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Dame Fin, the finger vibrator from Dame ProductsBefore I talk about the Dame Fin, I need to talk about the company, Dame Products. This first section, while not being about the Fin per se, will still help give you some insight to what the hell is going on with Dame Products and help you determine if you should try the Dame Fin – or, even, bother supporting their next venture. Dame Products, the trendy, crowd-funding darlings du jour of the vibrator world, have funded and created their second sex toy aimed at hetero couples want an unobtrusive vibrator to use during PIV sex – the Fin.  Even though I really hated their marketing video for the Fin in their Kickstarter campaign, I began to have hopes that this time they could be better than their atrocious Eva.

This is some of the text from their Kickstarter page. Wouldn’t you, too, be lulled into a trusting sense of goodwill and hope? As a jaded reviewer I found myself saying “YES! THIS!”.

One of the main tradeoffs we identified was dexterity vs. power. If the product isn’t powerful enough, it isn’t worth using; if you can’t maintain dexterity, your movements don’t feel intuitive. Fin’s shape and placement between the fingers prevented the motor from interfering with testers’ natural movements.

We always test with women and couples from all different ages and backgrounds. If it doesn’t bring additional value to the sex lives of real people, we don’t put it on the market.

Vibrators worn on the hand have the potential to be great toys for first-time users, sex toy pros, couples or individuals. However, the market didn’t have a standout finger vibrator that balanced quality and ease of use with a reasonable price.

I thought about this market they speak of, the market of finger vibrators. They’re not wrong in saying that the finger vibrators on the market now are terrible – options include the weak-ass Jopen Key Aries or the pretentious and badly made Jimmyjane Hello Touch – that much I’ll give them. But moments before I was about to publish a different version of this review I read an interview with one of the Dame Products founders over at the NY Times and it changed my mindset. I went from forgiving, hopeful and respectful to “Wow, y’all didn’t do your research and this explains a lot“.  The interview starts off with this (emphasis my own): 

As a product designer, Janet Lieberman often finds flaws in everyday tech devices. This was particularly true when it came to vibrators, which she would spend hours shopping for on Amazon.

“I had always bought cheap vibrators and my bedside drawer was a graveyard for them,” said Ms. Lieberman, 31, who lives in Brooklyn and studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “You could replace the batteries but they still would stop working.”

After splurging on a pricey vibrator for a boyfriend’s birthday that also quickly died, she had an aha moment. “I realized there was a need for well-engineered sex toys,” she said. “There’s no real trusted brand and that’s what we’re setting out to be.”

Bone of Contention Number One: If you’re basing your entire opinion of the sex toy market from your experience shopping at Amazon? And mostly battery-powered vibrators, at that? You don’t know enough to make vibrators.

Bone of Contention Number Two: “There’s no real trusted brand” is the biggest line of bullshit I’ve heard in awhile. There are so many trusted brands who do actual good work in creating sex toys that work, and work well, and work for many. Brands that have been around for years. Ms. Lieberman just took a shit all over brands like We-Vibe, Je Joue, Vibratex, Doxy, Tenga, Tantus and even Swan/Jopen. I can’t trust a brand I can’t respect and I can’t respect a brand that tries to elevate itself by throwing everybody else under the bus.

Dame took the nearly $600,000 folks gave them during their Indiegogo campaign for the Eva and made a weak vibrator that failed to deliver on most of their heavy promises for many folks. Yet because people believe the hype and like the promises Dame Products make, Dame must have thought they were still on the right track. They used the nearly $400,000 folks gave them on Kickstarter and, after many prototypes and changes, could only come up with THIS. And THIS? This is not worthy of the $75 price tag. It is not worthy of the heavy promises they once again dished out. But I don’t think I should have expected much to begin with from a company that keeps erroneously, astonishingly, and with the unearned confidence of your average white cis man, making claims about the being first this1 and first that2, most of which is absolutely false.

What I Like About the Dame Fin

I was feeling generous when I wrote the other version of the review. I tried to tone down my salt. While there’s a lot about the Dame Fin, and Dame Products, that angers me there are some aspects of the Fin that I like. The two colors are interesting choices: Jade green and Coral orange which is more Dreamsicle orange than Coral. They’re not gendered colors but from what I’ve learned from seasonsed sex toy manufacturers, they’re not popular colors, either. Also lacking in gender: Most of the language on their Kickstarter campaign. Really happy to see that because this Kickstarter garnered a lot of attention and it showed a lot of muggles something about gender and language.

The underside of the Dame Fin The Dame Fin with the finger holster in place

I also don’t mind the shape of it. One side has a nipple for more pinpoint precision while the other side has a somewhat squishy bit that feels okay.  It is easy to hold and it will be fairly unobtrusive during PIV – something that is really important to a lot of people – so they did pretty well with the design in that aspect. Changing the power levels one-handed though is damn tricky without removing one finger from the sides of the body or swapping fingers. 

Holding the Fin between the tips of your fingers does work a lot better for me as a “finger vibrator” than something like the JimmyJane Hello Touch; it lets me use the same finger motion I’d normally use for manual stimulation. The finger holster helps to keep it between your fingers without fully relying on maintaining a strong finger grip, although it’s removeability feature means it can dislodge easily from the power button it hugs.

This is where I stop being polite, and start getting real. Cue the we’ve-heard-a-noise-in-the-basement-and-we’re-both-goin-down music.

The Dame Fin Is Noisy as Fuck

This is just insulting. This project was crowdfunded to Timbuktu and back; they received nearly $400,000 in pledges, far exceeding their original goal. So I cannot find it in me to understand, and be okay with, the cheap-sounding cringe-worthy rattle.  Lest you think I am exagerrating I recorded this video and can assure you it sounds worse in person. The other vibrator to compare it with is the Crave Flex which is a bit more powerful in use.

 

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And yes, I wondered if mine was defective but then Grace told me hers sounds exactly the same. Sad trombone. It’s noisy when I’m holding it in various positions and then gets noisier still when you apply any pressure to the softer side of the Fin’s body. You cannot predict which way to hold it to lessen the rattle. It’s like a fun game! Wait, no. I don’t like that game. The bottom line here: A $75 vibrator shouldn’t fucking sound like this. Hell, a $49 vibrator shouldn’t sound like this.

But Is It Powerful?

Dame Fin has three power levels and blessedly no patterns. I mean, holy fuck, can you imagine the noise level on PATTERNS? You’d end up wondering if somebody snuck up behind you with a maracca. The first level is very mild yet rumbling; my hope (still intact by this point) grew because it feels like the beginnings of rumble – nay, the whisper of rumble. The second level kicks it up just slightly while remaining rumbly; my hope continued to grow. Could it be? Could it be rumbly? I had visions of the Fin reaching the first level of the Tango in terms of rumble and intensity. And then, folks, I reached the 3rd and final level. My face fell. My hopes were incinerated. A song was immediately stuck in my head; “Didn’t we almost have it allll my friend?”. Indeed. We almost had it all. The third level of the Fin, you see, suddenly changes. You can still feel an undercurrent of rumble so it’s almost like there’s a second motor in there and this second motor is like a ghost of girlfriends past – I’m reminded of the Eva. I could swear that they just put the Eva motor in there. It doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t seem possible yet I’m at a loss for another way that I could be feeling both buzz and rumble like this.

I know that powerful is subjective. And the Fin is definitely more powerful than the Eva.  I’ve felt worse, many times over. I have no doubt that some of you will find that the Dame Fin is powerful enough for you. And you know what? It’s technically powerful enough for me – I say technically because I did orgasm. That one honestly shocked me. But it apparently lives in the gazebo with the Vesper – between the natural movements of my finger doing the rubbing motion plus the pinpoint precision I was able to weild, a surprise orgasm snuck up on me. I didn’t enjoy using it; it was kinda awkward and physically uncomfortable because of my reach issues.

In trying to find something small and similar in power, I looked at Crave brand. The Crave Vesper is just a bit more powerful; nay, more rumbly. The vibrations I think are deeper and that makes it seem more powerful in comparison than it probably is. The Crave Flex feels a notch or two more powerful in hand. Fin isn’t quite the surface-buzzy bullshit that we saw in the Eva but if the best I can say is “Meh, I’ve felt worse”? I can say it’s not bad but it cannot be called “powerful” – just maybe “powerful enough”.

Dame Fin vs Jopen Key Aries

When asked about how this compares to the similar Jopen Key Aries I decided to pick up an Aries and try it out. Both have a t-shaped finger wedge for resting between two fingers, both are small, etc. The Key Aries is powered by 1 AAA, the body is a little bigger and the button is at the front/back depending I guess on how you hold it. The t-shaped grip is soft, pliable silicone. Compared to the Jopen Key Aries, Dame Fin is a goddamn gem. That’s how bad the Aries is. The surface-buzzy vibrations aren’t worth $15, much less $25. The squidgy silicone finger gripper doesn’t give as much support, and overall it’s less ergonomic. Hey, it’s quiet though.

Dame Fin Needs Work

At this point I’m fed up with Dame Products and I realize this is going to be an unpopular opinion3. I’m not sure why I expect better vibrations simply because both of their crowdfunded projects have been excessively backed, but I do. If the vibrations were better – not utterly useless on the first level and deeper/more intense on the third level – it would raise my opinion.

I keep wibbly-wobbling on which fault is more glaring – the noise or the intensity so we’ll call it a draw. I could deal with the fumbling to change the setting if those two factors improved. I’ll only recommend the Dame Fin if they fix this terrible noise and if you, dear reader, are dead set on the design and don’t need powerful vibrations. Then, and only then, can I be okay with this.

Until that happens I’m gonna point you to the Tango, the Touch, the Flex, or the Jopen Lust L2.5. Or I’ll extol the virtues of repurposing a g-spot vibrator into a PIV-sex clitoral vibrator because the handle keeps your hand farther from the pubic bone and recommend the L’amourose Prism V, the Minamo for something less bone-shaking, or hell even this ultra-affordable egg-on-a-stick.

Thanks to SheVibe for providing me with the Dame Fin in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. Eva is the “first hands-free strap-free” vibrator for PIV sex. Nope, that’s the We-Vibe
  2. I’ve seen interviews where they talk about being the first by-women-for-women company, and nope. Definitely not
  3. I have heard from a number of industry folks who’ve met the duo that they’re lovely and nice, they have ideals and morals we’re not quite yet used to seeing, etc
Jun 072017
 

Maybe I’m off my game. Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I really wanted the HIKY to be good. I thought that it could combine the sensations of the Womanizer with the appeal of a traditional vibrator so that folks could always find something to like about it. I scoffed at the terms “suction” and “vacuum” because I’ve seen those terms used to describe the Womanizer or Satisfyer and have been told they’re inaccurate for those items (and have never felt either applied, personally, either). I didn’t expect to end up screaming, terrified and fearing literal bloodshed.

Yes, I truly mean literally, unlike half of the people on social media these days.

Update before we get much farther: I couldn’t find any other reviews, at first, of this sex toy so the owners of SheVibe were going to test it for themselves to see if the clit-trap issue was unique to me or a true flaw with the toy. That’s above-and-beyond, folks. But then a Danish reviewer commented on my IG post and said she had the same thing happen to her! Google translate is awful so I’m not sure if it happened to her because the battery also died out during use, or what, but one other report of this problem was enough for SheVibe to pull it from their site. They don’t fuck around with their customers safety, and that’s one reason I love them so.

HIKY is the second time I’ve tried a true clitoral suction toy; the first being the not-a-sex-toy Fiera Arouser. HIKY and Fiera are such opposites – Fiera was so mild you weren’t sure anything was happening, while HIKY can’t be ignored. At first, HIKY was delivering unpleasant suck-and-release pulses. The suction didn’t feel arousing and the release was reminiscent of when someone uses their thumb and forefinger to flick you – sharp and painful. I started blindly fiddling with the out-of-sight buttons and eventually turned on the vibrating portion of the clitoral head. Also, I tried to get a better seal, I think? I’m not entirely sure – I wasn’t paying strict attention to what I was doing because this was just a quick trial run and I was curious. But then we moved from suck-and-release to straight suction and things got dicey.

The motor died out and quit during the suction action, and suddenly the HIKY was stuck to my genitals like a mechanical lamprey.  I tried to rock the HIKY to one side to release the painful suction; nothing happened but a feeling of intense pulling on my clitoris. I tried to gently push down on my vulva, using my fingers, near the vacuum hole to release pressure. Nothing happened. The pain increased. I couldn’t tell if the suction was increasing despite the motor being off or if my panic and pain just made it seem that way. I had flashes of That Scene where someone sticks their tongue against a frozen metal pole. The pain of trying to pry the HIKY off of my clitoris was intense and frightening – I truly thought I was going to cause actual damage to myself. The two minutes my clit was in this Chinese fingertrap of a sex toy felt like an hour. My husband was outside mowing the lawn; I thought I was going to have to waddle to the back door with the HIKY dangling from my vulva like a rotted dick and somehow get his attention to come help me. Luckily, I managed to remove it myself.

Silly me for doing a quick test before errands! The car ride was pretty uncomfortable for another half hour or so. I’d been wondering if the name was pronounced “hike-y” or “hickey” and now my days of wondering are gone – pretty sure I landed myself an uncomfortable suction bruising.

Unlike many sex toys on the market over $75, the HIKY has no exaggerrated set of warnings for use. I don’t know if the unit is defective, if I fucked up, or the whole shebang should be wiped from existence because nobody fucking prototype-tested this abomination. I have a feeling that the suck-and-release stopped releasing as the battery started dying on me suddenly – and it died in the suction part of the cycle, leaving me literally stuck. The vacuum suction of the HIKY should ideally have a release valve for situations like mine, yet it doesn’t. Every other vacuum suction pump on the market, even the cheapest CalExotics model, has a release valve.

Because maybe this hasn’t deterred you; maybe you enjoy having your clitoris hoovered into oblivion or maybe you feel certain I was Doing It Wrong and you’ll perfect it – so I do need to tell you about the other features the HIKY has (or, doesn’t have).

Soft, silicone mouth

I have a small clitoral head and not a lot of hood exposed, combined with fat outer labia and minimal inner labia. Due to the width of the suction side (2ish inches) and how flat it is I had to spread my outer labia to a point of discomfort plus smush everything down like an unruly cowlick. They talk about the “mouth” almost like it’s a Fleshlight mouth, but don’t get your hopes up. It’s “soft” in the way powdery, smooth skin is “soft”, not plush squishy soft.

Internal vibrator

They promised strong vibrations and failed to deliver. I’m not exactly surprised because pretty much every vibrator company promises riduclously strong vibrations and only a few brands have lived up to their promises. I like a g-spot vibrator to have a larger head than the body but the HIKY is shaped very much like an antique carved horn. They don’t give you much room to work with if you want to insert it and still have access to the buttons. The width goes from 1″-2″ but you’ll never get to 2″ if you stop short of the buttons. Holding it this way is also incredibly uncomfortable and even with the buttons outside of the vagina, they’re hard to reach.

Pinpoint external vibrator

Please, stop, you’re embarassing yourself. The carved-horn design should in theory mean that the insertable end also works well as a more pinpoint, external vibrator except that the vibrations are, again, underwhelming. It’s not reason enough to buy this sex toy. It’s them trying to squeeze out as many jobs as possible, like a really bad infomercial – because we all know it’s not worth it to have single-job tools that do their job well, ho no. The world needs more mediocre does-everything-but-wash-your-clothes tools, right?

The "mouth" of the HIKY

I’m at the point in my sex toy reviewing career where, to be honest, I often don’t even have to use a vibrator multiple times to get a really good understanding of it and know my opinion. But I do it anyways because our bodies are different day-to-day and maybe mine was having a cranky day. But this time I won’t be using the HIKY again. Nope. It’s possible that what happened to me was a one-off and that my clitoris will never again be stuck but the trauma of that event was intense and I cannot bring myself to test this again for you – I can definitely say that I disliked it even before it tried to swallow part of my genitals and I feel very certain with my assertion that you shouldn’t buy this.  If you want air pulses, get a Womanizer. If you want a vibrator, get a vibrator – L’amourose Prism V is awesome for both external and internal use. If you want to explore clit pumps, get something silicone like this. Do NOT get this one from CalExotics (also called the Clitopatra elsewhere), reports say it’s also dangerous. Just don’t buy the HIKY. Given my experience SheVibe removed this from their site, because they don’t like to stock sex toys that can harm you (for obvious reasons). If you’re coming to this review and considering purchasing it elsewhere, well….I just can’t give you my blessing. There are a lot of sex toys on the market that I’d recommend before the HIKY which I like about as much as I liked the Rockbox Finger.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for giving me the HIKY in exchange for this review whose purpose will serve to warn and protect and also ensure that my top 10 worst sex toys list next year will have worthy entries.

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Dec 122016
 

vibratex mystic rechargeable wandFive years ago I first reviewed the Mystic Wand and the two companion versions – the (old style) Mystic Rechargeable Wand and the Mini Magic Wand. In 2011 I wanted to like rechargeable vibrators more than I did; but the idea of having to pause only to swap out batteries felt more logical to me than a rechargeable which seemed to lose it’s high more quickly and when it was dead, it was dead – for a good 2-4 hours.  I always recommended the original, battery-powered version of the Mystic Wand because I loved the rumble and the power level was enough for me. I have always preferred the Mystic Wand to the Magic Wand, but I am nearly allergic to buzzy vibrations. Then Vibratex discontinued their rechargeable Mystic Wand in June 2014, with promises that they were working on something else. And so, I waited.

And waited.

And here I am, right back where I started, recommending the “old school” battery-powered Mystic Wand over the new Mystic Rechargeable Wand – and it’s not because of the rechargeable factor. In fact, Vibratex designed this to work even while it’s recharging. That may make for some awkward positioning to ensure you’re close enough due to cord restrictions, but if the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is your only vibrator on-hand, you can at least keep going.

Vibrations

With the original versions I detected no discernible difference between the motors when both were fully powered. The (old) Rechargeable lost it’s oomph pretty quickly, though. With the new Mystic Rechargeable Wand again I was searching for a difference in the motor and finally figured it out. They’re probably both the same intensity level but the Mystic Rechargeable Wand feels a little bit more buzzy. The vibrations travel through flesh a little bit less. And it’s just enough for my picky clitoris to notice.  It’s probably a difference that may not even be noticeable to some people but I’m so sensitive to a rumbly motor that I can tell when it slips from an 8 on the Rumble Scale to a 6.5.

I’ve been able to enjoy powerful orgasms from the original Mystic Wand, despite it being a (small) wand-style vibrator and me notoriously loving pinpoint clitoral stimulation. But the orgasms from the Mystic Rechargeable Wand have been a bit lackluster and mild. If you find that you don’t need the extreme power that backs most wand-style vibrators – you just need the broad stimulation- you could be really happy with the Mystic Rechargeable Wand.

Redesigned Body

Vibratex did something with the body redesign, making it look nearly nothing like the original Mystic Wand – and I love it. I love the curved handle. I love how easy it is to hold. There are THREE locations for the buttons! Three! Between the ultra-light design, the curve of the handle and the location of the buttons it is a wand well-suited to those with certain disabilities which may make holding a large, heavy or straight-handled wand more difficult. The location of the buttons also makes it much easier for a partner to use the Mystic Rechargeable Wand on you.  In short, it’s ergonomic and really well-designed. Mostly….

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But the redesign comes with a problem that I can only hope they will fix – because it IS fixable. In order to put two buttons on the back side of the handle, a large portion of the plastic handle is covered in silicone. The silicone buttons are part of the silicone skin. The problem is that the glue holding the silicone skin on to the plastic is cheap. Terrible. After my first cleaning, I thought I rubbed too hard and easily slipped part of the silicone covering off with my thumb in one corner. As I gently peeled it back to see what happened, it kept on separating from the plastic body. You can see in the pictures below what is plastic and what is silicone because I wanted to see how easily it would peel off once a large portion had already started. Even just a small corner peeling back would definitely make cleaning impossible. As it stands now with the level of material separation I have, I’m not sure I should use it. It’s not waterproof, only splashproof, but I fear that the separation will negate even that.

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You may wonder why I reviewed this with the defect in the silicone covering. I would have waited if it were just mine but I’ve spoken to a few other folks who had this happen, too. I’m hoping it was a bad first batch, but we’ll see.  When I know that this issue has been resolved, I’ll update this review. Vibratex does have a warranty on this, so I plan to contact Vibratex and see if there’s anything they can do.

I do want to note that the head on the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is the same size head as the Original Mystic Wand, which means that the g-spot attachment will fit. As this is a smaller wand it will not work with Hitachi-compatible attachments.

Recommendation

I can’t recommend the Mystic Rechargeable Wand until I know that the silicone glue problem is fixed. I would recommend it for folks who know they don’t need seriuosly rumby vibrations or super-powered vibrations, or folks who need a smaller, easier to wield broad stimulation vibrator – AFTER Vibratex makes sure that this issue is fixed. Currently, the Mystic Rechargeable Wand is priced at $69.99 at SheVibe, while the battery-powered original Mystic Wand is $49.99.  There’s a lot of competition now in the mid-sized, rechargeable wand-style vibrator category, so Vibratex needs to fix this quality control issue.

 

Thanks to SheVibe for sending this over to me in exchange for my honest review!

Feb 262016
 

Womanizer W500I spent months wringing my hands over the Womanizer W100 (the original); I loved it, but it was ugly with a horrible name1 and I couldn’t figure out *why* I loved it. Just going by how the Womanizer Deluxe W500 looks I assumed I would prefer it. And I have to tell you: I’m glad my first Womanizer was the W100 because if my first had been the W500, I’m not sure I would have been so head over heels. Or, maybe I just am mired in comparison-syndrome. I can’t help but compare the two and while you’d think the more expensive version would automatically be better….I’m here to confuse you even more. Sorry! This review also has the disappointed, matter-of-fact tone that I expected to have about the W100. It’s less fun, more functional. For most people, either Womanizer is pricey enough to give pause so the large $$ difference may matter a lot to some folks.

This review is focusing heavily on how the Womanizer Deluxe (W500) and W100 compare because so many people want to know which one they should get. If this review is your first introduction to the poorly-named ugly-yet-truly-innovative sex toy that has shockingly rocked my world, then you need to go check out the review for the W100 first (which has sadly been discontinued). If you’re looking for comparison across multiple models, and the latest versions, see this post:

How the Womanizer Deluxe W500 compares to the Womanizer W100 – The Changes

They pretty much changed everything except how it works.

It has a new shape – It looks less like an ear scope. It’s also fatter and kinda awkward to hold. It’s shorter, which sucks for people like me who need more reach and longer toys.

It has new buttons – And they’re on the back side. In the most awkward spot. With the way I hold the Womanizer W100 my thumb is on the same side as the head and buttons and it’s very easy to switch between the power button and the single, large plastic rhinestone button that changes intensity. This means that holding the Womanizer W500 has the intensity button right around my pinky/ring finger and the power button around my middle finger. Also that power button – it’s now a “genuine Swarovski crystal” but it requires more effort to press it – and the shape of the crystal is pointy. It leaves a dent in my finger and it hurts to press on it.

It includes a slightly larger head – The opening is bigger by about a millimeter or two all the way around, as you can see below.

It’s louder – Yes, you read that right. Despite it being advertised as being more quiet, it’s actually a lot noisier when not fully “sealed” on to your body. Of course this is because it’s more powerful. In the video below both the Womanizer W100 and Womanizer Deluxe W500 are fully charged, too. When it’s “sealed” and pressed fully against you, the noise levels are identical.

There’s no more case – Yes, I mocked the case with the W100. It was Barbie pink. But it held everything quite nicely. The more expensive version, oddly, doesn’t have a case. They just give you an industry-standard satin drawstring bag. That feels like a backslide to me.

It’s more intense – The more intense “air technology” now kinda makes it feel more like vibration (buzzy vibration, at that) and sometimes I actually find it….too intense. Yeah, I’m surprised too. I’d say it’s easily twice as intense as the W100.

Womanizer Heads  Womanizer Heads  Womanizer W500 Seams

Womanizer W500 vs Womanizer W100   Womanizer W500 vs Womanizer W100   Womanizer W500 vs Womanizer W100  - Everything Included

Here’s Where I Surprise You

Everybody is looking at this and assuming it’s better than the Womanizer W100. It must be, right? The Womanizer Deluxe W500 is more powerful, looks better, costs more!! All the hallmarks of “must be better”! I’d read so many reviews of the Womanizer W100 and how intense it was, how quickly most people were able to orgasm with it yet I was still so skeptical of it’s prowess. I wasn’t done in 1 with it, but it was definitely an intense ride. So when I used the Womanizer Deluxe W500 I surprised myself by discovering that I don’t like the higher intensity. I don’t need it.  Suddenly I feel like others who described how it felt like the orgasm with the W100 was ripped from them in seconds, that it was too much too soon. The lower levels on the Womanizer Pro are the same as the Womanizer W100, so if you don’t need the extra intensity you don’t have to use it – it’s just there if you need it. Just like with the W100 I am so torn on how to recommend this to people. I don’t know how to describe who will love the Womanizer and who will hate it. I’m torn on how to tell you which one is better for you. I have always been the poster girl for “needs pinpoint, needs intense power, needs rumble” for a clitoral orgasm. I did not expect to love the Womanizer W100 just as  I did not expect to not need the more intense settings on the Womanizer W500.

If the larger head is a reason to pick the W500, there’s good news: SheVibe will soon be stocking standalone replacement heads of both sizes.

I understand that many people will gravitate towards having the option for more intensity, but is giving up on a comfortable grip, easy-to-press buttons and a nicer case worth having something that looks nicer? Yes the W500 looks nicer; it is less cheesy in many ways. There will be more color options available at SheVibe hopefully soon – I’m not sure why epi24 is holding out on SheVibe with color choices; I’ve asked epi24 directly but as of this post haven’t gotten an answer yet2.

Since I wrote this review, the W100 has been discontinued. The Womanizer Deluxe W500 exists, and now there is the Womanizer PRO40 – which I prefer. You can see the review for the Womanizer PRO40 here, and of course the large Womanizer vs Satisfyer comparison post here.

 

SheVibe is my favorite retailer and I would recommend purchasing from them over others.

 

 

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  1. Still trying to figure out why they named it this…if the company ends up getting back to me, I will let you know the answer!
  2. And will update when they reply
Feb 122016
 

Doxy Die Cast vs Doxy Wand OriginalThe Doxy Die Cast wand vibrator looks like a high-tech work of art. But are the differences from the Doxy Wand Original just cosmetic? I’ve had a number of people ask me lately about the differences between the Doxy Original and Doxy Die Cast, primarily to know if the $60 jump for the Die Cast is worth it. I talked about the Die Cast in a pre-review video a few months ago but didn’t really get into the differences. (Note: In March, the minimum pricing for both Doxy Wands will increase – Original by $10 (so it will be $139 at SheVibe), Die Cast by $20, which puts the Die Cast just over $200 at SheVibe)

The Die Cast’s biggest difference is the looks, of course. A black head and shiny titanium body, glowing blue buttons and a cool grey case. It is pretty bad-ass looking. The head covering is silicone, which is an upgrade over the regular Doxy. They describe it as a “double-weighted” motor.

“Made from aluminum and cast on-site, the weight and mechanism inside the Doxy’s head means it rolls and rumbles, rather than buzzes. Offering powerful vibrations that penetrate deep into the body, it’s extraordinarily effective when used as a general body massager, or for intimate intentions. While many find themselves satisfied with the lower settings, the Doxy can reach up to 9,000 RPM: it’s the perfect tool for those who want the option to play hard and fast.”

Alright What About The Vibrations?

The RPMs: It’s a lot more than Magic Wand, but I don’t really put much stock in RPM. The We-Vibe was last reported as 5500 RPM (and I think the We-Vibe is pretty mild), the Magic Wand Rechargeable at 6300 and I think that the power level of the Doxy vs MWR is damn near identical. So moving on to….

The Double Weighted Head: It’s supposed to make the vibrations feel more thuddy, but I’ve always had a rather impressive measuring stick to hold “rumbly” or “thuddy” wands to: the Lelo Smart Wand Large. And it’s nowhere near that. In fact, the most I can really say about the Doxy Die Cast is that it’s definitely less buzzy vs the Doxy Original (or Magic Wand). I held both the Doxy Die Cast and Doxy Original in a cupped palm for a few minutes, damn near meditating on the differences, and after all of that my hand that held the Doxy Original head felt weird for about 10 minutes after – kinda tingly, kinda numb. On high, the Doxy Original is still numbing to my genitals like the Magic Wand is, but at least I can use the lower settings and be okay. On high the Doxy Die Cast actually numbs me quite a bit less.

Somehow the difference almost makes the Die Cast feel a tiny smidge less powerful; but the vibrations are more comfortable. I think that’s why they originally felt more powerful to me; it was actually because my genitals weren’t going numb so quickly. Hey, that’s a good thing and I’ll take it.

But It’s So Sexy

I’ll admit, the Doxy Original always kinda reminded me of the extra-large TV remotes for older folks back when universal remotes were a new thing and we didn’t have fancy cable boxes so you could get away with a remote with 12 buttons that were huge. The Die Cast just looks sexy. And all that metal means it can be COLD, too, so it’s not a great thing to use in the winter if your house is cold. The metal means it’s 6 ounces heavier (1 lb 8 oz). The silicone head vs PVC head is more firm, and that matters to people who like a lot of pressure with their wand toys. But for some people the cosmetic looks of a sex toy really matter, and the Die Cast is for those people. Plus it comes with its own case, and finding a good storage/travel case for the big wands is always a problem. The case is lovely – it comes with foam padding to keep the wand in place and protected, and the zipper is good. I took out the foam so that I didn’t have to fiddle with getting the large plug situated correctly each time. I actually wouldn’t mind leaving this out for use as a body massager; it definitely looks like something you’d get at Sharper Image (whereas the Lelo SMW is more Brookstone).

Is it noisy? Well yeah, compared to other powerhouse vibes like the Rave or Prism, it is. It’s a wand. I do have the Wands in a water-displacement / noise video which I made for the Doxy Skittle review here. The Doxy Original is at 1:14, and Doxy Die Cast follows it, at 1:35.

Doxy Die Cast with Vixen Gee Whizzard attachment Doxy Die Cast Case

Overall, I’m torn. I wanted the Doxy Die Cast to be more rumbly like the Lelo Smart Wand Large is rumbly; but Doxy’s customer service and warranty is a lot better (read: reliable, friendly, it WILL get replaced) than Lelo. And I do like the Doxy Wands better than the Magic Wand (unless you reallllly want rechargeable, then you’re out of luck with Doxy) because of the vast number of intensity settings. I think most people are gonna go for the Doxy Original because $189 (soon to be $209) at SheVibe for the Die Cast is harder for most people to swallow. I can tell you that both Doxy Wands are made well, and honestly seem to be a little bit better made than the Magic Wand Original. And they’re more versatile than the MW. Both Doxy Wands will be compatible with all attachments meant for the Magic Wand. In fact, I think they are MORE compatible. Just like the Gee Whiz worked far better on the Smart Wand Large vs the Magic Wand, it works far better on the Doxy than the Magic Wand. The vibrations transmit so much better, resulting in a lot of vibration in that shaft! Bonus points: The Gee Whiz matches the blue of the Doxy Die Cast buttons.

 

Doxy sent me this in exchange for my fair and honest review. Thank you Doxy!

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