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: 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.

Review: Joyride Textured Devil Tongue Glass Dildo

Joyride Devil Tongue Glass DildoI’m a texture slut who happens to have a passion for glass, so the combination of these two things always starts a pretty crazy party in my pants. I mentioned in my recent review of the Icicles 24 that I seem to be drawn to these tentacle looking toys at the moment and this one definitely fit the bill. It’s not quite a tentacle, but the shape and texture are pretty similar to the others I’ve been loving recently. It seems that the party news spread fast as Lovehoney decided to send a guest my way, in the form of this Devil’s Tongue.

It arrived in a classy white box with a cut-out window in the front to view the toy. It has multilingual use and care instructions on the back along with a small sticker that indicates the product dimensions. It’s fairly simplistic in design but it’s nice enough. Inside, the toy was housed within a foam tray alongside a grey velvet storage pouch, which was an appreciated extra.

Joyride Devil Tongue Glass DildoWhen I removed the dildo from the box, I had to take a few minutes to admire the aesthetics. It really is beautiful. I knew it was going to be from the online product photos I saw, but it’s even better in the flesh. It’s hard to tell from images how striking this thing really is, but once you get it under the light the maroon swirls in the material become truly evident. Its glorious textured surface sparkles and glistens as the light catches it, which in my opinion, adds to the beauty and makes it look more expensive than it is.

It’s made from an incredibly robust borosilicate glass and it feels grand. I have encountered a couple of cheap feeling glass toys upon my sex toy journey, but this is definitely not one of them. It feels high-quality, sturdy and the hand-crafting has been done to perfection. I could find no flaws with the design, appearance or its gorgeous ribbed finish. The only negative thing about something as textured as this is that it can be a pain to clean. Luckily, it can be sanitized in the top rack of a dishwasher as often as necessary to remove any harbouring lint or fluids. For everyday cleaning, soapy water and an old toothbrush does the trick.

I love glass for two major reasons. The first is that any type of lubricant can be used with them without interfering with or degrading the material. I generally prefer to use something slick and silicone-based as I think it glides better than something water-based, but it’s nice to have options. The second thing is temperature play; which is something that I treasure. Glass can be cooled down or warmed up for added sensation. I like to chill mine before use by placing it in the fridge for ten to twenty minutes, but it can also be placed in a bowl of warm/cold water to change the temperature.

Joyride Devil Tongue Glass DildoIn terms of size, I think the dimensions are perfect. It has roughly 3.3 inches of girth around the tapered tip, which should be manageable for most people, and this goes up to around 4.7 inches at the widest portion of the insertable shaft. As for the length, there’s eight inches total and six and a half are insertable. This is just about right for me. It’s not so short that it can’t hit the right spots, but it’s not long enough to be jamming into my cervix as I manoeuvre it. The remaining length makes up the curved finger loop at the base which makes movement feel comfortable, controlled and effortless.

I had some reservations about this toy prior to using it, mostly revolving around the pointed tip. I was unsure whether it would be would be comfortable during insertion and use, but it’s actually reassuringly smooth and slid inside with no problems. I was also unsure of whether it would be wide enough to stimulate my g-spot or not, as I generally prefer a wider surface area for this job, but this seems to be one of the exceptions.

It found my g-spot with little to no effort required on my part and the firm pressure it placed upon it told me that I would have no issues from this point onwards. It sort of hugged my g-spot softly at first, but this would soon change as I switched up my actions. For example, if I used it with a thrusting motion then the textured bumps begin massaging the vaginal walls and my entrance whilst the tapered tip worked on my g-spot. It lead to a slow but intense orgasm. If I opted for a rocking movement, the tip rested firmly in position which caused a much faster climax.

Joyride Devil Tongue Glass DildoI also tried twisting the toy around onto its side as I felt this might give the tip better access to my g-spot and really allowed the texture to work its magic on my vaginal walls. I seemed to orgasm pretty damn quickly with this method. The best method for me though was clenching around it as I inserted the widest part of the shaft inside. I could feel it trying to push its way back out of my body as I orgasmed from the forceful pressure which was placed upon my g-spot. It was divine.

Overall, it seems that it doesn’t matter how I use this toy, whether I want to thrust it, rock it, twist it or clench it, it all just feels good. As a result, it has very quickly forced its way into my favourites. I was expecting this toy to be a pleasant experience but the bumps, grooves and curves are far better than I could have ever anticipated and are dangerously susceptible to my sensitivities. I really enjoy it and if s-shaped, textured glass appeals to you, then I think you will enjoy it too.

You can no longer purchase the Joyride Textured Devil’s Tongue (£44.99) from Lovehoney as it has since be discontinued. I will update with new links if/when I find a new stockist.

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.