Review: Entice Marilyn

Today up for review is one of my favorite *cough* types of toys, a rabbit vibrator.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that rabbits just don’t really work for me.  I try to keep an open mind with the Entice Marilyn.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Dual Simulator, Rabbit Vibrator
  • Manufacturer:  California Exotic Novelties
  • Materials:  Silicone
  • Size:  8.5″ total length; 5″ insert-able length; 1.25″ in diameter; Clit Arm – 2.25″ in length, 1″ in diameter
  • Price:  $44.99
  • Pros:  Soft silicone; Arm is flexible; Nice shape
  • Cons:  Too buzzy for my liking; Not very strong; Battery opperated
  • Intensity: 2/5
  • Volume: 2/5
  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you don’t mind a buzzier vibration

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Review: Scandal Control Cuffs

Up today for review is something a little kinkier than my usual fair, the Scandal Control Cuffs from the new Scandal line from California Exotic Novelties.  These cuffs are marked to be be used for dominance exertion, but they have another use that I’ll talk about later.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  BDSM – Cuffs; Position Aid
  • Manufacturer:  California Exotic Novelties
  • Materials:  Polyester (cuffs), Polypropylene (strap), Polyoxymethylene (buckle)
  • Size:  Cuffs – Up to 14″ in circumference; Strap 3-9″ between cuffs
  • Price:  $22.49
  • Pros:  Cuffs are adjustable; Very soft comfortable lining; Pretty material and design
  • Cons:  Not much of a “handle” to hold on to
  • Overall Rating: 4.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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Review: Ultimate Lube Sampler from Lucky Bloke

I’ve been out of the game for a while and after CatalystCon… it’s well time to get back into reviewing.  I thought I’d start off with one of my favorite things to review, lube!  Today I’m going to tell you all about the Ultimate Lube Sampler from Lucky Bloke.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Silicone and water-based lube
  • Manufacturer:  Various
  • Includes:  12 randomly selected lube samples
  • Ingredients:  Depends on the lubes
  • Price:  $7.99 (usually $9.99)
  • Pros:  Wide range of good brands; Silicone, water-based, and hybrid lubes included
  • Cons:  Variance in what you might get
  • Overall Rating: something/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you are searching for that perfect lube

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Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys Blog Tour

The cover

So my first big post back in the game is for a blog tour! I’ve never done a blog tour before, but it seems kind of neat.  This blog tour is for the new book, The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys by Violet Blue and Charlie Glickman.  Unfortunately due to moving and the like, I do not yet have my hard copy of the book, but I have been able to skim through a digital copy I was sent.

I was a little hesitant about the book, being as I have so many toys and I don’t feel like there is a ton left for me to learn.  In scanning through the chapters, two chapters stood out to me and I skipped straight to them:  Teledildonic Toys:  Online Sex for Two and Sex Machines.  I really enjoyed the discussion on Teledildonics and it’s given me some new things to look into and this seems like an important topic for couples, especially in long distance relationships.  I did notice that the OhMiBod toy that works with skype was not mentioned in my quick read through.  I do also like that this goes into just using a webcam and that area.

The sex machine chapter was very informative.  I’ve never used one and have only seen the attachments that you use to convert a handheld saw into a fucksaw and a Synbian.  This is probably where I learned the most and want to really dig into the chapter more.

I was really glad to see that this book includes more than just toys, including how to take care of your toys “Care and Feeding) and how to talk about using toys as a couple and just how to use them as a couple.  There is even a section on kinkier toys, such as handcuffs and “more ouchy fun”.  And don’t worry guys, there are some toys for you and a whole section on strap-ons.

Throughout the book there are grey scale sketch images that show what some of the toys and machines actually look like.  However, it is not an image heavy book.  The focus with the book is by far the information, not what the toys look like, etc.  I think it could be helpful two versions of this book (or a series) where one is for beginners with actual pictures and another is for more advanced.  This could also work well with a DVD showing couples using the toys as in each chapter.  But perhaps I am just more of a visual creature than most.

 

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Review: Posh 10-Function Pocket Pleaser

For June, Cal Exotics sent me the 10-Function Pocket Pleaser to review, a toy in their new Posh line.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  In-ie or out-ie
  • Manufacturer:  California Exotic Novelties
  • Materials:  Silicone and ABS Plastic
  • Size:  4″ in length; 1″ in diameter
  • Price:  $28.99
  • Pros:  Small; Discreet; Fairly quite; Silicone; Doesn’t collect a lot of lint;  Not too buzzy
  • Cons:  On the weaker side; Not sure of purpose
  • Intensity: 2.5/5
  • Volume: 2/5
  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you need a small travel vibe and cost isn’t an issue

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Review: Tantric Mantra

It’s been quite  awhile since I’ve posted a review, so I think I’ll just dive right in.  For the June Sexperts program, I received the Tantric Mantra to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Rabbit; Dual-stimulator
  • Manufacturer:  California Exotic Novelties
  • Materials:  Silicone and ABS Plastic
  • Size:  9.5″ total length; 4.5″ insert-able length; 1.25″ diameter; 2.75″ arm
  • Price:  $59.99
  • Pros:  Silicone; Shape is nice; Pretty control panel; Not a lint magnet
  • Cons:  Not very powerful; Very loud; Limited functions; Bit of a smell if you put it to your nose; Pearls are not on a track; Expensive for limited functions and noise level
  • Intensity: 2/5
  • Volume: 4/5
  • Overall Rating: 2/5
  • Recommended: No

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Follow Up Friday: My Fixation Couples Vibe & Panty

Over a year ago I reviewed a wearable vibe called the Fixation Couples Vibe.  It was an interesting toy but it didn’t quite work well for me and was a little too buzzy for my liking (check out my full review for more).  Since then, I hadn’t thought much about the toy and I recently pulled it out to pass on to a new home.  I decided I would mark sure it would still hold a charge only to be disappointed that it would not charge at all and was completely dead.  I contacted the company and was informed that the battery only has a shelf life of 1 year and that if it is not charged it will die and the warranty was expired so it would not be replaced.  I have never heard of a battery having a shelf life and it makes me want to go and check all of my toys that I don’t use often.  I also had no desire to pull it out and try it since the review, so that does show my actual interest and enjoyment of the toy.  However, it’s kinda of sad, the thought that the toy was not loved enough that it just died.

The New Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Out-ie
  • Material – Vibe:  ABS Plastic
  • Materials – Panty:  80% Polyester, 20% Nylo
  • Size – Vibe: 2″ wide; 2.5″ long; 0.75″ at the thickest
  • Size – Panty: S (2/4), M (6/8), L (10/12), XL (14/16), XXL (18/20)

  • Price:  $79.00
  • Original Pros:  Rechargeable; Water-proof/splash-proof;  Stays in place;  Panty is comfortable
  • New Pros:  Rechargeable; Water-proof/splash-proof; Panty is comfortable; Price has dropped
  • Originals Cons:  Doesn’t work well with larger labia; A bit buzzy; May not be strong enough for some
  • New Cons:  Doesn’t work well with larger bodies; A bit buzzy; Battery has a “shelf life”
  • Original Rating:  3.5/5
  • New Rating:  1/5
  • Recommended:  Maybe

If you are still interested, the version being sold is the generation two which is stated as being stronger and charges through USB.  It also has more modes that you can use.  You can still purchase the vibe as well as the panty and lingerie sets over at My Fixation.  If you still need help, don’t forget to check out my original review.

Review: Sutera Elite – Blossom, Baily, & Blee

Today I’m reviewing a newer line of “Luxury” toys from Lovers Package, the Sutera Elite line that includes Blossom, Bailey, and Blee.  I am not sure why they all have “b” names, it kinda weirds me out and I’m not sure why.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  In-ie and/or out-ie
  • Manufacturer:  Sutera Toys
  • Materials:  Silicone and ABS Plastic
  • Size:  Blossom – 4.5″ in length, 1.25″ at the widest; Bailey – 7″ in length, 1.25″ at the widest; Blee – 6.5″ in length, 1-1.5″ in width
  • Price – Blossom:  $69.95
  • Price – Blee & Baily:  $79.95
  • Pros:  Soft material; Blossom has a nice shape
  • Cons:  Too expensive; Vibrations are not impressive; Likely not silicone
  • Intensity: 3/5
  • Volume: Blossom & Blee – 3/5; Bailey – 4/5
  • Overall Rating: 1.5/5
  • Recommended: No, the cost is not justified
sutera elite vibrators

The packages

The packaging for all three of these toys is pretty much identical.  Each toy comes in its own very sturdy cardboard box with a clear plastic window in the front.  The front of the package says the toy name and a few of the features of the toy, which are slightly different for each toy.  The ends of the box has the cute little Sutera logo and the back lists the toy name and a short little description and personification of each toy.  The back also has the company information.    Other than the text, the only real difference in the packaging is the color of the design that wraps around the box and the logo and some of the text, which corresponds to the color of the toy.

sutera elite blossom vibrator

Blossom

I choose to review all three toys in one post because they are very similar with only some differences in size and shape.  All three are made from ABS plastic and what is labeled as silicone.  It is a very smooth and soft feeling material and has very little drag to it.  It also doesn’t collect lint or hair at all.  Each also seems to have a foam like material inside, except where the motor is, as they are quite squishy and flexible, though since Blossom is the smallest, it is not as squishy because the motor and control pad takes up most of the toy.  I do quite like the feel of the material, but they do have a bit of a rubbery scent to them, but only if it’s close to your face. I also tried flame testing them and the material was left a little discolored, but it did not catch on fire.  I also found that after using one of them internally once, that I had the same itchy sensation I get from latex exposure.  The lube is one that I have used frequently with no issue, but I also have not been able to re-create the feeling, so I am not sure.  Most likely they are a silicone blend, so I would recommend sticking with a water-based lube just to be safe.  For cleaning, you can use soap and water or toy cleaner, but I would not recommend submerging the toys, because they do not have an o-ring.  They are also decently easy to clean, though there is a seam between the plastic and the silicone that may require special attention or the use of an old tooth brush.  The Bailey also has some extra ripples on the back that you will have to pay a bit more attention too as well.

sutera elite bailey vibrator

Bailey

The shape and size is where each of the toys differ.  The Blossom is the smallest around 4.5″ in length and  1.25″ at it’s widest.  It narrows to a bit of a point and has a bump that dips down to the nose of the toy and on the back it is fairly flat and broad with a dip in it.  I found this toy better suited for clitroal stimulation, as it doesn’t have much length for inserting.  You can use the smaller point on the front or the broader back.  I did find that the dip in the back is a good resting place for your finger which kind of allows it to act as a vibrating finger extension.

The Bailey is what I would consider the g-spot toy of the line.  It comes in about 7″ in length and 1.25″ in diameter.  The front of the toy is a broad flat surface until it rounds out and curves up to a slight point.  The back has a broad head that comes to the point at the tip of the toy, with small ridge lines on the back.  I could not feel these when inserted  but looking at it kind of makes it look like the back of a cobra’s head.  For me, the Bailey just doesn’t work for g-spot stimulation.  The point is only slightly curved and much too small.  You could also use it for external clitoral stimulation with a slightly longer reach than the Blossom.

sutera elite blee vibrator

Blee

The last of the line is Blee.  Blee is the traditional style vibrator of the bunch and comes in at 6.5″ long and tapers from 1.25″ to just under 1″.  It’s a straight style vibrator and it has a small amount of texture, but it is only for looks as I could not feel it at all.  There is nothing particularly exciting or interesting about the shape, but it would be well suited for someone that is looking for a slimmer toy.

Each toy runs on two AAA batteries and has the same control panel   There are two buttons, one that turns the toy on and the other that simply cycles through the settings.  The batteries are inserted into a slide off panel and there is no o-ring of any type, so I would not recommend submerging these toys, but I think it would be safe to say they are splash proof.  All three toys have the same vibration settings and, even though they are slightly varied in size, they all have the same vibration intensity.  On high, it’s still a medium level vibration at best, and more on the buzzy side which is about what I would expect for two AAA’s.  The vibrations in all three toys are also focused in the end, which is where it feels like the motor is located.  There are three levels of steady vibration and four patterns.  The vibrations are not overly impressive.  The toys are decently quite, they probably would not be heard through your average door, however the Bailey has a louder rattle to it.  I didn’t hear it so much when inserted it, but outside it is a deal louder than the other too, but it seems more like a defect than it’s desire.  There seems to be something loose and when you squeeze in the right spot it stops making the extra noise.  It also stops when it’s held upside down, which is kinda strange.

Overall, I am not fond of any of the Sutera Elite line.  The Blossom is probably my favorite, based on the shape, but the vibrations leave a little bit to be desired.  My biggest issue is the cost.  Blossom is the cheapest at $70 while the other two are $80.  For something with un-impressive vibration and runs on two AAA’s, that is waaaay to much.  They are marketed as luxury toys, but I do not think that they are silicone, or at least not completely silicone.  Given that, I would have to say pass on all three of these toys.

*This review was sponsored by Lovers Package, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*

Follow Up Friday: Shunga Arousal Gel

I decided to do a follow up review for the Shunga Arousal Gel because I recently tossed my bottle in the trash.  Not because it got funky or anything but because I used it all.  The original review was posted September 2011, so yes, the little bottle has lasted me that long.  I used it fairly frequently too, but a tiny bit is all you really need.  It’s one of the few products I have actually used until it runs out.  Even when I’ve gotten other arousal gels to try, I still come back to this one.  I’m actually considering getting a new bottle of it.  *gasp* me paying real money for something is big news!

The New Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Pleasure Gels and Creas
  • Ingredients:  WaterGlycerinPropylene GlycolL-Arginine HCL, L-Ornithine HCL,  Hydroxyethylcellulose,Damiana ExtractPeppermint OilCapsicum O.R.Vitamin E
  • Size:  1 oz
  • Price:  $17.99
  • Original Pros:  Nice box and bottle; Comes with good pamphlets; Good texture; Nice stimulation
  • New Pros:  Subtle stimulation but good; Bottle lasts a long while; Good texture and doesn’t get sticky
  • Originals Cons:  A bit costly; Contains glycerin and L-Arginine; Could produce more stimulation
  • New Cons:  Bottle started to get gummy inside the cap; Contains glycerin and L-Arginine
  • Original Rating:  3/5
  • New Rating:  4/5
  • Recommended:  Yes

If you’re still not sure check out my original review.  The cheapest place I’ve found right now to buy it is over at Eden Fantasys.  Check out the Shunga Arousal Gel and other Shunga products there!

Review: Nick Hawk Keyless Cuffs

Slowly getting back into reviews… today I have this month’s review from the Cal Exotic Sexpert program.  They sent me one of the items from their new Nick Hawk Gigolo line, the Keyless Cuffs.  This line is based on a new hit series on Showtime called Gigolos.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Bondage
  • Manufacturer:  California Exotic Novelties
  • Materials:  Polyurethane; Nickel-Free Alloy Iron with Silver Plating
  • Size:  16.5″ total length; 5.5″ loop length
  • Price:  $24.99
  • Pros:  Look nice; Very adjustable; Easy to use and quick to remove; Decently strong built
  • Cons:  Pretty easy to get out of; Loop material has little give
  • Overall Rating: 4.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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