Silicone dildo consisting of two shafts with the convenient handle and an opening to insert vibrating bullet (included).After nearly a year of reviewing sex toys, I finally got around to trying something from Tantus, woohoo! The Elements Delta is my most recent review product from EdenFantasys.com. I requested it because I really wanted to try something from Tantus, and this product had mixed reviews, so I decided to find out for myself what it’s like.

Since I received this product in exchange for an on-site review, you’ll need to go over to EdenFantasys.com to read all about it, but I can still post some photos here. The silicone is very soft and silky, with a little bit of skin drag, but surprisingly it doesn’t attract lint and dust too badly. There is a little single speed bullet included, so you can add some vibration to this toy or just use it as is.

  

Elements Delta is smaller than I thought it would be. I know the dimensions are listed on the product page, and there’s even the handy option to view it full size via the pop-up window, but for some reason I still have difficulty visualizing the size of toys. I probably would rather have it in a larger size and with a stronger, multi-speed bullet.

  

However, Delta is a dual stimulator, and I rarely meet a dual stimulation toy I don’t like. Plus, I’m very impressed with the material and really like the soft feel of the silicone. I definitely need to try more Tantus products. Please check out my full review to find out more.

Vibrating Makeup BrushLast summer I received a box of goodies from Pipedream to review. Included was a cute little makeup brush with a vibrating handle. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Who would suspect a makeup brush could have any illicit purpose? Well, I might, but my point is that it’s not something that would cause embarrassment if it fell out of your handbag or the security guys decided to search through your stuff at the airport.

I still think this is an awesome idea, and I see no reason why there couldn’t be a hairbrush with a vibrating handle for those of us who might like something with a bit more size. And oomph. This one runs on watch batteries (ugh, I’m starting to really hate watch batteries) and isn’t very powerful. It does have multiple speeds, thanks to the turn-dial control on the battery compartment cap, but even at the highest setting the vibrations aren’t that intense. A hairbrush handle would be bigger, allowing more room for larger batteries and a more powerful motor.

But, this isn’t a hairbrush, it’s a makeup brush, so as such I’ll just say that it’s a fun little gadget to have around. The vibrations actually do a pretty decent job of traveling through the brush bristles, so it can be used for foreplay, teasing, and tickling. I found clitoral stimulation to be a bit more tricky, since the brush kind of gets in the way if you hold it by the battery compartment cap. To remedy this, I would hold the brush by the bristles and press the smooth part of the handle against me, but the the battery compartment cap edges and ridges around the control dial weren’t always comfortable. Nor readily accessible, if I wanted to change speed.

I think having the brush part on the battery cap, allowing the rest of the handle to be smooth, would be an improvement in design. That way, a twist of the brush could control the speed. The bristles would hopefully still carry some of the vibrations, and the handle would have a more user-friendly and comfortable shape to use as a vibrator.

When the batteries died, I honestly couldn’t be bothered to replace them, so I started using my Mini-Max brush to apply makeup. It worked pretty well for a while, but after I washed it a few times I noticed it shedding quite a bit, so now I primarily use it to dust the keyboard on my laptop.

Uniquely designed vibrator with six levels of pulsationThis week’s Follow-Up Friday is the Grrl Toyz Silk Touch Egg Vibe, which happens to be one of the only sex toys I’ve truly hated. I wasn’t quite so down on it at first. I mean, the uber-buzzy vibrations were more irritating than stimulating, and the flimsy clicky button that skipped functions or just didn’t work were a challenge to look past, as was the lack of variation in intensity, although props for the idea of having a dial control for that. Too bad it didn’t work. 

BUT, I loved the design, shape, and velvety finish on the plastic, so I tried very hard to overlook its shortcomings. I really wanted to like it.

Now, I look over my original review, and I see that I was way too kind. I actually gave this thing 3 stars? To be fair, the Silk Touch Egg Vibe was one of the first products I reviewed, so I hadn’t really experienced a lot of the better-quality vibes yet. Plus, back then I tended to emphasize the pros and gloss over the cons in my reviews. Still, there’s no way this bullet deserves that high of a rating.

By the time I added my follow-up review of it on EdenFantasys.com, I had grown to hate it, and I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to hate a sex toy. I don’t think this toy ever gave me an orgasm, if so it was maybe during the first few times I used it, and it must have been an underwhelming climax if I can’t even remember whether I had it or not. Once I started reviewing more products and got my hands on better gear, I gave up even trying to like my Silk Touch Egg. It would frustrate me by its irritatingly buzzy vibrations that numbed my clit and made it impossible for me to get off.

I would visibly sneer at my Silk Touch Egg whenever I caught a glimpse of it in my toy drawer. I resented it for taking up space. It didn’t deserve to hang out with my LaysSpot and Hitachi, so I soon stashed it in the far corner of my junk drawer. And that’s where it has stayed, along with a few other toys I’ve retired because I got bored with them or found better replacements, so it’s not alone, but it’s definitely my least favorite vibe so far.

The kicker is, this thing retails for close to $30. Now, I know that’s not a lot for a sex toy, but for $30 (or less) there are much more worthy vibes out there. However, that’s just my opinion. If you look at other reviews for the Silk Touch Egg, you’ll see that quite a few people loved it, so I’ll insert the just-because-I-hate-it-doesn’t-mean-you-won’t-like-it caveat here. But I think it’s junk.

A bendable multifunction and multi-speed waterproof vibrator with push button control type.Many years ago I received a long-stemmed red rosebud from a potential suitor. I know that’s meant to be a romantic gift and all, and it was a pretty flower. But honestly, and as much as I appreciated the gesture, I didn’t have much use for it. After a couple of days it wilted and withered and had to be thrown away.

Evolved Novelties has an ideal alternative to the single rosebud gift with their Silicone Vibrating Bendable Rose, and thanks to EdenFantasys.com I got to try one. The Silicone Bendable Rose comes in ready-to-give packaging, which is a clear plastic tube with a red bow and gift tag. It’s designed to look just like a long-stemmed rosebud, complete with a vase-like handle.

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose vibrator packaging  Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator Packaging

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose VibratorThe rosebud is basically an egg/bullet vibe covered in soft silicone. The surface is mostly smooth, with a couple of subtle ridges that are meant to resemble petals. Underneath the silicone, the rosebud is firm until the tip. That’s where the motor ends and it’s all silicone, which is pretty squishy and great for pinpoint stimulation.

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator Control ButtonThere is a single-button control on the bottom of the base. Press it once to turn the vibe on, and then keep pushing the button to cycle through the various settings. To turn off the motor, press and hold the button for a few seconds.

This vibe remembers which mode it’s in when you turn it off, so when you switch it back on, it will be at the same setting.This is really handy, as you won’t have to find your desired setting if you need to switch it off quickly at any point during play.

The packaging claims this vibe has 10 different vibration modes, but I only counted 7:

  • slow constant vibration
  • medium constant vibration
  • fast constant vibration
  • a short-short-medium pulse pattern
  • a pattern of 5 short pulses followed by a long pulse
  • a long-medium-short-short-short pulse pattern
  • a pattern of 2 very short, sharp pulses followed by a longer pulse
 Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator Measurements

The whole thing measures close to 12 inches in total length. The rosebud is 2 1/2 inches long, and just over 1 1/2 inches wide at its base, giving it a maximum girth of around 5 inches before tapering to a point at the top. So, it’s a bit bigger than most bullets and more like the size of an egg vibe.

What’s really cool about this vibe is the bendable stem. In theory, this allows you to shape and adjust the vibe to best suit your needs, allowing you to comfortably reach whatever areas you wish to stimulate.

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator ReviewThis is a lot of fun to play with, but unfortunately, the stem doesn’t really stay in place once I start using the vibe. The packaging claims that it “bends and holds any position,” but as soon as I try to apply any kind of pressure on the rosebud, the stem yields.

I would definitely prefer a stiffer stem. That may make it harder to bend, but I think it would be worth the extra effort up front to have the stem keep its shape.

The 2 AAA batteries required to power this vibe go in the compartment located in the vase-like handle. The cap twists off, and to replace it you have to make sure the tabs on the cap match the grooves on the base. This took me longer than I’m willing to admit to figure out, so I thought it would be worth mentioning.

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Handle  Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator Battery Compartment  Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose Vibrator Battery Cap

The Silicone Bendable Rose has the added benefit of being waterproof, which means easy cleaning with soap and water. I love low-maintenance toys! Just remember to only use water-based lube with this one since the rosebud is silicone.

Evolved Silicone Bendable Rose VibratorDespite the flat base, I was disappointed to discover that this vibe doesn’t easily stand up on its own out of the packaging. You have to really make sure it’s perfectly balanced, and even then just the slightest bump or breeze will knock it over.

That’s not a deal breaker or anything; it just means I store mine in the plastic tube because the soft silicone has a tendency to pick up lint and dust. Also, when I first used this toy the stem cracked rather loudly, which was rather alarming, but it only did it that one time and hasn’t made the noise since.

As far as performance, I think the Silicone Bendable Rose could benefit from a more powerful motor. It’s not exactly what I would call weak, and it will probably be strong enough to suit most people, but it may not be sufficient for those who like intense vibrations.

However, it is very quiet, which is awesome, and it works really well when used in conjunction with other sex toys, such as a non-vibrating dildo. It’s also ideal to use during foreplay, as it’s great for teasing. Plus, it would make a fantastic gift. Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, you know.

LELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Good Vibes Sex ToyA company well known for its luxury sex toys, Lelo recently came out with a gorgeous line of silk restraints. I spend a great deal of time coveting Lelo products, so when GoodVibes.com offered the Etherea Cuffs for review, I readily requested them to try. Available in black, purple, and red, these cuffs are a great way to add a bit of class to light bondage play.

Lelo’s packaging is very discreet and stylish. There is a thin outer box, which has the company name and a subtle picture on the front, and some basic product information printed in several languages on the back. Inside is a black gift box. Lift off the lid to find the cuffs are wrapped in pretty paper.

LELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Sex ToyLELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Sex Toy

The inside of each cuff is lined with silk which has a lovely floral pattern, and the outside is soft suede. They measure a little over 7 inches long, and taper in the middle so that their width varies from 2 to 2 3/8 inches.

LELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Sex Toy

Each cuff slides freely along its own silk ribbon, which serve as the ties. The ribbons measure close to 43 1/2 inches long, so there is plenty of length to work with which allows these cuffs to be very adjustable and versatile. There’s nothing included to actually tie the ribbons to, so you can tie them to each other or something else.

LELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Sex Toy LELO Silk Cuffs Bondage Sex Toy

The soft silky interior means the cuffs are extremely comfortable. Seriously, they feel heavenly against my skin whether I have them tied around my wrists, ankles, or thighs, so they’re great for extended wear. Plus, they’re beauty makes them an awesome accessory. In fact, they look fabulous with a few lingerie pieces I have.

Because of the materials Lelo recommends dry cleaning the Etherea Cuffs. I try to be careful when I’m wearing these and not mess them up too much, especially on the suede side. I’ve so far had pretty good luck spot-cleaning the silk ribbons with a slightly damp cloth.

The Etherea Silk Cuffs exude the quality and class one expects from Lelo. The only issue I encountered was keeping them on. This is why I stated above that these are ideal for light bondage play, or those who think they may want to try being tied up without actually being restrained, as they’re easy to escape.

The first time I used mine, I tied the ribbons in pretty little bows around my wrists, and as soon as I started rolling around, the bows became loose and the cuffs fell off. I then tried double bows, which worked much better. Tying the ribbons in knots means they’ll stay on, but then the knots can get tight during the course of play and become tricky to untie.