Dec 072008

NobEssence LingerOn my quest to become a sex toy connoisseur, I am determined to try every phthalate-free material on the market. Next up: wood! Wood is one material I’ve been lusting after for a while now, so I was ecstatic to receive the Linger, a smallish but bulbous dildo and anal probe made by NobEssence. It came in an absolutely fabulous textured box that pulls apart to reveal a bed of white fuzzy material.

The Linger is made of Bamboo, and it is truly a gorgeous piece. It is covered in a waterproof finish, so it feels deliciously smooth and looks slightly shiny. I do have some gripes, though: there is a visible seam running down the middle of the toy, and several imperfections in the wood (a small rough patch, an odd circle interrupting the clean lines on the handle). Basically, it is not perfect, and I only point this out because of the steep price tag attached to this toy.

In stark contrast to the heaviness of glass, this wood is very, very light. Really, it’s lighter than almost all of my toys! Despite its weight, however, it feels very sturdy. Sometimes I pick it up and try to snap it in half. I have no idea why I do this, but it has proven time and again (perhaps much to my dismay) that this toy is not in fact a stick from the forest of my childhood.

When I received the Linger, I had just started my period — but that wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying the untapped pleasures of wood! I used the toy several times while I was on my period, and I must say, there is something sexy about the look of blood on a light-colored wood. As lame as it sounds, I felt very “natural” using this toy while on my period. (And uh, ignore the fact that I was watching porn on my super-fast computer while I was doing it. And using a vibrator on my clit.)

Wood is compatible, according to the booklet, with “all known lubricants.” I used water-based lube with it, and it stayed wet forever, as wood is completely non-porous. One of the first things I realized was that I was not going to use the finger holster. If I were to use it, my hand would get in the way of my clit too much. I settled for just holding the end and thrusting with it, and that worked out fine.

The bloops were prominent and felt amazing. I could feel each individual bloop as it moved back and forth, creating a popping sensation unlike any other toy I own. I was worried that the Linger may not feel substantial enough inside of me, but the bloops made up for any girth the toy is lacking. Being as lightweight and slender as this toy is, it is definitely a toy made for thrusting, and thrust I did!

Later, I rolled a condom over the Linger and tried it in my ass. It definitely felt a lot harder and more noticeable than, say, silicone, but I found the sizes of the bloops to be perfect for my intermediate anal exploration. I was able to insert four bloops, then enjoy the sensation of fucking myself with them. Just as amazing as before. When I inserted the Linger in my ass from a sitting position, I did indeed use the finger holster, and found it to be quite useful. When inserting it from behind, though, I preferred to simply grasp the end.

In all, I was most impressed by the versatility of the Linger. It’s not everyday you find a toy that delights both vagina and ass — and does not feel unwieldy in either. Wood was a nice change of pace from the coldness and heaviness of glass and the flexibility of silicone. Wood: check! Super check!

Get the Linger at SheVibe.

  • BB

    Wood doesn’t really turn me on the way glass does–I think it tends to look really ugly–but now I’m interested, mostly do to the rigidity without the weight.

    Also, I think I have to start using the word “bloop” now.

  • Beautiful Dreamer

    Oh… I want to try wood!

    Absolutely fantastic review for your first encounter with wood.
    Glad it feels great both ways. 🙂

  • I want this so badly. I adore the idea of wood dildos. Any sex toy that doesn’t seem so industrial, electronic, whatever, makes me happy.

  • sophie2229

    I STILL need to try a nobessence toy!

  • Selective Sensualist

    This is gorgeous. But what is up with that seam? WTH? I thought these were hand-carved . . . so, what would the seam be from in the first place? Hmmm . . .

    Love those bloops though! Yet another wonderful review . . .

  • @Selective Sensualist: I have no idea how the seam got there, but rest assured it is entirely aesthetic. It’s sealed under a coating, so it is not felt in use or anything.

  • Bri

    Wood is definitely on my list, and Nobessence wood above all else. All the wood colors are beautiful. This looks and sounds enjoyable. And it’s the ultimate ‘green’ toy.

  • Crystalline

    Anybody else hear Cranberries in their head? XD

    I’m about to try glass, which I suspect may topple wood in my view, but the latter will always have a special, special place in my, heh, heart.

    But Bamboooo! I’m impressed. Very beautiful. But yes, I would definitely complain about any imperfections given the cost.

    In closing, I again agree: wood + lube = bliss!

  • Cassidy

    Thanks for the great review. One thing, tho- wood is actually very porous. Maybe you meant that the finish is nonporous?

  • Yes, I meant wood as a sex toy material. It is always sealed with a non-porous finish.

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