Dec 082013
 

Lelo Gigi 2

Lelo is one of the best known “luxury” toy companies on the market, and in fact, the original Gigi vibrator was the first ever high end and re-chargeable vibrator I owned, almost eight years ago. Why? Because its design it brilliant. You can use it for internal stimulation, including almost perfectly for G-spot stimulation in most bodies that have G-spots (although not all, because everyone’s body is different and there is no one magical anything that will perfectly satisfy everyone sexually in the same way, period), or for external stimulation of the nipple, clitoris, penile shaft, scrotum; you name it. It’s made of 100% medical grade silicone, meaning that you can sterilize it by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, letting it dry, and then washing it off. Once you’ve sterilized it, you can share it with friends, lovers, etc without fear of transmitting STIs or bacterial infections. Plus, you just recharge it as needed, so you never need to worry about whether you have enough of the right size batteries with you.

All of these things made the original Lelo Gigi truly wonderful, so when they came out with a Lelo Gigi 2, I was excited to be one of the first to try it out. One of the benefits of the new model it that is is 100% waterproof, so you can take this delightful pleasure object with you into the shower, the hot tub, etc, to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Another is a slightly softer silicone, though to be honest, I had no issues with the silicone on the original Gigi. Now, supposedly, it is also 100% more powerful, but we didn’t find that; it seems to be perhaps slightly more powerful than the original, but it isn’t close to the Hitachi or the Mystic Wand. It really just depends on what your needs are; not everyone wants a weapons grade sex toy!

Make sure you get a bottle of good quality, water based lube to go with this, as silicone lube and silicone toys do not mix. I love that the Lelo sex toys all come with their own little adorable storage bags; make sure to make use of them to keep your beautiful new toy from sticking to any of your other amazing vibrators or dildos…that would be a very very very sad day.

Click here to get a NEW Lelo Gigi 2 for your very own!

 

Apr 292013
 

This is a post by one of my Spring 2013 interns, Rebecca. Find more posts from her and other current and former interns under the Intern Corner section.Shanna

G-Whizz is a lovely, adorable, and petite g-spot vibrator made by Lovehoney.  The vibrator is made to both stimulate the clitoris and the g-spot. I have to say, this vibrator is a straightforward creation that covers all your basics.

One upside of the G-Whizz is that the vibrator takes one, yes you heard me, one AA battery!  Every other vibrator I own takes two AAA batteries that always seem to hide themselves in the nooks of my apartment.  This battery upgrade is an excellent example of little things making big differences.  Another upside is that the vibration options cover all of your bases.  The vibrator has 7 different pulsating patterns and 3 different vibration speeds resulting in 10 total options.  Soft, strong, fast, and slow, with some really nice pulsation patterns.  During my first usage, I was skeptical of some of the settings, but as I continued to use the vibrator, they grew on me – you know, different moods, different desires.  I was particularly impressed with the slower, softer settings.  As for strength, I found the vibrator to deliver.  I personally enjoy a vibrator with a little oomph behind it and although my mind was not blown away by the strength (and I’m not sure I would want to be), I was quite happy with the power this tiny vibrator has.

This vibrator operates with a single button that serves as both the power button and the settings switch.  A downside to this vibrator is that once you turn it on you have to cycle through all the settings to get to the one you would like to use.  Although this is common in the world of vibrators, this is a personal annoyance I have.  Thankfully though, to turn off the vibrator you do not have to flip through all the settings.  Instead you just hold down the button and it switches right off.  Praise the wise women of the world, because when I’m finished, I’m finished.

While using the vibrator I was particularly impressed with the material.  The vibrator is silky smooth to the touch.  As for volume – you know, the important question of whether the other people that also live in your house will hear this lovely, adorable, and petite toy vibrating when you may not want them to – I will say it is about average.  I wouldn’t call the vibrator either noisy or quiet.  When the vibrator is set to one of the softer settings, it is mighty hushed, but as the intensity of the vibration increases so does the noise (how logical).  If noise is particularly important to you, I wouldn’t consider this vibrator the quietest of them all.  Either way, if your doors have a standard thickness, I’ll think you’ll be okay.

The shaft of the vibrator is quite stiff, however, the head of the vibrator has some flexibility.  Overall, the toy is firm enough to keep its shape, but it does bend slightly when you put pressure on it.  This flexibility is nice because it allows the vibrator take shape with your body.  However, this flexibility inhibits the ability to apply firm pressure on your g-spot.  When I tried to apply the pressure I enjoy, I found the head of the vibrator giving way.  I ended up using the vibrator mostly for clitoral stimulation and it rocked my world in that department.  Also important to note, I found that I didn’t need very much lubrication for this toy.  The first time I used it I didn’t use any extra lubrication and found I didn’t need it.  The times following I applied a water based lube (silicone lube on silicone toy equals one strangely warped and melted toy…really) and I found that really enhanced the silkiness of the toy.

Overall, I would consider this to be a nice toy that does what it claims to do.  It covers all of your basics and is reasonably priced (19.99 euros, which is about 26 U.S. dollars).  It’s darn attractive, always a plus.  It is also small, which is fabulous for when you want to tuck that baby away.  However, if you have a particularly high g-spot the length of this vibrator may not work for you.  The G-Whizz has some enjoyable soft settings, but also packs a punch.  I personally found the vibrator to be great for clitoral stimulation, and I assume it is great for g-spot stimulation if you don’t mind the flexibility of the head.

This vibrator is a nice introductory vibrator for someone newly exploring their g-spot.  I believe it would also be a nice vibrator for a more experienced individual who just wants a simple, straightforward toy that does the trick.

Thanks Lovehoney for sending this toy to me for review.  You can bet your great Uncle Ron’s homemade donuts that I’m enjoying it.

Feb 202013
 

Fun Factory FOU

I wanted to like the Fun Factory FOU. I really did. I mean, I love Fun Factory toys…the Smart Balls are brilliant, the Tiger dildo is one of my absolute favorites, and the Layaspot is a really awesome external vibrator.

Sadly, my adoration for the fabulous silicone sex toys made by Fun Factory ends here. As cute and adorable as the FOU is in style, it lacks in actual useability. Yes, it has lots of fancy buttons, and in addition to various speeds, it has various vibration patterns. Sounds epic, yes? However, the majority of the vibration is actually located in the base of the toy (the white part in the picture), rather in the fun silicone part that actually touches your body. Not having the majority of the vibration in the part of the toy actually doing the work? Total rookie toy move, and not something that I would expect from such an awesome toy manufacturer.

The other issue was with the design itself. Supposedly, the clitoris is supposed to fit in the small indentation in the toy. Given the various sizes, lengths, widths, sensitivities, etc of clitorises, I find this hard to believe. Even if it did fit, there wasn’t enough vibration to really do anything, but it still seems like a silly design.

I do love that it is rechargeable, and has the cool magnetic charger like the newer Macs. It’s also 100% body safe – no phthalates to be found here! Because it is 100% medical grade silicone, you should use a water based lube with it. Silicone lube will ruin the toy. Which, given its lack of awesomeness, might not be the worst thing to ever happen. *shakes head sadly*

If you are more adventurous than I, and are willing to give it another chance, head on over to Adult Sensations and get your own Fun Factory FOU vibrator. Otherwise, if you want an awesome clitoral/external vibrator, I’d say go for the Lelo Siri or even just a basic Fun Factory Layaspot.

Shanna

Dec 272010
 

The We Vibe II Vibrator

Hi. This is the We Vibe II.

I was lucky enough to be one of the first people with the We-Vibe vibrator when it first came out, which is now known as the We Vibe I, since there is now a new edition, the We Vibe II. The biggest difference between the We Vibe I and We Vibe II is that the second version comes with a whole bunch of settings that are changed by pressing in a tiny button, where as the first edition just had a switch for Off, Low and High. Additionally, while the first version came with a sunglasses like case for storage, the We Vibe II has a satin bag to keep it mostly free from dusty, air particles and prying eyes.

Thank to WeVibe(and Standard Innovation, the company that makes this toy), I was given one of the newer toys to review. Sadly, it’s not the red version (because they just came out this toy in both red and teal in addition to the already popular purple color), but regardless, I was excited. When I speak with couples, this is one of the number one toys I recommend because it can be worn by the receiver during intercourse. This means that if someone with a vulva wears it, they receive both clitoral and g-spot vibrations while being penetrated by fingers, dildos or penises, and if someone with a prostate wears it anally, they can get stimulation of both the perineum and the prostate while getting anal penetration. It’s a hands free vibrator that is great for those who like a little extra buzz during penetration, and if the penetration happening is with a penis, said penis gets a little extra vibrate-y love as well!

Now, as many of you know, I love coming up with ideas for sex toys that weren’t part of the original plan. For example, one of my favorite suggested uses for the We Vibe is to charge it, turn it on low, put it on, and wear it out in public under your clothes. The second version seemed to be a little louder to me than the original, but still, once inside and muffled by clothes? You’ve got a hand free vibrator for a good few hours.  Not your cuppa tea? How about wearing it while going down on your partner so that you’re both getting action? Wearing it while in bondage for a fun tease? Using it during mutual masturbation? The list is endless!

The We Vibe II is 100% silicone, so it is body friendly, chemical free, and you can sterilize it by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution. Regular cleaning with soap and warm water is fine too if you’re not sharing. It is rechargeable, which I personally love, and the hole for the charger is pretty self closing, making it a great water resistant vibrator. This version has NINE vibration speeds/modes, which is awesome. The only problem I had with it was that it was pretty difficult, almost impossible to change the modes by pressing the button once it was already in someone. For the most part, you had to have them take it out, press the button to change the mode, and re-inset. This, and the increased noise level, were my only issues with the toy. Otherwise, this is one of the most fun, innovative, creative and useful vibrators out there, as despite it’s marketing towards straight couples, it can be used in various ways by people of all sexes, genders, orientations and relationship statuses. It’s fun, it’s cute, and for some, it will completely change your sex life life. Don’t forget to pair it with good quality water based lube.

Shanna