugs are dainty yet gothic and interesting yet simple. Just like your giftee, possibly? The detail of the acrylic 3D rose is impeccable and resembles a real black rose. 🌹 These plugs are like a bouquet of roses, but better. 
    
SMOKE BLACK GLASS PLUGS 
Our smoke black glass plugs are perfect for an edgy giftee who likes to keep things mysterious. 💨 This glass pair of plugs puts dark beauty on display while remaining neutral enough to be worn with anything. They are gonna love a pair of plugs that matches their vibe! 
     
ONYX TUNNELS 
Our onyx tunnels have an appearance like black silk. They are a luxurious yet simple statement piece. Customers have described them as very comfortable and their go-to pair! Your giftee will feel like a million bucks in this comfortable pair of high-quality onyx tunnels.  
     
MATTE DARK BLUE SILICONE PLUGS 
These were a recent addition to the Arctic Buffalo silicone collection and have skyrocketed to a customer favorite in no time. They are affordable yet thoughtful and the deep blue color is rich and luxurious, making this gift option hard not to love. Help your giftee rid the winter blues 🥶 with these beautiful matte dark blue silicone plugs!
     
JELLYFISH STEEL PLUGS 
It really doesn’t get any cuter than these little guys. This is the perfect gift for your summer-loving giftee who is ready to have the warm weather back! These jellyfish friends will get them through the winter by reminding them of warm beaches and oceans. 
      
SNAKE SKIN JASPER PLUGS 
Our snake skin jasper plugs are red hot! They are often referred to as “stunning” by our customers. The unique color variation of this stone is not seen often, which makes them so special. The stone is unaltered from its natural form, so these would be great for your nature-loving giftee! Empower your giftee by reminding them to channel the prestige and determination of the snake. 🐍 
    
BLOODWOOD PLUGS 
Bloodwood is a distinct-colored wood because of its reddish tint. The compact wood makes them a durable pair of wood plugs for your giftee who loves the beauty of nature. Wood is great for the winter because it is lightweight and the material doesn’t get cold in the winter air like glass or stone might. A beautiful yet practical gift for your friend, coworker or loved one.  
     
BLUE GOLDSTONE HANGERS 
Our final gift recommendation of 2021 truly is a BEAUTY. Only gift this to your loved one if you want to absolutely knock them off their feet! These dazzling hangers have the perfect twinkle for the winter season and the holidays. This pair of hangers has been a top seller for years and is sure to bring a smile to your giftees face. 
     
ARCTIC BUFFALO GIFT CARD 
We know if you’re on our site and have made it this far, your giftee is very unique and special. It can be especially hard when shopping for plugs and knowing what materials and styles to purchase for someone else. If your friend or loved one is an Arctic Buffalo lover, but you just don’t feel confident choosing a pair for them, send an eGift card instead. They will be more than happy to surf our site and pick out something extra special out for themselves. When in doubt, gift card it out! 
December 10, 2021 — Taylor Newgard
Stretching Balm: A MUST

Stretching Balm: A MUST

This month we are bringing extra love and attention to our aftercare stretching balm from GaugeGear. A lot of you have said this is a MUST when stretching your piercings. Based on experience, this balm will leave you asking “how did I stretch without it?!” Our stretching balm smells good, it feels good and it’s cheap!! But those are just a few things we love about this concoction. Let’s dive in to all the benefits this jojoba-based balm has for your piercings, stretched or not.

1. Can help fight infection

Jojoba, myrrh and tea tree oil bring the magic to maintaining clean-smelling ears. Research suggests these oils can fight off bacteria and fungi to keep your ears from smelling bad. Jojoba can help speed up the healing process and fights smelly bacteria. Myrrh oil has antiseptic properties that can fight off disease-causing microorganisms that may lead to infection, and tea tree oil is added to help keep your wound clean and may prevent infection

2. Can repair skin and reduce swelling and scarring

A few ingredients work together to repair damaged skin. Stretching your piercings tears tissue, which can cause inflammation and scarring. Wheat germ oil works to reduce scarring, while jojoba oil and tea tree oil work to repair your skin while you are stretching. Research suggests tea tree oil can reduce inflammation while jojoba oil can promote new cell growth 

3. Can soothe irritation

Relieve those itchy ears! Sweet almond oil is the magic ingredient that works to reduce dryness, soreness and irritation. Bee’s wax is included in this balm to condition your skin and seal all these wonderful, natural ingredients into your happy lobes
 
If you haven’t added our stretching balm to your cart yet, this is your sign! Make your life easier and your ears happier. Add our GaugeGear stretching balm to your daily routine today. Your ears will thank you! 
 
Our stretching balm pairs great with our stretching plugs. Pop your next size in with ease as you size up to your goal! 

What you've had to say:

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Cheyenne S - Dallas, TX
"I love this stretching balm! Its so great for stretching and its an awesome aftercare routine for ear/septum stretching. Would 100% recommend. You won’t be disappointed!" 6/11/21
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Elisa G. - Bridgewater, NJ
"This is the only thing i’ve tried that COMPLETELY gets rid of that “smell” (if you know what I mean). I loved using this while stretching and still use it now to keep moisturized. Amazing product" 5/21/21
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James M - Spring Hill, FL
"It is a very good product. Helped me heal nicely" 11/6/20
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Erica C - Toronto, ON
"very easy to stretch with! I have sensitive skin and this works great for me :) thank u!!" 5/21/21
 
Have any tips to help out other fellow stretchers? Our community would love to hear from you! Share in the comments below. ⬇️
July 02, 2021 — Taylor Newgard
NEW SIZES UP TO 36 MM: Steel Stretching Plugs

NEW SIZES UP TO 36 MM: Steel Stretching Plugs

You’ve heard all the rave about our single flare glass plugs being the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread. 🍞 But let’s give a shoutout to the single flare stainless steel plugs that ALSO come in 1mm increments. Not only that, but we now carry them in sizes up to 36mm!! That’s not even the best part. Keep an eye out, because COMING SOON we will carry our steel single flare plugs up to 38mm! 👀 You heard that right...we’re here to help you size up BIG with the best stretching method out there. 
          
Let’s talk about the ear stretching process and why you should incorporate these single flare stainless steel plugs into your stretching routine if you’re trying to size up. We won’t stop there; We will also give you testimonials of people in the #buffcommunity who have used these single flare stainless steel plugs and everything they loved about them. 👥 Now, let’s talk about all the hype and top reasons you need these on your stretching journey. 💥        

1) Single Flare Style

Single flared ear plugs only have a flare on one side, which makes insertion and removal extremely easy. This is important when you’re trying to size up because you may be dealing with some inflammation or irritated skin, which causes your stretched hole to be tighter around the plug than it would be fully healed. All our single flare plugs come with an o-ring included to keep each piece in place, so you don’t have to worry about the plug sliding around. The single flare style makes sizing up simple! 🤗 

If you need extra o-rings check out our o-ring collection to get packs of 10 for only $1.75!

 

Photo: Paula D.

2) 316L Stainless Steel Material

Surgical stainless steel is a material that is stretching approved by Arctic Buffalo. We want you to have the best experience possible with our company and products, so we are here to be completely transparent with you when it comes to everything stretching. A material like steel is a primal option when stretching, because it minimizes the risk of prolonging an infection when irritation occurs. All our single flare stainless steel plugs are made of high quality 316L stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about what is in contact with your ears! Not to mention, steel is an extremely durable material, so these will not be easily dented or damaged. 🔗 

Shop all of our steel products here!

 

3) Machined Steel

The 316L stainless steel that these stretching plugs are made from is an extremely high-quality and durable steel. There is more room for inconsistencies when items are handmade, like our stretching glass. Our steel plugs are made with machinery, so the sizes are more consistentWhen you are working to size up, a small difference in sizing can make a big difference in the fit the plug will have in your ears, especially when you have stubborn ones. With the stainless steel single flare plugs, there is less of a concern that the sizes may not be exactly perfect.  

 

4) Sizing in 1mm Increments

Arctic Buffalo is unique because we offer sizing in 1mm increments. This is probably THE most important reason to use our stretching plugs when sizing up. ‼️ The more slowly you stretch, the healthier your ears will be. Skipping sizes when stretching may cause more ripping to the skin than actual stretching, which will cause your earlobe to be thinner than it would be if you took your time. If your earlobe is too thin, it will be hard to reach the larger sizes. If you’re not looking to stretch super large and want to let your piercing eventually go back to a smaller size, the damage from skipping sizes will make it much harder to get back to that non-stretched look. Human skin only has a certain amount of elasticity, so going too big too fast is enough to cause damage to the elasticity of your ears.🚫 

Check out our stretching guide for all the details on the best ways to stretch and what to avoid when sizing up!

 

 

 Testimonials ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“These are perfect. They fit very comfortably without allergic reaction. They have not changed colors nor caused any discomfort whatsoever. I recommend them for stretching as I had no pain stretching with them. They are the ones I wear to work most days.” -Alice S 

“Simple, well constructed, stylish, and the rounded ends are easy to stretch with!” -Amanda K 

“These are amazing! Just what I was looking for! They have some weight to them without being bulky - perfect for stretching!” -Madeline 

“I usually wear glass plugs (I find them more comfortable in my metal-sensitive ears), but sometimes the size tolerances are a little off. The weight and precise sizing of these steel plugs were exactly what I needed to size up.” -Dana R. 

“These are so awesome! I was wearing acrylic plugs before I got these and even at a small size (8g) my ears would start to get itchy here and there and I’d find ear shmoo on them whenever I took them out to clean. I’ve been wearing these for a few days now and they are so comfortable! They look like they might be a bit wider than my acrylics too but they slid right in. Plus they are great for work. No more wearing my hair down lol” -Taryn 

“Best plugs to put in after stretching BY FAR! I’ve tried to look for a heavy set of plugs like these forever, finally found them here! 5/5 or 10/10 whatever you’d like these are the best to use for stretching to the next size up. Now just waiting to get a pair of 0g.” -Danny Z. 

“My order came in 2 days earlier then expected! The weight of the stainless steel plugs really does help with the whole stretching process.” -Darian M. 

 

Gallery 📸

 

Top Row (Left to Right): Nicholas B., Wendy S., Gabrielle H.

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Jasper K., Darian M., Hillary C.

Click HERE to see the full customer gallery on our website!

As you can see, there are many benefits to using our stainless steel single flare plugs to reach your goal size. 🥳 We are here to assist you in your ear stretching journey and do everything possible to get you to your ideal size! While the single flare glass plugs are another great option, the weight and larger sizing options of the stainless steel has been very beneficial for people. We currently carry the single flare glass up to 28mm and the single flare stainless steel plugs up to 36mm (soon to be 38mm). ⚠️ If you’re reading this...this is your sign to size up in a sleek and stylish way with our stainless steel single flare plugs! ⚠️ You will LOVE stretching the AB way. For best results pair the stretching plugs with our GaugeGear Stretching Balm and they will slide right in! 
        
Comment below what you have used to size up! 💬 What has worked and what hasn’t? Share with the #buffcommunity so stretchers, new and old, can have a stretching journey filled with support to reach their goals! 📣 
         
COMING SOON: Single flare stainless steel plugs in up to 38mm 
        

SHOP STAINLESS STEEL SINGLE FLARE PLUGS HERE 🛒

May 25, 2021 — Amanda Pyle
Arctic Buffalo Stretching Scientists: Hear their Stories

Arctic Buffalo Stretching Scientists: Hear their Stories

 Spring has officially sprung! ☀️ Happy May everyone! We want to use our May blog to celebrate you and your stretching journeys. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we are SO appreciative of each and every one of you! Whether you are reading this to celebrate a fellow buff’s journey, or to get some insight on how to keep stretching, our May blog of personal stories and journeys is a great place to explore. 💻
      
Our stretching plugs have helped so many people reach their goals because of the "half-sizes" we carry. Thousands of stretchers use these plugs to successfully size up. The most common practice is ordering them in every size up to your goal size, and gradually moving from one pair to the next, as your ears are ready. A HUGE thanks to Sergio, Charice, Nicole, Breanna, Karlie, Neal and so many of you for reaching out to us and sharing your stories. 🖊
    

Meet Sergio

"I enjoy music and crafting. 🎧 Just recently bought a penny board ( nickel ) called THE ZOMBIE and customized it. 🛹 Also i picked up another hobby during this pandemic and started collecting crystals and stones. 🔮"

Sergio's Stretching Story

"When I started. I had tappers and tunnels that were surgical steal. The hardest part was to understand when my ears were ready for the next stretch. At some point I ended up ditching the tappers and using the tape method. I have had lots to learn through out the journey and when I was at my goal size I decided to continue the journey to a new goal of 1inch ( 25mm ) instead of going back to using tape I saw artic Buffalo having these glass plugs in single mm increments of each size! I decided to but From 20 to 25. I am at 23 right now and just the other day I was able to fit the 24 but decided another week before actually leaving them in.. using the glass plugs have made it much easier to stretch! I would highly recommend stretching with artic buffalo's glass Plugs HANDS DOWN!"
   
   

Meet Charice

"I work as a Nurse & I enjoy Music 🎶, Basketball 🏀, Hair, Makeup Fashion 💄& Buying different jewelry for me multiple ear Piercings! I travel often with my Daughters to watch their Basketball Games. I used to do my Friends Makeup whenever I had spare time before Covid, but had to stop due to the Virus. I love to try different makeup brands! My Daughters are always telling me I should upload Makeup & Plug reviews on my YouTube Channel 📹, lol. Between work & Basketball events, I’m trying to find time to do so. You may see me some time in the future on YouTube! 🥰"

Charice's Stretching Story

"When I first started stretching, I purchased a steel kit from Amazon (I didn’t know better). Once I reached 10g, I realized Arctic Buffalo had Single Flare Glass Plugs. I thought to myself that this seems like a better & safer way to stretch. So I purchased my Glass plugs from 8g-16mm (5/8) & my journey was smooth sailing! I honestly didn’t have any issues at all. I waited 3-4 months between stretches & I got to my goal size with ease. I am apart of a Facebook group that’s all about body modification & stretching is a big part of that group. I share my journey with the group & I am constantly referring newbies to the stretching game to Arctic Buffalo’s site to use their single flare glass plugs for stretching. I am now stretching my Conch & I am using nothing else but their glass plugs. I swear by AB SF Glass plugs! I am so happy I found them so early on in my stretching journey!"
   
   

Meet Nicole

"In my free time I love playing video games and streaming! 🎮 I recently got a brand new gaming PC to get my gaming career going as far as being a content creator in the near future.  I also play acoustic guitar and the cajon drum 🥁 as well when I want to make music or just play covers of the songs I love so much.  When it comes down to relaxing for the night, I play with my dog Molly! She is an American Pitbull Terrier and I love her with all my heart. 🐾"

Nicole's Stretching Story

"So back in 2015 I started stretching my ears, It was an exciting time for me but also scary because of the stories I heard about blowouts. I was so excited yet impatient, when it came to my 4g stretch that’s when I got my first blowout it was quiet honestly traumatizing for me but I knew it was my fault. I took time to just let my ears heal and I’d so salt water soaks every night along with using jojoba organic oil to massage my lobes. I’ve always used surgical steel tapers and tunnels for all my smaller stretches never arylic because it is extremely bad for your ears. When it came to officially taking my stretching more seriously, I started doing 1MM each stretch so I wouldn’t damage my ears which is definitely a timely process since usually people do 2 sizes bigger each stretch, but to get to where I’m at now I started using Arctic Buffalo’s glass stretching plugs since they have any size you can think of and it has made this stretching journey so much easier for me and painless!"
   
   

Meet Breanna

"I’m currently an assistant manager at a clothing store, as well as a sales associate at another. I’m working on figuring out what I want to make my career. I was originally going to go into piercing, but COVID lockdowns have made it difficult to secure an apprenticeship at my local reputable piercing shop. I love gardening, specifically carnivorous plants. 🌱 I’ve got a collection of consoles and a PC I use to play video games 🕹 (super excited for Resident Evil 8 to come out)! I’ve recently gotten really into hiking, I find waterfalls super peaceful! When I’m not too busy, I like to make candles and wax melts! 🕯 Lastly, I love collecting antiques and oddities. My two headed duckling is one of my favourites! 🦆"
       
   

Breanna's Stretching Story

"I knew I wanted to stretch my ears since I was around ten. I know that’s a bit odd, but I’ve wanted to be modified for a long time! I started stretching with tapers, but soon learned that the route to a healthy and happy ear is usually with glass plugs and I’ve had no problems since the switch! I’ve got a whole case full of the Single Flare Black Glass Plugs from Arctic Buffalo starting from teeny tiny sizes, and I couldn’t be happier with the way my ears are turning out! I know for some people it’s just stretched ears, but it’s really a pretty big part of my self-identity now and I wouldn’t take them out for anyone. Being modified helped me a lot with my anxiety in terms of being who I want to be and looking how I want to look despite what people think. Ten year old me would be proud and I’m glad to be a part of the modified community. Arctic Buffalo has made my stretching journey safe, affordable, fashionable and painless with quality plugs in every millimetre increment!"

Shop: Yellow Cat Eye Single Flare Plugs

Shop: Single Flare Black Glass Plugs

Meet Karlie

Karlie's Stretching Story

"I started stretching my ears when I was 16 years old and at first I went pretty fast. As I got older I learned about the risks of jumping sizes and stretching too quickly, and one of my ears got some minor damage from a big jump (I believe it was either 0g or 00g). For a while I didn’t think I would be able to stretch my ears anymore beyond that, but luckily it wasn’t too serious. I never had a goal size really, but I knew I wanted my ears to be big enough that one can tell they’re stretched. Because I was planning to be in a professional career, I still wanted my stretched ears to be somewhat discrete depending on the jewelry. My go-to plugs have always been stone plugs for that reason, as well as the comfort. I invested in a variety of stone plugs from Arctic Buffalo back in college so I could slowly and naturally continue stretching my ears by the weight of the stone material. I love the beautiful, organic selection of Arctic Buffalo’s stones, and my favorite stone I always get in every size is rose quartz. Whether I end up staying at 5/8” (which I have absolutely loved this size for the past couple of years) or someday go just a little bigger, I’ll always come back to Arctic Buffalo to treat myself to cute and comfortable jewelry!"

Shop: Rose Quartz Plugs

Meet Neal

"I'm a food nerd I got my degree in culinary arts. 🍴 I work as a cook at a restaurant called Blue ridge kitchen in sebastopol california and have aspiration of becoming a chef. 🍝 When I am able I volunteer cook for older folks and families who were displaced by the fires in the area with a group called sonoma family meal. 🚒 I have two kids. Spend alot of free time getting tattoos, I'm a nerd for adventure time and video games. 👾"

Neal's Stretching Story

"Started stretching in 2007 aggressively with tapers and weights. All those things hurt alot. I find if I just wear my Arctic Buffalo glass plugs and be patient they stretch on their own. Being patient when stretching has been what works for me, let your body adjust and heal. I usually prefer water based lotions I use lubriderm and size up during or after showers helps. Best advice I can give is be patient while stretching, maintain good hygiene, moisturize and hydration. Sleep with your plugs in if you want to stretch, if you want to maintain your size take them out at night."

                           

Shop: Ebony Wood Double Flare Tunnels

Shop: Single Flare Glass Plugs

  Now that you have heard what works for some of our other buffs, here's an Arctic Buffalo wrap up! 

1) Never skip sizes! - We provide the 1mm increments for a reason 😉 

2) Massage your lobes! - Massaging your lobes after your shower increases blood circulation and can help improve elasticity 🚿 

3) Sea salt soaks! - Clean your ears at least once, preferably twice, daily with 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in warm water 🌊 

4) Take your vitamins! - Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex, antioxidants, and Echinacea can help the skin heal faster 💊 

5) Do NOT use organic materials to stretch! - You should only stretch with surgical steel, titanium or glass...never use wood, bone, horn, silicone or acrylic materials! 🚫 

6) Use lubricants! Lubricants like jojoba oil or vitamin E oil, and GaugeGear stretching balm help the jewelry slide right in 👂🏾 

Arctic Buffalo is very proud to provide a stretching method that has worked for so many of you. We have all fallen in love with the 1mm increments of our stretching plugsallowing us to slowly stretch our ears, causing less damage to our skin. The smaller stretches also help speed up the healing time between stretches and reduce the risk of a blowout! Whether you’re stuck and having a hard time moving up to the next size, experiencing a blowout, or just need some advice, the Arctic Buffalo community is here for you! 
       
Make sure you also check out our single flare stainless steel plugs! These are another great option for stretching your ears because of the high-quality 316L stainless steel material. 🔗 We also carry these in the 1mm increment sizing to allow your stretching journey to be smooth sailing. Our glass currently stops at 28mm, but our single flare stainless steel plugs go up to 34mm and soon to be, 38mm! Everyone is different when it comes to what works and what doesn't when stretching their ears, so try a few different options and choose what is the best option for you! This is your personal journey so listen to YOUR body when sizing up. 
     
Stretching is difficult and takes patience, dedication and self-control to not rush the process. What's your stretching story? Do you have a goal size? How are you going to get there? Got tips and tricks for those struggling? Questions or concerns yourself? 🤔 Post them below and let's talk stretching!! Use this page to give advice, ask questions, or merely meet people on a similar journey as you. You’re never alone in the #buffcommunity! 💬💙
April 30, 2021 — Amanda Pyle
Spring Cleaning and Wood Oiling

Spring Cleaning and Wood Oiling

Springtime is here and we all know what that means...warmer weather, sunshine, flowers, fresh air, longer days, and of course spring cleaning. 🧼 While cleaning is no one's favorite thing in the world, spring cleaning is a great time for a fresh reset! Waking up in a clean home is the best feeling. We’re here to give you some spring cleaning tips to help make the process a little smoother this season! The best part is you probably already have most of the supplies you will need!  
      
In addition to cleaning your home, you also need to be cleaning your wood jewelry.
      
While we are currently in the spirit of spring cleaning, this is something that needs to be done year-round...especially with weather changes like we are about to see. 🌤 When was the last time you oiled your wood plugs, tunnels, or hangers? How did you do it? You would be surprised how many people are actually cleaning their wood accessories wrong, which can be harmful in the long run. But no worries, Arctic Buffalo is here to help!  
       
Below, we will give you the 411 on exactly how you should be oiling your wood plugs, the deets on what you should NOT be doing, and some tips and tricks for cleaning your home in the spirit of spring cleaning. What better way to start the spring season than with clean jewelry, clean ears, and a clean home? 
       

What to Avoid: Water and rubbing alcohol 

Before we get into the process of how to oil your wood jewelry, let’s first talk about what you should not be doing to clean your wood jewelry. The number one no-no when cleaning your plugs is using water or alcohol on them. 🚫 I know...water seems like the one product you can use on everything, but NOT your wood jewelry. This should stick in your head forever, because it is so peculiar that wood jewelry requires such unique care.  
          
We won’t bore you with too many details, but basically water, rubbing alcohol, or any products along those lines will damage the wood. The stripped moisture will cause the wood to dry out and leave discoloration, changing the overall appearance of the wood.  

            

🧼 Spring Cleaning: Rubbing alcohol 

Although you can’t use rubbing alcohol on your wood jewelry, there are areas where it can be put to good use. So, what should you use alcohol for regarding your spring cleaning? Rubbing alcohol is an awesome disinfectant! Mix one part water and one part rubbing alcohol for an eco-friendly homemade disinfectant. For this spring-cleaning task, use rubbing alcohol to clean the sinks! It seems odd to clean the sinks when water and soap go down the drain regularly, but you would be surprised at what gets caked up down there. Using rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth, you can buff your sinks to shiny perfection.  After that’s done, spray a little extra rubbing alcohol down the sink to kill any bacteria, break down resting gunk, and leave your sink in a shimmering condition.   

Source: https://cleanmyspace.com/rubbingalcohol/ 

          

The Why Behind Oiling: Protection 

To put it simplythere are two main reasons why you should be oiling your plugs. Wood jewelry needs to be oiled to avoid cracking, and secondly, the oil acts as a barrier between the wood and your skin. Wood is a porous material, so it needs to be moisturized regularly in order to keep its natural composition. If the wood is not properly moisturized, it will start to dry out and eventually crack. When you oil your wood jewelry, you are creating a very thin barrier between the wood and your ear.  
       
This oil barrier can help to reduce the stretching and shrinking of your wood plugs from temperature changes, protect your ears, and keep your jewelry looking as good as new for as long as possible. This is especially important with season changes like we are about to see! The oil acts as a barrier to reduce bacteria. When wood is not oiled, the pores of the wood absorb whatever they are in contact with, which in this case is your ears. 🦠 

        

🧼 Spring Cleaning: Reduce bacteria in the home 

We use oil to reduce bacteria growth on our plugs. In the spirit of spring cleaning, let’s also reduce the bacteria in our homes. Did you know your kitchen is known to have more bacteria than your bathroom? The place where you prepare food and eat it! GROSS! If you want to reduce bacteria in your home, this is the place to start.  

Use three tablespoons of bleach in up to quart of water for the germ fighter you didn’t know you needed! Use an older white towel and this solution to wipe down highly touched areas, such as the fridge handles, light switches, sink knobs, microwave buttons, and kitchen surfaces. Tackling the kitchen will leave you feeling much cleaner through the entirety of your home. No one wants extra company living in their home rent free...especially when it’s germs! 

Source: https://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/info-04-2010/where_the_germs_are_lurking_in_your_home.html 

        

The Process 

Step 1: Prepare for the jewelry to be oiled 

Now that you understand the importance of oiling your wood jewelry, we’re going to explain how you do it properly. Before you begin, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands. Your hands need to be clean to avoid getting unwanted bacteria into the pores of the wood. Once your hands are clean, you are ready to go! First, use a cloth to wipe the piece of jewelry off. This will remove any dust or dead skin accumulated from the jewelry laying around that may be resting on the surface. 

         

🧼 Spring Cleaning: Dust your furniture 

Removing dust and debris in preparation of your jewelry to be oiled has us in the mood to remove dust and dead skin in our houseDid you know dust is a mix of skin cells, hair, clothing fibers, bacteria, dust mites, bits of dead bugs, soil particles, pollen, and microscopic specks of plastic?! That’s why it is important to keep up on your dusting. Haven’t been? No biggie, but now’s the time.  

To match this step of the oiling process, we think you should dust all your furniture. Allergies are already at an all-time high in the spring, so there’s no need to make it worse by breathing in dirt and dust. Don’t have a feather duster? You’re in luck. The best way to remove dust is just using a water-dampened cloth. This allows you to collect the dust and get rid of it, rather than just spreading it into the air with a feather duster. When dust gets back into the air, you end up just breathing it back in, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of dusting, right? Just make sure that the damp cloth doesn’t touch your freshly wiped jewelry. 😉 

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24221/get-rid-of-dust/ 

            

Step 2: Massage the oil into your jewelry 

Next, you will want to grab a paper towel and the oil you are using. Many types of oil will work to moisturize your jewelry. Arctic Buffalo recommends using jojoba or vitamin E oil. Add a fingernail-sized drop of oil to the paper towel for larger sizes and half that amount for smaller sizes. Gently massage the oiled paper towel into the wood. The piece of jewelry should be completely covered but not saturated. You do not want your piece of jewelry to be soaking in oil, as it will expand after absorption. 

          

🧼 Spring CleaningClean your carpet 

We’re moisturizing our jewelry, so while we’re at it, let’s also moisturize our carpets...just a bit differently. This spring-cleaning task involves getting a little moisture into your carpet while deep cleaning it 
     
Making the cleaning solution is easy! Just mix one part vinegar with three parts water. This carpet solution not only deep cleans your carpets but acts as a disinfectant as well! Dip a scrub brush into the mixture and scrub-a-dub-dub away! 🧽 Just as you don’t want your wood jewelry saturated in oil, you don’t want your carpet saturated in the solution. Use just enough to clean, but not soak the carpet. After you’re done massaging the solution into the carpet fibers, you will want to use towels to absorb excess moisture. Let the carpet fully dry by aiming fans at your carpet for a few hours 
      
Deep cleaning the carpet is quite the task, but spring cleaning is the perfect time to just get it done. You will be happy you did when you’re feeling fresh carpet between your toes, seeing less dust, and smelling a new freshness in the air! 
     

            

Step 3: Finding the small areas 

When working with jewelry that hacarvings or small flares, it may be difficult to get the surface covered entirely. But it is very important to do so that no discoloration occurs on the wood. You want to make sure you are evenly oiling the entire surface, including every small groove or crevice. This is particularly important when working with single or double flared jewelry, because the flare is usually quite small. When working with small grooves, it is helpful to use a Q-tip to make sure you are getting to those hard-to-reach spots. Just dip the Q-tip in oil so that all the fibers are moisturized and use the Q-tip like a paint brush🖌 

             

🧼 Spring Cleaning: Vacuum out the couch 

Speaking of getting into small crevices, let’s talk about the crevices of your couch. We know all too well that our couch cracks love to swallow up coins, Cheetos and other unwanted Netflix partners. No one wants to run their hands through your 6-month-old crumbs, dirt, sticky change or wrappers while looking for their phone, keys, or your couch’s favorite, the TV remote🛋 We all know this couch. Don’t make this your couch! How much more enjoyable would it be to hang out on (or search through) a couch that you knew was clean underneath? We’re going to guess it’s pretty satisfying. So, for this spring-cleaning task, we’re vacuuming our couch cushions and every nook and cranny underneath.  

         

Step 4: Let your plugs dry 

Once you have the entire surface of the wood evenly covered, place it back on the paper towel to sit overnight. 🌙 Keep in mind that the wood should feel tacky immediately after you get done oiling. Your plugs will dry as the oil is fully absorbed. Avoid wearing the jewelry until the next morning or at least 8 hours, so that the oil can soak in properly. The next morning, you will want to brush off any paper towel fibers potentially resting on the plug, and you are good to go! 

        

🧼 Spring Cleaning: Fresh air and fragrance 

While your jewelry is drying, why not air out your house too? Opening windows in your home to get some fresh air is arguably the easiest and most satisfying way to freshen up your home. 🍃 Even if this is the only task from this blog you can get yourself to complete, it’s going to feel great when you do itIt’s more beneficial than you think! There are many surprising health benefits to having fresh air in your home.  
     
Fresh air is said to help clear your lungs and give you more energy and focus. While we aren’t doctors or scientistshere’s what we can sayThere truly is nothing more refreshing than springtime fresh air circling throughout your home after breathing in the same recycled air all winterOpen your windows, light your favorite candle and enjoy the blissful ambiance you have created.
      

         

When it comes to oiling your wood jewelry, there are many factors that come into play such as the climate you live in, how often you wear them, and the type of wood used. For a general rule of thumb, you should be oiling your jewelry at least once a month. For best results with wood products, make sure you are not wearing your wood jewelry for multiple days and nights in a row. With such a porous material, you need to allow the wood and your ears to breathe. Also note that wood should only be worn in healed ears. Behind every stretched ear is a routine to keep the ear healthy and looking awesome. Make sure you have a regimen for yours! 

Start the spring season with a clean home, clean jewelry and clean ears. Decluttering your life might be just the thing you need to spark a mental resetStart the new season off right in 2021 with these cleaning tips and tricks. Happy spring buffs! Warmer weather is ahead! 🌞 

Click here to check out our short video on how to oil!

April 02, 2021 — Amanda Pyle
Perfect Pairings that will Shamrock your World: Leprechaun’s Plug Picks + Celebratory Cocktails

Perfect Pairings that will Shamrock your World: Leprechaun’s Plug Picks + Celebratory Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner 🍀 Whether you are Irish or not, we still think you should celebrate with delicious food and an ice-cold beer. Maybe you get creative with a green cocktail (or mocktail), and of course...avoid a pinch by wearing green. The “Kiss me, I’m Irish” shirt might have to stay put this year. Though we may not be celebrating the traditional way with big parades or bar crawls, we still need to do a little something for the day. What better way to celebrate than drinking green cocktails and getting yourself some new GREEN to wear? 
      
We could all use some Irish luck...and it’s your lucky day! We’ve put together a list of cocktail recipes that would be more than fitting for this green holiday. On top of that, you don’t even have to look for something to wear because we already did the searching for you. Here are some of our favorite green cocktails we found paired with the best green products on our site. We will start with more subtle green options and slowly work our way to full-blown shamrock mode. Mix and match any of these drinks with your favorite products for a fully festive St. Patrick’s Day. Just call Arctic Buffalo your holiday planner! 

       

Aventurine Plugs or Tunnels + Green Shimmer Liqueur 

Green Shimmer Liqueur: Did a leprechaun come up with this magically tasty cocktail? The shimmer of this cocktail almost makes it too beautiful to drink...but who are we kidding, we’re for sure going to be sipping on this cocktail on March 17th. Combine the ingredients in a glass, swirl the glitter, and you’re done. You’ve found the pot of gold with this cocktail! The secret ingredient is luster petal dust, which is edible and non-toxic. The best part is, you can really make this drink with whatever you want, and just add the dust for some twinkle! Here is our recommendation below, with the measurements for one shimmery shamrock drink 

Ingredients: 

  • Fruity white wine 
  • 1.5 oz. vodka 
  • 1-3 drops of green food coloring 
  • Simple syrup to taste 
  • Lime juice to taste 
  • Luster petal dust (to your desired shimmer) 

Perfect pairing: The shine of this stone resembles the shine of this drink, making for the perfect pairing! First on the list, we have the aventurine plugs or tunnels. Aventurine is a form of quartz and can range from light green to dark green. We love the idea of wearing this natural green stone on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The authenticity of the green coloring makes it seem like you just so happened to be wearing the perfect accessory for the day without even trying!  

Source: The Flavor Bender

Image Source: Webstaurant Store

 

Kambaba Jasper Keyhole Hangers + Irish Whiskey Green Sangria

 Irish Whiskey Green Sangria: The Irish Whiskey Green Sangria is light green and full of fruit. Beautiful and delicious. This fruity sangria has a touch of whiskey and will get you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, without drinking something full of green food coloring. All you will need for this drink is fruit, lime juice, sugar, white wine, club soda, and of course, Irish Whiskey. Add it all to a pitcher, let sit for an hour, and enjoy your sangria! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 green apple cubed 
  • 2 green pears sliced 
  • 2 kiwis (peeled and sliced) 
  • 1 cup of green grapes 
  • 2 large limes sliced 
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar 
  • 1 bottle of white wine 
  • ½ cup of Irish Whiskey 
  • ¼ cup of lime juice 
  • 1 cup of club soda 

Perfect pairing: To match the natural vibe of all the fruit in this delicious sangria, we have the kambaba jasper keyhole hangers. Kambaba Jasper is algae that has fossilized over time. That’s the coolest part about stone jewelry...each hanger is unique and distinctive in its own way, making whatever pair you get one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking to take part in the holiday without going over the top, these are the hangers for you. A perfectly understated St. Patrick’s Day look that will help you avoid a pinch while keeping it cool and subtle.  

Source and Image Source: Sugar and Charm

 

Green Line Jasper Plugs + Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshake

Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshake: Feelin’ lucky? You should be. This drink concoction will change your life! It’s so dang tasty, you would never know there is booze in it. A light green boozy shake with Lucky Charms marshmallows on top? Nothing screams St. Patrick’s Day like this drink...and it’s oh so colorful! Start with a food processor to blend the marshmallows until they are a powdery consistency. Add that powder to a bowl of milk and let that sit for 30 minutes, so the milk can absorb all that sugary deliciousness. Once that has soaked, you’re ready to make your drinks! This drink recipe is sure to bring you some luck of the Irish.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ½ cups of Lucky Charms marshmallows 
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream 
  • 1/3 cup marshmallow vodka 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • A batch, or extra leftover marshmallow frosting 
  • Extra cereal for topping 

Perfect pairing: The very light green in this stone inspired us to match these plugs with the light green leprechaun shake. The green line jasper plugs have many different shades of green swirling through that range from dark green to mint green. While we can’t guarantee what the overall shade of green the pair you receive will be, we can guarantee they will be green! Our favorite earthy plugs. Showcase the beauty of mother nature by wearing the color that portrays it best...green! Is mother nature responsible for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow too?! 🌈 

Source and Image Source: How Sweet Eats

 

Glow Green Thick Silicone Plugs + Cucumber Pineapple –Tequila Cooler 

Cucumber Pineapple-Tequila Cooler: This drink may not be fully green or made of Irish Whiskey...but it still works great for this holiday. The drink is closer to yellow in coloring, but once you throw in a fun green straw and a cucumber garnish, it works wonders for St. Paddy's Day. Blend the pineapple, limes, and cucumber, shake up your tequila, then add the agave and salt. So simple and so sweet! This will help you get your party pants on this holiday. 🤪 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple cubes 
  • 2 limes (skin removed) 
  • 1 seedless European cucumber (peeled), and extra cucumber for garnish 
  • 4 oz. silver tequila 
  • 1 ½ cups ice cubes (plus more for serving) 
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar 
  • Pinch of kosher salt 

Perfect pairing: We are pairing the glow green silicone plugs with this tequila drink. We're taking the classic St. Patty’s Day green and giving it a little twist by going full neon. The glow green silicone plugs are a fun option to spice up the holiday. We love this creative and lively take on a classic St. Patrick’s Day. Light up the holiday in these glow in the dark, neon green plugs! 

Source: Food Network

Image Source: Edamam

 

Matte Dark Green Thin Silicone Tunnels + Frozen Mango Mojito-Rita 

Frozen Mango Mojito-Rita: The dark green coloring of this refreshing cocktail could not suit this holiday better. Can’t decide between a margarita or a mojito? No, worries! This drink combines the two for a flavor that will make you and your taste buds dance this St. Paddy's Day. 😜 Even though it is frozen, it requires little to no prep time. A whopping 5 minutes is all! We can handle that! Throw everything in a blender, get it to the scrumptious slushy consistency you desire and enjoy! 

     

Ingredients: 

  • Flaky sea salt 
  • 1/3 cup (2.5 oz.) silver tequila 
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • ¼ cup frozen mango chunks 
  • 2 teaspoons honey, more or less to taste 
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving 
  • 1 cup ice 
  • Sparkling water for topping (optional) 

Perfect pairing: With no doubt, we had to pair this dark green frozen fantasy drink with our unique matte dark green thin silicone tunnels. If you’re looking for a darker green to wear this year, you need to check these out! The dark, rich green coloring is stunning, and the matte finish of the silicone makes these stand out from your typical pair of tunnels. These are the ideal option for spending St. Patrick’s Day at home because they’re not only a bada** and festive option for the day, but also extremely lightweight and comfortable! Let loose! 

Source and Image Source: Half Baked Harvest

 

Green Glass Keyhole Weight Hangers or Green Double Flare Glass Plugs + Green Dublin Cocktail

St. Patrick’s Day Green Dublin Cocktail: Bring the green Chicago river to you this St. Patrick’s Day with the green Dublin cocktail. It’s fun, it’s festive, and it’s a step up from green beer. The alcohol of choice in this drink? Well, Irish Whiskey of course. The prep time for this cocktail is only 5 minutes, which makes it taste that much better. After all, who wants to work on a holiday? Get your ingredients and a cocktail shaker, and you will be feelin’ good in no time. 😎 

    

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz. Irish Whiskey 
  • 4 oz. white cranberry juice 
  • 2 oz. sour apple schnapps 
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish 
  • 1 green apple cut into thin slices

Perfect pairing: Here we have your classic St. Patrick’s Day green with a unique translucent aspect...just like the drink! If you’re looking to make a statement this holiday, go with the green glass keyhole weight hangers. They are sure to turn heads! If you’re wanting more of an understated look, then the green double flare glass plugs are for you. How festive!  

Source and Image Source: Culinary Ginger

 

Green with White Swirl Single Flare Glass Plugs + Key Lime Gimlet

Key Lime Gimlet: Lime is probably the most common flavor you think of when mixing up a cocktail that you want to be green. Lime is the perfect garnish for so many different drinks because of the delicious tart flavor that masks the taste of alcohol. This drink is so quick and easy, even you will be wondering how it tastes so damn good. All you need to do is mix the ingredients, chill, and serve...no lag time! Voila! 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups seltzer 
  • 1 cup gin 
  • ½ cup simple syrup 
  • ½ cup key lime juice 
  • Key lime slices, for serving 

Perfect pairing: The green with white swirl single flare glass plugs are the perfect key lime drink pairing and so f’ing cool. The tie-dye look is sure to lift your spirits on this holiday. The white swirled through the green really makes the green pop! No one will be asking you if you’re wearing green when you have these in, because it’s impossible not to notice how unique and spunky these are! 

Source and Image Source: Country Living

 

Metallic Green Double Flare Plugs + Spicy Cucumber Jalapeño Marg 

Spicy Cucumber Jalapeno Marg: Let’s spice up this St. Paddy's Day with the cucumber jalapeno marg! Who says tequila can’t be an Irish drink?! Today it is. Mix everything in a pitcher and let sit for an hour, so your margarita can absorb all the delicious flavors! Add some lime juice to the rim, dip in salt, and pour your fiery and fresh cocktail over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice and jalapeno for the full effect. You will feel like a five-star bartender after making this drink!  

     

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup tequila 
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice 
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur 
  • ¼ cup simple syrup 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (halved and seeded) 
  • 4 thin slices of cucumber (or more to taste) 
  • 4 lime wedges 
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt 
  • Cucumber for garnish 
  • Ice (as needed) 

Perfect pairing: To match the fun twist on a classic Irish cocktail, we’re pairing this drink with our edgy metallic green double flare glass plugs. You’re wearing green like you’re supposed to but originating it with the metallic flair. Take that classic green and make it a wee bit more exciting! Post this green Irish cocktail with you in your Irish-inspired plugs and watch those reactions roll in. 😍 

Source and Image Source: All Recipes

 

 Green Cat Eye Plugs + Irish Flag Shot

Irish Flag Shot: You can’t get any more Irish than this Irish flag shot! This drink has a lot of character in a teeny tiny glass. The shot has the colors of the Irish flag and is full of booze to help you celebrate the Irish way...and the right way. 😉 To get the picture-perfect shot, you are going to need shot glasses, squeeze bottles (for better control), and a small spoon. You will want to submerge the tip of your small spoon into the bottom layer of crème de menthe, carefully pour the Baileys over the back of the spoon to where it sits on top of the crème de menthe. Rinse your spoon and repeat with the orange liqueur. Looks like a high-quality shooter, is simple to make, and tastes incredible! That’s how you do it on St. Paddy's Day! 

      

Ingredients: 

  • 1 part crème de menthe 
  • 1 part Baileys Irish Cream 
  • 1 part Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur 

Perfect pairing: Of course, we had to pair the Irish flag shot with the most fitting pair of plugs we have for the occasion. The green cat eye plugs are the ideal green color for this holiday full of shamrocks, luck, and leprechauns. Perfectly green with a slight glimmer from the extremely smooth surface. On March 17th, these plugs will scream St. Patrick’s Day but any other day of the year, they’re just a radiant pair of beautiful green plugs that will make you feel like a boss! 

Source and Image Source: Homemade Hooplah

 

Green Foil Spiral Glass Plugs + Leprechaun Mimosas 

Leprechaun Mimosas: You can’t get an easier drink recipe with mimosas! Not to mention, they’re arguably the best daytime drink...and they go down so easily! All you need for this recipe is champagne, orange juice, and blue Curaçao. Fill your flute 1/3 of the way with orange juice, add a splash of the blue Curaçao, then fill your glass the rest of the way with champagne. Watch your drink turn to the perfect shade of green in seconds! 

       

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bottle chilled champagne 
  • 2–4 cups pulp-free orange juice 
  • 1 cup Blue Curaçao 

Perfect pairing: The perfect pairing for your sparkling wine is a set of the sparkling green foil spiral plugs. These are shimmery and beautiful! The green is the perfect match for a St. Paddy's Day green and the glitter inside elevates these to the next level. You can even see some gold glitter in these plugs...the pot of gold perhaps? We’ll never know. But what we do know, is that you will be stuntin’ in these plugs this St. Patrick’s Day.  

Source and Image Source: Happy Go Lucky

We are obsessed with all of these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Delicious recipes with a magical touch. They’re just a little bit of a step up from your usual green beer. Any of these are perfect for the holiday, it just comes down to personal preference of style flavor. You won’t catch yourself saying “Irish you were beer,” to these crazy cocktails!       

Green accessories are the way to go this St. Patrick’s Day, especially when spending it at home. They give you a green festive touch to help you avoid a pinch but are functional for LONG-term use after the holiday is over. Just like the drinks, these accessories meet the one requirement for the day: being green. Choose whatever pair suits you best because any of them will shamrock your world! 

We hope you feel lucky stumbling across these creative ideas of what you can wear and sip on this St. Patrick’s Day. We can’t wait to see what mixing and matching you come up with! If you don’t wear green and end up getting pinched...don’t say we didn’t try to help. 😉🍀 Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day everyone! 

COMMENT on this blog and let us know what your favorite green product and favorite green drink were! 

 

March 04, 2021 — Amanda Pyle
Valentine's Day Gifts + Date Ideas

Valentine's Day Gifts + Date Ideas

Happy February Buffs! If you’re spending Valentine’s Day with a loved one or your friends this year, it may look a bit different than usual. It can be hard to get creative with date night ideas at home, especially when you want to make this day extra special. We are here to help you out! Below you’ll find creative and enjoyable date night ideas to spend with a few friends or a loved one. We’ve also got the perfect pair of plugs, tunnels and/or hangers to wear or gift on the big day. Mix and match any of these gifts and date ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day in 2021           

1) Spicy Margs + Mexican Food Date Night

Our brass tunnels with garnet are SPICY! Make your loved one feel confident and sexy this Valentine’s day. What’s a good date night idea to pair with this gift? Nothing short of spicy. Get some jalapeños for spicy margs, blast your favorite songs, and have a dance party in the kitchen while making tacos. Tacos & margs + the person you love? Sign us up.  

 

Shop: Brass Tunnels with Garnet

2) Cozy Night in with Takeout + Games

Throw on some pjs, and enjoy a cozy night in with your loved one. Order takeout from their favorite place, make some delicious cocktails, set up a board game championship and laugh the night away. What better way to spend this Valentine’s Day than quality time with just the two of you? Of course, this date night would also work great with your friends! These plugs are the perfect gift option to accompany a game night, because they are cool and comfortable. Our black rose plugs are an edgy accessory that can be worn at all times. They match everything!! The marble glass plugs are the perfect, at home accessory for Valentine’s day with their alluring red swirls. You just CANNOT go wrong with this date night idea + gift combination.  

  

3) Delicious & Aesthetic Sushi Dinner + Fun Beers

Did someone say take out sushi and fun beers?! Sushi is always garnished so beautifully and will make for an aesthetic Valentine’s Day dinner with your loved one. Phone eats first right?! Try out a new beer and go to town on as many sushi rolls as you can eat! Pair your beautiful sushi dinner with a vase of their favorite flowers and have these flower brass weights in a box next to them. A stunning and special Valentine’s day gift. These hangers are an Arctic Buffalo favorite with their gorgeous charm and popularity on our site. Even after Valentine’s day is over, these hangers will be a reminder of that memorable quarantine Valentine’s Day in 2021.  

 

Shop: Five Point Flower Brass Ear Weights Hangers

4) Pasta Dish Date Night + Wine & Flowers

Red roses and Italian food? That’s a yes from us. Get all the ingredients to make your favorite Italian dish from scratch. What else will you need? A bottle of your loved one’s favorite red wine of course! Spend quality time taking on the recipe together or impress by preparing a homemade dish for them! Pour up two glasses of that wine, put your phones away for the evening and enjoy each other’s company in the kitchen. While at dinner, surprise them with these stunning, gold wrapped tunnels and red rose plugs. Two amazing accessory options they will be reaching for long after Valentine’s Day.  

 

Shop: Red Rose Plugs

Shop: Gold Wrapped Spiral Tunnels (coming soon)

5) Fancy Date Night with Seafood + Steaks + Cocktails

These brass hangers with copper orb are begging you to get fancy with your quarantine date night. We’re thinking seafood and steaks. After all, Valentine’s day only happens once a year, so go big or go home! Your special person will love these hangers, and they will love that YOU picked them out even more. Showing your partner appreciation and love is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Dress up in your best outfits and cook a fancy dinner with you partner. Set the mood by lighting some candles, making some cocktails, or sipping on your favorite wine while having a romantic dinner together. After dinner, it’s back into your pjs to spend the rest of your night playing cards or watching movies. These hangers are relatively lightweight, so your valentine won’t have to worry about taking them out after dinner! 

 

Shop: Brass Hangers with Copper Orb

We hope this date night guide sparked some creativity for a perfectly fitting Valentine's Day in 2021. Having trouble picking out exactly what they want? When in doubt...gift card it out. Shop our e-gift cards here!

Wanna help your fellow buffs out? Drop a date night idea in the comments below :)

February 03, 2021 — Amanda Pyle