VeDO Bam Bullet Review

VeDO Bam Bullet

I love reviewing price-point items. Especially ones that surprise me in a good way. Sex toys keep getting further and further out of reach for the average customer. And this makes me sad, because A. everyone deserves better sex life, pleasure and orgasms, B. what if the toy doesn’t really work for you, you’re gonna through away in the garbage some 150 bucks? Luckily lately Peepshowtoys is trying to store more and more affordable, but high-quality products. And enter VeDO. Silicone rechargeable toys with non-scary price tags.

The VeDO Bam Bullet is a little powerhouse! While with it’s 1″ x 3.25″ it’s not a tiny bullet vibe that’s going to fit most of your bullet-compatible toys, Bam offers everything else you can possibly need. VeDO Bam is easy to hold, it’s rumbly and really strong, it’s rechargeable, waterproof and is made of silicone with ABS plastic button at the end.

VeDO Bam has 10 vibration modes, out of which only one is steady vibration. Instead of wasting your time with going through slower vibration settings, it goes straight to maximum power. Which is simply great, if that’s what your’e looking for. The rest 9 settings are different patters. Bam is easily one of the most powerful clitoral bullet vibrators I own, and luckily, it’s not buzzy and annoying.

While I cannot recommend it to people who like slower and milder vibration modes, since Bam simply doesn’t have them, if you are looking for intense rumbly power, from an affordable larger bullet vibrator, look no further. Bam comes in three colors: pink, purple and turquoise, and it’s very soft and smooth to touch. While it won’t fit in the hole at the bottom of your dildo, you can hide it in any of your pockets or glass cases, and discretely take it on your travels.

VeDO Bam sells for just $29 at Peepshowtoys and you can even take advantage of my 10% discount from them.

Disclaimer: VeDO Bam Bullet 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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OhMiBod blueMotion Nex 2 Review

Updated on 12/19/2016.

OhMiBod blueMotion Nex 2

I’ve had my eyes on OhMiBod (aka LoveLife) toys for a while now. And one model in particular: the LoveLife Cuddle. I’ve read a great many positive reviews, and the price tag of $69 for a rechargeable vibrator just had me perplexed. How could a vaginal vibrator of such a small size get such great rating? Then OhMiBod added a bluetooth remote function and an app and called it blueMotion Nex 2. This made me extra curious to find out whether the Nex 2 was worth almost twice the Cuddle. Short answer: I  don’t think so. But we’ll get to that.

How similar is it to the Cuddle?

OhMiBod blueMotion Nex 2The blueMotion Nex 2 arrives in a stylish box (but not as small and cute as the one of the Cuddle) with a white satin storage bag.

It’s a small insertable vibe with an insertable length of 4″ and only 1.25″ of maximum girth in diameter. It has a nice and smooth silicone shaft and ABS plastic handle with three controls. It’s super easy to change speeds and vibration modes. It has 7 patterns, some of which are quite nice, and multiple speeds. It’s rechargeable, taking around 2.5 hrs to fully charge in exchange of up to 2 hrs of play. Unfortunately, it’s only splash proof, not submersible. Cleaning lube and vaginal fluids off the embedded OhMiBod letters in the silicone at he back of the toy can be a challenge. Why do companies keep making toys this way? Never mind… blueMotion Nex 2 and Cuddle are equally powerful, rumbly but quiet, and have an insanely good g-spot curve. It might not look like it, but it’s far more pleasant than many other g-spot vibrators I’ve used. It’s super easy to hold and use, and makes me orgasm both applied on my clit or in my vagina. So far, I give it 5 stars.

How does it feel?

Overall I am somewhat of a size queen. But I’ve noticed that often I like bigger objects vaginally just to make up for the lack of a g-spot curve. I squeeze my vaginal muscles around their shaft and this is how I end up applying pressure on my g-spot.

With the Nex 2 or the Cuddle, I don’t need any of that. Even its small size is enough to make me come because of how it’s shaped. But I often like using an additional clitoral vibrator, such as the We-Vibe Touch, alongside vaginal stimulation. But that’s just my jam, and that’s how I use most insertable vibrators or dildos.

What’s up with the blueMotion?

I don’t understand why they couldn’t call the Nex 2 simply Cuddle 2 to avoid the confusion. Confusion? Yes, because the blueMotion line has an entirely different toy, Nex 1, which is a pantie vibe. So, I almost got the wrong product. Names should help your purchasing experience, not have you Google things and research what’s what.

I don’t know who came up with the blueMotion line. The whole idea is that these vibrators can be controlled with the help of a mobile device, such as a smartphone or a tablet. Cool, nothing unusual here. Many people like the We-Connect app by We-Vibe and it works well for playing with a partner around the globe or in a BDSM public play scenario. Having someone wear their toy while their partner controls it, is not a fundamentally new idea. But the Nex 2 is just a regular vaginal vibrator that can’t be worn outside for public play. And it’s a vibrator that has controls which work really well, as a matter of fact I couldn’t be more happy with its well-designed buttons. Which kind of defeats the purpose of a so-so app.

If you ask me, the hole point of having someone control the vibrations of an internal vibrator is a bit non nonsensical. A lot of the pleasure one derives from an internal vibrator is from the way one moves their wrists, how they control the shaft of the toy, how they thrust in and out — all of that. Having someone controlling your vibe from around the globe, or from a distance, unfortunately doesn’t make them really in control of your pleasure. It’s a better idea in theory than in practice.

Possible Applications

I completely admit that there are many scenarios in which it could be exciting to have someone control your vibrator for you. Whether you’re in a long distance relationship, or enjoy power play and orgasm denial, the app can give you an extra dimension and more opportunities to enjoy your time together or your time apart.

Cam girls could also use this vibrator as an opportunity to connect with their clients and allow a much more interactive experience.

The app

While the app itself is not bad, I wouldn’t say that it is that necessary to the average customer or that it brings much additional value to the toy (unlike an app controlled toy is exactly what you were looking for). One big downside of the app is that it doesn’t allow you to use the toy in a steady vibration setting or easily control the speed (the way the We-Connect app does, for example). It allows you to control a few patterns (and you already have patterns on the vibe), design your own pattern, or allow the toy to create a pattern via sounds — the pattern is controlled by the loudness of a voice, music or whatever you choose to play in the background. Again, in everyday life, many of these are just novelty aspects that don’t contribute that much to the experience in practice.

Did I mention that the app allows you to record your orgasms? It literally lets you set a weekly goal of how many times you want to come. What on earth? Why would I reach to my phone and mark down that I’ve had an orgasm. In an app. In a journal, maybe… I get it that some people like sex geekery and might be excited to record that, but for an extra $60? How about notepads? Virtual or analogue? Not to mention that this puts a whole lot of pressure on you. I don’t like the aspect of asking our bodies to perform a certain way, say, come a minimum number of time a week.

In conclusion

OhMiBod blueMotion Nex 2I find the upgrade OhMiBod gave to the Cuddle a bit unnecessary for the average customer. What you get extra is  an app that’s just okay. If you are in a long-distance relationship and want to have an internal vibe that your partner can control, I strongly recommend We-Vibe Rave that is slightly cheaper and is a mind-blowing toy, that also has a good g-spot curve, and a much better app. If you just want a good g-spot vibrator, get the Cuddle, it’s virtually the same toy as Nex 2 sans the app. By all means, if you  can afford the Nex, and if you like the few extra functionalities, Nex 2 is still a good overall product. And it still manager to be cheaper than most rechargeable silicone brands, some of which don’t even come with a storage case, let alone an app. The blueMotion Nex 2 will set you back $129, while the Cuddle is just $69 and totally rocks. If you are struggling financially, don’t despair, the Cuddle is an utter delight!

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Disclaimer: OhMiBod blueMotion Nex 2 was generously provided to me by Good Vibrations 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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Fun Factory Cayona Review

Fun Factory Cayona Vibrator

It’s not often that I absolutely love a vibrator that doesn’t really do what it’s supposed to. But it does so many other things so impressively well, that it won my heart the first time it touched my lady bits. Fun Factory Cayona is nothing short of an amazing g-spot and vulva vibrator — which for some reason is trying to be a dual vibrator. I wouldn’t have even figured this out if I didn’t read the description of the product, which says that it’s supposed to stimulate the clitoris as well as the g-spot. This it does not, but with all this in mind, I absolutely love it and am not even really disappointed that it’s not a rabbit vibrator.

When one of the companies I work frequently with, Peepshowtoys (kind to send me so many toys to review), asked me if I wanted to review the Cayona by Fun Factory, I couldn’t type “YES” fast enough. Why was that? First of all… well… Fun Factory! Duh! If you are not familiar with the world of sex toys, Fun Factory is a premium sex toy brand, made and designed in Germany, with really good quality products, joyful colors and wonderful shapes. And most of their sex toys are constantly on my wishlist.

What Is Cayona?

Cayona is a vibrator that looks like a vulva. Need I say more? It’s just so beautiful it makes me squeal every time I look at it. Not only does it look like a vulva, but it’s a great vulva vibrator, as well as a vaginal vibrator. For those of us damaged by the non-existent sex-ed in school and throughout adult life: vulva is everything on the outside, including labia majora a labia minora and the clitoris; vagina is the internal organ where penetration happens. Because Cayona is shaped like a vulva, it rests perfectly well on the vulva. Which is great if you like external vibration that’s not just concentrated on the clit. Technically any internal vibrator can be placed over the vulva, but the Cayona is squishy, soft and modeled in a way that just fits insanely well.

Fun Factory CayonaVibrations on the vulva, not just on the clitoris itself, can be extremely beneficial to people who dislike direct or pinpoint clitoral vibration, but also ones that like their entire genitalia played with and stimulated. The clitoris is not just a knob; what we see on the outside is just the glans of the clitoris, not the entire organ. The clit has “legs” deeper inside the body, on each side of the vaginal opening. So, vibration on a broader genital area can work really well for both arousal and achieving orgasm.

While using a vibrator over the vulva will block your vaginal opening (so it cannot be used alongside a dildo or during penetration), you can combine the Cayona with kegel balls or a vibrating egg internally. Or just enjoy the external stimulation.

Apart from pleasuring my vulva, Cayona is great for vaginal (internal) use. It’s neither a super long nor a very girthy vibrator with its insertable 4″ and a diameter of 1.5″, but its gentle g-spot curve and rumbly vibrations are all I needed. These days I find super pronounced g-spot curves too much, and the sensation can be almost painful. The Cayona will stroke your g-spot instead of jamming it directly. Thrusting in and out, or twisting the handle clockwise or counterclockwise does the trick perfectly.

You will need a lot of lube for vaginal play, because the Fun Factory silicone is a little draggy. Use a good amount of body-safe water-based lubricant with it. Unlike most silicone vibrators, Cayona is not just covered in a thin layer of silicone, which would make it feel almost like plastic. It’s softer and squishier, has a little bit of bend to it and feels much more natural. At the same time it does apply enough pressure on the g-spot to actually make you come.

What Does It Offer?

The Fun Factory Cayona is nothing short of a premium vibrator by a reputable brand. It’s entirely waterproof and submersible, it’s rechargeable with the help of a magnetic charger (no wall adapter included, just the USB cord), and it has a 1-year warranty. It offers deep and rumbly vibrations, has 6 speeds and 6 patterns and, thank god, it has a travel lock. It’s relatively quiet — I’ve heard people complain about the noisiness of other Fun Factory toys, but the Cayona is not one of them. It doesn’t come with a storage bag (Fun Factory toys never do, sad face), but the packaging is stylish and not too pretentious; it’s not very heavy, nor takes a whole lot of space. And it comes in 4 beautiful pale pastel colors: yellow, green, blue and pink.

So What Doesn’t Work?

dscn3263This vibrator is definitely not a rabbit vibrator. The little pearl that it has (the one that looks like a clit) cannot reach the actual clitoris in any possible way while inserted. Again, I don’t think this is a big deal, because this vibe delivers many other sensations. But if you’ve purchased it with the idea of using it as a rabbit, this might be a letdown. If you are looking for a rabbit vibe, I’d recommend checking out at the Fun Factory Miss Bi.

In Conclusion

Cayona is a stunning silicone rechargeable vibe with a firm core and flexible softer coating. It has multiple speeds, and it can be used in the tub or the shower. And it’s rumbly! Unless you are looking for a much bigger, longer and girthier vibrator, Cayona is a great choice. It also doubles as a vulva vibrator: just place it over your labia and clit and enjoy the broader external vibrations. Did I forget to say that it’s just $99? And you get 10% off from Peeshowtoys. And it qualifies for free shipping. Just sayin’! (wink)

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We-Vibe Nova Review

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Rabbit vibrators bring us to the realm of creatures from Greek mythology. Some will have you face your worst fears and make you experience horrors. Some are like the Sirens — they will lure you with promises of unheard pleasures, only to expose you to great dangers. If this sounds exaggerated, let me remind you that most rabbit vibes are made of porous or toxic materials. Others like Medusa will turn you into stone — unable to feel anything from their buzzy vibrations, which will temporally paralyze your genitalia.

But once in a while there’s actually a rabbit vibe that is like Pegasus, the mythological winged stallion, which will let you ride on its back into a divine overtaking orgasm (or two, or three…). It will help you get there, instead of teasing you and taking orgasms away from you. We-Vibe Nova is my Pegasus among ancient beasts and monsters. 

What’s the main problem with rabbits?

Dual stimulators, aka rabbit vibrators, as you already know from my review of Lelo Soraya, have one big problem — they have a fixed distance between the shaft and the external clitoral arm. Which means that sometimes the external vibrator won’t get anywhere near your clitoris. Other times it might fit okay, but the internal part will be too short or have the wrong angle to provide good internal stimulation.

Another problem is that you can’t really thrust in and out with rabbits, that is, if you want to keep feeling the vibration on the clitoris. Some vibrators, like the Fun Factory Miss Bi or Lady Bi feature a fairly flexible external arm, which kind of follows your movements, but doen’t provide enough pressure on the clitoris.

Enter We-Vibe Nova

We-Vibe Nova

But We-Vibe have fixed almost all of these problems. And not for some outrageous price of more than $200, but for the pretty decent $149 (though still hefty…). Nova is fully water-proof, silicone and rechargeable (and this time the magnetic charger is much better and stays in place, unlike the one of their previous toys We-Vibe Tango or Touch). Nova is an app controllable dual stimulator that comes in the usual gorgeous We-Vibe box and a white satin storage bag. It has an absolutely stunning g-spot curve on the shaft, and the external arm is flexible in a way that applies constant pressure on your clit, even if you thrust in and out. It comes with the same powerful and rumbly motors other We-Vibe products have (Tango, Rave and Touch) and it’s quiet enough for a vibe that has two motors and that kind of power. Ta-dah!

We-Vibe Nova

Seriously, how fucking genius is that?

It has a relatively slim shaft measuring 4.25″ of insertable length and 1.25″ at the widest point (diameter). Importantly, the handle is long enough and is super comfortable to hold and thrust in and out. The controls of the vibe are intuitive are fairly easy to use. But I love using the We-Connect app for Nova since it gives me such precise control over the two separate motors. If you are into this kind of thing: a partner can control your vibrator from anywhere on the globe (as long as they have a smart phone and internet connection)! I have to say, I wouldn’t do that for anything in the world — why would I have someone control things for me, when I know best what works and what doesn’t? Call me a hard-core individualist but I don’t want anyone messing with my vibrators. Period. My clitoris has an opinion of its own and only I speak its language.

How does it perform?

If you like pressure on your clitoris, you are going to thank the sex gods every day for creating this toy. It’s hard to explain, but even though the arm is flexible enough to maintain contact with the clitoris the entire time, regardless of the depth of the penetration, it still applies a really good amount of pressure on the clit. But since that can be too much of direct clitoral stimulation for some folks, instead you can position the external vibrator at 2 o’clock or 10 o’clock. Let me explain. Most vulva-owners don’t like their clitoris stimulated directly on the glans, but rather a little bit on the left or a little bit on the right. If your clitoris is at 12 o’clock, most people would rather take 10 or 2 o’clock stimulation — both from a vibrator or rubbing it with fingers. We-Vibe Nova will let you do that, because the external part has enough drag, and once you position it on the left or on the right, you wouldn’t have to keep pressing or holding the external vibe in that position. That’s something that almost no other vibrator can do.

I can’t write this review without praising the glorious g-spot curve of this toy properly. It’s wide and bulbous enough to provide a simply delicious pressure right where you need it. Even if you don’t care much for internal vibrations, there are plenty of ways to enjoy dual stimulation from this toy. Turn the internal vibration off (but keep the clitoral on) and simply thrust in and out or shift the handle a little bit clockwise, then a little bit counterclockwise. This will do the tricks for your g-spot.

I hope that We-Vibe will release an internal vibrator with the shape of the shaft of We-Vibe Nova. Just the shaft would be wonderful, especially for people who don’t care for dual stimulators.

To be honest, the deep and rumbly We-Vibe vibrations feel so good that I often use it just as a clitoral vibe. I turn on the shaft vibration and just use it externally on the clit, no penetration.

The We-Connect App

Why have app control on a rabbit vibe? At first, I thought controlling the toy directly was more than enough. But, as I mentioned, the We-Connect allows you to control the two motors separately with such ease and precision that I would never back to using the controls on the toy. It’s worth mentioning that Nova comes with 10 vibration patterns, but since I am not a pattern girl, I’m going to leave that part of the Nova exploration to someone else. Another huge advantage of the We-Connect app is that, unlike the Je Joue app, it actually works with both Android and iOS and it’s even available in several languages.

Things to consider

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In the end, a rabbit vibe is an item that is trying to do two things (internal and external vibrator), and by doing so it can compromise the performance of each of the functions. So, if you aren’t sure you actually want a rabbit vibe, you might not need one at this point. If you can afford it, I would go with We-Vibe Rave (for vaginal use) AND We-Vibe Tango or Touch (for clitoral use) instead. Or simply an affordable Tantus dildo AND We-Vibe Tango or Touch. After all, like wealth or fame, dual vibrators are one of these things that people think they want to have but rarely bring happiness or live up to expectations.

In a nutshell

With all this in mind, We-Vibe Nova is still one of the most genius creations in the sex toy industry over the last few years. It’s made by a company that constantly brings innovation to the table and only makes high-quality and well thought sex toys. Nova, like all We-Vibe toys, comes with a 1 year warranty.

Get it for $149 from We-Vibe, Peepshowtoys, Vibrant, Good Vibrations or Shevibe in the US. Until midnight you can get it for up to 30% off from most of these stores! Check out my Black Friday/Cyber week post here for sale details. Get if from Come As You Are Canada, Lovehoney UK, or Lovehoney Australia.

Disclaimer: Nova was generously provided to me by We-Vibe 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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The Rabbit Ears by The Rabbit Company Review

Updated on 12/12/16.

The Rabbit Ears by The Rabbit Company Review

The Rabbit What…?!

The Rabbit Company is a sex toy manufacturer that only makes rabbit vibrators — by which they mean vibrators that have ears. They have a number of dual-stimulators (imagine a classic rabbit vibrator) but they also make a number of handheld external vibes that have two ears.

I am going to address the elephant in the room: almost all of their products resemble other companies’ toys, and we don’t see a whole lot of actual innovation and much of product development. Most of their products have the shafts of Lelo Ina, Mona or Lelo Loki, meshed with an external arm of a Vibratex rabbit: with actual ears and all. Others simply don’t make any sense (a wand vibe that’s also a rabbit vibe). Their pocket vibrators remind us of Love Crave Duet. And even though they carry their products in other colors, all you will see on their website is bright pink. Despite the somewhat tacky marketing, website and product design (back to the 90s??), they went for Lelo prices and even placed themselves at higher price-points than We-Vibe or Je Joue. Lelo hasn’t been a great company lately (a lot of people just don’t want to buy Lelo anymore), so in a way I can’t be entirely upset with The Rabbit Company for replicating their truly genius Mona shaft. And to be fair, they have several models that are not entirely inspired by other companies, such as their G-spot rabbit, the Lay-on Rabbit and the Rabbit Ears.

Out of the above I was truly curious about the Rabbit Ears. Emmeline Peaches reviewed quite positively the Lay-on Rabbit, so I went for the more flexible Rabbit Ears. The Rabbit Company only makes body-safe sex toys that are rechargeable and come with a 5-year warranty, which is not a bad place to start in an industry that’s been poisoning their clients with toxic materials and offensive marketing.

The Rabbit Company products are well made and are mostly visually appealing (not the dazzling, sparkly editions covered in crystals, God no). They come in a stylish packaging that only has an image of the bunny on white background and a list of the key features of the product.

What is the Rabbit Ears?

The Rabbit Ears is a small, handheld external vibrator. It’s made for external stimulation on the clitoris and other erogenous zones. It’s longer than traditional bullet vibes and the motor is located in the shaft of the toy, so either the shaft can be used directly or the little ears at the end can be placed on the clit. I like the idea of unbundling the rabbit ears from the rabbit vibe, because a lot of folks actually really like the little soft ears but prefer using a dildo separately. Rabbits rarely work for most people.

The toy is made of matte silicone (it only comes in pink or purple). It’s easy to use and the shaft is long enough to hold it in place, but at the same time the total size of the product makes it a good travel vibe. It fits in a small purse and it’s very light. A downside is that it doesn’t come with a storage bag (which is something that I’d expect for this kind of price). It’s rechargeable and waterproof (but should not be submerged for more than 15 min).

How does it behave?

What I like about the motor and the programs is that it has 10 different speeds. And no patterns! YAY! And it has “+” and “-” controls, so you can go back and forth in speeds. There is nothing more annoying than toys that only have, say, 3 speeds and a bunch of patterns; or single control toys. The motor is powerful though a little loud (it’s on the buzzier side).

I like using the Rabbit Ears for warm up, since I prefer pressing a vibrator against my clit, and the little bunny ears are way too flexible for me to properly enjoy the toy. If you prefer softer and more subtle materials, or if you don’t take well to pinpoint stimulation, this toy might be a great star of the show. It’s also not a vulva-hog, so there’s enough space to use it clitorally and at the same time thrust in with a dildo vaginally.

The reason I cannot fully recommend this toy is that we live in a world where We-Vibe Tango costs $79. And Tango is without a doubt much more rumbly and deep, it’s fully waterproof and might work for more people. But if soft bunny ears do the trick for you (say, more so than bullet vibrators), the Rabbit Ears could be the way to go for you. Now Shevibe carries The Rabbit Company and the Rabbit Ears sell for $89.99.

Disclaimer: The Rabbit Ears was generously provided to me by The Rabbit 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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Sola Egg Massager Passion Set Review

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If I were to describe the Sola Egg Massager in a few words it would be: a powerhouse in a palm-sized vibrator. I mean Magic Wand-like power.

Sola is a relatively new company in the sex toy industry and they’re known for their Sola Sync Wand vibrator and the Sola Egg Massager. They offer a few other vaginal or dual vibrators as well. Their focus is technology, innovation and body safety. I have to say that most of their designs intrigue me deeply because they’ve truly brought new things to the table: not your typical wand vibrator, and definitely not your usual small clitoral vibe. They have a simple design and no unnecessary details or features. Nothing too extravagant. In fact, their products as well as their marketing remind me much more of the wellness business than the adult industry.

Packaging

Their packaging is absolutely gift-like. No yuck factor, nothing explicit, vulgar or distasteful. Sola is classy, stylish and non-threatening. In fact, their products come in one of the most beautiful boxes I’ve seen lately. Not to mention that there is no disgusting sleazy copy on the box or their website. Somehow I feel the need to mention this because lately we’ve witnessed a number of companies acting like jerks and I am kind of losing my patience. The focus on pleasure is still there, but without rubbing it in your face. Everything you need to know about the product is on the box, in short bullet points.

The box contains everything one will need. I really mean everything. The Sola Egg Massager, its charging dock, the attachments, a user guide, a charging cord AND a wall adapter, as well as a pouch for storage. See? Everything. These days I really appreciate all the details and I have to hi-five companies that walk the extra mile to provide everything you need. The storage bag makes it so easy to keep the toy nice and dust free, and helps you tell it apart from other products in your collection.

Key features

The Bunni Sleeve Sola Egg MassagerThe Sola Egg Massager comes in two versions. The Passion Set has three attachments and that’s the one I am currently reviewing, while The Wellness Set only has two attachments, the original Swedish Sleeve that both sets share (the purple and smooth one) plus the Shiatshu Sleeve. The additional two attachments included with the Passion Set are the Bunni Sleeve and the Omi Sleeve. All of these massager heads are silicone and removable. And I need to highlight how soft and nice their silicone feels against my skin!

The whole toy is entirely water-proof and immersible, which makes it really easy to clean and sanitize, as well as play in the tub with it, if that’s your thing. The Sola Egg Massager is rechargeable and has a battery life of 1.5 hours and 3 hrs full cycle charging time. It also has a travel lock that doubles as speed lock. Since the Sola Massager doesn’t have any “+” or “-” controls, it only responds to pressure; but you can lock it on the desired speed and not worry about the pressure you’re applying.

Using it

I love powerful and strong vibrations. And I hate having the dilemma of how to take a Magic Wand or a Doxy on a trip. Sola Egg is that perfect little sibling of the big wands, it still has the big broad head without sacrificing power or quality. The Sola Egg Massager is like a travel Hitachi. It’s great for anything from a good back massage to shattering clitoral stimulation. At the same time, if you are not a power queen, Sola has delicious low-level vibrations that are rumbly and deep. You can even create patterns by applying different pressure and moving the toy around.

The attachments make it even more versatile, and luckily most Magic Wand attachments work on it great too. Some of the attachments by other brands I had to put over the original Swedish sleeve, others fit right on top of the toy.

The tricky part is that even with the additional attachments the toy doesn’t respond as well to pressure (apart from the Shiatsu sleeve from The Wellness Set). With the Bunni or the Omi sleeves I had to actually press the toy hard with my palm, get to the speed I needed, lock it down, and then move towards playing. Overall, the Sola Egg Massager is responsive but the responsiveness works better with the original sleeve that is flat and has most direct contact with your body.

I am not a huge fan of attachments or vibes like the Bunni sleeve (the pink one with the two ears), because they somewhat don’t work for my clit. But if you like your clit being surrounded by vibration on each side, without any direct contact with the nub of your clit, the Bunni might be just the right thing for you. The Omi sleeve does give a more pinpoint stimulation, and can be used vaginally as well. I am really happy that these are made of silicone and are entirely body-safe because there are plenty of porous wand attachments out there. Having extra sleeves included with the toy makes it much more versatile and interesting for different kinds of stimulation.

Don’t be fooled that the Sola Egg Massager is just a clitoral toy. It’s great for penises, balls and a perineum massage. The Omi sleeve can be used anally as well. And something else I’ve discovered is how well the Hammerhead (or Hummingbird) attachment from Kink Lab works with Sola. The Hammerhead is a penis stroker or masturbator sleeve that transfers the vibrations from the massager. And it fits perfectly on top of the Egg Massager! Which is freaking great, because that gives me (if I am in charge) or the penis-owner much more control and an easier hold, versus using the Magic Wand for this particular job.

Great things about it

As I’ve mentioned, it’s rare that a toy this strong is small and easy to carry with you. In my book that gets a lot of extra points. It also doesn’t look like a sex toy at all, it’s really pretty in it’s charging dock, and it’s just made really well. It delivers that positive overall experience that we’re all seeking from a high-end product. Did I mention that it comes with a 5-year warranty???

Things that need improving

If I were to address a few issues… The noise is less bugging and annoying when the toy is pressed really hard against my body, but if it loses contact for a bit it sounds like a jackhammer (well, maybe not exactly), which is very distracting. And my second beef with it is that it needs a lot of pressure. I would be really happy if it was a little more responsive and required less pressure in order to reach the highest vibration speeds.

Sola Egg Massager Passion Set can be purchased from Shevibe for $119.99 or directly from Sola’s website.

Disclaimer: Sola Egg Massager Passion Set 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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Swan Squeeze Curve Review

Swan Squeeze Curve

Before you run screaming, let me tell you something: this vibrator comes in teal too. It’s not only in pink. Breathe in, breathe out, my pink-hating reader, and keep on reading because this one is really worth it!

About Swan

First things first. Swan’s products are designed and developed in Canada. They feature high-quality, body-friendly, silicone sex toys. They’re most famous for the Swan Wand vibrator. If some of their models seem familiar, that is because Jopen bought the rights for most of their products and sells them under the Vanity line. The newest Swan creations though are sold under their original label and under the BMS Factory wing, which are involved with other well-respected brands, such as Leaf and the improved version Leaf+.

When I saw the shape of the Curve, I knew we were most probably going to get along. But then I found out the whole Squeeze line features smart vibrators. “Brace yourself” was my first thought, because to be honest, anything that claims to be smart, revolutionary, or innovative gives me shivers. All I want is to be able to easily control my toy; too many promises of high-tech features fail greatly in this industry.

I am not afraid to admit how wrong I was. The Swan Curve is just a joy to operate and use.

The Curve is one of the three vibrators in the Squeeze line. The Swan Kiss is a clitoral vibrator. The Swan Hug is their rabbit-style vibrator (that actually looks really intriguing and might work for a number of bodies because the shaft and the external arm are flexible). The Swan Curve is their internal vibrator, and actually works really well for external use too.

Packaging

The Swan Curve comes in a small box in a color that matches the one of the vibrator you got (teal or pink). It closes with a magnet lock, and contains a visually appealing booklet with a manual, a black satin storage bag and the USB recharger (no wall adapter included).

The product

The Curve has a gorgeous shape. Shape that I can admire both visually and at use for hours. Keep in mind, the Curve is not for size queens. With a diameter of 1.3″ (3.3 cm) of the widest part of the insertable end, and total length of 6.45″ (16.4 cm), two thirds of which are insertable, it’s a really good average size toy. Its neck is slightly flexible, which makes it really comfortable during use, without too much poking or hard g-spot stimulation. The g-spot stimulation is still there even if not in a Njoy Pure Wand or Comet Wand way.

The Swan Curve is made with 100% matte silicone finish. It’s seamless and soft, with the usual amount of drag for a silicone toy. It’s really easy to clean, it doesn’t have anything engraved on it, and doesn’t have any ridges or weird bumps. It’s waterproof and fully submersible and its battery holds up to 2.5 hours (in exchange of up to 3 hrs of charging it). And it comes with 1-yr warranty. But enough about the stats, let’s get to the point.

At use

Swan Squeeze CurveWhen I say it’s easy to operate, I mean it’s ridiculously easy to operate it. It only has one button that you need to hold for a few seconds until the toy vibrates twice shortly. Then all you need to do is gently squeeze the handle on the sides. It’s really intuitive, and by holding it you can create really enjoyable patterns and rhythms that respond to your needs at the moment. If you don’t want to squeeze it, you just need to press the button once and it will hold the desired vibration strength. If you want to change the speed, press again to unlock it, and squeeze until the desired speed again. It also has a feature that actually allows you to memorize your own vibration pattern and replicate it. According to the brochure, you can operate it hands free by inserting the toy vaginally and squeezing your legs together. And believe it or not, the hands-free use worked really well too! It’s not something one can use really long though, because your thighs will get tired after a while. But I can see this being a great feature for dominance and submission, while using hand restraints, maybe ordering the submissive to squeeze their tights and pleasure themselves, punish them for getting tired and not following orders… The vibrations are rumbly and strong; at the same time the Curve is not too noisy of a toy. It’s really ergonomic and intuitive both for internal and external use.

Last words

The Swan Curve is one of the most pleasant and enjoyable shapes of an internal vibrator that I’ve ever used. I can honestly say that I loved everything about it. It’s reasonably priced at $89 and has all the features one would expect from a premium brand. (And let’s not forget that we live in a world where toys much more expensive than a hundred bucks are not even water-proof.)

Here’s a short video I shot showing the Curve Squeeze at use. You can see the amount of pressure needed to operate it, how easy it is to lock a vibration speed, and how flexible the neck of the toy is.

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Eva by Dame Products

Eva by Dame Products

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit this. When I first saw Eva online I laughed my ass off. I thought it was ridiculous, silly and I couldn’t see how it could possibly work. To be true, that happened at a time when I was hugely disappointed in couples’ toys and supposedly hands-free gadgets and their promise of hands-free orgasms. That also occurred at a moment when I knew nothing about the company, nor the research behind Eva.

I had to stand corrected pretty quickly though. Great stores that I support and respect started storing it, and positive reviews from some of my favorite bloggers were popping up. I couldn’t pretend that Eva was laughable and wave it off. It had a stronger and stronger presence in the sex toy world.

Dame Products

One of the first things that changed my opinion about Eva was the company behind it (Short version: Alex and Janet are awesome!) Dame Products is a women-owned business that started with a simple idea. They wanted to solve one problem that many products had tried to before: how to make a vibrator that was unobtrusive, that could be used during sex (not necessarily just penis in vagina intercourse), that fitted well, didn’t get in the way, and complemented sex, instead of steal the thunder. Eva was not meant to replace your partner, it was meant to be used with your partner.

What inspired them was the simple fact that studies show that at least 70% of women don’t have orgasm during intercourse. That doesn’t mean that these women are broken or incapable of experiencing orgasm altogether. Penetration and the stimulation that occurs during intercourse are not what makes women come. For one, penetrative sex doesn’t sufficiently stimulate the clitoris, and the vagina itself has very few nerve endings. The clitoris, on the other hand, has 8,000!

The first generation of the vibrator was thoroughly tested and reviewed by a number of couples who partook in the study and its development. Eva was successfully crowdfunded (it actually raised 1151% of the goal of the campaign). You can find out more about the story behind Eva in this video.

How does it work?

I know that’s the first question that comes to your mind when you see Eva. The vibrator itself is the size of a pebble: the main body of the vibe is roughly 1.3″ by 1.7″. It’s virtually feather light. The little arms or wings of the vibrator are a bit flexible: allowing it to fit a wider range of bodies and sizes. The way you “wear” it is by placing the wings between your inner labia and your outer labia. Dame products have a really comprehensive fitting guide.

The body of the vibrator is placed over the glans of your clitoris, but the little arms of Eva actually carry the vibration too, and that stimulates better the internal parts of your clitoris. At the same time the body of the vibrator, as well as the arms, are completely out of the way of the vaginal opening, so intercourse can happen without removing the vibrator, or having to worry about it getting in the way.

The specifications

Eva by Dame ProductsEva is a rechargeable vibrator that is 100% silicone and it’s entirely body-safe. It comes in two colors, lavender and aqua. The material is matte and very soft. It’s small and light, which makes it as easy to carry around as a bullet vibrator is, and it even comes with a little black storage bag. The toy has three speeds, the lightest one is really non-intimidating and I believe can be used even by people who don’t like direct clitoral vibration and are quite sensitive. Eva actually provides a really broad and pleasant stimulation. If I have to describe it, it would be: a really good balance between pinpoint vibration and broad vibration. The highest speed is actually surprisingly powerful. It has one big button that turns it on and changes the speeds. Which means that you have to cycle through the settings in order to go back to a lower setting, but luckily, Eva has only three modes, so it’s not too much work. I’d rather have one big button that works, even if I have to cycle through them, than have a few tiny buttons that I keep missing or pressing something by mistake. The control button is also not too sensitive, so even in the weirdest sex positions, you don’t end up pressing it by chance and accidentally changing to a different setting. Eva is also shower-proof: you can wash it gently, but you cannot submerge it in water (so don’t take it to the bath tub).

It holds its charge for 60 min on the highest setting and 5 hrs on its lowest. The first time you charge it, you have to puncture the silicone. This feels really wrong and weird, but since at least the angle in which you need to do it is very straightforward, it wasn’t as stressful of an experience as I had with other toys I had to… penetrate with the charger. It also comes with the wall power adapter, not just the USB cable, and this can be handy. It also makes it easy to charge (and take with you) if you’re traveling abroad, because you can charge it either via USB, or just get a wall adapter for the country you will be traveling to.

What can you use it for

Eva by Dame Products

Even though it’s marketed as a couples’ vibrator and it’s great as such, it can be used for all sorts of partnered or solo play. Clearly, you can wear it and have intercourse with it, but it can stay in place and enhance your experience while you give oral sex or a hand job, or while you’re being fingered. It’s great for girl on girl time, because the other partner can grind on it and it can actually work as a great lesbian couples’ toy. If you have a penis-owner as a partner, there are a couple of ways you can both have pleasure without any penetration whatsoever. If your partner’s cock likes vibration, he can place his dick on Eva, while you’re wearing it. Or he can grind his balls on Eva, while receiving a hand job or jerking himself off.

It’s also fantastic for strap-on sex. To be clear, Eva is not the toy you use with the harness. You put the dildo you want to use, but the partner topping with the harness wears Eva as well. And that’s super awesome for pegging or girl on girl strap-on sex, because unless one is using a double ended dildo (like Fun Factory Share), the top usually doesn’t get to feel much or anything at all (besides clearly the joy of bringing pleasure to someone). I am actually really proud of myself for remembering to use it while topping a girl this weekend. It works great with a harness like the Joque by Spareparts, which has a little pocket and holds Eva in place even better. Any other panties-like harnesses, such as Bella or the Tomboi would do the job equally well.

Eva by Dame ProductsAnd let’s not underestimate it as a great toy for masturbation. I discovered several ways in which Eva gets the job done. One is if I use my hands to press it and wiggle it a little bit, for those who like pressing a vibrator against their clitoris. A hands-free way is humping a pillow or the edge of the mattress. The latter is particularly pleasant when I was wearing Kegel balls as well, or a vibrating egg. A hands-free orgasm was absolutely possible and actually easy to achieve. Eva is also of great help if you want to use fewer hands. For instance, you like clitoral stimulation alongside thrusting with a vaginal vibrator or a dildo. For once I don’t have to use both hands! Eva stays put and you can alternate your hands for using the insertable. That’s a godsend to me, because my hands and arms get tired easily and I tend to prefer longer solo sessions.

The other way I completely adore using Eva is wearing it in my panties, walking around, doing chores, cooking dinner, or doing my Kegels meanwhile. That usually gets me really hot and “ready” for intercourse. On those days when time is really limited (life, job, kids, the dishes, you know) and I just want to jump in bed and have a quickie, but at the same time, I want to be sufficiently aroused before going at it.

Experiences

DSCN9926 - Copy.JPGAs Dame Products recommends, it’s better to try out and experiment with Eva a couple of times alone before introducing it to a partner. When you do, one thing you need to keep in mind is lubrication. In order to stay in, Eva needs your labia to be dry, because friction actually keeps it in place. So you need to be careful with the lube. Either put it inside of your vagina with a lube shooter, use your fingers to get the lube inside, or just lube up the cock or the dildo, instead of placing the lube on your vulva and around your vaginal opening.

Try out different positions. I feel that the positions that worked the best for me were ones in which I had a really close body contact with my partner and our bodies were pressed against each other the most, because that gave Eva most support. In face to face positions the thrusts were rubbing and wiggling it; it felt really good. Same thing applies for strap-on sex. I actually came roughly at the same time the girl I was topping did: the faster I was thrusting, the more Eva was rubbing on my clit. I couldn’t have wished for more.

Things to consider

Eva is a bit loud on the highest setting, to the extent that it can be distracting. Try listening to some music. Overall having a sexy time playlist is always a good idea, but if it can noise out the sounds from the vibrator, that’s even better. Eva can also slip out if lube leaks out of your vagina, or if you’re having a really passionate session with very aggressive and fast thrusting. One tip to always keep it in place is a pair of hot crotchless panties.

Last words

Eva is easily my favorite couples’ toy at this point. Especially at the price-point of $105, which is roughly half the price of the We-Vibe 4 Plus or Sync. It has everything I expect from a toy these days: rechargeable, body-safe, washable. It’s so far #1 in my chart of travel-friendly toys given its size and weight.

You can purchase Eva from Dame Products with a 1-year warranty and free shipping.

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Eva by Dame Products

Disclaimer: Eva was generously provided to me by Dame Products 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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Tantus Rumble Vibrator Review

Tantus Rumble

The Company

Do you know one of the best perks of moving from Europe to the US? You can easily buy Tantus products! I am not kidding. Almost nothing beats that. When I moved to the States months before I even relocated, I ordered a bunch of dildos. You know, so they’d be waiting for me when I arrived. To make me feel at home. For years I’ve been reading reviews by Epiphora and drooling after Tantus’ silicone. Now I could finally have it!

They’re a company that always has been 100% body-safe. Tantus is the first one to make their entire line of products of silicone, and we’re not talking about a company created a couple of years ago, we’re talking about almost 20 years ago! To have 100% silicone toys in ’97 is no joke. They’ve always been a trend setter. Their unique designs, beautiful colors, and gender-free marketing have won the hearts of many. Including mine!

I heard about Rumble, their first vibrator (not counting the little Tantus bullets that are included with their vibrating dildos or plugs), last year at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit ’15. Back then I barely knew anyone, I didn’t mix and mingle with the crowd, let alone be brave enough to talk to Metis Black, founder of Tantus. The reality is that small, independent businesses nowadays often need crowdfunding to bring innovation to life and be able to mass-produce or even do the research to create a product. That’s been the case with Eva by Dame, the Mystery Vibe, Minna Limon, and now Funkit Toys. Luckily, people were awesome and responded really well in all these cases. Rumble started shipping out this spring first to its original backers, and by this summer one could find Rumble in every responsible sex store.

Everything that I’ve read about it though, didn’t prepare me for the actual product that I touched in the bloggers’ lounge a year later at Woodhull SFS16. The Rumble was… feather-light. I couldn’t believe it. How could that be? And so comfortable! It fitted so well in my hand. Like a natural extension.

Ergonomics

Tantus RumbleThis product is made with so much thought and attention to detail. The shape of the handle, the location of the buttons: everything is made to perfection (not to mention that it looks like something that came from the future!). The ON/OFF button is separated from the PLUS and MINUS buttons used to change settings. No accidental turning it off at the worst possible moment. The controls are exactly where your hands are holding the vibrator, so no fishing around and awkward “where is iiiit?!” anymore. I cannot emphasize this enough! Ergonomics and design matter! These things can change your whole experience with the product.

When I am pleasuring myself or being pleasured, I don’t want to be distracted by unwanted pain. No, I don’t want my arms cramping and getting tired. I don’t want my shoulder aching. That’s not sexy and that’s not what I signed up for when I wanted some sexual pleasure. I have a tennis elbow and early stages of a rare form of arthritis, I work on a computer the whole day, and I have chronic back and shoulder pain. And I am horny. I don’t want my playtime to be limited by my body and my ability to hold a toy.

When using the Rumble the vibrations travel very little and you only slightly feel them through the handle, which adds to the overall comfort, while using this toy. And at just 6.6 oz Tantus Rumble has my love and devotion.

Every Body

One of the key characteristics of this toy is that it’s 100% gender neutral. It’s an external vibrator for all bodies. Penises, vulvas, transitioning bodies, breasts, butt-holes, nipples. Whatever you got, this toy can stimulate it. The shape doesn’t suggest just one way of using it. It also features a wider head for more broad stimulation. At the same time the head is not too round and has an edge that can be used for more direct or pinpoint vibration. Or one can use one of its attachments. The g/p-spot head, called the Spoon, can actually be used externally on the clit or around the anus. (I will be writing a separate post about the Rumble replaceable heads.)

Features

The Tantus Rumble has seven settings to choose from: three are different speeds of steady vibration, and four are different patterns. You can go back and forth by using the controls. You don’t have to go through the whole cycle to go back to something that you liked! It has a very quiet motor and the sound is in no way distracting or annoying. It’s a cordless rechargeable vibrator that holds its battery for 4.5 hours! You heard correctly! It uses a mini USB which makes finding its cord so much easier. A number of other electronics that you probably have around your house use it and if you end up misplacing your cord, you can really easily replace it or buy one even from the drug store.

And because it’s Tantus, it’s 100% body-safe. The body of the toy is plastic and the head of the vibrator is matte silicone. It can be removed and boiled or sanitized with a 10% bleach solution. This isn’t something you can do with any other vibrator or wand. Vibrators cannot be boiled, and this is the only one that has a removable head. Yes, some vibes have attachments, but the original plain smooth head is not sanitizable.

Unlike other vibes, Rumble has a flexible neck that gently moves the head around and follows your shapes. That can be a little bit of a downside for some people who like really rigid vibes and like pressing them against a certain body part.

I also think Rumble is a great travel buddy. It’s so much smaller than wand vibrators, and being so unbelievably light, it makes taking it a really smart packing decision. People with mobility issues try to always keep their luggage light and small, because dragging a suitcase with a Doxy Die Cast is frankly not helping anyone’s back. And you don’t really need to even take it’s cord, because the battery will hold forever.

Using it

dscn9906Rumble has vibrations that penetrate deeply and, hence the name, are deliciously rumbly. It’s not an extra powerful wand-type vibrator, so expect an experience closer to the We-Vibe Touch or a small external vibrator. On its highest setting Rumble doesn’t get too buzzy the way most vibes do, it still has depth to it. It never numbs my clit or genitalia. A few female reviewers who’ve written about it say that they can’t come from it because the head is too broad and they need either more power or more pinpoint stimulation. I’ve found that using it a bit more sideways, so actually the edge/corner of the head is against the glans of my clit, helps a great deal when I am in searching for more direct vibration.

My man is truly in love with it. He likes vibrations and broader heads, but things like Doxy are too powerful or too stiff and rigid for him. Things can easily go from “yeah” to “ouch” with other vibes. The flexible neck and the way the head moves is great for using it on penises and scrotums.

Some advice from experience. Penises don’t like cold toys in general. And what’s great about Rumble is that, unlike many other corded vibes, you can take the attachment off, run some warm water over it and then put it on the vibe. Or just hold the head of the toy in your hands and warm it up before pressing it against someone’s dick or balls.

Things to consider

Some of its cons are that it’s not waterproof. I am not a big fan of using a vibe in the tub and the heads/attachments are washable, so this isn’t that much of an issue for me. You can wipe the body of the toy with a damp cloth and maybe some liquid soap. Also, it doesn’t come with a storage bag or case, but that isn’t a great problem either.

Something that’s completely a matter of personal preference is power. Rumble is not megapowerful. It’s no Doxy and it’s not meant to be one. It’s definitely not for power queens. Another thing to consider: if you like using an external vibrator while thrusting in with a dildo, that might not work either. The head is very broad, so it’s hard to use a dildo with it. Maybe with the spoon attachment it can work, but if you have an image of a Hitachi on the clit/pubic mound and a dildo in, that’s not gonna work with Rumble because it’s a bit of a vulva-hog.

Rumble, like every other toy, is not something that 10 out of 10 people will like — that’s why we need tons of different toys to choose from! If you like the fullness of an internal toy or internal vibration, maybe you shoud start your collection with an internal vibrator or a Tantus dildo.  I don’t believe the whole “one toy will solve all of your needs and will solve everybody’s needs”. But Rumble is nonetheless a truly amazing creation and I think it’s one of the best toys of 2016. There’s a lot of research and many years of experience in the pleasure industry that went into making it, and it truly does not have an equivalent. I can’t thank Tantus enough for creating a vibe that is so lightweight, ergonomic, rumbly, rechargeable and gender neutral.

You can get Rumble from Tantus for $129.99.

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Disclaimer: Rumble was generously provided to me by Tantus 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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IMTOY Gazelle Review

IMTOY Gazelle

The adventurer in me is always curious about new brands, toys, and shapes. There isn’t anything like waiting for a toy and having absolutely no idea what it’s going to be or feel like. Trying out a new, especially a lesser known, brand is like going out on a first date with someone you never met. You’ve read their online profile, you know some pretty basic things about them, but that’s about it.

I wasn’t at such a complete loss when it came to IMTOY because I have seen a part of their Zoo line at the Sexual health expo in Brooklyn, and I’ve briefly touched and felt their toys. But that was pretty much my only impression and I had no expectations. The company kindly approached me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing the Gazelle, an external smart vibrator with an attachment. At a very competitive price point, and entirely body-safe, I absolutely had to say yes and further investigate.

A few words about the brand

IMTOY used to be known for their penis vibrator Piu and the Kegel training program Candy, both of which were very expensive and a number bloggers and reviewers expressed certain frustrations with the apps that operated these toys. Things with the new ZOO line from IMTOY seem significantly improved. Reasonable pricing, quality materials, sophisticated packaging: so far so good. All of the ZOO products are operated by the same app. The brand is trying to focus on innovation, so all of their products are app controllable and feature a number of interactive ways of operating your toy.

A few words about the line

IMTOY Zoo

The ZOO, which features several different toys, has embraced the animal metaphor entirely. Each product has a name that corresponds with the shape of the toy. There’s the Giraffe, which is their internal vibrator and the Rhino, which funnily is their rabbit vibrator. I have to be honest: it does look like a rhinoceros and it’s somewhat less ridiculous of a name for it than a rabbit. “Rabbit” makes me remember those old tacky vibes with the rotating beats, bright colors, cheesy packaging and literally little bunny head and ears for clitoral stimulation. They really did themselves a favor by distinguishing themselves from the old name. Gazelle is their external vibe that can be used for clitoral stimulation, or on any other body part that fancies vibrations (balls, cocks, nipples, etc). These are so far the only products you can purchase from them, but they have three more models coming. There are two dual stimulation vibes, one of which is meant to be worn during intercourse (think We-Vibe 4), the other one meant to be worn more like a vibrating vaginal egg and is similar to Je Joue Dua. And there’s the Manta Ray which I am really dying to get to try on my partner one day: it’s a vibrating toy for penises. I don’t know what the prices of these last three products are, but $75 for an internal rechargeable vibe, $89 for the dual one, and $89 for Gazelle: that’s roughly half the price of similar products from their competitors, and a pretty good deal for what you get in exchange.

IMTOY Gazelle

The Zoo line is taking over my fridge with these animal magnets.

I have to say that I don’t know how I feel about the line and the zoo metaphor. In a way I think it’s cute and clever, it gives the whole line a distinction, it’s far less creepy than human names or properties. (Although, if human names are just a way of distinguishing between toys, I kind of don’t have a problem with that either. As long as the copy doesn’t suggest that your vibe is a passionate lover or that it’s better than a human being. For whatever reason, maybe because Tantus are a great company and they don’t have any misogynistic or superficial copy, I have no beef with my dildo being called “Alan“). It’s very distinctive, and will definitely stand out, and I hope that people are not going to think it’s some cheesy brand, because despite the playfulness, it’s a really high-quality and sophisticated product that doesn’t look nor feel cheap one bit.

Yes, a number of products from the line seem similar to ones from other brands, but IMTOY seem to bring new features and to have changed a few things. All for roughly half the money. I am definitely curious to see more from them.

The packaging

What you get from IMTOY is a whole experience. It’s like unboxing jewelry. Your toy comes in very stylish pastel beige box that only has a drawing of the given animal, and just a few words: the name of the brand, the name of the line and the name of the product. Nothing that suggests it’s a sex toy. At the back of this packaging you have some of the features of the product listed: superior motor for intense vibration, randomized vibration option, smart device control, orgasm button, 16 vibration patterns, draw your own vibration, voice, video, music and kinetic interaction and safe medical grade silicone. Not a huge fan of a few words in the copy: “superior motor” and “orgasm button”: definitely not the best way to call things, but more on that later.

Underneath lies a layer of wrapping paper that closes with a little sticker with the logo of the brand. And then, showcased is the toy, the attachment and the cord. I am in love, don’t judge me. It doesn’t come with a storage case or bag included, but even far more expensive toys (Je Joue or Fun Factory) don’t offer one either.

The product

IMTOY Gazelle

Gazelle is an external vibe that looks like a mini wand and comes with one attachment with animal-like “ears” included. It’s rechargeable via a magnetic charging cord you can plug in a USB drive or the outlet. The magnet is really strong and keeps really good contact with the toy, unlike a number of other toys that constantly move around and are a pain to charge. Shall we take a minute to acknowledge the gorgeous cord? I know I am going overboard with my femme side, but… the cable matches the color and the material of the vibe! It’s the most gorgeous pale pink and it gives such a nice finish of the whole experience. You can always pick out the proper cord for this vibe, because it will stand out between all the other black and white cords. No fishing around and wasting time. I love attention to detail and the Zoo line gets extra points in that category.

IMTOY Gazelle

Charging it is easy, compared to other magnet ports. The charger seals perfectly to the toy.

The toy is completely waterproof (and to this day a lot of external vibes are not: puzzling, I know). This one is a darling: it’s even dust proof! It repels lint and little particles. Very (VERY!) successfully. The silicone is the softest one I’ve even touched. This is not an exaggeration. I own LeloJe JoueFun Factoryb-Vibe and We-Vibe toys. This one cannot compare to anything I’ve felt or touched. Maybe only the Iroha+ series has such a soft silicone. I’m not talking about squishiness, but the softness and the velvetiness of the material. I want to hold it, and run my fingers over it, and touch it all day long. I want to live in a magical kingdom where everything is made of this silicone. Gazelle is also very lightweight and easy to hold. The shape is great and ergonomic. The only issue I have with the design is that it’s a one button only toy. Which means you have to cycle through all the settings in order to go back or find something you’re looking for. Clearly, the app solves that issue, but still, I want to be able to control a toy with buttons. I don’t use the app all the time. I feel that the app drains the battery much faster. Also, because the toy is entirely symmetrical, and the button is fairly small, in many cases I have no idea where the heck it is at this very moment.

One problem I have with Gazelle is the battery life: 2 hrs of charging give you only 45 min of play (I am assuming that if you use it on highest setting paired with the app. Hopefully app-free and on lower settings it lasts longer). I haven’t timed it, but on several occasions I’ve used it for more than 30 min and it hasn’t died or indicated that it needs charging. I hope in the future they would come up with longer lasting batteries.

The attachment

dscn2700The little ears are made of the same wonderfully soft silicone and definitely make the toy more versatile. You can have the ears on both sides of your clit, or tilt the toy sideways and have a very direct pinpoint stimulation by just using one ear, or you can place it on just one side of your clit, for less direct stimulation. My clit is a lefty (overall the left side of my vulva is more sensitive) and I prefer having a toy next to it, direct pinpoint clitoral vibration (or touching) can be a bit too much for me. Without the attachment the toy has a broader round head that makes clitoral stimulation less unbearable, and it’s quite pleasant on my vulva too.

The app

The app gives you a bunch of options and functionalities, which, to be honest I am rarely going to use. Clearly, you can just go through the settings, or control the speed in a much more precise manner than with the button. You have the little rocket icon which is their “orgasm button”. It simply takes you straight to the highest speed of the vibrator, which might not be at all the preferred one for different people. Not to mention that some bodies might not get off with it at all. So calling it an “orgasm button” is simply incorrect. I’d be much happier if it was literally called “rocket” button or “take off” button. It’s handy if you don’t wanna bother with lower settings and just want to jam it all up. Their “bomb” icon has an interesting feature, if you like patterns. It’s a complicated unpredictable one, which might not make you cum, but is good for teasing or keeping things interesting. You can even draw your own vibration pattern, which I think is not a completely useless feature.

The app will allow you to control the vibe with voice, music or even video (I didn’t even bother with this one, because I like the predictability and dependability of personally being in charge), as well as kinetically (the harder you shake your mobile device, the stronger the vibration). I don’t see how the last one can be handy, but the voice one can be useful for some power play. The harder the receiver screams, the stronger the toy vibrates. It can encourage people who’re quiet and have been sex or masturbation shamed, to be more vocal and expressive. I am a huge fan of moaning and screaming even during masturbation, and I think everyone should try doing it. The feedback that your body receives actually helps you experience more pleasure and perceive sex or solo time as more enjoyable.

At use

IMTOY GazelleThe vibrator is almost silent on lower settings and gets a bit more buzzy on its highest, but is still on the quieter side of things. It’s really rich and rumbly on lower speeds, and can give you a very nuanced experience in these lower and mid-range vibrations. Unfortunately it gets buzzy on highest settings and makes me numb if I’m continuously using it for more than 15-20 min. If I am using cascading or pulsating patterns the numbing subsides and I can use the toy for longer. The attachment combined with the abundance of patterns makes it very versatile.

The neck is a little bendy, so if you like pressing a toy really hard and close to your body, this might be a downside for you, but it actually makes it more pleasant for me, because it has a give and it doesn’t feel as rigid against my body.

Using it on your clit alongside with a dildo or during intercourse is really easy, because the toy is not a vulva hog, doesn’t block off your vaginal opening and is ergonomic and easy to hold. The long handle makes it much more easy and natural to use than a small clit vibe.

And clearly, because I know you’d wonder, it could be used internally. It’s roughly the size of an internal vibrator. The shape is not ideal and you will need a lot of lube. If you don’t insert it all the way, it can give you enough g-spot stimulation and somewhat work well, but bear in mind that it’s not created for internal use, so it doesn’t have an optimal shape. You might like the curves and like it exactly because it’s different from what you usually introduce inside your vagina. Depending on how deep you slide it, the control button might end up being inside you, you’ll simply have to go with the app, if you want to change settings.

Cons

  • comes in just one color and as much as I like that particular color, probably 90% of people won’t feel the same way
  • it gets buzzy on highest speed
  • not for power queens
  • short battery life
  • just one button, no way to go back and forth in settings
  • the app is not super easy to use, hard to beat the We-Connect app
  • it’s lacking something to get me off, I use it more as a starter toy

Pros

  • affordable for what you get
  • waterproof
  • dustproof
  • rechargeable
  • can be app controlled
  • plenty of patterns if you’re into that
  • rich and rumbly lower speeds
  • versatile, can be used with or without the ear attachment
  • lightweight
  • easy to hold and ergonomic for clitoral or external stimulation
  • super soft silicone
  • luxurious packaging
  • design that is gender neutral, doesn’t look like a particular body part, can be used on any body part and by anyone

Gazelle is a little hard to judge. I am not sure if I it will be a good fit for you. If you still don’t know whether you want clitoral or internal stimulation, I would suggest you start off with IMTOY Giraffe, because it can be used as vaginal vibrator or you can hold it and apply it to your clit. If you know that you prefer clitoral or overall external vibration (on different parts of your vulva), Gazelle is probably a good choice, because it can feature more pinpoint, as well as broader stimulation, giving you several different sensations from one vibe. It’s also a good first or second sex toy, it’s not going to overwhelm you with power, the way a Hitachi can.

Disclaimer: IMTOY Gazella 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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