Swan Princess: Pleasure Panel Review

I am super excited to announce that I am part of the Cara Sutra Pleasure Panel! What this means is that you might see sex toy reviews from me pop up over there from time to time. My first Pleasure Panel review is for the Swan Princess rabbit vibrator (also known as the Jopen Vanity Vr5 here in the States).

Swan Princess

Obviously the most important thing to consider when choosing a rabbit vibrator is how well it’s going to fit your body. Whether or not it works for mine seems to depend on where I am in my menstrual/ovulation cycle and how far I can comfortably insert the internal arm.

Check out my full review for the Swan Princess at CaraSutra.co.uk!

 

Sex Toys, Safety, & Financial Accessibility

LELO OlgaThe 18k Gold LELO “Olga” Luxury Pleasure Object – $3490

 

In February of this year, the wonderful indie, LGBTQ+ lingerie retailer Bluestockings Boutique began offering payment plans on their website. This was massively exciting to me for two reasons: First is that the playsuit of my dreams was suddenly in my price range (score!). Second, and more important for this blog post, is that Bluestockings (for the time being, although they appear to be phasing them out) also sells Jimmyjane vibrators.

While I personally dislike Jimmyjane and most of their products, I am delighted! This is actually the first time I think I’ve ever seen luxury sex toys available for purchase in multiple installments rather than lump sums of money! As someone who regularly shouts from the rooftops about sex toy safety and budget-friendly safe toy options, I’m shocked that payment plans are a concept I’ve never thought about and have never even seen discussed.

The biggest problem with cheap sex toys is that they aren’t just lower quality — they’re often dangerous. At Lovehoney, one of the industry’s largest online retailers, only 49 of the 223 dildos currently available for under $50 are made from non-toxic, non-porous materials. The vast majority of their least expensive dildos are not toys I would ever recommend putting inside of your body, and it’s only after the $100 mark that you actually begin seeing majority body-safe dildos on their website. And this issue isn’t limited to Lovehoney (whom I do love, and whose incredible return policy makes them invaluable in other ways); it’s an industry-wide problem that can be observed at just about all major retailers. No matter where you go, the message is clear: Body-safe toys, by and large, are luxury products.

So what’s a broke babe to do? Particularly a broke babe who may need sex toys in order to physically orgasm, or a survival sex worker for whom toys may be an important part of their job? Less expensive body-safe options are becoming more prevalent, but you have to know where to look to find them, and that doesn’t really help the average consumer. Especially in an industry rife with sketchy knock-offs and counterfeits, where what you think you’re purchasing may not always be what you get (at least not if you’re shopping on Amazon or eBay).

It’s easy to become frustrated with the prices retailers charge for toys, but it’s often not something the shops have much control over. They’re subject to MAP (minimum advertised pricing) set by the manufacturers and, especially in the competitive world of online retail, often sell things with little-to-no markup. In a lot of cases, there’s not much they can do about the prohibitively expensive prices of many of their body-safe options.

However, I think offering payment plans is a great step many retailers can take towards making safe, quality toys more financially accessible. So kudos to you Bluestockings Boutique — I truly hope sex toy shops take notice and follow your lead.


(This post is not sponsored by Bluestockings Boutique, and I’m not affiliated with them at all. I just think they’re doing really awesome work.❤)

Top 10 Sex Toys Under $30 (Pt. 2!)

Nearly a year ago now I made a Top 10 Sex Toys Under $30 blog post listing some of the best body-safe toy options available to folks on a tight budget. Since that post I’ve discovered some new gems, so I thought it was time for a Part 2! Here are 10 more inexpensive sex toys that kick ass.

1. Lovehoney Silencer Bullet – $29.99 at Lovehoney

Lovehoney Silencer Bullet

Often compared to the luxury LELO Mia, the Lovehoney Silencer Bullet is a USB rechargeable clitoral vibe that’s surprisingly powerful for its size and price. It’s even got a travel-lock, making it easy to throw in your bag and take with you on the go.

2. Maia Kendall Silicone Suction Cup Dildo – $29.99 at SheVibeMaia Kendall Silicone Suction Cup Dildo

The Maia Kendall (also known as the Maia Astral D3 and Maia Porpora D3) is a textured silicone suction cup dildo, which is a rare breed at this pricepoint. As it’s on the girthy end at 1.75″ in diameter, this toy is mostly suited to people who are experienced in penetration. The silicone is silky smooth, and I’ve heard great things about its texture and G-spotting head.

3. Doc Johnson TRUSKYN The Tru Stroke Masturbators – $19.99 at SheVibeDoc Johnson TRUSKYN The Tru Stroke

When Doc Johnson came out with their TRUSKYN line of ultra-squishy silicone toys, the angels sang. And so did the sex bloggers. Silicone masturbation sleeves can be hard to find, especially ones that are soft enough to actually be comfortable in use, but the TRUSKYN Tru Stroke masturbators might just be the ticket to non-porous penetrative delights. You’ll never have to worry about these sleeves breaking down or mildewing like porous ones can, and they’re only $19.99 to boot!

4. Pleasure Works Casanova Anal Toy – $20.00 at Early to BedPleasure Works Casanova

The Casanova isn’t your normal butt plug — it’s described as anal beads without the string. Its diminutive size (only 7/8″ wide) makes it great for anal play beginners!

5. Lovehoney Satisfy Me Silicone Dildos (CurveG-spot) – $28.99 at LovehoneyLovehoney Satisfy Me Dildos

The Lovehoney Satisfy Me dildos, available in Curve and G-spot varieties, have been getting rave reviews from bloggers for years. These are quality silicone dildos with curves that just won’t quit.

6. Sportsheets New Comers Harness and Dildo Strap-On Kit – $29.99 at SheVibeSportsheets New Comers Strap-On Kit

If you want to experiment with strap-on play without having to shell out big bucks, the Sportsheets New Comers Harness and Dildo Strap-On Kit is pretty awesome. For $29.99 you get an adjustable (up to 60″ hips), machine-washable harness and a thin silicone dildo that would be suitable for first-time pegging or vaginal penetration. (If your hips are over 60″, try the Sportsheets Plus Size Beginner’s Harness, which is the same price and also super rad).

7. Doc Johnson TRUSKYN The Tru Butt Plugs – $24.99 at SheVibeDoc Johnson TRUSKYN The Tru Butt Plugs

DUAL-DENSITY BUTT PLUGS? Doc Johnson is just spoiling us now. The TRUSKYN Tru Butt Plugs have a soft, squishy outer layer and a firm inner core. This makes them much more forgiving during insertion and for longer wear, and ideal for anyone who is new to anal play or who finds firmer plugs to be uncomfortable.

8. Fifty Shades of Grey Drive Me Crazy Glass Dildo – $26.99 at SheVibeFifty Shades of Grey Drive Me Crazy Glass Dildo

I know, I know, Fifty Shades of Grey is problematic. However, the FSoG line of toys is actually pretty good! If you ignore its affiliation with the series, the Fifty Shades of Grey Drive Me Crazy Glass Dildo is definitely a solid sex toy in its own right. This glass dildo is double ended, lightly textured, and medium-sized, meaning it can appeal to a wide range of people.

9. Doc Johnson Black Magic Vibrating Bullet – $26.99 at SheVibeDoc Johnson Black Magic Vibrating Bullet

Here be rumbles! For Power Queens on a budget, the Doc Johnson Black Magic Vibrating Bullet has strong, penetrating vibrations that can compete with the best of them.

10. California Exotic Turbo Glider Blueberry Bliss – $16.00 at Early to BedTurbo Glider Blueberry Bliss

It may look unassuming, but this old-school plastic vibe has a lot going for it. Waterproof? Yep! Powerful? You betcha! Epiphora once wrote a love letter to it. That’s really all you need to know. (On the name: This toy is from California Exotic’s Turbo Glider line and seems to go by many names, usually involving the words “blueberry” and/or “bliss.” Blueberry Bliss is the most common, though Early to Bed calls it Miss Bliss.)


There you have it! Ten more fantastic toys under $30. Do you have a cheap and awesome favorite I haven’t included? Let me know in the comments!