Reviews Elsewhere: Pleasure Panel November & Bonus Round 2017

Pleasure Panel Turbo Status

My partner and I been reviewing for the Pleasure Panel since the early months of 2016 and have had a varied selection of products assigned to us so far. Some of the products we’ve tried have been fantastic whilst others have been at the other end of the spectrum and disappointed us. The last rounds of 2017 were the perfect example of this as we received two items, one hit and one miss. Find out which of these items won us over in the below previews.

Svakom Cookie

The first item was the Svakom Cookie, one of the brands latest releases. It’s marketed as a ‘sensual foreplay vibrator’ and has three tentacles designed to surround the clitoris or nipples whilst the motor works on creating arousal and providing stimulation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my perfect match once I’d put it into practice and I had lots of frustrating testing sessions trying to position it around my clitoris. The tentacles rotate in small circles which means it falls out of reach of my clitoris each time it moves and there’s no option to turn this function off. I didn’t orgasm with it once, which is disappointing, as I loved the packaging, colour scheme and other aesthetic features but the motor, noise and function departments all need some tweaking to make it perfect for me.

Love Layla Designs Bundle Pleasure Panel Review

Our second review comes from a bonus round that was held for Cara Sutra Patrons. Five pledges received a bundle of items to review and ours included the Love Layla Designs Blow Me Balloons, Wine Tag and Valentine’s Cards. We hadn’t heard of this business before but once we visited their website we fell in love with the sarcastic surprises, fabulously flirty gifts and cheeky cards that greeted us. None of the above items are typical of what we review but we thoroughly enjoyed exploring our bundle and absolutely loved everything that was inside. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this brand to others that share our sense of dry humour for special occasion cards and novelty gift tags.

That concludes the last of our 2017 contributions to the Pleasure Panel with thanks once again to Cara Sutra, Svakom and Love Layla Designs. If you are a member of the Pleasure Panel and would like to be eligible for future bonus rounds, be sure to check out Cara’s Patreon.

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Share Our Shit Saturday – Week Four #SOSS

Welcome to the first Share Our Shit Saturday of 2018!

This is a hashtag that has inspired sex bloggers all over the world to support each other on a weekly basis by spreading the word about each others content and encouraging other people to do the same. It was created in the hopes of removing some of the social media stigmas that we face and to start the fight against some of the challenges that these platforms put in place to “protect the children” and those that are embarrassed about open sexual discussions. A simple share takes just a few seconds and helps us to show these platforms that there’s nothing wrong with talking about sex, creating content for adults and/or providing important sex education for people who may have none. Join in the conversation on social media to share your favourite shit each week by using the hashtag #SOSS.

I have not been the most reliable poster on this hashtag thus far but I am going to do my best to remember to write these posts on time going forward. So without further ado, let’s get stuck into the posts I’ve been loving over the past couple of weeks!

Five Ways Sex Toy Companies Could Be Better in 2018Miss Jezebella

 If you’re a sex blogger, member of the sex positive community or even a retailer/manufacturer you may have noticed the colossal amount of fuck-ups that companies made last year. Miss Jezebella wrote this great post which draws attention to just a few of the main issues that currently exist and I agree with all of their points. It must have been hard to narrow it down to just five ways that the industry could improve but I think they’ve nailed the most important problems in this post and I’d love it if  certain brands and companies would take some notes from it and do better in 2018.

Blush Novelties Avant D5 Striped Silicone Dildo Review Phallophile Reviews

One of the first blogs I search when new silicone insertables are released is Phallophile Reviews and that’s because it’s highly likely that I’ll find information on the product I’m looking for there. I was not disappointed when I set out on my search for people’s experiences with these gorgeous dildos from Blush Novelties and came across this post. This review of the D5 ‘Sin City’ is so informative that I left the page feeling like I knew this dildo inside and out without even trying it for myself. If you are as curious about this range as me then definitely check out this review but keep your wallet handy as you’ll probably be wanting to add one to your shopping basket afterwards.

What’s In My Bag? Daddy Dom / little girl EditionA Poly Princess

As a tween I spent hours on YouTube watching what’s in my bag videos so this post gave me memories of those times. This edition may be different to the ones I used to look at as the contents are not the usual keys, phone and packets of gum but I really enjoyed reading through it. If you’re keen to learn more about the Daddy Dom / little girl scene then this post would be the perfect place to start. I feel like I know more about littles after reading this and ultimately that enables me to be more understanding of people within my community and the things that they’re interested in. I’m hoping there will be a second part to this post so please let A Poly Princess know if you would like to know more too!

 Satisfyer Pro Plus Vibration Giveawaydownthebunnyrabbithole

Does anyone else have the January blues? If you answered yes then downthebunnyrabbithole may just have something to cheer you up. It’s the chance to win one of the brand new releases from Satisfyer, the Pro Plus Vibration! To find out more about this interesting product, I recommend reading Satisfyer’s Succubuzz which is the review that this wonderful blogger has written for it. It’s made me all the more excited to get on with testing mine out and I hope it will make others excited enough to enter this fantastic competition.

Valentines Giveaway The Oooh Review

Bloggers are back from the festive break with a bang (and lots of products to giveaway) so I felt it was only right to include another one in this post. The Oooh Review is offering up a Lelo Sona, a Rocks Off Unihorn and a Bumper Thrust Buffer from Perfect Fit Brand to one lucky winner. If you haven’t tried one of the Sona models yet and like precise clitoral stimulation then make sure to enter this competition to be in with a chance of winning one of your own. Best of luck to all who are hoping to get their hands on this fun bundle for a Valentine’s to remember!

That’s all for now although there were tons of posts I could have chosen for this round-up. Be sure to check back next week for some more of my favourite reviews, articles and giveaways. Until then stay safe and sexy! x

The Best & Worst Sex Toys Of 2017

I have reviewed a couple of hundred products on this blog over the past two years and over a hundred of them were in the previous twelve months alone. That is a large number of reviews to have written and yet, I still feel like I’m ambling around in the dark sometimes. I started to feel like I’d found my feet in the last months of 2017 and although there are still things I’d like to change and adjust, I feel like I’m on the right path at last. After I’d spent lots of time on the admin side of things, I decided to take some time to reflect on the posts I’d done over the last year, the products I’d tried and tested and the companies I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I came up with a list of my best and worst sex toys from 2017 and I’m going to kickstart that list off with vibrators.

Best & Worst Sex Toys of 2017!

The best vibrator I tried in 2017 has to be the Zumio Clitoral Stimulator. Yes, it looks unusual, takes forever to charge and doesn’t like it when pressure is applied but I can’t deny the way my body responds to it. I’m a lover of direct contact so the small surface area of the Zumio is perfect for me. The strong sensations resonate through hot spots on and below the surface of my clitoris and bring me to climax within minutes. It’s earned a place inside my bedside table and regular rotation schedule alongside a couple of other new favourites.

Second place goes to So Divine’s Let’s Go Crazy, a heated vibrator that gave me hope that there’s a perfect rabbit out there for every vulva. It fits my anatomy perfectly, has a huge variety of settings and heats up to a temperature that my body definitely agrees with. I never thought I’d be raving about a rabbit this much, but I’m a big fan of this one. Last but not least, third place goes to the Satisfyer Pro Penguin Next Generation. Whilst it’s not technically a vibrator, it has to be said that clitoral stimulators like this one have taken over the sex toy scene of late. This was one of my favourite models and I’m eager to see if anything else can top it in 2018.

As for worst vibrators, I’d have to go with the Vive Ombra. I tried the Minu from the same brand in late 2016 and I felt the same way about that product. I also have the Cleo which I’m yet to review, but I think it’s obvious how that review is going down. All of these vibrators have underpowered, buzzy vibrations that are uncomfortable to hold against bare skin and although I could orgasm with the Ombra if I waited long enough, those testing sessions were the most boring I’ve had in a long time. Life is short, I don’t have time for half-assed, underwhelming orgasms.

Favourite Dildos of 2017

Tantus are my must have brand for all things insertable and they released some of their most popular dildos in a new formula of silicone in 2017. I’ve only tried one of them to date but it turned out to be the best dildo I tested all year. The Super Soft Vamp is wonderful for g-spot stimulation, filling vaginal stimulation and anal penetration. I couldn’t use the original Vamp for backdoor sessions as it was simply too firm but this new soft version is comfortable enough for me to manage and achieve fantastic orgasms.

I don’t know if awarding a toy a place on this list that wasn’t released in 2017 is fair, but one of the most enjoyable dildos that I tried this year was an older model from the Pipedream Icicles range. The #24 is beautiful to look at, ideal for anyone with a tentacle fantasy and glorious for fans of texture. It has been one of my most-used insertables over the past several months and I think it will continue to be a firm favourite. Third place is awarded to another toy from the brilliance of Tantus and that is the Uncut #2. Realistic dildos are not usually my thing but the thought of a toy with foreskin intrigued me. It was better than I had anticipated and now I have a toy that’s resembles my partners shape when he’s not around, which I just love. I hope to try the #1 in 2018 and see if that ticks as many boxes.

It’s extremely difficult for me to pick a worst dildo for last year as I didn’t try that many. Last year seemed to consist of vibrators for the most part. I think I only reviewed around ten dildos, most of those from Tantus. My mission for 2018 is to try more insertable toys of all shapes and sizes to see what is out there that I have been missing out on or luckily avoiding. Got any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments or send over an email.

Favourite Plugs of 2017

In 2016 I forgot all about anal products. I was so focused on bondage and dildos that butt plugs and beads got completely overlooked. I made sure that changed in 2017 and anal toys quickly became one of my favourite categories to write reviews for. There was no contest for which toy would be awarded first place in this round. It had to be B-Vibe’s Rimming Plug 2. I was blown away by the strength this beauty had. The rimming sensations felt out of this world and it’s simply one of the most unusual feelings I’ve ever encountered with a sex toy, in all the right ways. The Trio Plug from the same brand is also pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see more from them in 2018.

There were so many wonderful products that I could have placed at number two but in the end I decided to award it to We-Vibe’s Ditto. Shape wise, this was new to me. I hadn’t tried anything in my butt shaped like this before but it was surprisingly comfortable and secure. It can be worn for hours without any problems and the dimensions make it ideal for newcomers. The remote control allows a partner to be involved and the power was as expected from this wonderful company. It doubles as a clitoral toy too, which makes it even better. Third place goes to another So Divine product – the Sweet Sensation. A classic teardrop shaped plug with a sparkly crystal for extra aesthetic credit and princess play. I spent 2017 recommending this plug to everyone who asked about beginners anal products and now they’ve introduced two new sizes for those at more advanced levels.

The worst anal product was without a doubt the Swiss Navy Silicone Anal Lubricant that I tested for the Pleasure Panel back in April. Lots of the other reviewers reached the same conclusion as me. This  lubricant had a confusing consistency, not what I’d usually associate with a silicone-based product, and it just was not thick enough for comfortable anal sex. It contains clove which is supposed to be a mild numbing agent. Whilst I didn’t feel any loss of sensation, I gained an odour to my nostrils that was repulsive. This is one lube that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. It may even be worse than Durex.

Before we conclude this round-up and get on with 2018, I want to award one company with the title of retailer of the year. This company was one of the rare few that had no ethical problems, social media screw-ups, offensive outbursts or customer service complaints and I believe they deserve to be credited for that. Peepshow Toys are a great company that stock only body-safe products, post helpful guides and articles from sex-positive people and genuinely care about their customers. I worked with them on several product reviews last year and have nothing but good things to say about my experiences with them so far. Please support them by visiting their store and following them on social media!

What were your best and worst sex toys of 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

Share Our Shit Saturday – Week Two & Three #SOSS

Welcome to Share Our Shit Saturday!

The hashtag that’s inspired sex bloggers around the world to support each other on a weekly basis by spreading the word about each others content and encouraging other people to do the same. It was created in the hopes of removing some of the social media stigmas that we face and to start the fight against some of the challenges these platforms put in place. A simple share takes just two seconds and can help us show these networks that there’s nothing “wrong” with talking about sex, creating adult based content and providing important education for those that have none.

Does anyone else feel like the last two weeks have just flown by? I feel as though I’ve blinked and missed them. I have however managed to sneak some time away from the festivities to pick out a selection of my favourite posts from the last fortnight. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

Sinful Sunday 348: Festive FunBondageGod

I’m not creative enough with a camera to take part in Sinful Sunday but I’ve always enjoyed looking through the delightful images that are produced. One that caught my attention last week was this festive shot from Bondage God. I wasn’t in the mood for Christmas until I saw this picture but it made me want to hang tinsel on everything, buy some fun undies for my partner and use Santa’s beard as a feather tickler. Be sure to check out some of their other shots featuring lovely underwear from LHM.

Want Some? Sinful Sunday #349LittleSwitchBitch

Another shot that I adored recently was this one from LittleSwitchBitch. I’ll admit that theirs is one of the first blogs I check for new Sinful Sunday shots as they always manage to capture the theme beautifully. This particular photo has a focal point of a smooth dildo complete with strappy harness and I think it would instantly set any pegging fans heart rate up. It effortlessly oozes sex appeal with its striking black filter, clever positioning and killer high angle. It’s just stunning.

The 8 Best Male MasturbatorsLoveToyGuidance

There are a whole host of posts, guides, reviews and recommendations out there for people with vulvas looking to buy the “best” product but not so many for penis owning people. My partner stumbled across this post recently as he was browsing and thought this would be a helpful post to share. He’s still fairly new to this category himself so this gave him a couple of ideas of what he may want to explore next. I believe the Cobra Libre has just shot straight to the top of his lust list and the top of my ‘possible options for his birthday’ list, thanks!

Love Layla Desk Calender and Christmas Wrapping Paper Range ReviewsEmmeline Peaches

I really discovered Love Layla through the Pleasure Panel and thought their products were really fun. I enjoyed viewing and reading about some of their other products through these two reviews from Emmeline Peaches. Calendars aren’t the typical products reviewed on a sex blog but as this one contains cheekiness, implied references and sexual undertones, it’s more on brand than one may first expect. If you’re the kind of person who loves that sort of humor then I’d recommend checking out these reviews and browsing Love Layla’s shop. That Cobra Libre I mentioned earlier is definitely getting wrapped in some hilarious birthday wanker paper.

 So that’s all for this double edition of Share Our Shit Saturday but I’ll be back next week with another roundup of my favourite reviews, articles and images. Have a great Christmas all! x