You may already know to select water-based lube for use with silicone sex toys and latex condoms, or use oil-based for anal or longer sessions with a partner, but equally important aspects to consider are whether your chosen sexual lubricant contains suspected carcinogens parabens, or glycerin which is sugary and has the potential to provoke thrush – especially since it’s likely to be employed during a vigorous sex session.
Secondary to these aspects come smell and taste, as there’s nothing worse than a mouthful of unpalatable chemicals midway through a steamy session. Happily, ‘smooth ♥ sensual’ newcomer Licx is inoffensive to the nose and scores highly as it’s palatable too. In fact, it’s a great all-rounder for a general use, and although it does dry quickly a drop of water will soon reinvigorate its intended slipperiness.
In Cliterati’s selfless quest for a decent lube, alarming skin rashes have ensued from the testing of lubricants designed to ‘stimulate or ‘excite’, so we tend to steer well clear of these and deliberately haven’t tested any from the Licx brand. However, if you did fancy trying a non-standard stimulant they have made an Arousal Gel for your delectation, and better still there’s a Licx Mix For Her box set comprising a taster of two sachets of said gel, along with two of Cream lube (containing parabens), Gel lube (paraben-free) and some special intimate wipes. There’s also a Travel Licx mix for naughty weekends away. Smooth and sensual indeed….
This piece was originally posted on Cliterati on 16th March 2015
Have you ever fucked anyone on a train? I have, and it was a night I’ll never forget.
I’d been visiting friends in Southern Spain, and was headed back to the UK. My finances at the time didn’t cover a plane ticket, and time not being an issue I’d decided that rail travel would be the next best option. My journey down had been uneventful – enjoyable even, since I’d randomly met some great people on the train – and after a couple of weeks of sunning myself in Seville it was time to return home.
My friends saw me off, and with a reciprocal wave and wide smile I turned and went to find my carriage. Like a French ‘couchette’, this was an old-fashioned carriage with long seats during the day that converted into four bunks at night. Thankfully my compartment seemed empty – all mine, at least for now. I couldn’t believe my luck.
And then I realised the air-con didn’t work. Or rather, it probably never had: it looked more like a dodgy fan system than anything, and now even the dodgy fan system was no more. I opened the window as far as possible and sat back on the seat: there, better. I had a slight breeze blowing on my skin, and the sun behind me. I put on my headphones and drifted away to the motion of the train: I’d found living Spanish hours inspiring but tiring, and a little shut-eye could only do me good.
I was woken from my reverie by the carriage door slamming. We’d clearly arrived at Cordoba without me even realising the train had stopped. Still slightly groggy, I was startled to see an apologetic-looking guy taking the seat opposite.
“Cansada?” he asked “Lo siento.”
I knew enough Spanish to understand but not enough to respond: “Yes, I was sleeping. It’s fine.”
“Ah, you are English?” he brightened.
“Scottish, actually, but I won’t hold it against you” I smiled.
Sebastian was younger than me, Spanish, easy-going, intelligent, and fortunately for me, great company. We clearly hit it off because the hours flew by as we chatted, and then all of a sudden it was evening.
The train stopped again and took on more passengers. As it moved off and no-one approached our carriage I inwardly breathed a sigh of relief. Despite the cooler night air, just from the heat radiating from Sebastian and I it was getting hot in our compartment, and I wasn’t sure how we’d manage with any more people crammed in to our little sweatbox.
A moment later a shadow fell across us and the door opened to reveal an attractive but rather harassed-looking man, swearing in Italian. Sebastian got up to help carry in his collection of bags and suitcases, and once he’d arranged himself and sat down our new roommate visibly relaxed, exhaled exaggeratedly, and shot us a beaming smile. He had absolutely astounding teeth, and they gleamed against his dark skin.
“Mario”, he said by way of greeting, leaning over to shake our hands.
We introduced ourselves, and he apologised for the swearing. He’d been up and down most of the train with all that – effing – luggage, being bounced from pillar to post, because some – unmentionable – conductor had sent him on a wild goose chase for his – cover your ears – carriage. But thank – shh! – he was here now, so how would we like a drink to celebrate?
In my rusty schoolgirl Italian I answered I’d love some, and Mario seemed delighted by my response. Handing over a couple of beers – still cold! – his grin grew even wider as Sebastian pulled out a big bottle of wine. Not to be outdone I dug into my bag for some Cava. Having been caught out with nothing to share with my fellow passengers on my journey down to Spain, this time I’d bought a couple of bottles wrapped wine coolers for the trip home, and it was still drinking temperature. I’d even bought plastic cups – the boys were impressed!
Needless to say the next couple of hours passed in a blur and neither myself, Sebastian nor Mario were ready for bed when the conductor came back past to set the bunks up. We decided to put up the extra bed ourselves when the time came, and Sebastian being the only Spaniard was talked through how to do it. Meanwhile, as the heat became increasingly intense we joked that since we had to keep our liquid levels up somehow, we may as well continue drinking. I was having fun! And I’m not ashamed to admit, some of my enjoyment was due to the attention of being the only woman among two rather good-looking men.
“This is what holidays are all about”, I drunkenly toasted: “To sun, sea and sex!”
“It is night, we are in countryside, and we are not doing dirty like she says Christina Aguilera” Sebastian pointed out.
I was so happily sozzled, I couldn’t help myself: “That’s my favourite karaoke song!” I exclaimed, and jumping up I started singing and gyrating provocatively. I may not have been wearing Christina’s chaps, but from the expression on the guys’ faces I could see that my flimsy summer dress was having the desired effect. They joined in with full voice at every ‘dirty’, and meeting me alternately on the narrow floor and benches had a go at Christina’s dance moves. It was hilarious seeing the glee on their faces as we all tried to dance like pop stars around the tiny train compartment, and their attempts at stimulating sex on each other had me in absolute stitches. If I wasn’t already on my way back to Scotland, then this would certainly be something to write home about.
I don’t know who started it, but suddenly I noticed Mario was doing a stripping routine as he sang, and looking over at Sebastian I saw he was already down to his pants – and they seemed to be sliding southward too! Well, what the hell: I drew my dress over my head and waved it lasso-style in the air. Finally I was cooler, and with my bra off too, well, that would feel even better, I was sure.
Stripped down to my knickers I wriggled and jiggled with joy, and it was no time before I had Sebastian dancing on one side of me and Mario on the other. I laughed in delight. This was going even more swimmingly than I could have hoped.
With a bare arm around each man I was in heaven – especially when as if by some secret signal they both dipped down to suckle my breasts in stereo. This may not have been entirely expected, but that’s not to say it wasn’t welcome: I’d had fantasises about this kind of thing, but never in my wildest dreams had I thought it would be so easy to engineer – or feel so natural. It was neither awkward nor intimidating, and I genuinely couldn’t believe my luck: I couldn’t have imagined my threesome any better. And to think the real fun hadn’t even begun…
Family-run business MyStim is fast becoming one of Cliterati’s favourite companies thanks to its humorous product names and its determination to challenge established preconceptions of sex toy design. Originally a manufacturer for medical electrical stimulation merchandise used in physiotherapy and pain management, as the years passed the realisation dawned that not all customers were using the devices as intended(!).
To fulfil this consumer call for quality electro-stim (or ‘e-stim’) items, MyStim was launched as a sexy sideline to the initial medical business, this time focussing on all things naughty and nice, electro-stim or otherwise. Taking things a step further, the team have also set up a luxury sex accessories store Petits Joujoux selling upmarket massage candles, body jewellery and high-end metal masquerade masques (for which we at Cliterati are intensely lustful).
One of our favourite G-Spot vibrators may be MyStim’s electro-stim free Bon Aparte (more of that in our forthcoming Top Three series of reviews), but it’s the Tingly Timmy with its e-stim functionality which is making waves in the Cliterati office this week. For not only is the Tingly Timmy a recognisable sex toy shape (in this case the ubiquitous Rabbit), unusually for an e-stim item it’s also covered in lovely soft silicone rather than intimidating stainless steel. See? We told you these guys were good.
But MyStim didn’t stop there with their innovative take on a traditional design: Timmy also employs a dual channel electro-stim input which charges four poles (also known as conductive surfaces): one situated on either side of the main G-spot shaft and two again on the shorter clitoral finger. This means four times the fun – but only if you have a dual channel electro-stim device, such as MyStim’s very reasonably priced Pure Vibes kit (although be aware this is only compatible with MyStim products). If you’re unsure about electro-stim you can learn more about it here, or alternatively plump for MyStim’s standard Rabbit vibrator the Danny Divido which is entirely electro-free.
If you do opt for the e-stim Tingly Timmy version, you’ll need to apply something like MyStim’s gorgeous The Goldfather electro-conductive gel (containing real 23 carat gold flakes!) to make the Tingly Timmy err, tingle better! Remember to switch on your electro handset only after the associated toys are in place against your body, as this helps you start at an e-stim level you know you can handle. Since the vagina is nowhere near as sensitive as the clitoris you’ll probably find that Timmy’s G-Spot shaft can be programmed to a healthy charge, leading to a gentle flexing of the PC muscles and the pleasurable echo of an incoming orgasm.
However, as with all Rabbits, you may have issues with Timmy’s form fitting your body properly. Whilst I found the main shaft hit every spot perfectly, the smaller clitoral finger of the Timmy proved just too short for me, resting as it did just underneath the tip of the clitoris. Had it been a standard Rabbit vibrator this would have been equally uncomfortable for any woman who prefers clitoral stimulation from above rather than from below, which many find is simply far too sensitive an angle. In fact, it’s another reason lots of ladies prefer using two toys at once, so that they can tailor-make them to fit their body, and why Rabbits with longer flexible clitoral shafts which reach above the clitoral hood before pressing down (such as Lelo’s Soraya and Swan’s Whooper) are firm industry favourites.
But since this is a sophisticated electro-stim approach rather than a clunky generic Rabbit, playing with Timmy is a different experience entirely. Switching on the second channel which charges the two poles on the clitoral finger, you might find it takes a while to find a comfortable position and that it helps to place it at one side of your clit rather than directly on it. But once you’ve found the angle that suits you and with the main shaft already humming along internally, Timmy will make you feel tantalisingly warm and thrillingly tingly. Because if you can avoid the clitoral arm occasionally slipping position and causing small shocks of discomfort, then there’s definitely the potential for a mind-blowing orgasm – and maybe even for a satisfying squirt.
Since the smaller shaft of the Tingly Timmy is advertised for anal as well as clitoral use, when you turn it 180 degrees you may discover this is where the toy comes into its own, with no pain just gain – and lots of it. Giving a good idea of what the electro-stim Rabbit is intended for clitorally, any previous accidental clitoral agony can be magicked into anal ecstasy with one quick rotation, and with your favourite vibrator applied to your clit (having not yet tested any of MyStim’s normal vibrators, Cliterati recommends Lelo’s Mona 2) you’re in for an electro-climax unlike any other orgasm you’ve ever experienced.
Indeed, the Tingly Timmy is an amazing piece of e-stim engineering, and its dimensions may not have fitted me perfectly but then few Rabbits do. However, if you’re someone whom Rabbit vibrators do suit, or you like the sound of something a little different and are prepared to adapt, then this baby may well work well for you: the Timmy really is impressive in its design and conception.
In future it would be great if MyStim could design a reflective counterpart to the Timmy, where the main shaft curves in the opposite direction so that it targets the G-spot as well as the anus (currently Timmy just misses the G-spot when used back to front). It would also benefit from a longer and more flexible clitoral finger – for me, anyway!
Either way Cliterati is now holding out for MyStim’s awe-inspiring Terrific Truman, which uniquely combines vibrations with electro stimulation to pleasurably train your pelvic floor, ably vibrating, pulsating and tingling with no e-stim handset needed – surely a thing of greatness. Watch this space!
In Cliterati’s local adult shop the electro-sex section is in the dungeon-themed area, which is rather misleading as electro-sex isn’t necessarily about pain. In fact, it’s about increasing pleasure. This can mean longer, more intense orgasms (especially if you play with bringing yourself back from the brink time and again), and improved sensation. Imagine your whole body deliciously vibrating almost on a cellular level and you’ll be halfway there.
If you’re feeling flush and fancy trying something a bit different, then you may like to invest in an electro-sex pack that will set you up for life. We were sent Electrastim’s Flick Duo Stimulation Multi-Pack EM80-M, and after exploring the experience were more than reassured that it was worth the price – especially since it contains a dual-channel system enabling two people to use it at once, or one person with two separate toys (mind-blowing!). This particular kit bundle also comes with a Stubby ElectraProbe, suitable for anal and vaginal use, some extremely versatile ElectraPads and a pair of ElectraLoop cock rings, as well as the all-essential electro-conductive gel which makes for a more sensational electro-sex experience.
So what does it actually feel like in action? Well, if you’ve ever tried a TENS machine or electro muscle stimulator you’ll know the sensation of your muscles tensing and relaxing and tensing and relaxing again, and you’ll also appreciate that it doesn’t hurt, it just feels kind of tingly. Furthermore, with twenty-four intensity settings running the gamut of seven continuous or pulsating patterns, you’re sure to find something to suit you whatever your preference. Add Electrastim’s Flick facility into the mix, and you can adjust the entire experience as easily as ‘Flicking’ the handset, ably inventing your own perfectly-tailored stimulation pattern in the process. However, we have to say that Cliterati actually preferred the pre-set patterns – which of course means that Electrastim must be doing something very right! Also, a word of advice: apply the pads or hold the conductive object before you turn the handset power on and up, or you won’t be able to gauge your response correctly and will get an immediate electric shock – and not in a sexy way.
With regards to safety, of course electro-sex is not suitable for everyone (those with heart-conditions amongst others), however – and this might not be sexy, but it’s worth mentioning – from our experience using the dual-channel machine with two pads stuck to your stomach actually works wonders as an antidote to crippling period cramps when nothing else seems to help (disclaimer: It’s not medically approved to be used in this way, so please check with your healthcare provider first). In our book, for that pain-relief alone it’d be worth every penny. And all of this equipment fits into a surprisingly small box: the handset and basic accoutrements alone sit in packaging akin to the size of a mobile phone, making it eminently portable.
Moreover, once you’ve got your base starter kit you can add accessories as you go. At Erotica 2013 Electrastim’s ElectraPaddle Leather Spanking Paddle was a sell-out sensation, and you could barely see the stand due to customer interest in the company’s ever-expanding electro collection. We were lucky enough to try the Electrastim Rocket Dildo which is handy for clitoral stimulation (due to its domed tip) and perfect for size queens thanks to its length and girth (also due to its domed tip). We have our eyes set on the gorgeous Electrastim Wave Dildo next, which promises a softer approach with just as much sensation.
But just remember that steel isn’t as forgiving as silicone, so you may like to start small. This is where the Stubby ElectraProbe included in the Flick Duo Multi-Pack EM80-M comes in perfectly, as it’s less invasive but has a very similar effect. One thing that could be improved in this particular item is where the metal meets the plastic: this meeting point would be more hygienic if it was completely flush with no ridges (however small, they are noticeable and an easy place for bacteria to hide), so don’t forget to buy some sex toy sterilising spray to give The Stubby a thorough clean before and after use.
Since The Stubby’s also suited for anal play it’s great for men too (although be careful not to insert it too far: if you want deeper penetration you’ll need a toy with a bigger flared base like the T-Bar), while the Electra-Loop cock rings – extremely well-received by Cliterati’s complete electro-beginner who tested it – are only the start of the fun when it comes Electrastim’s male accessories range.
So let’s make 2014 the year that electro play is finally appreciated as far less scary and far more sexy than at first glance. It really is accessible to all, from those who like a gentle tingle to those who actually do like their electro-stim toys displayed in a dungeon, thank you very much. Indeed, whatever your approach, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy the Electrastim Flick Duo Stimulation Multi-Pack EM80-M today, you can rest assured that your electro-sex experience will prove sensational for years to come. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to electrify your sex life!
Laid is one of Cliterati’s favourite boutique producers of ‘lifestyle products’. A Norwegian company founded by two women, Laid has a very clear aesthetic: its sex toys are of great beauty and taste, and just as importantly they actually deliver when it comes to practicalities.
Take for example the Laid D.1 Silicone Dildo: I’ve already waxed lyrical about their exquisite Stone Dildo and was interested to see how its silicone sister would compare. The two dildos are exactly the same asymmetrical shape, with the silicone version by its very nature firm yet yielding, smooth to the touch and with a pleasingly weighty feel, the quality just emanates from this object.
The not-too-big-not-too-small Laid D.1 Silicone Dildo lends itself perfectly to G Spot stimulation, and its asymmetrical shape means that it can be twisted and turned once it’s inserted to enable you to put pressure on the precisely the right area for you. Not only is it beautifully packaged, it even comes with an informative pictorial instruction manual (which you can also see on the Laid website).
Visual directions also come in handy when it comes to the Laid range of cock rings, one of which, the innovatively shaped P.2 Silicone Cock Ring comes in two sizes (great for larger men) and can be worn in a variety of different ways, each of these encircling both the penis and testicles. Cliterati found this to be the most successful cock ring worn to date – genuinely. It looked good on, felt great against the skin, and the pointed end rested pleasurably against our tester’s perineum (the most instinctive and comfortable of positions he found to wear it).
Meanwhile, the Laid P.3 Silicone Cock Ring Cliterati received was so beautifully silky to the touch that it was pronounced perfect before it had even been tried! However, while the largest P.2 above fitted fine, the P.3 was on the small side for our (admittedly, unusually well-endowed) tester – but thankfully it had just enough flexibility to allow use with a healthy dollop of (water-based lube).
Because the P.3 was a touch small for this particular wearer (who, to give you an idea of size, takes a King Size condom), once on it was mildly uncomfortable for him during missionary and doggy positions, and noticeably uncomfortable with the woman on top and while masturbating – this suggests that the Silicone Stretch version of the P.3 would be more appropriate for the larger man (who may have to concede this wouldn’t reach around his testicles as well, which the Stretch P.3 is designed to do).
However, this didn’t stop Mr Cliterati from saying he’d definitely use the (non-Stretch) Silicone P.3 again, especially when he was tired and it took a bit more concentration to stay rock solid. But in the meantime, the biggest P.2 will remain a firm favourite (if you’ll excuse the pun!).
So if you’ve never tried a cock ring before, or always wanted a super-stylish, unique yet functional sex toy, Cliterati couldn’t think of a better place to go to get Laid. As they say in internet speak/ Norwegian: Vær så god (You’re welcome)!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free Laid d.1 Silicone Dildo and Silicone P.2 and P.3 cock rings in exchange for my honest review.
Ever had a stealth orgasm, an orgasm that takes you by surprise, leaving you reeling through its sheer unexpected intensity? Well, if you try the Palm Power massager you might just clock in a super-quick climax, which is why this baby is now at Number 2 on my previous Top Three Vibrator Wands list – and without the £169.99 price-tag of The Eroscillator Deluxe at Number 1 (amazing as it is).
So what is it that could possibly bump the extremely effective Bodywand Magic Vibrator to a still respectable third place (after all, the competition is super-steep)? I’ll tell you: the Palm Power massager is smaller, lighter, more portable, just as user-friendly and generally less cumbersome than the Bodywand – and every bit as impressive as its larger rivals currently in vogue.
The Palm Power is switched on, off and controlled by the same one button, which increases the vibrations until you remove your finger at your required intensity. In some respects this is a useful device as it means you can easily and quickly get the toy exactly where you want, but since the Palm Power is so powerful, occasionally you might actually want to decrease the pressure (gasp!), and to do that you have to switch it off and start at the beginning again. This is easily done – and fast – but it’s annoying not to be able to just drop a speed or two if and when you fancy something a bit more gentle. After all, this is one strong-armed wand, and subtlety is not really in its vocabulary.
Thankfully though, the Palm Power comes complete with a removable silky 100% silicone cap. This softens the harshness of the mains-powered vibrations against your sensitive body parts, without losing the intensity (something I find other wands are lacking). The Palm Power also has four additional screw-on heads which you can buy separately: firstly I tried the two Sensual Massager Wand Heads pack, which includes the Palm Below(intended for G-Spot stimulation) and the Palm Dual (which is rather like a Rabbit, aiming as it does for both clitoral and G-Spot fun).
As with the Bodywand’s equivalent accessories, I found the accompanying G-spot Palm Below appendage lacking: although wonderfully silky to the touch thanks to the phthalate-free 100% silicone, it’s simply too wobbly and flexible to apply satisfactory pressure your most sensitive of internal areas, and too small to be effective with regards to those who fancy a bit of penetration. Meanwhile, although the Rabbit-like Palm Dual happily conveyed the vibrations of the wand itself, for me personally it fell short – but that may be more a case of anatomy rather than anything else, since I don’t really get on with Rabbits in general (but if you do – hey, don’t take my word for it!).
However, when it came to the Palm Finger and Palm Curve (which come in the Palm Power Body Massager Wand Heads accessories pack), I was surprised to find that they both did the job. The Palm Finger nicely kneads every part of your hand and palm, and while this may sound like a strange attachment for a sex toy brand to make, if you’ve ever had a professional full-body massage you’ll know that the part of the treatment where they reach the hand is both an unexpected de-stressor and an extremely sensual experience. In addition, the Palm Curve was surprisingly successful when used vertically over the clitoral area rather than horizontally, as is shown in the image (when it’s actually designed to glide right over your arms, legs and body).
If you’re going to buy a plug-in wand, personally I’d plump for the Palm Power massager: its lightweight design means it’s easier to manoeuvre than heavier wands, and whilst it could numb your body with overuse just as well as its bigger sisters (there’s a great comic strip by Erica Moen about this particular desensitising side-effect of using wands), the Palm Power’s got the slightly softer silicone head included, which makes it infinitely less aggressive and yet equally effective. Always use with silicone-friendly water-based lube and you’ll never look back. If you like a good body massage or you’re a fan of perfunctory self-fucking (and let’s face it, these days we’re all pushed for time – in every area of our lives), you need this in your life. Impressive.