Saturday, October 29, 2011
A couple years ago Tenga was a name hardly anyone had even heard of. Today, they are known for some of the best and most innovative products in the male masturbation-sleeves market. While I may not have exactly the right equipment, I didn’t want to let that stop me from sampling one of their toys that so many others are raving about.
The Tenga Eggs appealed to me after a disastrous experience in the beginning of my married life. Imagine, a younger and less experienced me (and I cringe as I admit this) excitedly wielding a rubbery jelly sleeve in an attempt to introduce something new to my new husband. Not only did he complain how uncomfortable and downright painful the sleeve was, but a few days later when I went to pull out one of my solo toys, I found it partially melted all over my dresser drawer and its contents. My husband, with that one grievous experience, declared he was not interested in trying anything new again.
Fast-forward seven years and a lot of education later. Package after package of my own toys in the mail, and I could see the curiosity creeping into his eyes again. This time I knew I would be able to pick something that was at least worth trying, I just had to win him over. And I had a feeling he would say no. So I did what any good wife would do and introduced an Egg while he was not paying attention and already half-way to orgasm.
I had pre-lubed the “wavy” Egg with the included water-based lube and kept it held between my legs so it would warm while I was getting ready for it. If you’ve never felt one of the Tenga Eggs before, let me describe it a bit for you. The product is aptly named after the white eggshell it comes encased in. Just remove the plastic security wrapper, open the case like you would a child’s Easter egg, and pull out the soft silicone sleeve. Inside of the sleeve is a one-time use package of Tenga lube rolled up inside.
So, here we have a very thin, milky-colored, egg shaped membrane with a hole on the end. The outside is completely smooth, with all the texture being on the inside. The “wavy” egg has ribs that that lap, one under the other, from the top to the bottom. If there were words to describe how amazingly soft and supple this feels all lubed up, I would use them. I thought it might feel tacky inside, but it was extremely moist. I thought the waves might have some rigidity to them, but they couldn’t have been more pliable. All in all, I had high hopes, but was a bit unsure how well this 2” sleeve would accommodate, well… much of anything.
When the time was right grabbed the Egg from between my thighs, pleased that it warmed very quickly to body temperature. I eased it down over the top part of his shaft, finding that it expanded quite well to fit his girth without discomfort. I grabbed a bit more firmly at the base of the toy and found it stretched quite well down most of the length of him as well. When stretched like this, the material becomes mostly clear and very thin. For this reason, I did not even try to stretch it complete down over him, but at least a good 5-6” without feeling like it was going to break.
This toy was a big hit for us. It was easy to use. Comfortable. But what we liked most? Rather than being a toy that I used on him, it was more like an extension of me. Because the material was thin, he could feel not only the silky texture of the sleeve, but my fingers, my grip, the heat of my hand while I used it on him. I felt like I was customizing the performance rather than just holding onto it while it did the work. This alone has me giving it some of my highest marks for being couple friendly. Oh yeah, and it’s pretty hot when he orgasms… you can actually see it as it fills the tip of the sleeve.
A second possible use for this is turning it inside out and slipping it over the head of the Hitachi Magic Wand (which gives another clue to how much it will stretch in diameter). Now that beautiful, silky texture can glide over the clit for her pleasure. Honestly, though? I don’t care much for the Hitachi, I feel the vibrations are too buzzy and diffuse. But that’s the vibrator’s fault, not the Egg, so I still count this as a pro.
There’s really only one con for me, but it is a big one. This toy is not intended for multiple uses. Yes, some users have managed anywhere from one to one dozen sessions with cautious use and careful cleaning, but do you really want to have to be that careful? And while the Eggs aren’t that expensive in general (about $10 for one), if you think of that as $10 for one use, it’s pretty pricy. And you can’t say when you buy it if you’ll be the one to get just one use, or several.
On that, mine lasted just one use. I caught my nail on the entrance when trying to clean it, which just caused it to rip open.
Despite the limited uses and cost, this is still a pretty great toy for what it is. Like I said, it would be hard to find something similar that allows for such intimate couple’s play without taking away what makes it so great to have someone using on him, rather than just using it alone. Point being, I will buy another one in the future to use on special occasions… like picking up lingerie. Can’t afford it all the time, but it’s nice to have something new every once in awhile. But if you are looking for something for long-term or consistent use, I’d look more toward a Fleshlight or Tenga Flip.
Thank you Babeland for sending me a Tenga Egg to review!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
It’s no secret that companies send products to me to review. Sometimes I get to choose the products that I get to try. Other times I get sent random products. I like the surprises from time to time, and it does help me ensure I am still trying things outside of my comfort zone and those that might not appeal to me at first glance.
That said, this month’s assignment from Cal Exotics was the First Time Softee Pleaser. For me, this falls into the category of things that I would overlook in favor of something bigger. More powerful.
As you can see, the toy is basically a super-thin, stick-straight vibe that is covered by a clear, textured TPR sleeve. The tip of the sleeve is full thickness and shaped into a bit of a taper, intended for stroking the g-spot. I did not feel that it transmitted the vibrations very well, so it was useless on my clit. I wouldn’t hold that against it, it wasn’t designed to be an all-over stimulator. But every now and then I find a toy with exciting, unintended uses. Not this time.
I wish I could say that the rest of my experience was more stimulating, but it wasn’t. Lets start with the design. The texture felt annoying to me when I tried to thrust, like it was dragging on my insides, despite generous amounts of lube. And it was far too small (5 ¼” long, less than a 1” diameter) to enjoy as something that you nestle inside and slowly rock against the g-spot. And speaking of g-spotting, it’s impossible to get firm pressure from this toy. It felt like trying to massage it with jello.
Clearly, this did not fit with my anatomical needs at all. I like my toys big. Bigger, at least. And if I want g-spotting, I need firm pressure and a nice strong hook. Not a gentle taper.
Thank you California Exotics for sending this out for me to review!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I tend to think of myself as fairly well-versed when it comes to sex and masturbation, as well as anatomy and physiology. But as soon as you start thinking you already know everything, it just goes to prove you don’t know as much as you think you do. So when Babeland came out Moregasm, I figured it would be full of fun and handy information.
Written by Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning, affiliates of Babeland, I thought the book read more like a testimonial to the store than an unbiased observation of all things sexual. Granted, the book is sex-positive, obviously, and broad-minded in terms of gender identity and alternative sexualities. And having come across a few readings lately where the author clearly had biased opinions, I did appreciate that.
The book has seven chapters in all, and then a Q&A at the end.
The first chapter is Lay of the Land, which I thought they did a really good job on. This runs 30 pages, complete with pictures. At first it points many different erogenous zones on the body (there’s more than the nipples, genitals and behind, folks!). But of course, it does focus in pretty decent detail on the nipples, clit, and anal region. My favorite part was where it had 14 pictures of different vulva’s that demonstrate how different they can be from woman to woman.
Chapter two, Love Thyself, is 38 pages where they start to focus on masturbation. Initially they give information on what orgasm is and its different stages for a woman. Then the basics on female masturbation and an introduction to toys (including material safety). This is where they started to loose me. Not only was I less than impressed with many of their toy suggestions, but even the manual masturbation tips (while tried and true) were nothing out of the ordinary.
Chapter five, Getting Off, is 44 pages with all your basics on hand-jobs (male and female), and oral sex. More so than with the other chapters, there are lots of positioning pictures and suggestions. And they do address common concerns such as smells, swallowing semen, fisting, and involving the perineum. But going back to my original concern, if you’ve already been having this type of foreplay… there’s not really any new info.
Chapter six, Sticking It In, is 50 pages about (can you guess?) sex. The chapter starts out with position suggests and highlights the pro’s and con’s of each, and for what type of couples it might work best for. Vanilla sex info is followed by info for strap-on sex, such as how to find the right harness and dildo, and finally anal sex.
Chapter seven, A Lifetime of Good Sex, is 18 pages long and highlights safe sex practices. Condoms. Birth control. Dental dams. All that good stuff. But also on common STD’s (or STI’s, but I’m still boycotting calling them that) and lubes, yeast infections and other common sense need-to-know info if you’re going to be having sex. It might not be the most exciting part of the book, but it’s probably the one that everyone should read.
Finally, although it’s not separated as its own chapter, wrapping up the book is the Ask The Babes section. This material here isn’t concentrated in any particular subject, rather, it is more random questions that include things such as virginity, sexual identity, fertility and libido, etc.
Of course, my description of the contents hit’s the basics of what is included, but is not everything by any means. And I did mention that there are lots of pictures throughout. I do love that about this book. Not only does it make it easier to read, but is more entertaining and friendly for people who don’t necessarily enjoy just reading. Of course that also means that when I say a chapter is 30 pages long, if it was strictly reading material, it would only be about 3-5 pages long, if that. Actually, I’d say this is very much like reading the sex and wellness section of Cosmo magazine. Everything from the lay-out to the reader-friendly style the material is put (mostly Q&A style).
But here is what I didn’t like about it… I don’t think there was one thing in the book I didn’t already know or hadn’t already heard of. Moregasm. It sounds like something that should teach you how to have more ‘gasms, or at least better orgasms. But instead, I thought the info was generic and basic at best.
I even found some information that is incorrect. For example, it suggests that a woman can prevent bladder infections by drinking lots of unsweetened cranberry juice to lower the acidity of the urine. However, there is no medical basis for this information. It is nothing more than an old-wives tale that cranberry juice will prevent bladder infections. And the kidneys regulate pH, sugar has no affect on it anyway. Meaning cranberry juice, sweetened or unsweetened, still would not make the bladder any more or less hospitable to bacteria. Granted, this is not a super big inconsistency to worry about, but these types of misinformation always lead me to wonder what other non-fact based misconceptions are in there?
Despite my opinion, I think there are definitely some positive merits to this book if the intended reader is very inexperienced or very unversed in basic anatomy and sexual techniques. The information was easy to read and understand. The book touches on a wide variety of information and questions, but doesn’t get too involved in any specific subject, keeping it universal. On the other hand, this is exactly why it doesn’t have much to offer for those who aren’t brand new to sex or masturbation. You’ve probably already been there and done that. And if you are looking for additional information on something specific, you’d probably have better luck finding something specific to that subject from a book that focuses on that (like bdsm, kink, or kama sutra).
Conclusion? If you or someone you know someone has just recently starting having sex or using toys/masturbating, or even a man or woman who doesn’t seem to understand basic (genital) anatomy (especially women’s anatomy), this is a good place to start. But if you’ve been around at all, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find too much in here that made you feel more educated and worldly. Or like you were suddenly going to be capable of having more ‘gasms.
Thank you Babeland for sending me Moregasm: Babeland's Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex to review!