The Fun Factory Amor, stuck to my headboard by the suction cup base.

Fun Factory Amor Review

The Fun Factory Amor and its box.The Fun Factory Amor was my first ever dildo. I bought it from my favourite store, Max Black, after I found out that the Fuze Velvet wasn’t in stock. I was mostly drawn in by the velvety feel of the silicone, which seemed unspeakably luxurious. It has to be said, this is a good quality toy. I spent a good five minutes stroking the demo Amor while browsing other toys, and had really made my decision before I even saw the rest of the dildos on offer. I’ve loved Fun Factory’s funky designs and packaging ever since I first laid eyes on the Amor. Everything about the company is, well, fun. The Amor is small, affordable, semi-realistic, and well-shaped. I was looking for something that was gender affirming, but not grotesque in its realism like some PVC cocks can be. The Amor has a stylised head and a smooth shaft, but doesn’t have vein details. For a while, I’ve been disappointed that I got the Amor in black rather than orange, because the reason Fun Factory is so exciting is precisely because the colours of their toys deviate from the pinks and purples we so often see. It also comes in a pale flesh tone. Everything set the Amor up to be the perfect first dildo, but as well as their unique designs, Fun Factory is notorious for something else – their seriously draggy silicone. The texture that felt so good in my hands doesn’t work for my junk.

There are a lot of good things going for the Amor. I was enticed by it’s curve, vaguely remembering that a curve was good for G spot stimulation. However, the Amor doesn’t naturally reach my G spot, and instead I have to tilt it to make any impact. Clenching does provide some stimulation on my G spot, but dildos like the Mustang don’t need a helping hand. Even while clenching around the Amor, I don’t get the stimulation I prefer. My G spot likes broad stimulation, but the Amor is almost backwards, and the curve ends in a pointed tip rather than the broad, flat surface of a head. This means only a portion of my G spot is stimulated, rather than the whole thing, which leaves me feeling frustrated rather than satisfied. It is also short (only 5.5 inches), which was a
plus for me when I bought it, because I was fairly new to penetration, and sThe Fun Factory Amor, stuck to my headboard by the suction cup base.o was my partner at the time. This remains to be one of the only dildos that I can fit in entirely with no build-up. However, once I’m more aroused, my G spot seems to move further up, so the Amor can fall short at those moments. Another thing I like is the base. The base is an unusual, almost clover shape, which means I can tell which way the curve is pointing when it’s inside me, and it sits well in even the flimsiest of harnesses. It’s a suction cup despite being entirely flat, and sticks to flat surfaces pretty well. It’s resistant to a good tug.

What really ruins the Amor is the texture. I am really sensitive to graininess in both my front hole and my ass, and the Amor is unbearably draggy. I can’t thrust it at all, even after drenching it with lube. This dildo is my goldilocks width of 1.5 inches, but I even warmed up with a larger toy, which seems ridiculous for something so simple in shape. After that, I still wasn’t comfortable with the texture! Even when I just let the Amor sit there while I focused on the porn I was watching and my Mystic Wand, I felt raw. If this toy was even a tenth of an inch bigger, I don’t think I would be able to insert it because of how draggy the silicone is. I think this sensitivity, at least in my front hole, is a side effect of testosterone. My theory is that, because testosterone causes vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls, I am more bothered by the texture now that I have been on hormones for almost two years. I still had to use heaps of lube when I first used it, but it didn’t feel abrasive like it does now. I know I’m not the only one who is annoyed by Fun Factory’s silicone, but perhaps I am more affected than most. Fun Factory seem to use a different kind for their vibes because I don’t have any problems with my Big Boss, but the Amor is really ruined by it.

The Fun Factory Amor in black, lying on a bed.One place where the Amor does shine is for simulated oral. When I’m sucking on it, the graininess is only annoying rather than bordering on painful. The shape really helps the Amor out in the blowjob department, because it is small enough that I can fit it entirely in my mouth, and the downward curve is much more natural in the mouth. It looks hot as hell to see your partner swallowing down your dick to the base, and this dildo really helps that happen. However, I can imagine the silicone would become a problem again if you have a particularly sensitive gag reflex.

Ultimately, I want to recommend the Amor. It’s simple, only AUD 65, and body safe, which is a good start. The concept of a first dildo is hard to pin down, but from what I understand, it just means basic. So often “basic” just means “bad”, but there are so many good things about the Amor. Sure, it doesn’t suit my specific G spot preferences, but the shape isn’t boring. It isn’t intimidating like I feel realistic dildos sometimes can be. It’s versatile, and can be used for strap on sex, masturbation, and simulated oral. 1.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches long is a pretty reasonable size for vaginal use, in my opinion. The Amor certainly piqued my interest for other dildos, and put me in good stead to buy body safe toys. I just can’t recommend this to anyone unless they know they are ok with Fun Factory’s silicone, because I’m horrified at the thought of someone buying this dildo, finding the silicone too abrasive, and deciding not to try another dildo because of the experience. There are so many other better beginners dildos, like the Fuze Velvet, or the Tantus Acute. Honestly, if you’re considering getting a Fun Factory Amor but haven’t experienced Fun Factory dildos before, get the Tantus Acute. It’s a similar size, price, and shape, but Tantus silicone is glossy rather than matte. I like it immeasurably more.

If you’re interested in buying a Fun Factory Amor, you can find one at my favourite stores: Max Black (AU), Early to Bed (US), Peepshow Toys (US), SheVibe (US)

The Lelo Ina 2, lying on a bed.

Lelo Ina 2 Review

The Lelo Ina 2 in its box.A little while ago, I wrote a pretty scathing draft review of the Lelo Ina 2, but that night I used the Ina 2 again, and realised I was being a bit too harsh. I wrote my reviews for the Ina 2 and the Fun Factory Big Boss G5 at the same time, and my infatuation with the Big Boss really overshadowed the Ina 2. Additionally, I had just heard about Lelo’s choice to make Charlie Sheen their spokesperson for their terrible condom. On top of that, I’m generally bitter about the concept of rabbit vibrators. They promise hands-free stimulation, amazing orgasms, and the idea of the one toy to end them all, but so rarely do they deliver on all or even one of those promises. Though the Ina 2 is made of body-safe silicone, I’m still aware that most vibrators are made of chemical-leeching jelly, or porous materials. I was particularly drawn to the Ina 2 because I heard about the clamp-like pressure of the external stimulator. I love intense pressure, frequently mashing my Doxy Wand against my genitals as I near orgasm, and I hoped the Ina 2 could do the same, without the arm strain. The Lelo Ina 2 would be my first Lelo product of my very own, and I bought it in January 2016 with the last of my Christmas money from – where else – Max Black.

A photo of the lime green Lelo Ina 2, focusing on the ABS plastic handle.Aesthetically, the Ina 2 is certainly a winner. I bought mine in lime green (my favourite colour!), which was a refreshing break from the pinks and purples that are usually available. It also comes in purple and orange. The silicone is less draggy than even the smoothest of Fun Factory toys, and isn’t a lint-magnet like Tantus toys are. It’s my favourite texture for vibrating toys, that really silky kind that just begs to be touched. Unlike the Lelo Wave range, the button section is hard plastic rather than silicone, which I prefer because it makes the buttons easier to press. The buttons are simple and placed in a good position for use. I really love that the patterns can also be increased or decreased in intensity. The charger is a socket charger, which I love because I’m currently inundated with USB chargers and I only have so many USB ports available. If you really need to, you can also use it while it’s charging. This is probably really bad for the battery, but it’s useful to know for emergencies. Orgasm emergencies. As with all Lelo products, the packaging is simple and tasteful, and it comes with a drawstring toy bag. I don’t use this though, because I keep most of my vibrators in their original packaging, or in my bedside drawer.

There doesn’t seem to be a simple constant vibration on the Ina 2 – every mode either pulses in some way or only vibrates in one arm (what’s the point of a dual-stimulation vibrator if you’re only going to use one end, I ask?) – but the first setting is more wave-like rather than having a large and distracting gap between pulses. I like the final setting because it’s hard to describe and predict, but I can’t orgasm with it because I can’t really ride out the peak with the strength constantly fluctuating. None of the settings are particularly loud, and are easily muffled by blankets, and walls, both of the brick and vaginal variety. The vibrations are strong, but they aren’t particularly deep. As in, they don’t shake my internal clitoris like other more rumbly toys do. In fact, sometimes the vibrations make my vaginal walls start to itch. This isn’t like the needing-to-pee sensation that I get from some serious g-spotting. This is like the itch you get from holding a shitty bullet vibe for too long. Now, I’m not saying the Ina 2 feels like a watch battery bullet, just that its vibrations are more on the side of buzzy than of rumbly. It’s waterproof too, but I find using silicone insertable in the bath to be a bit of a disaster, because water-based lube washes right off.

The biggest let down of this toy, however, is the clitoral arm. No matter what I do, it always rolls off my cock. Granted, thanks to testosterone, my cock is a bit bigger than the average clitoris. No matter how hard I jam it under, I can’t get any pressure, or really, any vibration onto the place where it’s meant to be. The arm doesn’t even stimulate the side of my cock, and instead it’s just happy vibrating my pubic bone. I have to press my cock onto the clitoral arm in order to feel the vibrations, which is, sadly, not hands-free at all. As with all dual-stimulation vibrators, it might not even touch your clitoris. If I leave it partially inserted so that it only touches the tip of my cock, I feel poked and it’s somewhat painful. There’s just no good position for it to naturally stimulate my cock. The insertable portion is a similar shape to the Lelo Mona 2, which I recall loving when I was a vibrator newbie, but I’ve come to learn that my g-spot likes a larger surface area, and either pressure, tugging, or strong rumbly vibrations. The Ina provides none of these. The section that is in contact with my g-spot feels thin, I can’t really push anything to provide more pressure, and the vibrations are, as I’ve said, not the best I’ve ever felt. If the insertable arm was more bulbous, maybe I would be more enthused. It’s like the Ina notices my g-spot, the Ina buys my g-spot a drink at the bar, but it buys it the cheapest whiskey available.

The Lelo Ina 2, lying on a bed.The Ina 2 is not the worst toy I’ve ever used, but it’s very close to being the most expensive. For around AUD 250, I expected it to be incredible. I expected to want to use it all the time. As it is, I only use the Ina 2 when all my other toys are out of battery or too loud for the occasion. You could just as easily buy the Fun Factory Big Boss G5 and the We-Vibe Tango, and have much better orgasms. Plus, you’d have two toys that you could use separately, rather than one that is permanently fuzed together. Maybe the Ina 2 would work for you if your clitoris is smaller than mine, but you like the same intense pressure that I do. I don’t hate the Ina 2, and I still use it occasionally, but I really wanted to love it, and I just don’t.

If you’re interested in buying a Lelo Ina 2, you can find one at my favourite stores: Lovehoney (AU, UK), Good Vibrations (US), Peepshow Toys (US), SheVibe (US), SheBop (US)

We-Vibe Touch Review

My heartbreaking tryst with the We-Vibe Touch 2 has left me wary of magnetic recharging systems to this day. So much was riding on it when I first bought it, and it let me down. Deep, deep down. I bought the We-Vibe from my local sex store. It was the first rechargeable vibrator I had ever bought. I’d saved up for months. When I took it home, I was impatient to charge it, as I always am with new toys. It was rumbly in a way that “first time toys” rarely are, and I could reach orgasm on every setting. The patterns were fun, and the silicone was soft in my hands. But after a month or so, the Touch broke. It wouldn’t charge anymore, and I took it back to get a refund. The attendant explained that it was probably a faulty charging port, and exchanged it for a new vibe. I charged this one, and used it through ONE charge, but after that charge was used up, the vibe wouldn’t charge again. I went to the store for a third time, frustrated and disappointed. The attendant suggested I try a different model, but I was determined to try one last time. This time, I charged the Touch, used it once, and it never turned on again. I finally gave in, and exchanged it for a different vibe entirely. Thank god for reputable sex shops, thank god for warranties, thank god for options.

The We-Vibe is wonderful in a lot of ways, and there’s a reason I didn’t want to give it up without a fight. It was very exciting for a first toy, coming in a presentable little box, nestled in foam, with a toy bag. It’s wonderfully soft, and the shape makes it really easy to hold. I do tend to white-knuckle whatever I’m holding when I’m close to orgasm, and the Touch was just a bit too small to accommodate that, but it was otherwise easier to hold than your average bullet. The dip in the centre really allows for a secure grip. It’s strong too, much more so than anything else I had tried at the time. It’s still stronger than the replacement vibe I got when it broke for the third time. The patterns aren’t the best thing since sliced bread, but they’re more than bearable, and I found myself using the wave-like one to warm up. I am usually loathe to use the patterns on vibes, and only use the one on the Lelo Mona 2 that sounds like Old McDonald Had A Farm when I’m looking for a laugh. The Touch also had a wonderful cup shape, that I could cover over my whole cock for a really broad stimulation, (it probably wouldn’t fit now that I’ve been on hormones for almost two years, though) but it also had a pointier tip that could deliver more precise vibrations when that was what I was looking for. I didn’t love the controls, which is just a single button that you press to cycle through the different modes. This leads to the accidental switch from the highest level to the pulse setting, which is teeth-grindingly frustrating on the verge of orgasm. It was also a standard price for rechargeable vibrators – I paid AUD125, or USD95.

But despite all this, I can’t ever recommend someone this vibrator. It’s wonderful while it works, but that’s where the emphasis should be – while it works. I’m lucky that I’m so stubborn, because if I wasn’t, I might have sworn off rechargeables all together. Maybe I just had the worst luck, but I can’t discount three separate broken vibrators. Maybe if We-Vibe introduced a new charging base or updated the Touch again, I would think about buying another, but at the moment, I’m steering clear of this particular vibrator.

If you’re interested in buying a We-Vibe Touch, you can find one at my favourite stores: Early to Bed (US), Good Vibrations (US), Lovehoney (AU, US, UK), Peepshow Toys (US), Max Black (AU, NZ), SheVibe (US), and SheBop (US).