Archive for March, 2011

March 27th, 2011 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 3 Lotuses - Good, Bath & Body, LELO, Text Reviews

Review: LELO Massage Candle – Black Pepper & Pomegranate

The last time I reviewed a pomegranate item it was lube and with it I included a picture of a multitude of pomegranate items. Point being: I have a fetish for all things pomegranate. I also have a vast collection of LELO products and have the personal goal of owning one of everything. Naturally when I saw that one of LELO’s new massage candles came in black pepper & pomegranate I had to have it.

The candle came in a black cardboard box that is nearly twice the height of the candle itself, the extra room is for padding on the top and bottom to keep the candle safe. Inside is a small warning pamphlet advising on candle safety as well as the candle itself: a smooth round black jar and a silver lid with a red accent. I was extremely pleased with the little bit of foam inside of the jar and on top of the candle, keeping any bits of the candle that had melted during transfer from getting all over of the inside of the package. Some of my candle had melted on the way, being stored in a room too warm will do that, but none had leaked.

The scent itself is wonderful. I can’t smell the black pepper really at all, but the pomegranate scent is lovely. It’s not super strong either, you have to get within four or five inches of the jar before you can smell the scent from the unlit candle, so it won’t overpower the room simply by being in it like some candles will. Even when lit the smell is quite subtle. If it was simply a candle (rather than a massage candle) I might be a little disappointed with the strength of the scent, actually, but once you start massaging the wax into skin the smell is much more apparent.

The wax is smooth, slick, and soft. It massages easily into the skin leaving a slight layer of smooth oilyness that isn’t too greasy at all. When left in a cool room it hardens fairly well, but you can still scrape a bit off to use as lotion if you desire01. The warmer the room the more likely it will melt, but it is well contained in the jar and that shouldn’t be a problem. According to the directions you are supposed to “extinguish out the flame and leave to cool for 30 seconds” before use, though I didn’t experience the wax getting too hot even if I didn’t wait a full thirty seconds.

The ingredients are mostly body-safe with the exception of the three included in the “Perfume” ingredient. Before I talk about those ingredients I want to say how awesome it is that LELO actually lists the ingredients in the “Perfume,” since most companies don’t as legally companies don’t have to disclose that02. Most of these ingredients are plant-based derivatives. D-Limonene is “the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind,” Linalool is “a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants” and Hexylcinnamaldehyde “is found naturally in the essential oil of chamomile.” They all have the potential of being an irritant, mostly around the eyes or lips, and LELO does quite clearly have warnings about avoiding those areas in the warning pamphlet. For general use on the skin they should be fine, however, unless you have exceptionally sensitive skin.

Like most LELO products, their Massage Candle is pretty awesome. The packaging is sleek and sexy, there are no weird man-made toxic ingredients, and the wax does exactly what it is supposed to do: aids massage without leaving a yucky after-feeling. It is a little pricey for a small candle, but you don’t need much of the wax to give a great massage and it will last for a long time. I’ve used it a few times and have only barely made a dent.

Much thanks to LELO for sending me their Massage Candle to review in exchange for my honest opinion!

Name: Flickering Touch Massage Candle

Manufacturer: LELO.

Type: Candle/Massage Oil.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Perfume (D-Limonene, Linalool, Hexylcinnamaldehyde)

Size: 150g / 5.3 oz

Height: 4 inches.
Width: 3 inches (diameter).

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

  1. and I often do []
  2. it has to do with not giving away their company secrets and is really quite bullshit []
March 22nd, 2011 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 4 Lotuses - Very Good, Liberator, Sex Furniture & Position Aids, Text Reviews

Review: Liberator Pulse


Shown with the njoy Eleven and LELO Mia

When I requested the Pulse I wasn’t sure how it would work for me, and that was part of the fun. Liberator has so many awesome shapes that are easy to tell if they will work for me or not so the prospect of a shape that might not work was highly intriguing. The fact that it is amazingly awesome for solo sex seemed obvious, but what about partner sex? Could I use it to have some awesome double penetration with a partner and a hands-free vibrator right on my clit? I needed to know.

Pulse is a rad comma-shaped piece of sex furniture with two vibrator pockets and one dildo hole. The vibrator pockets are on either side of the dildo hole so when you put a dildo inside and straddle it you can straddle it either way and still have a vibrator rocking your clit/cock/balls/wherever you like vibrations. Yes, this can definitely work for anyone regardless of gender. For a sex toy enthusiast like me it is pretty damn phenomenal.

  

It is made of one piece of champagne foam covered by a nylon water resistant slip-cover covered by a microfiber (mine’s black) cover. The shape really is wacky, but really neat. I found it easy to straddle and I have hip problems so I sometimes have difficulty straddling things. It seems perfect for people who want to mount something while masturbating but need it to not be right against the ground. Using it reminded me of why I used to love to straddle things in the past, before my hips started to get upset at me after I did.


For solo sex I was highly impressed. My favorite toy to use in it is my njoy Eleven (you may or may not have noticed this from the pictures) which is difficult for me to thrust with normally but is ridiculously easy to ride when it is inserted into Pulse. It also sticks up perfectly, just as any other dildo I put in there pretty much regardless of the base. The fabric inside of the dildo hole can be pulled up and pushed to the side01 to accommodate dildos with bases or simply pushed down into the hole for baseless ones.

The vibrator pockets work wonderfully as well, though they make it difficult to quickly access the controls of whatever you put in them. Fortunately, that doesn’t matter too much when you’re bumping and grinding down against the various toys, but it can be mildly annoying. I had trouble with the LELO Mia not being able to stay in place because of how thin it is (less than an inch) and the same with the Fairy Pocket Mini, but wider clitoral vibes would have no problem. I actually realized that I don’t own that many clit-only vibes that aren’t either really big with handles or really tiny. For my loves and go-to clitoral vibrators Wahl and Eroscillator it was easier not to use the pockets and just smoosh them between my body and Pulse, which worked exceptionally well.

What really makes Pulse shine, however, is the sloped shape it has. Liberator calls it “your personal teeter-totter” and it really is that. It takes thrusting down to almost a minimal effort, you just rock back and forth and the dildo moves against you, it’s fabulous! I love the feeling of thrusting but most of the time I insert, wiggle, and clench around a dildo rather than actually thrusting it inside of me, but this really does the work for me. In other words, lazy masturbators such as myself will seriously love this. This would also be excellent for anyone who has difficulty either reaching a dildo while it is inside of you or who have trouble gripping toys in general since it’s all hands-free.



Shown with the njoy Eleven, Fairy Pocket Mini, LELO Mona, LELO Mia, and Fun Factory Wave

For partner sex it was awkward, unfortunately. It’s not really made to work during partner sex the way that BonBon is, for example, but I was really hoping that it would anyway. Onyx and I tried it as many ways as we could think of and while it worked as a general boost of height due to the curve of Pulse it was nearly impossible to maneuver it so that the dildo or vibrator lined up with me while he could also fuck me. I’m not sure if people with different body sizes and types would make it work or not since the curve on either end of Pulse gets in the way.

We also tried using the back of it for a raised slope like a Wedge or Ramp but it was way too high. The only way we could figure it working would be if he sort of straddled Pulse and thrust down into me and that just wasn’t very practical at all, just awkward.

I did manage to find a few great uses for it during partner sex: oral and possibly fingering/fisting. Either using it with toys for hands-free stimulation while giving oral to another or using the raised slope side that was way too high for our genitals to connect on. It gives wonderful access to all the right areas when used for the slope without the giving partner having to lean over to get to them.

If your primary intention is to use this with a partner I would go for a different Liberator product, especially any of their Ramps. However, if you enjoy straddling and hands-free vibrations while you masturbate you will love this shape. Plus, if you have a big toy that is difficult to thrust with but feels amazing02 or any ability issues that keep you from thrusting Pulse will seriously be the product you never knew you needed.


Shown with the njoy Eleven and Fairy Pocket Mini

Big huge thanks to Liberator for sending me a Pulse to review in exchange for my honest opinion!

Name: Pulse

Manufacturer: Liberator

Material: Champagne Foam core, water-resistant nylon slip-cover, and washable microfiber exterior cover.

Size: 20 inches (long) x 12 1/2 inches (wide) x 13 inches (high)

Care: Unzip the microfiber cover, wash in cold water, tumble dry, zip back on. You can also wipe down the inner nylon cover if desired/needed.

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

  1. the handy-dandy instructions told me to do this, though I am not convinced it is actually necessary []
  2. like the njoy Eleven []
March 21st, 2011 By Tai Quyn Kulystin Posted in 5 Lotuses - Exceptional, Clitoral Vibrators, LELO, Text Reviews

Vibrator Review: LELO Mia v2.0

I wrote my original Mia review over two years ago01 and although I have used it many times since then I haven’t picked it up in over a year, probably. It really hasn’t stayed one of my favorite toys and is no longer the only USB-powered vibrator around. I had a serious geekgasm the first time around and the second time around I was less impressed with the geeky aspect of it and more impressed with the slight changes LELO made that make a big difference.

The packaging, as always, is superb. Mia comes in LELO’s black box with a black02 slip-cover and the older style of a plastic insert inside. Accompanying it is the standard 10-year quality manual guarantee, 1-year warranty, and black satin storage bag as well as a USB-to-USB adapter in case it is inconvenient to have Mia attached directly to the USB port of your choice. With the abundance of USB ports in things other than a computer these days even if your computer should kick it you would be able to charge Mia.

Most of the features are the same. You can lock Mia so it won’t turn on when you don’t want it to. Mia’s light comes on when the buttons are pressed. Mia’s light turns red when it needs to be charged, blinks when it is charging, and turns solid when it is done charging03. Mia has multiple speeds accessed by pressing the plus button and multiple vibrations you can cycle through. Mia could be inserted only about an inch or two but is really made to be a clitoral stimulator.

The big difference between Mia v1.0 and Mia v2.0 is the intensity of the vibrations. Sure, I like the new sleek black color better than the two original pinks. The adjustment of the motor to be more in the tip is awesome. The lines in Mia’s lid to prevent it from going on any other way are handy. Even the fact that the light won’t come on if you press the minus button when Mia is off04 is pretty nice. But they are all far outweighed by the awesome change in vibrations.

The old version of Mia has a high-pitched buzz to it when it is on, and the vibrations are weak. Two plus years ago when it first came out it was cutting-edge, but still weak, but there have been a lot of improvements to the technology since then and today it doesn’t feel like a luxury toy. I can still get off with Mia v1.0, but it takes a long while which makes it not nearly as fun.

The new Mia is low and rumbly. It is also strong. Ridiculously strong for its size. When put side-by-side there is no question that they have completely different motors, though on the outside they look nearly identical. The greater concentration of vibrations at the tip is also just wonderful. I could tell you about the fancy laser test that LELO did to prove the difference in vibration speed complete with circles and whatnot, but it’s kind of superfluous and can be summed up in a few words: Mia v2.0 is stronger. The end.

The only possible thing I can complain about with Mia is that the point on the end is a little smaller than I generally like my vibrators to be. It can be difficult to maneuver when my brain is turned to mush but I want one more orgasm and can’t seem to get the right location05. But it’s not the end of the world. It’s not really that frustrating or bad, it’s just how it goes.

Mia is also the least expensive of all of LELO‘s vibrators. Just in case you needed another reason to want it.

Much thanks to LELO for sending me the new and improved Mia to review in exchange for my honest opinion!

Name: Mia.

Manufacturer: LELO.

Type: Vibrator.

Power: Rechargeable.

Material: ABS plastic and a bit of silicone.

Length: 4 1/2 inches.
Width: 7/8 of an inch.

Lube: Water- or oil-based preferred. Although there isn’t much silicone on it in order to turn it off you have to touch the silicone buttons and that doesn’t bode well if you’re using silicone lube. Silicone lube + silicone toys = potential disaster.

Care: Toy cleaner, anti-bacterial soap & water.

Rating: 5 Lotuses (out of 5) – Exceptional & Recommended to Everyone Without Question

  1. back when I was still sometimes using gendered pronouns for sex toys, yeesh. Sometimes I think I should go back and revise a lot of those reviews. []
  2. or whatever color of Mia you may choose []
  3. it looks mighty pretty when stuck in the side of my also black computer too []
  4. a tiny change that only someone OCD like me would really notice–this helps me know it is turned off completely, though, and is really handy! []
  5. this happens to me a lot. Am I the only one? []
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