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Paloqueth Rotating Beads Vibrator

[Header Image Description: The Paloqueth Rotating Balls Vibrator, a small egg shaped vibrator with a white plastic handle and a purple silicone bottom.]

The jig is up! A few days ago, with a well concealed ulterior motive, I posted my review of the Lelo Ora 2. I received the Rotating Beads Vibrator (here-in referred to as the RBV) from Paloqueth a little while back, and I wanted to provide some context for why I was so excited about this odd-looking vibe.

The Paloqueth RBV is a similar in concept to the Lelo Ora; it has vibration functions, as well as three rotating beads that provide manual stimulation. In case you haven’t read the review I wrote of the Ora 2, I’ll quickly explain what was so special about it so you don’t have to click out of this review before you’ve finished it. Due to my autism, I have a propensity towards sensory overload. It’s much too overwhelming for someone to touch my clit directly, but I still like motion while I’m jerking off. I’ve found vibrators with rotating beads to satiate that craving, while still being predictable enough and having the added distraction of vibration to keep the sensory overload at bay.

There are still some issues I have with the RBV, but I’d be much happier to recommend it over the Lelo Ora 2.

Design

I’m not going to lie to you, the RBV looks more like a back massager than a vibrator – and not in the sexy industrial wand vibrator way. It reminds me of the kinds of pressure point balls I use to release the muscles around my spine and the odd shade of purple really adds to this impression. As I’ve come to expect from Paloqueth, the packaging was lovely, but I just wish the vibrator itself was a different colour.

While the RBV doesn’t look as sleek and luxurious as the Ora, the shape of the vibe is near perfect for me. The way I hold it feels so natural, and my fingers can relax during use. I don’t have to bend my wrist, and can rest my arm on my stomach comfortably. Hardly any of the weight of the vibrator is carried by my hand, and the RBV is very light to begin with. I also have plenty of room to use a dildo or internal vibrator.

The handle is very close to the motor, so a lot of the vibrations come up to where my fingers sit. This isn’t much of a problem for me, but I know other people have issues with handle vibrations.

 

rbv 1
Image Description: A light skinned hand holding the RBV, showing that the small button has to be pressed with the tip of the thumb nail.

The button is in a strange location, and it is entirely swallowed by my mons during use, so I can’t change settings without moving the vibe. I also found the button too small, and I have to use my thumb nail if I want to press it with much accuracy.

The controls were confusing, as well, because you hold the power button once to turn it on, then press a second time to start the speeds. I don’t really understand the purpose of having an extra press to turn on the vibe, and I just thought that it was out of battery before I read the instructions. I guessssssss I could have just read the instructions before I turned it on, but I like to live life on the edge.

Vibrations

It has to be said: the vibrations on the RBV are buzzier and less penetrating than the vibrations on the Ora. However, the difference is small enough that I still enjoy the RBV’s vibrations. My main qualm with the quality of the Ora’s vibrations is that the Ora is a luxury toy, with a price point well over the $100 mark. For the price of the RBV, I’d say the vibrations are par for the course; nothing spectacular, but not abysmal either. Additionally, I like a bit of buzz with these vibrators, because the slight numbing of the vibrations takes the edge off the manual stimulation of the balls.

There are only 3 speeds on the RBV, which is less than I prefer, but something I’ve had to get used to. 3 patterns just doesn’t work with my masturbation cycle, guys! I need at least a fourth speed, just that little extra kick at the end, and I’ve only found this in a handful of vibes.

I didn’t enjoy the pulsation patterns on the RBV much. I find pulsation patterns unappealing on most vibrators, and the RBV is no difference. Because of the circuit of the balls, I couldn’t distinguish the pattern beginning from the balls moving around. Even if you’re a pattern die-hard, I don’t think the RBV works well with pulsation patterns.

RBV 2
Image Description: The RBV from the bottom, showing the three rotating balls that touch the genitals.

Performance

The best thing about the RBV is that it has three rotating balls, whereas the Ora only has one. They don’t protrude from the silicone as much as the Ora 2, but I get that thrill of the balls lightly flicking my clit three times as often! The three balls feel more uniform, and are also noticeably faster. The circuit of the balls is generous despite the compact size of the RBV, and my larger-than-average clit gets even attention. I prefer broad stim from my vibes, and I’m generally sceptical of smaller vibrators, but the RBV manages just fine.

Compared to the Ora, it was significantly easier to orgasm with the RBV, even though, as I mentioned before, I didn’t like the vibrations as much. I think this is because the grip on the RBV was much more natural, so I didn’t have to stop and reposition, or think too hard about keeping a grip on the vibration.

Even so, I did find the RBV to be more overwhelming just before, during, and after orgasm. I usually pull a vibrator to the base of my clit or right onto my mons at that point, but because the RBV’s vibrations aren’t as rumbly and penetrating as something like the Mystic Wand, I can’t do that. It means I get the full brunt of the vibrator. Sometimes this is just too much for me, and thinking about using the RBV makes my vulva want to retreat up into my body.

As a sex nerd, something that fascinated me was that I felt that I was wetter when using the RBV. After testosterone, I produce less natural lubrication and don’t usually feel “wet” when I’m aroused. With the RBV, though, I noticed more lubrication that I did with other vibrators. The Doxy Wand has no noticeable impact on my lubrication, for example. I’m not sure how I would test the hypothesis, but I wonder if it’s due to the manual stimulation of the balls causing my body to become more physically aroused.

Verdict

The RBV is better than the Ora, but in a “more pros, less cons” rather than a “no cons” way. There are issues with the RBV, like its vibration quality, but those are mostly different issues to the Ora, and ones that I am not as bothered by. The RBV is cheaper, better designed, not made by Lelo, and doesn’t make any claims to be like oral sex. Those are all big pluses in my book.

I still think this style of vibrator is a niche interest, but the RBV isn’t exorbitantly expensive, so if you’re on the look out for new, odd sensations, it might be an option.

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Unpopular Opinion: Lelo Ora 2

A few months ago, Twitter was full of “Unpopular Opinion” memes, ranging from unpopular opinion: pasta edition to unpopular opinion: climate policy edition. I didn’t actually engage with those memes – partially because I always saw them days after they were posted, but mostly because I have no gauge on whether my opinions are actually unpopular or not. It also took me literal months to write this post, so the connection is tenuous at best. But I’m going to soldier on, because there’s no time like the present! I’m exposing what is possibly my most unpopular sex toy opinion of all – I genuinely like the Lelo Ora 2.

Disclaimer: Don’t buy it

Now I’m going to put a big preface here. I like the Lelo Ora 2, yes, but I don’t think you should buy it. Firstly, and most importantly, Lelo has been boycotted by a lot of people because of their poor ethics and (in my opinion) quite flagrant sexism. To me, it feels like Lelo is now exclusively marketing their products to rich men. Women are at best an afterthought, and at worst a trophy for buying such an expensive luxury product. I’m not just talking about Pino, the cock ring for bankers, but I think that shit fire exemplifies what I’m talking about. Many bloggers have written about Lelo, and if you haven’t read it already, go read Lilly’s post (and the links below) before you start getting ideas about buying something from Lelo. Secondly, I like the Ora 2, but it is unnecessarily expensive. It’s over AUD250, and for that price I want something really amazing. I could get a genuinely innovative toy like a Womanizer Liberty or a Stronic Eins for almost $100 less. The only reason I own the Ora 2 is because I got it secondhand from a good friend. My favourite toys are nowhere near as expensive as the Ora. I do think, however, that I need to write this review, because I want to show that, sometimes, widely disliked toys can find their perfect person.

Ora grip
Image Description: A light skinned hand holding the Lelo Ora 2, demonstrating the finger loop.

Design

I have very picky genitals. I don’t claim that my clit has impeccable taste, but I’m definitely fussy. I’m autistic, and a common feature of autism means a propensity towards sensory overload. I’m highly sensitive to touch, smell, and certain kinds of sound. I also live with chronic pain, and because of the high level of pain that I constantly feel, I am easily upset by slight discomforts. When it comes to sex, this means that I almost always hate manual stimulation. I don’t like partners to touch my clit, because the sensation is powerful and unpredictable, and the overwhelming sensations cancels out any pleasure I’m experiencing. If it didn’t involve shaving off my precious pubic hair, I would tattoo “do not touch” on my mons. Vibrators are a good substitute in this case, because the stimulation from a vibe is regular. Even if I’m using a pattern (which I only do to test products) I can still anticipate the kind of stimulation I’m receiving. Humans are fallible and can never reach machine precision, which is why sex toys aren’t the same as sex with another human being. The unpredictability is what I like about partnered sex, and also why I don’t want any partner to ever touch my clit ever again. I also prefer a light undercurrent of surface-level buzz to vibrations, because this can numb the area somewhat, and reduces the discomfort of the intense sensations just before orgasm. I also like a lot of pressure when I’m jerking off. If bodies made sense, hand sex would be great for getting that pressure, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

Enter the Lelo Ora 2. In case you don’t know what the Ora does, it’s an external vibrator that is supposed to simulate oral sex with a small ball bearing that rolls around the surface. A dear friend was showing me their sex toy collection a little while back and I was incredibly excited to see a real Lelo Ora in the flesh (or in the silicone, I suppose). At the time, I’d never seen one because Max Black doesn’t stock them and other adult stores in my area don’t usually have demo models out. Because my friend was and continues to be an absolute angel, they said “Oh, you can just have it, I don’t use it.” I’m pretty sure I screamed, and I definitely texted all my friends about actually, really owning the Lelo Ora. My excitement was mostly just a collector’s urge, expecting the Ora to be a fun conversation piece that I’d pull out of my dildo closet to make a friend laugh. But I wanted to use it, too. The Ora is silicone, so I gave it a good clean (which did involve digging around in the gap between the silicone and the gold part with a toothpick) and it was fine for me to use. And I thought it was going to be a joke! I was planning the “Guess what I put on my junk today!” tweets and blank-faced Instagram selfies with the caption “war flashbacks to that time I used the Lelo Ora”. But I was wrong. I liked the Ora. A lot. Enough that I was not convinced that I could have actually enjoyed it that much, so I immediately used it again. I quickly moved from making sure my enjoyment was not a fluke to using the Ora because I genuinely liked it.

Ora buttons
Image Description: The buttons of the Lelo Ora, three connected oval shapes.

Vibrations

What makes the Ora work for me specifically? In a word, its weakness. It has low-to-mid-strength vibrations and even at its fastest, the ball moves at a snail’s pace. The vibration quality is pretty shocking, with a lot more surface-level buzz than even I enjoy, and no real difference in strength between the part that is supposed to go on your junk and the handle. With any other vibrator, I would hate it. I would struggle to orgasm, which is an uncomfortable experience for me. I like some build up, but when I get to the precipice, it’s so overwhelming that I want to orgasm as quickly as possible.

Vibrations like the Ora has keep me in a terrible sort of purgatory, but then the Ora has the little ball. With the subpar vibrations, my clit is somewhat numbed to the feeling of the ball. Unlike other reviews that I’ve read, I can feel the ball for the whole time that I use it. I don’t think I would like the Ora if the ball was much faster or more prominent.

Performance

As it is, I don’t need to apply extra pressure when I’m using the Ora, because the ball provides an analogous sensation. Due to testosterone, my clit is larger than average, which adds to the appeal of the Ora, because the ball’s circuit covers almost my whole external clit. Sessions with the Ora are longer than I usually take to jerk off, which the comfortable looped handle assists with. The chunky body of the vibrator makes thrusting dildos quite difficult, but an internal vibrator on a low setting gives a steady thrum of G spot stimulation.

The ball is crucial to my enjoyment. It isn’t like an actual human tongue or finger, but I don’t like tongues or fingers on my clit. The motion is undeniably mechanical, but there is identifiable motion, which I sometimes find myself craving. The Ora makes me noticeably wetter than other external vibrators, which is impressive because my vaginal lubrication has been greatly decreased by testosterone. I’ve also found that the motion makes for a great addition to partnered sex, because the ball moves over areas of varying sensitivity, and I’ve heard my reactions make for an appealing show.

Verdict

To risk sounding unbearably crunchy, the Ora makes me feel present. I feel connected to my genitals in a way that I often forget I can achieve. I need to take things slow with the Ora, so it’s relaxing to set aside an hour or so to love and appreciate my body. That’s something that I think should be celebrated, and I’m grateful that the Ora helped me to do that.

I’m definitely not saying that you should buy the Ora! Lelo is a really gross company, and stats suggest that you would hate the Ora 2 anyway. It’s not all sunshine and roses for me either — it’s loud and grating, the buttons are in weird positions, I can’t close my legs around it — but what I want to express with this review is that all pleasure is subjective. I want to encourage people to trust their own pleasure. You know your body best, and if a toy feels good to you, it doesn’t matter what other people think about it.

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Hot Octopuss DiGiT

[Header Image Description: The Hot Octopuss DiGiT, a black finger vibrator with a bulbous silicone body, and a rosy plastic base. The side of the vibrator has “Hot Octopuss” written in raised text and two small oval speed buttons. A plastic figure-eight style finger loop with the Hot Octopuss crown logo on it connects to the base. The vibrator sits on a green leather table with intricate gold borders.]

Finger vibrators, like rabbits, are another candidate ripe for image rehabilitation in the sex toy sphere. I know when I think “finger vibe” my mind automatically goes to the cheap single-use vibrator rings you can buy from rusty condom machines. A few companies (a sizeable handful, if you will) have been releasing revamped finger vibes made with body safe materials and decent motors. Hot Octopuss reached out to me to review the DiGiT, and as a person with grip and dexterity issues, my interest was definitely piqued.

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Vibease Esthesia: Without The App

This review will be split up into two posts, to address the function of the Esthesia with and without the app. The link to the companion review will be linked at the end of this post.

Header Image Description: The Vibease Esthesia, a pink rabbit vibrator, inside its white textured box, and sitting on a wooden table.

Last week, I was rudely reminded of the fact that I was already in high school when the very first iPhone was released. The swiftly approaching end of the current decade must have people feeling nostalgic, because I’ve been seeing tweet after Tumblr post after Facebook status harking back to when the most exciting app was a fake beer bottle. I’m definitely not on the cutting edge of technology (I connected my phone via Bluetooth for the first time in May), but like most sex toy reviewers, I try to keep abreast of teledildonics news. The idea that you (or someone else!) could control a vibrator with the ease and responsiveness of a touch screen is frankly incredible. Unfortunately, most Bluetooth compatible toys focus on the ability of another person to remotely control a toy, whether from the other side to trans-Atlantic phone sex. I can’t reap the benefits of most Bluetooth compatible toys because I don’t know anyone interested in using them with me. That’s why I was so excited by Vibease’s vibrators, which are app compatible vibrators designed to sync with erotic audio stories. Drawn to the fantasy of a completely handsfree masturbation sesh, letting an audiobook set the pace, I opted for the rabbit style vibrator, the Vibease Esthesia.

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Vibease Esthesia: With The App

This review will be split up into two posts, to address the function of the Esthesia with and without the app. The link to the companion review will be linked at the end of this post.

[Header Image Description: The Vibease App playing The Storm by Graces_Grove. The cover art shows two silhouettes in a tent, with dark clouds overhead.]

The Esthesia’s manual controls let me down, but using the Esthesia with the app is a whole different story. The functionality is greatly increased and I feel like I’m using a truly unique vibrator. It isn’t perfect, but I think the app fixes a lot of the issues I outlined in the previous review.

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