Review: Papaya Tattoo

I was excited when Papaya Toys offered to send me one of their products.  I could pick from any of their four products so I went with the Tattoo.  I was mostly drawn to the cool design on the sides and wondered if you could actually feel it.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type: In-ie and out-ie
  • Manufacturer:  Papaya Toys
  • Includes:  Vibrator and storage pouch
  • Materials:   Silicone
  • Size:  9” in total length; 5” insert-able; 1.25” – 1.5” in diameter
  • Price:  $80
  • Pros:  Awesome package and great for storage; Really stress the quality;  Easy to hold;  100% Silicone; Waterproof; Nice shape;  Tattoo can actually be felt;  Nice battery pack;  Vibrations should please most
  • Cons:   A bit expensive; Controls frustrated me a bit
  • Intensity:  3.5/5
  • Volume:  3.5-4/5
  • Overall Rating: 3.75/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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The awesome box

I’m pretty impressed with the packaging from Papaya Toys.  It is a bit large, but it’s very pretty and study.  Because mine was sent to me in the US, it had a sleeve over it with the English details on the back.  The box itself has a magnetic flap and you can open it to reveal your toy laying in a cardboard insert.  There’s also a storage bag included so you can choose between storing it in the box or the bag or both if you want.  The box is large though, so I plan to take the insert out and put some other things in the box as well.  It is a very sturdy box though so it would be nice to keep a few things in.  It’s about 9” x 9.5” x 2.75” so you could fit a few toys and a few bottles of lube, condoms, etc in it.  It does say “Papaya Toys: Rediscover Passion” on the front, but you could easily slide it under a bed or even put a sticker over the label and leave it setting out.  I doubt anyone would pick it up and look at the bottom.

I want to take a minute now though to talk about quality and such.  One of the big things that Papaya stresses on its package is product difference and quality.  They talk about the quality of the silicone used in the material and how they put health and safety first.  I’m sure most companies care, but very few really put it out there and give you all the details about all the thought and work behind a toy.  In the small booklet included it also talks about the philosophy behind Papaya Toys.  If you’d like to read more about their quality check out the quality page on their website.

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The Tattoo

The toy itself is around 9” in total length with about 5” being insert-able.  The rest makes for a nice handle and I find it very easy to hold.  The end of the handle is angled, which I find fits in my hand nicely. Even though the buttons are on the top of the angled portion I haven’t had any trouble accidentally bumping them.  The diameter of the toy starts just under 1.5” at the head and narrows a bit, giving it a bit of a bulb, and then flares back out to slightly over 1.5” at the widest part near the base.  The entire toy is covered in 100% silicone, except a small band where you unscrew the handle to insert the batteries.  The silicone feels soft, but it does have a lot of drag so you’ll need some water based lube for insertion.  I didn’t find that it was as big of a lint magnet as other toys.  It’s also fairly to clean and is fully water-proof so you can wash it with soap and water, toy cleaner, or bleach it.  The texture does require a bit of extra scrubbing, but it’s not as bad as some toys I’ve had.  You may also want to be careful to clean the small crease where the toy meets the handle as there is a very small seam there.

 The shape is nice and it does have a small amount of flex to the shaft.  If you have a weird g-spot like mine that doesn’t like curved toys, the bulb on the head can be used for some light g-spot stimulation.  The “tattoo” on the side is raised.  The middle of the design is the most raised and it thins out leaving no real sharp or harsh jumps in texture.  You can feel the texture once it’s inserted, but it is a subtle texture.  I thought it was kind of nice and was an interesting feeling since it wasn’t something standard like ribs or bumps.

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The battery compartment

The motor feels like it’s in the head of the toy and it does transmit fairly well through the toy.  The vibrations are fairly deep and go from a low to a high-medium.  I did enjoy the vibration from the toy and I think most people will be able to.  I was a bit disappointed that it is not a rechargeable toy, especially for the price, but they won me back a bit by giving me a nifty little pack the batteries (two AAs) are put in and then inserted into the toy.  This makes it super easy to pop the batteries out to store the toy.  You can pop them out and stick them in the storage bag with the toy.   The controls for the vibration did give me a bit of confusion.  There are no markings on the buttons, but the left button turns it on and will cycle through the three functions (straight vibration and two patterns).  The right button turns it off.  For the life of me I could not figure out how to change the intensity of the vibration, so I read the instruction (yeah, I’m a bit of a guy in that reguard…).  To increase the intensity of any function, you push and hold the left button and to decrease you push and hold the right button.  I prefer having a stepped up levels if I’m going to use a button, but the increase and decrease is fairly slow, so it’s fairly easy to not overshoot your target level.  Another odd thing is when you turn the toy off and back (even a while later) it’s still on the same level and function you left it on.  Since I usually start on a lower vibration and work up, it annoyed me a bit.

Overall, I do like the Papaya Tattoo.  The texture is neat and I like the size and shape.  The vibrations also work very well for me and one I figured out how to use the controls it was fairly easy to use.  The only major complaint I have is the price, but I am a very cheap and poor grad student.  I do feel that the toy is very high quality and well made, so it will be worth the price to many of you.  If the Tattoo doesn’t interest you, be sure to check out the Rainbow, Candy Stick, and Turtle also from Papaya Toys.

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

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