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Review: Tantus Slow Drive

pennysblog_slowdriveThe Tantus Slow Drive doesn’t look like much. With only 5 insertable inches & a 1.2″ max girth, it’s not lengthy or girthy. But the Slow Drive proves that you shouldn’t judge a dildo by its size–even though it’s smaller than most of my dildos, the Slow Drive’s perfect-for-g-spotting curve makes it stand out in a sea of sex toys.

Made of smooth, glossy, single density Tantus silicone, the Slow Drive is firm, but it still has some flex and give. It features a curved tip for g-spot or prostate stimulation, and it has a flared base, so it can be used in a harness.

Since it’s petite, the Slow Drive is effortless to insert for me. It is its own warm up. With a little bit of lube, its smooth silicone glides easily, and its “come hither” curve immediately gives me the I-need-to-squirt feeling. It feels intense, but since it’s so smooth and small, it’s not too intense. It’s definitely not as extreme as my other favorite g-spot dildos like the Pure Wand or Comet, but that’s ok–it’s just a different type of g-spot stimulation.

It may sound cliché, but the Slow Drive’s name was aptly chosen–it’s one of those toys that’s great for taking your time, warming up, and letting arousal build gradually. I usually start slow, using the curve to “tug” on my g-spot, and eventually move on to faster thrusting, which often ends up with squirting all over my Throe. On the flip side, I can also combine it with a clit vibe and have a blended orgasm fairly quickly if I’m in the mood.

I’ve also tried the Slow Drive anally since it’s manageable for my butt ((and because I wanted to know what it feels like to be fucked in the ass by a pirate)), and I can get some subtle g-spot pressure from it that way. I tried it on Jake (by hand) as well–he’s still fairly new to prostate play, and when I asked him how it was after using it on him, he said it felt nice but not super intense. I haven’t tried it for pegging, but since it’s harness compatible it could be used that way, though I’d probably go with the Slow Drive Long for that, since it’s rather short.

My main complaint about the Slow Drive is that it’s not available in the gorgeous, glowing lime green anymore, though I’m thankful it still comes in the lovely, shimmery silver version I have. Its unique triangular base is also slightly less comfortable for me to hold than classic round bases, but it’s not a big deal. On the plus side, the unique base means you know which way it’s pointing, which is helpful if you’re using it on someone else. Also, the Slow Drive might be too short for some, so if you prefer more length to hold on to, check out the Slow Drive Long.

The Slow Drive is an amazing little g-spotter.  It’s now my go-to recommendation for an affordable first g-spot dildo, since it’s perfect for firm but not too extreme g-spot stimulation. Since it’s small, smooth, and doesn’t have a pronounced head, it’s perfect for beginners, those who don’t want a lot of girth, and people who have issues with other toys catching on their pubic bone. And even if you usually prefer girthier toys (like me), you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how amazing the Slow Drive’s simple yet effective design and magical curve feels.

 

Thanks, Tantus!

Review: Tantus Splash

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For me, the Splash was an acquired taste, kind of like Fernet.

If you haven’t tried it, Fernet is an Italian liquor that has an herby taste. Some people don’t like its distinctive flavor, but when I was in studying in Argentina in college, it was everyone’s drink of choice. Like, if you don’t like Fernet there, just go home. So I tried it again…and again…and before long I was in love with its weird flavor and sharing a huge vat of Fernet and Coke with about 10 friends while out at the boliches.pennysblog_splash2

That’s how the Splash was for me. I’d heard other bloggers rave about it, so I was dying to try it. But the first time I did, I didn’t really like it.  It felt strange and almost irritating, and I wondered what all of the hype was about. I’d heard that the type of people who like it are “texture sluts.” Obviously we all have our preferences, but I wanted to join the texture slut club. So I tried it again…and again…and now I love its exceptional texture.

The Splash is an intense dildo. Not because it’s super girthy or curvy, because it’s not ((it has a 1.75″ diameter)), but because it’s firm and has drips of silicone along its body that provide truly unique sensations. Just look at it. It looks part sci-fi, part artsy, which I love. Realistic toys are great, but sometimes you just want to masturbate with something that looks like a shimmery alien blob, am I right?

The Splash isn’t a dildo I use to thrust with wild abandon. I squeeze around it, and with a vibe on my clit, I use short, minimal thrusts, because that’s all I need to devour its texture. The little ripples on the top of its head feel amazing going in and rubbing on my g-spot, and when inserted deeper, the drips feel fabulous. As is standard for Tantus dildos, the Splash is harness compatible and anal safe, and since it’s 100% silicone, it’s hygienic, and it can be boiled and sterilized.

My vag isn’t always in the mood to be Splashed. But when I  do get a sudden craving for its drippy texture, nothing else will satisfy. And I can now proudly say I am a texture slut, thanks to this gorgeous dildo. I <3 you, Tantus.

If you love textured toys, you need the Splash. If you’re not sure if you like texture or not and want to try something new, the Splash is amazing, and I bet you’ll like it. If you want to try out the same texture but aren’t sure about its size, you could try the smaller Splish. If you don’t like texture, the Splash probably isn’t for you, but Tantus has lots of other high quality, 100% silicone dildos to choose from!

Get Splash through the Grab Bag (they surprise you with a color!)

Don’t forget to use code PENNY at checkout for 15% off!

Thanks for sending me the Splash in exchange for my honest review, Tantus!

Review: Tantus Plunge

pennysblog_plunge1Tantus 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?

pennysblog_plunge2The 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. 

pennysblog_plunge3If 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!

Thanks, Tantus!

 

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Review: Tantus Charmer

pennysblog_charmeUsually it annoys me when sex toys are described as “personal massagers” (I don’t use them to massage myself, I used them to fuck myself!) but in the case of the Tantus Charmer, I actually do feel like I’m giving my vagina a massage when I’m using it.

The Charmer is a 6.8″ long matte silicone dildo with ridges along its shaft and a 1.4″ max girth. Unlike the other two Tantus dildos I’ve tried so far (Adam & Flurry) which feature dual density silicone with a hard core, the Charmer’s silicone is soft and bendy, though it still has a firm feel.

When using the Charmer, I enjoy taking my time thrusting it and squeezing around its unique shape. The Charmer doesn’t throw my g-spot against the wall and fuck it (metaphorically speaking) like my other bigger and harder toys do– it’s gentle; it massages and teases. The Charmer’s sloping ridges caress my g-spot, awakening it slowly.

Since it’s flexible and not super girthy, the Charmer is a natural choice for a warm-up toy, and that’s how I use the Charmer most of the time. Sometimes the Charmer’s subtle stimulation is enough, but more often I find myself craving a more intense dildo to finish up with. When I do enjoy the Charmer by itself, it’s definitely a longer jack-off session, since it doesn’t have enough girth, curve, or a prominent head to make it a toy for a quick orgasm.

pennysblog_charmer2Originally I thought the Charmer wouldn’t be able to make me squirt because my g-spot loves the pressure that hard and/or girthy toys provide, but I have on occasion been able to ejaculate with the Charmer paired with my We-Vibe Tango. It’s definitely a toy that takes some build up though, not one that makes me feel like I might squirt immediately.

If you’re looking for an internal/g-spot or prostate dildo that isn’t super intense, the Charmer is a great option. Unlike dildos that have a prominent head sometimes do, the Charmer doesn’t catch on my pubic bone, and since its ridges are subtle, it’s ideal for gradual g-spot stimulation.

Since the Charmer has a flared based, it’s safe for anal play and can be paired with a harness. It’s actually the first dildo I’ve tried anally (with a condom*), and it’s fairly easy to insert. I still consider myself more of a butt plug enthusiast though, and I doubt I’ll use it anally much.

If you’re looking for a slim dildo for warm-up, a toy that provides pleasurable g-spot or prostate stimulation that’s not super intense, or just a toy to use to make sweet, slow love to yourself, then I recommend getting a Tantus Charmer. If you prefer girthier toys or need intense pressure and stimulation however, then you’d probably find the Charmer underwhelming.

Thanks Tantus for sending me the Charmer in exchange for my honest review and for making high quality, body-safe, bad ass silicone toys! You rock!

*Although silicone can be boiled, sterilized, and used both vaginally/anally, silicone can retain butt smells and even the idea of possible butt germs on toys I use vaginally turns me off, so condoms it is.

Review: Tantus Little Secrets Spoon Vibrator

pennysblog_littlesecretsspoonEven before I tried the Little Secrets Spoon, a 3.4 inch longer bullet vibrator covered in a silicone sleeve, I began to form a grudge against it. As much as I like its refreshing orange color, and as much as I love the Tantus toys I’ve tried so far, I was immediately turned off by what was the bane of my existence for three years: tiny cell batteries.

When I worked at the sex shop, we tested all of our vibrators during checkout since we didn’t accept returns. To do this, we’d insert the batteries and cycle through the functions to make sure everything worked. Enter tiny batteries from hell.

Not only are the cell batteries that go into bullets and other toys generally annoying and often difficult to insert, they also have short lifespans. So sometimes when a vibe I tested didn’t work, it was because the cell batteries were dead, so I’d have to go get another. And another. Until finally I found one with functional batteries.

Seriously, those tiny cell batteries are what my sex toy clerk nightmares were made of.  Nightmares that featured a line of grumpy customers, all with armfuls of bullets, finger vibes, and cock rings to be tested. To make matters worse, we were supposed to tell every customer that they should take the batteries out between every use in a sad attempt to make them last a little longer.

Despite my hatred for tiny bullets and cell batteries, I still wanted to like the Little Secrets Spoon. I love Tantus, it was my first orange toy (score!) and even though it’s a cell battery operated bullet, at least it’s covered in high quality, non-porous silicone. But it wasn’t meant to be.

The second strike for the Spoon was its lack of vibration settings. I’m not a big fan of pulsations, and I don’t need a lot of functions in a vibe, but I do need at least some kind of buildup of increasing power, unless the toy’s only setting(s) are jack-hammer strength, like the Hitachi. The Spoon only has one speed, and it’s disappointing.

Which leads us to the Spoon’s ultimate failure—it couldn’t get me off. The first few times I tried it, I became irritated by its lack of settings and power and ran for another vibe. In an attempt to be fair and give the toy a proper chance to get me off, I brought it with me on an out of town trip, without packing any other vibes. I was reading Best Women’s Erotica 2014, and I was so turned on I thought I might come without even touching myself….and it still couldn’t get me off.

It was the ultimate disappointment. In the heat of the moment, without any other options, I thought the silicone was dampening the vibration and maybe if I pulled off the sleeve, it would be stronger. After struggling to yank the thing off in an act of desperation, I was disappointed to find that it wasn’t any different. My clit was so annoyed by its buzzy and eventually numbing vibrations that I didn’t even bother to finish myself off with my fingers afterwards. (Read: I didn’t even want an orgasm after using it. Seriously.)

Ruining my orgasm was strike three– you’re OUT Little Secrets Spoon.

And I almost forgot to mention that the Little Secrets Spoon is described as a “g-spotter” toy. It’s too small, not curved enough, and not shaped to be a g-spot toy. No, no, no.

I can’t in good conscience recommend the Little Secrets Spoon. Even if you don’t need a lot of strength in a vibrator, the Spoon only has one speed, and it’s little batteries are bound to annoy you, and even though it’s sheathed in lovely orange Tantus silicone, under it all it’s still just a crappy little bullet vibe. If you’re looking for a quality clitoral vibe, I suggest the Lelo Mia or We-Vibe Tango instead.

Side note: The Spoon’s silicone sleeve fits over the We-Vibe Tango and transfers its vibration well, which is its one redeeming quality (assuming you have a Tango already.)

*Thanks Tantus for sending me the Little Secrets Spoon in exchange for my honest review! To read about some Tantus toys that did wow me, check out my Adam O2, Flurry O2, & Ryder reviews. 

Review: Tantus Flurry O2

pennysblog_ontheroadCompanies like Tantus, a USA manufacturer of 100% pure non-porous silicone sex toys, are responsible for my love of dildos. After a gross experience with a jelly vibe, I was turned off of internal toys for years. Now, I want them all! (All of the good ones, of course.)

The first Tantus dildo I tried was Adam O2, which was love at first thrust, so I was super excited when Tantus sent me a package of toys that included the Flurry, another dildo from their O2 dual density line, which features a Super Soft™ squishy outside and a hard muscle core shaft, both made of 100% silicone. The Flurry has a flared based, so it can be used for harness and anal play, and it comes in Ice (blue) like mine, as well as Candy (pink) and Twilight (purple.)

Though the Flurry is from the same O2 line as Adam, the sensation it provides is unique. The Flurry isn’t curved, and its straight 7” shaft features two ridges on its head; the first is very prominent and the second is a little more subtle, but also stimulating. I love the way the Flurry’s ridges nudge and tug on my g-spot, and I enjoy both shallow and deeper thrusting with it.

If my Adam and Flurry were in a dildo quick-draw, the Adam would win, but I’m glad my life isn’t a western, and it doesn’t have to come to that. The way Adam curves underneath my g-spot, its girth providing intense pressure, is divine, but the Flurry’s bumps feel incredible as well, and since it’s slightly less girthy, it’s better for deeper and faster thrusting.  And used together, the Adam and Flurry make an incredible, unstoppable, squirt-inducing dildo-superhero duo. (If I can get my hands on a Cush, I suspect it may become a trio.)

The Flurry can be easily cleaned and sterilized by washing it with antibacterial soap and warm water, running it through the dishwasher (top shelf, no soap), by boiling it, or by using a 10% bleach solution. Since it’s made of silicone, you should only use a water based lube with this toy. Like all silicone toys, dust and hair clings to the Flurry, so it should be stored properly and washed before and after each use.

If you’re looking for a high quality dildo with a medium girth that provides unique stimulation, you should definitely try the Flurry O2—it’s hard yet squishy dual density silicone and ridges make it ideal for g-spot stimulation and thrusting.

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Thanks Tantus for sending me the Flurry in exchange for my honest review!