Review: Spunk Lube

 

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Okay, okay. At first I was a little skeptical of trying a lube called “Spunk”. I’m a lesbian, afterall. I gave that shit up for lent many moons ago. I figured I’d be mortified by the consistency because it would remind me of male cum. But when Jeff hit me up with an offer to try their lubes, I figured I’d give it a shot. You can never have enough lube, and I’ve never had the pleasure of trying out a water and silicone hybrid, so why not?

I originally requested the Spunk Hybrid lube. It is a water and silicone based lube, making it a “hybrid”. I was gleeful when my package came and I saw they sent me all three! Yay! Now I get to try their entire line of lubes and compare them all.

Depending on your needs, Spunk lube has it covered. The Spunk Hybrid is safe to use with all of your toys (silicone or otherwise) and it truly lasts a long time. It’s also safe during oral sex, so no worry of having to wash it off when going from one routine to the next. Spunk Pink offers the same silicone toy compatibility without the glycerin, so if you have a glycerin sensitivity, it’ll work great for you. The Spunk Pure silicone is fantastic for anal, and works great with glass dildos. It comes with only 4 ingredients, and is free of glycerin and parabens.

Spunk Pure Silicone:
This is a silicone based lube, making it unsuitable to be used with silicone toys. My girlfriend and I don’t always use silicone toys that often so having a silicone lube on hand is awesome. It works great with glass toys and doesn’t dry out or leave an oily residue after use. This one doesn’t resemble cum at all. It’s a clear lube consisting of four silicone oils and that’s it.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cylopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane.

Spunk Hybrid:
This is the main cum lube and it really does look more like cum compared to the rest. I received the 8 oz. bottle which has a pushdown nozzle kind of like a lotion bottle, making it easy to grab a handful when we’re in the midst of sex. It’s also orally safe and doesn’t have a funky taste.

My first impression; it really does look like cum. Not just male cum, but also my own. It’s a thick consistency and kind of reminds me of a gel lube, but not like Aloe Vera gel, more like a hair conditioner. It’s not sticky at all. I’ve been playing with a wad of it in my hand while I write this review. I took a dime sized amount in one hand and played with it for a bit to see how it would dry up. It eventually absorbed into my hand and didn’t leave behind any weird, sticky or oily residue. There’s no smell, but a very faint taste is present, but it’s not unpleasant.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxymethylcellulose, Glycerin, Methylparaben.

Spunk Pink:
This is probably my favorite from the line. It’s pretty and pink, and more similar to Aloe Vera gel than the original Spunk Hybrid lube. It was the slowest to run down the piece of paper when I tested them out by squirting a bit on paper then tilting it for 20 seconds. It has a very faint mint scent to it, and tastes kind of like flouride gel from a dentist office (but not as strong or gross). The pink dries clear without leaving behind a pink dye.

I also played with this one for awhile by taking a bit in my hand and spreading it out, and letting it dry. No oily or sticky residue, and the smell and taste are completely gone after it dries.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxymethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Red 40.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5
The only change I’d like to see is no parabens for the hybrid lubes. Other than that, I’m impressed. My Sliquid has been retired for the time being.

Thanks, SPUNK Lube! Check them out Twitter and say hey to Jeff. They’re very helpful and friendly.

*Spunk Lube, Spunk Lube Hybrid, and Spunk Lube Pink were provided to me for free in exchange for my honest review. This is in compliance with FTC standards.*

Review: Purr by Tantus

     Seriously, one of the most underrated dildos I’ve ever tried. I don’t understand why more people aren’t raving about this glorious hunk of silicone. I originally bought this as my very first Tantus dildo, mostly to be used solo, but possibly with a future partner if I ever suckered anyone into settling down with me. Now that I’ve gained more experience with it, I prefer it for solo play unless my partner is in the mood for very slow sex.

     Let’s just get to the boring technicalities of this toy. It’s silicone, which means it’s non-porous, phthalates free, latex free, it’s sanitizable, and it’s body safe. You can sanitize it by boiling it, putting it in the dishwasher (without dish washing detergent and only on the top rack), or you can wash it down with a 10% bleach and water solution. If you aren’t sharing it between partners or in different orifices, you can just wash it down with an antibacterial soap and water and call it a day. It’s important to properly sanitize toys between anal and vaginal use so bacteria isn’t spread. The same safety precautions should be made when using it between partners.     Storage can be kinda tricky. It’s made of a firm, tacky silicone that is an absolute lint magnet. I keep it in the original packaging without the sleeve. I’ve heard of others using plastic ziplock bags. By keeping it stored away properly, I don’t generally have to wash it down before use. I do look it over very closely to make sure it hasn’t picked up a ton of hair and lint in between uses.

     The Purr measures at 7″ long, with 6 1/2″ insertable length, and 4 3/4″ in circumference. There’s a very slight curve to the shaft which makes the ribbing really hit my G-spot. The flared base makes it anal safe, and great for harness play. It stands erect in a harness and doesn’t flop around much. The rounded head isn’t much larger than the rest of the shaft, but the shaft does get smaller just a bit as you work your way past the head. There’s a very slight popping sensation as you insert it past the head. It definitely makes me feel full.
     I love this dildo for solo play. More than my Echo, more than any glass dildo I have, and more than G-spot vibrators. For solo, I like using slow thrusts to really feel all of the ribs. It’s like the ribs demand that I have an orgasm and it just pulls it right out of me. Strapped to my partner, it isn’t the best. The sensations that the ribs provide are deadened by fast thrusting, and the stiff silicone makes accidental cervix bumping a major pain. I prefer my Echo for strap-on sex.
     One benefit to Tantus dildos is that some come with a vibrating bullet that you can swap out for a different brand. I don’t have much luck with these Tantus bullets. I’ve heard that they’re supposed to be multi-speed, but mine have only been single-speed. I do love that they are just about the same size as my We Vibe Salsa. The Salsa fits perfectly into the Purr. Just add a little lube and it’ll be easy to remove it once you’re finished. The vibrations travel nicely up and down the shaft of the Purr, and really make those ribs feel 10x better.Overall Rating: 5/5

While it doesn’t work great for me during strap-on sex due to my shallow cervix, it’s still a fabulous hunk of silicone and I adore it for solo sessions.

Revew: Mia 2 by Lelo

     The Mia 2 by Lelo is a USB rechargeable clitoral vibrator that comes in rose, pink, and black. I chose the rose when I purchased mine. I’ve had a few months to get to know the Mia 2, and I’ve finally come to a better understanding of how I feel about this vibrator.
     A little about the Mia 2; it’s plastic, hypo-allergenic, latex free, phthalates free, and it’s body safe. Soap and water work best for me, but you can also use toys wipes or toy cleaner to clean it. It’s not safe for anal insertion since there’s no flared base to prevent it from becoming lost!
     The Mia 2 is supposedly 100% stronger than the original Mia from Lelo, but I haven’t tried the original so I can’t comment on that. It is, however, completely waterproof. I know some people had issues with the cap that protects the USB plug popping off with the original version, so they felt that it wasn’t safe to bring near water. The new cap has a twist-locking mechanism that prevents it from popping off randomly. I haven’t had any issues in that regard.Functions: You press the + button to turn it on. Holding the + down for a few seconds brings it to its strongest vibration setting. Once you get to the highest setting, you can hit the + button again to enter the vibration patterns, which are random escalations, waves, pulses, and the last setting is a completely random pattern. You can’t change the intensities of the patterns with this vibe like you can with the Mona 2.

One thing I learned is it has a quick shutoff option. If you hit both the + and – button at the same time, the toy quickly shuts off without a pause. It’s not intuitive so it won’t remember which setting you left off on when you turn it on again. It’s very easy to hit the + and – buttons simultaneously. I can easily do it with just my thumb during use.

There’s also a travel lock option when you press and hold + and -. The light on the front of the control panel with turn on as you press the buttons, and it’ll turn off once the travel lock is activated. When it’s locked the light will not turn on if you press either of the buttons. To unlock it you simply hold the + and – buttons again for a few seconds.

Strength: In terms of vibrations, it’s not that great. There’s a range of vibration strengths ranging from a 1 vroom to a low 3 out of 5 vrooms. The light weight of the Mia 2 makes the vibrations somewhat weak. If it were a heavier vibrator, they would feel more intense. I think it could be a good fit for those who don’t require a lot of oomph from clit vibes, but it’s somewhat boring for me.


As always, the Mia 2 comes in Lelo’s beautiful packaging, complete with a gorgeous black keepsake box that would work great for longterm storage, and a black satin pouch that holds the vibrator nicely. It also comes with a sample pack of Lelo’s water based lube, and a product authentication card that’s useful if you have to use their 1 year warranty. If anything goes wrong with the toy, just contact Lelo and they’ll be sure to help you.

     What I love about the Mia 2: it’s great for partner play. My partner is a little intimidated with my Salsa. She can’t get a good grip on the Salsa when she wants to use a vibe on me. With the Mia 2, there’s a neat triangular point on the cap which fits nicely between the forefinger and thumb. Neither of us have experienced any hand numbness with the Mia 2 either.     It’s also quick to charge. You can fit the USB plug into any USB charging port or computer, and it takes only an hour and a half to fully charge mine. It’s also quick to die too. When I use it, I need it on the highest setting to get any pleasure from it. Two reasonably long sessions and it’s dead.

Pros:

  • USB Rechargeable
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Weak
  • Overpriced and Overrated

Overall Rating: 2/5
Strength: 3/5
Volume: 1.5/5

It’s an overrated vibrator. Not any stronger than those old fashioned wand vibrators that require 1 AA battery. It’s definitely not worth the price. The only awesome factor to this vibe is the USB charger. I like being able to plug it into USB charging adapters and having it pass as a gig stick. No one suspects what it is. I love the other Lelo products I’ve tried, but this one was a bust for me.

Keeping Kegels On Point

     So, kegel exercises…apparently they help with urinary incontinence and with increasing the likelihood and intensity of orgasms. I naturally assumed that meant G-spot orgasms, but through some experimentation and reading, I’ve come to find it can also mean clitoral orgasms too.
     Many sex therapists will note that those who struggle with having a clitoral orgasm with a partner should try pelvic rocking and PC muscle clenching during sex. Apparently a certain level of muscle tension in the vagina can enhance clitoral orgasms and make them easier. I never made this connection on my own with a partner because I assumed I had to do the same thing with them that I do alone to have orgasms. Which is nothing. I just press my vibe on my clit and away I go. No rocking, no muscle clenching, no nothing. As you can imagine, this led to a lot of sexual frustation when I just couldn’t have an orgasm, at no fault to my partners, past and present.
     I also noticed that clitoral stimulation without any kind of PC muscle tension is a little too strong and overwhelming for me. When my partner is directly stimulating my clit with her fingers, I feel overwhelmed and it can sometimes even hurt. If I clench my PC muscles while I’m receiving clitoral stimulation, this helps me harness that overwhelming feeling and it eventually turns into pleasure. This is a great feat for me. I actually recently had my first clitoral orgasm at the hands of a partner. I’ve been sexually active for 10 years now, and just now I’m finally reaching orgasm from my clitoris with a partner in full control. That’s not to say I have any issues having G-spot orgasms. I’m actually a pro G spotter. But I’ve always wanted to have mind-numbing clit orgasms with my partner.
     So, why am I sharing this? To anyone who has strong PC muscles (I can shoot a dildo across the room), don’t write off kegel exercises or exercising devices! I thought that kegel balls were only useful for G-spot orgasms and urinary incontinence. Even though my PC muscles are very strong, using kegel balls helped me figure out how to use my muscles properly during sex. It kind of reminded me where they are and what the heck I need to do with them.
     I don’t have any recommendations for specific kegel balls and what to try as a beginner. I only tried one, the L’amour Pleasure System from Cal Exotics. I’m not happy with them personally, but they did help me figure out how to focus on the strength of my PC muscles. I’ll be reviewing them soon.
     Any questions or concerns, please leave me a comment below or shoot me an email.
     xoxo

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Review: Ella by Lelo Pt. 1.

You guys! I finally got the try one of the most raved about G spot dildos! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Sensual Intelligence. They’re a green sex toy shop based out of Canada that specializes in offering eco-friendly sex toys.

Lelo Ella

The Ella is a top rated double-ended G spot dildo that’s too cute. I received my package when I was on my period, and I felt the slightest bit of guilt when I fucked it while I was still bleeding. Just the slightest bit of guilt, though. Normally I’m not into period play, but I couldn’t wait to try it. People have been raving about this dildo since it was first released.

The packaging is standard Lelo quality. A outter box that displays the dildo in the color choice you received, and a black inner case that has “Lelo” embossed in the middle. I geek out about Lelo packaging every time I get a new Lelo toy because it’s that cute. The case’s lid lifts up, showing the Ella nestled inside the inlay with a plastic cover holding it in place. It comes with a sample pack of Lelo’s waterbased lubricant, warranty information, and an instruction manual that’s written in x amount of languages.

It’s a pretty standard double-ended dildo, except it’s not made for strap-on or anal play. You use it manually with your hand, and either end works great for G spot stimulation.

Care is the usual for silicone dildos. You can sanitize it with 10% bleach and water solution, boil it, pop it in the dishwasher on the top rack, or just use antibacterial soap and water. The silicone is body safe, nonporous, phthalates and latex free, safe to share with partners if you sanitize it properly between users, and it’s compatible with water, oil, or water/silicone hybrid lubes. You can use a silicone lubricant with it so long as it’s high quality silicone lubricant. I generally avoid using silicone lubricants with silicone toys because silicone bonding can happen and it will degrade the material. I usually spot test my silicone or water/silicone hybrid lubes on toys to make sure they’re compatible. You put a drop of the lube on a portion of the toy that’s not insertable, and wipe it away after a few minutes to see if any discoloration or texture changes occurred. In my case, I only tried with a water/silicone hybrid, and nothing crazy happened.

There’s my long-winded intro to the toy. All the need to knows and specs I could think of. Now for my experience with it.

I first got it when I was on my period. Normally I avoid period masturbation like the plague. I dunno, it’s just been socialized into me that menstruation is yucky (a false, fucked up idea, I know), and anything yucky ruins my chances of having an orgasm. Add to that that my Ella is white, I really hesitated trying it out. But with all the raving reviews in mind, I couldn’t wait the four more days until my period ended.

Normally when I have G spot orgasms in mind, I don’t spend much time warming up because it’s not really necessary for me. I can usually jump right in and enjoy whatever textured or girthy toy I’m experimenting with – keep in mind, Ella is neither textured nor girthy. So I washed the Ella up, laid down a towel because I was anticipating a gushing orgasm, and got to work. First I used my Salsa, and then I inserted the straight end and started feeling around and thrusting. It felt OK, nothing spectacular. I figured I could move on to the G spot end because nothing amazing was happening with the straight one, so I wiped it down with a toy wipe and got to business. Nothing. It felt awkward, actually. Almost as awkward as the G Spot Lollipop the first time I used it. I always thought my G spot was very shallow, but like many bloggers are saying now, it’s more of a G spot area, and the area of arousal can differ from time to time. So I thrusted deeper, I rocked it, I wiggled it whenever I’d feel a bit of pleasure. And then I gave up after thirty minutes because nothing was happening. I figured it was the negative association I had with my period that was leaving me orgasm-less, so I decided to put it away until my period was over and I had a good chunk of time to devote to experimenting with the Ella.

And today I finally had the opportunity. I decided to have a game plan and really give it a good shot at working for me. I laid down a towel, grabbed some lube and my Ako to warm up with. I like to use the patterns of the Picobong Ako to tease and warm up my clit when I know I’m going for a long session. When I was ready to play with the Ella, I inserted the straight end and it felt amazing sliding in. I think the design of this end is perfect. It curved around my public bone nicely and the front of it that pressed against my G spot and vaginal wall felt great. Not orgasm-worthy, but pleasureful and like it was hugging it. I played around with that for awhile, thrusting and wiggling it and pointing it toward my G spot in a serious angle, but I didn’t get any real pleasure from it. I was so turned on though, and went on to try the G spot end.

That slid in fine. I’m lucky that I didn’t experience any issues with fitting it around my pubic bone, an issue that seems kind of popular with this design. I went through my usual series of thrusts, wiggles, rocking, and banging the shit out of my vagina to try to find my G spot, and I just couldn’t. Usually it’s shallow, but I both inserted the Ella as deep as I could, and also rocked it as shallow as I could, and I got nothing. After about 20 minutes of playing around, I finally started getting some pleasure. Don’t ask me to recap how it happened or what technique I used, but I didn’t have the screaming, gushing orgasm that I was anticipating. I did have a vaginal orgasm, but not a single squirt was given (hur hur).

So after all of this going back and forth, I’ve decided the Ella has a substantial learning curve that I just can’t figure out. I refuse to give up. I’m going to continue experimenting with it. Maybe the semester jitters are holding me back from getting there. Maybe I need my girlfriend to figure it out. She’s a serious pro at making toys I usually dislike feel like heaven. I think the Ella is still fantastic, but I just can’t seem to figure it out.

Anticipate Part Deux to my Ella Review soon because I’m determined to figure this dildo out.

Many thanks to Martee and Caroline over at Sensual-Intelligence.ca for letting me review the Ella. Check them out! They have a lovely selection of eco-friendly and body safe toys that I’m currently drooling over.

     The Lelo Ella is currently $39 CAD ($36.75 US) at Sensual-Intelligence.ca.

The Ella was provided to me for free by the lovely folks at Sensual Intelligence in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Review: G-Spot Lollipop

So the G-Spot Lollipop is a neat new line of toys featuring acrylic/steel dildos that are reminiscent of lollipops. They’re designed for vaginal stimulation that targets the G-Spot, but could also be great for anal in stimulating the prostate because the ball at the opposite end will prevent it from being lost up your ass. The one I received is the Double Pop. It looks something like a body piercing barbell or a baton, with two acrylic balls on either end of differing sizes, connected by a surgical steel bar that’s about 1/4″ in diameter. The other two designs that G-Spot Lollipop offers are J-Pops and Travel Pops.G Spot Lollipop

I received the G-Spot Lollipop Double Pop in Passion Pink. They’re also available in Wild Apple, Organe Crem’e, and Passion Purple. The size I got was small (d’oh, wrong choice!) and the smaller head is 1.5″ in diameter, while the larger head is 1.75″ in diameter. It’s 10 1/4″ long from tip to tip. The Double Pops are also available in medium (1.75″ & 2″) and large (2″ & 2.5″). The acrylic balls are obviously very rigid and smooth, with no seams and texture. The pink has a marbleized iridescence to it that’s very pretty under light. The stainless steel isn’t very shiny at all. Reminds me more of aluminum or brushed metal, but it’s definitely very smooth with no texture.

Care is simple. Toy cleaner or soap and water work best. If you share this toy with a partner and have to disinfect it properly, cleaning it with isopropyl alcohol and letting the alcohol air dry will disinfect it thoroughly.

Being acrylic and steel, it’s compatible with any kind of lubricant you prefer. I just smeared on some Sliquid H2O and that seemed to give enough lubricant to help me slide in both the large and small balls.

Acrylic and surgical steel are both non-porous, phthalates free, and latex free. They’re body safe and hypoallergenic as well.

Packaging was very minimal. My Double Pop came with the largest ball wrapped in clear plastic shrink wrap, like a lollipop, and had the company’s card tied around it. On the card, it gives some directions on use, mentions washing it in soap and water, and says it should never be exposed to severe heat or cold. It also mentions a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

One thing I keep hearing about with this toy is that it’s hard to remove post-orgasm. This isn’t a bad thing! Your vagina is just in epic kegel mode and is gripping that thing like a cheeseburger. From what I’ve read, a slight clockwise twist will help you remove it. I personally haven’t experienced this yet because I haven’t been able to get off with it.

I wasn’t blown away by this one, but I admit it was probably from me not choosing the correct size. It left me wanting more, and I eventually tossed it aside and finished off with a different dildo. But that’s not to say all hopes are lost with it. I had an intense orgasm with that other dildo, so I’m thinking this size of the G-Spot Lollipop is perfect for warmup for me. What I also like is its potential as a kegel exerciser. Holding onto the ball and slowly pulling it out with my hand makes for a serious kegel workout. My girlfriend has walked in on me having a serious tug-of-war battle with my own vagina, and I can say the look on her face was priceless. Would I recommend it? Only if you have enough experience and knowledge of what you need when it comes to rigid toys and how they relate to size. I thought I knew a small would be perfect for me and it sadly just didn’t work out.

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Also worth mentioning, G-Spot Lollipop is participating in a campaign in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. All pink G-Spot Lollipops are on sale. Here’s the scoop:

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The G-Spot Lollipop Double Pop was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Review: Ako by Picobong

 

     Picobong is a sister company of Lelo, the luxury adult toy company that is known for rumbly vibrators that are made of buttery-smooth silicone. Picobong is the line of affordable, battery operated sex toys that are more economical but, from what I hear, most are just as good as Lelo. I was stoked to try the Ako from Tabutoys.com, but a little worried I wouldn’t like it considering the reviews I’ve seen of other Picobong toys not being so good. I’ll state it early that the Ako is amazing. It’s stronger than my Mia 2, and I’m seriously shitting daisies over how amazing this little affordable vibrator is. Thanks you so much to Tabutoys for letting me give it a go!

Picobong AkoDesign:

It’s an ergonomic vibrator that fits comfortably in my hand, and offers a lot of direct pinpoint stimulation to the clitoris because of the sharp edge of the tip. It seems to be made for right handed folks; sadly, what isn’t? When I’m holding it my thumb naturally falls onto the buttons on the side, making it easy to change the speed or settings. The base is ABS Plastic, and has graduated edges that I imagine wouldn’t be very comfortable if you tried inserting it. It’s called an outie vibrator for a reason, so stick with external stimulation only.

Picobong Ako

Since the Ako is made of the same buttery smooth silicone as Lelo toys, it’s safe to usewith water based and hybrid lubes. Some people say that pure silicone lubes are now found to be safe to use with silicone toys if both are high quality products, but I’d err on the safe side and stick with water based. With a hybrid lube, I prefer to do a spot test first by putting a little lube on a portion of the silicone toy that isn’t used often. If it discolors after you wipe off the lube, it means they aren’t compatible. It also hardly picks up any lint at all, but of course it’s covered in lint in the pictures I took for this review. My luck…

Since it’s waterproof, clean up is simple. Soap and water, toy cleaner, or a 10% bleach to water solution would do. I prefer soap and water, but if you are sharing with partners it’s best to over clean than under clean. Boiling vibrators to sanitize is a serious “no”. It’ll ruin the inner workings of your toy and render it useless.

I personally don’t keep the Picobong charm on my vibrator. We’ve all heard of anal bead cords holding onto bacteria and being porous. Same goes for any cord, in my book. Besides, the charm looks much cuter on my backpack for school.

Function:
Picobong Ako Batteries

It’s powered by two AAA batteries. The battery cap pops off when you give it a slight counter clockwise turn, and there are little indicatorsshowing which way to put the batteries in along the inner white band. The cap locks back into place easily and is waterproof. Pressing the + button for two seconds turns it on, and you can hold the + button until you reach the strength you want. At any strength you can press the M button and it’ll enter into the different modes. Cycling through all ten will bring you back to the regular constant vibrations mode, unlike the Mona 2 which lets you cycle backwards through the modes. With this one you can only go forward. Fine by me, no biggie.

There are 12 different settings, and around 10 different speeds that you can set to work with those settings. At its highest, it’s stronger than my Mia 2 by Lelo, but a little weaker than the Lelo Mona 2. I’m quite impressed with it. It’s much cheaper than the Mia 2, and got me off much easier.

Also worth mentioning is the travel lock option. I didn’t see anything about it in the instructions or online, but you can lock it by pressing and holding the + and – buttons for x amount of seconds (somewhere between 3 and 5 seconds). To unlock, you just press and hold them again. So neat! It’s not like that buttons are super easy to push, but I like the added security of knowing it won’t start vibrating when I have it tucked away in a duffle bag.

Personal Experience:

I love it. It’s rumbly, strong, and has so many different modes to choose from. I love the tip of it. It’s long, but thin, so I can turn it on its side to get more broad stimulation, or focus the edge on my clit to get pinpoint stimulation. Even if I do decide to use the straight edge for direct stimulation, it’s not an overwhelming pinpoint stimulation like the Salsa can be.

Picobong Ako

Comparing it to the Salsa, I think I may actually like the Ako more. If I haven’t used my Salsa in weeks. Sometimes it’s way too much, almost to the point of numbing me. I think the Ako is a more partner-friendly vibrator. If she rubs a little too hard or runs the tiny little Salsa tip up against a very sensitive part of my clitoris, I end up in pain, not pleasure. With the Ako, it’s more surface area for her to work with, but it also has a nicely edged tip to help me cum easier; or at least as easy as it will be for me – we all know my orgasm troubles! The tip also makes it easy for me to find my partners clit. I easily slip this between her labia and don’t have to worry about using another finger to help me find her clitoris.

One concern I have is hand numbness. I haven’t experienced it yet, but I do think it could potentially cause some hand numbing because the vibrations run along the entire length of the toy.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Strength: 4/5

Volume: 2.5/5

It’s a little loud, but not loud enough to be heard from behind a closed door. It’s definitely strong. And it’s worth the money. Considering it runs on two AAA batteries and is affordable, I think this is a fantastic vibrator to own for both speed queens AND those who are new to toys.

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Picobong Ako was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

My First [and Second, and Third] Vibrators

I was 16 years old and had wanted a vibrator since I could remember. Being a very sexual teenager from the start, I was open with my friends and let all of them know how desperate I was. And I got lucky twice!

My friend, her boyfriend and I were at the local mall and stopped by Spencer’s to look at their black lights and posters. I feel like everyone stole their first vibrator from there. I had never stolen a thing in my life, so I refused. But once we got to the parking lot after perusing all the other shops, they showed me what they got for me; a purple pocket rocket with interchangeable heads. I could’ve kissed them both right there!

I loved my little pocket rocket! I wish I could remember which company made it. It sadly only lasted me about a year until the battery cap cracked in half. I was so pissed to have to go back to using my hand. I’m still not one to get off easily from manual stimulation.

When I was 17, I was itching like crazy to finally turn 18 and be able to go to the porn store and buy a new vibrator. Luckily, a friend who was of age (thanks, Dizz!) surprised me with a grab bag from our local porn store. They usually consisted of lube, condoms, and a vibrator. It was a classic vibrator that looked like a mini lightsaber. I lucked out too! It wasn’t pink. It was a bright turquoise and strong as hell. Oh, how I loved it. I rarely had to change batteries and it quickly became my best friend…til I broke it. See a trend? I wear these things out!

THEN (still not 18) I got my hands on a “massager”. It was one of those usual over-the-shoulder jobs with different plastic heads. I lucked out cuz one head had a pointed tip. I remember the first time I tried it. I’m pretty sure I lasted 10 seconds and laid there staring at in post-orgasm bliss for about a half hour. Then of course I went at it again. It was amazing.

I’m really lucky that all of my first experiences with sex toys were safe and hygienic. They were all plastic and I took care of them as best as I could guess. I didn’t start experimenting with other, more scary and harmful materials until I was of age and could purchase my own toys. Previously I was too shy to ask my friends for dildos or vaginal vibrators that weren’t hard plastic. I thought for sure people would think differently of me for wanting something that’s insertable. Silly me, really. These friends who helped me out back then are still some of the most sex positive folks I know! But once I got into insertable toys, that’s when I had my first experiences with things like Jelly, PVC, etc. Thank goodness I never had a reaction, and I’m so happy I’ve learned better since those young days of desperation! Only silicone for this vagina.

Review: VIP dildo by Tantus

 

The Tantus VIP dildo is sadly on closeout sale right now as it’s being discontinued (or at least that’s what I think closeouts are for. I haven’t personally talked to Tantus so I can’t speak for sure). I had to snatch one up because, like most Tantus dildos, it was on my wishlist for quite awhile. The VIP is a medium to medium/large phallic silicone dildo that also has testicles protruding from the base. I know, not something you’d expect a lesbian couple to want to own. But I needed to have it! In my head, the extra surface area from the longer and wider base would mean me or my partner (whoever is wearing it in a harness) could potentially get more clitoral stimulation while thrusting. I also thought that the larger base would make it easier for me to control while masturbating, and I loved the look of that curved shaft.

The VIP has an insertable length of 6 3/4″. The diameter of the head is 1 5/8″, and at the base of the shaft before the balls it’s 1 1/2″. The base of the dildo is 4 5/8″ long, and 2 3/8″ across, giving it a substantial amount of surface area to allow for clitoral stimulation for the wearer. The shaft has a prominent curve, great for G spot and prostate stimulation. The VIP has a sculpted head, simulating the glans penis. The prominent corona of the glans really is my favorite part of this dildo. I know I go on and on about how much I love texture, but this under-textured dildo still satisfies me due to its curve and slightly bulging, kinda stiff textured head. I love it!

As always, Tantus silicone is hypo-allergenic, phthalates free, non-porous, easily sanitized, and latex free. Cleaning this silicone is easy; soap and water, 10% bleach to water solution, top rack of the dishwasher (without detergent) on the sanitizing cycle, or boiling it for 10 minutes will work.

The VIP is a very sturdy, non-plushy dildo, so be careful when thrusting hard. The finish on the VIP is unlike the other Tantus dildos I’ve tried. It’s more of a matte velvet finish that substantially cut on the usual drag and lint magnetism other Tantus dildos have. The base of the dildo is the usual shiny Tantus silicone, and comparing how the two different finishes pick up on lint when I place the VIP on my bed shows that the velvet finish hardly picks up any at all. This is a huge deal for me since most of my dildo fucking happens with my partner, and we don’t always like to be careful. The VIP isn’t very bendy or giving. It somewhat easily bends upwards in the same direction of its already-present curve, but only bends downwards enough to completely straighten out the shaft. It won’t bend anymore beyond that.

underside  The VIP comes in black, pink pearl, and purple haze. I purchased the purple haze because purples and violets are my favorite colors. The purple has the same gorgeous, glittery iridescence as my Tantus Purr, but the matte finish makes it look even better.

Now for my experience with it; I love it. For solo play I usually enjoy most silicone dildos I try, but with harness play with my girlfriend I’m very picky. I never thought I’d find a dildo that I enjoy [maybe] as much as my Tantus Echo. The Echo feels amazing strapped to her. I can have a gushing G spot orgasm easily. But the VIP is slowly taking over as queen supreme of what my pussy needs. Oh, and get this, I actually enjoy the balls! What?! Not for fantasy purposes, but they are actually useful! When I’m masturbating and get sick of thrusting the dildo, but don’t want to take it out and throw it to the side, I usually prop the balls under my ass and go for clit stimulation with my Salsa. The balls help me keep the dildo inserted and also give me some stability to rock on the cock hands-free. That’s a feat in my book, but I’m a lazy masturbator and hate having to use both hands.

My GF’s thoughts; the balls make it easier for her to control when she’s wearing it or thrusting it with her hands, both because the dildo then doesn’t pull away as much in our Rodeoh, and also because it helps her feel whether or not the dildo is slipping out of me. She said it’s very easy to thrust hard and fast by gripping the base and balls between her thighs, and I can attest to this. Normally the Rodeoh would stretch just a tad as she pulled out, so thrusts wouldn’t be as hard because of it. She also said the clitoral stimulation was decent. Our Rodeoh makes dildos sit rather high on her pubic bone, which is great if we wanna use a bullet vibrator in the Rodeoh’s pocket so she can get some clitoral stimulation, but it sucks if we’re skipping a vibrator. The balls of the VIP fit nicely in the Rodeoh and got her off easily. One complaint she does have is that it’s heavy, but what can ya do?

Overall Rating: 5/5

We love it. It’s exactly what I expected when I had my eye on it for almost a year. No regrets and nothing more to add.

The VIP Super Soft is on sale now at PinkCherry.com. The Super Soft is the same design as the VIP, but is made of Tantus’s cushier silicone.

Ode to My Diva Cup

My reasons for switching from tampons and pads to a menstrual cup were numerous; I was sick of spending money each period on pads and tampons, I heard that menstrual cups help relieve cramping, I had this weird fascination with cups, and I bought into the green marketing scheme (which in this case actually worked).

The Diva Cup is just one brand’s version of menstrual cups. There are different brands, shapes, sizes, and materials used in the different kinds of menstrual cups out there. The Diva Cup is pure silicone; meaning it’s non-porous, sanitizable, phthalates free, and hypoallergenic. You can sterilize it the same way you would silicone sex toys; boiling, 10% bleach to water, good old soap and water, or even sex toy cleaner. I prefer soap and water, and I sometimes boil mine since I noticed the clear silicone can sometimes discolor a bit and boiling seems to remedy that. When using soap and water, I like to fill the cup then close my palm over the opening and turn it upside down. Then I gently squeeze the cup so that water and soap flood through the tiny suction holes along the rim and get rid of any residual blood and crud.

Prior to switching from tampons to the cup, I had serious menstrual cramps that usually kept me in bed for two days. It got to the point that I sometimes couldn’t even eat or keep any food in my system for the duration of my cramps, and clearly that’s a pain in the ass and reason enough for me to try anything that is claimed to be helpful. I had heard that menstrual cups can help alleviate some of the cramping. The theory is that during menstruation the cervix lowers into the vagina, and tampons jabbing it can worsen the cramps. The difference between cups and a tampon are that tampons are just a cotton cylindrical chunk whereas cups are literally a hollow cup that sits around the cervix (if the cervix is low enough for this to happen). Mine tends to descend pretty low into my vagina. Some women have even said they’ve felt their cervix just a little less than an inch inside their vagina. Ever wonder why you pull a tampon out and only see the lowest part of it bloody while the top is still dry? I never understood that til I wrapped my mind around this concept.

So since the cervix tends to ascend and descend during the various stages of a woman’s cycle, it can also move from one side to the other, putting positioning the menstrual cup on a bit of a learning curve. My cervix sometimes creeps over to one side mid-way through my period, usually around the time that it’s ascending back upward in its usual position. It took me FOREVER to figure out just where I need to put the cup and why it wasn’t catching blood when it was completely inserted and opened properly. Turns out it was likely that my cervix opening was outside of the rim of the cup.

General insertion is pretty easy. Most of the how-to’s I’ve read say you should first try to figure out where your cervix is. It feels like the ball of your nose when you insert a finger and feel around. I can feel the little hole of the opening on mine, so I know which way to aim my cup. I usually fold my cup over once and push it in, parallel to the ground. Once I release my grip, the cup pops open and I push it in a little further until the stem is passed the opening to my vagina.

Insertion is rather easy when my period is heavy, but when I’m towards the end of it the silicone can be a bit draggy. Not as draggy as Tantus, but nowhere near as buttery smooth as a Lelo silicone. I just use a silicone-safe lubricant and lube up the rim of the cup.

I wish I was one of those wonder women who can wear the cup for the full duration of my period, but I can’t. I also can’t only wear my cup. I need a pad to feel secure, and sometimes I just have to switch to tampons because I’m paranoid of break through bleeding. I also usually do have some break through bleeding the first couple of days. I think there’s only been one period where I successfully wore only my cup for the full length of my period, and I sure did feel happy about that. One of the problems is that I’m a heavy bleeder. When I exclusively used tampons AND pads (that’s SUPER tampons, and overnight pads, every single day of my period), I had to change my tampon about every two hours or I’d bleed through and have an accident. This is just for reference to give you an idea of how much I bleed. With the cup I can go 4 – 6 hours before I absolutely have to empty it. Now, even though that’s a longer time than with tampons, it’s not the same kinda break through bleeding. With tampons I’d just get some spotting or a few gushes, but if the suction of my cup breaks, a good portion of the blood it’s holding will come out. And that’s a LOT. Like, more than my little pad can handle when I’m out running around at school or work. So I tend to empty it often when I’m out and about, or if I know that day is gonna be a particularly heavy bleeding day I just stick to pads.

So has my experience been perfect or foolproof? No. Sometimes I get so frustrated with breakthrough bleeding and the finnicky insertion that I go back to tampons. I also hate futzing with my cup in public bathrooms, so I avoid that at all costs. But I’d never toss the cup. I use it for about 70% of my period, and that’s definitely saving me some money.

Here are some additional resources if you’re looking for more information on menstrual cups, sizing, brands and the like:

  •      Vagina Pagina’s Wiki post on Menstrual Cups
  •      Vagina Pagina’s Community Menstrual Cups tag
  •      Menstrual Cup Community on LJ

Mental Blocks and Orgasms

I’ve been dealing with this my whole sexually mature life. I can’t fucking cum with a partner. Well, I can, but it’s usually just tiny orgasms once I finally go through the anguish of letting myself open up during that one fuck session. Each time I make the decision to work towards finally having a clit orgasm, I have to go through this long process of reminding myself to let go and to just feel what’s happening. It’s driving me bonkers that I can’t always have a clitoral orgasm. I’m the queen of G spot orgasms. They come easily and I can squirt a three foot stream, but I can’t seem to let myself go enough with my partner to have a body-shaking clitoral orgasm – one where it feels about as intense as it does when I’m masturbating solo with my Salsa. Even with co masturbation or mutual masturbation with my Salsa, I can’t bring myself to cum.

So now I’m on a quest. It’s my goal the next few months to stop forcing the tiny little clit orgasms during sex with my partner, and actually let myself cum, no matter how long it takes or no matter how many times we have to give up. I WILL get there eventually. And I plan to document my failures and successes, and share tips about this weird journey (if I even come up with any tips), since I’m sure there are many women who struggle with this and are tired of the same old sorry ass magazine tips. You know, the usual, “try spicing up your love life with a vibrator! Most women won’t orgasm from vaginal stimulation alone.” *yawn* We know this. Most of us have tried vibrators. Most of us have tried many different toys and techniques with our partners but still aren’t getting off. Maybe if the media would focus less buy, buy, buy and more on sexual abuse/body image issues/mental blocks that are all preventing orgasm, more couples would have better sex lives. I know for sure my internal blocks are caused by sexual abuse, but I won’t go into that right now.

More later,

xoxo

Review: Salsa by We Vibe

     The most raved about bullet vibe (this one, duh) is a HUGE hit in my bedroom. The Salsa from We Vibe is a strong bullet vibrator that works great for clitoral stimulation and fits perfectly in my favorite Tantus dildos. It’s completely waterproof and rechargeable, and it really is as strong as is claimed. It’s even a bit much for me.
Design:

The vibe is made of ABS plastic with a silicone push button on the base. It’s hard, heavy, and completely smooth, save for the We Vibe emblem that’s engraved near the base. I noticed that the emblem helps me get a better grip on it when it’s lubed up and slippery. There’s also a very slight flare on the end that makes gripping it and taking it out of dildos easier. The flare doesn’t make it safe for anal use, so please don’t try inserting this one.

ABS plastic is non-porous, hypo-allergenic, easy to clean and disinfect, and smooth as all hell. There’s no funky odor to either the plastic or silicone push-button. The smooth and shiny plastic is prone to scratches, so the satin storage pouch comes in handy. Cleaning is simple; toy cleaner and a wash cloth, soap and water, or toy wipes work great. Since it’s not porous, you can share it between partners if you clean it properly before sharing.

     The heft to this vibrator can make the strong vibrations kind of intimidating. If I go a week or two without using it, I feel like my clit is being assaulted by a tiny jackhammer. If it were a lighter vibrator, I think the vibrations would be a little less intense and easier to handle for some. I’m a bit of a power queen, but sometimes it can be overwhelming.
Functions:
     There’s 8 settings all together. 4 of them are constant vibrations at various levels, and the other 4 are different patterns. To turn it on you just hit the button, and to turn it off you can either cycle through all 8 settings by continuously pushing the button, or press and hold for 3 seconds to turn the toy off. If you turn it off by pressing and holding the button it’ll remember what setting you were on and resume from there when you turn it on again. There’s no travel locking option.Strength:
This thing is intense. I’d say it’s about 5 out of 5 on the intensity scale, and a very low 2 out of 5 in terms of noise. Lots of strength for the volume. I’ve seen a few writers comparing the Salsa and Mia 2 in reviews, but I just don’t think they’re comparable. The Mia 2 is lightweight and weak, and the Salsa is strong and heavy. I think I’d like to eventually find an equal medium between the two. Something with decent weight and strength, but not too overpowering.I enjoy it for solo play and quick orgasms. When we try to use it during sex, it’s a bit too much. My partner can easily go too rough on my clit with it, and she’s definitely not used to such strong vibrations when I use it on her. We’re thinking it’ll be fun to use in a harness that holds a vibrator in place for clitoral stimulation for the wearer, but of course we’ll likely keep it on the lowest or second to lowest setting.

It comes with a neat box, a white satin storage pouch that holds the charger, the vibe, and could also accommodate a small bottle of lube. The charger is a little strange. It comes in two parts, with a magnetic head that connects to the vibe and then you plug it into the charge cord. I get a full charge in 1.5 hours. A full charge will only get me about 40 minutes of play time if I use it on the highest setting, which kind of bums me out. There’s no warning that it’s about to die either. The intensity doesn’t deaden as it discharges, and it’ll die with a sudden shut off. I dunno how many times I’ve been close to orgasm and it just died on me. Whomp whomp.

Pros:

  • Rechargeable
  • Waterproof
  • Strong
  • Discreet

Cons:

  • Short battery life on the highest setting

Overall Rating: 5/5

Strength: 5/5
Volume: 2/5
     It’s a great vibe all around. I’m pleased with my purchase. I would only change the weight of it as it makes the vibrations even more intense. The battery life sucks, but I’ve just learned to keep the charger on hand, and I charge it every four uses or so. I’ll likely be purchasing a We Vibe Tango soon, just in case my Salsa dies on me. The Salsa was discontinued, but the Tango has the same strong motor and vibrations. The only difference between the two are the head shapes, with the Salsa ending at a point, and the Tango ending with a flat slant.
Sadly, the Salsa has been discontinued. But you can pick up the We-Vibe Tango! Same strong motor, but with a different design.
The Tango is available at Early2Bed for $79.99.
The Tango is also available at LoveHoney for $79.99

Review: Black Magic Super Bullet by Doc Johnson

 

Credit: Doc Johnson

I’m a lover of rumbly vibrators. My clit needs more than just the usual buzzy bullet. I need power. Even the Mia 2 didn’t do it for me. I’ve had my eye on the Black Magic line from Doc Johnson for awhile now, and I was looking for something big and strong to use with my partner so that in the darkness of our room she won’t miss my clit. I also wanted to experiment with placing a vibrator between us while doing tribadism, and my small, slippery, dancing Salsa just wasn’t working.

     The Black Magic Super Bullet seemed like the best option. It’s big and velvety which I figured would help keep it in place between our labias. It’s also pretty somewhat powerful.
Credit: Wikipedia

I’ve been experimenting lately with stimulating the entire length of my clitoris glands. Truth be told, the clitoris isn’t just that tiny little nub that protudes from the top of the labia. There are glands that extend deep beneath the labia, and wrap around the vagina. While reading Secretly Sensuous’s  Fairy Wand review, and I found that long, slow massages helped stimulate the entirety of my clit. Graduating from this, I figured what better way to stimulate the entire thing than with a big ass rumbly vibrator?

Design:
The Black Magic Super Bullet reminds me of a giant pill. It’s a perfect cylinder with no bumps or raised texture, and each end is rounded. It’s 6″ long, 5″ insertable. 5″ in circumference. There’s a push button with a power symbol on battery cap end The battery cap has an o-ring, making it waterproof. There are also two raised lines on both the cap and the vibrator. When you match up the lines, you  know it’s sealed properly and water won’t seep through. It also comes with a very thin plastic strap that’s connected to the battery cap. I don’t know what the hell the strap is for. I ended up removing it because it’s such a thin strap that it cut into my wrist a bit. But at least the strap is plastic and not cotton; non-porous. Woohoo!

Credit: Doc Johnson

Function:
Only three levels of constant vibrations, that’s it. It takes three AA batteries, and to turn it on you just hit the power button. The first setting is the lowest, and it goes up two more levels from there. To turn it off you have to cycle through all three settings, which is kind of a bummer is discretion is your thing. It’s also the loudest vibrator I own, about 3 out of 5 in terms of volume. The vibrations aren’t as rumbly and strong as my Mona 2,  but I wasn’t expecting it to be a jackhammer.

Use:
So how did it work for stimulating my entire clitoris? It served its purpose. It’s not a quick orgasm, but slowly working my way up to the highest setting is lovely. This isn’t a quick get-off at all, and it takes time to get used to not having direct stimulation on just the clitoris head (at least for me). I like the Black Magic Super Bullet’s slower vibrations. Even on the highest setting, it’s a slow, strong rumble, and my labia and clitoris seem to enjoy it a lot. I admit that I did get frustrated a few times when orgasm just wasn’t happening, but in my mind this technique is more of a practice or exercise than a surefire orgasm.

As for tribadism, we haven’t tried to use it. The idea was poorly planned on my part.

Pros:

  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Loud!
  • Not as strong as I had hoped

Overall Rating: 3/5
Strength: 3/5
Volume: 3.5/5

I’d love it more if it were stronger. I do think it’s a good purchase for the price, but it shouldn’t be the main go-to vibe as I’d imagine it would leave a lot of people frustrated.

 

The Black Magic Super Bullet is available on LoveHoney.com for $29.99.

My List of Regrettable Sex Toys I’m Trying To Forget

After reading Epiphora’s list of “Terrible Sex Toys I Used to Lust After“, I figured I should pen my own list of wonky toys I purchased before I was enlightened to the importance of sex toy matierals. Trust me, there’s been many a questionable thing I wanted to shove up my vagina.

I was on a budget and thought that bigger meant better. I thought smaller dildos and vibrators wouldn’t be good enough and I didn’t know that warm-up was essential. If I had to choose just one, I’d choose the biggest, cuz then I’d have to be satisfied, right? Right…(wrong).

Ok, this thing. It’s not the exact model and make that I owned, but I bought it about 5 years ago and can’t find the product page anymore. The thing was HUGE! And since I was a newbie to fucking my own vagina, I didn’t know I wasn’t turned on enough to handle it and I used whatever cheap lube came as a free gift. *Sigh* Thank goodness I didn’t end up with some crazy vaginal irritation since it was made of rubber. [Don’t fuck rubber toys!] So after this horrible experience, I went on to buy…

This scary ass jelly dildo. I actually tried JELLY! I didn’t end up with any serious chemical burns or allergic reactions, thank jeebus, but it smelled horrid and stained my shelf after I gave up on trying to fuck it and set it aside as funny decoration for my room. After an extended stay on my shelf where it stood there for about 4 months, the base eventually melted and oozed chemicals a bit and ruined the finish of my shelf. Grrr. I tried using it maybe 3 times, each time with condoms and once without. No crazy reactions. Please, please, please don’t even think of using Jelly. It’s porous! It holds onto bacteria and bodily fluids and soap chemicals and errythang forever! It also can cause some serious vaginal irritation and chemical burns.

Ok, again, not the same one as pictured, but someone once bought me something very similar once upon a time. I should’ve dumped them the second I smelled the rancid jelly. With an insertable length no longer than 3″, they probably felt I’d stretch out my virtuous vajay if they actually purchased me something that was a little bigger and pleasing. *eyeroll* I mean, I don’t need something massive like the ones shown above, but this thing was laughable. I eventually threw the jelly sleeve away and only used the vibrator that came with it.