Review: Astroglide glycerin and paraben free

So I’ve been putting off writing this review because, well, there’s really not much to say.  I ordered a bottle of Astroglide glycerin and paraben free mainly to use with my Diva Cup when I have to put it in at school.

If there is one thing that Astroglide got right on this one, it’s the bottle.  Coming in at only 2.5 ounces, it is the perfect size to put into your purse or bag, and is also small enough to take in your carry-on when flying!  The top on the bottle is a flip top which is very secure, so you won’t have to worry about it leaking all over your new shoes, etc.  So far I’ve carried it in my bag once and found no issues.  It’s big enough to find when you need it, even if you happen to carry one of those one-pocket-catches-all totes, and small enough to not take up much room and not scream, “Hi! [Insert name here] has lube in his/her bag!”

Since it is glycerin and paraben free you are less likely to get a UTI or a yeast infection from its use.  However, there is a small problem with this lube – its smell.  It smells a little bit chemically, which I find odd seeing as how it’s glycerin and paraben free.  Isn’t it supposed to be less chemically smelling?  I wish it was more like Toyfluid in the sense that it doesn’t smell at all.

Also, even though it’s glycerin free, it still gets that sticky feeling to it after a couple of minutes like sugary lubes do.  Also, it dries up after about 5 minutes, making reapplication necessary frequently.  This makes me wonder if this lube is actually any better than some of the glycerin containing lubes.  Have they replaced glycerin with something equally sticky and bad for you?  Since I’m not an expert on lubes, I can’t tell which of the ingredients are good and which aren’t, but I’m hoping that’s not the case.

All in all I give it a 2/5.  I’ll probably be keeping this in my purse to put in my Diva Cup and out of the bedroom.

Review: LELO Mia

So I’m a geek. I like flash drives, looking around thinkgeek.com, reading linguistics books for fun and talking to my boyfriend about phonology. Therefore, when I got the Mia from Edenfantasys I was ultra excited that it charges in my computer’s USB port.

Mia is made of ABS plastic and silicone; therefore she’s body safe and easily cleaned. However, this also means that Mia should never be used with silicone lube as it could damage her nice silicone parts. Cleaning Mia is really simple. I would recommend you clean her with toy wipes of use a slightly moist cloth to clean and rinse her, since she’s not waterproof or splashproof. As long as you’re careful your Mia should be just fine.

Mia arrived at my door when I was in the shower, so my boyfriend brought in the package and put her on the bed. I got out and danced around like a little kid on Christmas quickly opening up the Mia. I was impressed with LELO’s sleek and elegant packaging, and absolutely loved that the outside of the box was the same color as my new deep pink/purple Mia. Since Mia is my second toy from LELO I knew what to expect, but was wowed nevertheless.

I opened up Mia’s packaging to reveal a small vibrator the size of a large lipstick tube or a regular tube of mascara. Along with Mia come the standard things from LELO such as a 1 year warranty, a user manual (I suggest you read it quickly before playing with Mia) and a satin drawstring pouch. Since Mia is USB chargeable, LELO also includes a USB extender if you have a hard to reach USB port, but I just plug my Mia straight into my laptop.

Unfortunately, as with all LELO vibrators, the Mia needs to be charged for 2 hours before use. So I went to the store and got some things I needed while I waited for her to finish charging. Mia, as stated my LELO, should never be left to charge for over 24 hours. When I got back from the store I put Mia to work. My boyfriend had some things to do, so I lied down on the bed and started playing with Mia by myself.

Before I get into details about what she feels like, I should tell you that Mia has quite a few functions. She has various levels of continuous vibration and also 3 different pulsating settings. To go through the settings, you only have to press the + and – buttons on her, which makes Mia a great first time vibe for anyone. The highest setting of continuous vibration is my favorite and packs quite a punch. It’s not jet engine powered, but it’s definitely enough to get you there in around 5 minutes. The pulsating functions on Mia are superior to my other pulsating vibe, as the pattern goes between low vibrations and a high vibration, instead of cutting out all the way between pulses. Basically, Mia does – BZZbzzBZZbzz – instead of other vibes which pulsate as follows: BZZ…BZZ… If you hate when you vibes cut out during pulsation, Mia is for you.

Now, onto what she feels like. Mia was able to get me to orgasm rather quickly once I set my mind to it. Her vibrations are more surface-oriented, like a bullet vibe, rather than deeper like some insertable vibes are when used on the clitoris. However, she feels great and since the surface area of the end of Mia is so small, her vibrations are more pinpointed than larger vibes. As I was using Mia my boyfriend came into the room and wanted to get in on the action. We quickly found out that Mia is absolutely wonderful for partner sex! She’s small enough to not get in the way during most all positions – we tried her out in about 7 or 8 – and her vibrations are strong enough that they can be felt inside the vagina. My boyfriend said he was shocked at first by the intensity, but really liked the feeling of fucking a vibrating vagina. It was great for me as well since I love penetration along with clitoral stimulation.

The only thing I would change about Mia is I would make her a little stronger, but for the size, as I said, she does pack a punch and is enough to get you off. Overall, I’m very happy with the Mia and would recommend her to anybody! She’s definitely staying in the front of my toy drawer from now on.

You can get your own Mia at Edenfantasys!

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Sex While Sick = Interesting Results

So Im on Day 5 of a really annoying cold. Its not one of those colds that gives me that sexy husky voice. Its the kind that makes me sound like Im wearing a snorkel. Finally, though, I’m just well enough to feel REALLY horny.

Anyway, hubby has been only marginally successful at fending off the same crud, so we’ve been leaving each other alone to rest and heal while secretly wanting to exchange germs from every orifice.

We finally admitted this to each other tonight and almost punted the cat up the stairs in our frantic scramble to the bedroom.

Problem: while I do feel quite a bit better, I still cant breathe from my nose. Heaving ones bosom and panting can be quite sexy, but my panting tonight seemed more like a death rattle. Fortunately, the husband did most of the heavy lifting for this particular play date. Even so, I think I might have dipped one pedicured toe into the murky waters of breath play.

Speaking of waters, Ive been known to be an occasional squirter. Well, its more like a gush, actually. The thing is, its never happened while Ive been WITH someone, only when Ive been alone, or doing my phone sessions, so its become the stuff of urban legend. I don’t really know if its a temporary phenomenon because of The Cold, but lets just say were currently looking into a set of rubber sheets. And were sleeping on the guest bed. And I now, finally, have a witness.

Sugasm #95

The best of this week’s blogs by the bloggers who blog them. Highlighting the top 3 posts as chosen by Sugasm participants. Want in Sugasm #96? Use the contact form.

This Week’s Picks
Cuffed
“She could see that he had something concealed in his other hand, but couldn’t quite tell whether it would be an instrument of torture or pleasure.”

Lunch Hour
“He’s very good, but I notice the almost imperceptible start as he notices what’s going on.”

About size
“But if we’re going to start talking about penis size, then it is only fair to talk about vagina size.”

Sex News & Reviews
Best vibrator

BDSM & Fetish
Sex and Money

Sex Humor
Mystery Sex Toys

Erotic Writing and Experiences
Ace and Idiot
Brothers friend..what a night to remember.
Drenched
Finger Fucking Friday
Grey
Holding Pattern
MFF
No reservations, part 3
Welcome back….

Sex Work
Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers)

Thoughts on Sex and Relationships
The Brick Wall Statement
More On “Hiding in Plain Sight”
The Scientific Desires

 

I Cant Wait To See THAT Boilerplate

What if a Dominant could be held criminally liable for being well a Dom? What if he/she is a sadistic, egomaniacal asshole? Does it make a difference? When consensual sexual behavior involves physical and psychological abuse, torture, and even agreed-upon non-consensual sex (rape fantasies, anyone?), the legal boundaries can get pretty murky. Tristan Taormino comments on an unusual federal case for the Village Voice:

Whip Appealed

A BDSM court case puts master/slave relationships on trial

by Tristan Taormino March 19th, 2007 11:18 AM

Much of Jodis testimony was about being subjected to pain, punishment, and humiliation. Most people don’t want to be controlled, used, hurt, tortured, or degraded, so its hard for them to comprehend that some people want to experience sensations and emotions that are generally considered negative or painful

Because these are federal charges, Marcus faces life in prison, a fact that has sent a chill down the spines of some BDSM community members. Read the rest.

Will a Sub need to draw up legal documents outlining the terms of his/her sexual consent? Should a Dom require a signed release prior to using any restraints or torture devices? This is a very slippery slope. I obviously dont know the details of the relationship between Marcus and Jodi, but it does make me wonder where we go from here.

The Amora Experience

London has a new adult playground. Amora, located in Piccadilly Circus, promotes itself as the Academy of Love and Relationships.

Receive your personal Whispers (an audio guide), your Amora friend, who will accompany you on an extraordinary journey through seven zones exploring your sexuality and relationships – from love and desire to sexual well-being.

Relax and enjoy a fascinating experience that will help you to enjoy a fabulous sex life, ultimately helping you to become a better lover and form fulfilling, happy relationships.

The experience includes zones such as the Sensorium, where you can explore aphrodisiacs, erotic food games, sexy stripping and sensual massage. You might enjoy exploring the Fetish Roomand there is even an Orgasm Tunnel, an immersive experience into exactly what happens to our minds and bodies in the moments before, during and after an orgasm.

Sounds like the Experience Music Project with fewer clothes. Definitely going on my to-do list ASAP.

Toy Review: Natural Contours Liberte Vibrator

I was sent the Natural Contours Liberte Vibrator from BetterSex.com to review. I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, after all, it was free.

If I were using this as a dildo, I would give it a great review. In fact, I might just try it as a it makes an excellent G-spot stimulator. Its very smooth and comfortable to hold in the hand. As a clitoral stimulator, however, it is sorely lacking.

First, it doesn’t have nearly enough power to get me off, since it only runs on 2 AA batteries (included). You guys know Im a plug-in girl, but some battery-operated vibes have been known to pleasure me – I always give them the benefit of the doubt until they let me down. Lady Liberte didn’t really let me down – she let my clit down.

The controls are fiddly, too. Basically, it has just a single toggle button. The button runs through the speeds in the wrong direction. The first speed is the highest speed. If you want to change speeds, you must go through all the speeds, High>Med>Low>High Pulse>Off (!?) – to select which you want. I would prefer the speed to increase with the push of a button, not decrease, and I would REALLY prefer to be able to adjust it up or down without turning it off, for chrissakes. Talk about a mood killer!

I haven’t tried any other products in this line. I would go with a product in the same line provided it had more power and a better designed control.

My Live Earth Disappointment

Ah, imagine my disappointment when none of my registered cell phone numbers received a lucky text message last week. Vanessa was NOT selected to be one of those eligible to purchase tickets to the Live Earth concert at Wembley stadium this July.

I REALLY wanted to go.

I may or may not have had phone sex with one or more of the performers from this special event, but, sadly, this gets me nothing.

Oh well.

The upshot of this is that Im available that dayanyone have a ticket for Vanessa? Cmon, gimme some candy!

Do you really want to hear me beg?

(OK, maybe that was a dumb question)

Happy First HNT!!

Ive been reluctant to participate in Half-Nekkid Thursday but decided to play with my webcam for the hell of it. So, here, hiding behind a LOT of hair, is your closest look at Vanessa yet.

Rum Raisin Update

I have tried the Rum Raisin.

Not the metaphorical Rum Raisin, but the actual ice cream.  It wasnt bad.  Tasted pretty much like I expected – the fake rum-extract flavor you find in rum balls and chocolates.  Would have been better without raisins.  Maybe walnuts would be good.

Eh, I could take it or leave it.

I sure hope thats not how I feel after my first taste of pussy.