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Vixen Creations RaquelThe Vixen Creations Raquel doesn’t look like much, especially in pictures. It’s a simple pink dildo with a bulging head, a streamlined shaft, and a chunky base.

But in life, the Raquel is entrancing. The pink and white are iridescent, and the silicone… oh, let me tell you about the silicone. The moment I wrapped my fingers around it for the first time, I was hooked. Could not stop squeezing. I could sit around squeezing it all day, smiling like a creepster at the sheer tactile pleasure of it.

You see, Raquel is made of VixSkin, a premium formulation of silicone specific to Vixen Creations. As with any silicone, VixSkin is completely non-porous, phthalate-free, and can be sterilized. But while most silicone tends to feel soft but fairly rigid, VixSkin is incredibly soft and squishy on the outside, with a solid inner core. It’s also floppy to the max — hence the thick suction cup base. There’s no way it would stand up securely without it.

Although VixSkin is just a different formulation of pure silicone, trying Raquel for the first time was like experiencing a new sex toy material. This was especially delightful for me, since I rarely get to try new materials. I knew Raquel would feel soft, but my vagina still did not expect something so luscious. Especially moving from a regular silicone dildo to Raquel, I noticed just how different it feels. The solid core is noticeable, but the squishy outer skin makes for a very plush, yielding sensation.

Raquel is a G-spot dildo, but a unique one — it’s not rigid, and it has no harsh curves or awkward edges. I was skeptical about whether it not it could stimulate my G-spot, but my skepticism was laid to rest quickly. It hones in on my G-spot beautifully. I have to thrust with it to really stimulate my G-spot, but the stimulation is so refreshingly soft. It doesn’t feel, as most G-spot dildos do, like a curvy thing jabbing at my G-spot (cough — Pure Wand — cough). And I like curvy things jabbing my G-spot, but this is a nice change.

There are a few downsides to uber-squishy VixSkin. One is that the dildo is so floppy that it’s quite difficult to insert Raquel with one hand. The other downside is simply that the G-spotting tip is not stimulating unless the dildo is moving. With rigid G-spot toys, I’m able to achieve nice G-spot sensations just by clenching around them while they’re stationary. The Raquel is too soft, so clenching is fruitless.

But I still really like the Raquel. It brings something new to the table, and sometimes soft G-spot stimulation sounds perfect. If you have cursed other G-spot toys in the past for being too weirdly shaped or too rigid, then Raquel should be your G-spot’s saving grace. In my case, the Raquel is more like my G-spot’s mistress… good for a little somethin’ somethin’ different and sensual on the side.

Get the Raquel at one of my fave shops:
SheVibeEarly to Bed, Good Vibes, or Come As You Are (Canada).

Thank you, Vixen Creations!

  • Oh my gosh. I want one.

    Great review!

  • Ooooh, this toy sounds so fun! The way you talk about this type of silicone makes me think of the Ripple; I just got it yesterday. I’m still not entirely used to silicone but I really loved how soft and squishy the toy was. The Raquel is probably a lot softer in terms of tactile sensation thought, not quite so rubbery feeling. That’s how it looks like it might feel anyway.

    Anyway! Lovely review. This toy looks great; I usually don’t gravitate towards pink toys (even though my favorite dildo is pink) but this is a really pretty, soft shade of pink and I like it a lot.

  • I concur. WANT.

    Fantastic review. I’ve tried and loved Tantus’ O2 material, which is supposed to be similar to VixSkin. Who knew that a different formulation of silicone could feel so wonderfully different? ^_^

  • @Ashley: Yeah, it’s a different tactile sensation. VixSkin will squish out from between your fingers when you squeeze it, that’s how soft it is!

    @Luscious Lily: I must try O2, and am really interested to see in how it differs from VixSkin.

  • ThatToyChick

    Haha, looks like you share “I hate pink but I’ll make an exception” Raquel lurve with Essinem.

    The Raquel is dual density, meaning it has a firm core. If I’m not mistaken, I heard awhile ago that the outer squishy “shell” of uber realistic soft silicone is made by purposely mixing some ingredient of silicone lube with regular ‘firm’ silicone, then using some proprietary technique to stop the process right in the niiiiice middle of “squish”. Now you have a wobblier version of silicone, slide in a firm core to keep it upright, and voila! I could be wrong though…I still have a lot to learn about silicone, despite my fangirl status.

    <3

  • Sarahbear

    I love pink and this sounds delicious.

  • @ThatToyChick: You are correct! Plus, the pink is iridescent. It helps.

    And yep, from the page about VixSkin: Our exclusive formula contains a premium silicone lubricant (just like that used in the most popular silicone lubes), suspended between the molecules, giving a more realistic feel and greater elasticity.

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  • I don’t love the VixSkin material. I find it a little too soft for me. However, Raquel is gorgeous. That bulbous head is to die for. I think I may want one.

  • Garnet Joyce

    I love vixskin! I tend to prefer a bit of give to my vaj toys. Orbit might actually be a great choice for you. Its also vixskin and more g-spot focused since it has the curve there. The way its made it sits nicely in my vagina while I stimulate my clit. Don’t even have to hold it there! And if you want the old in and out it has a compass on the base so you always know which way the curve is pointing w/o having to pull it out. That’s a super helpful feature when things get slippery.

  • @Garnet Joyce: A compass! Yes! I wish Raquel had something like that. Just a little bump would be nice.

  • Garnet Joyce

    @Epiphora: oh damn! Apparently the Orbit has been discontinued. That sucks! Totally one of my favorite dildos. But yeah, by compass what I really meant was a nubbin. The Orbit was one of my first toy reviews from back when I was a “Carnal Consultant” for Early to Bed. http://earlytobed.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/and-were-back/

  • I have the raquel. It is the *only* dildo I use with the strap-on with the Man. He loves it, and says it works the best. He doesn’t like toys in the butt with ridges or bumps or veins. And because this one is so smooth and has some give, it works perfectly for him.

    peace…

  • @Margaret: Great point! And it has a chunky base, so it’s perfect for a harness.

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  • sophie2229

    How do you think this feels compared with Tantus’ O2 silicone? This has been on my wishlist for a long long time

  • @sophie2229: The only O2 toy I have is the Rascal, which is a really different shape from Raquel. It seems, though, that O2 is a lot less squishy.

  • This is actually a really gorgeous dildo. I’ve seen it around in different pictures, but I never knew what the name is before now. Great review, and now you have me wanting it! 🙂

  • I LOVE this one, it was my first real dildo, believe it or not. It’s my only pink toy, but it’s SO good, worth keeping.

    You’re right though – flop factor is an issue. I can’t really strap it on 🙁

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    “If you have cursed other G-spot toys in the past for being too weirdly shaped or too rigid, then Raquel should be your G-spot’s saving grace.”

    this.

    no, but seriously, i have a hard time with realistic pieces.. this one, however, i think i could handle. especially with an endorsement like that!

  • Nell Gwynne

    My first reaction to this was OMG IT’S SO PRETTY!!!! I’m much more drawn to non-realistic dildoes, than super-realistic ones.

  • Saraid

    Yep, too floppy, yo. Also it needs to come in green or blue. Just sayin’.

  • Wilhelmina

    hm. since i first saw the raquel, i really wanted it, and i still do. i can just SEE myself fucking someone with it strapped on :/

  • namelesschaos

    I’m not a fan of pink too but all this talk you ladies are having about g-spot hitting is making me curious how this would work on my P-spot. Another toy added to the never-ending wish list.

  • This is the toy that got me interested in VixSkin toys in general. It’s pretty, it’s a g-spot toy, and the material sounds wonderful. I love the look of the bulby head, and a g-spot toy with none of the awkward harsh edges than many g-spot toys have sounds like it’s seriously amazing. Though, I do worry about it being too squishy because I really love being able to just sit something so it’s putting pressure on my g-spot and then dealing with my clit…I’m not sure I have enough hands to get off how I really like to with this toy, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be willing to try. Super high up on my list of things I want to own.

  • It’s so… pink. I say that with disgust in my voice, but I’ve surprisingly come to like the color. So I’m not sure why it’s just so very unappealing to me. Perhaps because it looks like a large pimple on a stick? Dunno. All that I do know is that thing isn’t going anywhere near my vagina. Ever.

  • Sundae

    LIONS AND TIGERS AND VIXSKIN OH MY. LUST.

    I mean, I love the sound of the soft, sort of massaging g-spot head of the Raquel. It must be good if you were willing to overlook the fact that it’s pink and still love it! I hope the VixSkin line gets extended further, as I’d like to see some more non-realistic stuff as well…preferably that comes in lime green and sea foam!

  • HushPlushie

    I want to try this one! It’s so cute. I own Gigi but she’s not good at hitting my g-spot. Too short, perhaps.

    I’m a little surprised at how much praise you gave Raquel because I seem to remember you like texture. I take that to mean it must be truly incredible haha.

  • Minxy

    I’ve been lusting after this one for so long. Great review, I’m so envious!

  • Sir

    How cute. I like the Raquel, but I do not like the color. It’s sweet and adorable, but just not for me. I could not reason the price, I suppose. Loved the review, regardless.

  • Y’know, I’m just not sold on this. The floppy doesn’t really do it for me. But more than that, I was staring and staring at the photo and trying to remember why it’s shape was reminding me of something. And then it clicked. Bull kelp. Have you ever been to the Pacific ocean? Walk along the beach and see giant bull kelp washed ashore, its bulbous head filled with seawater and long, limp tendrils lying out behind it. If the Raquel was made in green, it would be a dead ringer. Sexy? Um, not for me. (But of course, this strange memory I have has absolutely no bearing on the stand-up quality of your review – as always.)

  • Scruffy

    Hmm, wondering what this would feel like inside/against my ass.

  • “In my case, the Raquel is more like my G-spot’s mistress…” I love this line! What a great review, now you have me seriously wanting Raquel. I sent one of my friends (who is also named Raquel) a link to this review. Let me just say… you have her and I both sold.

  • I definitely want this toy. I love the color and I like the idea of having a toy that feels like a real penis and STILL be made of silicone. I do not have anything made of Vixskin and I’m really curious about this. And I am surprised that it performs well for the g-spot, but then everyone’s different, so I’ll just have to see once I win this beauty, right? 🙂 Thanks for the review, I want it even more now.

  • Trix

    Hmm, a definite contender. I love my G-spot dildo, but sometimes I find the strong curve and point of the tip a little harsh, especially in the midst of a marathon wank. (And that’s just silicone. I’m at the point where I can’t handle a plastic G-spotter for any prolonged time period–the hard material is just too stabby when I’m worked up and tender.) I like being able to thrust and grind the dildo freely for stimulation, too, but I guess that depends on how thick it is…

  • MF

    It sounds so nice, but I’d think the lack of texture would really bother me. I have the pure wand and I don’t think I’d really be able to feel it if it was all soft like the raquel, as theyre both textureless.

  • Shannon D

    I wish it was a different color… I’m not much of a pink person. I actually do kinda like how it looks, though… and I want to try Vixskin <3 I'm sure it looks a lot more iridescent in person, but the pictures even look cool. If Vixskin is as fun to squish as you say it is and I owned a dildo made of it, I'd probably be caught by a family member or roommate squeezing it all the time…

  • Lilly 2

    I love the color of this, it’s not a gross pastel that seems to pop up on every female sex toy since the inception of the genre. Not sure it’s girthy enough for my tastes though.

  • Epi, I’m amazed you wrote this review without an “eww pink!” footnote. 😉

    I have to say I’m attracted to this one as a harness toy, but it doesn’t sound firm enough to do the job. Might make a luscious strap on blowjob, though!

  • @EmilyC: I’m amazed, too. I should get a medal.

  • Sarah W

    Is the material on the ‘head’ of the Raquel squishier than on the more realistic VixSkin dildos?

    It does look like it would be very pleasurable for thrusting.

  • @Sarah W: Maybe by a tiny bit, but not a ton. It seems like all of the VixSkin dildos have squishy heads.

  • Scintillectual

    I’m not a huge fan of non-vibrating dildos that aren’t realistic but she sure is pretty! I think I might stick with my Lelo Ella for the time being…I seem to be okay with weird angular shapes. Good information in the review though, definitely got me thinking about what could be. 😉

  • Beth

    I have to say, I don’t understand why so many sex toys have to come in pink and purple–just not my thing. I’m not sure if this is the toy for me, I like the idea of the squishyness, but this one sounds almost too squishy-bordering on floppy. The other vixskin reviews don’t focus on the squishyness quite as much–is this one just softer than the others, or does their wider girth mean more of the internal “core”, and therefore more structure and stability?

  • xMech

    Great review but one question, with the base is it worth it to try using it for strap on sex? Or do you think it would be too squishy?

  • ScottA

    I have been dreaming of something VixSkin for a few years now, the only big problem is deciding which one. The Raquel has that great head and curve, but then again there is Tex, Buck and the biggie Outlaw (no curve, unfortunately).

    I find myself wondering how much stimulation the floppy VixSkin gives to, say, a prostate- seems like it’s enough based on reports, but I wonder how it compares to other silicones. Squishy is nice, though – I like my current Vixen (non-VixSkin) toys because they’re nice and squishy and fun to clench around.

  • Elodie

    Huh, I didn’t know the Raquel was so floppy. Interesting. I’ve never had anything big and floppy in me before, I might have to try this out.

  • I first heard about this dildo from Shanna (Essin’ Em) a whiiiiile ago, and I decided I had to have it. So I waited, and waited, and saved up money, and eventually bought the thing.

    Glorious!

    It’s not only gorgeous, but it’s so. fucking. delicious.

    The first thing I did after washing it was pop it in my mouth. The texture was fantastic, and I felt only a little bit silly for using the dildo as a lollipop moreso than something to put in a genital orifice. That’s why your lines “Could not stop squeezing. I could sit around squeezing it all day, smiling like a creepster at the sheer tactile pleasure of it.” hit home so clearly for me.

    Actually, I was a little intimidated by the bulbous head and that’s why I didn’t use it genitally for a while. Then, one day, I felt adventurous and went for it. Success! 🙂

  • Mage

    Definitely doesn’t seem for me. But, I still want to feel/experience the VixSkin and it looks really pretty.

  • @xMech: The squishiness wouldn’t be problematic, but the floppiness would. It can be hard to insert. The base is definitely big enough to work in a harness, though.

  • Selective Sensualist

    I agree — the Raquel is definitely more gorgeous in person than she is in photos. I love the marbled effect of the base and the iridescent streaks in the shaft. She works like a dream, too . . .

  • Selective Sensualist

    @ScottA:
    ScottA: My husband LOVED Raquel for prostate stimulation. It stimulated it better than any other silicone toy he’s tried so far, save for his Nexus G-Rider.

  • sophie2229

    @Epiphora: Yeah – now that I have the Raquel the O2 is definitely less squishy (and it’s less sticky). Although apparently the new realistic colored O2 toys are a little squishier and stickier aka more Vixskin-ated.

  • Bri

    Just from your description, I want to squeeze this myself.

  • Liz

    this is probably the least intimidating of all the vixen creations dildos and, as such, i kind of want to get my hands on one. not least because it looks like it feels friggin’ LUSCIOUS. yes, please.

  • ScottA

    Definitely one of the least intimidating, both visually as well as size wise.

    I’d like to see one “king size” (bigger diameter) and in a light blue. That would add a bit to the intimidation factor, but it would definitely feel nice.

  • Crystalline

    The “plush” got me. XD It’d be sweet to have an alternative to the usual rigidity.

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  • This one is almst a work of art it tantalizes my senses. I really like the looks of it!

  • FieryRed

    Garnet Joyce! I’ve been hunting the internet for an Orbit. Do you still have yours? Willing to sell it (or trade it), by any chance? -FieryRed

  • Pillow Princess

    This one looks so great! But I’m kind of scared it would be too long for strap-on play…

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