Je Joue Dua Review

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Je Joue Dua is a curious beast with lots of contradictions to it. It’s supposed to be a couple’s toy, but proves best for solo, hands-free use. It’s supposed to be remote controlled, but its remote sucks and is impossible to use. It’s oddly shaped and looks weird, so one would think that it wouldn’t work for their body, but it does.

Je Joue, don’t be fooled by the French name, is a British brand, strongly represented in the United States and globally at high-end sex toy retailers. Je Joue translates to “I play” and frankly: I really love their name. Both the way it sounds, and what it stands for. They specialize in high-quality luxury sex toys. They only offer a handful of models, but their products have a character, they all feature similar round shapes and smooth design. Dua is my first toy by Je Joue and I was quite thrilled to get my hands on it.

The Basics

Dua has all the features that are a must for a toy of this price-range and from a brand that is trying to penetrate the luxury sex toys market. (See what I did there?) Dua is fully waterproof and it’s rechargeable (2 hrs of charging should give you 2 hrs of play). It’s entirely body-safe and is made of very smooth matte silicone that feels really velvety and nice on your skin and inside your body. It’s definitely less rigid and has some softness and bendiness that just fit my body really well. Comparisons with We-Vibe 4 Plus throughout this review cannot be avoided, so I am not gonna beat around the bush and I am going to just throw it out there. It simply feels nicer that the We-Vibe. It’s less poky and uncomfortable, the shapes are very ergonomic, everything fits just fine. That might not be the case for each body and everyone’s private parts though.

It’s so much less noisy than the We-Vibe. It can be used outside and played secretly with in a public space. If you are in a very quiet space, I would only use the internal vibe, as it’s almost silent. The external motor is more buzzy and noisy. On its highest setting it can without doubt be heard, unless you’re in a very loud bar or a club.

Packaging

Je Joue DuaIt comes in a full-blown-luxurious-five-star-executive-exclusive-platinum-whatever package. They’ve outdone themselves. Your toy is packed in a beautiful box that’s inside another beautiful box. (We have no troubles here! Here life is beautiful… The girls are beautiful… Even the orchestra is beautiful! – I might be the only person who will get this reference, but still.) Little compartments for the charger, for the pen that works as a remote control, instruction book, pretty booklet about the brand, etc., etc. And yet, no storage bag, no travel case, no nothing (yes, double negative). Okay, if you only own one toy, and if you feel like storing it in the original box: good for you. But the box is 10 times bigger than the actual toy and it’s heavy on top of everything. The We-Vibe comes with its charging station that closes up and keeps your toy away from dust or curious eyes and I completely love how compact that thing is and how easy it is to store it in-between sessions. The Dua has nada! As I said, it’s a toy with so many contradictions.

Shape and Play

Je Joue DuaJe Joue Dua is in a way a reversed We-Vibe. It features a much bigger g-spot part, that needs to be inserted, and has a smaller, thinner outer part, that should be lying against your clit. The whole toy is much bigger than the We-Vibe. It’s not meant to be used during intercourse. The internal part is as big as the head of a bulky big g-spot dildo. And I love that about it. It feels so good and fits perfectly. Even without any vibration, I just love how filling it is, how well it follows the curves of my body. It stays in, even when you’ve used a lot of lube (and you will need it, because it’s very bulby). It doesn’t move around, it doesn’t slip out. The clitoral arm stays against your clit and the internal part stays in. Even while walking! You can even do Kegels with it and it’s so yummy and delicious that way. You really don’t need to use any hands with it. If you turn it on, which can be challenging and a little rocket-sciency, it’s capable of giving you really cool hands free orgasms. That might not happen for everyone, but try breathing deeply, clenching your PC muscles, squeezing it inside of you. Try a combination of different speeds and patterns.

With questionable success rate, creative ways of using it is scissoring with a female partner and trying the external part against their vulva and clit, if you manage to make the position work. With a penis-owning partner, they can rest their cock on the external arm of the vibe and enjoy the vibes with you.

The toy shouldn’t be used anally as it doesn’t have a flared base. Don’t get tempted to just insert the smaller part and leave the bigger part outside, because the charging dock and the control button are there. They’re waterproof and all, but some lube and other fluids can get stuck there. It’s just not an anal toy. Go check out the Je Joue Nuo instead.

Remote Control and App

Je Joue DuaCouples toys have been in for the past several years. What a particular manufacturer means by that varies hugely though. In the case of Je Joue: it’s just a remote controlled toy. You can’t have your partner’s penis inside of you while wearing the toy, it really is meant to have only one receiver. Via the mobile app, your partner can control the toy from the other end of the word. There’s the trick though: it only works for iOS. They don’t support an app for Android. So if you want to enjoy some long distance play, both of you will need to have an iPhone or an iPad. Their app is simple and definitely easier to interact with than the We-Vibe app. The application also has some tutorials, Q&A’s, and guides. Pretty cool.

It has 7 vibration patterns, some of which only feature internal stimulation, others: just external. The rest are a mixture of pulsations and patterns, which turned out to be very satisfying and pleasant. Each pattern can be operated in 5 different speeds. With the app you can create sessions and literally program it: start with X min of pattern Y on speed Z, then move to … You get the idea. You can also control it in real time, or “outsource” that to your partner.

The remote control that comes with the toys is… useless. It doesn’t pair well, it glitches a lot. What I like about it is that it gives you feedback: it vibrates lightly, so you know what pattern you’re applying on your partner. But it just never works. Changing speeds or patterns, even simple pairing and turning the toy on is a headache. Not to mention that the pen doesn’t look nearly as cool as it’s meant to be. James-Bond-like, my ass. It looks tacky.

Pairing Dua with the pen or the toy works by pressing a little nub where the charging magnet at the end of the clitoral arm are. It doesn’t really look like a button, it’s almost flat. It’s impossible to press it with luby hands. I would press it before insertion. If you succeeded, a little light with the Je Joue logo should blink. Then take your phone and click pair. When it connects, just press on one of the patterns and that’s it.

Patterns 

It’s really worth playing with the patterns. Having the two independent motors: the clit one and the vag one, creates really cool opportunities for stimulation. The patterns cascade from one motor to the other and it gives you some really deep and more full-body sensations.

Last Words

With all of its cons and confusing contradictions, Dua is one of the toys that I really, really love. It can entertain me hands free, it gives me orgasms, it’s quieter than most of its competitors, and I love its patterns.

Don’t get a Dua if you: don’t have an iOS device. If you’re looking for a first toy, maybe don’t get Dua either. Get yourself some of the basics: a good vibe and/or a dildo. This really isn’t a first toy. You can’t really thrust with it, you can’t move it around, and you can barely change the position of the motors. Although, if you have limited mobility, a bad wrist or a painful elbow that makes holding a vibrator painful and difficult: this is a really cool toy, that once you insert, you can forget about and just go with it. It’s a big investment.

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Get your Dua for $139 and free shipping from Peepshow Toys or for $156 with free shipping from SheVibe or from Babeland for the same price (shipping rates vary). If you are from Canada, you can get yours from Come As You Are for $140 CAD (subscribe for their mailing list and you will get free shipping too). Dua comes in 4 colors: black, lilac, pink fuschia and purple (mine is purple).

Note: Dua is part of my own toy collection, it was not a free product in exchange for review.

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Lelo Soraya Review

Lelo Soraya Vibrator

The Company

Lelo is a company that’s created some of the most aesthetic, beautiful and useful toys over the years. It’s also a company that’s been somewhat controversial lately: both because of certain marketing decisions, and because of several products that didn’t succeed in meeting the client’s expectations. Unfortunately most sex toy manufacturers have failed a number of times at a point of their existence. It’s hard to please everyone, especially when it comes to bodies and pleasure. We’re all different and have different needs and preferences. What we can’t do though is take away from them what they’ve done right.

And Lelo Soraya to me is one of the things they’ve done right.

Dual Vibrators

Soraya is a rabbit vibrator and as such, by definition, it isn’t gonna be liked by most people. Why? Because rabbits are the toughest category to create and they have the biggest potential to disappoint, simply because they’re never going to fit each and every body and need. The success of a rabbit depends on being the right fit for a customer: the shape has to really work with one’s anatomy.

So what’s the issue? Usually with rabbits the problem is that if the vibe is too long, you won’t be able to take it all in, and the little “arm” won’t touch your clit (I will call the “arm” or the “ear” the small part for external stimulation). If the shaft is too short, it won’t give you much or the right internal stimulation. Yes, Soraya is slim and kind of long: with its insertable part at 5″ and barely being 1 1/2″ in diameter at its widest point. But also the ear isn’t that short (2″), so it has a fair amount of reach. One huge advantage that Soraya has is that its clitoral part is very flexible. So you can actually, fairly easily, adjust the ear closer and better for your clitoris with the help of just a finger. Many people have complained about the loop at the base of the vibrator, but I personally think it’s a godsend. It makes it just so comfortable to hold and use both yourself or on someone. It really gives you a better grip and it’s easier on your hands. You can use your thumb to slightly push the arm of the vibe towards your clit. Yes, this can make your finger a little numb, but it’s really not that big of a deal. Another way of having a better fit is if you use it while lying on your stomach. That should press the external part really well towards your body. Sometimes crossing your legs or holding them together helps with having a better and closer fit.

Features

Lelo Soraya VibratorWhat do you get from the Soraya? Everything you should be getting when you order a high-end vibrator. It’s made of quality silicone and ABS plastic. Some people don’t care much for the ABS plastic part, but it is 100% body-safe, and gives the Insignia line of their products a luxury look. It doesn’t smudge, it’s not rugged and there’s nothing about the seam between the two materials that’s going to feel uncomfortable or in any way unpleasant. The real problem with the dual-material design is that lube (either your own natural vaginal lubrication or the personal lubricant you are using during play) can get stuck (and dry out) in the that little crevice. And it’s a pain to clean. The only way to really get it our of there is cleaning it with long fingernails. As for the “Lelo” inscription engraved on the shaft: the only way to get lube out of that one is with a toothbrush or a small cleaning brush. How do you clean the toy overall? Just use any sex toy cleaner or soap and water. The materials are non-porous and you don’t really need more care that that. If you want to sanitize it further, you can always soak it in 10% bleach solution for 5-10 min.

And yes, Soraya is 100% waterproof. Take it in the shower or the bath tub with you and enjoy some carefree time. It does look freaky at first, because its power port is completely exposed so you’d think that you shouldn’t have water anywhere near it. Well, people from Lelo have worked really hard to make that feature for you, and it works like a charm. So give your Soraya a nice bubble bath and forget your worries.

Clearly, it’s a rechargeable toy, which these days is a must. It takes 2 hours to charge the battery completely. Lelo claims that this gives you up to 4 hrs of play. I honestly don’t know, because I don’t use it on lower settings. What I use the most is both motors on full speed. Which gives you 2-2 1/2 hrs of uninterrupted play. And if that’s not enough, you can always use your toy while it’s charging: one of the things I love about the “good old” non-magnetic charging ports. It won’t get loose even if you decide to give it a ride while the cord is in the outlet.

As all Lelo toys, it’s really travel friendly. It comes with a satin drawstring bag for storage (although it’s absolutely safe to just leave it next to other toys or in your drawer). It’s silicone and it won’t change it’s shape or chemically react to other toys or materials. It has a travel lock and that’s a life saver when it come s to airports or simply carrying it in your hand bag. When you use the feature, it won’t accidentally turn on when you least want it to.

Lelo Soraya VibratorIt’s very quiet and the vibrations are quite rumbly, especially on higher settings. It has two motors that work independently: one in the shaft and one in the arm. You can have either just clitoral vibration, or internal, or both at the same time. The vibe has several patterns, as well as the three steady settings (dual, vaginal and clitoral). You can flip through the patterns by pressing the button in the middle, but you will have to go full cycle if you want to go back to a mode that you already passed. Luckily the power can be adjusted to your preference. It can start really slow and it’s a great toy for those of you who need these more nuanced and delicate settings. On the other hand, power queens will most probably be underwhelmed because even on its highest setting it’s still not very powerful.

Is it a good choice for you?

You need to consider several things before buying one: do you like slim vibrators and dildos or do you need something girthy and more substantial? Do you need a lot of power or you like savoring these lower rumbly settings? Do you need a more pronounced g-spot curve?

Last words

I am always going to have warm feelings for this toy, because it gave me my first blended orgasms, and it taught me how much I enjoy dual stimulation. It looks simply gorgeous and it’s very non-intimidating. I actually appreciate that it’s slim, because I’ve used it for many, many hours (sometimes up to 2 hrs a day) and it’s never left me sore, or with unpleasant friction burns.

The toy was a gift from a close friend and I have to say that I have very mixed feelings about its price tag of $239. Yes, it comes with a 1-year warranty, but sometimes toys break after the first year. And as with all rechargeable toys, a fair amount of people report that they stop holding their battery with time.

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It comes in 3 color choices: black, deep rose or cerise. You can order yours straight from Lelo or you can get it from My Secret Luxury or Shevibe. Don’t forget to add a water-based lubricant to your cart.


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