Lilly

Dec 282015
 

L'amourose Prism ReviewL’amourose, one of my favorite newer companies, came out with two new vibrators that were created to address complaints/issues people have with the Black Diamond line (which includes my beloved Rosa Rouge and Denia). Since the L’amourose Prism V and Prism VII are so similar I’ve decided to combine the reviews into one. I was lucky enough to get the Azure Blue Prism VII from L’amourose and the Sky Blue Prism V from SheVibe, both in exchange for my brutally honest review. And I’ll tell you right now – I’m very much in love with one of them. I’m now at the point in my sex toy collection where three of my top five vibrators are all the same brand, which I never thought would happen. Also can I just mention how thrilled I am that in 2015, I really feel like some sex toy companies finally get it, finally understand the beauty of the truly rumbly vibrator?

L’amourose Prism VII – What is this really FOR?

For as much as I love the Denia – for it’s flex, it’s power, it’s rumble – I’m “meh” on the L’amourose Prism VII. The nub on the Prism VII is supposed to be a clitoral arm but I think instead it makes for a decent anal-safe “barrier” rather than clitoral contact (unless your clitoris is located very close to your vaginal opening). Why? Because it doesn’t reach my clitoris at ALL. It’s short and the clitoral motor is so weak and buzzy that it doesn’t do anything at all. I’ll stick with my Denia for dual-stimulation rabbit style vibrators. But you know…I kinda feel like the Prism VII could make a great prostate vibrator. I feel that the clitoral “thorn” is enough of a safety feature and the Prism vs the Rosa provides the pressure on the prostate that some people need. Plus the head is smaller, if you need that – ~1.25″ on the Prism VII. I have a bit of an issue with my Prism VII – it sounds like a motor is off-balance. Dissonance, maybe. It’s less noticeable by fair if I’m holding it in certain ways but it’s actually too loud in most positions for me to feel comfortable recommending for those who need something quiet. I did send a video to capture the sound to L’amourose to see if this is normal or what, so watch this space for an update when they get back to me.

L’amourose Prism V – Why it’s the best g-spot vibrator I now own

L'amourose Prism V vs Lelo Mona 2 vs Je Joue UmaRemember how much I loved the Rosa Rouge? I mean I still love it, don’t get me wrong. I really do. The Prism V has actually taught me that the biggest reason I love the Rosa Rouge is for external stimulation and yeah, I do need the heat to bring in extra blood flow to the genitals. But we’re talking about the Prism V right now and how much I fucking love it. The shapely body and perfect head provide as much pressure as I could ever want on my g-spot combined with the same powerful rumbles as the Rosa Rouge. I had a three-way competition going between the Je Joue Uma and Lelo Mona 2 and the L’amourose Prism V and a clear winner was evident right away: The head on the L’amourose Prism V is fucking perfect. Perfect. L’amourose Prism V isn’t for size queens; it’s about 1.3″ wide (max), and I have no idea why it feels so very much more comfortable when inserted vs the Lelo Mona 2 – they’re the same max width. But I think it’s down to the shape. Did I mention I think it’s perfect? Above all else? Like I don’t think I’ll ever use the Uma again and the Mona 2 felt downright uncomfortable. If I didn’t need to keep the Mona 2 around for comparisons in the future I’d legit give it away. That’s how much I love the L’amourose Prism V.  I feel that the Uma is a tiny bit more powerful and rumbly than the Lelo Mona 21 and the Prism V is noticeably (not a lot, but enough) more powerful and rumbly than the Uma. The vibrations in the L’amourose Prism V are a clear boost over the Lelo Mona 2. And the price? Oh glory. Prism V is only $105 at Shevibe (and the Prism VII is $119).

If I had to find a negative about the Prism, either one, it’s that the buttons aren’t perfect. They’re in a much better spot now; they are exactly where my thumb rests as I hold it and they’re not *too* easy to press but they’re also not easy. I tend to need to dig my thumbnail down a little to get them to click. Do I care much? Nope. Gimme my Prism. Another issue is that the motor on the Prism V is rattly unless the head is inserted. Again I’m not sure if this is an early run problem or what, so I plan to ask L’amourose if this is normal. It makes the Prism V a little noisier than I’d like but it’s still a small issue when I consider how much I love it in use.

L’amourose Prism vs Black Diamonds

L'amourose Prism V and Prism VII, Denia and Rosa RougeThere are a lot of changes from their flagship Black Diamonds line, and all changes were made by reading reviews and getting customer feedback. The handle is more ergonomic2 with buttons in a place that is suited for righties or lefties. The motor is the same, but they took away the “Flex and Shift Technology” which many people didn’t like because they need pressure on their g-spot or prostate. And here’s the best part: they are priced less than your average Lelo. For those who, like me, actually liked the shape of the Rosa and Denia and even liked holding on to a bigger base, don’t worry. The Black Diamond line isn’t going anywhere. Which is a damn good thing because I can’t recommend the L’amourose Prism VII for a dual-stimulator. Denia still holds the title as the rabbit vibe that fits me best, and one that I feel I can recommend above most others.

I had to ask my contact at L’amourose why the names Prism V and Prism VII – V has 5 settings, VII has 7 (because you can turn off either motor so that just one of them is running). Well, okay, but it is still going to be a little hard for me to remember this at first.

Also can we talk about how fucking gorgeous this Sky Blue color is? I can’t even take a picture that does it justice. It’s a subtle variation from “baby blue” that is truly a pale sky blue color, slightly dusky, and a very under-used color in general for the sex toy world. I’m pretty much in love with the color alone. It’s the sort of blue that pairs perfectly with shiny copper or bright bronze. Actually it matches my office pretty well so it’s clear that the L’amourose Prism V is officially my vibrator mascot.

  1. Plus I think it’s easier to clean because it’s all silicone
  2. For some; for me, the big fat base is more ergonomic but I can’t stand holding small things and the old base doesn’t twist my wrist funny
Dec 132015
 

Doxy-SkittleWe’re so accustomed to being told what/who a sex toy is for that when a company makes an oddly-shaped vibrator for any gender….sometimes we kinda hold it in our hands and go “Okay, yeah, but….how do I USE this thing?”. With the Doxy Skittle there’s really no one right or wrong way and for that reason it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, there are a few factors that may make this a “no” for quite a number of people. But if you, like me, have a deep love affair with strong, rumbling, earth-shaking vibrations? Well, let me tell you about the Doxy Skittle.

Ok, But…How Do You Use It??

At first glance you’d think “oh, it’s a dual stimulator1” and yeah but nah (not for me). The only part that really vibrates is the pin. The external nub gets a fraction of the vibrations, a small fraction, and so it really serves more as a flare to allow you to use this toy anally if you wish.  The problem, for me, with using it internally is that the pin is fairly short (2.5″ long, 1.25″ wide). My g-spot is very shallow but this didn’t reach it. It DID provide EXCELLENT vibrations to my internal clitoris and it sang from across the alley to my g-spot but this wasn’t how I would fall for the Skittle.

I love using it externally. The problem is that it’s kinda big and kinda bulky and kinda weird; I don’t expect something that isn’t a wand to be tethered to the wall. I can’t really use the Doxy Skittle very well in my preferred position – sitting in my desk chair. The Skittle works best for me if I’m laying down and I bring my feet and knees closer to my body so that my thighs can be the support bridge for the Skittle. This keeps it in place nicely so that I don’t have to hold it 2. If I were thin and limber this position would allow me to reach behind my thighs to do dildo action…but I’m not. I kinda think that a dildo and the Skittle could actually work out well in a Liberator Pulse, but I can’t say for sure.  Maybe you’d just need a different Liberator Shape to hold the dildo for you. Yes, it seems like more work than some are willing to go through just to use a vibrator but for me, these vibrations are worth it. And I am sure there are other ways to hold it that would leave room for dildo’ing, but not for me. I have to position it this way, and I love to use it despite it’s oddities and limitations because hey, it feels good.  And yes, you’re seeing correctly, the control buttons are not on the vibrator itself. It’s a handpack, which transports me back to 2009. This handpack control thing might be a deal breaker for some because depending on how you use it you may need a hand for the Skittle, a hand for the controller and a hand for the….wait, no, you’re out of hands. We’re back to having something else hold the dildo for you, if that’s an ingredient you’re adding to the recipe. But for me, for the way I prefer to use the Skittle, this remote handpack deal works pretty damn well since I’m not holding the Skittle itself.

Oh, The Vibrations…

Doxy Skittle has the type of vibrations I love. I mean, I pretty much swooned over them in my video.

Are they the strongest on the planet? No – but they’re pretty strong. Are they strong enough for me? Yes. For me this is one of few vibrators (the Tango is another) that I use on lower speeds at first just because I don’t want to come too soon and I want to enjoy the feeling of the vibrations for longer. Like eating your dessert ever so slowly to stretch out the pleasure of the exquisite taste3, I need to stretch out the sensations of the Doxy Skittle.  It took me awhile to try and compare the vibrations of the Skittle to something else because they’re really not like most other vibrators. And on high it’s a LOT like using the spot attachment on the Wahl, but more gentle (because the Skittle is silicone and the Wahl attachments are….I don’t even know…hard something). It can be really intense directly on your clitoris, but also really nice laid out lengthwise between the labia. The shape isn’t perfect for a penis, in our opinion there are better options for a vibrator for the penis, but this could be awesome for someone with a smaller penis or larger clitoris. I still think that something like the Pulse for average-to-above-average penises is better than the Skittle, or even a wand like Mystic Wand.

The Mystic Wand on high is about the same power level as the Doxy Skittle on medium, but the Doxy Skittle is a lot more rumbling, by far. As I said the sensations are best compared to the Wahl on high which is more like jackhammering than vibrating. I would actually say that the Doxy Skittle on high seems to be just about as powerful as the Doxy Die Cast on high but again…it’s more concentrated with the Skittle and way more thuddy/rumbly. The Die Cast (and therefore Magic Wand and Regular Doxy) might seem more intense because of the surface area, since their heads are so broad. I tried to compare the Doxy Skittle to the Tango and I couldn’t really compare it. Like, my beloved Tango suddenly feels …. weak, almost4. Yet still for me the Tango is preferable. It’s the Mama Bear to my Goldielocks. It’s neither too weak nor too powerful. 99% of the time I do not have any trouble coming within minutes with the Tango if I want. I would say my success rate of “minutes” with the Doxy Skittle is more like 85% and I suspect that it’s simply because I really do need the pinpoint accuracy of the Tango to hone in on that tiny little spot on the right side of my tiny little clitoral shaft.  How does it compare to the L’amourose Rosa? Well, I really dig Rosa Rouge’s heating aspect for external play so it gets a leg up there, even though the Skittle is way more thuddy/rumbly and feels stronger. And I find that Rosa is easier for me to hold vs the Doxy Skittle. Doxy Skittle will rattle your damn bones if you tried to grip it at the base; which is why I try to find ways to use it where I don’t have to hold it.  My Lelo Smart Wand Large holds a special place because it is so much more rumbly than any other wand vibrator and I’d found that when I combined it with an attachment like the Vixen Gee Whizzard it concentrated the rumbly vibrations and made it lovely for internal OR external play. It reminds me of the Doxy Skittle in that way. I didn’t put the attachment on for the video, and I probably should have. Although, yes, the Skittle is more thuddy. What about a smaller “wand” like the Palm Power? Skittle wins. I hate that Palm Power, though.

I didn’t use this anally, and we won’t be trying that out here. I had my husband look it over and tell me if he thought that this would reach his prostate and he doesn’t think it will. But for someone with or without a prostate who really enjoys vibrations in the first few inches of their rectum (which is where so many nerve endings are), this would be amazing.

All in all, I think the Doxy Skittle a fucking wonderful vibrator with sensations you don’t often find. The price is really great (I consider anything under $100 to be great these days because we can’t have the moon). The Doxy Customer Service is awesome. It’s not perfect, it’s not going to be the vibrator for everyone, but it’s a worthy contender. The Skittle might end up being one of those vibrators where everyone you know who owns it and uses it, uses it differently.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending me this! You can get it from them for $89.99, free US shipping!

  1. And SheVibe even has it in the dual stim category
  2. but it does preclude any dildo action – this would be one of those times where a lovely, full vaginal plug would work best to provide pressure via fullness to my g-spot without the need for any manipulation by me. In short, the lazy masturbation set-up
  3. Because you’re on a fecking diet and sadly can no longer eat half the cake of 6 cupcakes
  4. Ok no, not really but it’s being eclipsed in power!
Dec 072015
 

So it looks like this year we had a LOT of trouble with the newsletter points options1. Seems a lot of people were confused because they *could* choose both options, despite my best efforts to explain it to death. The next giveaway won’t  include bonus points for being a subscriber I guess, just points for joining new. 

BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALL OF NEXT YEAR TO WIN SOMETHING!

Before I announce the winners I need to tell you this. Despite giving away 7 gorgeous Pure Wands and a glorious Eleven, I wanted to do more. Give more. I had so many people enter (which proves to me how awesome Njoy is because this is maybe the best turnout I’ve had) and I wished I could give away even more. So guess what? Haha, yes, I thought up something else crazy and now my email subscribers have a chance to win ONE OF THREE gift cards every month in 20162.

  • Crystal Delights hopped on right away, offering up a $50 gift card every month to one lucky winner.
  • Shevibe is also offering up a $50 gift card every month to one lucky winner3.  Hey, this covers half the Pure Wand!
  • I’ll also have a small indy shop gift card every month, probably $25, from either Early to Bed in Chicago, Smitten Kitten in Minneapolis or Come As You Are in Canada!4

I’ll have restrictions; things like “don’t sign up for my newsletter from more than one email account per person” because that’s just cheating. And the love is going to be spread out amongst my readers, so only one winner per household per company (if you win a Crystal Delights card you might still be eligible for Shevibe, but not another CD card). Every month, email subscribers will have access to a secret page on my site where they can put their hat in the ring for a card. I’ll be using Rafflecopter just to gather the info, make sure you’re 18, etc.  But basically, there’s a whole lot of win for a lot of people.

Some things people requested I review/write about that WILL be happening: A lube guide; lube reviews (basically part of the guide); more info on glass toys; the Flex by Crave; a guide about using a silicone sex toy vaginally and anally; a jar with both shitty materials and silicone; more reviews on affordable, body-safe sex toys; the Tantus Rumble vibe; terrible toys with scathing reviews – don’t worry, I’m certain that will happen; Swan Wand.

Some things people requested I review/write about that sadly, will not be happening: Nipple toys – just not my thing; Bad Dragon toys – not my thing, not real sure about supporting them; butt plugs – we’re not butt plug fans here (but hey it’s a guest review sitch I’m open to discussing). Harnesses – I LOVE my Aslan Minx which I should probably write about, but otherwise I don’t have anyone to USE a harness on and that feels like a pretty important thing. I suppose I could just report on how well it’s made, if it fits me (being fat), etc.

A bunch of you requested that I review the newer Lelo stuff. I’m reluctant to give them the business, frankly, which is also a post I might need to write but I can’t deny that many people love them and want to hear about them. I’ll work on it!

ON TO THE WINNERS!

Winners have 48 hours to respond – if someone doesn’t respond I will draw a replacement winner.  If this is you, check your email and get back to me! I want to get these in the mail ASAP.

Twitter Contest@maybegasoline & @techjeeper

Tumblr Contestboneslikeporcelain, cactus-wren-bd, & Minxymilly

Blog ContestDov & Cathy

Eleven – Sophie Rose

I admit, it was hard. It kinda broke my heart not to be able to fulfill as many winners as I actually wanted to, especially on reading some of the “why I want to win” answers. I wished for 20 more Wands, honestly. I’m a greedy giver! Hopefully though the gift card contest can help out those who didn’t win today.

  1. I also had a number of people not follow the instructions for the comment on the post for Blog Readers contest, so if you commented but didn’t include the 3 things then that’s why your entries were invalid. Gotta read the instructions. folks, I tried to make things simple this year.  If you see that your entries count went away, that’s because I had to make a shocking number of people’s entries invalid because they entered the blog readers only giveaway AND social media giveaways. I made it super clear, and clear that I’d disqualify.
  2. Hey maybe it could be one of four, never know! I’m still waiting to hear back from a few people!
  3. US, Canada, UK and AU only
  4. This one is subject to change, as we’re still hammering out details with some of the shops
 Posted by at 8:40 am
Dec 022015
 

CuRious-WandWhile I love all that Njoy does, they haven’t done anything new in years so I’m always open to exploring other quality metal sex toys. A few months ago at SHE NYC I had the chance to talk to the guys of CU in Bed, who make copper alloy sex toys like the CuRious Wand. Why copper? We’ll get to that in a minute. But it’s part of the reason why I’m so torn on recommending it – it’s a trifecta of issues, really: Odor, design and price.  I cannot help but compare it to the Pure Wand, so you’re going to see a lot of heavy comparison going on.

A Handful of Pennies

I’ve found that quality grades of stainless steel don’t have a metallic odor; I own stainless steel sex toys, silverware and a wedding band. None have ever made my hands (or anywhere else) smell of metal. But the CuRious Wand … it has a distinct odor of pennies, without the pretty copper color1. I’m not sure how I didn’t notice this aspect when I was at SHE NYC because I fondled their prototype a LOT. But, the prototype I was fondling also had a mild copper color to it–I don’t know if this made a difference. I don’t see how it could. I was pretty surprised when they sent me one to review for Shevibe and the metal odor hit me pretty strong. Brief fondling left my hands reeking like I’d been holding a handful of wet coins. The odor on my hands doesn’t seem to last very long if I rub my hands on something fabric.

If that sort of smell doesn’t bother you then one of my biggest issues with the dildo will not be a problem for you. We had a collective conversation about this on Twitter, then I did a little poll and it seems that I’m in the majority. But let’s get to the question many vagina-owners had – does it make your vagina, your natural fluids, smell/taste like metal? Yes. I had the CuRious Wand in one hand, leaving the other untainted by copper odors, and used it for a few minutes. The fingers untainted by metal odors that then had my fluids on them smelled different. Very different. Almost like there was a bit of blood in my fluids (which is odd, right? Isn’t the iron in blood what leads to that smell/taste?). When I smelled the combination of my fluids ON the CuRious Wand I actually found the odor really offensive. Like I wouldn’t want to be the person using this on someone else with a vagina because the smell bothered me a lot. Maybe it won’t react with your vaginal fluids like that, maybe it will. I also wasn’t using lube — I personally do not need lube with slick toys like metal and glass and adding lube would just make me too wet. Would a covering of silicone lube or coconut oil help hinder the odor? I tried and found that it did, minimally, but I only used it that way for half a minute. I’m not sure what would happen if that were my entire session. I think that for SOLO USE this might not bother everyone. For coupled use it could be more of a problem. If I simply wash my hands right after I’m done using the CuRious Wand then it’s not going to bother me as much.

A Boring Design

So even though the design is similar (double-ended, curved) yet different (the shapes of the ends, the length) I cannot help but compare the CuRious Wand to the Pure Wand. After all, the Pure Wand IS my favorite dildo of all times. It’s perfect for me. And herein lies the biggest reason why I’m reluctant to recommend it: The CuRious Wand was boring for me. I must have switched back and forth from Pure Wand to CuRious Wand a dozen times and the difference in perceived intensity to my g-spot was obvious. The CuRious Wand was like a 4…5 at best while the Pure Wand was an 8-10.

My vagina was bored. My g-spot wouldn’t wake up. And occasionally it would stroke the vaginal wall that’s shared with the rectum, opposite the g-spot, in a way I found uncomfortable. Also, the CuRious Wand is shorter than the Pure Wand. For ME this matters a lot. The length and curve of the Pure Wand is one of the top reasons it works so well for me. It’s easier to manipulate, easier to reach. And while the CuRious Wand and Pure Wand are pretty close in weight2, the Pure Wand’s weight seems to factor in to one reason it’s working well for me. Another factor: The Pure Wand’s bulb has a definite edge to it. The CuRious Wand does not, really, not in use. That edge on the bulb of the Pure Wand is a big factor in the magic it makes for me. The CuRious Wand just slid around, not really doing anything for my g-spot.  If you hate things with an edge that catch your pubic bone (and if you loved the Lelo Ella) then you might prefer this design. Size-wise, the ends seem to be fairly similar, although differences exist just because of the design. The triangular design of the head means that it’s not 1.5″ wide truly, like the Pure Wand is (and even at the widest, CuRious is still just shy of 1.5″).  The prostate end is very tapered, unlike the distinct ball of the Pure Wand. The curve overall seems to be less pronounced although I don’t possess a maths degree or protractor to figure it out for sure. I’m also unsure about the anal safety of that teeny little flare that happens in the middle. Would the hammerhead style of the bigger end serve as a stopper? What if you preferred the bigger end for your anal play? I can’t say I’d feel comfy calling it anal safe that way.

CuRious-Wand-vs-Pure-Wand

Why Copper? Or: Lilly Bumbles Through the Science

Let’s talk about the metal, why it’s so expensive, and why this is supposed to matter. According to the research they found that copper can kill E. Coli and other bacteria just through contact, whereas other materials could not. This matters if you use it anally (and one end is supposed to be the prostate end). I can’t see why this would matter for vaginal use. The creator has said that it will not kill the good bacteria in the vagina because 1: it only works during contact, not afterwards and 2: if you cover the dildo with lube then there’s no contact at all with the mucus membrane and therefore no bacteria-killing going on. Update: Only DRY copper kills bacteria so if it’s in use, then it’s not going to be killing anything at all. It’s only when the dry item is sitting there after being cleaned3. They cited a lot of stuff to me in an email about how copper IUDs are used all the time in the uterus, and most people don’t react badly to it. I’ve read anecdotal reports online where some people think that their copper IUD caused yeast infection. I couldn’t find evidence to support it or even disprove it. Then again, the copper of the IUD is pure and meant to be “free floating ions” while the CuRious Wand is just a copper alloy. Of course, if you think you have an allergy to copper, don’t buy their products.

Anyway, so, the lube inhibits the bacteria-killing aspect, as does simply having a lot of natural vaginal fluid, according to what they’ve said on Twitter. Seems to me that where we really need the bacteria-killing aspect is for anal play, but anal play requires lube so……? Update: Only DRY copper kills bacteria so if it’s in use, then it’s not going to be killing anything at all. It’s only when the dry item is sitting there after being cleaned.

The magic is supposed to happen after you’ve washed it. Anything that might still be on the Wand will get killed off by the copper. When I tried to talk to the creators about cleaning methods that would, you know, sanitize (isopropyl alcohol, 10% bleach solution soak, boiling) the argument is that you can miss a spot. If there were grooves, ridges and crevices, sure. But on a single-piece tooled, polished metal Wand? Even a plug? I don’t see the need, personally.  This is the part where, regardless of the fact that the design didn’t make my g-spot happy and the metal smell bothers me greatly, I should be feeling that there is an exigent NEED for this product in copper and I’m not convinced yet.

Their videos page uses the tagline “At least you know it’s clean” a lot. Whether it’s someone else picking up your dildo and kissing it4 or a baby playing with it5, the insinuation is the unlike any other sex toy material, “at least you know it’s clean”. Their FAQ page challenges the “body-safe” terminology by saying that “body-safe” merely means it doesn’t leach toxic chemicals. Maybe to come people it does, but not to me. To me, body-safe = non-porous or microporous.

Until the introduction of our antimicrobial copper alloy massagers, “Body safe” had nothing to do with antimicrobial. Currently, all available materials, except our unique copper alloy, will allow bacteria to live and grow on its surface for weeks… E. Coli can survive as long as 16 MONTHS (yes, MONTHS) on standard surfaces such as Stainless Steel and Silicon!

The “silicon” typo is theirs, not mine. Listen, I have never had any doubts about the cleanliness or safety of any silicone, stainless steel, glass, or (properly coated) wood sex toys I use or recommend. Not unless they have deep seams or an abundance of hard-to-clean ridges. I feel that a proper sanitizing clean in between uses of those materials could allow someone to safely use the same toy for vaginal and anal use. CU in Bed disagrees with me. Only their CuRious Wand will provide that safety and cleanliness. Their website copy insists that no other sex toy on the market is as safe as theirs. I can’t get behind such limitations. It really feels like it’s going too far to induce fear about every other single sex toy material out there. After reading over their website, plus the papers I picked up when I spoke to them at SHE, I feel like a key convincing “WHY” is really missing. They quite likely covered it when we were talking at SHE but first of all that was in September, second I was in a fuck ton of pain by that point, third my memory is shit. Anything and everything they would have told me at SHE that could have convinced me of its need to be on the market should be abundantly clear on their website. This dildo at Shevibe is $229. I won’t recommend anything that costs that much unless I love it. Unless I feel that it is so unique that it fills a void. Unless there is substantial evidence, enough to convince a jury of sex bloggers, that the copper aspect is invaluable.

My CuRious Wand came with a small drawstring pouch embedded with copper that will help kill bacteria (but only when the fabric is touching the surface of the toy). I actually think that the bag is worth buying, moreso than the dildo. If you just put your sex toy in the bag and rub it around and store it that way then you could have the benefits of the copper without the expensive dildo. I actually hope that Shevibe continues to carry the bags.

One last bit on the science part – I’ve included a copy of this sheet they included with the informational data I got at SHE (front and back). They are saying on this that even products with Triclosan (that’s the green line on the graph) or Silver (Ag – you’ve seen this in Tenga 3D sleeves) cannot legally claim to be antimicrobial, but copper can.  I’d like to see what Tenga says about this, actually.

Tl;dr – I’m just gonna tell you to buy the Pure Wand at this point.

I’m going to invite the creators to respond to any questions you all may have, or things you want clarified. I just ask that you be respectful and civil, please, with your discussions. I’d like to thank CU In Bed for sending this to me, because I was very curious about it. You can get it at Shevibe if you feel that my issues would not be issues for you. I would also like to hear your thoughts on the copper aspect, especially if you disagree with me on its necessity. 

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  1. Could I overlook it if the Wand were a pretty copper color? Honestly there’s a chance I could. A chance
  2. The Pure Wand is actually heavier by only 2 ounces
  3. Thanks to Fuga Periculum for finding this
  4. First comes the WTF factor then the overtone of a lil shame that is bugging me
  5. again, what? that fucker is heavy!
Nov 252015
 

Black Friday in retail land usually means deals on odd brands that no one would normally buy, making you think you’re getting a sweet deal. But in reality, it’s gonna break on you 2 weeks after the warranty is up. Black Friday in the world of sex toy retail though is the time to spend your dough on the items you’ve wished and sighed for. This is perhaps the best chance you’ll get at finding deals on pricey sex toys, if you know where to shop. SheVibe won’t have “door busters” on crappy, porous sex toys, they’ll just put everything on sale and let you pick. Need some help? I have IDEAS.

SheVibe

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Shevibe is doing a progressive sale. You don’t have to spend a lot, really, to get their best deal of 20% off. Since SheVibe’s prices are already as low as many manufacturers will let authorized retailers go, you’re getting a pretty sweet ride. You can buy from SheVibe knowing that your package will arrive safely, discreetly and that they won’t ever send you anything else you didn’t order (no porn catalogs in the mail, here!). You can be assured that your order will be backed up by fabulous customer service, too.  BONUS FOR MY READERS: In addition to the fabulous discounts, you can also enter another coupon code and get a $10 gift card good towards your next purchase if you spend $100 or more, or a $5 giftcard if you spend $99 or less (1 card per order). Use code LILLYBB5 if you spend less than $99, or LILLYBB10 if you spend more than $100. And yes, you can get BOTH the giftcard AND the sale pricing, you can use two coupon codes.

So, what should you get? This sale would be the perfect time to splurge on things that are a little over-priced (ahem, Lelo – this sale might take the items back to what they used to be priced at), making the hit to your wallet a little easier. Consider the L’amourose Rosa or Denia because I’ve loved these two vibes a lot. Would 20% off the awfully-named Womanizer that has me so confused make things a little easier? And of course, you can’t forget the Doxy Die Cast and the Doxy Skittle. Not a Doxy person? I don’t love it as much, but this would be a great time to consider the Magic Wand Rechargeable. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the pricey Lelo Hugo, so that might be on your list. And of course the Hot Octopuss Pulse can’t be missed for those penis-havers in your life. If you’re a Tom of Finland fan, this sale plus SheVibe’s pricing makes the Kake Collector’s Cock almost tolerable in pricing.  And it almost goes without saying, if you don’t own it yet, add the Tango in to your order. If you want a gift pack for someone new to sex toys, I recommend the We-Vibe Tango Kit which has a Tango, the insertable (Glow) vaginal sleeve and the baby plug (Dusk).

Sometimes I have to just recommend entire brands, because they’re that good. This is the time of year to consider purchasing a beautiful wood creation from Nobessence, or some artistic glass from Fucking Sculptures. For harnesses and more, my absolute most favorite brand is Aslan Leather because their leather is sooo soft and comfortable. While you might win one from me,  anything by Njoy is a must-have in your collection.

Need a couple small things to round up your order? Don’t forget the lube — Sliquid and Good Clean Love are the best — and consider an anti-bacterial toy storage pouch such as the Sugar Sak.

Tantus

Grab Bag sale is still going on but RIGHT NOW through 3pm PST you can take 40% off ANYTHING. YES ANYTHING.

Crystal Delights

Their much-loved Mini Twist Plugs are $15 off for Black Friday.

SMITTEN KITTEN CYBER MONDAY

I was looking at the Smitten Kitten offerings and noticed they have dildos in brands/styles I don’t see often like Hole Punch; Vamp styles that Shevibe doesn’t carry; Standard Glass dildos (very good quality brand); Acrylic Wands (looks like glass, doesn’t break); they also have some quirky queer stuff. Their prices on most sex toys seem to be slightly higher than Shevibe, so I’d still recommend Shevibe for most things (and the Shevibe sale is still going through today).

SK also has neat lube sample packets where you get a bunch of brands, similar types, and all are truly body-safe (no crappy chemicals).

 

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Nov 202015
 

7WandsWhy 7 Njoy Pure Wands? Because I’m a dork. Because that’s how much I love this sex tool.  It’s no toy; it’s a gorgeous hunk of body-safe polished 316 grade stainless steel that seems to be made of magic as far as my g-spot is concerned1. In my 7 years of reviewing I’ve never loved a dildo as much as I love my Pure Wand and I want many people to experience the (n)joy it brings.

I knew, well I’d hoped, that we would be buying a house this year. I just didn’t know when. So when the house buying and moving occurred in April I had no idea how much it would distance me from blogging and just in general being available on the ‘net. I’d had grand plans to attempt to locate various retailers willing to give me a total of 7 Njoy Pure Wands. It felt daunting because I am very selective in who I work with and I don’t work with 7 retailers. Between the dauntingness of the task and the exhaustion from moving, I didn’t do a giveaway during my blog anniversary.  When I was at Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit I got to see Greg again, the genius behind the best dildo ever, and also met his partner Marla. When I said to Greg “Yeah I’d considered doing a “7 Wands for 7 Years” giveaway this summer but between the house buying and what seemed like an inability to procure 7, it never happened but it would have been cool” he says to me with confusion “Did you email us??”. I said no, with equal confusion, and he said “Well email me! I’ll send you 7!” and on your behalf, readers, I nearly fainted with giddy joy of being able to make 7 people verrrry happy.

And here we are!

OH BUT WAIT, there’s a special unscheduled guest. Marla sweetly tucked in an Njoy Eleven. Since I’ve already had the pleasure of experiencing the Eleven, one of you will get it. I AM SO EXCITED! BE EXCITED WITH ME! Yes, the Eleven comes in a black leather purse which is also awesome.

This is a World Wide contest with FREE SHIPPING!

The utter joy of viewing 7 Pure Wands and 1 Eleven in preparation to shuttle them off into the world to their new homes comes with another responsibility – the cost of shipping. The way I normally do my giveaways is that if the winner is in the US, the shipping is free for them but for those outside the US (or outside countries the giveaway sponsor won’t ship to) I take the item myself and the winner pays shipping. However, the Pure Wand weighs 2 pounds 12 ounces when packaged, while the Eleven weighs 4 pounds. This makes for damn pricey shipping, even just in the US. So after a fabulous idea by Sarah, I called upon other bloggers to help give you the gift of completely free shipping. These bloggers are all chipping in to pay for your shipping. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter if you don’t already. Yes, this is a lot of people to follow but I can promise you, you won’t regret it. We’re a pretty fun & interesting bunch of people. Some of us tweet more, some tweet less, many will have giveaways of their own that you’ll get insider scoops on! I chose these people because they have less than 2,000 followers and they need some extra exposure to the world; plus I think they’re all pretty rad, and their blogs are great. All bloggers who joined in write honest reviews with no bullshit – I wouldn’t recommend anything less. Please say hello and thank you to: Artemesia Femmecock; Apricot Creams; Bex Talks Sex; Blissfully Orgasmic; The Big Gay Review; Come Heather; Dizzygirl; Erocentric (Mandy); For Sploosh’s Sake (Lena); Miss Ruby Reviews; Mary Q Contrary; Ninja Sexology (Lunabelle); Perineum Plunders; Purple Elysium (Ely); Pimento Mori.

Tumblr Peeps Only – 3 Njoy Pure Wands

Tumblr has blossomed into a fabulous place for spreading sex education; it’s an amazing way to “preach beyond the choir” as Tumblr bloggers who might not normally reblog a thing about sex toys do it anyways because they want to keep their friends safe. I’ve selected some posts that I think are pretty important for education; to get an entry, simply reblog them. Where this gets a little more interesting is that you’ll get bonus entry points for every person who reblogs it directly from you. If someone reblogs from you and then someone reblogs from them, that third tier down won’t count for you, just the immediate reblog. Make sense? I’ll give out 50 bonus points total (1 for every reblog you get) for this. You may encourage your readers to share the post with their followers, but I ask that you NOT ask them to share because of a contest. They should share if they want to spread the info. They will share if you’ve added some insightful/helpful info/anecdote. But if I see that you’re all “HEY share this so I can win a dildo thx!” I won’t count your entry. If this seems overly complicated to you, contact me and I will try to explain it differently. I’ll either add in the points you receive for this manually to the widget OR just publish the tally when the contest is over, for transparency.

Three of the seven wands will go to Tumblr readers, winners chosen at random so the more entry points the better your chances.

7 Wands for 7 years – Tumblr Edition


Twitter Followers Only – 2 Njoy Pure Wands

This one is simple. Follow all of the lovely other bloggers who are paying for your shipping. As a reward for following all of the wonderful bloggers who are making sure your shipping is FREE, you can unlock the “refer friends” bonus entry, which I don’t think has a cap on the referrals! Referring friends is where you’ll probably get the most entries.

Two of the seven wands will go to Twitter followers, winners chosen at random so the more entry points the better your chances. 

7 wands for 7 years – Twitter Edition


Blog Readers Only – 2 Njoy Pure Wands

I know I have some fans who aren’t on Twitter or Tumblr. You guys get your special section. If you’ve already entered in the Tumblr or Twitter contest, you can’t enter here. You CAN but I’ll know you’re the same person and you’ll be banned all across the board, so don’t try to cheat. Yes, I will know. Please don’t disappoint me by trying.

You must comment on this post to win. Your comment must contain 3 things; leave any out and you’re not eligible. You’re going to comment on this post and tell me which review of mine is your favorite, and why; you’ll also tell me what item(s) you’d most like me to review next OR what guides/material safety questions I should answer via post. Finally, a (brief!) bit on why you want the Pure Wand.  I will keep an eye on the spam filter for comments that don’t show up. If your comment doesn’t get approved within 24 hours of posting it, please contact me.

BONUS ENTRY POINTS: If you already subscribe to my newsletter, please be sure that you’ve signed up for the giveaway under that email address. Those who are subscribers prior to the contest will receive 5 bonus entry points. Don’t try to lie. If you fill out this entry and you weren’t a subscriber PRIOR TO THE CONTEST then I’ll have to disqualify you. 

Two of the seven wands will go to blog readers.

7 Wands for 7 years – Blog Edition


Open to ALL – Njoy Eleven

First, I need you to understand that the Njoy Eleven is heavy (2.75 lbs by itself) and large. The smaller end is 1.75″ but it’s also the best end to hold it from, and the larger end is 2″. This thing feels like a bit MORE than a two-inch-wide silicone dildo just due to the solid steel and the weight. If you have problems with certain dildos catching your pubic bone, this may or may not be the best toy for you (but, neither would the Pure Wand).

This contest is open to everyone, again with the free shipping thanks to those lovely folks above (even if you aren’t entering to win a Pure Wand, give them a follow as a thanks for covering your shipping on the Eleven).  If you entered to win a Pure Wand you can also enter to win an Eleven.

Njoy Eleven

 

For specs on the items, see here for the Pure Wand and here for the Eleven.

Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my notification email when the contest ends. I want to ship these out ASAP so that you might get them in time for the holidays. For International shipments I will put a reasonable (but not the retail value) price value to help mitigate high customs/VAT.

This contest is proudly sponsored by THE AMAZING NJOY – Thank you Greg and Marla for sending me these!!!!

  1. While not everyone adores the Pure Wand I think its success rate has to be better than 85%
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