Oct 112012
 

Mona 2

 

It’s time for another toy review…finally. I know it’s been a while, as I’ve been focusing more on book reviews.

Which toy is worth breaking the review hiatus? Well, not shockingly, it’s one from Lelo, one of my favorite sex toy manufacturers.  In fact, it is the fancy new and updated version of the Mona vibrator. It’s the Lelo Mona 2!

I really love Lelo because you know they are going to give you a quality toy made of good quality plastic (for the handle) and medical grade silicone for the vibrator itself. Medical grade silicone is hyopallergetic, body safe, phthalate free, and sterilizable (wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, let it sit, and them rinse it off to sterilize it before sharing!). Moreover, it’s a more sustainable toy, because it’s rechargeable. Not only will you not have to deal with buying batteries (and perhaps running out at the exact wrong time), but it is more eco friendly to use this type of toy.

As compared to some of their older toys (my demo Lelo Gigi for workshops is circa 2007), I love the handle and the buttons on the new one. They are smoother, easier to use during sex (especially if your hands are all kinds of lube-y), and look cleaner as well.

Like most of the Lelo line, this toy packs power, and has a variety of power levels, as well as types of settings. Whether you are newer to toys, or want something that has more of a hardcore power level, this toy has all of the option. Plus, this one, like the Gigi, is designed specifically for G-spot stimulation. However, while the Gigi is great for beginners, this one is a little bigger, a little thicker, and really felt more fulfilling than the Gigi does, in that I like having a bit more girth than I used to when I got my own Gigi. Having the option to use it externally (clitorally, as well as on a scrotum, nipples, etc) or internally means that this is a toy for all types of wants and needs.

While personally not a fan of the pink color (excuse me, Cerise), I can highly recommend this toy to anyone looking for a vibe that is easy to use, made of quality materially, and can be used either externally or internally. Lelo has a history of making fabulous feeling, high quality toys, and the Mona 2 is certainly no exception.

Click here to buy your own Mona 2!

Sep 172012
 

magic banana

As those of you who know me are aware, I am all about supporting people in exploring and getting to know their own bodies. Ergo, when I was offered my own Magic Banana to review, my ears perked up. A kegel exerciser? Something designed for vulva owners to work on strengthening their PC muscles, which can result in stronger and longer orgasms, less incontinence during aging/postpartum, and easier vaginal birth? Heck yes I wanted to try it.

I’ve been a huge supporter of kegel balls and vaginal barbells for years. I helped JeJoue with developing Ami, their 3-in-1 set of kegel balls. I give kegel balls as gifts for bridal showers, baby showers, and just for the heck of it. I was quite excited to add the Magic Banana to my list of resources for people wanting to get in touch with their vaginal walls, and work on strengthening their muscles.

However, I was sadly disappointed. Underwhelmed beyond belief. I’m still not sure how one is supposed to enjoy using this — even with some water based lube, I found inserting it uncomfortable (yes, the “smile “was the correct direction, according to the instructions), and I couldn’t get it in very far. Unlike kegel balls, you don’t wear the banana for any period of time — you have to hold it inside you while you do your kegel exercises. I’m not sure how this is any different than inserting a dildo and doing your kegels around that…especially since the dildo is more likely to have additional uses. I found it not only less than comfy, but also quite unwieldy.  The shape and my vagina were not the best of friends, and the material isn’t sterilizable (although it IS body friendly and phthalate free), meaning that I can’t even foist it off on my friends, hoping that they have better luck.

The guide itself was pretty good — I appreciate the diversity of the women in pictures, including different ages and women of color (although I would love to have seen a trans man, as they too have kegel muscles that could use strengthening). The instructions were pretty good about the care, upkeep and use…except I was put off by the part where they talked about cleaning things put in the anus before putting them in the vagina. Well, yes, you should do that. However, you should NEVER put the magic banana in your butt. Two reasons: a) it doesn’t have a flanged base that is significantly wider than the rest of the toy, meaning it could easily get lost in your butt, and send you on a trip to the ER, and b) it is NOT sterilizable, ergo, if you put a material like that in your butt, you CANNOT sterilize it, meaning that you CANNOT put it into your (or anyone else’s) vagina. I get really frustrated about misinformation in sexuality product guides, and so, like the issues with Jimmy Jane suggesting you try the Form 4 anally (NO), I shall have to call this out too. Butts are for things that have properly sized flanged basis, and are made of materials that can be truly sterilized. And/or fingers, hands and penises (which all technically follow the aforementioned guidelines anyways).

So alas, I’m not sure I can really recommend the Magic Banana. As someone who has tried a LOT of toys, exercisors, etc, the fact that this didn’t feel good and seemed like a lot of work made it not really worth the cost. If you’re into yellow tubing, and well, bananas, this could work for you. However, I’d rather suggest Smart Balls (duo or uno, depending on your comfort), or the Ami set. If you’re really into bananas, perhaps the Sex-A-Peel would be a good fit for a vibator.

Best wishes,

Shanna