Review: Bad Dragon Apollo the Chimera

Bad Dragon Apollo the Chimera Review PhotoApollo the Chimera from Bad Dragon seems to have a personality all its own. Covered in quirky texture, I don’t know why but it always seems in a happy mood. I’m not one for humanizing sex toys—but there’s something sweet, endearing, and maybe a little odd about the design.

What is the Apollo the Chimera and what is it supposed to do?

Apollo comes in variety of sizes, but as with the majority of Bad Dragon toys, even the small is bigger than what I would consider “average size.”  I think of myself as a size queen, and even I went with the small.

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One of the reasons I like Bad Dragon is that all aspects of their toys are customizable. You select the size, firmness, and color of the toy to suit your own fancy. My Apollo is a small in size, split-wide (a “soft” shaft with a “firm” base to make it easy to grip), and customized completely in color. This gives you tons of options to play around with and get something that’s right for you.

As always, I want to remind you to take your time and be fully honest about your orfice’s capacity to accomodate large hunks of silicone. Bad Dragon, like many companies, does not accept returns if you accidentally get something huge. So while, using my own standards, i would say I could handle a large toy, I cannot, just cannot, handle a large Bad Dragon toy. So, don’t just select a medium because it sounds promising, look long and hard at it next to that pop can.

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I was really impressed by how vivd my color choices turned out. BD employees compared it to superman, I think it’s kind of like a swirled, raspberry lollipop. This was my first time customizing a toy’s color completely and I love how it turned out. If you’d like one just like mine, I’ve created a screen shot that you can follow to get this awesome blue raspberry swirl fade.

My Experience with the Apollo

Apollo the Chimera is not for everyone. That’s what I thought when I put it inside myself for the first time. The small size was incredibly manageable for me, but we need to talk about the knot. So, at the base of this toy is knot that is considerably girthier than the rest of the toy. A hefty two inches in diameter, to be exact.

I actually like the knot, but it’s a different sensation that I’m not sure just every one would enjoy. The Apollo’s knot provides a crazy, intense stretching sensation towards my vaginal entrance. I own a lot of dildos that gradually get bigger towards the base (they often end up on my favorites list). With the Apollo (or any Bad Dragon Toy with a knot)  there is nothing gradual about the stretching sensation. Like someone asking you to move in a month into a relationship, the knot comes up on you fast as either a wonderful or disastrous surprise, depending on where you’re at in life.

apollo-the-chimera-bad-dragon-sex-toy-review-imageIn my experience, I enjoy how different the sensation is. I liked its intensity, coupled with lots of the delicious texture I’ve come to expect from Bad Dragon toys. One of the things that helped was that I went with the soft firmness. Because the toy was softer—-it’s stretchy and soft but firm enough to keep the texture and stand up straight—I could take the knot because it wasn’t extremely rigid.

The base on the Apollo is small and fits into my palm and I don’t have trouble thrusting if I have plenty of lube. Its weird head is probably my favorite feature. It looks like a drill bit or, according to my partner, those squishy footballs from the 90s that throw perfect spirals every time. It’s squishy with lots of texture. Its grooves jostle my G-Spot around and the neatly defined scales down the back stroke my perineal sponge.

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Color 1: 2C4663, Color 2: E01040, Color 3: 19E8E8

The Takeaway

I like the unique sensations the Apollo gives me. While I don’t think it’s the toy for everyone, I do think might be great for experienced folks who are looking for something different, something challenging to add to their collection.

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Bad Dragon sent me Apollo the Chimera in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Bad Dragon! You can check out all of their products here.

 

HedoVibes Review & Giveaway Round Up #98

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Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. HedoVibes is also accepting photo submissions for each edition.

CONTESTS

DILDOS

VIBRATORS

ANAL TOYS

BONDAGE, IMPACT, & FETISH GEAR

STRAP-ONS/HARNESSES

LUBES & CONDOMS

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Review: The VixSkin Mustang from Vixen Creations

If, god forbid, I was only allowed one dildo for the rest of my life, there’s a good chance I might pick the VixSkin Mustang.

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But I’m shuddering at the thought, so I’ll move on.

The Mustang is something of a hallowed object in the world of sex toy reviewers. When this toy arrived at my door, I proclaimed it the day a dildo dream came true. A dildo dream, indeed. After using it, I found the Mustang is clearly a wish your vag makes.

Slightly curved and deliciously squishy, it’s no wonder to me why this toy is so popular. It feels luxurious to the touch and its moderate size makes it easy to recommend. This toy was everything I had heard and more.

What is the Mustang and what is it supposed to do?

The VixSkin Mustang is a dual density dildo from Vixen Creations. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it has a firm inner core and squishy plush outer layer. VixSkin, Vixen Creations’ dual density silicone, has a life-like quality to it and a realistic appeal. It’s soft, but incredibly durable. This is a quality dildo.

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I need to talk about this Tie Bright color option for a second. I just…it’s so….I want every sex toy in this color. It’s the perfect combination of funky and glamorous. Each Mustang in this color option is unique and different, but each is covered in splashes of fuchsia, blue, orange, and purple.

Even smothered in swaths of neon, it  still has a realistic shape and texture. It features a pushed-back foreskin, supple coronal ridge, and veins along the shaft. It comes in realistic tones as well, if that’s more your thing.

The Mustang has a pearly white suction cup base. It’s harness compatible and safe for butts. It’s easy to grip and thrust with.

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Every Vixen Creations toy comes with an unprecedented lifetime warranty. The warranty does not cover misuse, however, so stick to water based lube and take good care of it. You can clean and completely sterilize the Mustang by boiling it in water for 3 minutes.

So just what about the Mustang makes it so awesome?

Well, it’s slight enough that I can use it without warming up, but its shape is immediately stimulating to my G-Spot. Its smooth and cushy head strokes all the right places with just the right amount of pressure.

I figured this toy would leave me wanting something bigger or more filling. But the Mustang is satisfying all on its own. In fact, the Mustang feels better to me than some of its larger siblings. When it’s Mustang time, I don’t want to put it down (take it out? Either way, it can live in there if it likes).

I can thrust with this toy like a maniac. I push quickly on the indented base and thrusting hard with this toy brings me over the edge. It moves with ease and the head glides along my G-Spot slathering it in love and devotion. I don’t have to worry about the 6.5″ length colliding with my cervix, so I can go crazy.

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I really enjoyed using the VixSkin Buck, but that toy is a bit too chunky for me to recommend to everyone. The Mustang, on the other hand, is distinct in shape but a good size for a lot of people. Though I’m a big toy enthusiast, this dildo satisfies me.

I think a part of this is because, like Buck, the Mustang gets larger towards the base. Its slender head keeps me G-Spot and thrusting need taken care of, but it feels filling as I’m stretched towards my vaginal opening.

Whatever it is, I approve.

The Takeaway

The Mustang is a toy box staple. It feels exquisite, it leaves me a panting orgasmic mess, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Quite simply, the Mustang is a high quality toy hand crafted by a trustworthy company. I probably won’t shut up about it. No, I’ll be recommending this toy for a long time.

 
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Vixen Creations sent me the VixSkin Mustang in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Vixen Creations! Be sure to check out their entire line of products here.

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HedoVibes Review Round Up #97

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Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. HedoVibes is also accepting photo submissions for each edition.

CONTESTS

DILDOS

VIBRATORS

ANAL TOYS

BONDAGE, IMPACT, & FETISH GEAR

LUBES & CONDOMS

LINGERIE & SHOES

EROTIC BOOKS

MISCELLANEOUS

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The Jopen L2 Vibrator Review

I’ll be frank: the Jopen L2 is a teeny, tiny dynamo of a vibrator and I love it. In sex toy land, there are two sheriffs in town when it comes to clitoral stimulation. The Tango and the Touch from We-Vibe are two trusted, powerful vibes that a ton of bloggers recommend, myself included.

Jopen Lust 2 Vibrator Review ImageThinking I had my clit needs met, I almost overlooked the L2 from Jopen. I first heard about and handled the Lust Line way back around Christmas.

No patterns? Pretty strong? Small and pin point, but silky smooth to the touch? Yeah, it got my attention, but it almost slipped through the cracks.

I’m really glad it didn’t.

What is it and what is it supposed to do?

The Jopen L2 is a rechargeable external vibe. It’s small, compact, and discreet. And there’s a version available in green!

Jopen L2 Review Product Details

The vibrations of the L2 are pretty strong, especially for no bigger than it is. They’re a bit buzzy (meaning they weaken in intensity just a little when pressure is applied), but altogether pleasing to my clit.

This toy only has incremental speeds. There are no patterns. You hold the button down to rev up the power and the corresponding light on the button tells you how fast you’re going. It flickers on the lower speeds, the flickering gets faster as you go up, and it holds steady light when you’ve reached the highest one. A quick click of the button shuts the toy off.

Its small shape makes for intense, precise stimulation where ever it is applied. The fat little base and curve work together so that it nestles my vulva. It hooks against me and I don’t have to exert a lot of force to keep it where I want.

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The L2 is rechargeable and its charging port is secure and steady.  There’s a tiny indentation at the base, so I can’t say with much confidence that it’s completely waterproof. The box says that it is. But over time I know the hole in the silicone will grow larger. It’s definitely fine for cleaning and shower play. I’d just be mindful when submerging it.

The battery doesn’t last terribly long—-but a bit longer than it states on the box. I found that it lasts about 45 min to an hour on high and for longer on the lower settings. The lack of battery life is honestly the only really negative thing I can think to say about this toy.

It goes into travel lock mode each time you charge it. A lot of people panic and think their toys from this line are broken. Fear not! Press the button 3 times in rapid succession—-the light will come on and the toy is unlocked. To lock the toy, say if you’re traveling and want avoid a buzzing bag at the airport, do the same thing.

All things considered, I love this vibrator.

It snuggles into my vulva, hugging it and it’s strong enough to take me where I want to go.

jopen-l2-vibrator-review-2Silicone tends to mute vibrations a little bit, making me miss the zingy sensations of a hard plastic vibrator. The L2 manages to keep the “zing” without losing much power.

Like I do with my Tango, I like to lay this vibrator across my vulva on a particular side to stimulate the legs of the clitoris. It’s intense, leaves me wanting more, and doesn’t take up much room.

Which makes the L2 a great companion to internal penetration. I’m always looking for a new small vibe to use with my many beloved dildos. And this toy is a quite the contender. It’s strong and rechargeable; it doesn’t hog up to much space and is pretty affordable. What else can I say? The L2 actually makes quite a mark for seeming teeny and indistinct.

The Takeaway

At around $50 the L2 leaves a lasting impression. If you’re looking for a clitoral vibe with quite a bit of power, I’d say take a gander at this toy. The only real downfall I see is its lack of battery life. Even still, it lasts as long (sometimes longer) than its more expensive competitors. I’m really glad I didn’t overlook the Jopen L2, and my clit agrees with me.

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You can get the Jopen L2 at SheVibe

In Defense of Big Toys: An #AdultSexEdMonth Post

“Is that only for people with loose, floppy vaginas?” she asks. Her upper lip curled into familiar snarl of disgust.

In Defense of Big Toys Education Guide

It’s the Outlaw, it’s always the Outlaw.

I tell her no, that it’s perfectly normal to experiment with girth and length and it won’t ruin you. And I walk away.

I want to change how we talk about big toys.

It shouldn’t have stuck to me, that interaction. There was nothing profound or particularly startling about it. Encounters like that happen all the time. Hell, people who work in shops say things like that. But I came to pride myself on the glaze of neutrality that I cast over my body before my feet hit the shop floor. It’s important to be unmoved, fixed like a rock; to let no one and nothing offend you.

But, hey, even smut slingers get their feelings hurt.

The work of disgust is clingy. We intend for our disgust to stick to things, to people, specifically. We express disgust in hopes of simultaneously changing (or shaming) someone’s behavior and elevating ourselves to a high moral ground.

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And if ever there were objects for expressing disgust, big toys would be high on the list.

I get why people think big toys are scary. A lot of that fear, though, can be undone by understanding the myth of the tight pussy. It’s also that our lack of education tells us to just trust things that seem like they could be true. When (if ever) we’re taught about sex, we’re taught that there is only one person who experiences pleasure—-the person doing the penetrating (because in the story there is only penetration to define sex).

So we don’t, as a culture, value sensations that come from experiencing penetration in other ways. So we don’t hear about or even really have a good taxonomy of words to choose from when talking about being penetrated. It’s always passive, it fails to take into account the feeling of expansion, of taking things in.

An older couple thanked me later for my response to the disgusted woman. Listening to me, they said, made them feel safe. We chatted about their new found love of vibrators, handed different tester toys back and forth, and it washed the sticky reminents of disgust right away.

Your Yuk, My Yum

I think it was Coyote Days (the amazing buyer for Good Vibrations) that was the first person I ever heard discuss “yucking my yum” as a concept that happens in the sex toy world. When you work on the floor, this happens a lot.

There Is Pleasure In Expansion And size shaming is a whole other monster inside the storm that is yucking the yums.

So here’s what’s up:

Big Toys that are made of body safe materials like 100% high grade silicone, stainless steel, glass, or wood are perfectly fine to use—when used with lots of lube and lots of warm up.

I love big toys. I love to feel stretched and expanded and pushed. My G-Spot loves being trapped under pressure. I love the time I spend warming up with my favorite toys to get there.

Big Toys are really nothing to be afraid of. They won’t render you loose and they won’t hurt you if you take the proper steps.

“Big” means different things to different people. I consider anything over 1.75″ in diameter to be girthy and anything over 7″ to be lengthy. I recommend starting smaller than you might think. It would just be a real shame if you got something that you can’t use. So check your orifice’s ego.

Tips for Using Large Sex Toys

For a first big toy, I might recommend the Tantus Cush (my review) or Mikey (my review) because although they’re chunkier than average, they are not unreasonably large. If you’re interested in feeling full, but still want something moderate, I’d say either of those toys would do the trick.

Something else to consider is going with a softer material.

Squishy toys are easier to accomodate than rigid ones. With some companies who specialize in big toys like Bad Dragon or Exotic-Erotics you can customize the squish factor. Keep in mind that the longer something is the firmer it needs to be to stand up. Nox the Night Drake by Bad Dragon or the Hippocampus from Exotic-Erotics are both toys that I highly recommend. With these toys you can choose the size the seems right for you (really look at their pictures, though. Even the smallest sizes are bigger than traditional sizes).

VixSkin is another squishy material great for experimenting with girth. If you’ve had some experience and are looking to amp things up even further, the VixSkin Randy is long trusted option. Softer than the Tantus T-Rex and less difficult to use. I gotta say I do love the crazy intensity of the T-Rex. Both are 2.25″ in diameter, so make sure you’ve got what you need to ramp up to them.

The Outlaw didn’t work well for me (as a girth craver) but I think it would work excellent for length.

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Seriously, Lube

Lube is your best friend when it comes to big toys and you’ll need lots of it. I use thick lubes—that are of gel consistency because they provide more cushion and don’t run away. There’s nothing worse than getting a huge toy inside you and realizing the lube you’ve used is too thin and you need more.

Sliquid Sassy, Please Gel, and Wicked Toy Love are all thick viscosity lubes that are compatible with silicone toys and ones that I use regularly with big toy play.

Warm Up: Creating a Marathon of Awesome

Warming up is crucial.

I don’t just shove big toys inside of me. Though I championed my vag as a champ after taking the Tantus T-Rex, it took, like, eight other toys to get me there.

It was a marathon of awesome.

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Your body needs to adjust and prepare. And hey, it’s more time for pleasure! For warming up I want something easy to use and stimulating—-my top choices: the Alex Noise by BS Atelier, the Tantus Rocket, or the VixSkin Mustang by Vixen Creations.

Some strong clitoral stimulation is also key for making this work for me. An external vibe makes for a wonderful companion on the road to big toys.

The bigger the toy, the more warm up you’ll need and the more incremental sizes to get you there.

A hand is a great warm-up tool—gradually increase the amount of fingers you use: Voila! Warm up!

Create your own marathon of awesome: Set out the lube, line up the toys, pick some particularly stimulating sexy things to do with a partner, and enjoy the ride.

Give Yourself Some Time

You’ll also need some time. Carve out time in your schedule when looking to explore sex toy girth or length. It’ll up the anticipation and give you the time you need to prepare.

Go slowly, don’t “push yourself.” It shouldn’t feel like resistance. Mostly, don’t forget to breathe. Once I’ve inserted the toy I’d like to use, I usually just hold it there and breathe for a while before I start thrusting. Allow your body to adjust. Revel in the sensation of being full.

So, kittens, there’s nothing wrong with big toys. As long as you have what you need and take your time, there’s all sorts of pleasure to be had experimenting with girth or length.

 

 

Review: Tails & Portholes Sea Dragon

Meet the Sea Dragon

Tails and Portholes Sea Dragon Handmade DIldo ReviewIf you read this blog you know I have a thing for handmade sex toys

I just love the funky flair of sex toys that we’re created and crafted by people…..you know, with their hands. So when I was asked to review a prototype for an aspiring dildo maker, I was like “YAS GIMME ALL THE LOCALLY GROWN DRAGON DICKS!”

But, seriously, I want to be mindful of who and what I give time and space to here on Peep’s Scoop. I want to highlight companies (or  people) who make unique, body-safe toys and instruments, and share some interwebz space with them. So I was delighted when I got the chance to review this toy.

What is it and what is it supposed to do?

The Sea Dragon is Tails & Portholes’ first attempt at a dual density fantasy dildo. It has a firm inner core and a soft outer layer. The outer layer is a plushy, squishy silicone, comparable to Bad Dragon’s soft. It’s flexible but firm enough that the texture isn’t lost wTails and Portholes Sea Dragon Silicone Dildo Reviewhen using it. The contrast between the two densities is stark and much more apparent than most: the firm inner core is super firm, the soft outer layer is super soft.

Mine is the original color, but they also do custom colors. (Follow them on Twitter for updates). It’s an icy arctic blue with scales down the back of the shaft with dark blue detail.

I was pleased at the Sea Dragon’s completely manageable size. Fantasy toys have a wrap in the sex toy industry for starting at way larger than an average size toy. It’s hard for me to recommend a lot of fantasy toys for this reason. But at 6″ tall and 1.5″ in diameter, this fantasy dildo is a very reasonable size.

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The silicone is a bit delicate and requires some extra care. Though it’s fairly sturdy, I would be extra gentle when cleaning it. No boiling, no dish washer. Hand wash with a toy cleaner or gentle, natural, fragrance free soap. When storing, keep it away from sharp edges or anything that could cause tearing.

It’s body safe, phthalate free silicone, but as they’re just starting out, this toy’s gonna be somewhat more fragile than toys that are churned out on the regular. There are some minor imperfections in the cast—I noticed a couple of smudges and the base peels a little—-but nothing truly alarming. As a lot of my toys that have cost twice, three, or four times as much have also had imperfections, I’m not entirely worried about it.

My Experience with the Sea Dragon

That being said: it feels good. Like really good.  In my Sea Dragon, the firm inner core is much closer to the front of the toy than the back. This means that it’s more rigid toward my G-Spot and less so toward my perineal sponge. Often times I’ll find that soft toys are too pliablTails and Portholes Hand Made Sea Dragon Dildo Reviewe to really get a good grip on my G-Spot. Having the firmness towards the front puts more pressure on my G-Spot and the extra plushness feels great against it while thrusting.

Though I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when using this toy for the first time, it was immediately stimulating. The shape gives it an oomph in the sensation department. Everything seems slight: the curve, the moderate girth and length, but it feels really filling.

It’s gives me that full feeling without a lot of hassle. The Sea Dragon is both broad and thick in a manageable way. I think it may be slightly too big for folks who need really slender toys, but for me, it was easy to use and altogether pleasing. It’s ridge is full, but supple. The texture down the back is defined, but still smooth and soft—giving it a gentle nudging sort of texture that’s not scrapey or intense.

The Takeaway

Overall, I enjoyed getting to try the Sea Dragon. Though I think you should keep in mind what I said earlier about it being more on the fragile side, I think for its price point ($35), it’s worth checking out. It’s not flawless quite yet, but it’s still managed to give me some great blended orgasms when in combination with some trusted clitoral stimulation.

Pros and Cons of the Tails & Portholes Sea Dragon

Shop for the Sea Dragon at Tails and Portholes’ Etsy shop. Follow them on Twitter here and Facebook here.

Tails and Portholes sent me the Sea Dragon in exchange for my unbiased review. Thanks, Tails and Portholes! 

Review: Tantus Perfect Plug Kit

“Give the people what they want!”

cried almighty Tantus, giver of silicone butt treats. With the clash of thunder and a flash of lightning the Perfect Plug Kit fell from the sky
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Or at least, that’s how I imagine it went.

Anal training kits have a mass appeal to them. As anal sex requires build up and patience, having plugs of multiple sizes in the same kit can make that process easier.

What’s the Perfect Plug Kit and what’s it supposed to do?

The Tantus Perfect Plug Kit comes with two toys: a small non-vibrating plug and a larger similar plug that vibrates. The idea is that you start off with the little plug and graduate to the larger one.

Like all other things Tantus, these plugs are made from 100% silicone and are nonporous. Their flared base prevents them from being pulled within the body.  Made from the same silky, smooth, lint-resistant silicone used in the Neo and Juice, the Perfect Plug Original and Plus have very little drag to them and are comfortable to wear.

Their tapered heads make for easy insertion and narrow necks help them stay in place. And even the larger one doesn’t hog up too much orifice room, making double penetration possible.

The Perfect Plug Kit really hits the mark. The complimentary sizes make for a combination of easy and challenging that’s just right.

My Experience with the Perfect Plug Kit

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Starting out, I was amiable towards but not quite invested in the smaller plug. Completely non-threatening with less than an inch of girth, it was probably the easiest thing I’ve inserted in my butt, like, ever. There’s no fuss, no real discomfort, just TADAH! it’s in my butt.

I imagined its small shape wouldn’t do too much once it was inserted. I figured once it was in, it wouldn’t provide any sensation from there, unless directly pushing against the base. I was impressed by how palpable the Perfect Plug is when I wear it. I could always feel it, but never too intensely.

The larger plug comes with an removable bullet  that you can leave in or replace with the We-Vibe Tango. It runs on an “N” size battery and its power doesn’t do much for my clit or vulva, but is reasonable enough in my butt. It only has one speed though, so if you want power you’re going to need something stronger.

With both plugs, I turn the base vertically so that it rests between my cheeks without scrunching them up. They stay in place nicely, but I do adjust them frTantus Perfect Plug Plus Anal Toy Reviewom time to time. The Plus’ neck is a bit thicker, so it requires a bit more attention. When used with a toy in my vag neither hogged up all the space, but their slight texture felt really good thrusting in unison with the other toy. The bases do take up some room, but I like to hook the base of the plug onto the base of the dildo so that I can move them together with one hand (multi-tasking like I do).

I gotta say I was a little intimidated by the Perfect Plug Plus the first time I saw it in person a few months back. While it’s certainly not the biggest plug I own, it’s still a little long (4″) and shape a bit severe.

But like the smaller plug, it was easy to insert. The stimulation and slight stretching (I promise this feels better than it might sound, there’s really no other way to describe it) sensation are much more immediate as the widest part is towards the top of the toy. At 1.2″ in diameter, the Perfect Plug Plus manages to stimulate without being all too terribly challenging.

Though I’ve heard it’s amazing, I avoided using my Tango inside it. The vibration, even on the lowest level, is a bit too much for my somewhat timid and fussy butt. The bullet provides a buzzy, fairly gentle vibration that surprisingly suited my butt’s tastes. I will say, the bullet does make it a bit more bulky and takes up more room.

The Takeaway

The Perfect Plug Kit is a nice combination. Overall, I really enjoy using either of them and they definitely compliment each other. They’re stimulating, easy to use, and work greaTantus Perfect Plug Kit Review Image 2t in all the ways I’d like them to: to add an extra fullness that’s not overwhelming, to provide sensation during everyday tasks, to use as stand alone penetrative toys.

Having a butt that always needs warm up, I can really appreciate this kit. As easy as I found them to be, I think they’d make great (dare I say it?) anal beginner toys.

Scoop up the Perfect Plug Kit from Tantus or you can get the Perfect Plug and the Perfect Plug Plus separately.

Tantus sent me the Perfect Plug Kit in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Tantus! Affiliate links are used throughout 

 

Finding a Lube You’ll Love: A Practical Guide

Where would I be without lube?

Sliquid Body Safe Lubricant

Without the handy help of lube, I wouldn’t be able to shove things inside myself and then write about it on the Internet. Lube makes things easier and slicker, but a good lube to me is one that makes things slippery without reducing all friction.

Though I’ve tried many, lube isn’t an easy thing to write about. It’s hard to describe. And I know from working on the floor of a sex shop that people have feelings about lube.

There’s a really pervasive, incorrect cultural myth that if you need to use lube, it means you’re broken.

It doesn’t.

Lube reduces discomfort with penetration, can really help out with oral sex, and is completely necessary for some things, like butt stuff. When it comes to vaginas, science actually tells us that there’s no direct causation between “wetness” and desire (stop what you’re doing a grab a copy of Come as You Are. Do that? Ok, let’s proceed). We are taught to believe that our bodies respond in perfect harmony to our sexual whims. Not always the case, and that’s ok! Lube is something to have in your pleasure toolkit. It’s a cheap, effective new thing to try out and let enhance any experience. Lube is good, lube is your friend, don’t buy into that shit about being broken.

LubePostBut because there’s a stigma around lube, we also don’t get much information about it or how to find ones that are safe and right for us.

When I first started blogging, I was fucking clueless about lube. Most of what I had heard came from listening to sales reps whose products were subpar at best and disgustingly gummy/tacky at worst.

Like so many other baby sex bloggers, I found the light of Sliquid, a brand trusted by professional masturbators everywhere. And after finding out what makes some lubes better than others, I’ve tried quite a few, tackling different textures, flavors, and ingredients.

We don’t have much in the way of popular images of lube. Except for one brand: KY.  Even though KY contains both glycerin and parabens (potentially harmful preservatives) we believe it’s fine because it’s everywhere. It’s the only lube that has that kind of brand recognition.

Many times on the floor of a sex shop, I would have customers who refused to buy a particular material (often a body-safe material like high quality 100% silicone, glass, ABS hard plastic) because someone they knew had a bad experience or was “allergic.” Confused I would make sure they didn’t mean TPE or jelly, and they wouldn’t. It would dawn on me what it probably was: lube.

Lube2The lubes we see the most of are often times the ones that can actually do our bodies harm: triggering yeast infections, irritation, and discomfort. Even the new FDA regulations won’t weed out the likely culprits of so many’s discomfort.

So when picking out a lube check the ingredients first. Shy away from ones that contain glycerin and parabens.

And no one’s silly for believing that lube must be body-safe if it’s on the shelves or on TV. It means you have high standards and think that being body-safe is priority for lube companies. Unfortunately, it’s not always, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great lube that does all the things for you.

Lube Companies I Trust Across the Board: Sliquid, Good Clean Love, Uberlube, Please, Blossom Organics 

 

Water Based Lubes:

Water based lubes are the most common and  recommended for use with silicone toys. They can be the trickiest to get right, as when they dry they can feel all sticky or tacky. The body absorbs water fairly quickly so you’ll likely need to reapply. Despite this,  water-based lubes are easy to use and clean up.

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Sliquid Organics water based is a solid choice for a no frills plain water based lube to use with toys or a partner. Its consistency is on the thinner side but not runny. It’s tasteless and odorless and I don’t notice any sticky residue, but I’m not particularly picky.

Sliquid Sassy is my favorite water based lube. Designed for anal play (you can use this lube any way you please), its thicker viscosity helps keep it around for longer. Sassy minimizes friction beautifully and I highly recommend it for toys with a lot of drag (Fun Factory is a prime example), larger toys, butt stuff, and toys with extreme texture.

Wicked Sensual Care’s Aqua Sensitive is one that I recommend not because I’m head over heels with it, but because I’ve worked with so many who are. It’s by far the thinnest water based lube I’ve ever come in contact with and in feel tests it sways even the pickiest of lube consumers. Despite it’s extremely thin consistency it somehow manages to stick around.

 

Silicone Lubes:

The word “silicone” seems to make people skittish. Never fear folks, silicone lubes contain fewer ingredients than water based and don’t require preservatives! That being said, some silicone lubes can feel thick (not in a good way) and oily depending on the manufacturer.

Silicone sticks around, as it doesn’t absorb into the body like water does. They usually leave a soft finish behind when they dry and are ideal for long play sessions. They are slippery, like really slippery, and be careful not to spill it. I’ve seen more than one person alm22FM13ost bite it in a puddle of silicone lube.

Silicone (oil) and silicone (rubber) like to stick to each other, which can cause toys to degrade. Water based lubes are traditionally recommended, and it’s a very tricky thing to suggest. Spot test a silicone lube on the base of a silicone toy to check for any disfiguration before using, just to be safe.

Uberlube is my silicone lube of choice. It’s thin and non-greasy. It has a really light finish to it that makes it great to add to mosturizer for a makeup base or to tame frizzy hair. Uberlube is super slick and leaves softer skin behind. It’s packaging is discreet and fancy. It’s a sophisticated lube that I’ve used with multiple silicone toys without issue.

Hybrid Lubes:

Good hybrid lubes can feel creamy, smooth, and luxurious. Bad hybrid lubes can feel like bacon grease. It just depends. But if I had to only have one lube in my life i22FL12-3t would be a hybrid.

Hybrid lubes are usually just fine to use with silicone toys because the amount of silicone they contain is really low. The silicone gives the lube a boost and helps keep it around for longer than a plain water based.

Sliquid Silk made the top spot in lubes I tried in 2014 and is my first choice for really anything. Please Cream is very similar and another top choice.  I don’t know how to describe why but they just feel better to me. I don’t think it has anything to do with feeling “more natural,” they’re just softer, providing cushion without detracting from the sensation of texture.

Yeah, that.

Tingling Lubes:

organics-o-gelEvery once in a while a little added sensation might be nice. I must confess, though, I’ve never really committed to testing a heating or a cooling lube. Temperature play is just something I’m not that into.

There are some body safe ones on the market: Sliquid makes a warming lube which other bloggers seem to enjoy.

I enjoy using their Stimulating O Gel, which I’m pretty sure came in a larger size as a lube, but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Anyway, it basically creates a tingly, sort of buzzy sensation wherever you apply it. The sensation can help jumpstart things or just add a little something extra. As a lube, it worked well for using larger toys.

 

There you have it, folks—some starters for finding a good, quality lube.

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