Posts Tagged ‘SheVibe’
Around this time of year, I start to get nostalgic. It’s not Christmas, New Years, or anyone’s birthday… No, around this time two years ago (2012), I bought my very first luxury vibrator, and a whole new world was opened up to me.
The way I feel about my first luxury toy is the way some people feel about their first love. Just thinking back on those first few orgasms puts a smile on my face and a spring in my proverbial step. But how did I get to that point? What pushed me make that purchase? A double-whammy UTI and bacterial infection, a breakup, and a lot of time spent scouring the internet.
In August 2011, I became a Pure Romance consultant after hosting a party. I loved it. Finally, an outlet for my perviness! And I actually did make money. I did about 1-2 parties per month, and averaged $600 in sales per party. Then, I got a horrible infection from a product I had never thought to question. At that time, my interest in sex toys and other adult products became deeper. I started digging, and I wasn’t happy with what I found.
For as much as those massive party companies (Pure Romance, Slumber Parties, Pleasure Parties, etc.) want you to think that they rigorously train their consultants, I’m here to tell you, the training material never covers the most important topic: real, scientifically-based material and ingredient safety. You might get lucky and hear “phthalate free,” but in an unregulated market, that means nothing. My personal pet peeve is one particular creamy emollient Pure Romance lubricant (Whipped) that’s made with ingredients which are completely unsuited to the vagina, including oils and glycerin – something consultants are never warned about. The emollient nature makes it easy for the product to be pushed into the urethra, and the ingredients simply do not belong up there. Unlike a simple water-based formulation like Sliquid Sassy, your body has a much harder time eliminating Whipped with an after-sex pee. That’s how I wound up on a bevy of drugs, peeing blood, and begging the good Lord to cease the pain. Oh, and did I mention that because consultants get a 30-50% cut, and the company itself still has to make money, everything is egregiously overpriced? I’m talking $30+ for a gross jelly cock ring with a watch battery bullet. (You can get a pure silicone ring with a bullet vibrator from my loves at SheVibe for $10.99.) Thank God for the Internet.
So, armed with new knowledge (extra special thanks to Epiphora and Lilly!), I rebelled. I quit, I continued my search for knowledge, and I purchased my first completely body-safe vibrator: the original JeJoue Mimi, which now also comes in an intriguing soft version.
At the time, I bought my MiMi from the godawful wasteland that is EdenFantasys, where I also took advantage of their review program. Besides their horrid disrespect for the English language, they also have terrible ethics. If you’d like to learn more about why you should avoid them at all costs and why I and many others left their program a long time ago, please check out Epiphora’s post on the matter.
In March 2012, I started blogging in earnest, and a while later began reaching out to companies for products to review. I’ve had the good fortune to work with some amazing, fantastic, big-hearted people at SheVibe, Vixen Creations, We-Vibe, Tantus, Bad Dragon, and Vibratex. I really hope to grow that list in 2014. I know there are people out there working to change this industry and turn it into what it should be: pleasure- and health-based, open to all. I’ve made a lot of blogging friends (shit, I ran out of words!). I’ve tried a lot of toys, both really good and really bad. I’ve even spent a weekend with some of the most inspiring folks alive.
If you’re interested in doing what I do, it’s entirely possible to start right now. Don’t let anything intimidate you. You don’t have to be a size queen, but it’s okay if you are. You don’t have to be kinky, but you will be welcomed with open arms if you want to write about BDSM. If you’re willing to learn, to be completely honest, and to treat masturbating like it’s your job, then you can do this, too. It’s not always an easy job, but it is rewarding.
Alright, Crave. I was willing to give you a chance, even though the first iteration of your Duet looked like a clitoral torture device, and even though Epiphora slaughtered it. You changed the designs and came out with two new toys: The Wink and the Solo. So, I thought maybe you’d gotten it together.
NOPE. Nope nope nope. Let me tell you about some things.
First of all, I will admit that I think that the Crave Wink is adorable. It’s super cute. It looks like a Clinique Almost Lipstick. Also, it’s made out of silicone and metal, which gives it a nice weight and makes it feel expensive. (Heads up, it is expensive: $69.) I chose the coral shade, because it looks even more like lipstick that way and I’m predictable. The material choices and the aesthetic value are the only good things about this vibrator. Put your wallets away right now.
Let me tell you about something that is not a “feature”: Having to twist the battery compartment into place to turn the damn thing on and off. That is not a feature. That is a design flaw. That is lazy. For $69, I want a button. What else do I want? More than one speed. You’re playing this JimmyJane Little Chroma game, and I do not appreciate it. Edit: I forgot to mention this explicitly… it takes one AAA battery. Nothing has ever been powerful, powered by a single AAA battery.
I would absolutely be willing to look past the one speed issue if that one speed were pleasing. It isn’t. It’s like bees. The metal base conducts vibration to the point where my fingers began to go numb after a few minutes. The silicone tip buzzed, but didn’t rumble, and try as I might to come, it was not happening. It actually felt like something was tickling my clit instead of actually trying to pleasurably stimulate it. I tried so hard just to see if I could have an orgasm from this monstrosity. I’m not even a power queen, but I ended up angrily dropping it off the side of my bed and reaching for my trusty WeVibe Touch. (For whatever it isn’t, the Wink truly is durable.)
In the two years that I’ve been reviewing, there have been very few products that I’ve just out and out hated. This is one of them. Say what you will about the appearance of the WeVibe Touch, but at least it works. It does what it’s supposed to do, and it does it very, very well. The Wink is a pretty toy, but it’s as though the care that went into making it stopped there. I was so excited to try this toy, and it was a total letdown. Did anyone with fingers and a clitoris try this in its testing stages? If so, had any of them tried a good vibrator before? It makes me so sad to think that, if this was someone’s first toy, they might never venture beyond it.
In order to clean the Wink, you need to first remove the battery, then twist the two halves together. It is waterproof, which is nice, and the material choices make it easy to clean. Just grab some dish soap, toy cleaner, or 10% bleach solution, and go to town. But, if you want an external vibe that’s waterproof and legitimately a luxury product, consider the WeVibe Touch or the Lelo Mia 2 instead.
In the end, I want to bandy someone about the head with the Crave Wink and tell them to step up their game.
Thank you, SheVibe!
I kind of forgot that I had this dildo because for some reason it ended up in the back of my toy chest, which is weird because it’s very colorful and not the type of thing you could easily miss. I was sent the small, classically shaped BS Dildo, in the same colors as this beautiful G-spot BS dildo. Unfortunately, SheVibe is not currently stocking the model they sent me.
The packaging for my BS Dildo is very minimal: Just a clear but sturdy plastic bag with information about the company, a tiny info packet, and a sample of Yes lubricant. Frankly, I like it. There’s no BS (had to). No, it’s not subtle, but shouldn’t you feel good about the fact that your money is going towards a high quality toy and not some overblown luxury packaging? The bag is resealable, so it would make a perfectly good storage bag if you need that sort of thing. I tend to accidentally leave my (clean) dildos out, just standing around like tiny toy soldiers guarding various rooms of my house.
Because I’m the one sex toy reviewer who doesn’t have a measuring tape, and I can’t find a size estimate for the BS Dildo, I’m going to work with the fact that my hand is exactly 6″ long (same size as USD!). The dildo, then, is about 6″ long, with about 5.5″ being insertable. The girth is very reasonable, at around 1.25″ max. Because its a realistic phallic shape, the widest point is either the base or the ridge of the head. It does have a flared base, making it perfect for an O-ring harness or anal play. It is slightly curved, so it’s easy to thrust if you’re using it solo. (More on that later.)
The dildo is made of pure silicone and does have some drag to it. I used a pea-sized amount of Good Clean Love lubricant and had no problems with the material after that. I did perform a flame test, and it passed with flying colors, as I expected. It’s a single density silicone that’s soft and squishy, which makes for a very comfortable insertion. If you grab the base and wave the dildo in the air, it wobbles quite a bit. However, if you hold it paralel to the ground, it doesn’t droop. It’s clear that this toy was made perfectly for partner play. I don’t believe that it would be suitable for packing, but I’ve also never tried.
My experience using the toy was pleasant, but not earth shattering. It’s a very nice penis shape, and is small enough for me to use comfortably without the necessity of a warm up dildo. I think I would love this toy if I were in a relationship where we frequently used a strap-on, because it does feel pretty realistic without being overwhelming. Honestly, I’m a bit too lazy to put in the effort of manually thrusting for a while if I’m not getting considerable G-spot stimulation, so I prefer this toy to clench around or to use in preparation for larger toys.
If I were grading the BS Dildo on craftsmanship alone, it would absolutely be an A+. It’s awesome to see some more quality manufacturers becoming available in the States, and I’m glad SheVibe is carrying their stuff. As far as a solo masturbation toy goes, I don’t know that this particular design really goes the distance for me.
As part of my effort to blog more regularly, I want to share some awesome sales with you from my friends at SheVibe. I like to shop at – and review for – SheVibe because they’re always looking for ways to do things better. They’re really part of the next generation of sex toy retailers, ones who care about the consumer. Having met their team in person, I could not be happier being associated with such an awesome group of people. (Disclaimer: This post does contain affiliate links, but all opinions and endorsements are entirely my own. I love me some sex toys.)
I haven’t had a chance to try any of their products (my laughably small disposable income generally goes to cheese), but I have my eye on the Linger, texture fiend that I am. Epiphora, someone I would trust with the safety and happiness of my genitals any day, absolutely loves NobEssence. If I can ever get my vagina to stop being such a pansy when it comes to girth, I’d love to try the Seduction.
Next, and possibly even more exciting for those of you who prefer vibration near your nethers…
Dude, you can get a Mia 2, the updated version of my absolute favorite travel-friendly clitoral vibe, for $52. The Mia charges via USB port, comes with a discreet satin pouch, and is whisper quiet. Or, if you prefer something with a bit more size and oomph, get your mitts on a Mona 2 for $95.99 (definitely on my wishlist).
And, for anyone looking for a double header…
That includes the famous FeelDoe and RealDoe from Tantus, the crazy-fun-looking New Wave from Fun Factory, and the popular Nexus Junior from Vixen Creations (makers of one of my favorite dildos, the VixSkin Mustang). Bonus: If you’re looking for a bit of beginners pegging fun, I recommend the FeelDoe Slim.
Last week, I posted a link to Dildology.org, along with a simple explanation of what they do. Today, I want to get deeper into that, since I’m proud to be part of the Dildology.org Blog Carnival!
So what is Dildology?
In their own words… “The sex toy industry is on the rise, yet it remains largely unregulated. Dildology.org intends to provide material verification services and maintain a public database of the results, adding transparency and oversight to the industry while educating the public about the science behind pleasure products. We stand on our own, unaffiliated and uninfluenced, and we are dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the dildo-loving population at large through education (and maybe a little entertainment).”
Crista, Lilly, and Crista’s partner V want to know what the hell is in our sex toys, and they’re tired of relying on faulty manufacturer information to find out. Did you know that absolutely nothing – no one – stops manufacturers from claiming “phthalate free”, even if their product is actually 30-50% phthalates? Are you as angry as we are now? You should be!
The goal of Dildology.org is to provide 100% comprehensive, independent testing, which is very expensive. Testing for each toy is $200-$450, which is quite a chunk.They are purchasing toys directly from locations around the US, and are refusing toys offered by manufacturers so as to remain 100% objective. (They are, however, taking product donations from third-party retailers – if you run a store and want to help, hit them up.)
At this time, they need $20,000 to start this amazing project, and you can help. They’re offering some awesome rewards to get started, including a 15% off SheVibe coupon when you donate $15 or more and a baller Dildologist t-shirt when you donate $50!
In addition to their donation perks, if you are a blogger and donate more than $15 to Dildology, I will give you a code for a free 1 month advertising slot, which you can use now or for the month of June (or, if a ton of you donate, I’ll queue you up and let you know when your month will come). Shoot me an email after you donate, and once I confirm your donation, we’ll get you set up through PassionFruit.