Shiri Zinn Cupcake

While I would not consider myself particularly girly, I fully admit to liking “cute” sex toys, such as the Crystal Delights Hello Kitty Crystal Minx Magnetic Bunny Tail Plug, one of my recent, much-loved acquisitions. However, some things are WAY too cutesy to be sex toys, like the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator. *shudder*

As part of the sex blogger community, I interact with other reviewers and stay on top of what is happening in our little corner of the blogosphere. Recently, there was some noise about the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator that came out in early 2013. I noticed when it was released, but had no real interest in reviewing it, as it falls into that too creepy for me category. However, all the buzz piqued my curiosity so I put out feelers and found someone who was able to send it to me.

When I first opened the tin and held the Cupcake Vibrator in my hand, not only was it heavier than expected, it was also more disturbing. It somehow crosses the line from cute and fun to “I don’t want that anywhere near my vagina”, and that’s saying something coming from me.

Let’s start with some basics, shall we? The Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator is just under 3″ tall, approximately 8.5″ in circumference (right under the frosting), and weighs 5.5 ounces, which was less than I had anticipated. 5.5 ounces or not, it has an awkward and heavy feel to it that may cause problems for some people.

According to the Shiri Zinn website, the Cupcake Vibrator is made from “best-grade silicone”. However, it has a mildly unpleasant odor that reminds me of mixed-material toys that claim to be all silicone. (Did you know that because sex toy manufacturing is not overseen by any official agency, companies can tell you anything they want about their products, true or not?) You’d think the odor would be off-putting enough, not to mention Cara Sutra’s Cupcake review with images of the Cupcake’s complete flame test failure, but apparently it wasn’t.

Having read a great article about toxic sex toys by Dangerous Lilly not that long ago, I went and licked the damn thing. My tongue felt weird for a good long while afterward and the odd sensation only went away after eating an orange AND brushing my teeth. I know it’s sightly strange but I’ve actually licked sex toys before to see if they have any taste and I’ve never had this happen. I gotta say, I think making my mouth taste bad and my tongue feel icky is not classy.

I’ve got a question for any of you who have ever used a sex toy before (or anyone who has a lick of common sense). What must you always eventually do after having an orgasm (or not, depending on the toy) with a sex toy? If your answer was some form of “clean it, you numbskull”, you win a prize. Shiri Zinn, a sex toy manufacturer, does not.

Know why? The Shiri Zinn Cupcake is neither waterproof nor splash proof. No joke. It says right in the user manual you are to “clean toy with a damp cloth only”. Um, WTF?? Seriously, people, who makes a sex toy that basically cannot be washed after you orgasm all over it? Yes, you can spritz it with a sex toy cleaner and wipe it down, but c’mon. How the hell does anyone who has a vagina or has ever used a sex toy think creating one that can’t get anywhere near water is a good idea?

Sooooo, try not to get this vibrator dirty, I guess. By which I mean, just leave it in the tin. Or better yet, throw it out and do something useful with the tin, like storing your laundry quarters. How can any self-respecting sex toy not even be splash proof?

Due to the fact that the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator is made of “silicone”, you can disinfect it with a 10% bleach solution. In theory. I wouldn’t want to actually get bleach anywhere near this toy because I’m relatively sure it would end up melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.

The silicone of the Cupcake Vibrator means you’ll want to stick to water-based lubricants. The user manual does specify avoiding alcohol and silicone-based products and this may well be the one area in which Shiri Zinn and I agree. Again, shades of the Wicked Witch.

Speaking of lube, the Cupcake has got to have the worst size to amount of lube ratio of any vibrator I own. The amount of drag this silicone has is worse than some of the draggiest sex toys I’ve used. Both the pink frosting and the red and white polka dot wrapper are matte as opposed to the shiny red cherry. The wrapper has more drag than the frosting but neither has as much drag as the cherry. In essence, I suppose my point is that the Shiri Zinn Vibrator is a…drag.

The Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator is controlled by one button located on the underside of the Cupcake wrapper, so at least it is easy to use. Turn the Cupcake on and cycle through its five modes by pressing this button over and over until you find the mode you think will best help you orgasm. The five modes of the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. High steady vibration
3. Cycle of highish power then lower power
4. Pulsation
5. One long pulse, two short pulses

Once you have had an orgasm (if you are able to), press and hold the power button for two seconds to turn the Cupcake off.

The vibrations are not Hitachi Magic Wand loud, but they are louder than I expect from a vibrator of this size, which is especially true considering the lack of overall power of the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator. Granted, it’s not the weakest vibrator I’ve ever used, but the noise, as well as the amount of vibration transferred to my hand, indicates more strength than is actually present.

In addition to being weak and loud, the vibrations are buzzy and high-pitched, which I find beyond unpleasant. Another question for the class. Looking at the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator, where do you think you should feel the vibrations most? If your answer was “in the cherry on top”, you win a prize and again Shiri Zinn does not.

Rather than being focused in the cherry at the top of the vibrator, which would make the most sense, the Cupcake’s vibrations are all in the cupcake wrapper. That’s the bottom of the vibrator for those keeping track. This creates several issues. The vibrations, already on the weak side, are diffused by the large base of the Cupcake, causing them to be even weaker. Without some sort of pointy area, it’s challenging to achieve good clitoral contact, making an orgasm that much more elusive.

For those of you not familiar with buzzy hand syndrome (lucky duckies), it’s when your hand absorbs too much vibration. The sensation ranges from slightly unpleasant to downright painful. The more vibration absorbed by your hand, the more uncomfortable it is, especially as the feeling tends to continue for some time after the vibrator has been turned off.

With most of the vibrations coming from the base of the Cupcake, buzzy hand syndrome is guaranteed for me. It’s surprising how painful enough weak, high-pitched vibration can be. Thanks for that, Shiri Zinn.

Just because something fits in the palm of your hand does not make it ergonomic, not that Shiri Zinn claims this is the case. It just seems to me that if you’re designing a hand-sized vibrator, you’d want it to be comfortable and easy to hold.

I can’t seem to find a good way to grip the Cupcake Vibrator. If I wrap my hand and fingers around the base, the ridges press into my flesh after a few minutes and my hands starts to cramp quickly. If I hold it more in the palm of my hand with my fingers pointing up, I am grasping the frosting with the tops of my fingers and my nails get in the way.

I have some sensitivity in my hands at times, so this may not be an problem for many people, but those with hand/wrist issues definitely need to beware. I also have slightly long nails, but they’re not an unusual length. When you add the weight, the ridges, the nails, and buzzy hand syndrome all together, the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator makes for a particularly unhappy sex toy experience and a very grumpy sex blogger.

Third and final question. What is the primary purpose of a sex toy? Of course, there are different answers to this question, but when you come right down to it, the answer is usually one simple word. Orgasm. On her website, Shiri Zinn has a very complicated explanation of the purpose of her sex toys- “…It challenges the boundaries between what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable for public consumption and questions value judgments…” Pardon me a moment while I grab a ginger chew to settle my stomach.

Aside from being unnecessarily complicated, that statement seems to indicate Shiri Zinn is a company that wants to open people’s minds and expand the acceptance of sexuality and the use of sex toys. This is a good thing. One might think such a mission would indicate some sort of dedication to honesty, openness, and creating quality products and positive experiences. One might be disappointed.

Based upon my experience with the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator, seeing the unrealistic sex toys offered by the company, and learning about certain practices, I must call shenanigans.

I’m not going to take any time to discuss other Shiri Zinn products here. As for me calling shenanigans, I merely want you to be sure you are reading reviews on Shiri Zinn products from a source you know to be trustworthy and reliable before making decisions to invest your money.

The other day, he showed me a review he’d found on a product he’s currently reviewing. The review was so shiny and happy it seemed to have no basis in reality, but rather had the feel of being either a purchased or placed review. You know, a situation in which someone has been paid (or bullied or threatened) to write a favorable review or the review was actually written by the company itself.

If you aren’t sure where to find candid and credible reviews, at the end of this post you’ll find a list of other reviewers who have written about the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator. In my experience, these sex bloggers are open and honest, and though I may not always agree with them, I trust their feedback.

I don’t have much more to say about the actual use of the Cupcake Vibrator. I find the vibrations to be lightweight and buzzy, which I never like. I think they are far too loud and weak for the size of this toy. I do not find it comfortable to use and it gives me buzzy hand syndrome, which pisses me off. What more can I tell you? Oh, I suppose this is important…I cannot orgasm using the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator.

The packaging of the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator is really the only thing I like about this toy. It comes in a red and white polka dotted tin that matches the Cupcake Vibrator’s wrapper. The fact that it’s metal means it’s super sturdy and can be used for long-term storage.

The tin contains the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator, the user manual with a totally random pinup girl on its front, and the two necessary AAA batteries. I do give Shiri Zinn props for including the batteries, something I think all sex toy manufacturers need to do.

You know one of my pet peeves is the lack of appropriate information in user manuals. While Shiri Zinn does provide the basics, there is one incorrect piece of info and it’s a biggie. The manual states the Cupcake Vibrator has five speeds, when it actually has five modes- two speeds and three patterns.

I know this seems like a small error, but it really isn’t. Five speeds indicates there are five different levels of power, not that the vibrator does five different things. To me, this means the Shiri Zinn Cupcake should have significantly more power than it actually does. This is a serious difference that could cause innocent orgasm seekers to be led astray.

I’m really confused about the design of the user manual. What’s up with the whole 1950′s pinup girl vibe? It just comes out of nowhere. Is the connection supposed to be the polka dots? Is it some sort of attempt to class up a sex toy that is not very classy on its own? I know, not important, but these little details bug me.

I have a big mental block with the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator. When I look at it I don’t see sex and orgasms (I mean, it’s a freaking cupcake). I think about my four old cousin who is really into baking and wants be a cupcake maker when she grows up.

This is totally specific to me and not a comment on the vibrator itself, but there is something disturbing about looking at the sexy pinup girl and what looks like a child’s toy side by side. Other than being completely arbitrary, it’s just creepy.

Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator Pros:
• Included batteries
• Easy to use
• Sturdy container can be resourced

Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator Cons:
• Not waterproof or splash proof
• Buzzy and weak vibrations
• Buzzy hand syndrome
• Loudish
• Unpleasant odor
• Doesn’t seem to be pure silicone (trust me, don’t lick it)
• Heavy and awkward for its size
• May cause hand cramping/discomfort

Even when I am not happy with a particular sex toy, I try very hard to find something to like about it and I often do. In the case of the Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator, I have failed utterly.

The Shiri Zinn Cupcake Vibrator just has so many terrible qualities and not a single good one. When the only positive things I can say about sex toy is that the batteries are included and I like the packaging, we’re in trouble. Then there’s the whole lack of orgasm issue. For me, Shiri Zinn = no orgasms.

Read some of my sex toy reviews, then check out some of these really great stores and spend your money on a vibrator that is actually worth your time. If you just feel like tossing money away, give it to an organization that will benefit from it, like Best Friends, instead of a sex toy manufacturer that does not deserve your business.

Minna Limon Vibrator

I was able to handle it and experience just how different the Ola was from other vibrators currently on the market. It ended up taking me until last year to finally review the Minna Ola, and while I really loved the idea behind it, i didn’t enjoy the vibrator as much as I had anticipated.

Right about the time I published my Ola Vibrator review, I ran across Minna Life’s crowd funding campaign on indiegogo (which is partly how they funded the Minna Ola) for a new vibrator. Of course, I immediately published a Spotlight on the New Minna Limon.

After waiting and waiting, and waiting some more (patience is not one of my strongest virtues), the Minna Limon was finally released late last year. Thanks to the generosity of the awesome folks over at SheVibe, I didn’t have to wait almost two years to get my hands on one. Did I mention that it’s teal? It also comes in pink, if you really can’t stand the teal (crazy person).

At 3″ long and 2″ wide, the Minna Limon is SMALL, much more so than I expected. I have average sized hands for a woman and its lemony shape fits very comfortably. It is also incredibly light, weighing only 2.7 ounces, which is great for those with hand/wrist issues. It probably weighs about the same as my iPhone 5 with its case on.

If you’ve read my most recent review, you know that licking sex toys to determine if they are made of safe materials isn’t always the best idea. However, based on having actually met the people behind the company, my experience with the Minna Ola, and what I am willing to suffer for my readers, I licked the Minna Limon anyway. I am happy to report no adverse reactions.

According to my tongue, the silicone of the Minna Limon is legit. It is soft and smooth, similar to that of the Ola, but I find the Limon’s silicone to be silkier, with much less drag. There is a visible seam that runs around the center of the vibrator but it is not very noticeable.

The Minna Limon is not an insertable vibrator and the slickness of its silicone does not require gobs of lube. In fact, with this vibrator, less is more. It can get slippery easily. Stick to water-based lubricants, or as Minna Life states, “silicone-safe” lube. If you want to try using a silicone-based lube with the Limon, do a small patch test beforehand.

As the Minna Limon charges via tiny magnets on its underside, it has no open ports and is not only waterproof, it is also submersible. While I would stay away from the high temperatures of a jacuzzi, feel free to enjoy your Limon in the bath or shower.

Of course, the Minna Limon’s high-quality silicone is phthalate-free, body-safe, and hypoallergenic, and the waterproofness of the vibrator makes cleaning a breeze. You can go the lazy man’s route and wash it with warm water and gentle soap (NOT antibacterial). A sex toy cleaner will also do the job.

If you plan on sharing your Minna Limon Vibrator with non-fluid bonded partners, go the extra mile and disinfect it with a 10% bleach solution. This will destroy any bacteria lingering on the Limon’s surface and ensure nothing is unintentionally transferred.

Kudos to Minna Life on the Limon’s charging solution. I think it’s great. The Limon sits in a small cradle that holds it in place while charging. This may not seem like a big deal, but as with most of the newer rechargeable vibrators, the Limon charges via USB.

At some point, I’m going to have to stop complaining about vibrators coming only with USB chargers because it is obviously the wave of the future, but today is not that day. I know most people (myself included) already own a USB to AC adapter thanks to a smartphone and/or tablet. In addition, it is more eco-friendly, which I do think is important.

Though I often perform a first charge on my computer while working so I can see if anything exciting happens and have an idea of how long it takes (and because I’m so lazy I don’t want to have to get it from the other room when it’s done), I generally prefer wall charging.

The fact that the Minna Limon charges via USB means that many people will charge it through a computer. If you’ve ever tried charging some of the older Fun Factory Click ‘N’ Charge Vibrators, you know magnetic chargers can sometimes be tricky, moving slightly or falling off completely and breaking the connection.

Not only does this not happen with the Minna Limon’s charger, it locks the vibrator into place and keeps it from rolling around. If you’re like me and have very limited space, you understand that being able to charge a lemon-shaped vibrator off my laptop without it trying to wander away every time I move is a big deal.

While charging, the Minna Limon does something super cool that I’ve never seen before. (Yep, I’m totally geeking out.) As with many rechargeables, the Limon’s internal light pulses during charging, then stops and glows steadily to inform you charging is complete.

However, when the Limon’s internal light is on, you see the the word “m!nna” projected onto the side of the vibrator. I know it’s unnecessary and does nothing to enhance to functionality of the toy. I’m also guessing it’ll drive some people crazy, but it’s clever and I love it.

Not only is the Minna Limon fully charged out of the box (not very common but very considerate), it pulses when you turn it on to let you know how much charge is left. Three pulses indicates the vibrator is fully charged, two pulses means you have approximately half the charge left, and one or no pulse says it’s time to recharge.

My understanding is that the Minna Limon requires approximately one hour to fully charge and will last 1.5-3 hour, depending on how it is used. The more frequently you use the stronger intensities, the faster the battery will drain. However, I have not been able to run it down beyond two pulses thus far and I have tried.

On to the fun stuff. What makes the Minna Limon so special? There are a few things, but the major difference between the Limon and any other vibrator on the market (aside from the Minna Ola) is how it actually works. Check out the video below.

The Minna Limon has what Minna Life calls a “squeezable interface”. Rather than the typical dials or buttons that control a vibrator’s intensity, you manage the Limon’s vibrations by squeezing it. The harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibrations will become. It is the easiest way to control a vibrator I have ever experienced.

There is no fumbling with two hands to try and turn a dial or need to remember which button is which and blindly poking around until you find the correct one. You just squeeze. As wondrous as this squeezability is, it may be challenging for those of you with hand and wrist issues. Minna offers a semi-solution, Lock Mode.

The Minna Limon has three modes, Free Play Mode, Record Mode, and Lock Mode. Just as it sounds, in Free Play Mode, it’s all about you squeezing the vibrator. Squeeze long and hard, you’ll get a steady, strong vibration. Stop squeezing, no vibrations. Easy peasy.

Record Mode is where the Minna Limon adds a special option to its already unique squeezable technology. It allows you to create your own patterns, and with its use of Smart Memory, the Limon will remember and replay the pattern you have just created. How cool is that?

You generate any pattern you like by squeezing the Limon with different strengths and for variable lengths of time. Once you are happy with it, simply stop squeezing. After a moment, the Limon will replay your creation over and over until you squeeze again to stop it.

First very important note: Like a young child, the Minna Limon can remember only one pattern at a time. As soon as you squeeze the vibrator to stop it, that pattern is gone and you must create a new one.

If you really love the pattern you’ve just designed but keep losing it by accidentally squeezing the Minna Limon, you can save your creation for the period of time the vibrator remains on. This is where Lock Mode comes in.

As the name suggests, Lock Mode allows you to lock in a specific pattern of vibrations. This way, no matter how many times you unintentionally squeeze the Minna Limon during play, you will not lose your pattern. I use this mode frequently.

Just as controlling the vibration strength and patterns couldn’t be easier, the Minna Limon’s single control button could not make moving from mode to mode any more straightforward. I know I usually express a preference for a dedicated on/off switch, but because of how this vibrator works and due to its small size, having just the one button makes sense.

Turning the Minna Limon on is a snap. Simply press the power button. As I mentioned above, this is when the vibrator will pulse to let you know how much charge is left. The power light pulses along with the vibration. When the Limon is on, a small light directly underneath the power button will light up. This light remains lit through all three modes. The Limon always starts out in Free Play Mode. Free Play Mode = power light only.

To move to Record Mode, press the power button once. The record light, to the left of the power button, will turn on. It looks like a refresh symbol, a rounded arrow. You can now create unique vibration patterns and the Minna Limon will replay for them for you. Record Mode = power light + record light.

You’re probably getting the gist of this by now. You access Lock Mode by pressing the power button once again. The record symbol turns off and the lock light turns on. This is located to the right of the power button and looks like a little padlock. Lock Mode = power light + lock light.

While in Lock Mode, pressing the power button will return you to Free Play Mode, which is where you began when you turned the Minna Limon on. It’s that effortless. Three presses of the power button will allow you to access all the Limon’s features. To turn the vibrator off, press and hold the power button for several seconds. The Limon will pulse once and turn off.

Second very important note: Just as the Minna Limon will instantly forget a pattern as soon as you create a new one, turning the vibrator off will erase the last pattern you made. It does not have the ability to hold patterns in its memory without power.

In addition to employing the squeezable feature Minna Life introduced with the Ola Vibrator, the Minna Limon boasts what the company calls Rumble Motor Technology. Minna Life states that this unique technology offers “unprecedented strength”, which is one of those generalized statements meant to sound good without actually providing any real information.

Regardless, the Minna Limon’s vibrations are no joke. I find them to be more powerful and deeper than those of the Minna Ola and the LELO Siri, and surprisingly on par with my top two favorite clit vibrators of all time, the Crave Duet and the We-Vibe Touch.

The strength of the Minna Limon’s vibrations was a very happy surprise. The We-Vibe Touch may be a teency bit more powerful on its highest level (and I mean teency), but for some reason its power tends to lessen slightly when I press it against my body, so they end up being about the same.

The Siri, one of my preferred LELO vibrators, would need some extra oomph to compete with the Limon. Comparing the Limon to the Crave Duet is more difficult. The Limon’s vibrations may be more rumbly but the Duet’s dual motors create a sensation that the Limon cannot reproduce.

What astonished me even more than the Limon’s power was the deep, rumbliness of its vibrations. Take a moment to recall the highest-pitched, buzziest vibrations you’ve ever felt and how angry they made you. Holding on to that memory? The Limon’s vibrations are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum and are really what separates it from the Siri and many other vibrators. Aside from the obvious difference in shape, I’m not sure I would be able to tell the Minna Limon and the We-Vibe Touch apart in a blind test.

Though I don’t think I will ever lose my fondness for my We-Vibe Touch, the Minna Limon is significantly easier to use (It could be that my Touch is aging, but its button has become more and more difficult to operate.) and is not a lint magnet. It is also decidedly quieter than the We-Vibe Touch (and the Minna Ola), even at its highest level of intensity. I dare say, many people will be able to use the Limon next to a sleeping partner without disturbing them one iota.

Just as with the We-Vibe Touch and any other clit vibe of a similar size, some of the Minna Limon’s vibrations are transferred to the hand during use, causing mild buzzy hand syndrome. Unlike other vibrators that are so bad they are literally painful, the low-pitched level of the Limon’s vibrations restrict this to a tingling or slight discomfort, if any.

The shape of the Minna Limon will most likely work best for women who have protruding, or at least larger clits than mine. Though there is nothing wrong with the shape of the Limon, I find myself wishing its citrusy point was longer. I just happen to have a very small clit that is well hidden in its hood. However, once I sneak the tip in between my labia I am able to tuck it right up under my clit, which works fabulously.

I do want to mention that like the Minna Ola, the Limon’s squeeze pillow (Minna Life’s term, not mine) can deflate after travel or over time. There is a small silver spot underneath the vibrator, between the two magnetic charging contacts. This is the travel vent and when depressed with a ball point pen, it will re-inflate the pillow. And now I’m sleepy. Where is my pillow?

Probably my biggest complaint about the Minna Limon is its over-sized tube. I am a sucker for cool and/or luxurious packaging. At the same, I want a minimal amount of waste. I realize these desires often conflict. (Ever tried wrapping gifts using pages from catalogues or paper grocery bags? It takes a LOT longer than wrapping paper but makes me feel slightly more eco-conscious.)

As with the Ola, the Minna Limon comes in a stylish, cardboard tube that is sturdy enough to provide good protection and long-term storage, but it’s big (though not as bad as the Ola’s gigantic package). Inside the tube, the Limon sits in a little holder of sorts so it is perfectly displayed when you remove the top.

Also included are the Limon’s USB charging stand, an appropriately informative users manual in multiple languages, and a great little storage pouch that is easy to use. (Does anyone who has the We-Vibe Touch not despise the awful storage pouch that comes with it?)

Minna Limon Vibrator Pros:
• Squeezable technology
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful vibrations
• Record and Lock Modes
• Very lightweight
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Silky, smooth silicone
• Super quiet
• Easy to use
• Straightforward control/light panel
• Good charging cradle
• Long battery life
• Cool side light-up feature
• Not a lint magnet
• Awesome color

Minna Limon Vibrator Cons:
• Better for protruding clits
• Mild buzzy hand syndrome
• No AC charger
• Overlarge packaging

I love being able to start the year off on a positive note. I had intended to publish my Minna Limon review on New Year’s Day, but the wretched stomach flu kept that from happening. I know this is technically my second review of 2014, but the first one was such a disaster I’m ignoring it.

I really can’t find big gaffes with Minna Limon. I included buzzy hand syndrome on my Cons list because it may be a true problem for some people who have certain hand issues. However, it is mild and no worse than most clit vibrators of its size. I would like an old school wall charger included with my USB charger, but that’s not a failure of the Limon itself.

The two issues to address when deciding on whether or not to purchase the Minna Limon are the squeezing and the shape. You can see all the great features this vibrator has listed under Pros and it’s obvious I’m a fan. I also have a chronic pain condition that severely impacts my hands at times. Would I want to deal with a squeeze pillow on those occasions? No. Then again, I don’t want to masturbate when I’m in that much pain either.

Do you prefer steady vibrations and only enjoy patterns once in a while? If so, the Minna Limon is probably not the ideal vibrator for you. Nifty technology aside, this vibrator is best suited for people who appreciate different pattern and want the opportunity to create their own.

Do you know what shape vibrator works best for you? If not, how are you built? Do you have a small, hidey clit like mine or is yours large and protruding, loud and proud? This is also vital to making a good decision about owning the Minna Limon.

While the Minna Limon has not replaced my favorite clit vibrator, it is making a serious play for the number two spot. Though I ultimately favor the shape of the We-Vibe Touch, I prefer everything else about the Minna Limon, from its silky, non-lint magnet-y silicone, to its ease of use and ability to create unique patterns, to its non-hateful storage pouch.

If you’re deciding between the Minna Ola and the Minna Limon, there is no competition. The Limon wins hands down. Not being insertable makes it slightly less versatile, but the strength, depth, and quietness of the vibrations, along with its much better charging solution and slicker silicone make up for that ten times over.

SheVibe carries both the Minna Limon and the Minna Ola and will give you free shipping on your $75 purchase, you’ll which qualify for with either vibrator. It’s not that I’m not trying to influence your decision or anything. All I’m saying is that if you’re in the market for a vibrator, seriously consider the Minna Limon. It comes in teal. Need I say more?

Fun Factory Cobra Libre

The first time I saw the Cobra Libre I had to take a double take, the design was so different to any other male toy I had come across. The quality was apparent, even from looking at the pictures. Although I have a rather large collection of toys, Eros doesn’t and so I wanted to treat him to this. However, at that time I simply couldn’t afford the £90 price tag.

When Lovehoney had a massive price reduction on several luxury items at Christmas, making this luxury item just £45, I knew I had to grab it.

Packaging: Being from Funfactory, a luxury brand, you don’t get any cringe-worthy, cheap, flimsy packaging. The cardboard box has 3 sides with a clear mould around the Cobra Libre so there is no damage in transit. The colours of the box are very neutral with red and grey themes, perfect for a brand which sells both female, male and couples toys.

Including in the box is two sachets of lubricant and instructions on the toy. These were quite complicated and mostly filled with marketing jargon, not very helpful to customers who are not technologically minded. Thankfully, including around the jargon is the instructions on how you use the Cobra Libre.

Strangely, not included is a charger, make sure that you have brought one separately with your order or you may be very disappointed about not being able to use this toy immediately. This is a definite negative, certainly not what you would except from a luxury brand and having just paid out upwards of £100 for a toy. Funny that they include lubricant but not chargers! Luckily, this was brought from Lovehoney, who kindly include a charger with every Funfactory rechargeable product.

Appearance/Materials: My initial thoughts on quality were completely correct. The Cobra Libre is solid with no loose or rattling parts. It is made from two-toned high quality plastic which is fused to a soft and flexible 100% silicone tunnel. The materials used are completely skin-safe and there is no odour from any part of the Cobra Libre.

The silicone tunnel is rather short, only 3.5 inches, this disappointed me as I was expecting it to be longer, my partner was also put off by how short it is.

The colours simply suit the Cobra Libre and almost highlight it’s quality, rather like a beautiful interior for an expensive car. The colour I picked was the blue and white, as unfortunately, the red and black, my first choice, was sold out. This was due to the brilliant offer for one day only.

Functions/Controls/Volume: With nearly all the toys around on the market today, Funfactory recommend fully charging the Cobra Libre before using it for the first time, which they say can take up to 12 hours. This can be a serious pain, especially when you are itching to try your new toy. Luckily it took around 8 hours to fully charge, with each charge thereafter taking around 2 hours, depending on how low the battery is.

There are two vibrating motors inside which are controlled by three touch sensitive buttons on top of the Cobra Libre.

The three buttons are function, up and down. The function button not only turns the toy on and off, it controls the next vibration patterns. The up and down button control the intensity of the vibrations.

When the patterns first start, the vibrations are quiet low, however the worries soon disappear once you start climbing up the intensity. Getting to your favourite pattern can be time consuming as you have to travel through the vibration modes before getting to the patterns.

There is a reset function, which is activated by pressing the function button for a couple of seconds, not too long though as it will turn off. This resets the patterns back to the first vibration pattern, this can be used to train yourself to last longer and enjoy more powerful orgasms.

Some patterns are very similar and I can’t seem to find a website that lists all the patterns, not even the Funfactory website, so I cannot tell you exactly how many patterns there are. However, there are quite a few different patterns and I am sure they will keep almost anyone happy.

The vibrations are quiet on the lower speeds and levels of intensity, however like with all toys, the higher the intensity the more noise it makes. Don’t expect neighbours to be banging on the door wondering what the noise is or anything but by the same token it isn’t the stealthiest toy either. You can hear it on the higher settings in the next room, though it is muffled. When you put music on as well you can hear a low rumble depending on the volume of the music.

Experience: Now to the good part, what was it like using the product? Or at least for my partner using the product. The Cobra Libre does have some great points and the design is like no other. However, it seems that with all the form and sleek design, the simple function of it was lost, to give pleasure. This may sound harsh so I will elaborate, while the touch sensitive buttons add to the overall sleek look of the toy, they are a complete pain if you have any lubricant on your hands then the controls are hit and miss. This is a big downside for a toy which is designed for a slower build up as it can be very distracting.

The second problem is charging, as all Funfactory products are charged by the click ‘N’ charge and not each charger is designed for that product as is the usual. This means that the design of some toys doesn’t match the design of the charger, the Cobra is included. As all the electrics and the motors are in the plastic part, the charge port, which consists of two magnetic metal circles, had to be placed there. Now for a toy that has designed to be slimline and shaped like a car, i.e. a curved shape, two metal circles on a curved part which needs to hold a flat charger is not the best idea. The charger isn’t heavy, but when it is placed on the curved plastic part it often ends up falling off. This is a big flaw when the toy often has to charge for two hours, now you have two choices, either sit like a hawk and make sure it charges, or position it as best as you can and hope it doesn’t fall off. Which often leads to half charges and the battery running out at the crucial moment. Again a big negative for a toy designed for a slower build up.

The fourth problem is that the vibrations seems to be in the wrong place, they are easily felt around the outside of the Cobra Libre but not as easily inside which is where it matters. The silicone tunnel is designed to fit as many different shapes and sizes as possible, this it is a loose fitting tunnel which doesn’t surround your penis tightly, more lightly keeps hold of it. Bit like stroking it with one finger when you want to be pumped. Where you would expect the vibrations to be felt around the head of the penis, frenulum and the top of the shaft. Instead, they are much more dispersed and defused. My partner can orgasm through vibrations alone but they need to be powerful, the Cobra Libre simply doesn’t have that kind of power and the vibrations are not that concentrated enough.

The fifth problem is the tunnel shape, it has a downwards turning lip at the mouth, which even with lubricant feels quite uncomfortable during use. Similar feeling to someone pressing their teeth just a little too hard up and down your shaft over and over, not hard enough to even mark but still hard enough that you can’t concentrate on the other pleasure. The tunnel size is 3.5 inches, you can thrust inside it (just), but the strokes are very shallow and not particularly satisfying, besides as the tunnel is quite loose there is almost no feeling at all.

Care and Maintenance: Funfactory supply sachets of lubricant with their toys, we did not use this as we have lots of lubricant around already. If you don’t, I would recommend also adding some water-based lubricant to your order.

You can only use water-based lubricant with silicone toys, this is because using oil based lubricant could turn your male sex machine into a sticky mess.

The Cobra Libre is silicone and water-proof, making cleaning much easier. However, I didn’t trust completely submersing the plastic as this has contains the electrics and motor. Instead, I treated it as splash-proof, washing the silicone tunnel only. Leave the Cobra Libre to air dry as drying inside the silicone tunnel is difficult.

Overall: What was brought as a belated surprise gift for my partner so he can enjoy more sex toys was a big disappointment. The Cobra Libre has a modern and sleek design which almost any man could like, however the function certainly doesn’t live up to expectations. What was designed as a slow building up toy has failed spectacularly,it simply doesn’t deliver. My partner used this almost a dozen times, including on his own and with me, as to check it wasn’t first negative first impressions getting in the way of being able to see this toys full potential. It certainly wasn’t, the experience of using this toy left his feeling frustrated and having to finish off himself or kindly ask me to do so.

My other Funfactory purchase, the Delight, has quickly become one of my favourite toys, it isn’t that I simply dislike Funfactory and I have no idea where everything went so wrong! This is a classic example of form over function.

Positives
– Packaging
– Sleek and modern design
– Different functions and patterns
– Materials
– Water-proof
– Colours
– Reset function
– Able to change intensity
– Quality toy

Negatives
– Instruction booklet mostly filled with marketing jargon
– Tunnel – too short, downwards lip at the mouth, too loose
– Vibrations inside tunnel are defused
– Touch buttons – easily pressed, especially with lubricant on fingers.
– Charger not usually included
– Cycling through vibrations and patterns to get to the one you want
– Charger doesn’t sit right and can fall off

Dulce Bunny Vibrator

As you know, I adore colorful sex toys, especially those that aren’t the typical pink and purple. I am always drawn to blue sex toys (don’t ask me why, I am the same way with nail polish) so I was quite pleased to discover the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is available in turquoise.

Being a clit girl, I tend to be attracted to clit-centric (totally a word) vibrators. Though there is nothing unusual about the oft used bunny shape, I have not had the easiest time finding a bunny-shaped clit vibe I really like. I’ve certainly given a number of rabbity rabbit vibrators high marks, but I seem to be forever searching for a good bunny-shaped clit vibrator. Why, you may ask? Why not? When you own as many sex toys as I do, turning the process into a sort of treasure hunt sometimes adds to the fun.

Supporting me in this quest, PinkCherry Sex Toys was kind enough to send out the Dulce Bunny Vibrator for review. At 5.75″ long and 5″ in circumference, the Dulce Bunny is definitely at the large end of the clit stimulator spectrum.

The smallest vibrator in my collection that I really like (I have smaller ones that I think are sucky) is the LELO Nea. Small clit vibes have some advantages. They are lightweight, effortless to store/hide, and are usually uncomplicated and easy to use. They can also cause hand cramping and become so slippery with lube and bodily fluids they shoot across the room when you’re trying to grab them. That’s not so great.

Hence, it can be convenient to have a larger a clit vibrator, such as the Dulce Bunny, on hand. Its arched body is comfortable to grip, even on one of my painful hand days (the kind of day that would make a little vibrator unmanageable). The length allows me to plop on lube where I want, and as long as it’s not super thin and drippy, the Dulce Bunny Vibrator does not get slippery and difficult to handle.

The smooth, silicone coating of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator does not require much lube, as it basically has no drag. Still, a touch of additional slickness to the tips of its ears can make for more enjoyable play. As this soft and silky coating is silicone, your best is to avoid silicone-based lube and stick with water-based lubricant. Using silicone-based lube with some silicone sex toys can cause a negative chemical reaction, resulting in a damaged, sticky vibrator. No one wants that.

Though the Dulce Bunny Vibrator requires two AAA batteries, which are not included, it is waterproof and its battery compartment appears to be secure. It is definitely safe for washing with (NON-antibacterial) soap and water and shower use. I don’t know that I’d trust its ability to tolerate full submersion, but I tend to be rather cautious and feel safer submerging rechargeable vibrators with no open ports, such as the Minna Limon.

If you have a sex toy cleaner you like, you can spritz the Dulce Bunny Vibrator or spray it on a cloth and wipe the vibrator down. Silicone has such eency weency pores that bacteria and viruses can’t squeeze in and infect the material. Therefore, using a 10% bleach solution on the Dulce Bunny should allow you to disinfect it and share it between non-fluid bonded partners.

Made from ABS coated in soft silicone, the body of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is completely rigid except for the ears, which are solid silicone and have a bit of squish to them. They also do not seem to be tightly attached to the hard body, so you can move them around some. As the Dulce Bunny is not a rabbit vibrator and you’re not trying to coordinate stimulation to different areas of your body, I’m not sure this is a necessary or even intentional feature.

The ears themselves are firm enough that their mobility does not detract from the vibrator’s functionality. At the very least, this flexibility should allow the ears of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator to work for many people in different ways.

My favorite part of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator happens to be its very pointy ears. Pinpoint stimulation is my nirvana and finding a pointy vibrator is no small feat. Pointed vibrators are far less common than those with rounded tips. The We-Vibe Touch is probably the only effectively pointy vibrator I own. Fortunately, it has other excellent attributes as well.

The Dulce Bunny Vibrator’s control panel consists of four buttons laid out like a cross and is super straightforward. The top button is the dedicated on/off power button (go, Dulce Bunny Vibrator!) and has the traditional power icon. The bottom button scrolls through the vibrator’s 10 functions and looks a bit like an upside down power icon. The – button on the left hand side decreases intensity and the + button on the right hand side increases intensity.

The four buttons are sized well for most people’s hands (as long as you’re not Andre the Giant) and behave exactly as you’d expect them to. Their feedback is more than satisfactory and they require enough pressure that it’s unlikely you’ll change a setting unintentionally. Underneath the buttons, a blue LED flashes in time to each of its 10 patterns. The Dulce Bunny Vibrator does not have a memory chip, meaning it always starts on the first mode when you turn it on.

This is where things get strange. I am totally perplexed by the set up of the Dulce Bunny’s functions. It has 10 modes but none of them are a steady vibration. All 10 modes are patterns, which is odd. At the moment, I am unable to think of any other vibrator I own that completely lacks at least one steady vibration mode. While I do enjoy patterns, not everyone does, and there are times when I do want them either.

It’s also curious that the Dulce Bunny Vibrator turns on at mid-strength. After hitting the dedicated power button, I can decrease the intensity of the vibrations by two levels. The lowest level is so minimal I doubt I would know the vibrator is on without the flashing LED. I am only able to increase the vibration strength one level, which is weird. Wouldn’t you expect the vibrator to have two higher levels if it has two lower ones?

The 10 modes of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator are as follows:
1. Medium pulsation
2. Long, slow pulsation
3. Two medium pulses, One short pulse, One 3 second pulse
4. Two slow pulses, One short pulse, One 5 second pulse
5. ~20 fast pulsations, One 5 second pulse
6. 5 second pulses*
7. Three short pulses, One 2 second pulse
8. 2 second pulse, ~20 fast pulses, One short pulse
9. Roller coaster
10. Super fast pulse*

*Modes #6 and #10 are the closest the Dulce Bunny Vibrator comes to a steady vibration.

On top of organizing its 10 functions and four levels of intensity in the strangest way I’ve yet to run across, the Dulce Bunny Vibrator has disappointing vibrations. At their most powerful, they are only mid-range in strength and definitely lean toward high-pitched and buzzy. They are not buzzy enough to be painful, but enough to be annoying. As for noise, the vibrations are louder than I expect in a vibrator the size of the Dulce Bunny, but cannot be heard through a thin bedroom door which makes them tolerable.

I feel surprisingly irritated that the Dulce Bunny Vibrator does not have better vibrations because its shape is fantastic. Holding the vibrator with the front (button side) facing down forces the pointy ears to curve upward. Sliding them in between my labia and up under my clit is a natural movement and provides me with the pinpoint stimulation I want. Though I can orgasm with this vibrator, it takes more effort and is less enjoyable than many of my other vibrators.

Have you ever wanted to Frankenstein a sex toy? You know, take the body from one, the motor from another, the charging solution from something else, and magically put them all together to form something great? The Dulce Bunny Vibrator totally provokes that impulse in me. Bad bunny. Very bad bunny.

As I previously mentioned, the Dulce Bunny Vibrator uses two AAA batteries (not included). Why does everything suddenly require AAA batteries?? For some reason, I am ALWAYS out of them. It seems every electrical device in my apartment that needs batteries must have AAA’s. I am forever borrowing batteries from different remote controls to test vibrators. This is one of the reasons I prefer rechargeable sex toys.

Opening the battery compartment it easy peasy, but closing it is somewhat trickier than it looks. You’ve got to make sure the two sets of little plastic tabs on the sides of the compartment line up just right. It is then more a matter of pressing down and slightly up as opposed to using a sliding motion to get the compartment cover back into place.

The packaging of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is quite sturdy. It has a magnetic flap that allows you to open the box easily but is strong enough to keep it from accidentally opening on its own. It is overlarge to store just one sex toy. However, you could easily use it to stash multiple little vibrators, charging cables, small packets/bottles of lube, etc. The only downside is that the partially plastic front may not hold up as well as the rest of the box.

This clear plastic frontage is also what keeps the packaging from being discreet. You can see the Dulce Bunny right through it and while there isn’t any usage of the word “vibrator” on the box, “10 Intense Functions” on the front sort of gives it away.

Inside the box, the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is held tightly in a plastic tray with the warranty card and storage pouch underneath. The storage pouch is made of good quality, black, satiny material and has a secure drawstring closure. It doesn’t attract lint or stick to the silicone of the Dulce Bunny. It does say “Closet Collection” on its front but the shoe logo makes me think of teeny tiny shoe bags that would come with very expensive teeny tiny shoes, not sex toys.

It is on the large side, as in you might be able to stuff four Dulce Bunny Vibrators in it if you really tried. I appreciate the additional room for batteries, though it really doesn’t need to be quite so big. Then again, it’s not like we’re talking those early Jopen Vanity storage pouches and it really doesn’t take up any extra space.

I need to address some confusion created by the Dulce Bunny Vibrator’s packaging. As you can see from the images above, the front of the box clearly says “silicone”, as does PinkCherry Sex Toys’ website. However, the back of the box declares just as clearly, “Made from ABS with soft rubber coating”. I have always found PinkCherry Sex Toys to be accurate in their data, but everyone makes mistakes, so I did some research. It turns out that the website belonging to Impulse Novelties, the manufacturer, provides the same info as the back of the box. So far, not so good.

Unhappy with the idea of possibly having used a rubber sex toy, but also not having found any indications that the Dulce Bunny Vibrator’s coating actually is rubber, I went one step further and contacted the manufacturer, explaining my confusion. The company responded right away and informed me the coating on the Dulce Bunny Vibrator truly is silicone.

After thanking them for their timely response, I shared my concern about the conflicting descriptions on the packaging and website. While this discrepancy doesn’t sit well with me, the Dulce Bunny Vibrator has no significant odor or taste. It does not make my tongue tingle or feel weird. (No, I did not learn my lesson about tasting sex toys after the Shiri Zinn Cupcake debacle. Do you see the risks I take for you, dear readers?)

All three of my sources, PinkCherry Sex Toys, Impulse Novelties, and the box itself, assert the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is phthalate-free silicone. I cannot sense any indication of leeching chemicals, but I still was not totally reassured. As I do not have a testing facility in my back room, I did the next best thing, a flame test.

The flame test is a commonly used at-home trick to determine if a sex toy truly is made of silicone. It’s basically just what it sounds like- you apply a flame to the sex toy and try to set it on fire. Silicone may burn slightly, the material may darken or discolor as certain ingredients or coatings burn off, but it should not melt like a silicone blend or non-silicone toy.

Holding the Dulce Bunny Vibrator over the bathroom sink, I decided to flame the ears because they are as solid silicone (possibly) I figured any melting would happen quickly. Quite frankly, though I wanted to believe Impulse Novelties when they told me the vibrator does have a silicone coating (I can be very Pollyanna that way), I still expected the ears to melt.

To my great surprise, there was not the tiniest bit of meltage (totally a word). In fact, it seemed to take forever for ash to appear. By the time it did, I was considering breaking out the veggie sausage to do a little bathroom barbecuing. As you can see from the before and after images below, the Dulce Bunny’s ears burned to some degree, causing marginal discoloration and ash buildup. I easily wiped this away with my finger.

While the ears remained very warm for long enough to allow the Dulce Bunny Vibrator to live on the bathroom counter for a while, there was not a stitch of damage to them. Their shape and structure were in no way compromised. Well, slap me on the ass and call me Mary! I must admit, this was not what I had anticipated at all. The flame test is not 100% accurate, but it is a good general guideline for at-home testing.

Conclusion: The coating on the Dulce Bunny Vibrator is indeed silicone. In a sense, I find this to be more frustrating than if it wasn’t silicone. I am pleased that Impulse Novelties did not lie to me, but I am bothered that they have been so sloppy in their packaging and website description. Does this indicate a lack of understanding of the importance of using body-safe sex toy materials or just a lackadaisical approach to communication? Either way, not good.

While PinkCherry Sex Toys correctly lists the Dulce Bunny Vibrator as being made of silicone, this will not override the confusion that will occur when a consumer looks at the actual box. The manufacturer has done itself a very serious disservice by not providing accurate information on both the box and their website. The website can easily be changed, but that packaging is out there and will be for a long time.

I hope this increases Impulse Novelties’ awareness that more and more, consumers know their stuff. Sex toy manufacturers need to provide valid information about their products and not assume that no one cares or is paying attention. My mission is to get people to pay attention and make healthy choices about the sex toys they use and the companies they support.

Dulce Bunny Vibrator Pros:
• Great pointy ear shape
• Easy to grip during use
• Smooth, silky silicone
• Waterproof
• Dedicated on/off button
• Lightweight
• Flexible ears
• Not a lint magnet
• Good storage pouch

Dulce Bunny Vibrator Cons:
• Inaccurate packaging
• Not very powerful
• Vibrations on the buzzy side
• Slightly loud
• No steady vibration modes
• Incredibly odd vibration setup

I find I am almost depressed by the Dulce Bunny Vibrator at this point. It has a handful of positive features and the curvy, pointy ears are fantastic. With the right motor, this could really be a standout vibrator. Unfortunately, that motor is nowhere to be found (nowhere near this vibrator). It’s a shame.

What actually bothers me even more is the inaccuracy of the Dulce Bunny Vibrator’s packaging. As people who purchase sex toys become more educated, they will spend their money on body-safe sex toys, as they should. As consumers, we all need to be able to trust the information given to us by sex toy manufacturers (yep, here comes Pollyanna again). Eventually, companies who do not understand or care about this issue will be edge out by those who do. I can dream, can’t it?

In the meantime, PinkCherry Sex Toys stocks a large number of better vibrators. Consider the We-Vibe Touch (one of my absolute favorites), the LELO Nea, or the LELO Siri (both also high on my list, but not waterproof). As for a good, solid, bunny-shaped clit vibrator, the search continues.

Bottom line: If you’re not terribly picky about the depth of vibration and don’t require a ton of power to orgasm, its fabulous pointy ears and good overall shape might make the Dulce Bunny Vibrator worth the risk. Otherwise, skip it.

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator

Back in September 2013, I published a Spotlight about LELO’s 10th anniversary and the announcement of their newest couple’s vibrator, the LELO IDA. The IDA is named for a 2005 prototype that never made it to market. Apparently, LELO decided to recycle the name for a completely new design.

The LELO IDA joins the high-end LELO Insignia & Luxe line, as well as the SenseMotion family of products. I’ve written about LELO SenseMotion vibrators before, so what makes the IDA so special? Well, if the IDA Massager looks different and unusual, it’s because it is unlike any other sex toy out there. In addition to its unique silhouette, the LELO IDA not only vibrates, it also gyrates.

What’s all this about gyration? If you recall, the LELO Tiani (which is no longer available in the U.S. or Canada), had an external portion intended to stimulate the clit, while its internal arm was meant to press against the g-spot. The IDA takes this concept a step further.

As its quite large external piece, topped with gold ABS, vibrates against the clit, its internal arm actually rotates inside of you for increased g-spot stimulation. Oh, and like its cousin, the Tiani, the LELO IDA is designed to be worn during penetration.

Quite frankly, when I pulled the IDA out of the box, I had doubts. It is by no means a small, delicate sex toy. It wasn’t the 3.5″ of insertable length that concerned me, it was the slightly less than 1″ diameter of the g-spot arm, as well as the 7″ circumference and ~.75″ thickness of the clitoral portion. Granted, these dimensions are nothing for a plain old vibrator or dildo, but when you’re expected to have a phallic-like object inside of you at the same time, things can get tricky.

First off, you’re going to want to use a lot of water-based lubricant, always what LELO recommends using with their sex toys, as opposed to silicone-based lube. The silicone covering the rigid IDA and its remote is the same smooth and silky LELO silicone I adore. It actually has very little drag, which is helpful is many cases, but doesn’t make much difference with the LELO IDA.

The IDA’s latex and phthalate-free silicone is also hypoallergenic, body-safe, and can be disinfected with a 10% bleach solution, though you can really only wash the ABS, not disinfect it. So, while disinfecting the silicone portion of the massager would normally allow you to share it with a non-fluid bonded partner, the ABS creates a slight issue. Share at your own risk.

The composition of LELO’s silicone is good enough that you may get away with using a very high-quality silicone-based lube, such as Pjur Original Bodyglide. However, mixing silicones can cause a negative reaction and ruin sex toys, so be sure to do a small patch test before slathering lube all over your IDA. I’d try it on the remote because its top uses the same silicone as the massager.

Speaking of the IDA’s remote, though it does close securely enough, I would take care when cleaning it and not submerge it in water. I don’t trust the seal. The IDA massager, on the other hand, is waterproof and can easily be washed with a gentle (non-antibacterial) soap and water or sex toy cleaner, and you can submerge it to your heart’s delight.

When I discuss LELO’s packaging, you’ll notice I make mention of a plastic key. Though it looks odd and unimportant, and nothing like a key, it is your ticket to utilizing the LELO IDA’s remote control. Without it, you may never be able to crack that baby open without literally cracking that baby open. I did manage to remove the back of another SenseMotion remote without killing it, but it’s no longer very pretty.

The little rounded bit at the bottom of the key fits into the groove on top of the remote’s gold ABS battery compartment. This particular remotes requires just a slight counterclockwise twist. When I then flip the remote over, the compartment lid falls right off. However, not all of my SenseMotion remote controls open this easily, so yours may call for more elbow grease.

Pop in the two included, Energizer AAA batteries (because LELO rocks) and carefully line up the plastic bits on the inside of the battery compartment and its lid. A somewhat firmer clockwise twist locks the compartment cover into place. You shouldn’t be trying to wrench the key halfway around the remote. Small movements are all that is required.

The actual massager portion of the IDA is rechargeable and LELO advises charging it for two hours before using it the first time. There is an LED under the pairing button that flashes while the LELO IDA is charging. Once the vibrator is fully charged, this light glows steadily. It only took my IDA around 1.5 hours max to charge the first time, so it obviously arrived with a partial charge.

One fantastic feature offered by the LELO IDA is that the massager tells you when you need a recharge. That LED I mentioned above will start flashing rapidly during use to let you know it’s running out of power. I suggest responding quickly when this happens as it’s never, ever fun when a vibrator dies mid-use.

Your LELO IDA will last up to two hours on a single charge. It really depends on how you use it. The longer it operates at higher levels of intensity, the shorter its life. LELO states you should be able to get up to 10 hours of use out of the included batteries. Mine haven’t given out yet, though I have not run the remote for that long.

In order to use the IDA’s remote with its massager, you must must first pair them by pressing the + button on the remote and pressing the button on the massager to turn it on. When both the LEDs on the remote’s + button and the massager’s power button light up, the devices are paired and ready to go.

Turning off the remote and massager functions as you might expect (or already know if own a LELO SenseMotion vibrator). Hold the – button on the remote and the power button the massager for three seconds to shut each piece down. Keep in mind that if you forget to turn off the massager, it will go into standby for one hour before shutting itself off. During this time it will remain receptive to signals from the remote.

As with other vibrators from LELO’s Insignia Line, the IDA has a travel lock, which operates by pressing the + and – buttons simultaneously for three seconds. Press these buttons for three seconds to activate the lock and three seconds again to deactivate it.

Travel locks are great even when you’re not traveling. More than once I’ve experienced pulling a dead vibrator out of my bedside drawer because it had pressed up against something, accidentally turning itself on. Let me tell you, it’s never a happy discovery.

If you’ve used one of the SenseMotion remotes before, you already know how the LELO IDA’s remote works. It’s exactly the same. As with earlier SenseMotion toys, there are three modes, two SenseMotion modes and one that consists of six pre-programmed patterns. So essentially, there are a total of eight modes.

To turn on the insertable, rotating portion of the LELO IDA, press and hold its button until the LED comes on. You are now ready to use it with its remote. If you’d like to ditch the remote (please tell me you didn’t lose it) and go manual, just press the button again.

Using the LELO IDA Massager without its remote is possible, though I find it a ginormous pain in the ass and so not worth it. However, if you disagree with me (and feel free) and this is your preference, you can simply scroll through the six pre-programmed patterns (obviously, you don’t have access to the two SenseMotion Modes) by pressing the button on the massager.

When first turning the LELO IDA on, you will be in SenseMotion Mode 1, in which vibration is controlled by shifting the remote from a horizontal to a vertical position. The more you tilt, the stronger the vibration.

Pressing the Mode button on the remote, which looks like this- () on its side, allows you to change modes (surprise!). One press of the () button will move you into SenseMotion Mode 2, in which you manage vibration intensity by moving the remote in any direction. The faster you shake it, the stronger the vibration.

Something called “Dynamic Stimulation” synchronizes the intensity of the external vibration with the speed of the internal rotation. Thus, increase the strength of the vibrations and you will also speed up the gyrations within you.

If your arm, or your partner’s, gets tired, another press on the () button will bring you to the first of the six pre-programmed patterns. You cycle through these six modes by pressing, you guessed it, the () button. Once you’ve scrolled through all six patterns, you will end up back at SenseMotion Mode 1. (You see, Son, the antelope eat the grass and we eat the antelope. It’s the circle of life.)

While in the six pre-programmed modes, you increase and decrease the intensity of the vibrations by using the + and – buttons. You are able to control each pattern’s strength separately, which I love.

When using the LELO IDA without its remote, all six patterns will be automatically set at the highest level of intensity. If you want to adjust the power at all, you will have to use the remote. Not only that, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world to reach the button on the massager and be able to press it with enough force to change patterns in the midst of penetration.

Still, if you’re going to insist on using the IDA without its remote or you’re one of those people who is bound to lose it, save yourself a few bucks and go with the LELO Tara instead.

The LELO IDA’s eight vibrations modes are as follows:
1. SenseMotion 1
2. SenseMotion 2
3. Low steady vibration with slow rotation
4. Slow pulse with slow rotation
5. Faster pulse with faster rotation
6. Ramp up with same faster rotation as #5
7. Roller coaster with same faster rotation as #5
8. Dance Mix with same faster rotation as #5

The video below provides some good visuals regarding the way the LELO IDA is intended to function.

The LELO IDA makes a bit more noise than my LELO Lyla, but it vibrates and gyrates, so we’re dealing with two motors. A slight increase in noise is reasonable, especially considering the IDA is still very quiet. It definitely cannot be heard through a thin closed door, nor does it distract from play.

Though both the external clitoral surface and the internal g-spot arm are rigid, the stem of the arm that allows it to rotate is not. This makes it far trickier to insert the LELO IDA than I was expecting. It has a tendency to go all bendy when I’m trying to tuck it inside myself.

This was less of an issue when my partner handled the insertion. Augmenting the slickness of the g-spot arm with additional lube was helpful. Just try to keep the lube from getting all over the place, as this makes the LELO IDA very slippery and further adds to the challenge of sliding it in.

You can see below that the rotations are relatively small, which is understandable as it’s expected you will be penetrated by something in addition to the IDA at the same time. It’s not like you want that arm whipping around in large arcs. Keep in mind, as intensity of the vibration increases, so does the speed of the rotation.

On the lower levels of power, I did feel this internal movement but not much. Obviously, I was able to sense it more as the speed of the LELO IDA’s gyration increased. Unfortunately, it did not feel as pleasurable as I was hoping. While the arm does hit my g-spot, it actually feels rather odd and is more distracting than enjoyable. However, it’s important to remember that my g-spot is not easily stimulated and tends to be very persnickety.

Most of my LELO vibrators are on the deep and rumbly end of the vibration spectrum. Therefore, the IDA’s vibrations are quite a bit higher pitched and buzzier than I was anticipating. They are much more like those of the LELO Tiani than those of the LELO SIRI, which is disappointing. Their maximum power is also rather middle of the road. So, though the vibrations aren’t painful, they are buzzy and weakish enough to make achieving orgasm a serious challenge for me.

The large circumference of the external portion of the LELO IDA sits more or less against my vulva, so it does a good job of effecting the clitoral complex rather than focusing only on the clit. I am not going to discuss the physical structure of the clitoris in this review, but I will point out that this is a bonus.

I have mentioned on more than one occasion that my clit is not only itty bitty, it is also well tucked beneath its hood, which doesn’t make accessing it the easiest feat in the world. Therefore, vibrators with large surface areas are generally not my best friend. In this respect, I think the LELO IDA would be more effective for those who have longer clits that extend out from under the clit hood. They have a better chance at receiving the more direct clitoral stimulation I would need with this vibrator.

So far, I’ve only addressed the effectiveness of using the LELO IDA on my own. Adding a phallic-like object to the mix opens a big can of worms, and I am not a fan of wiggly worms. Let me just straight out report that I have not been able to find a way to make the LELO IDA well for me with any sort of simultaneous penetration.

1. LELO IDA + dildo= failure. Even using my thinnest silicone dildo, the Tantus Rocket (which is still 1.5″ in diameter, so it’s not tiny), and a ton of water-based lube, inserting one while the other was already inside of me was not easy nor fun. I tried my Don Wands Red Sweetheart Glass Dildo on the off chance its 1″ diameter and super smooth glass surface would be more successful. Nope.

2. LELO IDA + penis= fiasco. I thought getting both the LELO IDA and a dildo inside of me was problematic. Swapping a penis for a dildo? To quote Joey Buttafuoco, fuhgeddaboutit. There is not enough lube in the world to make this task less onerous for my partner or myself. Condoms just added another layer of aggravating drag to the mix.

With a dildo, the LELO IDA’s gyrations were uncomfortable, but with a penis? It was all the more more awkward. While I found it simply bothersome, he considered having a rigid, rotating arm slamming into his penis every other second flat out painful. Generally not a fan of testing sex toys that require his participation beyond merely using them on me, he eventually made good on his threat to throw the IDA across the room, ending the experiment with a resounding NO.

The packaging of the LELO IDA Couples Vibrator is typical LELO packaging, which is to say that it’s sturdy and luxurious. The external box is lightweight cardboard with images and a bit of information about the vibrator. The color of the toy pictured on this box corresponds to the color of the IDA contained inside. In this case, Cerise.

Within this outer package is the ever rugged, discrete, black box that has “LELO” imprinted on its top, black on black. It can be used for long-term storage but is significantly larger than the LELO IDA so it takes up a good amount of space. This is one of reasons LELO always includes a good quality, satin storage pouch, also in black.

In addition to the LELO IDA, its remote, and the lovely storage pouch, the box contains the charging cable, which actually plugs into the wall, not a USB port (yes!). Hats off to LELO for not joining many sex toy manufacturers in their quest to rid us all of our wall chargers. While I like the option to charge my sex toys via USB, if I have to choose, I will choose a wall charger every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

In classic LELO fashion, the two AAA batteries required by the IDA’s remote are included (Energizers, no less). Thank you, LELO. They always enclose a sample of LELO Personal Moisturizer (otherwise known as their water-based lube), a user manual, and the basics on their one year warranty and 10 year quality guarantee.

As with other remote controlled LELO vibrators, such as the Lyla, LELO provides the same plastic key you must have if you want to open the battery compartment on the remote without resorting to MacGyver-like trickery. You can pry it open without this key but it’s not easy and will end up damaging the remote, so do NOT lose it.

I vaguely remember complaining in my last LELO review that the user manual was short on info, which had to be tracked down on the LELO website. However, in the case of the LELO IDA (and TARA, its remote control free sibling), there seems to be a return to a more thorough hard copy manual, which I appreciate.

LELO still refers you to their website for more details, but the bulk of what most people want and need to know is in the manual. I actually wasn’t able to find much more on the site for the average user, but it does have specs.

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator Pros:
• Great concept
• Control level of intensity separately for each mode
• Lets you know when it needs to be recharged
• Silky silicone
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Remote (good) batteries included
• Quiet
• Minimal charging time
• Good charge to play time ratio
• Travel lock

LELO IDA Couples Vibrator Cons:
• Uncomfortable/painful with additional penetration
• Worse with condom
• Not particularly pleasant internal sensation
• Buzzy vibrations
• Vibrations not strong enough
• Difficult to insert by self
• Awkward using with dildo

I wanted to like the LELO IDA, I really did. I’m a sucker for new and different sex toys. I still like the concept behind the IDA, I just can’t make it work well with my body. The higher pitch and lesser strength of the vibrations are certainly not helpful, keeping me from enjoying the IDA on my own without additional penetration.

The fact that using condoms made the experience worse is a big downside in my mind because many couples use condoms for a variety of very important reasons. Of course, it could have been the condoms we used or a bigger issue for us than for others.

The LELO IDA may be more effective for women with less finicky g-spots and clits that protrude significantly more than mine. Those who don’t need very powerful vibrations to orgasm nor mind buzzy-ish vibrators (or even prefer them) are much better candidates for the IDA than I am. If this describes you, take time to explore the sensations added by the stimulation of a larger portion of the clitoral complex. This could further your enjoyment.

While the LELO IDA has many of the positive qualities I find in LELO sex toys, their lovely, silky silicone, the straightforward control panel, and the capability to control the intensity of the vibration in each separate mode, these cannot override the reality that this particular sex toy is a complete fail for my body.

Bottom line: The LELO IDA is a cool concept that, unfortunately, is totally off the mark for me. However, it has enough positive aspects that may make it worth trying if you think you won’t have the same issues with the vibrations as I do. If you’re going to give it a shot, the remote really is worth the extra cash. Not for the SenseMotion aspect, but for its hands-free functionality.

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Review, Take Two, Plus Accessories

I was super excited to test it, as I always am with new sex toy technology. Unfortunately, the Revel Body’s moderate strength and diffuse vibrations did not work as well for me as I had hoped. So what the hell am I doing reviewing this toy again?

Some time after the original Revel Body was released, the company changed its motor and sent the Revel Body version 2 out into the world. A big downside to this is they didn’t really tell anyone and both versions of the Revel Body look exactly the same. I had to label my vibrators to be sure not to get them mixed up because I can’t tell the difference by looking at them.

In addition, Revel Body designed four accessory tips that can be swapped with the original tip included with the vibrator. If you recall, I mentioned in my original review that I thought the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator might work better for me with one of these different tips to focus the vibrations rather diffusing them.

Thus, the point of this review is to compare both versions of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator and to determine if any of the four accessory tips, Cona, Fawn, Ever, and Niko, work better for my body than the original Rose Tip. I shall also discuss the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Travel Pack/Charger. I realize this is an extra long review, but it is separated into categories to make the information easier to access.

If you haven’t done so already, I strongly suggest you take a a few minutes to read my review of the original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator because I’m not going to re-review it here. However, I will include the two videos below, which clearly demonstrate how a traditional rotary motor and the Revel Body linear motor are different.

Got it? Great, let’s move on. There are four areas in which there seem to be differences between versions 1 and 2 of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator- sound, power, function, and the instruction guide.

1. Sound: While the difference may not be so significant you’d detect it by memory, side by side, version 2 of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is noticeably quieter. An advantage to its linear motor is that even if someone can hear the Revel Body, it sounds nothing like a typical vibrator. The noise is much more like that of my Sonicare Toothbrush, which is the technology this vibrator is based upon.

A word of advice. If you find your Revel Body that is overly loud, remove its tip and slick it down with a few drops of water or water-based lubricant. This allows the tip to move smoothly back and forth and dampens the sound. It makes a HUGE difference. On its lowest levels, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is practically (properly lubricated) silent. As you increase the intensity of the vibrations, they become higher-pitched, almost whiny, which makes them louder. Just not quite as loud as the original version.

2. Power: The original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has two power settings, whose differences are barely discernible, making the second one a complete waste. What’s the point of having a higher power setting if it feels the same as the lower one, right? I don’t have time to sit around pushing buttons all day, I’m a busy person! The decision to stick with just the one setting on Version 2 was smart. Either the vibrator is on or off, nice and simple.

In addition to its two power settings, the original Revel Body Sonic Vibrator had 10 levels of intensity, while Version 2 has only six discrete power levels. Though it may seem that more is better, I prefer Version 2′s six levels to the original’s 10. Many of those 10 levels were so similar as to be pointless and unnecessary. I feel no difference between the two vibrators at either their highest or lowest settings. Then again, I’m not sure if Version 2 is intended to be more powerful or just easier to use.

3. Function: Version 2 of the Revel Body is more straightforward. Though the two vibrators have the same three button control panel, Version 2′s is simpler. Both have the dedicated on/off switch (of which I highly approve) and + and – buttons that increase and decrease intensity. However, the one power setting and six levels of intensity make the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 easy peasy lemon squeezy. It also has a memory chip like the original, so when you turn the vibrator on, it will be on the same level as when you turned it off.

4. Instruction Guide: (AKA user manual) What struck me most about the original user manual was its 800 pages (slight hyperbole, perhaps) of warnings and precautions. I had never seen so many in a sex toy manual and there were some really odd ones as well. Revel Body has managed to condense the warnings in Version 2′s guide down to three pages, most of them the typical CYA warnings used by most sex toy manufacturers.

Of course, as the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is still all about magnets, those warnings continue to be included. The one of greatest concern to me is the same one that bothered me in the original manual regarding destroying magnetically stored media. It’s basically one of those warnings that you shouldn’t put things like computers, cell phones, and credit cards near strong magnets. That always makes me a tad nervous.

Though the magnetic tips easily attract small things like paperclips, push pins, and each other, they don’t react at all to my body piercings. Then again, the jewelry is all non-magnetized material, such as surgical stainless steel and niobium. If you actually have jewelry in your body piercings that react to these magnets, you might want to consider shopping for something new. The Version 2 guide is also better organized than the previous one.

The packaging for the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 is the same as the original packaging. So, no clues there as to which version you’ve got, which is just wrong. If a company updates its product, they don’t have to make a big brouhaha about it, but there should absolutely be an easy way to determine which version you are purchasing. I find the fact that Revel Body makes it impossible to differentiate versions a bit sketchy.

I still have three problems with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator, regardless of which Accessory Tip I use- the intensity of the vibrations, the shape of the vibrator, and the issue with pressure. Though I complained in my original review that the Revel Body’s ergonomic shape caused some hand cramping (specific to me), I did not find this to be the case the second time around. I attribute this difference to my medical conditions, not the vibrator.

However, even Cona, my favorite tip, doesn’t extend far enough away from the vibrator (approximately .5″) to keep its round body from interfering. Due to the architecture of my vulva, with my little tiny clit hiding underneath its hood, I require something that can move past the protective barrier of my inner labia and really get in there. None of these tips can accomplish this effectively.

The linear motor of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator creates vibrations that feel different from most of my other vibrators. The two lowest level are incredibly deep and rumbly, though not super strong. As soon as I hit the + button to go up to the third level, the vibrations change dramatically.

They go from deep and rumbly to very high-pitched in sound and feel. Levels 3-6 cause far too much discomfort, even pain in some cases, for me to use at all. Though I can orgasm on the second level of vibration, it takes some time and serious concentration and my clit is excessively sensitive afterward.

A big problem with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator’s linear motor is that the vibrations stop immediately at the barest hint of pressure. There I am, adjusting the vibrator against my body, trying to find the best position, right? Then all of the sudden, the tip senses the slightest compression and bam! Nothing. It’s as if I’ve turned the vibrator off. SO frustrating.

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 Pros:
• Fewer unnecessary settings
• Easier to use control panel
• Slightly quieter
• Better instruction guide

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 Cons:
• No way to determine which version you own
• No discernible increase in power

The fewer settings and easier to use control panel give the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 better functionality. The near silence of the vibrator on levels 1 and 2 (the only ones my body can tolerate) and my slightly enhanced experience with the Cona Tip are also positive aspects.

You guys know how I feel about the importance useful instruction guides and the improvements to the new one are noticeable. I am still very bothered by what seems to be secretive behavior on Revel Body’s part in updating the Sonic Vibrator without transparency, nor creating a way to tell the two versions apart.

Is the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Version 2 an improvement over its predecessor? Yes, but what good is that when you can’t be certain what you’re purchasing? Can I really increase my rating of a sex toy when the only way to know I’m using the new version is by comparing it side by side to my older version (with both vibrators turned on, no less)? No, no, and again, NO.

I was hoping my encounters with the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator would be much better with at least one of the Accessory Tips. Unfortunately, it’s not enough of a difference to change my original rating, regardless of which version of the vibrator I use.

Are Artificial Vaginas Really Safe to Use?

A lot of men who don’t know anything about artificial vaginas may be hesitant to try it. But it’s completely understandable. Not everyone can imagine themselves getting a blowjob or a handjob from mechanical item, right? But once they are able to finally try a rubber vagina, they will like it as much as the real thing.

So why is it safe to use a fake pussy?

For one, a vagina toy is made of non-toxic or safe materials. these include:

– Cyberskin – This is also called ultra realistic or futurotic material, and is a combination of PVC, silicone and other patented materials. It has a natural feel and is highly porou, which is why it needs a lot of special care to keep it last a long time.

– Soft Plastics – You’ll find artificial vaginas made of soft plastics or poly vinyl chloride in the market nowadays. This kind of material is ideal for sex toys because of their jelly-like characteristic.

– Rubber – This material is also known as elastic hydrocarbon polymer, which is very flexible and resilient. Rubber is used for many realistic vaginas as well as other devices used as often and as vigorously as sex toys.

– Latex – It is a highly flexible material derived from plants. But careful in using toys with this kind of material as it can cause allergic reactions to other people.

– Plants – Certain fruits and vegetables can be used as artificial vaginas because of their flesh-like textures. They are also available locally and are quite cheap. The plants that can be used a pocket pussy include cucumbers, papayas and banana skins.

As you can see, the materials used to make fake pussies are safe. This goes without saying that these sexual devices are also safe to use.

How can you make sure that fake pussies are really safe?

1. Use lubricants generously. Although the materials used to make these toys are safe, they are still unnatural, which means that they can secret fluids or oils to help make masturbation or ejaculation easier.

2. Clean after every use. When you use rubber vaginas, you leave some of your bodily fluids and natural oils inside it. If you leave them in there, it could be a breeding ground for different kinds of bacteria. This is why you should make it a point to clean your pocket pussies thoroughly immediately after use.

3. Towel dry, always. You can run a clean, dry towel through the hole of the vagina toy. You can also pull the sleeve inside out so you can towel dry it. Make sure to never air dry your artificial vaginas because it can expose it different bacteria and germs.

If you’re still not convinced to use a mechanical or electronic vaginal toy, you can make one yourself, just to give you an idea of how using a rubber vagina feels like.

For a rubber vagina made of balloons:

You will need:

– 4 balloons
– Latex glove
– Container that looks like a tube and is bigger than a Pringles can

1. Put the four balloons inside the container with the holes sticking out.
2. Put a latex glove (fingers pointing inside) in the middle of the balloons.
3. Blow air into the balloons until it is tight enough for you. Then, tie the ends to prevent air from escaping.
4. Secure the tied ends of the balloons by taping them outside of the container’s mouth.
5. Cut the latex glove’s cuff to make its opening bigger. Then, pull it over the balloons and onto the container’s mouth.
6. Tape the glove to secure it in place.

For a silicone vagina:

You will need:

– Silicone sealant
– A large candle (bigger than your penis)
– Sharp knife

1. Measure your sexual organ’s length and width.
2. Take the candle and subtract ¼ of the measurements you have. Then, mark the candle.
3. Cut two sides of the candle lengthwise, starting at the markings you made.
4. Make the sides smooth until it looks like a carrot with a smaller girth.
5. Cover the candle with silicone sealant, making sure that it is at least ½ inch thick.
6. Let your fake pussy dry for several weeks. Once completely dry, take out the candle.

Note: You can add texture into your vagina toy by cutting notches into the candle.

To ensure that using artificial vaginas is totally safe, don’t forget to use a condom every time.

We-Vibe Tango

At the time the Touch was released, the We-Vibe Tango was also brought to market. I was dying to try it to discover if I preferred the Tango to my well-loved We-Vibe Touch. It has taken quite some time, but thanks to Burlesque Toy Shop, I was finally able to test the We-Vibe Tango.

We-Vibe is a Canadian company best known for its revolutionary couples vibrator, the We-Vibe (the current incarnation is technically called the We-Vibe 4). Shockingly, I have yet to review this popular product. After their success with earlier versions of the We-Vibe (Burlesque Toy Shop carries both the We-Vibe II and the We-Vibe III as well), the company produced three mini vibrators for solo (and partner, of course) play. Enter the We-Vibe Tango, stage left.

At just 3.5″ long and .7″ wide, or 5/8″ in diameter, and weighing only 1.3 ounces (compared to the We-Vibe Touch at 3.1 ounces), the We-Vibe Tango packs a serious punch. It may look like an innocuous, miniature traditional vibrator, but its unusual lipstick-like tip makes it stand out in a crowd. You all know that for the most part I need pinpoint stimulation to orgasm and I tend to prefer pointy vibrators. Unfortunately, they’re not terribly easy to come by, which is one of the reasons I love my Touch so much and have coveted the We-Vibe Tango for long.

The Tango is made from PC-ABS thermoplastic, which is the same material used to make many baby toys because it’s so body-safe they can chew on it. This particular PC-ABS thermoplastic is latex, BPA, and phthalate-free.

A quick aside- BPA is that nasty stuff in plastic that can leech into your food and water and cause harm, especially in children. This is why it’s important to ensure your plasticware and plastic water bottles you use on an ongoing basis are BPA free.

One of the great things about PC-ABS thermoplastic is that it can tolerate both water-based lubricant and silicone-based lubricant without issues, unlike many silicone products.

The We-Vibe Tango charges magnetically so it has no open ports, making it waterproof and submersible. It’s also super easy to clean. Warm water and mild (non-antibacterial) soap or a sex toy cleaner will do the trick. You can use peroxide and rubbing alcohol on some plastics to kill germs, but I don’t feel it’s necessary and it’s impossible to know know how the material of the toy will react beforehand.

My We-Vibe Tango Vibrator is a Pepto Bismol pink, which is not my favorite color but I can put up with a lot for a good pointy tip. Around its base is the practically invisible We-Vibe logo and the (slightly more visible) word “Tango”. The PC-ABS thermoplastic is completely rigid (as plastic usually is) so there is no give at all. The white area on the bottom of the vibrator is both the control panel and charging point.

The two metal contacts that protrude a wee bit from the We-Vibe Tango’s bottom are magnetic contact points that attach to the vibrator’s charger. The Tango’s charger is the same as that of the We-Vibe Touch. Both chargers will charge either vibrator. One improvement over the Touch’s charger is that the Tango’s has a We-Vibe label on its base, which is awesome for someone who has a million charging cables stuffed into a drawer.

Unfortunately, We-Vibe did not change what I really disliked about the Touch’s charger, that it consists of two pieces. The AC charger plugs into the wall, then into the small round plastic piece with magnetic contacts that actually charges the Tango. I didn’t understand why they designed the charger this way, so I asked about it. We-Vibe responded with a very reasonable answer.

For international shipping purposes, the two piece design allows them to swap the appropriate AC plug for each region. This hadn’t occurred to me at all and I’m embarrassed to be one of those people who thinks the entire world revolves around the U.S. Bad, bad, BAD!

This frustratingly separate charging piece has a tiny LED that glows green when the magnets are lined up properly and the We-Vibe Tango is charging. When the vibrator is fully charged, the LED goes dark. The charger automatically shuts itself off once the Tango has completed its charging session, so leaving it plugged for a while will not damage the vibrator. Of course, it’s still a good idea to unplug the charger from the wall when not in use to conserve energy.

We-Vibe recommends charging the Tango for 90 minutes before your first use. Mine arrived partially charged so it didn’t take much time before it was good to go. The magnetic connection is strong so the vibrator doesn’t disengage from the charger the instant you walk away.

A 90 minute charge should provide up to two hours of play time. The Tango’s base will glow to let you know when power is low and it needs recharging. According to We-Vibe, the Tango will hold a charge for up to 60 days and has a lifetime of approximately 500 charge cycles. That may seem like a lot but I’m guessing it won’t take long to kill the We-Vibe Tango if I use it as much as I anticipate.

Though I referred to the base of the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator as its control panel, it’s really just the one button. Of course, this makes the Tango super easy to operate. You turn on the vibrator and cycle through its eight vibration modes by pressing the button. After the eighth mode, the Tango will automatically turn off. If you want to turn it off at any point prior to that, press and hold the button for two seconds.

The We-Vibe Tango has a memory chip, just like the We-Vibe Touch. This means that the vibrator remembers which mode it was on when you turned it off and will start back up in the same one. The button requires firm pressure to change modes so it’s not likely you’ll do so unintentionally. There is an LED underneath the control button that flashes in conjunction with whichever pattern you have selected.

The We-Vibe Tango’s eight vibration modes are as follows:
1. Low= low steady vibration
2. Medium= medium steady vibration
3. High= high steady vibration
4. Ultra= super high steady vibration
5. Tease= five seconds of 9 slow pulses, three seconds fast pulsing
6. Wave= roller coaster
7. Pulse= very fast pulsing
8. Cha-cha= 2 long pulses, 3 short pulses

*Names are We-Vibe’s, descriptions are mine.

The Tango is quiet, though it doesn’t quite live up to We-Vibe’s “whisper quiet” descriptor. However, it cannot be heard through a thin door and its noise may even be dampened enough under covers (depending upon the density of your blankets) for you to use it without disturbing a sleeping partner.

As I was anticipating, the vibrations of the We-Vibe Tango are shockingly powerful for a vibrator of its size, of any size really. Though it cannot measure up to something like the X1 Orgasmatron (upcoming review), the Tango is stronger than some of my full-sized vibrators. No joke.

Not only are the We-Vibe Tango’s vibrations super strong, they are very deep and rumbly, just the way I like them. Though the Tango has contact with a very small area of my body, I can feel the vibrations more deeply than many other vibrators with a larger surface area. The video below provides a sense of the Tango’s power (at approximately 32 seconds) when it’s shown splattering water all over the place.

I don’t know if it’s because my We-Vibe Touch is 2.5 years old and has gone through quite a few of its charge cycles or if the silicone dampens the vibrations somewhat, but my brand new We-Vibe Tango is noticeably more powerful by at least one setting. For example, mode #1 on the Tango is equivalent to mode #2 on the Touch. It may even be a tad stronger. By the time I get to mode #4, the highest level of steady vibration, my We-Vibe Tango is much significantly more potent than old Touch.

As you can see, the silhouettes of the We-Vibe Tango and Touch are very different. The Touch is larger and has a curvy concave portion, while the Tango has a traditional cylindrical body that leads to a flat, pointed surface with narrow edges. Though the Tango cannot cup my labia like the Touch can, its smaller, narrower tip is able to effectively burrow in between my labia and up under my clit hood to provide precise, pinpoint contact.

The lipstick shape of the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator’s tip is unexpectedly versatile. I can angle the tip itself directly onto my clit for that pinpoint stimulation I just mentioned or I can place the flat surface over my clit hood to disperse the rumbly vibrations to a slightly greater area. The flat of the
Tango is also good for running along my labia and nipples as a tease.

The We-Vibe Tango’s powerful vibrations can also be used as an addition to anal play. Do NOT stick the Tango up your butt. It is so small, you will almost certainly end up with an embarrassing story about the time you had to go to the emergency room to have a sex toy removed from your anal cavity. However, pressing the Tango against the base of a non-vibrating butt plug magically transforms it into a vibrating butt plug, lickety split.

Raise your hand if you love Tantus Vibrators but find the included bullet vibe far too weak for your taste. Rejoice, Tantus lovers! You can replace that wimpy bullet with the We-Vibe Tango. Just add a drop or two of water-based lubricant to the Tango before sliding it into the Tantus toy to make removal easier.

The We-Vibe Tango Vibrator’s packaging is the same as that of the We-Vibe Touch. The box is shaped like a trapezoid and has an image of the vibrator on its front with the words “Personal Massager” in multiple languages, so it’s not very discreet. Inside the box, the Tango and its begging-to-be-lost magnetic charging piece are nestled snugly in a plastic tray with the wall plug, storage bag, and user manual tucked away in a smaller trapezoid. The storage pouch included with the We-Vibe Tango is made of soft, silky, white satin. It’s on the larger side so I can easily fit the Tango, Touch, and both chargers inside.

The user manual is simple and straightforward, using pictures for clarity. While I would like more detailed information, it provides enough for even a newbie to figure out how to use the We-Vibe Tango. The only odd thing I noticed were a few weird warnings, like “do not use on neck” and “do not use on a single area for more than 15 minutes”.

Why not use the Tango on your neck? Many vibrators/massagers can be used on other parts of the body, so why can’t the Tango? What’s up with the no longer than 15 minutes on a single area limit? It’s a vibrator. Many women need much longer than that to achieve orgasm. Maybe it’s an issue of causing numbness to the area with prolonged exposure, but I’d think it would be temporary.

Speaking of numbness, the We-Vibe Tango does have a tendency to cause buzzy hand syndrome. It’s basically impossible to avoid in such a small vibrator with this kind of power. However, some high-pitched, buzzy vibrators actually cause pain in my hands whereas the Tango doesn’t. The depth of its vibrations keeps the buzziness from being painful, but if I have the vibrator on for a while, I can end up with a reverberating sensation in my hand that continues for a but after turning it off.

We-Vibe Tango Clit Vibrator Pros:
• Pointy tip
• Powerful
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• PC-ABS thermoplastic
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Quiet
• Patterns
• Memory chip
• Good storage pouch
• We-Vibe label on charger

We-Vibe Tango Clit Vibrator Cons:
• Separate charging piece
• Buzzy hand syndrome

It’s truly a challenge finding fault with the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator. I now understand the purpose of splitting the charger into two pieces, though it’s still a bit of a drag. I keep them plugged together at all times because I don’t want to lose the magnetic portion. Buzzy hand syndrome can be a downer, but it is far less so with the Tango than a high-pitched vibrator.

The powerful, deep and rumbly vibrations and the angled, pointy tip are fabulous. The high-quality PC-ABS thermoplastic is easy to clean and does not attract lint in the slightest (what I dislike most about the We-Vibe Touch). I’m happy to now have both the Tango and the Touch because though they have similarities, they are still quite different. I am concerned that my We-Vibe Touch may on its last gasp though…

Bottom line: Unless you are unable to tolerate the sensation of vibrations in your hands, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with the We-Vibe Tango Vibrator. It is simple to use, no matter your level of experience with sex toys, and not many clit vibrators can match the strength and depth of its vibrations. The We-Vibe Tango Vibrator from the Burlesque Toy Shop is an absolute win.

LELO Insignia Ora Oral Stimulator

Less than a month ago, I published a Spotlight on the new LELO Insignia Ora. This oral sex simulator is LELO’s newest product and is significantly different from the rest of the Insignia line. In fact, the Ora is quite unlike most sex toys currently on the market. Rather than use only vibrations to stimulate the clitoris, the LELO Ora combines two distinct movements to simulate cunnilingus.

At first glance, the LELO Insignia Ora looks similar to what is often referred to as a “personal massager”, such as the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager. (Yes, I know all kinds of vibrators are sometimes called massagers, but you get my point.) It is 2.9″ tall, 3″ wide, and 1.7″ thick, and would be completely round if not for the flat portion where the magic happens. Moving forward, I’ll be referring to this flat portion as the “mouth” of the Ora, as that is basically what it’s meant to mimic.

This mouth is what sets the LELO Ora apart from typical massagers and the few other oral sex simulators out there. Covered in a thin layer of silicone, the entire Ora is completely rigid, with the exception of the mouth. It’s as if approximately .25″ or so of the plastic under the silicone has been scooped out, leaving a large indentation that is slightly over 1.5″ long and a bit under 1.5″ wide.

Within this indentation lies the other half of the Ora’s magic, a small, hard, moveable nub that extends just millimeters from the Ora’s body. (I realize I’m mixing my inches and millimeters here. I’m American. What do you expect?) The nub makes circular motions inside the mouth area, under the wafer-thin, silicone overlay, to replicate the way a tongue moves during oral sex. For a visual of how the nub actually moves, check out the videos below. (If you turn the volume way up, you can hear the sound of the rotations.)

Now that we’ve addressed why the LELO Ora is so special and watched it in action, let’s discuss a few basics, such as materials, cleaning, and lube, etc.

Materials: I have already mentioned the LELO Ora is covered with silicone, which is body-safe, hypoallergenic, and disinfectable. I invariably find LELO’s silicone to be super soft and silky against my skin. The gold, inner portion of the Ora is made of ABS, a safe form of plastic commonly used in the production of sex toys. Those of you familiar with the annoying seams on the Insignia vibrators that make cleaning them hell need not worry too much, as the Ora is not insertable. (You still may want to have a toothpick on hand, just in case.)

Cleaning: LELO’s Insignia line is waterproof, which makes cleaning the Ora easy (aside from the possible seam issue that may arise for some) and allows for multiple options. If you don’t share your toys, the simplest thing to do is wash the Ora with warm water and a mild (non-antibacterial) soap or use a sex toy cleaner. If you want to share the Ora with non-fluid bonded partners, disinfect it before and after by using a 10% bleach solution on the silicone portion. Be sure to thoroughly wash the bleach off before use.

Lube: LELO always recommends utilizing water-based lubricant with their silicone sex toys as opposed to silicone-based lube. Silicone on silicone can cause a negative chemical reaction, leaving you with a permanently sticky toy. If you want to experiment with a high-quality silicone-based lube, do a patch test beforehand to ensure you don’t ruin your LELO Ora. I don’t need much lube with the Ora, though using a good amount may help to strengthen the oral sex fantasy.

Charging: As with all LELO products that have moving parts, the Ora is rechargeable. A two hour charge will provide up to one hour of play time. However, the Ora’s battery should hit 95% capacity after the first hour, so if you’re short on time, you’ll likely be fine. A white LED under the control panel flashes during charging and glows steadily when done. My LELO Ora arrived mostly charged so it only needed to be plugged in to the wall for approximately 23 minutes.

Control Panel: The LELO Ora’s three button control panel is the same as on the other Insignia vibrators, consisting of a +, -, and () button. The + button turns the Ora on and increases the intensity of each mode separately, just as the – button decreases power and turns the Ora off. The () cycles you through the Ora’s 10 modes, as well as triggering LELO’s new feature, INTENSE mode.

INTENSE Mode: While in any of the LELO Ora’s patterns, other than numbers 2 and 4 (because these modes do not include vibration), holding the () button for three seconds will activate INTENSE Mode, a 30% power boost above and beyond the Ora’s normally highest level. Pressing the () button for three seconds while in INTENSE Mode will deactivate it. When either activated or deactivated, the LED beneath the control panel will flash three times as confirmation.

Travel Lock: I’m almost certain that all of my LELO toys have a travel lock, though I wouldn’t swear to it without double-checking. The LELO Ora is no different. Press both the + and – buttons simultaneously for five seconds to turn the travel lock on or off. This is a great aspect to LELO vibrators, both to save battery life and avoid embarrassing moments on airplanes.

Function: As you’ll see below, two of the LELO Ora’s modes are comprised of the nub’s (or tongue substitute) circular strokes only, while the other eight consist of both strokes and vibration. The nub has two distinct movements- a complete circle rotation, the swirl, and a half circle rotation, the flick. The vibrations range from a steady setting to pulses and waves.

The LELO Ora’s 10 modes are as follows:
1. Full rotation plus steady vibration
2. Full rotation only (swirl)
3. Half circle rotation (flick)
4. Half circle rotation plus slow pulse
5. Full rotation plus fast pulses
6. Half circle rotation plus 1 second wave (pulse)
7. Full rotation plus 1 second wave (pulse)
8. Half circle rotation plus roller coaster with stronger, deeper vibration*
9. Full rotation plus roller coaster with stronger, deeper vibration*
10. Full rotation plus repeating 2 second pulse on, 2 second pulse off

*There is a totally unexpected shift in the sound, strength, and feel of the vibrations on modes 8 and 9. They are slightly louder and obviously stronger and deeper than any of the other vibration patterns on the same level of intensity.

Findings: Though I had high hopes for the LELO Ora, I will admit to also having doubts (based on my hide ‘n’ seek clit, which you all know by now is quite small and lives tightly tucked under its hood). I am pleased to report my initial concerns regarding the extent (or lack thereof) of the nub’s protrusion from the body of the Ora were somewhat unfounded. Once I discovered the sweet spot between the Ora and my clit (which takes a varying amount of time each use), I was not only able to get off with the swirls alone, but my orgasms were shockingly long and powerful.

In reality, the LELO Ora feels nothing like oral sex. I can’t close my eyes and pretend I’m with a partner. However, it creates very unique and unusual sensations that are exquisitely delicate and unlike any sex toy I’ve ever used, including the Lovehoney Sqweel Go (my favorite version of the only other truly original oral sex simulator available).

I am very aware of the firmness of the “tongue” beneath its thin layer of silicone as it circles my clit, though I must stress I really wish it was longer. The Ora can tolerate a fair amount of pressure against my body before the nub becomes a bit whiny and slows slightly. Normally I prefer pressure on my clit, but I surprisingly favor much less than usual with the LELO Ora.

For me, the flicks on their own are a good tease but I have not gotten off with mode 3 yet, possibly due to a lack of patience on my part. Add the slow vibration pulse of mode 4 though, and I am a happy camper. Also unexpected is my absence of interest in the steady vibrations of mode 1, opting instead for the ups and downs of modes 8 and 9′s roller coaster.

INTENSE Mode is a good addition to the Ora’s repertoire and I hope LELO continues to employ it on upcoming products. While the strength of the highest level of vibration is more than enough for me when added to the swirls and flicks of the nub, I have had issues with a lack of power in LELO vibrators in the past. I really can’t tell you if INTENSE Mode truly provides a 30% increase in power (how the heck am I supposed to measure that?), but the difference between it and the Ora’s strongest setting is considerable.

As I made mention of above, INTENSE Mode does not work in modes 2 and 3 because it only effects the vibrations. It has no impact on the rotations, though this might be something to contemplate for the future. An option to increase the speed of the swirls and flicks could be a welcome addition to the LELO Ora’s current features.

I assumed the LELO Ora’s vibration modes would be louder than those without vibrations, but that is not the case at all. The vibrations are actually very quiet in comparison to the Ora’s rotations, which remind me of rabbit vibrators with those noisy rotating shafts.

Only on modes 8 and 9 is there a noticeable increase in the sound of the vibrations, most likely because of the difference between these vibrations and those on the other modes. Unless hidden under a bunch of bedding, I can hear the Ora through my bedroom door, which is hollow and doesn’t block out much noise. You’ll definitely need a dense blanket, a thick door, or some cover music to keep your LELO Ora use a secret.

The Ora’s round shape works well for me, especially as it isn’t something I need to wrap my hand around. I have not experienced any hand cramping as I have with other vibrators. Strangely, though the vibrations resonate throughout the entire toy, I have not experienced buzzy hand syndrome or any sensation leftovers, as I had anticipated. I find it most comfortable to hold the Ora with the charging port below the mouth and the control panel above it, so I can effortlessly access the buttons.

Just as with LELO’s other Insignia vibrators, the Ora’s buttons require a firm press. Once you learn to tell the difference between them by touch, it’s unlikely you’ll unintentionally change modes or turn the Ora off. With 10 separate modes, it can be a bit of a drag having to scroll through all of them to find the one you want, especially if you accidentally pass it. Being able to enter INTENSE Mode from any level of power is a bonus, as well as the ability to control the intensity of each mode independently.

Packaging: The LELO Ora arrived in typical LELO packaging- flimsy, indiscrete external box with images of the Ora and sturdy, super discrete internal black box with the LELO stamp. Included in the box is the Ora’s AC charger (thank you, LELO, for not forcing me to charge via USB), user manual with warranty information, black satin storage pouch, authenticity card, and pamphlet with visual representations of the Ora’s 10 modes and instructions on how to use the new INTENSE feature. The black box is great for storage but takes up a fair amount of room. However, the Ora and its charger do not fit in the storage pouch together.

User Manual: Sigh. The Ora comes with LELO’s new, overly generic manual that provides instructions for their vibrators in general. It also briefly explains the Ora’s one year warranty and 10 year quality guarantee. The manual refers you to LELO’s website for additional, more specified information. Considering the only new information supplied by the online Master Manual is how to use the Travel Lock, it’s really more of an ad for the Ora than a guide to its functions.

Exploring various links on the site, such as the multiple FAQ pages and the Features section on the product page, I was able to answer the questions I think a sex toy newbie might have, but not without feeling frustrated and resentful. LELO, if you’re going to move forward with this umbrella user manual and refer users to each product’s online Master Manual, please ensure it contains all the relevant information. Customers should not have to spend the amount of time I did searching the site to find it.

LELO Insignia Ora Oral Stimulator Pros:
• Unique sensations
• Rotations and vibrations
• New INTENSE mode
• Waterproof
• Can control intensity in each mode
• Silicone
• Rechargeable
• Great concept
• Easy to use control panel
• Travel lock
• No buzzy hand syndrome

LELO Insignia Ora Oral Stimulator Cons:
• Nub doesn’t protrude very far
• Loud rotations
• Seam may make cleaning difficult
• 10 modes to scroll through
• Detailed user info not compiled in one place

So, if you have a small and shy clit like I do, is the new LELO Ora a good bet for you? It’s tough to say. I think someone whose clit juts out from their body or is on the longer end of the spectrum may more quickly and easily find pleasure with the Ora. I’ve already stated I would very much like the nub to extend further from the Ora’s mouth, but I do find it effective as is. Still, a longer tongue would likely make the Ora accessible for more people. It requires more time and patience than something like the We-Vibe Tango, but it’s well worth it for me.

Though I was hoping for a gratifying outcome with the new LELO Ora Oral Sex Simulator, I was a tad skeptical, so my experience has been a happy surprise (especially after my last LELO review). By combining the Ora’s intriguing concept and its new INTENSE Mode feature with the classically strong aspects of the Insignia line, LELO has come up with a winner.

Bottom line: While I wouldn’t say LELO has knocked it out of the park completely, the new LELO Ora is a refreshing and (for me) successful addition to their selection of sex toys.

The LELO Global Sex Survey is still active and participating will earn you a 20% off discount coupon to use on LELO products. If you decide to pick up a new Ora for yourself, you may want to check it out.

X1 Orgasmatron Review, with Jane, Rosa, & Grace Attachments

In a recent Tantus webinar training, sex educator extraordinaire, Ducky Doolittle, mentioned that women have as much erectile tissue as men but ours is internal and cannot be accessed without a partner or sex toys. (I don’t have penis envy, but sheesh, it does seem like they are way easier sometimes.) Ducky’s comment and further discussion of the basics of female anatomy and pleasure immediately brought the X1 Orgasmatron to mind.

Several months ago, I published a Spotlight on the X1 Orgasmatron and requested test samples for review. The X! Orgasmatron seemed totally different from the sex toys in my collection and you all know how I love new and unusual toys. Fortunately, Orgasmatronics was happy to send out the X1 Orgasmatron and its three currently available attachments, Jane, Rosa, and Grace.

I had mentioned in my Spotlight that the name “Orgasmatron” kept tickling my brain and I finally linked it to the late 90′s movie (written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park), Orgazmo. Then a reader reminded me of the real reference, buried much deeper in my memory, the 1973 Woody Allen film, Sleeper. Below is a clip from the movie showing the “original” Orgasmatron.

Happily, the Orgasmatronics X1 Orgasmatron is much smaller than Woody Allen’s version and more readily available. Developed in response to his wife’s request for a Sybian-like sex toy, Dr. X. Treme designed this powerful, handheld toy. I have reviewed a few atypical vibrators, such as the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator (which uses a linear motor) and the Eroscillator (which oscillates instead of vibrating). However, the X1 Orgasmatron gyrates.

If you’ve ever tried a traditional rabbit vibrator, you’ve experienced the internal rotations of its shaft. The X1 Orgasmatron is light years beyond. Its strength is shocking, even when compared to the Magic Wand. Never having the opportunity to test a Sybian, I cannot make a comparison, but the X1 Orgasmatron is by far the most powerful sex toy I have experienced to date.

Materials: The giant, black lightbulb (the actual X1 Orgasmatron) is approximately 6.5″ tall, 10″ in circumference, and weighs a hefty 2 pounds or so (apologies, my scale is behaving badly). Its 2.5″ long handle is 4″ in circumference and flares out at the bottom, allowing it to stand upright (use caution, it is extremely top heavy). The X1 Orgasmatron is made from non-porous, body-safe ABS, the same plastic Legos utilizes.

Power: Like the aforementioned Magic Wand, the X1 Orgasmatron must be plugged into a wall outlet. Its over 9.5′ long cable should be more than enough for most people’s needs. The cable looks exactly like my old Dell laptop’s power cord. As you can see above, it consists of three pieces. The first plugs into the wall, then attaches to the large brick of the second, which then connects to the white controller section (be sure to firmly plug the second and third cables together or they may disconnect during use).

The speed of the X1 Orgamastron’s gyrations is regulated by the dial on the controller portion. It not only turns the X1 Orgasmatron on and off, it allows for precise, incremental changes in power, which is fantastic. The dial is incredibly easy to manipulate with my non-dominant hand. With it stabilized against something, be it the palm of my hand or outer thigh, I can rotate it with a single finger.

An unexpected and interesting element of the X1 Orgasmatron is that I feel the impact of its gyrations all the way up my arm to well-above my elbow. However, it’s nothing like buzzy hand syndrome. Though the sensation is much stronger than a buzzy vibration and runs further up my arm, it does not hurt nor does it remain once I’ve turned the X1 Orgasmatron off. Very odd but very cool.

I have mentioned the clitoral complex in a number of recent reviews and spotlights. Many people don’t realize there is more to the clitoris than the small, external bud located toward the top of the vulva. Without going into great detail, the clitoral complex consists of the internal clitoral tissue (and there is a surprising amount) as well as the surface portion we refer to as the clit.

Due to the ability of the X1 Orgasmatron’s motor to move a large mass of tissue, the sensations are able to penetrate far deeper into my body than a commonplace vibrator, connecting with the sensitive nerves within the complex. This is intended to create a more profound internal response and intensified orgasms.

According to Dr. X. Treme, this is not the result of a larger motor nor an actual increase in power, but the efficiency of the motor within the X1 Orgasmatron. I’m willing to take that at face value. Regardless of the reasons why, the X1 Orgasmatron’s gyrations certainly feel more powerful than any other sex toy I own. Check out the video below for a visual of its strength.

Cleaning: Though it seems unlikely that water would penetrate the seam along the length of the X1 Orgasmatron, I’m going to label it splash proof. Considering it must be plugged into the wall, it’s obviously not meant to be used in the bath or shower. Warm water and mild (non-antibacterial) soap or a sex toy cleaner are sufficient to wash the giant lightbulb.

Lube: When using the X1 Orgasmatron on its own with no attachments (which you can certainly do), you may employ either silicone-based or water-based lubricant. However, as the Jane, Grace, and Rosa attachments are silicone, you want to be sure to remove every last trace of silicone-based lube before popping any of these on.

All of the X1 Orgasmatron’s attachments are made from 100% medical-grade silicone, which is latex and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. Each piece is removable, so in addition to soap and water and sex toy cleaners, you can wash them in the top shelf of your dishwasher (without soap). You can also disinfect them with 3-5 minutes in boiling water or by soaking them in a 10% bleach solution. Disinfection is great if you want to share attachments with non-fluid bonded partners.

Each of the three attachments has a seam that runs across their length and is obvious to the eye and fingers, but unnoticeable during use. The top portions of Jane, Grace, and Rosa are solid silicone, while the bottom halves are hollow, so you can attach them to the X1 Orgasmatron.

The silicone of these hollow areas varies slightly in thickness, depending upon the attachment, but all three are extremely flexible and squashy, which is what permits you to pop them on and off with relative ease. The solid bits are quite rigid and have very little give, but overall, the silicone of all three attachments transmits the gyrational (totally a word) power of the X1 Orgasmatron very well.

When you purchase the X1 Orgasmatron, you automatically receive the X1 Jane Dildo. The pink Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo has 4″ of insertable length and is 1.4″ in diameter. It weighs 6.3 ounces all on its own, so keep that in mind. The silicone of the X1 Jane Dildo’s hollow bottom is slightly thicker than Rosa’s and somewhat thinner than Grace’s.

The Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo is the easiest of the three to put on, smoothly sliding into place with some light pressure. It again falls in between Rosa and Grace when it comes to removal. All of the attachments form a strong suction so trying to yank them straight off is like attempting to take out your contact lenses with long nails, it could take days to get results. Shifting the dildo to the side places its edge against the X1 Orgasmatron’s handle. Apply just a smidgen of force and it will come right off.

The 4″ length of the dildo works well for me as I do not enjoy sex toys hitting my cervix. If that’s your desire, it may not do the job. I appreciate the inflexibility and lack of squashiness offered by the Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo. It may not have much give, but it’s not rock hard like glass or stainless steel (for example).

The X1 Jane Dildo is the one attachment that can be used anally due to its large base and the ginormousness (totally a word) of the X1 Orgasmatron. Butt plugging is more my thing than anal thrusting (though you should feel free to thrust away). I am very fond of vibrating butt plugs, but finding good ones, made of body-safe materials, is tough because there aren’t a ton. Those that do vibrate are usually very buzzy and not terribly strong. Of course, this is not a concern with the X1 Orgasmatron.

You know how some vibrators are nice and rumbly on their lower settings but turn into high-pitched buzzers as you move up in strength? Not the case here. Regardless of the level of intensity, the sensations never even come close to buzzy. I’ve already mention the huge amount of power hidden within the X1 Orgasmatron. Just holding it up against the base of an anal toy allows you to feel its strength, which is heightened that much more with the X1 Jane Dildo up your butt. I bet it’s pretty awesome for those who enjoy prostate play.

Remember, you MUST disinfect (not just wash) the dildo with one of the options mentioned in the cleaning section after sticking it up your butt before you can use it vaginally again.

The weight of the solid silicone insertable piece causes the entire attachment to list like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and change position frequently. While this movement provides freedom to hold the X1 Orgasmatron at different angles, it can work against you when seeking to maintain a specific position while thrusting. If you simply want to hold the X1 Orgasmatron in place, it’s a non-issue.

The X1 Orgasmatron Rosa Attachment is sold separately, though you’ll save some cash if you purchase it with the X1 Orgasmatron. Rosa’s focus is external stimulation, so it’s a perfect option for those who dislike penetration or aren’t always in the mood for it. The lightest and thinnest of the three attachments, Rosa weighs only 3.4 ounces.

With seven nubs ranging from 3/8″ to 7/8″ in length and from 1/2″ to 1″ in width, the X1 Orgasmatron Rosa Attachment provides a fair amount of variation and should be able to satisfy most user’s desire for direct clit contact. The three smallest nubs are more deeply delineated than the three largest.

Holding the X1 Orgasmatron with Rosa in a vertical position provides continuous contact with my vulva and rocking it up and down allows for broad diffusion of sensations. When it comes to sex toys, I usually don’t have a good relationship with the word “diffuse”. In the case of the X1 Orgasmatron though, it’s actually positive because the intense strength increases sensations rather than lessening them.

The thinness of the Rosa Attachment’s silicone requires a different approach to application and removal. Just as with the X1 Jane Orgasmatron Dildo, I start with Rosa aligned directly above the lightbulb. Instead of pushing straight down, which causes Rosa’s edges to curl under, I use a wide, circular motion with a good amount of pressure to help the Rosa Attachment sink into place.

When taking Rosa off, I place my fingers over its nubs with my thumb under the largest one. Pressing my thumb up against this nub, while pushing down on the others with my fingers, stretches Rosa’s edge away from the X1 Orgasmatron for an easy peel off.

As with the Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo, Rosa enjoys slipping and sliding along the bulbous top of the X1 Orgasmatron. If I’m going for a rocking motion anyway, it’s no big whoop. If I’m trying for more direct clit contact, this movement can be distracting, especially as I get more wiggly. This really results from a combination of the Rosa’s movement and the fact that my clit is small and lives well tucked under its hood.

The X1 Orgasmatron Grace Attachment is intended to combine the best of both worlds, penetration and external stimulation. Its 2.5″ long and 1.3″ diameter insertable phallus curves up for g-spotting, while its 1″ long clit bump presses up against the external clitoris. The ends of these protrusions are flat rather than pointy, so they reach a greater surface area than you might expect.

Weighing 6.7 ounces makes the X1 Orgasmatron Grace Attachment the heaviest and thickest of the three. I also find it the most troublesome and I still haven’t decided how much of it is specific to my body and how much is Grace’s fault. It’s probably even steven.

The Grace Attachment is the most difficult of the three to put on and take off due to its extra density. Practice makes better though, and I’ve mostly gotten the hang of it. Like with Rosa, I line Grace up with the tippy top of the X1 Orgasmatron, but this time I use a much smaller circling motion while pressing downward. As I feel the tension increase due to the trapped air, I switch to a back and forth movement and push with increased force. Once Rosa is halfway on, one last strong thrust should do it.

Keep in mind, due to health issues, I often lack strength, which may make this more difficult for me than others, and there might also be a much simpler way I haven’t sorted out yet. Removing Grace is much like the Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo. Grab the g-spotter and pull backwards. It requires firm, continuous pressure because of the suction.

As I am always looking for ways to get more from my g-spot, I was most curious about the Grace Attachment. Placement-wise, the g-spotter and the clit bump seem to fit my body. I think the merging of two separate problems is causing the difficulty I’m having with Grace.

The first I have already mentioned when discussing both the Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo and the Rosa Attachment, slippage. The thicker silicone, which makes it harder to put Grace on does not actually create a more stable fit, as I was hoping it would. As a matter of fact, Grace seems to flop around much more than the other two attachments. This lessens my ability to keep the X1 Orgasmatron in the best position for my body, especially with the strength of the gyrations fighting me.

To further complicate the situation, my body is on the larger side and I carry much of my weight in the abdominal area, which decreases the reach of my hands. If the X1 Orgasmatron had a longer handle, I might be better able to control Grace. However, it’s as if the X1 Orgasmatron’s length, the loose fit of the Grace Attachment, and my body size and shape build to the perfect storm that rebuffs my desire to make Grace work well for me. Haven’t given up just yet though.

Orgasmatronics is on the verge of releasing a new attachment for the X1 Orgasmatron, Polly, and it looks fascinating. The X1 Orgasmatron Polly Attachment is a universal adapter that allows you to use the X1 Orgasmatron with almost any other body-safe dildo or butt plug that has a flared base or is Vac-U-Lock compatible.

Polly’s numerous, differently-sized holes act as o-rings in a typical strap-on harness setup. Unlike those setups, Polly provides much greater freedom. You can attach two dildos at the same time for double penetration for one person or use them on two different people at the same time. Polly even works with dildos that have testicles, Aneros devices, and masturbation sleeves.

Adding a pair of leg straps to Polly (it has special slots for this), turns the X1 Orgasmatron into a hands-free, wearable sex toy. You can purchase the leg straps along with the Polly Attachment. This is such a brilliant idea, especially for sex toy collectors (hola), because you can utilize pieces in the collection you already own. WANT.

In this video, Dr. X. Treme explains how to use the new Polly Attachment. I could be wrong, but it looks like all the dildos he uses in this demonstration (with the exception of the crazy coral-like monstrosity at the end) are from Tantus. Good on Orgamsatronics for using and supporting high-quality products from a trustworthy company!

If you pre-order the new X1 Orgasmatron Polly Attachment before 3/31/14, you’ll get Free Shipping, as well as a shipping date of 4/1/14. Seriously. No April Fools.

Nipple Play: You all know how much I love nipple play and it just occurred to me I have made no mention of how the X1 Orgasmatron works in this manner. My nipples and the X1 Orgasmatron have become fast friends. As they are typically very sensitive, sticking to the rumbly, lower levels of intensity is preferred. Spin the dial too far and the sensation becomes overwhelming. It can even edge from discomfort into pain.

The sizable expanse of the ABS orb connects with a good amount of my breast, including my aureola and minuscule nipple, thus providing excellent, far-reaching stimulation with minimum power. Just as when using the X1 Orgasmatron vaginally and anally, its efficient motor produces deep sensations, so I barely need to turn it on for nipple play. Though you can certainly use any of the three attachments in place of the plain, old, bare lightbulb of the X1 Orgasmatron, I find this to be of very little advantage.

With all the X1 Jane Dildo’s slipping and sliding, attempting to apply it directly to my small nipple is an exercise in futility, but I doubt it would make a difference even if I could force it to remain on point. (heh, get it?) Oddly enough, while I tend to do best with pinpoint clit stimulation, it can be way too much for my nipples. In that sense, the Grace Attachment is only slightly better. The flat tips of the both the g-spot phallus and the clit bump provide better contact with my nipples, when I can keep them in place.

The Rosa Attachment is the most effective of the three for nipple play, and if your priority is clit and nipple stimulation this is the one I’d recommend. The squat, round, wide, even surface of Rosa’s nubs are much easier to control when placed against my nipple and breast than the longer tips and the smaller surface area of the other two attachments. The breadth of the nubs maintains contact with my aureola and my tiny nipples slip handily into the miniature upside down valleys (it’s a thing) to be surrounded by silicone.

In theory, this allows my nipple to be stimulated on three sides (like a pint-sized peninsula), but due to their diminutive size and the power of the X1 Orgasmatron, I don’t feel a significant difference between adding the Rosa Attachment and using the X1 Orgasmatron on its own. I appreciate the smoothness of the silicone against my skin, which is a (minor) contrast to the plastic lightbulb, but not enough to jump and down and shout “hooray!” However, I suspect those with much more substantial nipples may indeed want to do so.

Packaging: The X1 Orgasmatron and its attachments were simply, yet carefully packed in a discrete, brown box with each piece protected by bubble wrap. While I am a sucker for fancy packaging, I highly approve of this eco-friendly way of doing things. I am perfectly happy not to have a bunch of stuff to recycle. Orgasmatronics does sell a gift/storage box separately and it looks lovely. It wouldn’t provide enough space for me or anyone with more than the Orgasmatron X1 Jane Dildo Attachment.

The X1 Orgasmatron comes with a small users manual that is straightforward, easy to read, and has all pertinent information. The thoroughness of the Orgasmatronics website is also impressive, so if you have additional questions you’re likely to find them answered there.

X1 Orgasmatron Pros:
• Powerful
• Very deep and rumbly gyrations
• Unique sensations
• Stimulates entire clitoral complex
• Can be used with anal toys as well
• Dial controller allows for incremental changes
• Super long cable
• Multiple attachments
• No buzzy hand syndrome
• Allows use of toys you already own (with new Polly Attachment)

X1 Orgasmatron Cons:
• Very loud
• Heavy
• Attachments slip around on the bulbous base
• Handle is short for larger bodies or shorter arms

One of the things I find challenging about all three X1 Orgasmatron Attachments is their tendency to shift during use. It’s a bit of a conundrum. The attachments must be flexible enough to pop on and off easily, but this suppleness allows them to slip around.

However, making them tighter and less pliable will create more difficulty in putting them on and taking them off, as is clearly demonstrated by the X1 Orgasmatron Grace Attachment. While it may not directly address this issue, the new Polly Attachment may resolve it by holding other toys more tightly against the X1 Orgasmatron.

I have it on good authority that encasing the entire toy (X1 Orgasmatron plus any attachment) in an extra large condom stops all movement completely. This also saves you from having to disinfect attachments between partners and when changing from anal to vaginal play.

In addition, my suspicions about the new Polly Attachment having the strength to keep other dildos in place without the movement I’ve been experiencing have proven to be true (according to the good folks at Orgasmatronics). If you’re going to purchase the X1 Orgasmatron, I’d seriously consider pre-ordering Polly.

Other than that and my perfect storm of issues with the Grace Attachment, the X1 Orgasmatron is mildly fantastic. The sensations are unusual in a good way and very powerful. I’ll even go out on a limb and say if you need the strength of the Magic Wand to orgasm, you may very well adore the X1 Orgasmatron. (I am referring primarily to power because the toys’ sensations feel nothing alike.) Who wants my Magic Wand? The only feature it offers over the X1 Orgasmatron, is that it doesn’t look like a sex toy.

Bottom line: As long as you’re fine with the sound of power tools emanating from your bedroom, the unusual sensation of its gyrations and the amount and depth of tissue they penetrate make the X1 Orgasmatron a must have in my book. It reminds me of the Eroscillator in the sense that it may not be little and it may not be cute (though it’s not unattractive and looks nothing like C3PO as a sex toy), but it is SO worth it.