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Review: Ovo T1

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I don’t have many OVOs. In fact, this one is my only one:

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The company, OVO Lifestyle Toys, has been around since 2012, which is probably one of the reasons why there is only one in my collection. I tend to buy products I am comfortable and familiar with.

But, when I am given one for free…

I got this “lay on” toy (their term) from an OVO representative  when I was still working at the store.  I decided that I needed to try a little clit stim toy that was only made for that purpose.

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It’s a nice shape, very light. The underside is silicone… I think. Their website says that their toys are made of silicone, but the box only says “100% body-safe materials”.  So, I’m guessing silicone, but I can’t vouch that it’s medical grade.

Then I found the first problem: putting in the battery. The notch at the bottom of the finger hold showed where the battery hatch was, but it didn’t lift when I tried to use it.

I finally figured out – because the pictorial directions didn’t say – to pull from the OTHER, non-notched side.

That was a little annoying.

According to the directions, I was to hold the button down for three seconds before it would start. That’s a good thing, because you don’t want it to accidentally turn on/off at the wrong time…

So 3 secconds… 4 seconds… 5… 6… 7… 8…

And it started!

Again, a little annoying.

There are three speeds and two pulsations to play with.

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To me, only the fastest speed was worth it, but for a beginner the first two speeds would be good. The first pulsation was good, the second not so much, but I’m usually not a fan of that rhythm on any toy so far. It’s shower safe, but I wouldn’t use it underwater.

My Rating:

Card 5-2 (208x300)  out of  Card 10 (216x300)

It has a nice shape and a nice weight, but the little annoyances brought down the rating.
It’s a good starter toy, but nothing amazing.

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Review: Magic Wand

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I received two Magic Wands in the past month. One from Maxiwand, a reseller of the Magic Wand Original in the US (they also offer their own wand massager in the UK), the other from a fan (who told me, when he found out I received the wand already from Maxiwand, that I should use the second wand for a door prize at RavenCon).

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The toy I’m reviewing.

 

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Door prize for RavenCon!

Anyway, to the review:

Eh.

I know it’s one of the most popular toys out there, both the original Magic Wand and all the variations, but I can honestly say I don’t get it.

Who in the world wants to cum that quickly?

The head of that wand hit my clit and basically my clit screamed “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” in a hard, painful climax.

And then my clit didn’t want ANYTHING near it the rest of the night. And the uncomfortableness I felt from it made the rest of my body shut down as well.

My personal opinion – and that’s all any of my reviews are, backed by my knowledge, of course – I can understand why some women would like it. It has two speeds: high powered and super high powered, it’s plugged in so no battery worries (although I don’t like being attached to a wall), and it gives ONE powerful climax.

One.

Only one.

And (for me) a lot of pain afterwards.

As someone who has multiple climaxes, including doubles and triples, and is (when not using this toy) pretty much insatiable, this was a real let down. There was no slow buildup to climax, no throbbing pulsation right before, no wind-down of pleasure, no happy glow as my body reboots for another round of fun.

My Rating:

Card 5-2 (208x300) out of   Card 10 (216x300)

I can understand how some women would LOVE this toy. The power behind it is potent, and for women who have a tough time building up or have too many things on their mind to climax, it’s probably the perfect toy.

But for me, and I’m guessing for many other women out there, this is too powerful for my body. I can appreciate the quality of the toy (although I’m not fond of only two options of speed and no pulsations, but for what this toy is made for, it’s not needed), but it’s just not a toy for me.

And in full disclosure, I couldn’t use it more than once. The other times I tried to use it, my whole body tensed up and my legs clenched together.

On the upside, it is a wonderful massager for my back…

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Review: The Wonderland Pleasurepillar

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The Pleasurepillar  is one of the toys I sell the most at the megastore. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are the stats:
Length: 5.75″
Insertable Length: 4.4″
Girth: 3.6″ at largest point

Let’s start with the basics: the packaging and theme.
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Doc Johnson created a great Wonderland-themed series of toys+ of which this vibrator is a part. Each toy is made of silicone and represents an aspect/character from the Lewis Carroll stories. The interior box (beneath the sleeve) is made to look like a book, and opposite the toy is a picture of all the toys in the vibrator series. It’s a nice presentation if being given as a gift, as well as has space underneath the toy to store the AA battery needed for use.

How much do I like this toy? I actually get reprimanded by my manager for selling so many of them so quickly. Within days of shipment, all the Pleasurepillars and most of the Heavenly Hearts are gone.

Why? Well, I’d like to say it’s because I am that magnificent a salesperson, but a lot of the credit has to go to the toy.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first thing you notice about the toy is how soft to the touch the silicone is, almost powdery.  The next thing I point out to the customers (besides the unique color) is how the head of the toy flexes, so if you hit a sweet spot and your hips thrust, the toy moves with you.

The top of the toy is a ‘thumbprint’, as opposed to a thin tickler. It covers more of the clit and gives a great sensation to the area. This also makes it a good toy to use on a man’s balls and taint, and either gender’s asshole (but not IN the ass! there’s no “T-bar” on the bottom of it!) or nipples. The curve is great for G-spot play, and the bumps give a great feeling during penetration.

But wait! That’s not all! There are ten different modes (3 levels of vibration and 7 pulsations). And one of my favorite features: there’s a green light on the bottom that flashes in rhythm with whichever pulsation/vibe is being used. It may seem odd, but the light not only lets you know which pulsation you’re on, but also lets your partner see what they’re doing in the dark.

My Rating:

Card 9-2 (219x300) out of     Card 10 (216x300)

The only thing that keeps this toy from being perfect is that it can’t be used for anal play. Although there is a Wonderland butt plug line out there (and a cock ring line too!), this particular shape would have been great for prostate massage!

You can find out more about the Pleasurepillar on the Doc Johnson site or you can visit me at the megastore and I can help you! 😀

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Review: Giggles Geisha Lastic Balls

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A fan of mine bought me these after hearing that I wanted to try some ben wa balls.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was a nice gesture, and really appreciated – I always wanted to try my hand at kegel exercisers… so to speak – but these balls leave a lot to be desired. They may look like some high-end brand balls, but looks can be deceiving.

On the box, it says the toy is made of silicone, but the smell of them says otherwise.

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Of course I tried them! When someone is nice enough to give me a toy, how can I not at least give it one try (as much as I appreciate the gift, I wasn’t going to do my normal 3 tries to make sure).

The balls are not too wide for me (what kind of “sexpert” would I be if I couldn’t handle them?) but they don’t feel nice when inserted (even with a lot of lube) and the bottom ball just wouldn’t stay all the way in!

It kept slipping down and hanging between my lips. No matter how much I pushed them in and squeezed, my own body would basically push it out. I was never able to push them in far enough to get some traction on the bottom one.

And then there’s the fun little seams on the side, that scratched me quite hard when I squeezed in frustration.

My Rating:
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As much as I appreciate the gift, this item is not made of safe material, has a painful raised seam, and is very uncomfortable. It’s not something I would use again, and I just can’t keep it as part of my collection.

Special thanks to my fan, who asked to remain anonymous. I was honored that you thought enough of me and my blog to send me a gift! I look forward to seeing you again on the convention circuit!

And if any of you would like help to find ben-wa balls, you can visit me at the megastore and I can help you!  :D

(if you’d like to get me a toy+ to review, feel free to go to my wish list.)

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Review: G-Vibe

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This was a gift given to me by one of the customers at the store. I was told I could choose any toy in the store and they would pay for it.

So I chose the G-Vibe by Fun Toys.

I honestly chose it because of the packaging.

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I’d never had a V-shaped toy before, and just in case I wasn’t sure about the many ways it could be used, it came with this handy instruction pamphlet:

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Here are the stats:
Overall length: 9 1/2″.
Insertable length: 6″.
Arms length: 3 1/2″
Base width: 4 1/4″ around.
Arm width: 2 3/4″ around.

I’ve been told that there are ten levels of speed (I dunno, I just hold the + button to the fastest) and there are six different pulsations:

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from the Fun Toys site

Other perks:
1) It’s rechargeable!
2) It’s silicone (water based lube only!)
3) Motors at the tips of the arms; makes for wonderful clit vibage!
4) The arms open up to feel like a thick toy, but are light and bendy!
5) Really fast speeds!
6) Very versatile!

I’m very fussy when it comes to pulsations, and the G-Vibe has a couple of weird ones. One of them I think is supposed to be a wave, but it feels more like the toy is dying and then picks up speed again. Not fun for me at all!

But the straight speed… wow! And when you put both arms of the toy inside, it hits both my G-spot and the back wall (I dunno the official name for it, but it it’s the front-side of my backside) it feels really good!

So then I had a thought… let’s try it on the boy!

I turned it upside down and slid it on the boy, the arms on either side of his shaft and the base of the V resting against his head. Being that he is not familiar with toys, I started with a slower speed and stayed away from the pulsations. The boy really liked it. And he liked it more the faster the speed. He also liked when I put the tip of the arm on his tip, although he liked the other way better.

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It’s like we’re twins!

My Rating:

Card 9 (198x300)     out of   Card 10 (216x300)

The G-vibe is almost perfect! It was just those weird vibes that made it not a perfect 10.

You can (EDIT: you can’t purchase through their site) find out more about the G-Vibe at the Fun Toys site or you can visit me at the megastore and I can help you!  😀

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Review: Tantus’ Little Secrets Spoon

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Tantus toys+ are going to be the most difficult for me to review objectively, because I love Tantus! I have almost twenty Tantus pieces, including dildos, vibrators, plugs and sets.

But what better way to start my reviews than to present a Tantus? So I took one of the newest toys in my collection (I just added a plug last week, but haven’t used it enough to review) and reviewed it as objectively as I could.

So I present to you: Tantus’ Little Secrets Spoon

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Length – 3.5″ (sleeve) 4.5″ (bullet)
Width – 3″ (body) 3.5″ (top)
Materials – silicone sleeve, plastic bullet.
Battery – N battery

I was first introduced to the Little Secrets series when we got the display for the megastore, with the five bright little testers all in a row. I was immediately drawn to the bright orange toy oddly called Spoon (it took me a bit to realize that they meant the type of cuddle and not the utensil).

When we got a new display with doubles of the testers, we were each femme able to choose one. I of course called dibs on the pretty orange one!

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Alien says “oooOOOOOooo”

Besides the color, I chose the toy for a few other reasons:
* The material. Tantus has a soft silicone that feels so very good… even though it is a lint magnet (make sure to keep it in a sealed bag if you don’t have the original packaging, and make sure to clean it before and after each use). And this little toy’s sleeve is no exception. Soft and pliable to the touch, but with a nice solidity to it.
* The sleeve isn’t completely hollow. The tip is solid silicone.
* Although curved for potential G-spot stimulation, it was the wide head that caught my attention. I enjoy toys that “thump” my clit, not ones that have more of a “tickler” on them (an old school rabbit, for example). That toy looked like it would change the vibrations into very good thumpage.
* The vibrations. Since we had the original testers in the display, we already knew the power of the toys in-hand.  It wasn’t super-intense, but it was a nice, full vibe.

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“Wow! That’s orange!”

I tried the toy in various ways, and here are my thoughts:
Clit: As good as I thought it would be. Like I said, not a very powerful vibration, but the flat surface of the toy made for a enjoyable thumping feeling that led to a nice, slow build up and pretty good climax. Because the silicone can pull a bit, I needed to use a bit of (water-based only) lube to not irritate the area.
Insertion: Because of the head of the toy, for me it there was a slight “pop” as it entered (because I do my exercises like a good girl!), which for me is a good thing; I enjoy poppage! Again, because of the silicone, I had to lube up before inserting. Once inside, I wasn’t completely thrilled with it. The vibrations were nice, but with a smooth body and small size – along with all the lube – the Spoon didn’t really do much for me after the pop.
G-spot: Unfortunately, the small size makes it rather impossible to reach my G-spot.
Anal: NO! Although many Tantus toys can be used for anal, the Little Secrets (TM) ones can not. But, this toy is excellent for rimming vibes and for massaging the taint and balls.

My Rating:
Card 9-2 (219x300)
out of   Card 10-2 (200x300)
As much as I like the vibration and the feel of the top of the toy, it would have been that much better if it had some texture to it…

The Tantus Little Secrets Spoon can be purchased on the Tantus website,  or you can visit me at the megastore and I can help you out! 🙂

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What’s this made of?

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I’ll admit, I didn’t know much difference in adult toy materials before working at the megastore. I knew this was a hard toy, and this was a soft toy, and this was a pretty toy with a cute little bunny on it.

As I learned about all the different types and “sort of” types, it made me think that – if it wasn’t for the safety concern – it was quite an insane process to understand what the heck I was about to put in my body.

The reason for the insanity: many old-fashioned (aka archaic) obscenity laws are still in existence, so toys have to either be listed as a medical device or a novelty. In order to be listed as a medical device, a toy has to go through a stringent review process and must be proven to provide a medical benefit. In other words, it must be regulated and monitored to be safe and serve a purpose. To be a novelty, the toy just has to exist. With a wink and a nod, we all claim it to be just a funny little novelty item, but we all know where it’s going. These don’t have to be regulated, and this is why there are so many different types of material being used to make these personal novelty items, some of which are not the safest to have near your privates.

One thing that is a pet peeve for me is when customers come into the megastore asking for something ‘cheap’. Jinkies! It’s going into your body! I know it may seem like semantics, but wouldn’t you rather put something ‘inexpensive’ into you instead of something ‘cheap’?

I had this peeve before I started working at the megastore, but now… it’s true, you get what you pay for. Not only in quality of material, but also the power source, the vibration and pulsation, the warranties, the longevity, the comfort levels (although this may vary based on the person), and of course, the safety of your body are all associated with the cost of the toy.

And if you can’t afford the higher-end toys (and not many of us can on a regular basis), then you have to clean and maintain the toys properly. As I tell my customers, I want them to have fun, be safe, and be nice to the pretty toys…

When I started researching all the different materials that toys are made of, I thought I’d maybe find 5-10 different materials and I’d be able to give an in-depth analysis of them.

I stopped when I got to material #50.

So many choices…

Here are the top things you should know when buying adult toys.

1) In a perfect world, all sex toys would be made of medical grade material and hypoallergenic. Sadly, this is not the case. Look for reputable companies that say their toys are medical grade – such as Tantus, Njoy, Fun Factory, and Lelo –  and watch for companies that are vague in their description of materials used (what the hell is Sil-a-Gel?!?).

Because sex toy production is not regulated (which in all honesty does keep the cost of toys down) companies can lie about what their “novelties” are made of. For example, a toy only has to be 10% silicone to say that they make a silicone toy. Yeah, not fun. It also means that you can’t be certain if phthalates (ˈtha-lāts), which can be harmful to the body, are in the toy or not.

This is why you should go with reputable companies and high quality materials.

Tantus = real silicone
Tantus = real silicone

2) Use your senses! Smell the toy (I’m serious)! Safe toys don’t have a smell; unsafe toys will give off a weird smell due to the toy releasing gases. Touch them. Do they have a sticky, oily feel to them? Taste them (I wouldn’t recommend doing that in a store…). Unsafe toys have an odd taste to them. Are they leaching color on to other toys or sweating? Get rid of them!

3) Porous vs. Non-pourous

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These are two very important words you need to know while looking into toy materials. Porous materials can absorb smells and bacteria, and is never truly clean after use. Granted, you could use a condom with porous toys, but that to me kinda defeats the purpose of using a toy (mainly because I have a fun little latex allergy)…  And they still could attract things that are bad for the body.

Non-porous means the material doesn’t absorb bacteria, dirt, or any other nasties that could get into a toy. I would still use caution, cleaners, and/or condoms if going from anal to vaginal, or with multiple partners.

Quick list of non-porous materials: stainless steel, wood, hard plastic, 100% (or medical grade) silicone, ceramics, glass.

4) Still not certain? Ask a knowledgeable sex educator or sales associate. Besides the fact that we like having customers in the megastore, we also like when people have the knowledge they need to buy toys that are both fun and safe. Since the world of sex toys is non-regulated, it may not be as easy to find the information you need on-line.

But I will give you some links to some very helpful sites on sex toy materials:
Dangerous Lilly has a great series of posts on toxic toys that is a must read!
Eden Fantasys lists almost 100 different materials used to make toys+. It’s an easy-to-use reference guide.

Or you can come visit me at work! I’ll be happy to help you! 😀

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