Tenga Iroha Mini: a Major Surprise

I’ll be honest with you: I’m surprised by how much I like this vibrator. My expectations graph would be something like an upside-down bell curve. When I initially saw the Tenga Iroha Mini, I was SUPER excited. I love Tenga, and I enjoyed my Iroha Sakura but would have preferred a firmer toy. Plus, I love miniature things. Miniature dogs, miniature candy bars, miniature beauty products… So, naturally, I asked my friends at SheVibe if they could hook me up. Tenga_Iroha_Mini_Vibrator   When it arrived, it was even smaller than I expected. And it was made not of ABS plastic all over, as I originally thought. It’s actually half ABS, half elastomer. So, my expectations fell drastically.

Why does that matter? Elastomer is porous. Tenga says theirs is phthalate free, and I trust them, but it’s still porous. I would prefer it be made of ABS, in all honesty, because it just saves a lot of trouble and makes cleaning easier and sanitizing possible. Both halves of the toy (blue and yellow, on mine) feel exactly the same to me, so I’m not sure why half is elastomer. They’re both hard, smooth, and velvety to the touch. The ABS is perhaps slightly smoother, but there’s no huge tactile difference.The tip is hard – completely hard –  which makes pinpoint stimulation a lot easier.

On one of the short sides of the toy is the button, which is way too difficult to find if you’re using it in the dark or if you’re already in the throes. The button is actually underneath the layer of elastomer and is easy to click once you find it. It seems like it would be a sleek idea, but in practice, it just doesn’t work that well.

Considering the fact that this little thing runs on a single AAA battery, you wouldn’t expect vibrations beyond those of a cheap cock ring. But you would be wrong! Maybe it’s because the toy is so hard and so small, but it conducts vibrations really nicely. It’s a bit loud in a buzzy sort of way, and the vibrations are not deep and rumbly. They’re buzzy, like the sound indicates. But they’re strong, and the way that you can easily concentrate them in the tip makes them work exceptionally well.

I love how easy the Iroha Mini is to grasp in use. It fits perfectly in my small hand, but doesn’t make my hand go numb or get tickly. It’s comfortable to hold in a variety of positions, something I really can’t say for all small vibrators. Every time I’ve used the Iroha Mini, I’ve been able to climax without needing to switch to another toy or spend an hour staring at the ceiling trying to focus.

Because it’s so small and only takes one battery, the Iroha Mini would be a great travel vibrator as long as a little buzzy noise isn’t a problem. I took it to Amsterdam with me in my backpack, and once I took the battery out, it was totally travel-ready. (Nope, I wasn’t stopped by security.)

Overall, if you have a bigger vibe or a more powerful smaller vibe, I don’t know that there’s much of a point of adding this to your collection. At least until they re-release it in entirely ABS plastic. But, if you’re a newbie to the world of toys, if you’re on an under $25 budget, or if you’re shopping for a bridal shower gift, I think the Tenga Iroha Mini is a great choice. Plus, it comes in Purple/Green, Blue/Yellow, and Pink/Pink, which means someone is actually listening when we say we want colors other than pink. Halleloo.

The Tenga Iroha Mini was provided to me free of charge by SheVibe.com in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


Bbold by Bswish: Bdisappointed

The Bbold by Bswish couldn’t Bworse.


When I initially pulled the Bbold from its – admittedly pretty – packaging, I was excited. It helped a lot that Diddleworks, who sent me the Bbold in exchange for my honest review, included an extra soft storage sack and a lovely postcard. I’m a sucker for a little swag, it’s true. Beyond that, the Bbold had a nice curve and I thought it might be a little bit like the Je Joue Uma, which I’m still hoping to get my hands on.

At first, when I saw the depression on the bottom of the vibrating end, I thought it would be reminiscent of my beloved We-Vibe Touch. It looks like a nice little nook for your clitoris. What I wasn’t so excited about it was that hot pink seam. It’s very, very prominent in person, and in my opinion, really detracts from the luxury claims. If the Bbold were designed only for external use, it would be forgivable, but it’s also intended to function as a G-spot vibe. It’s possible that the texture could be pleasurable for some, but I’m not sure if that was Bswish’s aim or if it’s just a lazy design.


Worse yet, there is absolutely no design insight offered in the manual. The manual is the most generic one they could possibly have included, only including information on how to turn on/off, charge, and clean their toys in general. The bulk of the actual message of the manual appears to be legal ass-coverings. Thanks, BSwish!

So, I started it up. What I will say about this toy is that it came pre-charged. That’s convenient. It means that I don’t have to wait an additional 2-10 hours to love or hate it, y’know?

When I first turned it on, I was impressed and I felt a little relieved. It’s loud, and shakes quite a bit, so at first I thought it was strong. Unfortunately, it’s just buzzy. It’s very, very buzzy. In fact, when I wrap my hand around the unit, the vibration is almost completely dampened, making it all but useless internally, especially on the highest straight vibration setting. (There are 3 levels of straight vibration and 4 patterns. I can’t be arsed with patterns.) I thought that maybe I was exaggerating and didn’t want to needlessly knock a toy, so I grabbed the nearest pair of hands that doesn’t mind touching my goodies and asked him.

“Ok, hold this one in your right hand and this one in your left,” I instructed, holding out the Mona 2 and Bswish Bbold, both turned to their highest power setting. “Which one feels stronger? Can you still feel vibration in both?”

Uhhhhh…” My husband is actually Tina Belcher. “Yeah, this one is a lot stronger. I can’t really feel the vibrations in the other one.” A relatively impartial layman agrees: The Bswish Bbold, well, Bweak.

All told, sometimes my clit is alright with buzzy vibrations. It’s not nearly as picky as my G-spot, but it’s getting a bit more crotchety (pun very much intended) the longer I review. Going into my first test, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I tried using just the very tip on low power to mimic how I start off with the Mona 2, but that wasn’t enough. I tried the divot, on both low and medium power, and that wasn’t doing it either. I turned it all the way up, and realized that the high power combined with the buzzy vibration actually made for less powerful vibration strength than a lower setting. Also, you have to cycle through every vibration function if you find you don’t like the one you just turned on. That’s not a characteristic of “premium” vibrators, Bswish. Frustrated, I threw it aside and reached for something else.

For weeks, I tried using it during warm-ups. It was one of those vibrators that felt alright, but just not good enough. I always ended up reaching for my Mona 2 or my original We-Vibe Touch. Finally, my husband persuaded me to just try using the Bbold, without anything else, “for science. You owe it to your public!”

Again, I tried the tip on low power. With a little concentration, it felt alright. The tip on medium power was nice, and I felt like I was marginally close to an orgasm a couple of times. But that just went on and on. I tried once again to use it at full power, but it became significantly less pleasurable, at which point I loudly sighed and cycled back through to medium. Tediousness is the enemy of orgasmic energy.

I’m telling you, I could. Not. Come. Could not. There was no orgasming happening here, friends. And thus, the end of an era. I can no longer get off with poorly made vibrators.

I maintain that cheapness isn’t the deciding factor. I’m not going to automatically like something because it’s $130, or dislike something else because it’s $23. It has everything to do with build quality, which is not the same across brands even in the same price category.

Bswish’s brand is split into three categories: Classic, Deluxe, and Premium. The Bbold is part of the premium line and costs $73. Knowing this, I have to assume that Bswish prioritizes looking like a luxury brand over performing like a luxury brand.

Overall, I can’t recommend the Bbold. It’s buzzy, loud, and in my opinion, poorly designed. I do, however, recommend you check out Diddleworks. The site design is neat and minimalist, their customer service is great, and their selection is wonderfully body-safe. Plus, they have a kick-ass name.

In other news, please check this amazing giveaway organized by the Redhead Bedhead to benefit a dear friend of hers undergoing cancer treatment. What could possibly be better than kicking cancer’s ass and having the chance to score some great prizes?!

50/50 Split: Namaste Harmony by CalEx

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 Tango (Salsa has been discontinued)/Tango? Are you satisfied with it? (Nope. Go buy tequila.)

Thanks so much, SheVibe!


Oh, YES: Vibratex Tulip Mini

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!

Visit SheVibe!

On Being a Toy Snob

By 0 , , , , Permalink 0

Happy Monday, Darlings. (Oxymoron?)

In working at Adam & Eve Pittsburgh, I’ve discovered many things, from how to choose a great lube to how to foster a productive coworker relationship.  I have also discovered that I am a little bit of a toy snob.

My first toys came from Pure Romance.  I ordered the Standing O, the fetish tape, and Pure Silk lubricant.  At that time, I knew literally nothing about toys.  Not a damn thing.  That was last August (2011).

Fast forward to February 2012.  I’d just split with someone and was feeling a little pity-party on Valentine’s Day, so I ordered myself a Je Joue Mimi.  That little pebble was a game changer.  Silicone, rechargeable, totally waterproof, beautiful keepsake box… Mimi makes me feel glamorous.  Mimi also does a killer job with clit stimulation, which is what really counts.  At full retail price, Mimi costs $90.  (You can find the updated version at SheVibe.)

After my first tryst with my Mimi, I have to admit – I have a hard time justifying shelling out for anything less than luxe.  If it’s not silicone, glass, or something equally clean and smooth, I’m probably not terribly interested.  How can a girl be expected to downgrade after she’s had quiet, strong vibrations coming from an aesthetically appealing, rechargeable vessel?  She just can’t.

I still enjoy my TPR/TPS and bullet-style vibes.  I still bring my Thumbs Up out for a romp.  There’s a time and a place for my warming flavored lube that’s full of glycerin and parabens.  That time and place is blowjobs.  But when I’m adding to my collection, I’d rather save for a Lelo, a Je Joue, a Vixen Creations dildo (I’m drooling), or another glass piece than stock up on battery-op toys that just don’t have the same oomph.

…all of that having been said, you bet your ass I’ll continue to review all manner of toys, searching for anything to prove me wrong.


Look for a post later this week about the breakdown of my toy box and its contents.