Gigolino by Fun Factory

ff_gigolinoblue_01eThe elegant Gigolino holds such promise. Swathed in slightly squishy silicone with a suede-like surface, shaped for broad or focused external stimulation as well as internal stimulation, made in non-traditional shades of soft French blue and deep red-orange, it speaks of streamlined sophistication. And it’s made by Fun Factory, a German brand with a well-deserved reputation for high quality.

For those who are on the high end of the clitoral sensitivity scale, or who want a slender-ish, flexible, vaginally insertable vibrator with gentle g-spot stimulation and gentle vibrations, it may even fulfill that promise. (It does not have a flared base, so it isn’t safe for anal use.) Its vibration frequency is fairly rumbly, there are six speeds and six patterns to choose from, about 6″ of the total 8″ length is insertable, and the shape of the tip gives a choice of g-spot sensations. Continue reading Gigolino by Fun Factory


Opal by Jopen

ce_jopen_opalpurple_09eIt’s clichéd, but it’s true: I have a love-hate relationship with the Opal.

I love it for being a rechargeable silicone vibrator coated in glass. Smooth, slippery, shiny, sterilizable glass. I’ve searched and searched, and I’ve found plastic battery-operated vibrators with glass sleeves, most of which are just ugly, or plastic battery-operated vibrators covered in matte-textured glass, which defeats the main purpose of glass as a sex toy material; I’ve found glass dildos with a loop for holding a bullet vibrator. That’s it. Nothing else. So I emphatically congratulate Jopen on that feature alone. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FEATURE, JOPEN.

Jopen made the original Key Comet G Wand (which appears to have been discontinued in favor of the newer acrylic vibrating version), a glass g-spot dildo with the insertable end coated in silicone. The company reversed that process with the Opal, which was clearly a fabulous idea. The slickness of glass makes it one of my favorite sex toy materials, and I would dearly love to see more high-quality, rechargeable, glass-coated vibrators. Continue reading Opal by Jopen

G-Spot (Small) by BS Atelier

bsatelier_gspotellablue_01e I’d been interested in trying this silicone dildo for at least a year or two, but was concerned that the shape would be too extreme for my ultra-sensitive vagina. Because of this doubt, each time I had the room in my budget for something new, I always purchased some other toy. I now know that was a mistake.

When a delightful Twitter chat with a BS Atelier rep resulted in an offer of products for review, the G-Spot in their Small size was one of the three shapes in which I expressed interest. Their rep told me they’d send something out to me, but it could take some time because, oh, they make each toy to order. How cool is that? Continue reading G-Spot (Small) by BS Atelier

Key Aries by Jopen

CE_Jopen_Key Aries_02ecI had low expectations for the Aries based on its size, but also high hopes for it based on its shape.

The reality falls somewhere in the middle.

Yes, as a small vibrator, it’s decidedly buzzy — though not the MOST buzzy I’ve ever felt. A given vibrator’s position on the buzzy-to-rumbly scale seems to be determined mainly by the size of the spinning weight inside it, so it’s very unusual to find a bullet-sized vibe that ISN’T firmly on the buzzy end of the spectrum. Since most of the space inside the Aries is taken up by the single AAA battery, there isn’t much room left for the motor and spinning weight. Continue reading Key Aries by Jopen

Spur by Vixen Creations

VVSC_02eI must begin by saying that I am not a fan of realistic-looking dildos.

It isn’t just because I’m a gay woman. Nor is it because I considered myself heterosexual for the first 25-ish years of my life. It’s mainly because, to me, an object that closely resembles a dismembered body part is just, well, a bit odd. Especially when there are so many other shape and color options in which one can make dildos.

However, I am an enormous fan of VixSkin, a dual-density silicone combination made by Vixen Creations. Continue reading Spur by Vixen Creations

Rebel by Fuze

Fuze Rebel, fresh from a shower. Because lint.

Okay. So. WHY has no one thought of this before?

The teardrop-shaped Fuze base is not just harness-compatible. It is contoured and angled to fit the wearer’s vulva. It has rounded ridges for clitoral stimulation. These things are great. These things alone would have made me — and my partner — really enjoy this dildo.

But they didn’t stop there. They added a pocket for a bullet-vibe in THE BEST SPOT EVER. The vibe slides up into the underside of the dildo, just in front of and PARALLEL to the angled base. Continue reading Rebel by Fuze

Raquel by Vixen Creations

Vintage Reviews | This is a series of reviews I wrote in 2013, lightly edited for publication here.

vvr1seWhat an elegant dildo.

The Raquel is long and slender, but with a larger, curvier tip. It’s flexible, but can stand up for itself when needed. It can be used for handheld vaginal or anal penetration, but the large, sturdy base makes it an excellent candidate for harness use as well, and the average shaft diameter means it will fit most harnesses. What’s more, the base doubles as a strong suction cup — I tested it on the shower tile — for hands-free solo use. Continue reading Raquel by Vixen Creations