Oct 202011

Babeland.com is doing a wonderful October fundraiser called Pink October: Come for a Cause.  For each qualifying purchase, 10% will go to the Young Survival Coalition, which helps women under 40 with breast cancer.  One of the best ways to have fun while making a Come for a Cause purchase is by checking out the Power to the Pink kit.  This kit contains a delicious bottle of Sliquid Pink Lemonade flavored lube, a Babeland Buzz vibrator, and the ever-popular pink Mystic Wand.   Check out the reviews for all three products in these videos!

The Power to the Pink Kit is a fun way to support breast cancer survivors

Sliquid Pink Lemonade flavored lubricant is one of the most high-quality flavored lubes I’ve encountered.  It has a strong fruity lemonade scent, but only light to moderate flavor, so it isn’t overwhelming or sickly sweet.  It works quite well as a lube, especially considering it’s flavored (most flavored lubes tend to be stickier and less useful for actually lubricating).  It has a body-happy formula, a quality Sliquid products are known for.  And its pink lemonade flavor is unique and refreshingly different from the usual strawberry/cherry flavors of most flavored lubes.

The Babeland Buzz is a waterproof and easy-to-use bullet vibrator.  It has a simple one-button control, and provides strong buzzy vibrations.  It has all the convenience and fun of a good bullet vibe, plus it comes in a cute sparkly pink color!  Note: be careful to tap the batteries all the way down when putting them in, as I found it was easy to get them not-quite-all-the-way in by accident and think the toy was breaking (see video).

For the full scoop on the Mystic Wand, you can check out my review of it from last year.  In short, the Mystic Wand is a portable, battery-powered vibrator.  It has a variety of settings with powerful vibrations, and is nice and lightweight.  Plus, the button panel has a really bright blue light, so you can pretend you have some strange piece of alien technology between your thighs (if that’s your thing)!

Jan 202010
  • Toy: Flexi Felix (sent by TrinityRomance)
  • Type: Silicone anal beads/bloops
  • Manufacturer: FunFactory
  • Material: Silicone
  • Price: ~ $45
  • SMT rating: 0 (doesn’t vibrate, but you can add your own bullet vibe, as shown in the video)

This lovely, velvety, silicone improvement on anal beads was an absolute delight to review! The Trinity Romance Shop of Squamish, British Columbia (Canada) helps to keep its region, all of Canada, and the USA supplied with phthalate-free sex toys and sex-positive resources.  Naturally, I was thrilled when they offered to send me a review copy of the delightful Flexi Felix!  An interview with the founder will be featured here soon, so you can read all about the experience of starting an indie sexuality boutique up north.

Those who keep an eye on my blog know I make it my duty to scout out toys for faults and problems in order to give an honest review (regardless of whether it was sent to me for review or I bought it).  Therefore, you can be confident when I give a toy my joyful thumbs up!

The Flexi Felix by Fun Factory has joined the ranks of elite as a fantastic toy.  Compose of safe, sanitary silicone with no rough seams, excellent shaping, and a smiling flared base (just look at the video) – Flexi Felix should be a favorite of anal pleasure beginners and those who enjoy a good set of beads.  It’s firm enough to insert easily, a bead at a time, yet soft enough to be comfortable and easy to lubricate.  The base is the perfect size and shape to fit comfortably between the cheeks, complete with two holes for easy gripping and control.  And who can resist such an upbeat partner in pleasure, with that smiling face on the base?  For added fun, insert a thicker vibrating bullet into one of the eyes (she won’t mind) to give some buzz to the entire toy.

For those considering any type of anal beads, this toy should be at the top of your list.  Never purchase one with fabric string, or with beads strong loosely (unsealed) over a plastic or wire string.  These are the perfect places for bacteria to hide – luckily you’re safe from that with this toy.  Just give it a good washing before and after use, or you can even carefully dip it briefly in boiling water to sanitize it!

All butt toys should be used with plenty of high quality lube, including this one. Our tester used the Flexi Felix with oil-based lube, as that is what he prefers, but it can also be used with water-based lubricants.  It’s important to patch test silicone lubes on the base if you prefer them, as silicone lube can cause problems for silicone toys.  While he didn’t get much in the way of prostate stimulation from the toy, until it buzzed, he did enjoy the sensation of inserting and removing it.  I go into more detail on how to use the toy in the video, in case you’re curious or looking for suggestions.  This toy can also be enjoyed by folks with female parts, of course, as everyone’s anal area is rich with nerves made just for sexual pleasure.  That makes the Flexi Felix a great toy for every body!

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Oct 302009

Good Vibes - Fantastic Sex Shopping in San Francisco

Good Vibes is the first adult store from which I ever made an online purchase – way back during my time in New York. It changed my life, because the atmosphere of their website encouraged me to learn about what I was buying, as well as myself, without shame.

When I finally found myself in San Francisco I knew I must make the pilgrimage in person and I was not disappointed. What a fantastic store! I know good vibes was recently acquired by a larger company, but rest assured that the independent, feminist, service-oriented spirit is very much alive.

I walked into this store and was immediately greeted by their inspiring and entertaining selection of antique vibrators. As a proud owner of an early 1900s vibe myself, I was thrilled to see her sisters on display here. As one might expect, this excellent store sells a variety of toys for all genders and sexualities, as well as some uniquely tasty BDSM gear and plenty of books, condoms and lubes. Toys are usually on display, so you can check them out, and the lay out of the store is comfortable and easy to navigate.

Let me take a moment to compliment the staff, who are all far more trained and approachable than those are your typical (smuttier) store. As a professional sex educator, my questions tend to be picky and unusual. I was thrilled that staff were able to advise me on their items without hesitation, in spite of my detail-oriented needs. I left feeling well educated about the products that I was interested in, and confident that I could call later, if needed.

I should also mention that they have an art gallery space in the back are easily accessible by bus.

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Jun 122009


April Flores from a past cover of Bizarre

April Flores from the July '08 cover of Bizarre

Last week I spent some time pondering blow job wisdom shared by a group of same-sex attracted men.  In the end, I was left wondering how oral sex might be different if women that aimed to please their men opted to switch to giving blow jobs designed to please their own erotic desires.  This week, I’ve been thinking about confidence and greedy, lustful inhibition as it pertains to fat chicks’ sexuality.

Like quite a few other people in this world, I’ve been thinking about April Flores lately…

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May 312009


FunFactorys Whisper-Quiet Gallant

FunFactory's Whisper-Quiet Gallant

Gallant aka Gallan

Toy Type: Vibrator (splash-proof, battery)

Material: Silicone

Maker: FunFactory

Cost:  $60 – $80, although I noticed it’s on sale at Babeland for $37 at the time of posting. 

Quick Summary: Whisper quiet, this is the perfect toy for those who need to sneak their fun while housemates or kids are on the other side of the door.  Texture works well as an innie or outtie.  The speed control wheel is easy to use, regardless of hand strength or dexterity, but the design of the battery compartment makes it difficult to open for all. 

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Jan 292009

Coweta Co., GA Is Very Interested In Your Genitials

Coweta Co., GA Is Very Interested In Your Genitials

Folks – if you have a vibe, dildo, butt plug, cucumber, textured or tingling condom, bottle of lube, or anything else you like to rub on your bits, go get it RIGHT NOW!  Clutch it safely to your coochie or neener and stimulate yourself for all you’re worth.  When you feel that golden moment approaching, join me in dedicating your O (as many as you can) to the brave clits, penises, vaginas, anus-es (ani?) and taints of Coweta, CO who must now drive to a neighboring county to buy what you are holding in your busy little hands.  Yes, even if they are white, rich, heterosexual, married, WalMart shoppers and locked in a sound-proof room while using said items.

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