Toy Review: Natural Contours Liberte Vibrator

Natural Contours Liberte 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. It’s 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 I’m 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.

G-spot stimulator Rating: ★★★½☆,

Clitoral stimulator Rating: ★★½☆☆

Posted by vanessa on April 15th, 2007 .
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The Vibe Is Dead, Long Live The Vibe!!

The Explorer

We are gathered here today to mourn the passing of “The Xplorer,” a true and faithful friend. R.I.P. Sigh.

I’ve joked about it, but in 20 years I’ve never actually “worn out” an electric vibrator. I’ve replaced them because they were kinda funky old, but never because the inner workings were fried.

My man took it apart to see if there was any way it could be repaired. Not a chance. He was impressed, however, by it’s mechanical simplicity. Solid-state, clean lines, no moving parts…but…dead nonetheless.Resting In PiecesD.E.A.D.

Batteries stand no chance against my multi-orgasmic self, but since I’m in the UK for a while I’m having difficulty finding a “mains-powered” replacement. My Hitachi Magic Wand, which I affectionately call “Henry,” is a bit too intense for me. I also left it back in the US, and a UK replacement is prohibitively expensive. Well, let’s face it, everything is prohibitively expensive in the UK.

The Eroscillator 2 Top Deluxe Ultimate Combo is on my wish list…but, once again, it will cost literally half as much if I wait to get it once I return to the US. Yesterday, my electrical geek sweetie came up with an interesting alternative…an AC conversion for my iVibe Rabbit.

At first I was skeptical, and nervous, because I didn’t want to lose the only other appliance I brought with me. However, I was also going through 4 AA batteries per session, and I couldn’t afford to do that for much longer. Rechargables? Fuhgeddaboutit.

He used materials he had on hand, so it isn’t pretty, but it works. It actually works. Of course, it is no longer something I would take into the shower with me for safety’s sake, but because he sealed the connection with epoxy resin it is, technically, waterproof. The transformer/converter unit is temporary, because it is hideously large, but the cord is long enough that I can place it on the floor so it’s out of the way. The device is also much lighter without the weight of the batteries inside. Here is his photo of the beastie:
It's Aliiiiiiive!!!

Fortunately, this will only have to last me until we get back to the US - because it’s not like I can phone a friend in the states and have them ship me an Eroscillator. I could just imagine that conversation.

Hopefully, though, Doc Johnson or some other rabbit manufacturer will realize that there is a noticeable gap in the market for an electrical-powered rabbit vibrator. Soon. Please? Anyone? Buehler?

Posted by vanessa on October 16th, 2006 .
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Dildos For A Better Tomorrow

Hot Diggity! Sign me up for a silicone, solar-charged, fair-trade ramrod in a pleather harness with some homeopathic lube. Who says you can’t have wild monkey-sex and save the wild monkeys at the same time? Come on, grab your partner and save the earth! Who’s with me?

Erotic and Eco-Friendly
Sex-toy shopping for the environmentally concerned doesn’t have to crimp your play
BY MIRIAM AXEL-LUTE
Published 07.19.06

So you’ve stopped microwaving your food in plastic. You have a chlorine filter on your showerhead, you avoid sneakers made in sweatshops and you take cloth bags with you to the market for your organic produce.

But when it comes to the nightstand drawer, often all those noble and self-protective thoughts go out the window. There you’ve got petroleum-laden, chemical-leaking implements of pleasure made god-knows-where, piled on top of a mound of dead batteries and some distinctly leathery items. Well, the good news is, that drawer doesn’t have to be your one dirty little secret. At least not in such unfun ways.

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Posted by vanessa on July 26th, 2006 .
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“The earth moved. The angels wept…

…and the Polaroids…are…uh…are in my other coat” *

After several false starts, I recently had the opportunity to bond with my iVibe Rabbit. I was originally disappointed when, after shelling out close to $100 for a vibrator, I was surprised to find that it didn’t seem to fit quite right…something about the placement of the rabbit ‘ears’ when it was fully inserted. Not exactly one-size-fits-all.

iVibe RabbitWell, this evening I revised my opinion. Very quickly. Four times.

The new, improved iVibe Rabbit by Doc Johnson is now waterproof, with a rotating pearl-filled shaft, and vibrating clitoral “bunny ears.” The four AA batteries gave me more than enough power (yes, I’m usually a plug-in girl). The combination of vibrating clit stimulation and shaft rotation for my g-spot sent me absolutely over the edge. Rating: ★★★★☆

A similar product, the Internet-enabled Rabbit, can be controlled by a partner anywhere in the world, from any PC…which is a very cool idea, except that you have to control it through the High Joy adult dating site. The toy comes with a free 30-day membership, but after that, I’m guessing there is a charge. Sad, because I know my friends on Passion.com / AdultFriendFinder.com would love to be able to control my toys while I’m talking with them online. Teledildonics still has a way to go before it’s totally user-friendly, but, it’s just on the horizon.

Until then, I’m keeping the Rabbit stocked with fresh batteries.

* p.s. - extra credit if you can name that quote and the person who said it…

Posted by vanessa on June 3rd, 2006 .
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Pyrex: It’s not just for baking anymore…

Those of you who have listened to my live broadcasts know that my absolute favorite toy right now is a pyrex dildo. I never imagined that a piece of borosilicate glass could feel so good sliding in and out of my business. Pyrex is absolutely frictionless, far and away the smoothest thing that has ever seen the inside of my punani.

Purchasing a glass fuck toy is not as simple as it sounds. Glass toys can be very pricey, and the selection is massive, so you will want to think carefully before shelling out $50-$150 (or more) for a glass johnson. Every toy imaginable is now made from glass, including double-endeds, butt plugs, strap ons, juicers, etc. However, all pyrex dildos are not created equal. More »

Posted by vanessa on April 27th, 2006 .
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