Aug 292011
 

 

  • Toy: Ola (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Rechargeable vibrator, mostly button-free controls, touch-responsive vibration, waterproof
  • Manufacturer: Minna
  • Material: Silicone
  • Price: $165
  • SMT rating: Strong 0 if you squeeze hard, but not quite a 1.

The sex toy industry is always looking for the newest, fanciest, prettiest way to seduce you into purchasing a brand new best friend.  Sometimes, these attempts are gimmicky flops, but every now and then one of their crazy ideas really hits the spot, if I ain’t being too subtle.  The Ola by Minna (aka the Minna Ola) gives us a truly original way to control the power of this S-shaped, waterproof, rechargeable sex toy.  The underside of the small part of the S is a squeezable, soft, enticing little touch-pad that reacts to pressure.  Stroke it softly, and it responds with an immediate rumbling purr.  The harder you squeeze it, the more intense the vibrations get, culminating in a very respectable intensity level.

The Minna Ola lets you make your own vibration patterns and control them by touch

The Minna Ola is rechargeable, and its recharger connection is magnetic, which makes it easy to line up and attach.  Thoughtfully, the Ola lets you know how charged it is by vibrating one to three times (three being fully charged) when it’s turned on; this is much more useful for people who are visually impaired than the “blinking light” method of demonstrating charge that many other toys use.  The S-shape of the toy works with the body in all sorts of delightful ways, whether you use it on the vulva or in the vagina.  The main draw, of course, is the touch-responsiveness.  You can use this to create all sorts of fun sensations and patterns, and when you find a favorite, you can use the second button on the toy to memorize and repeat a pattern until you want to give it a new one.  The Ola even comes fully charged, so you can start playing with it right away!
The touch-responsiveness of the Ola may be a downside, depending on what you like from a toy.  If you enjoy upping the vibration intensity or flipping through patterns by simply hitting a button, you may find the touch-pad too fussy a way of controlling the toy.  While this touch-vibration style makes it a great toy for exploring, either with a partner or solo, the creativity necessary to use it effectively keeps it from being totally effortless.  It’s intuitive, but not effortless.  The body isn’t flexible, which could be a plus or a minus, depending on what you’re looking for.  Finally, like any other silicone toy, you need to use water-based lubes, not silicone-based, with the Ola.
Overall, the Ola is a cool new type of  vibrator.  Its touch pad is intuitive and easy to use and allows you to let your creativity shine in what sorts of patterns you make for yourself (or your partner).  It’s a fun, sexy toy, and while the touch-pad is certainly unique, it isn’t a cheap gimmick.  The Minna Ola is being sold exclusively through Babeland, and I appreciate that they sent me a copy of this delicious toy for review.

 

Aug 152011
 

  • Toy: Love Bunnies (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Bullet vibe in rounded bunny-shaped silicone form. Bullet runs on 3 watch batteries and has 1 speed push button control.
  • Manufacturer: LoveBunnies
  • Material: Silicone Bunny with ABS plastic removable vibe. Come in vibrant purple, pink and black.
  • Price: $20
  • SMT rating: 0.  It’s a mild-to-moderate toy powered by a bullet vibe.  But remember it’s an outtie so it you won’t be inserting it.

When I first saw the Love Bunnies out of the UK I really, really hoped they would become available here in the US. Thankfully, Babeland.com has these adorable vibes for us in three happy (hoppy?) colors. Boasting an easily cleaned, firm silicone bunny with flickering ears and tail that is actually a removable bullet vibe, these are just too cute. I found that the bullet vibe on mine was much easier to remove than most sleeve & bullet type sex toys; however, my vibrating bullet was also quite loud and the button was a bit finicky. This toy will be a strong match for folks who like light to moderate vibrations but, as with all bullet vibe toys, those who want strong rumbles will be left appreciating its form more than its function. No matter what, though, you simply must see my Love Bunny’s adorable trick! If I turn the vibrator on, the bullet swirls itself right up her tail without any help from me. Seriously, you just have to see it.

Aug 152011
 

  • Toy: Forbidden Fruit (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: Hard plastic vibrator in the size and shape of a vibrant red apple
  • Manufacturer: Riannes
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Price: $119 (but on sale for $89.99 at the time of this post)
  • SMT rating: 1, but remember it’s an outtie so it you won’t be inserting it.

Ever fancied yourself an seductive evil queen, an innocent maiden, or perhaps Eve discovering something delightful to share with Adam (or Lilith)?  Perhaps you just prefer a classy vibrator you can leave on your nightstand when the dog-sitter comes over, or you’re looking for the most daring conversation starter at the Halloween party this year.  This lovely outtie vibe will give you a taste of pleasure, regardless!

The Forbidden Fruit vibrator was sent to me for review form Babeland.com, and is it ever a pretty little thing!  It feels sturdy in the hand and is clearly well made, complete with decadent packaging.  Made of ABS plastic with a flexible green stem, it sits in a stately domed container that also functions as its charging station, thanks to a port in the back.  It has seven function settings, all controlled by manipulating the stem side to side: steady on, 3 wave patterns, and 3 intermittent patterns.  All of those settings can be adjusted for intensity by pushing the stem up and down.  Holding the stem in for several seconds turns it on and off.  The vibration offers a steady rumbling sensation in a middle-to-lower pitch of vibration and it does get quite strong at the higher speeds.  A red light shines when buttons are pressed and when it needs a recharge.  Just be sure not to leave this apple charging for more than 24 hours, and to give it a curtousy charge if you haven’t used it in a month for whatever reason.

 

Jun 062010
 

While its name may be a bit late for the season, the Spring Vibe is a great toy for any time of year!  This petite rechargeable vibe not only packs a lot of power in its tiny package, it also uses a clever, magnetically-attaching cord for recharging, making it fully waterproof!

  • Toy:  Spring Vibe (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: rechargeable, waterproof, magnetically attached charging cord
  • Manufacturer: Fun Factory
  • Material: Silicone
  • Price: $74
  • SMT rating: 1, more power than one would expect from a rechargeable toy, especially of this size

Let’s look at Spring Vibe from Fun Factory for Babeland.com. This vibrantly dark pink  toy has a lovely velvety silicone covering.  It’s an easy to use, petite, rechargeable vibrator that is completely waterproof; allowing you to take into the bath or hot tub for a safe, delightful, intimacy-enhancing experience. Between uses, this easy to clean vaginal vibrator plugs into a  recharger with fool-proof magnetic attachment and charging light indicator, letting you know when it ready for immediate use.

The Spring Vibe is a very satisfying answer to those desiring a petite toy that provides a significantly powerful buzz and does not have to be plugged in. The easy to find control buttons are embedded near the base of  the soft covering, which has stimulating textured flowers at the tip.  The vibe’s adjustable power levels even include a very low level for those who like a cool down afterwards, in addition to several classic throbbing pulsating patterns.

As when using any silicone toy, you should treat yourself well and use a top quality, water-based lubricant.. And let me tell you, this very quiet sex toy has a lot of power, especially for its size! The vigorous rumble on the vibrations are very strong and will surprise you with the intensity levels at the higher settings.

May 082010
 

The Mystic Wand G-Spot Attachment is a promising way to turn the Mystic Wand from an outtie vibe to an innie/outtie combo, as long as it has the reach you need!

  • Toy:  Mystic Wand Attachment (sent by Babeland.com for review)
  • Type: G-Spot and clit attachment designed for the Mystic Wand vibrator, also by Vibratex
  • Manufacturer: Vibratex
  • Material: flexible silicone
  • Price: $29
  • SMT rating: none – It’s an attachment and doesn’t vibrate on its own.

After being blown away by the Mystic Wand, I’m back to tell you about its G-Spot Attachment!  The cute design reminds me of a robotic parrot’s face, and it would make a fantastic sci-fi fantasy piece for my more imaginative readers.  Check out the video above for the full details.  This attachment is designed to stimulate both the G-spot and the clit, thanks to the bulbous tip on the insertable portion (for the g-spot) and the small, textured protrusion for the clitoris.  You could also use this attachment (with the Mystic Wand vibe) as a vibrating prostate stimulating toy, for the guys!  If you’re going to share between vaginal and anal play, or between any partners, be sure to wash it well before sharing, as it is difficult to put a condom on this toy due to the petite size.

This toy is designed to be used with water-based lube, not silicone lube.  It’s easy to place on the vibe and remove, and can be made easier with a little lube, too!  However, be aware that this lovely attachment is best suited for ladies with more petite genital builds.  Those with more distance between the clit and vagina won’t get much clitoral stimulation out of this one.  However, if you find that clit attachments are often too long for you, then this one is likely to be a winner for you!

  • View all my Babeland reviews, including the Mystic Wand that goes with this toy.
Jan 132010
 
  • Toy: The Crystal Chic Wand in pink (sent by Lustique)
  • Type: Dual vibe, bendable innie, outtie, g-spot or prostate toy
  • Manufacturer: CalExotics Novelties
  • Material: ABS plastic with velvet texture
  • Price: $34.99
  • SMT rating: 0 (strong vibes, but too thin to rank on SMT)

The Crystal Chic Wand by CalExotics came in my mail from the good folks at Lustique.com, crystals glistening in the sun, and proved itself to be a near-perfect toy!  With 2 solid vibes, easy 3 speed control, a bendable shaft, and loads of power this vibe is the perfect accomplice for hours of pleasure.  So what’s its secret weakness?  Keep reading to find out.

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