TRUSKYN Tru Stroke Beaded Penis Stroker Review

Doc Johnson TRUSKYN Tru Stroke Beaded

The name of this one is going to twist your tongue: Doc Johnson TRUSKYN Platinum Silicone: The Tru Stroke Beaded. That’s way too many words for a $19 toy. Looks like Doc Johnson really wanted to convince us that this product is in fact made of silicone, because they actually put “silicone” as part of the name of the toy. They’re absolutely correct, I am not so easily convinced. Even after reading the box, the name, the explanation, and the manual thoroughly, I still wasn’t sure if this was truly a silicone product. Why? Well, because Doc Johnson is well known for trying to trick people with “silicone blends” and all sorts of questionable business practices. After reading Dangerous Lilly’s post about other products of the Truskyn line, I was finally convinced, okay, this is silicone.

Sex toy materials

Why does this matter? In a nutshell, what your sex toys are made of is hugely important, because a number of products (and entire brands!) out there are made of porous materials, or ones that contain phthalates. Phthalates or phthalate esters are found in elastomers and are actually toxic for your body, especially in contact of mucous membranes, such as the penis, or the vagina. Most toys for penises, even if they’re phthalate-free are made of porous TPE or TPR, which are soft and pleasant to the skin, and feel squishy and highly realistic. But these can trap bacteria and put your body at danger, even if you thoroughly wash your toys and don’t share them with other people. Peepshow toys, one of my favorite online sex stores, has committed to not selling any porous sex toys. That’s why they don’t have a huge collection of strokers and masturbators; but everything they have is high-quality. One of the reasons I was excited that this penis stroker is actually silicone and body-safe, was because it’s affordable and pretty easy to use and clean.

A few words about penis masturbators

Penis sex toys that create the sensation of penetrating are called masturbators, sleeves or strokers. They usually look like a tube in which a person inserts their dick. Some are open ended (so the head of the penis can peek out of it), others are closed at the end and feel more like an orifice. Another type of penis toy is one that looks like a taco (Dangerous Lilly’s metaphor that I can’t refrain from using). Some people call it a manta ray. The Tru Stroke Beaded is a taco-style toy. It doesn’t cover the penis entirely, but this allows it to fit penises of different sizes and girths in particular. One can grab it and hold their grip more strongly for more intense sensations and make it feel tighter. Another huge advantage of toys of this shape is that cleaning them is a breeze!

The Tru Stroke Beaded

Doc Johnson TRUSKYN Tru Stroke BeadedIt’s a fairly simple toy. The texture on the inside isn’t anything mind-blowing. If you come from a world of Tenga or Fleshlights (which are fairly more expensive, and are porous), this stroker isn’t going to feel as realistic, or as enjoyable. But I think it’s unfair to compare it with these since they’re an entirely different category.

From using this toy on a male partner, I can say that this stroker is one of the most fun ones to use together. I am a huge fan of mixing activities and taking blow jobs and hand jobs to the next level. Alternating the two, using lots of lube, sucking while stroking, stroking while playing with the balls, adding some vibration on the balls. I like using penis sleeves during play-time. But a bigger and more sophisticated toy such as a Tenga Flip Hole, or a Fleshlight, or the Fun Factory Cobra Libre can be really uncomfortable for me to use on a partner (as well as for a guy to use on themselves: I don’t know if you’ve touched a Fleshlight, but these things are enormous and super heavy). So something lighter, smaller, simpler, easy to operate, or just toss around — like the Tru Stroke Beaded — brings new sensations to the table but doesn’t feel clumsy or cumbersome.

Another feature of this sleeve is that it’s not too long and actually leaves the head of the penis outside of the toy (again, that depends on the length of the cock), so it can be easily combined with a blowjob and teasing the penis head with the tongue. The open side of the toy alongside the shaft is bare too; if you have the opening at the bottom, you can lick the frenulum of the penis (that little piece of skin on the bottom where the head of the penis meets the shaft), which is really sensitive and receptive to flickering with your tongue or to vibration.

Doc Johnson TRUSKYN Tru Stroke Beaded

The Tru Stroke Beaded stroker even comes with a storage bag and 1 oz of lube included. The lube sample has glycerin, so I’d pick a better lube from Peepshow toys (which only sell glycerin-free intimate products).

The feedback that I’ve received from my partner is that The Tru Stroke Beaded definitely feels better than just using hands for masturbation, but feels less like actually having intercourse than some penis toys. He personally is totally freaked out by “skin” tones of toys (including dildos), not to mention that the only skin tone that Doc Jonson offers is “vanilla”. But luckily, they have a red version of the toy as well. Apart from the look of the toy, he really enjoyed using it. And if you have any doubts whether a silicone masturbator is for you, don’t forget that the silicone they use has a softer and more squishy feel than regular silicone dildos do.

Tips for using the toy

Always warm up a masturbation sleeve before use. Regardless of the material, these things tend to feel cooler than body temperature (and that can spoil the mood, feel really unpleasant or even cost you your erection for a while). Putting it in a bowl of warm water does the trick, or just running some hot water from the sink over it. Always use lube with sleeves and strokers in order to avoid chafing and too much friction. It also feels more enjoyable and natural.

Doc Johnson TRUSKYN Tru Stroke BeadedThere is no such thing as “too many” when it comes to sex toys. Feel free to use other types of toys alongside it: vibration on the balls, a cock ring, a vibrating cock ring, a butt plug, a prostate massager. The more the merrier. Adding more sensations can completely up your solo sex game.

Strokers are also great for building stamina and learning about your orgasm, when your point of no return comes, and when to slow down in order to last longer. Strokers are by no means toys just for sexually active people, and they can absolutely be used by penis-owners who are virgin to partnered sex. They’re also a great way to postpone intercourse, if you have a partner who’s not ready to have sex but you like playing together and giving each other pleasure without going all the way.

Last words

I am thrilled that there’s a new affordable stroker on the market that’s body-safe and can fit different penis-sizes. In fact, Doc Johnson even released two of these, there’s a ribbed version of this penis stroker, called The Tru Stroke Ribbed, that also retails for $19. You can get both from Peepshow Toys. I think you can’t go wrong with any of these. They’re a great way of figuring out whether you like strokers and they’re an inexpensive purchase that can give you an idea whether they bring something extra during masturbation or as part of partnered sex.

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Disclaimer: The Tru Stroke Beaded was generously provided to me by Peepshowtoys in exchange for my honest review. My opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By buying through them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.


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Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub Review

Chakrub Review

I wish I could capture beauty and perfection in words, and how special this product is. I wish you could evaluate it not just as a sex toy, a pleasure object, but also as an aesthetic piece of art.

If you are getting scared that this post is going to be too woo-woo for your taste, rest assured, the Chakrub is a great toy by itself. There is going to be some talk about chakras, crystals and energy. But you can stay for the pleasure bit. Stay for the shape and the design of these dildos. Stay because you want to support one-of-a-kind products, stay because you want to vote with your wallet and give your money to small businesses.

About Chakrubs

There aren’t many companies that can truly pull out the “unique” claim. Luckily this isn’t your regular adult business. Chakrubs is a small, woman-owned company, that specializes is the creation of crystal dildos, butt plugs and yoni eggs. Their products are made of White Jade (aka Rabbit Jade), Blue Aventurine, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Black Obsidian, Green Aventurine (or Indian Jade), Red Jasper, or Orange Aventurine. Their dildos come in three shapes: the slim Chakrub, the thick Chakrub (the one I am reviewing), the Wand Chakrub.

Crystals and Chakras

Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub ReviewThe chakras, according to Buddhism, are energy centers in our bodies. Not our physical body, but our subtle body. There are seven major chakras and each of them has a corresponding sound, color and crystals that can heal them. Most crystals can heal more than one chakra. Some of our chakras are responsible for decision-making, clarity and feeling of determination and purpose, others for (not) feeling loved and secure, or feeling shame or guilt. For those of you who practice yoga, and/or tantra, these concepts might be very close to your heart and mind; others might read this with a dose of skepticism. I’m in no way an expert of the Chakra system, but Vanessa Cuccia, the owner of the company, explains in at length in this blog post. As everything in the world, nothing is binary or black and white, and I fall somewhat in the middle of the spectrum. I can’t say I fully understand or embrace Tantra, Chakras, or Buddhism, but I know certain practices make me feel better. Whether it’s breathing exercises, meditation, or visualization, a lot of these have their place in the bedroom and can be used for pleasure, during sex, or to reduce trauma or shame for previous experiences. In my opinion anything that works for you, even if you don’t know why and how, should be embraced (if it doesn’t harm you or others in some way, of course). Whether it’s walking in nature, listening to bird and waterfall sounds, doing yoga, getting a massage, having aroma candles, or using oils. A lot of us already have embraced in one way or another some aspect of these rituals in our everyday life, in our relaxation practices or in our partnered or solo time. And you can use your crystal dildo for way more things than just penetration. You can just hold the crystal close to you, you can have it at your work space, where you meditate, or in your bed. You can put it under your pillow. You can carry it with you for protection from negative energy. And the thick Chakrub might be a good self-defense tool as well!

Why Crystals? (Besides Chakras and Buddhism)

Crystals are body-safe. Making crystal dildos doesn’t harm the environment. Using them doesn’t harm your body. They’re non-porous, one of a kind, aesthetic and beautiful. They transfer and keep temperature in unique ways. They’re heavy and great for creating a feeling of fullness, pressure and weight in your body (the same way we love our stainless steel Njoy products). They don’t use batteries or power, all you will ever need is your product. They’re arguably the first thing early humans have used for self-pleasure. You know these questions about what you’d take with you if your plane crashes on an island? Chances are that the island in the middle of nowhere isn’t gonna have electricity. So in deserted island scenario you can always rely on a durable material that only needs your hands to operate it. Okay, all joking aside: stone dildos feel really differently from silicone, metals or even glass. They’re great for massages. And they’re beautiful. That’s a F.A.C.T.

Getting Your Chakrub

Besides clearly choosing the right shape for your needs — thicker or slimmer, direct g-spot stimulation or not — you might want to read the description of the different stones the dildos are made of. Chakrubs have a very comprehensive guide to the benefits of each crystal. You will receive your package beautifully wrapped with a personal letter with a seal. It includes instructions about taking care of your crystal, cleaning it and getting to know it. Making it yours. Getting acquainted with its energy and how it makes you feel. Getting it on the same wavelength as you are, so to speak. The dildo itself comes in a gorgeous lace and satin storage wrap that I just can’t take my eyes off.

What Is It Like?

Chakrubs Dildo ReviewI got the Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub. It’s a white stone, also known as white jasper, that I absolutely love. It helps you achieve inner peace, focus and clarity, feel purified. Just looking at it makes me feel peaceful and more in harmony. It’s almost one pound heavy, which is something that I appreciate these days. A lot of us have come to love heavier toys because contrary to what you might think they require less effort to move and stimulate pleasure zones. Their weight kind of does the job for you. The shape of the big Chakrub is that of an extra elongated tear drop. It’s smooth on both ends, so it can be used as a double ended dildo. Using the pointy side is great for a-spot (deep spot, cervical) stimulation, while the thicker part is fabulous for feeling full. It provides good g-spot pressure, even though it doesn’t have a g-spot curve. If you need to get an idea about it’s size: when measured flat it’s 7” long and goes from 1″ to 1.75” wide. It has a circumference of 3.5″ at the small end and 5.25″ at the large end.

You will need to warm up your stone (glass, metal) dildo before using it. Just have some running water of a temperature that feels pleasant on your body, the kind of water you will use to shower or take a bath with, or just slightly warmer. If you are in the middle of something and can’t get to water or you don’t want to interrupt your play, just warm the crystal up with your body. Have it on your belly, on your chest. The Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub has no drag to it. The material is really smooth and you only need a little bit of lubrication in order to slide it inside of you. The warmth is going to bring extra circulation and it’s going to feel much better and different from silicone toys. Thrusting it in and out or applying pressure to particular pleasure zones is really easy with a toy of this size and weight.

Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub Review

Because of its girth and ability to keep temperature, the Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub has become one of my favorite dildos. It’s such a simple but genius shape that really works with this particular material. Using it makes me feel truly special and taken care of. Definitely not your regular commercial dildo.

The prices of these beauties vary based on the price of the crystal they’re made of. The Rabbit Jade Thick Chakrub sells for $169, which is roughly the price of most of their thicker dildos, and their slimmer ones go for around $115. They’re absolutely worth it!

Note that these dildos are not safe for anal play and they’re not harness compatible. If you want to explore some butt play, try out their plugs.

 

Disclaimer: The Rabbit Jade Chakrub was generously provided to me by the company in exchange for my honest review. My opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By buying through them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.


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Joyboxx Storage System Review

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Has it ever happened to you? You didn’t know you had a certain problem or need until some product or service solved it for you. And then you had to ask yourself: How did I live without it?

There are a number of storage solutions for sex toys. There are bags and cases, and secure boxes. There’s your dishwasher’s rack and the whole choice the Container Store offers you. And yet nothing had me prepared for the simple genius of the Joyboxx. What’s the big deal, it’s a lockable box for sex toys. Nope, my dear reader, it’s so much more than that. It’s a ventilated antimicrobial storage system that can keep your sex toys dirty, clean or wet.

Intro

First things first, what I am going to talk about here generally only applies to body-safe toy materials that are stable and are not going to start melting and deforming over each other. You cannot store toys made of jelly, rubber, or certain elastomers, touching one another because they will start melting and creating a chemical reaction. To begin with, you should toss away all of these products. Silicone, ABS plastic, stainless steel, and even glass and stone are entirely safe to be stored in a Joyboxx, all mixed together and on top of each other. There’s nothing harmful for your non-porous toys to be stored together, contacting each other, or touching the material of the box.

What does it solve?

I have a very specific problem: cleaning sex toys and drying them out, and sometimes having to hide toys that are not entirely dry. I would say every human being on the planet who uses sex toys has similar problems. Where do you leave toys to dry out after using them? How do you protect them from curious eyes or from your dog that will mistake your floggers or dildos for a chew toy. If you don’t have pets, room-mates, kids, or parents living with you, that is much less of an issue. You can probably proudly have your toys in the dishwasher or on a dish-washing rack. Unfortunately not everyone has such living arrangements. There’s also the issue of lint, dust and hair, or simply the problem of your toy touching surfaces. Not a whole lot of toys can stand upright alone (most dildos and some butt plugs can, but that’s about it). You don’t want to leave your toy on your kitchen counter or on your bathroom sink, and if you use a bathroom towel or a paper towel everything gets covered in fluff and/or lint. The people from Joyboxx thought of that too: the playtray.

Yes, I did call my playtrays the best thing since sliced bread.

What a simple creation. It’s a little rack that fits most sex toys (and can actually fit more than one). It allows your toy to dry out optimally without touching any surface. It can also be used as a separator, if for whatever reason you want to have two separate compartments in your box (again, if your toys are silicone, you don’t actually need that), but I get that controlling and highly organized people might like that it looks somewhat neat. The playtray is also amazing for drying out Sybian attachments, or keeping toys ready for you to use during a  passionate session with yourself or your lover.

The Joyboxx itself has small holes for ventilation, so you can actually throw in all of your wet and just-washed toys, close and lock the box and they’ll dry out (but not as fast as they will if you leave them out in the open on a playtray) without mold or bacteria growing inside. The box is made of food-grade non-porous plastic with antimicrobial silver ION agent mixed into it. Which means that if your toys are non-porous too, you can safely leave them inside of the box even when they’re dirty. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to clean up, you can store them securely in seconds. Note that the box is not self cleaning, and you will have to wash it with soap if you’ve stored used toys in it.

Features

The Joyboxx is surprisingly big and can fit a whole lot of things. Dimensions: outside 12.60”(L) x 5.5” (D) x 5.0” (H), inside: 11.25” (L) x 5.5” (D) x 3.5” (H). While it cannot fit a Hitachi Magic Wand, it can fit a Tantus dildo with a handle, several vibes, and it even holds a Fleshlight (and these things are huge!). The box has a small external compartment where you can store condoms, bullet vibrators, or a 2 oz lube. The compartment doesn’t lock and gives you easy access to your essentials.

Joyboxx Storage SystemThere’s a special charging dock hole, where you can even charge your toys while they’re drying out. Sadly chargers keep getting bigger and most magnetic ones are too large. My only recommendation to the makers of the Joyboxx would be to make the hole for cords a little bigger. If it was just a little wider, it probably would accommodate the USB end of all cords even if the magnetic part didn’t fit. And one last thing, I would love it even more if the box had a handle.

Last thoughts

The Joyboxx is a hygienic, easy solution for storing clean, wet or dirty sex toys, that has ventilation and prevents mold or bacteria growth, it’s non-porous, PVC, BPA & Phthalate free. It locks and looks like any other storage system that you have (it’s not going to raise suspicions), and comes at a pretty decent price for what you get. It sells for $35 plus $5 shipping when bought from their own website. You can also get the box or the playtray from Peepshowtoys 10% off with code WETLANDIA. You can choose between black and purple and you have eight color options for the slider and the little latch. I’m the queen of purple, so I went for the conservative one-color option, but actually mixing black and pink, or black and green looks really cool too. I would recommend it to literally anyone who owns at least a few toys and wants to store them in a discreet and hygienic way.

Disclaimer: Joyboxx was generously provided to me by the company in exchange for my honest review. But my opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way.


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