This is the cutest vibrator I’ve ever lain eyes on.
More after the cut!
Once again, many thanks to SheVibe for their patience and generosity! I was originally sent this vibe months ago, and I could not decide how I felt about it. It was such a head scratcher that I skipped over it and even reviewed a few other toys first.
So, what do I think about the California Exotics Namaste Harmony? I’m cautiously optimistic about the direction of their company. Known for being a “novelties” brand – think grape scented jelly double dongs – CalEx doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me. But it’s not exactly easy for most people to drop $100+ on a vibrator, either. Is the Harmony worth its mid-range $46 price tag? It depends.
I was initially drawn to the Harmony because it reminded me of the Leaf Life, a quiet, beautiful toy by Swan. Harmony has a similar shape, but with a wider tip at either end. The thing is, Harmony is considerably bigger. While Harmony is 5″ long and 2.25″ wide, Life is only 4.1″ long and 1.6″ wide. Harmony is not much of a pinpoint toy, because its tips are rounded, unlike Life’s pointed ends. These aren’t good or bad things: simply differences in design and execution.
Now, really, Harmony is buzzy. It’s on the stronger end of buzzy, and the materials (ABS plastic, PU, with a silicone button), conduct vibration well. Because it’s so buzzy, if you have a strong grip or you have a partner who tends to clutch toys for dear life, you might dampen the vibrations significantly. Its 3 straight vibration settings go from what I would call medium to high to intense. If you like to barely graze your skin with the sensation, this would probably be a fantastic option for you, since the vibrations conduct nicely at surface-level. Another unfortunate side effect of buzzy vibrations from a toy of this material: it’s loud. Room-mate disturbing loud, but not neighbors disturbing loud. Is it college dorm appropriate? No. Would it would for someone living in your average apartment complex or town house? Yes.
Where Harmony really has the chance to shine is in the fine detail of its curvature. For me personally, the curve was perfect for clitoral stimulation. It sort of created a surrounding effect, making the vibrations feel more intense. I was actually surprised by how great it felt.
Harmony is rechargeable, which is fantastically convenient. I very rarely consider trying battery-operated toys because I just never keep batteries around the house. (I’m terrible at being an adult.) It comes with a USB cable and a wall adapter (for US outlets). The thing I found very puzzling about Harmony’s packaging is that it comes with a magnetic cover for one side of the toy. In the picture on SheVibe’s website, the toy looks like a yin and yang symbol, or Free Willy. That white part actually detaches. Why? I’m not 100% sure. It might be for perceived cleanliness, might be to hide the USB portal, might be for style. Who knows? I almost lost it 3 separate times while working on this review.
In conclusion, answer the following questions if you’re considering purchasing a Harmony.
1. Do you love the shape of Leaf Life but can’t afford it, want a bigger toy, or are happy spending $50 but not $100? (Worth it.)
2. Is this your first clitoral vibe? Are you on a mid-range budget ($30 – $75), and does this shape appeal to you more than a lipstick style? (Worth it.)
3. Do you own a MiMi, a Mia, a Mystic Wand, or a Salsa/Tango? Are you satisfied with it? (Nope. Go buy tequila.)
Thanks so much, SheVibe!
Because 2013 has really taken off for me, you’re going to be seeing a LOT more toy reviews! I’m so lucky to be working with some amazing companies, and one of them is Vibratex.
Fun fact: Vibratex made the Rabbit that was featured in the iconic Sex and the City episode, in which Miranda (not Samantha) introduces the ladies to their new dual-action friend. I actually hate rabbits, and that’s neither here nor there. What we’re talking about today is not a rabbit, but the Mystic Wand.
If you’re familiar with the Hitachi Magic Wand, the Mystic Wand shape is already familiar to you. It has a 6″ long handle that’s easy to grip and comes in either pink or black. Where the Mystic Wand really sets itself apart from the Hitachi is its materials. The head of the Mystic Wand is made out of silicone, and has a lovely smooth texture. Usually, I prefer rechargeable toys, because I just don’t have my shit together enough to keep batteries on hand. However, I love that the Mystic Wand takes 4 AA batteries – usually, to find power like the kind it provides, you have to use plug-in toys. Plus, you get 3 speeds and 3 vibration patterns, instead of the Hitachi’s 2 speeds.
Right off the bat, I was amazed by the power. Speed 1 is rumbly, you can actually feel the head of the vibrator shake. Speeds 2 and 3 are noticeably stronger, and actually proved to be too much for me. I’m not big on vibration patterns, but the Mystic Wand comes with 3. Not too shabby at all.
Now, unfortunately, I’ve discovered that I absolutely need pinpoint clitoral vibration. The strength of the Mystic Wand cannot be beat by any of my smaller vibes, but the shape just doesn’t work for my body. I actually find that the strength of the vibrations when they’re spread out across the vulva to be a little distracting. I tried several different hand grips trying to make pinpoint contact with my clit to no avail.
However, I still would recommend this toy if you fit any of these descriptions: If you like to be able to feel vibrations in your labia. If you need a toy that packs one hell of a punch. If you’re a Hitachi devotee and you want something smaller, easier to travel with, or less restrictive. If you have used/currently use massager-style, non-pinpoint vibrators with orgasmic success.
If the Mystic Wand sounds like it might fit your bill, you can purchase one from SheVibe for $49.99.
If you have a clitoris, you need this vibrator.
When I received the Vibratex Tulip Mini (henceforth, the Tulip), I was expecting to enjoy it. What actually happened? I was blown away. I need to include a picture of the Tulip, because otherwise, it’s going to be very hard to explain what’s so special about this little wand-style clitoral vibrator.
The entire toy is only 6″ long, with those petals making up about 1.5″ of overall length. The petals themselves are made of soft, velvety, flexible silicone, and they surround a bullet coated in pink silicone in the middle of the wand’s head. The effect is pinpoint stimulation combined with fluttering petals, which in my opinion combines the two best methods of clitoral stim.
Using the Tulip is very easy. The base (which brilliantly allows the wand to stand up by itself) easily twists off, and you then load 2 AAA batteries into the compartment. The presence of a dedicated ON/OFF button is welcome – far too few toys have one. The other button allows you to cycle through 6 functions, but honestly, I only ever had to use the first 2 speeds.
While in use, I actually had to back off my orgasm a few times because I wanted to continue using the toy. This was on the first vibration mode, which is a low, steady rumble. This toy is really shockingly powerful and effective. Every time I used it, I needed about 10 minutes and settings 1-2. That’s it, and it was guaranteed bliss.
If you’re looking for an amazing clitoral vibe, or if you want to try a new combination of sensations, I highly recommend the Vibratex Tulip Mini. At $25.99 from SheVibe.com, it’s a steal. Thanks, SheVibe!
Ah, the long awaited Toy Chest post! Er, hopefully somebody’s been waiting for it. Or is excited about it now. Anyway, for your reference, I will be bolding my favorite products, ones that I recommend the most fervently.
Oh, we fancy huh. That’s right. I keep my toys in a Sterilite 3-drawer box, next to my rat cage. Give me a break, I just moved!
Ah-ha! The top drawer! This is where I keep my chargers, my lubricants, my spare bottles of cleaner, edible body powder, and all of my samples. It’s also where I throw my neck massager, because I’m a weirdo and I actually have a vibrator that I use on my neck.
Body Candy, System JO H20 Cherry Burst, Pure Romance Sensations in Hot Buttered Rum, Intimate Organics Defense, Sliquid Sassy, and Pure Romance Pure Silk
The middle drawer is kind of a clusterfuck, pun intended. It houses all of my odds and ends as well as our couple toys. I absolutely love that Intimate Organics Massage Oil in Sensual, which doesn’t stain my sheets. This drawer houses our Sportsheets Doggie Style Strap, our furry handcuffs, our WeVibe II, our favorite cock ring, and some plugs.
I can’t even tell you how much I love this ring. Cock rings have this stigma, and many men will say things like “I don’t need that!” Here’s the thing: you’re up, you stay up, you get harder than normal, a good ring doesn’t cause a big loss of sensation, and it can even make you a little bit bigger. I love this ring in particular because the beads make it ultra easy to roll down and roll back up to remove. (We got ours at Adam & Eve Pittsburgh.)
The WeVibe II is one of those novelty toys that’s very cool, but doesn’t seem to find a place in our day-to-day sex life. I’m a small gal, and I find the design to be a bit overbearing. The silicone collects dust like no other. I still recommend the WeVibe III to couples who are looking to spice things up and want a couples’ vibe that can be used underwater, but I really prefer the design of the Lelo Tiani 2 overall.
I never thought I’d add a plug to my collection. Legitimately was not even on the horizon for me. After working for a while at A&E, though, I began to view the butt as “just another hole.” (Eloquent, right?) I ordered the Doc Johnson Mood: Naughty plug in Medium, and I’m kind of in love with how soft and velvety the silicone is. At only $15, it’s a pretty great starter plug if you’re also thinking of exploring the other side. Please note: I have very small hands – the plug is actually quite a manageable size!
The vibrator drawer! As you can see, I like to store mine in satin drawstring bags, with the exception of my Je Joue Mimi, which is stored in its own little keepsake box. I also keep a bottle of toy cleaner with my vibrators to make that drawer a one-stop shop (Sliquid Sassy usually sits on our nightstand, tbqh).
Oh, Mimi, my egg-shaped love who looks kind of like Eva from Wall:E. Now that there’s a new 3 button version, I more highly recommend Mimi than ever before.
Standing O, Thumbs Up, Micro Bullet, Ultimate 7th Heaven, Daddy from the ‘Nati (all from Pure Romance)
These are what make the Standing O so great: the nubbies. For me, those are 10x better than those piddly rabbit ears you usually see. Three little stimulators, right in a row! You can no longer buy the Standing O through Pure Romance, but you can find it on Eden Fantasys by looking through the Cal Exotics dual stim vibes. For the price, though, I think you can do better – it’s nearly $100.
I really did not expect to fall in love with this toy. It has 3 speeds, it’s hot pink, it’s soft and it looks kind of like a jaw bone. Seriously, though, if you see the Thumbs Up at a Pure Romance party or a vibrator of the same design (made by Cal Exotics) like the one we carry at Adam & Eve, pick it up. They’re $19-26 and they’re definitely one of the best bargain vibes around. They are also phthalate free.
I received this glass dildo as a free gift with an Eden Fantasys order. It had gotten rave reviews, so I was pretty excited about it. As easy as it is to hit my g-spot with this toy, it just refuses to finish the job. I actually got it caught behind my pubic bone at one point (ow) so at the moment, I’m less than thrilled with its performance.
…and last, but not least, I present you an awkward photo of me with my Mini Winachi. It is really freaking hard to take a selfie using a DSLR on manual settings.
All photographs were taken by me with a Canon Rebel XS. All opinions are my own and no companies paid to have their products shown on marvelous-darling.com.