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Review: Nosy Toyfriend November 23, 2011

Filed under: babeland,reviews,toys — Lorax Of Sex @ 11:25 am

A while back–okay, a long while back–Babeland tweeted a picture of some random toys available for review. There was only one of each available, so they asked who wanted to try any of the goodies in the photo. I’d heard some mixed reviews of the Toyfriend toys, and, quite frankly, they look so strange that I simply had to try one. So I called dibs on the Nosy Toyfriend.

Nosy is… well, it’s just a weird little toy. Let’s get the particulars out of the way before I dive into the oddity that is this toy. Toyfriends are all made of a soft velvety silicone. I appreciate this, as anyone who owns many silicone toys can attest to the magical lint and pet-hair attracting abilities of most silicones. Toyfriends are also firm, almost rigid. Their core is plastic (where the batteries go in and such), with just the ends as solid silicone, and that is certainly the firmest non-squooshy silicone I’ve felt to date. They ship with 2-AAA batteries, and the manufacturer says they have 4 hours of use (more on that in a moment). They are controlled by a push-button on the base, which makes the base rounded. Because of the rounded base, the toy cannot stand up by itself, so included in the packaging is a funny little plastic stand. How nice of them?

Ok. First off, just look at Nosy. What. The. Heck? How do I even…? I’m confused. Am I supposed to wedge that inside of me somehow? The little pamphlet that came in the box wasn’t much help either.

“I like to touch, explore and pry, turn me on and you’ll know why.”

No, that’s not creepy…not in the least. Googling around didn’t help me much either, other than to see that I wasn’t the only one befuddled by the odd shape of Nosy. I started playing with it. Trying to wedge it in me was awkward and uncomfortable. It put the button in an odd location, and reached neither my clit nor g-spot, and even though I’m a huge fan of stimulation to my front vaginal walls, this just felt intrusive. Trying Nosy as a clit toy wasn’t much better. The vibrations were dull and muted, and positioning was again very awkward. It was while I was trying to figure out a way to make this toy work for me, that the batteries started to die.

“But wait,” you say, “I thought the manufacturer said that it had a 4 hour battery life!” Yeah, I did say that (or rather, the manufacturer does). So I popped in a pair of brand new AAAs just to be sure–maybe the ones it shipped with were duds? It can happen. Again I tried to see if I could use this toy internally somehow. Again I pressed and wiggled it’s unusual shape against my clit, trying to find a comfortable and enjoyable use for this toy. Again, the batteries started to die. Four hours? I got maybe two hours total, across the two sets of batteries used.

I love the texture on Nosy Toyfriend. Unfortunately I don’t love the dull vibration, and the shape certainly isn’t for me. I’m not entirely sure what to do with this one. Usually I can find some use for a toy, but I’m at a loss this time. All in all, I’m left just as bewildered after giving this toy a go as I was beforehand. I’m glad I got to try it, and I send huge thanks out to the wonderful folks at Babeland for giving me the opportunity.

 

Review: Berman Venus G July 10, 2011

Filed under: babeland,reviews,toys — Lorax Of Sex @ 12:42 pm

In the continuing saga that is my exploration of G-spot stimulation, I decided to give my first G-spot vibrator a try. I’ve had slightly curved vibrators and vibrator/dildo combos before, but as I no longer have them and they weren’t all that curved, I decided to give something designed for G-spot lovin’ a whirl. Off went an email to the lovely folks at Babeland, and onto my porch arrived a new toy. My time with the Berman Venus G has been nothing short of an educational experience.

The Berman Venus G is a slim silicone vibrating G-spot toy from Dr. Laura Berman. The first thing I noticed with this is that it is indeed slim, only 1″ in diameter. The tip of the toy, where it curves up to nudge the urethral sponge, tapers a bit as well. Now, I wouldn’t call myself a size queen (toys like Vixen’s Randy scare the crap out of me), but I found the dainty diameter of this toy a bit underwhelming. This is probably perfect for some folk, but I’m finding that I prefer a girthier toy for this sort of play. I had a hard time getting firm yet comfortable pressure, as the narrowness of the tip of the toy felt more pokey- like the tip of a finger rather than finger pads. I was also unable to really feel much of the rings on the shaft of the toy when I used it for thrusting due to the narrowness of the toy.

The vibration doesn’t really do it for me either on this. I find that the vibration from the three AAA batteries to be remarkably low, given that my beloved Laya Spot was a two AAA toy and definitely blows this out of the water with intensity. If you want very gentle vibration then the Berman Venus G is probably great, but especially for internal vibration I need something far stronger. I will say it is amazingly quiet though, which is always a nice treat.

While I generally prefer smaller palm-able toys for clitoral stimulation, I thought that maybe something longer like this might make it ideal for using on myself whilst wearing a harness, or during partnered sex. So I gave it a shot as a clit vibe, and still that low-intensity vibration killed it for me. I need more oomph than this is capable of even at it’s strongest setting. I really wanted to find a way to make myself love the Berman Venus G, but I just wasn’t feeling it- literally.

Despite this toy being made by Cal Exotics, a company who still manufactures a lot of jelly and PVC toys, it successfully passed the ‘is it really silicone?’ test of attempting to light it on fire with a match. It didn’t burn, melt, disfigure, discolor, or retain soot marks after washing so I feel confident saying that this is indeed 100% silicone. The silicone is of the shinier and thus stickier variety, so this is definitely a toy to keep in a plastic baggie or some other protective sleeve, and it does need wiping down before use just to make sure all the cat hair and dust bunnies are gone. The battery case is actually plastic, not metal as I’d assumed it was. The construction is simple but nice, and the controls were really easy to use even when my hands were all slimy with lube. The battery-cap on this though is tricksey indeed and requires screwing it on just-so.

In the end, the Berman Venus G is just not quite what I’m looking for in my G-spot escapades. It might be someone’s perfect toy, but it’s far from mine. Big thanks to Babeland for being awesome (I bought my first sex-toys from them, many years ago) and sending me the Berman Venus G to play with. I can’t wait to further explore their wide array of G-spot vibrators!

 

I Guess This Is Goodbye, Old Pal April 6, 2011

Filed under: babeland,my life,reviews,toys — Lorax Of Sex @ 5:51 pm

Is it wrong to write eulogies for sextoys? I hope not, because that’s kinda what this is. A few days ago my go-to toy of many (and I really mean MANY) years finally died.

I purchased my Fun Factory Laya Spot some 8 or 9 years ago now from Babeland in Seattle. It quickly became my favourite vibrator that I’d ever purchased. As a girl who previously only would get inexpensive toys due to the speed at which I destroyed them, this was my first foray into what seemed at the time like high-end expensive toys. My thought was that maybe a more expensive toy would be more well made and last longer. I guess I was right!

Firstoff, it’s splashproof. This is a big thing for me, as I have a bit of a love-affair with bathing and water. Given the option I’d prefer to masturbate in water, be it the tub, shower, pool, or rain. It’s just my thing. Second, it’s super easy to navigate with + and – buttons for the controls. Press the + button to go through low, med, and high vibration settings, or hold down the + button to access a few varied vibration patterns. To turn it off just hold down the – button to cycle down and power off. Easy! Maybe I’m the only one who has trouble turning off some of the newer toys, so this might seem silly, but I liked the ease of operation. I could manage it with lubed or wet hands easily, which is important. I spent most of my time playing with the medium and high settings, and ignored the vibration patterns entirely. I’m just not a pattern gal, so that “feature” isn’t really for me. Lastly, while the Laya Spot isn’t the quietest of toys I’ve owned, it’s certainly not loud. Nothing you have to worry about someone in the next room hearing, though in a dorm-style hostel you might want to play under-covers with a pillow on top, or in the shower. Not that I’d know anything about that…

I did find that the Laya Spot lost power in it’s vibration when the two AAA batteries got to about half-power, though I’d suspect that most battery-operated toys are going to have this sort of effect. I also did find that in the last year or so it picked up a bit of a rattle. I couldn’t determine if it was the battery case cap, or the motor inside. I can’t complain too much, at almost a decade old I expect some degradation in my toys.

I will miss my Laya Spot, even though it’s garish teal and magenta color scheme was SO not my thing (it comes in more colors now). It was non-threatening enough to use with less adventurous partners, lasted through my marathon masturbation sessions, and joined me on many travels. Definitely one to replace in my toybox, though this time I might get a color combo more up my alley.