Wartenberg Pinwheel sex toy BDSM bondageI enter a lot of blog giveaways for sex toys. I’m a sucker for the chance to get fun stuff. Plus, getting insight into other types of products people enjoy gives me ideas of things I might like to try, but I can’t buy everything.

Receiving an item through a giveaway is actually a double win because it allows me to try something I otherwise may not have selected for myself and without the obligation of having to review it if I don’t like it. Then, if I do like it I have something cool to review.

Mistress Kay recently hosted a giveaway for a Wartenberg Wheel on her Kinky World blog, and I was the lucky winner! I had never seen anything quite like it before. It reminds me of a pastry cutter for some reason, but it’s actually a medical device. Designed by Dr. Wartenberg, the pinwheel’s evenly-spaced spikes test nerve reactions as the wheel rolls along skin.

My Wartenberg Wheel came packaged in a narrow plastic sleeve, one side of which is clear so the pinwheel is visible. It measures 7 inches total in length, from the tip of the top spike to the end of the offset handle. The solid part of the wheel is about an inch in diameter, and the spikes measure 1/4 of an inch long.

I’m not sure what type of metal this is made from. I’m guessing it’s stainless steel or something similar. The handle on my wheel is blue, and it’s apparently paint, because there’s a small place where some of it has chipped off.

The spikes look severe and are quite sharp and pointy, they’re not designed to actually break the skin. I’m sure they could if somebody pressed hard enough, but the severity of stimulation is entirely up to the user. This is a fun toy to tease with.

While feather ticklers give more of a soft, floaty type of sensation, the spikes on a pinwheel are more of a pinpoint prickly-tickly feeling. I find that different body areas respond with varying sensitivity to the wheel rolling along my skin, which is pretty cool to play with.

It’s great for sensory play and teasing, so it’s an ideal toy to use during foreplay. I think a pinwheel makes a nice step up from feather ticklers, and since it’s so small, storage is no problem. This is something I probably would never have thought I’d enjoy, but I am so glad I got to try it. It’s certainly something new for me, and I look forward to playing with it more.

Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream moisturizer lotionI love lotions, body butters, and all those self-pampering products that make me feel and smell good. My skin is rather sensitive and can be a bit quirky, so I use all-natural stuff as much as possible to avoid potential reactions.

I’m always eager to try new brands and products, and I recently received some Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream to review. Babeland sent it to me, which shows once again that they truly are a woman-friendly sex toy store, because this stuff is made for us. Chocolate and luxurious body cream in one? Yes please!

Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream moisturizer lotionThe ingredients even sound heavenly: Distilled Water, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Capuacu Butter and Babassu Seed Oil infused with Organic Fair Trade Cocoa and Nibs, Cocoa Absolute, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Natural Chocolate Flavor Oil, Honeysuckle Extract, and Citric Acid.

The Sweet Beauty company belief “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t wear it on your skin” means their skin care line is free from petroleum products, parabens, and any of the other potentially irritating chemicals commonly found in cosmetics. The company also considers beauty products as a natural way to feel good, especially if chocolate is involved. I must say that I agree with them.

Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream moisturizer lotionThe Chocolate Body Cream is amazing. It has a thicker consistency than lotion, but not quite as firm as body butter. More similar to old-fashioned cold cream, it’s almost solid at room temperature, but it does soften when it comes into contact with skin and body heat.

It feels so awesome going on. It may take a little bit longer to work in, but it smells so chocolaty and leaves my skin so soft that I really don’t mind a few extra seconds of effort, especially since it doesn’t leave a greasy residue like some body butters.

Oh, and have I mentioned how incredibly divine this stuff smells? The chocolate scent is pretty prominent but not at all overbearing. A few minutes after application, it mellows into a very subtle clean smell with just a hint of chocolate.

So, to wrap up: Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream is awesome. I love it. I love the way it smells. I love the way it makes my skin smell. I love the way it feels. I love the way it makes my skin feel. I love that it contains only all-natural ingredients and fair-trade organic chocolate. I love everything about it, actually. Yes, I’m very impressed.

Multi-color double ended glass shaft with a smooth texture.I’ve been wanting to try glass sex toys for a while. Like, years, actually. But I was always a bit hesitant because most of them are expensive, and I wasn’t sure I’d like such a hard material. Plus, I’m a rather clumsy person and tend to drop things. Glass typically doesn’t respond well to being dropped. However, when some truly gorgeous glass toys came up for review at EdenFantasys.com, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try one.

This is the Cyclone Wand from SSA Glass. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s certainly the prettiest sex toy in my collection thus far. And guess what? These toys are very affordable. They’re also made from Pyrex, which is less dense than regular glass so likely to break or shatter. WIN!

Glass has all the safety advantages of metal: nonporous, hygienic, durable, and sterilizable. The artistic designs, slick-smooth surface, and temperature play potential are also bonuses! If you’re interested in reading more about the Cyclone Wand and how I liked it, my full review is posted at EdenFantays.com, complete with video tour.

Vibrating Makeup Brush ReviewWell, I don’t think you can get any more discreet than this! Pipedream makes a vibrating makeup brush that is perfect for travel or just keeping on hand in your makeup bag or purse.

The Mini-Max Vibrating Makeup Brush comes packaged in a discreet black box, pictured above. It takes three LR44 watch-style batteries, and they are included, which is nice since that’s probably not a battery size most people keep on hand.

The brush’s handle measures close to 3 inches long, with a total length of 4 inches including the bristles. At only around 3/4 of an inch in diameter, it’s small enough to fit just about anywhere. The base is a screw-off battery compartment cap with a dial on the end to turn the vibration on and control the speed. The grated texture around the edge of the control dial makes it easy to grip and turn, but I tend to inadvertently turn the vibration on whenever I replace the cap. Luckily though, this is not a problem as the motor is very quiet. Even at top speed it’s barely audible unless you hold the makeup brush close to your ears.

Like most toys with a dial control, the vibration intensity increases gradually as you turn the dial. There isn’t a lot of range between the lowest and highest speed, and the vibrations are slightly buzzy. The vibration can be felt all along the plastic handle, especially at the smooth part just under the brush. It also travels through the bristles, making this an awesome toy for tickling and teasing. Since this vibe is waterproof, cleaning it is easy with antibacterial soap and warm water or toy cleaner, and storage is no problem.

The Mini-Max Makeup Brush is an ideal product for those new to sex toys and anyone who needs something discreet that can be used for just about anything, from solo play to couple play. The vibrating bristles feel good just about anywhere, so this is a great toy for gentle, all-over body stimulation for relaxation or to jump-start foreplay. For me, the handle isn’t comfortably insertable since the battery compartment cap is squared off and has the raised ridges all around the control dial, but the handle can easily be positioned to stimulate the clitoris and labia.

This vibe would benefit from having more power. Boosting the vibration intensity would create more of a range between the slowest and fasted speed. Also, it would be nice if the handle was insertable, either by rounding off the cap so it’s smooth, or by having the option to remove the brush bristles to reveal an insertable tip underneath. But all in all, I think it’s a fun little gadget to have around.

Oh, and did I mention that it actually works very well as a makeup brush? It’s great for applying powder foundation or blush. It’s similar to a kabuki brush, only a bit smaller and the bristles are more tightly packed together.

In the time since I first reviewed this product, Pipedream has a come out with newer model of the vibrating makeup brush: Vibrating Mini Makeup Brush.