The Luna Beads Noir are a sexy black version of Lelo’s classic Luna Beads, which are vaginal weights for improving PC muscle strength that is vital for arousal, orgasms, female ejaculation, and overall health. The Luna Beads Noir were released by Lelo in response to an increased demand for Kegel balls after Fifty Shades of Grey came out, with the intention of being more for pleasure and foreplay than just for exercise. While I am not a fan of the Fifty books, I am definitely a fan of sleek black versions of sex toys that I already love, so of course I agreed to review the Luna Beads Noir for Lelo.
The first thing I did when I received my Luna Beads Noir was compare them to my originals, and I discovered that there are a few differences besides just the color. The Luna Beads Noir come with a black silicone holster and two black ABS plastic beads (rather than 4.) They’re also slightly smaller (the same size as the Luna Beads Mini) and have the same weight (37g each) as the heavier blue beads in the original system. Other than that they have the same design and are used in the same way, for either foreplay or exercise.
Although I think the overall quality and function of sex toys is most important, aesthetic is without a doubt important as well. If you hate the color pink for example, then why would you want to use a pink toy as part of your foreplay routine or masturbation? In this regard, I think the black Luna Beads Noir definitely have a more erotic feel than the originals and they’re ideal for people who want to use them during foreplay or as a fetish item.
As far as foreplay goes, the Luna Beads don’t do a whole lot for me though. I do enjoy wearing them while we’re out in public and can feel them moving around, but it’s subtle, and they definitely won’t bring me to orgasm or make me wet or excited on their own. I can see how they would be exciting for someone who is new to sex toys in general or for someone using them in a BDSM scenario (being ordered to wear them, for example,) but don’t expect orgasms or anything crazy.
I prefer to use the Luna Beads for exercise, as they’re a perfect way to multitask and knock out PC workouts while running errands or doing my normal workouts. I bought my original Luna Beads earlier this year in hopes that they would help me reach my goal of learning to ejaculate. About 2 months later, I squirted for the first time. Although I think becoming more educated about female ejaculation in general was the most important part of my learning to squirt, I think my Kegel exercise routine, which consists mainly of using the Luna Beads, was also a vital factor. Jake has told me that he can feel a noticeable difference in my vaginal tightness when we have sex on days after I’ve used them, and I can also tell a difference in my strength now as compared to before I began using them.
I’ve tried using my Luna Beads Noir in the same way as my original ones, for exercise, and in most situations I’ve had the same experience. While wearing them out in public or during workouts, I can feel them moving subtly inside me like the originals, and they’re just as quiet (unlike the minis, which I’ve heard are louder.) The only time I’ve noticed a difference using them is during fast moving workouts. I’ve worn them to the gym, and while they don’t fall out when I’m doing yoga or weights, they do begin to fall out pretty quickly when I’m on the elliptical or treadmill. I think this is partly due to their heavier weight, since I usually wear the lighter pink ones when doing movement intensive workouts, and partly due to their smaller size, which forces my PC muscles to work harder to keep them in. They don’t fall out instantly though (I could feel them gradually slipping), and I was able to make it to the bathroom before they fell out completely.
So, do I recommend the Luna Beads Noir? If you’re looking for Kegel balls mainly for foreplay or as a fetish/BDSM item, then yes, I think you should try the new Luna Beads Noir or buy them as a sensual gift for a lover. Also, if you want Luna Beads for exercise and you already have strong vaginal muscles, then I would recommend them since you won’t need the lighter beads and the Luna Beads Noir are less expensive than the whole system. If you’re looking for your first pair of Luna Beads and want them mainly for exercise though, I would stick the original Luna Beads since you can switch out the weights as your muscles get stronger.
To care for your Lelo Luna Beads Noir, wash them before and after use with antibacterial soap and warm water. The silicone holster can also be boiled or run through the dishwasher (top shelf, no soap.) For a more thorough cleaning of the beads, place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them, letting them soak for up to five minutes. Don’t through them in a pot while boiling other toys though, as the very hot sides of the pot can melt the plastic. Since the holster is made of silicone, you should only use a water based lubricant with the Luna Beads. Like all Lelo toys, the Luna Beads Noir come with a satin storage bag, a user manual, a one year warranty, and 10 year quality guarantee.
Harness Size: 73 x 31 x 15 mm
Bead Size: Diameter 29 mm
Weights: 2 x 37 grams
Since many people find my blog by searching for the term “Lelo Luna Beads” or other related phrases, and I’ve had a lot of questions about using them, here are a few tips for using Luna Beads in general:
Tips for Using Luna Beads
-When inserting the beads, lie down and relax, adding a small amount of water based lubricant to the tip of the beads (don’t use too much though since it will make them harder to hold in) and insert them gently, as you would a tampon, leaving the retrieval cord hanging out for easy removal.
-If you feel the original beads are too big, or you’re buying your first pair and are intimidated by inserting sex toys, try the Luna Beads Mini or Noir.
-If you’re a beginner to using Kegel balls, try wearing them at home first to see how long you can hold them in to avoid them falling out while in public. If you’re wearing them in public, start with the lighter beads, remember they’re in (as in be careful when you go to the restroom, etc.), and bring a plastic bag or container in case you need to take them out.
-If the beads keep falling out quickly, try lighter beads, or even just one bead, and wear them as long as you can each day until your muscles get stronger and you can hold them in longer. You can also try doing other Kegel exercises to help you work up to wearing the beads by clenching and releasing your muscles for a few minutes each day. It’s especially effective to do this using a dildo or something to clench around.