Lovehoney Love Bear Bullet

A Lovehoney Love Bear Bullet was given to us as a free gift as part of an order we made at Lovehoney a while ago. I’m not usually one for cutesy toys especially ones shaped like animals except for the odd rabbit or Bad Dragon dildo. The Love Bear actually performed really well however even with its uncomfortable smile and piercing eyes but it’s got one major flaw.

Unlike many other cutesy toys on the market, the Love Bear isn’t made of nasty materials like jelly nor is it made of plastic. The vibrator is actually covered with soft silicone even the head of the toy. Most of my other bullets are made of plastic but it’s nice to have a silicone one as it’s one of my favourite sex toy materials.

The box in which the Love Bear comes supplied does make me feel like I’m on acid. I’ve never seen such a cutesy looking box in my life and I’m not just including sex toy boxes here. The box isn’t in my taste at all but I guess people who are interested in bear headed vibrators could like this box.

We have a flourescent green Love Bear which I think maybe discontinued now as Lovehoney are currently only selling Pink and Purple versions. The green is very bright and does make a change from the standard colours of pink, purple, black and white so it certainly stands out in our toy box.

Decapitated Bear HeadThe bear on the head of the bullet vibrator is not just for show as I’ve found it allows me to more accurately stimulate my clitoris. This is down to the head being much larger than the shaft and the raised detailing on the bears face allows better grip for when my hands are slippery.

To replace the N battery you unscrew the bear’s head which is easy to do by rotating it via the ears. Screwing it on again can be a bit hit and miss due to the threading. A lot of the time the head won’t sit on the shaft flushly which is a pain.

When screwing the head on it makes a grinding noise. Upon inspection I’ve found the metal section of the shaft rubs against the head shaving some of it off. This makes it quite messy, possibly a health risk and will most likely shorten the lifespan of this toy considerably.

Functions / Controls

The vibrations are activated by pressing a raised section on the top of the bear’s head between the ears making it difficult to accidentally press. The Love Bear has a single vibration strength which is powerful for a battery-powered sex toy.

Lovehoney’s product page for the Love Bear states that its extra quiet which I cannot say this is true. It’s quite loud for its vibration strength and can be heard outside a closed-door quite easily.

Her Experience
I didn’t expect to even slightly like this toy but it has never failed to give me an orgasm. This is down to the soft silicone, powerful vibrations and oddly the bear’s head allowing more accurate clitoral stimulation. I’m still not a fan of the bear’s face or the cutesy feeling to the entire product but if I close my eyes then I can try to forget its stare.

His Experience
I’m also very surprised at how well this bullet vibrator performed. As soon as I turned on the vibrations I knew Rox would like it. The vibration noise is a little loud and buzzy for my liking. I really dislike how the copper battery connection is being shaved off when screwing the battery compartment.

Overall Opinion

I’m quite torn with this product as it performs brilliantly even with its cutesy styling but the battery compartment shavings really drag it down for me. If it doesn’t raise a health issue, it could easily lead to the product not working once it has shaved off even more copper. Therefore I’ll hold off recommending it to others which is a real shame.

Lelo Smart Wand Massager Medium

Ever since I got my grubby hands on my Hitachi I’ve wanted to extend my collection of wand style vibrators. When Sh! Womens Emporium asked us if we would like to test and review the much talked about Lelo Smart Wand we literally jumped at the chance. As many people have had experience with the Hitachi and I’ve had requests about comparing the two I shall be comparing them in this review.

When the product arrived we were immediately shocked at how small this product is compared to the Hitachi. We’d seen some photos of the vibrator before it arrived but it still didn’t prepare us for how small it really is. The weight of the wand is much less also which is great for prolonged usage.

The main section of this product is covered in soft silicone with a gold plastic section at the handle. I would have preferred the entire product to be silicone as there’s a small gap where the silicone meets plastic. This allows fluids and dirt to collect in this gap which can be difficult to clean. Having a silicone wand vibrator, even though it’s not 100% covered, is very welcomed as it feels softer in use and more hygienic.

The Smart Wand isn’t straight like the Hitachi as there’s an angle about a third of the way up the product. I found this angle helps me get it into position easier and also makes the vibrator easier to hold.

The head of the Smart Wand is quite flexible but I wouldn’t suggest people get over-vigorous with it as it may cause internal damage. It’s easy to tell how much you should flex the head as it suddenly becomes very difficult to flex it further. The head of the Lelo is much smaller than the Hitachi Wand which allows me to rest it on my clitoris much easier.

Unlike the Hitachi the Lelo is rechargeable making it wire-free. Trailing wires can be a pain as they sometimes distract me from the task at hand and I always have to think about my distance to a mains socket. Having a rechargeable wand allows me to go where ever I want to and never have to worry about trailing wires.

The Smart Wand states that it’s 100% waterproof which is absolutely brilliant. I feel wand vibrators lend themselves to use in the bath of shower. However the charging point at the base of the Smart Wand is totally open with no cover. This makes me really unsure if to trust this claim and won’t test it out until I know for sure.

Functions / Controls

The control unit on this vibrator is not where I thought it would be as it actually begins half way up the product. This for me is perfect as it stops any accidental presses of the buttons at the worst possible time. Having the control panel not where I hold the wand isn’t a hassle though as the curve of the wand makes it easy to change strength or pattern.

The Smart Wand has variable strengths ranging from extremely mild to above average for a rechargeable vibrator. The strength is definitely enough to make me orgasm and I liked how there’s a variety of strengths but I sometimes cannot help but crave more power. Before I got this product I knew it wouldn’t be as powerful as the Hitachi as it’s not mains powered but I really hoped that Lelo kicked the power up a few notches.

This vibrator has 8 patterns which are controlled by the centre button on the control panel. For each pattern you can change the vibration strength by pressing the + and – buttons. Having a variety of strengths and patterns on a wand vibrator is new to me but I’m very happy to have them compared to the 2 basic strengths on the Hitachi.

This vibrator is quiet for its vibration strength. There was no need to do a behind the door noise test for this sex toy as we knew straight away that it wouldn’t be heard even on its highest setting.

Her Experience

There’s so much to like about the Lelo Smart Wand which makes it a big contender. The size, shape, being rechargeable and having multiple vibration modes are a great combination of features. Don’t get me wrong I would’ve loved this sex toy to have more power as I feel it could be much better. Lelo are known to listen to user feedback and improve their toys so hopefully they’ll hear my cry for more power.

His Experience

The only bad things I can say about this vibrator are that it lacks strength and that the join between the plastic and silicone lets fluids and dirt in. I can see this sex toy being used a lot in the future thanks to the other great features it has. Compared to the Hitachi the Lelo Smart Wand is a dream to hold and use and will most likely replace the Hitachi on many occasions when we don’t want something bulky.

Overall Opinion

I would definitely recommend the Lelo Smart Wand as it’s got lots of great things going for it. If you like really powerful vibrators however you may be better looking elsewhere as you might be a little let down. For me it’s a great versatile toy that will see plenty of use even though deep down I would’ve liked more power.

Wahl All-Body Massager

I’d heard lots of great things about the Wahl Massager before I purchased it. It kind of reminded me of the Hitachi being a large brash product that wasn’t really meant to do what many people use it for.

Wahl without headThe Wahl all-body massager almost resembles a hair dryer when you hold it, especially when a couple of the attachments are on it. It is quite a heavy product but it’s quite well-balanced meaning the weight seems less than it really is.

The Wahl has 7 different attachments which all have different purposes;

Facial – This attachment is smooth for a gentle face massage
Muscle Kneading – This stimulates blood flow
Scalp – Stimulates blood flow to the scalp and provides a good head massage
Knuckle & Joints – The triangular shape helps to get into harder places
Deep Muscle – Helps with those tight knots and eases pain
Spot Application – This attachment is for pin-point massages
General Body – For an all over soothing massage

All of the attachments are made of PVC and are slightly flexible. These attachments are easy to push onto the massager and are just as easily removed when you have finished. As they are PVC, they are porous which is unfortunate but at the price point of the Wahl I cannot really complain.

AttachmentsThe attachments are a mixed bag with some performing brilliantly for clitoral stimulation whilst others are great for massaging my stresses away. There isn’t one attachment I really hate which surprised me with saying there are 7 different ones.

Functions And Controls

Controller on the WahlThe Wahl All Body Massager is a mains powered product which has a 9ft cord. We found the length of the cord was great as we don’t have to worry about plug socket locations. As this is an american product a UK plug adapter will be needed.

On the handle of the Wahl there’s a switch that easily slides up to switch on the two settings and then slides back down to switch off the massager. This product is very powerful even on the lowest speed which is perfect for me.

Switching the Wahl to top speed is something I’m going to need to work up to much like I did with my Hitachi. The Wahl is definitely in our top 5 most powerful vibrators and most likely in our top 3. I feel the Wahl is for people who are lovers of power.

With headThis massager is very quiet, even on the most powerful setting, so it can be used discreetly if needed and I was able to fall asleep with it on. This is great as I’ve always hated the loudness of other mains powered vibrators like my Hitachi. I can safely use this toy in the bedroom without Steve noticing even if he’s behind the door.

I can feel the vibrations on the handle during use but not much to become irritating or numbing even after long periods of use. The handle does get a little warm after using it for a while but it doesn’t get anywhere near too hot to handle.

Her Experience

I really like the Wahl Massager as it’s very powerful making me orgasm very quickly if I let it. Even though it’s quite heavy it’s quite well-balanced making it comfortable to use. It’s also great as a standard massager especially thanks to the 6 different attachments available.

If I had to choose between my Hitachi and this I would choose the Wahl. It adds variety of sensations thanks to the attachments, it’s much quieter and more ergonomic.

His Experience

I can see why Rox loves this product as I’ve had a few massages with it and it’s very powerful but still relaxing. It’s great at relieving all of my aches and pains which is great as I get them a lot due to my spine and neck conditions. Having 7 interchangeable heads means that each one has its own job to do and they all feel so different.

Overall Opinion

I would highly recommend the Wahl All-Body Massager to anyone who enjoys really powerful products. Not only does it perform brilliantly as a clitoral stimulator, it works great at giving a relaxing massage at the end of a hectic day.

Sqweel 2 Oral Sex Simulator

The original Sqweel came out a few years ago which intrigued and impressed many. I was quite impressed by the original product but did feel it could have been made better. As soon as we heard that the Sqweel 2 was about to be released we couldn’t wait to see if the niggles we had with the original had been ironed out.

Sqweel 2 without lidThe exterior of the Sqweel 2 has a gloss finish unlike the original which has a matt finish. I prefer the gloss as it doesn’t show fingerprints as much. Another exterior change is instead of a solid black plastic removable lid the Sqweel 2 is transparent showing the tongues inside. I feel this makes the product look more stylish.
One change I do like about the new version of this product is the change in design cut out of the clam shell. More surface area of the tongues are exposed making placing them on my clitoris easier and more comfortable as the plastic casing is further away.

One of the biggest changes to the look of this sex toy is the control panel. Instead of a sliding mechanism at the base there are 2 buttons on the face of the product. Unlike the original, the Sqweel 2 is available in two colours. I have the black version, which I prefer as I felt the pink tongues contrast better against the black compared to the white version.

Speed Comparison

One of my biggest gripes about the original Sqweel was cleaning due to the internal texture of the clamshell case. This issue has been resolved with this new version as it’s completely smooth making cleaning a breeze. The Sqweel 2 has a new locking feature which stops the case coming off when you don’t want it to which is a nice addition.

10 tonguesThe Sqweel 2 tongues look very similar to the original only sporting a more striking colour and being made of silicone. The amount, the size and the angle of tongues stay true to the original. The only important functional difference I can tell is that the Sqweel 2 tongues are more rigid and less squishy.

The extra rigidity of the tongues may only seem slight to the touch of the finger but once on my clitoris this difference is more noticeable. This rigidity causes more drag compared to the original even when lubed up. I prefer the original’s more flexible tongues by a long way to a point I’ve put the old tongues in the new casing as they are compatible.

Overall I feel the styling of this product has improved in most ways except for the tongues which for me is the most important aspect. The redesign of the Sqweel makes it look more expensive than it is and it looks more of a finished product.

Functions and Controls

PackagingAccording to the marketing blurb, the Sqweel 2 is 30% more powerful than the original. After comparing the two side by side at their top speed I couldn’t tell a difference. So after some slow motion video recording I found the original Sqweel to actually be slightly faster than the Sqweel 2. I double checked the batteries and swapped with the original Sqweel winning every time.

This makes me feel the 30% more powerful claim is to do with the other 2 speeds as they are much more powerful. Like its predecessor the Sqweel 2 has three speeds but it also has the ability to reverse the direction of the tongues and has a ‘Flicker’ Mode.

The Flicker mode of the Sqweel 2 changes the direction of the tongues every 3/4′s of a rotation. You can change the speed of the Flicker mode by pressing the play button which is good to see. I prefer the standard rotation feature of this product but I think others will like this function.

The biggest difference between the original and this one by a mile is the 3 selectable speeds. As I said before I much preferred the slower speeds of the original Sqweel. So as you can imagine much to my huge disappointment the slower speeds of the Sqweel 2 are much more powerful than its predecessor. The first speed of the new Sqweel is probably just a little more powerful than the second speed of the original.

Slow Motion Analysis

The reason why I like the slower speeds so much is that it feels much more like oral sex than the higher speeds. I spend much of my time on the slowest speed on the original and only move up to the second speed now and again but usually move back down soon after. This slower speed causes less drag also which is extremely important for a product of this nature.

Spinning Sqweel TonguesWhen I heard that the Sqweel 2 was going to have 30% more power I felt that they might just increase the power of the top speed which wouldn’t have bothered me. By basically removing the two lower speeds they’ve removed the only reason I liked the original Sqweel which is a massive shame.

One of the other new touted features of the Sqweel 2 is that it’s “Quieter than ever”. The two toys definitely sound different with the new version having a deeper, less sex toy sound and would agree that it’s quieter than the original. There’s quite a big difference between the two but Steve still can hear it outside a closed-door. I feel volume is always going to be a big obstacle with a toy like this due to the mechanism so I have to applaud Lovehoney for improving this.

With lidControlling the Sqweel 2 is much easier and I’m less likely to accidentally change the mode I’m on thanks to the buttons. The buttons also light up once the unit is on so controlling this sex toy in the dark is simple.

Eroscillator 2

The Eroscillator 2 is one of the most unique vibrators on the market. Not because of the styling of the toy but the fact that it doesn’t actually vibrate, it oscillates. The meaning of oscillation for people who aren’t sure is to ‘swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm’. This motion is designed to simulate the motion of a real finger but at high speeds.

There are two versions of this product… The Eroscillator 2 Plus which we’re proud owners of and the Eroscillator 2 Deluxe which is said to be 20% more powerful and it comes with more attachments. The attachments can be purchased separately so people who have purchased the basic version can upgrade without purchasing the deluxe version.

I have to say the Eroscillator is really ugly-looking with a rusty coloured exterior and looks very similar to an old fashioned electric toothbrush. There has never been such a right time to use this saying.. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. This sex toy is ugly as hell, but it currently stands at the best sex toy I’ve ever used.

Included in the Eroscillator box are three separate attachments which easily clip onto the top of the handle. The attachments are made of soft rubber with strong plastic clips at the base to secure them to the main unit. Each attachment is double-sided so there are six different sensations to try. Each of the 6 sensations are very different to each other and we feel there’s something for everyone.

What sets this toy apart from everything else in our collection is the motion on the head. It feels nothing like a vibrator and that’s definitely a good thing. The head can oscillate up to 60 times per second which is seriously fast. Even if I’m not in the mood before using the Eroscillator 2 it quickly changes that.

About the included Eroscillator heads..

Ball and Cup – The concave side is designed for clitoral stimulation whereas the convex side may help exercise the vagina.
Grapes and Cockscomb – The grapes provide a bumpy stimulation to the clitoris and body whilst the cockscomb head is made to stimulate the labia.
Golden Spoon – One side to stimulate the clitoris and nipples and the droplets side is designed to stimulate the inner and outer labia.
Included in the box is one of the most useful instruction manuals we’ve seen for a sex toy. It is extremely informative and not only gives a lot of information about the Eroscillator but it also has a lot of advice about how to learn to orgasm if you never have.
What I didn’t expect from the Eroscillator is that it’s completely waterproof apart from the plug. I’d never really trust a mains powered sex toy underwater but according to Eroscillator it’s 100% waterproof but that’s just me being overly safety conscious.

Functions And Controls

A big plus about this toy is that it is mains powered as I never have to worry about it running out of power. The plug fits into the bottom of the toy very snugly and actually locks into place. The cable is very long at 12ft so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a plug socket too close by.

There are 3 oscillation settings on the toy which are controlled via a sliding panel on the side of the main unit. There’s a good step-up with speed on each setting with setting 1 and 2 being my current favourites but I’m sure I’ll use setting 3 more once I get more used to the oscillation movement. Working myself up from setting 1 I’ve found the best way to get the most out of the toy as going straight to setting 2 or 3 is just too much too soon.

Even though the Eroscillator 2 is very powerful, it’s very quiet even on setting 3. This was a big surprise to me as such power usually means lots of noise (like the Hitachi Magic Wand or the Rock Box). Steve is unable to hear the oscillating noise from outside a closed door so it would be great for people who live in a shared house but crave power.

Her Experience

The Eroscillator may not be the most attractive sex toy on the market but it’s my go to toy which I keep very close by in the bedroom. I’ve used many powerful vibrators including the very popular Hitachi Magic Wand but the oscillating motion of this product sets it apart from everything else I’ve currently tried.

I love the fact that it has 3 different attachments which are double-sided making 6 different sensations making this product great value for money. Normally if I wanted a different type of sensation mid-session I would need to get out an entire new toy but with the Eroscillator I could just turn it around or simply clip on another attachment.

I could talk about the Eroscillator for hours and hours as it’s a wonderful product. I would encourage everyone who has the spare money to spend on this product to get one asap as I feel it’s a great investment.

His Experience

It’s a shame some people will disregard the Eroscillator due to it being an ugly duckling. As designer sex toys are becoming more popular I feel there’s too much emphasis on looks which is a shame. Yes a sexy looking toy might look nice but if it can’t perform as well as it could then it will just collect dust and be a waste of money.

The design of this product has actually been thought out very well. The cable is so long that it will almost stretch to the other side of our living room, the settings are easy to control and the product is even waterproof. I was very surprised with the low noise level of this toy as it’s a very powerful product but it’s also very quiet.

Overall Opinion

I can see why the Eroscillator 2 is the only device ever to be endorsed by Dr.Ruth. The Eroscillator is simply amazing and my current favorite sex toy of all time. I implore everyone who even has just a slight interest in sex toys to try this product out.

Body Wand Original Massager

Ever since I first got my hands on the Hitachi, which seems years ago, I’ve grown very fond of wand style vibrators. I’ve had my eye on the Body Wand Original Massager for quite some time after reading many positive reviews. So when SexHealth asked us if we’d like to test one out we couldn’t wait to give one a go.

The Body Wand is a mains powered massager that can be used for a soothing massage or a satisfying orgasm. Mains powered massagers tend to follow the design of the extremely popular Hitachi Magic Wand and the Body Wand is no different. With a large balled head and a long handle it seems to be a great combination for comfort and pleasure.
This massager is made of plastic including the head of the toy making it easy to clean and easy to care for. The head of the wand is 7.5″ in circumference whilst the handle has a maximum circumference of 6.5″ which makes it comfortable to hold. Even with the large balled head the Body Wand Original is well-balanced in weight and the weight of the toy was lighter than expected for me weighing in at 475 grams.

The entire length of this massager is 12.5″ in length. The balled head of the massager is on a flexible neck like many other massagers. The Body Wand’s neck seems to be a little more flexible than the other wands I’ve tried (especially Hitachi) which is a good thing.

The good thing about wand products is that they can usually pass as a standard body massager to most people. The Body Wand is very well designed and definitely is my most stylish wand massager in our collection. The build quality of this product seems very high also with no noticeable defects and it seems solidly built.

As this product is mains powered you need to be located quite close to the mains due to the shorter than liked 2 metre long cable. There have been times that I’ve become frustrated when using this massager due to the short cable especially when giving a normal body massage. I would have liked the cable to be at least 3 metres in length as it would allow me to be more mobile with this sex toy.

Functions / Controls

The Body Wand is controlled via an easy to use scroll wheel which is located half way down the handle. The placing is perfect for sole use and also when used by someone else. This type of scroll wheel can cause issues with cleaning and even gives the possibility of damaging the toy. This is due to lubed up hands on the wheel that once rotated goes inside the toy itself. Without opening the massager up I cannot tell if there are any safeguards inside to stop lube from damaging the internals.

The vibration strength of the Body Wand varies from strong to extremely powerful for a mains powered product. Thanks to the scroll wheel the vibration strength can be finely tuned to my desired setting. This is great as I’ve always felt limited by the Hitachi’s basic 2 speed settings. I find myself varying the strength regularly throughout a session making my orgasms more powerful and satisfying compared.

Volume wise I never thought the Body Wand was going to be a quiet toy, and it isn’t. I wouldn’t suggest use in a shared house unless you want to be found out. This sex toy can easily be heard outside a closed-door even when used on a moderate vibration strength. Most people would know it’s a sex toy if they heard it being used even though it doesn’t have that telltale rabbit style noise.

Even though the vibration strength is extremely powerful the handle doesn’t vibrate much which is great. Other toys of this power sometimes make my hands numb due to strong vibrations on the handle but I haven’t experienced this at all with the Body Wand.

Using this product as a general body massager works very well. The variable strength option allows massages to be very relaxing. I’ve actually fallen asleep during receiving a massage from Steve using the Body Wand. Using some good massage oil or bar is important with this product.

I would highly recommend the Body Wand to people who like their sex toys to be powerful. The main things I like about this toy are the variable strength, flexible head and low vibration feedback on the handle. If I could change this product I would have to say get rid of the scroll wheel (even though it’s great to use) due to the issues of cleaning and product wellbeing and also increase the cable length.

Even with these issues this product is my new favorite wand style vibrator in my collection.

Posh Silicone Performance Kit

Calexotics kindly provided the Posh Silicone Performance Kit for us to review, and I am looking to share my thoughts with you in a way that words just don’t quite express.

Materials

Silicone is considered to be hypoallergenic and phthalate free. Silicone is considered one of the safest sex toy materials, however it still retains smells after use. So don’t expect a smell free toy after use, especially without a condom.

Lubricants

As with all silicone toys, it is advisable to avoid using silicone based lubricants. I personally recommend Astroglide lubricants as they are not only safe for use with the Performance Kit, but are also high quality themselves.

Thoughts

The three different sized cock rings make this toy suitable for most couples without having to try finding a cock ring to suit the male of the relationship. Being an average sized male I found the middle sized ring to be the best size for me. I am yet to try out, but I’m wondering if the largest ring would fit over my cock and balls and sit right at the base of my cock. Will have to try that out soon.

The butt plug is solid enough to feel it within my ass, but also soft enough to not be uncomfortable and press on areas that have been prodded by other more solid toys. The large base actually sits on my bum cheeks rather then deep in my butt crack. The length between the base and the narrowest portion of the butt plug is just enough to allow me to sit down, but walking around leads to some movement of the plug out of my ass. If I had a less plump ass, maybe it would stay inside me while walking around.

Overall

The Posh Silicone Performance Kit didn’t really enhance my performance above anything I regularly experience with other cock rings and butt plugs. Being a supple butt plug, yet solid enough to allow easy insertion makes this a toy almost perfect. The only flaw with the toy is the large round base which I would prefer to be more ‘T’ shaped to sit between my bum cheeks.

The cock rings feel good, and I would consider the Posh Silicone Performance Kit an above average toy, but definitely not perfect.

Fun Factory LAYAspot

Oh, LAYAspot. I had wanted to fall in love with you so badly. Your curves hug perfectly against my public bone and clit, your controls are easy to work, and the fact that you come in tons of pretty colour combinations? Awesomeness. I thought we were meant to be. But there’s just one thing. A tiny problem, honestly, I almost feel embarrassed bringing it up. You’re not enough of a vibe for me. It’s not you, LAYAspot, it’s totally me. My clit just needs a bit more oomph from my toys, and sadly, you didn’t deliver. We can still be friends, though! Really!

The LAYAspot is a vibrator with a great concept from Fun Factory. It’s a small (4″ long, and 3″ wide) and ergonomically shaped external vibe that is curved to rest against your vulva and clit, and can be used during sex as well as for masturbation. It runs off two AAA batteries, and is made of Elastomed. You can use either silicone or water based lubes with it without harming your toy. The packaging says the Layaspot is ‘splashproof’, but I don’t feel comfortable dropping it into the sink, so for clean up I use either toy cleaning wipes or just a regular soap-y towel, then rinse it off carefully, avoiding the cap area. The buttons do tend to collect lube and come in the indentations, so you will need to use your nails or maybe a toothbrush to clean them out.

The controls are fairly simple, two buttons on the top with ‘+’ and ‘-’ signs. As expected, the ‘+’ sign needs to be held down to turn the vibe on, and then both buttons can be used to cycle through the different modes of vibrations and intensities. I found the vibrations to be a lots more ‘buzzy’ than ‘rumbly’, and even on the strongest setting, they weren’t quite what I needed.

I’ve tried using it during sex, (missionary and doggy style) and while while it was great to have vibrations against my clit/something to grind against, again, it just wasn’t enough to get me off by itself. The one time I managed to orgasm while using the LAYAspot, I was rubbing it against my clit with almost enough pressure to hurt, and not in a fun way. Definitely not an experience I care to repeat every time I feel like a quick orgasm. From what I’ve read, there may be some variation in the strength of the LAYAspot’s vibrations from batch to batch, so it could be that I just had one that wasn’t quite as awesome as it could have been.

*sighs* LAYAspot, darling. It’s not you, it’s me. And I promise it won’t be awkward when you see me with other toys. Hey, maybe you, me, and my Hiatchi can all go out and have a drink sometime?

Fun Factory Teneo Uno

I have to admit, I got these as more of a teasing sex toy than for their exercise purposes, and my review is going to reflect that fact.

And it’s even in the same colours as I have.

I purchased the Teneo Uno about two months ago, so can’t really comment on the packaging, but I do remember that it was Fun Factory’s normal shiny silver and red, and it came with a little packet of Toyfluid lube. Toyfluid is a water based lube, so totally safe to use with your silicone toys. However, it does have Glycerine in it, so if you have a sensitivity, best avoid! The official site has lots of different color options for the Uno now as well. I’m actually tempted to get a purple one!

The Teneo Uno is an elastomed ball that has been coated with silicone. the ball is about 1-1/2”, and the cord is 3-1/3″. T The ball is very easy to insert and even has a hollow at the top for your finger! I am normally a bit wet, so I rarely have to use lube with the Teno, but women who are not as *ahem* damp as myself might want to use a bit of water based lube. The little ridges weren’t rough and didn’t catch as I inserted them, but once they were inside…*purrs* It made it a lot easier to clench down on, and definitely motivated me to do um..Kegels. Yeah. Totally was doing Kegels. Wanking had nothing to do with this very scientific review. I’m terribly proper.

I wore it for most of an eight hour shift at the bakery, and it was definitely noticeable shifting inside me (and made my shift so much more enjoyable!). I am on my feet constantly, lifting, bending, and by the time they let me have my first break, I was a very horny kitty. I snuck out to my friend’s car to enjoy my break and some alone time. There was a layer of thick white come all over the toy, and it ended up all over my panties as I pulled it out. Oops? Next time I know to have a towel handy. Luckily clean up (for the toy, at least!) is easy. You can just toss it in the sink and clean it with antibacterial soap and water or toy cleaner if you prefer.

To sum it up:
+ silicone, so able to be completely sterilized
+ easy to use/insert
+ feels amazing and is a good way to ensure you do your Kegels
– the ridges and cracks take a bit more cleaning than a smooth toy would
– the size may be a bit small for some women, luckily Fun Factory also sells the Teneo Duo. 🙂
– I worry about the retrieval cord snapping if I tug on it too hard.

Edited November 8, 2010 to add: I broke the cord while trying to pull the toy out of me a few days ago, so am taking two points off my score. It’s less pretty with a broken cord and much harder to remove. 🙁

Tantus Rascal

The Tantus Rascal is a gorgeous silicone dildo that really delivers on girth and texture! He arrived on my doorstep a few days ago from Tantus, in a discreet brown box. The packaging inside was a clear plastic bag with the Tantus logo on it, as well as free stickers. I plan on giving them out to friends who need to be converted to the world of good quality toys.

Tantus’ toys are 100% Ultra-Premium Platinum Silicone which is hypoallergenic, hygienic, odorless, tasteless, phthalate free, and all around awesome. The silicone is firm with very little give, and it’s finish is matte and has some drag to it, so you may need to use a bit of lube. Plus, lube with the ribbed texture is never a bad idea, as feeling like someone has used a grater on your insides is rarely good! Because this is a silicone toy, be careful to use only water based lubes with it. Silicone lubes can react badly with silicone toys, and having a melted Rascal will just ruin your day. You can clean your Rascal by boiling him, putting him through the dishwasher (on the top rack, please!), or tossing him in the sink with either toy cleaner, or antibacterial soap and water.

The Rascal is a girthy wee beastie, at 1 3/4 ” diameter, and 5″ of insertable length. That’s a lot of toy, and you may find that you need to warm up with a slightly smaller toy before taking Rascal on. The shaft curves slightly, perfect for G-Spot play, and the short length ensures that your cervix isn’t going to get battered during more ‘enthusiastic’ thrusting. The base is flared, so it’s harness compatible, although I am not sure how well it would work, given that he’s a rather short toy. There’s a cavity in the bottom of the toy for a bullet, and my Rascal came with a fairly basic one touch bullet that is fairly strong. The vibrations carry well through the silicone, and reach all the way to the tip.

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: what he’s like in use. 😉 The ridges are probably my favourite thing about Rascal-they’re the perfect tease. Running the ridges over my clit and outer labia feels really good, and when you add the vibrations, I’m in heaven! The texture is also really noticeable when I’m thrusting with it as well, but as I mentioned earlier, if there’s enough lube, it’s never an annoying thing. The base is easy to hold for thrusting, but I’ve found my favourite way to use the Rascal is to have it in me while sitting or lying down and use the Hitachi on my clit. Best. Orgasms. Ever. The ribs give me something to clench on, and it makes my orgasm just that much more intense.

To sum it up:
+ silicone, so able to be completely sterilized
+ girthy, so gives you that awesome full feeling
+ shorter length
+ texture!
+ harness compatible
– the girth may be too much for someone who isn’t a bit of a size queen
– texture, if it isn’t something you enjoy

I give it four paws up out of five!