Review: Tantus Charmer

In the late months of 2015/early days of 2016, I decided that I wanted to improve the quality and shelf life of the products in my toybox and remove everything mediocre, low-quality and/or porous. So that’s exactly what I did. Tantus are the best in the business for well-made, body-safe products and naturally I was drawn to them for some of my first purchases. I absolutely loved my first choice, the Curve, so I decided to follow-up with the Charmer. A dildo with similar ridges along the side, albeit more defined, and a slightly slimmer shaft. I definitely made the right choice as I’m still obsessed with the Charmer over twelve months later.

Tantus CharmerThe packaging was typical for Tantus products. A simple white and orange cardboard box with a see-through window in the front to view the toy. There’s a bunch of info about the brand on the back. Inside the box the Charmer is stored in some plastic casing. You do not get a storage bag with Tantus products, so make sure to get one of those separately to keep it safe from lint and other sex toys. I’ve had no issues letting my Tantus toys touch each other, but some retailers don’t recommend it.

As it’s manufactured by a company renowned for dedication to body-safety, you can be assured that their unique formula of ultra-premium, completely safe silicone has been used. It’s free from latex and phthalates, non-toxic, odourless and hypoallergenic. It can be bleached, boiled and placed in the dishwasher for through cleans and peace of mind. I usually wipe down with antibacterial cleaner or a 10% bleach solution for everyday cleaning, but as this is textured I do like to place it in the dishwasher once a month for a deeper clean. This is particularly important if you’re switching between partners and/or orifices.

Tantus CharmerLube wise, I’d recommend sticking to water-based. If you prefer using hybrids then I’d recommend doing a patch test on the base first to be sure that it doesn’t degrade the silicone. I’ve had no issues with Sliquid Organics Silk but I don’t want to use it on this too much.

The silicone used for the Charmer has a glossy finish, rather than the matte finish of the Curve, so it has less drag to it. I would still suggest using a good coating of lubricant especially if you’re new to texture or plan to use this for anal play. I personally didn’t need a lot as this toy is within my ideal dimensions with a 3.75 inch circumference and a usable length of six and a half inches.

When I read through the product description, I was excited to see the Tantus Charmer described as firm as that is what works for my g-spot. It definitely does feel firm out of the box, but there is a minute amount of squish to the lower portion of the shaft. It’s small, but enough to stop the toy from being completely rigid and harsh. Due to this I was not expecting flexibility, but that’s what I got. I can make the head touch the base with some pressure, which is great news for those who may need to adjust the angle or positioning for comfortable use.

Tantus CharmerAlthough there were all these great things going for it, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed when it first arrived. I felt that the four ridges across the shaft look less intense in person and I still stand by that now. The photos make them look more pointed and defined, but in reality they are more like soft, rounded bumps attached to the shaft.

They are nowhere near as harsh as the Tsunami’s waves, but they are more noticeable than those lines on the Curve. It’s the perfect medium really. I proceeded with insertion despite my initial reservations and was met with the shock of a lifetime as the ridges pulled, pushed, bumped and grinded up against my g-spot with each thrust.

In order to feel all of the benefits that the Charmer offers, thrusting is essential. I don’t mean the super hard, intense, fuck-me-quickly thrusting, but the kind where a gentle rocking back and forth or game of tug of war with your motions is used. So, in, out and repeat basically. The Charmer doesn’t really work as a furious thruster because it’s quite slimline and flexible which makes those movements difficult. It also stops the ridges from maintaining pressure on the g-spot, which is not what I want. I think this is a toy that has been designed with the idea of users taking their time. It’s a lie back, relax and thrust gently until it pushes you into orgasmic oblivion sort of toy.

I have not been able to squirt with the Charmer, as I can with the less intense but wider Curve, but I don’t feel that I need to in order to enjoy this toy. It’s my preference for g-spot toys, but it’s not essential. I genuinely like the stimulation this toy provides as is. I personally would not have minded a larger girth for two reasons. 1) I do like a full feeling. I don’t want to be stretched as such, but full is satisfying. 2) I could have then rotated the toy in order for the ridges to rub against the internal walls. As it currently is, the shaft is only wide enough to target the specific g-spot area. It doesn’t really stimulate the sides at all. I feel like those ridges would provide a divine internal massage, although it might have been too much for some with double the pleasure going on.

Overall, I feel like this dildo takes a relaxed, laid-back approach to sexual satisfaction. It’s a toy that’s meant to be savoured and enjoyed, rather than being raced to the finish line for a quick fix. If you’re looking for that reliable quick-release dildo, your search is not over. The Charmer is absolutely perfect for getting to know your body with, particularly if the g-spot is new to you, and is great for determining how much pressure and texture you like. It’s ideal for lazy masturbation sessions with no time frame and wonderful for warm-ups to something more intense like the Bound or Tsunami.

You can purchase the Tantus Charmer (£36.99) from Lovehoney.

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

Review: Tantus Super Soft The Vamp

Tantus Vamp Super SoftIt’s been a while since I reviewed for Tantus, but when I saw that they had released a Super Soft version of their famous Vamp, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out. I reviewed the original several months ago and I loved it, but the firmness is something I definitely have to build up to. It’s not a toy that I can use when I’m feeling particularly sensitive as it has very little give to it. Having said that, the shape and dimensions are both great for me, so I was excited to see how it would feel in a softer material.

FedEx arrived at my door a few days later, which is excellent service as I’m based in the UK and the parcel was shipped from the states. It was as unassuming as previous Tantus packages, with the only tell-tale sign of the contents being the legally required packing slip. The Vamp’s packaging was also typical of Tantus. A sturdy cardboard box following their orange and white colour scheme with a see-through viewing window on the front and product info on the back. Their products do not come with storage so be sure to find something suitable to store it in upon arrival.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftThe Tantus Vamp Super Soft is made from Tantus’s unique formula of 100% ultra-premium silicone. This formula is completely body-safe and free from latex and phthalates. It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic and hypoallergenic as-well as being bleachable, boilable and even dishwasher-safe. I tend to use soap and water for everyday cleans, but this Vamp has been placed on the top rack of the dishwasher for a deeper clean once or twice. I would recommend doing this on a regular basis if you’re using this anally and/or switching between partners/orifices.

Dimensions wise, I think the Vamp is within the medium range although it’s leaning more towards the large side. It’s not quite size-queen material, but it would be a great warm-up toy for people who like bigger toys, stretching themselves and pushing their limits. For me, this is not a warm-up insertable. I need to use something smaller beforehand to accommodate the girth. I generally use the Tantus Flurry as I find that isn’t a huge dip in size. The Super Soft Vamp offers up 5.5 inches around the widest point, the coronal ridge, and about 5 inches across the shaft. It doesn’t sound huge, but the head can take a few minutes for me to warm-up to as it’s just a hint above average.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftAs this toy is made from silicone, only water-based lubricant is recommended and I’d definitely recommend a good coating of this before using this dildo. I did notice that the Super Soft version was easier to insert than the original and I think this is purely due to the difference in firmness. It has some squish primarily around the head which aids insertion although the increased flexibility means I need to have a firm grip on it when maneuvering. I can touch the tip to the base without force if I want to, but it doesn’t bend without assistance.

When I tried the original I wasn’t sure what to expect due to its straight up and down shaft. It doesn’t have any curves that point towards g-spot stimulation and there’s no avert texture that would look to stimulate the vaginal walls. It took me by surprise though. It was actually fantastic for g-spot stuff. I was concerned that the Super Soft edition wouldn’t be the same as I relied on the firmness of the original, but it seems that it’s just as good. It takes more effort than it does with the original but essentially the same results can be achieved.

Tantus Vamp Super SoftThe Vamp’s head is so prominent, defined and noticeable that it becomes the source of pleasure. The coronal ridge grinds up against the g-spot with a reasonable amount of pressure, so then all I need to do is some quick thrusting or twisting. I couldn’t really thrust in the same way with the original as I found the firmness then became overwhelming or I’d accidentally hit my cervix which was much more noticeable than if it were to happen now.

Fast thrusting with the Super Soft Vamp means that the ridge continuously pulls against my g-spot in the most divine way imaginable. It makes me orgasm reliably, but is noticeably helped when I add a clitoral vibrator into the session.

I resorted to using the original Vamp during solo sessions as my partner and I encountered issues when trying to use it together for vaginal penetration. I felt like we couldn’t get the angles right and it seemed to be more enjoyable when I positioned it and maneuvered it myself. We had more luck with the Super Soft version, in that it wasn’t uncomfortable to do, but the positioning still seemed to feel better when done by myself. Having said that, couples play wasn’t completely out of the question.

Tantus Vamp Super Soft and Tantus Original VampThe original Vamp was far too firm for me to use as an anal toy, so I had to try the Super Soft out in this way and see if the shape felt good back there. It has a thick and sturdy base to hold onto to make movement easy and it’s also compatible with harnesses for pegging or strap-on play. I used the Cush beforehand to prepare for the size of the Vamp, as the dual density surface is easy enough to manage with a good coating of Sliquid Sassy.

It’s head went in with a little bit of coaxing and once the ridge entered I felt a highly satisfying pop. I’m working on taking the just under seven insertable inches this way, but I’ve only managed around half so far due to the increase in girth. It’s one of the bigger toys I’ve used back there so I don’t want to rush things. From my experiences with it so far, I can say that it’s enjoyable and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it some more. I would definitely recommend using it anally if the original was too firm for you and the size is in your experience level.

I received the Tantus Super Soft Vamp in Copper ($69.99/£53.86) from Tantus in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Laid D2 Stone

Laid D2 StoneI had admired this toy from afar for months before I finally caved in and purchased one. I reached the point where I just had to know what it felt like. I had never used a stone sex toy before or even considered it, but something about this particular product from Laid got my senses going into overdrive just thinking about it. It wasn’t just the aesthetics and material that drew me to the D2 though, I was also intrigued by the asymmetrical shape, the dual ends and the possibilities that come with those things.

The packaging for the Laid D2 is unimpressive and bland. It’s just a cardboard box with some product information on the side and a foam try inside to protect the product. It doesn’t come with a storage bag either, which would have been appreciated as this isn’t cheap. I wasn’t too bothered by the over simplistic packaging once I opened up the box and lay my eyes on the majestic aesthetics for the first time. I’m still mesmerised by it now and I’ve used it dozens of times.

It has a lot in common with my favourite materials glass and metal, so I was stoked to try it out. The D2 is made from perfectly polished Absolute Black Granite and is of course, hand-sculpted. Every dildo made by Laid is unique in this sense, but always elegant and beautiful. Black Granite is a body-safe material that is also non-toxic, non-porous and hypoallergenic. It can be used with any type of lubricant but I tend to stick with silicone-based for a better glide. As for cleaning, I just use soap and water most of the time as I’m the only person who uses it and I stick to the same orifice each time.

Just like glass and metal, stone can be used to experiment with temperature play. One of my favourite parts of sex is fooling around with temperature, so I loved this. To engage in this, place the D2 in the fridge for a period of time between ten and thirty minutes (depending how cool you want it) or in a bowl of cool water if this is not an option. You can also heat it up in a bowl of warm water. I’ve seen a few retail sites advise heating it up in a microwave or cooling down in a freezer but please DO NOT do this. Microwaves can create heat spots and freezers could cause that tongue stuck to a metal pole scenario we’ve all seen in movies, but with your nether regions, which I’m sure would not be pleasant.

Laid D2 StoneIf you like some weight to your toys, and I mean weight that’s more along the lines of the nJoy Fun/Pure Wand than the Crowned Jewels Marylebone, then I think you may love the D2. It is heavier than I thought it would be at 422 grams and this can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

Good because the extra weight can really aid internal stimulation and the amount of pressure placed upon the g-spot, but bad because this might make this product inaccessible or difficult for some users. If you have mobility issues, weak wrists/joints or are easily fatigued, then you might only get five minutes of use before needing a break. Personally, I struggle with lacklustre joints so I have to work hard and fast to get what I need from the D2.

It has around eight inches of total length, most of which are insertable and just under five inches of girth at the widest point. I don’t need the entire length as five inches are more than enough for me at this firmness/weight. The remaining length is perfect as a sturdy handle. I think the size should be manageable for most frequent toy users but do keep the rigidity in mind as it makes the D2 feel a little bigger than the measurements dictate.

It has a gorgeous smooth shaft that’s slightly twisted at the top and curves gently into a broad, flattened head which provides a fuller feeling once inserted and firm g-spot stimulation. I think this end has been designed to be twisted or rocked back and forth, as I found these to be the most successful methods. It really doesn’t take much manoeuvring to make the head of the D2 hit my g-spot repeatedly into a climax and I’ve found the orgasms that I’ve had at the hands of this end have been rather intense. I haven’t been able to ejaculate with it yet, but the g-spot stimulation I can achieve has been successful 80% of the time, even without the addition of clitoral vibrations.

As for the other end, which has a bit of a point to it, I didn’t find much enjoyment. I was disappointed by this but I think it ultimately came down to the fact that it wasn’t quite rounded enough for me in this case. I am often fine with pointed ends on glass toys, but I just felt that the weight of this stone toy made it quite difficult for me to manoeuvre it where I wanted without creating a scratching or stabbing sensation. I think I’d have to thrust with this end quite quickly, with a lot of lubricant, to find success with it and this is something that I just can’t do due to the issues I have with my wrists.

Laid D2 Stone

In conclusion, I think stone is a material that you absolutely must try if you enjoy the weight of stainless steel. Laid also make a Black Stone Butt Plug and a Blue Norwegian Moonstone Dildo that might be worth looking at. I know I want to try more from them now!

You can purchase the Laid D2 Stone (£60) from Velvet Fleurs.

Review: Tantus Bound

Tantus BoundWhen I first saw the Tantus Bound I thought it was a pretty unique looking toy. I like the original, weird and wonderful, so I was insistent that I had to own one at some point. I waited until I felt I had enough experience with texture before I took the plunge, hoping for the best outcome. I’ve now had it for around eight months and I couldn’t be happier with it. It has taken some getting used to, both aesthetically and physically, but it’s truly a joy to have in my collection.

As it is manufactured by Tantus, the quality is supreme. The material is the unique formula of ultra-premium, body-safe silicone that I adore. It’s non-toxic, latex/phthalate free and hypoallergenic. It can be bleached, boiled and placed in the dishwasher for thorough cleans and complete peace of mind. I usually wipe my toys down with a 10% bleach solution and water for everyday cleaning, but the Bound has so much texture that it’s recommended to place it in the dishwasher or a pan of boiling water after each use to be sure that the surface area is clean.

In regards to what lubricant can be used, I would advise sticking to water-based lubricants. If you insist on using a hybrid, then do a patch test on the base first to be sure that it doesn’t degrade the silicone. I’ve had no problems using Sliquid Organics Silk, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I found that I need to use a rather generous serving of lubricant when using this toy as the texture provides a tough dragging sensation and some unwanted friction. It also has a matte finish which adds to this, but it seems to be a bit ‘rougher’ than others such as the Cush.

Tantus BoundIn my opinion, the dimensions are absolutely perfect. It has an insertable length of 6.25 inches and a maximum circumference of around 4.6 inches. These measurements should be manageable for most frequent toy users, but I would advise moderate caution around the texture. It’s definitely not something I’d recommend to a first or second timer. It’s more of an intermediate level of texture and the amount of it makes the toy feel more imposing than the dimensions listed. If you struggle with the Tsunami for example, then the Bound probably won’t be right for you either. Maybe look at the Flurry instead?

I have mentioned a few times that realistic toys aren’t typically my thing, but I’m quite enchanted by the Bound. It is realistic in the sense that is has a phallic head featuring a urethral opening and coronal ridge, but I can’t imagine ever putting an actual bound penis inside me, which puts this into the category of realism that I’m comfortable with. It also offers up some veiny textures, most of which appear quite enlarged and swollen, that feel more lifelike than many other textured dildos I’ve come across. The roped ridges give this toy bulges, grooves and curves in all the right places and provide a level of satisfaction that I never knew could be reached from a silicone surface.

As I mentioned in my introduction, the Bound took some getting used to. It still requires much more lubricant than I’d usually use, but I can now manage it and enjoy all the delight it brings. It’s not a toy I’d use on a sensitive vagina day, or during certain times of the month where my cervix rests lower, but it is great fun for marathon masturbation sessions and finishing off with following penetrative sex with my partner. I need a good amount of warmup with something else first, be that another insertable or my partner’s penis, before I can insert it comfortably. That’s because every piece of the texture the Bound has can be felt. The rope aspects are certainly more defined and pronounced than I imagined them to be and can be uncomfortable if there isn’t enough warm-up and lube involved.

I am not a huge fan of thrusting when it comes to using this toy, although it can feel good if done slowly. Most of the time though, it feels a little coarse for my liking. I prefer to just twist it around gently or clench around it whilst using a clitoral vibrator. I find that this gives me all the benefits of the texture, without pushing me past my limits. The textured rope feels wonderful against my vaginal walls and opening, but doesn’t really apply any pressure or stimulation to the g or a-spot. I’d quite like to see a curved version of the Bound, if it’s possible to create, as I feel like the texture would be amazing against my sweet spot.

Overall, I love the design of the Bound. It’s so different to other toys that Tantus have made and I love the bondage/kink/cbt vibe that it has going on. It’s such a creative idea and I think it has been executed very well. I personally love it for vaginal use, as long as I’m in the mood for it, but I feel that it’s too much for me anally at this point. I prefer sleek, smooth surfaces in this orifice, so something simpler like the Uncut 2 is better for this purpose. If you were to ask me if I’d recommend the Bound, I’d love to scream “hell yeah, everyone needs one” but realistically, it’s not a toy that I can do that with. If you’re a fan of lots of defined texture, then definitely give it a go, but keep plenty of lube on hand. You’re gonna need it.

You can purchase the Tantus Bound ($61.95/£49.37) from Tantus. Affiliate links have been used within this review.