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Review: Beginner Ball Gag by Tantus

For the longest time, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with ball gags. I have an extremely small mouth, one that is almost epically small in proportions. My dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons have commented how small it is in the past, saying that their instruments that would generally fit an adult don’t even come close to fitting in my mouth. On top of this less than useful trait, I also have a gag reflex that could …. well, choke a horse. I’m the girl who can’t brush her back teeth without almost vomiting all over the bathroom sink.

I have a couple of gags, found through extensive online searching for gags labeled in the reviews as “only fitting a small child.” Those are more traditional ball gags, with a round ball and neck strap. They work, but seem iffy about the standards of construction. This is why I was pleased to get an opportunity to try out the Beginner Ball Gag by Tantus and sold at Fascinations Fun. While my kink play may be advanced, my ball gag usage is still in the beginner range.

I’ve talked several times about the quality I love most about Tantus products – how they’re made from 100% body safe medical grade silicone. My other ball gags claim to be silicone, but any material claiming to be silicone and smelling simply isn’t silicone. High quality silicone, like the type Tantus uses in its products, shouldn’t have a smell. It shouldn’t retain smells and it shouldn’t stain, barring extraordinary circumstances. It’s also easy to clean. Simply pop off the leather head straps (I’ll talk more about those later) and put the gag itself into the dishwasher, in boiling water for five minutes or in a 10% bleach solution. For ordinary use, I wash my silicone toys with antibacterial soap and hot water before and after use to make sure nothing has clung to the surface in storage.

How the ball gag comes out of package

This particular ball gag comes with the straps and gag separated, probably because you should always clean your toys before using them the first time. The gag itself is bright red, that classic color used for gags and prized by fetishists. There are other colors gags get produced in, and this one itself comes in black and pink, but red is simply the most classic color for a ball gag. My bet is a majority of ball gags sold are red.

The part of the gag that goes in your mouth measures just about 2 1/2 inches tall. The base doesn’t go in your mouth, but instead is used to both anchor the straps onto the gag and provide extra comfort. An added bonus is that the base provides an additional barrier to sound and muffles any little noises that may leak out from around the gag. There’s no danger your submissive will make any noise when they’re wearing this gag. The diameter of the ball is just over 1 1/2 inches. For me that’s a pretty sizable ball, but my bet is that a majority of people with average sized mouths can fit this with no problems. I have to stretch my jaw and bite down really hard on the neck of the gag for it to stay in my mouth. Thanks to the aforementioned intense gag reflex, I’ve had problems keeping it in my mouth for more than a minute tops, but I’m working on that and hoping to suppress it more in the future.

Fully assembled ball gag

Inserting the straps into the gag for use is very simple. The head strap has a Velcro closure for the back of the head, and there are snaps that connect the front two straps to the gag through the two little slots on the sides of the gag’s base. The snaps themselves are made from metal and rather difficult to snap together, but I pressed one side against my desk and used that as leverage. That worked perfectly. Maybe I’m just a weakling when it comes to snaps. The snaps are a bronze colored metal. The straps are made from leather and have that great leather smell that I love. Hello, leather fetish! That being said, the straps must be removed for any cleaning or any time water may come in contact with them. I don’t suggest getting a lot of body fluids or lubricants on the straps either but simple drool shouldn’t affect it too much. Isn’t that what ball gags are for anyways? Drool and silence. Very hot in my mind.
Because the straps have a Velcro closure in the back, they are highly adjustable to any head shape and size. Depending where you want to put this on your head, it is easy to adjust and fit to every person who may use this gag.

I think my only issue with this gag is purely visual. The bottom of the gag is perfectly flat from whatever it was molded from. While this isn’t a huge issue, it’s more aesthetic than anything for me. When worn, you can see the bottom of the gag and where it was cut from the mold. The Tantus logo is molded into the upper side of the base so maybe the logo would look better on the bottom side, adding a little visual interest to the bottom. I like that the flat part provides a canvas onto which you could carve something, write something or otherwise decorate it yourself, but if you don’t do that … well, it looks kind of unfinished and plain.

Overall, the Beginner Ball Gag by Tantus sold at Fascinations Fun is a highly functional ball gag for those who are both just getting into using ball gags and those more experienced with them. It is easy to wear, easy to use, easy to clean and easy to care for. Tantus’s body safe materials make for a great product and while the base leaves something to be desired visually, it is a perfect option for someone looking to experiment with ball gags in a non-threatening manner.

Review: Tantus Mark O2 Dildo

There are dildos and then there are Tantus dildos. Tantus makes product in a class of their own and I never hesitate to recommend products they make. From dildos to anal plugs to dildos that double as vibrators to cock rings, they make it all and make it well.

The Tantus Mark dildo sold through Babeland is a relatively new addition to the Tantus line up and boy, am I glad they created it. While realistic dildos and even semi-realistic dildos aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, they have recently become an interest of mine. I have purple dildos, blue dildos, black and white dildos, and seemingly every color under the sun except skin colored dildos. Okay, okay. I admit, I wasn’t really ever a realistic dildo fan. If I wanted something penis-like, I’d just find a penis. See how warped my mind was?

Mark is made from Tantus’s special 100% medical-grade silicone called O2. This is my first foray into the O2 material and so far I am loving it. What’s so special about it is that the inner core of the dildo is firm, but still flexible. The outer skin is squishy and relatively lifelike. It bends however you need it to bend, and Mark has a slight curve to it anyways. Mark’s cousin Adam has a much more severe bend to it, likely intended to precisely stimulate g-spot areas. Mark does a pretty dang good job at hitting g-spots as it is so I’m not sure the severe bend of Adam is always necessary.

Mark’s head is squishy and I can say I’ve spent long periods of time just sitting pressing my fingers into the head of this dildo. It feels like the firmer inner core doesn’t extend all the way to the tip of Mark, much like in a real penis. The shaft of the dildo has a slight penis-like texture, with veins and ripples. You don’t necessarily feel it inside of you I think, but I appreciate the texture. It makes it feel more like that mythical penis thing (of which I haven’t partaken of in awhile) and less like a piece of silicone. The shaft has an almost matte finish while the head has a shiny finish and is sculpted to look like a real (though not defined) penis head, even down to the urethra slit at the tip. Watch out for that little slit cause lube and other materials can collect in it if you’re not very diligent about cleaning.

The base of this dildo is something I’m quite fond of. Tantus has recently redone how they pour their dildos I think and it’s lead to a much firmer base than shaft. The absolute bottom of this dildo is almost rock solid. This makes it easy to stand vertical on a flat surface, but since it’s not concave in any way there’s little to no suction.

Mark works perfectly in most any strap-on harness if you’re looking to this dildo has a strap-on compatible dildo. I would suggest a metal cock ring be used with it instead of rubber just to be on the safe side with materials. 100% medical grade silicone will not melt or deform, but I’m always wary of mixing my materials after having invested as much money in these items as I have. As opposed to my VixSkin Johnny from Vixen Creations that has realistic balls, the Tantus Mark has no balls and thus is compatible with most any strap-on harness out there. You don’t need to worry about containing the balls or having to hook the harness around them.

Like most any other realistic or semi-realistic feeling silicone dildo on the market, Mark is a lint magnet. Oh man is he. Just sitting in my drawer for a week it has collected little lint and dust particles all over it. You can solve this by storing this dildo in the plastic clamshell packaging it comes in or in a plastic bag. That being said, I highly recommend washing it before use, as I would any other toy, to ensure that you’re using a clean, lint-free toy for your sexy times.

I know I’ve mentioned how much I like 100% medical grade silicone toys before for their easy sterilization and cleaning, but it bears repeating again. Wash with antibacterial soap and warm to hot water and pat dry with a soft towel or air dry for optimal lint-free times. It can also be sterilized completely by boiling for 3-5 minutes. Tantus uses only body safe 100% medical grade silicone that is non-porous, phthalate free and hypo-allergenic. You can’t go wrong with a Tantus silicone toy in terms of body-safe properties.

The Tantus Mark dildo available at Babeland is an excellent addition to my dildo collection and is perfect for those times when I want something a little thicker than the Vixen Creations Mistress but thinner than VixSkin Johnny. I highly recommend this dildo in all colors for someone who wants a semi-realistic, easy to care for, average thickness, strap-on compatible dildo.




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Review: Bikini Harness by Sportsheets

Spareparts Bikini Harness

“Hold on, honey. Take a breather while I adjust my crotch strap.” Wait, what? Okay, so that exchange never happened, but it sure could. At least with this harness.

The Sportsheets Bikini Harness sold at Fascinations Fun is a nifty different style for a strap-on harness. I also own a Latigo Leather harness (also by Sportsheets) and a Spareparts Joque harness for strap-on delights. Admittedly I haven’t used any of them to have sex yet, but in my mind there’s something to be said about always being prepared. Can you tell I was a Girl Scout? Plus there’s little that’s sexier for me than putting on my cock and just playing with it.

First off, I’d like to say how much I love Fascinations. Seriously. They have some of the coolest stuff, the best prices and the best discounts (for you thrifty sex toy users!) When I receive packages, they’re packed with care and arrive super quickly. If you haven’t checked out Fascinations yet, you’re definitely missing out.

Okay, enough pining over a sex toy company. Back to the actual harness. This harness is a bikini style harness as compared to a two strap harness. Wearing this harness is like wearing one big (heavy) g-string. Wearing a two strap harness like my Latigo or Joque is like wearing a … well, jock strap. There’s two straps that go from the crotch section to the back of the harness and those straps cut under your butt cheeks. Now us ladies (or other users of harnesses) can get a feel for what it’s like to play football, minus the padding and 300 pound defensive ends slamming into us. Personally, I like the feel of a two strap harness. They feel more secure. I can see how they’d be cumbersome to wear around as a packing harness and that’s where I like the idea of bikini style harness like this one. Heck, I don’t think you’d even have to wear undies.

Modeling the Bikini Harness over jeans.

Given that this is practically a g-string, the straps on this are going to be fairly slim. For me to feel secure with this on, I had to tighten the straps by pulling on the loose tab in the back (rather difficult when wearing) to the point that I had a bit of a muffin top spillover. Hence why you are not seeing me in this harness – I wasn’t too thrilled about the rollover action I was getting. Going back to the strap tightening, this is where I found the biggest flaw in the harness. It’s really difficult to adjust when you’re wearing it. You have to reach around back and pull the straps in a way that is not easy to do. Especially the crotch strap. You pull downward to tighten it. That being said, if you have really long, limber arms I doubt this would be a problem. It would also not be much of a problem if your partner would do it for you. Having no partner to help me and short arms, I kind of rotated my torso just so and sorta pulled as best I could. The straps are connected in the back by a rather heavy metal O-ring and I giggle when I wear it cause it’s like having a target on my ass.

The crotch panel of the harness is actually really nice. It’s made of soft padded fabric and is really comfortable. The O-ring that holds the dildo (in this case the included silicone dildo … more on that later!)  is sewn into the actual lining of the panel. There’s no changing it out for larger, thicker dildos. Not a huge deal but when I started trying other dildos in this harness, anything thicker than the included dildo wouldn’t fit that well. As it is the dildo that comes with this is a fairly snug fit. The dildo sits against your pubic bone because there’s no backing to the panel. It’s not a huge deal but I can see vigorous sex perhaps causing some chafing to occur when silicone dildo rubs against skin.

Detail of the crotch panel and dildo when worn over jeans. Notice how the dildo sits against your skin rather than against a panel. 

I did like that you can possibly launder this harness if you do it on the gentle cycle and if you throw it in with other clothes. Remember that the metal O-ring on the back is rather large and it’ll knock around against the inside of your washing machine if you won’t pad the machine with other clothes. Another alternative if you don’t want to risk that is washing this by hand, which I would think would be preferable and least risky in terms of ruined appliances.

Can we talk about the dildo now? Yes! Yes, we can talk about the dildo now. I freaking love this dildo. I’ve been less than thrilled before when toys are included in sets, mostly because there’s always a weak link. One of the pieces will inevitably be crappy. I was expecting this dildo to be sub par and end up on my throw-away pile. Oh hell no. I love this dildo. First off, it’s pure silicone. Like my other much-loved and adored Tantus and Fun Factory dildos. I’m talking perfect quality silicone that is purple, shimmery and just the right curve. The head of the dildo is slightly bulbous and the shaft is curved nicely to aid in g-spot stimulation. And boy howdy, it stimulated my g-spot. It’s juuuuuust thick enough for me to enjoy while not being overly thick. Like I said before, thicker dildos didn’t fit in the sewn-in O-ring on the harness panel so this dildo is medium sized in thickness.

Compared with my two strap harnesses, I really love this bikini style harness. The Spareparts Bikini Harness sold at Fascinations Fun is fun to wear, sexy to look at, and comes with a great body-safe silicone dildo. I wish the straps were easier to adjust, but I can overlook that and remember to do more yoga so I can be more flexible. The included dildo is fantastic and I hope to use this for sexy times when the time is right. There’s a place inside everybody where you just want to sit around a stroke a cock all day, and this is how I do it. Strap on and stroke up.

Review: Tantus Silk Large

Tantus Silk Large in Purple Haze

Oh Tantus. If there are two companies in the sex toy manufacturing world that are near and dear to my heart, they are Tantus and Njoy. It is hard not to enjoy their products. They are well thought out, well designed and well manufactured.

I have long admired the Tantus Silk Large in Purple Haze sold by Fascinations Fun has long been a dildo I have admired and lusted after. It seems so basic in it’s construction and design, yet so many have recommended the Silk line of Tantus dildos as first time dildos. There’s a reason for this. Actually there are several reasons.

First off – It’s 100% body safe medical grade silicone. Tantus has the best quality silicone I’ve found on the market. Boil it, bleach it, sterilize it. Other than lighting it directly on fire or using silicone lube on it, there’s not much you can do to destroy these things. As to the fire thing, I’ve heard rumors you can hold an open flame to quality silicone and it will not melt. I’ve just been too chicken to do this with my own toys. Silicone can be shared among partners, though I do suggest using a condom for easy and quick swapping. Also condoms make anal to vaginal play more possible without the risk of a dreaded infection.

Why else do I love this dildo? The shape and size. This is the largest of the Silk line dildos, with the smallest being little more than a thick thumb’s diameter. I have previously recommended the Silk Small to friends who are interested in pegging but don’t want to put something too thick up their butt their first time out. The Large dildo is a hair over 6 1/4 inches insertable with a diameter of 1 1/4 at the shaft’s base and oh-so-slightly tapering out at the tip. You can feel the slight taper as you stroke the length of this shaft as you would a penis. The shaft curves in a way that will hit your g-spot and stimulate the area nicely. The blunt end is good because it will not poke at your g-spot like other toys I’ve tried will, instead making contact and stimulating the whole area. My g-spot needs more pinpoint stimulation, but I enjoyed the blunt bulbous end of the Silk very much so. The head of the dildo is not lifelike or designed to mimic a penis in any way so those who prefer their toys to be gender nonspecific will enjoy that. No scary, veiny, overly realistic cocks here.

Third, this makes a fantastic option when used in conjunction with a strap-on harness. The flared base and diameter make the Silk easily fit into most standard cock rings that come with harnesses. I found it worked in both my Latigo Leather harness and my Spareparts Joque harness. As a woman, having the ability to slide a dildo into a harness and strap it on is very empowering. I could literally sit all day and play with my new found cock, just stroking it and waving it around. Cock envy is fantastic. That being said, the flared base is rather small compared to other dildos I use as strap-on compatible dildos.  Unless the ring you’ve put your dildo in with your harness sits very snuggly around the base, there is a possibility that the Silk Large could wobble around or slide loose (assuming you let it.) The base of the Silk Large is a very flat 2 1/4 inches across. The flat surface helps it stand up with using the toy vertically on another flat surface and gives a mild suction, but not compared to other dildos that are specifically designed with a suction cup base.

While I do love the silicone material Tantus uses to make their products, I’ve found them to be extreme lint magnets. They attract most anything, whether dust, hair, or lint from whatever I’m storing it in. Storing silicone toys together is also difficult as I’ve found they do the melty thing when pressed together for long periods of time.

New Packaging Fail

Recently Tantus did a redesign of their packaging for most, if not all of their toys. When I first started purchasing Tantus toys, they arrived in plastic bags with a cardboard label folded in half and stapled over the bag’s edge. There was minimal packaging and very little you could injure yourself on with the exception of the small staples perhaps. Tantus has since transitioned to plastic clamshell packging that inserts into more plastic boxes with interlocking flaps at the top. Their new packaging is shown here at left with Deuce 2 also by Tantus.  Maybe I’m just inept at opening packing (my hands and fingertips hold the scars of many scissor / plastic fights) but I’ve found that the new packaging is hard to get open and on a several occasions  I’ve sliced into skin doing so. Additionally it’s a lot of extra packaging I now need to dispose of somehow. The clamshell insert is nice because you can store your dildo that way but the box,  besides being a information conveying device, does little but take up space and add to landfills. If I was a Tantus marketing employee I would see if there’s a different way to package items that will take less materials and lead to less injuries.


Packaging aside, the Tantus Silk Large in Purple Haze sold at Fascinations Fun makes for an excellent dildo for beginners looking for something easy to use but still effective. It’s not realistic like other dildos on the market and can be used in a harness for strap-on play. Be careful to make sure the harness ring fits snug against the base. The silicone is easily cleaned and the purple shimmer iridescence to it is very pretty to the eye. The color reminds me of a nail polish color I had as a small child.

Review: Tantus Dipper

Tantus makes many of my favorite and most lusted-for products. Based in California, they use only the highest medical grade silicone for their toys. This is one of my favorite features on any toy, and Tantus toys are no different.

Tantus also makes some of my favorite anal toys around. The Tantus Dipper sold at FunLove.com is a toy I’ve been looking at for quite some time. My love of anal toys is no secret around here and the thought of a Tantus-designed toy that was specifically for my butt made me drool.

One thing I find amusing about the design of the Dipper is how similar it looks to those honey pot dippers. That’s probably where it got it’s name though. All the designers and marketing people were sitting around the conference room table and somebody said, “Hey it looks like a honey dipper. Let’s call it that.” Or maybe not. I don’t know. I just like to think I’m funny.

When you get the Dipper in your hands the first thing you’re acutely aware of is the ridges in the insertable, pointed part of the toy. These are some serious ridges and definitely not for the anal newbie. In fact, I’d bet that most anal virgins and newbies are terrified of this thing just looking at it. Rightfully so too. The total length of the toy is just under 5 1/2 inches and the ridged insertable portion is roughly 2 3/4 inches.

I used some good quality silicone/water-based hybrid lubricant on the ridged, insertable portion. My preferred and favorite hybrid lubricant is Wet Synergy. I made sure that the ridged part was well coated and slowly attempted insertion. The pointy tip of the toy makes it easy to pinpoint where you want to put it, but right after you get past the pointy tip you really get tested. I suggest that your butt is really, really warmed up before using this toy. Either that or be an advanced anal player. This thing does not go in with one attempt thanks to the ridges. With some slow breathing, good lube and clitoral stimulation (aids in relaxation for me) I was able to finally pop the full insertable portion into my butt. At it’s widest point, the Dipper’s ridged part is 1 1/2 inches.

The round end can also be used for insertion, but I found it works better as a handle than anything. Due to having no real easy way to insert a purely round end, the pointy tip of the ridged section makes for easier insertion. Easy being relative here.

Once inserted I found there wasn’t much I could do with this. The taper in the middle of the insertable, ridged end is not as slow as the taper closer to the end so I couldn’t thrust this toy at all like I usually like to. The smooth neck will allow your anal sphincter to relax around it. I was able to thrust this a little thanks to that smooth portion, but I felt like I was more ramming my asshole from the inside than anything.

Like I mentioned before, the ridges are really something else. This takes a really brave soul to attempt using this toy. You feel each and every one of those ridges as you work this inside your ass. No doubt about that. I mean, I liked that I could feel it, but if the ridges were slightly less pronounced I feel this would have a wider appeal and probably get more use from me in the future. Plus I would love if the smooth neck was a bit longer as well. I like to thrust my anal toys, as if I’m being fucked in the ass. Static use anal toys are better suited for butt plugs in my opinion. Something more as a warm up or decoration.


Did I like the Tantus Dipper sold at FunLove.com? Yes, I did. The great medical grade silicone is firm and yet easy to clean. You can boil it or put it in a 10% bleach solution if you’re worried about bacteria. The pointed end makes it easy to find where you want to put it, but the ridges are challenging at best and painful at worst. Take some time and ease into this toy and you may find that you love it. I know I’ll be using it again even with the ridges. What can I say, I like a little bit of pain mixed with my pleasure.

Review: Fun Factory Ellove

Fun Factory makes some of my favorite products around. I am absolutely in love with my Magnum dildo. Their products are simply in a league of their own when it comes to quality. Much like German-made BMWs are quality automobiles (the 650i is my favorite car), apparently German-made vibrators are similarly constructed.

The Fun Factory Ellove sold at Fascinations is a great vibrator for someone who love quality sex toys. Fascinations sells this vibrator in two colors – purple (like the picture) and a pale pink color. I received the purple color and I absolutely love it. It’s a deep, rich purple. Quite frankly, it reminds me of Barney the Dinosaur a bit. So I guess if you have a fetish for childrens’ entertainment characters you’ll be over the moon for this vibrator. That’s probably a little weird. Or a lot weird. To each his own though.

Okay, joking aside. Let’s start at the beginning. Fun Factory packaging is probably the best on the market. Seeing that Fun Factory toys are sold in just about every country that allows the sale of sex toys, the box has blurbs in several languages. The front of the box has a cut out so you can see the actual vibe in the clamshell inner packaging and the back of the box is a trifold held closed with tiny magnets.

The Ellove is a special vibe from Fun Factory known as a SmartVibe. The box indicates what makes this line special is that there is a “turbo booster” button that revs up the vibrations even higher than they go normally. The turbo booster button can be found on the bottom of the vibe by the up and down control buttons.

Turbo Booster button (bottom) and up and down controls (top)

What also sets the SmartVibes toys apart from other Fun Factory vibrators is the fact that they are ergonomically designed. The Ellove starts out with a slightly triangular head that has an angled flat surface. I suspect this is done for g-spot stimulation. I couldn’t really tell a difference when I used this, but it did seem to seek out my whole g-spot area rather than pinpoint it like other toys have done. The body of the vibrator then narrows slightly before widening out. It is at its widest point perhaps just slightly above the mid point of the whole vibrator.

I found the widest point to be a little girthy for easy thrusting. I’m more of a thruster when using a toy than I am girl who will insert a vibrator and let it sit there. While I like some size so that I can feel it, I don’t like overly girthy toys. The Ellove is probably easier to use for women who have a wider vaginal opening. Mine is fairly small and thus it’s harder to use thicker toys unless I’m really relaxed and warmed up first.

That being said, I really enjoyed the vibration patters the Ellove offers. To be honest I lost count of how many different vibration cycles and patters it has. There are several levels of straight vibration and then at least six that I could tell other vibration patterns. Most of them seemed to undulate. Working the controls to switch between patterns is fairly easy. Just press and hold the “+” sign on the base of the vibe and you will switch to the next pattern. To decrease the intensity of the vibrations use the “-” sign. The “-” also functions as the off button if you press and hold it for longer than you would if you wanted to switch between vibration patterns. I found the off button to be a little touchy and frequently had to hold it twice or three times to turn off the vibe. Throughout all of this you can  press the turbo booster button if you want a little extra power. You have to maintain pressure on it to keep the extra power.

The shaft of the vibrator is covered in silicone, making this an incredibly body safe toy to use. You can use this toy with water-based or higher end silicone lubricants such as Wet Synergy (my personal favorite.) The packaging for this toy also includes a sample sachet of Fun Factory’s Toy Fluid, a water based lubricant. This lube does include glycerin if you have sensitivities to that.

The Ellove takes four AAA batteries. The battery compartment can be accessed by slightly turning the end of the vibrator. They are inserted alternating end to end. I had a little trouble putting the cap back on and lining up the design right, but after a second or two got it on the right way. It’s difficult at first and intuitive the more you use it. The battery compartment has a little silicone gasket that prevents any water or other fluids from leaking into the batteries, making this toy waterproof. I wouldn’t keep it submerged for a long period of time, but it does stay usable if under water for a short period of time. To make it completely waterproof you have to line up the design on the cap perfectly with the body of the vibrator. Otherwise water can leak in.

Because there is no flared base on this vibrator, I do not suggest it for anal use. This is purely a vaginal and other exterior genital area toy. Do not insert this into your ass because it could possibly get lodged in there and require emergency medical attention to remove it.

To clean this toy, use warm water and an antibacterial soap. I suggest doing this before and after use because the silicone body of the vibrator tends to attract lint and other airborne particles. Prevent infection by always playing it safe. To prevent fuzzies from your towels from finding their way onto the silicone shaft, I recommend air drying. If any type of fluid does leak into the battery compartment, open it and let it air dry completely before using again.

The Fun Factory Ellove sold by Fascinations is overall a great introductory vibrator for someone new to sex toys. The quality of Fun Factory toys is unsurpassed. The shaft of this vibrator, designed to be ergonomic to the body, may be a bit girthy in sections for women with smaller vaginal openings. If you like thrusting your vibrator, this may not be the toy for you. The turbo boost button offers a quick extra little bit of power if you need a jolt of it to really get you to orgasm. This is a toy that you’ll have for quite some time if you love it.

Review: Ophoria Bliss No. 12

I don’t like traditional stick vibrators. Usually I use a vibrating sex toy on my clit and that’s about it, and stick vibrators are bulky, cumbersome and rarely strong enough for me to enjoy.

With that in mind, I was expecting to not like the Ophoria Bliss No.12 sold at Fascinations. Even with that being said, I’ve had my eye on Ophoria products for some time. Mostly because reviews say their materials are high grade and the construction is done very well.

My package from Fascinations arrived and I opened it to find a box full of pink crinkled paper filler. I’ve received a lot of packages from a lot of different adult toy companies and whenever I get something with special touches like that, it makes me want to return for more. Little touches like adding special packaging instead of just throwing the toy in the box to ship shows a company really values their customers. It’s a way of showing they care. Fascinations definitely has my vote for that.

The box the vibrator itself comes in is lovely too. The back of the box has product details in six languages and also shows pictures of what the five vibration modes run as. In the past I’ve said I would not get toys that are pink or packaging that’s pink, but I succumbed and gave into the pink for this toy. The packaging is a soft baby pink and not vulgar at all. No pictures of naked ladies, just soft designs and extensive details. A plus for Ophoria this time.

The Bliss No 12 vibe is a silicone vibrator, meaning the shaft of the actual vibrator is covered in a silicone sleeve. This sleeve is not removable and is very soft. It’s a harder silicone instead of being squishy. The material does have some give and the tip of the shaft is bendable slightly. There are ridges all along the silicone sleeved shaft and start out small and close together at the tip and progressively get larger and farther apart as you travel up the shaft. These ripples and ridges provide a pleasant sensation when inside you and also provide a great sensation when being rubbed on the clit for clitoral stimulation.

Generally stick vibrators don’t provide strong enough vibrations for me. I make no secret of my love of intense vibrations, seeking out the strongest and best non-Hitachi level vibrations I can find. This vibe on the other hand has some pretty intense vibrations for a traditional vibe style like this. The vibrations are concentrated at the tip of the shaft and get drastically softer as you get towards the battery cap. There are five vibration patterns: Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3,  Pulsing and Climax. Mode 1 is a gentle constant buzz while still being more intense than some cheaper vibes on the market. Mode 2 is a slightly more intense constant buzz. Mode 3 is a very intense constant buzz and holy heck is amazingly strong for this style vibrator. I loved that level. Pulsing is quick burst then little buzz followed very shortly by another quick burst. Climax is a short strong burst followed by a few seconds of somewhat medium intensity vibrations. The vibrations cycle through in that pattern.

To cycle through the vibration patters, there is a power and control button at the base of the vibe. You have to press it rather hard to get it to turn on and I like that. Unless you’re pressing right on it, I don’t see this vibe accidentally turning on. Another thing I found good about the power/control button is that you don’t need to cycle through all the patterns to turn it off. Just hold the button down constant and it will turn off. This helps if you have to turn it off in a rush. I hate vibes that make you cycle though all patterns if there is more than one to turn it off in a rush. Well done, Ophoria. Little details like that are well thought out and helpful.

The shaft width of this vibrator is somewhat sizable. It’s pretty girthy even for a size lover like me. Because of this, it may not be pleasurable to a vibrator newbie. I would suggest it for someone who prefers larger diameter vibrators or someone who has a little more experience using toys.  

This vibe is not waterproof cause there is no seal between the battery compartment and any potential water it may come in contact with. The packaging indicates it’s splash proof instead. I hadn’t considered that phrase before, but I like it. A little water on the shaft isn’t going to hurt it, but don’t submerge it or use it for an extended period of time in water.

I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. Make sure you clean your toys thoroughly and store them properly as well. Don’t let silicone toys touch other silicone toys otherwise they will melt together. Use only water-based lubricants as well for the same reason. If you share toys, make sure to use a new condom when switching from partner to partner. Because this toy doesn’t have a flared base, I would not recommend it for anal use. It could potentially get lost, which would result in a very embarrassing trip to the emergency room.

Overall I really liked the Ophoria Bliss No.12 vibrator from Fascinations. I went in with the mindset I wouldn’t like it and was very pleasantly surprised. It’s a quality product with surprisingly strong vibrations. The material is body safe and silky smooth to the touch. As long as you treat your vibe properly and maintain it, I expect this toy would last you a very long time. You can buy the Ophoria Bliss No. 12 at Fascinations.

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