Archive for April, 2010

April 24th, 2010 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 4 Lotuses - Very Good, Flavored, Sliquid, Text Reviews, Water-Based

Lube Review: Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry

Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry is very similar in texture to Sliquid’s Original H2O with one big difference. As one would guess from the name, this Sliquid lube is flavored. Sliquid Swirl only has two additional ingredients that Original H2O doesn’t: Blueberry & Raspberry flavoring and Aspertame. Unlike many other flavored lubes it actually tastes pretty good.

Like all of Sliquid‘s lubes it is both glycerin- and paraben-free so it is completely body-safe. Why should you care about glycerin and parabens? Well, glycerin is extremely genital unfriendly. It is a sugar derivative and any sugar on or in the cunt can lead to yeast infections, especially in those prone to them. It is also used as a suppository to prevent constipation, in other words it can give you the runs. Definitely not sexy. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals and can disrupt the reproductive system and are associated with a number of cancers as well as liver toxicity. There are plenty of other evil nasty chemicals in other lubes, especially commercial ones, and Sliquid lubes are happily free of them all.

The lack of glycerin also makes sure the lube will never become sticky. All Sliquid lubes are also hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-staining, vegan, and compatible with all types of condoms and every sex toy material. They even have an Organics line, but do not currently have any flavored organics lubes.

Other flavored lubes I’ve tried either leave a funny aftertaste or smell divine but lack taste, Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry, however, actually both smells and tastes good. The flavoring isn’t overly sweet or overpowering, doesn’t have that weird fake sugar aftertaste despite being made with aspertame, and is a pleasant addition to already wonderful lube.

The only other flavored lube I’ve liked the smell and taste of was incredibly thin so you would have to reapply and reapply and reapply it while using it. Granted, most water-based lubes need to be reapplied at some point in long sessions, but the thicker they are generally the less they need to be. Comparitively Sliquid Swirl is more like a gel than a watery lube, though they do have a much thicker self-proclaimed gel lube in both regular and organic (my review) versions.

Flavored lube is excellent for oral sex of any kind, especially if you are planning on any oral to genital contact post or during penetration. There are actually three other Sliquid Swirl flavors, Cherry Vanilla. Green Apple, and Pina Colada. Now I want to try all four!

Much thanks to Kama Sutra Closet for letting me review Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry!

Name: Sliquid Swirl Blue Raspberry

Manufacturer: Sliquid

Type: Water-based Lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. Body safe. Hypoallergenic.

Glycerin-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

Flavored: Yes

Ingredients: Purified Water, Plant Cellulose, Polyquat 007, Blueberry & Raspberry flavoring, Aspertame, and DMDM Hydantoin (100% Vegan)

Smell: Very light, not overpowering, like blue raspberry.
Taste: Again, very light and not overpowering, no aftertaste or yuckyness, only slightly sweet but deliciously blue raspberry.
Sticky? Not at all!

Rating: 4 Lotus’ (out of 5) – Very Good & Highly Recommended

April 18th, 2010 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 2 Lotuses - Okay, Other, Porn - Straight, Text Reviews

Porn Review: Glamazons

If I had a crush April Flores before watching Glamazons I fucking love her now. It’s hard not to, after watching this porno film slash love letter to April. There’s no wonder in my mind why she was awarded Heartthrob of the Year at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. While there were plenty of things about the film that didn’t quite work for me, April sure wasn’t one of them.

Glamazons is an “art porn film,” and from what I gather is the third film by Carlos Batts featuring (his wife) April after Alter Ego and Voluptuous Life. From Violet Blue:

Carlos wrote me saying, “April and I first thought of this as an extension of the photography we’d created the first 4 years of our relationship. We shot so much, all the time; we just needed another medium to help document the speed at which we recorded our lives. After making Alter Ego we were hesitant about doing another video project because we were not trying to make a pseudo artist adult film, or gonzo porn. We just wanted to try to document our lives for artistic reasons. The video camera became a natural extension of the art.”

There are sort-of six scenes, or, really, five sex scenes: two partner scenes and three solo scenes. Every scene except for one features April Flores.

Title: Glamazons
Director: Carlos Batts
Studio: Heartcore Films

2010 Feminist Porn Award Nominee

Cast: April Flores, Ruby Violence, Jerry

Length: 118 minutes
Year: 2009

Extras: Behind the Scenes

Trailer

Synopsis

Does art imitate life? It does in the lives of big, beautiful, adult film star April Flores and her husband, the director Carlos Batts. Experience the artistic interpretation of their fervid fantasies. As a multimedia muse, April’s erotic encounters are captured on film, in photographs and sketches. Various vignettes authentically document an ardent tryst with Ruby Violence, the pole-dancing contortionist crew, a self-gratifying solo scene and Jerry’s Polaroid-inspired passion play.

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April 18th, 2010 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 4 Lotuses - Very Good, Anal Toys, Nexus, Text Reviews

Anal Toy Review: Nexus GPlay Trio

nexus gplay trio

This is the first of many Nexus reviews, a wonderful company specializing in anal toys and g- or p-spot stimulation. While there are some toys in their line which don’t quite work with a female anatomy the majority of them are unisex (including a super sexy new stainless steel toy that is still “coming soon.” Want!). The GPlay Trio is an excellent anal starter kit, both to introduce you to Nexus in general and for any anal beginner.

All three toys are made of a 100% medical-grade silicone sleeve covering a long inserted vibrator with controls on the bottom. The silicone is incredibly smooth and silky, quite unique to Nexus toys, and somewhere between the usual matte and smooth silicone types. The vibrator can be removed for ease of cleaning (see care instructions below), but without the vibrating bit inserted the plugs are pretty useless as they’re not stiff enough to insert. The small and medium plugs have one vibration setting and the large plug has five, all controlled by a single power button on the base.

nexus gplay trio

The shape and size of each of these are excellent. I especially love the base, something I tend to talk a lot about in my anal toy reviews as I far prefer oval or long rectangular bases to circular ones. These bases fit snugly between the cheeks and make the plugs extremely comfortable to wear. The only thing I would want to change to make these perfect is to make the neck slightly longer, they have a tendency to slip out if not paid attention to, especially the smaller two. The curved head makes for excellent g-spot stimulation regardless of sex, and the curves of the plugs feel very nice when thrusting.

Having three identically shaped plugs makes me feel a little like Goldilocks: “this one’s too small… this one’s too big… ahh, just right.” Though that’s not completely accurate, the small one is a bit too small, but the large and medium are both perfect depending on the situation

As I said, the small purple plug is a little too small for most experienced anal enthusiasts but is delightfully adorable and completely non-threatening so this would be the perfect beginner plug set for someone interested but perhaps a little daunted by the idea of sticking something up the backdoor. It really is about the size of a single finger, which is nice for warming up in theory but I’d rather just use my finger. We’ve only used the purple plug a few times preferring to skip it and go right for the larger ones since it is so tiny.

I like to use the medium red plug as a warm-up plug more than the purple one. It stays in much easier and is that wonderful in-between size that Goldilocks likes to tell us of, it is rarely too big or too small. This is probably both mine and Onyx’s favorite of the three. The large black plug is still smaller than some other anal toys I own, but is also often too big to go to immediately. Since it, like all the plugs, is more elliptical than round even though it is somewhat thick it still feels smaller than other toys with comparable thickness.

nexus gplay trio

A big thank you to Nexus for providing me with the GPlay Trio!

Name: GPlay Trio.

Manufacturer: Nexus.

Material: 100% medical-grade silicone.

Type: Vibrating Anal Toy/Butt Plug Trio.

Power: One AAA battery per plug.

Length: 2.4in (small – purple), 2.9in (medium – red), 3.1in (large – black).
Width: 0.9in (small), 1.2in (medium), 1.4in (large).

Lube: Water- or oil-based only! Silicone lube should not be used with silicone toys unless it is specially formulated to do so.

Care: General cleaning: toy cleaner, anti-bacterial soap. Sterilization: (Make sure to take the vibrating part out first) wipe down with 10% bleach solution, run through the dishwasher on the top rack with no soap, or submerge in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Rating: 4 Lotuses (out of 5) – Very Good & Highly Recommended

April 9th, 2010 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 3 Lotuses - Good, Electrosex, Text Reviews, Zeus

BDSM Toy Review: Electrosex Torpedo Plug – Small

The Electrosex Torpedo Plug is the second of two accessories I received to go along with my Electrosex Deluxe Power Box. The other accessory was the Electrosex Pleasure Clamps. Unlike the Pleasure Clamps and the Torpedo Plug is a dipolar toy. However, before I go any further, a little on electrosex play.

Basically electrosex toys stimulate beneath the surface rather than on the surface like most toys and massagers and the like. An electrical current is passed through the body between two contact points in order to electrify the muscles underneath. It feels very much like a deep tissue massage at the lower levels, though it can produce painful sensations as well.

Zeus recommends not to play with any of their electrosex equipment above the waist or if you “have a pace maker, have epilepsy or other neurological disease, are pregnant, have heart disease, while driving or operating equipment,” or “near any metal objects such as piercing jewelery, rings, bracelents, or metallic IUDs.” Zeus recommends the first bit to save their own asses for selling such equipment, I believe, it can be used above the waist as long as the current doesn’t pass through the chest cavity as even at a low voltage there is risk of interfering with heart function.

Both the pads which came with the Power Box and the Pleasure Clamps used two separate connector points in order to complete the circuit for the electrical current to pass between. If one of the pads or clips was connected to your skin and the other was not you would not feel the electricity due to the incomplete circuit.

The Torpedo Plug, as I mentioned before, is a dipolar toy, which means that it contains both sides of the circuit and does not require a second connector to complete it. This makes it less complicated than the other two I have reviewed and also safer. Since it is dipolar you don’t have to worry about the current passing the chest cavity or any of that nonsense unless you use it in a way it is not intended for. You always want to make sure the power is off before inserting or removing the toy, of course.

It is made out of plastic and metal, both of which are both non-porous and phthalate-free, it can be sterilized and therefore shared between partners and orifices. This works well in either the cunt or anus, but never use it in the anus then the cunt without cleaning it between.

It’s really not that big, about the length of a finger and the width of a fat thumb, and about the same shape too. It’s not actually round, but rather oval in shape. This makes it unintimidating for both the anal novice or the electrosex novice. The idea of shoving something large that would transmit electricity within me is so much more scary than this tiny little toy. Zeus does make a large version of the plug which is slightly thicker and double the length.

The only thing that bothers me about the size and shape of it is the base, which is teeny tiny. I worry that a greedy asshole would easily suck it up inside. While the cord could be used to extract it should that happen (though that’s a very very bad idea) I would prefer to use a condom or something on the toy which could be used in an emergency. However, since the current is not able to pass
through a barrier like latex that is not possible.

Now, what does it feel like? Well, the electrical current stimulates the muscles of the chosen orifice and makes them contract. This can be extremely pleasant on the lower settings, I’ve heard it compared to being fucked but didn’t make that association when I experienced it. On the higher settings it can feel like an extreme cramp, very painful and not at all pleasant. I highly enjoyed it, especially anally, I found that using it vaginally I experienced less of a sensation and had to turn the Power Box up higher to get the same level of stimulation.

Much thanks to Tabu Toys sex toys for allowing me to review the Electrosex Torpedo Plug, the Electrosex Pleasure Clamps, and the Electrosex Deluxe Power Box!

Name: Electrosex Torpedo Plug

Manufacturer: Zeus

Type: BDSM/Electosex Toy

Material: Plastic, metal, and wiring.

Components: Just one piece, a plug attached to a cord with a jack on the end.

Length: 3 inches.
Width: 1 inch.

Care: 1) Make sure they are disconnected. 2) Wipe with damp cloth if dirty.
If you would like to sterilize the plug to share follow step one and then 2) Wipe with a 10% bleach solution.

Rating: 3 Lotuses (out of 5) – Good & Recommended

April 8th, 2010 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 3 Lotuses - Good, Anal Toys, Good Vibrations, Text Reviews

Anal Toy Review: Sidekick 1

Not all butt plugs are created equal. I’ve been spoiled by plugs like Njoy Pfun and LELO Bob whose bases are made to nestle perfectly between butt cheeks, making wearing the plugs pleasurable and not making the skin of my ass right around my asshole sore. While the Sidekick 1 is a nice size and shape the round base just makes it awkward for any type of wear.

I should note, however, this is a personal preference and, I think, highly dependent on the size of one’s derrière. Since I’m a large person all around and have quite a large ass I think this makes it even more uncomfortable than if my butt was smaller. Oblong bases are far more comfortable in general for any sort of long-term wear, but your level of discomfort with a round base may be far different than mine.

Luckily, you don’t have to use this plug just for wearing. Since it is fairly small, an excellent starter-plug either generally for beginners or while working up to a larger plug or other anal toy. I have fairly large hands and it’s not much longer than my middle finger and about the width of two fingers.

The first little bloop of the toy has a curve to it which is quite aesthetically pleasing, but I could not really notice it while it was inside me, it felt like any other straight plug, but that’s not a bad thing. The second teardrop-shaped section of the plug is the largest section, and quite enjoyable while inserting or thrusting. I found the neck is a little short for wear as well, but we’ve already established this plug isn’t for wear. Because the base is thick and fairly big for a small toy it is easy to hold on to which makes thrusting with this little plug fairly enjoyable as well.

The Sidekick is made out of 100% medical-grade silicone so it is non-porous, phthalate-free, and can be sterilized (see care instructions below). Silicone is one of the most body-safe materials for toys to be made out of, but it does attract lint and stray hair like nobody’s business so it’s always advisable to store in a bag or other safe place, and wash both before and after use. Silicone also retains temperature so you can run it under cool or warm water to attain the effect you desire.

Despite my annoyance with the base I actually really like this plug. While the Pfun Plug is by far my favorite plug ever, this plug is half the price and is quite enjoyable for what it is.

The Sidekick 1 is so numbered because there is also a Sidekick 2 which is longer and slightly thicker, so if you are attracted to this plug but think it is a little small for your anal experience level I would suggest taking a gander at that.

A big thank you to Good Vibrations for providing me with the Sidekick Silicone Anal Plug!

Name: Sidekick 1.

Manufacturer: Made exclusively for Good Vibrations.

Material: 100% medical-grade silicone.

Type: Anal Toy/Butt Plug.

Length: 3 3/4 inches.
Width: 1 1/4 inches (largest).

Lube: Water- or oil-based only! Silicone lube should not be used with silicone toys unless it is specially formulated to do so.

Care: General cleaning: toy cleaner, anti-bacterial soap. Sterilization: wipe down with 10% bleach solution, run through the dishwasher on the top rack with no soap, or submerge in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Rating: 3 Lotuses (out of 5) – Good & Recommended

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