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Toy Review: Iroha Mini by Tenga
One speed, battery-powered, compact size, waterproof, body-safe ABS and elastomer, inexpensive ($20-30)
I saw this lil’ guy the other day while browsing in my Local Progressive Sex Shop and was intrigued enough to pick one up for myself, and I’m happy to say that I’m pleased with my purchase. This clitoral vibrator is from Japanese sex toy company Tenga and is a new addition to their Iroha line of toys for women. It only has one speed, but that one speed is surprisingly strong. Vibration frequency connoisseurs would call these particular vibrations buzzy. I like the toy’s appearance, and found the shape to be pretty ergonomic; it’s about the size of a silver dollar pancake and fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, while the tip provides pinpoint stimulation. There was absolutely no suspicious toxic smell from this toy’s materials (ABS plastic and elastomer, which are typically body-safe), although I don’t believe that the Iroha Mini can be fully sterilized, meaning that it’s not suitable for sharing. My local shop recommended making a bath of soap and water to clean the Iroha Mini, rather than putting soap on it directly, which works nicely. And once I clean my Iroha Mini, I can store it in the box it came in, which is unlabeled frosted plastic. One handy feature is that the toy has a Weeble-like ability to stay upright, which means you don’t have to worry about making a mess if you want to set the toy down mid- or post-session. You can see that feature in this video here: http://youtu.be/BfO0QB9fkMM
The main downside for me was the toy’s volume, but that’s not too bad; it’s loud enough that I need to use it under the covers, not just behind a closed door. I also wish that it had three speeds rather than just the one.
Although I’ve been very happy with my Lelo Gigi for years, I am also happy to have a smaller and fully waterproof vibrator in my collection. Especially happy that Tenga is offering a body-safe and well-designed toy at such a low price point.

Toy Review: Iroha Mini by Tenga

One speed, battery-powered, compact size, waterproof, body-safe ABS and elastomer, inexpensive ($20-30)

I saw this lil’ guy the other day while browsing in my Local Progressive Sex Shop and was intrigued enough to pick one up for myself, and I’m happy to say that I’m pleased with my purchase. This clitoral vibrator is from Japanese sex toy company Tenga and is a new addition to their Iroha line of toys for women. It only has one speed, but that one speed is surprisingly strong. Vibration frequency connoisseurs would call these particular vibrations buzzy. I like the toy’s appearance, and found the shape to be pretty ergonomic; it’s about the size of a silver dollar pancake and fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, while the tip provides pinpoint stimulation. There was absolutely no suspicious toxic smell from this toy’s materials (ABS plastic and elastomer, which are typically body-safe), although I don’t believe that the Iroha Mini can be fully sterilized, meaning that it’s not suitable for sharing. My local shop recommended making a bath of soap and water to clean the Iroha Mini, rather than putting soap on it directly, which works nicely. And once I clean my Iroha Mini, I can store it in the box it came in, which is unlabeled frosted plastic. One handy feature is that the toy has a Weeble-like ability to stay upright, which means you don’t have to worry about making a mess if you want to set the toy down mid- or post-session. You can see that feature in this video here: http://youtu.be/BfO0QB9fkMM

The main downside for me was the toy’s volume, but that’s not too bad; it’s loud enough that I need to use it under the covers, not just behind a closed door. I also wish that it had three speeds rather than just the one.

Although I’ve been very happy with my Lelo Gigi for years, I am also happy to have a smaller and fully waterproof vibrator in my collection. Especially happy that Tenga is offering a body-safe and well-designed toy at such a low price point.

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Planned Parenthood answers questions about biological sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Includes answers to: “What’s the difference between sex and gender?” “What is feminine? What is masculine?” “How can I challenge gender stereotypes?” “What can I do to help stop homophobia?”

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This is somewhat indirectly related to sexual health and pleasure, but it’s still pertinent: Early 2 Bed gives the low-down on the different Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs) that they offer. Useful for all female-bodied folks, whether trans- or cisgender.

On a related note, Early 2 Bed has a subsidiary online shop called FTM Essentials which has a decent selection of gender expression products.

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Sensitive to Your Condoms?

Here’s a good troubleshooting guide if you’ve been struggling with sensitivities but can’t figure out if it’s your lube or your condoms.

I’ve found that The Pleasure Chest has reliable information on the type of lube that’s included with a condom, in addition to width, length, thickness, and material info (just check the “Specs” tab on the product page). The Condom Depot, however, does NOT have reliable information about lube type.

Good Vibes also has these handy condom comparison charts, which organize condoms by price point, material, and size; there’s even a chart comparing different vegan condoms.

A still-unanswered question: why do lubes provide ingredient information, but condoms don’t provide ingredient information for their included lube?

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Kegel Camp is an app from Emily Morse (of Sex With Emily) that provides guided workouts for your PC muscles. There are different levels of workouts available, and you can be bumped up levels automatically after completing a certain number of workouts (or you can just choose the level yourself). The app also provides reminders and tips, which can be very helpful.

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Vancouver progressive sex shop WomynsWare calls out adult companies for selling defective toy lines, unsafe materials, or just plain bad products in their blog column, “Beware”…

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Vixen Creations’ limited edition Leoweenie is on sale at Babeland; you can get it and other Halloween-themed toys for 15% off right now. For Epiphora’s review of this toy, see here.
(Photo from Babeland.com)

Vixen Creations’ limited edition Leoweenie is on sale at Babeland; you can get it and other Halloween-themed toys for 15% off right now. For Epiphora’s review of this toy, see here.

(Photo from Babeland.com)

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Compare and Contrast: The Implant

I’ve never taken birth control before, apart from one dose of Plan B which made me feel CRAZY (but that’s a story for another time); heck, I’m not even having partnersex right now. However, I do like learning about all of the birth control options out there, should I ever feel the need to avail myself of any of them. And lately, I’ve been seeing some interesting things about the implant:

Here’s the delightful Lucy Knisley, talking about her very positive experience with the implant on Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy.

And here’s a post I found on the Smith College Peer Sexuality Educators’ Tumblr about a not-so-positive experience with the implant. That post includes a link to a YouTube video of an implant removal, which I have not yet watched.

Again, Bedsider provides a good overview of all birth control options, so if you’re trying to settle on a birth control method, make sure to check them out. I love Bedsider.

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One of my favorite sex nerds, Emily Nagoski, offers both a practical (“What To Do”) and philosophical (“Why This Matters”) approach to female masturbation.

You can find Dr. Nagoski’s regular blog at www.thedirtynormal.com.

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Ducky Doolittle provides a combination of pussy positivity and care-and-cleaning tips. Especially love her tip that Sliquid’s pH-balanced soap Splash is a great bubble bath… I’m currently trying to find an excuse to buy myself a bottle in the White Tea Pear scent.

Bargain hunting tip: the Sliquid webstore has a buy-one-get-one-free deal going for certain items in their Splash, Smooth, and Organics Massage Oil lines.