Pleasure Panel October round

In the Pleasure Panel October round I was able to test two products, lucky me!

I reviewed MEO’s Kissable Massage Gel- Salted Caramel flavour. I rated it 5/10 but you can click here to find out why…

On a more positive note, I really like Bondara’s Ruffle neck bodystocking, rating it 9/10. My review is here for your reading and viewing pleasure!

 

Many thanks to Cara for the opportunity to test these two items!

So Divine Bootylicious Booty Plug

I was asked if I’d like to try So Divine’s Bootylicious Booty Plug in exchange for an honest review. The Bootylicious Booty Plug is the larger-sized sibling to the Sweet Sensation plug. Its design and silicone body are essentially the same as the smaller predecessor. The packaging is pretty much identical also, consisting of the white and purple box. The So Divine Bootylicious Booty Plug is shown on the front of the box. A clear window on the back shows the actual plug inside the box. A schematic diagram of three little butt plugs highlights the Bootylicious Booty Plug as the ‘middle-weight contender.’

The Bootylicious Booty Plug is the middle-weight plug from the So Divine range

 

Inside the box, the plug sits in a foam insert within a pull-out tray. The plug has a clear faux crystal in its base, and there are two other crystals in the box. One is purple, whilst the other is yellow.  The crystals do have a rough ‘tag’ on the circumference. I suspect these are from cutting the crystals out of their moulds.

Under the plug, there is a purple velvet drawstring pouch. The plug itself measures 3.3 inches long and the circular base is 1.5 inches wide. The widest part of the bulb has a circumference of 4.5 inches, and the insertable length is 2.1 inches.

Feeling Bootylicious

To use the Bootylicious Booty Plug, I find I need to be relaxed and ideally to have had an orgasm prior to inserting. The plug needs copious water-based lubricant, since it is silicone so has greater resistance than glass or metal. The silicone is also relatively firm. The shape of the plug is squat and compact. Once inserted, the plug feels comfortable to wear, though I only wore it for about 2 hours at most in any one time. I like the fact the crystal is changeable and that you can wash the crystals separately to remove any ‘gunk.’

Cleaning the So Divine Bootylicious Booty Plug is easy. Just clean with antibacterial soap / sex-toy cleaner and water. You can also sterilise by boiling the plug for 5-10 minutes. The Bootylicious plug retails for £22.99 from Lovehoney.

It is currently in Lovehoney’s ‘20% off when you buy 2 butt plugs’ promotion.

As a plug for an intermediate anal toy user, I’d say the Bootylicious Booty Plug is a perfectly suitable contender. If you like a bit of ‘bling,’ ease of maintenance and (reasonably firm) silicone, then it will work for you. Conversely, if you like larger/ longer anal toys, temperature play and the ability to use silicone-based or hybrid lubricants, then it perhaps will not be the right plug for you.

 

 

I’d like to thank So Divine for allowing me to test the Bootylicious Booty plug in exchange for my honest opinion. Affiliate links are included in this post. If you use them, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you, xx

Are sex toy reviewers and their blogs becoming redundant?

Kinkly recently published their 100 top sex blogging superheroes of 2017. In that mammoth task, they also ranked over 300 blogs in order of the criteria below, (as well as their own in-house guidelines). But the question is, if there are 300-plus bloggers out there reviewing toys, does this make them redundant?

Kinkly ranking criteria

  • Twitter Followers.
  • Facebook Likes
  • Alexa rank. “Alexa is a California-based subsidiary company of Amazon.com. They provide commercial web traffic data gathered via various toolbars and web browser extensions. Their ‘Alexa Rank’ is a metric that ranks websites in order of popularity. In their terms, they class it as ‘how [well] a website is doing’ over the last 3 months.” (Quoted from https://winningwp.com/alexa-traffic-rank/This is a fairly inaccurate ratings system though!
  • Domain links.
  • Moz rank. This “quantifies link popularity and is Moz’s version of Google’s classic PageRank algorithm. Pages earn MozRank based on the other pages on the web that link to them and the MozRank of those linking pages. The higher the MozRank of the linking pages, the higher the MozRank of the page receiving those links.” (Quoted from https://moz.com/learn/seo/mozrank/).
Does Abundance mean Redundance?

As the above metrics imply, to rank highly in the scale of bloggers, a blog needs to interact and link with its peers. It cannot stand alone as an island. This in itself could lend to the argument that actually, sex toy reviewers and their blogs are not redundant. Each reviewer will have their own particular likes and needs from their sex toys. A lot of people with vaginas for example, cannot orgasm from vaginal stimulation alone. They require external stimulation too. Some reviewers like anal play. Others are ‘meh.’ People with penises may like male masturbators and strokers. They may like cock rings / cock and testicle rings. By reading other reviewers’ blogs, sex toy reviewers can pinpoint the toys that are more likely to work for them.

Then there are the reviews themselves. Yes, it may seem quite repetitive reading six reviews about the same toy. But if you look closely, you may see that Reviewer A talks more about the toy’s functions. Reviewer B, on the other hand, may describe how the toy actually feels. Some reviewers go into great amounts of detail. Others merely glide over the ‘semantics,’ and focus on the ‘yes this toy gives amazing orgasms every time!’ or  ‘this toy is alright, but it doesn’t tick all of my boxes.’ In essence, whilst more information on the same thing can be ‘overwhelming,’ and make the reviews seem redundant to some, the above points highlight the importance of multiple reviews on the same products.

Writers’ circle

Reviewers will invariably attract their own ‘circle’ of followers. These readers like the blog’s theme and style of writing. Moreover, they perhaps identify with the reviewer’s thinking in other areas including sexuality and  life experiences/ expectations. Followers of a blog will likely read a new review, even if it is not something they would necessarily use themselves, as they like to see the experiences and opinions of the reviewer. If they have the time, they may look at other reviewers’ blog-postings on the same products.

So next time you come across a new blogger, it may be tempting to think, ‘oh, it’s another one of those sites that waffles on about how great a toy is, but in reality is it that fabulous?’ The cynics among you may wonder if it’s all just a ploy to get affiliate referrals. But try and embrace the new blog – give it a read. Decide for yourself if it’s worth returning to. If you feel a blog has too many reviews or not enough other content (feel free to share any other gripes you may have), then please leave a comment on one of the posts. Us bloggers write because we wish to share our thoughts and experiences with you. But we need interaction from our readers / followers too! Rather than seeing a blog as a monologue, try to see it as a conversation.

Thanks for reading!

 

The First Time

A short story written by @Thinstrap

Mike was nervous; he had done exactly as Dawn had advised earlier in the week. He ordered the items from the adult website, taking care to purchase the correct items. The drive to her home on Friday evening seemed long, adding to his anticipation. This would be the first time they’d spent together and he wasn’t sure what to expect.

He had some ideas but he was beginning to believe that his mind was making more of it than was reality. Mike found the address she had sent him, written on a scrap of paper. He grabbed the box from the car and headed to the front door.

Expecting to just ring the bell, he noticed a piece of paper with his name on it taped to the door. When he removed the paper from the door there were some instructions written on the back: “Lock the door behind you and pour yourself a drink in the living room.”

Taking a deep breath, he opened the door entering the house. He made certain to lock the door behind him and walked into the living room. The room was glowing with lit candles spread out around the room. In the corner was a TV stand with a large LCD screen playing a porn movie. It appeared to be an amateur film. The volume was low but he could hear everything going on, with the images in front of him.

 

He fixed himself a drink as ordered and sat on the large couch watching the images on the screen. His eyes settled on the blond woman who appeared. She was dressed the part of a Dominatrix, wearing a black leather under-bust corset with her breasts exposed. She wore black leather gloves. Her legs were encased in black leather boots and black stockings. She was staring down at a man who was on his knees in front of her in absolute submission.

Life imitates art

As he tried to focus on the content of the movie he noticed some movement by the door. Suddenly, Dawn came into the light of the candles. She wore exactly the same as the woman on the TV. He recognised the attire. Taking a quick breath as he noted her under-bust corset and the rest of her outfit, it occurred to him that the woman on the screen and Dawn were the same.

Dawn didn’t speak at first, just standing there looking absolutely stunning.

“Did you order the stuff I required?”

Mike nodded and let out a weak “yes”.

Dawn reacted angrily “That’s yes, Miss Dawn!”

“Yes Miss Dawn “ Mike stuttered.

“That’s better “ she replied.

“Another thing; do not look up until you are told to!”

“Yes Miss Dawn “he managed to reply.

 

She sternly commanded him to undress and put his clothes on the couch. Then he was to get on his hands and knees. She slowly made her way over to him and stood in front of him, instructing him to lick her boots. He obeyed, licking her boots enthusiastically.

After about five minutes of this she walked away and sat on the couch. She ordered him to move in front of her. Then put her legs on his back and used him as a foot stool. She proceeded to empty the contents of the box out next to her. She picked up the leather collar and placed it around his neck. Next she took the leash and attached it to the collar. This was followed by the red ball gag and tube of lube. “These will come in handy later,” she said, chucking to herself.

 

She opened the package containing the strap-on and looked it over approvingly.

“Nice choice slave! You must have relished the thought of it,,” she sneered.

Blushing, Mike could only mutter a “yes Miss Dawn” at which time she merely sniggered.

Both Mike and Dawn knew this would be an eventful evening!

 

For details of Mistresses, please visit Kinky Desires.

 

 

#SoSS Share our Shit Saturday

Share our Shit Saturday, 4th November 2017

I want to try to carry on doing this weekly meme, as a show of solidarity for my blogging peers worldwide. We are being censored too much. But we all have important ‘snippets’ to share. Whether it’s a review, a health matter, something psychological / ethical / other, or about a kink / fetish; we all have a ‘voice.’ Let it be read freely by those who want to enlighten themselves.

Without much further ado, here is my round-up:

Kink / Fetish:

Aurora Glora talks about the love of dolls / manequins/ statues and variations of the theme in her post about Agalmatophilia – the love of statues. There are various sub-types including female masking, sexualisation of ‘dolls’ and Pygmalionism. I won’t attempt to explain any of it here, as Aurora does it so well herself. Suffice to say, I learnt something new from reading this post. Having a doll isn’t just about curing isolation. It can be a form of self-protection; by interacting with a doll, a person can feel secure in the knowledge that the doll is always ‘on their side.’

Feminine Health

For too long symptoms of Endometriosis have been passed off as just regular menstruation. Often (without being sexist or generalising here), it is male medical practitioners who are telling the patients that they are ‘overplaying’ their symptoms. To them it’s merely cramping. But as @RomanticIsa points out, what do these doctors know about female physiology and perception of pain / discomfort? These male doctors do not have wombs or fallopian tubes. Doctors need to listen to their patients, ask questions and get a second opinion. No single person is an oracle of health and medicine! Not even in a specialised area such as Gynaecological Health.

 

Anal Sex- what’s so great about it?

This post is written by Taryn at Ace in the Hole, and it kind of resonated with me. I haven’t had penis-in-ass anal sex, but I do use butt plugs and anal beads, which I enjoy. I’m just not sure whether anal is the ‘holy grail of sex’ that is is purported to be. I mean there are a whole load of other variations of sex, and they are fantastic. So if anal isn’t down your (back) alley, then fair dos!

 

So, this again is a limited round-up, but it will have to do! This bunny has other ‘warrens’ to be in! Don’t forget to come back next week for another round up in Share our Shit Saturday. xx

Are your sex toys toxic?

What was I thinking when I got *those* toys?

As a naive consumer a mere 3-4 years ago I bought a plethora of toys varying in their quality; in some cases, they were just plain dubious. I should not have bought them. I’ve also received items for testing. I agreed to test those items. Now I go through my collection of plain brown cardboard boxes (yes, I still have some of those!). And I find freaky looking things like:

  • A floppy penis extender, made from TPR.
Gross. I think I’d rather just stick with a standard real-life penis thanks.
  • A crystal jellies ribbed anal starter dildo, made from PVC. The bright pink colour is now faded, ugh. Even more worrying, the packaging says that the toy contains Sil-A-Gel formula, and I’m thinking Sil-A-WTF?! I will say more about this dubious component later, but safe to say, it doesn’t sit well with me. Pardon the pun, here!
Contains Sil-a-Gel, aka, whatthefuckisthisshit?
  • A tacky skinny purple G-spot vibe that takes 2 AAA batteries. It is made from TPR and ABS plastic. The insertable part is TPR.
I wish I hadn’t bothered testing this to be honest. Not the ‘First Time’ I have felt this way about a toy…
  • a ‘realistic’ 7-inch extra-girthy dildo, that resembles the cock of a non-green Hulk. Made from some rubbery feeling god-awful stuff. I didn’t keep the packaging so I’m not quite sure.
Those veins are just gross. And the cracks appearing where the glans bulges out make me think ugh!
  • Various ‘silicone’ vibrators that are manufactured in China so I am not sure they are actually pure silicone. A flame-test would ascertain whether they are bona-fide or not. I just haven’t gotten round to holding a match to any of these toys yet…

 

What is body-safe versus toxic anyway?

‘Body-safe’ materials include inert non-reactive components such as:

  • platinum-cured, medical-grade silicone.
  • Borosilicate glass.
  • Ceramic.
  • Metals such as aluminium and titanium.

Toys that contain TPR, PVC,  weird antibacterial additives (for example, Sil-A-Gel), generic ‘silicone’ and those pesky phthalates are NOT strictly body-safe. Despite the claims of the manufacturers! Because they also claim, that the items are sold as novelties only, and so any medical claims are unfounded.

Sex toys are not regulated by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration, MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) or other governing organisation. So this means that unstable or reactive components may be used in the manufacturing process. Take for example Phthalates. These are, according to the FDA:

a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions…

 

Say what?! Why would Phthalates be put into sex toys anyway?

Now if that didn’t already set off alarm bells in your head, (hello, putting a component of engine oil somewhere sensitive and that is a permeable entrance to the rest of your body), then maybe the following will! Dibutylphthalate (DBP) is a plasticiser that was used in nail polishes to reduce cracking. Dimethylphthalate (DMP) was used in hair sprays to help them form a flexible film on hair. The FDA say that these two phthalates are now rarely used. But that does not mean to say they are no longer used at all. Nor does it mean that other potentially harmful phthalates / other chemicals are not used in manufacturing.

Phthalates  have been used in toys because it helps them remain flexible and resistant to cracking. The bad news is that phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they’re added to, so they can ‘leach’ out. Which is why you are advised to take your microwave meal out of the plastic tray it was packaged in, before heating in the microwave. They are odourless, and the risk they pose to human health includes (but is not necessarily limited to) liver, kidney, lung and reproductive system damage.

The Guardian reported in 2015 that:

While phthalates are a huge class of chemicals and nowhere near every chemical in the class has been studied, several have been shown to have negative health impacts…Enough distinct phthalates have been studied to indicate that companies should proceed with caution when using any chemical in the phthalate class, particularly in products for pregnant women or young children, whom the research has indicated are the most vulnerable to the effects of phthalates.

Education for dildo-diddlers

This is scary reading. But I don’t wish to tell my readers what materials they should or should not use. I still *occasionally* (like once every six months) use products that contain things like parabens. These are the chemicals reported to increase cancer risk. They are “preservatives that have been identified as ‘estrogenic’ and disruptive of normal hormone function.” Parabens are found in a range of cosmetic items.

I mainly tell you this information so that you can consider what you are putting into your body when you indulge in a bit of self-love. That way, you can decide for yourself if you wish to forego the risks and jump into bed with your TPR / ‘Phthalate-free’ PVC dong.

What about Sil-A-Gel?

Before I forget, let me get back to that weird additive, Sil-a-Gel, which I have no idea of in terms of its chemical composition. Some Googling lead me to discover that this additive, that is supposedly anti-bacterial is a proprietary constituent made by Doc Johnson: 

Sil-A-Gel is “added into our material in the raw mixing phase so that the anti-bacterial agents are actually engrained into the product and will not wash away with use. Sil-A-Gel helps stop the spread of unwanted and potentially bad bacteria forming on your favorite products.”

If you look at the source of this extract, you will find it comes from Dangerous Lilly’s 2014 blog post on Sex Toy Material Guides. Her advice is to basically avoid any toy containing Sil-A-Gel. If you search further on her blog you will find out why. It caused irritation to sensitive parts on a sex-toy user.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I’m using a sex toy, I do not expect to feel unpleasant irritation. You may ask why I’ve held onto these toys for so long. I ask myself the same question. But then I remember, it’s so I can take them out periodically and remind myself why these toys are just plain yucky!

These toys will remain banished to a brown box, until sometime when I see fit to just toss them out. For now they are my sex toy ‘museum of horrors.’

 

Fun Factory Stronic Drei

I’ve tried and tested a couple of Fun Factory toys; (please see my posts on the Fun Factory Jiggle Bouncer and the Amorino Rabbit, if you are interested in other toys by the company). As the Stronic Drei is an expensive toy I had not felt compelled to purchase it until I recently came across  Orgasmic’s Fun Factory sale. I knew it was a ‘pulsator’ rather than ‘just a vibrator’ so it seemed to offer something different from my usual toys. Additionally, the textured grooves and curved tip appealed to me as I enjoy some G-spot stimulation along with an internal massage. I had seen favourable reviews for it on other retailer’s websites, as well as on Orgasmic’s site. I figured I’d jump at the chance to own the Drei for a snip of its usual selling price.

Firstly, the Drei arrived in a discreet plain box from Orgasmic. Thumbs up. The Fun Factory packaging consists of a black outer sleeve showing the Drei in all its bold colourful glory on one side. The other side features a couple embracing with the female of the couple scratching her male lover’s back, ouch! I find the outer sleeve a bit too ‘in-your-face’ for my personal taste. The golden slim-line box that houses the Drei and its magnetic charger, plus instruction leaflets is much more tasteful. It simply has the Fun Factory logo on it.

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Click ‘n charge

As for getting the Drei ready to use, charging is simple via the magnetic USB ‘click ‘n charge’ cable. You just have to wait 16 hours…oh. Whilst waiting for it to charge I looked at the Drei, giving it my scrutiny. It is a hefty toy! Perhaps best to make sure you don’t try using it if you feel overly tired or have aching arms. It will only compound these issues. The silicone has a lot of drag. I mean a lot, so considering its girth, it will need considerable lubricant (not silicone-based).

In terms of functions, there are three buttons on the handle; the red FUN button that gets the toy started, the plus button (+) and minus button (-) which cycle through the programs. The buttons also operate a key lock system, so you can be assured your Drei won’t pulse to life during transit and waste that long-awaited charge. To lock the keys press and hold the FUN and (-) buttons for half a second. To unlock, press and hold the FUN and (+) buttons for half a second.

About the pulsation modes

The Drei can be used vaginally or anally, as it has a flared based. I’m only intending to use it vaginally though. For the purpose of this review it will only be tested in this way. It should NOT be used whilst it is connected to the magnetic charger (duh!), and it can be harmful to pacemaker wearers. In terms of its functions, it certainly puts some fun into the word function. There are 10 modes; 3 of which are ‘algorithmic’, 4 are ‘constant’ and the remaining 3 are ‘dynamic’. To switch on, press the FUN button to get the ‘Perfect Start’ constant setting. From here, you can press the (-) button once, twice or three times to cycle through the algorithmic modes; ‘Rattle’, ‘Gallop’ and ‘Dirty Dancing.’

Pressing the (+) button three times takes you back to the ‘Perfect Start.’ Alternatively, just press FUN to switch off, then switch it back on again. To cycle through the ‘constant’ modes (which increase in intensity) simply press the (+) button once to get to ‘Samba’, twice to get to ‘Rumble’ or three times to get to ‘Quicky.’ Continuing to press the (+) button another three sequential times will take you through the ‘dynamic’ modes; ‘Roller Ball,’ ‘Vienna Waltz’ and ‘Rumba.’ This probably sounds a lot more complicated than it is…cue picture!

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The algorithmic modes as described in the manual
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The constant and dynamic modes as described in the manual
Does the Stronic Drei get me wet?

Now its time to actually review this toy! On pressing the FUN button it actually makes my arm shake, and it does need plenty of lube to insert it, otherwise the silicone drags too much and it feels uncomfortable. Going through the patterns was fun for the novelty factor, but I can honestly say in nearly 20 minutes of play time with the Drei, they did not really feel ‘effective’ in getting me aroused and making me climax. The pulsing action caused my flesh to ‘wobble’ but internally it didn’t really do an awful lot for me. The tip didn’t seem to stimulate my G-spot very well, no matter how far the shaft was inserted. The flared base did not reach my clitoris whatsoever, so for clitoral stimulation (which I need to orgasm) I had to use my trusty battery powered wand.

And the pulsing, though a new experience, was nothing like the action of ‘proper sex;’ it was more a shake and rattling sensation on my lady parts which just bemused me and left me feeling frustrated. The textured grooves gave some degree of massage but not enough to write home about, and they seemed to serve better at trapping lubricant and body fluids. Cleaning was not too laborious- just wash in warm soapy water or with a sex toy cleaner, then leave to air-dry. Do not dry it with a cloth / towel or anything else, as the silicone is a lint-magnet!

Eins, Zwei, Drei, is this a toy I should buy?

So what did I like about this toy? The magnetic ‘click ‘n charge’ feature I like a lot. Just not the 16 hours charging time. The pulsing is nice if you want a sex toy that does the ‘work’ for you, but don’t expect a ‘sex machine’ because it ain’t that at all! I found the constant patterns, the ‘Rattle’ algorithmic mode, and the ‘Rumba’ Dynamic mode to be my preferable functions.

How do I rate it? Scores on the Drei are:

  • Usability = 8/10
  • Novelty = 8/10
  • Orgasm capability = 6/10
  • Value for money (based on RRP) = 5/10
  • overall = 7/10

 

Buy your Fun Factory Stronic Drei here!

To buy your Fun Factory Stronic Drei in the UK, visit Lovehoney. The pulsator is available in hot pink for £139.99.

Currently the Stronic Drei is in Lovehoney’s ‘20% off when you buy any two vibrators‘ promotion.

 

In Canada, and USA  you can purchase the Stronic Drei for $189.99 from Betty’s Toy Box. Available in blue or hot pink.

Betty's Toy Box

 

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E-Stim Systems ElectroPebble® XPE Pack

After trying various battery-operated / rechargeable vibrators I thought about experiencing electro-stimulation. As I’d never used any electro-play equipment before, I asked the blogging community for recommendations. Tweets from the lovely host at www.thebrunettereviews.com and Mick from E-Stim Systems lead to my deciding on approaching E-Stim.

Mick told me more about their power boxes and connectable electro-play devices. He kindly agreed to my testing the ElectroPebble® XPE pack, in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

***Safety notice***

As this is an electrical device, it goes without saying there are some safety precautions to consider before buying and using the ElectroPebble® and its electrodes. Do not connect the E-Stim ElectroPebble® to any location above the waist. This includes connection across both arms; (these are above the waist). Never connect across the heart, chest, neck or head. Do not use the ElectroPebble® if you have a pacemaker or are pregnant.

 

Receipt of my new ElectroPebble®  XPE pack

I received my ElectroPebble®  XPE pack in a plain, discreetly labelled box. Delivery was tracked so I knew the day I could expect to receive my new pack. I also received a tube of the E-Stim Systems Electrogel, though this has not been tested in this review. The reason being, that it seemed to be similar in terms of its ingredients to a water-based lubricant I’m already using. I am not a fan of having too many products open at once; I would rather use one up before opening a new one. This means that I can test the Electrogel at a later date, and link to a review for it from here.

If in any doubt as to whether the lubricant you are using is compatible then refer to E-Stim Systems guidelines. Suffice to say, water-based lubricants should be OK as long as they don’t have too many extra additives. These could potentially damage the electrodes or interfere with the electrostimulation itself. Avoid silicone-based lubricants, as they contain too many chemicals and aren’t conducive.

The sturdy case is wrapped in plastic, and the contents inside are all sealed in plastic wrappers so you can be assured they are completely brand new.

What is included in the E-Stim Systems ElectroPebble® XPE Pack?

The contents of the hard case, lined with foam are as follows:

  • The ElectroPebble® power box.
  • Two connection cables (2mm/TENS).
  • A set of electro pads (self-adhesive and reusable).
  • 9V PP3 battery.
  • Quick Start Guide and Guarantee Registration Card.
  • Instruction Manual.
  • A pair of 2mm Conductive Rubber Loops.
  • One Medium Electro Egg.
The ElectroPebble (switched on), with bi-polar leads connected to both outputs. Instruction manual and Quick Guide give detailed user information.
The ElectroPebble® Power Box

This little ‘black box’ provides electrostimulation as an instrument for exploring the pleasurable sensations of electroplay. The different modes enable the user to find out what sensations thrill and excite them, whilst being interesting and safe. Electroplay can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their gender or technical ability.

The main features of the ElectroPebble® are:

  • Dual output channels, with simple dial controls. Blue LED lights illuminate when there is an output.
  • 9 built-in program modes. These are adjustable via the central dial.
  • A LifeLine™ Display, that flashes blue LEDs according to the mode.
  • Powered by a 9V battery, so no need to wait for recharging.
  • Ergonomic case, created to enable comfort whilst being held.
  • Current limited AC outputs.
  • Lifetime Guarantee.
  • Designed and made in the UK.

Powering up the ElectroPebble® Power Box

To remove the battery compartment, press firmly on the ridged area, whilst sliding the cover towards the bottom of the unit. Remove any old battery (if present), before inserting a new 9V PP3. Attach the polarized connector (this should only fit in the correct way), and place the battery in the compartment. Ensure the connector is on the left-hand side, and the cable runs along the bottom of the compartment. Otherwise it will be difficult to replace the battery cover! Slide the battery cover along its ‘rails’ until it clicks into place.

Using the ElectroPebble®

To use the ElectroPebble® simply switch on, using the sliding switch at the top of the box. Ensure the Level output dials are both rotated to ‘low.’ The LifeLine™ will flash its series of LED lights in a self-test feature, before showing the battery level (represented by the number of lights illuminated). During use, you can use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to see what Mode you are currently using (press once). Repeated pressing of UP or DOWN will cycle through the modes. Whilst the power box is in one of the 9 modes, the LifeLine™ will flash in synchronisation with the electrostimulation pattern. So as well as feeling the buzz, you can visually see what effect the ElectroPebble® is having on the two outputs.

Close up of the E-Stim ElectroPebble® with its two output Level dials, Adjust dial, UP and DOWN mode selection buttons and the LifeLine™ display.

 

The ElectroPebble® Modes

There are nine modes of operation, and they all feel different. The sensations can range from fluttery tingles, through to more buzzy (think pins and needles). At the more extreme end of the spectrum, there are sharper ‘zapping’ sensations.

  1. Pulse – fairly self-explanatory; each output responds the same. Simply turn up the intensity of the pulses, using the ‘Level’ dials. The speed of the pulses increase as the ‘Adjust’ dial is turned clockwise. When I use the pads the sensations range from ‘tingly’ to ‘buzzy.’
  2. Flo – A continuous buzzing sensation, which is softer or harder depending on where the Adjust dial is set to. I don’t use this mode a lot.
  3. Split – Combines the Pulse and Flo modes. Output A is continuous so I tend to use the pads on my inner thighs. Output B pulses, so I like to use the insertable electro egg in this output. It kind of reminds me of the in-and-out sensation of fucking.
  4. Bounce – A bit like ‘ping-pong’ between the two circuits, so it’s fun to use when you have pads plugged in one output and the electro egg in the other.
  5. Audio – The inbuilt microphone synchronises the sounds of music to the output stimuli. Listen to different tracks and you actually feel the rhythm of the buzzes! I haven’t tested this mode as much as I’d have liked but it is one I would like to experiment with more!
  6. Milk – Both outputs pulse in an increasing wave motion. Then they slow down again. The cycle is continuous with no interruption. It’s pretty fun to use with both a set of the electropads and the electro egg.
  7. Squeeze -This mode is somewhat similar to the milk mode, but the slow pulses at the start of the sequence feel slightly more intense. Also, rather than decreasing the output ‘wave’, it completely stops at its ‘crescendo’, then restarts the sequence. It’s a fun mode to use if you are wanting a stronger stimulation.
  8. Tease – A continuous output is felt that ramps up in intensity before diminishing. I like to use this mode with the pads on my inner thighs during sex with Mr Bunny.
  9. Torment – Similar to the Tease mode I would say, but higher intensity tingles. The sensations feel more on the harder than softer side to me.

 

Self-Adhesive Electro Pads

Mr Bunny and I have tried the self-adhesive pads together during foreplay and during sex. They can be placed in pairs on the inner thighs, buttocks or rear of the thighs. To use, you simply peel them off their backing plastic and apply them to the skin, before connecting the red and black cables to the attached sockets on the pads. You can then plug in the jack to one of the outputs on the ElectroPebble® unit. The programs that we like to use mostly are the pulse, bounce, milk and tease modes. The ‘rate’ of the electrostimulation can be increased / decreased using the Adjust dial.

In terms of how it feels, it’s between a tingly buzz and a small army of ants nibbling you, depending on the intensity and where you have the pads placed. On the front of the thighs it can be tricky to get the placement of the pads just right, to avoid a tangle of cables and the sensation of over-stimulation. Placing the pads on the inner thighs, I find gives more pleasant sensations for me. Mr Bunny conversely enjoys them on the back of his thighs.

Placing the self-adhesive pads on the inner thighs gives interesting sensations depending on the mode and the output level adjustment.

I’m not sure if the sensations that we enjoy are a result of muscle innervation (there is certainly a degree of twitching going on) or insulation from body fat!? I deem myself to have more body fat than Mr Bunny, and he will have more muscle. Moreover, we both have different thresholds to the stimulation; I seem to be more sensitive, and only turn the Level dial about half-way, whilst Mr Bunny can push it virtually all the way to maximum.

Whilst the pads are easy to place and remove, they cannot be cleaned. Eventually they will need replacing. Removal of the pads is painless and there is no sticky residue left on the skin.

Solo play using the electro pads

The electro pads can be used as two pairs together on one person, with one pair on one skin region and the other pair on a different area ( both below the waist). Alternatively, a pair of pads can be used with either the Medium Electro Egg or the set of Conductive Rubber Loops. I have tried using a set of pads on my inner thighs whilst using a vibrator externally over my vulva / clitoris. The combined sensations were pleasurable, and it gave an extra dimension to my solo play.

When I use a set of pads on my inner thighs, in conjunction with the Medium Electro Egg (vaginally), I find the ‘Milk’ mode to be highly stimulating. Especially when using a vibrator externally over my clitoris/ vulva, as I generally require this to orgasm.

 

Medium Electro Egg and Conductive Rubber Loops

The egg is easy to insert vaginally. I have not tested it anally. The main reason being, is I feel uncomfortable with inserting the same egg in both orifices. If I were to own a second egg then I would have one dedicated for each hole. Although the egg can be cleaned, it cannot be submerged and a condom cannot be used over it whilst it’s being used. Otherwise there would be no electrostimulation (durr).

When using the egg it is important to ensure the output is set to its lowest level before inserting the egg. Only plug the egg into the output once it has been inserted. Otherwise you will have that cartoon-like lightning bolt zapping you in the pussy or the butt, except it won’t be funny! The cable is reinforced at the end closest to the egg, to withstand the tension of pulling the egg out.

Sometimes I can find it tricky to differentiate the internal pulses when using the Electro Egg, if I am using the pads at the same time. I prefer to use the bounce mode or another pulsing mode so I can feel the sensations internally. Whilst I do not necessarily feel aroused by electrostimulation, it certainly adds an enjoyable element to play time, whether it be solo, or with Mr Bunny.  Cleaning the Electro Egg is easy enough. Simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth and mild cleaner, or medical grade wipe.

At the time of writing, Mr Bunny has not had the opportunity to try the conductive rubber loops. We hope to use them in the future. When they’ve been tested, a review will be added and linked to this post.

 

Concluding thoughts

The ElectroPebble® XPE pack has something for everyone, as you can use it for external electro-stimulation, internal stimulation or a combination of the two. Whether you’re male or female, you can enjoy the sensations at a level you are happy with, and feel in control over. The pack can be expanded upon, by the purchase of further electrodes.

It has lots of potential for Dominant / submissive role-play and sensation exploration. The cost is reasonably high (£149.00 for the power box alone, or £209 for a pack). If you only need the one output, the ElectroHelix™ is a less expensive option, at £109 for the power box on its own, or £119/£129 for one of the two pack combinations. Having said that, if two outputs is a key feature you require, it makes sense to go with the ElectroPebble®. Then weigh up whether you’d like to do more ‘surface play’ or use internal electrodes to build the pack you will love using time and again.

If you are looking to explore electrostimulation, E-Stim Systems are incredibly helpful, and they visit plenty of trade shows. Recently they attended EroFame in Germany.  I’d rate the  ElectroPebble® XPE pack 8/10 based on it’s ease of use, versatility and the enjoyability of the electrostimulation.

 

No affiliate links are used in this post. I’d like to thank E-Stim Systems for the opportunity to test one of their packs free of charge, in exchange for my review. The opinions written here are my own. They are honest and unbiased. 

#SoSS Share our Shit Saturday; Sharing on the Blogging Trampoline

#SoSS Share our Shit Saturday  – Sharing on the Blogging Trampoline

This is a new meme that has been started by Girl on the Net, to stand up for sex bloggers worldwide. As a community, bloggers provide useful feedback on adult products. They also give advice on sexual health, gender equality and the importance of enlightenment in a manner of all things sexual. We bounce ideas and advice around, hence the ‘sharing on the blogging trampoline’ title for this post.

Now we are being censored by social media platforms. Moreover, Patreon and PayPal among others are turning their backs on bloggers. The very ones who help provide them with an income and web traffic! I may not be explaining this very eloquently at all; GOTN does it far better. Suffice to say, I am joining in because blogging is something that in itself is not always appreciated.

It is often seen as a ‘hobby.’ For some this is true, but for others (Cara Sutra is an example) it is a way of financially supporting  themselves and their families. As a new-ish blogger, I am learning so much, but I can only spend limited time searching through some of the blogs I like to read. I am attempting to write my own content too, and give informed reviews on products. I’d struggle with using more than one social media platform, so I have stuck with Twitter for blogging purposes.

I want to support other blogger’s hard work, and help share the recognition that what we all do is worthwhile. By silencing us or restricting how we promote our blogs / network, companies like Patreon and PayPal are ‘biting a hand that feeds them.’

Here goes for the content I’d like to share right now:

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Little Switch Bitch shows us a sensual image of herself in a beautiful leather harness by Zado, and highlights the vulnerability we have as sexual beings.

Article

Emmeline Peaches educates us on the kink / fetish of Eproctophilia, whereby people derive sexual pleasure from farts. The key here though, it’s from other people’s farts as opposed to their own. As a fetish, it is empowers us to embrace our bodily functions without shame of passing wind. Though it’s a fetish that may be relatively unheard of in Western cultures, it is popular in Japan. Emmeline explains why Eproctophilia appeals to those who practice it. Consider yourself enlightened, as I was.

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For those who are dating, Slutty Girl Problems discusses the issue of ghosting and why it is unacceptable in this day and age of communication. If you don’t want to see someone following a date / series of dates, at least have the decency to tell them so. That way they can move on, without feel ‘haunted’ by  you suddenly cutting them off.

 

This has been short and maybe not so sweet, but it’s sharing. Sharing is caring, so if you support bloggers then please Share our Shit.

 

 

 

 

Ann Summers Addiction Wet-Look Zip dress

Fuelling my lingerie Addiction…

The Ann Summers Addiction Wet-Look dress was on offer at Ann Summers a month or so ago. I’d been keeping an eye on it for a week or so. When I saw it offered for £24 I knew I had to get it! I love red lingerie (black too; this dress is also available in the noir staple). It was the red I chose, as it looked so seductively hot on the model.

Luckily for me, I got the sizing correct first time (I’d ordered the medium, as I am 12-14). Currently I’m closer to the 12 than the 14, which is great. So long as I do not overindulge in the Ben & Jerry’s or barbecues (my summer body nemeses)!

First comment to make about the Ann Summers Addiction wet-look dress dress is that the colour is somewhat brighter than the tone shown on the web site. The image there makes it appear more deep cherry red, whereas in the flesh it is more bright red, like a ‘salsa’ red. Whilst this did not bother me, I feel it’s important to make potential purchasers aware.

Packaging for the Ann Summers Addiction wet-look dress, is a cardboard sleeve box, with plastic wrapper containing the dress. The dress is folded around a cardboard insert to help it retain shape inside the box. The packaging gives some instructions for hand-washing the dress, and keeping it away from fire. Both common-sense I would have thought!

Rear of the packaging; mostly common sense information

Out of the box, I unwrapped the dress, and gave it a thorough look. It appears well-constructed and the seams are all neatly finished as you’d expect of a well-known brand as Ann Summers. My only nit-pick is that the ends of the drawstring cords on the lace-up panelling details could be finished off more attractively. They look like they are simply heat-finished to seal off the ends. They could have been fitted with metal togs to complement the eyelets.

Zipping it up

In any case, I was eager to try the dress, and I excitedly unzipped it, before slipping my arms through the straps and fastening up the shiny zip. All was nice and smooth with the running of the zip. That’s an important feature, as aesthetically it looks cool, but it also needs to be fully functional too. A zip that sticks or unzips apart is not going to score highly, on the sexiness scale!

The fit of the dress is like a glove; it hugs your curves, and displays cleavage beautifully. The hem just sat over my derriere, leaving enough to the imagination to add to the seductive quality of the outfit.

Teamed with red laced-top fishnet thigh-high stockings, the effect is especially sultry. Your partner will be ‘Addicted’ to you in this dress. Fact. It’s not my first wet-look outfit, but I prefer it to the other one I have (a sexy cop dress), as it has more flattering styling and enhances your sexy features. The only item I need to complete the look is some red leather heels!

Teams well with lace-topped fishnet thigh-highs

As per the instructions, I hand-washed the dress in cold water with a non-biological detergent suitable for delicate items. There was a lot of loose dye released during the washing, so take care to only wash with similar colour items! I did not wring the dress, and tried to gently squeeze the excess water from it, so as not to create creases in the Polyester/Elastane material. I left it to dry, hanging over my bath. The recent heat meant it dried within 24 hours.

A must-have for those that love racy lingerie

My final thoughts on the Ann Summers Addiction wet-look dress, is that it will be a boudoir piece de resistance for fuelling passionate times with your partner/s. Guys will love it for the wow factor it evokes. Gals will love feeling like a saucy temptress, whilst wearing it.

Cleavage enhancing, and allows sneaky glimpses of thighs and waist.

I’d rate it 8.5 / 10 (marks deducted for the packaging making it appear a deeper red than it is, and the lace-up cord endings).