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Dec 042013
 

Showing the Minna Limon in a grocery store setting, nestled amongst real lemonsMinna is not a brand new company; they had, all on their own, launched the Minna Ola last year. Ola used a technology never seen before in a vibrator – instead of pushing buttons to control the vibrations, you squeezed an air-filled pad on the handle. It was really aimed at those who like patterns. You could record your pattern creation and it would play it back to you, loop style, until you were done. Since I don’t enjoy patterns, I wasn’t a big fan of the Ola – the primary use and concept was just not a match for me. The vibrations weren’t bad, but in comparison to the Je Joue Uma? Uma blew Ola out of the water. Unimpressed with really any aspect of it, I watched with a wary eye as Minna launched an Indiegogo campaign this spring for their second vibe, the external-only Limon. I’m always, always wary when a company tries to lay claim to the “strongest” award. After all, I know what strong is. I was also wary because the technology behind Minna Limon was identical to Ola – the squeezy-pad. I couldn’t figure out what they really needed to raise money for. With the Revel Body and iGino, they were raising money because those were their first sex toys ever and they were still in R&D phases. Minna included interviews with couples who had reportedly used a prototype, and were gushing.  Yes, Minna went through prototypes to find the perfect lemon shape. Yes, prototyping costs money. But…doesn’t every company prototype?

The Minna Limon is the size of a small lemon.  The name is pronounced like “lee-moan”. Given the fruit-relation, I’d hoped to actually see a yellow vibrator but that would get too kitschy I guess. Instead, they offer the ubiquitous pink and teal. I love the teal. It’s pretty.  

Vibrations and Intensity

Right away, I could tell that Limon was more powerful than Ola. At first I thought that the power level was drastically lower than what they built me up to expect in their Indiegogo campaign, but then I figured it out – my ears were tricking me. The vibrations are a much lower-pitched sound than even the We-Vibe Tango1, and are indeed damn rumbly. We know I like rumbly. I’d absolutely say that the Limon’s vibrations are a bit more rumbly than the Leaf Fresh+; but the overall intensity is a bit less than the We-Vibe Tango. Limon’s vibrations are much more pleasing than the Je Joue Mimi – much deeper and therefore more intense and it is a lot easier to use than the Mimi.  When I was testing out the Ola, I found that those vibrations were weaker than the Je Joue Uma, and found that I could actually orgasm fairly easily using the Uma externally. However, the Minna Limon’s vibrations are much more rumbly and a bit more powerful than the Uma. Compared to the We-Vibe Touch, the intensity is harder to rate – I think that at first the Touch is more powerful, but the slightest pressure against the Touch dampens the vibrations drastically, making the Limon therefore more intense.  Limon can suffer from dampened vibrations due to excessive pressure or being surrounded by flesh with the addition of pressure. I found that due to the way I am built, I couldn’t use Limon whilst seated, but laying down was better. The shape though would be better suited to women with easily accessible clits, “outties”, since the vibrations are concentrated in the nipple-shaped tip.

Pros and Cons – The Bad

Limon has its pros and cons, of course. This isn’t going to be all sunshine and puppy dogs. I’ll get the downsides out of the way first, like ripping off a bandaid. First, I tend to have easily-aggravated carpal tunnel, so I don’t love the stress-ball action especially after a long day of gaming. Second, the Limon glows like a damn nightlight when it’s charging. That part is really one of my biggest issues. A fourth of it blinks brightly while charging if it is low, and then stays lit up when it’s done. Need a bathroom nightlight? You’re in luck. Want or need discretion? Eh. Not gonna happen. 

Also as I mentioned above, the shape of the Limon is not totally perfect for me and my anatomy all of the time. The vibrations concentrate in the tip, and the bulbous overall shape makes digging for a buried clit a bit difficult. It reminds me a bit of the Revel Body using the Nico tip, but unlike the Revel Body the vibrations still translate to pleasurable use. I was still able to easily orgasm when I changed up positions.

Minna Limon Squeeze!

Lastly,  the Minna Limon charges via USB only, and sits on a magnetic cradle. This magnetic cradle is easier to use than most, but you will need a flat surface where it won’t be disturbed. It’s pretty easy these days to locate a USB-to-Wall-Adapter, and wall charging is usually my preferred method, as it would be for most people I think. They really changed the charging style from the Ola. Ola had a teeny magnetic fob that was one of my most hated chargers, but it was a wall charger and not USB, also. The fob was a separate piece, too, which connected via a long jack because they needed to give you something to re-set the air pressure in the squeeze pad in case of air travel. With the Limon, you’re expected to just use a pen or paperclip or something, and that’s fine, it works.  I’m somewhat reluctant to make the charging issues a “con”; because despite their improvements over the Ola’s charging method, I’m still not a fan of USB charging or magnetic chargers and I know I’m not the only one.

Pros and Cons – In the Middle

For those who really just want straight, never-waiver vibrations (like me) you can actually manipulate Limon into doing that, but it isn’t the main purpose of the vibrator2.  So while I do love the vibrations, I feel like I’m under-utilizing this thing. The shape and size of the Limon can be a bit weird, or a bit difficult to use if you cannot grasp things between thumb and fore/middle finger very well. Or, it can be pretty cool. Once you have your pattern set and you switch it to Lock Replay mode, you can still squeeze the sides for grip without changing the vibration. I’ve also lightly squeezed the pillowy sides between my palm and a few fingers after getting it set up for a different grip style. The vibrations are fairly intense, and it causes the Limon to lightly spin around in your hands (or wherever it rests if it’s on straight vibrations) which can be aggravating or comical.

The silicone skin is super silky soft – it won’t attract any lint, but it also has no drag – and it can get a little slippery if your hand is really slick with fluids. 

I’m not really ranking the price as a pro or a con – I don’t really love it when a sex toy costs over $100, and the fact that Minna had a head start with donations from Indiegogo makes me question the $119 price tag. But, the touch-responsive feature is unique, it is valuable and the vibrations are good. I feel that the Limon can please a broader range of people and that makes the price tag a little more tolerable.

Pros and Cons – The Good

As I’ve already mentioned, the vibration type is very, very good. The intensity is also pretty good3.  It’s waterproof, has a nice storage bag, and can be easy to use4. I like that you don’t have to fumble around for buttons, either solo use or partner use. Although my partner has no problems figuring out how to use a vibrator on me, I suppose that not having to worry about buttons too much can be a big plus for many couples.

This really is a quiet vibrator. It could be one of the quietest I’ve ever encountered. The only moments of rattling that I experienced happened when I was holding it during “free play” or “record” mode, squeezing it as much as possible to get the power level up as high as I could and my fingers actually touched the core inside. Once I was able to record the constant high-level vibration and turn it to “lock” mode, it was fine. Even so, the rattling sound was not all that loud. So while they fail on discretion during charging, they win big during use. No one will hear this thing.

Record ModeLock/Replay Mode

I feel the vibrations need one more mention – could they be stronger? Sure. I’d like that. But when you change the vibrations to being so deep and rumbling, I find that extreme power isn’t really needed so much. After all, I have successfully orgasmed from only level 2 of 4 on the We-Vibe Tango; in 99% of my other vibrators it’s unheard of for me to use anything other than max level. The vibrations of the Limon are better than the vast majority of other “luxury” sex toys out there.

Final Thoughts

For me personally, the touch-responsive technology doesn’t really make this a better vibrator to use during couple play time, but that’s just  me. I can see how this aspect would really be great for many couples, though, which is why Minna is niching this as a couple’s vibe. Keep in mind the shape of this and consider your own body; if you have any questions on whether or not the vibrations would work out for you, comment below! Tell me a vibrator or two that does it for you perfectly (or one or two that were awful), and why, and I can better give my opinion for you.

 

You can find the Minna Limon in pink or teal at SHEVIBE – the sex toy shop *I* trust. My affiliate links are included in this review, so if you would like to purchase it, you’ll be helping me keep this site afloat.

  1. And so therefore the vibrations kind of sound like a dying vibrator
  2. To achieve this, turn Limon on by pressing the button once. With one hand, squeeze both sides to achieve the level of steady vibrations that you like. With the other hand, press the power button twice more until you see the “lock” icon light up to the right of the power button light. You don’t want to let go of the sides until you have secured it into lock mode. Limon will now vibrate away until you turn it off
  3. it could be a tad stronger for me; if it were the strength of the We-Vibe Tango then I could overlook the shape issue
  4. You do have to read the manual, though. I couldn’t figure out the difference between the modes at first until I read the manual, then it was all smooth sailing
Nov 222013
 

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The first four silicone paddles were innovative enough, just being made of silicone. But then, Tantus being Tantus, had to go and up the ante. They chose what I assume is their most popular design, the Thwack, and changed the handle. On the original paddles, the handle is similar to the paddle – flat, with edges, but usually a bit thicker than the paddle itself. With the Plunge, the handle now doubles as a teasing dildo.

And, it also just makes for an easier-to-grip handle.

In an effort to please the most people, the dildo handle on the Tantus Plunge Silicone Paddle isn’t fat and girthy. It’s a nice, moderate size that is perfect for many or a teasing warm-up for others. It’s safe to use both vaginally or anally (but never ass to vag, please) and is very easy to sanitize and keep clean. There is a hole in the bulbous head, which serves as a way for stores to hang and display (or you, too, if you like) and does make cleaning up the dildo portion a little more cumbersome. But regardless you can still toss it in boiling water or run it through a sanitize cycle in the dishwasher for a squeaky clean impact play item. Can you feel the hole in the dildo during use? Eh, it depends on how sensitive you are. I actually could slightly feel it if I really paid attention.  The dildo isn’t perfectly round, either, it comes to a bit of a ridge on the back end. This isn’t something I noticed during use of the dildo, though.

The bulbous head is angled and works great for g-spot or prostate play. The dildo handle is pretty firm, too. And the paddle? As I mentioned before, the silicone paddles pack a punch that I’ve never felt before in suede and leather paddles, or even hard materials like plastic and wood. Wham Bam was awfully sting-y, and Thwack/Plunge is too, but it also adds in the smack of a hairbrush or firm palm. I think that the Plunge is awesome as a paddle full stop, even if you never intend to use the dildo portion, just because it makes it easier to hold and therefore wield.

The Plunge is a tool that any paddling/spanking kinkster should have in their arsenal. It’s not for newbies, though. You’ve got to have a higher pain tolerance than me to bear this bite!

 

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(Hurry, it’s still November and right now the paddles, and everything else in the store, are 30% off! Use code THEDIRTY30 at checkout to see your discount!)

 

Tantus sent me the Plunge to check out in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tantus!

Nov 202013
 
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For a long while now, Tantus has had their signature strap-on harness play kits designed to get you right into the swing of things. The “Bend Over” kits are more aimed at pegging, with the straight, untextured Silk dildos. You could also get the Flame kit or the Curve kit, but what if you already had a harness-compatible dildo that you and your partner were enjoying but just wanted to dip your toes into the waters of wearing a harness? Strap-on harnesses usually come in two varieties: The high-end creations that will fit beautifully and look amazing, but come with a high price tag that frightens away the newbies OR the cheap, low-end harnesses that are sometimes made entirely out of dodgy plastics or harsh, stiff-edge leather that chaffs.

vibrating_harness_group_featureFor an extremely affordable $35.99, however, you can grab a very versatile harness to see if this is your thing. The same harness that they offer in kits, the Vibrating Velvet, is now sold separately. It’s pretty basic – mostly comprised of webbing straps, it fits in a jock-strap-style with two leg loops of strapping that you’ll step in to and a velvet-like plush front pad. While this harness doesn’t aim to fit as large a size range as the Divine Diva, I find that it’s still pretty darn accommodating and will fit up to 60″ “hips” (or wherever you actually wear it).  I had room to spare when I wore it correctly (which would be so that the base of the dildo rests over your clitoris – if you’re overweight, this means you put it under the belly…not on your belly). Not just for those with a clitoris, this basic style can also be worn by those with a penis; if you situate it just a bit above the natural penis, it will allow you to add on for double penetration, or pinch hit.

The vibrating velvety plush front pad can easily be removed when you undo the snaps that hold the o-ring. I personally found that the plush pad was so soft that it didn’t stay in place for me as much as I’d like, so removal for me ended up being the way to go. Then again, the vibrating aspect of it isn’t going to work for me and the way I’m built. The vibrations occur with an included bullet and a pocket sewn into the back of the pad. You can also remove that bullet and put in your own – for more oomph, the We-Vibe Tango would fit beautifully. Vigorous thrusting, though, and pressure at the right spot can push the bullet out of the pocket. A tiny round dot of velcro closure added in would fix this if you really like using the added vibrator.

This basic style can also easily accommodate the Realdo/Feeldo (when you remove the front pad), which I would have loved ages ago when I owned one of those. I never was able to gain kegels of steel enough to keep the Feeldo inside of me properly.

One aspect about this harness that I really love over the Divine Diva is the 4 straps securing the o-ring rather than just 3. 4 straps allows for a more secure hold, and can allow you to more easily use a dildo that has balls. It’s damn difficult to accommodate a dildo with balls in a 3-strap design, but can sometimes be done.

Adjustments are easy enough and once you get the hang of putting it on a few times, it’s pretty simple overall. The ladder-lock style plastic buckles make for easy cinching of the webbing straps to get a tighter fit, and lifting the ladder-lock buckles will get you out of the harness quickly, as well. For someone plus size, it’s overall comfortable enough, but it’s not the absolute best. Then again, to get that level you will have to be prepared to shell out a lot more for something like an Aslan leather harness. But that’s not why you’re buying a basic one, am I right? Everybody needs to start somewhere; you need to be sure that both you and your partner are into, and able to incorporate, strap-on harness play before you shell out the big bucks. Also? I’d hate to take the Aslan harness on vacation and risk having anything happen to it. The Vibrating Velvet Harness would also make a good travel harness.  It’s also fully washable, did I mention that?

Get the Vibrating Velvet Harness on its own to accompany your existing collection, or create your own kit! If you’re reading this during the month of November, you can also grab it all for 30% off with the code THEDIRTY30 at checkout!

 

I was provided this item by Tantus in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tantus!

Nov 012013
 
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Crowd-funding for sex toys never ceases to amaze me. The Revel Body is one such item, but unlike a few other sex toys, at least the Revel Body is being made with very different technology. And for those with finicky clits which demand specific types of powerful vibrations–those who are disappointed with nearly every Lelo vibrator, or most other luxury vibrators–our hopes go up when we hear about something new. How is it new, exactly? Well, I’m not really sure beyond knowing that it involves “sonic” vibrations and magnets1. I’m a geek, sure, but lately I don’t want to put this much effort into knowing how my vibrator works. I just want one that works. If you want to know more, you’ll browse their site. I’m not here to tell you HOW it works, just how it worked for ME.  If I were to explain every aspect of this thing2, we’d be here all damn day3. You can look at photos and read the “about” info on their site.  For a little more, I did a mini video review, too, viewable on the separate review about the extra accessories for the Revel Body.

I think it’s safe to say that I tried harder with this vibrator than any other vibrator in the past. I’m usually pretty decisive pretty fast; even when the vibrator is “meh” and only sort of gets me off. But the Revel Body thoroughly confused me because so many things about it tricked my logical brain into thinking that it should work for me. There was no way it wouldn’t. Many of you know the vibration intensity test tricks – hollow of your cheek, or tip of your nose. Even on my fingertip, certain modes of the Revel Body combined with certain tips seemed more powerful than my much-loved forever-compared We-Vibe Tango. Yet….my clitoris staunchly disagreed.

The Revel Body’s design history feels promising. They truly have worked hard, and aimed to make a revolutionary sex toy, of that much I am certain. And I’ve heard from some women that they love it, it’s amazing, etc. However, I’ve heard from just as many that it was a complete failure for them. This is, however, the case with ALL sex toys. So I kept an open mind, and that’s why I tried so hard to love it. But the basic design of it just is 100% incompatible with my body/vulva type. When I added on the accessory tips, I saw some improvement but ultimately it wasn’t enough for me. This vibrator is absolutely going to work best for women with exposed/”outtie” clits. Women like me will have issues. Women who need/like some rubbing and pressure in addition to their vibrations will not have any luck with the Revel Body, as applying pressure works against the piston motion and applying pressure to the side of certain tips will cause the vibrations to halt completely. This is not easy to achieve with just the original, flat, included tip but it can be an issue if you purchase some of those accessory tips.

InserttipDespite seeing all of the information online, I was still a bit baffled on how the Revel Body actually works – not how the sonic works, but “which part do I apply to my clit? That’s it? That little pink dot??”. In my other review which focuses on the accessory tips and all that you can purchase separately, I have a short video which will give you a better idea of How Things Work if you’re interested.

From what I understand, they chose to use magnets to ensure that the Revel Body has only one moving part, thus apparently giving it a longer life than traditional vibrators. magnetsIf you don’t get any of the accessory tips, it’s less of a big deal, but if you do you’ll have to store them in their own boxes. They shouldn’t touch – the magnetic pull is strong and they’ll cling to each other, making it a bit difficult to pry apart. You’ll want to keep the Revel Body and its tips away from all electronics (as warned by the manufacturer), body piercings and pacemakers. This is a little worrisome for me. Due to the way the vibe works, and the piston core, you could get a pubic hair or three yanked out if everything lines up improperly. They also caution not to use on loose skin…..so would women with long inner labia have cause for concern??  The warnings listed on the site are a bit intimidating4 but the warnings as listed in the manual are downright frightening. I get that they need to list these things for legal reasons, but still.  Again, “travel friendly” is a term thrown about. I disagree. There is also a separate, specific case (for $30) that includes a “baseless” charger which goes back to being like a finicky fob. I’d feel better if this travel case had a magnetic shield in it that would protect the vibrator and the accessory tips from ruining any electronics they might come near.  Sadly, the travel case is yet again an additional cost and is not included.

Another aspect of this vibe that alienates certain users is the changing of the tip. Even if you have only the one tip, you’ll want to remove it for better cleaning, or to try some lube on the piston to make it more quiet in use. To remove the tip, you have to push through the orb using your finger from the back end to push the piston/tip out. It requires some effort, and it’s not for those who have manicured, long fingernails. I broke a nail, and mine are short and stubby.

revel-rangeThis chart and the one to the left baffles me, and so does the settings. There’s a high and low overall power setting. Then there are 10 different levels of sonic whatever. Oddly, “low” is not what you’d expect. It’s not the most powerful, but it moves the piston the most. Levels 3 and 4 deliver the most intense sensations, whilst 9 and 10 are vibrating at such high speeds that you can barely feel anything at all. I tried out all of the tips (a separate post), and none made levels 6-10 do anything for me. I am told though, by the company, that they plan to introduce more tips in the near future – tips that are much softer and will resonate with the upper levels in a much better way. The included tip is a flat, hard disc coated with silky soft silicone (they all are). That chart at first had me sold, but in use there is hardly any different detectible between the high/low “overall” (not high vs low in the 10 settings). Combining 5 different tips with 20 different possible settings would surely seem like I could find something that would work and justify the cost, but I couldn’t.  Perhaps that’s why I became so damn frustrated with this thing – I became an unsatisfied version of Goldilocks. It’s super hard to describe what it feels like in use. A few of the levels, the mid-range, feel more like a traditional vibrator. The upper range, 8-10, is very “buzzy”, high-pitched, etc. It’s barely enough to feel, especially that “highest” setting. On the lowest setting, there’s a lot of piston movement without a lot of power. Levels 3 and 4 deliver the most oomph, but it’s so finicky that I couldn’t orgasm. I don’t have a bathtub, but I have a feeling that this is the vibrator to try if you like masturbation in the tub. I think that on certain levels, combining it with underwater effects would result in something that feels more interesting. This would best be achieved though by using one of the accessory tips.

They say that it is extraordinarily quiet. The upper levels are, but the levels in which the piston moves away from the orb the most can get pretty noisy. You’re supposed to be able to make it silent by applying lube to the piston, but this only worked for a minute for me. The company claims that it has 50% more power than any other “battery powered” vibrator. What type of battery? Do they mean disposable? Obviously not, since they used mostly rechargeable models in their comparisons. If there is more power to the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator than the We-Vibe Tango, then something is getting lost in translation because I simply, absolutely, cannot orgasm from this vibrator. I just can’t.

Revel is still working out the kinks. I had to send mine back, which is surprising at this stage, because the charging was a bit wonky. Like many other higher end, waterproof vibrators, the Revel Body charges magnetically on a cradle. I hate this stuff. It’s slightly less finicky than those with a “fob” but it’s finicky nonetheless. The company is, though, very good with ensuring that your unit is working as it should. If you do have one and you’re having any weird issues at all, contact them. I still am having issues with the charging aspect, though, despite a new unit – sometimes it takes a dozen tries to get the magnetic connection just right so that it charges5. Another complaint about the charging unit – the cord is very short. You’ll have to find a sturdy, flat surface close to an outlet. Not an easy feat, for some.

For a vibrator that will seemingly only work for a small margin of people, I’m hard-pressed to recommend it. The price is high6 and includes only a basic tip for $180 at SheVibe.com. This is a deterrent to most. If you could buyrb-store-traveltemp2 all of the accessory tips currently available for one low price, instead of $80 extra for them all7, I might be slightly more inclined to gamble with a recommendation.  If the $180 price tag included the travel case and both charging options, and if the travel case shielded the magnets from each other and anything outside the case, the $180 might feel more worth it.

Thanks to the lovely Shevibe.com for hooking me up to try this out!

  1. They say that it is “sonic”. That is isn’t just plain ole vibrations. There are magnets involved. They give graphic charts that make you think that yes, indeed, it will be far more powerful than what we’re used to. The videos are intriguing. But of course, all of that is moot unless it actually delivers on the promises made.  Revel has made a lot of comparisons of the RB to other vibes. For example, in this video. Yet….they managed to pick what I consider to be some of the most surface-buzzy/mediocre vibes on the market. Talk about stalking the deck in their favor.  And for one of the examples, the Lelo Lyla 2…..they put the REMOTE in the water. Not the vibe.
  2. Like the packaging
  3. Already half the day. Sorry folks. I tried like hell to cut this down
  4. and to me, don’t add up to being “travel friendly”
  5. In my -literally 9- attempts at making a short video review, in all but the last attempt I would try to show the unit being charged properly. Every time, it had performance anxiety. I was starting to wonder if I had a bad wall socket, but I did not. It’s just that finicky, and I’m surprised that for all the work that has gone into making this vibrator, they couldn’t come up with a better charging system
  6. For very valid reasons, I know; they use top notch materials, great packaging and ground-breaking vibrator technology
  7. They’re currently priced at $20 each which wouldn’t be bad, but how are you to know which tip will be the magic tip for you?
Nov 012013
 

I was lucky enough to be able to try the entire kit from Revel Body, thanks to the glorious Shevibe.com. Since the four extra tips, and travel case, are sold separately I wanted to talk about them separately.

Accessory Tips “Sold Separately”

RBNicoNico is a nipple-shaped tip that I thought would work best for me, but still didn’t – it’s a little too pinpoint and didn’t transmit as much oomph as I needed.  I thought that the decreased surface area would mean that the vibrations would concentrate more, but this somehow didn’t happen. The Nico and original tips almost feel like they have the same level of intensity, just the Nico is more pinpoint with the stimulation. The fact that it sticks out a little might make it more user-friendly for some – for others who are inclined to apply pressure and movement, this isn’t the tip for you. It’s very sensitive to being “knocked off balance” so to speak, and the vibrations will stop easily if any pressure is applied to the side of the tip.  The design flaw is baffling to me, but I think it’s the nub of pliable silicone on top of the solid core that dampens the vibrations down to compensate wrongly for the concentrated tip.

RBFawnFawn is the dreaded “bristle”1, which I think should never be mixed with a vibrator, as it’s either a tickle or a painful itch, but Fawn managed to transmit the most intensity on levels 3 & 4. Unfortunately, it was the wrong sort of intensity. It was too much. Lower/higher levels of vibrations with it were too little intensity for me. The bristles (I don’t know what else to call them, but I know bristles just sounds harsh), despite being a pliable, soft silicone, don’t translate to a softer feel in use. That’s why it delivers the most intensity. I would say that it feels 2 times more intense than the included tip – it should, since you’re feeling 26 tiny little heads needling you. It’s very ouchy on levels 2, 3 and 4. Level 1 is somewhat intense and thuddy; this tip transmits the most sensation on level 10 when compared to all the other tips, but it still isn’t much to write home about.

RBEverThe Ever tip is like a shallow, inverted Devo hat, and just awful with my buried clit and fat labia. I don’t quite understand the design. It is  softer tip, though, than Nico but not really enough to matter since you’ll never be applying enough pressure in use to appreciate it. In fact, on the lower end of the scale, the more pulsating levels, Ever doesn’t feel soft at all. It feels more intense than the included tip. The concave design might be designed to gently surround a clitoris, but it’s too shallow to really achieve that for me.  The ridges are confusing to me, because usually ridges on a sex toy are provided for extra stimulation during rubbing/movement. You can’t do that with the Revel Body so……moot point.

RBConaCona is frightening to someone with a buried/innie clit. If you have the patience to be super-exact with your vibe placement, and the ability to hold it suspended in the exact same position all during masturbation, then Cona might work for you. Well actually, that statement technically applies to a lesser degree for the Revel Body on the whole, but Cona needs you to be more exact. And the silicone is pliable, but just not quite soft enough to work out for surrounding the clit and burying in flesh.  Since the silicone needs to be firm enough to stand up, so to speak, the soft and squish that it does have is lost when considering how the piston moves and such.  It feels like a cop-out, like I’m trying to spin gold out of straw by using the “great for nipples” line, but it seems that this tip would work better for nipples than clits.

Travel Case

RBDrawstringThe gray material reminds me of school backpack material. Textured, thick, a bit shiny. There is a layer of padding, too, and I think that the case is probably water-resistant. I’m not exactly sure why….in case you need to pack it away while it’s still damp from cleaning, I guess? That would explain the air vent thing on the bottom of the case. The inside is hot pink. If you’re not a fan of pink….well…..you’re shit out of luck with the entire Revel Body line, I guess. The drawstring pouch is actually built in to the top portion of the case and is meant to hold the travel charger cord and plug.

The case would make a lot more sense to me if it contained a magnetic barrier of some sort. Jewelry did still want to cling to the case if I added in an extra accessory tip, but only with that added tip. Still, though, with all of their warnings about not having the Revel Body near anything electronic, a safety lining would have made me feel a lot better.

RBCordSince you already have the base unit, and it comes with the same USB wall charger bit, I’m not sure why they include an extra one. The cord is really nice, an industry first – covered in fabric, which really increases the durability of it. Unfortunately, all the problems I had getting the unit to make contact consistently and properly on the large base charging unit are worse with just the little fob. Even when holding the orb, I have to try a few times before the lights blink. And then if I set it down, it get easily gets knocked off course by just a hair, just enough to cut the charging connection.

I remember that one thing that drew me to wanting to review something from the Vida line from Topco was the included packaging2 – the roll pouch and the zippered case. Until I got it in my hands and saw the Topco shitty quality screaming through every aspect of it. Many aspects of the Revel Body Travel Case are well done – the lining is nice, there is padding, the drawstring pouch portion is nice. The zipper is a bit on the thick and clunky side, but not as bad as the zipper on the case of RBwonkypouchthe Vida Lussaria. My main issue with the quality of the construction of this case is at the bottom. See how it looks uneven? It doesn’t want to sit upright when the vibrator is in it. It’s crushed down on one side. I thought at first it was just from being packed in a box, but it hasn’t worked itself out, it was poorly constructed. This could just be my case, and very well may not happen for you. It doesn’t truly affect the purpose, just how it stands on its own.

Some aspects of these accessories (and the RB itself) leant better to video than just photos and words, so if you’re curious still, check it out:

Currently, the tips retail for $19.99 each on Shevibe. I’m told that the travel case will be for sale very shortly!

Once again, thanks to Shevibe and Revel Body for providing me with all of this review for you all!

  1. Although it is a very soft bristle, made of nothing but little soft tentacles of silicone, it still turns evil under extreme vibration
  2. and the fact that, at first, I didn’t know that the Vida line was, in fact, a veiled Topco creation line to appear like it was a luxury sex toy brand, but in wolf’s clothing
Oct 302013
 

Even if I had been around enough the latter half of this year to know that this list was being curated, I still wouldn’t have “participated” in asking people to nominate me. I don’t like doing it, I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like spotlights. I detest asking for anything (oftentimes to my downfall). And also I feel that if I don’t ask, I won’t get let down in life. I suppose that attitude carries over to this stuff, too.  I never win popularity contests, because despite the fact that I bend over backwards for those I like and care about, I have a curmudgeonly (I say realistic) outlook to life in general. I also have Bitchy Resting Face. Point is, I’m hard to like. I get that. I’m not really okay with it, but….I suppose it’s a litmus test. The ones that stick around me despite the fact that I’m not always an upbeat, bubbly girl, shine that much brighter in my eyes. 

So when I was told I was #2 on this list, I was shocked. I was shocked that I was even nominated, especially since I’ve not been around much since July. But when someone then pointed me to the person who (most loudly) nominated me, I became all teary. Jack is reader of mine for ages and picks my brain at least once a month.  So Jack, I said it privately but I had to say it here, too: Thank you. I don’t do those things for points and recognition but it’s nice when it happens. It’s nice not to be forgotten, and it’s lovely to be recognized for all these things by someone:

 dawww

I also have to agree with him on his other noms, especially Kara Sutra. That woman works 10 times harder than half the bloggers I know; have you seen all her videos?!?  She’s been blogging for ages and has done way more to educate the public than I.  She should have been #2 instead of me, but I don’t make the lists ;) I can’t imagine ranking people I know personally, so I’m glad it was done by a “third party” like site.

There were a few other peeps who nominated me; I didn’t read most of the comments. If you did nominate me thank for you not forgetting about me. My ghostly form isn’t wholly transparent just yet, haha. But anyways,  here’s the list. Since this is the last time I’ll likely ever be on such a list,  I want to share the links for everyone else to enjoy. Give them all a visit, k?

Kinkly.com’s Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013

1. Heyepiphora.com (@Epiphora)
This sex toy reviewer has a mind-blowing sex toy collection, a “very discerning vagina” and an aversion to all things pink. She’s also got the words to keep you on her site for days.
2. Dangerouslilly.com (@Dangerouslilly)
This sharp-tongued sex geek and sex toy reviewer won our hearts with her big mouth – and crusade against crappy, unsafe sex toy materials.
3. Mollysdailykiss.com (@Mollysdailykiss)
Molly’s eclectic mix of erotic photography, body pride and erotic revelation is as unique as it is refreshing. She’s also a speaker, a submissive and the creator of Sinful Sunday.
4. Redheadbedhead.com (@Bedheadtweeting)
This redhead writer and sex educator has a mane that’s as fierce as her writing and a growing list of superhero sex-positive sex shops across the country. What’s not to love?
5. SmutForSmarties.com (@LadyCheeky)
On Smut for Smarties, Lady Cheeky does sex positive, body positive and feminist just right with a mix of interviews, reviews and thoughtful editorial.
6. Sunnymegatron.com (@SunnyMegatron)
This blogger’s a world-class sex educator, super-honest sex blogger and a superhero to sex positive people everywhere.
7. Kinkandpoly.com (@piecesofjade)
Formerly Pieces of Jade, this site bills itself as kinky, poly, lusty and wordy. It’s also hot and lovely to read. Check out Kink of the Week!
8. Queeriebradshaw.com (@QueerieBradshaw)
Author Lauren Marie Fleming’s site features personal stories about sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity – sensitive, funny, smart … exquisite!
9. Agoodwomansdirtymind.com (@GoodDirtyWoman)
Real sex for real people by a woman “who could be any woman,” this site is mysterious, erotic and oh-so-sexy.
10. Karasutrareviews.com (@Kara_Sutra)
Kara Sutra is a sex toy reviewer and supporter of sex bloggers. She’s also been spreading the sex-positive word via video in her Sex Ed 102 video series (everything you should have learned but didn’t!).
11. Carasutra.co.uk (@TheCaraSutra)
12. PeggingParadise.com (@Ruby_Ryder)
13. Perverticallyvirtuous.com (@VirtuousPervert)
14. Sex-in-words.blogspot.ca (@SexInWords)
15. LoraxofSex.com (@LoraxOfSex)
16. Ohjoysextoy.com (@ErikaMoen)
17. Walkerthornton.com (@WalkerThornton)
18. Ashleymanta.com (@ashleymanta)
19. Thestdproject.com (@TheSTDProject)
20. CharlieGlickman.com (@charlieglickman)
21. Inbedwithmarriedwomen.com (@Jill_Hamilton)
22. Themamasutra.net (@TheMamaSutra)
23. Tinynibbles.com (@violetblue)
24. Sex-ational.com (@sex_ational)
25. Thebeautifulkind.com (@TBK365)
26. Sexed102.com (@Kara_Sutra)
27. Offgothepanties.com (@offgothepanties)
28. Charlienox.com (@CharlieNox)
29. Tobeaslut.com (@tobeaslut)
30. Mydissolutelife.com (@nlikes)
31. Geekynymph.com (@GeekyNymph)
32. Vaginaantics.com (@Heather_Cole1) and (@Nikki_Blue1)
33. Fuckblogging.com (@fuckblogging)
34. Girlyjuice.net (@Girly_Juice)
35. Dumbdomme.com (@DumbDomme)
36. Domme-chronicles.com (@Ferns__)
37. Curvaceousdee.com (@CurvaceousDee)
38. Thesindoll.com (@TheSinDoll)
39. Grittywoman.co.uk (@GrittyWoman)
40. Masculinesubmission.wordpress.com (@TomioBlack)
41. Propertyofpotter.com (@pottersproperty)
42. Mrwillshouseofthrills.com (@MrWills_HoT)
43. Rebelsnotes.com (@RebelsNotes)
44. Theprattlingsofseverin.wordpress.com (@SaintSeverin)
45. Silverdropstoybox.com (@silverdropUK)
46. Betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.ca (@JoanPrice)
47. Puckerup.com (@TristanTaormino)
48. Kinketc.com (@LoriandHubby)
49. Alyssaroyse.com (@alyssaroyse)
50. Clitical.com (@CliticalJenne)
51. Wholesexlife.com (@WholeSexLife)
52. Learn.condomdepot.com (@condomdepot)
53. Toptobottomnyc.com (@Top2Bottom)
54. Ruffledsheets.com (@ruffledsheets)
55. Lifeontheswingset.com (@swingsetlife)
56. Thedirtynormal.com (@enagoski)\
57. Girlonthenet.com (@girlonthenet)
58. Sexylittleideas.com (@joejohnstun)
59. Blog.grandopening.com (@KimAirs)
60. Naughty-corner.com (@Josephine_KK)
61. Nakedallthetime.com (@nakedjill)
62. Thoughtsofagrowingsub.com (@subreiskyem)
63. Eroticwriter.wordpress.com (@_Monocle_) and (@Ximena_Writes_)
64. Beanfiddler.com (@beanfiddlers)
65. Symonekittynelson.com (@TheSymoneShow)
66. Mysexprofessor.com (@mysexprofessor)
67. Filledandfooled.wordpress.com (@CurvyMilfy)
68. Mollena.com (@Mollena)
69. Lehmiller.com (@JustinLehmiller)
70. Blog.catherinecoaches.com (@Catcoaches)
71. Beingblacksilk.com (@BeingBlacksilk)
72. Suggestivetongue.com (@Suggestive)
73. Aslutsmemoir.com (@iSlut_)
74. Adissolutelifemeans.com (@adissolutelife)
75. Wqebelle.blogspot.ca (@wqbelle)
76. Sextoysofa.co.uk (@SexToySofa)
77. Naughtyreenie.com (@NaughtyReenie)
78. Beckandherkinks.com (@beck42069)
79. Sexgeek.wordpress.com (@sexgeekAZ)
80. Sexualitysanctuary.com (@sangsaraB)
81. Houseofhellkat.com (@Hellkat83)
82. Kinky-world.net (@mistress_kay)
83. Slutist.com (@slutist)
84. Emandlo.com (@emandlo)
85. Darkside-journey.blogspot.ca (@padmeamidala)
86. Jolynnraymond.com (@JolynnRaymond)
87. Lifeofalovergirl.wordpress.com (@lovergirlslife)
88. Hesnaked.com (@Hesnaked)
89. Nymphetaminekiss.com (@NymphetamineKis)
90. Sexandtheshameless.wordpress.com
91. Sexandthestate.com (@CathyReisenwitz)
92. Creativenoodling.wordpress.com (@CreativeNoodlin)
93. Metanotherfrog.com (@metanotherfrog)
94. Bedroombondage.co.za/blog/ (@bedroombondage)
95. Midnightboudoir.org (@MidnightBlondi)
96. Huntingforsex.blogspot.ca
97. Malflic.com (@MalflicMagazine)
98. Barenakedlady.wordpress.com (@JillyBoyd)
99. Underhishand.com
100. Amyjogoddard.com (@amyjogoddard)

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