Review: Big Oh! Box Q4 2016

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This review is so late that I’m truly ashamed, so a big shout out to Big Oh! Box for being patient with me and not throwing me into the fires of hell. Obviously you can’t get this specific box anymore, but much like my previous reviews of Big Oh!, I more aim to provide an idea of their selection and quality than I do to push certain products. That said, I’m going to do this a bit more in a review-style format, because I have feelings on certain products.

As mentioned before, the boxes seem to come with a built-in theme of the quarter, and this quarter’s theme was something I haven’t had much of a chance to explore: sensation play. It was packed in its usual plain black box with branded interior – which my cat once again fell in love with – and wrapped in their trademark red tissue paper. I haven’t subscribed to a subscription box for a while, but I really never get tired of feeling like I’m opening a present, which is a unique experience that Big Oh! Box continually provides over other guys.

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I was pleased with how the box contained a lot of items I’d never tried before – a feat for a sex blogger – such a Japanese drip candles, a pinwheel, and tweezer-style nipple clamps. I did write an erotic story about using some of these items here, but it’s time to snap back to reality and  break down my overall thoughts on these products.

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Earthly Body Water Slide Water Based Personal Lubricant
I just can’t bring myself to stray from my Sliquid, but I’ll say that Earthly Body is a pretty good alternative. Before receiving this in my Big Oh! Box, I had never heard of the brand, and promptly did some research to make sure it was all on the up and up. I’m happy to say it is, and in the many months since I first discovered it, I’ve seen it in trustworthy sex shops and the bedrooms of sex bloggers alike.

It’s clear, water-based, non-toxic, non-staining, and vegan; it works just as lube should, but I will say it’s a tiny bit thicker than what I’m used to with something like my beloved Silk. My only complaint is that, unlike my Silk, it requires a bit of rinsing off once you’re done (always a good practice anyway, but I’m lazy.

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Pipedream Fetish Fantasy Wartenburg Wheel + Blindfold
This is definitely a beginner item, with this specific type of pinwheel posing no real threat to the skin if misused. I am, for all intents and purposes, a beginner in pinwheel use, and this item should have fit the bill, but I actually felt like I could have used something a bit more serious. A very delicate prickle on the skin was what I anticipated, but quite frankly, it just sort of felt like a glorified pastry wheel. That and it was squeaky – kind of hard to get in the mood when you’re tired up and blindfolded just to hear “creeeeeeeak squeak squeak squeak” as it glides along your skin.

As for the blindfold, it’s your standard flimsy sleep mask that comes with virtually every bondage item. But I do like that it’s included as a set, since using a pinwheel with full sight seems sort of like a bummer.

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Spartacus Nipple Clamps with Chain
I’ve always wanted a pair of tweezer-style nipple clamps, so I was really excited by these! The chain is nice and weighty, and the cool brush of the metal against your skin is a nice bonus in a hot, sweaty session. The tips have quite a bit of grip, meaning they stay on your tips quite securely, but I’m also going to draw the one flaw in these clamps from here. When I shot the photo for the erotic story, wearing the nipple clamps for about 20-30 minutes, I went to remove them an encountered a decent amount of pain. The grippiness of the clamps had gotten a bit stuck to my nipples and I had to peel them off… carefully. Now I totally admit that maybe half an hour is a long time to be wearing nipple clamps, but it’s something to consider if you think you’ll be engaging in nipple play for an extended period of time.

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Doc Johnson Japanese Drip Candles
I’ve never had any experience with wax play; the closest I’ve come is dripping massage candles on each other, and that just ended in a sticky, strawberry-flavoured mess. The idea sounded tantalizing, but the first and only time I used these particular candles was for the erotic story photoshoot, in which I was the subject. In short, every photo of my chest with candle wax on it has my face just out of shot screaming “Oh motherfucker hurry up!” After some asking around, I’ve found out that Doc Johnson candles aren’t the best on the market, and while it still isn’t much of a risk for personal injury, there are apparently many others out there that facilitate safe wax play with less of a pain factor. The (very) hot wax of these candles did eventually cool to a nicer, more temperature feeling, but it was hardly worth the initial shock.

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Blush Rose Luxuriate Vibrator
My first sex toy was a lot like this – hard plastic, battery powered, no buttons, straight as an arrow. When I was new to sex toys, I thought that this kind of thing was meant strictly as an insertable and I remember being thoroughly underwhelmed because, like… what was the point? Sure, you get something from it, but a twig jabbing at my vaginal walls is only effective to a point.

Of course now I realize that something like this is much more conducive as an all-purpose vibrator, and has great external use. This is the kind of thing that if a straight guy kept it in his nightstand for the occasional date or one-night stand, I wouldn’t be surprised. The vibrations are pretty good for a battery powered device, the shape in versatile for internal or external use, and make a fun tease toy for him or her. But it’s a newbie toy to boot, and something I hang onto for when I got to a sex club and know that I’ll need a toy to accidentally and drunkenly leave behind.

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I’ll level with you: I did not test the JO Refresh Foaming Toy Cleaner, and my main reason is because it contains Propylene Glycol, which I have shown a reaction to before, and I just wasn’t willing to risk it. I know it’s not a safe ingredient to have in lube, but I totally admit that I am uneducated on how toxic ingredients in toy cleaners fare; I just don’t imagine it’s positive.

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This box was provided by Big Oh! Box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and un-biased. Thank you to Big Oh! Box for their contributions.

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