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I got another one of those exciting packages from Babeland today- why, another sex toy for little ol’ me? Thanks babeland!
Today I’m reviewing “My First Jackrabbit Vibe,” which is one of the most affordable rabbit-style vibrators on the market. “Well, what makes a vibrator ‘rabbit style?’ you might ask.” Looking at this vibe, it becomes immediately apparent that the rabbit is…an actual rabbit. Rabbit vibrators have a unique design to offer both clitoral and vaginal stimulation, with a bullet vibe on the outside and a rotating or vibrating shaft for insertion. The rabbit part comes from the thermoplastic rubber coating on the bullet vibe in the shape of…well, a rabbit. The tall ears amplify the vibrations for a sweet buzzy feeling on your clit.
I can break up my thoughts on this product into a number of categories. Let’s start with:
Packaging/aesthetics: this is usually not a big selling point one way or another for me, but I was not a huge fan of the Rabbit’s wrapping. It has a big picture of Jenna Jameson, a famous porn actress, in a bunny-tail thong and rabbit ears. This was an immediate turn off for me, because the last thing I want my sex toys associated with is the mainstream porn that Jameson is famous for. I’m not trying to be a porn snob, and to each his/her/zer own, but Jameson doesn’t get me in that randy mood. The box looks like it is designed with horny boyfriends in mind much more than the women the product is actually servicing.
Also, the rabbit is BRIGHT PINK. I mean, seen from space bright frickin’ pink. I’m not a huge fan, but I suppose it’s not a breaking point.
Material/Production: The rabbit is coated with Thermoplastic Rubber, which is essentially the phthalate-free version of jelly. That means that it is safe for your nether regions, but it is more porous than your silicone toys, so you ABSOLUTELY MUST use a condom with this to keep it safe and sterile. TPR also melts at higher temperatures, which means you cannot boil this vibe to get it clean. That being said, you really shouldn’t boil anything with electronics inside of it…

Click on the picture to go to Babeland's site and pick up My First Jackrabbit Vibrator!!

The rabbit is made by California Exotic Novelties, a company I’m not particularly fond of, which is a major point against it. In my experience, the company produces much shoddier-quality toys, but gets away with it because of its very low prices. This toy seems fairly sturdy in construction, however, I am still not a fan of the company. One of the reasons I shop at Babeland is that they are a purveyor whose business practices I can get behind: they are socially responsible, engaged with their community, woman and queer-friendly, and overall just a good group of individuals. It surprises me, for exactly those reasons, that they would even stock a toy from CalExotics, which to me is synonymous with bad quality, heterosexism and a bit of sleaze (hence the packaging I find unbecoming and akward). The Babeland associate I work with on these reviews explained to me that they stock this toy as a low-cost option for a rabbit vibrator, which makes sense for those of us on a tight budget, but I’d rather not endorse them.  It also upsets me slightly that Babeland’s site does not list the Rabbit Vibe as a CalExotics toy.

Use!  As for the part ya’ll actually care about, I wasn’t too impressed with the rabbit. It’s BIG by my standards (about 4 fingers), but not uncomfortable when inserted. The vibrations were nice and buzzy from the rabbit ears bouncing off one another, and it has a high and low speed which I think are more than adequate, but there was a problem of angles. I don’t think 90% of us are built with the right vagina-to-clit ratio for the rabbit vibe to hit both those sensitive membranes at the same time. I had to use my other hand to push the bullet

against my body, which eliminated much of the reverberatory buzzy-ness that makes the rabbit shape particularly nice. At the same time, I didn’t feel like the rotating beads in the shaft of the vibrator did much for me. I could feel them, but it wasn’t stimulating in a particularly exciting way.

The major problem being that when in the throes of ecstasy, I (as many women like me) tend to “clamp down.” This is fine when the object of my affection is flexible, like silicone or fingers, but not so good when I’m squeezing a rather large metal-filled apparatus. Ouch.

In summation, at $39, I’d say the Rabbit isn’t a terribly good buy. The likelihood of it fitting your body is fairly slim, and the sensation from the rotating beads in the shaft left me with a “meh” rather than “WOW.” This is the lower-end pricing for a rabbit vibe, however, so if you really feel compelled to try one, this is probably your best bet.

As always, thanks to Babeland for sending me their products to review, and for being especially responsive with my questions and concerns about this product!

Stay cool, queer kids.

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Click through to buy these Lavish Nipple Clamps at Babeland.com

It’s been a while since I’ve done a toy review because I’ve been waiting for something awesome enough to post about.  And now I have it!  These lavish nipple clamps from Babeland are both classy and secure.

These claps are tweezer style, which initially made me nervous, because they often don’t have very good hold, but these babies are perfect.  There’s a ring that sits at the base of the tweezers which you can slip up towards the tip to increase pressure.  The pinch that the lavish nipple clamps provide is probably too light for many enthusiasts, especially people who identify as masochists, but they’re just right for the “causal user” and have a good range of adjustability because of the sliding ring design.  For me, they felt just right at about ¾ up the slide, but once I’d had them on for a while, I could have easily tolerated more.

The metal tweezers are fitted with hard plastic ends to make the pinch softer and smoother, and I haven’t been daring enough to remove them, but that might add enough concentrated pressure to work for someone with a higher pain tolerance.

Though it hasn’t been an issue yet, the plastic ends to the clamps come off very easily and might get lost in your toy chest.  I highly recommend a plastic baggie for keeping everything together.

And darn are they pretty!  The beaded tassels swing freely and are a beautiful accent, so that these clamps can be accessories as much as play toys.

At a $20 price point, these are among the better clamps you can get.  I’ve never gone for the industrial look, so these are a lot more appetizing than alligator clamps or something more “chrome and steel-esque.”  They seem durable and they hold to your breasts very firmly, even when swung or tugged on.  And because they aren’t as intense a pressure as other types of clamps, they are more versatile and useful for pinching other, more sensitive areas!

Pick them up at Babeland today for yourself, or as a titillating Christmas gift.

So….the reason it’s taken me so long to write my review on Babeland’s Dynamic Duo is because I’ve been using it.  I mean, a lot.  Many times a week.  This baby has passed inspection.

I received the Dynamic Duo in the mail a couple weeks ago, and I was a little skeptical.  I liked its design: two egg-shaped bullet vibrators attached to separate 37” chords and simple, handheld plastic base.  Each vibrator had its own separate control for the intensity of the vibrations, but…it only cost $18.  How good could it be?

Well, Babeland clearly proved me wrong.  The Dynamic Duo packs a punch.  Although the website lists the vibration intensity as only a three out of five, I cannot imagine a stronger vibe.   This thing was buzzing so hard it started to make my hand numb.  It’s perfect for solo and duo use, and has an incredible ability to hit all the right spots.  Good god.

There are a few small drawbacks to the Duo.  Like any bullet, it’s hard to hold on to when you use it.  This thing is buzzing like crazy, and you will feel the vibrations running up your fingers and lower arm, making it tricky to hold in place for long amounts of time (but frankly, with this kind of power, you won’t need it for too long).

The controls for the Dynamic Duo are also a little disappointing.  The vibes each have one rolling speed-control dial, however, they do not actually have much range in terms of vibration.  The Dynamic Duo goes from really intense to even-more-than-really-intense, so the lowest setting may still be too powerful for those of you with high sensitivity.  Another small problem is that the dials are set to operate in opposite directions, so if you are using one vibe, pushing the dial up will increase vibrations, while pushing up on the Babeland advertisementopposite dial will turn the bullet off.  Not an incredible problem, but it can be a little disorienting when you’re in the middle of a long session and high on endorphins.

Despite those shortcomings, this is an incredible toy.  It takes 4 AA batteries, so you don’t even have to run out to the mall to buy an expensive watch battery, and it only costs $18.  Can I repeat that?  $18!!!!  I’ve spend that much on Subway this month!  For a high-quality, intense, versatile, and inexpensive vibe, you really can’t beat the Dynamic Duo.

Eeep!  I’m so far behind on this sex toy thing, already!  Babeland, those wonderful sex-positive, woman and queer friendly people, sent me another batch of toys last week, and I am just now getting around to writing about them.

 

For reference, one of the trickiest things about living in DC is the likelihood that you will be sleeping (and playing) in an apartment with very thin walls and a multitude of neighbors.  Right now, I’m lucky enough to be renting out a basement apartment in one-family row house, but I anticipate that close quarters will be part of my routine for a long time.  And I’ll put it right out there…I’m kind of a screamer.   These two things don’t go well together, so I was super excited when one of the treats in my goodie basket from Babeland was this Jawbreaker Gag, made with an honest-to-goodness Jawbreakers candy ball.  Excellent.

Unfortunately, despite its unique and entertaining concept, the Jawbreaker Gag has some serious design flaws.  The strap which secures the gag around the head is made of PVC, which is fine for hold and stretch, but causes pretty serious chafing on the sides of my mouth.  This is especially true if you move the gag around a lot, which I have to, because the Jawbreaker is HUGE, and doesn’t sit in my mouth comfortably.

In addition to its cumbersome size, the Jawbreaker “bit” causes a serious spit problem.  Note that the gag is made of sugar, which makes the mouth water.  Unfortunately, the shape of the Jawbreaker forces my throat open awkwardly, making it difficult to swallow.  Thus, as my mouth waters from the sugar, the spit dribbles unpleasantly out of the corners.  That can be a great thing for people embracing humiliation play, but since the gag was really just to keep me quiet, and not to be part of a scene, it broke my headspace and made me feel really unsexy every time my mouth filled up with spit.

Gag me with a Spoon

Actually...please don't

That was probably more than you wanted to hear, eh?

Well, there are two other things that you should know.  One, because of its sugar content, the Jawbreaker gag is not safe to share or reuse, and Two, the same feature makes it difficult to store hygienically.

Summation: the Jawbreaker gag is adorable, and yummy, but it doesn’t fit comfortably in the mouth and causes chafing from the PVC strap.  It is difficult to store and impossible to sanitize and share.  Which is probably why Babeland classifies it as a bachelorette gag gift.

So if you’re looking for something silly and cute to buy your girlfriend for her bachelorette party, this is a great use of $13.  But if you want a high-quality gag that will last you a long time, search a little longer and pay a little more for something leather or silicone that fits your mouth well.

Stay cool, queer kids.

Click on the picture to go to Babeland's site and pick up the Two!

I just received my first toy from Babeland, and boy, do I have FEELINGS about.Picture of The Two at Babeland [redirect to Babeland order form for The Two]

First of all, the Two is lavender and it’s adorable.  Shaped like two forefingers stuck together, it’s the most un-intimidating dildo I’ve ever seen, even though at  5-1/2″ long and 1-7/8″ wide, it’s larger than any other one I own (what can I say, I like mine small!).

The Two is hollow almost up to the second finger joint, so you can slip your own fingers inside it, and it creates a surprisingly snug seal.  I can fit my fingers in up to base of my hand, but for ladies (or men!) with larger proportions than mine, it should still fit nicely ¾ of the way down the fingers.  The two is made of silicone, which is excellent, as an sex-toy enthusiast will tell you, because silicone is boilable and non-porous,  making it the most sanitary toy material out there.

As for its usefulness, let me rave a little.  The Two is made by lesbians and marketed to lesbians for a reason- the shape RESONATES.  In general, I’ve found round dildos to be problematic.  Because the length and girth of a dildo are usually proportional, they’re either too short to reach those deep spots, or too wide to be comfortable for me.  Which is why the Two is so amazing.  Since the Two is shaped like fingers, it’s long without being excessively wide, and the joints in the design help it to angle into those hard-to-reach spots.

Moreover, the Two adds about two inches of depth to any fingering episode, making it incredible for solo use.  How many of us have felt the creep of carpal tunnel from having our fingers wedged at such atrocious angles while masturbating?  Not anymore.  Those extra two inches makes it so much easier to reach under without hurting my fingers or my wrist.  At $39, that’s not a bad investment to avoid serious wrist pain down the line.

Because of its shape, the Two definitely requires some extra lube, as it won’t go in as smoothly as a round dildo.  But it more than makes up for that in its versatility, ease of use, and all-around cuteness.

What a great way to start off a product review career!  The Two is going to be part of my permanent collection, and I highly suggest it for anyone looking to start a toy collection.

Exciting news, queer kids.  I’m going to be doing sex toy reviews from the wonderful sex-positive, woman-friendly sex toy provider, Babeland!

For those of you not familiar, Babeland is pretty much the name in eco-friendly, woman-friendly, queer-friendly, all around high quality toys.  Pretty much everything in my arsonal so far has come from them.

Even if you don’t have the money to spring for one of the more expensive toys like a fancy vibrator or dildo, there are tons of little treats there too for under $15, and even some games and play items like body paints.

Point being, you should check their site out.  And I’m not just saying that because their going to send me free toys.

Stay cool, queer kids.

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