Month: June 2015

Review: Pleasure Works Charm 2

Charming little thing isn’t it? Simple looking and unassuming, Perfect for my first ever dildo review for the blog! I’m excited to see if the Charm 2 is as plain as it looks or if it runs off and becomes the center of attention at the grand ball.

Packaging

The Charm 2 comes in a simple and brightly coloured cardboard box with a large picture of the toy on the front, And another picture on the back along with easy to read measurements. While not exactly discrete the packaging is really tasteful and displays all the relevant info you need. Inside the box the Charm was wrapped in a simple plastic bag, No other padding or packing material but the toys a solid chunk of silicone and barring some sort of massive foul up during shipping it should arrive to you safe and sound.

 

Overview

The Charm 2 is an all silicone harness compatible dildo from Pleasure Works, It stands 17.8cm tall and 3.2cm wide and has a gentle curve towards the top 1/3rd of the toy. Charm 2 is a uniform 13cm circumference throughout the length of the toy and despite how it looks the base is actually an oval shape with a circumference of 22.3cm – It’s a nice size and easy to hold on to. The silicone Pleasure Works decided to go with on the Charm 2 is a gloss silicone with a decent amount of drag and it’s a fairly firm silicone, Almost as firm as the regular Tantus silicone but not quite – It’s a good compromise between soft and firm.  I’m not sure if it’s just my copy but as you can see in the pictures there is some form of glitter or reflective material embedded into the silicone, It’s more noticeable in pictures than in person but it does give the Charm 2 some character. The colour of the Charm 2 is listed as “Merlot” but I found the colour of the toy completely depends on the light it’s in, Sometimes it looks like a really dark red and other times it looks nearly hot pink.

In Use

Due to the relatively draggy nature of the silicone used the Charm 2 took a fair bit more lube than what I would have expected  but once it was sufficiently slippery I had no issues inserting the toy. Being a consistent girth and having a rounded tip really make the Charm 2 easy to work with. At first I think I was expecting to much from the Charm 2 because I couldn’t really feel much of anything after I had it inserted but once I started to move it around I realized that this toy is really all about movement. I tried slow thrusting at first which was definitely pleasurable, The curved end combined with the relatively firm silicone caused it to brush past my prostate with light pressure on each stroke. Faster movement actually brought less enjoyment for me, I couldn’t feel it on my prostate at all with faster movements and overall It just didn’t feel as comfortable as slower more deliberate thrusting. The base is really easy hold on to and it’s a comfortable size but due to the oval shape it’s not overly comfortable between your cheeks. Riding the Charm 2 felt vastly different, It hit my prostate a lot harder, Not quite enough to bring me to a prostate orgasm but enough to give me that wonderful warm sensation I get from prostate stimulation. Due to the shape, easy to accommodate size and the harness compatible base this would be a great and affordable choice for pegging or general harness play.

Conclusions

The Charm 2 is the embodiment of the KISS Principle, Keep It Simple, Stupid.  The dildo is simple, well made and extremely well priced. The gentle curve is enough to offer a decent amount of pressure on the prostate without being hard to insert or overly aggressive, It’s not super girthy or textured and it doesn’t vibrate – It’s simple but it checks all the right boxes. The Charm 2 looks unassuming and simple but it’s a well crafted piece of silicone that shouldn’t be underestimated. I’d be quick to recommend the Charm 2 to someone for a variety of different kinds of play and  it’s low price tag it makes it even more appealing, This would make a great first dildo or starter dildo but if the size is a little to intimidating the smaller version of this toy known just as the “Charm” is a decent bit smaller at 14.6cm tall and 2.5cm wide. If you are interested in picking up the Charm 2 or the Charm you can find it at the link below and for only $42 It’s pretty hard to go wrong.

Thank you to Good Vibrations who sent me this product to review in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Review: Ride Bodyworx Water Based Lube

Riders on the storm, Into this house we’re born…Wait that’s not right. Ride Bodyworx? Yeah that sounds better. Ride Bodyworx is a new series of lubes with marketing aimed at men made by the seemingly “can do no wrong” folks over at Sliquid. Time to find out if Ride Bodyworx arrives at it’s intended destination.

Packaging

Ride Bodyworx doesn’t come in any sort of exterior packaging so to speak other than the bottle itself. Visually the bottle is very appealing, It’s an all black container with a snap top lid and a matte finished label.  The symbol that they’ve chosen is a dragon, As a whole the labeling gives off a feeling a quality – Actually it looks like something you’d see in a upscale nightclub but maybe that’s just me.

Overview

Since Ride Bodyworx is made by Sliquid the ingredient list is short, safe, and mostly pronounceable which is always a good thing! No parabens or glycerin here, If you want to know more about lube in general and some of the ingredients in them there is a simply wonderful guide over on  the Lorax of Sex blog called  Adventures In Lube Land that I highly recommend everyone to read through.  Interestingly two of the ingredients in the lube are something you’re probably more used to seeing in your sushi dinner than in lube – Seaweed! Nori and Wakame are both listed under the ingredients, Their purpose there remain unknown to me but if anyone knows please let me know! My guess would be that it helps with the lube drying out or adds to the lubricity but I’m really not sure. The Ride series of lubes come in two different sizes the one I have here is the 125ml (4.2oz) size, It’s also available in a 255ml (8.5oz) size. If you would like to check out the full ingredient list check out the official product page here. Being a water based lube means that Ride is safe with basically any toy or orifice you would want to use a lube for, And the safe ingredients means it should have a better chance of working for those of you who have sensitivities.

In Use

Ride is middle of the road in terms of viscosity, It’s not what I would call watery but it’s certainly not thick like some gel lubes. It stay’s well enough to apply it where you want without running or dripping all over the place and it spreads easily. While slick the lube wasn’t so slick as to dull sensation, Especially for skin on skin stimulation but I did find that the lube had a tenancy to froth or foam quite a bit during use, Not a huge deal for me but may be an issue for some. When used on toys the lube lasted a quite a long time but when used on exposed skin it dried or got absorbed into the skin very quickly and I found myself having to reapply more often than I would have liked, But unlike a lot of other lubes when Ride dries it doesn’t go super sticky or leave a film and I sometimes found it hard to even see where it had been applied. Like most good quality water based lubes Ride is incredibly easy to wash off and doesn’t make my skin feel dry or itchy afterwards like some other lubes I’ve tried.

Conclusions

Overall I really enjoyed my experience with the water based version of the Ride Bodyworx lube, I don’t tend to use it very much for skin on skin stimulation as it dried out to quickly for my tastes. When using Ride on toy’s however it offers a really great balance between slickness, longevity and texture without making me feel like I was loosing any sensation, I didn’t find it quite as thick as I would like for anal play as it tended to get pushed out of the way rather than stay where you wanted it but you may have a different experience with that. To add the how well it worked with all the toys I tried it on it’s  extremely easy to clean up and didn’t leave any sort film or stickiness. I’m not a huge fan of the gender binary advertising that Sliquid seems to be using to promote the Bodyworx series but  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the water based Bodyworx to someone who’s looking for a good high quality lube that that’s Eco-friendly and easy on the skin.

Thank you to Sliquid who sent me this product to review in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

HedoVibes Round Up #95

Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

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Perineum’s Praeterita: Part I

Time for something completely new for me and the blog, A dip into my past and a little glimpse of some of the events that brought me to who and what I am today, For better or worse.

Foreword

Thanks for checking out this new series, I know it’s unusual to see such a personal post on a sex toy blog but for as much as this blog is about reviewing sex toys it’s also about being an outlet, This blog originated as a creative outlet for me to be able to explore my sexuality and for me to develop as a person and this series is an extension of that although to a more extreme degree. What will be contained in this and future posts in this series are my personal recollections of previous events in my life, In an unfiltered and uncensored fashion, Some of these posts may be extremely sad and hard to read for some people while other posts could be about generally happy events in my life. Before the main body in each post will be a bolded and bracketed line of text containing possible triggers that may upset or otherwise make people uncomfortable so please read at your own discretion.

 

(Triggers: Death, Suicide)

Praeterita: The Things That Are Past And Gone

When I was fourteen years old our family had decided to move to a new town and at first it seemed like a good idea, I come from a large family and the extra space for everyone was highly welcomed but of course we would have to leave our friends behind during our move, Eventually it was decided that we were going to go through with the move and we soon found a house that met all of our needs. After getting settled in things generally seemed pretty good, It was a nice neighbourhood and we were all loving the house but slowly as the weeks went on most of my friends from my previous town started to distance themselves from me and we talked less and less and soon I was that kid in a new town who knew nobody and kept to himself. Back to school time came around and made things even worse, I still had no friends and nobody to spend time with and most of that year at school was spent being alone. Half a year passed like that before my metal shop teacher noticed that I didn’t spend time with anyone and invited me to come back to the school on a Saturday for a group class with another school and he reused to take no for answer. I arrived a little bit late and it was quickly explained to me that this was primer course in metal work for a few girls from a local private school, Since I was late there was only one person left who didn’t have a partner so we got paired up and introduced ourselves and that’s how I ended up meeting Erinn (name has been changed out of respect).

 

Immediately we got along very well,  We spent most of that day talking and goofing off together rather than getting any actual work done, No more than a week later and we were spending as much time together as we possibly could and a stones throw after that we were dating. This was the first relationship I had ever been in and we were both from extremely conservative backgrounds, She was from a traditional Korean family where just standing next to a man who isn’t family could be considered vulgar and my parents thought that any relationships were just something that would get in the way of my studies and should be cast aside. We spent the next year completely infatuated with each other while trying to hide  how often we saw each other from our families, Everything about my life seemed to improve because of her, I was more outgoing and I started to make friends, I enjoyed going to school again and was generally enjoying life. Erin eventually told her parents that we were officially going out which was a pretty rough time but overall it went better than we had expected, Her parents still didn’t like me but at least they tolerated me. Both of us grew up in environments that taught us that sex and sexuality was something to either cast aside or be ashamed of and because of this it wasn’t really a part of our relationship, We made out and explored each other a little bit but both of us were always too sexually repressed to venture further than that. Eventually the lack of a more sexual component in our relationship became a common point of argument and stress.

 

Erin was always more outgoing and bold than I was and one day when we were at her house after a fairly heavy evening of making out we got into a rather heated argument about sex, She wanted to explore and advance sexually but I was far to timid and unsure to agree wholeheartedly and the night ended up with both of us getting extremely upset at each other and yelling at one another and saying things out of anger that shouldn’t have been said to anyone, Let alone someone you cared about. The rest of my night was spent thinking about that conversation and trying to understand where she was coming from and feeling extremely guilty over the things I had said, After a lot of thinking and barely getting any sleep that night I remember thinking to myself “Whatever happens it will be up to the both of us, If we both want to have sex so be it”. Despite getting almost no sleep I woke up early that day and walked to the other side of town to Erinn’s house to apologize and finish our conversation from the previous night, Her parents answered the door and let me know that she hadn’t woken up yet but they were making breakfast if I wanted to stay and eat. Even though it’s been almost 10 years I still remember everything that happened next so well, I went upstairs and slowly opened the door to her room as not to wake her up and I tiptoed over to the bed before sitting down really abruptly to try to wake her up but she didn’t move at all, I shook her shoulder a little bit and said “Hey, It’s almost 10am get up” but soon as I started to shake her something didn’t feel right. I shook her again before getting up and moving around to check her face I realized what I think I knew from the first time I shook her, She was dead. I didn’t freak out, I didn’t scream I didn’t do anything, I simply had no idea how to react, I have no idea how long I stood there but eventually I made my way downstairs and managed to say something to her parents because her father ran upstairs and her mom just kinda stood there. I sat in a chair by the stairs and stared at the ground, When I think about that day all I can remember is the smell of breakfast being burned on the stove and Erinn’s mother sobbing in the kitchen. After what I assumed to be several minutes to an hour local police and paramedics showed up but honestly I don’t remember much about what they did or what they were asking me other than I wasn’t able to verbalize anything helpful.

 

I found out later that day she had taken almost an entire bottle of medication for her  fathers heart condition, The amount she had ingested ruled out accident – It was suicide. Before I even had a chance to fully process things I was being yelled at by her parents, They blamed me for her death, I realize now that they probably didn’t truly blame me and were looking for anything to  lash out at but I was immediately rushed out of the house. Following everything that had happened I made probably one of the worst decisions in my life, I didn’t tell anyone what I was going through, I didn’t cry or mourn I just pushed everything out of the way because I wasn’t able to deal with what happened. Everyone who knew her all said the same thing “She didn’t show any signs of depression” or “She was always so happy” “I can’t believe she would do that”, I certainly didn’t see any signs, And I beat myself up about it for not seeing them as well. Her parents told me I wasn’t welcome at the funeral so the one place where I would have felt comfortable grieving if I was able to was forbidden to me. For lack of a better way of putting it I became a zombie after that and kept everything I felt from everyone and refused to show emotions,  And honestly after while I became incapable of processing almost everything other than anger, I’m still trying to right the damage caused by my poor decisions to this day but I was emotionally shut off for so long it will take me a long time truly get better – If that’s even possible.

 

It’s taken me a long time to be able to realize that what happened wasn’t my fault, But I kept that guilt and anger with me for so long and never shared what I was feeling with anyone that I eventually lost my ability to communicate about emotional matters all together. I emotionally stunted myself so badly it would affect nearly every aspect of my life as I got older and it’s taken a great deal of work to get to a point where I can even write about this, let alone publish it on a blog for other people to read. I hope that when you read this you can take something away from it to use in bettering yourself, Starting this series is a huge step forwards for my own personal growth and if you have stuck around this far thank you for taking the time to read through everything.

– Perineum Plunders

HedoVibes Roundup #94

Photo courtesy of Perineum Plunders

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Review: Tantus ProTouch

The Tantus ProTouch sounds a little but like the stance in a debate and looks a little bit like a unpainted prop from the lovable classic E.T. but in reality it’s a silicone prostate/g-spot toy that also vibrates! If you are not mentally scarred by the thought of a vibrating E.T. finger by now I urge you to read on.

Packaging

I received the ProTouch from Tantus’s Grab Bag system which is an awesome and inexpensive way to purchase some great products from Tantus. Because the ProTouch was a grab bag item it didn’t come in the usual Tantus packaging, Instead it came in a plastic pouch sealed off at the top with a Tantus labeled cardboard logo sealed with a few staples – Simple and effective.

Overview

The ProTouch is an interesting looking toy, It’s clearly meant to replicate a human finger but after the second knuckle flares out into wider base and it’s cast in Tantus’s 100% Ultra-Premium Silicone. Overall the toy stands about 13cm tall but due to the curve it’s closer to 15cm from tip to base, The tip starts off at a very reasonable 7cm circumference and gradually progresses up to 11cm at the flared ridge right before the base. Along the bottom you’ll find a cavity that comes filled with a Tantus single speed vibrating bullet, The bullet vibe can be removed for cleaning or for attaching a suction cup to the bottom of the toy. In typical Tantus fashion the ProTouch is made from a very firm silicone but due to the thin nature of the toy it’s still quite flexible.

In Use

Now since I lack the parts I will be unable to review the ProTouch as a G-spot toy, This review is all about the prostate! It should be noted that because the ProTouch is made from silicone you should only be using water basted lubricants with it, If you really want to use a another typed of lube do a spot test first to ensure you won’t damage the ProTouch. With adequate lube the tip inserted very easy, The silicone Tantus uses for this toy is glossy and gets wonderfully slippery. Once the tip was in the rest of the toy slid in easy up to the narrow section right before the flared ridge, It was at this point that I decided to try the bullet vibe that the ProTouch came with only to realize that it was completely DOA, Even a fresh set of batteries couldn’t bring it to life and since I don’t have another bullet vibe I couldn’t test out the vibrations at all. With that sad realization behind me  I started to play around with the ProTouch some more but no matter how much twisting, prodding and thrusting was involved I simply could not get the ProTouch to connect with my prostate in any sort of meaningful way, Very brief and unsatisfying brushes was about the best I was able to manage. I also found that the ProTouch always wanted to twist or rotate from where I wanted it while playing, I had to constantly hold it in place otherwise it would spin round and face the wrong way.  Due to the relatively small size difference between the flared ridge and the rest of the base the ProTouch didn’t work as a plug either because it kept wanting to work its way out. Maybe with some sort of vibration I would have been able to feel the ProTouch more but in general my prostate needs very firm pressure that the ProTouch just wasn’t able to deliver. After a while I did come to appreciate the little ridge because that felt pretty good to pop in and out but  sadly it didn’t work as a prostate massager for me, Or a plug and due to the large curve it wasn’t particularly useful for thrusting either. The ProTouch sadly hasn’t seen much use from me, If I do use it during a play session it’s usually as a warm up for other toys.

Conclusions

Honestly I’m not sure how to sum up this review, It’s not like the ProTouch is poorly made or ill thought out, It just simply didn’t work with my anatomy, The bullet vibe not working was unfortunate but Tantus is usually known for their quality and I’m fairly sure that I just received an oddball that didn’t work – It happens. If you know that your prostate only requires very light pressure the ProTouch might work splendidly for you, Or if you’re simply looking for something that resembles a finger. For as much as it didn’t work for me I don’t regret picking up the ProTouch, It fills a needed size gap in my collection and makes a great warm up toy at the beginning of a session, I just don’t get any measurable pleasure from it. If you would like to pick up the Tantus ProTouch you can do so through the link below or at your favourite online retailer.

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