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21 September, 2013

Review - Carlson Key E Natural Vitamin E Suppositories

Are you suffering from vaginal dryness due to perimenopause, menopause, hysterectomy, other surgery, post-pregnancy, cancer treatment, excessive douching, heavy daily workouts, prolonged dehydration, or any other reason?

I will be reviewing a number of common and easy to find over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers as part of a series on post-Hysterectomy care.  Whether you want to supplement with, cannot use, or do not want to use hormone replacement therapy, there are many options a woman can try to deal with post-surgery sexual difficulties.

Carlson 'Key E' Vitamin E Suppositories can be used to ameliorate vaginal dryness.  It's a effective vaginal moisturizer that is natural and safe to use.  Never use something like a typical hand lotion for your vulva or vagina, the perfumes and other chemicals can actually make your dryness worse, give you acne on your vulva, or even give you a UTI, BV, or yeast infection.  It's important to only use soaps and lotions and lubes that are appropriate for your lady bits, especially if you already know you have sensitive skin and/or are highly prone to infections.



These are small tapered suppositories in convenient, solid form that is easy to place inside the vagina to provide long-lasting moisture.  They are 24 to a box.  Since they are individually wrapped, they remain sterile, and are easy to carry with you or travel with.  Even if they are exposed to heat and melt inside the package, they can be made solid again by placing in a fridge for a little while.


To use, detach one suppository from the box, carefully peel apart the foil from the top, and take the translucent white suppository out.  Use your finger(s) to push it into your vagina as far up as you can, at least past the entrance (the tight grippy part).  You should wash your hands before and after.  If your dryness is particularly severe, to the point where you cannot get one finger inside, you may need to pre-lube the entrance to your vagina by rubbing the suppository around, or with another lube (like astroglide or wet, or even unflavored olive oil).

I recommend using Vitamin E suppositories right before you go to sleep.  As soon as you place one into your vagina it's going to start melting with the heat of your body.  If your vagina isn't level or elevated, it's going to run right out of your vagina and onto your underwear and down your legs.  Of course, you can wear a pantyliner to help absorb spills if you like.  But you want to try to keep as much as you can inside your vagina for as long as you can, so that it will be more effective and naturally absorb into your skin.  And to be blunt, some will also come out when you fart or queef.  No matter what, some is going to come back out, and your underwear may get stained.  These suppositories are safe to use daily, or even multiple times a day, unlike some other vaginal moisturizers which can only be used a couple times a week.

Carlson's Vitamin E suppositories ingredients are hydrogenated coconut and palm oils and natural Vitamin E in the form of d-alpha tocopheryl acetate and mixed tocopherols.  Vitamin E is a antioxidant.  'D-alpha' form of Vitamin E is better utilized in the human body and very common in beauty and health products as well as actual vitamin capsules for human consumption, and the 'acetate' part means it has been processed to withstand temperature extremes. 'Alpha' Vitamin E could have come from a number of different natural sources but most likely from soybeans (I don't know for sure though).  Although the coconut and palm oils are hydrogenated, meaning they are trans fats, you are not eating them, just using it topically, so I do not believe you should be in danger of raising your 'bad fat' levels.  Correct me if I'm wrong, more experienced and knowledgeable scientists or doctors out there.  I would be happier if it were not in a hydrogenated form, but that is why the suppositories are shelf stable and "hard", it's one of the more common bases for suppositories.

Some people can be allergic to Vitamin E or Coconut Oil or Palm Oil, so if you have never used or consumed a product with Vitamin E or Coconut Oil or Palm Oil in it, you may want to test with a small amount first.  I have not found the product irritating at all.  If you think you are allergic, stop using this product.

These suppositories can be used rectally for rectal dryness or irritation as well.  I have no experience with this usage.  They are not marketed as a laxative, and I am not sure if they would have a laxative effect if used in the rectum.

You could use these Vitamin E suppositories as a sex lube, in fact Vitamin E is popular with sex workers for protecting themselves from irritation and damage.  However, it may degrade a latex condom, so it would be better to try this as a lube only if you don't use condoms or if you are using non-latex condoms.  In fact, if you are using this product daily and you use condoms, don't use the latex kind.  Use a polyurethane condom like Trojan Supra and Okamoto Polyurethane (do not confuse with polyisoprene, like Lifestyles Skyn and Durex Avanti Bare which is also not safe with oil).  Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, any oil will cause condoms to break.

I don't believe this product is going to "fix" vaginal atrophy for women who are suffering from it, honestly I'm not sure there is a easy fix for most women, because it's a symptom of more complex hormonal issues, but I do think it is an effective daily or near-daily treatment for dryness.  It's a great choice for women who don't wish to use any kind of hormone treatment at all since it's inexpensive and easy to source and more-or-less natural.

I tested this product for three weeks, every day at first and then every second or third day, which I think would reflect how someone would most likely actually use it.  I always used it before going to sleep.  I'm diabetic, and always have to get up to use the toilet 1-2 times during the night, but I would say that I was able to stay on my back 4-6 hours on average before, uh, losing a good chunk of the product.  Longer would of course be better, but realistically I think that will be about average experience for most people.  Basically what happens, is the suppository quickly turns into a thin liquid oil, with body temperature, and it takes hours to really absorb into the skin, and some is not going to, since it's a lot of oil.  If you were really concerned about staining, you could experiment with only using half the suppository?

Before I used the Vitamin E suppositories, I was experiencing severe vaginal dryness - sorry to be blunt, but the inside of my vagina was downright "sandpaper-y" in places, seemed like a lot of dead skin was not being sloughed off properly, and even penetrating myself with one finger was difficult.  When I tried to use a toy, it would get covered in dry, sticky, dead skin cells and not be able to move in smoothly.  Lube was not really helping, no matter how much I applied.  I was feeling kind of pinched and sore just sitting or walking.  Sex would be impossible or excruciating.  Even my vulva was oversensitized and delicate, and at times felt like it might crack from dryness, in places.

But even just three weeks of using the suppositories has helped a lot.  Although I still feel more delicate and sensitive, and having some dryness issues, it is much better.  My vagina is producing moisture more normally now, and it is comfortable to touch.  I am still overly tight, but penetration is a lot easier.  Lube is still necessary, but I feel like with longer vaginal moisturizer use, as well as gentle stretching to get used to it again, I would only need a little to be able to have comfortable penetration.  It's a relief to know it is possible to get my vagina feeling pretty normal again.  But I can tell, I would just have to keep using this forever.

Final Verdict - 3.5/5 - I don't think this has solved the underlying problems, but it's a decent vaginal moisturizer.  It is inexpensive and pretty easy to purchase.  I am a bit nervous about long-term use of a hydrogenated oils product.  It just targets the inside of my vagina, so it doesn't totally help dryness on my labia and vulva.  I would like to find a product I can safely use on those parts that won't stain my underwear or feel greasy.

Carlson Key E Suppositories can easily be purchased all over the internet and in pharmacies, from around $6-10 (making it around 25 cents per use at the cheapest end, which is frankly a great price for a commercial vaginal moisturizer).  I particularly recommend iherb.com, which currently offers free shipping at only $20, generous VIP volume discounts as a returning customer, and great customer service.  They also have very competitive prices to begin with, even not counting any extra discounts - compare your current vitamin and other health product prices with theirs.  If you're a new iherb customer, use coupon code SAD413 for $10 off a $40 order or $5 off any order.

Even though I do think these are great for ease and convenience, you can also consider alternate forms of Vitamin E, like just using a sterile pin to poke a Vitamin E pill and then placing inside the vagina to melt, or getting a non-sharp medicine syringe (like the kind you use to give liquid medicine to a child) to use with a bottle of Vitamin E oil.  You can visit your local compounding pharmacy and ask them if they can make you a similar product to your specifications.  They may be able to put Vitamin E into a different base, like aloe.  Additionally, taking Vitamin E pills orally will improve your skin hydration for your entire body.

I will be reviewing Luvena Vaginal Moisturizer next!  Watch out for my review mid-October.  We'll see if that product is any better.  But if you're suffering from severe vaginal dryness, don't suffer any longer, give this product a try.



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Disclaimer:  I have purchased this product myself.  My opinions are my own.  I have no affiliation with, and do not speak for Carlson Labs.  If you use my iherb affiliate link, I will receive a small amount of iherb credit in return, so if you find that offensive, you probably shouldn't use it.


15 September, 2013

Review - Privacy Pop Bed Tent



Privacy Pop Bed Tents are portable, easy to assemble tents that turn your bed into a privacy zone.  It is available in many sizes - Twin, Twin XL, Twin Bunk, Full, Full Bunk, and Queen, and several colors that would appeal to both adults and children, with more colors coming out as sales improve.  And I'm sure if enough people requested it, they would expand out to King size tents.

I purchased the Queen Size in black.  I know, boring, but hey I like the color black.

This is one of those products that when you see it, you're like "Why didn't I think of that?" and "Where have you been all my life?".  It's perfect for so many situations.


Number one would have to be college dorms.  I would have absolutely killed to have one of these when I went off to college.  Like many colleges, mine had mandatory on-campus living for the first two years and I hated it so much.  I was not used to sharing such a small room with a stranger, have always been very reclusive and anti-social, and dorms were like living in hell.  My freshman year, I'm sure my first roommate caught me in a awkward post-masturbatory situation at least once, since she would live with a guy for weeks at a time and then suddenly just show up without notice.  With other roommates it would have been nice to have a way to block them off and be able to sleep or study or relax in peace.

If you like to use hostels when you travel (I used to, but not as much now that I'm older and prefer more comfort), a Privacy Pop Bed Tent would probably greatly enhance your hostel experience if you struggle to be able to sleep well, fear insect problems, or worry about being robbed or molested while staying there.  While not a solution by itself, it can help.  Even if you're bunking with 5 or 11 other people, you can have your own little privacy bubble.  Because the tent is easy to take up and down and comes with a nice carrying case with shoulder straps, you can travel with it.

this is a Queen size, so if you're just carrying Twin size, it's a smaller, lighter bag (8lbs for Twin)

Every parent, I'm sure, would love to give their children separate bedrooms, but it's not always possible.  If your kids hate sharing, they might feel better about it if they can have their own privacy tent to make them feel like they have their own space.  Even if they have their own bedroom, they might like having a more enclosed space that's just for them, or to feel like they have a "play tent" to have adventures in, pretend they are camping, or turn into an imaginary house or castle.  Or maybe you're sharing a room with them and you want one.

Got a young child that's afraid of monsters?  Tell them the tent is monster-proof, maybe spritz it with a little "monster-repellent" in the form of lavender water or something, regularly, and maybe that will help calm their fears.

Is your child going to summer camp?  Maybe they are introverted or autistic and need a little private space to de-stress at times?

Need to double up bedroom space because you have family or guests staying with you for awhile?  You can still have your private space with a Privacy Pop Bed Tent.

Sharing a Room With Someone? Get Privacy on Demand! The Innovative Privacy Tent - CLICK HERE

Do you have a kid who barges in on you without knocking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and you're afraid he or she will see something you don't want them to?  Zip up your bed tent and you'll have another barrier to protect them (and you) with.

You do not even need to have a traditional mattress to use Privacy Pop - you can use it with sleeping bags or air beds or cots.

The reason I just picked one of these up is not one that Privacy Pop is advertising, but maybe they should.  Despite regular pest control spraying and other measures, I have not been able to totally keep large spiders and scorpions out of my house.  I live in the Southwest, so it's very difficult to avoid them entirely.  We only moved in a few months ago and the house was previously a rental property for the owners, and I highly doubt there was much of a pest control regimen for years, given how poorly the house was maintained in general.  I am, I admit, totally terrified of them, and when I see another one, I am too stressed out to sleep well and feel like I have to be on guard 24/7.  So I feel like with this tent, I can zip it up and feel secure to sleep unmolested by these horrid creatures.  Getting a good night's sleep is very important to one's wellbeing.  If you sleep badly night after night, it will take its toll on your physical and mental health.

Of course, I'm hoping stepping up to stronger (and more) poisons and spraying a little more indoors (which I've been reluctant to do to a great extent because I have a cat that pokes her little nose into every nook and cranny constantly) will greatly reduce my sightings.  With your tent zipped up at night, you are safe from surprise visits from crickets, spiders, mosquitoes, scorpions, or any other pests you may be temporarily plagued by.  Sometimes these things just happen.  I had another house in Texas where I lived for many years where one year we suddenly had a serious plague of crickets and they were getting in the house every day.  After several weeks, they were gone.  Never had that problem before, or since, it was just one of those freak natural occurrences.  Definitely could have used a tent then, since they could jump into our beds.

As you can see from the pictures above, the Privacy Pop bed tent has 4 zipper openings - 2 huge doors on either side, and 2 smaller windows front and back which are actually 3 different modes: solid or mesh or both.  With the smaller openings, you can use them for ventilation, windows to see out of the tent, or to pass smaller objects in or out.  The mesh cloth is so dense that no insect could crawl through, but it breathes very effectively.  The side openings are for getting in and out of the tent yourself or to have a open side with full access.  There is a small square (which you can close off) for cord access (say, for a cell phone or laptop) even with a zipped-up tent.  There is a hook-and-loop system for when you want the zippered flaps to stay up and out of the way.  The fabric is water-repellent.

Assembling the tent was pretty easy overall.  The most difficult part was wrestling my very heavy extra thick queen mattress into the tent.  For the Queen size, it will be a lot easier with two people to assemble.  At Queen size it is quite a big tent and it helps to have one person handle most of the mattress weight and one person steadying the tent.  For smaller sizes, especially the Twin or Twin XL, probably one person can manage it just fine.  I also recommend not assembling with the "help" of a pest of a bengal cat jumping in and out of the tent and attacking your hands while you assemble it.

My husband and I assembled the tent by sliding the mattress off to the side, placing the tent onto my platform frame, and then sliding in the poles which go horizontally along the top and bottom of the tent (the instructions were not totally clear about that, so it took us a minute to figure out that's where they went - there are small zippers where they go in).  Just 4 straight poles, very easy and no struggle.  We got the mattress in by turning it about 45 degrees, then slowly maneuvering it straight again, then making small adjustments until everything was straight.  The tent has a good amount of slack, so it's easy to rock it a little to get it straightened up, and to put your sheets on the bed.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.


Sorry about the abysmal quality of the photos  :( - my phone camera doesn't cope well with low light situations and I still have a lot of crap piled up in my room from trying to minimize scorpion hiding spots.  I will try to retake with some added light and a DSLR soon.

Our ceilings are average height and I have a ceiling fan with lights in the room and still had space for the tent even though the tent is genuinely tall and roomy.  You'll want to be sure to carefully measure your available height clearance before you buy though - the distance from where the base of your mattress sits to as tall as the tent you're interested in is.  Unfortunately, I am now blocked from my ceiling fan, but I could always rearrange my room layout to improve the situation.  I haven't noticed much of a difference so far - the tent breathes pretty well even when totally zipped up for hours, so I still felt cool and comfortable all night long.  I did not feel deprived of oxygen or fresh air.

Getting in and out of the tent is easy.  Admittedly, I am only 5'3", but I had tons of space for access, and when I'm in the tent, I can sit straight up and read or whatever, and still have many inches above my head.  My 5'9" husband had plenty of room to spare too.  I think you would be have to be well over 6" tall to start having trouble with sitting straight up, and if you don't have a extra-deep mattress like I do, or actually have a thinner than average mattress like you may have with memory foam or latex mattresses, then you will have more clearance.  The zippers are not too difficult to zip and unzip and so far, seem heavy duty and like they will stand up to heavy use.

Since this is an adult blog, let's get back to talking sex.  I don't anticipate the tent being too limiting as far as activities and sex positions, at least for me.  I guess it might be slightly limiting for very tall people or a group.  My mattress was already too high up to really work for a lot of standing positions, except for oral sex, so the tent doesn't change that or make that problem worse.  The tent is great for having a private space to masturbate in peace, if you're quiet.  It will help block out distractions.

I would like to note that with the black tent having black zippers, in a dark environment, you might like to plan for putting on neon tape or a bright cord or something along those lines to help you find the zippers a little easier.  I plan on using some neon paracord on the zippers.

Sleeping inside the tent has a nice feel - very cosy and private.  It's like having an adult pillow fort!  I feel really secure and relaxed.  Because of the roomy design, it is not confining or claustrophobic at all.  It will definitely help me sleep more soundly.  The tent blocks light very effectively, so even if you were not getting enough coverage from curtains or blinds, you could sleep in the middle of the day as if it were night.


I'm very happy with the tent for the most part, but there are a couple of things I would like to change.  I would really love if the side flaps were also dual-layered, so I could have it closed against bugs but open for better air circulation.  The "electric cord" portal is not realistically accessible for me at all, certainly not to have cords going in and out of it all the time, it's well under the mattress.  I would like to see it on the side of the tent maybe about 8 inches up from the bottom.  More colors would be great.  The black color creates a very dark atmosphere in a already dark room.  I did not like the pink or tan colors at all, so that's why I got black.  I would like a light purple or a light turquoise color, personally.  The black is good for the sleep itself, but not as ideal for just hanging out inside the tent, unless you have a really bright and lit-up bedroom.  Most of my sheets are also dark colors, so it just adds to the dark cave feel.

Final Verdict - 4/5.  Does what I need it to do, pretty easy to use, overall quite nice and cozy.  Just a few small things that keep it from being perfect.  I have no problem recommending these bed tents.  Click the link below to head on over to Privacy Pop's website and check these out for yourself.

Sharing a Room With Someone? Get Privacy on Demand! The Innovative Privacy Tent - CLICK HERE

Privacy Pop!

Disclaimer - I purchased this item with my own money, have genuinely tested it, and my review is honest and not for compensation.  I do not endorse products that I do not personally believe in.

11 September, 2013

Signal Boost - Have You Done Your Kegels Lately?

Did you know that both women and men can do kegel exercises?

If you're suffering from event or age related sexual dysfunctions and frustrations, whether you're recovering from childbirth, surgery, going through menopause, or experiencing weaker erections - you should be doing kegels.  Eventually we will all suffer from age related sexual woes, and kegels can help turn back the clock.

If you're young - kegels are still for you!  You can make sex better for you and your partner.  Not only will you have a tight vagina or a firm erection, you can prevent issues like incontinence from ever happening.

Note -  Open the infographic below in a new tab or window (and view at 100% or better), if my site layout is making viewing difficult for you.  Or you can click on the image to view it at edenfantasys.com.  Sorry for the trouble.

EdenFantasys Presents: Better Sex Starts Here! Your Guide to Kegels


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29 August, 2013

Review - Toy's Heart Over Dvibe Rabbit Vibrator & Buying Sex Toys in Tokyo

Toy's Heart 'Over Dvibe' rabbit-style vibrator is one I picked up in Tokyo, Japan last year from one of the sex shops near Akihabara station (may have been M's, though I popped into 2 or 3 other adult stores).  It comes in pink and black, and I purchased the black one.  Toy's Heart makes a number of different adult products in Japan, especially sex toys and masturbation cups.



Over Dvibe is about mid-cost for a rabbit vibrator, at around $70, and a very typical example of a Japanese rabbit vibrator.  It is slightly unusual in that it's a "extra-deep" model, for women with longer vaginas.  In fact, I think the D in Dvibe refers to Deep.  If you look carefully at rabbit type vibrators, you will notice that no matter where they are from, the shaft portion of the vibrator in it's total "usable" length from where the rabbit or other animal clit vibrator attachment attaches comes in different lengths.

When you are shopping for this style of vibrator it's important to have some idea of your (or your lover's) vagina length so you can try to pick one that is an ideal size for you.  You will need to more or less be able to take the whole shaft in, in order for the "rabbit" to reach your clit.  Yes, the vagina stretches a lot, but you should be able to comfortably enjoy your toys with your body the way it is.  Additionally, the length and style of the "rabbit" (or beaver or otter or dolphin, etc) should be a length and style that will suit you.  The rabbit in particular is good if you want those ears to fall on the sides of your clitoris.  If you actually want to make sure you get a "direct hit", you may want to buy one with a dolphin or whatever other design has one center piece that will center on your clit.  If you are not sure what would work out best for you, you may want to err towards a shorter shaft and a longer looking clit attachment.  Also, I don't really recommend the "triple prong" type, that has a second skinny shaft for your ass, because it's unlikely that you will be able to comfortably and adequately stimulate all three areas at the same time (but I'm sure some of you out there will disagree with me).

For myself, since I have a long vagina (around 7 inches deep), and I also have a clitoris which is unusually far away from the entrance of my vagina, I do prefer longer vibrators, but more importantly in this case I need a longer "rabbit", or it won't reach my clit, which defeats the purpose of buying a rabbit vibe.  A shorter shaft is not a big deal, since you can make your vagina shorter with positioning, or you may not even want to be banging against your cervix anyway.

Total toy length is 9.25", usable length of shaft is about 5.25", length of rabbit is about 3.5".  There is a clear, soft, squishy TPE coating over what looks like a black plastic egg on the rabbit and coin-like thin disks stacked making up most of the shaft.  A lot of these type of toy have metal or plastic "pearls" on the shaft, so this is a small twist on the theme.  These discs move when you turn the toy on.  Both the art on the toy's box and Toy's Heart's promo video seem to suggest with their arrows that the shaft moves up and down, but that's not the case, it's feels just like the normal pearls that move around, stimulating your vaginal walls.  Just like the pearl type, if you are clenching down really hard on the moving discs, the movement can slow down or temporarily lock up.  I've never been sure if this is a unintentional flaw or a planned flaw to protect the motor.

the arrow is a lie

Like the majority of rabbit-style vibrators, the controls are these up-and-down arrows that control separate motors for the shaft and clit attachment.  Both parts have 8 speeds/settings and since they are separate, you could have, say 0 on the shaft and 8 on the rabbit, or 7 on the shaft and 3 on the rabbit, however you like it.  You can slowly turn up the speeds as you play, if you want.  Small LEDs light up on the control box as you go up speeds, helpful if you need to check what speed you are on in the dark.

This toy is made from TPE - thermoplastic rubber polymer.  It doesn't have phthlates, and it's usually not very porous, but if you are sharing this toy or plan on using it anally, you should use a toy condom.  It can be cleaned with soap and water, or with a toy wipe in a pinch.  You can use either water-based or silicone lube with it.

Over Dvibe requires 4 AA batteries.  The one thing I really didn't like about this toy is how difficult it is to get the battery case back on after you have inserted the batteries.  It takes pressure to force it, basically, and not only is it difficult and time consuming, I am also concerned that I will eventually break the battery door into pieces, it is pretty thin.  It goes on by sliding on in a small channel.  Although the battery life isn't terrible, probably you will have to change out the batteries every 1-3 uses, so it's pretty often to deal with this hassle.  Especially on a fairly expensive toy.  I wouldn't mind if the base on these type of toys was a little bigger and the battery door being a simple 'pinch out, click in' type, like I have on my battery operated computer mouse, the gentle kind you don't have to worry about breaking a nail on. I also felt that the battery door wasn't 100% splash-proof and since it opens within a millimeter or two of the base of the toy, it makes it a little challenging to clean under the sink tap.


As for the performance, this Over Dvibe vibrator has really got some kick to it for a battery toy.  At top speed, the rabbit vibrates hard enough to please anyone.  I need a strong vibrator to get off, and strongly prefers 5 out of 5 strength toys and this was totally satisfying.  I would say it's a strong 4.  If you are more sensitive, you won't have to turn it up to top speed.

The shaft doesn't rotate at brutal speed or anything, it's meant to be relatively gentle and just sort of work in tandem with the sensations on your clit, not get you off by itself.  When you come, it will intensify and prolong your orgasm when it moves against your clenching muscles.  You may be able to come faster by clenching on it purposefully.  A lot of the "pearl" type cover a smaller portion of the shaft than this toy does, it will hit spots almost everywhere on your vaginal walls.  If not this toy, I would try to pick one out with as much coverage as possible, so you will be more likely to hit a good spot.

The packaging is very plain, and mostly small print all over the box.  There's a clear window big enough to show almost all of the toy.  No women on the box at all.  I cannot read kanji, so I don't know what most of it says, but there are some English words on there and helpful pictures of the toy.  As I said, there is a misleading picture and the word "piston" on the box that makes you think you are buying a thrusting toy, but it's not.  There are rabbit vibrators out there with thrusting, that mimic the pumping action of real intercourse, and even a very few with both thrusting and a small "pearl" area.

On the toy itself, in English are the words on, off, fast, slow, and standard arrows, so no problems understanding how the controls work.


Final Verdict - 4/5, performs solidly for a rabbit vibrator, but has room for improvement.

You may be able to still find this item if you're in Tokyo, or elsewhere in Japan.  I was not able to find any online vendors for this toy.  Sometimes edenfantasys.com and kanojotoys.com sell Toy's Heart toys, but they don't currently stock this one.  I generally like Japanese manufactured rabbit toys and think they are a smart purchase for better than average toy longevity and quality materials.


Speaking of buying sex toys in Japan, I wanted to share a little bit of my experience, as a non-asian American tourist.  I found it a little shocking and a lot exasperating that apparently it's normal in Japan for all areas of the store to be accessible for male customers, but that female customers are not allowed into some areas, like male masturbation aids.  I guess in Japan, women are not supposed to know about or buy such items for their husbands or boyfriends, but that it's perfectly fine for men to buy a vibrator for their woman.  I did not get a chance to ask though, so if anyone has any educated perspectives on this phenomenon - what's the dealio?  Is this to protect women, or men's privacy?

The stores are set up so that there is a category of items on each small floor with its own cashier.  The cashiers are there partially to make sure no minors get into the store, and presumably to police the men-only floors.  There a plenty of signs, including in English, telling you that under 18s are not allowed, what is on each floor and which floors are for men only, so you can't really pretend that you didn't know.

Here is one of the Akibahara adult stores - Love Merci

Rather than test the situation by walking to the next floor and seeing what happened, though I thought about it, since I generally try to be a inoffensive tourist, me and my female companion asked a cashier very nicely if we could please be allowed to shop in the men's area because it would be a once in a lifetime thing for us.  We were there in Japan with our men back home and really hoped to be able to surprise them with some naughty gifts.  The cashier was hesitant and flustered, but after making some calls, they said we could go up.  The Japanese are generally very into customer service and the cashier probably didn't want to present a bad image to us.  I didn't want to upset any customers up there, so I tried to shop and leave quickly and not get too close to any of them or stare.  Which, frankly, was pretty generous of me, since while I was looking at toys for women, men were not hesitating to brush up against me or stare at me.

There is M's store on the right, and Nex up ahead to the left.  They are all a short distance from the Akihabara station and easy to find.  Just regular folk picking up love pillows, dildos, and naughty nurse costumes.

Apart from some awkwardness, visiting the adult stores was quite fun.  The stores were large and you had a lot to select from, and mostly premium quality items.  Prices were not too different from the U.S. (apart from the nasty exchange rate anyway).  Japan is a great place to pick up thinner condoms and unique lubes (a lot of them seem more watery yet have better staying power and feeling) and sex-oriented bath products.  Although they are starting to catch on here in the U.S., "pussy in a cup" (example here) is very popular in Japan and you can see dozens and dozens of different ones here, including all the different Tenga items.


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25 August, 2013

Review - Shunga Erotic Art - Arousal Gel - "Secret Garden" Female Orgasm Enhancing Cream

Note:  I started writing this review in 2011 and am posting it now for the sake of completion.  Babeland no longer sells this product, to my knowledge, and it is not clear to me whether Shunga is still an operating business.

However, there are still a number of sites selling this product.  It concerns me that they may be selling a product that is actually many years old.

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The word Shunga refers to erotic Ukiyo-e Japanese art of the 16th to 18th centuries, one of the major historical roots of pornography and sex manuals today.  





Shunga Arousal Gel comes in a classy, thick black box with the image of a Geisha on the front.  On the back of the box, "gently apply with your fingertips to your secret garden," *eyeroll* My secret garden?  Really, Shunga?  Who are you trying to protect from the word clitoris here?  Is someone who is too delicate to read the word clit supposed to be buying a product like this? "and you will discover new sensations that will take you to the limits of the female orgasm..."


I open the box to be hit with a strong but pleasant minty scent, a small 1 ounce black bottle, instructions, and a warning card telling me that every woman is different and I may find the orgasm cream too strong or too weak on the first try.  I may need to rinse off the product right away if it's too much or I might need to apply it as many as 3 times to get any effect from it.  Interesting.  


The instructions, which are in English and French, include advertisements for other Shunga products, and go into slightly more detail about how to use Shunga Arousal Gel, specifying that it is for the clitoris, should be massaged throughly into what says under the clitoris, but I think they mean under the clitoral hood, and that I may need to apply 3 consecutive days if I don't feel sensations immediately.  I have to say that I really think the outer instructions should be more specific that it is for the clit and not meant to be a sex lube, because someone out there is probably going to think that "secret garden" is their vagina.  


The instructions specify that Shunga Arousal Gel is not for pregnant women, or women with genital herpes.  Ingredients include glycerine, l-arginine, l-ornithine, damiana, peppermint oil, vitamin E, and also, unfortunately, parabens.  Yeah, I'm not happy using a product with parabens on one of my most delicate and porous body areas.  Product made in Canada.


There are also several wording inconsistencies and misspellings on the packaging, instructions and bottle, which is a pet peeve of mine and does not inspire confidence.  The ingredient list on my package and the ingredient list on babeland.com do not match. Babeland's ingredient list has capsicum, no parabens, and overall a healthier list of ingredients.  Babeland states that the product is not for internal use, and I agree that it's not a great idea, but Shunga does not have this written anywhere.  Shunga says their product may be used with a partner, but does not specify whether it is safe to use with condoms, or whether oral sex is safe after applying the product.  If you are prone to vaginal or urethral infections, I would recommend using this product with care, as some of the ingredients are irritants for some people.  


Technically, I believe this product is safe to use with a condom, however, I unfortunately couldn't not find any handy to test it on, since I haven't used one in a couple of years.  My guy and I have been monogamous for many years now and since I can't get pregnant anymore, I see no point in him wearing one, I hate them as much as I'm sure he does.


There is no silicone in this product, therefore it should be perfectly safe to use with all sex toys and dildos, however, again, I don't particularly recommend using this internally.  I'm sure some women might like it, but I personally have yet to really enjoy using any kind of warming or cooling lube, and if this gets into your vagina, it's basically going to feel like a cooling lube because of the peppermint oil. YMMV and it's your risk to take, but be aware you may experience unpleasant irritation, dryness, or infection later.


Going to the Shunga website, after some digging, I see that they state Shunga Orgasm Cream is edible, however their ingredient list seems to support the one I have listed with the box I received.


Test one, just seeing what the cream did on its own - I applied a nickel-size dollop of the clear gel onto my clit, lifting up the hood, and let it soak in for awhile.  I felt some tingling almost instantaneously, and frankly, my clit started feeling a little oversensitive and "bruised" in just a minute or two.  I also got wet quickly.  The tingling and sort of a "heavy" feeling in my clit lasted about 30 minutes.  Later on I masturbated and my clit still felt kinda bruised from the start, but I did come more quickly than usual.


Test two, [never completed.  Do not want to use a cream that is years old, for safety, at this point, sorry.]


I feel that Shunga needs to use less of their instruction page on adverts and more on important product information.  It should always be clear what a product is used for and what is safe and not safe.

Final Verdict - Indeterminable.  Did not test enough to feel comfortable giving a rating.



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Review - Shunga Divine Oral Pleasure Lip Gloss

Note:  I started this review in 2011.  It's probably a little pointless to post it now, but I figure better late than never.  I made the mistake of taking on a review item that I wasn't as interested in as I first thought - and I intend to think more carefully about assignments in the future.  

Babeland no longer sells Shunga products.  I'm not really clear if Shunga is still in business.  The market is more flooded with these kind of tingling minty lip products than before, so I still believe this product is a bad value.

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Shunga is a Canadian sex aid company that specializes in classy couple-centric items.  The word Shunga refers to erotic Ukiyo-e Japanese art of the 16th to 18th centuries, an important precursor of pornography and sex manuals today. 


Divine Oral Pleasure Lip Gloss, a "little Geisha's secret," is meant to "sensitize and excite both the male and female intimate areas" and help kickstart orgasms with its "warming-cooling effect".  Ideally, after one puts the gloss on, you can indulge in a tingly kiss with your partner and then you can both go down on each other and sensitize each other's naughty bits.  Obviously, this would work great for "69".  


I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work marvelously for a pairing of any two genders (or even more people).  I wonder if Shunga couldn't reach more customers by making it a more unisex, purely mint lip cream/balm in less girly packaging?






Babeland describes the lip gloss as "strawberries and champagne", but I think it smells more like strawberry bubblegum, and tastes like that, with a pepper and mint edge.  It's not unpleasant, which is good since you're going to be eating this stuff, essentially.


As makeup, it disappears quickly and is like a lot of other tingling, lip-plumping lip glosses.  It is just as smooth as tacky, texture-wise, at first, but becomes more tacky over time.  The moisturizing qualities are better than average for this type.  It is neither the worst, not the least tingling I've ever tried, but it is the most expensive by far (although I did not pay for this item, I mean comparatively by what I've paid before).  There is a one dollar lip gloss out there that is more tingly if that's what you're looking for, but if you are looking for a gift for someone else, then this product offers much classier packaging.


Divine Oral Pleasure Gloss comes in a lovely black paper box with the image of a Geisha and her client kissing in Ukiyo-e art style, and a magnet closure.  It's very attractive and tasteful.  The gloss is nestled in a lovely inset, and the bottle itself, clear, black, and gold, is also classy.  It's twice as much gloss as many other companies offer.  It is fairly intense, and manages to linger a surprisingly long amount of time.  


Since it's not as intense as a couple of other similar glosses I've tried, that can actually be a good thing if that means there is less drying peppermint oil in it, or more buffering moisturizers, since it might be going onto various delicate bits of skin.  Some glosses leave your lips dryer and more chapped than before you put it on, but this one is not bad.

I agree with this other blogger, that it's off-putting to use a product with a lot of unrecognizable ingredients.  They could all be harmless, but you wouldn't know unless you did a ton of research.

As a couples-oriented sex aid, I think that if you ask a lot of guys if they want to put on some lip gloss, even to get some nooky, they will be reluctant.  A lot of men don't like makeup products, even to see or feel on their girlfriend or wife.  My husband is like that, and he is also very sensitive to strong scents.  He's also vehemently opposed to combining food and sex.  So, this was a non-starter.  And many women feel the same way.  

But if you and your partner like getting messy, you can make each other tingle at all the erogenous zones and make oral sex more adventurous.

As a solo sex aid, tingling lips is somewhat arousing.  It could be rubbed on the nipples, or the clit, as well, but unless it is licked or rubbed off completely before penetration, I would personally be concerned about any potential chemical reaction with this gloss and your toys, because this really isn't an appropriate lube, or getting this inside the vagina or urethra, where it could potentially be irritating or trigger an infection.


Rating:  3/5.  Shunga, I would consider marking the price down a little on this item, you just don't have anything different enough to offer with your tingling lipgloss that justifies the cost to a cost-conscious buyer, and you might sell more of them if it wasn't such a huge price jump from comparative products.


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24 August, 2013

Review - Soft On Demand (SOD) Mobile Denma cell phone strap vibrator

Soft On Demand (SOD), a major adult product manufacturer in Japan, has made a cell phone charm sized vibrator that is equal parts joke and ingenuity, I think.  Ever wish you could carry a convenient vibrator in your pocket wherever you go?  Mobile Denma can help you out for your emergency sexual health needs.

This massager/vibrator is very small.  The smallest one I've ever seen.  It can be attached to a cell phone or bag, etc, with the lanyard that comes with it, either just the massager, or the massager inside the "pill" case it also comes with.  The pill look to the whole package, including the adorable "plus sign" on/off button, reinforces the toy's intended "for your health" image.  With the pill case, it just looks like a random dangly phone strap charm, so no one will know you are actually carrying a vibrator with you everywhere.


Mobile Denma with iPhone and quarter



Mobile Denma size as compared to rabbit vibrator

I bought this because I thought it was cute, funny, and also out of curiosity of how powerful could this little toy actually be?

Well, it's got a bigger kick than you would think, surprisingly effective, possibly due to the motor being 12,500 rpm (cannot confirm, but that is what several web sources said).  I think if you are a more sensitive person, you could most likely orgasm with this thing.  It's actually a little more effective than some cheap bullet vibrators I've used.  Maybe a 2 out of 5 on the buzz scale.

However, I think the main function of SOD Mobile Denma is as a teaser toy, something to run over sensitive body parts like the lips, neck, nipples, vulva, clit, etc, in order to tease and warm-up yourself or your partner, before other sexual activity or using another, stronger, toy.  This toy is far too small to be used on any orifices.  It is absolutely not safe for anal use.

Although it may be carried in public, it can't really be used in public, even to massage your temples or something, since it's obnoxiously loud, unfortunately.  Not the loud vibrator ever, but it's definitely not quiet.  The batteries rattle a little in the casing.  I have found that a lot of "hard plastic" type vibrators have this problem.  Around a 3 or 4 out of 5 on the loudness scale.

The massager runs off of 2 LR44 coin batteries, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes of continuous use.

I am not sure of the exact material, but this is made out of some kind of smooth, hard plastic - nonporous but cannot be totally sterilized.  If you think you might like to widely share this toy, consider just using it over clothing.  Any lube could be used with this toy, but you probably won't need to use any.

Mobile Denma is not waterproof.  I would suggest cleaning with a damp washcloth or antibacterial wipe, and never attempting to immerse in water or take into the shower.

Final Verdict: 2/5, not a must-have, but a fun conversation piece, a cheap gag gift, or something to try out as a teaser. 

Among other places, SOD Mobile Denma may be purchased at J-List.com, in black, pink, purple, or lime green.

Disclaimer - This item was purchased solely by me.  I am not affiliated with SOD or J-List in any way and am not receiving compensation for this review.