Sportsheets Ponytail Flogger Review

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

I’m still pretty new to impact play, but there’s something exciting about dancing the line between hurts so good and just flat out hurts.  Sportsheets’s Ponytail Flogger sits well within the former.

A little bit about it: The Ponytail flogger is made of roughly 16″ of real horsehair, but has a handle wrapped in vegan (faux) leather.  It comes with a loop on the end for hanging, if you are one of those lucky people with a dedicated toy closet.

What I loved: These sections are hard to fill out on impact toys because they are just so delightfully simple.  You get hit, you feel stuff.  But the feeling of the impact from toy to toy is different.  Does it hurt?  Yes.  There is a definite bite to it, but it’s not as intense as some other impact toys.  For me, using this flogger is right there on that mild to medium sensation side.  It’s not intense, but it’s not nothing.  If he’s using it on me, it stings, but it’s not so much that I get restless or uncomfortable.  But, if he’s done anything else beforehand, like a spanking or using a paddle, the flog is much more intense.

Because it gives a pretty good sensation without being over the top, I imagine beginners to impact play would like this one.  However, everyone has different skin sensitivities, so what felt to me on the pleasant side of ow to others may fell unbearable, and vice versa.

What I didn’t:  He complained about the handle.  He didn’t like the way the faux leather felt on his skin.  Since he has experienced only leather floggers before, it felt wrong to him.  In my hands, it felt fine.  However, since he disclosed his feelings about the handle wrapping, I have taken it out again and noticed that the wrapping is starting to come undone, like it wasn’t secured on the wood beneath it well enough.

Final thought: I like this flogger.  It’s nice, light, and it has a good sensation without (in my opinion) being too much.  You can get it for between $35 and $60, depending on your shop of choice.  Those with a taste for leather and more high end toys might not like this one, but it’s a good starter piece or for those that like the sensation of horsehair.

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

Edge Adjustable Spreader Bar Review

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

Edge spreader bar reviewContinuing right along in what is turning out to be a month of BDSM toys, we have Sportsheet‘s Edge Adjustable Spreader Bar!  Is it a BDSM toy?  A position aid?  It’s a little of both!

A little bit about it: The Edge Spreader Bar comes from Sportsheets, a well known retailer of BDSM toys (but they have other kinds as well).  The bar is black aluminum that adjusts from 28.5-37″.  It has a clip on each end to attach cuffs, along with a D ring in the center of the bar, and can be completely disassembled for easy storage and traveling.

What I loved: I’ve had cuffs and other kinds of restraints, but I’ve never had a spreader bar.  I ended up really liking it.  It holds my legs (or arms) securely open.  The swivelling clasps at the ends give my feet a little bit of wiggle room, so I stay both mostly immobile with just enough movement to stay comfortable so I can stay bound for a longer amount of time.

When I’m on my back, he can attach my ankles to the bar and use it to raise my legs.  Very simple, but has a huge impact on positioning, allowing him to go deeper.  It’s a little easier for him as well, since he can hold the bar to raise my legs from a more central location, instead of struggling with my ankles.

I passed the bar on to a good friend of mine that you may remember from the male kegel exerciser post.  He took it home to his wife and tried it out.  They also loved it.  Like me, they loved that you can use the bar to push the bound person’s legs back, and could even have the receiver hold the bar (and therefore legs) for themselves, freeing the giver’s hands to do other things.  As a bonus, the wife reported it was extra comfortable for her.  She sustained a foot/ankle/leg injury a few years ago that left her joint permanently immobile.  She reports that the bar helped keep her legs in position and pressure off her injured joint.  For them, it was less of a BDSM tool, more of a position aid.

What I didn’t:  The only problem one may have with this bar that I can see is that they will have to purchase cuffs separately if they don’t already own some.  The bar does not come with a set.

Final thought: Worth it.  It retails for between $35-55, depending on your preference of shop.  Shevibe carries it for around $33.  It’s not super pricey for the amount of use you may get out of it, and well worth having it in your collection.

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

Liberator Cuffs Review

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

So, I loved Liberator’s spanking bench.  ‘Cause, wow.  And what’s a little spanking without some light bondage, amiright?  Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, Liberator sent me a set of cuffs with the bench, which are giving me all kinds of mixed feelings.  I love them and hate them.

A little bit about it:  The soft, velcro cuffs come in a set of 4 (two ankle, two wrist), and attach via snap clips (think backpacks) to Liberator furniture.  You can buy them separately, or get them with a piece of furniture.

What I loved:  They’re comfortable.  Like, really, really comfortable.  They are soft and feel like my wrists and ankles are being caressed by blankets.  They are warm, without being hot, so ambient temperature isn’t as much of a problem as it might be with leather cuffs.

They hold well and you can’t just pop out of them.  They are comfortable enough that I could see wearing them during an extended session (unattached to any frame) and only snapping them onto furniture when it’s bondage time.

What I didn’t: I have one pretty big complaint about the cuffs.  The snaps.  I had it in my head that it would be great to try these snaps with a new spreader bar I received (upcoming review), and was so excited.  I took everything out and realized I had a pretty big problem.  You see, most bondage items utilize D-rings and connectors, while Liberator uses these plastic clips.  These things are not compatible.  So while I was excited to use my spreader bar, I had to put away the Liberator ones and reach for a different set.  Having to do that makes me less likely to recommend them.

Now, you can buy a set that comes with extra connectors that will allow you to hook your cuffs up to D-rings, and a set of connectors sold separately will turn your clips into D-rings.  If you want to use any other cuff set with their furniture, or any other furniture with their cuff set, these things are necessary.  I would much rather see them come with the standard D-rings and attachments to make them more readily compatible with other lines of toys, especially there isn’t a Liberator equivalent to most of the toys I’d use cuffs with.

Final thought: Although I liked the cuffs themselves, and I can use them with my Liberator furniture, I don’t like that they aren’t (easily) compatible with other toys unless you make sure you get the right set or buy them separately.  However, they do work well with Liberator’s own furniture.

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

SVAKOM Mini Emma Review

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

mini emma reviewI have an ongoing love of clitoral vibrators.  They remain my absolute favorite type of toy EVER.  If I need to have a quick orgasm, a clitoral vibe is the first thing I reach for, and the Mini Emma is no exception.

A little bit about it: The Mini Emma is a waterproof, rechargeable, silicone vibrator that is designed as a miniature wand.

What I loved: Silicone, of course, is always a huge plus for me, being a body-safe material.  And of course it’s rechargeable, which is another big deal to me.  The waterproof design allows it to be used either internally or externally.

All that is pretty simple and very often par for the course when you are talking quality toys.  However, when I was first contacted by SVAKOM, I baulked at the price.  $59.  Not because it’s a high price, but because that’s actually fairly low for a good quality, body-safe vibrator.  I stared at the screen for a second, then I sighed out the price at Husband.  Even he said, “Is that all?  It’s not going to be very good.”  I didn’t think so, either.  I’ve had other vibes around that price point, and they tend to be annoyingly buzzy affairs that get used enough for me to write a review, and then banished to the under-the-bed toybox that rarely sees the light of day.  I had no reason to believe the Emma would be any different.

When the Emma arrived, I rolled my eyes a bit.  Pink.  Because of course.  The website lists it as “plum red,” but trust me.  It’s rosy pink.  I let it charge, then turned it on.  I was immediately surprised by the power of the vibrations.  They were fairly strong.  The highest setting is deep and rumbly with just a little tiny hint of buzz.   Essentially, the vibrations are darn near perfect for me.

mini emma reviewAchieving climax was not a problem.  The first time few times I used it by itself and came in about 15 minutes (normal for me; even the Magic Wand takes me that long).  The next time, I paired it with the Liberator Wing and Tantus Adam O2.  With the added vaginal stimulation and rubbing against the Emma, I had a clitoral orgasm in less than 5 minutes.

What I didn’t: It comes in pink and purple.  Because vaginas, I guess.  Or something.  I don’t know.  But most companies seem to think you must like pink, and if you don’t you’ll surely like purple.

Some people use the Emma vaginally, but that’s not my thing.  I prefer my vaginal toys to be longer, thicker, have a curve, or all of the above.

Final thought: $59 for a really good clitoral vibrator.  $59 for a vibrator that’s actually as good as advertised.  The Mini Emma is oh-so-worth it.

Obeir Spanking Bench Review

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

obeir spanking bench reviewOh, sex furniture, I love you so.  Liberator is famous for producing dense foam sex cushions in a variety of styles, shapes, coverings, and heights.  They offer everything from simple cushions to raise the hips to full size functional furniture to specialized pieces for BDSM with bondage hookups.  Today I’m reviewing the latter, the Obeir Spanking Bench.

What I loved: With this kind of item, it’s hard to really give a good what I love description.  It either works, or it doesn’t.  And boy oh boy, does it work!  He and I tried spanking in a variety of positions, but there were three specific ones that worked amazingly well.

The first was with the receiver (me) kneeling, with the shorter side under my knees, and the taller side under my chest/stomach.  This was the most comfortable for me, as it cushioned my knees.  My knees are very sensitive.  At the same time, it amply supported my torso, so even when my wrists were bound to the D-rings on the bench, I didn’t feel like I was going to fall over.  [Safety note: when practicing bondage, it is very easy to lose your balance.  Never leave a bound person unattended, and research, know, and follow all bondage safety protocols.]

obeir spanking bench reviewThe second way was leaning the other direction, with hands on the lower platform or on the floor next to it.  The back of the bench is tall enough that my knees barely touch the floor if my hands are on the floor next to the platform, or touch but without my full weight if my hands are on the platform.  It’s not as comfortable as the other way around with my knees on the platform, but still very tolerable, especially if I put some kind of barrier, like a towel, between my knees and the floor.  The position still feels comfortable and stable.

The third way was with him sitting on the back of the bench and me leaning over his lap for an over-the-knee spanking, which, frankly, I’ve always loved but always felt awkward, like I’m going to fall off his lap.  Since the bench is wide and armless, this position is easier than it is on a sofa or bed, and leaves me more exposed.

The bottom of the bench has four rings, one on each corner.  These are to attach the optional cuffs (sold separately and will be discussed in an upcoming review).  It’s a great touch for a piece of furniture designed with power play in mind.

What I didn’t: Even though you can supposedly use the Obeir as a sex positioner as well, we found that it’s too high in some positions and too low in others to suit our needs.  For comparison, I am 5’6″ and he is 5’9″, so your mileage may vary.

I also know my limits.  Things like this?

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This is not happening with me.  This would end with me going head first into the floor.  But then again, I pulled a ligament in my foot the other day when I tripped over nothing.

Final thought: The Obeir starts at $159 for the base model without attachments.  Honestly, worth it.  I could easily see it sold for $200, and still be ok.  If you are a spanking fan, or want to branch out your bondage or power play, it’s definitely worth a look.

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

Intimate Melody LAVA 3 in 1 Vibrator

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

I’ve never seen toys with interchangeable parts before.  I’ve seen toys that can be used for both anal and vaginal, or vaginal and clitoral, even double ended toys, but interchangeable parts is not something I’m familiar with.  Enter the LAVA 3 in 1.

A little bit about it: The LAVA is made of silicone and plastic, is waterproof, rechargeable, and comes with 3 interchangeable heads.  It is multi-speed and multi-pattern, and has with a built in heating function.

What I loved: I didn’t think the bullet vibe attachment was going to really be my thing.  My experience with wired bullets have been lackluster, at best.  This little bullet, though, impressed me and I had no problem reaching climax from it.  The vibrations are strong, though not as strong as, say, the Tango (but approaching that level), and a strange mix of buzzy and rumbly, stimulating both the surface and down deeper.

The two vaginal attachments are great for G-spotting.  One has a bulbous head, which I love for my G-spot.  The other is curved with a ridge.  I can’t really feel the ridge in use, but the curve is perfect for me reaching vaginal orgasm.  Out of the two, though, I much prefer the the purple attachment with the more pronounced head.

My favorite thing about it is that the LAVA is 3 toys in one: two velvety dildos and one clitoral vibrator for roughly the price of one toy.

What I didn’t: The heating function bores me.  It takes 5-10 minutes to heat up the dildo attachments, and it’s programmed to heat up to roughly body temperature.  The bullet never warms up. Running a waterproof toy under warm water for a few seconds would do the same thing, and faster.  And once it reaches body temperature?  It doesn’t feel like anything special, really, because it’s, ya know, body temperature.  Most toys will warm up to body temp fairly quickly without the extra warming feature.

As a minor note: the colors.  Pink and purple.  Why always with the pink and purple.  Sigh.

Final thought: The LAVA retails for roughly $100.  Now, it is most definitely a decent toy, but don’t buy it because of the novelty of a self-heating toy.  The bullet is pretty good, the dildo attachments are great for G-spots (although I would still prefer the Pure Wand or Comet G because of the larger heads and more extreme curve).  I’d recommend this toy for someone new to toys, especially new to higher end toys, as sort of a sampler pack, in order to get a better feel about what does or does not work for you.

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

Eva Review

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

eva vibrator reviewI’m always on the lookout for the next couple’s toy.  It’s not that there aren’t any, but more like most of the ones that exist are just so…blah.  The most notable exceptions, of course, are toys that can do double duty for single and partnered play, like the We-Vibe Tango and Touch.  I haven’t mentioned this week how much I love those, right?

Anyway, the Eva had potential.  It’s definitely a design I had not seen before, and after my awesome last time with a new design, I was happy to give Eva a try.  Unfortunately, it’s just as meh as most other couple’s toys.

A little bit about it: The Eva is a rechargeable clitoral vibrator.  It’s made of silicone-covered plastic, and is billed as being a revolutionary hands-free vibrator.

What I loved: It’s new.  Seriously.  Unique designs are sometimes hard to come by in the sex toy world, and as reviewers we often see the same designs copied over and over and over.  The Eva is unique in it’s design, or at least, I haven’t seen another like it.

What I didn’t: The Eva simply did not live up to it’s hype.  It’s cute, yes, but really, that’s about it.  Let’s start with a little talk about the vibrations.  There are three settings (low, medium, high), and none of them are good.  The low setting is so low, I can’t really feel it.  That’s OK.  Me not liking the lowest setting on a toy is not exactly new, and perfectly fine if the higher settings are better.  They aren’t.  The medium setting is more buzzy than the low setting, and are definitely not the deep-penetrating, rumbly vibrations that I (and my clitoris) love so much.  The high setting is just a loud, buzzing mess.  It feels good on my clitoris for a moment, and then the buzziness makes me go numb and it becomes useless.

I like a little pressure on my clitoris when I use a vibrator, and the Eva sits right on the frustrating edge of not enough contact.  I can fix that with a firm finger push, but then it doesn’t live up to the hands-free name, and the vibrations are so poor the extra pressure doesn’t fix the core problem.

I at least wanted to like the design.  It seemed, at first at least, to be a good idea.  If they can design something that truly is hands-free, then other improvements could be made.  They could change the motor type, or…or something.  If the design is solid, the motor can be dealt with.  So I tried it several times, in different positions, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t stay in place reliably.  I was ready to chalk it up to anatomy differences or something of that nature, but fellow blogger Dangerous Lilly already did a little experiment with a few different vulvas, with not great results.

Final thought: I had high hopes for the Eva, but it simply doesn’t do it for me.  At bare minimum, the vibrations need to be rumbly, and then I may be convinced to give it a second look.  If you are looking for a toy that is intercourse friendly, I would stick with We-Vibe’s Tango or Touch and make liberal use of the cowgirl position.

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

My Life on the Swingset Book Review

My-Life-on-the-Swingset-Book-CoverYou might notice that I didn’t add the normal “received this item for free in exchange for an honest review” disclaimer.  That’s because in this case, I did a rare thing: I bought what I’m reviewing.  I did that because, knowing what I know of the author (I’ve been listening to his podcast and reading the articles from him and his compatriots for a long while), I knew it was going to be awesome.  I was not disappointed.

A little bit about it: Cooper S. Beckett’s My Life on the Swingset is a hilarious and touching book about swing, polyamory, and ethical non-monogamy in general.  It’s part memoir, part how-to, and part how-to not when starting or continuing along the path of an open relationship.  It’s not linear, but instead is a collection of essays on many different topics in ethical non-monogamy.  This book covers a lot of ground on a lot of topics and does it very, very well.  Just a sampling of things that are touched on: body image, jealousy, making the decision to be open, society’s unfair judgement of male bisexuality, first date jitters, losing relationships, finding relationships, intimacy, STIs, giving yourself (and your partner) permission to be your authentic selves, experimentation, quiet dates, orgies, condom use, orgasms, common problems, personal comfort, swinging in general, polyamory in general, and on and on and on.

What I loved: Like all informational books, not everything is going to appeal to everyone.  He’s been a lot of places, done a lot of things, had triumphs and made mistakes.  Even parts that may not be applicable to the reader’s life are touching, funny, entertaining, or all three.
There are already books on this subject, of course.  Opening Up and The Ethical Slut are generally the big ones that are recommended by those under the umbrella of ethical non-monogamy.  These books, of course, are very, very important, and as wonderful as Mr. Beckett’s writings and rants are, they are not a replacement for those info-packed tomes.  However, MLOTSS adds something they don’t.  It’s quintessentially human.  While the other books give solid information and do talk about real people, they are more like case studies with the proper academic emotional detachment, as they should be.  If you could compare Mr. Beckett’s work and others’ works with something more banal, say, a woodworking manual, the already well established books would say something like “Always keep your chisel sharpened, because otherwise it may skip across the wood and cut you.”  MLOTSS would say something more to the tune of, “I once didn’t sharpen my chisel because I was sure I knew what I was doing.  I cut the fuck out of my hand and ended up with eight stitches and a week of antibiotics.  The lesson, folks, is sharpen your damn chisel.”  The other books are like learning history by looking at maps, while My Life on the Swingset is more like notes from the trenches.

There is a lot about this book that I loved.  Geek references sprinkled in like seasoning of course always entertains me.  Anyone that quotes Doctor Who is going to have my attention for at least a moment.  It made me feel like I was not being talked to by this voice of some alpha-swinger with a body that was far better than mine, reaching levels that I could never hope to touch, but instead like a real person who just happened to have experienced things I had not and had a larger knowledge base than me.

But the best part about My Life on the Swingset is what it says about fucking up.  Other works seem to be missing what to do if you are afraid to screw things up, or what you do if you do screw up.  Other books are more about just avoiding the fuckups, which, in my experience, leaves a huge hole.  I’ve known a lot of people, and a lot of people that practice non-monogamy (it’s far more common than you might think).  Here is something I’ve noticed happens a lot: Tom and Susan decide they want an open relationship via swing, poly, what have you.  Someone screws up and/or gets their feelings hurt, so Tom and Susan get confused.  The books never say what happens when a problem arises.  They talk about communication, of course, but that’s often not specific enough advice.  The problem is often one they never even discussed, never saw coming.  Or, it’s something they thought they would be ok with but in practice were not.  They followed the books’ advice, but had a setback.  Since they weren’t perfect, they quit, the end.  Ethical non-monogamy should be easy, and if it’s not, then they aren’t meant for it.  Right?

Wrong.  What Cooper includes in detail that other books just barely touch on is that people are human, and they do screw up.  What really won my heart in this book more than anything else is the chapter The Safe Zone: Giving Yourself Permission to Screw Up.

My Safe Zone idea is about giving yourself permission to make those mistakes and fuck up, because it’s those potential mistakes, those things that could backfire so greatly, that wind up being the absolute best things about the lifestyle.

He acknowledges that a person might fuck up, their partner might fuck up, and that it’s part of this lifestyle.  And that, I think, is the best part of My Life on the Swingset.  He gives the reader permission to fuck up, to know they will, to know that their partner will, and not be the end of the world.  He goes on to talk about some of his own fuckups.  And that’s one of the endearing things about him.  He’s not pretending to be some sort of perfect non-mon god that has always done it perfectly.  He’ll tell you what he did, and what he learned from it.

And of course, mixed in with all his personal stories, anecdotes, and shenanigans are the real nitty-gritty how-to stuff.  All the things that people practicing non-monogamy really need to know.  Compersion, jealousy, practicing with condoms, erection problems, body image, finding people, communication, the importance of not taking one for the team or being pressured.

What I didn’t: The only thing that caught my attention was mentions of time.  Occasionally there was a “yesterday” or “last week” that I personally find a little jarring since there’s really no date to speak of.  But that’s probably more of a me thing than a readership at large thing.

Final thought: Worth it.  If you are thinking of looking at ethical non-monogamy, this book is a must to buy alongside other books on swing/poly.  If you are not interested in different relationship styles or are completely monogamous, I would say this is still worth a read because it’s just so entertaining.  You can grab a copy at Cooper S. Beckett’s site.

Bettie Page Longing for Leather Bullwhip Review

~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~Bettie Page Bullwhip Review

BDSM is something I explore when the mood strikes me.  I would not say I’m an expert, not anywhere close.  More like a very interested amateur that also happens to be a bit of an information whore, but my real world experience with BDSM tools is fairly limited.  That’s why I was so delighted to receive the Bettie Page Longing for Leather Bullwhip.  Takes forever to say, fun to use.

A little bit about it: This pretty little whip is made of braided leather with a slight stretch.  It is roughly 34″ from handle to tip, 28″ if you exclude the handle.

What I loved: I’ve had experience with paddles and other impact toys, and limited experience with floggers.  A whip is a completely different experience.  While an impact toy could either sting or thud depending on how it’s used, the sensation generally radiates across a wide area.  This bullwhip, though, creates a very localized and intense sensation where contact is made.  Or at least that’s how it seems to me.

Right out of the box, the smell of the leather is intoxicating.  The whip is visually attractive and seems well made, with a little bit of a stretch along the braids.  The handle is comfortable and fits very nice in both his and my hands.Bettie Page Longing for Leather Bullwhip ReviewIn use, the whip takes a little bit of practice, more so than a paddle or a flogger, or even a cane.  With other impact toys, you can test them a little bit on yourself to get a feel for the kind of sensations you are causing, and then warm up with light taps before swinging harder.  That’s still true for the whip, but with an extra layer of difficulty: aim.  Most impact toys are short (ish) and aside from an occasional misplaced blow, they are fairly easy to control, or at least it seems to me.  A whip, however, is long and flexible, and you can easily miss your mark or misjudge the intensity of a swing.  It’s far, far better to practice first.

It may seem that having a learning curve to a toy is a bad thing, and shouldn’t be in my love section, but in fact, it kind of makes me love it all the more.  Things that are easy are, well, easy.  A clitoral vibe goes on the clit, a dildo goes wherever (depending on the type and safety features), but a BDSM toy that takes skill adds more, in my opinion, to a power play session, injecting confidence and excitement after practice and making a scene that much more erotic.  To be at the hands of someone I love that actually knows how to use the tool he’s about to use on me?  Yeah, I’m all over that.

Bettie Page Longing for Leather Bullwhip reviewThe whip is easy to swing, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of elbow room to get a good impact with it.  And, since it’s a short whip, it doesn’t take a lot of room to practice with, either.  Just a note for newbies, though, that you will not get the snap sound with a whip like this.  It’s not made for that.  Don’t think that because you aren’t hearing a crack means you are doing something wrong, and certainly don’t take it to mean that you aren’t hitting hard enough, especially if you are using it on a person.  It’s not that kind of whip.

The short length of the whip also adds a little extra feature that would be more difficult to achieve with something longer.  We found that if we fold it over, so our hands are holding both the tip and handle in the same hand, it can be used as an open center paddle, which is yet another new and different sensation.

What I didn’t: There is only one thing we really didn’t like about it.  The loop on the handle is too small.  We assumed it was meant to go around your wrist for stability, but it’s too short for that, but too long to assume that it’s meant to be a loop to hang it with.  So we really don’t know what that loop is for, but we’d like to see it be a little bit longer.

The last thing was not a problem with the whip, but more a problem with how we used it, and wanted to warn others against making the same mistake.  In the middle of a scene, we got a little too into it and used the whip as a restraint.  Nothing was tied, and it was only for a moment. [Cautionary note: if you play with restraints in any fashion, always have a way for the sub/bottom to communicate discomfort and always have a way that they can be immediately released from restraints, and never bind someone tightly or leave a retrained person alone, to name just a few safety rules.]  That one moment, however, was all it took to cause damage.  The braids left strange, stretchmark-like creases on my skin, and it took a week before they were gone.  I hid with them make-up to make them less noticeable to prying eyes.

Final thought: You can pick up the Bettie Page Longing for Leather Bullwhip at shevibe for about $80.  If you are interested in impact play, it’s well worth having in your collection, and with proper care, should last a long time.

Thanks to shevibe for sending me this to review!

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

Womanizer Vibe Review

~I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.~womanizer vibe review

I’m always so very, very wary when a company claims to have new, better technology or information, guaranteed to give you the perfect orgasm.  Usually, these fall far, far short of their claims.  I’ve seen it in everything from books to vibrators.  In my experience, the more they claim to be the be-all, end-all of all things orgasm, the worse they end up actually being.

The first email I received from Womanizer company reps talked about their new, amazing technology, and how women are coming within 60 seconds, blah blah blah, and I thought, “Well, I haven’t done a negative review for a while.  Why not give it a whirl.”

I will be the first to stand up and admit when I am wrong.  For once, someone that claims to have new, amazing technology actually has it.

A little bit about it: The Womanizer is a combination gentle sucking/vibrating toy that attaches to the head of your clitoris.  Not the shaft.  The head.  It is multispeed and rechargeable, but it is not waterproof.  The soft heads that make contact with the body can be removed for cleaning.

What I loved: Let me start here by giving you a little background about me.  It can sometimes be difficult for me to reach orgasm.  I need strong(ish) vibrations, at the very least.  My favorite toys are the We-Vibe Touch, Tango, and the Magic Wand for this reason.  Little, barely felt toys?  Not my thing.  It can sometimes take me 20-40 minutes before I reach orgasm, sometimes an hour (although on a good day, 10 will do if the conditions are right and I really concentrate).

I didn’t expect to actually be able to reach climax with the Womanizer.  I felt the vibrations in my hand, and although pleasant, could hardly be described as strong.  I felt just a slight little suction on my fingers.

Then came testing time!  The suction needs to lay right on the head of the clitoris.  I’m usually not a fan of anything touching my clitoris directly for a few reasons.  One, even when erect, my clitoral hood keeps it covered.  You know how some female-bodied people’s clitoral heads poke out when they are aroused?  Yeah?  I’m not one of those.  Because of that, my clitoral head is insanely sensitive, and not in the touch-me-and-I-orgasm way.  More like touch-me-and-I-punch-you-stop-that-really-hurts kind of way.  So generally speaking, my clitoral head is a no-fly zone.  My clitoral shaft, however, is aces, and that’s what I usually stimulate to reach orgasm (and possibly why I need stronger vibrations and it takes me forever and a day).

I tried the Womanizer on my clitoral shaft.  It felt…nice, I guess?… but not much else.  I turned it on low and carefully placed it on my clitoral head.  It actually felt good.  Like, really good.  The combination of slight suction and mild vibration was the best feeling I ever had from a toy.  In under 2 minutes, I reached climax.

And it was a surprise climax, one I did not expect.  By all accounts, it should not have worked.  The whole idea sounded so very hokey.  I held it in my hand and demanded it to tell my why it works.  When it didn’t answer, I threw it at Husband and demanded the same thing of him.  He asked me to let him watch so he could see it in action.  I obliged, and afterwards he scratched his head and said, “Huh.  I’ve never seen you come that fast.”
It shouldn’t work.  But it does.  Toe curling, quick orgasms like I’ve never felt.  And more than that, the orgasms are…I don’t know how to put it…different?  They feel more localized to the clitoral area as opposed to the deep ones I would get from another vibrator.  Not better, not worse, just fascinatingly different.  And if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know I’m all about different.

But, all this could be a fluke, right?  Maybe my anatomy is just right or something.  Fortunately, I have a small circle of really, really good friends I can rely on to help me when I need a second opinion.  I grabbed a gal pal of mine and handed it off to her.  Same affect.  Orgasm in less than 5 minutes.

BIG, MAJOR, IMPORTANT THING I LEARNED WHILE USING: For me, if I used too much pressure, or much pressure at all, all the sensation deadened, and it took forever to orgasm.  When I went back to barely there pressure, it went back to fast orgasms.  Bear that in mind if you try this toy.

What I didn’t:  Oh, geez, can we just talk about the name for a minute?  Like, seriously.  To be perfectly honest, if I was walking through an adult boutique and saw Womanizer written on the box, I would have rolled my eyes and walked away.  Who wants to think of the creepy guy at the club that won’t stop hitting on you and has you running for cover when you reach for your vibrator?  With that name, I would have looked no closer.  If someone thought that was a good name for a toy for women/female-bodied persons, then they probably would not understand female anatomy, either.  Ew.  Looking at the box still makes me shudder a little.  Someone in marketing seriously dropped the ball on this one.

I told the name of the toy to a dear friend of mine who also happens to be the least politically correct person I know.  Even he raised his eyebrows and said, “I’m sorry, they called it what?”

Anyway, let’s talk briefly about the function.  It is quiet, for the most part, but my gal friend and I both noticed the same problem.  The control button rattles very, very loudly when in use, and it’s best to keep your finger lightly on it to keep the noise down if you don’t want your neighbors or housemates to hear you.  A minor issue, but certainly worth a note.

Final thought: I’m not going to lie to you.  The Womanizer’s amazingness (is that a word?  I’m going with it) comes with a price tag to match.  On Good Vibrations, it sells for $189.  Usually, with a toy price that high I try to give my readers similar, quality toys for less if they don’t like the price tag, but there simply is nothing else like this.  This is probably the first time since I tried the Mona 2 that I can say the price tag is most certainly worth it.  I highly recommend this toy.

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