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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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!

Review: Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral Vibrator

Clitoral vibrators make up a large percentage of my sex toy collection as they are what I seem to reach for the most. This isn’t surprising as I’ve always preferred clitoral stimulation over everything else and these toys are usually small enough to hold between my partner and I during penetrative sex or other intimate activities. It does however mean that I have lots of vibrators that are similarly shaped and this can become boring at times. Whilst I do love the traditional bullet shape, I enjoy experimenting with something different every once in a while and that’s where this little gem comes in. Rocks Off have definitely stepped up their game with their most recent releases, adding interesting new shapes, funky designs and bright attractive colour schemes to their catalogue. Their silvery-blue Atomic may have caught my attention visually but did it manage to please me clitorally? Read on to discover my verdict!

Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral VibratorPresented in usual Rocks Off fashion, the Atomic was secured within two pieces of plastic casing inside a simple black box complete with cut-out viewing window. A gold banner runs across the bottom of the box showcasing the brand logo and product name whilst the back reads basic product information and a few of the key features. This vibrator comes with the required triple A battery included and inserted so the toy can be used almost instantly upon arrival. Just remove the white paper disc first.

Made from rigid abs plastic, this vibrator is non-toxic, non-porous, phthalate free and completely body safe. It can be used with any water based lubricants for comfortable positioning but I’d be strict with the amount used as lubes tend to make plastic, glossy surfaces hard to grip on to. Thankfully it is fully waterproof so can be rinsed before and after each use and properly cleaned in soapy water. It doesn’t attract lint or pet hair and can be stored safely with other body safe materials.

There is a singular button on this vibrator which is located on the base. This makes it extremely easy to operate. One press will turn on the first setting, each further press will cycle through to the next function and pressing and holding for a few seconds will turn off. It offers a total of ten settings, consisting of three constant speeds and seven patterned modes. I am used to lots of power after being spoiled by vibrators like the We-Vibe Tango so I half expected this toy to not be strong enough for me. Whilst that is somewhat-true as it is not as powerful as I’d usually request, I was able to hit the point of orgasm on a handful of occasions.

Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral VibratorOf the ten settings, my favourite has to be the highest constant speed. The vibrations are buzzy as expected but not numbing or uncomfortable to feel against my bare skin. Patterned vibrations have never been my thing so it was no surprise to discover that these weren’t for me.

For people who do enjoy using these modes, there is the usual selection of patterns to be found on the Atomic ranging from faster pulsations, slow waves and stop and start pulses. There is something to suit most tastes here and although the power behind these sensations isn’t mind-blowing, it should be more than enough for beginners and people who don’t need industrial level strength.

Aesthetics aside, I thought the Atomic looked interesting. There are two precision prongs located on the top with a gap in the middle for the clitoris. It reminded me of a rabbit-ear style clitoral vibrator and although these can be notoriously difficult to get right, I wondered whether the hard plastic surface would allow for a level of pressure that soft silicone can’t. The fit was fine with my exterior anatomy but the gap between the points is rather small so people with an enlarged clitoris may struggle with finding accurate positioning or even coverage. If this is the case, I’d recommend placing the vibrator on its side and letting the vibrations travel to the sensitive spots that way. It provides broader stimulation as the surface area is larger but manages to get the job done.

Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral VibratorI’m a precision kinda girl, so the points resting against the sides of my clitoris provided the direct contact that I like during masturbation. It made the clitoris feel extra sensitive which in turn made me more reactive to stronger vibrators and clitoral clamps later on in the session. The Atomic needed a couple of test runs before I could get the combination of placement, pressure and precision exactly right but once I found the right match I was able to orgasm easily enough. If the vibrations had been rumbly and able to reach all the nerves below the surface of this hot spot I think I’d have enjoyed it even more.

I often hand over clitoral vibrators to my partner as they seem to work well for penis stimulation and sometimes he actually enjoys them more than I do. He doesn’t have the lust for power that runs through my veins, as he’s quite sensitive and finds too much intensity overwhelming, which makes battery-operated buzzing beauties like this one perfect for him. He used the Atomic on its side, as described above, and was soon on his way to a gratifying climax. This just shows that vibrators like this one aren’t solely limited to clitoris owning people and can be used in a variety of sexual scenarios.

Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral Vibrator

Overall, I was surprised by how much I liked the Atomic Clitoral Vibrator. It has the same motor as the Unihorn but the shape of this one worked much better for me. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not the strongest vibrator out there and I’d prefer rumbles to buzzes but there’s just something about this toy that ticks my boxes and allows me to look past those things. Quiet enough to use with others in the next room, this would be a suitable choice for students, parents and people who value discretion and I’d happily recommend it.

Bondara Toys

You can purchase the Rocks Off Atomic Clitoral Vibrator (£18.99) from Bondara.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review but Rocks Off currently do not have this item listed on their website. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: VeDO Wink Rabbit Vibrator

One of the most popular categories of sex toys are the dual stimulators, or as they are more commonly known, the rabbit vibrators. They are often the first variation of vibrator that come to mind at the thought of enhancing solo pleasure but this comes with some complications. The famous episode of Sex In The City where Charlotte falls in love with her rabbit is a prime example of why these vibrators are so broadly known and why so many people think they are the best choice when shopping at a sex store. What many people don’t realise is that these toys are completely anatomy dependent. Not every rabbit suits every vulva due to the differences in anatomy. This can make finding the right one frustrating and expensive. However buying through Lovehoney gives you the option to send back the bunnies that don’t work with your hutch for up to a year after purchase with no questions asked.

Vedo Wink Rabbit VibratorA white and purple box arrived with a simple product shot on the front, description and diagram on the back and further product shots on the sides. Inside the box I found the VeDO Wink within some plastic casing and a product guide. It doesn’t give much away as it’s more of a small product catalogue than a user manual but there are some of the features listed within and everything else can be found on the box.

The Wink is made up of a silicone body and finished with a plastic handle. It’s completely body-safe, odourless, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The silicone feels velvety and silky to the touch. It’s surprisingly luxurious considering the price tag but has the expected resistance to its silicone surface. I would recommend using a generous amount of water-based lubricant to remove this and aid penetration. Rinse before each use to remove lint from the surface and again thoroughly afterwards with soap to remove any fluids that may be trapped within the subtle ridged lines on the internal arm.

Vedo Wink Rabbit VibratorUnfortunately this is not a rechargeable vibrator, so get a pack of double A’s on hand. To insert the two required batteries, unscrew the base and drop them inside the compartment. Frustratingly there was no diagram inside indicating which way around the batteries should be placed so I had to swap them a few times to get the device working. The base has to be secured in place firmly after removing or replacing the batteries to ensure that it remains fully waterproof.

VeDo’s Wink has a two button control panel. The top button operates the internal arm and the bottom one controls the external. You can press and hold either button for a few seconds to begin. Tap the arm you wish to control to cycle through the speed options and press and hold to turn off. These arms can be controlled independently which means you can use this vibrator with one arm turned off completely if you wish. You can also use completely different settings on each arm if you prefer more intensity in one area and less in the other.

Each button has a number written on them to signify the amount of functions available in the arm that button controls. There are twelve settings in the shaft and three in the clitoral arm. The shaft has three constant modes of vibration and nine patterns whilst the external arm just has the constant modes. I prefer steady vibrations as I find patterns irritating but for people who do enjoy them there are a multitude of options to explore.

Vedo Wink Rabbit VibratorThe three speeds in the external arm are buzzy but tolerable. I usually prefer my vibrations to be rumbly and deeply stimulating but as long as I’m not wanting to force the toy away from my clitoris because of numbing sensations then I’m happy. Considering the source these vibrations have a first-rate amount of strength behind them and although they don’t penetrate to all of the nerve endings in that area they can bring me to orgasm. It’s not the strongest external arm I’ve ever felt on a dual stimulator, but it is one of the better battery-powered ones out there.

As for the shafts vibrations, the story is similar. Also high-pitched, buzzy and surface level stimulation. The patterns in particular were high-frequency but as I don’t use them this wasn’t problematic for me. One thing I noticed about the shaft was that the highest intensity of constant vibration felt stronger than the highest intensity in the clitoral arm. I personally need my power surge the other way around so this wasn’t the best news for me although it would be ideal for people who prefer stronger internal vibes.

The internal arm offers up 6.75 inches of insertable length which makes it one of the longer rabbits I’ve come into contact with. A lot of the others that I’ve reviewed previously measure in between four and five and a half inches. The extra length is fun to have on days that I’m craving deeper penetration but it’s also a hinderance on other days. I may not have periods anymore but my cervix still sits lower at certain times of the month which makes the vaginal canal shallower and the toy more likely to cause discomfort. If you have a shallow vaginal canal, tilted uterus and/or struggle with length for other reasons then this wouldn’t be a good choice for you. The arm might be slim at just over four inches in circumference but it’s rigid and can batter the cervix when used at the wrong angle or time of the month.

It’s not an everyday occurrence to find rabbits that fit my body well, sometimes I find one that I can make work despite some problems but only a handful have been perfect. The Wink would have been perfect with less length as the clitoral arm is ideal for me. It’s short and rests in place over the clitoris, which is a rare treat. I’m not sure what the term is for an external arm that doesn’t resemble a rabbit-ear or two split ears, but whatever it’s called works well for me.

Vedo Wink Rabbit VibratorAchieving blended orgasms with the Wink can and does happen, but it depends on the positioning of my cervix, how sensitive I’m feeling and how in tune I’m feeling with the sensations. I didn’t have much luck with the internal arm stimulating the g-spot despite it having the level of firmness I usually ask for as there wasn’t enough of a defined curve for my body. I can make the magic happen from general vaginal and simultaneous clitoris contact if both arms are turned up to full strength as long as I’m properly aroused and well lubricated.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about the VeDO Wink. There are a bunch of positive things going for it such as the easy to use control panel, accurate clitoral fit, quiet motor, body-safe material, power levels and classic aesthetics but there are also a handful of negatives. Those things include being battery-operated, having a lack of precise curve below the head, having a stronger internal arm when a vast amount of people with vulvas get off on clitoral stimulation and the length. I like it sometimes, but other times I find it uncomfortable due to the positioning of my cervix and uterus. I would be able to recommend it to people who prefer deep penetration, like strong internal vibrations and want a slim shaft and advise those who like slimmer, thicker toys with more external power to look elsewhere.

You can purchase the VeDO Wink Rabbit Vibrator (£29.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

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