Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Waterproof Double Penetrator

Waterproof Double PenetratorA Toys for Tarts guest review:
Wow. And likewise yum. This lovely toy is my new favorite. The batteries pop right in, and then the cap locks down, which has the advantage of keeping water out of the battery compartment and also prevents a sudden loss of power if the user twists the cap a little too hard. The jelly covering is softish, but the vibe itself is rigid enough to be inserted without the gyrations needed with the Scorpion.

The circumference on this toy is perfect—the vaginal arm is big enough to make this user feel full and a bit stretched, but not so big as to be painful. The anal probe is perfectly sized as well.The veins are raised enough to be palpable and add a wonderful sensation when thrusting. The speeds range from a gentle caress to “oh god ohgod ohgod DAMN” with a slight twist of the cap. The motor’s placement towards the top of the vaginal shaft makes deep thrusting an exquisite pleasure.

So far, the Double Penetrator has proven to be as waterproof as it claims to be. After five or six uses in the shower or the tub, it shows no sign of water in the battery compartment. All in all, this is a wonderful toy for solo or couple play.

Overall, this toy is a definite YES, and even better, it’s on sale right now.



* This toy graciously provided for review by Xandria

Friday, October 13, 2006

Ring of Xtasy

Ring of Xtasy
Cock rings always look so much bigger in pictures, and this one is no exception. With your garden-variety bullet-toting cock ring, quality is gauged in two ways: (a) vibration, and (b) fit. Unfortunately, this particular product gets a B- on both prongs of the quality test. It's a decent enough toy, but the bullet vibe isn't very powerful & it burned through a set of batteries in one session. (Okay, granted I was riding it for a while, but even so ...)

From my perspective, the only enhancement provided by the toy was the hardness of the bullet sandwiched between my partner and me. It was nice to grind against. My partner reported no enhancement (beyond the enjoyment of watching me do said grinding *wink*).

The blurb says:
Made of super stretch silicone this heart-shaped ring is soft with a snug and comfortable fit. The mega powered bullet sends the bunny ears into strong rapid motion for steady clitoral stimulation. Easy on/off push button for the bullet. Embedded hearts on the ring aid in providing friction and labial stimulation. Requires 2 button cell batteries - 2 sets are included.


Soft, yes. Comfortable, yes. Snug, no. "Mega powered," no. Easy on/off, yes. The "embedded hearts" (i.e., little bumps) didn't add to the friction that I could discern.

This is, unfortunately, a product that will most likely spend the rest of its life in the bottom of my toy bag.

* This toy graciously provided for review by Xandria

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Scorpion

A Toys for Tarts guest review:
Scorpion
At first glance, the most noticeable facet of the Scorpion vibe is the contrast between the sparkly purple body and the bright blue heads on the double prongs. At a closer look, it’s possible to tell on sight and even better, by touch, that the bright blue heads are fairly realistic in shape. Straight out of the box, this jelly toy does have the familiar, slightly plastic-y scent and tacky texture, but both disappear after a wash or two.

It would have been easier to install the batteries with a diagram, as the battery compartment isn’t very clearly marked for where to put the two AAs required. However, once the batteries are inserted, the cap of the battery compartment locks into place, making it less likely that the user will twist the cap too far and empty the batteries out on the bed while in search of a faster speed.

One difficulty with the Scorpion is the lack of rigidity, a problem typical for jelly toys. The very flexibility of the toy makes self-insertion a tricky process, requiring some limberness and dexterity. It is not a great toy for spur of the moment orgasms, but rather one for slow, lingering use or adventurous couple's play.

Once in, though, the toy provides a nice combination of multiple stimulations. The rounded balls along the vaginal prong massage inside, while the head is positioned very nicely for G-spot stimulation. The smaller, slimmer anal wand is curved in, and its rounded head provides a nice feeling of fullness. The multi-speed vibrations range from a teasing tickle to a serious throbbing, and while the motor seems loud at first, it’s muffled fairly well when the toy is fully inserted. There’s a nice four-inch shaft left outside, which can be used as a handle for thrusting, swiveling or bouncing, any of which can greatly enhance the experience.

Having gotten all too used to weekend quickie orgasms in bed or the shower, slowing down and spending some time with the Scorpion was a very nice change for me. I’d recommend trying it.

* This toy graciously provided for review by Xandria

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Silicone Slims

Silicone SlimsThere are some good points about this small toy. The vibrations are pretty strong, particularly for a toy depending on two AA batteries. The cord is long enough to keep the handle in a comfortable position, and the protrusions make it safe to use either vaginally or anally. It’s also quite easy to clean, despite the ridges, and it does not have the plastic-y or fake fruity scent you get with a lot of jelly toys.

Unfortunately, cute and pink as this little vibe is, it fails at its stated purpose of providing simultaneous vaginal and clitoral stimulation. The “external stimulator” is not rigid enough to vibrate when the toy has been inserted. It does provide vaginal or anal stimulation, but the extension just doesn’t vibrate against the clitoris the way it’s supposed to.

Thanks to the silicone, this is the Elmer Fudd of vibrators. Once inserted, it is vewy, vewy qwiet. I field-tested it at the office, and found that the cord is long enough to lead from pussy to pocket, or from ass to pocket, and nobody in the office could hear a thing, even with the vibrations set to the strongest level.

Overall, while this toy doesn’t quite live up to its billing, it does come in handy when you need a quiet thrill. ;-)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Black Fireman's Penis Pump


The term "penis pump" to me is always either an enlarger or a milker, like a breast pump idea. Now granted, every guy wants a little more. I'm quite fond of my cock, and from what I have been told, it's a rather nice one: not too big to cause lock jaw; not so small as to be deficient for duty. So looking for an enlarger is just not on my horizon, but if another inch or so could be had, I'm not complaining. Unfortuantely, this pump just doesn't make that much of a difference. I work the pump, create the vacuum feel my john thomas swell and engorge, but an hour later I'm back to my pre-pump size. Unless there is a several month long cumulative effect, it's just not much good other than for a short term boost and acheyness.

As a milker... well, that's fun now and then -- when I've had a drought and need to get all I have been storing up out in one fell swoop. The pump does make a decent suction -- not great, but decent. With some work you can get a nice ball cleaning squirt, not an earth shaking orgasm as the tactile sensations are missing, but it does pull more than the usual stroke and squeeze jack-off technique.

On the whole, not a great toy, but if you get one as a gift, don't toss it aside either.

* This toy graciously provided for review by Xandria

Monday, May 01, 2006

May is National Masturbation Month!

From the Los Angeles City Beat:

GETTIN' WHACKY WITH IT
May is National Masturbation Month. So what’s your pleasure?
~ By PERRY CROWE ~

Not that you needed a reason, but May is National Masturbation Month. This celebration of self-love began years ago in response to the firing of then-Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, after she suggested masturbation might be a useful tool for sex education. Ah, the stigma of masturbation. Blindness, hairy palms, insanity. Maybe it’s that “onanism” tag that rubs some people the wrong way. Truth be told, Onan’s seed-spillage was more of an F.U. to his older brother (and God, as it turns out) than the self-lovin’ of a good wank.

“The benefits of masturbation are endless,” says Kristina Garcia, manager of Babeland, a sex-toy store on Melrose Avenue. “Relaxation. Stress release. Release of tension. Also, it’s just learning about sexual response and what you like. Not many people are used to talking about sex on that kind of level. People are just expected to know what to do to each other, having never spoken about it or never taken a class on it. It’s ludicrous.”

Garcia, an L.A. native, returned home seven months ago to help open Babeland’s L.A. branch after a stint as the manager of the chain’s flagship store in Seattle. To celebrate National Masturbation Month, Babeland will be hosting a free erotica reading on May 18. Featuring local authors as well as employees reading from their personal erotica favorites, it’s bound to titillate. But be forewarned: No masturbation will be allowed. How ironic.

Babeland is part of a growing trend of female-owned sex-toy stores, including The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood, Good Vibrations in San Francisco, and Come As You Are in Toronto. That feminine touch goes a long way toward making such places more aesthetically pleasing and woman-friendly than the dimly lit XXX stores of the past with their greasy, mustachioed sales clerks and shambling parade of customers.

“We don’t want to represent ourselves like a traditional sex shop,” says Shelby Jones, who taught a class on the female orgasm last month at The Pleasure Chest. “We don’t have viewing booths. We don’t have dark corners. There are a lot of people on the floor. People ask all the time, ‘Do you get a lot of creeps in here?’ A creep would be somebody who is just looking to jerk off in a corner. To be honest, they do walk in here, they look around, and they go, ‘I don’t belong here.’”

But if you are looking for a place to jerk off in a corner, Good Vibrations, the founder of National Masturbation Month, is hosting a masturbate-a-thon in San Francisco on May 27. The self-love marathon offers semi-private men’s and women’s sections, a public mixed section, and a stage for a live webcast on Bondage.com. With participants getting sponsored for each minute of masturbation, the event raises money for the Center for Sex and Culture, a nonprofit group dedicated to safe sex and general sex education. The current masturbation record for men is seven and a half hours. The women’s record is six and a half hours. Seems important to note that “masturbation” in this context is defined as “stimulation of some sort for the purpose of sexual arousal” and not necessarily gilding the lily directly.

“Think Mike Myers rubbing his tits,” suggests Robert Lawrence, cofounder of the Center and creator of the live masturbate-a-thon.

If the idea of sidling up next to a stranger or 50 to engage in the private bliss of masturbation seems a bit contradictory, Lawrence, who has an educational doctorate in sex ed., suggests the modern concept of privacy is only as old as the modern house. He posits, “When people lived in large open rooms or communal areas, sex was a bit more of an open thing.”

Whether alone, in pairs, by the dozens, out in the open or shuttered away, have a very merry month of May.


Babeland, 7007 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 634-9480. Babeland.com.

The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 650-1022. Thepleasurechest.com
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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi Magic WandBabeland says: "Known as ithe 'Cadillac of vibrators,' this is perhaps the world's most popular vibrating toy. Similar in look and feel to the Acuvibe, its strong vibration makes it an unfailing friend in masturbation, and its symmetrical shape makes it a natural for partnered, face-to-face fun. For penetration options, check out the G-Whiz, the Deluxe G-spotter and the Wonderwand attachments. Runs on 110v power, needs a converter for 240v. Two speeds, spongy head. 12" long, head 2 1/2" in diameter."

And Clitical adds:
"I was thrilled to receive the Hitachi Magic Wand to review because I had heard some good things about it. But when I opened the box I had to take a moment to adjust my thinking. Not because I didn't think it was going to be a good toy, but because it is a bit imposing. It's more like an appliance than a toy, complete with a power cord. Because of the uniqueness of this toy, I had to use several sessions in order to adequately preview this toy - especially since I was also supplied with two attachments for it, The G Cap and the Gee Whiz.

"What does it look like? It's approximately 12" long with a 2 ½” bulbous head. The controls consisted of one button with high and low settings. The power cord is approximately 48" long, which was long enough to plug in near my headboard, and gave me adequate room for moving around the bed.

"My first concern was the sound. In all honesty - it does sound like a buzz saw. Okay, maybe not quite that loud, but it is loud enough that I turned in on, left it on my bed covered with the quilt and then went to the kid's rooms to see if I could hear it. In my case, I could not hear it from there, but I still think the noise might be enough of a distraction that you should probably check it out ahead of time so you won't have to worry complaint calls from the neighbors.

"Usually I will use a lubricant with my toys, but I wanted to try this first without it. This toy is not designed to be directly inserted; it is used primarily for clitoral and vulva stimulation. The vibration this toy offers is intense - extremely strong. I appreciated the fact that I could choose between high and low. Manipulating the controls were as easy as sliding my finger from one side of the switch to the other. Maneuvering the Wand itself though was a bit oxy. I found that standing it on end and using a blanket to help hold it upright allowed me to move my hips against the vibrating head. However, that meant that the sound from the vibration was transferred to the bed, which made it sound even louder.

"I will admit that my first orgasm from this toy was a shock! It was so intense and happened so fast that it took me by surprise.

"The next time I took it out for a drive, I used a lubricant, and I found that it still offered great sensations, but they were not quite as intense. I was able to hold it more directly on my clitoris without having to pull it away because of the intensity. But make sure you don't have any lubricant on the hand that you intend to use to hold the Wand though, because the body of the Wand is smooth, and with lube on your hand it's difficult to hold onto.

"I did find that the strength of the vibration sometimes caused me to become numb, which isn't exactly what your objective should be. It makes reaching orgasm a bit more difficult when you cannot feel anything. But if you hold it on the clitoris for a bit, then moved it around before coming back to the clit that it worked a lot better.

"The two attachments the G Cap and the Gee Whizz are similar in that they both fit snuggly over the head of the Hitachi Magic Wand and have appendages that are designed for insertion into the vagina. But that is about all they have in common.

"The G Cap is the less expensive of the two attachments. It is made of firm yet flexible rubber. The part that is intended for insertion is approximately 4 ½” long and about 1” in diameter. Because it is firm it is easy to slide into position - especially with a little added lube. Finding the correct position for optimum enjoyment with this toy did take a bit of work because with the attachment on, the whole toy is heavier on one end, so being able to put the tip right where you want it is fairly important.

"The Gee Whizz is made of silicone, and looks more like a penis. Not a huge penis (approximately 4” x 1 ½”). It’s just long enough to be able to reach the g-spot. Because this one is made of silicone, it is softer, and I found it harder to maneuver into a position where it did stimulate the g-spot.

"There is a substantial difference in cost between the two attachments - with the G Cap selling for about $15 and the Gee Whizz selling for about $48. After testing the two, I found that the G Cap worked better for me.

"What did I like the best about the Hitachi Magic Wand? No batteries. Not a one in sight. It delivered a constant level of vibration without having to worry about when the batteries were going to die on me."


Lastly, read what Betty Dodson has to say about the Hitachi Magic Wand.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Talking Head Vibrator

Talking Head VibratorWhat will they think of next?

My Little Secret LLC's "Talking Head Vibrator" is a rabbit style vibrator with a voice-recorder chip in its base. Instead of just a steady buzzing drone, users can record their voice (or someone else's voice) to enhance their experience with audio.

Recording is done through a special chip, referred to as a "cartridge key." For long-distance or cyber lovers, audio files can be produced, e-mailed, and downloaded into the recording device. A variety of pre-recorded chips are also available.

So, tarts, what do you make of this?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Cock Rings

Dr. Joel Kaplan's Dual Cock Ring (Silicone)There are so many of these products on the market that it's almost impossible to pick just one for review. Most are very stretchy and made of latex or silicone.

Cock rings are multi-purpose devices. Initially developed to aid in prolonging or enhancing an erection, they've evolved to include clitoral stimulation -- either via a nubby extension and/or a bullet vibe.

Check out what Babeland has to say about using cock rings: http://www.babeland.com/sexinfo/howto/use-a-cock-ring

Friday, January 27, 2006

Flex-O-Pleaser (Swedish Erotica)

Swedish Erotica's Flex-O-PleaserThe Flex-O-Pleaser from Swedish Erotica (not to be confused with the product of the same name from Beyond 2000) is marketed as a g-spot vibe. Takes 2 C batteries. (Toys for Tarts does not recommend anal insertion of this product, even with a condom.)

Here's what Libida says: "Tuck the long handle between bodies during partner sex to pleasure your clitoris, and angle the vibrating head to hit the G-spot during penetration. The Flex-O-Pleaser expands options for larger women and people with disabilities."

And, read what Clitical had to say HERE.

Just $10 via the linked photo!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Highjoy iVibe Rabbit

Highjoy iVibe RabbitTaking yesterday's review one step further, we have the Highjoy iVibe Rabbit. From the website:

"The world’s most popular vibrator can now be controlled over the Internet! Imagine engaging a partner in an Online Sex session at Highjoy.com, and having an orgasm with them hundreds of miles away. High Joy Enabled® technology can also be controlled locally through your computer (by you) and completely standalone, like its predecessor. The iVibe shaft is 5.5” long, 1.25” wide, and the clit stimulator is 3” long; requires 4 AA batteries (sold separately). Internet Enabled Requirements: Windows® 98 SE or later, Internet Connection, Serial port (COM port) or USB Port (serial to USB adapter sold separately), a HighJoy.com Membership."

Mojo Garden (which offers this product at roughly the same price as a regular iVibe Rabbit) says:

"The Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit vibe, the most technologically advanced vibrator ever created. The Doc Johnson Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit is the first sex toy that allows its users total remote online operation and offers a sexual encounter unlike any other.

"The Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit is a technologically-advanced version of the famous iRabbit, the vibrator featured on national television. The new 'Doc Johnson Internet Enabled Rabbit' vibrator has all the features of the classic model, with the addition of remote Internet controls that work at HighJoy.com, an online community.

"The HighJoy.com Online Dating Community offers adults everything that traditional Online Dating sites do and much more. Members can post a profile, search profiles, send emails, create favorites, etc. In addition, HighJoy.com members will be able to chat with other members in public lounges, privately audio/video/text chat, and when things get intimate, control another person's Doc Johnson High Joy Enabled Rabbit vibrator sex toy over the Internet to engage in safe, discreet Online sex.

"What this means is that two consenting adults may have total interaction through visual, sound and now the stimulation and touch provided by an adult toy. The speed and intensity of the Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit vibrator will be totally controlled by the remote operator while both participants are in full verbal and visual contact. The Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit has three distinct settings that allow its user a variety of different experiences. The most revolutionary feature of the Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit is its ability to connect with other users online. Through this feature you control the intensity of your partner's stimulation through each other's computer. This will provides a place where couples in long-distance relationships or those with demanding travel schedules may maximize their intimacy. It's also a resource for those wishing to interact with others interested in the safest sex possible.

"The Hi-joy Enabled setting allows the Rabbit to be controlled locally while surfing content or watching an adult DVD on the computer. It may receive scripts over the Internet, and from adult films. Scripts are pre-programmed settings that are available as downloads to the vibrator, and allow the user to experience a uniquely created program, with the same motion as the actors on his or her favorite adult video.

"The Highjoy Internet Enabled Rabbit vibrator can also be used apart from the Internet exactly like the original as a freestanding vibrator. The iVibe Rabbit shaft is 5.5 inches long, 1.25 inches wide, and the clit stimulator is 3 inches long; requires 4 AA batteries (sold separately). Internet Enabled Requirements: Windows 98 SE or later, Internet Connection, Serial port (COM port) or USB Port (serial to USB adapter sold separately), a HighJoy.com Membership."

Toys for Tarts wants to hear from HighJoy members! Send us your reviews!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

iVibe Rabbit

iVibe Rabbit: GrapeHere's what Freddy & Eddy had to say about Doc Johnson's iVibe Rabbit:

"Now having experienced four different 'rabbit' style vibrators, I had to admit that trying yet another one didn't exactly give me goose bumps. Yes, one did give me my first vaginal orgasm (the Vibratex Charmer), but aside from that the only distinguishing characteristics seem to be size and color. Hence, when the new iVibe Rabbit vibe arrived on August 1st, I didn't exactly rush to release it from its packaging.

"Once I did, however, all I can say is WOW!!! Not only did this product take me to the 'big O' in several unique ways, but it turned out to be one of the most advanced sex toys we've ever tested. Freddy and I could hardly believe that so much technology could be applied to a woman's privates and we are still finding new combinations to work me into a frenzied state.

"Dimension-wise, the Rabbit measures 9.5" from base to tip, 7" of which protrudes upward from the top of the base. The girth is 1.5" at its widest point and the rabbit 'ears' extend upward 2", meaning you must insert the device approximately 3-4" for it to make contact with your clitoris. As you can see from the picture above, a 1.5" section of rotating beads are located along the shaft, just above the ears. It is a little larger than I prefer, but I seem to be getting more tolerant with each review.

"Where the Rabbit earns its ears, so to speak, are in its controls. Not only does it have three independent operating sections (the ears, the beads, and the rotating tip), but each can be controlled with complete independence from the others. You can, for example, control the rotating head to go in different directions, rotate, move forward and reverse, or all three in sequence AND vary the speed. The same applies to the beads, where you can alter the speed and direction with which they move, and the rabbit ears, which can be started with a subtle purr and turned up to the point at which your hand will literally become numb if you hold it too long. Amazingly, you can almost never run out of combinations or speeds to satisfy your moods. However, there are several pre-programmed modes to make it easier to simply turn it on without having to think about what you wish to do.

"Once in action, I simply stayed with the rotating head and rabbit ears, which were more than enough to work me up. I LOVE clit stimulation and the extra powerful rabbit ears were certainly more than I could handle (I never reached maximum power and doubt I ever will). I'm not a huge fan of the rotating beads in any of these types of devices (just a tad too rough on my insides), but using the iVibe's at low setting produced very pleasant sensations and I'm slowly coming around (pun intended) to liking their effect.

"In summary, this toy ROCKS! Not only do I find it to be the most advanced sex toy I've ever used, but it makes for great experimentation with Freddy, who never shies away from such things. Its phenomenal controls, nice size, and quality construction (as solid as the Pocket Rocket) make it a great addition to our arsenal (and you can imagine what our collection looks like by now). A definite must-have."

Monday, January 23, 2006

Jack Rabbit Harness

Jack Rabbit HarnessThe classic Original Rabbit design coupled with an innovative fully adjustable, crotchless, leather, sturdy, high quality strap-on harness.

Uniquely designed, the Jack Rabbit snaps into the comfortable harness for secure thrusting action. Removable dong with non-jamming, synchronized metal beads may be used with or without the harness.

Extensions straps accommodate most shapes and sizes. Powered by the independently operated power pack. Takes 3 AA batteries.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Njoy Fun Wand

Njoy Fun Wand
More than a sex toy, this object is a lifetime work of art, suitable for tasks both inside and outside your bedroom. Insert one end of this fabulous wand in for amazing g-spot orgams, or the beaded end in for anal ecstasy. Practice kegel exercises for more intense sexual pleasures, or simply grab your favorite massage oil and use the Njoy Fun Wand to relieve those tight shoulder and back muscles. Hand-crafted from highest grade stainless steel, the Njoy will last forever and is easy to clean with mild soap and water. Measures approximately 8" in length, with the widest bulbs measuring 1" diameter. (Available from JT's Stockroom)

Just don't drop it on your foot. I'm just sayin' *wink*

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Fleshlight

FleshlightHere's what Good Vibrations had to say:

"See why men are clamoring for this seductive, top-of-the-line masturbation toy. A soft, pliable non-vibrating sleeve of waterproof thermal plastic (softskin) surrounds your penis, offering incredibly realistic sensations. 10 deep internally. Lavender, with a removable gray case. Vulva shape.

Care and Cleaning: Softskin is porous; we highly recommend using condoms with these toys, as it is the only way to keep them clean and bacteria-free. Keeping your softskin toy clean will help maintain its quality and texture. After each use clean your toy with mild soap and water and rinse well. Dry thoroughly and dust the entire surface with cornstarch. (Please don't use talcum powder -- talc is linked to cervical cancer in women.)"

Friday, January 20, 2006

Jesse's Vibro Toy

Jesse's Vibro ToyI opened the package and thought, "It's a glorified bullet vibe." And technically, it is just that. It has that high-pitched beehive type vibration which is standard for bullet vibes. Y'know, the type that takes next to FOREVER to get you off? Unlike other bullets, however, this one has a tongue. It's a niiiiiiiice tongue, too!

Until I experienced this toy, I had relegated bullet vibes to the "supplementary" category. In other words, an enjoyable (non-threatening) add-on for partner play, but not "front line" orgasmic material (like a Hitachi Magic Wand or a jackrabbit-style vibe).

Jesse's Vibro Toy is made by California Exotic Novelties. It's a small (3") rigid plastic waterproof "micro massager" with a removable jelly sleeve. Takes 3 button sized batteries. Six are included. (A nice touch!) I preferred using it with the sleeve on ('cause, again, that tongue is quite nice).

Toys for Tarts found a WIDE range of prices for this product online -- anywhere from $19.00 all the way up to $44.95 -- so shop around. (Clicking on the picture will take you to the store with the lowest price that we found.) I'd pay up to $25 for this toy, but not a penny more -- especially since rechargeable button batteries aren't available.

* This toy graciously provided for review by Xandria

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Flex-O-Pleaser (Beyond 2000)

Beyond 2000 Flex-O-Pleaser
Not to be confused with the Swedish Erotica product of the same name, the Beyond 2000 Flex-O-Pleaser has ten speed settings and five vibrating/pulsing functions. It can be used for g-spot or prostate stimulation (as well as, obviously, for nipples and clitoris). The arm is very flexible yet holds its position well until readjusted. An LED readout shows vibration/pulsation levels. Its length is 10" overall, and the vibrating head is 2.5" long. Takes two AA batteries (which users will want to remove before storing, because the controls are VERY sensitive).

NOTE: This reviewer would not recommend using the Beyond 2000 Flex-O-Pleaser anally. The vibrating head can become separated from the flexible arm and, while still connected via the wires (so it probably wouldn't be "lost"), extraction might be rather unpleasant.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I Rub My Duckie

I Rub My DuckieHere's what JT's Stockroom had to say:

"These floating, waterproof little guys sit by your bath, jacuzzi, or bed with nothing more than those big innocent blue eyes to give away their real purpose in life. Squeeze their backs and watch your smile grow as they seduce you and massage your tensions away."

The strong, but quiet, motor of this Big Teaze Toys product is powered by two AA batteries (included). Different colors (yellow, pink, black), models (regular, bondage, devil), and sizes (regular, travel) are available. Most prices were under $20. (Watch out for shipping charges in the stores with the lowest prices. They often make up the difference, there.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ultime

Ultime
Here's what Erotic Massagers had to say:

"The most obvious [use], of course, is that the tapered end would be used to stimulate the g-spot while the flatter end would rest against the clitoris. After experimenting with a few different positions, I found that straddling the vibrator provided far better g-spot stimulation than lying on my back. Because this particular unit has no 'handle', as it were, controlling it from a prone position proved somewhat challenging. When the Ultime is straddled, however, I found it much easier to control the angle and depth of penetration by moving my hips. The added benefit of this is that it also left my hands free for other things. Using the flat end of the Ultime to rock the unit in semi circle also provides a particularly delightful sensation against the g-spot.

"Women who prefer a stronger level of clitoral stimulation may find that they need to add in a little manual play as the external portion has a rather weak vibration even on the highest setting. While the size of the Ultime could be a little difficult to work with during intercourse, it is a fun vibe for use during foreplay. Flipped upside down, the flat end nicely vibrates against the perineum while the tapered end stimulates the AFE Zone leaving your clitoris free for oral or mnual pleasuring. The U-shape also works rather well to cup the balls and stimulate the base of the penis during manual or oral play. If your lover happens to enjoy anal stimulation, the tapered end is well shaped for prostate stimulation as well. (Just remember to use a condom on the vibe if you’re sharing).

"All told, the Ultime is definitely worth adding to your toy chest. It’s unique shape makes it fun to experiment with both on solo and couple adventures. It is relatively quiet and, as is the case with all the vibes from Natural Contours, it is beautifully designed."

Monday, January 16, 2006

Pearl Butterfly

Pearl Butterfly
This attractive multi-function vibrator by California Exotic Novelties offers a butterfly clitoral stimulator rather than the standard bunny rabbit ears. The wings of the butterfly (a full 2.5" tip-to-tip) cup the labia while its body vibrates in between. Some women may like this, but this reviewer thought it muted the intensity of the vibrations by squeezing the labia together.

The area spanned by the rotating pearls in the shaft is considerably larger than other such products, providing broader coverage for internal stimulation -- but it also makes a considerably louder grinding noise. The shaft is 7" long and 5" in circumference -- quite filling, indeed.

Takes 3 AA batteries in the base. (The battery compartment door was rather loose, occasionally slipping open during use.) It has separate sliding controls (also in the base) for the vibration of the butterfly and the rotation of the pearls. As with other products of this style, it is easy to bump the controls during use -- changing the speed without intending to do so, which can be rather distracting.

California Exotic Novelties' products tend to work fairly well -- but not be very durable. Unfortunately, 4 of every 5 toys on the market seem to be from this manufacturer. As this is an older product, we can hope that its newer products are of greater quality.

Prices online are all over the map! From $127.50 all the way down to the low-thirty dollar range. Do NOT pay more than $40 for this product, and (for a few dollars more) you can do a LOT better with other jackrabbit style products. (Check out the Vibratex Rabbit Habit, for starters. It's not quite as girthy, but the quality completely blows the Pearl Butterfly out of the water.)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Waterproof Turbo Glider Raspberry Crush

Waterproof Turbo Glider Raspberry CrushThe Turbo Glider Raspberry Crush is 6.25" long and made of nonporous, rigid plastic. It has a bulbous head and nubs on the 1.25" diameter shaft. Takes two AA batteries.

If it takes you more than a few minutes to get off, perhaps this toy isn't for you. As with most products by California Exotic Novelties, it is prone to overheating, which imparts an unpleasant odor that never entirely fades. Its vibration isn't quite as strong as other AA-powered vibes, but the hard plastic carries it well. Use a condom and try this one anally -- just an inch or two.

While it says it's waterproof, water resistant would probably be more accurate. Shower use should be fine, but immersion in the bathtub might not. Remove batteries when not in use, or at least remove the cap to allow air to circulate.

You can find this basic toy for under $10 at many online vendors (including Amazon). It's well worth $10 ... but not more.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Water Gems Multi-Function Bunny

Water Gems Bunny
The Water Gems Bunny vibrator by California Exotic Novelties is advertised as 100% waterproof and designed to provide both vibration (of the bunny) and rotation (of the shaft). It features a soft jelly shaft of delightful girth filled with (purportedly) non-jamming, rotating pearl beads. The shaft has ridges and a softly beaded head, and the clitoral stimulator has a flickering bunny ears for intense stimulation. The easy-touch, push-button pulse pad controls provide a high/low function, auto-reverse rotating action, and on/off vibration. The removable battery pack requires 4 AA batteries.

Until the "non-jamming" pearls jammed, this reviewer adored her Water Gems Bunny. Even after the shaft no longer rotated, it remained a favorite toy. Then, alas, moisture got inside the "100% waterproof" battery pack and killed it as well as the four rechargable batteries it contained.

This seems to be par for the course for products by California Exotic Novelties. Their motors also tend to overheat after only a few minutes' use (and smell like popcorn burnt in a microwave). More's the pity 'cause they have some of the nicest sized/shaped toys.

Friday, January 13, 2006

O'My

O'MyHere's what Better Sex had to say:

"The name says it all! O'My is an amazing gel for women who want heightened sexual sensations. O'My's all-natural ingredients help to improve womens' abilities to achieve orgasms, and make their orgasms longer and more pleasurable."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Ring Around My Rosie

Ring Around My RosieAvailable from Blowfish:

"When designers start fashioning sex toys you get some interesting ideas. Most of the designer inspired sex toys we've seen have been sleek creations that don't look much like traditional sex toys at all. Well this one is different. It's clearly a phallic inspired design, but with fun new twists. The core of the toy is a straight shaft with a flared, rounded, non-realistic head. This shaft is made of a bright magenta glow-in-the-dark silicone sheath that holds a stiffer plastic core that keeps it much firmer than if the whole thing was poured of solid silicone. The head is about 1-1/2" at the widest point, the shaft is about 15/16" in diameter, and the total insertable length is just about 6". The base of the sleeve/shaft is slightly flared, allowing it to press down and act as a suction cup; it has a firm grip on smooth surfaces for straight up-down the shaft sliding, although side-to-side motion will break the suction fairly easily. This shaft is nice to use all on its own, providing a dramatic size difference between the flare of the head and the narrower shaft. If you'd prefer something more evenly sized or deliciously ribbed for the whole length of the shaft, you can work the 1-1/2" diameter silicone rings over the head and onto the shaft to provide additional thickness and a rippled texture. These rings make for a seriously bumpy ride so if you dig lots of texture in your thrusting, this is your toy.

"Do note, while this picture is intended to show how the rings will slip onto the toy, be prepared for them not to stay spaced very well once you get down to using it. The rings will slide up and down unless the whole shaft is covered, so don't be misled by the photo of intermittent rings like speed bumps along the shaft. This bright pink set is their Special Edition that comes with amazing packaging, a little pouch for your rings so you don't don't lose them in your toy chests, and a very cute and very tiny pair of black mesh thong panties that tie with pink and black ribbons over the hips. The panties are included as a gift to you from the French manufacturer and do not come in different sizes. (Note: they are super teeny on even our littlest tester).

"And just in case you were thinking between the lines, the base on this dildo is thin and flexible, which makes it work nicely as a suction cup but not so great as a flange. If you want to use this up your butt do exercise caution as it could slip completely inside if you're not careful."

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Nexus

NexusHere's what Nite Time Toys had to say:

"This innovative beauty is the ultimate achievement in dildo design — a double that works! The straighter, thicker end is 6 inches long (1.5 inch diameter), and the sharply curved, shorter end is 5 inches long (1.25 inch diameter) with a rippled shaft to help hold it in place. May be used with or without a harness. A Vixen Creations masterpiece, with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty. Handcrafted, swirl patterns will vary."


The Nexus is made of 100% silicone.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Eroscillator

EroscillatorHere's what Freddy & Eddy had to say:

"Could any sex toy justify spending 100 bucks? We just had to find out. This product claims to have 2 million dollars of research, the ONLY product endorsement of the big kahuna of sex - Dr. Ruth - herself, and GUARANTEES the Big O to ANY and ALL women who dare to open their pocketbooks to such extravegance. We just couldn't resist. We placed our order and waited. And waited. Unfortunately, a load of folks must've gotten the same idea, as the Eroscillator was backordered, making us wait almost 6 weeks for its arrival. Luckily for Eddy, it arrived the day after her pocket rocket finally shook its last clitoris (it gave out after 5 years of faithful service). That evening, we plugged it in and gave it a test run.

"First, the facts. The Eroscillator 2 is about 12" long and 2" in diameter. It is visually appealing and noticably sturdy (an unconditional one year guarantee is standard). The entire unit houses the motor assembly and the actual stimulation comes from a very small tip which installs by easily plugging in at one end. There are actually two flexible attachments that come standard, each with different functions (ball∪ for nipples and G-spot penetration and cluster&cockscomb for clitoral stimulation). There are other attachments available to purchase as well. For our first tryout, we decided to stick with the cluster&cockscomb and focus on the clit. Like the Magic Wand, the Eroscillator 2 is powered by electricity, so it can reach and sustain earth shaking power levels and the cord is a conveniently long 12 feet. This is not to be understated. The length of the cord enables lots of freedom to move around, which is a big plus when the heat turns up. The manual is excellent and offers a great primer for novices and experts alike. Finally, it is relatively quiet for such a large and powerful device, so we weren't concerned with waking up our little one as we ventured up the warp factors.

"The product literature takes great pains to point out that the Eroscillator is NOT a vibrator. In fact, it actually ocsillates (moves back and forth) between 2200 and 3600 oscillations per minute. Eddy definitely did not think it felt like any of her other vibrators. However, she can't actually explain the difference. On the one hand, it's more intense than the small battery vibes she's tried, but on the other it seems to penetrate deeper than the more powerful toys in her collection as well. We can only conclude that the oscillations that they claim make a difference, do indeed MAKE a big difference. I have to admit, after seeing Eddy try and enjoy so many toys, it was amazing that this one could actually stand out and deliver the goods. For me, the design of having the small tip doing the work made the Eroscillator surprisingly nimble for use during intercourse. Eddy seemed pretty comfortable maneuvering it in almost every sexual position imaginable. The large size was appealing to Eddy as it made for easy control and manipulation, especially during partner play.

"In conclusion, this toy is a must have. 100 dollars does seem like a lot of money to spend on a sex toy, but when one considers the quality, versatility, and great pleasure payoff that comes with it, the cost seems a pittance. Especially if you factor in all the money you'll save NOT purchasing other, less effective toys."

Monday, January 09, 2006

Good Head

Good HeadHere's what My Pleasure had to say:

"Your favorite oral play treat now comes in five tasty flavors. Try Sweet Strawberry when you're craving juicy berries. Feeling a little more wild than usual? Use a dab of tangy Wild Cherry. Want an exotic tingle? Delve into Juicy Passion Fruit. And when you're feeling nostalgic for the old standards, refreshing Mystical Mint and Sexy Cinnamon are also included. Each tube has a handy flip-top cap and comes in a ready-to-travel size! Take your favorites or take 'em all on a romantic weekend or even a night out on the town. Turn your next oral adventure into a decadent delight for both of you with the Good Head Gel Sampler Pack. It's also makes a great bachelor or bachelorette gift!"

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Super Stretch Sleeves

Super Stretch SleevesHere's what Better Sex had to say:

"Ranging from 1 3/4" to 2 3/4" long, each clear silicone sleeve features a sensational array of pleasure nubs, ribs and sensi-studs to grab your mate's complete attention. Plus, you'll enjoy the way these sleeves hug your erection, prolonging your own pleasure. A delightful way to add a little spice to your next close encounter."

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Vibratex Rabbit Habit

Vibratex Rabbit HabitHere's what JT's Stockroom had to say:

"This vibrator does everything! The women here at JT's Stockroom recommend it HIGHLY. It has three functions: The shaft gyrates and is bendable with a wire inside to keep its angle. Mid-way down, there's a capsule of pea-sized pearls that rotate around the shaft for an undulating/ripple effect. And the bunny vibrates for clitoral stimulation. It's a cordless, higher-quality Japanese version of our Jack Rabbit Vibrator. It's insertable to about 5" with a diameter of 1.125". It has a trademark Vibratex face on the head. Everyone's talking about them!! Requires 3 AA batteries, not included.

"Vibratex products have been around for many years and have always been among the finest in the world. There are many lower-cost imitations of the Vibratex designs, and many of the imitations are in fact excellent values. But for those who demand the best, the original Vibratex designs consistently offer the highest quality. Made in Japan."

The lowest price Toys for Tarts found for this product was $59.99 from drugstore.com

Friday, January 06, 2006

Locking Leather Hobble Belt

Locking Leather Hobble Belt
Based on a traditional cowboy horse rancher's belt, this belt/bondage device is a convenient and handsome accessory for everyday wear and bondage play. When worn around the waist, it is a classic functional leather belt, but when removed and looped through the two O-rings and center D-ring, it instantly becomes a handy restraint for wrists, ankles, elbows, etc. The sturdy leather belt is 1¼" wide, with strong steel rivets, O-rings, D-ring, and buckle.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Rock Chick

Rock ChickHere's what Trusted Pleasures had to say:

Produced in the UK using medical grade silicone and comprising a micro bullet for vibrating function, Rock-Chick is a discreet design that can easily fit inside your handbag for those unexpected moments. Rock-Chick is a unique product that stimulates both the clitoral and G spot erogenous zones simultaneously.

It comprises 2 sections, the lower shaft for insertion and the upper to rest over the labia/clitoris. The upper section also comprises of a top grip requiring a gentle rocking motion from the palm of the hand will send you into orgasm overload!

As the Rock-Chick stimulates both erogenous zones it is very beneficial for Women that either can’t or struggle to achieve orgasm. Women that are orgasmic have found using Rock-Chick produces easier and more intense orgasms.

Rock-Chick is great for Women on their own looking for that extra satisfaction, not only does it offer a one handed movement but it can also provides “Hands Free Orgasms”. Once positioned sit up on the edge of the bed or a chair and gently rock back and forth, leaving your hands free for...

Rock-Chick is also a great partner friendly toy that does not cause intimidation or embarrassment and once positioned your partner will find your spot every time!

Requires 3 button batteries, included.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sugar

SugarAvailable from Blowfish:

"It is tough to make a non-realistic silicone dildo into something special and unique without going to extremes, and yet, this elegant toy is beautiful and functional in all of its simplicity. The Sugar is made from a high grade-silicone with a medium-firm texture to it. The 7" shaft slowly widens and tapers, ranging from 1-1/2" to 1" at different points, widest at the center. Upon first examination, it seems as if the shaft was intended to be inserted, leaving the wide curved tail to function as a grip or handle as you thrust. However, our adventurous testers really enjoyed flipping the whole toy around, using the shaft as the handle, and inserting the 2" diameter hooked end as a G-spot stimulator. The flare at the end of the handle makes a perfect ridge for really getting in there and cranking up the intensity.

"Also, this dildo is so beautiful that it should be displayed! Thankfully, the manufacturer includes an acrylic stand for this toy so you can leave it out on the coffee table for all to admire. To be perfectly honest, we love the stand just as much as we love this toy. They make a beautiful pair.

"Comes in two beautiful shades: Frost is crystalline white and a bit translucent and Water is an ocean-inspired deep green-blue."

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Feeldoe

FeeldoeHere's what JT's Stockroom had to say:

"We've tested just about every double-ended dildo available that can be used in a harness, from the traditional double dong to the very complicated and pricey varieties. Technology has come a long way, but they all still left something to be desired, whether it be limited sensation for the wielder, sturdiness, or just over all functionality. Until now. The FeelDoe is the best double-ended dildo we have ever seen! It looks a bit strange and we were skeptical at first, but the pleasure that this toy delivers for both parties involved (its also great for solo play!) exceeds anything that we have ever tested. The smooth, realistically-shaped shaft is a great girth, length and shape for both anal and vaginal penetration. The egg shaped knob that fits inside the woman wearing the Feel Doe is not too big and not too small and somehow manages to give intense sensation with every thrust! The ribbed patch that lands right on the clitoris gets you closer and closer to orgasm as you grind away! The deep valley that runs along the bottom of the FeelDoe allows your 3-strap g-string harness to stabilize the toy even further, though it is equally suited for use with 4-strap harnesses. Simply the best double-ended harness compatible dildo."

"Silicone is a great material for dildos because it feels warm to the touch. These smooth, flexible dildos are resilient and durable. The texture is similar to the softness of skin, giving them a sensual feel. The non-porous silicone cleans easily with soap and water, and unlike some latex materials, doesn't get sticky after being used. (No more picking lint off your freshly washed dildos!) Silicone products are also the only way to go for people who have latex allergies. We highly recommend these fun toys, especially for use with strap-on harnesses."

Monday, January 02, 2006

Vibratex Angel Kiss

Vibratex Angel KissHere's what Wild in Secret had to say:

"The Vibratex Angel Kiss is the smallest & most economical dual-use vibrator from Vibratex. Though it does not have a shaft rotation feature, the immensely powerful vibrations produced by its durable motor will leave you breathless.

"The housing of the Vibratex Angel Kiss is made of a very firm soft plastic with stimulating contours & a "beaded necklace" for added thrusting excitement. the clitoral stimulator features a wide, firm tongue."