Nov 202014
 

L'amourose Mya BeadsThe L’Amourose Mya Beads certainly are pretty, I’ll give them that. While they look very faceted and gem-like on the L’amourose site, the faceted design in reality is under a smooth, clear plastic dome and can be hard to see. I imagine this is to make it easier to clean?  I received the Pro set for review, although I find the scarlet red of the Lite version to be more striking and gem-like.  There’s really not much difference between the Pro and Lite, which is odd. According to the site, both Pro and Lite weigh 76 grams for the duo beads. The single bead weighs 28 grams in the Lite version and 39 grams in the Pro version.

But do they work? And are they better than the contender to beat, Lelo Luna Beads Classic?

Unlike the Luna Beads, the L’Amourose Mya beads aren’t interchangeable within the holster. You’ll get a single bead and a double bead in each set, so there’s a lot less gradual change in weight training. The Mya beads work on the same principle as all of these kegel  beads which is passive – a weighted inner ball knocks against the plastic outer bead which pings the PC muscles which causes a teeny contraction which is like lifting a teeny weeny barbell, each pinged contraction equaling a rep. In order to really work as best as they possibly can, the weighted ball inside really needs to ping a fair amount. I’ve never found any kegel bead set that works better than the Luna Beads Classic (their smaller versions do not work as well in my experience) due to the amount of space the weighted inner bead has to move around. Because of the oval shape of the Mya Beads though the rattle of the inner weighted bead is erratic at best. It has less room to move and if it’s hitting the short sides then it’s barely a whisper. Because of this, I wasn’t really able to feel anything happening when I wore them. I would sometimes feel it if the inner balls were rattling along the longer end of the oval but the feeling of movement just wasn’t as consistent as with the Luna Beads Classic.

The Mya Beads are encased in a thin silicone holster that is permanent. On the up side, the silicone retrieval band is not stretchy! No accidental rubber-band snaps to the vulva, yay! On the down side, the fact that the silicone holster can’t be removed is making is difficult to get these totally clean. I’ve pretty much resorted to a toothbrush for getting in between the double-beat set.

L'amourose Mya Beads cleaning issues - despite being washed well, there's still evidence of dried fluids where the silicone holster meets the beads L'amourose Mya Beads Case

As for the physical size, the single is 32mm x 37mm, compared to Luna Classic which is 35mm around, and the useless-in-my-opinion Luna Mini is 29mm around. So the double set is nothing small, and those who found Luna Classic uncomfortable won’t like the Mya Beads.

I’m sad that I can’t give these my stamp of approval. I think they’re the best-looking kegel beads around and the L’amourose warranty is great – 18 months.  They do come with a hard plastic carrying case (Luna Beads only come with a fabric pouch) which is also classy. The price (MSRP seems to be $65, but Lovehoney lists them at a whopping $80) reflects the classy design, the case and the warranty and if the inner beads rattled to my satisfaction I would feel better about recommending them despite the lack of interchangeable weights. Overall though, I’m impressed with L’amourose as a brand and am enjoying the hell out of two of their vibrators, which I’ll be reviewing soon and will be available from SheVibe very soon.  So while I can’t really recommend the Mya Beads, I can tell you to wait right here, something good is about to happen.

Nov 172014
 
Review: Jopen Lust L12

Our time with the Jopen Lust L12 has been a little rocky; for weeks every time I’d remind him to try it out because I had to review it, we’d turn it on and find it dead. I’d plugged it in to charge numerous times, each time turning it on and marveling at the powerful vibrations. But then he’d go to try it out a few days / a week later and it would be dead. Shevibe is very good to me and offered to send a replacement and handle the return but Jopen asked me to instead send it directly to them for analysis. I didn’t feel like paying for the shipping to Jopen and communications with Jopen took awhile, so I kept it. Now that my husband has pretty much declared it awesome, I’ll be taking advantage of the warranty and making sure he has a working version.  Yes, the Jopen Lust L12

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 Posted by at 3:38 pm
Nov 082014
 
You won't believe what happened to these silicone sex toys after 5 months in a jar!

When I continue to see people warning others that their silicone sex toys need to be stored in separate containers, I get a little twitchy. I mean sure, it won’t hurt, but it’s not necessary. We need to reassure people that silicone is 100% safe, not scare them with false facts! Cured silicone is pretty damn stable! So to help me prove my point, months ago I cut up some pure silicone sex toys and put them in a mason jar, just like I’d done with a bunch of TPR/PVC toys. I let this closed jar of toy bits sit in the one room of my two-story house that is not air-conditioned. It got pretty hot up there this summer! Even without the benefit of heat, though, my first jar full of gross sex toys had a reaction. I never had to subject it to heat.  Those toys reacted to each other because the oil-based

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 Posted by at 10:29 am
Nov 022014
 
Why Buying Sex Toys from Amazon is a Risky Gamble

Amazon and sex toys. Not quite as troublesome in my world as toxic toys, but nearly so. A lot of people are more comfortable buying their sex toy from Amazon.com than a sex toy retailer, because they feel certain that it will be more discreet – they know that anything “sold by Amazon” will come in an Amazon box and an Amazon mailing address. And most of the time, Amazon is cheaper…and to detriment of the reputable sex toy shops, too.  Many of the higher-end manufacturers put a limit on how low their items can be sold, and Amazon sellers often completely ignore this. Either they are just shady people or…..they’re counterfeit.  In the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve had more people report problems ordering from Amazon than any other sex toy problems combined. I’ve had readers tell me, even as far back as 4 years ago, that they bought a “luxury” vibrator and

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 Posted by at 12:32 pm
Oct 072014
 
Tenga Iroha Mikazuki

For as much as I love the Tenga Iroha Minamo, I’m underwhelmed by the Iroha Mikazuki. The Iroha Minamo arrived first on my doorstep; I was so excited about it and liked it so much that I asked Tenga if I could review both. I wanted to be certain that I could recommend them interchangeably. I’m so glad I did because I am more reluctant to recommend the Mikazuki. My first Iroha vibe was the Iroha Midori. I had expected a lot more squish and give than I experienced with the Midori and felt a bit let down but it all. The Minamo delivered on that squish, and how. But the Iroha Mikazuki goes back to being barely squishy. The tip is very squishy, like Vixskin heads, and this continues for about the first inch because there’s no plastic body underneath, it’s simply all soft material. But after that first inch it’s just not as

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Sep 302014
 
Tenga Iroha Minamo

Tenga asked me to review their new insertable line, the Iroha Minamo and Iroha Mikazuki, the sisters to Tenga Iroha’s original debut trio of “soft touch” clitoral vibes, the Midori, Yuki and Sakura. This is one of those times where a reviewer needs to be objective and look beyond their own preferences. The Iroha Minamo is not something that I personally would be drawn to, but I have had many people ask about a gentle, soft, pliable silicone vibrator. A number of people with vaginas dislike silicone vibrators because too often they’re a hard plastic vibe with a silicone skin over top, and so they choose porous/toxic toys like those made of TPR and jelly because it’s soft enough for them. Both the Iroha Minamo and Iroha Mikazuki are small and best suited for people who need something slender, something with “give”, something they would describe as “soft and gentle”. The tip has the marshmallow-y plushness that I found

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