LELO INSIGNIA Line Launches

29 10 2010

Last week, LELO announced that they were launching their new line of luxury waterproof “pleasure objects” called INSIGNIA. These products look so beautiful, they are luring me out of hiatus!

I am very fortunate to have been selected to review the new SORAYA dual action waterproof silicone vibrator. I received it today – it’s black and it is gorgeous. I won’t give any more details for now; I’ll save that for the actual review.

But first I have to solve a little challenge with the charger.

In the meantime, Have a look at these beauties and the press release announcement.

LELO TO LAUNCH INSIGNIA
WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL PLEASURE OBJECTS, COMPLETELY WATERPROOF
& EXQUISITELY DESIGNED FOR THE MOST INTIMATE FEELINGS OF LUXURY

STOCKHOLM – OCTOBER 22, 2010: LELO, the world’s leading designer brand of intimate lifestyle products, proudly unveils INSIGNIA – its newest, most strikingly designed and expertly engineered line of Pleasure Objects to date. Also of note, this is LELO’s first line of completely waterproof products, which adds further versatility in enjoyment. INSIGNIA will be available to buy online and in retail stores worldwide from the end of October onwards

Insignia

If you have any questions at all regarding these products please send an email to pr@lelo.com or call your nearest LELO office directly. To download a printable PDF of this Press Release please click here.

All of the new INSIGNIA Pleasure Objects feature graceful and sculptural curves, a “cut-out” handle, the LELO signature 3-button interface and a striking platinum-gold ABS core. Each piece offers LELO’s trademark functionality by delivering more varied pleasures with intelligent, intuitive electronic design.

Alia is a playful external massager whose gorgeous simplicity inspires a host of intimate possibilities. Isla is an elegant mid-size vibrator whose flowing silhouette is contoured to the internal female form. Soraya is the world’s most beautiful dual-action vibrator, offering multiple pleasures in a sleek and seductive package. Made from the smoothest body-safe silicone, Alia and Isla have six varying vibration patterns, while Soraya boasts eight distinct modes with independent motors in each of her pleasure points.

As the first completely waterproof LELO Pleasure Objects, the INSIGNIA line allows for heightened versatility and easy-cleaning, while the lockable interface ensures the most discreet transportation at all times. Each INSIGNIA product comes in two core colors – black and deep rose – while additional color options have been included for every design: Alia comes in pink, Isla in turquoise green and Soraya in cerise. As you would expect from LELO, the INSIGNIA Pleasure Objects arrive in an elegant gift box, including a country-specific charger, satin storage pouch, INSIGNIA brooch and full 1-year LELO warranty.

RRP:
Alia: EUR 89 / USD 119 / GBP 74 / SEK 849 / RMB 780 / AUD 149
Isla: EUR 119 / USD 159 / GBP 99 / SEK 1099 / RMB 1080 / AUD 199
Soraya: EUR 159 / USD 199 / GBP 129 / SEK 1499 / RMB 1480 / AUD 269





LELO INA Follow Up

14 05 2010

, You may recall in my review of the LELO INA (remember the one where I dressed up in a bunny suit?) that I’d had some issues with the silicone sheath coming away from the plastic handle and exposing the inner workings of the vibrator to the elements.

Here’s my update, which you can also read on my other review on Eden Fantasys:

After following up with LELO and sending them pictures of what had happened to the silicone, they quickly, and without question, replaced my unit. There is absolutely no movement of the silicone from the plastic handle on the replacement. So, I’m satisfied that it was just a one-off quality problem and I’m very happy with the service that LELO gave me in having it replaced.

As for the performance, I’m still very satisfied with it. Lately, I haven’t been using toys much, and the time away from them has made me more sensitive. This means that when I tested INA again for this follow up, it pushed me over the edge in under a minute. Um…that’s fast. So, extra marks for giving me insta-orgasms. If you’re someone who wants to make a long afternoon of a session with your favorite toy, then, even at it’s mildest setting, INA might be too intense for you.

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G-spot and clitoral vibrator by LELO
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Pleasurists #64

10 02 2010

Thanks to Editrix Scarlett Lotus St. Syr for making my LELO INA review the Pleasurists #64 Editor’s Pick.

by Jen Dixon via modelmayhem

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Editor’s Pick

  • LELO Ina by Raven Quince
  • Yes! Yes! Yes! Do it again! Mmmmmm! Wow. Thank you, baby.

    INA has given me insta-orgasms. On my first try, despite not knowing how to work the controller and accidentally attempting to insert both parts of it into me, I fumbled my way to a gushing orgasm in just a few quick minutes. The second trial included my husband’s cock and a butt plug – I came strongly and in no time flat. INA my new best friend.

    Note: Possibly the most adorable LELO review ever! Who doesn’t love to see photos of the reviewer in a bunny suit to celebrate LELO’s awesome rabbit vibe! Seriously, go look at the pictures and read it.

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Review: Hop to it INA!

6 02 2010

LELO INAI have always been slightly skeptical of the garish look and hefty appearance of the vibrator that Sex In The City brought to the mainstream and remained a rabbit virgin. But, if there is one company that could make me lust after a rabbit-type vibe, it’s LELO. This manufacturer of “pleasure objects” has come to be known for their quality materials, luxurious feel, and unique design. I was babbling incoherently thrilled when they selected me to receive one of their two new products to review – the dual-action INA.

Turn Ons:
There are two motors – one in the shaft and one in the clitoral nub – that are strong, deep and work together beautifully. INA is on the express train to becoming my favorite toy based on speed to climax alone.

Turn Offs:
INA is not made for thrusting and does not have much length. INA’s buttons, though different from other LELO products, are still much too easy to change by accident in mid-session.  The silicone separated from the plastic handle quite easily.

The O Factor:
Yes! Yes! Yes! Do it again! Mmmmmm! Wow. Thank you, baby.

INA has given me insta-orgasms. On my first try, despite not knowing how to work the controller and accidentally attempting to insert both parts of it into me, I fumbled my way to a gushing orgasm in just a few quick minutes. The second trial included my husband’s cock and a butt plug – I came strongly and in no time flat. INA my new best friend.

Size Matters:
Insertable length = 3 ½”
Total length = 7 ¾”
Diameter = 1 3/8”
Circumference = 4 ½”

The Ins and Outs:
The insertable shaft and clit stimulator parts of my INA are covered in gorgeous silky feeling orange silicone. (INA is also available in purple and lime green.) The shaft is not flexible and is quite unyielding, but it has a nice girth that gives me a full feeling with an upward curve to tickle my g-spot. If you’re looking for length, or if your g-spot is higher than average, the INA may fall short. It has the same insertable length as the GIGI – 3 ½” – though its circumference is ½” thicker.

The clitoral stimulator measures 7/8” in diameter and 2” long. It is flexible from its base allowing it to lift up and away to rest against your clit while the main shaft is inserted.  But, that doesn’t mean it works for all anatomies and it may miss its mark for some women.

INA takes a little fiddling with to get inserted. I need to lift up the clit part to get the shaft in. On my first solo mission, I wasn’t actually watching what I was doing and made the mistake of not manually lifting the clit nub. I just about got both parts inserted before realizing that the toy shouldn’t feel THAT big.

Because the clit stimulator is flexible, but not totally malleable (which is a good thing if you like pressure), thrusting with the INA is not really possible. I managed some shallow motion, but could never build up speed or depth without uncomfortably jamming the top appendage into my clit. If you need to thrust to achieve a g-spot orgasm, you would be better off with another toy (perhaps LELO’s new MONA, which is like INA without the clit stimulator.)

However, once you get everything in and positioned just so, the shaft was bulbous enough to stay in place for me while the vibrations did all the work (until my orgasm pushed it out). Adding a little rocking and twisting motion somewhat makes up for lack of thrusting. Now, speaking of vibrations, this is where INA shines.

Power Exchange:
There are two strong motors in INA – one in the shaft, one in the clit nub – that provide, deep rumbling vibrations when inserted. INA is quite quiet when pushed up against or into you. However, just held aloft, the clit vibrator is quite rattle-y and loud.

The buttons have chLELO INAanged from the circle layout of other LELO models: there are up/down arrows to change modes and +/- buttons to control strength. For me, though, it is still too easy to accidentally change modes or strength while in use. There is almost nothing worse than getting your groove on and having a slip of a finger change your experience abruptly.

“Oops! Damn, I moved my hand. Did I push the Up or Down button? No, not that one. What about this? OK, but why isn’t it as strong as before. I managed to change the intensity too?!? + + + + OK…now, where was I? Right. Getting off. Mental note: don’t shift your hand over the buttons when moving the vibe around. Mmmmm. Oh, damn….”

This was one of my complaints when I got GIGI. The placement of the buttons and the fact that there really isn’t anywhere else to hold the vibe just makes it a bit hair-trigger for me. I really wish that LELO would allow you to lock in a setting in the ON position. However, you can lock it in the OFF position for traveling by pressing all four buttons simultaneously.

Vibration type:
Ranges from deep and rumbly to buzzy at times. I did not get numb.

Strength intensity:
From barely there to strong (and thankfully the annoying motor whine that is present in GIGI on the low settings is not present in INA.)

Bonus feature:
The shaft vibrations have the ability to climb in what feels like frequency, yet at a constant strength level. Remember your musical scales? Do – Re – Mi – Fa – So – La – Ti – Do? Do you hear the notes in your head? You don’t need to sing louder as you go, but the tone changes in frequency. The vibrations in the shaft can feel like they’re climbing scales without getting stronger or weaker.

Modes:
There are 8 different pattern modes:

  1. steady shaft & clit nub
  2. steady shaft
  3. steady clit nub
  4. single quick 1-second pulse alternating between the two motors
  5. synchronized 1-second single pulse in both motors at same time
  6. 2 second rolling pattern: shaft pulses 5 times in quick succession, like climbing a musical scale: do-re-mi-fa-so; then finishes with a 1 second sustained low buzz in the clit nub
  7. 2 second rolling pattern: long low buzz on clit nub switching to a the shaft in a rolling pattern
  8. random pulses of varying frequencies from both motors; it’s like modern jazz in your hooch

Numbers 6 and 7 were definitely my favorites.

Like all LELO toys, INA is rechargeable. Simply lift the silicone tab on the bottom of the handle and connect the charger into a power outlet. Two hours of charging will give you four hours of use. The lights under the buttons pulse when charging and go steady when fully charged.

If you have other LELO toys be careful; their chargers are not necessarily interchangeable. I have three LELO products: the GIGI and BO’s chargers are identical with a 5.0V output. INA’s charger has a 6.0V output. If I charged GIGI or BO with INA’s charger, I could do some damage to the toys’ motors. It would be great if all models used the same voltage so that I could just leave one dedicated LELO charger plugged in. If LELO had one standard charger, they could offer repeat customers savings to ship without a charger. That’s a good thing from an eco standpoint too.

Care and Feeding:
The shaft and clit stimulator are covered in smooth medical-grade silicone and the handle is made of  body-safe PC-ABS (polycarbonate ABS ) and PP (polypropylene), a.k.a. plastic. Clean INA with an antibacterial soap or 10% bleach solution, being careful to not get water in the buttons and charging port as they are not watertight. Just wipe the handle down using a damp  cloth. If you do manage to get water in the charging port, let the toy to dry fully before turning it on.

Only use water-based lubes as silicone lubes react badly with silicone toys, making them tacky to the touch.

LELO offers a 1-year warranty on workmanship or materials. Their 10-year quality guarantee, gives you a 50% discount on your next purchase from their web shop, after the first year warranty expires.

Caution:
While cleaning INA and pulling on the flexible clit part, I moved the arm sideways and the orange silicone buckled and pulled away from the plastic handle. I don’t know if the seal became loose at the time of cleaning, during use from the part bending against me, or if it’s supposed to be a loose fit to accommodate the flexibility of the material.

I was able to easily pop the edge of the silicone back into place, but I found that the entire silicone covering had shifted a little, leaving a not-quite-gapless joint. I gently slid my hand down the shaft and just that was enough to pull the length of silicone more securely into the handle.

Being a squirter, it makes me a bit uncomfortable that there was no seal between these two parts. I feel that I need to be extra cautious to make sure no moisture gets under the edge of the silicone lest it comes in contact with the clit nub motor. So be aware that you should go easy on bending or tugging the clit arm sideways too much.

(I’ve forwarded the description of the issue to LELO for them to determine if this is a faulty unit, a design flaw, or if it’s supposed to be that yielding. My email is being sent to their engineers for feedback. I’ll post a follow-up when I get an answer.) (Follow up post is here.)

Pack it Out:
I don’t quite understand why other reviewers wax poetically about the fabulous packaging that some toys have. Sure, I can appreciate good package design, but perhaps I’m just a tad pragmatic in my approach. Personally, I don’t like storing my toys in the boxes they came in because they take up too much room (and shout at visitors, “Hey, look over here and ask what I am!”) and boxes are not always easy to get into while in the throes of pleasure.

But, for the benefit of those wanting a description: LELO is known for luxurious packaging. New to the INA is a black and white lined satin drawstring bag that I DO use. LELO’s signature black gift box is made of thick cardboard and comes encased in a thinner white display box that features a photo of the toy in the color that it contains. One of the reasons that people kept the black box was the recessed form that cradled the toy, echoing its shape. With INA, this inner form is gone, replaced with a clear plastic clam shell surrounded by black card.

LELO INAAt first I thought the clam shell was supposed to be for hanging, because it had a loop. I thought that it was a silly move for LELO to make, as the clam shell display pack sits inside two other boxes and stores weren’t likely to display it this way. Also, the luxury price point doesn’t say “hanging clam shell” to me.

Comparing it to the recessed cradle of GIGI, my husband came up with the answer. It’s so that customers can actually take INA out of it’s black box to feel its heft and experience the shape before they make the considerable purchase. The loop on the shell is for easier extraction from the box, not hanging. Looking at the GIGI box, it would be impossible in the store to get a clear idea of weight or the feeling of it in your hand. So, from a customer experience perspective, the change in packaging is a good thing. But, if you were hoping to use your black box for storage once you got it home, it’s just not as functional as other LELO boxes might be.

Last Word:
Admittedly, it’s pricey. You could get three mid-priced vibrators for the cost of one INA. But despite my issue with the silicone coming loose, LELO’s reputation for quality, it’s warranty, the materials used and the fact that it’s rechargeable, are all great reasons to get one. Ultimately, though, it’s the performance of the motors combined with some amazing stimulation modes that gave me brain-melting orgasms. If INA fits your anatomy, and you don’t need thrusting to achieve an orgasm, then this latest LELO creation might just become your new BFF.

Disclosure: I received this product at no cost for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are my own and are honest. They are offered without influence from the supplier. This review may contain affiliate links where I may earn commission based on click throughs and/or sales.

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G-spot and clitoral vibrator by LELO
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LELO INA is my first review for Eden Fantasys.





Little Chroma & Billy: EF Giveaway

1 02 2010

Eden Fantasys is having a fantastic contest for Valentine’s Day. They’re giving away two amazing luxury toys that would be perfect in any couple’s toy box. The JimmyJane Little Chroma is sleek, sexy and chic. The LELO BILLY is a luxury gentleman’s massager.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with what you are planning for Valentine’s Day, or recounting a memory from past celebrations of love.

I thought I’d share mine here too:

I think that giving Gethin a LELO BILLY would be far superior to the year that I gave him a paper shredder for Valentine’s Day. Don’t ask. I have no idea what I was thinking. *shakes head* See, this is what happens when you have a young child at home. You lose your mind and all perspective on the sexy.

Fortunately, I’ve regained my senses since I pulled the equivalent of giving a woman a mop for Valentine’s day. And we laugh over it – every time we use the paper shredder. Laughter is just one way we’ve kept our love strong over the years. That, and continuing to try new things and have new experiences.

In that spirit, I’m sure that having BILLY around this Valentine’s Day would inspire a new experience or two. 😉 But even more, I see BILLY and Little Chroma as gender neutral, so talk about doubling our fun! And I know that no matter what happens when we try something new – good or bad – we’ll collapse in a heap of giggles afterward and laugh about the results. No doubt Gethin will make some joke about how it compares to the year I got him a paper shredder for Valentine’s Day. And we’ll fall in love all over again to the sound of a buzzing appliance.

The contest runs from February 1st to 7th. Or, you could cut to the chase and buy them from Eden Fantasys for delivery before Valentine’s Day.





Mail Call!

21 08 2009

Guess what I found in my mailbox today? Oh, yeah baby! Two of the prizes I won from the contest that Mina and Sylvanus ran on their blog, At Longing’s End.

GIGI-longings-endIn honor of their 500th post, the contest ran a bit like a treasure hunt: they asked 25 questions and the answers could be found in their blog. I worked HARD for this contest, spending hours and hours of ridiculous searching to try to figure out the answer to question #6: What Disney movie did Mina refer to when we joined Twitter?

Y’know, I’m really not a Disney girl. I searched their blog, found the post where they announced they joined Twitter, but just could not get the Disney reference. After fruitless searching on the blog, Google and Wikipedia, I finally called in the help of a Disney-loving vanilla friend and we figured out that the answer was Bambi for the obscure term “twitterpated”. The movie that I haven’t seen since I was 4 years old because it terrified me came back to haunt me with hours of hair pulling (and not in the good way) grief! But the end results were good, because with the luck of a tie-breaking coin toss, I won the contest.

Thanks to the generous support of their sponsors, I am now the proud owner of two things that have long been on my wish list. The fabulous new turqoise blue LELO GIGI came via Shaye (a.k.a. @MR_LELO). I am so thrilled to have a GIGI in my hot little….hands. It is my first LELO product and now I see why everyone is raving about it. I haven’t even given it a proper test drive yet and already I’ve been invited to a “Gigi orgasm-off” and had my hand go numb for a short time after running it in my palm. Wow, this thing clearly attracts fun! I will do a full review after I’ve had time to acquaint myself with it. *ahem*

Strict Leather Paddle

The second item in my mailbox today was a leather paddle by Strict Leather from @MaliaWilliams at Extreme Restraints. Oh, how this thrills me! I can’t wait to try this out when I’m in the mood for a good spanking. I do admit that I am a little intimidated by this paddle with it’s solid core and flexible leather body. My, but it makes a loud THWACK! Again, details will follow when I’ve had a good working over with this.

I’m waiting for the last item from my prize package to arrive from Freddy and Eddy which will bestow upon me some Sliquid Lubes. I’m excited to try them and I promise to write this part of the prize pack up properly once it arrives. In the meantime, I’ll try to be patient in checking my mailbox, because I’m sure that the delay has nothing to do with surfing, camping or Burning Man. Yup, it couldn’t be those things. 😉