Joan Price

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We-Vibe Discover Gift Box

The We-Vibe Discover Gift Box is a holiday gift, and much more. It’s easily months of sexy giving and receiving. This curated gift box contains these 10 items for your sexual pleasure:

  1. We-Vibe Lube made by pjur: Water-based, safe for use with silicone pleasure toys.
  2. Tickler: A “feather duster” for your tickly bits or all over your body.
  3. Tango by We-Vibe: External mini-vibe, with 8 levels and modes of stimulation. Use the flat side, the tip, or the edges, and take it in the shower or tub if you wish — it’s waterproof and rechargeable. It’s made of hard plastic and transmits the vibrations very well.
  4. Sexy Dice: Sexy instructions and the body parts to use them on. Roll the dice and play.
  5. We-Vibe Couple’s Vibrator: AAA battery-powered, budget-friendly version of We-Vibe’s signature silicone couple’s vibrator. Designed for one “arm”  worn in the vagina and the other over the clitoris during partner intercourse, it’s also dandy for unpartnered self-pleasure if the fit feels right. This version isn’t as strong as the rechargeable models. (Hint: If you have trouble removing the paper from the battery compartment, as I did, use tweezers.) 
  6. Kegel Ball: You don’t have to go to the gym to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Insert the silicone ball in the vagina and slow squeeze – slow release for pelvic floor tone and, potentially, stronger orgasms. Silicone.
  7. Massage Candle: Sweet vanilla-scented candle, which releases massage oil. Of course you’ll extinguish the fire and test the heat before you pour it over your partner, right?
  8. Womanizer Starlet: Small, travel-sized, rechargeable version of the Womanizer, which uses a delightful “pressurized air pulses” technology. Use it on the clitoris and/or any-gendered nipples. (See my reviews of my favorite Womanizers here and my half-hearted review of the Starlet here. Although it’s not my favorite Womanizer, it will help you know whether you like the feeling enough to invest in a stronger model.) 
  9. Dusk by We-Vibe: Silicone anal plug, marketed as a “beginner’s butt plug” because it’s smaller than most and tapered for easy insertion. It doesn’t vibrate on its own, but the base is tube-
    Dusk + Tango

    shaped so you can pair it with the Tango to add vibrations. You’ll feel mild vibrations internally and stronger vibrations on the perineum, which the Tango will touch. 

  10. Silky Sash: Use it as a blindfold or a restraint, or come up with your own idea!
Each item is individually wrapped within its own gift box and comes with a card describing the item and how to use it. You might choose to play with these individually, or try them in combination. With such a large collection of possibilities, you’ll easily find some favorites. Enjoy experimenting!

The We-Vibe Discover Gift Box is listed at $350 (ouch!), but it’s selling now for $249 from We-Vibe. Still pricey, I know, but if it’s within your budget for a special treat that keeps on giving, you’ll find much to enjoy!

Thank you, We-Vibe, for gifting me the Discover Gift Box!

Sleek and Ergonomic: Le Wand Petite review

Sleek, handsome, comfortable, strong, and easy to hold. You’d think I was describing my latest man crush, but — no surprise, right? — it’s a vibrator that has me sighing: the shiny purple Le Wand Petite. It also comes in a lovely rose gold. It happened that both The Smitten Kitten and Le Wand were eager for my opinion, and independently, they each sent me Le Wand Petite. Lucky me — I have both colors!

Le Wand Petite is stylish looking and refreshingly ergonomic. Despite its 10-inch length and fairly large head, the handle tapers to under 2 inches in diameter, making it easy for arthritic hands to hold. Nice for short arms, too! And it’s light. Very light. Just under 8 ounces.

Like many wand vibrators, you’ll feel some light vibrations through the handle, but the high-power vibrations stay focused in the comfortable, silicone head. The neck is somewhat flexible, but only a fraction of an inch unless you press hard.

Le Wand Petite works delightfully as a solo clitoral vibrator, and the slim wand and long handle also make it easy to give yourself clitoral stimulation during partner sex. A penis can also enjoy the stimulation — this isn’t a gendered vibrator.

Magic Wand, Le Wand, Touch

But is it “petite” as the name claims? Compared to the original Le Wand (I’ll add my review of that one soon) or the Magic Wand — yes. Compared to the vibrators that usually accompany me on my travels, like the We-Vibe Touch — no. However, it’s so slim and light that it’s easy to pack and carry. 

It’s USB rechargeable and shower friendly, and comes with a zipped travel/storage pouch. The raised buttons are easy to locate by touch without looking, though you’ll have to memorize which is “+” and which is “-” if you don’t want to stop the action.

Despite the claims of “10 rumbly vibration speeds and 6 vibration patterns,” I wouldn’t call the higher speeds “rumbly.” The low speeds are rumbly, but get buzzier as the intensity increases. Is it as strong as my 75-year-old body likes? It’s not a Magic Wand or a Sybian, but it doesn’t claim to be, and it’s surprisingly powerful for a vibrator that weighs less than 8 ounces. If you want strong but don’t require turbo power, you’ll be happy.

Full disclosure: So this happened. After several happy experiences with each Le Wand Petite, the purple one stopped turning on. It was fully charged, but would make just a quick buzz, then turn off and stay off. The marvelous Le Wand people jumped to give suggestions and offer a replacement, saying this was not a problem others had reported. Then a few days later, I turned it on, same problem, but after I wiggled the head (because… why not?), it turned on and stayed on. I’ve tested the off/on again, with no problems. I didn’t want to post a review without mentioning this, but I’m confident that it was a quirky glitch that righted itself. If you do have problems, Le Wand has a one-year warranty.

Many thanks to The Smitten Kitten and Le Wand for providing me with Le Wand Petite in return for an honest review.

Fun Factory Sex Toys!

10/14/18: I’m bringing this 4/24/18 post to the top again. I find myself recommending these vibrators often — especially the Volta and the Cobra Libre — and I don’t want you to miss out. Be sure you use the 10% discount code at the end! 

Lucky me! I own a toy box of new vibrators from Fun Factory. As the name implies and the photo illustrates, each colorful Fun Factory vibrator has something playful about it.

The shape may be a dolphin, a cuttlefish, a caterpillar, a race car. You can’t help laughing as you try to describe it, and I’m sure that’s intentional. Sex is fun. Solo sex is fun. Sex with vibrators is fun.

These Fun Factory toys have much in common, so I’m doing a round-up instead of reviewing the toys individually and repeating myself. All are well-made of body-safe, medical-grade silicone and they’re waterproof for shower, tub, and pool use. Most charge via a USB magnetic charger, simple as can be, and they hold a charge for a long time. Yes, I have my favorites with unique qualities, and I’ll tell you what makes them special.

My top favorite is the Volta. It’s delightfully versatile. The curved shape and vibrating tips (I think of them as “flippers”) can give pleasure in several ways. For example:

  • Nuzzle a clitoris by surrounding the glans (protruding tip of the clitoris) with the flippers.
  • Rest the curve of the Volta over the vulva for all-over stimulation.
  • Separate the flippers to vibrate the clitoris and the vaginal entrance simultaneously.
  • Cuddle or circle around the head of a penis.
  • Stroke the shaft of a penis with the flippers during fellatio.

 

The Volta is not only versatile, it’s wonderfully strong! Take your choice of 6 intensity levels, oh my, and 6 rhythm patterns. It’s rumbly rather than buzzy, which I appreciate.

My second favorite is Patchy Paul (explain that name to me, please), caterpillar shaped including two eyes.* The shape makes it perfect for G-spot penetration, or clitoral pinpointing, or curving over the vulva.

I find most Fun Factory penetrative toys too girthy for pleasure, but Patchy Paul starts narrow  — 1.1 inch diameter at the tip — and gradually increases in girth, bloop by bloop, to 1.7 inches in diameter. Unless you like really deep penetration, that widest bloop won’t matter. It’s also fairly flexible, making it even more comfortable. Like the Volta, you get 6 intensities and 6 rhythm patterns.

Patchy Paul’s fake eyes

* A fun fact for you: Many caterpillars have fake eye spots so that predators think they’re snakes. Patchy Paul has fake eye spots to make us laugh.

caterpillar with fake eyes

Both Volta and Patchy Paul have ergonomic loop handles — no wrist twisting required, and no problem with lubed fingers. Besides solo use, the long shape and tapered ends make them work between bodies to add clitoral stimulation during partnered penetrative sex.

You can’t choose between them? If you like simultaneous clitoral stimulation and vaginal penetration and you can budget for both, double your pleasure by using Volta on the clitoris and Patchy Paul vaginally. Wowza. Of course you can do that with any two sex toys that fit your needs — I’m not saying you have to buy two new products for this experience. But Volta and Patchy Paul work especially well as a team, thanks to the shapes — they don’t get in the way of each other.


If you prefer a smaller vibrator and you don’t need the turbo power I prefer, the adorable Cayona or Diva Dolphin might be just right for you.

The shape of Cayona is designed for both penetration and clitoral stimulation via the bump, but the dimensions weren’t right for me (we’re all different), plus the penetrative part felt too thick, and the vibrations were buzzier than my personal preference. Sure love the color, though!

Size comparison
Cayona & Patchy Paul

The Diva Dolphin was more comfortable for insertion, tapering gradually. It can take batteries (no charging necessary), or if you prefer rechargeable, upgrade with Fun Factory’s hybrid kit. It has 4 speeds and 6 patterns. A good product, but I was spoiled by the Volta.

Cobra Libre II is a popular penis vibrator. It’s designed to envelop and vibrate the head of the penis, the most sensitive area for most penis owners. Experiment with how you like to hold it and use it. MacDuff, my penis-owning reviewer, tells me:

I used lube on just my penis at first and although it felt good, it didn’t get me to orgasm. The next time, I added a generous amount of lube inside the Cobra Libre, and woo! That made it possible to slightly thrust in and out, all the while being stimulated by vibrations. I discovered that for me, the toy works best held in what seems like an upside down position, as that better follows the upward curve of my erection. Whee! Full orgasm. Knocked me out.

 

Anything to criticize about Fun Factory sex toys? Only that they come without pouches. Sturdy boxes, yes, but who has room to store boxes? Dear Fun Factory, couldn’t you include one of your sweet  Tyvek zipped toybags?

I love the Karim Rashid Toybag, which makes a great gift, by the way. This toybag is so cute and durable that I use it to carry favorite vibrators, lube, and condoms when I travel.

Always use water-based lubricant with Fun Factory products. They can be damaged by oils and creams, so be careful with other substances on your body such as sunscreen, Fun Factory warns.

SPECIAL 10% DISCOUNT

My readers get 10% off all Fun Factory products with the code JOANPRICE. Go to Fun Factory using this link or any of the links in this post. Explore. Choose. Use the coupon code JOANPRICE at the bottom of your shopping cart, before clicking checkout. Fun Factory is so eager to introduce you to the pleasures of their products that you can continue to use this discount code on all future orders until 4/14/2020. (Please note that this coupon cannot be combined with other offers.)

Thank you, Fun Factory, for sending me these joyous sex toys in return for an honest review. Take a look at all their products — you’ll smile at the shapes and colors, and I’m sure you’ll find one that’s just right for you. And don’t forget to use your discount code.

See my past reviews of other Fun Factory favorites:

Volta and Patchy Paul repose
after fun in the shower

 

 

We-Vibe Touch and Anniversary Collection

9/16/18 update: I’m moving this review to the top because the We-VibeTouch has become my favorite travel vibrator! It’s tiny enough to pack in the toe of a shoe (not one you’re wearing, of course) and so light that it adds no discernible weight to your carry-on. With all that convenience, you do not sacrifice power — it’s strong and gets the job done, so to speak. 

Original review published 7/23/18:

The lovely folks at We-Vibe are celebrating a decade of creating pleasure products, and they sent me their latest products to sample. My favorite from We-Vibe is the Touch: small enough to be an easy travel companion, quiet, yet strong. I love the shape and its versatility — it’s curved to cover much of the vulva for all-over stimulation, or press the cupped area over the clitoris, or point the tip wherever you want it, or combine any or all of these.

The Touch is fabulous to use on the clitoris during partner sex as well as solo, because it doesn’t get in the way of two joined bodies. If you enjoy penetrative sex and need extra clitoral stimulation for your journey towards orgasm, this makes it easy and sweet. Add it for extra clitoral stimulation whatever kind of sex you might be enjoying — penetrative or not.

I had an earlier version of the Touch which I liked, but this one I love. The earlier Touch was made of a shiny silicone — this one is matte silicone: smooth and slick used with water-based lubricant, which enhances the sensation. It’s small, weighs almost nothing, and if you’re taking it as your travel companion — which I recommend — it takes no room in your carry-on.

The controls are a raised button at the base, easy to find and use during use, though with lubed fingers you may need to press hard. (The two silver things are for charging.) It’s completely waterproof — who needs a rubber ducky in the tub when you have the Touch? It has 8 vibration modes: 4 intensities and 4 patterns, and is surprisingly quiet, rumbly, and decently strong. It comes with a white satin pouch.

To celebrate 10 years, We-Vibe is offering their Anniversary Collection: the newest version of the We-Vibe Sync and the Tango mini-vibrator, both in passion purple in a compact travel case that doubles as a charging station.

We-Vibe Sync is advertised as a couple’s vibrator, to be worn during penetrative sex, with the smaller end in the vagina against the G-spot and the larger end stimulating the clitoris. It’s smaller and slimmer than earlier versions, and the bend between the two sections is adjustable, which is an improvement. It has an optional remote.

Despite all this, I don’t find it comfortable during partner penetration and I prefer to use it solo as a warm-up. Insert it during a shower or bath (it’s completely waterproof), or just wear it around the house for a while, vibrating to get the blood flow going to the genitals, and you’ll find arousal is faster and orgasm is easier. It can be used other ways and for other erogenous zones, too — experiment and enjoy!

In a long-distance relationship? Use the We-Connect app to let a partner of your choice anywhere in the world control the vibrations. Or sync the beat to your favorite music. Playtime!

Thank you, We-Vibe, for sending me the Touch and the Anniversary Collection for review. Happy anniversary!