Icicles N0. 9 Glass DildoPipedream has some lovely glass toys in their Icicles product line, and I was lucky to get one for review. Well, actually, I received three of them, but I’m going to talk about the Icicles No. 9 first. It’s modestly-sized, with a slightly curved shape and a just a little bit of texture that is very inviting. It has a flat, round base, so it’s safe for all types of play and can stand up on its own.

The outer packaging is a cardboard box that has full-size photos of the No. 9 on the front and sides. Some product information and a close-up picture of the texture is on the back of the box. The front of the box flips open, and you can see the glass toy through a clear plastic window. Inside is the No. 9 in a molded foam insert, which slides out of the top of the box.

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This clear glass dildo has a beautiful blue spiral in the center, and once I took it out of the foam I noticed a slightly iridescent finish to the surface. No. 9 measures almost 6 1/2 inches long, with a 1 1/4-inch diameter giving it nearly 4 inches in girth. The surface is smooth apart from the 3 raised ridges towards the tip of the shaft. The base is actually more of an oval shape, so it might work in the right harness, as long as the weight of the glass isn’t a problem.

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex Toy

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex ToyThe shaft has a gentle curve, which is nicely shaped for G-spot stimulation. The ridges curve up along the underside of the shaft to meet at a point close to the top, adding some nice variation without being too much texture. This would be an ideal first glass toy or a great choice for those experienced with smooth glass who are curious about texture.

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex ToyGlass as a sex toy material has a lot of advantages. It’s completely body-safe and hygienic, as it’s nonporous and can be boiled. Also great for temperature play, glass at room temperature feels cool to the skin, but can be warmed quickly with hot water or chilled even more in the refrigerator. Even with texture, glass has a slick surface, so it takes very little lube. Not to mention, glass sex toys are high-quality and usually very pretty.

The No 9 is no exception, and I really like it. It’s just the right size for when I feel like I need something inside of me, and glass being a solid material really gives me that sense of fullness. I also quite like it for external stimulation, as the ribbed head feels nice gliding across my skin. The curve is pretty subtle, but the firmness of the glass makes this one an effective G-spot toy if you like prodding and pressure. I tend to prefer soft toys for thrusting, but very slow and shallow thrusts with this one worked for me.

Topco Vida Zara G-Spot VibratorI requested the Vida Zara from Fascinations to review because it’s so sleek and pretty, and as should be pretty obvious by now, I’m always willing to try vibrating sex toys. Vida has several high-quality vibrators, but I was particularly drawn to the shape of this one since the bulbous tip is bent for G-spot stimulation, but it’s not a drastic curve.

I must admit, I totally overestimated Zara‘s size. I know the dimensions are listed on the product page, but for some reason I still have a hard time visualizing just how big or small something is. At just 6 1/2 inches long, with a little over 3 inches of insertable length, this compact little vibe is discreet and easily incorporated into partner play. The widest point on the tip is right around 1 1/2 inches in diameter, giving it a fairly modest girth of close to 4 inches.

Now, what I didn’t expect and was totally impressed with is the packaging. It is awesome! I hope all Vida vibes come in zippered leather cases. Actually, I don’t know if it’s real leather or not–it smells like it could be, but I’m not sure. Either way, I love it. It’s gorgeous and very discreet.

Vida Zara Storage CaseVida Zara Vibrator PackagingTopco Vida Zara Charger Cable
Inside its lovely black case, the Zara sits nestled in a really soft and spongy foam insert. Behind it is a narrow slot for the owner’s manual, which doubles as a product catalog. Lift out the insert to find the charger cable stored underneath. A very pretty travel/storage pouch is also included. I don’t know what kind of material it’s made from, but it’s nice and soft, with a nifty wee pocket and satiny ribbon ties.

Topco Vida Zara Sex Toy VibratorVida Zara Storage Pouch

As for the vibe itself, Zara is made from silicone and “anodized gun metal aluminum” so it’s nonporous and has the added benefit of being waterproof. The silicone has quite a bit of drag to it (so water-based lube only), and the fact that it attracts lint is very obvious by the dark color. There is a single, oval-shaped button located on the top of the handle that lights up when in use, and the motor has 5 speeds of constant vibration. Press the button to turn the vibe on and cycle through the settings, then just hold the button for a few seconds at any time to switch it off.

Topco Vida Zara G-Spot VibePerhaps the impressive packaging gave me unrealistic expectations for the performance of this vibe, but I must say that the vibrations themselves are somewhat underwhelming, and I really can’t tell that much difference in the intensity. The motor certainly gets louder and more high-pitched as you work your way through the speeds, but I don’t feel that much of an increase in strength. Also, the vibrations are a bit buzzy and can be felt all the way through the handle. Still, the Zara has the advantage of being very firm, so it’s really effective for applying pressure to the G-spot, with or without the power turned on.

I think this could be a great vibe, but it definitely needs a more powerful motor. Also, I love the Zara’s design, but I think the control button would have been more conveniently placed closer towards the bottom and on the underside of the handle. That way, I could more easily operate it with my thumb, but I think I’m just being nit-picky now, and it certainly wouldn’t look as good there. This would make an ideal present for anyone new to using sex toys, as it’s not the least bit intimidating and comes packaged ready for gift-giving.

An aphrodisiac cookbook

Front Cover

I’m a bit of a foodie, thanks to being influenced by some self-taught gourmets in my youth. When I saw that EdenFantasys.com had a cookbook I’ve been coveting ever since spying it at a friend’s house, I eagerly requested it for review.

InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge is not just another compilation of recipes elegantly packaged. This book contains recipes featuring foods that are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.

InterCourses Back Cover

Back Cover

I actually received a copy of The New InterCourses, which is the revised and expanded 10th Anniversary edition, so while the front of my copy is similar to the original, the back cover is different.

The book starts off with a brief introduction and background information, which is really quite interesting. I normally skip over any preamble because I’m the type who wants to start drooling over the recipes as soon as possible, but this one is nice and short, as well as entertaining.

There are 19 chapters, each focusing on a different aphrodisiac, complete with a little background history as to why or how the food is believed to be capable of igniting passion, as well as gorgeous photographs of models wearing the featured ingredient.

While technically they’re nude, the food covers up the necessary body parts, so it’s all very artistic and tastefully done. I think the chapter covering booze has my favorite picture. I love this shot.

The New InterCourses features some ingredients that I never would have considered aphrodisiacs, like asparagus, artichokes, and black beans. Of course, the usual suspects are here: oysters, strawberries, chocolate, grapes, etc. The recipes vary in complexity quite a bit, from the quick and easy to those requiring more time and culinary skills.

InterCourses Ginger Chapter PhotoI suppose this is good in a way, as there’s something for everyone. There is also a resources section, which is very helpful, an aphrodisiac usage guide offering suggestions on how and when to use what, a page on making massage oils and salt scrubs, and an index. Yay! I love books with indexes.

So far, I’ve made three of the recipes, all with good results. The Chocolate Torte with Strawberries didn’t last long enough for me to even get a picture of it, but here’s the Cozy Vegetable Korma (my first effort at Indian cookery).

I also made the Chocolate-Almond truffles, which were the easiest truffles I’ve ever made, and these awesome delights are dairy free. I’m going to try the recipe with hazelnuts next time.

I quite like this cookbook, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more of the recipes, but I do think InterCourses is geared more for those who prefer to eat, think about, and look at pictures of food rather than those of us who enjoy cooking it. The reason I say this is because there are NO photos of the actual completed recipes.

While I don’t necessarily expect a full-color glossy of each dish in the book, a few here and there would be helpful as I like to know what I’m striving for. Also, there are no cook and prep time guidelines, which is another helpful element that’s missing. The recipes do list the yield, and quite a few of the recipes are scaled for 2-3 servings, which makes sense as they’re meant to be for a romantic evening of seduction, but others are family-sized.

If cooking isn’t really your thing, EdenFantasys.com has plenty of other offerings to get you in the mood. As an online adult toy store, they also have a wide selection of erotica and instructional books that are well worth checking out.

 

 

Fun Factory Kissable Love FluidFun Factory has come out with a line of products to “seduce you and all your senses” which includes a Kissable Love Fluid that’s available in yummy-sounding flavors like Chocolate, Coconut, Orange, Cranberry, and Strawberry. I’m a big fan of Fun Factory sex toys and always eager to try something new, so I’m glad Fascinations sent me a bottle of the cranberry flavored Kissable Love Fluid to try.

Flavored lubes and warming concoctions like this are an easy and fun way to add variety to couple play. Often lubes and massage oils can leave a bitter tasting residue on the skin, but the flavored products are meant to be easier on the tastebuds and usually smell nice too. Kissable Love Fluid is both flavored and has a warming effect. Just apply it to skin and gently blow to create a warming sensation.

I like to list what is in the lubes and personal care products I review because some people have sensitivities and need to avoid certain ingredients and chemicals. Kissable Love Fluid contains:

  • Propylene Glycol (moisturizer commonly used in cosmetics)
  • Glycerin (humectant and improves smoothness)
  • Aqua (water)
  • Hydroxypropylcellulose (a gelling and thickening agent derived from plant cells)
  • PEG-12 Dimethicone (emulsifier and foam builder commonly found in cosmetics)
  • Sodium Benzoate (preservative)
  • Potassium Sorbate (preservative)
  • Aroma (Flavor)
  • CI 16035 (Red 40)
  • CI42090 (Blue No.1)

Fun Factory Kissable Love Fluid PackagingThe packaging is a simple paperboard box with the pump-top bottle of Kissable Love Fluid on one side, and the bottle lid and information pamphlet on the other. The bottle itself is nice and discreet, with a design that would blend in with other personal care products.

Fun Factory Kissable Love FluidThe cover fits very snugly on the pump-top, so this may be okay to travel with, but I’d still seal it in a plastic bag. I assumed the pump top would disperse a spray, but instead the love fluid comes out in a 1/16 of a teaspoon, spurt. Yes, I measured it. I’m a bit of a geek that way.

I suppose this makes sense if you’re going to be using it on the genitals, as all you need is a tiny amount, and a pump top is very convenient. But to use more like a massage oil, it takes to long to pump enough out, so I just unscrew the cap and carefully pour it

Fun Factory Kissable Love Fluid ReviewI’m sure my bottle of cranberry-flavored Kissable Love Fluid is meant to smell like cranberries, but to me it smells more like a cross between fruit punch and cough syrup. That doesn’t top my list of arousing scents, but fortunately the fragrance isn’t strong.

The consistency is similar to thin maple syrup, so it can drip and get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun. I would be careful though, as it’s a bright red color that may stain.

Taste-wise, it’s pretty nasty if you stick your finger in it and have a lick. It tastes as it smells, like cough syrup. However, tasting residual love fluid that has already been applied to skin is much better. The taste is more subtle and closer to fruity, and while I wouldn’t call it delicious, it’s not wholly unpleasant.

Once applied to skin, gently blowing on the love fluid creates a mild warming sensation. This can be used to enhance massage or to heighten arousal, as the blood flow will already be increased in the genitals and other erogenous zones.

Since this product contains glycerin, I don’t use it on my genitals, but I use it to enjoy warm, tingly sensations elsewhere. I expected this stuff to be a yucky, sticky mess, but it’s really not. As it gets worked into the skin and dries there is some residue, but it just feels dry, not tacky or greasy, and it rinses off fairly easily.

****Okay guys, the contest has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner of the Butterfly Kiss, as determined by random.org, is comment number 18! Congratulations, Siennasai!****

The Butterfly Kiss was one of the first sex toys I reviewed on this blog, way back in early July, and I was very impressed with it. Mine still has a top spot in my collection, and it’s one of my “go to” toys for when I need something quick and effective.

Butterfly Kiss Vibrator

This dual-stimulator is a little bit different from rabbit-style vibes in that rather than a whimsically-shaped bullet attached to the shaft, the Butterfly Kiss has an offset shaft and a wee platform to press against the vulva for external stimulation. The butterfly has some nice ridged texture, which feels awesome as the antennae flap around stimulating the clitoris, and the wings flutter against the labia.

This is an ideal beginner toy, especially for anyone new to dual-stimulation vibes. It’s modestly sized, easy to control, phthalates-free (as are all the products I review), and very flexible. Made from TPR, the motor sits underneath the butterfly, so the shaft is quite bendy since there’s nothing firm inside it. It’s also effective for those of us with a bit more experience using vibrators, too, so don’t underestimate this one.

For those interested in the technical specs, the Butterfly Kiss has 3 inches of insertable length, with a 1 1/4-inch diameter. There is a single, push-button control on the bottom, which is the battery compartment cap, and did you notice that it’s flat so this vibe can stand up on its own? The vibrations are pretty strong considering it’s only powered by 2 AAA batteries, and there are 3 speeds to play with.

So, who wants to try a Butterfly Kiss? The awesome folks at Babeland are letting me give one away, woohoo!

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Joyballs Single Kegel Exercise ToyNever underestimate the importance of doing Kegel exercises, and there are plenty of toys available to help make working those pelvic floor muscles more fun. I recently tried the Joyballs Single from Joy Division, which is a hollow silicone ball with another, smaller ball inside that rattles around as the user moves about. There is a handy retrieval cord that is partially covered with the same silicone.

The Joyballs Single is spherical (unlike some other other Kegel balls that are more elliptically shaped), and measures a little over 4 1/4 inches in circumference. Packaged in a pretty silver box, it comes with a satiny silver storage pouch, instructions in many languages, and a sample packet of lube.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo. Since the box is a very shiny metallic silver, I couldn’t figure out a way to take a picture of it without a reflection showing.

I’m currently reading Female Ejaculation & the G-Spot, and according to Deborah Sundahl, women with healthy pelvic floor muscles should be able to squeeze a banana in half. I’ve been afraid to even try, because I seriously doubt my PC muscle is that strong, so I decided to ramp up my Kegel exercises.

Joyballs Single Kegel Exercise ToyJoyballs Single Silicone On Retrieval Cord Ripped

Unfortunately, the silicone ripped where the string attaches to the ball after only 4 uses. This was very disappointing because I actually like the Joyballs Single better than my SmartBalls. I find it easier to keep in when I’m being active, and I think that’s because it fits me better.

I hope that this is a fluke and the one I received is faulty. I emailed the manufacturer, more than once, and when they finally did get back in tough with me they passed the buck and told me to contact the retailer. So nice to know they care about the quality of their product. Needless to say, I’m not impressed with this brand. My full review of the Joyballs Single is posted on the EdenFantasys website.

Plastic Kegel exercise ballsNot long after my Joyballs Single incident, I decided to try other sex toys designed to strengthen the PC muscles. I found a very affordable option in the Duotone Orgasm Ballsfrom California Exotics. As is the case with most Kegel exerciser balls, these are hollow with a smaller, weighted ball inside.

But unlike the silicone and elastomer vaginal balls I’ve previously used, these are made from hard plastic and connected by a nylon string. Their smooth surface has a two-tone marbled pattern, and they’re available in either pink and white or purple and white.

When the string is stretched out straight, the total length measures 8 inches, with 3 inches of fixed string in between the balls. I admit that I was a bit surprised when I discovered that the bottom ball doesn’t slide freely along the string, but when inserted the balls easily push up against each other, so I don’t even notice the spare string in between.

Duotone Orgasm Balls Packaging Front

Front of Packaging

Underneath the bottom ball, the nylon string forms a 2 1/4 inch loop for easy removal.  Each ball has a diameter of about 1 1/4 inches, making their girth around 4 1/4 inches, and when the balls are pushed together they measure close to 3 inches long. Around the middle of each ball is a visible seam, but I honestly can’t feel it when I’m wearing them.

The packaging is very minimal. It’s just an easy-to-open, clear plastic clamshell, with a paper insert backing that has some basic product information on it. It could be used for storage, but it takes up more space than just keeping the balls in a plastic bag.

Since these balls are hard plastic, they’re easy to clean with just soap and water or toy cleaner. My one gripe is that the nylon string takes a while to dry. This isn’t a huge deal, but it’s something to keep in mind, especially when using the bathroom. I have no trouble keeping these in while urinating, but feeling the wet string against me afterwards is rather unpleasant, and there may be some associated hygiene concerns.

Doutone Orgasm Balls Packaging

Back of Packaging

As far as wearing them, hard plastic is a lot slicker than materials like silicone or elastomer that have surface drag. This means I can easily insert them without any lube, but I have to work a little harder at keeping them in since smooth plastic doesn’t have any grip. Lube could possibly make them too slippery to keep inserted, as they might easily slide right back out again.

The little balls inside really do rattle around, making more noise than other Kegel balls I’ve tried, and they’re clearly audible at times when I’m wearing them, depending on their position inside of me and how I’m moving. This means I can’t really use them discreetly, so I won’t be wearing these out in public.

Now, I will say that I get more sensation from these than any other Kegel balls I’ve used so far, but for the noise they make it seems like I should feel them eve more. If that makes any sense. But considering they only cost around $8 a pair, I’m not expecting premium materials or upscale quality.

All in all, they’re fairly comfortable, so these are great to wear around the house for a few hours, and they do provide noticeable stimulation while working the PC muscles. Since they’re so affordable and easy to use, these would be ideal for those new to Kegel balls, or sex toys in general for that matter. I posted a video tour over at EdenFantasys.com, and they currently sell the Duotone Orgasm Balls for $7.99.

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.