Monday, December 24, 2012

Sqweel 2

For today's review I'll be looking at the Sqweel 2 by Lovehoney. Click any of the pictures to view the full versions.
Battery Compartment: 

The Sqweel 2 is certainly a unique toy, instead of using vibrations a set of ten little flexible silicone tongues rotate to provide stimulation. These create a repetitive flicking sensation, which I didn't find reminiscent of oral sex. There are three speeds, a forwards and backwards mode, and a back and forth mode. For vulva use, I found the highest speed best, the higher speed also enabled more pressure to be placed upon the Sqweel without it stopping. Personally, I preferred clockwise rotations such that it rotates down my vulva. The slowest speed, the first setting, I found lovely for a ticklish sensation anywhere on the body. It's especially fun to move the Sqweel in the direction that it's rotating. For me there was a little too much lag between the back and forth mode to get anything out of it.

For clitoral use, I found it best to place a water-based lube (I went with Sliquid Sea this time, though I've decided I like Satin better) directly on my skin so the Sqweel would pick up lube while rotating. The Sqweel is a little clunky to hold, and I had problems with keeping the Sqweel at the perfect distance from my clit so it wouldn't slow down when becoming aroused and wanting to press it down. This toy can also be used as a safe way of exploring oral-anal sensations. The motor to run this toy is rather loud, and can be heard through closed doors.

This toy can be used with an insertable toy, I tried with the Cush. I found that I couldn't thrust effectively while using the Sqweel on my clit, and even without thrusting, I kept running into Cush. You can use a still or thrusting anal toy while using Sqweel without problems; I went with the trusty Pure Wand. 

The Sqweel 2 runs off of three AAA batteries, purchased separately. For cleaning, the toy can be taken apart, cleaned with hot water and soap or toy cleaner, dried and reassembled. All in all, I found it more fun to run this toy along my body, especially over my nipples, than use as an "oral sex stimulator". It's certainly a fun foreplay toy, and unique in sensation.

Grade Breakdown: 81

Value: 3/5
 A bit pricey for a foreplay toy, even if unique.
I would certainly pick one up if it was on sale.

Aesthetics: 18/20
The white/pink sqweels are especially cute.
Pleasure: 60/75
Intended Functionality: 0/5
For me, it didn't feel like oral sex.
Reusability: 15/20
It's a bit annoying to clean as it has to be disassembled.
Best Functionality: 45/50
As an automatically rotating tickler.

Thank you Lovehoney!
FTC: Lovehoney provided Sex Toy Review Land with Sqweel 2 free of charge for an honest review. Though links have been used,  this has not altered any of my opinions stated within the review, and does comply with the FTC.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Massage Gel: Havana Nights

For today's review I'll be looking at Heart's Desire Massage Gel by Classic Erotica in the Havana Nights scent. Click any image to see the full version.

On skin:

This gel melts upon contact and turns into a slightly gritty oil. When I first smelt the oil, it smelled dark, lovely, and with a soft floral scent. Unfortunately my massage partner mentioned it smelled like play-doh, and I wasn't able to get that recognition out of my head. Texture-wise it's mostly smooth with a little grittiness. My partner really enjoyed this as the sensations evoked would slightly change at random. As the masseuse, in the beginning I didn't quite like the slight grittiness and I felt like there was something I wanted off my hands. However, the oil absorbed into their skin over time, which made the skin extremely soft and lovely to massage. Before that, the slipperiness lasted for about twenty minutes, though that was using quite a bit of gel. The grittiness can also be avoided by not using a ton of gel at once, so you only texturally have oil. All in all, both my partner and I enjoyed this massage oil. Apparently there are pheromones in this, though neither of us felt like our libido received an extra kick. Regardless, I would recommend this just as a softening oil. 

After use, there is a slightly oily feeling, though this can be easily washed off with soap and water. Should you have an allergic reaction, discontinue use.

The plastic container it comes in has a tight seal, but can be a little messy since the gel melts on contact. Due to the ingredient list, I would not recommend putting this product in any orifices or using it with latex condoms.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, 2-Octyl Dodecanol, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Dextrin Palmitate, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Copulandrone (Parfum), Copuline-alike (Parfum), Reconstituted Andronone (Parfum), Fragrance (Parfum)

Grade Breakdown: 87 

Value: 4/5 
At Eden Fantasys for just under $13 
I do wish the container was a little nicer,
but it's still worth buying.

Aesthetics: 11/20 
I also didn't really like the look of the container. 

Pleasure: 72/75 
Intended Functionality: 4/5 
Pheromones weren't detected.
Reusability: 19/20 
Don't need to use that much, 
a single jar (3.2oz) will probably last a while.
Messy to remove. 
Best Functionality: 49/50 
The gritty factor when trying to use enough oil for someone's back.   

Thank you Eden Fantasys!

FTC: Eden Fantasys provided Sex Toy Review Land with Havana Nights Massage Gel free of charge for an honest review. Though links have been used,  this has not altered any of my opinions stated within the review, and does comply with the FTC.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pleasure 1

For today's review I'll be looking at Pleasure 1 by Happy Valley Silicone.

This adorable skinny butt plug is made of pure silicone. The silicone is fairly soft and flexible, it also does not collect much lint. The plug itself measures four inches by seven-eighths of an inch. Thus, the plug feels like a single finger. It inserts easily with a little water-based lube. This plug can be boiled clean, cleaned with a 10% bleach mix, or cleaned with a toy cleaner

I found this plug to be far too skinny to use anally, and slipped out often. People new to anal play may particularly enjoy this toy, as a cute non-threatening first anal plug. Or for anyone who enjoys skinnier plugs, this one is lovely. This plug can also be used for vaginal teasing, though it will need some reinforcement to stay in place.

Happy Valley Silicone also makes larger plugs and dildos, and they're all in gorgeous colors. Much like the CD Vintage Plug, it's simply too small for me, though may be a perfect fit for some people.

Grade Breakdown: 66

Value: 5/5
At Eden Fantasys for just under $16
If you're interested in slim toys or trying anal play, 
this is a great high-quality cheaply priced toy. 

Aesthetics: 17/20
I'd like it a little more if it was more red than orange

Pleasure: 44/75
Intended Functionality: 2/5
For me the shape was too skinny.
Reusability: 20/20
Can be used by anyone with an anus, and is easily cleaned.
Best Functionality: 22/50
It was just too skinny for me.
I don't anticipate using this toy often.