Dec 312014
 

LeloMona2If you at all frequent the world of sex toy review blogs (or even Reddit) you’d probably think that the Lelo Mona 2 is one of the three Holy Grail sex toys (the other two being the We-Vibe Tango and the Njoy Pure Wand). So you may be able to understand why I feel like the black sheep (oh wait, I am!) for not loving the Lelo Mona 2. I ask that you hear me out before you light the torches and brandish the pitchforks. I like it well enough; it’s okay. But I don’t long for it. In fact, I don’t ever use it….unless I’m writing a review.

“How can you not love the Mona 2?!?”

Since my body requires a ton of vibration strength for it to matter to my g-spot, the vibrations of the Mona 2 don’t quite cut it for me as an internal vibe. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, and it’s fairly strong, but I need something more…. more than most people. I need the serious rumbles, like those found in the L’amourose Rosa Rouge.  The vibrations of the Lelo Mona 2 are good enough to help stimulate my internal clitoris but not enough to really wake up my g-spot. It’s pretty good as an external vibe if you don’t like pinpoint vibrations, and want something with a handle, but it’s still not going to be my top recommendation. I actually can’t think of a situation where I’ve chosen the Mona over the We-Vibe Tango for external stimulation – I guess I prefer something more pinpoint (like the Tango). I find that using a vibe like the Lelo Mona 2 as an external stimulator during partnered PIV sex is a little less awkward because it gets my hand out of the way a bit, versus using the Tango, but the effort required for me to come using the Mona 2’s more broad stimulation isn’t worth the saved hassle.  Plus, after trying vibes like the Je Joue Uma, the half-plastic half-silicone design of the Mona 2 combined with the buttons makes clean-up a bit more of a hassle than I feel up for most times. Yes, I’m lazy. The Uma is totally encased in a silicone skin, and the buttons on the end are just a bit easier for me to access. 

Better than, Worse than

If we’re comparing Lelo to Lelo, I’d definitely pick the Mona 2 over the Gigi 2 any day.  Lelo Mona 2 provides the fullness I need with a longer overall design that I also really need. The vibrations of the Mona 2 are definitely stronger and better than the Gigi 2. While I do love everything about the L’amourose Rosa Rouge much more than the Lelo Mona 2, for those who need a lot of firm pressure on their g-spot, I’d recommend the Mona 2 (or Uma) over the Rosa Rouge. But if you want something easier to hold and with more powerful vibrations, I’d recommend the Rosa (or heated version, Rouge) any day. There is an increased cost there, of course. Je Joue’s Uma is about $20 less than Mona 2 and I feel the vibrations are just a bit more rumbly. 

Like most higher-end sex toys, Mona 2 is rechargeable, waterproof, has varied levels of vibration intensity and has a few pulsating settings. I’m never a fan of patterns, so I stick with the straight vibrations. There’s a warranty but experiences from fellow readers have shown that there’s a few issues with the Lelo customer claims department.  Unlike most newer rechargeable sex toys, though, the Lelo Mona 2 isn’t USB-rechargeable. This means you’ll have to purchase from a store in the country you live in, to ensure your charger is the right voltage and prongs and whatnot for you.  The silicone is a silky-smooth skin overtop a hard plastic vibrator, so there’s no give and no squish. If you need something softer and thinner, try the Tenga Iroha Minamo.

Want it?

As with all Lelo creations, Mona 2 is a bit pricey. As of this writing, SheVibe.com sells it for $129.99. Every now and then you’ll be able to catch a Lelo sale or just an overall site sale to save a bit. So far, I’ve received fewer complaints about the Mona 2 failing than other Lelo items, but I’m skeptical overall on their brand. Of course, now that I’ve taken so long to write this review the Mona Wave is out. So now the big question will be  Mona 2 or Mona Wave? Stay tuned….a review on the Wave is coming shortly. 

 

All purchase links here go to Shevibe, the best retailer on earth. If, however, you’re in the UK you can grab it from LovehoneyUK.  And Canadians, check out Come As You Are

Dec 122014
 

We-Vibe Pleasure MateI’ve been in love with the We-Vibe Tango for years now. Well, my first love was technically the Salsa  -that bullet-pointed tip just seemed to work a little better and the color choices were fabulous. I quickly learned that the Salsa/Tango were the same size as the Rocks Off Ro80mm bullet and the Tantus bullet. Swapping out those for the Tango usually led to great success (the Tantus Panty Play was the one time I had disastrous results). 

So you can imagine my glee when I saw that We-Vibe was finally giving Tango it’s very own accessories, the We-Vibe Pleasure Mate collection. I felt a bit like a kid coveting the latest Cabbage Patch Doll accessories (my favorite was the CPD-sized high chair for sitting her alongside me at dinner). I had to collect em all. 

Dusk

When I finally had the We-Vibe Pleasure Mate Dusk in my hands, I was a bit underwhelmed honestly. I was surprised at how small it is – at the widest portion of the bulb it’s 1 inch. I know so many people who already use the Tango in their existing toys, but the Dusk is absolutely for un-butt-initiated. It’s beginner-sized and won’t provide a “full” feeling at all. If it were uberpowerful, it may matter less. But due to the diminutive size of the plug, they couldn’t fit the Tango inside the plug, instead it fits through a sleeve outside the plug which helps give it a anal-safe anchor. What results is a whole lot of vibration outside the butt (and even well into the labia where applicable) and a lightly moderate amount of sensation inside. It’s not the weakest vibrating plug I’ve felt, but it’s not really what I’d call Powered By Tango.

If small size and moderate vibration is your jam, you’ll love the Glow. Some people would find this set-up perfect. Most people I know, though, won’t. Really, not enough vibration transfers up into the plug part.

Glow

Lelo gigi 2 vs We-Vibe Pleasure Mate GlowMany moons ago, Lelo introduced the Ella dildo. And the Gigi vibrator. That angled, flat thumb of a head became iconic and is replicated far and wide for being superior as a g-spot massager in the eyes of most. I certainly think the design is awesome; my first g-spot toy had a tip like a pointy beak. Yikes. So the We-Vibe Pleasure Mate Glow is pretty awesome and pulls double duty as a dildo and a vibrator. We-Vibe has constructed the Glow to still be sturdy even without the Tango inserted. There’s a channel in the Tango-hole (and a hole down inside) so that it’s fairly easy to insert and remove the bullet, but it’s snug enough that it stays put during use. People who have arthritis in their fingers, trouble gripping something firmly and/or lack of hand strength in general will find it difficult to remove the Tango on their own. People with reach issues who need a longer dildo, or a dildo with a handle, will find it a bit difficult to use the Glow since it is a bit short.

The vibrations transmitted are fairly good.  This doesn’t suddenly become a super-powered g-spot vibrator – it’s not possible. There’s a lot of solid silicone for the vibrations to travel through. If you need a super-powered g-spot vibe, then I’ll recommend the L’amourose Rosa or my very favorite, Rosa Rouge. I do think the vibrations transmit better than many Tantus dildos, though and it’s even a bit more powerful than the Lelo Gigi 2 by a hair.  Glow also isn’t very big; the head is about 1″ wide and if inserted more than 3 inches, the shaft widens to 1.25″. 

Woooboy is the Glow PINK. I mean it. It’s bright. It’s even a little garish. If you are offended by pink, you’re out of luck because Glow only comes in pink. If you want to be matchy-matchy, you’ll want the pink Tango. Only the newer pink Tango, please, the older version (a dusty rose) clashes horribly. I can’t abide by clashing colors. 

Who Should Buy This

If you’re a sex toy expert and connoisseur of vibes, a lover of power and a queen of size….you might want to pass. You won’t be excited. However if you’re ready to move past your very first, low-priced sex toys and settle on something quality? Get the whole kit, if you or your partner want to explore anal play. The whole kit even includes a pretty, pearly white Tango – a color you can’t get on its own. A color that doesn’t clash with either the Dusk or Glow. When you buy the Dusk or Glow on their own, a Tango isn’t included. So if you’re new to the Tango too it’s going to cost $139.99 to get both the Glow and a Tango, where the whole set is priced at $149.99. 

Like I said for those ready to move into the world of better sex toys, get the kit. You’re getting the best clitoral vibrator on the market for those who need power1, a very nice g-spot dildo or vibe and a beginners butt plug. All in true body-safe materials from a company with excellent customer support who honors their 1-year warranty.

 

A big thanks to SheVibe for hooking me up with the Pleasure Mate Glow and Dusk for my honest review. 

  1. I do want to note: if your clitoris is sensitive, if you can come fairly easily from fingers and tongues? The Tango might be a bit too much for you
Dec 082014
 

Wevibe4PlusAppDamn, these vibrations bore me.

I’m supposed to be in awe of the smartphone/Bluetooth controlled aspect of the We-Vibe 4 Plus right now, literally right now as I type this, but I can’t be. In part because the Bluetooth aspect works only when I’m naked or in undies and dudespreading all over the place. But largely because THESE VIBRATIONS BORE ME.

We-Vibe, in theory, has always been a great idea. And for many people, it is a great idea in practice. For many people, the We-Vibe works exactly as advertised. Until the We-Vibe 4, with it’s different profile and more snug fit, there were also many people who experienced too much shifting of the We-Vibe for it to really be hands-free. But for me the We-Vibes have always been an “in theory” toy because the vibrations were never enough. Even when they increased the motors and made them a bit more rumbly, it doesn’t matter. When they came out with the Salsa and Tango, I knew they had the ability for something seriously awesome, but those motors don’t get used in the We-Vibe couples vibe. So I’m sitting here trying in vain to be excited. I’m even using one of the pulsating patterns, in an effort to fool my clitoris into thinking there’s more going on than there really is.

My clitoris is not easily fooled. The night got worse. My clit turtled. My beloved Rosa was only barely able to save me. I kinda want to like the We-Vibe 4 Plus but yet I dread having to use it again and am sad that now I have two of them** which is two too many.

On the way to finding a pulsating pattern I liked, something else very wrong happened. You see, with the We-Vibe 4 Plus’s We Connect app, you can do some interesting things like independently control the motors in the arm. In theory. In practice, I can’t tell any difference between level 1 and level 10 when it comes to the g-spot arm. And the only time I really feel it the vibrations in the g-spot arm is during certain patterns that seem to turn off the clitoral arm for a half-second or more, leaving the g-spot arm doing…something. It doesn’t feel good. In fact, I don’t ever want to feel that again. It reminds me of getting a pap smear. An uncomfortable, weird, foreign feeling in my vag. DO. NOT. WANT.

Alright, enough about these vibrations. Touted as a great sex toy for long-distance couples, couples too horny to get through the work day or even those who just want to play around in public together, the We-Vibe 4 Plus works with certain smartphones via Bluetooth to be controlled by an app by either partner. Using it when your partner is on a trip or lives long distance is a lot like literally penciling in sex to your calendar. If you’re on board with that, carry on. If you wanted the element of surprise, the ability to wear the We-Vibe for hours not knowing when your partner will flip the proverbial switch? Eh, you’d be let down a little. To be  fair I don’t think it’s possible to let permissions idle for hours on end; currently your partner has to send over a request to control and then has 30 minutes for you to get into position and lay down the first tracks. But the problem I have with the We-Vibe 4 Plus isn’t about the permissions. It’s about my weight and my vulva. Wevibe4Plus

At my current weight I have full, fleshy outer labia. They almost completely cover the We-Vibe when it’s inserted. And unless I have my legs spread a bit and am only wearing thin pants or no pants, the Bluetooth connection between the vibe and my phone gets cut. I went through a dozen and a half attempts between the two units; a dance where I press and hold the power button on the unit until it gives off two short pulses and then I grab my phone and try to control it and it just mocks me, telling me the connection is lost and to please make sure it’s charged. IT IS CHARGED.  A few people told me that the same thing happens during sex when the We-Vibe is between two bodies.  I had this problem with two WV4+’s. My original, in Slate Gray, wouldn’t ever work when inserted. My second one, garish Pink, works under the best of circumstances. The included remote only works from a distance of 1 foot or less and needs unimpeded access to the vibe, so having the Connect app for control is a big help, when it works.  According to all of the info from We-Vibe on the SheVibe page, there are 10 intensity levels on the regular remote, too, but again I can’t really feel 10.  And often I’m not even sure that the press of the button on the remote worked, so having the visual confirmation on the We Connect app is quite helpful. I’m really not a fan of patterns, so the bonus patterns available on the We Connect app don’t do anything for me (in fact the two that made me want to rip the thing from my vagina are Connect app patterns – Peak and Chachacha). Creative types can use the Connect app to make their own pattern.

If you ever owned an older version of the We-Vibe and felt that it was too loose, take heart. 4 and 4 plus fit much more snugly. In fact, I swear the 4 Plus is a little more snug than the 4. I had trouble getting it inserted and into the correct position and at first it almost felt pinchy it was so snug. This may not be a problem for those who are not overweight. The 4 plus is exactly like the 4 regular with the exception of the 10 mysterious levels of intensity and the app.

Here’s the real question: Should you spend the extra $20 to get the 4 Plus version? If your labia is nothing like mine, then yes – if you have minimal labia. If you can orgasm fairly easily from fingers and tongues, then the vibrations of the We-Vibe may be enough for you. If you can see yourself often being in an area where both you and your partner have either WIFI or a decent data connection for using the App, then yes. If you’re okay with the fact that it requires some personal scheduling and lack of spontaneity to use, then yes. 

 

A big thanks to SheVibe for sending me the We-Vibe 4 Plus to try out, and to We-Vibe for being so great in making sure I didn’t have a defective unit**.

**Just in ensure that I didn’t receive a defective unit, We-Vibe sent me a new one. They had also updated their app while I was in testing phase. Neither of these helped. 

 Posted by at 12:12 pm
Nov 252014
 

rosarougeI read somewhere that the L’amourose Rosa Rouge was not only powerful, but seriously rumbly which meant I had to have it, immediately. Luckily for me the lovely French company obliged. Let me set the tone early: I loved the L’Amourose Rosa Rouge so much that within 10 minutes of my first orgasm (which was within 15 minutes of opening the box) from this vibe I was emailing my favorite retailer and telling them to stock this line, stat. And now, I need to spend the rest of my review convincing you that the price of $239 is worth every penny.  It’s very infrequent that I rave so highly about such a pricey sex toy; often I find that they’re not worth their price tag. This has been the exception to the rule. If you’re on the fence feel free to grill me and we’ll figure out together if this amazing thing will work for you.

Pros:

  • Seriously amazing vibrations
  • Easy to hold & great for those with reach issues
  • Anal safe
  • Warming aspect really does work!
  • Versatile
  • Charging base works like a champ, every time
  • Will suitably impress from package to toy, as a gift
  • Waterproof
  • Gimmick-free!
  • Charge lasts about 1.5 hours of use on high
  • 18 month warranty

Cons:

  • The price
  • Controls might be difficult for lefties
  • No “quick shut down” button
  • Won’t provide super firm pressure to the g-spot or prostate due to flex at the base of the shaft
Wherein I Fall in Love

When I got  my L’amourose products in the mail, I was really drawn to the packaging. For such a jaded reviewer, this is significant. The outside design and photo of the toy looked different than we’re used to. Like a perfume ad. L’amourose is what sex toys would look like if Chanel made sex toys. It’s all packaged very carefully inside, with attention to detail. The shape of the Rosa intrigued me before I even had it in my hands.  It can be a dual stimulator, but in a more subtle way than the Denia. I expected to be able to just ignore that aspect, and enjoy it for what intrigued me: a base to grasp onto, that is angled more towards me rather than a straight handle that would point away from me combined with the drastic curve of the shaft. I was able to achieve this because my g-spot is fairly shallow. If yours is located farther back then the base will press against your vulva. 

It’s been a long ass time since I’ve been so immediately impressed with a vibrator in the first minute. I quickly wiped it clean and tried it out. I first tried to use it as a dual stimulator and it was seriously good, enough that maybe I could have come that way. But I decided to just try using the shaft as an external vibe you know, just to see, curiosity killed the cat and all, and then it felt so nice that I didn’t want to stop and then whoops….I was coming. It really was just “okay wow, that feels awesome, just another few seconds and I’ll switch back….OH! HELL-O!”. I went into this meet-n-greet “cold” – no arousal, no build-up, no porn. I wasn’t angling for an orgasm, I just wanted to see how it felt. This was by far the easiest orgasm from a sex toy since the We-Vibe Tango. There was no reaching for it or wiggling it around to get the right fit or any other sort of acrobatics to coax out a nearly-there orgasm. I had also let the warming feature come up to temperature (it takes 3-5 minutes) so I had that aspect going as well. Did that provide the tipping point? More investigation was definitely necessary because this sex toy does have a big price tag, and part of that price is the warming feature. The regular Rosa is considerably less money, but still more costly than most Lelo vibes at $169. It comes in a gorgeous green, though!

Amazing Things that have happened since I got the Rosa Rouge:

  • Had an accidental orgasm
  • Have yet to find any real flaws that bother me
  • Have forgotten about the Tango 5 times
  • Gushed like a fan girl to the company rep
  • Set a record for how quickly I’ve begged SheVibe to stock something
Why Would I Want a Sex Toy That Heats Up?

We don’t see many vibrators with intentional heating (vs unintentional overheating that feels scary). The point of a warming sex toy, similar to all these warming/arousal lubes on the market (most of which don’t work), is that increased blood flood to the genitals = arousal. When you are naturally already aroused, there is a lot more blood pumping through your entire genital region. Things are alive, awake and biology is at work folks. The vagina expands and lengthens with arousal, and self-lubricates. You can use the L’Amourose Rosa Rouge as a warming vibrator or a warming dildo because you can turn on the warming function without the vibrations (or use this feature to simply bring the Rosa up to temperature before using the vibrations).  The warming aspect is even nice for the butt. Many moons ago one of my early sex toy purchases was a hard plastic vibe that was “infrared”. My partner ended up hijacking it and found that he really, really liked the warming feature for anal play. The shape of the Rosa Rouge is definitely butt play friendly, by the way.  The Rosa Rouge warms to a specific target temp that is warm enough to encourage increased bloodflow to the genitals but not so warm that it’s uncomfortable. I really got the most benefit from the warming feature when I used it as an external vibe. I think that, instead of gimmicky warming lubes, using the Rosa Rouge on the lowest setting + heat would make for an excellent warm-up toy for those who need the help getting their body to catch up to their mind.

Note: You can still have the same powerful vibrations with a bit smaller of a price tag by getting the Rosa sans “Rouge”. It’s listed at $169 at Shevibe.

So would I love the Rosa without the Rouge? I would, yes, but not quite as much – I really feel like the warming adds something great. Rosa is  very powerful with very rumbling vibrations. It wins the title of Strongest G-Spot Vibrator, besting my previously-crowned Vanity VR6 or Lelo Smart Wand + Attachment because the shape and fit is so much better and more versatile. The Vanity VR6 was never quite right for me because it’s a true dual-stimulator of the “rabbit” variety and the clitoral arm wasn’t perfect. But it has the vibrations I needed and for me, it’s all about that bass. Rosa delivers that bass with nothing getting in the way (in case you want to use something else for clitoral stimulation) and is designed so that all but those who require pinpoint stimulation will love this as an external vibe. The curve of the Rosa Rouge can provide g-spot stimulation, prostate stimulation, clitoral stimulation or all-over vulva stimulation. It’s pretty much going to win Hardest Working Vibrator this year.  I  love using the L’amourose Rosa Rouge as a g-spot vibrator with other means of  clitoral stimulation but I really love using the Rosa as a clitoral vibrator the best. L’amourose does make a clitoral vibrator, the Vera, but it’s not a style that will work with my labia and buried clit. And as for colors? The plain Rosa comes in black, hot pink and emerald green while the Rouge is only red.

rosarouge2 rosarouge3 rosarouge4

Other Notables

The only aspect I’ve not covered that L’Amourose advertises is their “Flex and Shift Technology” which sounds fancy, but it really just means that there’s some flexibility to the shaft. That’s it.  There’s quite a bit, really, but I don’t actually see that as a plus. I’d ideally like to see less flex. Too much and the dual motors can go into dissonance. But it’s still not a big enough flaw for me personally to give a shit.  I was able to get enough pressure to my g-spot but some people might consider the flex a deal-breaker.

If you make one major sex toy purchase this year, it’s gotta be the L’Amourose Rosa Rouge. No question. There’s a broad range of vibration intensity, and many patterns on the L’amourose Rosa Rouge.  It’s great as a clitoral vibrator, it’s wonderful for anybody with grip and/or reach issues, it’s decent as a dual-stimulator (would work better for those with minimal labia and an easily accessible clitoris), it’s pretty awesome as a prostate vibrator (I have that on good authority), it’s a wonderful g-spot vibrator, it’s a great vulva stimulating vibrator – in short IT’S PRETTY DAMN AMAZING.

I’m in love. I think about this vibrator when it’s not around. I crave it. I’ve chosen it over my beloved Tango multiple times. It’s THAT good, people.  If you need power, this is it. If you hate buzzy, itchy vibrations, this is your jam. If you have difficulties grasping and holding a tiny vibrator like the Tango, this is the answer to your prayers. If you need power in your vagina but not your arm, THIS IS IT. And if you can’t justify the cost of the Rosa Rouge, you should at least consider the regular Rosa.

Great for:
  • Those who need strong vibrations
  • Those who don’t need pinpoint clitoral vibrations
  • Those who don’t need very firm pressure on the g-spot or prostate as long as the vibrations rock
  • Those who are looking for something different

 

 Thanks to L’amourose for sending me the Rosa Rouge in exchange for my honest review, and thanks to Shevibe for stocking it

 Posted by at 12:47 pm
Nov 172014
 

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

Yes, the Jopen Lust L12 is a home-run. It’s waterproof; rechargeable; just flexible enough; comfortable all around; very easy to clean; provides very powerful vibrations on both sides of the L shape; and tops it all off with the ability to have pulsating patterns.  The only other review I’d read for the Lust L12 described the vibrations as average; I feel that they’re not quite as rumbly as the We-Vibe Tango, but almost and pretty close to the same intensity. If you’ve tried the Tantus vibrating plugs and felt underwhelmed by their vibration, the Lust L12 will impress you. 

However, don’t let the horribly gendered colors fool you – the Jopen  Lust L12 really is best as a prostate vibrator. Before I handed it over to my husband, I tried it out as a dual stimulation g-spot/clitoris vibe and it failed miserably for me. The inside arm wasn’t nearly thick enough and the outside arm was way, way too long. It overshot my clitoris by at least an inch. Lust L12 performs beautifully as a prostate massager and I think it should be kept in that category. 

Jopen Lust L12 Prostate VibratorSize: The insertable portion is at most, 4 inches long and 1.2″ wide. The external arm is 3 inches long. 

The first time my husband used it he was immediately and thoroughly impressed. He had the same look on his face that most people get when they’re strapped to a Magic Wand. And he hadn’t even turned the power level all the way up! He wasn’t accustomed to press-and-hold buttons so he turned it on and then went straight for the pulsating patterns. I really hate using the term “mind blowing” because it feels so cliched but I think it’s pretty apt here. After being disappointed by the design and lack of pulsating vibrations in the Jopen Ego E5 he was happy with the Lust L12’s improvements. The design is very comfortable, doesn’t need a hand holding it to keep it in the ass, and he said it could even be comfortable if you’re sitting up – just not perfect posture on a hard chair. 

The Jopen Lust L12 does seem a bit noisy when it’s in your hand; but when my husband was using it I was sitting about 6 feet away and couldn’t hear it. I can’t say I love the control buttons but when you’re limited on space, 2 small dots are all you can fit. The button closest to the handle just turns it off and on, while the button closest to the arm will run through patterns if you click it and increase in vibration if you press and hold. 

All in all…..he loves this thing. I see it getting a lot of use during foreplay and solo play. He’s already paired it with the Pulse which was met with great success. I’d suggest that you keep an eye on the battery and note how well it holds a charge when not in use, in case yours has the same problem as mine but overall for $70 it’s a pretty great show for your prostate. 

 

Thanks to SheVibe for providing us with the Jopen Lust L12 in exchange for our honest review!

 Posted by at 3:38 pm
Oct 072014
 

Tenga Iroha MikazukiFor as much as I love the Tenga Iroha Minamo, I’m underwhelmed by the Iroha Mikazuki. The Iroha Minamo arrived first on my doorstep; I was so excited about it and liked it so much that I asked Tenga if I could review both. I wanted to be certain that I could recommend them interchangeably. I’m so glad I did because I am more reluctant to recommend the Mikazuki.

My first Iroha vibe was the Iroha Midori. I had expected a lot more squish and give than I experienced with the Midori and felt a bit let down but it all. The Minamo delivered on that squish, and how. But the Iroha Mikazuki goes back to being barely squishy. The tip is very squishy, like Vixskin heads, and this continues for about the first inch because there’s no plastic body underneath, it’s simply all soft material. But after that first inch it’s just not as soft. However, the Mikazuki is thinner than the Minamo and still could be a decent insertable vibe for those who are very new to penetration or have vaginismus. The slender shape starts out very slim, 0.75″ wide and gradually enlarges to a max width of 1.25″ at about 4.5″ of insertable length, or just below the buttons.

The color is hard to pinpoint, and photograph. The yellow is just a bit more yellow than it appeared onscreen to me. It’s not quite a banana yellow. It’s maybe a tad bit more than butter yellow. It perfectly matches the color of raw sweet bi-color corn on the cob. Yet in certain lighting it’s just….not an appealing yellow. I super appreciate this color deviation, but I foresee a lot of people possibly passing this up because of the less-than-popular color. Tenga is definitely one company totally ignoring the American gendering of colors, though, I’ll give em that. They’re also bucking the marketing standpoint. I’ve been told by more than one company that orange and yellow barely sell in sex toys.

The Iroha Mikazuki is very much like the Minamo in most ways; the charging, the vibration strength, the feel of the silicone skin, it’s waterproof, and flexible-ish. For some reason I thought at first that the Mikazuki would be a little *more* flexible than the Minamo, but it’s not. It’s the same, which is to say….not a whole lot. It’s nowhere NEAR as flexible as the photos from Iroha show on Shevibe

Tenga Iroha Mikazuki vs Minamo

All in all, my relative meh-ness on the Iroha Mikazuki can be attributed directly to the level of squish. If it had just a tiny bit more squish all over, then I would love it a lot more. The way it currently is, though, is underwhelming. I think the slender size and silkiness of the silicone is still great for the newbies, those who’ve not experienced vaginal penetration, those with medical issues and so on…..and of course the tip is very squishy, which could make for a very pleasant and comfortable clitoral/vulva vibrator. But for those who really want the comfort and forgiveness of soft and squish for an insertable vibe? I really need to recommend Minamo, instead. It might be slightly bigger, but that extra tiny amount of girth is all super-soft squish. .

 

I was give the Mikazuki in exchange for my honest review, courtesy of Tenga Iroha. You can find the Iroha Mikazuki at my favorite retailer, SheVibe.