Crave Duet Review

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Some things are so beautiful that one develops an unfathomable attraction to them. This is how my relationship with the Solo and the Duet by Crave began. It’s fair to say that I’ve been drooling over each and every single one of their creations. To me they are the perfect embodiment of kalokagathia, a concept developed in classical Greek, that mean beautiful and good, as two inseparable entities in one. There wasn’t a word that could better describe the Crave products. Designed and manufactured in California, by a responsible and highly-respected company, they were just visually perfect. Anything from their gorgeous bullet vibrator necklace Vesper, to the Duet, was aesthetically pleasing, a perfect harmony of shape, functionality and style. Zero bullshit. No made-up needs and functionalities.

As much as I loved my Vesper and its bold statement, I knew that the Duet was more powerful. It featured a turbo mode, and it was this striking beauty made of silicone and stainless steel. And it had two “arms” or “ears” which reminded me of the Jimmyjane Form 2. I imagined how perfectly they will surround my clitoris and the endless joys they will bring to it.

But first things first, what does the Crave Duet offer?

Crave Duet ReviewThe Duet is a handheld vibe, bigger than a bullet vibrator, but really comfortable to hold in just one hand. It’s 4.5″ long, 1.1″ wide and 0.5″ thick. It has 4 vibration modes, 4 power levels and its steady vibration offers a turbo mode as well (which is respectively more powerful than the 4th speed). It’s completely waterproof, and it doesn’t need a power cord at all, since it can be plugged directly into a USB port. It’s silent, rumbly and decently strong.

The two little “ears” are a little flexible, so they don’t apply pressure the way a bullet vibe does, or the way Form 2 does for that matter. What’s cool about that is that it actually feels like fingers embracing your clit, but ones that also vibrate. The sensation is really pleasant with a good amount of lubrication, because I can stroke my clit with the vibe in a unique way that no other toy offers.

How did it feel?

One thing that was a letdown and didn’t work really well for me is how close the two ears were to each other. That “pincer” shape is way too narrow, and I have a fairly small clitoral glans (the “nub”, or the external part of the clitoris). I can’t even imagine how it will possibly work for people with larger clits.

It surrounded my clitoris in a way that was too intense and even painful at times. While this shape worked really well in the Form 2, where the two motors were farther apart, the two sides of the Duet were too close for me to be able to comfortably use it. That might be exactly what would work for some people, but it was too pinpoint, too pinch-y and too direct for me. And I am someone who likes the highest speed of a Doxy Die Cast. I DO like strong vibrations, but the Duet turned out to be both not powerful enough, and not shaped in a way that would facilitate my orgasm.

Crave Duet ReviewAnd the same time, with enough lubricant on my clit, moving it left and right, similar to stroking my clit with hands, was quite enjoyable. Similar to the Form 2, it does have some really interesting patterns that bounce back and forth from the two ears, pulsate in an intricate way and amuse my clitoris like no other vibe. Does that make me orgasm? Not really, but it’s a fairly good for warm-up. And I have no doubt that many people will be able to orgasm with either just the patterns or the steady Turbo mode alone.

I also tried using it sideways, just one “ear” at a time. This wasn’t too successful for me either, because the Duet is flexible, so I can’t really press it against my clit or against one side of my clit to get off from it. It also tends to make a weird sound and kind of “struggle” if you press it too hard against the body. For some reason the motor doesn’t agree with being pressed against something.

The Crave Duet made a very interesting nipple vibrator though! If you pinch two parts together, it can become a handheld vibrating nipple clamp.

Usability and accessibility

While I love its beautiful little storage case, its size and the fact that it doesn’t even need a specific charger, there are features of the Duet that I find a little less appealing. While I always appreciate separate buttons for speed up and speed down, as well as a third one for moving between patterns, these three controls were all located on a tiny rectangular of 1.1″ by 0.5″. That makes everything a bit too difficult to press, locate and use. Especially for people with less dexterity, ones with arthritis or tendinitis. The Turbo mode was even less accessible, because on steady mode, after reaching the highest speed, one has to press steadily the “+” button for 2 additional seconds. In practice it’s even more complicated than it sounds.

In conclusion

dscn3366With a price point of $149, this clitoral vibrator is far from affordable or even thinkable for most people. And as much as I wanted, truly wanted, to love it, and as much as I hate to give Crave a “bad” or mixed review, I cannot easily recommend it to people. It’s too anatomically specific and there’s a huuuuge chance it’s going to be too narrow, pinchy and way too pinpoint for many people. And it’s not even the most powerful clitoral vibe I own or have tried, so even from the standpoint of power, I can’t easily tell people to go for it. I think other Crave products have far better success rate than the Duet. The Vesper necklace vibrator, the Crave Bullet or even the Solo will probably be a much more suitable choice for most, and at the cost of a much smaller risk of not fitting or working well for everybody’s anatomy (and some of them are half the price of the Duet). I am going to even throw the Tango as an option, a rechargeable waterproof vibrator by We-Vibe, much cheaper than the Duet and far more versatile and practical. I know that there are many people who’ve loved the Duet and as a matter of fact, it has mainly highly positive reviews at most retailer websites. But can’t possibly recommend a vibe of that price range that clearly isn’t going to fit far too many body types. While supposedly external vibes should be a category that’s far less dependent on one’s anatomy, the Crave Duet happens to be the exception.

You can get Crave at Vibrant or at Shevibe.

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Mystic Wand Rechargeable Review

Mystic Wand Rechargeable Review

My relationship with the Mystic Wand Rechargeable began even before owning one. Years ago I read Epiphora’s review of the Mystic Wand, a small, lighter, battery-operated and cordless cousin of the Hitachi Magic Wand, that she and many others loved. I was always envious of cool US brands that were impossible or difficult to find in Europe. Sure, the Mystic Wand looked ridiculous, as many early Vibratex creations, such as the original Rabbit Habit vibrator. Apparently my patience has been rewarded, because Vibratex finally came up with a rechargeable, non-90’s-looking version of the Mystic Wand.

How is it different than the original one?

Well… as the name suggests it’s rechargeable. No more 4 x AAA batteries. But what’s even more important is that you can use the toy plugged in the outlet. Yes, you can use it while it’s charging! Which isn’t how most rechargeable vibrators work. And I am really grateful for this feature, because I can totally use less “when is it gonna die???” anxiety in my life (which by the way is a real thing). Another thing that’s significantly improved is the design. More ergonomic, more body-friendly, more crip-friendly (and I am throwing myself in this category too, as I suffer from several conditions that make holding an object for extended periods of time painful and sometimes impossible). And as someone pointed out in the comment section of another review of the Mystic Wand Rechargeable, the new shape is great for people with short hands!

Packaging

The Mystic Wand Rechargeable comes in a plain box that doesn’t suggest it’s a sex toy, unless you read the back of the box where the word “lover” will hit you in the face. I am not even going to comment on this horrible copy that is shaming men, scratch that, shaming every human partner, for being bad lovers and calls the toy the best one you can possibly have. Even if a someone thinks that their Hitachi is their ideal boyfriend, there’s a difference between standing up for yourself, knowing what you want and taking care of your own needs, (Yay feminism!) and when a sex toy company is trying to shame your partners for simply not being good enough.

The Mystic Wand Rechargeable comes with a charger, a wall adapter, and an instruction leaflet with pretty much the same copy as the box.

Features

Luckily, once you’re done with the packaging, everything else gets better (I hope you’re one of these people who doesn’t read boxes and instructions and just jumps right at the gadget itself.) The new Mystic Wand is silicone, very soft and nice to touch and it doesn’t look tacky at all (bravo, Vibratex, you’ve learned your lesson). The toy is splash-proof which means that you cannot submerge it in water, but you can briefly wash it. You will only need soap and water to clean the toy, again: I would steer clear of running water directly over the controls.The battery takes between 2 and 3 hrs to charge completely, which will give you 40 to 90 min of play. After that: just plug and play.

Well done, Vibratex, well done!

What I love about it is how travel-friendly it is. It’s 9 inches in total length with a head of 1.9 inches by 2.25 inches. And it’s super light! Tantus-Rumble-light! It doesn’t look like a vibrator, so taking it through security wouldn’t give you too much of a headache and unpleasant interactions with TSA agents.

Mystic Wand Rechargeable ReviewI think they’ve done a really good job in terms of ergonomics. The handle curves towards you, and is easy to hold. What’s interesting is that they’ve added extra controls in 2 other places. You have the main on/off at the front, and you have a button that says “F” (which apparently stands for “function”, not for “fuck”). But at the back of the toy there are two more “F” buttons that do the same, but are located one at the end of the handle, and one closer to the base for your convenience. I think this isn’t a bad idea, because everyone holds their toy in a different way. So far I haven’t had negative experiences of changing the setting by accident. I just wish that with all these buttons, there was one that could take you back in the 3 speeds and 3 patterns. It only goes one way, which means you need to circle through the 6 modes, if you missed your jam.

The neck of the Mystic Wand Rechargeable is just slightly flexible, which works great for me, because it gives me enough pressure, without being too unpleasant and too rigid against my body, given that the head is fairly firm. Other bloggers have reported that they don’t like the ridges and the insane number of seams on the toy. It can certainly get annoying and cleaning can be a huge pain, if you are using lots of lube in your play sessions. The way I use wands and clitoral vibrators is with zero lube, because I actually like a little drag. I like positioning the toy in one place and having it there, while applying different amount of pressure. I can’t come if my clitoral toy is too slippery, it just keeps missing the “right” spot for me, if there’s any lubrication. But I know a number of people who are too sensitive and cannot have any external vibration without lube. Avoid silicone-based lube with this vibrator and stick to a good water-based lube.

At use

The Mystic Wand Rechargeable is fairly rumbly and strong for a light rechargeable toy. It doesn’t have the “umph” of the Magic Wand, or the Doxy, but it is strong enough to please most people. When compared to Tantus Rumble, which also has 3 steady vibration modes and a few patterns, the Mystic Wand Rechargeable is slightly more powerful. The head is also not as wide and broad, which might work for more people, as it gives a good balance between broad and pinpoint vibrations.The vibe is not whisper quiet by any means, but it’s also far from distractingly noisy.

Mystic Wand Rechargeable Review

The toy itself is very gender neutral (and I wish they’d edit the copy, so more penis-owners will embrace it). It’s a great toy for any body and any equipment. My penis-owning partner loves it, because he can’t take more powerful wands, but he likes vibrations a lot. The Mystic Wand Rechargeable provides him with that perfect range of vibrations and speed that is neither “I don’t feel a thing”, not “Ouch, get that thing away from me!”. It feels really great on his balls and on his shaft.

Last words

I was really pleasantly surprised by the Mystic Wand Rechargeable. Despite thinking that it wasn’t powerful enough  at first, after having used it for a while, I now appreciate that it actually has enough power for a number of situations. It’s not heavy and thuddy, but it’s also not meant to be a Magic Wand replacement. It’s a light, travel-friendly, less powerful vibrator, that is probably going to work for more people and more bodies than the Magic Wand or the Doxy. It’s also cheaper than the said toys, and you can get it for $95.95 (available only in black) and free shipping from Good Vibrations.

Good Vibrations constantly run sales and deals and you can find their current promotions either on their website, or in my “SALES” section.

Disclaimer: Mystic Wand Rechargeable 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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