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Jul 8, 2014
I started reading Violet Blue’s The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy while on a bus to Houston. A college aged guy sat next to me and asked what I was reading, and when I flipped the book to show him the cover, his tone went from conversational small talk to genuine interest.
“So what’s that about?” he asked.
We chatted about it for a bit, and at one point I gave him the book, which he flipped through, checking out the chapter and section titles like “Fantasies for One (Masturbation, Just Do It)” “Fantasies for Two,” and “Role Play,” and he even stopped and started reading at “Threesomes, Foursomes, and Moresomes.” After a few minutes he returned the book to me, but it had definitely piqued his interest, as I think it would most people!
The Ultimate Guide to Fantasy is quite a claim, so you’re probably wondering, does it live up to its title? And what exactly does this book cover?
Basically, the book discusses how make your sexual fantasies like exploring dirty talk, erotic dancing, group sex, public sex, fetishes, s/m scenarios, and more come true. The book is meant for anyone–it has an easy to read, conversational tone, and it isn’t specific to gender, sexual orientation, or experience level.
Violet Blue doesn’t just give you tips and ideas (although those are aplenty), she provides the practical advice you need, like how to bring it up with a partner, how to plan ahead for the fantasy, how to find props, and how to make sure everything goes as smoothly (or as roughly, depending on your fantasy!) as possible. And at the end of every chapter, there’s a hot story related to the section by well-known erotica writer Alison Tyler to fuel your imagination.
In addition to covering a huge range of fantasies, Violet also covers various options for making that fantasy happen depending on your comfort level. If you and your partner are interested in adding a third to your sex life, for example, Violet offers many different ideas for how to make that come true, from using sex toys & porn in the background to create a “pretend” threesome, to finding someone to actually join your for a hot encounter, to exploring strip clubs, phone sex, call girls, and sex parties.
The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy is lengthy sex book (at 256 pages), and although you may want to read it cover to cover like I did, I think many people would best enjoy it by exploring a chapter or two at a time, based on what peaks your interest. Some of my favorites chapters were “Threesomes, Foursomes, & Moresomes,” “Strip Clubs, Phone Sex, and Call Girls–for Two,” and “Public Sex.” With all of the taboo that surrounds sex work (and all of the interest for that matter) I’m glad that Violet included it. I’m also glad she included a vital chapter on safer sex practices with protection options and charts with the risks involved in various sex acts.
In certain parts of the book I could tell that it was an updated version of the last edition (2004), like in the DIY porn section (no one uses VHS video cameras anymore, do they?) and in the resources section (Forbidden Fruit only has 1 location now, not 3,) but it was only a few minor things.
After reading The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy, I’m confident that you’ll feel like the world is your sexual oyster, ripe and ready for you to devour it! I recommend it to anyone who wants to strengthen their sex life–Violet Blue makes learning about all of the possibilities for fantasy fueled sex accessible and exciting.
“Fantasies are your own private, personal sex toys. They send a direct current buzzing from your brain down to your groin. The right sexual fantasy, running in your head like your own private movie, can turn you on like a switch. When you know what works for you, your own vivid imagination can bring you to dizzying heights of arousal–and take you over the orgasmic edge.” — Violet Blue, The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy
Jun 25, 2014
Although I constantly have new vibrators to test out for reviews, I still always use my all-time favorite toy. Always. Because even though I like other vibes, so far nothing has ever compared to the easy, powerful orgasms I get from the Hitachi1 Nothing.
Enter: The Eroscillator
Since I got the Eroscillator (Top Deluxe Ultimate Combo) about a month ago, I’ve neglected my Hitachi. I’ve only used it a few times for comparison. Sure, I’ve been using the Eroscillator a lot and trying out its various attachments for review purposes…but it also satisfies me just as much as the Hitachi…if not more. Yes, you heard me right. I’ve finally found a vibe that rivals my beloved Hitachi.
So what is this amazing machine?
The Eroscillator is essentially just a plug-in, 3 speed vibrator that comes with attachments for different sensations. But it’s so much more than that–it’s an orgasm beast machine. Unlike other vibrators, the Eroscillator moves back and forth at 3600 oscillations per minute. And about those orgasms…holy fuck, y’all, they’re intense.
As cliché as it may sound, the Eroscillator brings me “waves” of pleasure. While the Hitachi pounds orgasms out of me, the Eroscillator seems to pull them out from deep inside. Or it rubs them out. It’s hard to articulate. The Eroscillator makes me come so hard that I think I won’t be able to again, but then I do. It turns into a challenge called how many times can I get off, and I always win. It leaves me sweaty, tired, giddy, and satisfied–I often can’t move for at least a few minutes afterwards, and I almost always need immediate munchies to regain my strength.
Now that I’ve introduced you to the best part of the Eroscillator (ahem, the orgasms!), let’s talk about how it works. The Eroscillator’s body is 8″ long and is made of hard plastic with ribbing for easy gripping, and they snap on & off easily. It’s 3 power settings are controlled by sliding the Eroscillator nameplate up and down, and as you do, the power setting you’re on (1, 2, or 3) is displayed. The Eroscillator weighs 8oz (which is light for a wand), and its cord is a generous 12ft, so it’s easy to hold and position even with a partner. Although I can orgasm using it over my panties, I prefer to use it (with lube) for direct clitoral stimulation.
I try not to compare all of my vibes to the Hitachi, since it’s kind of its own animal, but since the Eroscillator is also a powerful plug-in vibe I can’t help but compare them. Logistically speaking the Eroscillator has a lot of advantages over the Hitachi–its cord is twice as long, it’s much quieter and lighter, and it features 3 increasing power levels instead of 2. Although it’s not as powerful as the Hitachi, it can provide equally intense orgasms, so it’s perfect for people who want intense stimulation without the jack-hammer strength of the Hitachi. The Eroscillator is quite pricey though comparatively.
From reading other Eroscillator reviews, I know that preferences for attachments vary wildly, but here’s an overview, in order from my favorite to least favorite. They’re all made of TPR except the Soft Finger, which is made of silicone elastomer. Since they’re porous, they can’t be sterilized or safety shared with non-fluid-bonded partners, which is disappointing.
1- The Ultra Soft Finger Tip (Aka, the “Marshmallow”)- My favorite attachment by far. I love the broad, soft stimulation it provides. It does dampen the vibration the most out of all of the attachments, but it’s still very powerful.
2- G-Point- The convex side is meant for g-spot stimulation, but my g-spot prefers girth & pressure to vibration, so I don’t like using it internally. The concave side is supposed to be for clitoral stimulation. I actually prefer the convex side, clitorally.
3-Golden Spoon- This one is great for labia stimulation, and I also enjoy either side clitorally.
4-The Seven Pearls of the Orient- This one is supposedly for vaginal or anal penetration, but I don’t recommend using it anally since it could possibly dislodge from the base & become stuck in the rectum. It doesn’t do much for me vaginally, but it’s great for pinpoint clitoral vibration.
5-The French Legionnaire’s Moustache- Bringing hipster to a whole new level. I like the way it feels with the head part on my clit with the mustache tickling my labia. I only like this one at the lower 2 speeds; with the 3rd the bristles irritate me. Prepare for messiness, because the mustache is a lube sprinkler.
6- Ball & Cup Heads- The concave side is designed for clitoral stimulation, and the convex side “might help you to exercise your vagina.2” Both sides tend to annoy my clit (I prefer the other rounder, smoother attachments.)
7-Grapes & Cockscomb Heads- My least favorite attachment. The texture of the grapes irritates my clit to the point that it’s almost painful, and the comb part does slide down the sides of my labia nicely which is good for teasing, but I can’t come unless I press the comb sideways onto my clit, which takes some finagling and is frustrating.
As much as I adore my new Eroscillator, it does have some cons, namely the steep price. The cheapest version of the Top Deluxe with Extra Power (what I have) is $195, and that doesn’t include my fave attachment, the Soft Finger. For $230 you can get it with the Soft Finger, but you don’t get my 2nd fave attachment, the G Point. For the full package with all of the attachments, it’s $255. And although I do think the orgasms are worth it, I’m very disappointed that the attachments are TPR and not silicone, especially considering the price. I also wish it came with a nicer case (it includes a plain plastic “storage bag” that’s unimpressive.) Oh, and it also looks like an electric toothbrush and could definitely use an update in the design department, though I really could care less when it’s delivering me foundation shattering orgasms.
Foundation shattering orgasms
In Epiphora’s review of the Eroscillator, she says “Everyone with a clitoris should own the Eroscillator. Hell, everyone with a soul should own it,” and I fully agree.
If you’re looking for deep vibration and orgasms, you’ll love the Eroscillator. If you love your Hitachi & think nothing else will compare, I dare you to try it. If you have yet to find a vibe that really wows you, Eroscillator is probably the answer. And in the unlikely event that you don’t like the Eroscillator, you can get a refund within 30 days (it’s also warranty protected for a year.)
As far as which one to get, I’ve only tried the Top Deluxe with extra power, so I can’t say how much power you’re losing if you get the original, but honestly I wouldn’t want to lose any of its intensity. If you’re sensitive however, you could go for the original.
In case you haven’t noticed, I am heels over head in love with my new Eroscillator. So much so, that I almost cried when I thought it wasn’t working anymore (the A/C adapter just wasn’t inserted all the way, thank GOB.) I’m not going to shun my original favorite though. Comparing the two is kind of like trying to compare cheesecake and pie–they’re both delicious, and I don’t want to live in a world without either one.
*Thanks to the folks at Eroscillator.com for sending me this amazing orgasm beast machine to review!*
Jun 9, 2014
The Princessa looks like a cross between a flower, a nipple, a bug, and an alien, which is of course why I wanted to try it.
One of Vibratex’s new line of petite, rechargable travel vibes (along with the more traditionally shaped Amie and Bestie,) the Princessa is made of silicone and ABS plastic. It’s smaller than I thought it would be (3.3″ long and about 1.5″ wide), and its vibration is concentrated in the “nipple” part, which is firm but has some give to it. The petals/ticklers/feelers/whatever-you-want-to-call-them are very flexible and only transfer a small amount of vibration. The power is controlled with a flower shaped push button and has a cycle through design (low, medium, high, pulse, increasing pulse, helicopter (more on that later), and off.)
The Princessa is one of those toys that I wouldn’t have bought or requested to review if I had felt it first. Its vibrations are very surface level and buzzy (I think it’s actually the buzziest vibe I have), and I was doubtful that it would be able to get me off after feeling it. It also has almost no range; the 2nd speed is slightly stronger than the 1st, but there’s almost no discernible difference between the 2nd and 3rd.
The Princessa is also kind of like a small dog that’s overcompensating by barking non-stop–it’s obnoxiously loud for such a petite, weak vibe. When it’s set to steady vibration, it sounds like there are bees buzzing around my clit, and on its last setting, like a helicopter is about to land between my labia. So there’s that.
Despite its weak vibrations and annoying buzz though, the Prinessa can still get me off, most of the time. Something about the pinpoint stimulation from the hard nipple part on my clit combined with the feelers tickling my labia works for me, though I think I get off more from rubbing action than the actual vibration. I really wish the Princessa had power akin to that of its cousin vibe, the Mystic Wand, or even better, the rumbly goodness of the Tango.
I was reminded the other day that vibration power is very relative during an impromptu show & tell of my toys with two friends, when one was impressed by the Princessa’s vibes (and scared to death of the Doxy’s.) So if you are very sensitive and prefer a light tickle vibration, the Princessa might work for you. For most people though, the Princessa’s light, buzzy vibrations won’t cut it.
The Princessa comes with a pink pleather zipper storage bag, a charger dock, a USB wall converter (which is nice because many vibes don’t), and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. You can charge the Princessa with or without the port, and the light turns green when it’s at full charge. It’s showerproof/splashproof but not submergible; I haven’t used it in shower but have cleaned it without any problems.
Since it’s silicone it can be washed with soap and hot water or a 10% bleach solution, and I’d recommend using an old toothbrush to get in around the bottom of the feelers. Normally I’d say the Princessa is ideal for travel since it’s small, but the noise factor might be an issue.
Although I can get off with the Princessa, its weak vibration and unwelcome soundtrack annoys me. Unless you like buzzy vibrations or absolutely must own an alien nipple flower vibe, I don’t recommend it. If you’re looking for a small travel vibe, try the Mia for more of a range or the Tango for sheer power instead.
May 24, 2014
Bettie Page goodies…will I ever have enough? The latest item I’ve added to my collection is the Bettie Page Collar Me set.
Like the Spanking Bat & Cuffs, the Bettie Page Bondage Collar & Leash set is part of a collection of chic kink products made by Lovehoney for fans of Bettie Page and retro style. The Collar Me set features a collar & leash made of black faux leather with a 27″ connector chain. Similar to Bettie Cuffs, the collar closes with a buckle and is adjustable (13-17″ with 7 holes,) with an easy release clip that connects the leash to an O-ring on the collar. As with the other Bettie items, the Collar Me set comes with a bonus collector playing card & keychain.
One thing I noticed when inspecting the collar is that collar’s faux leather doesn’t quite match the leash part/cuffs/spanking bat (it’s slightly less textured.) When I brought it up to Lovehoney they pointed out that with all materials there’s a possibility of variations between cuts and that makes the items more unique. It’s a subtle difference, but it’s worth mentioning.
In use, the collar is light and comfortable with soft velvet lining, and I can wear it for long periods of time and forget it’s there. It’s also fairly easy to put on by myself (the hardest part is threading the extra material through the loop.) It’s my first collar and leash set, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it’s comfortable, sexy, and easy to use.
I do have one issue with my collar that I can’t get quite get over though–it has a permanent crease from being folded to fit it in its box (as you can see in the photos.) At first I figured it wasn’t a big deal, and I thought it would go away after wearing it for a while, but it didn’t. I tried stacking books on top of it and leaving it like that overnight, but the crease is still there. It may not seem like a big deal, but a weird crease takes away from the polished look of the product (which isn’t cheap at $75.) It’s also not easy to store the collar in the box without folding it & further creasing it.
Like the Bettie Cuffs, the Bettie Collar is light, comfortable, and thin as compared to other standard bdsm items, so it’s ideal for those who seek restraints that are stylish but not heavy duty or intense looking. If it weren’t for the crease, it’d get my endorsement for those looking for a comfortable, lightweight, & sexy collar and leash set, so I’m hoping Lovehoney will consider updating its packaging somehow to prevent that in the future. In the meantime, I definitely recommend the Spanking Bat, which is absolutely gorgeous & my favorite item from the line so far.
*UK Readers, get the Collar Me set and other Bettie Page toys here!
May 9, 2014
Tantus gives me hope for the future.
What are they going to come up with next? Can we just attach dildos to everything?
Imagine phallic door handles, dong desk chairs, and water-bottle-dildos for immediate re-hydration. Don’t you want to live in a world with Hitachi powered electric toothbrush dildos and robo-dildos that fly around like the cars in Back to the Future?
Ok, maybe Hitachi toothbrush dildos would be overkill (and unsanitary.) Regardless, Tantus’ new silicone paddle with a dildo-handle, the Plunge, is a pretty cool idea. And while there are a few other dildo-handled paddles out there, the Plunge is the only one I know of that’s high quality and body safe.
Made of firm black matte silicone, the Plunge looks like it’s a love child from a steamy affair between the Twack & the Sport. The paddle portion is ~7×3″ and is very flexible, while the dildo handle is much firmer and has an insertable length of a little over 5″ with a 1.25″ max girth. The dildo has a curved, bulbous head for g-spot or prostate play.
So, the idea of a dildo-handled paddle may sound like an awesome idea, you probably want to know how well does it actually work?
The paddle part is without a doubt a success, though it won’t work for everyone because it really hurts. It’s definitely not a beginner paddle, and even a light slap stings. If you’re looking for a paddle for intense spanking that leaves redness and marks oh-so-quickly with minimal force, then you’ll love the Plunge. If you want something for light impact play or have a low pain tolerance however, the Plunge will leave you in tears, and not the good kind. I don’t like a ton of pain, especially of the stingy-variety, so Jake knows not to hit me very hard with this paddle.
As for the other end, the dildo shape makes for a very ergonomic handle that’s comfortable to grip. As an actual dildo though, I’m not a big fan. The bulbous head does stimulate my g-spot, but it doesn’t have enough girth to get me off with squeezing & light thrusting alone, and I get crazy hand cramps trying to thrust while holding the floppy, hard to hold paddle portion.
Other than the awkwardness of gripping the paddle part to thrust, there are a few others small issues with the plunge. One is that the dildo part has a tiny hole through its head (for display purposes,) so it takes longer than usual to clean. Though neither bothered me in use, the hole as well as a seam that runs the length of the paddle/dildo could irritate people who are sensitive. It’s also harder to hold onto the dildo handle after insertion when it’s lubey and sticky, but that’s probably unavoidable since it’s a dildo handle.
If you’re looking for a quality paddle with an insertable handle, you should definitely get the Plunge. Even though the dildo part doesn’t wow me for solo use, it’s still fun to use for mixing spanking with foreplay, and after all, that’s what it was made for! And unless the idea of a dildo paddle turns you off, why not have one just in case. It’s only a few $ more than the other Tantus paddles, and I’ve heard from other bloggers that the dildo handle is easier to wield than the others anyways.
Since the Plunge has a hole in the dildo part, it should be boiled before sharing with multiple partners and between vaginal/anal uses, unless you use a condom over it. I also recommend washing it immediately after use to prevent lube etc. getting crusted in the hole. To clean the hole, use a q-tip & soap/warm water or a 10% bleach solution. Something else to note: my Plunge gets streak/drip marks when drying, and after talking to Jenna from Tantus I’ve discovered it’s because we have really hard water here that affects the matte silicone.
In addition to dildo handled paddles, Tantus is already well on the way to making a dreamy dildo-future come true with their silicone suction cup dildos. To build your own suction cup dildo, grab a suction cup and your choice of Tantus vibe and voilà! And this month all vibes are 25% off & come with a FREE suction cup automatically (you don’t have to add it to your cart) with code YESPLEASE!