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Review: Hot Octopuss Pulse

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While vibrators in general aren’t exclusive to clits and vaginas, there aren’t a lot of vibes designed specifically with penises in mind, so my partner Jake was excited to try out the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo.

The Pulse is a masturbator style vibrator made of silicone, with a motor that vibrates against the frenulum and two flexible wings that wrap around the shaft. There are two versions of the Pulse–the Solo, which has just the internal motor, and the one I have, the Duo, that’s marketed as a couples’ toy and features a second remote controlled external motor for use with a partner. My Pulse is also the updated model–it’s now waterproof and has 5 patterns in addition to steady vibration.

As excited as Jake was about the Pulse initially, I could tell it was a dud for him when after only trying it a couple of times he said “oh, I guess I have to try that thing again” like it was homework instead of a treat.

It’s not that it’s a totally crappy toy–the internal motor has strong, rumbly vibration, it’s made of high quality silicone, and it’s fairly easy to use, with an on/off button on the left side and +/- intensity controls on the right where your hand rests, though it is rather bulky and heavy.

The problem is the Pulse’s strokability. The instructions claim that it can be used as either just a vibrator without lube or as a typical masturbator with lube, but since the silicone is rigid and bulky, it’s not easily thrustable, even with lube. The stiff silicone hits Jake’s head if he tries to stroke with it, which is uncomfortable, so he’s stuck using it stationary with only the vibration, which is stimulating at first, but without any motion becomes desensitizing. Using it for too long has actually makes him loose his erection, which is definitely a fail. He’d rather use a Fleshlight, a Tenga Egg, his hand, or pretty much anything rather than use the Pulse again now that we’re done reviewing it.

But what about using the Pulse as a “couples’ toy,” since it has an external motor?

pennysblog_hotoctopusspulse2First off, Jake doesn’t love vibration by itself, so obviously he wasn’t going to love it1, but we tried it anyways (because #sexbloggerlyfe.)

The external motor has 3 steady speeds and is decently strong, but unlike the internal motor its vibration is buzzy2, which insults my clit. It’s also hard to keep it in place. We tried it with him on top, but if he moved a certain way, it felt abrasive. With me on top it was slightly better, but one slap on my boobs or twitch and it’d move away from where it felt best on my clit. Oh, and did I mention that it makes a horrible rattling sound?

So basically it was like Jake was wearing a bulky, loud cock ring except that you can’t have penetrative sex with it on. And I’m totally down with vibration instead of penetration but having to grind on my partner with an obnoxious chunk of silicone between us with buzzy, loud vibrations, hoping that it won’t move and rub my clit the wrong way is just ridiculous. I’ll stick to using a normal rumbly vibe I can control myself, thanks.

The only way I kind of enjoyed the Pulse was around Mustang Royale positioned over my vulva as if it was my cock. Some vibration did transfer while holding it at the base of Mustang, but not enough to get me off.

For us, the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo was a mega fail. Jake will never use it again now that our review is done, and I’d rather give up pizza for a month than use it again during partner sex. It wasn’t quite as bad as Ida, but still, remind me to never agree to review a “couples’ toy” again, please.

Although I’m hesitant to say that just because a toy doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you3, in this case it’s true. I know some others who love the Pulse, and if you have a penis and enjoy vibration without stroking, you might like it. The internal motor is strong, like Eroscillator strong, and since it’s open, people with erectile dysfunction can still enjoy it while flaccid, which is great.

If you do want to try the Pulse, I’d get the Pulse Solo–I don’t recommend using it for couples’ play anyways, and it’s $40 cheaper. Since it’s silicone, stick to water based lubes with it.

Thanks Hot Octopuss for sending me the Pulse in exchange for an honest review!

*Dildo pictured: VixSkin Tex


  1. you can only turn on the external vibration if the internal motor is on 

  2. aka surface level vibration/vibration that doesn’t stimulate the deeper inner clitoris & usually results in lackluster orgasms if any for me 

  3. because some toys just suck 

Tex

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Pictured: VixSkin Tex

I miss the days of Toy With Me Tuesday. If you’ve been following me for a while, you might remember that it was a meme for sharing fun and artistic photos of sex toys. It’s not active anymore, but I’m going to start posting Toy Tuesday photos again because I <3 sex toy photography.

Remember you can buy my prints like this one from my Etsy shop! Fave my shop to see updates and new listings!

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Making sure my sex toy collection is vegan friendly

pennysblog_vegansextoysI went vegan a few months ago, so in addition to changing what I eat and going through my clothes, makeup, and toiletries, I also went through my sex toy collection to get rid of anything that’s not vegan friendly1**.

Some things were obvious–leather and fur are definitely not vegan so I gave away the few leather paddles I had as well as my tail butt plug.

But what about everything else? Are dildos and vibrators vegan? What about lube, condoms, and other safer sex barriers?

Sex Toys: Dildo, Vibes, Plugs, Etc.

When I first went vegan, I read a book called Vegan Freak and was glad that it included a short section about sex things. It mentioned that silicone is a vegan friendly sex toy material (yay!) and to avoid jelly rubber because it can contain mystery ingredients, and there’s no way of knowing if it’s vegan unless the manufacturer explicitly says it is. But y’all probably already know that jelly toys are a bad idea anyways since they’re porous and often contain toxic ingredients, so that’s no surprise.

Since silicone, stainless steel, and glass are all great options (and that’s what almost all of my toys are made of), most of my collection was safe–hooray! I wasn’t sure about our Fleshlight though since they don’t list the ingredients in their Superskin material, but I contacted them, and they said it’s fine, also yay!2

Kink Items

Unfortunately a lot of restraints and impact toys are made of leather, but there are also faux leather and other vegan options. As I mentioned earlier, I got rid of a couple of leather paddles I had, but most of what I had is vegan friendly, like my Bettie Page paddle, Tantus Plunge, and Twisted Monk rope. My fave harness is also fine, thank goddess! If you’re looking for vegan kink things, check out my friend Artemisia’s epic list.

Lube

Many drugstore lubes contain glycerin or other animal derived ingredients and are not vegan3. Luckily my favorite brand of lube is Sliquid, which is 100% vegan friendly! My faves are the classic H2O water based and thicker Sassy for anal, but they also carry silicone and flavored varieties. Überlube silicone lube is also a great option (just don’t use it with silicone toys.)4

Condoms & Safer Sex Barriers

Most mainstream latex condom brands are produced with casein (milk protein), but luckily there are some companies that don’t test on animals or use any animal ingredients like Sir Richards and Sustain condoms. Check out my list of vegan safer sex barriers for more info.!

*Pictured: Tantus Adam, Sliquid Sassy, Sir Richards/Sustain condoms

**I did my best to make sure this post is accurate but if you’re not sure if something is vegan and are concerned about it, check out the company’s website or contact them. Some products don’t contain animal ingredients but may be owned by a company that does make products with animal derived ingredients or that does test on animals, so unless the company is certified/advertises as vegan, make your best judgement.


  1. anything that contains animal derived ingredients 

  2. They said Fleshlube water is fine as well but Fire Lubricant isn’t because it contains honey extract. 

  3. and could also be potentially irritating 

  4. They don’t advertise as vegan but I contacted them & they confirmed. 

VagCam Giveaway!

Win a Svakom Siime Camera Vibe & Clear Speculum from Lovehoney!

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Ever since I took a video of my vaginal canal during orgasm Masters of Sex style with the Svakom Siime, I’ve been thinking about doing a #vagcam giveaway. Now thanks to Lovehoney, it’s happening–you too can be a sexplorer, recording an internal view of contractions and orgasms, for science!

The Svakom Siime is a small, usb rechargeable, silicone vibrator, but what makes this one special is that it has a built in illuminated video camera, so you can view your parts up close.

When I got the Siime to try out, I was on a mission–a mission to see my orgasm from inside. At first I was disappointed because using it internally by itself doesn’t work–all I saw was a pink blur. Then I thought, what if I use it with a clear speculum1? And yep, I was right, Siime+Clear Speculum=VagCam Magic!

How to record an orgasm with the Svakom Siime

Recording my vaginal canal during orgasm took a bit of multi-tasking. If you want to try it, you’ll need the Siime, a clear speculum, and also a good clitoral vibrator– something that’s strong enough that you can orgasm with a speculum in/while holding the Siime in your other hand. It’s easier with a small vibrator that’s not too bulky.

My top recommendations from Lovehoney are the We-Vibe Tango and Touch–they’re are both strong, quiet, waterproof, and rechargeable. The Tango is made of hard plastic and is slightly stronger and offers more pinpoint stimulation, but the silicone Touch is also strong, with a concave shape that’s perfect for cupping clits/vulvas. Both are rumbly vibrator rock-stars! The L’amourose Rosa Rouge also has deep, rumbly vibrations, but it also has something most vibes don’t–warming. And its warming is no joke–it’s seriously rad. Plus, it’s gorgeous.

If you want, you can also get someone to help you out/hold the Siime while you hold a vibe. If you can’t orgasm from clitoral stimulation/vibrators (or if it sounds too complicated), you can also watch your vaginal canals while doing kegel exercises and get a close up look at your cervix. If you’ve never done kegels before and want something to help, try the Luna Beads, which have interchangeable weighted beads, or the less expensive but also great Tracey Cox Toner Balls.

Prizes & Rules

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If you win, you’ll get both a Svakom Siime Camera Vibe and a Bondage Boutique Clear Beginner’s Vaginal Speculum!

The giveaway is open to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia, and your prizes will be shipped directly to you from Lovehoney. The contest ends 3/30. You must be at least 18. Don’t try to cheat. If you enter by following me/Lovehoney, you must still be following when the giveaway ends to be eligible to win. If the winner doesn’t get back to me after a week, I’ll draw another winner.

Good luck everyone!

Penny’s VagCam Giveaway!

Want to Explore Now?

If you’re dying to see your vaginal canal in action ASAP, don’t wait for the giveaway to end, get a Svakom Siime now!2 If you’re low on funds, you can also do plenty of exploring alone or with a partner with just a clear speculum. Lovehoney has a 365 day risk free return policy, so if anything doesn’t work out, you can ship it back free and get a replacement or full refund. Plus, get 10% off everything by visiting my landing page!

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*This giveaway is now over–congrats to the winner, Pete!*


  1. because everyone has one of those lying around right? 

  2. If you win, you could always give it to your BFF and have a vagcam party. 

Rosa Cuddles

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Pictured: L’amourose Rosa/Rosa Rouges cuddled up at Dildo Holiday

Day 29 of #FebPhotoFest

I can’t believe today is the last day of #FebPhotoFest2016! Which were your favorite images? Let me know in the comments. Also, check out my FebPhotoFest images from last year and 2014Photofest2016