Jan 222014
 

MimiA few years ago I tried out the Je Joue Mimi because a lot of people raved about it. I remember being okay with the vibrations, but not in love. The shape wasn’t perfect for me, but my biggest complaint was the buttons. They were very hard to press. The buttons alone made me never use that vibrator. Then Mimi got a revamp. They added a third button, just for the patterns. On my original, you’d press and hold the + button to turn it on, then press for each jump up in speed, and if you went too far you’d go in to the patterns. Since there was a minus button, you could back out of the patterns easily enough. With the revamp, that bit of irritation was taken away. If you want to ignore the patterns, you can do so easily.  I always wondered if my original Mimi was somehow defective. My buttons seemed very hard to press but also I didn’t seem to rate the motor quite as powerful and rumbly as other reviewers did. I finally got my chance to find out with the new Je Joue Mimi Soft.

This has, of course, the revamped buttons but it doesn’t seem to be all that much stronger than the original. I do think that my original was defective, because there is a tiny bit of a difference — the Mimi Soft feels just a hair more intense. I’m told that Je Joue thinks this is because the vibrations travel better through the soft tip, something I’ve not really found to be true. I’ve found that the more material there is for the vibrations to travel through, the less you feel said vibrations. I personally think that due to the slight bit of extra cushioning from the layer of softer material under the silicone skin, the vibrations on the Mimi Soft do not suffer as much from the Vibration Dampening Syndrome like the original Mimi did.  The buttons on my Soft, I’m happy to report, are pretty easy to use but you’ll find that in any Mimi you buy these days.

So what’s the big deal here? Is it really soft, plushy and squishy?

Not as much as I was expecting, and not as much as the promo photos had me thinking. Maybe not enough to make a huge difference for some. At first, in a blind test, I thought I couldn’t tell the difference during use…..until I applied some pressure. The Je Joue Mimi Soft felt just different enough that, for those who like some pressure on the clit but hate rock-hard vibes, this is their vibrator. I think that the distinction between the two should have been even more pronounced. I would have liked to see a more marshmallow-plush tip, like Vixen’s Vixskin (like on the Raquel), but the silicone skin is pretty tough and thick. If you’re imagining something like the Tenga Iroha vibes, it’s nothing like that. The soft tip is pretty much where most people would want it, just on the tip. I think they could have extended it all the way around. They’re really on to something, here. Covering a hard plastic vibrator in a non-plush silicone skin is confusing. Adding a little layer of squish would be enough to up the comfort factor but not interfere greatly with vibrations traveling through material.

 JeJoueMimis  JeJoueMimis2

Specs, Packaging, Etc

The soft tip does make Mimi Soft just a teeny bit bigger, but it’s nothing to really write home about. The charging style is the same as regular Mimi, a magnetic fob which I don’t love but will tolerate. The box design has gotten cheaper, if you care about that. I remember being impressed with the original Je Joue boxes, hinged lids that tied shut with a ribbon. The outer box is okay, but the inserts to lay it out all nice for presentation are flimsy and won’t last long.  That’s not a big deal, though, I usually rip them apart anyways.

As I dug through the box looking for the ubiquitous soft drawstring pouch that seems to come with just about every silicone sex toy, I thought I found it. Something black, silky……nice material, I thought. Until I went further. It was like a magician’s trick, where they pull the hankie out of their sleeve and it keeps coming and coming, in various shades? Well, it was like that, minus the rainbow. “What the FUCK?” I thought, until I realized that it was maybe supposed to be some sort of blindfold. I checked out the description on Shevibe’s site, since Je Joue’s site has not yet acknowledged the Mimi Soft, and sure enough, it’s a blindfold.

*insert confused and slightly irritated face here*

I can’t really put into words why I find the inclusion of a blindfold at the expense of a nice storage pouch so irritating, but I do. I fully support sex toys being used by partners together, but I equally support solo sex toy use. Both are healthy and should happen. So why include a half-ass blindfold? Actually, no. A crappy blindfold. A men’s necktie would do better. The material is super thin and bunches up easily, feels awkward in use and plain old doesn’t work. It’s a waste of material that would be better spent as a storage bag. If someone actually wants a blindfold, they’ll buy a proper one; if they’re curious then there are plenty of things that people already have around the house to use as a makeshift blindfold that would be better than this thing.

Verdict

Of course, We-Vibe’s Tango is the most powerful of all of these, but the Mimi Soft and the Leaf Fresh+ seem to almost be neck and neck with vibrations yet the Fresh+ wins by a nose as the shape works a little better and there’s less vibration dampening. Of course, the Fresh+ is louder than the Mimi Soft, too. Minna Limon though is more rumbly and deeper-reaching, yet the shape means it doesn’t work quite as well for me as the shape of the Fresh+ or Mimi despite it seeming to be a little more powerful. Lelo’s Mia 2 ranks in just a little less powerful than the Mimi Soft, while still being powerful enough to work for me. A similar idea in design, the Tenga Iroha Midori is much less powerful and even less user-friendly in terms of shape. The Lovelife Smile ranks at the bottom in terms of vibration power.

Crappy, out-of-place blindfold aside, I actually really do like the new Je Joue Mimi Soft. It’s not my tippy top favorite, but I’d rank it in my top 10 clitoral vibes I think. It’s just about $10 dollars more than the regular Mimi, which is around $88 currently.

 

 

Jan 152014
 

OhMiBod, known for it’s music-enhanced vibrators, now has a bit less high-tech line called Lovelife. Inspired by the founding couple’s lengthy relationship1, everything in the line is moderately-priced and sized. The Adventure, the triple-stim, is about as adventurous as the line gets (so it’s aptly named). I was offered the chance to review the entire Ohmibod Lovelife line, but these days I tend to be more picky and prefer to review things that are either A: Popular & new B: Might actually work for me C: Seems too good to be true.

 The entire Ohmibod Lovelife collection

I’ve got the Cuddle and the Smile. The Flex kegel exercisers didn’t appeal because of the design and the silicone string – I’d already determined from the Bedroom Kandi line that I dislike stretchy silicone “strings”.  The Share cock ring was out because vibrating cock rings are useless for my body. The Discover seemed too small for me; Dream is just too straight and boring. Adventure seems to be the most promising of them all, if you like triple-stimulation. I don’t. But, Adventure has three motors, one for each stimulation point. If the clit and anus stim motors are the same as the Smile, though, that wouldn’t be ideal in my opinion.

As you can see, yes, the entire OhMiBod Lovelife line is very femme, right down to the packaging. Pink overwhelms you, a bit like Shelby’s wedding in Steel Magnolias. The box is nice, though, for storage–if you need discretion, this would offer it as there is no logo or words on the inner box. Pink is Suki’s favorite color and it’s awfully expensive, according to Brian, to start off a new line when you’re not a big company and offer a number of color choices2. I’ve suggested something like a turquoise-y teal or an emerald green; Brian’s confirmation of color trends wasn’t exactly surprising, but interesting info for a sex nerd like me3.  So all of that being said, I’m not gonna jump on them totally for everything being so uber-femme. I’ll wait to reserve that for when they come out with more colors. I’d really like to see more gender-neutral stuff, but the focus on literal hearts and flowers is hard-wired in. The control dial on the vibes is heart-shaped and the clitoral nub on the Smile is heart-shaped, for starters. It appears that the boxes for each are slightly different in their design, but they’re all still mostly very femme.

Ohmibod Lovelife Cuddle Smile LovelifeBoxes CuddleCompare

While I thought Smile would be the one I’d prefer out of them all, it let me down. Smile’s vibrations are decidedly more surface-buzzy and don’t work for me at all – moderate in power, it is less powerful than the Lelo Mia 2, maybe even less powerful than the We-Vibe 3 by a hair. The heart-shaped nubbin was a bit smaller than I expected it to be. I thought that the style would work out for how I’m built, but the nub would have to be a tiny bit bigger to be a true match. For women with a more exposed clitoris, though, this style will work well if you don’t need powerful vibrations and like pinpoint stimulation. It is VERY pinpoint.

Cuddle‘s vibrations range deeper with some decent power, probably just a hair more intense than the Lelo Gigi 2, but the exact same type of vibrations. It’s not enough intensity to actually work for me as intended, a g-spot vibrator, but that’s also in part to the entire thing being too short for me to comfortably use as well as a relatively thin shaft (1.25″ at the max, but it gets pretty narrow as it gets closer to the handle).  Cuddle seems to compare easily to the Lelo Gigi 2 in terms of general size. If you like the idea of the Gigi but hate that pronounced flat-head tip that can catch on the pubic bone for some, you might enjoy Cuddle. The minor ridge on the shaft could be enough for the more sensitive folk for g-spot stimulation.

As for the rest of the specs, I prefer the jack-style charging to the magnetic versions, but this charging style means that the Lovelife line isn’t waterproof, just splash-proof.  The only charging cable you get is USB, so AC-preferrers need to have a USB-AC wall plug on hand. On all units, the pink portion is silicone – the silky, matte finish that you expect on higher end vibrators. The plastic is ABS with a silky PU coat making it feel just like the silicone. At first I had issues with working the rocker-button style control pad but quickly figured out my issue (hint: RTFM. Always.). The control pad is similar to older-style Lelo designs (like the Gigi/2) but is much, much easier to use. You do have to click for each setting, rather than click-hold-ramp.

I do like that most of the line is under $75, and nothing is over $100. They seem to be about the same quality as Lelo, but significantly less expensive. Actually, given the quality declines seen in Lelo in recent years, they are probably built better than Lelo.  While the pieces I’ve tried didn’t thrill me, they don’t offend me either. The pink-femme scheme isn’t enough to make me pan the set, and I do think there are plenty of people out there who could enjoy these toys. In my eyes these rank better than the iPod-styled vibes and the Bedroom Kandi line. Thanks to Goodvibes for hooking me up, and Brian for answering questions and giving me some great info4.

 

  1. Brian, co-founder of OhMiBod, says: “We started out with pink simply because its Suki’s favorite color.  Since the line was inspired by our “lengthy” relationship (26 years now) it made sense for us to do something that resonated with her. The names we picked from the cornerstones of our relationship – things important to us.”
  2. Brian says: “our plan is to branch out into more colors as quickly as possible.  It’s really costly, especially for a tiny company like ours, to afford to do everything at once – but its definitely on the product roadmap for 2014. We’re not sure what color(s) we’ll go with but would welcome any suggestions from you – if you feel like chiming in. We’re currently in the process of collecting color preferences from people like yourself.”
  3. Brian says: “We had a bunch of colors initially in our Naughtibod range which we sold in all the markets (both our web and resellers) – and by a long shot Pink and Purple were the favorite choices followed by Black and Blue. We killed orange and yellow because the numbers were too low to support.”
  4. He was pretty gracious, despite the fact that I turned them down on their offer to send me the full line, because I knew most of them wouldn’t work out for me