TPR

TPR stands for “thermoplastic rubber.” It is a porous material sometimes used instead of silicone because companies are cheap.

Review: Rock Box

Review: Rock Box

Lovehoney sure likes to keep secrets from me. First it was the Sqweel, and now the ominously-named Rock Box, which I had to apply to review without knowing much beyond the fact that it was THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL SEX TOY!!!1!!1. Considering that phrase no longer means anything to me, undeterred and with a flourish, I wrote in the application box: I like to ROCK. And I have a lot of Aerosmith I could listen to whilst using the Rock Box. Apparently that was good enough, because Lovehoney sent me the Rock Box. Which is approximately ten times more ridiculous than I imagined it would be. The Hitachi is often called a power tool, but the Rock Box takes that shit to . . . read more

Review: Impulse Kit Bunny Arouser

Review: Impulse Kit Bunny Arouser

The Impulse Kit Bunny Arouser looks like a joke: a plastic, slightly pointed pink bullet with a TPR bunny-shaped sleeve. It is, essentially, a rabbit vibrator’s clitoral stimulator severed from the rabbit. This is fine with me, as I recently denounced rabbit vibrators. The ones I’ve tried have failed at hitting my clit, and besides, I prefer to choose my own dildo (usually textured) and my own clitoral stimulator (always the Xtreme Pack G-spot Bullet). Sometimes I’ll even throw a butt plug in there. But I always liked the idea of the clitoral stimulators on rabbits — not because I think clitoral stimulators should be animal-shaped (god no), but because the soft, oddly-shaped material provides a unique sort of stimulation. Pinpoint, but . . . read more

Review: Taffy Tickler Silicone Sweets

Review: Taffy Tickler Silicone Sweets

On the front of the package, a circle of orange spines say, “Try Me.” You feel them; they are glossy, pointy, somewhat pliable. They remind you of body jewelry, Hot Topic, the 90s. But this tactile experience does not prepare you for the sensation of the spines in your vagina. And you feel them all. Every row of them as you fight to wriggle the dildo inside yourself. They are not soft, and they are not subtle. They do not “tickle,” as the packaging promises. They poke. They drag. They proclaim, “did you know that I exist?” “And me?” “And me?” “And me?” You drizzle a boatload of lube on the dildo. It has no effect whatsoever. Perhaps I’m not . . . read more

Pop Shot: Minerva

Pop Shot: Minerva

The grapevine says that the Minerva cock ring by California Exotic is a pretty good cock ring. The grapevine is wrong. It may be packaged in a psuedo new age purple box and endorsed by Dr. Laura Berman. It may be named after a Roman/Greek goddess. It may be made of somewhat hygienic TPR. It may take four AAA batteries and have serious power in comparison to most cock rings. It may even have heart-shaped buttons on the control pack. But it fucking hurts. It hurts both of us. It pulls on my boyfriend’s pubic hair. It jams into his stomach when I ride him. It grinds into my clit in missionary — hard. And we aren’t even very rough. . . . read more

Review: Impulse Butterfly

Review: Impulse Butterfly

Don’t ask me why I had to try a strap-on vibrator. I’m ashamed to admit that I ever thought it would work. It’s just that I’m getting so desperate to find something that clearly doesn’t exist — something that can adequately stimulate me hands-free during sex, and bring me to orgasm. Oh, it’s a laugh, I know. I decided I would give strap-on vibes one chance to wow me, and that chance came in the form of the Impulse Butterfly. It has garnered decent reviews, and is made of TPR (thermoplastic rubber). It looks really stupid, but there’s not much we can do about that — it’s like a rule that all strap-on vibes come in ridiculous shapes. This one happens . . . read more

Review: Rhapsody, Symphony Edition

Review: Rhapsody, Symphony Edition

There’s been some hoopla and excitement surrounding this new toy company, Evolved Novelties, so when I was offered the opportunity to review one of their toys, I was too curious to say no. I received the Rhapsody, Symphony Edition (yes, they name their toys as though they are special DVDs) and it is, by most accounts, a fairly traditional vibrator. Only two things distinguish this toy from the slush pile of straight-shafted vibes: it’s made of TPR (thermoplastic rubber), and it comes in a fancy tin box. And hey, I’ll give props to Evolved for the unique packaging — the box is a sexy red brandished with raised letters, flourishes, and their slogan, “Love is Back.” The lid doesn’t lock into . . . read more

Review: Silicone Slims Self Satisfier

Review: Silicone Slims Self Satisfier

First things first: this thing is unabashedly pink. No, not hot pink or magenta — I’m talking cutesy, baby shower pink. Pink is last on my list of preferred sex toy colors, as I’ve always had an aversion to pink in general, but also because it seems to exclaim, “you, as a woman, have permission to use me (while still adhering to a cultural stereotype of femininity)!” You can thank my gender studies classes for that. But I digress, because the color of this toy barely matters. Functionality usually reigns supreme anyway, and I can assure you, this butt plug carries out its functions wonderfully. So wonderfully, in fact, that I can completely overlook its pinkness. Physically, this toy is . . . read more

Review: Royal Wizard

Review: Royal Wizard

[This toy has been discontinued. Browse the rabbits tag for more reviews of dual vibes.] The Royal Wizard from California Exotic Novelties has an intriguing shape and an interesting texture; it has a slightly curved head with a narrow shaft, and its deep blue body is accented with raised pink stripes. It doesn’t look like a penis, and the clit teaser isn’t supposed to be any sort of animal, so it’s a somewhat unusual-looking sex toy, which I’m fond of. This vibrator is made out of TPR (thermoplastic rubber), so it isn’t a high-end 100% silicone toy. But it is my first rabbit vibrator and my first rotating sex toy, so I was excited to give it a whirl. The package . . . read more

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