Fleshlight Ice

The Fleshlight Ice is a modern wonder of blowjob toy technology. It is by far the best non-animate thing that I’ve ever had the pleasure of sticking my dick in. It is one of the many variations on the original Fleshlight.

If you’re reading this, I assume that you are familiar with what a Fleshlight is. If not, head on over to their website and browse around a bit. I guess if you’re too lazy for that, I’ll explain. To oversimplify, it is a tube made of Superskin (which feels much like super soft silicone) housed inside a hard plastic case.

The Fleshlight Ice is a variation on the original that is clear. The idea there is that you can see your wang move in and out of the sleeve. It is actually kinda cool.

One of the features of the Fleshlight is the variation available for the inside of the sleeve. Again, if you’re interested you can learn more about this on the Fleshlight website. The particular model that we were sent has the “speed bump” interior which has hundreds of soft beads lining the inside of the sleeve.

The Fleshlight arrives powdered and the instructions inform you that you can re-powder it with corn starch to achieve a silky smooth feeling. This is a bit perplexing to me because the instructions also recommend that you soak the sleeve in hot water until it is comfortably warm… which washes off all the powder. That’s just a waste of corn starch.

Without powder, the sleeve is hella sticky. This can be somewhat unpleasant and annoying when taking it out of the case or trying to put it back in. It will stick to the inside of the case and bunch up in an obnoxious manner if you’re not careful. Replacing the sleeve can feel a bit like Operation. Thankfully it does not make that god awful buzzing noise when you mess up.

The stickiness is not really an issue when you are using the Fleshlight though. This is because of that wonderful and indispensible substance known as lube. Seeing as the Fleshlight does not produce its own lubrication, it is necessary to lube yourself or the sleeve before use.

When properly lubed, it feels freaking fantastic. The hard outer case serves to keep the canal of the sleeve nice and tight while in use and there is an adjustable valve at the end that allows you to restrict the airflow which causes various levels of suction. The case is also useful because it allows you to cram the Fleshlight into things for hands free use. They sell furniture with Fleshlight sized holes in them (which I imagine are quite the conversational piece) but I’ve found that stuffing it in between the mattress and box springs works just fine.

The only real problem that I have with the way it feels is that the speed bumps make the sensation so intense that it is over rather quickly. Yup, it makes me come really quickly. I suppose that it could be argued that the whole point of a masturbation sleeve is to make you come but the buildup is a big part of the fun. It is no coincidence that this model is the one that they sell as a stamina builder.

After you’re done building your stamina comes the cleaning. You need to take the sleeve out of the case, wash the come out of it, let it dry and then put it back in the case. Easy, right? No.

The washing out part is pretty simple but the drying is quite the pain in the ass. You have to let it sit for at least a couple of hours and then turn it inside out and repeat. I know, letting something sit is not that hard, but take into consideration that you have to leave this giant translucent slug out in the open for a minimum of four hours. Not very discrete.

Cleaning issues aside, this is hands down the best masturbation sleeve that I’ve encountered. Cleaning issues considered, it only very narrowly passes the almighty Is It Worth It test but it does pass the test.

I know that some people turn masturbation sleeves into a partnered event, but I’m not really inclined to do that. I’m likely to get distracted and start blowing him instead or giggling or thinking about egg salad. (Every now and then I crave… things.) Now that I’ve loosely explained my cognitive and psychological deficiencies, I’m sure it’s unnecessary for me to elaborate extensively on the fact that there isn’t much I can say about the Fleshlight Ice. Since Joseph won’t let me say HUZZAH and be done with it, I will add a few little notes from my perspective:

Fleshlight Ice is pretty classy looking as far as masturbation sleeves go; in fact, I’m the one who wanted it for him and it wasn’t my sadism kicking in, either. Had I not selected it for him and I were to find it drying in the bathroom, I would not be disgusted. Amused, yes. Wondering how often he masturbates, yes. Fingering it, yes. Trying to come up with an appropriate chick name for it, yes. Inclined to throw it at a wall near his head and laugh as it sticks for a moment before sliding down, yes. Disgust or shame does not enter the equation anywhere.

Oh, and you will definitely find it in the bathroom unless there’s a special section in a cabinet that it can dry in. A little Fleshlight Ice loft, so to speak. It takes a while to dry thoroughly and unless you think mildew is sexy, you need to give it enough time. Depending on how often you masturbate… well, you get me. Planning may be involved. If family is coming over for dinner, maybe you should wait for your little rendezvous with the Fleshlight Ice until the coast is clear.

Based on what I’ve read, the Fleshlight Ice is worth every dime because not only does it feel fantastic, it’s also made with quality materials that will last a long time provided that this luxury toy is cared for properly. In sum, it is a pretty swank sex toy.

Tracey Cox dare!

The Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager Vibrator is part of the dare! line of sex toys from Tracey Cox. This line of vibrators is meant to focus mainly on toys that can be used by couples. These toys were designed by bestselling sex author, Tracey Cox, hence the name.

Made from ABS, the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager contains no latex or phthalates, making it body-safe. The silky smooth plastic material is compatible with both water-based and silicone-based lubricants. It can also be used with massage oil to enhance a body massage. This particular ABS is super smooth and sleek and slides along my skin with no drag at all, so oil is not a necessity but can certainly add to the massage experience. The Power Massager is splash proof, so it can be easily washed with warm water and antibacterial soap or a sex toy cleaner. However, it is not waterproof so do not submerge it.

At 10.5″ in circumference, the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager fits very comfortably in the palm of my hand. The round shape with the indented button makes holding onto it during use very easy. The button must be pressed very firmly in order to power the vibrator on and off, as well as to cycle through the different modes. This means that it is very unlikely you will accidentally press the button. It has great feedback and makes a fairly loud clicking sound when pressed.

With its one button, the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager Vibrator is simple to use for newbies and experienced users alike. You turn the vibrator on by pressing the large button once and continue pressing the button to cycle through the different modes. To turn off the Power Massager you hold the button down for approximately two to three seconds. The only challenge I find with the power button is my own issue. I have rather long nails, and because the button is indented it is a bit difficult to press it. People with shorter nails are not likely to have this problem. The Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager has three levels of intensity and three vibrational patterns, as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Ramp up
5. Three short pulses, one long
6. Medium pulses

The Power Massager is somewhat loud, though not horrible, especially for a massager. It is not as powerful as I was expecting, though it is not weak either. It’s about mid-range as far as power goes. It will be plenty for some and not at all enough for others. The vibrations themselves are also mid-range, not very deep and rumbly, but not buzzy either. The vibrations are really not strong nor deep enough to penetrate my muscles, but I may not be the best test subject, as I have chronic pain. It is certainly enough to create a relaxing sensation, especially when being used by a partner who can provide more pressure with the massager than I can on my own.

I like the design of the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager very much, but I find it more effective as a massager than a vibrator. Though I find the strength of the vibrations to be sufficient, they are too diffuse to bring me to orgasm due to the shape of the Power Massager. Diffuse vibrations are great when massaging a large area, like the back, but they do not provide enough direct stimulation to my clit. However, I discovered that these diffuse vibrations are pretty great for nipple stimulation, which is an unexpected bonus. At 8.5 ounces, I find the Power Massager to be slightly heavy for longer periods of use, but my Fibromyalgia has been seriously acting up so most people probably won’t find it overly heavy. It may not be the best option for people with carpal tunnel or other hand and wrist disorders.

The packaging of the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager is simple. The exterior consists of a cardboard sleeve with a window through which you can see the vibrator. There is an image of a woman on the front and back of this sleeve. I am assuming the woman is Tracey Cox, the designer of this vibrator. Considering it’s a massager, someone unfamiliar with sex toys may stumble across the box without raising an eyebrow. However, I do not find the packaging very discreet and think many people would know it is also a sex toy. Once you remove the sleeve, you’ll find the Power Massager held in place by cardboard. Underneath this cardboard is a little user guide with basic information about the toy. The packaging is sufficient and can be used for storage, though it is not that sturdy and will take up more room than the Power Massager on its own.

Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager Vibrator Pros:
• Great nipple stimulation
• Fits comfortably in hand
• Button has good feedback and does not allow for accidental pushing
• Silky, smooth plastic
• Can be used with all types of lubricants
• Can be used with massage oil
• Easy to open and close for battery insertion

Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager Vibrator Cons:
• Long nails hinder the ease of pressing the button
• Does not bring me to orgasm
• On the heavy side

I love sex toys that can serve multiple functions and the Tracey Cox dare! Power Massager Vibrator does just that, though not in the way I expected. I thought it would serve both as a massager and a clit stimulator, but as I mentioned above, the clit stimulation isn’t super effective for me. To be fair, it provides a fair amount of tease, but I do need another vibrator to actually orgasm. I really like the nipple stimulation it provides and wish I could find something similar in an actual nipple clamp or something along those lines. Using the Power Massager on my nipples with another vibrator on my clit is fairly awesome. As a massager, I find it about average. It is not meant to provide a deep tissue massage, but more of a stimulating erotic massage, and it is capable of doing so.

The ABS is particularly silky and smooth and feels great sliding along my skin, making massage without oil totally feasible and comfortable. I do have trouble holding onto it for long periods of time, but that is very likely due to my current health status rather than the Power Massager actually being too heavy. Overall, it has some very nice features and should please many users.

Iroha YUKI Vibrator

For those of you who are familiar with Tenga, you know them as a leading manufacturer that designs a line of masturbation sleeves and accessories for men. Not content to rest on their male masturbatory laurels, Tenga has created a new line of sex toys under the name Iroha. I actually posted a Spotlight on the new Tenga Iroha vibrators not that long ago. The Iroha line currently consists of three vibrators designed for women, by women. I am lucky enough to have had the opportunity to test the Iroha YUKI.

Iroha YUKI Vibrator

The word YUKI means snow in Japanese, which probably explains the Iroha YUKI’s snow white color. Made of the most amazingly silky and squashy silicone I have ever felt, called “Soft Touch” by Iroha, YUKI feels like a giant marshmallow, albeit a bit firmer. It somewhat reminds me of the Eroscillator’s Ultra Soft Finger Tip. This Soft Touch material provides a layer of squish over a hard inner core where the motor is located. Iroha strongly recommends using water-based lubricant with YUKI, going so far as to say that silicone and oil-based products will damage the Soft Touch material. The marshmallowy Soft Touch is so smooth and silky, it slides across my skin without a hitch. I use the smallest drop of lube, if any.

At 3.5″ in length and just under 2″ in diameter, the Iroha YUKI is small enough to fit in my hand. It looks like one half of one of those Russian Matryoshka Dolls or a bowling pin someone squashed down. The smaller “head” piece of YUKI can actually be inserted about 1.5″ into the body. For me, that isn’t much, but for some people it could really add to the quality of their play.

The Soft Touch material appears to be more delicate than other forms of silicone. Iroha clearly states to wash YUKI with tepid or cold water and mild soap, and to never use hot water. They also warn not to leave YUKI in water for an extended period of time, as it is water resistant, not waterproof. Therefore, it is not submersible. The silky, smooth silicone comes clean very easily and the control panel on the back, made of ABS and metal, does as well. Just be sure not to soak the buttons, as I am guessing that’s where water could leak into the motor.

YUKI is rechargeable and has an awesome charging solution. Yes, it’s not the first ever vibrator to charge while in its storage container, but it may be the coolest looking. That said, I kinda wish it was opaque just so I could leave it sitting out without being afraid of anyone seeing it. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice beauty for peace of mind. You align the triangular buttons with their magnetic counterparts and pop YUKI on the charging base. When charging, the light on the base will glow steadily. This light goes out when YUKI is fully charged, which takes about two hours. This two hour charge provides approximately 90 minutes of play time, depending on what mode you use your YUKI. Obviously, using it on the highest level of power will eat battery power much more quickly than only utilizing the lowest level. If you need to clean the charging base, use a damp cloth. Do NOT submerse it in water.

Not only can YUKI be charged by the traditional plug it into the wall power adapter, it can also charge via USB. Awesome. It’s easy. The mini USB cord plugs into the charging terminal on the back of the base and then into the wall adapter. Of course, this charging base is also part of the YUKI’s storage solution. Attach the clear Polycarbonate top to the ABS charging base and your YUKI is kept safe from dust, lint, kitten claws, and other sex toys. It’s important to mention that the YUKI’s silicone is so slick it does not attract a significant amount of dust or lint. I even tried to get it all messy but failed. Turns out YUKI has an anti-dust coating on its silicone, something I had never run across before.

YUKI has quite strong vibrations. In fact, when I turned the vibrator on for the first time I thought perhaps it was already on the highest level of vibration. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. They are also deep and throbby, as well as quiet. YUKI has four modes, three steady vibration modes and one pulsation pattern. They are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Pulse pattern

The control panel is super simple, consisting of only two triangular shaped buttons. The button on the left (coincidentally pointing to the left), marked with a – sign, turns YUKI off and moves to the previous mode. The button on the right, (yet again coincidentally, points to the right), marked with a + sign, turns YUKI on and cycles to the next mode. To turn the vibrator on or off you press and hold the corresponding button for about two seconds. The buttons are large and easy to press with minimal pressure, which will be a good thing for those who have issues with their hands. YUKI has no memory chip so regardless of what mode you are on when you turn it off, it will be on number 1 when you turn it back on.

In use, the Iroha YUKI performs well. The Soft Touch silicone material feels so sleek and velvety against my skin. It slides along my labia and pops inside me with ease. I’ve mentioned that I prefer larger insertables, but YUKI really isn’t an insertable. It’s a clit vibrator with a bonus. From that perspective, I can appreciate the 1.5″ of insertable length that YUKI offers. The vibrations are strong, deep, and quiet. The roundish head creates more diffuse vibrations as opposed to the pinpoint stimulation I prefer. However, YUKI does get me off and the diffuseness of the vibrations is great for nipple play. I find YUKI comfortable to hold and operate during play, with the large metal buttons easy to feel and press. The fact that the vibrations can be felt throughout the entire vibrator is both good and slightly not great. It means that any part of YUKI can be used for stimulation, but it also means my hand can get a little buzzy after a while. It’s not nightmarish, but something I notice.

The packaging of the Iroha YUKI is a cut above the rest, just like the vibrator itself. First is the outer paper sleeve with an image of the YUKI on the front, as well as the back. The back also has an image of YUKI’s siblings, MIDORI and SAKURA with some basic information about the vibrators. The sleeve is wrapped around two boxes. One box contains the DC wall adapter, mini USB cable, and the instruction manual. In the other box is the Iroha YUKI snug and safe in its storage box/charging base. Within the box, the YUKI is actually sitting in a black cutout that has instructions on how to use YUKI’s control panel. All in all, pretty nifty.

Iroha YUKI Vibrator Pros:
• Feels like squashy marshmallows
• Rechargeable
• Nifty charging/storage box
• Super silky silicone
• Very attractive
• Anti-dust coating
• Quiet
• Comfortable to hold shape
• Strong vibrations
• Easy to use controls
• Versatile

Iroha YUKI Vibrator Cons:
• Somewhat diffuse rather than pinpoint vibrations
• Possible buzzy hand syndrome
• Water resistant, not waterproof

So many wonderful things about the Iroha YUKI, where to start? I think I must begin with the fabulous, squashy, marshmallow-like, anti-dust coated silicone. Actually, I basically said it all in that one sentence, other than adding that Soft Touch is AWESOME and I want more. The vibrations are strong enough to get me off and the vibrator is so very quiet. Though I’m generally not one to bother with a 1.5″ insertion, it is a nice tease. YUKI’s shape makes it easy to hold during use and the control buttons are very accessible and simple to operate. Combining storage with the charging solution is fantastic and particularly attractive in this case. The USB charging option is becoming more popular and I highly approve.

As far as the downsides, there are not many. I always prefer waterproof to water resistant, because it makes my life easier, but I can live with water resistant for now. The small size and design of YUKI almost necessitate buzzy hand syndrome. It really is not a flaw of the design, it’s just what you get with this style of vibrator. That being said, YUKI may not be the best choice if your hands are uber-sensitive. My biggest issue, which again is not a flaw but rather an issue of shape, is that the vibrations are more diffuse than I would like. The round head of the vibrator spreads the vibration over a greater surface area, which is very good nipples and labia. As I prefer pinpoint stimulation to my clit, it is not the ideal shape for me. I would probably do better with the Iroha SAKURA. That being said, the vibrations are not too diffuse to get me off.

SinFive Sue Vibrator

I had heard positive things about SinFive vibrators in the past, but had never owned one. Then SinFive seemed to disappear and I thought perhaps they had gone the way of the dodo. Suddenly, up popped the Grace and Sue (I am a little weirded out that one of these vibrators has the same name as my step-monster.) and SinFive was back on my radar. I decided to give them a try, so I picked up a SinFive Sue Vibrator to take for a spin.

Upon removing the SinFive Sue from its box, I was surprised at its size. Yes, I know I could have checked the specs before I purchased it, but sometimes I forget. I was really thinking of the SinFive Sue as a clit vibrator, so the 6″ in length was unexpected. Due to the size of the vibrator, you can also use it as an insertable, up to approximately 3.25″. It is 1.25″ in diameter and its curved and pointy tip is meant to stimulate the g-spot.

This vibrator is made of silicone that is super draggy, so I recommend using a good amount of lube, even if you’re only using it for clit stimulation. It does not glide across the skin like other silicone sex toys I have. As I do not know anything about the quality of SinFive silicone, I suggest using water-based lubricant only with the SinFive Sue. In general, silicone-based lubes can negatively interact with the silicone of the toy and damage it.

I can say that due to the fact the SinFive Sue is made of silicone, it is latex and phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. Unfortunately, this particular silicone is not only draggy, it is also a lint magnet. Neither quality is uncommon in silicone sex toys, but it’s always great when I find silicone without these characteristics.

The silicone of the SinFive Sue is a soft layer over a mostly hard inner core, where the motor is located. The curved tip of the Sue is solid silicone and is bendy and a bit squashy. The vibrations travel very well through the body of the SinFive Sue to its tip. On the back of the vibrator, about two thirds of the way down, is the word “SinFive” in raised letters. It is a non-issue when it comes to use, as this part of the vibrator never enters the body. Similarly, there is a seam that completely wraps around the body of the SinFive Sue, just above the lettering. This seam can be clearly seen and felt with fingers, but even if you insert the vibrator that far into your body, it’s not significant enough to be felt.

The SinFive Sue is a rechargeable vibrator and it charges magnetically. This means there are no open ports or plugs on the Sue so it can be fully submersed in water, making it a good option for the bath. This also makes cleaning very easy. You can wash the SinFive Sue with warm water and mild soap, use a sex toy cleaner, or a 10% bleach solution. Using bleach will disinfect the vibrator, killing bacteria, so it can be used amongst non-fluid bonded partners. Do NOT attempt to boil or wash the SinFive Sue in the dishwasher, as this could damage the motor.

As I mentioned above, the SinFive Sue charges magnetically. The two silver metal buttons on the front of the vibrator are actually the magnetic contacts that attach to the charger, as well as the control panel. The charger has a small oblong, black plastic head with + and – signs on top. This is to show you how to align it with the SinFive Sue, which also has + and – signs next to the silver buttons on its body. What’s weird about this charger is that you can attach it either way. I have a handful of vibrators with magnetic chargers and if you try to apply the charging piece in the wrong direction the magnets repel each other, so you know it’s wrong. I have never seen one that can attach in either direction and I find it a bit odd.

The two buttons that make up the SinFive Sue’s control panel are not the easiest to press. They require quite a lot of pressure, so I do not think this vibrator would be a good option for people with issues of strength and pain in the hands. Quite frankly, it is a literal and figurative pain. The buttons are also confusing because the + and – signs are not on the buttons themselves, but on the silicone body of the vibrator next to the buttons. Of course, I immediately assumed the signs were the buttons. How foolish of me.

Turning the vibrator on and off is simple enough. The + button, located above the – button, turns the SinFive Sue on and scrolls up through the different modes. What is interesting is that once you hit the highest level of steady vibration (Mode #8), pressing the + button not only takes you into the pattern modes, but will continue to cycle through them as you continue to press the button. The vibrator does not go back to Mode #1 and start all over. The SinFive Sue does not have a memory chip, so once turned off, it always turns on at the lowest level of steady vibration, Mode #1. As you might expect, the – button scrolls down through the different modes and turns the vibrator off. Turning the SinFive Sue off is easy. You just press and hold the – button for about two seconds.

The SinFive Sue has 12 different modes of vibration, eight levels of steady vibration and four pattern modes. I think it’s silly to list the first eight modes separately. Just know they are all steady vibrations that increase in strength.
1-8. Steady vibration
9. Fast ramp up
10. Slow ramp up followed by quick ramp up
11. Slow roller coaster
12. Dance mix

The vibrations are fairly quiet and cannot be heard through a bedroom door. They are also very strong. I can get off on the mid-level vibrations, I do not need to be at the highest level to orgasm. I also really like the patterns, especially 10 and 11. The vibrations are also deep and throbby. They may not be the deepest frequency vibrations ever, but they do the job well.

I am not a huge fan of insertables that only penetrate a few inches. I don’t need 10″ of penetration, but I tend feel that 2″ is a bit of a waste. So as far as that goes, I don’t see the insertability factor of the SinFive Sue as a bonus, nor do I like to use it that way. Along those lines, if I do use it for penetration, it doesn’t do a great job with my g-spot. It’s a bit too bendy and not firm enough for me. As for clit stimulation, which is how I use the SinFive Sue, it is pretty damn good. The strength of the vibrations was surprising, as I often use the highest power level on many vibrators during masturbation. As I was scrolling to test each level, I was taken aback at how quickly I found a level that would do just fine. When I continued to up the power frequency, I discovered that the highest levels were definitely more power than I needed, which does make having to go through them to get to the patterns a pain….almost literally.

Without a good amount of water-based lubricant, the silicone of the SinFive Sue does not slide along my skin as easily as I would like. I want to be able to use it on my nipples without getting my breasts all lubey. The buttons are not as bad I thought they would be during play. They are accessible, large enough, and spread far enough apart that they should be easy to use, and in theory they are, but not in practice.

As I mentioned previously, the buttons are so hard to press. They remind me a bit of the middle button on the Je Joue Uma and the Je Joue FiFi. I can’t decide if my nails are a help or a hindrance in this situation. They make it more difficult to to hit the buttons with the flat of my finger, but they also give me something strong and pointy with which to press them. If you look closely at the images of the SinFive Sue, you can see the buttons are actually located in a small recess on the bottom of the vibrator, which just kills me. It makes trying to press the stupid buttons even more difficult.

I do enjoy attractive and clever packaging, even though most of it gets tossed/recycled, never to be seen again. SinFive’s in neither. It is very simple, which I am fine with, but I find it to be incomplete. The SinFive Sue comes in a hard black box, which I actually like very much. This box is strong and sturdy and has no markings on it to indicate what is inside. I wish it were much smaller, as it is far too long for the SinFive Sue. I am betting they use the same box for the SinFive Grace, hence the length. The box is held shut with a wide black elastic band that says SinFive on it. Secured against the box with this band, is a piece of paper with the name and an image of the Sue. However, this paper is not physically attached to the box in any way and can easily be removed from under the elastic band.

Inside the box, the SinFive Sue is sort of gripped in place on a piece of black cardboard by another black elastic band, but (at least in my box) it does not do a good job of holding the vibrator in place, so it slips and slides along the length of the box. Underneath the black cardboard with the ineffective band, is the SinFive Sue’s charger. It is a relatively short USB cable. While I really like the option of being able to charge vibrators via USB, I still want the manufacturer to include the AC power source so I can plug it into the wall when I want. SinFive fails to do so. The only other thing included in the box is a card with the most basic information on it in several languages. There is no other user manual, not that I think this puny thing qualifies in the first place. Granted, it does tell you how to turn it on and off, though I feel even those directions are slightly misleading, and it does say the vibrator is waterproof. I have no idea how long the vibrator takes to acquire a full charge or how long this charge will last. There is no information about what lubricants are safe to use with the SinFive Sue, nor is there any safety information. It also states there are three vibration patterns, so maybe I am feeling something that really isn’t there in the fourth pattern…

I know that most people do not read safety information. I also know that most people who are experienced with sex toys or are averagely intelligent will figure out how the SinFive Sue works. Still, why should anyone have to struggle to do so? I think it’s fair to say I am an experienced user and it took me a bit to sort the control panel, because it’s misleading and does not work as I was expecting. This is not a big deal for me, but what about someone who has just purchased their first vibrator? How unnecessarily confusing for them. What happens when they pull out their favorite silicone-based lubricant and slather it all over the vibrator and end up with an unusable toy? Perhaps I am way too much up in arms about this, but I find it extremely frustrating when manufacturers create a unnecessarily challenging experience for newbies.

Usually in a situation like this, where little to no information is provided, I hunt down the manufacturer’s website for more information. In this case, the website provides absolutely no information whatsoever. It does not even seem to be completed. All I can tell you is that the SinFive Sue is made in Germany, which is a bit of a surprise as my experience in the past with German manufacturers has been very positive.

SinFive Vibrator Pros:
• Powerful vibrations
• Deep vibrations
• Quiet
• Good shape to hold during play
• Silicone
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable (via USB)

SinFive Sue Vibrator Cons:
• Buttons are recessed and very difficult to press
• Buttons are slightly confusing
• No dedicated pattern button
• Does not include an AC power supply
• Heats up when charging
• No user manual
• Lint magnet

I find myself vacillating somewhat on the SinFive Sue Vibrator. There are so many things that piss me off about it. It’s fantastic that it’s rechargeable but why no AC power source? Surely it’s not a cost issue. How much can those little plugs run? I know I can just use another USB compatible plug, and maybe in the end SinFive did my a favor by not adding another one to my collection. Nevertheless, I feel gypped. Also, a weird thing keeps happening when I plug the vibrator in to charge. It starts vibrating at a low level for a few seconds. Generally, vibrators don’t work while charging, and we’re always warned not to turn them on while they are connected to a power source. It’s not a huge thing but I don’t like even a little power source oddness around my computer. The vibrator also heats up during the charging process. It’s not the first time I have had this experience, but it actually happens rather infrequently, and again, this one is charging right next to my computer.

I have already complained about the difficult to press buttons in their little recess, so there’s no need to go on about it again. While I do appreciate a simple control panel, and two buttons is certainly simple, the SinFive Sue needs a dedicated pattern button. The fact that the vibrations are so strong means I really need to keep the vibrator away from my body while I’m searching for the pattern I want or I run the risk of zinging my clit.

I know the lack of a user manual is not the end of the world, but it frustrates me immensely. It just seems lazy and irresponsible. As a general rule, silicone tends to attract lint, so I really shouldn’t hold that against the SinFive Sue. It’s just that with all the other little irritants, adding the fact that I can’t make it from the bathroom after washing it to the bedroom to use it without it grabbing onto every piece of lint, dust, and hair in the city, does not put me in a good mood.

And yet, once you get past all the things that make me want to throw it out the window, the damn vibrator is effective and efficient at its most important purpose, getting me off. I’m so mad about all the downsides of the SinFive Sue that I want to give it a low score, but I can’t bring myself to ding it that much when it makes me orgasm so quickly. The vibrations are strong and deep, which will be pleasing to many people. It is submersible, which is a priority for some. It is rechargeable, a priority for others. Its silicone, while draggy and linty, is easy to care for and body-safe. It also has the added attraction of some penetration and g-spot stimulation. As you can see, this vibrator does have a lot to offer. Still, I can’t let it get away unscathed.

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator

In case you are not aware of how most vibrators work (and why would you be?), most vibrators use a rotary motor to provide vibrations. “Simple and cheap, these motors operate by spinning the out-of-balance weight at the end of the motor shaft. As the motor spins faster, vibrations of increased frequency are generated.” – See more here. Take a look at the video below for a demonstration.

If you have ever used a crappy, cheapo vibrator you know how this kind of motor feels. The vibration is all over the place, so it makes your hand buzzy, which eventually become uncomfortable or even painful. You can control the power to a degree, but the vibrations are usually high-pitched and buzzy, and they are loud. They sound like you’re using power tools in the bedroom.

Nowadays, there are many options when it comes to vibrators, and some companies have developed much better motors with vibrations that have a deeper frequency. They have learned how to make these motors smaller, how to place them inside the toy to better direct the vibrations, how to create more discrete levels of intensity and even patterns. They have even been able to make them quieter and last longer. However, most of the highest end vibrators are still using rotary motors.

Enter Revel Body. Originally inspired by the technology behind sonic toothbrushes, like the Sonicare (which I own and have never used as a vibrator, but I can see the attraction), the people behind Revel Body decided to design a sex toy with a completely different motor, a linear motor. “Unlike rotary motors, linear motors produce vibration or force along their length and can be used to create high performance vibration. Linear motors operate by delivering magnetic pulses of alternating polarity to a magnetized reciprocating element.” – See more of what Revel Body has to say about linear motors here. Below is a video that demonstrates how a linear motor works.

It seems there are several advantages of linear motors over rotary motors. With a linear motor, both power and speed have a wider range. The vibration is more directional so less vibrational waste is passed along to the hand, making the vibrator quieter and less likely to create buzzy hand syndrome. The fact that there is only one moving piece should give the motor a longer life, as there are not a bunch of parts that will break down over time.

The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator looks very different than the majority of my vibrators, which is not to say they are all phallic-shaped. It looks like some sort of futuristic mini robot, or a vegan Ushanka for Barbie, and is about the size of a tennis ball. However, at approximately 6.3 ounces, it weighs three times more than a tennis ball. The Revel Body is 2.6″ in diameter, and I don’t think I need to tell you this, but just in case…it is not insertable.

As you can see, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has a slightly protruding, pink piece on one side and a large indentation on the other. This is the Rose Vibrating Core Tip, or Rose Tip, and is the piece of the motor that actually moves in and out, like a mini piston. The Rose Tip is actually removable and when you do remove it, you’ll see it is already lubed up and slimy. This lubrication is very important as it allows the Rose Tip to move smoothly in and out. Removing this inner piston is easy, though it requires a significant amount of pressure. Stick your thumb (or finger or something soft that won’t damage the piston) into the indentation on the side of the Revel Body and push firmly on the Rose Tip. While pushing on the bottom of the piston, pull on the top that will start to protrude a bit more on the other side of the case. Once you have a solid grasp on the Rose Tip, pull hard and it will slide out. The reason you need to use actual strength to remove the Rose Tip is because it is a very strong magnet. As it is a magnet, you’ll want to take extra precautions like not storing it next to your computer or setting it on top of your credit cards.

Using lubricant is a bit different with the Revel Body than with other vibrators. You must actually lubricate the mini piston in the device. When needed, you can add lubrication to the Rose Tip in one of two ways. You can remove the Rose Tip and place a small amount of water-based lubricant or petroleum jelly (otherwise known as Vaseline) on its side before sliding it back into the middle of the Revel Body. You can also hold the entire vibrator under running water for just a moment and allow the water to lubricate the piston. You can also use a dab of water-based lube on the head of the Rose Tip to create a more slippery sensation against your body. Revel Body clearly states that silicone-based lube should not be used with the Sonic Vibrator.

With a hard inner core surrounding the TrueSonic motor, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is covered in a silky smooth silicone that attracts some hair here and there, but is not much of a lint magnet. As I have said you can run water over the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator, it is clearly waterproof. To wash the Rose Tip, remove it and clean with a sex toy cleaner or warm water and a gentle soap. Revel Body states you can also use alcohol. As, it is silicone, you can use a 10% bleach solution as well, but do not boil or wash the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator in the dishwasher. This could destroy the motor. Be sure you have completely dried both the Rose Tip and the device before reinserting it. Apparently, you can sip the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator into a condom, if you are looking to make it easy to share amongst non-fluid bonded partners. Just be sure to leave room for the Rose Tip to vibrate/move in and out.

The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is rechargeable and it’s got a nifty charging base. Granted, it does nothing more than charge the vibrator, but aesthetics are important. I do like that it is an actual charging base that holds the Revel Body in place during charging, rather than just a charging cord. There is a raised area on the base that lines up with a corresponding indented area on the exterior of the vibrator. The vibrator attaches magnetically to the base. The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator can be charged via USB or plugged into the wall. Unlike my complaint about last week’s vibrator, the SinFive Sue, Revel Body includes the AC plug. While charging, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator glows steadily. When it is fully charged, this glow will turn off. It takes approximately 90 minutes to achieve a full charge. when recharging, the Revel Body needs to charge approximately double the use time. So, if you’ve used the vibrator for 15 minutes, you’ll need to charge it for about 30. One really cool thing the Revel Body does is let you know how much charge is left each time you turn it on. Three blinks lets you know you have a full charge, two blinks means a 50% charge, and one blink indicates a 25% charge.

I like an easy to use control panel and the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator fits the bill. It has three buttons on the top of the casing, a power button, a + button, and a – button. As you may have guessed, the power button, which is slightly larger and a bit above the other two buttons, turns the Revel Body on and off. It also bumps you up to the higher power mode when you tap it. You need to press down firmly to turn it on and hold it down for about two seconds to turn it off. When the vibrator is on the core will glow steadily as it does when charging.

As I mentioned above, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has two power settings. In addition, it has 10 different speeds. You use the + and – buttons to cycle through the speeds. At any level of those 10 different speeds, you can tap on the power button to pop up into the higher power setting. Another tap will put you right back into lower power mode. Remember, it’s just a tap. If you press too long you’ll turn the Revel Body off.

The graph below shows how the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator measures up in power and speed when stacked against some of the more popular, high-end vibrators on the market. It even includes my beloved Crave Duet.

While I am a well-traveled user of sex toys, so to speak, I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to Power (Gforce) and Speed (Hz). Certainly, I get the basics. More power, more speed is generally what we want. However, my focus is really on how the vibrations actually feel against my body. So, though I can interpret the graph and find the information interesting, it all comes down to actual use of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator.

At this point you’re probably screaming at the computer telling me to get on with it. How good is this fancy, newfangled contraption? Well, let’s start with the vibrations. They do actually feel different from most of my vibrators. It’s a bit challenging to describe…they are more gentle, less teeth rattling, perhaps. As promised, I do not feel a bunch of the vibration waste that leads to buzzy hand syndrome no matter how long I hold/use the vibrator. However, since we’re discussing hands, something totally unexpected happens to my hand when I use this vibrator. It cramps up. (BIG disclaimer here- I have a chronic pain syndrome that has been seriously effecting my hands lately so I am not sure how much cramping, if any, would occur were this not currently the case.) I find this astonishing because the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is so comfortable to hold. The shape is totally ergonomic and in theory this shouldn’t happen.

The vibrations are strong, but less powerful than I expected based on all that fancy graphing. They also have different depths. I find the highest level, #10, is a bit high pitched for me, while #9 is much deeper. I really do not notice much difference between the high and low power settings, which was also surprising. The vibrations are quiet and do not sound like a vibrator at all. They sound smoother, more like an electric toothbrush, which makes total sense.

One concern I did have before using the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator was whether or not its shape would provide enough pinpoint stimulation for me. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it does not. The round shape of the device, as well as of the Rose Tip, diffuse the vibrations over the surface of the vibrator This makes it great for nipple and labia stimulation, but I really prefer much more pinpoint stimulation on my clit, and the Revel Body with the Rose Tip cannot pull it off.

The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator comes with the Rose Tip, but there are four accessory tips available that can be purchased separately. They are called Cona, Fawn, Ever, and Niko, and are very reasonably priced. I would really like to try them because I think they might make a huge difference for me. Cona and Niko would probably be my best options for directing the vibrations solidly at my clit. I do want to mention that the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator works really well on my neck and shoulders. It’s not too loud that close to my ears like many massagers and the vibrations do penetrate. It’s important not to put too much pressure with the vibrator against your body or it can slow down the movement of the little piston.

The packaging of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is clean and simple, like the device itself. There is an external sleeve with an image of the vibrator on the front and some basic information on the back. Inside this sleeve is a hard black box that simply says “Revel Body”, so it’s quite discrete. Once you slide the top half of the box off, you’ll find the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator sitting on a little plastic stand. Underneath this stand, is the charging base, AC plug, and user manual. Unfortunately, no storage pouch. However, the box is very sturdy so it can definitely be used for storage. The user manual is not as well organized as it could be, so it might be a tad confusing, but the important information is there.

The Revel Body Sonic Vibrator has far more warnings and precautions than I’ve ever seen with a sex toy. There are so many that it reminds me of Happy Fun Ball from Saturday Night Live (I am totally dating myself). Some of them are particularly interesting, such as “…may have an uncontrolled exothermic reaction…” and “small hairs may become trapped between core and device body which could result in hair being epilated….” Fun stuff.

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Pros:
• Ergonomic shape
• Adjustable resonating motor
• Adjustable vibration
• Easy to use control panel with responsive buttons
• Waterproof
• USB capable charging station
• Silicone
• Available accessory tips (4, sold separately)
• Available travel kit (sold separately)
• No buzzy hand syndrome

Revel Body Sonic Vibrator Cons:
• Very diffuse vibrations
• Shape causes crampy hands (for ME)

I have been super excited about testing the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator out for quite a while now and I wish I could say it’s awesome and I love it. Actually, I can say it’s relatively awesome. I think the technology is so cool and a much needed change in the world of vibrating sex toys. It’s waterproof, USB and AC rechargeable, made with silicone, and easy to use. I was concerned about the weight of the Revel Body as it felt so heavy in my hand, but I don’t feel the weight that much when I’m holding against my body as my body ends up bearing most of it.

Linear motors, like the TrueSonic that the Revel Body uses, are supposed to be quieter, more reliable, and last longer than vibrators that use a rotary motor. I obviously cannot speak as to whether or not the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator will hold up longer than some of my other well-made vibrators with rotary motors. I can say it is quiet enough not to awaken sleeping kittens (who wake up if I inhale too deeply) about 6″ away from it. The vibrations are strong enough to get me off even with the diffuse vibrations, which is a good indication they’re powerful. However, if there are going to be two power levels I’d really like to be able to feel a significant difference between the two, or there’s just no point.

I have a strong feeling the hand cramping issue is specific to me considering even typing can be challenging lately, so I don’t want to hold that against the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator too much. I also am well aware that my preference for pinpoint clit stimulation is exactly that, a preference. Not everyone needs that. As I mentioned, I really would like to give the Revel Body another shot using one of the more pointy accessory tips and see how I feel about it then.

Though I am very disappointed with my experience of the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator thus far, I do have some hope for the future. I see the potential in this vibrator and really feel if I could focus the vibrations by using a different tip, I would be much happier with this toy. If you like diffuse vibrations and want something that can serve as both a vibrator and muscle massager, the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator is definitely worth checking out.

I also think this vibrator is a valiant effort from a new company looking to meet needs and mainstream sexual well being, which is so vital in the current social climate. I think this foray into new motor designs for vibrator motors is an important step in the next evolution of sex toys. So, hats off to Revel Body for leading the way.

Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss

I reviewed the Blush Novelties Luxe Rabbit II Vibrator and did not have many positive things to say about it. As I really did not enjoy my experience with the Luxe Rabbit II, when Blush Novelties contacted me again to ask if I would be interested in reviewing something else for them, I hesitated. I’m almost always willing to give someone a second chance, so I decided to take a look at what they were offering and discovered the Blush Novelties Serendipity product line. I thought it looked significantly better than the Luxe line and selected the Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator for review.

Being a huge fan of clit vibrators, I figured the Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator might be interesting. I like my sex toys whimsical and colorful, though pink is definitely not my favorite color. At least the pink of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is a hot Barbie pink instead of a pale bubblegum ice cream pink. Seriously though, sex toy manufacturers, women will still buy sex toys even if they’re not pink. I promise.

The Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is larger than many of my other clit vibrators. At 6.15″ in length, it is quite a bit longer than my hand. The size reminds me of the SinFive Sue Clit Vibrator, which can even be used for partial insertion. However, the BunnyBliss is not meant to be inserted. Well, I suppose you could pop an inch or two inside yourself, but as with the SinFive Sue, I fail to see the benefit. Not that I want to talk you out of trying anything you think might work for you.

The top half of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is made of, and I quote, “pure silicone“. I expect this statement is meant to make clear that this vibrator does not use a silicone blend, as some products do. The silvery material is plastic, while the black control panel feels like the same silicone used on the rest of the vibrator. This silicone is extremely smooth and silky. Not only does it have very little drag against my skin, it really does not collect lint and dust like many silicone products do.

The fact that this vibrator is waterproof makes cleaning super easy. As long as you’ve made sure the charging port on the bottom of the BunnyBliss is securely covered, you can wash it with warm water and soap or your favorite sex toy cleaner. You can also use a 10% bleach solution on the silicone portion of the vibrator to disinfect it. Be sure to thoroughly remove all the bleach before using the BunnyBliss again.

Due to the lack of drag produced by the silicone of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator, I don’t need to glob it up with a ton of lube. For me, a small dab of water-based lubricant, in addition to my natural body fluids, is sufficient. You can obviously use more than I do if you need it or just like things super slick and slippery.

When I use too much lube, I tend to get it all over the place, including the control panel and end up having trouble controlling the vibrator. Therefore, as a general rule of thumb, I start with a small amount, increasing as necessary. You’ll want to stay away from silicone-based lubes with the BunnyBliss, as it can react negatively with the silicone of the vibrator.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but just two paragraphs above, I mentioned a charging port. This is because the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is rechargeable. It can be charged via USB or AC power and comes with a charging cable for both, which I greatly appreciate. Recently, I have discovered some manufacturers only include USB charging cables, and while I am all for charging my vibrators via USB, I like to have the AC option as well. Sometimes it’s just not convenient or presentable to have sex toys dangling from my computer. The charging port is in the very bottom of the BunnyBliss, covered by a small silicone plug.

The Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator requires approximately 1.5 hours to fully charge the first time, and should be charged before its first use. Mine came with some charge, but I wasn’t sure how much, so I threw it on the charger anyway. Subsequent charging time should only be about an hour, and a full charge is expected to provide approximately 1-1.5 hours of play time.

Blush Novelties advises fully draining the battery before charging it up again, and doing this consistently. I think this is the first time I have seen this recommended by a sex toy manufacturer. Usually, they say you can charge the vibrator at any point, and you don’t have to charge it fully each time.

The control panel on the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is on the front bottom third of the BunnyBliss’ body, in the middle of the silvery plastic. It consists of two buttons, the Power button and the Mode button, each clearly marked. As one might expect, the dedicated Power button turns the vibrator on and off. The directions state you must press and hold it for two seconds for either function, but I find that unnecessary. My BunnyBliss immediately turns off and on as soon as I press the Power Button.

The Mode button allows you to cycle through the 10 different vibration modes. Unfortunately, as there is only one Mode button, there is no way to back up if you happen to miss the mode you want. You have to scroll through each mode all over again until you get back to it. The 10 modes are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Medium pulse
5. Slow pulse
6. Long, slow pulse
7. One long pulse, four short
8. Fast pulse
9. Long, medium pulse
10. Roller coaster

While I generally like the availability of different vibration modes, I find the order of these a bit haphazard. The Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator does not have a memory chip, so every time you turn it on, it will start on mode #1. Behind the control panel is a bright blue LED that lights up when the BunnyBliss is turned on.

The vibrations of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator are far more shallow than I like. The stronger the intensity, the higher-pitched the vibrations get. The vibrator even gives off a high-pitched whine on mode #3. This makes the vibrations much louder than I was expecting from a clit vibrator of this size. As the BunnyBliss is an external vibrator, there really is nothing to dampen the sound of the vibrations. The fact that these vibrations are so shallow means I end up with buzzy hand syndrome by the time I’m done playing, and that never makes me happy.

When it comes to use, the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator was disappointing. Granted, after checking out the buzziness of the vibrations, I didn’t have high hopes. The small, leftover amount of hope I did have, was immediately dashed as soon as I felt the high-pitched horror on my clit. I couldn’t orgasm. I tried on the lowest, least buzzy setting. Didn’t work. I kept increasing the strength of the vibrations, which of course, only increased the buzziness. I tried the different patterns, but no luck.

The longer I tried, the more frustrated I became and the more uncomfortable my clit got. About the time my hand started to hurt from the ongoing buzzing sensation, I gave up. There is only so far I’m willing to go. I did want to eventually be able to use my hand at some point later in the day.

I have to say, I really like the ear part of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator, though I feel like the nose is a bit superfluous. The bunny ears do effectively surround my clit, and if the vibrations were deep and throbby, that could have possibly been great. I also find the control panel easy to use. The buttons are large enough and far enough apart, that I don’t turn the vibrator off accidentally, like I constantly do with the Fetish Fantasy Spinning Nipple Stimulators.

There is a light seam around the outside of the Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator that is visible to the eye but really cannot be felt by touch. It fits comfortably in my hand during use and is not too terribly heavy, which is good when my hands are in pain.

I’m not sure how sturdy the silicone is though. When I pull the bunny ears to the side and the pink silicone is stretched, it turns white. I’m not certain how thick it is in those areas and whether or not it will hold up over time if you push and pull at the ears a lot. It ultimately doesn’t matter. The lack of orgasm obviously kills this toy for me.

The packaging of the Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is so much nicer than that of the Blush Novelties Luxe Rabbit II. The BunnyBliss comes in a very nice, super sturdy, totally indiscreet box with images of the vibrator on it. This box seals magnetically. Inside the box, the vibrator sits in molded, hard foam that does a good job pf protecting it. Underneath this foam is the AC/USB charging cable, a brief instruction manual, and a storage bag made of an unusual, suede-like material. The foam fits so firmly inside the box that pulling it out is quite challenging.

The English only instruction manual provides very little information, but it does cover the bare bones of what you need to know. The description on the website says the storage bag is silk, which is far from true. However, whatever this material is, I really like it. Too bad the packaging can’t save the toy.

Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator Pros:
• Good shape
• Extra smooth silicone
• Very little drag
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• AC power adapter included
• Dedicated power button
• Easy to use control panel

Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator Cons:
• Cannot orgasm
• Shallow, high-pitched vibrations
• Loud
• Buzzy hand syndrome
• Must scroll through all modes to reach the one you want
• Not sure if ears will hold up to manipulation over time

When I saw the Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator online, I expected much more from it. I certainly thought I would like it more than the Luxe Rabbit II. Unfortunately, that is not at all the case. There are good things about the BunnyBliss. I think the ears are great and I love the silky silicone. Whenever possible, I prefer to use rechargeable and waterproof vibrators. Though I would prefer two separate buttons that control the 10 different modes, at least it has a dedicated Power button, and the control panel is easy to use.

If you were to just compare my pros and cons lists, you might be surprised at the low rating I’ve given it, considering I have listed more pros. Though there are more pros than cons, the downsides are too significant to outweigh the positives of the BunnyBliss.

The pros notwithstanding, it all comes down to the orgasm. If I cannot orgasm with a sex toy, then what’s the point? It’s not like I need another tchotchke laying around. The bottom line is that the Blush Novelties Serendipity BunnyBliss Vibrator is a total fail for me.

Lovehoney Sqweel Go

Along with its uncommon style, look, and purpose, the Lovehoney Sqweel Go (not surprisingly from Lovehoney) is a very successful third foray into the sex toys that simulate oral sex market, which really doesn’t much exist outside of the Sqweel line. However, just because a sex toy is different and doesn’t have a lot of competition does not mean it’s good. I do not own the original Sqweel, but after reviewing the Lovehoney Sqweel 2, which I liked but didn’t love, I had high hopes for the Sqweel Go.

If you’ve never heard of the Lovehoney Sqweel line, you’re in for a treat. Their purpose is to simulate oral sex and they do so with a spinning wheel of 10 silicone tongues. The concept is quite brilliant in its simplicity. Something you may find interesting about the original Sqweel is that it was actually designed in response to the first Lovehoney Design A Sex Toy Competition.

Just looking at the Sqweel Go on the Lovehoney website, I immediately liked several things about it. First of all, it is eency, weency. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a strange fondness for little things. I’m the weirdo who gets all excited by those tiny cupcakes and mini pies at the grocery store, though I don’t actually buy them. I just like miniature things, and at approximately 3″ long and 1.5″ wide, the Sqweel Go has got to be the smallest sex toy I own. It literally is “pocket-sized”.

As opposed to the original Sqweel and the Sqweel 2, which both require batteries, the Sqweel Go is rechargeable. This always makes my heart sing just a tad. It comes with a USB charging cable, no AC charger included. If you do want to charge via a wall outlet, you can connect the cable to any USB converter. Most people already have at least one of these, as they are usually included with smartphones, iPads, iPods, and many other personal electronic devices. If you don’t have one, they are inexpensive and easy to find online and in stores.

On the bottom of the Sqweel Go is the small, round charging port. When inserting the cable into the port, do not be afraid to push right through it. At first I was concerned I might be damaging the toy, but I realized you’ve got to press extremely firmly to connect the USB cable.

This port glows blue while charging and when the Sqweel Go is turned on. The light goes off once the the toy is fully charged. Lovehoney’s claim that a two hour charge provides approximately one hour of use has been accurate. My Sqweel Go arrived with partly charged, so the first charge only about 35 minutes.

The body of the Sqweel Go is made of ABS, while the power button and 10 little tongues are silicone. As it is splash proof rather than waterproof, some care should be taken when cleaning the Sqweel Go. Lovehoney recommends using a sex toy cleaner and damp cloth.

I’ve found running a small stream of water over the tongues only, with the toy on, and then using a thing towel is also effective. There does not seem to be any way for water to seep into the motor from the tongue area and the charging port appears to almost reseal itself upon removal of the cable pin. I suspect Lovehoney does not want you to submerge the Sqweel Go, but that washing in the sink is safe. Be sure to pay extra attention to cleaning in between the tongues, as lube and bodily fluids can sneakily collect there.

Of course, as with all silicone sex toys, you can spritz the tongues with a 10% bleach solution to disinfect them in order to share the Sqweel Go with non-fluid bonded partners. Or use dental dams or saran wrap. This is the one time I feel like it’s totally obvious, but I’ll point it out anyway. This is NOT a butt toy, so don’t stick up there, mmmkay?

Speaking of lube, Lovehoney clearly states in the teeny tiny instruction manual, as well as the video below, that water-based lubricant should be used. This means you need to avoid silicone and oil-based products, which could damage the silicone tongues. The Sqweel Go is not an insertable toy, so you don’t need to slather on a ton of lube, but you want enough to allow the tongues to slide smoothly across your skin. The level of slipperyness is up to you.

As it has just the one large button on its front, the Lovehoney Sqweel Go is effortless to use. This button is textured to keep even a lubed thumb or finger from slipping off too easily and has good feedback when pressing. It also requires ample pressure to change modes, so doing so unwittingly is not a problem. To do anything with the Sqweel Go, you just press the button. Press to turn it on, press to cycle through the three speeds and three patterns, and press to turn off.

The Sqweel Go has no memory chip so it always starts on the slowest speed when you turn it on, but you can turn it off in any mode by holding the button down for approximately three seconds. While a dedicated on/off switch might be preferable to some people (like me), the small size of the toy is fantastic. I understand there really is not enough room to have two good-sized buttons with sufficient space between them so you’re not accidentally hitting the wrong one all the time.

The six modes of the Lovehoney Sqweel Go are as follows:
1. Low speed
2. Medium speed
3. High speed
4. Two stutters, then continuous spinning for several seconds
5. Pulses that increase in length
6. Ramp up, two stutters, continuous spinning, two stutters

The patterns utilize the highest speed, except during the ramp up of mode #6. The Sqweel Go is slightly noisy, though it’s not as bad as the Sqweel 2. I can hear it through my thin bedroom door if it’s not under the duvet, so some cover music or noise may be necessary depending, upon your living situation. When holding the Sqweel Go with button facing me, the tongues are curved away but spin toward me. Therefore, you can create different sensations based on how you grip the the toy when playing.

The fact that I have as many options as I do allows me to be much more discerning (ok, picky) than the average user. As I mentioned in my Spotlight on the Lovehoney Sqweel Go, the images made me think the 10 silicone tongues might extend further than on the Sqweel 2. This is very happily the case.

I have a small clit that likes to nestle up inside its hood, so it does not protrude from my body at all. It prefers to stay nicely tucked away. Of course, it enlarges when aroused, but it’s just not a grower nor a show-er. This is why some of the rounder shaped vibrators don’t work well for me. I need a toy that can slip in between my labia and target my cit. The large body of the Sqweel 2 kept this from happening to a degree because it somewhat got in its own way.

The design of the Sqweel Go keeps its body from interfering with the placement of the tongues, and as they do project more, my clit actually gets the stimulation it needs without me having to struggle with the toy. Though I would still like more power (something I wish quite often), the increased strength of the Sqweel Go is noticeable and heightens the stimulation even more. Both of these improvements address much of my issue with the Sqweel 2.

I always favor rechargeable sex toys over those that require batteries for multiple reasons, so this is a huge upgrade. Though I prefer a dedicated on/off switch, I actually think the single button on the Sqweel Go is superior to the two buttons on the Sqweel 2. Even though you can actually open the body and remove the silicone wheel of the Swqweel 2, I still find the Sqweel Go easier to clean.

I absolutely love the size of the new Sqweel Go and not just because I’m a small and tiny thing liking weirdo. It is so much less cumbersome than the Sqweel 2. It fits in my hand, is lightweight, does not cause my fingers to cramp, and just works smoothly. (This is not to say the Sqweel 2 is a heavy toy, because it is not.) The size and shape of the Sqweel Go simply work a great deal better for me.

I enjoyed the sensations of the Sqweel 2, but could not fully appreciate them as I can with the Sqweel Go. Am I fooled into thinking there’s an actual person licking me? Of course not. I’m not an idiot. However, I have not experienced anything more similar. He has always said Fleshlights are as close to the real thing as one can possibly get. My understanding of that sentiment is now much improved.

While it doesn’t feel exactly like someone is licking my body, the sensation that licking creates is almost duplicated with the Sqweel Go. Having experimented both with and without lube, I recommend using at least a small dab of lube, as this really increases that feeling. The Sqweel Go is very effective on my nipples, labia, and clit. In a word, it feels awesome. It takes me slightly longer to orgasm than with one of my favorite vibrators, but not much.

The packaging of the Lovehoney Sqweel Go is very similar to that of the Sqweel 2 and I don’t dislike it at all, though it could be smaller. Still, it’s recyclable. The Sqweel Go comes in a plastic clam shell and is visible from the back and front via cutouts in the external box. The box says, “rechargeable oral sex massager” in huge, all capital letters, so no discretion there. The box includes the Sqweel Go, its USB charging cable, and teeny owner’s guide. The guide provides only basic information, but still hits all the key points.

The only thing not included with the Sqweel Go that I would definitely like is a cover for the tongues. It didn’t occur to me at the time I reviewed the Sqweel 2 that the cover was such a great accessory. Considering I might actually toss the Sqweel Go in a purse or carry-on for travel, being able to protect the tongues might be good. I’m not sure if they would bounce back into place after being squashed in some way for a length of time.

Lovehoney Sqweel Go Pros:
• Unique and awesome sensations
• Improved design
• Tongues can access tucked away clits more easily
• Great size
• Lightweight
• Rechargeable
• Simple to use
• Good texture and feedback on button
• Silicone tongues
• Relatively painless to clean

Lovehoney Sqweel Go Cons:
• Would still like more power
• Slightly noisy
• Miss the flicking back and forth mode from Sqweel 2
• No cover to protect tongues

While I wish the Sqweel Go had my favorite mode from the Sqweel 2, the one that reverses directions over and over, it’s no big whoop. Maybe I am one of only three people in the world who liked it. Including a protective cover for the silicone tongues, like the Sqweel 2 has, would be great, but it could possibly add too much bulk and that would make me sad.

I love the stronger sensations, protruding tongues, teency size, and ease of use of the new Lovehoney Sqweel Go and consider it a significant improvement over its predecessor. The fact that it comes in three colors is nothing to sniff at either, even if all three colors include pink bits. I don’t expect Lovehoney to move that far from the original design.

This is the second point I feel is obvious and doesn’t really need to be mentioned (the first one being, do NOT stick this toy in your butt), but what may be obvious to me is not always obvious to others. The Sqweel Go is NOT a vibrator, so don’t expect it to act like one. It is unlike any other sex toy and well worth the investment, especially at its relatively low price point. However, if you really want a vibrator, get a vibrator. I would be happy to recommend one.

You can find the new Lovehoney Sqweel Go in all its glory, not surprisingly, at Lovehoney. Not only will they give you a Free Mantric Mouse Vibrator, you’ll get Free shipping on your purchase with no minimum required, and they actually allow you to return a used sex toy within 100 days of placing the order if you are unhappy with it. Not all sex toy stores have this policy. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the holiday specials going on right now at Lovehoney.

OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH

Looking back, I noticed I did not give the Freestyle W a great rating, but that is no reason to write off a manufacturer completely. When Good Vibrations offered me the opportunity to review the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give OhMiBod another shot.

Part of what makes the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH stand out is that it’s a wearable vibrator. Yes, I know this isn’t the first wearable vibrator to hit the scene. I once owned one of the old school Venus Butterfly. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since then and the Club Vibe 2.OH is an example of this progress.

Unlike the wearable vibrators that require straps, look, and sound like you’ve got an alien between your legs if you actually put clothing on, the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH is a small, discreet vibrator, controlled wirelessly via remote.

I am attracted to clever designs so I was pleased when I first the removed the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH from the box. The vibrator and remote control fit together, the remote on top of the vibrator, like an elongated egg. This means they are more or less the same size at 3.75″ long, 1.75″ wide, and .5″ thick.

Though it’s probably obvious, the vibrator is the portion that is pink on top, with the protruding bump. This bump juts out approximately .25″. The on/off switch is on its underside and needs to be pressed and held for 2-3 seconds to power the vibrator on and off. After 30 minutes of inactivity, the vibrator will automatically shut down.

On the end of the Club Vibe 2.OH closest to the power button is the charging port, which is covered by a snuggly fitting plug that is easily removed. Just gently pull the small black tab on its right (when looking at the vibrator pink side up). OhMiBod has thoughtfully made sure this plug remains attached and does not completely come off, which would almost guarantee I’d eventually lose it. Thanks for that, OhMiBod!

The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH’s remote control has a sleek design and is simple to use. I think it’s on the gigantic side to carry in a pocket, but I know people who can practically stuff an iPad in their jeans pocket and you would never notice it. Of course, they never have room for my lipstick.

For those of us who do not have magical pockets, there is a black cord attached to the Club Vibe 2.OH remote with a small clip on its end. The cord itself feels like a soft plastic material, as opposed to some sort of fabric-y type of rope, and seems very sturdy.

The remote control has three clearly marked buttons and a semi-circle of five LED lights. The on/off button needs only to be pressed briefly to turn it off. There is none of this pressing and holding business you’ve got to do with the vibrator portion of the Club Vibe 2.OH.

The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH has two functions, Club Mode and Manual Mode. The middle button, marked with a speaker icon, activates and controls Club Mode, which is the most exciting feature of this toy. Above the Club Mode button is one with markings that look a bit like two little skyscrapers. It manages Manual Mode.

Let’s discuss the two modes. Manual Mode is nothing out of the ordinary. It has five pre-programmed settings, which are as follows:
1. Low steady vibration
2. Medium steady vibration
3. High steady vibration
4. Fast pulse
5. Slower pulse

When in this mode, the LED lights on the front of the remote glow blue. You turn Manual Mode on and cycle through its five settings by pressing the top button. It shuts off when either one of the other buttons is pressed.

Once in Club Mode, the microphone in the base of the remote will pick up ambient noise, which causes the vibrator portion to react. In theory, the vibrator should respond to anything loud enough for the microphone to detect, be it voices, music, a movie, etc. Keep in mind the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH does not work with an iPod/iPhone like the OhMiBod musical vibrators, therefore you do NOT need to purchase the OhMiBod app.

The microphone has five levels of sensitivity that are controlled with the Club Mode button. In this mode, the LED lights glow purple. The more glowing lights, the more sensitive the microphone will be and the more the vibrator should react. OhMiBod provides the necessary battery for the remote, a practice of which I highly approve.

The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH is made of ABS with a body-safe PU coating that adds a soft, almost silky feel. PU, or polyurethane, is chemically inert, which makes it a non-reactive substance. It is commonly used in the production of plastic sex toys.

This coating, as well as ABS itself, is easily cleaned with mild (NOT antibacterial) soap and water. You can also use a sex toy cleaner. Though some people use rubbing alcohol on plastic, it’s not one of my preferred methods of cleansing. It is very caustic and can cause a negative reaction in delicate membranes. If you choose to use it, be sure you wash with water afterward to ensure there is none left on the vibrator.

One advantage of ABS is that it can be used with both water and silicone-based lubes. While I recommend lube with most sex toys, I’m not sure it’s necessary or particularly helpful with the Club Vibe 2.OH. As you’ll see in the images, once placed inside the thong’s secret pocket (more on this to come) very little of the vibrator is actually exposed. I don’t bother with lube, but know that if you want to, you can use any type.

The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH is splash proof, not waterproof, so use caution when washing. Do not submerge it and be sure the charging port cover is firmly secured. For some additional visuals of the Club Vibe 2.OH, watch the video below.

By now you have realized the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH is rechargeable. Like many newer vibrators, it does not come with an AC power adapter, but a USB cable only. I have been a big supporter of USB chargeability (totally a word) since my first experience with a USB rechargeable sex toy, the Mystic Mini Massager, so I am pleased to see OhMiBod has switched over.

Though I am including the lack of an AC adapter on my list of OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH Cons, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal anymore. I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that most people who are likely to purchase this particular sex toy have some sort of smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. Most of these devices come with USB AC adapters, but if you don’t have one they are quite easy to find.

A full charge takes about 2-3 hours and the purple LED light behind the power button flashes rapidly when the Club Vibe 2.OH is plugged in properly. Be prepared to set a timer because this light does not stop flashing when charging is complete.

According to OhMiBod, you will have up to four hours of use on a full charge. I charged my Club Vibe 2.OH on my computer, while working, and noticed something that very pleasing. This vibrator does not heat up or get warm while charging. My laptop is getting up there in years (bless its little heart…er, motherboard) and tends to run hot. I really dislike having things that give off heat that close to it.

The OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH comes with a black lace thong with a secret pocket (previously mentioned) in the gusset, which is where you stash the vibrator while wearing it. The material of this pocket is super stretchy, which is a good thing because sliding the vibrator into the pocket takes real effort, but it is then held firmly in place.

Remember, you’ve got to turn the vibrator on before popping it into the pocket. If you happen to forget (like maybe I did), the button is easily reachable so you can press it without having to remove the vibrator. Hold the button down for 3-4 seconds until it starts flashing, indicating it is ready to go.

I call this next section the “Great Underwear Comparison of 2013″, so if you have no interest in knowing how the OhMiBod thong stacks up in size next Victoria’s Secret undies, feel free to skip ahead.

I examined the OhMiBod thong alongside several styles of Victoria’s Secret undies, including both VS and Pink cheekies/cheeksters and thongs, all in size large. Based on this comparison, I would categorize the OhMiBod thong as a smallish medium. Obviously I’m not positive, but the differences between the large VS/Pink undies and the OhMiBod thong were significant. Aside from fit issues, the OhMiBod thong appears to be well-made.

There is something about the OhMiBod thong that I don’t understand. It has the special pocket in the center of the gusset where you put the Club Vibe 2.OH, but what’s up with the little pockets on each side of that one? Are they just they’re extra space or are you meant to put something else in them? Spare change, perhaps?

When I first took the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH out of the box, I thought there was no way it would be comfortable to wear. It’s made of hard, unforgiving plastic and just looked so wide. Turns out, it’s surprisingly comfy and barely noticeable.

The thong on the other hand, not so much. I would change its category from One Size Fits Most (OSFM) to One Size Fits Some. Unfortunate as it may be for health issues in this country, the reality is that approximately 1/3 of the U.S. population is on the larger side.

This is not a judgement on my part, simply a comment on the need for manufacturers of many products, not just sex toys and lingerie, to take this into account during the design process. I would suggest OhMiBod consider offering more than one size of thong with the Club Vibe 2.OH. Perhaps just have two or three separate packages with different sizes.

Speaking of revamps, what’s even more disappointing than the fit of the thong is the interaction between the remote and the vibrator. The remote is meant to control the Club Vibe 2.OH from up to 20′ away. Maybe my unit is defective, but it doesn’t even come close.

After having issues, I tested the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH while working on the computer with music playing on iTunes (which I totally thought would work). Even with the sensitivity level set at five (the highest), if the remote was not right next to the computer, it did not pick up enough noise to cause the vibrator to react. Just moving the remote an arm’s length away immediately killed the vibrations.

The type of music played did make a significant difference. Aerosmith and Metallica created a much stronger reaction than ABBA (don’t judge me) at the same level of loudness. Forget slower music without bass completely.

Though the vibrations are definitely quiet enough to wear the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH out in public, I am beyond disappointed in their lack of strength. I have yet to come close to having an orgasm wearing the Club Vibe 2.OH. In fact, half the time I don’t even get turned on enough to want to finish myself off with another vibrator. In addition, the vibrations are very lightweight and buzzy, especially on the highest manual setting. So much so, they are on the verge of being annoying, if not downright painful.

Wearing the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH with other underwear is doable, but without that special pocket in the OhMiBod thong, I feel like I have to keep adjusting myself. Sure, this is less the case when wearing clothing that is super tight in the crotch, but other than tights, that’s not a great idea for multiple reasons.

I know I have readers even geekier than me, so I thought I’d mention that the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH’s wireless remote operates on the 433.92 MHz frequency. Turns out a number of wireless products use the same frequency, such as baby monitors, wireless doorbells (???), remote-controlled ceiling fans, and garage door remotes. Who knew? It is my understanding that wireless broadband and cordless phones are on a different frequency, so it’s not very likely your wifi will interfere with your vibrator.

Though the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH’s packaging is not necessarily discreet, the box is very sturdy and good for storing other stuff. There are images and some basic information on the sides and back of the box. Inside is a plastic tray that nicely organizes the included components, the Club Vibe 2.OH with remote, battery, USB cable, and lace thong in a black, stretchy privacy pouch.

When you first open the box, laying on top of everything is what looks like a very extensive user manual. It’s actually the number of languages it contains that makes it look so intimidating. The directions are simple and clear, with several helpful images. Though the lace thong comes in the privacy pouch, the Club Vibe 2.OH also fits, which is where you are meant to store it in between uses.

Other than four DO NOTs related to batteries that anyone with half a brain and some common sense already knows, there are exactly four warnings, or as OhMiBod calls them, “Important Safeguards”. All four warnings are also commonsensical, especially once you understand the vibrator portion is splash proof, not waterproof. Way to go, OhMiBod!

OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH Pros:
• Body-safe material
• Both sound responsive and pre-programmed modes
• Wireless remote control
• Lace thong with special pocket included
• Super lightweight and easy to use remote
• Charging port cover always attached
• Remote battery included
• Privacy pouch included
• Appropriately informative user manual
• Does not heat up when charging
• No need to purchase app

OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH Cons:
• Weak, buzzy vibrations
• Lack of communication between vibrator and remote
• Thong will not fit many people
• No notification charging is complete
• No AC power adaptor

On paper, the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH looks good and I had such high hopes, but they were cruelly dashed once I started testing. I think it must be much like running out to the tree on Christmas morning and finding only a lump of coal in your stocking. Not that I’d know, being a Jew and all. Why give coal, a symbolic representation of misbehavior that you forget about the moment you toss it, when you can pile on the guilt, the gift that keeps on giving?

If you’re ok with weak, buzzy vibrations and get off easily, the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH might do it for you. If you’re ok with weak, buzzy vibrations and don’t get off easily, it still might make for a great night out, with your partner teasing you until you can no longer bear it and end up having sex up against a wall, outside a club, in public. (Don’t call me if you get arrested.)

However, if you don’t fall into either category, I cannot imagine being at all happy with the OhMiBod Club Vibe 2.OH. Though its pros significantly outweigh its cons, the weak and buzzy vibrations, as well as the inability of the vibrator to respond if the remote is more than a few feet away, are the kiss of death. It’s truly a shame because I love the concept behind this product, but it fails in the execution.

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?