Apr 122014
 

TantusAnacondaDespite the fact that more than two years ago I offered up one in a giveaway, and despite the fact that it’s on my “best” list I never managed to do a proper review on the Tantus Anaconda dildo. Because it’s a dildo and doesn’t “do” much, it gets a Quickie Review.

Update: The Tantus Anaconda has been discontinued. You can still buy the Echo Handle, and the Goddess Handle.

What makes the Tantus Anaconda so special? The handle. Often, we use the harness base or the balls (if the dildo has either of these) as a handle, but with the Anaconda (and the Echo Handle, and the Goddess Handle) you have 4″ of nothing but HANDLE! I don’t have tiny hands, so the length of the handle is perfect for met. There’s 3 subtle ridges, too, to be extra sure you’ve got a good grip plus the handle has a textured finish to also aid in grip. Finally, to be sure it’s anal-safe, the handle flares out to a bit of a base. Why would you want or need a handle? If you have issues with reach due to mobility, body size, etc. It would also make a great dildo for camming, since your hand can be further away from the body. It also makes a great snow gauge but not if you’re expecting more than a foot.

The silicone of the Anaconda is quite different from most silicone dildos. In fact, according to the silicone shore strength list that Lorax put together, the silicone of the Tantus Handled dildos is the most firm in the business. There really isn’t any give to it. The silicone for these had to be more firm, so that the handle could withstand thrusting and not bend under pressure. The Anaconda has a polished smooth head, while the rest of the shaft is mildly textured. It reminds me a bit of Fun Factory silicone, but not quite as much drag. The ridge on the realistically-shaped head provides just enough of a “zing” to the g-spot without being overwhelming. 

Anaconda is not excessively wide but the firmness of the dildo makes it feel a bit bigger than its 1.75″ width. If the girth worries you, but you like the idea of the handle, you might consider the Echo Handle. It has a bunch of soft ridges and is 1.5″ wide.  If the plentiful ridges of Echo concern you, consider the Goddess Handle. It’s also 1.5″ wide, but has only a few, subtle bloops. Goddess and Echo handle have the shiny/smooth silicone along the entire shaft.

I really love the handles, I think the idea is genius. My personal favorite in the line is the Anaconda because I prefer girth over ridges and bloops and texture.

The Tantus Anaconda comes in a beautiful, slightly pearled “strawberry” pink, purple, or black. Echo handle and Goddess handle come only in pink and purple, but you can also get the Echo Handle from the Tantus Grab Bag (sometimes) for a seriously good deal.

Tantus Anaconda next to an average-sized dildo, the Tantus O2 Cush

Tantus Anaconda next to an average-sized dildo, the Tantus O2 Cush

 

Feb 252014
 

Fun Factory Amorino - small and soft, with a shaft shorter than the length of my open handFirst, let me admit that I skim over things often, and can miss a detail the first time around. When I was looking at the Fun Factory Amorino, I kept wondering how it would work, having that band on it while being inside the vagina. I wondered even further when I got the thing in my hands. It wasn’t until I pulled out what passes for a Fun Factory manual that I saw the warning: “Do not leave the band on during vaginal or anal insertion!” Ok anal insertion, absolutely I understand that. But then I’m not the sort to use a “rabbit” styled vibe anally.  So if you’re not supposed to leave the band on for insertion…….?

There were bizarre diagrams of it, but none made sense. According to the FF website: “The gently taut silicone stimulation band is placed between the softly rounded tip and the side bud for clitoral arousal. It externally stimulates the Venus mound and the vaginal lips – this little detail ensures levels of excitement of a special kind.”  Like, a very special Blossom episode, kind of special? Special how, exactly?

And still I said to myself, “I don’t fucking GET it”.

Seemingly unrelated factoid: Threading is an ancient hair removal method. “In threading, a thin (cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair.”

I think I know what threading feels like, now, and I do not like it. Not one bit. I attempted to clumsily utilize a design (rabbit) meant to be inserted vaginally as a external-only labia massager, because they told me to. With the band. IT DIDN’T GO WELL. AT ALL. In fact, I’m never going to use that yellow band again. NEVER NEVER NEVER. I would really love to talk to the person who thought it was a good idea. I have a drawer in my sex toy dresser that has a picture of Grumpy Cat pasted on the front. The yellow band is going in the Grumpy Cat drawer. I experienced the most discomfort using it in the crossed position. I didn’t think this shit up on my own, the box told me to try it. Rather, the best position for the band is off, and sitting far away.

The Fun Factory Amorino suggests these two positions for the band.....an open circle around the tip and clitoral arm, or crossing the band in the middle. Fun Factory Amorino - This position of the silicone band (open circle) was the least painful on pubic hair, and made more sense..... Fun Factory Amorino - This position of the silicone band (crossed in the middle) was awful, and yanked out a few pubic hairs Fun Factory Amorino - The best position for the silicone band....off, and sitting far away

Amorino marks my 5th Fun Factory vibrator, I think. I’ve had the Ellove, the now-defunct Babeland-only Boss Lady, the G4 Patchy Paul and G4 Big Boss. Since all are marketed as internal vibrators, I wasn’t blown away. I personally need a very strong and rumbly vibrator for my g-spot to even show up for the party. Not even with the G4’s could deliver. There was just too much pliable silicone for those rumbly vibrations to get through to still remain powerful. But I wouldn’t call them weak, either. Just….not what I expected/was hoping for. And while I hadn’t really expected to be blown away by the Fun Factory Amorino since it is a “mini” vibe, this line from their site had me wondering: “new, powerful, long-lasting motor”.  Amorino certainly *sounds* powerful, but the bark is worse than the bite. In use, the vibrations are terribly surface-buzzy and I just don’t have time for that. If the vibrations in the Amorino had been satisfactory, I would be able to recommend this to be used sans yellow band. None of the other mini vibes that are recently launched have a clitoral arm that looks to be in a decent enough position. 

This is a dual stimulator that doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles; you can’t separately control the internal and external portions and nothing rotates/churns/strokes. Some people don’t want the bells and whistles, they just want the luxury of being able to kill two birds with one stone so for those, this type of “rabbit” vibe might be sufficient. The silicone is decent (it’s not the worst offender in attracting dust and fur, but it’s no Lelo, either), there are no animal faces, and the lack of bells and whistles means that it is pretty easy to operate. Fun Factory Amorino is waterproof, as most Fun Factory vibes are. You can turn it off in a flash, the buttons lock for travel, and it comes in this garish, neon pink but also a color they call “petrol”, oddly, which just seems to be a shade of teal that I quite like. The charging is probably the best version of magnetic charging that I’ve come across. It looks like the metal dots are barely touching, but no matter what position I laid the vibe in for charging, the magnets kept their connection and it kept on charging. This is the first Fun Factory item I’ve had with this new Click n Charge, and I have to say I like it. A lot.

Fun Factory Amorino - Showing the magnetic Click and Charge feature. The contacts appear to be barely touching, but no matter how you lay the vibrator, it stays connected and charging.

The vibrations are meant for those who don’t like/don’t need deeply-felt rumbling sensations….or who don’t really need much vibration, period. I need them, and I need them to be strong and deep, but I do recognize that not everyone does. However….I really really dislike the vibrations on this thing and find a hard time imagining it being good enough for most. There doesn’t seem to be a motor in the clitoral arm, nor does the motor in the shaft go much past the midway point, so that also tells you that this isn’t for vibration enthusiasts. The silicone has a decent amount of give to it – it’s nothing like jelly, but it’s softer than the Jopen Vanity/Picobong/Lelo dual stimulators. Operation begins by pressing and holding the “Fun” button for a pause, and then there’s only a plus a minus. Easy operation, sure, but it’s also easy to flip past the highest power level and get into the patterns. Annoying.

Basically…..the band is a gimmick, as many of us reviewers likely assumed. I do not feel it adds anything positive to the vibrator. It doesn’t achieve anything special. It’s something that will, instead, irritate you or get eaten by your dog/cat and later freak you out.  If you have a really thick head of hair, maybe it could be a hair tie1.

Next!

 

(and thanks to Shevibe.com for supplying the Fun Factory Amorino and wanting my typical Lilly impression on this)

  1. I attempted for a moment to be “witty” and think up a few other hysterical “uses” for it, but I’m bored already with this thing
Jan 222014
 

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

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

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

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

 JeJoueMimis  JeJoueMimis2

Specs, Packaging, Etc

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

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

*insert confused and slightly irritated face here*

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

Verdict

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

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

 

 

Jan 152014
 

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

 The entire Ohmibod Lovelife collection

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

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

Ohmibod Lovelife Cuddle Smile LovelifeBoxes CuddleCompare

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

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

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

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

 

  1. Brian, co-founder of OhMiBod, says: “We started out with pink simply because its Suki’s favorite color.  Since the line was inspired by our “lengthy” relationship (26 years now) it made sense for us to do something that resonated with her. The names we picked from the cornerstones of our relationship – things important to us.”
  2. Brian says: “our plan is to branch out into more colors as quickly as possible.  It’s really costly, especially for a tiny company like ours, to afford to do everything at once – but its definitely on the product roadmap for 2014. We’re not sure what color(s) we’ll go with but would welcome any suggestions from you – if you feel like chiming in. We’re currently in the process of collecting color preferences from people like yourself.”
  3. Brian says: “We had a bunch of colors initially in our Naughtibod range which we sold in all the markets (both our web and resellers) – and by a long shot Pink and Purple were the favorite choices followed by Black and Blue. We killed orange and yellow because the numbers were too low to support.”
  4. He was pretty gracious, despite the fact that I turned them down on their offer to send me the full line, because I knew most of them wouldn’t work out for me
Dec 062013
 

LeafFreshPlusWhen the first Leaf line came out, there were lots of happy people when they saw an entire line of sex toys in GREEN. We don’t get green very often. And I tried one of the line, but was a bit underwhelmed1. I never ended up trying anything else from that line; not for lack of trying, really but I also wasn’t going out of my way to insist on getting one.  When I was informed of the new Leaf+ line, I was intrigued. The press release I received2 actually states that they are using a different, more powerful Power Bullet motor in the Leaf+ line. I really wanted to like a vibrator for once this year, so I went straight to the source and asked Leaf which + model would be the strongest. They told me that they felt that the Leaf Fresh+ was the strongest.  Why? Well, I had to ask.  Sean Marshall of BMS Enterprises, the parent company behind PowerBullet and therefore all vibrators using it, answered my questions: 

The Leaf Fresh+ (and the original Fresh) were the perfect size and dimension to allow us to get the right power we were looking for. With the newest motors, the Fresh+ is even more powerful and still the most powerful in the collection. The other 3 current designs still feel amazing. Life+ would probably be the second most powerful. Vitality+ and Bloom+ feature 2 vibrations each, with each motor offering a slightly different sensation. One is a deep vibration (strong and pulsating), while the other is a little quicker for a more intense vibration.

The Leaf+ line does have one minor downfall in my eyes – it’s purple. I don’t hate purple! I don’t even hate pink. But it’s nice when we’re given a color that doesn’t feel standard. It’s nice to step outside the box. But of course, you can’t have two versions of the same shape in the same color:

We wanted to create something new but something that still had the essence of what Leaf was. Since our plan was (and currently is) to keep Leaf going, we didn’t want to confuse stores and customers by keeping everything the same colour. We chose the purple since we still feel it had an earthy tone to it. We originally began an eggplant purple, which evolved into this colour. It may just seem like another purple, but we had a many meetings and went through a lot of colour options to arrive on something that we all liked and based on feedback, our customers would appreciate as well. It needed an identity of its own and I believe we accomplished that quite well. And hey, leaves change colour, so why not a vibe as well?

But, the Leaf+ line does have improvements! Mainly the improvement lies in the better motor. The button now glows. Is that an improvement? I guess so. It glows and blinks every time you change the mode. There are 2 added pulsating modes….good if you like your vibrator to tease, not great if you want to get off. Each pulse mode has a half-second too long delay where there are no vibrations, and kinda kills the mood for me. The travel lock feature is now easier to use, too, apparently. The old style involved a series of well-timed taps. With the Leaf+, you just have to press and hold for like 5 or 6 seconds. It’s a long hold time compared to other travel locks, but since there is only the one button and you have the option of press and hold to turn it off, there you have it.

Clarification:  To turn it on, and cycle through the settings, you click. Original Leaf line uses the click and hold method to ramp up the vibration intensities. Since the vibe has only one button plus travel lock, they had to change that style. To turn it off you can either press and hold for 3 seconds, or click through the settings (5 settings in total – 3 power levels, 2 patterns).

Quirks

When it comes to most vibrators that have only one control button, in order to turn this off you must press and hold the button OR cycle through all of the settings. In theory, just like the We-Vibe Tango, if you press and hold the button to turn it off when you turn it back on it will be at the same setting you left off at. Unlike the We-Vibe Tango, the Leaf Fresh+ gets a little trigger-happy and quickly jumps to the next setting or two whilst you’re busy holding the button down for it to rapidly turn off. Usually, when I go to turn it back on, it will actually turn on in the mode I intended for it to turn on at, the last one I was using. Usually. It’s not always the case, though.

There are two pattern settings, neither of which I like. Granted, I don’t like 99% of the patterns I encounter in vibrators. I want straight vibration, give it to me. The first pattern quickly escalates through the three intensity levels in a fluid change, and then just as quickly goes back down where it spends a full second (or so it seems) doing nothing. There’s too much time spent in intensity levels other than the highest. The second pattern is a rapid pulsating burst of 4 or 5 pulses which are maybe low or maybe medium, I can’t quite tell which….and then a low hum of nearly nothing for the same amount of time (a full second?). If you like teasing from your vibrator, you might enjoy these.

The Good Stuff

Okay, back to the good points. It’s covered in matte silicone, the kind that does have some drag but resists most dust/fur/lint. Some people might prefer to use lube.  It might pick up some dust and lint but I’ve not had any problems yet (unlike the We-Vibe Touch).  It’s waterproof, easy to clean.  It is relatively quiet; it is noticeably more quiet than the We-Vibe Tango but louder than the Minna Limon. It will arrive in the same Leaf signature box, which is cute and sturdy and the same drawstring burlap-look pouch as before.

I really like the vibrations in this. A lot. Is it strong? Yes. As strong as the We-Vibe Tango? Eh, no, not quite. It is more rumbly than the Lelo Mia 2, and a bit more powerful as well.  I like the vibrations better than the Je Joue Mimi, way better than the original Leaf Spirit3, it’s stronger than the Tenga Iroha and the vibrations are a tiny bit stronger than the Minna Limon. It doesn’t seem to suffer from the dampened vibrations during use nearly as much as the We-Vibe Touch, so in use it ends up bring stronger.

LuxuryClitoralVibrators

I don’t feel that the shape and size is as versatile for me as the We-Vibe Tango4, and I prefer the hard plastic of the Tango, but I like the shape of the Fresh. It works well with my vulva and clitoris, and there is a place to hold it where holding it won’t dampen the motor. It’s comfortable. Dare I say, ergonomic, even?  And since it has travel lock, I’d be a bit more inclined to travel with this over the We-Vibe Tango. The charger is also better to me than the magnetic style. It’s a long, thin jack and you can only screw it up if you don’t push it all the way in. But there will not be the issues of the charger falling off the vibrator, like you have with the magnetic style charger like the We-Vibe Touch/Tango, Je Joue Mimi,. etc.

LeafFreshPlus-ChargingPort

Despite the fact that the Fresh+ doesn’t exceed the We-Vibe Tango for me, I still like it. Would I feel safe in recommending this to others? Sure I would. Will I actually continue to use this? Yes. And it’s safely under $100, so it’s not ridiculously priced. There is no obscenely long warning section in a big user manual. It’s fairly easy for anybody to use and figure out. In short, I approve of the Leaf+ Fresh+ . Plus plus. We’re unsure where the pluses go in the name. 

Shevibe.com provided me with the Leaf Fresh+ to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I really think you’ll like this little vibe, and since Shevibe is my favorite store, I highly recommend that you buy it there, right now!!

  1. And rightfully so, it seems. According to Sean from BMS: “The Spirit in my opinion is a great little vibe for its size, but you’re right in that it isn’t the most powerful one in the collection. Due to how thin and tiny it was, there isn’t a lot of space for rotations.”
  2. Actually it was more like a release given to retailers…I swear to god, my email address is on a damn list somewhere that names me as a retailer. I was quite confused when BMS Enterprises sent me the info. They weren’t actually asking me to review it, but luckily SheVibe let me!
  3. Between Sean’s confirmation that it is stronger, and my memory, that is. My Spirit is dead, as I apparently never bothered to recharge it from it’s initial charge and if you don’t use these rechargeable batteries they drain out and die, never to be resuscitated I guess
  4. But really, what else could be as versatile as the Tango? It does so much
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