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

Review: Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching which means that the final film installment in the popular Fifty Shades trilogy is too. Alongside this highly anticipated release, Lovehoney have launched another official product range with each item being named after quotes from the film and book. There have been lots of ongoing debates about this series and its representation of a dominant/submissive relationship but we must acknowledge the fact that it’s also opened up conversations about kinkier sex, toys and bondage in mainstream society. The official product ranges have further encouraged people to try some of the things they’ve seen or read about for themselves and I can’t be mad about that as long as it’s all being done safely.

My partner and I have tried various products from past collections so were excited to be asked to review a few from the Freed range. The item that I was most drawn to will come as no surprise to those who know I love clitoral stimulation but was it as enjoyable to use as it was to look at? Let’s find out! The Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator arrived in a black and purple box with rose gold detailing. There was a product shot on the front, key features on one side and product description on the other. Inside the box, the vibrator was stored on a plastic tray and the charging cable, user leaflet and branded storage pouch housed underneath.

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator

 

 

 

 

Frustration was the first emotion I met with after opening the box. I wanted to set it aside to charge but instead I ended up wanting to throw it at a wall. Not because the charging system was complicated but because I could not get the rose gold base unscrewed. I even tried the old towel over the hand trick and twisted as hard as I could but it didn’t budge. My partner then gave it a chance, thinking I was just having issues because of my weak joints, but he encountered the same problem. He ended up getting it off after a long battle and several attempts, but by this point I was so unaroused that I could not care less. It takes around 150 minutes to reach full charge and a green light will appear when finished. This is said to give 90 minutes of use but it depends on the settings used.

Made from silicone and finished with abs, this bullet is completely body-safe. Both materials are latex and phthalate free, odourless and non-toxic. The silicone feels high-quality and luxurious but it’s matte finish causes quite a bit of drag. As a result, I would recommend using a good coating of water-based lubricant on the smooth surface to make use more comfortable. This material also attracts a ton of lint so washing before and after use is essential. It’s fully waterproof with no seams or texture to trap dust or fluids so is very easy to clean up with soapy water.

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet VibratorThe travel lock was activated upon arrival so the button needed two consecutive taps to remove it. It could also be removed by placing the vibrator on charge. Two buzzes indicate that it’s been unlocked. Repeat the double tapping process to deactivate the travel lock. To change through the ten different functions tap the button once. There are a total of three speeds and seven patterns to decide between and there’s even a memory function so it will always start on the last setting used.

One thing that I didn’t like about this vibrator, other than its stiff charging cap, is the fact that its vibrations start on the highest intensity, then go to medium, down to low and follow-up with patterns. It should be the other way around, starting on low to allow people to build up in strength. Not everybody can handle full throttle power straight away so this may put some people off. I usually wack vibrators up to high instantly so it’s not a direct issue for me but I still find it frustrating on behalf of others. There’s only one button so you have to scroll past the high-speed to get to the lowest and if it’s accidentally missed then you have to go through every function to get back to the right place. If the settings had been ordered in the standard way or there had been plus and minus controls then this issue would not exist.

If it had started on low then I could have built up through the constant speeds easily enough. The low setting is borderline rumbly where the rest of the sensations are buzzy. The highest is perhaps a little numbing in the hand but not to the extent that it puts me off wanting to use it. It never reached the stage of making the clitoral area extra sensitive or uncomfortable, so that’s good news, but I personally prefer rumbles to buzzing vibrations. I can’t fault the strength of the settings at all though, the power is more than sufficient. It’s on par with Lovehoney’s Desire Bullet in that department and is one of my favourites after my fond favourite, the Tango.

Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet VibratorOrgasms from this bullet have been strong and fulfilling. The adorable heart-shaped tip that initially drew my attention in its direction is gently slanted which allowed me to apply direct, precise contact to my clitoris. This is my preferred type of external stimulation so nothing gets me off quite as fast as this masturbation method can. If direct contact is not your preference or you’ve noticed in the past that precision can quickly become overwhelming or cause discomfort, then the Desire Blooms vibrator from the Freed range may work better for you. It has a wider surface area which provides broader stimuli.

Penis owners don’t need to feel left out or that this isn’t a toy for them to use as this bullet works just as well on the glans and other sensitive erogenous zones. My partner enjoyed using it very much although I think the shape of the tip is better suited to my anatomy rather than his. He would rather use this than the Tango due to its softer silicone surface and buzzy vibrations. He prefers buzzy sensations to rumbly, so the Tango can become too much for him at times whereas this is perfect. We would both recommend it to people who like power but want something soft and don’t mind buzzing. We’d also recommend it to patterns lovers as there’s a wonderful variety to choose from.

Overall, I think this is one of the best toys to come from the Fifty Shades collections. I was not particularly impressed with any of the vibrators from the first range but Lovehoney seem to have taken all of the feedback on board to make something much better. It is one of the stronger rechargeable bullet vibrators that I own at the moment and it’s a massive improvement on the Pure Pleasure Bullet from the original collection. It’s quiet, aesthetically pleasing and the colour scheme is absolutely gorgeous. If it wasn’t for the stiff base, buzziness and the order of the vibration modes I would give it top marks. As it is now, I think it’s above three-quarters of the way to perfection.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Freed Crazy For You Bullet Vibrator (£44.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

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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!