When Tenga contacted me about the two new toys in their Iroha line – Mikazuki and Minamo – I was pretty excited. While I enjoyed the Iroha Sakura, I still feel that soft and marshmallowy isn’t quite right for clitoral vibrators, at least for me. On the other hand, I absolutely adore soft insertables.
At first glance, Mikazuki looks well styled, streamlined, and quite simply, designed. It looks it was made by a high end Japanese company, because it was. And, for some, it might look boring. It has a nice, subtle curve, but the shaft is rather thin. For me, that’s what makes it perfect.
When I first started on this sex toy reviewing road, I was a representative for a popular home sex toy party company. The year was 2011, and most of the toys were soft TPR or jelly monstrosities. I bought a dual-action vibe through the company that I adored, until I learned better. But still, the love for squishy insertables plagues me. My Vixen Creations VixSkin Mustang does a great job, and is a fantastic dildo, but it doesn’t vibrate. And all of my insertable vibrators are hard. (I know, I’m not to be pitied. I have a mighty collection, afterall.)
BUT FINALLY. Tenga has delivered unto us a toy which somehow effectively performs as a squishy insertable and a reasonably strong vibrator.
Iroha Mikazuki is 7″ long, and tapers from 1″ to 1.5″ wide. Its buttons are located near the bottom of the device, one small and one larger. The larger button turns Mikazuki on, and increases the speed. The smaller button turns Mikazuki off, and decreases the speed. Like the original three Iroha toys, Mikazuki is coated in dust-repellant silicone with a layer of flexible, soft elastomer underneath. This means that you get all of the benefits of both materials, while still having a fully body-safe toy.
While Mikazuki is billed as flexible, I was slightly confused when I saw some of the marketing materials. There are a few images that show Mikazuki flexed. Before I received my Mikazuki, I assumed that meant that there was a flexible internal spine, or something. Rather, it’s just a flexible shaft, like many softer silicone dildos. It’s nice in-use because it conforms to your body, but it’s not going to give you strong, pin-point G-spot stimulation.
Iroha Mikazuki has 4 modes: low, medium, high, and pulsation. The motor is strong, and while it’s not knock-your-socks-off strong, it’s dependable. It’s completely waterproof, and comes with its own charging case. Its case is beautiful, and as is par for the course with Tenga, very functional as well. Mikazuki is so well styled that I once actually forgot that I left it out on my shelf and had an entire meeting over Skype with it chilling in its case in the background. (Luckily, I work in the industry.)
In use, I love Mikazuki as a warm-up toy. Some of the medications that I take affect my body and my sex drive in unexpected ways. Even when I’m really into the idea of sex, having a small warm-up helps a lot. It just makes everything more comfortable, and therefore hotter. Tenga packed a nice motor into Mikazuki’s slender form, and its gentle but pointed tip is great for G-spot teasing and arousal. For me, this makes Mikazuki a must-have.
Clitorally, Mikazuki feels almost like a soft vibrating finger. It’s great for building up arousal, and is easy to use with a partner. I found Mikazuki to be a very sensual toy. Its form encourages a soft, slow exploration session.
Controversial opinion ahoy: I think Mikazuki is perfect for
beginners a certain category of beginners.
Usually, when you run across “beginners” sex toys, you find things like tiny rabbits made of TPR, shitty watch battery bullet vibrators, and “jelly crystal” butt plugs. It’s not pretty, and those are things that NO ONE should be subjected to. In this case, I think it’s accurate to say that the Mikazuki would make a great insertable vibrator for someone who is a beginner to penetration. If a friend came to me who had never had sex, had never experimented with inserting anything but a tampon, and asked me for an insertable vibrator recommendation, this would likely be it. It’s not weak, it’s not buzzy, it’s high-quality.
Now, Mikazuki does cost $110. That’s a lot to plunk down, I know. Would I recommend it to everyone? Nope. For some, it’s simply going to be too small. I believe the Mikazuki is a bit of a niche toy, but it performs very well for what it does. Will I continue to reach for it? Absolutely.
Thank you, Tenga, for providing me with the Mikazuki in exchange for an honest review! You can purchase your own Mikazuki from my friends at SheVibe.
Today, I have a big pre-review announcement: The folks at PicoBong™ reached out to me about their new toy, the TRANSFORMER™, which is unlike anything I’ve seen. And you know that’s unusual, because I’ve seen a lot.
The TRANSFORMER™ is beyond just a bullet vibrator, or just a couples toy, or just a dual-action stimulator. PicoBong™ has created something with so many possibilities, that when I receive mine, I have no idea which categorized box I’m going to store it in.
In their own words, according to the TRANSFORMER™ manifesto:
Brothers and sisters, comrades and friends.
We live in a time of accelerating change. Borders are torn down as fast as they go up, our language changes by the hour, and just when we think we’ve caught up, everything’s moved on and left us behind.
Nowhere is this truer than in issues of gender and sexuality: the most important and most defining issues of our age. Our minds are only just catching up to the changes our bodies have undergone during 3 million years of development. It’s only in the last 100 years that we’ve begun to try to make sense of the instinctive urges and desires of our bodies.
To bring some order to it all, we’ve created countless labels and categories for ourselves. Gay. Straight. Bi. Queer. Intersex. Transgender. Cisgender. And thousands more, all of them meant to define us; instead they only confine us. The one thing that’s supposed to unify us – sex – is driving us apart.
Enter the Picobong Transformer. A sex toy that isn’t just a sex toy. It’s a sexual revolution, the vibrating underground. It’s The Resistance.
The Transformer is fighting back against centuries-old heteronormative standards of sex and sexuality, which dictate what we should and shouldn’t do with our bodies and with whom we should or shouldn’t do it. The Transformer makes no judgments about how you use it, who you use it with or where you put it.
The Transformer is so free that its very existence is an act of rebellion, a call to arms. To own one is to signal that you understand your sexuality, that you won’t accept the rigid sexual conventions of the mainstream.
It doesn’t care whether you ascribe to a label or reject labels entirely. All that matters to the Transformer is that you enjoy the journey.
After all, all’s well that double-ends well.
PicoBong™ has created a toy that’s beyond prescriptive labeling. It’s not just a “boy” toy. It’s not just a “girl” toy. It’s not just for straight couples who like to have penis-in-vagina sex. No matter who you are, you should be able to pick up the TRANSFORMER™ and find a way to use it.
When I was in Hannover for EroFame in October, I had the pleasure of seeing and feeling the TRANSFORMER™ in person. And it was absolutely as cool as you would expect. The representative showed me some suggested uses, including dual stimulation (one bulb inside the vagina or anus, one bulb against the clitoris or pereneal sponge). For someone who finds it incredibly difficult to find a dual stimulator that fits her anatomy, I think this is brilliant. Because it’s made of silicone, it’s also easy to clean and sterilize. Using this with a partner could result in the most creative, mind-blowing foreplay you’ve ever experienced (don’t worry – I’ll confirm when I get mine). It’s rechargeable via USB and completely waterproof, making it even more versatile.
And last, but certainly not least, it comes in Cerise (pink), Black, and Yellow. That’s right. Only one of those colors is a shade of pink, and the other two rep the Burgh. I’m very pleased.
If you were inspired by their Manifesto, PicoBong™ are having a contest. Send them a video of your own original interpretation of the Manifesto, and you could be among 10 winners who will be featured in an upcoming video. For more information on that, check out the PicoBong™ blog.
If you’re not familiar with Minna Life, you should be. Especially if you’re a fan of small brands and vibrating patterns. They currently have two toys on the market (Ola and Limon) and one in the works (K-Goal). All of their toys use squeezable air pillows to create highly responsive patterns.
I own both Ola and Limon, but my preference is definitely for Ola. My problem with Limon was that the vibrations resonated throughout the whole toy. For some people, this is awesome. For me, it was distracting. With Ola, though, that’s not a problem. Ola is a G-spot vibrator with a long neck, so the vibrations don’t transfer all the way down to the squeezable base.
The unique selling point of Ola is that it responds immediately to your squeezing pressure when it’s in Free Play mode. To my knowledge, it was the first toy to do so, and it does it expertly. If you like a very particular sort of pattern, it’s easy to create something 100% tailored to your exact specifications. If squeezing the entire time you’re using the toy sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry – you can create a pattern (or just a steady vibration level) and lock it.
As a G-spot vibrator, I like it. It’s nice. It hasn’t blown my mind, but my G-spot is very finicky. It may prefer stimulation sans-vibration. We’re still in the getting-to-know-you stage, while my clitoris and I are bosom buddies. Er, vulva buddies. Whatever.
Clitorally, Ola is great. I love how the shaft functions as a nice long handle. For folks who have trouble easily reaching their vulva and clitoris, this could be a huge selling point. I like being able to easily and instantly adjust the speed without fumbling for a button. I like how strong the vibrations are because of the firmness of the bulb at the end. It’s completely waterproof, making it easy to clean and suitable for shower or bath play. In short, it’s a very, very solid vibrator.
And yet, it’s not one that I reach for constantly. I often pack it when I’m heading on an overnight, when I want the option of internal or external stimulation while keeping my suitcase light. But I can’t help but feel that I’m not the best match for Ola. I like patterns, but I can get off easily without one. I like G-spot stimulation, but the clitoris most often holds the key to my orgasm. Ola, for me, is like a wonderful partner that I just don’t feel I’m completely suited to.
Would I recommend the Ola? Unequivocally, especially for people who love patterns, hate buttons, and like to have internal/external options. It’s an amazing toy, and it can give you everything you want (except girth – it’s a relatively modest size). At $149, it’s an investment, but I do believe it’s well made and that they packed enough features in to make it worth that price point. Plus, I loved working with the people from Minna Life when they sent me my Limon. They’re exceedingly pleasant, and that makes a huge difference to me.
Unfortunately, I received the Minna Ola in exchange for a review from Burlesque Toy Shoppe. Burlesque has closed its doors in the wake of an under-funded crowd campaign. Rest in Peace, Burlesque.
You can purchase your own Minna Ola from my friends at Filthy Dirty.
Today, I get to do one of my all-time favorite things: Present a carefully curated list of my top picks from a trusted web shop.
Sexncare has a very pretty interface, and it’s clear that they pride themselves on being an accessible source of quality adult products. In their own words, “Sexncare is a community-based, health-conscious, caring, and responsible online store and educational resource.” This is the kind of shop we need more of, all over the world.
So, if I were to curate a Sexncare collection, what would I include?
- Laid D.1 Silicone Dildo: I met the creator of Laid at EroFame recently, and besides being absolutely lovely, she was very focused and very specific about her craft. The D.1 is actually slightly asymmetrical, which she designed specifically to stimulate the G-spot when moved gently from side to side. This kind of care is really touching, in my opinion, and speaks volumes of toy quality.
- Key by Jopen Comet G Spot Wand: The lore surrounding Comet isn’t quite as strong as that surrounding the famous Pure Wand, but some say Comet is just as stimulating. I haven’t yet gotten my hands and kegels on this baby, but I’m still confident it belongs on the list.
- Vibratex Mystic Wand: If you want power and convenience, Mystic Wand is your toy. It takes 4 AA batteries, so it really packs a punch. The head is made of silicone, so unlike the beloved
Hitachi Magic Wand, it’s body-safe. It’s a little on the louder side, but it’s still quieter than a mains-powered (outlet plug-in) massager. Plus, it’s just as good on your sore shoulders as it is on your vulva.
- Doc Johnson Mood:Naughty Butt Plug: While I’m not often going to point towards Doc Johnson for quality toys (sorry, guys, you use a lot of porous materials), the Mood:Naughty plugs are solid. They’re inexpensive, made of real silicone, and perfectly shaped. They come in sizes small through large, though in my personal opinion, small is a tad too small. The Mood:Naughty Medium was my first enjoyable plug, and if I hadn’t accidentally set it on fire with a culinary blow torch, I would still use and enjoy it today. (Fact: Don’t flame test with a culinary blow torch. It’s too hot. It’ll melt anything.)
- Tantus Ryder: I don’t have a Ryder yet, but I’d like for it to be my butt’s next mission. Plenty of bloggers love and swear by Ryder, which is a medium-sized plug made by Tantus out of their beautiful premium silicone. Ryder doesn’t have the heavily tapered tip that many beginner plugs sport, so it’s likely to be better for the anal intermediate.
- Sliquid Organics Silk & Good Clean Love lubricants: Sexncare has an awesome lubricant selection, but these are two of my favorites. Both are 100% body- and Earth-friendly, and both can be use with all toys, condoms, and safe sex barriers. Silk is a hybrid lubricant, probably the highest quality on the market. Good Clean Love is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, and it has a great gel texture that makes toy time a little less messy.
Will you be picking anything up from Sexncare?
Sexncare is one of my blog sponsors, and a curated collection post was part of their sponsorship agreement. The entire post, however, was written by me. There are no affiliate links in this post.
October has been a whirlwind so far! I, for one, am already exhausted and ready for it to be Halloween. (Actually, scratch that – Daphne and I don’t have costumes yet.)
Ready to take some time to relax and unwind? Escape, and get sexy?
Imagine a library – a very special one with velvet chairs and fine-grained bookshelves, run by a librarian whose only concern is pleasing her patrons. In fact, this sexy librarian will stop at nothing to service her readers. To fulfill her role, she has lovingly collected a vast and varied set of stories guaranteed to satisfy every lust, literary or otherwise.
The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica bursts at the binding with amorous archives and bibliophilic bliss. A veritable dictionary of desires, it includes stories by top eroticists Rachel Kramer Bussel, Janine Ashbless, Tamsin Flowers and Salome Wilde, as well as the sexy librarian herself, Rose Caraway. You’ll be amazed at what she has in circulation, just for you. Pull up to the carrel, baby.
I’m giving away a copy of The Sexy Librarians Big Book of Erotica! Thanks to the fine folks at Cleis Press, who publish some of the best erotica around, one of you will receive your very own copy.
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