Pictured: New Tantus Rumble vibe
Happy Toy Tuesday!
Pictured: New Tantus Rumble vibe
Happy Toy Tuesday!
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?
First 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.
Thanks Hot Octopuss for sending me the Pulse in exchange for an honest review!
*Dildo pictured: VixSkin Tex
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!
I just watched my vaginal canal while I had an orgasm. I am in awe right now.
— Penny (@pennysblog) September 28, 2014
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.
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!
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!
*This giveaway is now over–congrats to the winner, Pete!*
Pictured1: We-Vibe Tango (my review), Lelo Mona (my review), We-Vibe Nova, Tantus Ryder (my review), Tracey Cox Supersex Balls (my review), OhMiBod Cuddle (my review), Tantus Leisure, Crystal Delights Atomic Rose Plug (my review), L’Amourose Rosa Rouge (my review), Fun Factory Sharevibe, Fun Factory Tiger G5, & Lelo Mia (my review)
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Day 14 of #FebPhotoFest
starting at the top right tip going clockwise ↩
Guess what, y’all?! Today is my one year Monaversary! Funnily enough, I know that because of Facebook’s memory thing, which shows that I posed this as my status one year ago today “I know this is my vanilla Facebook…but I don’t care! MY MONA IS HERE!!!”
To celebrate, here are some photos I took of Mona against the vulva wallpaper at the hotel last month at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. I only brought 5 sex toys on the trip (only 2 vibes), and Mona was one of them1.
5 points to whoever can guess/remembers the other 4 ↩