Minna Limon Vibrator Review

Way back in 2011, I had the opportunity to attend the AVN Adult Novelty Expo (otherwise known as ANE). At this trade show, I discovered a new company called, Minna Life, that was just about to release their first sex toy, the Minna Ola Vibrator.

I was able to handle it and experience just how different the Ola was from other vibrators currently on the market. It ended up taking me until last year to finally review the Minna Ola, and while I really loved the idea behind it, i didn’t enjoy the vibrator as much as I had anticipated.

Right about the time I published my Ola Vibrator review, I ran across Minna Life’s crowd funding campaign on indiegogo (which is partly how they funded the Minna Ola) for a new vibrator. Of course, I immediately published a Spotlight on the New Minna Limon.

After waiting and waiting, and waiting some more (patience is not one of my strongest virtues), the Minna Limon was finally released late last year. Thanks to the generosity of the awesome folks over at SheVibe, I didn’t have to wait almost two years to get my hands on one. Did I mention that it’s teal? It also comes in pink, if you really can’t stand the teal (crazy person).

Minna Limon Vibrator

At 3″ long and 2″ wide, the Minna Limon is SMALL, much more so than I expected. I have average sized hands for a woman and its lemony shape fits very comfortably. It is also incredibly light, weighing only 2.7 ounces, which is great for those with hand/wrist issues. It probably weighs about the same as my iPhone 5 with its case on.

If you’ve read my most recent review, you know that licking sex toys to determine if they are made of safe materials isn’t always the best idea. However, based on having actually met the people behind the company, my experience with the Minna Ola, and what I am willing to suffer for my readers, I licked the Minna Limon anyway. I am happy to report no adverse reactions.

According to my tongue, the silicone of the Minna Limon is legit. It is soft and smooth, similar to that of the Ola, but I find the Limon’s silicone to be silkier, with much less drag. There is a visible seam that runs around the center of the vibrator but it is not very noticeable.

The Minna Limon is not an insertable vibrator and the slickness of its silicone does not require gobs of lube. In fact, with this vibrator, less is more. It can get slippery easily. Stick to water-based lubricants, or as Minna Life states, “silicone-safe” lube. If you want to try using a silicone-based lube with the Limon, do a small patch test beforehand.

As the Minna Limon charges via tiny magnets on its underside, it has no open ports and is not only waterproof, it is also submersible. While I would stay away from the high temperatures of a jacuzzi, feel free to enjoy your Limon in the bath or shower.

Of course, the Minna Limon’s high-quality silicone is phthalate-free, body-safe, and hypoallergenic, and the waterproofness of the vibrator makes cleaning a breeze. You can go the lazy man’s route (AKA “the Bean method”) and wash it with warm water and gentle soap (NOT antibacterial). A sex toy cleaner will also do the job.

If you plan on sharing your Minna Limon Vibrator with non-fluid bonded partners, go the extra mile and disinfect it with a 10% bleach solution. This will destroy any bacteria lingering on the Limon’s surface and ensure nothing is unintentionally transferred.

Minna Limon Vibrator

Minna Limon Vibrator, Power Button

Minna Limon Vibrator, Size

Minna Limon Vibrator, Compared to Minna Ola

Kudos to Minna Life on the Limon’s charging solution. I think it’s great. The Limon sits in a small cradle that holds it in place while charging. This may not seem like a big deal, but as with most of the newer rechargeable vibrators, the Limon charges via USB.

At some point, I’m going to have to stop complaining about vibrators coming only with USB chargers because it is obviously the wave of the future, but today is not that day. I know most people (myself included) already own a USB to AC adapter thanks to a smartphone and/or tablet. In addition, it is more eco-friendly, which I do think is important.

Though I often perform a first charge on my computer while working so I can see if anything exciting happens and have an idea of how long it takes (and because I’m so lazy I don’t want to have to get it from the other room when it’s done), I generally prefer wall charging.

The fact that the Minna Limon charges via USB means that many people will charge it through a computer. If you’ve ever tried charging some of the older Fun Factory Click ‘N’ Charge Vibrators, you know magnetic chargers can sometimes be tricky, moving slightly or falling off completely and breaking the connection.

Not only does this not happen with the Minna Limon’s charger, it locks the vibrator into place and keeps it from rolling around. If you’re like me and have very limited space, you understand that being able to charge a lemon-shaped vibrator off my laptop without it trying to wander away every time I move is a big deal.

While charging, the Minna Limon does something super cool that I’ve never seen before. (Yep, I’m totally geeking out.) As with many rechargeables, the Limon’s internal light pulses during charging, then stops and glows steadily to inform you charging is complete.

However, when the Limon’s internal light is on, you see the the word “m!nna” projected onto the side of the vibrator. I know it’s unnecessary and does nothing to enhance to functionality of the toy. I’m also guessing it’ll drive some people crazy, but it’s clever and I love it.

Not only is the Minna Limon fully charged out of the box (not very common but very considerate), it pulses when you turn it on to let you know how much charge is left. Three pulses indicates the vibrator is fully charged, two pulses means you have approximately half the charge left, and one or no pulse says it’s time to recharge.

My understanding is that the Minna Limon requires approximately one hour to fully charge and will last 1.5-3 hour, depending on how it is used. The more frequently you use the stronger intensities, the faster the battery will drain. However, I have not been able to run it down beyond two pulses thus far and I have tried.

On to the fun stuff. What makes the Minna Limon so special? There are a few things, but the major difference between the Limon and any other vibrator on the market (aside from the Minna Ola) is how it actually works. Check out the video below.

 

 

The Minna Limon has what Minna Life calls a “squeezable interface”. Rather than the typical dials or buttons that control a vibrator’s intensity, you manage the Limon’s vibrations by squeezing it. The harder you squeeze, the stronger the vibrations will become. It is the easiest way to control a vibrator I have ever experienced.

There is no fumbling with two hands to try and turn a dial or need to remember which button is which and blindly poking around until you find the correct one. You just squeeze. As wondrous as this squeezability is, it may be challenging for those of you with hand and wrist issues. Minna offers a semi-solution, Lock Mode.

The Minna Limon has three modes, Free Play Mode, Record Mode, and Lock Mode. Just as it sounds, in Free Play Mode, it’s all about you squeezing the vibrator. Squeeze long and hard, you’ll get a steady, strong vibration. Stop squeezing, no vibrations. Easy peasy.

Record Mode is where the Minna Limon adds a special option to its already unique squeezable technology. It allows you to create your own patterns, and with its use of Smart Memory, the Limon will remember and replay the pattern you have just created. How cool is that?

You generate any pattern you like by squeezing the Limon with different strengths and for variable lengths of time. Once you are happy with it, simply stop squeezing. After a moment, the Limon will replay your creation over and over until you squeeze again to stop it.

First very important note: Like a young child, the Minna Limon can remember only one pattern at a time. As soon as you squeeze the vibrator to stop it, that pattern is gone and you must create a new one.

If you really love the pattern you’ve just designed but keep losing it by accidentally squeezing the Minna Limon, you can save your creation for the period of time the vibrator remains on. This is where Lock Mode comes in.

As the name suggests, Lock Mode allows you to lock in a specific pattern of vibrations. This way, no matter how many times you unintentionally squeeze the Minna Limon during play, you will not lose your pattern. I use this mode frequently. (Hi, my name is Bean and I’m am accidental squeezer.)

Just as controlling the vibration strength and patterns couldn’t be easier, the Minna Limon’s single control button could not make moving from mode to mode any more straightforward. I know I usually express a preference for a dedicated on/off switch, but because of how this vibrator works and due to its small size, having just the one button makes sense.

Turning the Minna Limon on is a snap. Simply press the power button. As I mentioned above, this is when the vibrator will pulse to let you know how much charge is left. The power light pulses along with the vibration. When the Limon is on, a small light directly underneath the power button will light up. This light remains lit through all three modes. The Limon always starts out in Free Play Mode. Free Play Mode = power light only.

To move to Record Mode, press the power button once. The record light, to the left of the power button, will turn on. It looks like a refresh symbol, a rounded arrow. You can now create unique vibration patterns and the Minna Limon will replay for them for you. Record Mode = power light + record light.

You’re probably getting the gist of this by now. You access Lock Mode by pressing the power button once again. The record symbol turns off and the lock light turns on. This is located to the right of the power button and looks like a little padlock. Lock Mode = power light + lock light.

Minna Limon Vibrator, in Charging Cradle

Minna Limon Vibrator, Charging Contacts and Travel Vent

Minna Limon Vibrator, USB Charging Cradle

While in Lock Mode, pressing the power button will return you to Free Play Mode, which is where you began when you turned the Minna Limon on. It’s that effortless. Three presses of the power button will allow you to access all the Limon’s features. To turn the vibrator off, press and hold the power button for several seconds. The Limon will pulse once and turn off.

Second very important note: Just as the Minna Limon will instantly forget a pattern as soon as you create a new one, turning the vibrator off will erase the last pattern you made. It does not have the ability to hold patterns in its memory without power.

In addition to employing the squeezable feature Minna Life introduced with the Ola Vibrator, the Minna Limon boasts what the company calls Rumble Motor Technology. Minna Life states that this unique technology offers “unprecedented strength”, which is one of those generalized statements meant to sound good without actually providing any real information.

Regardless, the Minna Limon’s vibrations are no joke. I find them to be more powerful and deeper than those of the Minna Ola and the LELO Siri, and surprisingly on par with my top two favorite clit vibrators of all time, the Crave Duet and the We-Vibe Touch.

The strength of the Minna Limon’s vibrations was a very happy surprise. The We-Vibe Touch may be a teency bit more powerful on its highest level (and I mean teency), but for some reason its power tends to lessen slightly when I press it against my body, so they end up being about the same.

The Siri, one of my preferred LELO vibrators, would need some extra oomph to compete with the Limon. Comparing the Limon to the Crave Duet is more difficult. The Limon’s vibrations may be more rumbly but the Duet’s dual motors create a sensation that the Limon cannot reproduce.

What astonished me even more than the Limon’s power was the deep, rumbliness of its vibrations. Take a moment to recall the highest-pitched, buzziest vibrations you’ve ever felt and how angry they made you. Holding on to that memory? The Limon’s vibrations are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum and are really what separates it from the Siri and many other vibrators. Aside from the obvious difference in shape, I’m not sure I would be able to tell the Minna Limon and the We-Vibe Touch apart in a blind test.

Though I don’t think I will ever lose my fondness for my We-Vibe Touch, the Minna Limon is significantly easier to use (It could be that my Touch is aging, but its button has become more and more difficult to operate.) and is not a lint magnet. It is also decidedly quieter than the We-Vibe Touch (and the Minna Ola), even at its highest level of intensity. I dare say, many people will be able to use the Limon next to a sleeping partner without disturbing them one iota.

Just as with the We-Vibe Touch and any other clit vibe of a similar size, some of the Minna Limon’s vibrations are transferred to the hand during use, causing mild buzzy hand syndrome. Unlike other vibrators that are so bad they are literally painful, the low-pitched level of the Limon’s vibrations restrict this to a tingling or slight discomfort, if any.

The shape of the Minna Limon will most likely work best for women who have protruding, or at least larger clits than mine. Though there is nothing wrong with the shape of the Limon, I find myself wishing its citrusy point was longer. I just happen to have a very small clit that is well hidden in its hood. However, once I sneak the tip in between my labia I am able to tuck it right up under my clit, which works fabulously.

I do want to mention that like the Minna Ola, the Limon’s squeeze pillow (Minna Life’s term, not mine) can deflate after travel or over time. There is a small silver spot underneath the vibrator, between the two magnetic charging contacts. This is the travel vent and when depressed with a ball point pen, it will re-inflate the pillow. And now I’m sleepy. Where is my pillow?

Probably my biggest complaint about the Minna Limon is its over-sized tube. I am a sucker for cool and/or luxurious packaging. At the same, I want a minimal amount of waste. I realize these desires often conflict. (Ever tried wrapping gifts using pages from catalogues or paper grocery bags? It takes a LOT longer than wrapping paper but makes me feel slightly more eco-conscious.)

As with the Ola, the Minna Limon comes in a stylish, cardboard tube that is sturdy enough to provide good protection and long-term storage, but it’s big (though not as bad as the Ola’s gigantic package). Inside the tube, the Limon sits in a little holder of sorts so it is perfectly displayed when you remove the top.

Also included are the Limon’s USB charging stand, an appropriately informative users manual in multiple languages, and a great little storage pouch that is easy to use. (Does anyone who has the We-Vibe Touch not despise the awful storage pouch that comes with it?)

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Front

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Back

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Size

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging

Minna Limon Vibrator Packaging, Contents

Minna Limon Vibrator Pros:
• Squeezable technology
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful vibrations
• Record and Lock Modes
• Very lightweight
• Waterproof
• Rechargeable
• Silky, smooth silicone
• Super quiet
• Easy to use
• Straightforward control/light panel
• Good charging cradle
• Long battery life
• Cool side light-up feature
• Not a lint magnet
• Awesome color

Minna Limon Vibrator Cons:
• Better for protruding clits
• Mild buzzy hand syndrome
• No AC charger
• Overlarge packaging

I love being able to start the year off on a positive note. I had intended to publish my Minna Limon review on New Year’s Day, but the wretched stomach flu kept that from happening. I know this is technically my second review of 2014, but the first one was such a disaster I’m ignoring it.

I really can’t find big gaffes with Minna Limon. I included buzzy hand syndrome on my Cons list because it may be a true problem for some people who have certain hand issues. However, it is mild and no worse than most clit vibrators of its size. I would like an old school wall charger included with my USB charger, but that’s not a failure of the Limon itself.

The two issues to address when deciding on whether or not to purchase the Minna Limon are the squeezing and the shape. You can see all the great features this vibrator has listed under Pros and it’s obvious I’m a fan. I also have a chronic pain condition that severely impacts my hands at times. Would I want to deal with a squeeze pillow on those occasions? No. Then again, I don’t want to masturbate when I’m in that much pain either.

Do you prefer steady vibrations and only enjoy patterns once in a while? If so, the Minna Limon is probably not the ideal vibrator for you. Nifty technology aside, this vibrator is best suited for people who appreciate different pattern and want the opportunity to create their own.

Do you know what shape vibrator works best for you? If not, how are you built? Do you have a small, hidey clit like mine or is yours large and protruding, loud and proud? This is also vital to making a good decision about owning the Minna Limon.

While the Minna Limon has not replaced my favorite clit vibrator, it is making a serious play for the number two spot. Though I ultimately favor the shape of the We-Vibe Touch, I prefer everything else about the Minna Limon, from its silky, non-lint magnet-y silicone, to its ease of use and ability to create unique patterns, to its non-hateful storage pouch.

If you’re deciding between the Minna Ola and the Minna Limon, there is no competition. The Limon wins hands down. Not being insertable makes it slightly less versatile, but the strength, depth, and quietness of the vibrations, along with its much better charging solution and slicker silicone make up for that ten times over.

SheVibe carries both the Minna Limon and the Minna Ola and will give you free shipping on your $75 purchase, you’ll which qualify for with either vibrator. It’s not that I’m not trying to influence your decision or anything. All I’m saying is that if you’re in the market for a vibrator, seriously consider the Minna Limon. It comes in teal. Need I say more?

Bean Fiddler Rating:

SPOTLIGHT on New Christy Mack Fleshlight

Posted by | Sex Toys for Men,Spotlight | December 27, 2013
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Fleshlight just announced yet another new Fleshlight Girl, Christy Mack. It seems like just a few weeks ago they announced Joanna Angel, but I guess you can never have enough Fleshlight Girls to choose from.

Christy-Mack

I will be honest, I had never heard of Christy Mack before she was announced as the latest Fleshlight Girl. I have to say, she doesn’t do much for me personally. Her face isn’t unattractive but she’s no stunner. I don’t mind tattoos. I sometimes actually find them very sexy, but hers don’t do it for me, especially the one on her neck. She has a pretty ridiculous hair cut, but what really ruins her for me is the fake tits. I’ll take small, real boobs over big fake ones any day.

Maybe she’s a heck of a performer. I’ll have to see if I can find a scene or two that she’s in and check her out. Right now, she is one of my least favorite Fleshlight Girls though. That said, the girl who is attached to the Fleshlight really doesn’t make much of a difference to the masturbation sleeve itself, and Fleshlight has done something pretty special for Christy Mack.

For the first time ever, Fleshlight has given a Fleshlight Girl an exclusive texture for her butt sleeve. This new texture, called “Booty” (pictured below), looks like it has some serious potential. Filled with bumps and a canal with changing diameters, I can see this sleeve feeling very good. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Booty texture isn’t going to stay exclusive to Christy for long. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Christy Mack Booty

You only get the Fleshlight Booty texture if you choose Christy’s butt Fleshlight. If you select her vagina, you get her exclusive texture called “Attack” (pictured below). This one looks like it has a lot going on. It’s filled with bumps, dots, ribs and nodes. The Fleshlight Attack texture may be pretty intense. However, it makes the same mistake as many other Fleshlights. There is a texture pretty deep into the sleeve that only men with well above average length penises are going to feel. Still, Attack looks like it could be a lot of fun. There is one thing I find a bit strange. Unless I am just missing it, I don’t see the standard Fleshlight Lotus texture being offered for Christy Mack. I think this is the first time a Fleshlight Girl doesn’t have the Lotus option.

Christy Mack Attack

With the current 25% off on ALL Fleshlight brand products, now is a great time to head over and Fleshlight to pick up your own Christy Mack Fleshlight. If Christy doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out any of the other Fleshlight Girls or masturbation sleeves that Fleshlight offers. Though you may want to stop and take a look at my Fleshlight reviews first, for some feedback.

Tantus Splash Dildo Review

Do you think it would be easier for you to write a positive or a negative sex toy review? For me, often positive reviews are the more challenging because it can feel like I’m just repeating myself. This is especially true when reviewing a toy from one of my favorite manufacturers. Well people, this is one of those reviews. Why? I’m reviewing the Tantus Splash Dildo.

Tantus Splash Dildo

There is a part of me that is so tempted to write up a really brief review about how the Tantus Splash Dildo differs from their other dildos and then refer you to my multiple Tantus reviews, but that just wouldn’t be fair, would it?

When it comes to Tantus sex toys, it all begins with the company and their mission and values, but I have discussed how great the company is quite a bit recently. I’m not going to get into great detail about its awesomeness in this review. Though I will take a moment to congratulate Metis Black, the company’s founder, on her new position as CEO.

The foundation of all Tantus’ insertable sex toys is their Ultra-Premium Platinum Silicone. This is their unique blend of silicone and it’s 100% pure, not some mixture of silicone and TPR or who knows what else that many companies use. Tantus silicone is of the highest quality, as close to being non-porous as possible, hypoallergenic, and body-safe.

When it comes to using silicone sex toys, I generally advise you to stick with water-based lubricants. Many toys that claim to be silicone are not pure (In fact, a company can say their product is 100% silicone even if it DOES NOT actually have ANY silicone in it.) and many silicone-based lubes have additional ingredients. Mixing the two can cause a chemical reaction that damages the toy.

Due to the superior nature of its silicone, you can use the Tantus Splash Dildo with certain high-quality silicone-based lubricants. Your best bet is to go with a good brand and a product that has basic ingredients, such as Pjur Original Bodyglide. If you’re not sure how your lube will interact with the Splash, do a small patch test on the underside of its base.

Regardless of what type of lube you use, you’re going to need a good amount. Tantus silicone tends to be very draggy and the Splash Dildo is no exception. What is different is that the Tantus Splash is extremely textured and I find that this texture tends to eat lube more than a smoother dildo, like the Tantus Cush O2 Dual Density.

Tantus Splash Dildo, Side View

Tantus Splash Dildo, Size

Tantus Splash Dildo, Other Side View

Speaking of texture, what do you think of the appearance of the Tantus Splash Dildo? Ever since publishing a Spotlight on the Tantus Splish (Splash’s little brother) and the Tantus Splash back when they were released in 2012, I have been dying to try one of them because I really love texture.

As you know, I also seriously prefer unrealistic looking sex toys. The more lifelike dildos kinda give me the creeps. I don’t the like the idea of having sex with a random amputated penis, but that’s me. The Tantus Splash looks as though someone decided it was not quite finished and dumped a ton of silicone over the top that cured instantaneously.

Tantus does lovely color fades and the Pearl White and Purple Haze of the Splash Dildo work well together. Though Tantus has since moved on in their color mixing, such as with the Asteroid Butt Plug, the Splish and Splash are early members of the Tantus dual-colored sex toy club. As with these more recent colorful toys, the production process ensures no two dildos are exactly alike in their color fades.

The Tantus Splash Dildo is made of solid silicone. It has no electrical bits, which is great for cleaning and disinfecting. A simple wash in the sink with mild (non-antibacterial) soap and water or a spritz with a sex toy cleaner is good enough for many people. You can also pop the dildo in the top rack of your dishwasher and run it through with no soap.

If you intend to share your Tantus Splash with non-fluid bonded partners or would like to use it both anally and vaginally, disinfection is in order. A 10% bleach solution or boiling the dildo for 3-5 minutes will do the trick. When using the Tantus Splash anally, be sure to disinfect before using it vaginally.

Disinfection is a higher level of cleansing. Though silicone has such small pores that bacteria and viruses cannot sneak in, disinfecting your Tantus Splash Dildo will kill anything that may be clinging to the surface. Even if you’re not sharing your toys, it’s a good idea to disinfect them at least now and then, especially butt toys.

Yes, you can stick the Tantus Splash Dildo up your butt, so enjoy! Most of Tantus’ dildos have large bases which will keep them from disappearing into your anal canal. The Splash Dildo’s base also makes it harness compatible.

The Tantus Splash Dildo is on the larger side at 6.5″ in insertable length and 1.75″ in diameter. The length is less the issue as you can always control how far you slide the Splash inside yourself (unless you’re not the one doing the sliding). The 1.75″ diameter is what needs to be considered because you can’t just tell the dildo to suck in and makes itself slimmer.

Tantus Splash Dildo, Front View

Tantus Splash Dildo, Front View of Texture

Tantus Splash Dildo, Front Closeup of Texture

Even solid silicone has give, so often toys like the Tantus Splash Dildo can feel slightly less girthy in comparison to a dildo of the same width made in a material with no give, such as glass or wood. However, I find this to be less true of the Tantus Splash due to its serious amount of texture. If this dildo interests you but you are put off but its measurements, consider its significantly smaller sibling, the Tantus Splish Dildo.

Wondering how it is in use? In a word…excellent. Some sex toys look very textured but are really not enough so that you actually feel a difference. Whereas I feel every drippy drop of the Tantus Splash Dildo’s texture as it slides in and out of me. The large, round base is easy to thrust with and hold. It is also big enough that I think it will work well for people with hand/wrist issues. There is more than one way to hang on to the dildo without your hands or fingers cramping.

I’m willing to bet the curved tip of the Tantus Splash will provide good g-spot stimulation for some people, but I’m not one of them. My g-spot is very persnickety and I need totally hard, solid pressure against it, such as glass. The gently curving shaft does make for easier and more comfortable penetration than something ruler straight.

As this particular Tantus Splash Dildo was a designated review sample, it did not come in any packaging. (I just got this fantastic image image in my head of opening my door one day and finding it sitting there on the mat.) It was simply wrapped in brown paper within the shipping box.

I’m pretty sure when you purchase it, you will receive your Tantus Splash Dildo in the typical Tantus packaging. If you’d like to see what that looks like, check out another of my Tantus reviews, just not the Max O2 or the Plunge Paddle. My Tantus Max O2 Dual Density Dildo arrived the same way as my Splash, and the Tantus Plunge Paddle has different packaging, specific to the new line of impact play toys.

Tantus Splash Dildo, Back View

Tantus Splash Dildo, Back View of Texture

Tantus Splash Dildo, Back Closeup of Texture

Tantus Splash Dildo Pros:
• Um…it’s Tantus
• Very high-quality silicone
• Great texture
• Good shape
• Beautiful color fade
• Unique and one-of-a-kind
• Really cool looking
• Harness compatible

Tantus Splash Dildo Cons:
• Lint magnet
• Overly textured for some
• May be too girthy for some

I had high hopes for the Tantus Splash Dildo and unlike last week’s review, it did not disappoint. An ideal pallet cleanser, if you will. First, it’s made by Tantus and we all know how much I heart them and their products. Second, it’s made of some of the best silicone available to mankind (maybe I’m hyperbolizing a wee bit, but not much).

Third, the texture is significant and fab.u.lous. Seriously, if you don’t like texture, DO NOT buy the Tantus Splash Dildo. You will be miserable. If you love texture like I do or at least have a crush on it, head over to Tantus right now and get yourself a Splash (or Splish). Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. (Is Monopoly even relevant any more?)

If those reasons aren’t sufficient, the color fade is gorgeous, each dildo is unique, the base makes it easy to use, it’s harness compatible, and just looks COOL.

As for downsides, um…it’s a lint magnet. I believe every single one of my Tantus sex toys, with the exception of the Tantus Twist Butt Plug and the Tantus Plunge Paddle, suck up as much lint, hair, and dust as they possibly can. It’s just their way.

As for g-spot stimulation, my g-spot and I have met so it was not something I had anticipated. That’s why I did not list it as a con. The only reason I listed the texture and girth as possible downsides is because I know some people skip to the pros and cons at the end of the review (and some people need to be bashed over the head to get the point) and both are very important issues to consider before purchasing.

Merry Christmas to one and all, and now that you’ve read and commented on my review, go buy a Tantus Splash Dildo, then get the hell off the computer. It’s Christmas Day, people. Even Jews go to the movies or something.

Bean Fiddler Rating:

SPOTLIGHT on Fucking Sculptures Glass Dildos

I have been reviewing sex toys (and yes, it is WORK, even if I do get to do it in pjs) for several years now, and in this time I have become much more knowledgable about health and safety as they pertain to sex toys. As I have become better educated, I have grown more selective in regards to the stores I want to work with and the products I choose to review.

Education has always been very important to me and the more I learn, the more I want to share knowledge. I now only review toys made of body-safe materials (e.g. glass, silicone, stainless steel, etc.) and prefer to promote stores that have a strong focus on education, safety, and customer support. Of course, they’ve got to sell super cool toys too.

Speaking of toys, by now you know how much I love discovering great new manufacturers and products. Well, I recently began working with SheVibe, a sex shop I’d had my eye on for quite some time. SheVibe is a small, sex-positive store that carries thoughtfully selected body-safe sex toys, sexy apparel, Bondage and BDSM Gear, and other accessories.

SheVibe kindly (and unkowingly) introduced me to a company I had not run across before, Fucking Sculptures. No joke, that really is their name. Some people are more comfortable with “F*cking Sculptures”, but I’m a big fan of the word fuck so no using asterisks here.

 

Fucking Sculptures is a small company, based in Berkeley, CA, and anyone who reads Bean Fiddler regularly knows how much I love supporting companies that actually produce their products in the U.S. The fact that they happen to be located in my home state makes the “I advocate for local businesses” part of me happy as well.

A great example of what can happen when two creative forces come together, Fucking Sculptures makes beautifully unique glass dildos. Each of their designs is handmade (hand-blown?) so though two pieces may look similar, each objet d’art truly is one of a kind.

Fucking Sculptures currently offers five different styles, all of which SheVibe has in stock. Each Fucking Sculpture Glass Dildo is available in multiple colors and three sizes. SheVibe has an excellent selection of these gorgeous glass dildos, but they do not stock every design in every color and every size, because they’re not totally insane.

If you do see a Fucking Sculptures Glass Dildo on SheVibe’s site but are absolutely dying to own it in a different color, you can purchase directly from Fucking Sculptures. On their website, you can practically design your own dildo, albeit within certain parameters.

Not that I’m discouraging you from going that route, but I really must let you know that right now, at this actual moment, SheVibe is offering 25% Off each and every Fucking Sculptures Glass Dildo they have in stock.

Fancy a Medium Fucking Sculptures Two-Cumber in Black? Got it. How about a Large Fucking Sculptures G-Spoon in White? Done. Perhaps you would prefer my favorite, the Large Fucking Sculptures Corkscrew in Red? Sorry, it’s mine, mine, all mine! (Anyone getting a visual of a shrunken Daffy Duck hugging a giant pearl?)

 

 

Having enjoyed that brief trip down memory lane, let’s get back to SheVibe and their Fucking Sculptures Glass Dildos 25% Off Sale. Kinda hard to turn down that deal, especially when you consider that you won’t have to pay for shipping. SheVibe provides Free Shipping on all $75 orders.

While you’re there picking out your new Fucking Sculptures Glass Dildo, take a look at some of SheVibe’s other current promotions.

There is one more bit of info I’d like to share about Fucking Sculptures. They have just turned one year old and are presently celebrating their very first birthday. Congrats, Fucking Sculptures!

I really don’t want to let you in on this little secret, but I feel it’s only fair. In celebration of their one year anniversary, Fucking Sculptures is hosting a giveaway with some awesome prizes. Just because I told you about it doesn’t mean you have to enter or anything, you know. You could just gracefully bow out and allow me to win…

SPOTLIGHT on New We-Vibe 4

When I sat down to write this Spotlight it occurred to me that We-Vibe has just released their fourth incarnation of the well-known, iconic, We-Vibe Couple’s Vibrator and I do not have a single one. What’s up with that, We-Vibe??

I own two versions of the LELO Tiani (no longer available in the U.S. and Canada due to a lawsuit LELO lost to Standard Innovation/We-Vibe). I even have the new LELO Ida Couple’s Vibrator (Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review!). Yet sadly, there is not a single We-Vibe wearable vibrator to my name.

Most people probably do not even realize that We-Vibe actually makes a few other vibrators in addition to their famous couple’s vibrator. In fact, one of my all time favorite clit vibrators is the We-Vibe Touch, which I happened to use this very morning.

Anyway, We-Vibe released the original version of their couple’s vibrator in 2008. At the time, it was the only wearable dual vibrator on the market. Over the past five years, they have continued to tweak and improve their product, leading right up to 2013 and the subject of today’s Spotlight, the We-Vibe 4 Couple’s Vibrator.

We-Vibe 4

We-Vibe 4 with Remote and Charging Case

To an onlooker like myself, who has no real life experience with the wearable We-Vibe line (hint, hint), the most obvious change from the We-Vibe 3 to the We-Vibe 4 is the shape. The external clit stimulator appears larger and the internal g-spot massager seems wider and flatter than before. It looks as though the vibrator is more compact overall for a snugger fit. Perhaps some people had issues with the We-Vibe 3 staying in place, so they designed the We-Vibe 4 to fit more like a clamp.

When comparing images of the two We-Vibes, it is obvious the remote control has been updated as well. I’m guessing the new remote gives you more options and greater control during play. Apparently, it allows you to adjust intensity in all six modes, including the new Echo Mode, which alternates between internal and external vibrations.

The couple’s vibrator remains rechargeable (because duh), and as with the We-Vibe 3, the charger doubles as a discreet carrying/storage case. You know how much I love discreet storage options. It even holds the remote control, which is especially helpful. The We-Vibe 4 charges fully in six hours to provide up to three hours of use, as opposed to the We-Vibe 3′s two hours. A USB cable is included in the box rather than an AC power adapter, which seems to be the next big thing with some of the newer vibrators.

As with its siblings, the We-Vibe 4 is waterproof and submersible, so you can have sex in the shower or bathtub (though you’ll probably have to mop up a ton of water) if you se desire. This also makes it super easy to clean. It is made of medical-grade silicone, which means it is hypoallergenic and body-safe, and can even be disinfected.

The biggest downside I see to the new We-Vibe 4 is the color choices. It is only available in pink and purple. C’mon, We-Vibe! What happened to the ruby and teal of earlier versions? I really have to wonder if these colors do sell that much better than others as so many manufacturers are designing everything in pink and purple. Sadness.

To learn a bit more about the We-Vibe 4, watch the video below. Don’t worry, it’s not all boring couples talking about how the vibrator has changed their lives. The useful information starts about 15 seconds in.

 


 

I know I’ve been making a big deal about not owning a We-Vibe, but I’m mostly joking. I think it is slightly odd that I’ve never gotten around to testing any of the first three versions, considering how popular the We-Vibes have been and the fact that I am a SEX TOY REVIEWER.

I do find the new shape of the We-Vibe 4 very interesting and would really like to try this one. So, on the off chance you’re planning on sending me a new We-Vibe 4 (preferably in purple), would you pretty please include a We-Vibe Tango? I so desperately want one!

If you think you’d prefer the shape of the previous We-Vibe couple’s vibrators or are one of those people who waits for a new model to come out before buying the old one at a discount, now is the time. There are some awfully good deals on the We-Vibe II and the We-Vibe 3 out there.

Oh, and don’t ask me why they started with roman numerals and then switched over to regular numbers. I have no idea.

Check out the following stores for the new We-Vibe 4 Couple’s Vibrator:

Babeland
She Bop
SheVibe

You can find deals on the We-Vibe 3 and the We-Vibe II at these stores:

Babeland
We-Vibe 3
We-Vibe II

She Bop
We-Vibe 3
We-Vibe II

SheVibe
We-Vibe 3
We-Vibe II

 
 

Sinclair Institute


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