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!

Soju Sugar Drop-Sexiest

The Soju Sugar Drop is a sexy piece of silicone, and I don’t say that to all my toys. It’s got a modern shape that reminds me of a ray gun, and even comes with a clear acrylic stand, should you feel like leaving your toy out on display. The Sugar Drop has 5 fabulous colour choices (including LIME GREEN!), and is 100% Silicone. Cleaning is the usual hassle free option wiping it down with soap and water or a toy cleaner. Sterilizing can be achieved by boiling it, wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution. Remember to only use water based lubes, or your Sugar Drop can melt! (Well, maybe not melt exactly, but silicone toys can have adverse reactions to silicone lubes, so I wouldn’t risk it.)

The Sugar Drop has a gently rounded point on one end, widening gently to a thick point in the middle, then tapering off to a flat handle at the other end. It’s 8 1/2″ long from end to end, with a 6 1/2″ inch insertable length. At the widest point in the middle of the insertable portion, it has a diameter of 1 5/8″, so you may want to give it a pass if you prefer your toys to be on the slender side. I Unlike the Lelo Ella, the flattened end is not for insertion. I’ve read that some reviewers have been able to insert both ends and got good g-spot stimulation with the flat end, but it’s not something that worked well with my internal anatomy. The angles were wrong and I found the edges of the handle part of the to be irritating, as they felt almost sharp upon insertion! There’s also a seam down the middle of the toy, which can’t be felt in use, but is definitely visible.

When it comes to use, the Sugar Drop isn’t quite what I was hoping for. It does rub against my G-spot when I thrust with it, but it’s more of a tease than the firm pressure I need to squirt. The bubble texture on the side of the shaft is also not what I had expected! In the pictures on Edens Fantasies, they seem like a cute accent, but in use, they are irritating to the point that I need to use tons of lube with it (and I never use lube for vaginal toy use, given how naturally wet I am). They rub against my labia and my inner walls, and it goes from ‘Ooh, yay, a bit of texture.’ to ‘Oh gods, oh gods, it feels like sandpaper.’ very quickly. The handle does works well with a partner, although it’s not long enough to make sure that they won’t get come all over their hands, so gloves might be a good idea if the person you’re using the Sugar Drop on isn’t fluid bonded with you.

I had hoped to like the Sugar Drop a lot more than I did, however, the wonky texture and lack of G-spot stimulation just doesn’t do it for me. It’s been sitting mostly unloved in my toy box the last few months, and while I occasionally take it out and try again, I’m considering passing it on to one of my pay partners. Sorry, Sugar! You’re just not the one for me.

Lovehoney’s Sqweel 2

The Squeel 2 is a weird looking toy, there’s no getting around this, so I thought I’d get it out of the way at the start of this review. This is what you would get if an arcade game character, a water wheel, and a futuristic sex toy had a pink and white (or pink and black) baby. If you like your sex toys to be unique and look as though they’d be Tank Girl’s first choice for jacking off, this is definitely for you.

While I haven’t tried the original Sqweel, the Sqweel 2 packaging boasts that it has more power than the original, has 10 ‘tongues’ made of silicone rather than a porous material, and has ‘exciting flicker mode’. I’m glad that I’m review this and not the original, as a Sqweel with less power than this would make me a very sad and probably orgasm-less Pixel.

The sound of the Sqweel is a bit whiny. It’s also fairly loud, to the point that I’d want the bedroom door closed as well as music playing to cover the sound of it if I had to worry about housemates. When I’m just using it by myself, I grab my sound cancelling headphones and use either porn or music to drown out the whine. This may be because of the
There are variable speeds, 3 of them, and you are able to change the direction the Sqweel spins as well as activate a ‘flicker mode’. (Am I the only one who feels like this is sounds like a glitchy version of ‘stealth mode’? You’d be ninja-ing along, when all of a sudden, your camouflage flashes off, then on again?) I usually only use the third speed, and very rarely mess around with the flicker mode. There’s a pause in the flicking that just ends up annoying me, rather than getting me off. I also don’t ever change the direction of the tongues. It just feels weird and uncomfortable to me to have it rotating the opposite way.

The tongues are really pink. I don’t think my picture conveys just how violently, pepto pink they are. They’re silicone and have some seriously drag to them. It’s not as much drag as, say, kitty tongue, but you’re going to want to use a fair bit of lube with this to make your clit and labia not feel abused. I prefer to use a thicker lube with the Sqweel 2, and applied it to my clit and labia before I even turned on the toy. Sliquid Sassy worked well for me, but if you prefer a thinner lube, any water based one will do!

Cleaning is a bit of a pain in the butt. Lube and fluids get all over and in this thing, and having to do a thorough clean up after each use is a must. You have to break down the Sqweel to clean it, and wipe the case down really well because you’ll have spattered stuff all up in that. Luckily, opening the case is easy. You just slide the locking mechanism on the side, pop it apart, and pull out the rotating bit. You have to wipe the inside down, as it’s not sealed, and you don’t want to corrode the batteries by accident. (The batteries, by the way, are 3 AAAs.) The tongue part can be cleaned the normal way-10% bleach, soap and water, or boiling.

I’ve heard horror stories of the Sqweel ripping stray pubes out, and I can neither confirm or deny this, as I like to keep things waxed or well trimmed, and wasn’t willing to go for the disco bush look just to try to dispel that particular sex toy urban myth. I didn’t have any issues with the tongues grabbing at my outer labia piercings either-I have 4, and they have curved barbells in them, for frame of reference.

This doesn’t feel like oral sex to me, but then, I don’t feel like anything can actually compare to having your partner going down on you. Sex toys ARE NOT replacements for humans. Seriously. They’re not your ‘battery operated boyfriend’ or ‘teehee, going to replace hubby’, they’re toys. (Sorry, pet peeve!) That being said, it does feel really good. I was honestly a bit shocked that I was able to orgasm from using the Sqweel, as I’m not normally able to orgasm from oral sex. I need either penetration or vibration to get off.

When I use a vibrator, I tend to press it against my clit, and the pressure seems to help get me off faster. With the Sqweel, I can’t do that. If I press it against me too hard, it makes the engine whine and slow down, which is the exact opposite of what I want it to do. However, the sensations from the tongues against my clit were fast/strong enough to.

I offered to try this out on my boyfriend’s cock, but he took one took at the tongues spinning and started laughing hysterically, so you’ll have to go elsewhere to find a male perspective on the Sqweel, sorry.

Overall, this is a cool toy to add to your collection. Sure, it’s not going to work for everyone, but not all toys do. If you’re looking for something that’s sorta similar to oral sex, you can try this out, but I maintain that it’s not the same. It does, however, feel fucking awesome in it’s own way.

Jopen’s Key Comet G

I’ve not been a fan of Jopen before now. I know, blasphemy. But the Vanity line was completely done in a neon fushica purple with no variation, and the Intensity was pink and both were out of my price range. With the Key line, Jopen’s toned down their ‘all pink all the time’ stance, and lowered the prices. While the new line is still ‘luxury’, it’s much more affordable, and they come in more colours now (Pink, purple, teal, and an awesome shade of blue.). That’s some classy tequila right there. The toy ain’t bad either.

Eden sent me the Key Comet G by Jopen to review, and I was utterly thrilled. I’d been lusting after it ever since I caught a press release for the line, because it looked like it would make my g-spot happy, and I was so very right. By now, I’m pretty sure everyone has compared this to the Pure Wand, and guess what? I’m going to do it too. Don’t worry, Pure Wand, I still love you. I’m just have a bit of a dirty affair with the G Wand. I’ll come back to you, really! What we have, it’s *real*.

The differences between the Comet G and Pure Wand are fairly noticeable. The Comet G is made of glass, with the lower 2/3rds of the shaft dipped in silicone. The handle has a small silver medallion stuck to one side of the handle’s grip. The shape of the Comet G is more of a ‘J’, rather than the Pure Wand’s semi-circle. There’s also a huge weight difference between the two. Stainless steel is a lot heavier then glass and silicone. Also, the Pure Wand tapers dramatically after the balls on either end. The Comet G’s shaft is thicker overall, and I actually like it a bit better for that reason. I tend to clench really hard when I orgasm, and with the Pure Wand it’s almost uncomfortable to do that because there’s so little to.

Just because it’s being compared to the Pure Wand doesn’t mean this toy isn’t awesome in it’s own right. I love the silicone. It’s got a bit of drag, so I usually put some water based lube on it before I use it. The drag to the silicone does mean that the bulb will feel a bit larger than it is. There’s also a ridge running down the side of the toy, but I didn’t find the texture to be really noticeable while I was using it. For me, it’s decorative, rather than functional. But if you’re really sensitive to texture, this may not be for you. I do love that the ridges start in the glass and are continued into the silicone…it’s a unique touch and makes the piece look more finished.

The Comet G isn’t a huge toy. The end measures 1.5 inches, which is the same as the Pure Wand’s larger ball. End to end it’s about 8 inches, which isn’t that long, either. The length is one of the few places I have an issue with the Comet G, though. I have short arms (I’d love for you to think of me as a T-Rex, but with multicoloured hair, freckles, and cleavage that doesn’t stop for days), and chronic pain/occasional mobility issues. That means there’s going to be days I’m not going to be able to use this on myself to thrust, as the short length means I have to stretch my arms or twist in a way that’s going to make me hurt worse or in new ways. Of course, there’s always the option to delegate to my mate, and I have taken advantage of willing partners before. Just be clear in your communication with your partner when they’re using a toy on you! Angles change, and with a harder toy like the Comet G, accidentally thrusting too hard or hitting the wrong place is possible.

So far, my favourite way to get off with the Comet G has been to sit down at my computer desk chair with the head of the toy inside me and use a vibrator on my clit at the same time. I can rock in the chair to change the angle of the toy on my g-spot, and the constant pressure is amazing. It makes it easier on me, because again, T-Rex arms, and can tweak my wrist or shoulder sometimes to jack off using the handle of this toy.

Cleaning is a bit different with this toy than a straight up silicone or glass toy. The silver emblem on the handle is glued on, and boiling or putting this toy through the dishwasher could wreck it. I suggest sticking with a 10% bleach solution or just washing with antibacterial soap and water.

I’m definitely a fan of the Key Comet G. The design is sleek, the material combination unique, and I’m glad that Jopen is branching out!

Fun Factory Teneo Duo

I just recently joined the Good Vibrations review program, and one of my first picks of toys to review was the fun Factory Teneo Duo. I own the Teneo Uno and really enjoyed it (until the retrieval cord snapped, that is) and wanted to see how the Duo compared. I really wanted to give these cute vaginal exercisers a second chance to impress me, and I’m glad I did.

The Teneo Duo are a pair of of brightly coloured and textured kegel exercisers. The Teneo Duo come in some fabulous colour choices, including orange, green, turquoise, purple, as well as various pinks and black. I kinda want one in every colour! When used regularly, they’re supposed to improve vaginal muscle tone and make orgasms better/stronger.

The Duo come in the usual Fun Factory packaging, which I like. It’s cute, I love the magnetic closure, and is fairly discreet. The cardboard is sturdy, and while it could definitely be used for long term storage, I found it more convenient to keep the Teneo Duo tucked in a cloth bag in my dresser. The packaging included a sample of Toyfluid, Fun Factory’s water based lube. (Toyfluid does contain glycerin, so be careful using it if you have sensitivities.)

The length of the two balls together is 4 1/2 inches, with the tail taking the total length to 7 1/2 inches. They measure 1 1/2 inches in diameter, so if you’re not used to larger toys, these might be a tight fit. There’s small weighted beads inside, that you can feel when you roll the toy in your hands, or when they’re inside you!

In use, the Duo are pretty awesome. For me, unless I am turned on beforehand, it is a bit tight to get both balls in. Lube helps! Just make sure to use a water based lube, as silicone or oil may damage your toy. Also, I found that if I use too much lube, it makes it harder to keep the Duo in. There’s a notch on top of the ball closest to the tail to help with insertion (yay ergonomic design!), and it does make things a bit easier. For me, the best positions for getting them in was to either be lying flat on my back, or to be standing with on leg up and resting on the side of the tub. To take them out, make sure you have relaxed your muscles as much as possible, or try ‘pushing’ them out as you pull on the retrieval cord. I learned the hard way that the cord will snap if you are still clenching around the toy when you try to remove it. (It was a sad day for me. Boo.)

Having these inside me was definitely arousing, and I was hyper-aware of them for about the first half hour, but soon relaxed and stopped noticing as much unless I did something that would set the small balls inside moving. (such as running down some stairs or bouncing.) Then I would go back to being very aware of them for a time before relaxing again. This may be because I am used to using a menstrual cup, or just because my brain decided that I didn’t need to deal with that much stimulation for an extended period and decided to ignore it. I also produce a lot of extra lubrication while I had the Duo inside me, to the point that wearing a pantyliner was a good idea if I didn’t feel like dealing with damp underwear all day.

They have an interesting texture to them…it’s criss-crossed bands that I imagine are they for your vaginal muscles to get a better grip on. However, this texture can make it a bit of a pain in the arse to clean this toy thoroughly. Come and lube like to hide in the little creases, and I usually end up having to scrub them with an old toothbrush to get them entirely clean. To sterilize your toy, you can use antibacterial soap and water, a 10% bleach solution, or even boil these, as they’re made of silicone.

I’ve been using the Duo for about a month now, and while I haven’t noticed my orgasms getting any stronger (which may be a good thing, to be honest. I occasionally pass out for a few seconds if they’re strong enough already!), I’ve definitely noticed that my body will clench down harder on toys if I’m using them to thrust as I come. I’ll have to see if I can get some feedback from my Master the next time he comes to town. For purely scientific purposes, that is. *grin*

Fun Factory Teneo Duo

I just recently joined the Good Vibrations review program, and one of my first picks of toys to review was the fun Factory Teneo Duo. I own the Teneo Uno and really enjoyed it (until the retrieval cord snapped, that is) and wanted to see how the Duo compared. I really wanted to give these cute vaginal exercisers a second chance to impress me, and I’m glad I did.

The Teneo Duo are a pair of of brightly coloured and textured kegel exercisers. The Teneo Duo come in some fabulous colour choices, including orange, green, turquoise, purple, as well as various pinks and black. I kinda want one in every colour! When used regularly, they’re supposed to improve vaginal muscle tone and make orgasms better/stronger.
The Duo come in the usual Fun Factory packaging, which I like. It’s cute, I love the magnetic closure, and is fairly discreet. The cardboard is sturdy, and while it could definitely be used for long term storage, I found it more convenient to keep the Teneo Duo tucked in a cloth bag in my dresser. The packaging included a sample of Toyfluid, Fun Factory’s water based lube. (Toyfluid does contain glycerin, so be careful using it if you have sensitivities.)

The length of the two balls together is 4 1/2 inches, with the tail taking the total length to 7 1/2 inches. They measure 1 1/2 inches in diameter, so if you’re not used to larger toys, these might be a tight fit. There’s small weighted beads inside, that you can feel when you roll the toy in your hands, or when they’re inside you!

In use, the Duo are pretty awesome. For me, unless I am turned on beforehand, it is a bit tight to get both balls in. Lube helps! Just make sure to use a water based lube, as silicone or oil may damage your toy. Also, I found that if I use too much lube, it makes it harder to keep the Duo in. There’s a notch on top of the ball closest to the tail to help with insertion (yay ergonomic design!), and it does make things a bit easier. For me, the best positions for getting them in was to either be lying flat on my back, or to be standing with on leg up and resting on the side of the tub. To take them out, make sure you have relaxed your muscles as much as possible, or try ‘pushing’ them out as you pull on the retrieval cord. I learned the hard way that the cord will snap if you are still clenching around the toy when you try to remove it. (It was a sad day for me. Boo.)

Having these inside me was definitely arousing, and I was hyper-aware of them for about the first half hour, but soon relaxed and stopped noticing as much unless I did something that would set the small balls inside moving. (such as running down some stairs or bouncing.) Then I would go back to being very aware of them for a time before relaxing again. This may be because I am used to using a menstrual cup, or just because my brain decided that I didn’t need to deal with that much stimulation for an extended period and decided to ignore it. I also produce a lot of extra lubrication while I had the Duo inside me, to the point that wearing a pantyliner was a good idea if I didn’t feel like dealing with damp underwear all day.

They have an interesting texture to them…it’s criss-crossed bands that I imagine are they for your vaginal muscles to get a better grip on. However, this texture can make it a bit of a pain in the arse to clean this toy thoroughly. Come and lube like to hide in the little creases, and I usually end up having to scrub them with an old toothbrush to get them entirely clean. To sterilize your toy, you can use antibacterial soap and water, a 10% bleach solution, or even boil these, as they’re made of silicone.

I’ve been using the Duo for about a month now, and while I haven’t noticed my orgasms getting any stronger (which may be a good thing, to be honest. I occasionally pass out for a few seconds if they’re strong enough already!), I’ve definitely noticed that my body will clench down harder on toys if I’m using them to thrust as I come. I’ll have to see if I can get some feedback from my Master the next time he comes to town. For purely scientific purposes, that is. *grin*

Good Vibrations Rippler

I have a thing for green toys. Pink and purple vibrators are so boring, overdone and girly…I don’t understand why more companies don’t embrace the unisex awesomeness of green. When Good Vibrations offered me a chance to review their Rippler, I may have made a noise so high pitched only dogs could hear it and begged Mandi for one of the green ones (it also comes in a metallic purple and black). She was awesome, and sent one my way. <3 The silicone of the Rippler is gorgeous. It has a metallic sheen to it and looks like a piece of malachite that has been sculpted into a stunning dildo. *loves* It has some pliability to it, and you can bend it straight fairly easily. There isn’t much give to it, though, so you feel all of the ridges and bumps. This silicone is really shiny, so it does tend to pick up Every. Single. Piece. of cat hair/dust/whatever in the room if you set it down for a second, so storing it in it’s original packaging or a bag would be best unless you feel like washing your toy before and after playing. Speaking of packaging, I loved Good Vibes packaging! It was a simple plastic clamshell with a shiny cardboard insert. Definitely not discreet, as you can see the toy through it, but much more appealing to me than half naked women posed provocatively all over it. Basic care instructions were printed on the insert, as well as info about the toy. The Rippler is a girthy toy, and definitely not for the novice toy user. It measures 7 ¼ inches long and is 1 5/8 inches diameter at it’s thinnest point and 1 7/8 inches at it’s thickest. I don’t have small hands (yay, Irish/German peasant bloodlines!), but my thumb and middle finger can barely touch each other when I wrap my hand around the base. Add the incredible texture to that and you have a seriously epic dildo. I could probably bludgeon someone unconscious with this if I tried. Why yes, I do evaluate my sex toys at potential weapons, why do you ask? The texture to the Rippler is definitely unique. It has a semi realistic phallic shaped head, and ‘V’s running down it’s length on the underside. The front/top has 6 raised and slightly curved bands on it. I love the look of the bottom pattern though…it reminds me of the simplistic Christmas trees I’d draw as a kid. Well, either that or some sort of alien cock, which can make for some smokin’ hot abduction fantasies. Want to be probed repeatedly by a not-so-little green man? This is definitely the dildo for you. The base also works fairly well as a suction cup, as I found out when I was cleaning it. It sticks to smooth surfaces (like counter tops and the side of the tub) when the base is wet, and required me using two hands to pull it free! I couldn’t get it to stick to the wall, though. Because this toy is made of pure silicone, you’re going to want to only use a water based lube with it, as the silicone can react negatively with your toy. For cleaning, it’s the usual options. You can wash it with antibacterial soap and water, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, boil it, or put it through the dishwasher. I’m a fan of textured toys, so the Rippler and I got along very well. The girth was a bit intimidating at first, but once I warmed up with my Hitachi and a smaller toy I was good to go. The bands on the top were nice, but not the texture I was looking for. It does really well for g-spot play when used this way, though-the raised bands felt awesome rubbing against my g-spot! Because the ripples are all on the bottom of the toy, I didn’t find they were very noticeable during thrusting unless I turned the toy upside-down or was using it doggy-style. Woof! This definitely is not for the faint of heart or pussy! You can feel every single ridge as it rubs against you, and it’s really intense. I wanted to try this in my strap-on harness with my girlfriend, as she’s also a fan of textured toys, but the O-ring I have was too small. (Fortunately, Good Vibrations sells O-rings of various sizes.) I was feeling exceptionally adventurous this week and decided to attempt using the Rippler anally so my review could be a bit more through. It is a fair bit larger and much more textured than my normal toys, so I was more than a little intimidated, but I’m glad I decided to experiment. With the combination of girth plus length, I could only manage to take a few of the ripples, but they were a really intense sensation. This isn’t something I see myself using anally on a regular basis, but it’s definitely a unique experience I think I will find myself craving more in the future. I adore the Rippler in all it’s textured glory. It’s filling and is perfect for the days I want more from my toys…more girth, more sensation, more everything! I give it 5 paws up out of 5!