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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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.

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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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Jimmyjane After Dark Gift Set Review

Jimmyjane After Dark

The horrors of holiday shopping and gift buying are upon us. And while a number of stores are still bombarding us with gendered gifts for “him” and “her”, Vibrant provides a gasp of fresh air. A sex-positive store that is gender-free and sells exclusively body-safe materials and high-quality toys. Vibrant is walking the walk only a few others are. Businesses need to walk that extra mile and stop the horrendous practice of “gifts for her” and “gifts for him”. When it comes to sex toys, we should focus on the body parts and bits one wants to have pleasured. While I’ve already written two gift-giving guides, for vulva-owners and for penis-owners, they didn’t contain any gift sets because I was trying to not go overboard with prices. I am also working on a guide that’s going to give you suggestions for couples’ and moresomes’ toys and gifts (and by “couples” I don’t mean just hetero couples). The Jimmyjane After Dark Gift Set is definitely going to have a place in it.

The After Dark Gift Set contains one of the best products ever made by Jimmyjane — the glorious Form 2 clitoral vibrator (before they were bought by Pipedream, sad face). It also includes the Contour Ceramic Massage Stone, and the Afterglow Natural Massage Oil Candle.

The After Dark Gift Set

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The set comes in gorgeous gift-like packaging, with a red ribbon and a limited edition red Form 2 vibrator. No need to worry about gift wrapping because you actually want to show off and display this pretty and stylish package. The box is really discreet and looks like a wellness or beauty gift set on the outside, so even if someone finds it, there is no way they can guess the sexy surprises inside.

The Jimmyjane Form 2

Form 2 is one of the most beloved clitoral vibrators on the market. Small, silicone, powerful, rechargeable, fully waterproof, quiet, multi-speed and actually really, really good. If I were to name a few toys that can be its competition, I would definitely have to mention the We-Vibe Tango and Touch, the Minna Limon and the Crave Duet. While the Tango and Touch don’t have really easy controls (they only have one button), the Form 2 has three super intuitive buttons that allow you to go back and forth from its 5 speed levels and 4 vibration patterns, a steady one and three pulsating ones. Another aspect that I hugely appreciate about the controls is that there’s no way I can accidentally turn off the vibrator, since it powers off by pressing the “-” all the way down, and powers up by pressing the “+” once. The third button controls the patterns.

Jimmyjane After Dark Gift Set

But where Jimmyjane shines is by having two motors, one in each ear of the toy. And you can use it in several ways, one by placing the ears on each side of your or your partner’s clitoris, or by using just one of the ears (sideways) for more pinpoint stimulation. It’s a symphony of sensations, and as my primary partner quickly noticed, I seem to enjoy it much more than most other clitoral vibes.

Form 2 also holds its charge for a while. Supposedly this little fellow has juice for up to 4+ hrs, while my Touch and Tango usually die after an hour of use. So sometimes they die on me (even with a full charge) during the course of a single play session, a thing that has never happened to me with the Jimmyjane.

You can buy the Jimmyjane Form 2 separately in pink or charcoal gray for $149.

The Contour Ceramic Massage Stone

I have to be honest. I initially thought that this massager was useless, and pretty much something that I wouldn’t need. But before I discarded it as a stocking filler, or a gift-set filler, I gave it a try. I own a number of hand-held massagers, in different shapes, by different materials. And as it turns out, the Jimmyjane Contour is among the best ones I’ve had. It provides a broad enough stimulation on each of its 4 ends, perfect for sore backs, super tight legs from running or spinning, or just a nice massage night with your partner. It’s easy to hold, easy to use, you don’t have to apply a whole lot of pressure and strain yourself in order to actually make the other person feel something. And because it’s ceramic, it can be warmed up in a bowl of water, which overall makes any massager feel better, whether it’s for purely therapeutic purposes, or just to increase the circulation and get someone in a sexy mood. I find it easy to use on myself too — on my legs, shoulders, or on my lower back.

You can buy the Jimmyjane Contour separately for $25 from Vibrant (full retail price of $29.99).

The Afterglow Natural Massage Oil Candle

Jimmyjane After Dark Gift SetI love the smell of this Cocoa/Fig massage candle. If you are new to massage candles, they’re one of the best things invented. First of all, they’re a much better and safer alternative to wax candles. Regular candles can be dangerous for wax play, if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if the candle is not designed for that particular purpose. You can actually burn someone really badly. This is why oil candles are a perfect substitute. They get hot, but not dangerously hot, and they don’t create a HUGE mess. (If you’ve ever spilled wax on someone’s body, you know what a pain the clean-up after play is.) They are solid at room temperature, but upon contact with the skin or upon lighting them up they turn into oil.

The Afterglow is different from other massage candles in several ways (and I’ve used a fair number of massage candles by other brands). First of all, it comes in a sturdy ceramic jar that wouldn’t easily get knocked down, spilled or poured all over the place. It’s much less of a house fire hazard, and also easier to hold. Metal tins can get remarkably hot, which makes the whole task of pouring oil out of them really difficult and dangerous. The Afterglow candle even has a pour spout at one of the corners.

The candles contains Jojoba, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Soy and Aloe and leave the skin really nourished. It’s no-cruelty, paraben and petroleum-free. And smells really delicious!

This massage candle is not sold separately by Vibrant, although I hope they will start storing it at some point. Its retail price at other stores is $29.99.

In Conclusion

Jimmyjane Form 2The whole Jimmyjane After Dark Gift Set can be purchased for $199, which doesn’t give you a huge discount on the products compared to buying them separately, but it’s really well packed and looks really beautiful and complete. The set also balances the sensual with the sexy, which is a great thing if you are buying a sex toy for someone for the first time.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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