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Sex and Metal Titan Whip Review

 

Trumpet Fanfare

I know you must getting sick of all the trumpets and fanfare and I am truly sorry. Not quite sorry enough to stop though. Know why? It’s really, truly almost here. That’s right. This is Bean Fiddler’s 199th review, which means next week will be the 200th review on Bean Fiddler! For reals.

Yes, yes. It will be the final week you will have to tolerate all of this fuss, but it is an important landmark in the history of Beanfiddler.com. Next week we will also be unleashing a special surprise for everyone, so be sure to tune in! Alright already, I suppose I should actually get to the review.

Toward the end of the summer (though not the miserably hot weather in my area), I reviewed the Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger, which was my first product from Sex and Metal. When I received a surprise shipment from them, I was curious and excited. I opened the plain, brown box to discover the gorgeous Sex and Metal Titan Whip.

Sex and Metal Titan Whip

Like its sibling, the Mea Culpa Flogger, the Sex and Metal Titan Whip was handmade by the expert artisans at Sex and Metal. When you look at the images below, you will see significant differences between the two impact toys, though both would be commonly used in BDSM play.

I’ll be the first to admit I have very little experience with whips, other than pretending to be a cowboy when I was younger. (Girls can too be cowboys!) Of course, those whips are very different from the Sex and Metal Titan Whip, with its Dragons Tongue fall. A Dragons Tongue is made by taking a piece of silicone (or leather) and rolling it up into a tube shape terminating in a pointy end.

The other end of the cylinder is secured within the handle of the Titan Whip with two spikes (which really add to the aesthetic of Sex and Metal whips and floggers), one on either side. The silicone piece is wrapped very tightly, such that the part of the tube attached to the handle is quite firm. The Dragons Tongue fall is so rigid that it stands up on its own and only begins to droop a bit towards the pointed end. `

The handle of my Sex and Metal Titan Whip is made from powder coated raw steel in a vivd Candy Apple Red, though it is also available in plain old shiny raw steel, if you prefer. It is 9″ long and has a large round steel ball at its base. Due to the three sections of tightly twisted steel strands wrapped around and welded equidistant along its length, I do not recommend inserting the Titan’s handle into your body (or anyone else’s, obviously). The ball at the base is also welded to the handle, but the spikes at the point where the handle meets the silicone Dragons Tongue are not.

All of the welded bits are easily seen, but as the Sex and Metal Titan Whip is not a mass-produced, machined product, that is to be expected. These areas do not detract from the beauty of the handle. When an item is handmade, there are always small imperfections that make it unique and stand out from other pieces. Ask any jewelry maker.

As with the Mea Culpa Flogger, the handle of the Titan Whip is heavy. When you take into account that the silicone Dragons Tongue weighs more than the leather fall of the flogger, it is even more noticeable. My old, crappy scale (It belonged to my great-aunt and has sentimental value, so back off.) clocked the Mea Culpa at approximately 13.5 ounces and the Titan Whip at just under 16 ounces, which does not seem significant. Yet holding the flogger in one hand and the whip in the other, I easily feel the difference.

The hefty weight of the Sex and Metal Titan Whip indicates it is strong and durable. If you take good care of it, there is no reason the Titan Whip won’t last years. It also means the handle feels solid and secure in your hand when using the whip. These are good qualities in an impact toy, but for people with hand and wrist issues, the weight may not so great.

When you choose a product made of steel, you know it will be much heavier than one made of plastic or some other lightweight material. While the benefits of Sex and Metal’s steel handle are worth it for me, the weight may just be too much for some people. Keep this in mind when shopping.

The Dragons Tongue itself is 22.5″ long, making the entire whip a whopping 31.5″ in length. That’s practically a yard! Storing/hiding a yard’s worth of BDSM gear is not an easy thing for many people to do. Sure, if you’ve got your own dungeon, you’ve no need for concern. Most people are dungeon-free and need to come up with more realistic storage solutions, not to mention those who must worry about the spying eyes of children. You cannot fold the Dragons Tongue in half and pop the Sex and Metal Titan Whip in a drawer, so also take this into account when selecting fall options.

Sex and Metal Titan Whip

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Handle

Sex and Metal Titan Whip & Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger

Sex and Metal Titan Whip & Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger, Falls

Sex and Metal Titan Whip & Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger, Handles

Though I am a huge fan of leather, silicone falls have some great benefits. Silicone is waterproof, hence you don’t have to worry about soaking the Dragons Tongue with sweat and other bodily fluids. You can wash them right off or spritz the Dragons Tongue down with a sex toy cleaner.

Silicone also allows you to add fluids to your play in case you want to lube up your submissive’s back or bottom before whipping them, creating new and different sensations. I would stick with water-based concoctions, as you never know how silicone products will react with one another and you don’t want to end up with a sticky, ruined whip on your hands.

Silicone can also be disinfected by washing it with a 10% bleach solution. This means you can share your Sex and Metal Titan Whip at your local dungeon or play party. Remember though, the Dragons Tongue should be disinfected before it is used on a new person so you don’t unintentionally share any bugs or bacteria.

The Sex and Metal Titan Whip is more extreme than my other BDSM toys, though much of the control over just how extreme comes down to whomever wields the whip. As with all impact toys, play can be gentle or severe, and these parameters should always be discussed and set before anyone gets naked. Safe, sane, and consensual, people.

I know it would be super cool if I posted some images with my body all marked up by the Sex and Metal Titan Whip, but that is not going to happen this time around. Right now, my body cannot tolerate that level of pain. You’ll just have to believe me when I say that the Titan is certainly capable of leaving marks and bruises.

Manipulating the Sex and Metal Titan Whip is not difficult, just different, and takes a bit of acclimation. The challenge may be in learning how to adjust your strength and whip more gently. It seems that using the same amount of force and pressure with the Dragons Tongue as the Mea Culpa Flogger causes more pain. I think if you start out slowly and build up, you won’t have any issues.

The different levels of thickness and rigidity of the Sex and Metal Titan Whip allow you to create different sensations on the body. You can use the tip of the Dragons Tongue to cause sharp, stinging pain, while its more rigid shaft produces a thuddier feeling. It is all based upon how you brandish the Titan Whip.

I am not sure if it is due to being made of silicone as opposed to leather, or if it’s the shape of the fall, but the sound the Sex and Metal Titan Whip makes when striking flesh is unexpectedly LOUD. If you have roommates or nosy neighbors and thin walls, beware. You might need a little cover music during play time unless you want people calling the police to report a domestic violence incident. That would be no fun for anyone.

There is no packaging, per se, for the Sex and Metal Titan Whip. Just as with the Mea Culpa Flogger, it arrived in a plain brown box with absolutely no indication as to what was inside. Within the box, the Titan Whip was protected by a clear plastic bag and cushioned with recyclable brown paper. Nothing fancy, which is totally acceptable. Unless it were to come in some sort of carrying case (which would be awesome but crazy expensive), there is no need for anything but protective shipping materials.

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Tip of Dragons Tongue

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Midsection of Dragons Tongue

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Shaft of Dragons Tongue

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Spikes

Sex and Metal Titan Whip, Ball

Sex and Metal Titan Whip Pros:
• Unique
• Handmade and well-crafted
• Creates multiple sensations
• Sturdy and long-lasting
• Washable, high-quality silicone fall
• Vegan
• Can be used with multiple partners (after disinfection)

Sex and Metal Titan Whip Cons:
• No available cleaning and care instructions
• May be too heavy for those with hand and wrist issues
• Silicone Dragons Tongue gets dusty easily
• Storage issues

The Sex and Metal Titan Whip is a unique impact device that is sure to make most experienced kinksters happy. While those with less experience may be intimidated, there really is nothing to fear. It’s all in how you choose to play. The advantage of an implement such as this is that it grows with you instead of you outgrowing it. The quality of the craftsmanship is superb, and aside from my Sex and Metal Mea Culpa Flogger, I have yet to run across higher quality impact toys.

The steel handle and silicone Dragons Tongue is excellent quality, though storage a huge challenge for those of us without dungeons. Of course, I literally had a sex toy avalanche today, so I already have storage problems. My one issue with the silicone fall is that it’s a dust magnet, like many silicone sex toys. Oddly enough, it does not seem to overly attract lint like many toys do.

If you have any concerns due to a lack of hand/wrist strength/pain, definitely consider the weight of the Titan Whip, which is considerable. The twisted strands of steel on the handle do increase gripability (totally a word), which is helpful.

My biggest gripe is actually not with the Sex and Metal Titan Whip itself, but with the lack of available information regarding care and storage. I know I tend to grumble about this, but information is vital to end users, and it is super frustrating when manufacturers don’t understand.

There is nothing on the product page that tells me, or much more importantly, a newbie user, how to clean the silicone fall, that it can (and should) be disinfected between non-fluid bonded players, or that silicone-based products could possibly damage it badly.

Though you did just miss the fantastic Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at Sex and Metal, be sure to keep your eyes on the Bean Fiddler Deals & Sales Page so you will be on track with all the upcoming holiday sales they are sure to have.

In the meantime, if you are in the market for a new and unusual impact toy, check out the Sex and Metal Titan Whip Did I mention that it’s vegan??

Bean Fiddler Rating:

Mini Fanfare

 

I know you’re all aware our 2000th review is next week because I haven’t stopped reminding you. With Bean Fiddler’s 200th review, we will be launching a fun and different giveaway, so be sure to keep your eyes on Bean Fiddler next week!

SPOTLIGHT on Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator

You may or may not remember, but earlier this year I reviewed the Lovehoney Flash Mini Vibrator and did NOT like it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated it because it had several excellent features. However, when it came down to the vibrations, I couldn’t decide whether to cry in disappointment or throw the vibrator against the wall in displeasure.

After all that, you may be wondering why I’m even bothering to bring it up again. Apparently, many people ended up really liking the buzzy thing, so Lovehoney created a new one, the Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator. This one is a bit different though. It’s purple. And it has EARS.

Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator, Side View

Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator, Back View

Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator, USB Charger

Ok, ok, I guess purple is no big whoop. I mean, there are only about a billion purple silicone sex toys. Ears, on the other hand…big, big whoop. Aside from the fact that it turns a good looking enough mini vibrator into a super cute mini vibrator (I like cute vibrators. So what?), it has EARS. Oh, I guess I mentioned that already.

The thing about ears is that they are perfect for surrounding your clit in a little vibrating hug. Sure, the original Lovehonay Flash had a good, semi-pointy shape that navigated my body well. Ears, though, are better at teasing and titillating both the nipples and clit. I find good ones can be very versatile and much more fun to play with than a single, solitary tip.

Just like the the original Lovehoney Flash, the mini-eared one has an insanely long name which I shall use only once. It is officially called the Lovehoney Flash 6 Function USB Rechargeable Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator. Seriously, Lovehoney. You kill me with these names. Knock it off already. You really do not need to list every feature of the vibrator in its name. Just sayin’.

The Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator is silicone and waterproof, like its older sibling. It also charges via USB by coming apart in two pieces and plugging directly into your computer’s USB port, a USB hub, or any USB charger you have laying around your house (If you have a smartphone, you’ve got a USB charger somewhere.).

The Lovehoney Flash and the Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator are the same size, and both provide up to three hours of playtime on a single charge. The Flash Mini Rabbit Ears seems to have one less pattern, with just three, compared to the original’s four. Wonder which one was dumped. It’s probably not that important when you get right down to it.

My big concern/curiosity is whether or not the Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator (still seems awfully long) has the same buzzy vibrations as its big (same size, really) brother, because that’s what originally killed it for me.

I am going to make the sad assumption that the two vibrators have the same motor. Can any confirm or deny this rumor I just started? If the Flash Mini Rabbit Ears has a new motor with strong, deep and throbby vibrations, it could really be a great vibrator.

If one of you would please head over to Lovehoney, pick up the Lovehoney Flash Mini Rabbit Ears Vibrator (as well as the original, if you don’t already own it), and check out this situation, I would greatly appreciate it. Remember to report back!

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Review

 

Trumpet Fanfare

I know, I know. Last week, I also opened my review with a bunch of fanfare, but I did warn you all that it was just the beginning of the countdown to 200 reviews on Bean Fiddler. This week is the 198th review!

I have scheduled these last four reviews leading up to the 200th very thoughtfully, choosing items from some of my favorite sex toy manufacturers and sex toy stores in the hope I’d end up with four shiny, happy reviews. It’s a celebration, after all. I am very pleased to report that this week’s selection, considerately provided by Good Vibrations, totally fulfilled my expectations. That is to say, the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is one handy dandy little vibe.

 

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Three-Quarter View

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Side View

I used the word “little” intentionally, as the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator (which I have issues typing for reasons) is what Fun Factory calls a “mini vibe”, and for good reason. Part of Fun Factory’s new line of DeluxeVIBES, the Semilino is only 6.5″ long, with 3.5″ being insertable, and 1.25″ in diameter. However, as with my very first Fun Factory vibrator, Little Paul, good things come in small packages.

Not be confused with the original line of Fun Factory Mini Vibes, the Semilino has a snazzy champagne colored ABS base, with its control panel and magnetic charging feet. The shaft is the typical, fabulous Fun Factory squashable, plush silicone. From my first experience with Fun Factory sex toys, I have raved about the quality of their silicone. The soft and silky texture of this silicone continues to stand out to me, even now that I’m a (perhaps) slightly jaded sex toy reviewer with more toys than I can actually store (omg, so not kidding!). Even when I haven’t been particularly fond of a specific Fun Factory toy, I have always loved their silicone and I’m happy to see it hasn’t changed. If anything, it may have gotten better.

Of course, the fact that the silicone has not changed means that the Fun Factory Semilino is a huge lint magnet. That’s just the price you pay for the privilege of enjoying such yumminess. It is going to attract every bit of dust and lint within a three mile radius, no way around it. Though I expect it, I still find it frustrating that every time I wash my Semilino Vibrator it’s all dusty before it even finishes drying. I can dry it with a towel, but that ends up making things worse (or do I own the lintiest towels in existence?). What I usually do is wash the vibrator right before slapping on some lube and using it immediately afterward.

Oh, there will be lube. Another standard feature of Fun Factory silicone is that it is particularly draggy. I don’t necessarily see this as a negative. I’m going to use lube anyway, so what does it matter if I need an additional drop or two compared to some of my other silicone sex toys? Silicone most often has drag. It’s just the nature of the beast.

Fun Factory always recommends using water-based lubricant with its silicone toys and the Semilino is no exception. Some silicone-based lubes can react negatively with the silicone of the vibrator and cause it to become sticky. If you do want to chance it, definitely perform a small patch test before slathering your silicone-based lube all over the shaft of the vibrator.

As with all high-quality silicone, the Fun Factory Semilino’s is latex and phthalate-free, practically non-porous, hypoallergenic and body-safe. It can also be easily cleaned and disinfected. Good sex toy hygiene is vital, but that doesn’t mean you’ve to get all fancy. As I am generally lazy, prefer to keep my ingestion of random chemicals to a minimum, and don’t share my sex toys, I stick with warm water and mild liquid hand soap (NOT anti-bacterial, which is not necessary). There are a number of good sex toy cleaners out there as well.

When it comes to sharing sex toys, silicone is a great option because it can actually be disinfected. Using a 10% bleach solution on the silicone shaft of the Fun Factory Semilino will allow you to share it with non-fluid bonded partners. Just be sure to disinfect (not the same as just being washed) again before using it yourself. This will keep you from transferring any nasty bugs un/knowingly.

You should absolutely NOT use the Fun Factory Semilino anally. It does not have an appropriately flared based to keep the vibrator secured outside of your body. If you were to let go, it could very easily be sucked up inside of you. Fun Factory does an excellent job of informing you this is a big no-no in the user manual. This image from the Fun Factory User Manual is so perfectly clear, I love it.

You may have noticed my comment earlier on about the charging feet on the base of the Fun Factory Semilino and picked up on the fact that it is a rechargeable vibrator (because you’re smart). Not only is this vibrator rechargeable, which always makes me happy, it charges magnetically. Aside from being cool (I know it’s not a new thing. Still cool.), this means there are no open ports anywhere on the Semilino, which makes it waterproof. We’re not talking you can take it in the shower because it’s not likely to get overly waterlogged waterproof, but you can take it in the tub fully submersible waterproof.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Size

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Curved Tip

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Clit Bump

Just like any other rechargeable Fun Factory vibrator, the Semilino uses Click ‘N’ Charge technology. The vibrator charges via a small disc with two magnetic feet attached to and AC charger. Attaching the charging disc to the base of the vibrator is super easy because the magnets only connect one way. If you try to do it incorrectly, they will repel each other.

When the charger is properly connected and the Semilino is charging, the buttons on the control panel light up in descending order. A full charge may take up to 8 hours and the Semilino can hold its charge for approximately three months.

The charger has been redesigned since the last Fun Factory toy I reviewed, the Stronic Eins Pulsator, and the magnetic connection seems stronger. I have often had issues with the charging disc slipping off if the vibrator was not connected just so. It could be a giant pain. However, either I’ve gotten much better at finding that perfect angle (doubtful) or the magnets are stronger.

I love the design of the new Fun Factory charger. Its is clearly labeled. Granted, the charging disc is also labeled and Fun Factory chargers tend to stand out from other sex toy chargers, but this makes it so much easier to reach into a drawer full of them (Oh, yes. This drawer exists and it is scary.) and quickly grab the correct one. Great idea, Fun Factory.

The control panel on the base/handle of the Fun Factory Semilino consists of three buttons, the – button, the + button, and the FUN button. The FUN button is a dedicated on/off switch, which every vibrator should have. To turn the Semilino on, you press and hold the FUN button for maybe .5 seconds.

When you press the FUN button again, the vibrator turns off immediately. This is very convenient when the phone rings or during those awkward moments when someone walks in on you masturbating. No fumbling around, holding a button for three seconds. Just a simple press, and you’re home-free.

The + and – buttons work more or less as expected with one slight difference. When you turn the Fun Factory Semilino on, you can actually step down two levels in intensity. You can then cycle back up to where you began and onward. According to Fun Factory, the Semilino has six levels of intensity and six different vibrational patterns, but I can only discern five levels of intensity with the six patterns.

To make things even more confusing (because, why not?), the user manual indicates four different modes split up between these 11 options. Again, shades of the Stronic Eins Pulsator, though this time Fun Factory only named the modes and not each separate setting.

The modes, patterns, and intensities (as I can best determine) are as follows:
1. Merengue Mode- Lowest steady vibration
2. Merengue Mode- Low steady vibration
3. Merengue Mode- Medium steady vibration
4. Constant Mode- Higher steady vibration
5. Constant Mode- Highest steady vibration
6. Constant Mode- Slow roller coaster
7. Aerobic Mode- Fast roller coaster
8. Aerobic Mode- Faster roller coaster
9. Razzle Dazzle Mode- Fast pulse
10. Razzle Dazzle Mode- High and low fast pulse
11. Razzle Dazzle Mode- Escalating pulse

It’s like a really annoying game of memory or something. Razzle Dazzle Mode is my favorite, totally based on the name. Do not ask me to explain how the modes are named or why they are split up across the patterns in this way. I have NO clue.

Regardless, the mode names and all that crap above is unimportant. What matters are the vibrations themselves. Fun Factory claims the Semilino has a new, stronger, and longer lasting motor. I do not know if it will last longer over time, but they absolutely delivered on their claim of increased strength. All the oddly named modes are powerful, deep, and rumbly, my favorite type of vibration. The step down feature is SO strange to me but it’s basically a non-issue.

The lowest level of intensity is still significantly stronger than the lowest level of earlier rechargeable Fun Factory vibrators, such as Bubbles, whose lowest level is so barely there it’s easy to think you’ve turned the vibrator off when you actually have not.

I really enjoy the vibrations of the Fun Factory Semilino and find the vibrator to be quite versatile. The lower strength modes work well on my nipples, as well as being a good warmup on my labia. Of course, they’re fairly fantastic against my clit.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Control Panel

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Control Panel Turned On

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, Charging Disc

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator, AC Charger

The Fun Factory Semilino has a travel lock, which is useful even when you’re not traveling. Rechargeable vibrators can press up against something in storage, accidentally turn on, and run down their batteries. It is always so sad when you go to use one and discover it is dead.

To avoid this, use the travel lock, or as Fun Factory calls it, the “key lock”. To lock the Semilino, press and hold the FUN and – buttons at the same time until both buttons flash rapidly and the vibrator gives off a single, short vibration. To unlock, go through the same process with the FUN and + buttons.

Though the control panel on the Fun Factory Semilino is easy to use, I run into the same problem I had with the Fun Factory Stronic Eins Pulsator. I’m not sure if it’s just my eyes (I am super blind), but I can barely differentiate the + and – buttons unless the vibrator is turned on and the buttons are lit up. I think it was just a poor color choice on the part of Fun Factory’s designers.

The Fun Factory Semilino is not the quietest vibrator I own, but it’s not horribly loud either. If you’re using it externally, you may need a bit of cover music or running water at the highest levels. If it’s inside your body (remember, vagina only), and your door is not paper thin you should be safe from eavesdroppers. When using it in the bathroom, keep in mind that though running water will cover sound, bathroom acoustics often actually enhance it. Masturbate while bathing at your own risk.

I know I’ve already gushed about the Semilino’s squashy silicone, which is even squashier at its slightly curved tip. Perhaps the first 1″-1.5″ of the tip of the vibrator is solid, squeezable silicone, so it’s flexible. The remainder of the silicone covers the motor in the shaft, and while it has some give, it’s very rigid.

The back of the shaft is totally smooth, while the front is heartily ridged, providing a seriously distinctive texture. As a texture girl, I love it. If you do not like texture, bar your doors and windows. The Semilino is not the vibrator for you. Consider one of the older Fun Factory vibrators (They have black bases.). If you’re just beginning to experiment with texture, you might want to start with the new Fun Factory Flora, which has some, but not nearly as much texture as the Semilino.

I love feeling the texture as I slowly thrust the Fun Factory Semilino in and out of myself, but there are two features that don’t do much for me at all. The Semilino’s slightly curved tip is intended to stimulate the g-spot and the ridged bump at the base of the its shaft is a clit stimulator.

When it comes to g-spot stimulation, my body requires a steeper curve and does better with a firmer material, such as glass or stainless steel. However, I don’t see this as a fail on the part of the Fun Factory Semilino. Though it does nothing for my g-spot, the shape is actually great. Some vibrators are too straight and pokey, which can be uncomfortable. The rounded tip works well, not a jab in sight!

The clit bump is very similar to the one on the Fun Factory Stronic Eins Pulsator, and it did nothing for me there as well. This is more a quirk of my body and the type of stimulation I need than a problem with the Semilino. That little bump will work wonder for some people, and it provides a great stopping point (sort of like a doorstop), to keep me from thrusting too far in the heat of the moment.

The packaging of the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is like that of the Stronic Eins Pulsator rather than earlier Fun Factory sex toys. There is an external sleeve with images of the Semilino, but Fun Factory has never been discreet in their packaging. It’s always good for gifting though, as long as it won’t be opened in front of the wrong crowd. Inside the sleeve is a much more discreet box with the Fun Factory logo that actually could be left laying around.

The box itself contains the Semilino Vibrator, its charger, the brief user manual, and a not so little foldout of warnings in multiple languages. Fun Factory has changed their user manual significantly. Rather than the longwinded and wordy ones of the past, this new one uses images to communicate. It’s mostly effective.

However, I wish the user manual was a bit more thorough. For example, it shows Fun Factory’s ToyFluid as the lube to use. Of course, I understand them recommending their own product, but I’m sure the average user doesn’t necessarily know that ToyFluid is a water-based formula, and that Fun Factory is really saying to use water-based lube, not silicone-based.

Someone who doesn’t have ToyFluid (which is probably most of the world, as it’s difficult to find) is probably going to assume they can use any old lube, which could be disastrous. Other than that, Fun Factory does a decent job communicating through their little pictograms.

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Side of Box

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Internal Box

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Box Contents

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Packaging, Protective Sleeve

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Pros:
• Deep and rumbly vibrations
• Powerful
• Good texture
• Soft, squashy silicone
• Lightweight
• Rechargeable
• Dedicated on/off button
• Waterproof
• Easy to use
• Strong magnetic charging connection
• Clearly labeled AC charger
• Clit bump acts as doorstop

Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator Cons:
• Lint magnet
• Difficult to tell + and – buttons apart unless turned on

The ration of positive to negative features of the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is absurd, especially considering I often include the lint magnet issue on the list of cons for many silicone sex toys.

The challenge of telling the buttons apart when the vibrator is off is not a big deal once you learn which button is which, and as the FUN button is larger than the other two, it’s not that difficult to remember their placement.

Point being, the Fun Factory Semilino is a success. Though small in size, it is big on power and has excellent deep and rumbly vibrations. While size queens should definitely contemplate something like the Fun Factory Big Boss as an alternative to the Semilino, many people will be very satisfied with its power and travel-friendly size.

The lightness of the vibrator make it a good option for those with hand and wrist issues, the fact that it’s rechargeable will please those concerned with their carbon footprint, and its waterproofness (don’t pretend like I haven’t used this word before) will make those who enjoy bathtub fun happy. The plushness of Fun Factory’s silicone is ever pleasing to the touch, the ease of charging, and dedicated on/off button simply add to the Semilino’s charms.

If the curve of the Semilino’s head and the its clit bump work with your body, I’d be hard-pressed to find you a better mini vibe. As those two little extras don’t do it for me, I knocked off half of a bean, but the Fun Factory Semilino Vibrator is dreadfully divine.

Fortunately, you can head right over to Good Vibrations and pick one out in orange or black. Plus, you’ll end up with Free shipping as your purchase will be more than $50. What are you waiting for, people??

Bean Fiddler Rating:

Mini Fanfare

 

You’re all aware our 200th review is coming up in just two short weeks! I know you know this because I keep reminding you. With Bean Fiddler’s 200th review, we will be launching a fun and atypical giveaway, so be sure to keep your eyes on Bean Fiddler over the next couple of weeks!

SPOTLIGHT on Newest Fleshlight Girl: Joanna Angel Fleshlight

Posted by | Spotlight | November 15, 2013
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So, I had this really good argument in my head about why I’m going to put the spotlight, ahem, on a new men’s toy this week, but I totally forgot what I was going to write. Then I decided that I don’t need a reason other than I just feel like it. You can’t tell me what to do. You’re not my mom. That being said, this week we’re taking a look at the new Joanna Angel Fleshlight.

Fleshlight Girl Joanna Angel's Fleshlight
Fleshlight Lotus Texture

Ok, ok, I know it’s not exactly a “new” toy. Fleshlights have been around for a long time. Beanpole Fiddler has even written a few reviews of Fleshlights. However, Joanna Angel is the newest Fleshlight Girl, so that makes her sleeve new. Kinda.

Joanna Angel is a recent addition to a good-sized, pre-existing lineup of Fleshlight Girls. I am no expert on porn, but even I am familiar with some of these adult stars, such as Jesse Jane, Stoya, and of course, Nina Hartley. I even had the the opportunity to meet Nina Hartley a few years ago at ANE. Ms. Angel, though, is a horse of a different color.

Joanna Angel is a huge proponent of hardcore alt porn, which is a form of indie porn that includes performers who often have tattoos and piercings, and who might be labelled punk, goth, Emo, etc. Think SuicideGirls. Ms. Angel created the now well-known website Burning Angel, home to a significant amount of alt porn.

Indeed, what I find most interesting about Joanna Angel’s induction into the Fleshlight Girls hall of fame is her connection to alt porn. Historically, Fleshlight Girls tend to come from the mainstream porn industry where they have performed in films produced by the larger porn houses. I wonder if her acknowledgement by Fleshlight in this manner is an indication of the growing acceptance of indie porn by the more mainstream adult community. Or maybe Fleshlight is just smart enough to capitalize on a thriving corner of the industry before anyone else.

An added curiousity is that though a handful of the other Fleshlight Girls also have just their vaginas available for purchase (Yes, I just said that aloud in my head and I know how weird it sounds.), Joanna Angel has only one texture as well, Lotus. You see, most of the Fleshlight Girls offer three different Fleshlights, meaning they have had their mouths, vaginas, and butts molded. Therefore, you can choose from a variety of their realistic orifices. Each orifice has its own texture. The mouth is the Swallow texture, the butt is Forbidden (heh), and the vagina is the Lotus.

In addition to these three options, each Fleshlight Girl, with the exception of Joanna Angel, has their own signature texture, one that is theirs alone and cannot be found in any other Fleshlight sleeve. Thus, with every Fleshlight Girl’s vagina, you have a choice between Lotus and the girl’s signature texture. With the recent advent of the Mini-Lotus textured Fleshlight sleeve, even the girls who have only had their vaginas molded have three textures, Lotus, Mini-Lotus, and their signature texture.

Joanna Angel

WTF, Joanna Angel? Granted, Fleshlight has a TON of diverse sleeve textures, but it’s not like they’ve run out of ideas. Have they?? Nah. I’m sure there is another explanation, I just have no idea what it might be. Anyone? Bueller, Bueller

Mysteries of the missing Joanna Angel signature texture aside, her Fleshlight, like all the others, is made from their patented SuperSkin material. SuperSkin is meant to (and according to Beanpole Fiddler, actually does) feel as close to human flesh as, well…humanly possible. I do not know what it actually consists of; I think the recipe is as closely guarded as Colonel Sanders’ Kentucky Fried Chicken. I do know it is made in Austin, Texas (go USA), just like the Fleshlight cases, and that it is phthalate-free.

Though there is a link on the Joanna Angel page that indicates you can purchase her sleeve on its own, it is a great big lie. You can’t at this point. If you already own a Fleshlight, and consequently already posses a case, too bad for you. You have to cough up the cash for another one. On the bright side, the Joanna Angel Fleshlight Girls Fleshlight is on sale right now, so it’s not all that much more than buying the sleeve by itself. At least, it comes in the pearly white case instead of the boring black one. Of course, you might prefer black… Oh well, sucks for you.

Seriously though, this is a good time to grab Joanna Angel’s vagina. Perhaps in the process, you can solve the enigma that is the Joanna Angel Fleshlight and answer my questions!

Tantus Plunge Paddle Review

 

Trumpet Fanfare

You may be wondering what all that trumpeting is about. This is the 197th review on Bean Fiddler. Some people may not be impressed considering it has taken us over three years to get to this point. However, I am impressed. So there! This is the beginning of the official countdown to Bean Fiddler’s 200th review. Ready? Set. Go!

For my 197th review (I know I’ve already mentioned it. I’m excited. Get off me.), I decided to go with a new product from one of my favorite sex toy manufacturers, the Tantus Plunge Paddle. I’m aware I have been on something of a Tantus roll recently, but what can I tell you? I am not going to turn down the opportunity to review quality toys from an awesome toy company.

Tantus Plunge Paddle

I love a sex toy that can multi-task. If I can do more than one thing at a time, is it so wrong to expect my toys to be able to as well?

I’m not a huge shopper, but I when I do shop, there is nothing I love more than getting a great deal. It’s a cultural thing (and that’s all I’m going to say about that). A toy that is designed to perform more than one task always makes me feel like I’m getting more for my money. So, you can imagine how thrilled I am with the Tantus Plunge Paddle and its multiple uses.

Right off the bat, I see three ways to utilize my new Tantus Plunge Paddle.
1. As a paddle (duh)
2. As a dildo (hence the name “Plunge” Paddle)
3. As an anal toy/prostate stimulator

If you have other ideas for how to use the Tantus Plunge Paddle, please share. I did consider employing it as a pizza spatula, but it’s awfully thick and floppy. I’m pretty sure my pizza would end up on the floor. Pizza…yummmmmm.

It’s clear from the name, as well as the marketing, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is not only meant to be a BDSM impact device, its handle can also be used internally, as a dildo or butt toy. Yes. I am saying it’s acceptable to stick the handle of the Plunge Paddle up your butt (Unlike last week’s dildo, don’t get me started.). The paddle itself is so large I have a difficult time imagining it slipping up inside you and disappearing. Please understand, that is merely a statement, NOT a challenge.

I’ll get back to discussing using the Tantus Plunge Paddle in a bit. Let’s start with some basics. 6″ of the Plunge Paddle’s total 13″ in length is the insertable handle, which is 1.25″ in diameter. The flat of the paddle is 7″ long, 3.25″ wide, and .25″ thick. Unlike other non-silicone paddles I have used, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is super wobbly and flexible, as you can see in the video below.

On both sides of the spot where the flat of the hitting surface joins the handle, there is an indentation. In the indentation on the front of the Plunge Paddle (of course, there is a front and a back), is the Tantus logo, which in this case, is simply the word “Tantus” in raised letters.

Aside from this clue, you can also determine which is the front side of the paddle by looking at the bulb at the base of the handle. If you’re holding the paddle with the front facing up, the bulb curves up. If you’re holding it with the back of the paddle facing up, the bulb obviously curves down.

As this is actually my first silicone paddle, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I saw how wiggly and pliable it is, I figured it wouldn’t be much of a serious impact implement, but something to gently ease newbies into impact play. Yeah…so, no.

Now that I think about it, I’m not sure what my reasoning was. Yes, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is my first silicone paddle, but I have used silicone floggers and whips. I know silicone can hurt like hell, so what was I thinking?

I’ll admit it. I was thinking duh. Of course, with impact play, it’s all about how you use your tools. A BDSM pro can control how much pain he or she delivers by how they apply the device. This is certainly the case with the Tantus Plunge Paddle. Let me be clear though- the Plunge Paddle HURTS. Don’t be taken in by its innocent appearance. It’s not the wimpy beginner’s paddle I was expecting, and it can totally hold its own against any of my wooden paddles.

The sensations delivered by the Tantus Plunge Paddle are different than what an implement made of wood or leather provides. Silicone has a particular sting, whereas wood tends to be thumpy. The flexibility of the paddle also creates a sort of slapping motion that I haven’t experienced with a firmer one. I anticipated that the Plunge Paddle’s pliability would decrease the likelihood of pain, when in fact the opposite is true.

The result of the paddle flopping back before you bring it forward to whack someone is a bit like a pitcher winding his arm up to increase the power of his throw. The Plunge Paddle builds up momentum as you swing it, in a way that a rigid paddle can not. I’ve got to hand it to Tantus for that. Well done.

Not only is the handle of the Plunge Paddle dual purpose, but it manages to perform both functions equally well, which is no small feat. There is an extended groove along the underside of the handle that fits perfectly into the palm of my hand, no matter how I grip it. Though I don’t think I would have an issue without it, I believe this groove increases my comfort level when holding and swinging the paddle.

Tantus Plunge Paddle

Tantus Plunge Paddle, Hitting Surface

Tantus Plunge Paddle, Dildo Handle

Tantus Plunge Paddle, Tantus Logo

Though the silicone of the handle is solid and firm, it has a very slight give that lessens the pressure it places on my hand. This may not be a big deal or even noticeable to many people, but it could make holding onto the Tantus Plunge Paddle for an extended period of time more comfortable for people with hand issues. Of course, the lightweight silicone, approximately 7.5 ounces, is a tremendously positive feature for the same people and others with wrist conditions.

When I flip the Tantus Plunge Paddle around to use the handle as a dildo, finding a pleasant grip on the flat surface is definitely awkward. Though I can squash the paddle a bit, it requires some effort and hand strength. With my chronic hand pain, this is not a realistic solution. What I have found to be the best for me is to grasp the base of the handle from underneath, with my thumb laying across the Tantus logo, and the rest of my hand curled below.

It’s important that the Tantus logo is facing up when using the Plunge Paddle as a dildo because that means the bulbous tip of the handle is curved upwards, making g-spot stimulation a strong possibility. You can certainly flip the paddle around and insert the handle with the bulb facing down, but I did not find that to be enjoyable.

While I am able to angle the bulb of the Tantus Plunge Paddle to hit my g-spot, it is not the ideal shape for me. My frustrating g-spot does better with a slightly more extreme curve, but I am really not a huge g-spot girl most of the time anyway. The hardness of the solid silicone is very good for g-spotting and there is nothing floppy about the handle-as-dildo. It is just as easy to control as any other Tantus dildo I own (notwithstanding the odd gripping of the flat paddle face).

The 1.25″ of diameter is what I consider small-average in size, which means the Tantus Plunge Paddle should be accessible to a wide range of people. If someone has experience and is comfortable with vaginal penetration, this is a realistic first dildo option. On the other hand, a person with no penetration experience might want to consider something thinner, such as the Tantus Silk Small or the Tantus Silk Medium.

For a first g-spotting dildo, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is acceptable but not ideal. Someone looking to explore g-spot stimulation may be better off with a dildo like the Tantus Adam O2 or the Tantus Curve, simply because it will be easier to hold and thrust with them. When trying anything for the first time, I find it better not to have to think about too many factors.

As I mentioned above, due to the large paddle-as-handle, you can indeed stick the Tantus Plunge Paddle up your butt. I much prefer the feeling of fullness rather than the sensation of thrusting. So for me, a butt plug is a better option, such as the Tantus Asteroid.

Obviously, I can’t sit comfortably with the Plunge Paddle handle in my bottom and I look pretty ridiculous walking around the house with the flat of the paddle flopping around. Though I don’t have a prostate myself, it seems that the bulb might be good for prostate stimulation. It just doesn’t do much for me. If you are going to use the Plunge Paddle in your butt, just be sure to properly disinfect it with bleach or by boiling (details below) before using it again vaginally.

Tantus Plunge Paddle, G-Spot Bulb

Tantus Plunge Paddle, G-Spot Bulb

Tantus Plunge Paddle, Hole in Bulb

Tantus Plunge Paddle, Flexibility

As with all Tantus products, the Plunge Paddle is made from Tantus’ proprietary blend of Ultra-Premium silicone. It is latex and phthalate-free, practically non-porous, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. Though made from the same silicone as my other Tantus sex toys, the texture is unique to the Plunge Paddle. I am guessing the other Tantus paddles have the same surface, but as I do not own any, I cannot be certain.

In general, I have found that all of my Tantus toys, with the exception of the Tantus Twist Butt Plug, have the same shiny and draggy appearance and feel. The silicone of the Plunge Paddle is completely matte and actually soft. It has a sleek smoothness that I really enjoy against my skin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s soft as a baby’s butt. However, if babies were made of silicone, it would be this exact kind.

Just because this silicone is far less draggy than I was anticipating, does not mean you don’t need to use lube with it when sticking it into your body, because you do. As we are talking about Tantus silicone and not some crappy, low-quality mix, you can use a high-quality silicone-based lubricant with the Tantus Plunge Paddle. It’s always a good idea to do a small patch test before slathering lube all over the place, just in case the product you are using is not compatible with the paddle.

If you want to be sure you won’t have any negative silicone interactions or don’t have any silicone-based lube laying around, stick with a water-based lubricant. It generally comes down to preference in regards to how much lube to use, and while I don’t require as much as I do with most of my other Tantus sex toys, I do need more than a drop or two. Still, I have not had any issue with my Tantus Plunge Paddle eating lube and requiring reapplication.

One cool thing about a silicone paddle is that you can get it wet, so if you want, you can add fluids to your paddling. This is not my favorite thing because I am way too lazy to want to deal with cleaning crap off the ceiling and walls. However, if you are more industrious and devoted than I am, go for it. Aside from making a mess, coating the skin or the paddle with something gentle that won’t damage the silicone (you can totally use water-based lube, if you have a ton laying around) can create different sensations.

Cleaning the Tantus Plunge Paddle is so easy. It is just a hunk of solid silicone with no electrical bits, so you’ve got options. There’s the good old warm water and mild soap standby (I am completely against anti-bacterial soap, but this is not the place to discuss it. Suffice it to say, you do NOT need it. Regular soap is more than sufficient.), as well as sex toy cleaner. You can also pop the Plunge Paddle in the top drawer of your dishwasher and run it through the cycle without soap.

The niftiest option, and what will allow you to go from anal to vaginal use and/or share your Tantus Plunge Paddle with non-fluid bonded partners, is disinfecting it. You can do this by cleaning it with a 10% bleach solution or boiling the paddle for 3-5 minutes.

The packaging for the Tantus Plunge Paddle, not unexpectedly, is different from the typical clear plastic box most of Tantus’ sex toys come in. The Plunge Paddle comes in a large cardboard box (it is a good sized paddle, after all), that says, “HUNGRY” in huge white letters on the front. Each of the box’s side have the word “Tantus” and the letters are oddly interspersed with images of food- carrot, fish, apple, cheese, and the Plunge Paddle.

Apparently, this is their new campaign- “Hungry… Choose Tantus”. It cracks me up and I think it’s quite brilliant, especially when you look at the campaign flyer in the box. It suggests using the Tantus Plunge Paddle as your new midnight snack and promises that if you do, “you’ll never go hungry again” (shades of Scarlett O’Hara).

Scarlett O'Hara

The other flyer in the box is the product info sheet, which provides basic information about the Tantus Plunge Paddle. You can find the exact same information on the website product page. The Plunge Paddle itself is protected by a plastic bag. There is a small hole in the bulbous end that has a plastic loop with a Tantus tag on it. You can easily store your Plunge Paddle by hanging it from this tag. Or, if you happened to remove the tag (like some idiot I know), you can string something else through the hole.

The Tantus Plunge Paddle was shipped to me in the box with no additional protection, and though it was a bit beaten up by the time my UPS guy handed it off to me, its integrity had not been comprised. I’d say it’s sturdy enough to use for storage. While it does take up a lot of room, the box just fits the Tantus Plunge Paddle, so it isn’t overlarge. With my major storage issues, I’ll probably end up tossing the box and just storing the paddle in the plastic bag.

Tantus Plunge Paddle Packaging, Front of Box

Tantus Plunge Paddle Packaging, Side of Box

Tantus Plunge Paddle Packaging, Info Sheets

Tantus Plunge Paddle Packaging, Plastic Bag

Tantus Plunge Paddle Pros:
• Dual purpose- paddle and dildo
• Strong sting-y sensations
• Good for all levels of experience with BDSM
• Great shape
• Lightweight
• High-quality silicone
• Vegan
• Eco-Friendly
• Waterproof
• Awesome company

Tantus Plunge Paddle Cons:
• Paddle is a bit clumsy for gripping

I love it when a clever idea comes to fruition and the Tantus Plunge Paddle is one ripe piece of fruit. It wasn’t just a good design, it absolutely works well in reality. Aside from the typical reasons to purchase Tantus products, super high-quality silicone, great U.S. based company that also manufactures their products here, toys that are actually field tested on humans, the Plunge Paddle is an excellent investment.

Due to its efficient multi-tasking, you get two superb toys for the cost of one. The Tantus Plunge Paddle provides you with a serious impact device and an effective g-spot dildo, at a very reasonable price point. Not to mention the fact that you can quickly go from paddling to penetration and back again in the blink of an eye. I’m betting the Plunge Paddle will end up making some Dom/mes very happy.

Really, the only reason not to treat yourself to a Tantus Plunge Paddle is because you hate BDSM and sex toys and kittens, because hating sex toys is basically the same as hating kittens. You’re not a kitten hater, are you??

I intentionally reviewed the Plunge Paddle at the beginning (ish) of the month to allow you more than enough shopping time. Tantus is currently offering 30% off EVERYTHING in their store through the end of the month. From now until November 30th, all you have to do is use coupon code: THEDIRTY30 at checkout and you’ll receive 30% off your ENTIRE purchase. Oh, and if you spend $75, you’ll get Free shipping as well. Seriously, non-kitten hating people, now is the time to stock up for the holidays!

Bean Fiddler Rating:

Lovehoney


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