When I visited my old roommate over the summer at her new abode in London, I was excited to finally pay a visit to Sh! in Hoxton. Sh! is a woman-owned and woman-focused1 boutique style erotic shop. They have their own line of silicone toys that they hand-pour in a workshop down the street from the boutique, which is what I was particularly excited about.
After chatting with some of the employees and purchasing a lube sampler and an erotic coloring book, we headed to lunch. I vowed to email them about working together so I could bring some of their hand-made dildo goodness to my readers. Which brings us to today’s subjects: Their Sh! Honey 2 dildo and Desire luxury rechargeable vibrator.
Honey 2 Hand-Made Silicone G-Spot Dildo
For some reason, this dildo reminds me of a very sleek Loch Ness Monster, and that made me fond of it before I even put it in my vagina.
Honey 2 is so named because Sh! has an entire line of Honey dildos, from 1 through 6 and then Mistress Honey Large. You can get a Honey with or without a hole at the base for a bullet vibrator (mine has a hole, but I didn’t use it). Honey 2 is the second smallest, at 5.25″ tall and 1.5″ wide at its widest point. It doesn’t require a warm-up, but it’s not so small that it doesn’t feel satisfying. The silicone is glossy and of medium firmness.
So for me, this dildo is perfect. Actually literally completely perfect.
This is a dildo that I don’t need to madly thrust, and because I am profoundly lazy, I love that. I found that the curved head provided plenty of stimulation to my G-spot just by being wiggled around or very lightly bounced at the base. Because of the squish provided by the medium-firm silicone, Honey felt comfortable and semi-realistic while also being so impeccably shaped that there’s little doubt that it isn’t a naturally-occurring phallus. The shape is just… exactly what my vagina wants from a dildo.
Regarding the vibrator hole at the base, I find that a lot of dildos with holes for bullet vibes do a poor job transmitting vibration. It’s simple: If there’s a lot of silicone to get through, the vibrations are going to be dampened. Instead, I like to use a vibrator on my clit and simultaneously make contact with the base of the dildo so that the vibrations travel upward. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Honey 2 and it works like a charm.
All of Sh!’s house-brand dildos come with the lovely and stable heart-shaped base that you see on Honey. I asked why they used a heart shape, and was told that they found that it was the best combination of stable for harness play and aesthetically pleasing. I also find that the heart shape keeps it from being too much of a vulva hog, allowing enough space for the addition of a clit vibe.
Sh! Desire Luxury Rechargeable Vibrator
For as much as I adored Honey 2, I felt underwhelmed by Desire.
Let me be fair and discuss the positives first: Desire is lightweight, made of completely body-safe materials, rechargeable, and water-proof. Its control panel is completely covered in silicone, but is very easy to use even with lube on your hands. Its motor is located at the tip rather than the base, which means vibrations should be concentrated in the right area. But at £49 (or $73), I feel it’s just not delivering enough oomph to be worth recommending to a large audience.
Unfortunately, Desire’s vibrations are weak. More than weak, it’s like they’re malnourished.
I found that of the 3 speeds of steady vibration, speed #1 was closest to satisfying because it was the least buzzy. As I moved up to 2 and 3, it actually felt more like a tickle than like the kind of vibration that I typically enjoy. Thankfully, with Desire’s control pad, you can click back down to a lower vibration level instead of cycling all the way through.
At first, I thought I might have been able to get off by using Desire clitorally. I knew it was going to take a while because Desire’s motor wasn’t producing anything close to the kinds of rumbly vibrations I usually like, but I thought it could still happen. But then I added lube, and my hopes of orgasm went to hell in a handbasket. Something about the cushioning of the lube made the vibrations all but undetectable. So I huffed and said to my husband, as I often do, “Please hand me the really good one.”
But do you see that silicone seam that’s sticking out over the white ABS plastic? I think we’re playing it a bit fast and loose with the term “luxury.”
I chose Desire because I thought it would be nice to have a slender, vibrating insertable that I could recommend. The fact of the matter is, not everyone is a size queen. For someone who’s dealing with penetration issues, whether physical or psychological, a slim insertable could be a great step towards becoming comfortable with the insertion of larger toys or body parts. I think it’s important to remember that not everyone is approaching sex from the same angle before we say something like, “Who would even want a toy that small?”
If you’re one of the folks who’s in the market for a small or thin insertable, there are a few other toys I would recommend over this one.
When I was at Sh!, their Mini G-Spot Vibrator immediately grabbed my attention. As the name suggests, it’s small, and its vibrations are similar in quality to the ones produced by Desire. However, the Mini has a better shape for both clitoral and G-spot stimulation, and it’s less than half the price (£18.00). If you’re not looking for power and are just looking to explore, the Mini would be a better choice.
If you have a bigger budget, you might consider the We-Vibe Tango for £59. While not a true insertable, you can get the Tango about 1.5-2″ inside the vagina, which might be a good start for you if you’re nervous about penetration but want more stimulation than a finger. Also, the Tango is just an all-around wonderful clitoral vibe for anyone who craves deep, rumbly vibrations.
Another bigger-budget option is the LELO Liv 2 for £99. Liv 2 does not have the same motor as Mona 2, but it is significantly smaller. Having felt the Liv 2, I can tell you that its vibrations are rumbly and I would rate the strength at something like 6 out of 10. (On the 10 scale, the Mona 2 is an 7.5 and the Doxy Wand is a 10.)
The Bottom Line
Thank you so much, Sh!, for sending me these toys in exchange for a fair review! This post contains affiliate links which help to support this blog.
- They are trans- and genderqueer-friendly. ↩