Tantus Paisley Limited Edition Silicone Dildo

Red and Black

Superhero or Supervillain; these two colours are synonymous with power. Think of Darth Maul from Star Wars. Or perhaps conversely, Spider-Man. This silicone dildo from Tantus is an unyielding silicone phallus. The silicone is very firm. I do not know its rating on the Shore Hardness scale,  but I do know that it is similar in firmness to the Tantus Vamp and Echo. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say about 60-70 on the Shore A Hardness scale.

The Tantus Paisley Limited Edition silicone dildo is not as wide in circumference as the Vamp (5 ¼ inches), and has slightly less girth than the Echo (4 ½ inches). The circumference of the Tantus Paisley is 4 ¼ inches. In terms of length, it is 6 ½ inches from base to tip.  It has a flared base so is harness compatible and suitable for anal play. It cannot be used with a suction cup, as there is no hole in the base. The colour is a gorgeously rich red and black marbled striping pattern traversing the shaft. Tantus © 1998 is etched into the silicone base. The texture resembles ‘muscles bulging out of a superhero costume.’

Using the Tantus Paisley

The silicone is pretty draggy, and will attract lint so copious water-based lubricant is required for playtime. In use, despite, not being as wide as the Echo, I find the Tantus Paisley a bit more awkward to insert into my vagina. I have not used it anally. I find the texturing a bit overwhelming in certain positions. Twisting the Paisley around inside my vagina can either be ‘ooh!’ or slightly ‘arrgh!’ It depends on how the bulges hit my inner walls.

In this respect, it seems like the Paisley cannot decide whether it wants to be superhero or villain. It has a dichotomy about it. That makes for an interesting feature in a toy, as you may fancy more gentle self-exploration. Or you may require a more vigorous fucking. This can be good. Though if the Paisley delivers the inappropriate stimulation for your mood, it could be a bit uncomfortable potentially.

I cannot orgasm through penetration alone, so I normally use the Paisley in combination with a clitoral vibrator. During orgasm, you really notice the bumps in the Tantus Paisley’s texturing as your vaginal muscles clench around it. It gives you something to ‘work out on’ as you can clench your kegel muscles to intensify your pleasure.

Though I do not partake in pegging, I think the Tantus Paisley will make a stunning pretend ‘cock’ for use with a harness. It is really easy to maintain as well, since it can be boiled, washed with antibacterial soap or toy cleaner or bleached using a mild bleach solution.

Final thoughts and where to buy

Overall, I’d rate the Tantus Paisley 8 / 10, based on its appearance, texture and value. It can be purchased whilst stocks last from Tantus for $49.99.

Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit

Satisfyer have a pretty cool range of air pulse technology suction toys, several of which I have written about here. Now they’ve expanded their range to include the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit. Offering suction over the clitoris along with a tapering shaft that vibrates and is designed to target the G-Spot, the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit has the potential for amazing blended orgasms.  Will it live up to its ‘Pro’ promise and deliver combined clitoral and vaginal stimulation? Read more to find out!

Packaging and first impressions

The Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit comes in a box, with instruction manual, and magnetic charging cable that has a USB plug at the other end. Like the Satisfyer Pro Plus Vibration, Satisfyer’s rabbit is made of sleek white silicone. The only accent of rose gold is in the trim of the suction cup that forms the clitoral contact, along with the button on the shaft that controls the vibration settings. On the back of the shaft, Satisfyer is etched into the silicone, and below sit the magnetic contact pins for charging.

The clitoral arm is fixed, and the suction cup is angled slightly. There is some degree of flexibility in the shaft which can be bent back. This may be a necessary feature, as no two people with clitorises will have the same distance between the external clitoral hood and vaginal entrance.  I am pleased by the sleek contours of the Satisfyer pro G-Spot rabbit’s shaft, which tapers at the end. There are no seams for lube or bodily fluids to become trapped in.

Charging and operating the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit

It takes about 3h to fully charge the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit, and the magnetic pins attach to the contacts on the charging cable securely. During charging, a white LED light flashes. Once the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit is fully charged, the LED remains illuminated. The suction cup air pulse technology is switched on by pressing and holding the white button with four waves. Repeated pressing of this button increases the intensity of the air pulses, up through 11 settings (as for the other Satisfyer models.) To decrease the intensity, simply press the white button with 2 waves, until you reach the level you desire.

The vibrations in the shaft are operated by the rose gold button that has the ~ symbol. There are 10 settings which can be best described as follows:

  1. Continuous low frequency vibrations.
  2. Continuous mid frequency vibrations.
  3. High frequency continuous vibrations.
  4. Fast pulsing vibrations.
  5. Five fast pulses, a pause and then repeated.
  6. Decreasing frequency wave, followed by increasing frequency wave, repeated.
  7. Ramping continuous vibrations from lower frequency through to higher, then repeated.
  8. Six slow pulses, followed by six intermediate pulses then 18 fast pulses, repeated.
  9. Ten slow pulses followed by a low frequency rumble then repeated.
  10. Another wave (a bit like pattern 6).
Can the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit multitask like a Pro?

The first couple of times I tried the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit, I found it a bit awkward  getting the suction cup of the clitoral arm in the correct place. Once there, it was fine, and I happily ramped the suction up to the higher end of the intensity settings, as I’m prone to doing. The shaft is a nice length to stimulate my front wall, and the vibrations are reasonably powerful though I did find them a bit more buzzy than rumbly. The patterns I don’t tend to bother with. I just use the first three settings with continuous vibrations mainly.

The Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit is one of those toys that likes to make me work for the end result. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; good things come to those who wait after all! If you’ve already tried a suction-based toy, enjoy the sensations and are looking for a toy that offers both suction and penetration, the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit could work for you. I say could because I cannot guarantee it, just like I cannot guarantee we will actually have a summer this year (oh Mother Nature, please let us have a summer; this January rain is so miserable!). A point to note is that the silicone is quite draggy, so if you are not used to G-spot vibrators (which tend to be a bit girthier than non-G-spot ones, you will need water-based lubricant if you don’t have sufficient natural lubricant.

Final thoughts and where to buy

Overall I’ve enjoyed using the Satisfyer G-Spot Rabbit. The controls are simple to use, it charges and maintains charge well. Lastly it does deliver blended orgasms for me personally, though I appreciate the fixed arm may not suit all anatomies.

There are several giveaways at the moment offering the chance to win a Satisfyer G-Spot rabbit, including one hosted by Little Switch Bitch. If you cannot wait to get your hands on one, then you can purchase from Lovehoney for £79.99.

 

The Satisfyer Pro G-Spot rabbit was offered to me by Satisfyer in exchange for my honest opinion. What you read here are my own thoughts. Thank you to Sally at Satisfyer for the opportunity to test for them. I use affiliate links in this post. If you use them to purchase the Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit, you will earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you. This will help me to keep running the blog. Thank you xx

 

So Divine Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit

So Divine are a relatively new company. I have been approached by them several times over the past few months. In my latest encounter with them, they asked me to try out their new Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit. It sends a fuzzy glow over me to have a company approach me like this. I feel like they actually want my honest feedback. It is very rewarding to be able to share my thoughts here (positive and not-so) after a year spent trying to juggle being a working mum and getting myself known on the blogging circuit.

First Impressions

The box containing the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit is sturdy cardboard. On the front is a representative profile view of the rabbit, which is purple silicone in the main shaft and clitoral arm (not really ‘ears’ as such). The handle is white and comprises the five operating buttons. The silicone is very smooth and contains no seams, but it is quite matte so attracts lint readily.

Inside the box are a 3-pin UK adaptor with USB socket (really useful) and a magnetic USB charging cable. There is also a velour drawstring pouch in a dark blue colour. It feels like a lot of thought has gone into making the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit as close to a luxury toy as possible, and without the hefty price-tag to boot.

The features listed on the side of the box include:

  • Ultra quiet & powerful.
  • 100% waterproof.
  • 2-hour user time.
  • 3 speeds and seven pulsating passion patterns. (Nice use of alliteration here).
  • Heat function to 38° body temperature.
  • Dual motors.
  • Premium silky soft silicone.
  • Latex and Phthalate free.
Using the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit

Is this cheeky bunny quiet? I’d say that in comparison with other vibrating toys I own the Let’s Go Crazy vibrating rabbit is reasonable in the scale of noise levels. It does sound ‘buzzy’ as opposed to rumbly, which makes me wonder about its power and the sensations it will produce. More on that below.

Here’s a sample of how it sounds at mid range frequency on its first pattern setting.

So Divine Let’s Go Crazy Rabbit

The video also demonstrates just how flexible the clitoral arm is. This is a really advantageous feature since no two people with  vaginas and clitorises will be built the same. The main shaft measures about 4.5 inches in length from tip to base where the clitoral arm joins. The most bulbous part of the shaft is a similar dimension in circumference. In all, the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit is a nicely proportioned toy. It’s not too short to miss the G-spot internally, whilst the 2¾ inch long clitoral arm has the ability to massage all around the clitoris and vulva.

As for its waterproof properties I cannot really comment, as I’m not a fan of using toys in the bath/ shower. I much prefer the comfort of my bed. Charging is really easy via the magnetic USB cable. The connection seems to be reasonably firm so if you prop the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit on its side whilst charging, the cable does not seem to slip. I have encountered this issue with other toys so it’s a point to bear in mind. The charge has lasted for my testing thus far, which has included about two 15-20 minute masturbation sessions and another 20 minutes or so experimenting with the functions.

Pattterns on the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit. They do make me slightly crazy…(warning; this section contains a bit of a rant!)

Vibrations are great. What is not great is loads of different settings that do not do anything to arouse me, but simply frustrate me and leave me hanging. I do not know why companies insist on keeping them on so many of their toys. I would much rather they spend their developmental budget on making toys more user-friendly, and on quality materials that feel good. Ask a dozen of vibrator owners what annoys them most about their toy and I can be sure as anything 11 times out of 12 they will say they dislike the patterns, as they prefer continuous vibrations. The one remaining person will most probably dislike the colour of the toy. It really is not rocket science.

Now that I have my little stampy feet moment out of the way, I will try as best as I can to describe the patterns (there are 10 in my opinion):

  1. Continuous vibration in the main shaft and clitoral arm.
  2. Fast pulses (by both motors, simultaneously).
  3. 4 short pulses followed by a longer one over a 2-second cycle, repeating. This again is by both motors at the same time.
  4. Decreasing intensity wave, increasing intensity wave (both motors).
  5. A ‘strobing’ pulse. In my experience I feel like the clitoral stimulation is more intense in this pattern. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but for some reason I actually like this pattern!
  6. Ramping incremental pulses, before resetting back to the lowest intensity.
  7. 5 longer pulses, 5 shorter ones, then approx 15 fast pulses, all at the same intensity.
  8. Hard to describe, but I don’t like it.
  9. Similar to pattern 4.
  10. 5 slow pulses in shaft, followed by 3 slow pulses in clitoral arm.
The buttons are well placed and easy to use

To cycle through the patterns, you press and hold the central power button, so that the blue LED illuminates. Then you press the button above it to turn the motors on. Repeated pressing of this button cycles through the 10 patterns. The + and – buttons either side of the power button increase and decrease the frequency of the buzzes respectively, to make them more or less intense. From my fiddling about, I have found a range of 7 frequencies for each pattern. In all honesty, I usually just ramp up the frequency early on in my play session, as I simply find the lower end too weak.

The novelty heating function of the Let’s Go Crazy Vibrating Rabbit

This is a feature I’ve not encountered on a vibrating toy before. It seems a little bit redundant if you want my honest opinion. Warmth is inviting, but silicone really is not that cold to start with, and seeing as it conducts heat well (it’s used for baking after all!) I really do not think it’s a necessary add-on, though I appreciate where So Divine are coming from. On the flip side it is interesting to see something different in a new sex toy.

Final thoughts

The Let’s Go Crazy rabbit has given me a few things to niggle at, such as the power levels, the patterns and the somewhat redundant heating function. But in the play sessions I have used it I have been genuinely satisfied. It has delivered in giving me the blended orgasms I have come (pun intended) to enjoy. It makes me work for it a bit more than other toys. That’s not necessarily a disadvantage. I find the best feature is the flexible clitoral arm.

That clitoral arm must do yoga to be that flexible!

When I go on all fours and use the Let’s Go Crazy rabbit in a thrusting and twisting motion, I feel like I can get a good fucking from it. I think that’s a direction So Divine could move into with their toy range; thrusting vibrators. I haven’t tried any save for one. But it’s a range of toy that I’d definitely like to explore more. In terms of rating, I’d score the Let’s Go Crazy rabbit 8/10 based on it’s ease of use, value for money and orgasm capability.

Buy your own Let’s Go Crazy rabbit 

Bondara are selling the Let’s Go Crazy Rabbit for £64.99.

I’d like to thank So Divine for presenting me with the opportunity to test the Let’s Go Crazy vibrating rabbit. What you read is my own opinion.  Affiliate links are used in this post. By using affiliate links, you will earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you. This will help me to keep my site running. Thank you. xx

 

Leaf Vitality+ USB rechargeable vibrator

Turning over a new Leaf, the Leaf Vitality+ USB rechargeable vibrator adds on extra functions

I never owned the original Leaf Vitality, but I like the appearance of it. A green dual-pronged silicone toy, reminiscent of a seedling. Offering lots of potential ways to enjoy the two soft smooth leaf-like arms for either solo play or with a partner (see below). Did I mention the two leafy bits have separate motors? From what I’ve read about the original Leaf Vitality, these two appendages have three speed settings.

The Leaf Vitality+ USB rechargeable vibrator adds on two extra pattern functions, and the colour of the toy is…purple. I bet you weren’t expecting that! Packaging is a cleverly designed brown carton with magnetic clasp. Inside is a dark brown card wallet containing the instruction manual, a canvas drawstring tote bag, USB charging cable and the Vitality+ toy.

Leaf Vitality+

A quirky Eco-friendly vibrator

Before I could use my new Leaf Vitality+ it required a charge. The jack of the USB cable inserts into a hole on the rear of the toy. Charging takes about 3 hours, and a useful red LED illuminates whilst the toy is being powered up. Another feature is that the cable has a Leaf label on it, so making it easier to locate the cable should it be stored with other USB leads. Probably not an issue for most users, who may keep their cables separate but I like details such as this.

Leaf Vitality+

Once charged, the toy has about an hour’s play time on the highest speed setting or an hour and a half on the lowest speed. The power is pretty impressive for such a dainty looking toy. I can hold it in my hand but on full power it will jump about on my palm. Of course it didn’t stay on my hand for long. I needed to try those bud-like tips on more sensitive areas!

 

Versatility from the Vitality+

What can this toy do? Those arms are super bendy, so the possibilities include:

  • Clitoral stimulation from the thinner arm combined with vaginal penetration with the thicker arm.
  • Vaginal penetration (thicker arm) combined with perineal stimulation (thinner arm).
  • Nipple stimulation if the two arms are splayed apart.
  • Testicular stimulation during solo play or during sex with a partner.
  • Clitoral stimulation during sex with a partner (it could be used for double penetration too).

Other features that the Vitality+ boasts include a travel lock and a memory of your previously used setting. To activate the travel lock simply press and hold the two buttons, until the LED flashes (about 5 seconds). The Vitality+ remembers your previous setting if you press and hold the button corresponding to the leaf arm you want to store in the memory for 1 second at the intensity you desire it to be set to.

Thoughts on the Leaf Vitality+ USB rechargeable vibrator
  • As a clitoral vibrator, the Leaf Vitality+ is pretty good either for solo play or during sex with a partner.
  • Vaginally, the thicker of the two arms is the better of the two, but it is still a bit small and too flexible to offer much targeted stimulation.
  • The perineal sensation is on the tickly side but not unpleasant.
  • It is also fun to use for nipple play, giving evidence of arousal within minutes.

Battery life seems reasonable, and I managed 3-4 play sessions before I needed to ‘juice it up’ again. I like the storage bag, as it’s sturdy but also attractively simple. It is more ‘breathable’ than the satin pouches usually supplied with toys, so I feel it’ll be more hygienic. The main issue for me are the vibrations being slightly on the more ‘buzzy’ side. Sometimes I can climax from this toy, and other times I just cannot. Orgasm is not necessarily the ‘be all and end all’ of play time, so I am happy enough to keep the Vitality+ in my bedside drawer, as it’s such a versatile toy.

Overall I’d rate the Leaf Vitality+ USB rechargeable vibrator 7.5/10.

 

This toy was provided free of charge by Betty’s Toy Box in exchange for an honest impartial review. What you read is my genuine opinion. I’d like to thank Betty’s Toy Box for giving me this opportunity. Affiliate links are used in this post, so if you decide to buy either the Leaf Vitality ($64.99) or the Leaf Vitality+ ($79.99 for a limited time) please support this blog by using the links, which will earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you. xx Betty's Toy Box

Fun Factory Jiggle Bouncer

Suction dildo to make me Bounce, like Kelis’s single

The Fun Factory Jiggle Bouncer packaging is, well, fun, with a picture of a bartender shaking a cocktail, on the outer sleeve. Inside is a gold box, containing the red phallus. The dildo itself is very striking; I love the red colour, and the wavy shaping. It does sound like a muffled maraca of sorts!

It jiggles, like a ‘muffled maraca!’

The suction cup isn’t the best; I tried wetting it and sticking it to the flat edge of my bathtub, and bouncing up and down, which lead to it coming unstuck a few times. I also tried it on the floor, and it became my own personal space hopper! That provided some amusement.

Although the suction cup is not very sticky, the silicone is adept enough at attracting lint, which isn’t ideal. However, this should not pose too much of a problem for me, seeing as I intend to store it in the box.

The feel of the jiggle balls rotating is very unique, and it feels very pleasurable hitting my front wall. It is very smooth, maybe a mere hint of some drag. The Jiggle Bouncer does lack texturing, which would be a great (and in some cases necessary) addition, to facilitate clitoral stimulation. This would enable awesome blended orgasms without the need for a bullet vibe or similar.

I really like the girth on this toy; filling enough without being too much of a stretch. I will have much fun hopping on this bad boy. Which is just as well, as this bunny likes to hop!

How does it rate?
  • Aesthetics = 9/10
  • Orgasm capability = 9/10
  • Ease of use = 10/10
  • Value = 8/10
  • Overall = 9/10

 

Where to buy

Fun Factory Toys Made in Germany

 

  • In Canada / USA, Betty’s Toy Box stock the Fun Factory Jiggle Bouncer in  three colour variants (black, red and pink) for $99.99. Use code LUVBUNNY to receive a 10% discount!

 

 

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So Divine Bootylicious Butt Plug

I was asked if I’d like to try So Divine’s Bootylicious Butt Plug in exchange for an honest review. The Bootylicious Butt 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 Butt 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 Butt 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 Butt 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 Butt 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.

Buy Tracey Cox Supersex Anal Beads (worth £12.99) for only £5 when you buy a butt plug.

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 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

 

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

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Tantus Echo (-oh, oh oh!)

My second toy tested from my recent Tantus splurge, is the Midnight Purple Echo. It boasts 6 inches insertable length and 4.5 inches in girth. The Echo comes packaged in the standard Tantus-branded white and colour box. Also included is a 3-inch bullet, that can be inserted in the hole in the base, akin to the Vamp. This silicone delight is pretty firm in texture, though slightly squishier than the Vamp, and also less thick. It is more textured and less realistic looking in comparison to the Vamp, having 5 waved ridges along its length.

With bullet (included), and suction cup (sold separately)
Testing the suction cup

Having bought a suction cup to go with the Echo, I was keen to try it out in the shower. The suction cup did its job well, sticking to my tiled wall and holding the Echo in place. Despite trying to get well acquainted with this wavy purple appendage, it just didn’t seem to work for me in the shower; I couldn’t get the angling right. There were sadly no orgasmic reverberations going around my bathroom.

The bedroom held more success. Lying back on my bed I was able to thrust with the suction cup removed and my middle finger putting itself to use in the hole. Combined with the bullet on my clitoris, the Echo’s thrusting got me to orgasm reasonably quickly. Determined to try the suction cup again, I had some inspiration to use a freestanding mirror. I leaned said mirror against the wall next to my mirrored wardrobe. This gave me a great angle to gyrate to my g-spot’s content. Moreover, I had a cheeky side view and rear view of my derriere! If there’s anything to get me going while I’m testing a new toy, its my own little playtime show.

With suction cup inserted. Not the most ideal surface for sticking to, but it demonstrates the suction cup.

I was able to twerk to Sean Paul on Spotify whilst making the Echo work on my front inner wall. The resulting orgasm was the more satisfying as the standing position with the innovative angling technique meant I got to make use of that sucker (suction cup). The waved texture gave my inner walls something to bump and slide against, making it more pleasurable than the Vamp. As its narrower, it’ll probably be more suitable to people newer to dildos and, also provide more stimulation for anal play, though I have not used it anally at the time of testing.

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Dodil reshapeable Dildo

Redefining and redesigning the Dildo

After several rounds of communication with Richard Almgren, the designer of the Dodil reshapeable dildo (also the Head of Engineering at the company behind the morphing phallus), I was given the opportunity to test the Swedish-designed newcomer to the sex toy market.

The Dodil’s unique selling point and ‘tagline’ is that it provides “intimacy individualised.” Since it can be moulded into a shape you desire, you are ultimately able to engineer a toy that will fit your anatomy. Moreover the Dodil can be remoulded multiple times. So if you do not like what you create, no problemo; just heat it up in its own bespoke thermos and shape it into something you do like!
As a company, Dodil affirm that they are gender-neutral (hence why they chose the aquamarine colour I am guessing), and sex positive. I already like them! Not only this, but they supply products that are body-safe and eco-friendly; the Dodil has a 100% biodegradable inner core.
What I received from the Dodil

In my discreet plain package from Buildovations, I received the large sturdy aquamarine thermos flask, containing the Dodil itself, an instruction leaflet and a length of black plastic ‘twine.’ The flask is huge and before you shout ‘hooray, now I can keep a hot flask of coffee with me wherever I go!,’ be warned that it is only advised for use in heating the Dodil. I’m sorry to break it to you. But, nonetheless it will keep your Dodil safe from prying eyes and dust-free in your cupboard when it’s not being used.

The huge thermos, instruction leaflet and the black plastic ‘twine’ that can be used to help shape your Dodil.

As for the Dodil, it is a firm thick silicone ‘sausage’ shape, about 5.25 inches in circumference, and 7.5 inches length. There is a colour-coordinating ‘cap’ at one end (the base), that has the Dodil logo. This end is sticking upwards in the image of the Dodil in its flask, within the instructional leaflet. The black ‘twine’ is included to enable you to tie it around the Dodil shaft when shaping, so that you can create ‘bulbs’. In addition, you can bend the Dodil, and twist or pinch it to manipulate it to the form you wish to pleasure yourself with. It can be used vaginally or anally, though for anal use it needs to have a defined bend to prevent it from becoming sucked into the anus. For the purposes of this review I’ll be testing it vaginally.

One important instruction is not to stretch it to a length over 30cm. And also not to use any sharp implements when shaping the Dodil, that could damage the exterior or penetrate into the core. Oh, and definitely do not microwave the Dodil.

Instruction leaflet – comprehensive and notes what NOT to do with your Dodil to keep it at its best.
The fun part
In my initial attempt at heating the Dodil in its flask (did I say it was huge?!) I made the error of not putting enough boiling hot water in. Hence, after a 30 minute wait, I had a Dodil that was still solid in its upper two thirds, and mouldable only in its lower third. Ok, maybe it is obvious to some people that the flask needs to be full to completely submerge the Dodil, but it wasn’t so to me. Never mind; i just popped the phallus back in the flask, reboiled my kettle and filled the thermos. This time, after the 30 minute wait, I had a Dodil that was pretty much shapeable, save the uppermost tip (which is actually the base, as I mentioned above).
I then got to work with the twine, wrapping it around and squeezing the Dodil until it bulged in various places. To help it retain its new shape I held the Dodil under cold running water. Fairly soon, the core and outer surface became rigid once more. I was amused at my ‘creative’ attempt at fashioning my first customised dildo. Moreover, I was keen to see if it would do what I was hoping it would…get me off, of course!
My first creative attempt at ‘sex-shaping’ my own Dodil dildo!
The even *more* fun part!

After I’d marvelled at my creation, I decided it was time to see if the ‘proof is in the pudding,’ so to speak. I had tried to mould an angled bulbous end to target my G-spot. The lower part of the shaft was not necessarily well-considered nor crafted with much finesse, but it would serve as a good ‘handle’ portion of the Dodil.

After warming up with a clitoral vibrator, I lubed up my newly-crafted Dodil and eased it into my eager vagina. The angling of the ‘head’ seemed to work a treat at targeting my G-spot. And the girth of the bulbous end was fulfilling without being too much to bear. Thrusting the Dodil whilst using my vibrator on my clitoris soon lead to a climactic release, that was extremely pleasurable. The shape was retested on another separate occasion to see if the effect would be repeated (it was!). The silicone is very smooth and has a slight drag, though not excessive so as to be uncomfortable or make it a total ‘lint-magnet.’

After my play, I then decided it was time to remould my Dodil, to test its reshape-ability.

Back into the Thermos

The Dodil went back into its ‘mini-oven’ to heat and soften it so that it could be shaped into a new dildo. This time, I managed to get a perfectly soft Dodil in 30 minutes, and then remoulding took another 10-15 minutes. I did notice when manipulating it, that it does revert away from the shape you are trying to create. So you need to keep hold of it in the shape you desire, whilst it cools.

‘Cooking’ the Dodil

The Dodil can be held under cold water to help speed up firming and setting. Also, it is of note that the outer surface of the Dodil indents very easily when soft, so this could affect its aesthetic appearance in creating the ‘end product.’

For my next shape, I attempted what I feel resembles a ‘Dolphin.’ I’ve not yet tested this shape, but I will update this post when I have tried it.

Beautiful curves, although any design ‘imperfections’ will also be retained.
Final Thoughts and where to buy

I like the Dodil and the company’s stance in designing a gender-neutral, sex-positive toy that has multiple possibilities. It was fun to create new shapes, and even more fun testing them. The only down-side is the time it takes…45 minutes to craft a dildo is quite a long time if you live in a busy household with various distractions. Having said that, you can leave the Dodil to ‘incubate’ in the thermos whilst you get on with another task (most commonly laundry in my household!).

My feeling is that despite the novelty of being able to re-shape your Dodil, it will probably be best used by being moulded into a shape that works how you’d like it to. That way you will get the benefit of your own personalised sex toy for a longer duration. If / and when you get bored of it, you can always create a new design at that point in time.

The Dodil can be purchased for 79.00 Euros from the Dodil store.

They even include free worldwide ‘green’ shipping (climate neutral).  So you can be assured that in buying your new pleasure toy you are not having a detrimental impact on the environment; yay!

I’d like to extend my gratitude to Richard at The Dodil for sending me their reshapeable dildo to test. The views I write here are completely unbiased and honest. Affiliate links are included in this post; this means that if you click the link to purchase your Dodil I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance xx