Intimate Melody Ava Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~Intimate Melody Ava

Sometimes I’m so very excited about a toy that has something new and interesting about it.  In the case of the Intimate Melody Ava, that interesting thing is that it is a self heating vibrator.  Push a button, and it warms up.  What a great idea!  Well, the idea is good, but the practice needs quite a bit of work.

A little bit about it: The Ava is a waterproof, rechargeable vibe that has a heating function, along with 3 speeds and 4 patterns.  Its shaft is silicone with an ABS plastic handle.

What I loved: It’s waterproof, rechargeable, quiet, and made of silicone.  That’s pretty standard for what I like, and unfortunately, that’s where my love ends.

What I didn’t: Although I love the idea of a self-warming vibrator, I had problems with the Ava as soon as I took it out of the box.  It started with the instructions, which seem like they were run through an online translator into English.  “What is the difference between using the interest massage stick and the real sex?” Huh?  “…We have collected the opinion of over a hundred women who had used the interest massager stick before.  ‘Yes! It is impossible for the man’s penis to be featured with the vibration and rotation, while the dull tool does not have the temperature of a man!'”  I read that last sentence five times before I understood it.  The rest of the instructions aren’t much better, but it does go on to say that it is “endowed with the man’s passion.”  Whatever that means.  I’ve made no secret about my distaste of toys that say something is just like skin, or just like sex, or better than sex.  Sex is sex, people are people, toys are toys.  The end.

Next, let’s talk about the heating function.  I will be honest and say that my vagina couldn’t tell when the Ava was warm or cold.  But, my lack of temperature sensitivity is not the fault of the toy.  What is the fault of the toy is how long it takes to warm up.  When I first turned it on, I thought maybe it was broken.  But as an experiment, I left it on and waited to see if it would warm up.  It did, but it took a long time.  How long, exactly?  I timed it.

1 minute: Still cold
2 minutes: Not cold, but not warm
3 minutes: Very slightly warm
4 minutes: Top of shaft is a little warmer than skin, bottom of shaft barely warm
5 minutes: Very slightly warmer than 4 minutes6.5 minutes: Warm enough to think about using
8 minutes: Top of the warmth scale. Instant read thermometer reads between 105-110F

Even though it takes forever and a day to warm up, and my vagina can’t tell the difference, my clitoris likes the warmth.  So, if the vibrations were decent, it would be a really good clitoral vibe.  Except, well, the vibrations aren’t that great.  On a scale of 1-5, with 4 being anything We-Vibe, and 5 being the Magic Wand, the Ava is maybe a mid 3.  That’s a problem, since in order for me to orgasm I need at least a 4.  Even then, I could still orgasm if the vibrations were deep.  They aren’t.  They are very surfacey and a hybrid between rumbley (which is good) and buzzy (which is not).

Finally, let’s talk about the shape.  The manual indicates that the Ava is supposed to be a good G-spot toy.  However, the shaft is straight.  In order to have really good G-spot stimulation, a toy has to have a curve of some sort, or at least a bulbous head.  I tried so hard to make it work for my G-spot.  Nope.  It’s not the right shape at all.

Intimate Melody Ava reviewFinal thought: It’s a good idea, but the Ava needs some work.  It needs to warm up faster, have a more G-spot friendly shape, and have better, stronger, deeper vibrations.  I’d love to see it redesigned as a purely clitoral vibe.  Until there are some updates, I’m going to have to say skip this one.

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

Tango Pleasure Mate Collection Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~We-Vibe Pleasure Mate review

Tango users everywhere, rejoice!  No, seriously.  If you haven’t already heard, the We-Vibe Tango is one of the most celebrated vibrators on the market for it’s power and design.  In fact, one of the most common questions I see when it comes to toys that have a hole for a bullet vibe is, “Will my Tango fit there?”  Well, evidently We-Vibe has been paying attention, and came out with a set of toys specifically designed to work with the Tango.

A little bit about it: The Tango Pleasure Mate Collection comes with three toys: the Tango vibrator, a G-spot dildo, and a butt plug.  The dildo has a hole in the base that Tango fits in, transforming the dildo into a vibrator.  The plug has a slot in the base that is open at each end that the Tango slides into, turning it into a vibrating toy as well.  The Tango can be used as a stand alone vibrator, and dildo and plug can be used with or without the the Tango.

What I loved:

Tango: I’ve loved the Tango vibe for a long time.  It’s waterproof, quiet, strong, and rechargeable.  The size is perfect both for masturbation and couple’s play, as it fits easily between partners.  I was worried that when paired with the toys the silicone may dampen the vibrations too much.  Nope!  The vibrations carried very well into the dildo and plug.

G-spot dildo: I have mixed feelings about the dildo, but overall I liked it.  It was very, very easy for me to have a G-spot orgasm with it, and the shape was just right for hitting everything correctly.  The neck is stiff, allowing me to hit my G-spot with the force I need for it to work effectively.  The flat shape of the head provided a fantastic broad sensation against my G-spot, and it being broad, made my G-spot much easier to find.  When paired with the Tango vibrator, it’s even better.

I’ve never had much luck with G-spot vibrators.  The vibrations just never seemed to affect me, and I thought maybe my G-spot just doesn’t respond to vibrations.  After I tried the Mona 2, I was surprised to find that I did respond to vibrations, but only deep, strong, rumbley ones that I could direct in a very specific manner.  With the G-spot toy that comes with the Pleasure Mate Collection, I get the same deep, rumbling vibrations I need for my spot to respond.  I tried it as a clitoral toy as well, placing the head of the toy against my clitoris.  Wow.  The broad, flat surface of the toy paired with the vibrations is amazing.

Plug: The plug is a really great size, particularly for beginners.  Those that like larger anal toys probably won’t care for it, but since I like small to medium plugs, I thought this one was great.  The size, angle, and shape are incredibly comfortable, and the vibrations from the Tango transfer well.

What I didn’t:

Tango: As with most We-Vibe toys, there’s a bit of a trade-off between power and battery life.  It can only run 20-30 minutes on high before it starts to lose intensity.

G-spot dildo: I have one major complaint about the dildo, and unfortunately, it is a rather big complaint.  Although I love the shape and the size of the head, the shaft is simply not long enough to control well.  My G-spot is a little further in, and there’s not much to grab on to to control it.  A longer shaft would easily fix this problem.

Plug: Not so much a complaint as a minor annoyance, but when using the plug with the Tango, I can feel the Tango hit my labia.  It’s not really a problem, but the sensation was unexpected.

Final thought: Tentatively worth it and priced at $149 for the set.  I say tentatively because I love the Tango, love the plug, and mostly love the dildo.  If the shaft was a little longer, I’d declare a hands down worth it.  So, if you are the type that likes toys with longer handles and shafts, skip the set and just get a Tango and pair it with a Tantus dildo.  For everyone else, the Pleasure Mate Collection is certainly worth a glance.

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

Private Gym Review Part 1

privategymKegel exercises are good for men, too.  Yet somehow when I say that, I get tuned out.  Penis people working pelvic floor muscles?  Isn’t that only for vagina owners?  No.  Not really.  Everyone can benefit from working the pelvic floor muscles.  And although there are may different types of products to help women work their pelvic muscles, there aren’t too many for men/penis-havers.  Enter the Private Gym.

The Private Gym package contains both weights and routines, and works fairly simply.  For the first four weeks, the user follows the routines laid out in the accompanying book, with no equipment.  This is what Private Gym refers to as “Basic Training.”  Each week gets a little more difficult.

After the first 4 weeks of Basic Training is over, it’s time to try the 4 weeks of Resistance Training.  For this segment, the Private Gym comes with 2 pieces of equipment.  One piece has two flexible arms that form a ring that curls around the erect penis shaft, and has an attached weight.  The second piece is an additional weight that attaches via magnets to the first for a more intense workout.

What this means is that to write a complete review would take a minimum of 8 weeks.  Instead, Husband and I have talked about it and elected to write up the review in segments.  The first segment being how the Basic Training is going, and later, how the Resistance Training is working.

Husband is currently a few weeks into the Basic Training.  When he first started, he felt his muscles were weak, but after a few days, he noticed he was able to contract his muscles harder and for longer.  Now a few weeks in, he’s showing much more improvement.  The exercises don’t seem as tiring.  And, there seems to be an unexpected side effect so far: he ejaculates with more force than before.  Fascinating.  As to strength of erection and intensity of orgasm, he suspects it’s getting stronger, but the difference isn’t completely obvious, so he’s waiting a bit longer before he makes a definite call on that.

As of right now, the Basic Training seems to be doing…something.  At the very least, his muscles are getting stronger and the exercises aren’t as hard.  That alone is worth it.

In the next update, I’ll do my typical What We Liked and What We Didn’t segments.  For the moment, I’ll close with this.  The routine that the Personal Gym lays out is definitely working his muscles and making them stronger, and we’re excited to see how that will carry over into our sex lives.

Tantus Neo Plug Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~neo1
I’ve never reviewed a butt toy before.  Not because I don’t like them.  Not because I don’t own some.  Not because I don’t occasionally use them.  I merely hadn’t reviewed any because it was one of the last private things I had left over from my pre-blog days when my sex life was uber-super-secret-shhh.

I’m over it.

So, I present to you my very first butt plug review.  Feel free to imagine a trumpet fanfare, if you’d like.  I am.  And coincidentally, this plug kind of deserves a fanfare.  It’s pretty fabulous.

A little bit about it: The Neo Plug is a flared base anal toy made of silky (not glossy) silicone and comes in purple and black.  It’s small enough for a beginner, but experienced users won’t find it too small.  It is 4.5″ in circumference at it’s widest point, and the neck is a mere 2.5″ in circumference (by my measurements).  Instead of having a standard flat circular or ring shaped base, the Neo’s base is thin and long, designed to fit more comfortably.

What I loved: I’m a huge fan of the material.  It seems (to me, at least) that more and more companies are shifting from the shiny, glossy silicone to incorporate more of the silky silicone.  The difference is the silky silicone is less draggy, picks up less lint and dust, and requires less lubricant (you’d want to use a water based lube in this case, as it is generally thought that silicone lube on silicone toys may cause damage to the toy).

I really like the size of the Neo.  It’s not so big that it would scare beginners, but it’s not so tiny that you can’t feel it.  The medium size, combined with silky silicone and lots of lube and patience (and I do mean lube and patience, beginners!), provides a comfortable and pleasurable experience.  And, if you use the plug anally while having vaginal sex, in my experience it enhances the sensations of sex without being distracting.  More like complimentary.

Finally, let’s talk about the unique base, which more than anything else helps this toy stand out among others.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  It doesn’t have a ring like the Njoy Pure Plug, nor a round base like Tantus’s own B-Bomb, or even a flat base like the Ace, but instead has a curved, thin base, like two little arms.  This is supposed to allow it to fit better, and I was skeptical that it would.  Plugs are fun and all, but there is a reason I only use them on occasion: they can get uncomfortable pretty fast, especially at the base.  This base though, is much more comfortable than the standard round or flat bases, and just as comfortable as a ring shaped base.  I was very surprised by just how comfortable.  I even walked around with it for a little bit (stop laughing.  It was for science) with no problem.

neo2What I didn’t: If you don’t have the plug placed just right, the arms on the base may poke a little.  It’s nothing a small adjustment can’t fix.

Final thought: The Neo sells for just under $40, which for a high-quality silicone toys is a very reasonable asking price, and worth it.  With proper care, it will last a very, very long time.

tantusneopost~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales!

Gather ’round!  It’s sex toy shopping time!  Many of my favorite shops are holding Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.  Check them out!

Shevibe

slide_black-friday-2014Shevibe is one of my favorite stores for their variety, prices, and customer service.  Get 10% off orders of $75 or more with code TURKEY10, 15% off orders $100 or more with code TURKEY15, and 20% off orders of $125 or more with code TURKEY20.  Valid through 12/1/14.


Tantus

tantusblackfridayTantus makes amazing, high quality toys, and are a big voice for quality materials and education.  Their sale runs through 12/1, and you can save quite a substantial amount on both sets and individual toys.  Don’t like the ones that you see?  Check out their Grab Bag.  If you aren’t picky about color, you can get some amazing, high-quality toys at a deep discount.


Good Vibrations

gvblackfridayGood Vibrations is another fantastic shop that offers a large variety of toys and accessories, and have a focus on education.  Get 25% off with code FF254U through 11/30/14.


Sensual Intelligence

sibuttonSensual Intelligence is a Canada based shop that prides themselves on carrying safe and eco-friendly toys.  Use code SEXYBLK to get 10% off orders until 12/1/14.

LELO LUNA Smart Bead Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~Lelo Smart Bead review

I love testing Kegel exercisers.  After spending several weeks working on the Kegel Project, and then revisiting it periodically, I’ve learned how incredibly important, not to mention easy, it is to work on the Kegel muscles.  When a company comes out with a new Kegel ball, bead, or exerciser, my ears perk up.

I was so excited to try the LUNA Smart Bead, but I ended up having mixed feelings about it.  Like most brand new toys, it has good and not so good points.

A little bit about it: The Smart Bead is a silicone interactive Kegel exerciser that runs on one AAA battery.  It’s small, being only about 3.25″ long, plus a retrieval chord, and is supposedly waterproof when the battery compartment is closed.

Use is simple.  Turn on the Smart Bead and insert it vaginally, using a little water based lube if necessary.  Three quick pulses will alert you that the workout is about to be begin.  After that, every time it vibrates, the user squeezes their Kegel muscles for as long as the vibration continues, then rests until it vibrates again.  The workout is complete when it vibrates in quick succession three more times.  The next time you turn it on, the light will blink between 1 and 5 times, showing you your progress (1 if you are fairly weak, 5 if you are pretty strong, and anywhere in between).

If you press and hold the Smart Bead’s power button, it will turn on the vibration and it can then be used as a vibrator.

What I loved: The Smart Bead is different.  It really is.  Most Kegel beads work sort of passively, as in you squeeze your muscles fairly consistently to keep the beads in place as you move around.  The Smart Bead is meant to be used while you are holding still, and it tells you when to squeeze instead.  This is good for people that feel they need more guidance in their routine.

My favorite thing about the LELO Smart Bead is that it measures improvement in Kegel strength.  The sensors track how hard you are squeezing and adjusts for the next workout.  It even remembers how your routine is going when you change batteries.

Will it work?  Yes.  The Smart Bead does, in fact, cause the user to work their Kegel muscles in a beneficial way, alerting the user when to squeeze and for how long.

smartbead2What I didn’t: There’s a couple of things I want to address here.  The first is the waterproofness.  When the Smart Bead is closed, it’s supposed to be water proof, but after washing and opening it, I find there’s a little bit of suds between the top and bottom sections, but none have gotten into the battery compartment where it would cause damage.

I tried to use the Smart Beads as a vibrator, but no.  Seriously, no.  The vibrations are on the weaker side, maybe a low 3 on a scale of 5, and are too buzzy for me to really find them any kind of pleasurable.

Final thought: I have mixed feelings over the LELO Smart Bead.  It’s not particularly terrible, but it’s certainly not earth shattering.  It sells for $109, and for what it is I’m not totally convinced it’s worth the asking price.  In order for me to think it’s worth the price, I would have to say I’d want to see in a rechargeable version with a stronger motor.  It’s a good try.  It really is.  But I’m thinking it really needs a little tweak here and there before I can fully endorse it.  It’s just not quite there yet.

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

Traz Rhino Penis Extension

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

“A company is sending me a set of penis extenders to review,” I said to Husband in the car, as casually as if I was telling him we are out of eggs.

He chuckled.  “You keep experimenting on me.”

“For science!” I said.

We both felt that penis extenders weren’t exactly going to be our thing.  A penis extender sounds kind of cheesy and silly, but these ones weren’t some kind of jelly horror that you find in most sex toy stores.  These seemed rather unique, and certainly worth a try before we gave them a pass.  I have to say that we were actually pretty impressed!

Rhino Extensions with their sizing cores

A little bit about it: The Traz Rhino Penis Extensions are made of silicone and have 3 parts: the sleeve, the inner sizing core, and a tiny plug.  Use is fairly simple.  Place some water-based lubricant on the sizing core and slip it all the way in at the end of the extender.  After that, place a little more lube on the inside of the extension sleeve or on the penis, and slide the penis all the way until it hits the core.  The core can be trimmed if necessary.  Pop the little plug into the top, creating a seal and keeping the sleeve from slipping off.  The Rhino can also be used the same way to enhance a dildo.

The Rhino comes in three different girths: Rhino Sleek (5.5″ in circumference), Rhino Genesis (a little over 6 1/4″ in circumference), and the Rhino Stampede (6 1/2 in circumference).  Each one is 8 inches long and can be trimmed down to a smaller size if they feel too long.

What we loved: Let’s start with the fact that the Rhinos, all of them, stay on exactly how they are supposed to.  I wasn’t sure how well the plug would seal it in order to keep the Rhino from sliding off, but it worked perfectly.  Regardless of speed or depth thrusting, it stayed on Husband and never had to be readjusted.

There are ribs inside all three extensions, with the ribs of the Sleek and Genesis being close together, and the Stampede being fairly far apart.  I would think the difference in rib spacing would be a big deal, and it probably is to some, but Husband told me they all feel equally good during sex, but for a surprising reason.  I would have thought that what’s going on inside the sleeve is that the ribs are sliding up and down the penis shaft, even if only a little.  Husband corrected me by saying that the sleeve isn’t sliding along the penis, but instead, gently pulling the skin back and forth (he is circumcised, so this is surprising).  It seems like that would hurt, but he tells me that because of the suction, it won’t slide any further, and that the gentle tugging does feel quite good and is enough sensation to orgasm from.

Interior of the Rhinos

Interior of the Rhinos

“But could you take the plug out of the end so it loses suction and make it a masturbater?” I asked.  He gave it a try and reported back that yes, you most certainly can.

So to recap for him, the Rhinos are wonderful because they stay on, provide sensation on the penis during use, and can double as a masturbater.

Now on to me.  Of course, I’ve mentioned before that I like larger toys, and the Traz Rhinos, all of them, are no exception.  I wish I could say that one of them felt better to me than the others, but I can’t.  They all felt great.  That being said, those that have previous problems with girthy toys will want to read the sizes carefully before choosing.

The Rhinos each provide the same kind of sensation of the girthier toys on the market, but with the added bonus of being able to use Husband’s specific sexual rhythm, which I’ve never been able to imitate with a toy.  It’s still having sex with him, but at the same time adding some delightful variety.  The Rhinos allow him to go wider and deeper, while still providing stimulation for him.

What I didn’t: None of the Rhinos hit my G-spot.  Like, at all.  Not even kind of.  Not even close.  Don’t get me wrong, they feel good, but they aren’t exactly orgasmic for me since they don’t have enough of a curve or enough of a defined head to hit my G-spot with really any amount of pressure or force to make a difference.  Although each of the Rhinos have a head at the end of the shaft, the head isn’t nearly as defined as on a standard dildo.  It feels as though it might as well be a straight shaft.

The only other thing Husband would add is that if you are a girthier than average guy, the Rhino may be a bit too tight on you.

Final thought: Each Rhino will run you about $50-80, depending on the size.  I’m going to say the Rhinos are worth it with the following reservations: it may be uncomfortable for men with very girthy penises, and there’s not enough of a curve or head to stimulate my G-spot.  But, if you just happen to have a love of larger, body-safe toys that you can easily use as part of a couple or solo, the Rhinos are certainly worth a look.

Want one (or several) of your own?  Shevibe carries the Sleek and Genesis.  If you want a Stampede, however, you need to go the Traz Rhino site.  If you purchase from the Traz site, use the code HAY for 10% off!

LELO SIRI Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~lelo siri

I have such a love of clitoral vibes.  I’ve always found them more useful than vaginal vibes for their compact size, making them perfect for either solo or partner play.  The newest love in my collection is the LELO SIRI.

A little bit about it: The SIRI is a multi-speed, multi-pattern, palm-sized rechargeable external/clitoral vibrator, measuring just over 4 inches long.  It’s made from a combination of plastic and buttery silicone, with the silicone being the portion that comes in contact with your bits.  Although it is splash-proof, it is not waterproof.  It’s operated with a simple four button interface that can be locked for travel.  Have I mentioned lately how much I like travel locks?  Love them.

What I loved: Of course I love the size, and I love the silicone, and I love that it’s rechargeable.  Those things are pretty standard for a high-end vibrator.  However, there are some lovely things that make the SIRI stand out a little bit.

Let’s start with the power.  Of course you will generally not get Magic Wand strength from a rechargeable toy (although LELO’s Mona 2 came pretty close), but the best compact vibes still need to be equipped with decent motors.  The SIRI is no exception.  If a Magic Wand is a 5 in vibration strength, the SIRI is a solid low to mid 4.  That number is right where I like it to be.  It’s not holy-crap-get-it-off-I’m-going-numb strong, but it does still have some impressive strength.  The vibrations are strong and rumbly, penetrating deeply, without a hint of the buzziness that is so common with cheaper vibrators.  To be perfectly clear, I am a bit of a power queen.  My clitoris is very picky and I do need strong vibrations in order to orgasm (one of the reasons I got into toys in the first place).  The SIRI does not disappoint.

The SIRI’s silicone surface has a convex shape to it, forming what could almost be called a ridge.  I was worried that, since it felt so obvious to my fingers, it may end up hurting my clitoris or turn away form the right spots.  Instead, it sits nicely and makes perfect contact, providing sensations that are somewhere between broad and pinpoint stimulation. When I tried using it with Husband in the cowgirl position, I was pleasantly surprised both with how well it stayed in place without my hands holding it, and how fast I came from a combination of the vibrations and the rubbing of the ridge.

lelo siriWhat I didn’t: The main issue I had is the fact that it’s not waterproof.  These days, almost all high-end toys are waterproof, and I expected SIRI to be.  It’s not.  It is splashproof, so you can clean it, but you have to be very careful.

Final thought: The cost of the SIRI is $99, and totally worth it.  It comes with a 1-year warranty, so if something happens, you can replace it.  Since it can be used both as a couple’s toy and a solo toy, stays in place well, and is strong, it will be one that I keep very handy in my toy box.

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

Tantus Thwak Paddle

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~Tantus Thwak paddle

Husband and I are fairly new to any sort of impact play.  I’ve often said we’re try anything once (or twice, or three times…) kind of people when it comes to sex, and impact play is no exception.  We’ve tried many items with me as the receiver.  Using his hand on me ends up hurting him.  Belts and strops are hard for him to control and the tips often end up wrapping around my hip and ow, and not the fun kind of ow.  We tried cane, and although it’s fun, it’s also just a bit too intense for my preference.

I’d seen different kinds of paddles running around, but they weren’t our thing.  Some were just corny, while the sight of some made me feel kind of icky, such as paddles that leave the words “bitch” or “slut” imprinted on the skin.  It’s awesome if you like that (hey, no judgment), but they are words that are kind of triggering for me, and I’m not even sure why.  I’ve actually stopped in the middle of sex when Husband playfully called me a bitch.  Yeah…no.  Pick another word.  Any other word.

But, as usual, I digress.

I noticed that Tantus started manufacturing black silicone paddles.  Elegant, simple, easy.  No hot pink fur.  No sparkles.  Uncomplicated, luxurious silicone.  If there was ever a paddle we thought would be worth our time, it would be a Tantus one.  In this case, specifically the Thwak Paddle.

A little bit about it: The Thwak paddle is made of a velvety flexible silicone.  It’s compact, being only just under 12″ long from end to end (6.5″ if you don’t include the handle), with the impact part of the paddle being a little under 3.5″ across.  The handle is relatively stiff, while the rest is highly flexible.

What he loved as the giver: The paddle’s flexibility makes it so it can be wielded very effectively in a very small space, unlike a standard solid paddle.  You don’t need room to wind up if you want a more intense sensation, and because no really big wind up is necessary, it’s easy on the arms and the wrist.  The compact size also makes it very easy to aim with much greater accuracy.

What I loved as the receiver: The Thwak is my new favorite impact toy.  There is something about the sensation that I absolutely love.  It’s not super stingy like a cane, but not purely thuddy like a cupped hand.  It’s a perfect blend of the two.  It delivers both a mild sting and a deep thud, and since it is so very easy for him to control the intensity of the swing, he can also easily control the intensity of the sensation.

What we didn’t: There wasn’t really anything we didn’t like.

Final thought: The Thwak Paddle sells for just over $47, and worth every little bit.  Easy to aim, easy to control the intensity, ergonomic enough the operator doesn’t tire easily, and provides that amazing sensation combination.  The Thwak is pretty much perfect.

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~

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Follow-Up Friday: Pleasure Purse

~I originally received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~Pleasure Purse

Once upon a time, I was looking for decent toy storage away from prying eyes.  Most toy storage I found was lowish quality, ridiculously priced, and most horrible for sex bloggers such as myself, were far, far, far too small.

When I received the Pleasure Purse and started snapping pictures for Twitter and such, I received a flood of messages that basically said the same thing: “Is it big enough?  It looks big.  How much does it hold?”  And if you remember from the original post, it held a whopping 33 items.  More than impressive.

Pleasure PurseHow I felt about it then: I was thrilled with the size of the Pleasure Purse, and loved the plain black leather outside that in no way screamed, “I’m a sex bag!”  I gleefully filled it and emptied it and filled it just to see exactly how much it could hold, how heavy it would be before I could barely lift it.  I loved being able to just put it down and leave it there without having to throw it under the bed or hide it in the bottom of the closet.  And it’s the perfect size for overnight trips!  How awesome is that?

How I feel about it now: Obviously, the size hasn’t changed.  I haven’t shrunk it or anything (shrunk dresses that I hadn’t even worn yet?  Yes.  Shrunk pieces of luggage?  No…yet).  I currently use the Pleasure Purse to hold my rather large menagerie of Tantus toys, and with tons of room to spare.

What I wanted to talk about is the quality of the Pleasure Purse.  I’ve had other reviewers warn me that they had other toy storage chests and bags from other companies that seemed very solid at first, but fell apart within a few weeks.  I’m happy to say that this is not the case.  I’m downright abusive to this bag.  I lug it on overnight trips, let others borrow it, shove it under the bed when it’s in the way.  It’s been stepped on, tripped over, kicked across the ancient terrazzo floor.  There is not a mark on it.  No stitching coming undone, no scuffs, no rips.  It looks the exact same as when I received it 7 months ago.  This is one solid bag.

Revised final thought: I’m still in Love with the Pleasure Purse, and still recommend it to others for those needing larger toy storage solutions.  At $120, it’s most certainly worth it.