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.


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.


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.