Archive of ‘Sex & Toys’ category
I’ll admit: I was highly skeptical of the Adora wand, made by Odeco. First, I’d never heard of Odeco, and I like to think I’m pretty well-versed in quality toy manufacturers. When I looked them up, I found a functional but sort of odd website with a weird mention of “VIPs.” But then, I actually received my Adora wand in the mail courtesy of the lovely folks at Bondara.
What originally drew me to the Adora was its small stature (8″ long, thin enough for my baby hands to grasp), its silicone and ABS plastic body, and its pressure mode. The size and materials did not disappoint. It’s easy to grip, comfortable to hold, and the silicone has a really lovely finish, almost reminiscent of Lelo, with minimal drag. I don’t actually use my toys in the bath or shower, but the Adora wand is splash-proof for those of you who do. One of my favorite features of the Adora is the control set-up. The buttons are small, which may be an issue for those with larger hands, but the controls are very intuitive. In order from top to bottom, you have +, power/mode, and -. You don’t have to use one button to cycle around!
Unfortunately, there are a few tiny spots on my Adora where the seam is just a bit loose or some glue is showing, which gives away the fact that this toy is luxury-ish but not quite cream of the crop. I have a few gripes about the charging, too: There is no light to verify that the wand is charging. For a rechargeable toy, I think some kind of charging indication is crucial. While I like the charger for the Adora wand (it’s a DC plug for a wall socket, not USB), I hate having to just plug it in and hope for the best. Also, the battery life is a bit short. I might be spoiled by the likes of Lelo and even WeVibe, but I expect to get more than 3 uses out of one charge.
Now, the fun part: The Adora in use.
Honestly, I expected it to be quite buzzy. (Buzzy, for the uninitiated, means that the vibrations are rather shallow. Rumbly is the opposite of buzzy.) However, the vibrations were shockingly strong. There are two straight vibration strengths (low and high) and five patterns. If you read my review of the Vibratex Mystic Wand, you might remember that wands don’t usually work for me, given my preference for pinpoint stimulation. In the case of the Adora wand, I was actually able to have a strong orgasm in around five minutes using the high setting. That’s efficiency, right there.
When it comes to vibration patterns, I really couldn’t care less. I rarely, if ever, utilize patterns. But I do love a gimmick. Toward the base of the wand, below the buttons that control the normal vibration settings and patterns, is the “pressure area.” Much like with the Minna toys, you squeeze the pressure area and the motor responds with vibration. Unfortunately, the Adora’s pressure area is not anywhere near as finely tuned as Minna’s. I was unable to pick up much of a difference in vibration strength depending upon how hard I squeezed, and I did have to squeeze pretty hard to get a response from the motor. Overall, I felt that this feature was gimmicky in a bad way: More gimmicky than actually useful.
To summarize, if you’re looking for a wand vibrator that’s strong, body-safe, rechargeable, and won’t break the bank, I would recommend the Adora. I really enjoy it in use, and I think with a few tweaks to the design, it could be a really phenomenal luxury toy. Thanks so much, Bondara!
I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again: 2014 is going to be a big year.
Setting goals for yourself is an important part of growing as a person. Some people aim to improve their tidiness (okay, I need to work on that, too), their cooking, or their health. Me? Well, I have some sexuality-based goals for the remainder of 2014.
- Lately, I’ve become dissatisfied with my penchant for small toys, especially insertable toys. My vagina seems to think that Splish is a suitable warm-up toy, and that Mustang is girthy. Oh, ye of little stretch! I want to have a mighty vagina. My goal is to be able to comfortably and pleasurably use the Tantus Cush 02, which frankly looks insurmountable now. Because the vagina is a highly elastic set of muscles, the fear of becoming “loose” is unfounded. Besides, the only people who talk about loose vaginas are those that wish they had more contact with vagina of any kind – I’m looking at you, you fedora-donning knobjockey.
- Anus! As I discussed in my review of the Tantus Meteorite, I’m a butt-n00b. I’ve never used anything bigger than a small plug, and the Meteorite is actually the largest toy I’ve had in my butt. And it felt AWESOME. Anal play requires even more warmup than vaginal play for beginners, but efforts are rewarded. By the end of the year, I’d like to be able to comfortably use a Crystal Delights plug – preferably with a tail because I’ve always wanted a tail – and successfully have the anal sex. If you want to join me in this goal, be sure to pick up a bottle of thick lube like Sliquid Sassy and a small plug with a base so it won’t get lost in your rectum. And remember – it should not hurt, ever! Pain is your body’s way of telling you to stop. This isn’t a Jillian Michaels workout.
- This year, I will make my G-spot work for me. Recently, I acquired the Lelo Mona 2 and the Lovehoney Satisfy Me G-Spot Dildo. I’m making some serious headway with both, but I still want to get my hands on the Pure Wand to really show my G-spot who’s boss/convince it we need to be BFFs (and I ain’t too proud to beg). I would love to learn to squirt, but I think I’m going to count that as a bonus goal.
I didn’t intend to take a blog break. But, as it turns out, sometimes hard drives just die. One minute, it was limping along, and the next… Well, it’s gone to a better place now.
Because I’m a lazy idiot, I did not back anything up. So, all of my photos are gone, all of my applications are gone, and all of the articles I’d written are gone. Learn from my folly: Back dat ass up.
Now that I’m back, I have some plans for the rest of February and early March. We’re moving – finally – to our permanent apartment tomorrow. After 4 and a half months in Germany and a total of 4 moves, I am so, so ready to settle down. I just want to have a permanent location to hang my hat and store my vibrators, y’know? At the suggestion of Queeraschino, who is a genius, I’ll be purchasing some cheap wooden Ikea spice racks, painting them metallic silver, and displaying my sex goods for all to see. More importantly, I’ll be able to relax and use my toys in my own space.
Since I went on a mad spree of petitioning people to work with me in early January, I now have quite the list of toys to review. Not to brag, but damn, it feels good to be a sex gangster. On my plate currently:
- Lovehoney Satisfy Me G-Spot Silicone Dildo (thanks, Lovehoney!)
- Minna Limon (thanks, Minna!)
- Adora Wand (thanks, Bondara!)
- Lelo Mona 2 (thanks, Burlesque Toys!)
- Bbold by Bswish (thanks, Diddleworks!)
I’m not ready to completely pass judgment on any of them yet. (I actually haven’t received the Bbold, but will later this week.) First impressions are pretty solid all around, and I will say that the Adora Wand surprised me with its vibration strength. Also, I might have broken a hotel rule about noise after a certain hour with the Lelo Mona 2 this weekend. Since we’ll finally have our own place and a renewed level of privacy, expect a full review late this week or early next week.
When SheVibe asked me what I wanted to review next, they suggested the Magic Banana, and I chose the Crave Wink and the Tantus Meteorite. We already know how the Wink fared. The Meteorite, I chose on the recommendation of Caitlin from Sex-ational!, thinking it might be a game-changer.
Fun Factory Bootie, Mystery Plug of Dubious Origin, and Tantus Meteorite
For some reason, there’s a lot of stigma associated with anal play. For one, many women believe that all the pleasure in it is for men, and that anal sex is just something you do because a man wants to do it. First of all, that’s pretty darn heteronormative. Second, the anus is rich in nerve endings, which makes it a legitimate pleasure center for anyone. For people with a penis, it’s possible to stimulate the prostate through anal sex or other stimulation. For people with a vagina, it’s possible to stimulate the G-spot, but simply going slow and exploring the anal nerve endings can be pleasurable in its own right. It’s always best to start small and rely on a good lube (might I suggest some Sliquid Sassy?).
Upon finally getting my items from customs, I took a closer look at the Meteorite and balked. It’s 4.5″ long and 1″ in diameter. For someone who isn’t used to putting things in her butt, it looked pretty big. I’ve tried three plugs in the past: Doc Johnson Mood Naughty Medium, Fun Factory Bootie, and one of dubious origin from my old job. I adored the Mood Naughty, but accidentally lit it on fire (silicone can withstand the heat of a lighter, but not the heat of a culinary blow torch. In case you were curious.) The Bootie is just as thick as the Meteorite, but much shorter, and curved for prostate pleasure. I never had success fully inserting it, so I was skeptical about my ability to actually use the Meteorite.
But, being that I’m bound and determined to break into butt play, I tried. We got out our trusty bottle of Sliquid Sassy, I relaxed, and to my great surprise, it felt fantastic sliding in. The silicone is a bit matte, which is actually great for holding onto lube and reducing the tickling sensation that’s plagued my butt play in days past.
The best way that I can describe the feeling of the Meteorite in use is that it was almost a continual penetration feeling. With the way that the toy gradually widens along the shaft, each centimeter that the toy was pushed in stimulate the sphincter muscle anew. To my rather inexperienced butt, it felt pleasantly full, and a lot of “Ooh!” was uttered.
Going nice and slowly during insertion is a must when you’re new to anal play, because anything that hurts is your body’s way of telling you to stop. With a lot of lube and a little bit of patience, though, the Meteorite was easy, comfortable, and pleasurable to insert. Pulling it out during clitoral orgasm was pretty fucking awesome and added some new sensation that seemed to prolong my orgasm a bit.
I’m not yet to the experience level where I can leave the plug in my butt, though the base seems comfortable enough for that purpose. It’s not the most comfortable base I’ve seen because the rectangular shape isn’t going to easily rest between your butt cheeks, but it’s not circular either, a shape that drives some other reviewers downright crazy.
The Meteorite is a solid choice for anal beginners that are willing to be a little bit adventurous or have tried at least a finger in the bum before, or a good second plug for those that are used to very small plugs (like the Tantus Little Flirt). Because it’s 100% silicone, you can completely sterilize it, making it great for partners who are both into anal play. Tantus makes some amazing toys and they always deliver when it comes to quality.
I’m not here to make any kind of trite remarks about Valentine’s Day, because frankly, it’s all been said already. Some people love it, some people hate it. One thing you might not realize about Valentine’s Day, though, is that it’s a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of sales on sex toys. I’ve gathered up some of my favorite products to suit a wide range of people so that no matter your Valentine’s plans, you can have the best sex possible.
1. Minna Limon: Though I’m only just starting the process of testing the Minna Limon, I know already that it’s going to be a go-to toy for me. At first, I was afraid the lemon shape would be difficult to hold and gimmicky. Oh, how wrong I was! This little guy delivers some seriously powerful vibrations, and you can make/record your own patterns. It’s as much fun to use alone as it is to use with a partner, especially if you get a kick out of making the Limon mimic popular tunes. Special Marvelous-Darling.com challenge: Who can get off to the opening notes of “Under the Sea”?
2. Sportsheets Sports Cuffs: As someone with extremely tiny wrists, I really appreciate that these cuffs use super-strong velcro to secure. They can be made as big or small as your body warrants for either wrists or ankles, and are very, very strong. I love that you can take the set apart and affix them to things like tethers, or simply re-connect them after winding them through your headboard (this is where metal or slatted headboards have a distinct advantage). Furthermore, they’re insanely comfortable for restraint devices, and won’t leave any marks that might make you uncomfortable at the office the next day.
3. Sliquid Sassy: As far as I’m concerned, Sassy is the Queen of Lubricants, the Porterhouse of the lube world. (If you think filet mignon is the best steak, then you’re overpaying and under-enjoying. Porterhouse forever.) It’s 100% body-friendly, made without glycerin or parabens, and it’s thick without being gummy. You can use it for vaginal, anal, or even oral sex, because it has virtually no taste and the perfect slippery texture. Sliquid nailed it with Sassy, making it possible for you to nail it in any consensual situation.
4. Lifestyles SKYN condoms: I have never found a condom I like more that’s also as readily available as Lifestyles SKYN. They’re latex-free, which means they’re ideal for latex allergy sufferers (obviously) but also for oral sex, since they don’t suffer from that unpleasant latex smell and taste. They’re ultra, ultra thin, and generously lubed, which allows for a lot of texture to be felt through them. And, unlike lambskin condoms, they do protect against STIs and HIV. If I could get business cards printed on SKYN condoms, I would, and I would hand those suckers out in handfuls.
5. Lelo Luna Beads Mini: There’s been a bit of a controversy over whether the Minis are as good as the Originals. I’ve never experienced the originals, but I’m honestly quite happy with my set. The interior balls are weighted and move about as your body moves, which for me caused quite a bit of a reaction from my PC muscles. The awesome thing about weighted kegel balls like the Luna sets is that they’re not just for exercising: They’re also for pleasure. They act as a slow warm-up, getting your muscles excited and ready for action. I noticed a pretty serious increase in self-lubrication while wearing the Luna Beads. So, whether you’re gearing up for a night with James Deen or a partner in the flesh (if your partner in the flesh is James Deen, I’m a bit jealous), I think they’re a great choice for anyone who wants to combine exercise and arousal.
6. Tantus Meteorite: The Tantus Meteorite is another product for which I’m working on a review, but again, I’m already enamored. At first glance, I thought this plug was going to be way too big for me. I’m quite the anal novice, having been scared away for far too long. A few months ago, I decided it was high time to get serious about exploring anal pleasure; enter, Meteorite. Like all of Tantus’s amazing products, the Meteorite is made of 100% premium silicone, meaning it’s perfectly body-safe and even shareable, when you take proper cleaning precautions. It’s 1″ in diameter at its widest point, so it’s roughly the size of a thin finger. Though it looks long, if you’re an anal newbie like I am, I assure you that it is extremely comfortable. With a little Sliquid Sassy, the Meteorite was incredibly comfortable to use, and really opened my eyes as to how great anal stimulation can be.
7. Lelo Mia: While the Mia shown is the 1.5, the newest Mia (2.0) is even better. They took my beloved 1.5 and made it waterproof and even more powerful. To begin with, Mia is a little powerhouse. Because it’s constructed of hard ABS plastic, it conducts vibrations extremely well. Combine that with Lelo’s powerful motors, and you have a recipe for success. Mia can be very easily charged by plugging it into any USB outlet, making it extremely portable. Also, it’s quiet. I always take it with me when I travel. If you want a solid, well-made, strong clitoral vibrator that’s built for pinpoint stimulation, you can’t go wrong with Mia 1.5 or 2.0.
8. Vibratex Mystic Wand: It’s not the most famous wand, but I’m inclined to say it’s one of the best. The Mystic Wand is only 8″ long, is made of ABS plastic and silicone, and is powerful enough to actually function as a back and neck massager. In fact, because I’m more interested in pinpoint clitoral stimulation like the Mia provides, that’s how mine normally gets used. But, if you’re in the market for a wand that can stimulate broader areas, like the entire vulva, then you should seriously consider picking up a Mystic Wand. This is the only toy on my list that takes batteries, but I fully believe it’s worth the hassle of stocking 4 AAs. It more than makes up for your trouble by being one of the most powerful, rumbly wand vibrators on the market that doesn’t require a wall outlet.
9. Vixen Creations VixSkin Mustang: In my eyes, the Mustang is the perfect dildo. It’s 6.5″ long and 1.5″ in diameter, making it slightly larger than the supposed average penis, but definitely manageable. VixSkin is an amazing material, made of 100% silicone. It’s two densities, meaning that the core is firmer and the outer layer is softer. Even larger toys made of VixSkin, like the extremely girthy Randy, are made easier to use because of the two densities. It’s also extraordinarily realistic, with a perfect curve and head to gently stimulate the g-spot. If you like the look of the Mustang but think it might be a bit small, it’s cousin Maverick might just be the dildo for you. (PS: SheVibe still has Mustang in Tie Bright and Fluor-a-Pink which I highly recommend. Everyone needs a bit of whimsy.)
Additionally, SheVibe has some great sales happening right now. The Lelo Mona 2, which I’ll be reviewing shortly, is on sale for 15% off. It’s been widely heralded as a holy grail, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. All Tenga products are 15% off as well, which means you can finally get your hands on an amazing masturbator sleeve like the Flip Hole. And, f you really want to invest in a beautiful piece for your pleasure kit, select Fucking Sculptures are on sale for 25% off, like the stunning Hooded Nun.