Posts Tagged ‘vibrators’
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.
It’s probably because the world is ending with Frankenstorm. I’m actually having a Lazy Sunday. I was given a random Sunday off, and I desperately needed it. This week kicked my ass, and ended with Steve and me (dressed as Prince and a Playboy Bunny) singing karaoke at a local bar (“Darling Nikki” and “Oops… I Did It Again”, if you were wondering).
& Braiding! For SHORT HAIR! I can have some fun too, bitch!
& If you’ve been thinking about blogging, if you’re new to blogging, or if you feel like there’s still something you can learn (hint: there is, this is you), you should check out Ali Lehman’s Blog Tips post category.
& Shannyn wrote about How To Score Free Stuff With Your Blog. I can get behind that.
& Haha. They’re worried this could come to Boston. Would you be comfortable with a Trojan crew giving away vibrators on street corners in your city?
& Sarah Von says, “Be Happy In This Moment.”
How is your weekend turning out? Did you go out for Halloween at all?
This is it: the Big Time.
I’m ecstatic to announce that I am now part of SheVibe‘s review program! I’ve been a fan of theirs for some time now, and I believe there are several product links floating around here, but I’m so excited to be working with them more directly.
Why am I partnering with SheVibe? SheVibe really brings it all to the table: quality products, prompt and friendly customer service, and a website that’s a joy to peruse. I have always gotten the vibe – pun intended – that SheVibe cares about their customers. Their site is full of information, beautiful original artwork, competitive prices, and solid customer reviews. When I first got in touch with one of the fantastic people running the review program, I was really struck by how personable the staff is. I knew Epiphora wouldn’t lead me astray when I asked her to recommend a good review program, but I had no idea just how welcoming they would be!
What does this mean for Marvelous Darling? I will be reviewing no more than one SheVibe product – sent by the review program, that is – per month. The site will not suddenly be inundated with ads for SheVibe, and I will continue to review products available on other sites, or in stores like Adam & Eve Pittsburgh. I will not ever post a false or misleading review. Not every toy is “great for beginners” and not every toy is even, well, good. I am not being paid for this post, and these opinions are my own. I am now happy to be part of an amazing review team, but I can assure you, you will continue to be offered my content with my opinions.
Time to pop the bubbly! (Or, since it’s 1:30, probably just grab a Diet Coke.)
If you read any part of my What’s the Buzz? series, you know that I’m a big fan of the toys from Je Joue. Je Joue is a luxury toy brand and while their toy repertoire is a bit sparse, the quality is amazing. Each toy is waterproof, rechargeable, and made of seamless or near-seamless silicone. The silicone is buttery smooth, and has little to no drag. Mine doesn’t have a problem of attracting hair or other fibers, either, which is kind of a gross-out that I’ve read about with some silicone toys. No such issues here!
Before I plonked down a decent sum of cash on Mimi (retail cost: $90), I did as much research as possible. I found several fantastic reviews on Babeland, EdenFantasys, and independent sex toy review blogs. Mimi is a very popular lady! And, I discovered, with good reason.
I did read that Mimi’s buttons can be difficult to push. If you have larger fingers or long fingernails, you might have a problem, but I honestly did not notice an issue at all. I thought the buttons were easy enough to press, even without moving the toy once it was doing its thing.
Speaking of doing its thing, Mimi has 5 vibration settings and 5 patterns. Even as a girl not usually impressed with patterns, I found Mimi’s strong enough and varied enough that the patterns actually did seem to add something to the toy, where I usually think they’re just filler. To turn Mimi on and cycle through the vibrations and patterns, you press the + button; to turn Mimi off, you press and hold the – button. Very simple and intuitive, in my opinion, and a quick way to turn off a toy is always appreciated in my book.
Mimi’s vibrations are really, impressively strong for a small toy. I can comfortably hold Mimi in my hand at several different angles, because the toy has a few surfaces from which the vibrations emanate. The first level of vibration is really more of a tease – I’ve personally found 3-4 to be a “sweet spot.” Levels 3 and 4 are substantially stronger than bargain bullets, but I personally found level 5 to be a little bit too strong. Power queens would probably love it, though. Sometimes, it’s a bit annoying to have to cycle through if I accidentally click past 4, but the patterns are enjoyable enough that it’s not going to kill my mood.
One of my favorite things about Mimi is that I’ll never have to deal with batteries. Mimi takes a few hours to charge, and I have heard that you ought to charge Mimi after about 3-4 hours of use, but mine has not died yet. Mimi charges through a charging cable that magnetically connects to the + and – buttons, keeping with the seamlessness of the toy.
Conclusion: Over all, I would give Mimi a 4.5/5. The only thing I dislike is having to cycle through every option without being able to just go back. Like I said, it’s not a dealbreaker, but it would certainly make for a better toy if it were an option. Mimi is an awesome toy for anyone looking for a luxury clitoral vibrator complete with bells & whistles.
Please, please tell me that at least some of you have seen the Sex and the City episode with the Rabit? Dual-actions are, hands down, my favorite kind of vibrator to talk about because they vary so widely but do so much. I love me some multitasking tools (sporks, anyone?) and a rabbit style dual-action vibrator is no exception!
But why a dual-action? Dual-action vibrators provide sensation everywhere it counts. There are actually plenty of nerves within the first 2 inches of the vagina. Many dual-action toys hit your G-spot, provide sensation for the opening of the vagina, and also deliver the clitoris. They come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’ve ever been intimidated by bigger toys, or unimpressed by smaller ones, fear not: there is a dual-action out there for you!
& Fifi : If you’ve read the other installments of my What’s the Buzz series (1, 2, or 3), you know that I love the Je Joue line. Fifi is no exception. Like Mimi and Uma, Fifi is completely waterproof, made of 100% pure medical grade silicone, and she is rechargeable, meaning you don’t have to mess with batteries when all you want to do is have a good time! What really impresses me about Fifi, though, is that the rabbit ear clitoral attachments are actually individually motorized, making them very powerful. Fifi is the priciest of the dual-action vibes I’ll be linking, at $139, but I still heartily recommend her for anyone looking for a power, silicone, rechargeable toy. You will not be left with weak vibrations when you play with Fifi!
& Butterfly Kiss : The toy company that I used to work for sold a product remarkably similar to the Butterfly Kiss, but at roughly 3x the cost – even at that price, it was a huge seller, because this design is amazing for beginners. I would confidently recommend this toy to any friend looking for a first time vibrator, especially someone who doesn’t want or need a lot of length or girth, but wants to try a g-spot toy with added clitoral stimulation. Butterfly Kiss is even waterproof, which is quite a bargain at $17.
& My First Rabbit Vibe : This Rabbit-style vibrator has the looks of a classic. It does not rotate to reach the g-spot, but its rows of beads rotate to provide a lot of stimulation to the first 2-3 inches of the vagina. The rabbit ear clitoral stimulators are classics for a reason - they work! In my opinion, one of the best things about these kinds of toys is that because the toy is a bit squishy (made of TPR silicone), you can press and hold the rabbit in place so that it works perfectly with your anatomy. At $39, this is an amazingly budget-friendly classic rabbit vibrator, though it is considered to be a louder toy.
& The Rabbit Habit : This is the rabbit originally featured on Sex and the City, with all the bells and whistles! The shaft rotates to hit your g-spot, the rotating beads are right in place to reach the most sensitive part of the vagina, and the rabbit ears are powerful. Unlike the one in the video I linked above, this rabbit is free of remote controls. This is a louder vibrator, but it really packs a punch when it comes to power. If you live alone, don’t hesitate! At $90, this is a bit of an investment, but it’s a popular option for a very good reason.
Do any of my readers have experience with a rabbit style dual-action toy? Any recommendations that I didn’t list? I would love to hear from you!
Safe & sexy,