Jan 032013
 

Bad Dragon. Need I say more? I shouldn’t have to, but I’m going to. They sent me the coolest looking Cole the Dane that I could have ever asked for. Opening a box from them is like Christmas.

Pink and black – two of my favorite colors. The suction cup base is black and the shaft is a beautiful pink. I went with a small with an 8 in firmness. In my David the Werewolf review I explained the three choices that you have when it comes to firmness, but I’ll touch on it again. 3, 5, and 8  – the scale that Bad Dragon uses to define how firm that their toys are. They also send you a disc of a different firmness other than the one that you ordered that will give you an idea as to how firm your next toy will be. Yes – I said “your next toy,” because I can’t imagine that you’ll want to own just one of these toys. They are so unique that owning just one is out of the question. I don’t even know how you’ll make the initial decision on which one to get first. Good luck.

Besides the firmness, you have a number of other decisions to make when it comes  to customizing your toy at Bad Dragon. I told you that this wouldn’t be an easy decision, right? Go crazy with it. Add a cumtube. Yes, I said cumtube. It will actually spit cum at you! There’s a tube that runs down the center of the toy and when used with a syringe it simulates cumming. Don’t fall over just yet. Its suction cup will stick to almost anything. I don’t doubt it will even stick to your forehead, but let’s not go that far because who wants to walk around looking like a unicorn.

The base is about 1.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches in circumference at its widest. The insertable length is 6 inches. You’ve got almost 3.5 inches above the knots and 2.5 inches from the knots to the base. The circumference of the knots is 6 ¼ and the circumference of the rest of the shaft comes in at about 4.5 inches but tapers at the very tip.

Although this is the most firm out of all that Bad Dragon offers, it still has a plushy give to it. Drag? Yes. These toys are made from quality silicone, so you’re going to need some lube. I’m going to recommend Bad Dragon’s Cumlube, although it does have parabens, so if you have issues with that, you might want to look into a more natural water-based lube.

Bad Dragon’s toys are very easy to clean and maintain as well. Although they pick up lint, pet hair and dust better than any vacuum that I’ve ever owned I use antibacterial soap and warm water to clean before and after each use, and I’ve never had a problem. You could always toss it in the dishwasher, too. Make sure there’s no soap in it and your toy is on the top rack!

While the shaft has no major texture, there are some veins on the shaft, but they can’t be felt while in use. Then there are the knots. Those can be felt during use. If you can’t make it past the knots, use it with a clitoral stimulator and work that sucker! I absolutely love how they make me feel nice and full. If you’re a size queen, these knots should be calling your name. Seriously, stop reading and order. Now. Go.

Bad Dragon makes quality toys that are unique and fills a niche in the sex toy market. They are also Made in the U.S.A.! I can see why people love them as much as I do. As soon as I open a box and see that piece of purple tissue paper, my heart starts beating a little faster. Even The Husband is interested in seeing what they send!

In this box, I also received a tiny surprise that I fell in LOVE with. I’ve named him “Lucky.” Base and all, he’s about 2 inches tall. I absolutely love him. He sits on the edge of my laptop and I play with him when I’m working. Who knew that a tiny penis would be so helpful?

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Nov 052012
 

Between the movie and the reviews, I guess in my mind, The Vamp was going to be a blinding trophy of a crafter/sex toy reviewer’s dream. You see, I’m a glitter whore. Anything that blings, sings – and I must have it. So of course, The Vamp was on my list. You can understand my disappointment when I realized that this was merely a dildo with a slight shimmery sheen. Bleh. I wanted it to glow when the sun hit it. I wanted to use it as a flashlight at night with only the light of the moon reflecting off of it. I wanted its sparkle to shine so brightly that when it was being used the neighbors would think that my vagina had just gotten engaged! Eh. Eh. It’s just a dildo.

It’s great quality though. Tantus did it right with The Vamp, just like they always do. It’s made of their 100% ultra-premium, platinum silicone. It’s hypoallergenic, phthalate free, odorless and non- toxic. It’s body-safe to say the least. Drag? Yes. It’s already done a better job at picking up dog hair and whatever else is on the arm of the chair I’m sitting on then a swifter ever could. Solution? Yes! Just use plenty of your favorite water-based lube. My favorite happens to be Maximus, so I’m going to take a moment to pimp it out. *Pimp*. Silicone lube will melt this fine toy because they have a reaction with each other. Same thing with storing silicone with silicone – don’t.  Find somewhere else to store this guy. I wouldn’t use the packaging because it’s big and I tore mine up just trying to get my toy out. You would have thought it was Christmas around here. An old sock or something that will prevent it from touching other toys would be great.  If you’re looking for major storage, I suggest the Devine Playchest. I have one and LOVE it! It’s great for a growing collecting of toys and has a lock on it to keep out prying eyes, and it’s portable. Of course, there are other storage options as well.

If you’re worried about cleaning The Vamp, don’t be. This silicone is one of the easiest materials to clean. Tried and true – the antibacterial soap and water method – wash it. You can also use toy wipes, or toy cleaner. If you want to do one better, feel free to stick this sucker in the top rack of your dishwasher – just make sure that there’s no dishes or soap in there with it. You can also boil it for about 3 minutes and that should be good enough to chase any germies away – but remember to always use a condom when sharing.

Personally, I like the Vamp. Yes, he looks phallic in shape and no, he’s not discreet. He’s not going to be easy to hide, but that’s your job, not his. He’s got a strong shaft, about 5 inches in circumference. From the bottom of the shaft to the top of the head is about 7 inches.  The base is about 8 inches in circumference. He’s got a little dip below his head where there might be an issue with those who have sensitive pubic bones, but other than that, he’s a good guy. He’s got a little suction to him and I think he’ll do well with O-rings.

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Oct 182012
 

The Icicles No. 2 is wonderful if you love glass and all of its benefits. If you’ve ever wondered what all that “popping sensation” was that people have spoken about, or if you know that you like the popping sensation, you might also be interested in this dildo. From either end it can accommodate almost anyone. The Icicles No.2 can be fun if it’s being used by yourself or a group of 20, anally too – just be careful with that.

You’re also going want to be careful because it gets way slippery with lube. You can use any type of lube that you like – silicone, water, or oil, but start with just a tiny drop and see how that goes. Trust me; it’s easier to add more than take some away. Besides, since the glass is so slick and smooth, it won’t take much to have it slipping right out of your hands and landing on the floor.

If it does land on the floor, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll break. The Icicles No. 2 is actually made of Borosilicate glass. These dildos are like babies, they’re much more resilient than you think. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped my nieces and they’ve turned out fine. And this kind of glass won’t erupt into a million little tiny slivers of stabby needles. It would simply snap into a few large pieces. This is much better for the bottoms of your feet.

It’s going to be slippery when you clean it too! It’s non-porous, which is great – body safe. Typically I just use antibacterial soap and water. I’m a part of the soap and water gang. You also have plenty of other options. Once a month a do a deep cleaning on all my toys, so you might find a method here that suits you best for your toys that are made of Borosilicate glass. It’s fine to boil your all-glass toys or even put them in the top rack of your dishwasher, but remember that glass holds temperature extremely well and needs to sit to cool off. A good idea when it comes to boiling a glass toy is to take a cloth and lay it against the inside of the pot so that the toy doesn’t have direct contact with the metal. Always remember to check the manufacturer’s instructions before sterilizing your glass toy via the boiling/dishwasher methods.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to disinfect/sanitize and clean your glass toys:
1. Use a clean, soft cloth and mix ¼ cups of household bleach with 2 ¼ cups of water.
2. Toy wipes
3. Toy cleaner – With my experience with the ingredients in toy cleaners, I would suggest rinsing the cleaner off even if the cleaner says that you don’t have to.
4. Use a bit of rubbing alcohol.
When it comes to glass you have the option of temperature play. My suggestion is to let your toy sit in a bowl of warm or cold water before playing with them for added sensations. Touch the toy to the inside of your wrist before beginning play with your partner in order to make sure that the temperature isn’t too extreme. Also, keep in mind that one of the main reasons for cracks in glass toys (other than drops, obviously) is going from one intense temperature to another. This often happens during temperature play or cleaning. Now, you might have heard it from a friend’s cousin that they put their glass dildo in the refrigerator or the microwave and it worked fine – not a scratch, but I’m not going to advise it. First of all, I don’t know the settings on your microwave or fridge. Second, I don’t know that they really did that. Third, I doubt that they really did that.

The Icicles No. 2 weighs 9 ounces and has nine balls stacked on top of each other, each one smaller than the one below it. The circumference of the largest, bottom ball is 4 ¾ and the circumference of the smallest, top ball is 2 ¼ inches. The globular shapes are wonderful for those who enjoy the popping sensation as a toy enters the vagina. Be careful when it comes to thrusting this toy, no one wants a bruised up cervix. The connection between each ball is smooth and uninterrupted, which will make the Icicles No. 2 easy to use and all good when it comes to craftsmanship.

I enjoyed the Icicles No. 2 the most when The Husband used it with only the smallest bit of Maximus and thrusted gently with the biggest end. It rolled over and put just the right amount of pressure on my G-spot.

Oct 012012
 

Ella is a DIY version of her cousin, Gigi.  While Gigi is a vibrator, Ella is a dildo.  Ella has the same flat head for G-spot stimulation, but that’s where their similarities end.  Ella’s body continues on to a point.  This pointed end has a wide assortment of uses, which is why LELO advertises Ella as a toy that can “create your own fantasies.”  It can be inserted vaginally, used for sensory play, pin-point clitoral stimulation or even teasing around the anus—as long as you’re careful.  Ella’s versatility makes her one of those toys that you can have a few different adventures with, regardless of your experience level.  One warning, however, since the end comes to such a point, one might want to be careful with thrusting.  I know that Ella is made of silicone and does have some give to it, but no one wants a jammed-up coochie, so let’s just start off easy and take it from there.

One thing that LELO does well is their body-safe silicone.  It feels like velvet and butter had a baby.  The softness and smoothness of this material impresses me.  While the thickest portion of Ella becomes almost completely rigid, her neck is quite flexible.  Her pliable neck allows the user to really work the toy’s head and apply as much pressure as needed to massage Ella’s flat face into the G-spot area.  It has very little drag, but just a dab of your favorite water based lube can take care of that.  I use Maximus.  It’s thick, stays in place, absorbs well and isn’t tacky. Some people might not like the fact that it contains parabens, so be warned.  Don’t use oil or silicone lubricants with silicone products because they could do funky stuff to Ella.  If you’re stuck on a favorite lube like I am on Maximus, at least patch test it on the bottom of your silicone toy to see if it’s going to cause an adverse reaction.  Make sure to store her in the nice little satin pouch or the box that she came in so Ella doesn’t get funky.  She could melt or get deformed if she was just tossed in a drawer with other toys made of different materials while she was nekkid!

Silicone is a one of the safest materials on the sex toy market.  Ella is made of hypoallergenic, latex and phthalates-free, non-porous food-grade material.  Ella is waterproof so you can take her to the pool, the shower or the tub.  This lady gets around.  She’s easy to clean.  Simply washing her with antibacterial soap and water is the easiest cleaning solution.  Feel free to use toy wipes, your favorite toy cleaner (LELO even offers one,) or for a more thorough cleaning, toss Ella into the top rack of the dishwasher, but remember not to use soap and only wash with other toys… not the dishes.

The only textures that Ella has to her are the two pronounced folds that jut promptly from the inside of her neck and then quickly recede into her body.  LELO also stamped its name into either side of Ella’s body.  None of the aforementioned textures can be felt while the toy is inserted. There are no mold lines either.  She’s a well-crafted toy.

Ella’s flat, oval face has a diameter of 1 ¼ inches across at its widest, middle point and is 1 ¾ inches long.  Ella’s neck thins to a 2 ¼ inches circumference and then swells progressively to a circumference of 3 ¾ inches.  From that point on, the size of her body decreases to a dull point, mimicking that of a traditional, torpedo dildo.  Although Ella might not fool anyone in the sex toy community, at least she’s silent.  Slip her in her baggie and slip her in your purse.  She’s good to go.  I have Ella in white. This is the only toy that I own that’s white. She really is beautiful.

I like the little black boxes that LELO sends their toys in.  They are very discreet.  I have a ton of places to use little boxes stripped of their insides.  They can even be crafted up.  I’ll use them all over the house, especially in drawers, for storage.  You can even gift Ella in this box. Personally, I’d still wrap it, but to each their own!  What else comes in Ella’s little black box?  Ella comes with a 1 year warranty, a User Manual, a small advertising booklet, and as mentioned above, a nice little storage pouch.

Gigi’s vibrations weren’t strong enough to stimulate me the way I wanted, so I didn’t really know what to expect from Ella. Surprising enough, Ella turned out to be more of an experience for The Husband and me than I ever could have expected! I enjoyed the gentle thrusting of Ella’s shaft in and out of my vagina.  The way Ella’s body fattens makes it lovely for initial warm-up against my G-spot and vaginal entrance.  The mild friction against my G-spot created a slow increase toward sexual excitement.

Using Ella for G-spot stimulation proved to be an individual  experience because it’s one that you create for yourself.  You control the pressure.  You control the movements.  

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Sep 182012
 

The Sasha Grey Signature Swell Wand  is a versatile double ended dildo that has the ability to entertain those who are new to glass as well as sex toys in general. The black glass makes this piece a toy that can also become a collector’s ‘must have.’ Much like Sasha herself, this toy is far from ostentatious. Labeled as “the girl next door,” Sasha’s ability to blend in and be unassuming is mimicked in the Swell Wand’s discreet appearance.

Because the Swell Wand increases gently in size, it would make a nice toy for those interested in trying out glass for the first time. Considering that it’s dual-sided, those who prefer the “popping” sensation inside their vagina and against their G-spot would enjoy the larger, fuller side. Those not yet familiar with that feeling could begin experimenting with the smaller side, as well as have a toy that could grow with them.

The Swell Wand is about eight inches in length. Although there is no flared base, as long as you’re using the bigger end as a base, are very careful not to get the toy too slippery and let your ass eat the entire eight inches, it should be fine for regular anal play. Although it’s non-porous, remember to use a condom if sharing with a partner.

You’re going to get some great benefits from the material that the Sasha Grey Signature Swell Wand is made from. Pyrex glass is a hypoallergenic, non-porous, latex and phthalates free, food-grade material. Pyrex is also very renitent.  Although your toy is still glass, it’s not the same kind that you’re going to find in your Grandmother’s curio cabinet. Pyrex is more resistant to shattering. However, that doesn’t mean that it won’t. If you drop your pyrex toy and it does break, expect it to snap into large pieces. It won’t splinter into tiny shards, and you won’t be picking pieces of your dildo out of your bare feet. You do want to thoroughly check your pyrex toy for cracks or chips before you begin to play with it.

Another nice attribute of pyrex is the variety you get when it comes to lubrication. Silicone, water, and oil based lubes are all compatible with pyrex toys, so use your favorite. However, take into consideration that when it comes to using lube in conjunction with pyrex toys, you usually don’t need as much as you might think. Start off with a lesser amount than usual so that you don’t end up with a toy that’s way too slippery to enjoy.

If you prefer, the Swell Wand offers you the option of temperature play. Other than dropping your glass toy, extreme temperature change is the main reason that your glass toy will crack or break.  If you want to warm it up or cool it down, put your pyrex toy in a bowl of warm or cool water and let it sit. Once you’ve removed the toy and you’re ready to play, set the toy against the inside of your wrist to test its temperature. If it’s too intense for you it could do damage to sensitive body parts such as the genitals.

The Sasha Grey Signature Swell Wand is smooth and inflexible. Glass doesn’t bend. Steer clear of intense thrusting that could damage the cervix. There is also no texture or grab to it. Weighing in at 13.5oz., it’s heavier than the Wave Wand and the Classic (I’m not sure about the Icicles No. 8, as there’s no weight listed for it) – all which have very similar designs to the Swell Wand.

Named appropriately, The Swell Wand is an atypically shaped dildo. Its shape does slightly balloon or swell as you travel down the shaft. At the smaller end of the toy there’s a globular, round head with a circumference of almost four inches. It then shrinks down to a neck with a circumference that’s a little less than three inches before progressing into a wave that peeks at just above the four inch mark. The Swell Wand dips down again in circumference to exactly three inches, then balloons to four and a half inches, shrinks for the last time to a neck with a circumference of three inches before reaching its rounded end that has a circumference of a full five inches.

The Swell Wand that I received was in excellent condition. While I wasn’t able to find any design flaws while feeling the toy with my hands or body, I found it a bit unsettling that I couldn’t see inside the toy. Yes, the black is beautiful, unique, and a little intense, but when I’m looking for cracks, I need to see inside my toy. Maybe Doc Johnson could have gone with a more opaque version?

Cleaning and maintaining your Pyrex toy is fairly simple. You’ve got options. Antibacterial soap and water is a quick and easy option. Toy wipes or your favorite toy cleaner is acceptable as well. Put it in your dishwasher! (top rack – no dishes!) Boil it, but a good idea would be to put a small washcloth between the pot and the glass toy so that the glass doesn’t come in direct contact with the metal. Bleach it! Use a 10% bleach solution. Just remember that regardless what type of cleaning method that you use, rinse your toy really well before using it so that you don’t set your sensitive parts on fire.

Doc Johnson packed the Swell Wand tightly inside a sleek, black, cardboard box with a picture of the product on the front and a picture of Sasha Grey on both sides. It’s more like a like shadowy figure since the box is so dark, and although she’s dressed in her bra and panties, she’s not doing the nasty. The box has all the social media outlets for Doc Johnson: Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace. Is anyone still on Myspace? Unfortunately, there’s no bag to store the Swell Wand in and the box is best for recycling.

The Husband and I have used the Swell Wand in a few different and very orgasmic ways. I’m no stranger to glass and neither is he when it comes to my body and what it responds to. Because there’s no curve to this toy, I found it a bit more difficult to use it solo than some of my other toys. Not impossible, but I just didn’t prefer it. However, The Husband and have enjoyed it immensely as a couples toy!

He has penetrated me anally with the smaller ball while his tongue licked and sucked at my clit. I had an orgasm while I begged him to take it out and begged him to push it farther in at the same time. It was … wonderful torture!

I had a similar experience when he used the bigger ball to tease against and milk my G-spot until I squirted. He ran the Swell Wand over my G-spot, back and forth, popping it in and out of me until he had to hold me down to keep me from humping the toy!

Although The Husband and I do watch porn together from time to time, we usually go for a certain theme.  We’ve never been a huge fan of Sasha’s, but after using the Swell Wand, I feel as if she and I have become much closer.

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Aug 122012
 

I finally gave in and purchased a Pure Wand.

I can honestly say that it’s one of the most beautiful toys that I’ve ever owned. The Pure Wand is obviously a well-made sex toy. It’s one that you will have in your collection forever.  Although a little on the expensive side, its versatility makes it extremely exciting. It’s a toy that can be used for anal, clitoral, P-spot, and G-spot stimulation.  That’s exciting to a multitude of users because there’s always something new to do with it.

The Pure Wand is made completely of hypoallergenic, medical-grade, stainless steel that’s non-porous. This ensures that your toy will never degrade or corrode. As with all stainless steel toys, the material is extremely easy to care for.  For everyday cleaning, use toy wipes, toy cleaner, or even a bath with antibacterial soap and water will do;  just remember to wipe dry after cleaning, and don’t use anything abrasive against the toy as it will scratch its shiny, mirror finish.  You can boil or toss it in the dishwasher to sterilize the toy. I store my Pure Wand in its Njoy box. It’s perfect for storage and would be a wonderful box to use if you were gifting the Pure Wand to someone!

Given the fact that the Pure Wand is made completely of stainless steel, it’s very firm and unyielding. There’s no texture to this toy except for the Njoy name midway on the inside of the curved shaft. However, the lettering can’t be felt. The Pure Wand is smooth, so very little lube will be needed. However, feel free to use any type of lube you prefer. Water, silicone, or oil based lubes are all compatible with the Pure Wand. I always recommend Maximus, which is my favorite water based lube.

The basic shape of the Pure Wand is a semi-circle with two balls on either end. One ball is bigger than the other. If you measure the length from one ball to the other, you get about eight inches. If you measure along the curve of the shaft you have about 11 inches. The circumference of the larger ball is a little less than five inches, and the smaller one is a little over three inches. The Pure Wand is heavy; it’s 1.5 lbs. in total weight. That can take its toll on wrists and hands, but a solution to that is bathtub or pool use. Allow the water to help with play.

This is a unique toy, and since there’s so many different ways that it can be used, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with such a heavy and unyielding product inside and against your sensitive areas. Leaning back and rocking the toy or gently sweeping the toy from side to side once the ball is inside your vagina have both been pleasurable experiences for me. However, I think my favorite position is on my side, knees drawn up, using a ‘humping’ motion. While having one of the balls stimulate your G-spot, using a toy with vibrations on your clit may send you over the edge. However, I’ve also enjoyed the weight of the larger ball rubbing gently against my clit.

A few things to remember, the Pure Wand is cold when you first insert it, although it warms quickly to your body’s temperature. You can actually use this to your advantage and incorporate temperature play into some exciting sexual activities. You can warm the Pure Wand with warm or cold water.

Overall, the Pure Wand gets five stars from me. It’s well made, multifunctional, waterproof, and can even double as a weapon if some breaks into your home. What more could you ask from a sex toy?

Jul 282012
 

From Arizona to Alabama in four working days and I was pulling my David the Werewolf out of a thoughtful piece of purple tissue paper.  I am an official owner of a Bad Dragon toy! He’s big. I ordered a medium. David the Werewolf is a dildo of size, even in medium. David’s going to really excite those who are looking for something a little out of the box. Keep in mind, though – this a great dildo that you’re able to customize. It’s non-porous and made from platinum cured silicone.  Cleaning these toys is a breeze.

  1. Soap and water
  2. Toss it on the top rack of your dishwasher.
  3. 10% bleach to 90% water solution
  4. Boil it for a few minutes. You really only need to boil it for 2-3 minutes in order to sanitize it.
  5. Scrub it up in the shower!

For you that aren’t aware, Bad Dragon’s products are all customizable by size, firmness, color, without or without a suction cup, and you can get them with a cumtube. A cumtube is a silicone tube that runs up the shaft of the toy; the other end is attached to a 60ml syringe. The tube can be used for injecting Bad Dragon’s water-based Cum-Lube. The Cum-Lube comes in clear and white. What are you going to use it for? Well, lube, of course! However, it’s also going to appeal to those who of you who really enjoy the experience of being ejaculated in. If you like your partner to cum inside you, or being filled during a climax, then you might try the cumtube.  If you do opt for it as an option, an 8oz bottle of Bad Dragon’s Cum-Lube comes with it.

While I didn’t get a cumtube with my first Bad Dragon toy, I did customize it in a few other ways. In the category of firmness, I decided to go with a 5. My choices being a 3, 5, and an 8 – They compare a 3 to a Gummi Bear, a 5 to an unopened tube of toothpaste, and an 8 close to an erect cock, but a bit squishier. Here’s the great thing about the firmness of Bad Dragon’s toys, you can order a sample pack for $5 that has three round molds, one in each degree of firmness. Those sample packs do more than allow you to experience how firm their toys are, they also give you a glimpse into some of the beautiful colors that Bad Dragon uses in their toys. I was impressed.

I’m sticking David over in the ‘Advanced Users’ box. He’s comparable to Randy Silicone in girth and my arm in length. Not really. It’s insertable length is 7.2 inches. The circumference of the knot is 7.9 inches. That means that it’s bigger around than it is long. The shaft circumference is 5.9 and the circumference of the head is 6 inches. The medium is big. IF you can and decide to use this as an anal toy, feel free. Once you get past the ‘knots,’ you have a bit of a neck and a flared base. Personally, I thought it’d take me forever to take the knot, but after a few week’s worth of good, horny work, I flooded the base with girly juice! I was really, really proud!

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