Body-Positive Review: Bandelettes (+ Giveaway!)

Three colours Bandelettes in black, white and beige poking out of a black skirt on legs

Summer is such a lovely time for dresses, and even better, it’s a socially acceptable excuse to not wear pants for 3-4 months. However, the heat isn’t just in the air, it’s also between your thighs; those beautiful, thick thighs rubbing together like a cricket’s legs creates a pretty painful rash which, for the sake of simplicity and whimsy all at once, I’m going to refer to as chub rub. If you’re 18 and skinny, I don’t expect you to understand – I didn’t start getting it until I was 24 and yet also at my lightest weight ever – but this rash is more than irritating. It makes it impossible to walk; at least impossible to walk like a human – walking like a penguin? Check.

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Review: FemmeFunn Ultra Bullet

FemmeFunn Ultra Bullet Vibrator in purple with a pink button

The market for ultra-powered bullets has never been more lively; it seems like the best toy you can make these days comes in a compact package with the power of an orangutan and the battery life of clock. The now-classic We-Vibe Tango seemed like the greatest early contender in its field for size, price, and power… but can it be out-done?

Not yet.

For starters, the FemmeFunn Bullet is very flexible compared to the rigid Tango – great for some, not so great for others. I for one like firmness so that I can mash down on my clit and not have to chase after the toy. The hard plastic of the Tango is good for this, but I appreciate the less pinpoint tip of FemmeFunn for those who may prefer a more rounded shape. That’s not to say it makes it any less pinpoint in sensation though; thanks to its flexible shape, it means there’s no escaping the direct power that eliminates from the tip of this bullet, and I for once can find it a bit much when partnered with a buzzier motor.

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Review: The Butters Personal Lubricant and Moisturizer

The Butters Lubricant with a butter knife and dish by my tickle trunk

Any past readers will remember how loyal I am to my favourite lube, and how hard it is for me to stray. So when I unwrapped The Butters from Peepshow Toys, I was delightfully perplexed with every aspect of it.

I received two varieties; the first is the original lube and moisturizer with aloe vera and shea butter (yellow label), and the second is made with raw honey and cocoa butter (orange label). Honey & cocoa butter costs a few bucks extra, but is safer for those with allergies to soy or wanting to avoid palm oils, as both are found in the original aloe vera and shea butter formula. Both are heavily moisturizing, but both are like, well, butter.

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Review: Vixen Mustang

Vixen Mustang silicone dildo for a review on my tickle trunk

Remember the Tantus Adam? Remember how it was my gold standard in dildos and nothing would ever get better than that?

Hello, Vixen. It’s no secret that every sex blogger in the history of ever is a big supporter of Vixen Creations and touts the virtues of their dual-density silicone dildos. I read about Vixen for years, skeptical of how good a dildo could really be and thinking that it was all just hyperbole. But this isn’t just another superb adult brand… this is a game changer. My Tantus Uncut was best known for first-rate squish, and the Captain by Pleasure Works was a big leap in realism, but none of them hold a candle to Vixen.

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Review: Doxy Don

Doxy Don Vibrator Anal Toy Review My Tickle Trunk

It was a long, hard battle to get my Doxy Don, and I want to give a specific thank you to Ruby Goodnight of Doxy North America for being persistent and attempting to send me not one, but three Doxy Dons over the course of 4 months. May the two that went MIA find happiness in their freedom.

So needless to say, I had a lot of time to dwell on the arrival of my Don. Every time I revisited the issue with Ruby, I would search out more photos and reviews of the toy, remembering what it was that I had to look forward to. However, looking at the photos and the odd shape of the toy, over time, I found myself looking forward to its arrival less and less. The shape seemed limiting, if not cumbersome, so how could I, as a cis woman, benefit from such a one-use toy?

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Review: We-Vibe Tango

My Tickle Trunk Review We-Vibe Tango Vibrator

“Heeeeeeehehe!” I giggled, holding the We-Vibe Tango in my hand amidst a crowd of people and tugging on my boyfriend’s jacket out of excitement. “Feel this! Can you believe that?” What may have looked like a tiny, spinning bullet in my hand was actually radiating through my arm, and I was mesmerized. My boyfriend walked away like he didn’t know me as I began gushing to Helen, the lovely We-Vibe rep, about how stunned I was with its power.

The We-Vibe Tango is quickly making it’s way up there with the Magic Wand Rechargeable and Pure Wand as a toy that can’t get a bad review, and I thought if anyone could give it a bad review, it would be me. The first time I used it wasn’t that impressive – I struggled for a few minutes, and between that pinpoint tip and such a small shape, I found it difficult to find a way for it to work for me. I’d brought out several toys and dildos to test, and was sadly disappointed when it didn’t rock my world; that’s the purpose of the Tango though, to simply be.

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Review: O-Wand

o-wand vibrator review my tickle trunk

Sometimes a toy gets everything right.

Ergonomic design? Check.
Premium, body-safe materials? Check.
Decent motor? Check.
Beautiful design? Check.
Waterproof? Check.
Included attachment? Check.
Stunning packaging that you still can’t bring yourself to throw out? Check.
I mean for fuck’s sake, it even comes with plugs for every country so you can plug it into the wall wherever you are. On paper, there is literally nothing wrong with this toy!

This becomes all the more frustrating when I encountered the only problem that could mysteriously derail this review: it can’t make me come.

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Review: Afrodite by Sex Wooden Toys

afrodite dildo by sex wooden toys review my tickle trunk

I’ve never been particularly good with measurements. Throughout my late teens and early twenties, I’m sure men thought I was perfect because my perception of an inch was way off, so needless to say I was easily impressed. I say this because there’s one factor that’s going to very slightly hinder this review, and that factor is size.

It’s the same thing that got me into trouble with my too-big Pure Plug, which I try so hard to love but I’m just not feeling it in return. When Sex Wooden Toys reached out to me, they asked which toy I wanted and what size, so this is no one’s fault but my own, and perhaps in part to a poor public school math education. I chose the large Afrodite from Sex Wooden Toys, thinking I like many other “large” toys, but not taking into account the inflexible material or, y’know, what an inch really looks like. Size Queens can rejoice because DANG she’s a big ‘un, but my vagina is merely a Size Princess In Waiting.

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Review: Magic Wand Rechargeable

magic wand rechargeable review my tickle trunk

This ranks up there with the Pure Wand as another toy that needs no introduction, nor any further fanfare, but too bad. This toy is too important to my collection to not be writing about it. It’s commonly known as the relative to its predecessor, the Hitachi Magic Wand “back massager”, only now sporting a body-safe silicone head, more intensity options, vibrating patterns, and of course – it is now rechargeable and cordless.

I’ve used a mains-powered wand only once before, and the cord was surprisingly unruly. Where did it go during sex? Under me? Over me? To the side? I hadn’t expected to be that strongly opinionated about something as simple as an electric cord, but when it came time to invest in a proper wand vibrator, I did find myself leaning in the direction of cordless (only in part because my landlord took 2 years to fix the short-circuiting outlet beside my bed).

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Review: Intimate Earth Intense Clitoral Stimulating Gel

Intimate Earth Intense Clitoral Stimulating Gel review my tickle trunk

I’m going to start this off with a quick story that doesn’t really affect my impression of this product, but will drive home what a spectacular moron I am.

As those who follow me on Twitter may know, from time to time, I like to do something that I call #DildosDayOut, where I take sex products on a walk to take photos for upcoming reviews. During a recent trip down to the waterfront with my sex toys, I brought along the Intimate Earth Clitoral Stimulating Gel, and took some pretty photos of the bottle atop an overpass at sunset (romantic, I know), and when I arrived home, the bottle was gone.

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