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Review: Flavored Body Paint

Thanks to the folks at Pipedreams I was recently sent a package that included 5 different Body Paints; ,Chocolate Fantasy Finger Paint, Fruity Edible Finger Paints, Glow-In-The-Dark Body Finger Paints and redone versions of the last two.

*For this review I’ll be covering the flavored versions of the paints, with a review of the Glow-In-The-Dark Body Finger Paints to follow shortly after.

While I had low expectations of the products, I can’t help but admit that they did impress me. All of the above glided on rather smoothly, with the texture being more like a whipped paint (that was thick rather then watery), and surprisingly tasted decent- in fact, some of them actually tasted really good!

As for the packaging; it’s fun, colorful, playful and while “adult” in nature (as per the word  “ADULT” written on the front) it’s definitely not embarrassing, highly “offensive” or “unprofessional”.

*For those of you wondering what I mean, they could have very easily plastered the box with naked women or men covered in paint, or some other typically seen image of someone licking paint off an ass cheek, breast or other body part, yet they didn’t. Something I appreciated, especially for those that are easily embarrassed or shy when it comes to “sex” stuff. 😉

Each package I was sent had 4 pots of .5oz paint; enough to play with for two people, but not enough to overdose on (you know, that feeling you get from too much sugar) or get sick from.  The pots were packaged neatly within a cardboard holder to separate them and were all sealed for the consumers safety, and I would assume a longer shelf life.

In regard to the flavors/colors of the (fruity) Body Finger Paints, here’s what I thought;

Cherry – a bright, candy apple red paint that smelled like the tastiest cherry Chapstick I’ve ever dreamed of. While it smelled a tiny bit like paint (they are body paints after all), the taste was very candy like and surprisingly didn’t leave a yucky after taste. As for the actual painting, it went on thin and didn’t offer a lot of coverage – it might have been due to the fact that I kept licking it off before I was finished painting. Grade = A+

Blueberry – a bright blue, almost neon, raspberry/blueberry scented paint. As for the taste, it reminded me of the blueberry snow cones I used to love. Again it had a slight paint smell, but it wasn’t overpowering or awful. As for an after taste, again there wasn’t one. The paint went on thick and offered good coverage of the skin, slightly thinning out if continually rubbed. Grade = B+

Strawberry – a light candy floss pink (very pretty!) that smelled nothing of Strawberries, but instead more like a sweet candy you can’t quite put your finger on. The taste was very good, and quite similar to Bubblicious Strawberry Gum; nothing like paint and no after taste. The coverage was good, but thinned out rather quickly. Grade = B

Apple – a dark emerald green, that unfortunately didn’t smell much like apples.  This was the one that seemed to smell the most like paint, yet surprisingly tasted the best – like the Bazooka Apple bubble gum I used to chew as a kid.  This one also gave the best coverage of skin and didn’t thin out very quickly. Grade = B+

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Glycerine (since it’s not meant to be used as a lubricant this is okay as an ingredient), Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Soy Bean Oil, Methylparaben, Triethanlamine, Artificial Flavors, F.D. & C. Yellow #5, F.D. & C. Red #40, F.D. & C. Yellow #6, F.D. & C. #1

As for the Chocolate Fantasy Body Finger Paints, here’s what I thought;

Chocolate Raspberry – a fun, fuchsia colored body paint that smells absolutely divine! The taste isn’t quite what I would imagine (nothing like raspberries, though the scent is) as it tastes more like the jelly you’d find inside a doughnut, than a chocolate raspberry. The color goes on nicely (it’s slightly thick) and manages to last for a while, only disappearing after a bit of rubbing. Again, there’s no horrible after taste though it does leave your skin nicely scented. *If I could, I’d wear it as a lip gloss. Grade = A

Café Mocha – this light brown paint smelled exactly like what I expected; a sweet chocolate that’s thick (like a scent that lingers even after it’s gone) with hints of mocha and slight caramel. The color went on nicely and once again lasted longer then the fruity versions, disappearing only after a bit of rubbing. As for the taste, it was quite yummy, so much so that I debated putting it on some vanilla ice cream (in a late night fit of “I NEED CHOCOLATE!!). Grade = A+

Chocolate Almond – rather then b.s. you and say it was good I’m going to be blatantly honest; at first whiff it smelled good, yet upon a further use the smell became not only nauseatingly sweet and synthetic, but also tasted so bad I had to rinse my mouth out after. I’m not sure what made it so bad, the fake almond flavor? the thickness? heavy after taste or slippery texture on my tongue? either way, I just didn’t like it. As for painting, it went on well, lasted through some rubbing and left a lingering scent that wasn’t as bad as out of the little tub. Grade = D

Chocolate Strawberry – unfortunately mine came with 2 Café Mocha’s, and no Chocolate Strawberry so I can’t review it for you 🙁

Ingredients; Water, Glycerine, Canola Oil, Starch, Flavor, Sorbitan Oleate, Polysorbate 60, Cetcaryl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate,CetylAlcohol, PEG – 100 Stearate, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Citric Acid.

*Pictures of our fun times will be uploaded and linked to shortly!

While they are edible, the paints are meant for EXTERNAL purposes only; basically, don’t use it as a lube as it’s not meant to be one. If you do, you might end up with a yeast infection, other infection (think Bacterial Vaginosis), or an irritation, aside from that I really don’t know if they are latex safe and with ingredients like Soy Bean Oil and Canola Oil, I don’t think they would be.

On that note, I personally don’t know anyone who’s used paints as a lubricant so I can’t tell you the effect they had, only what I would assume would happen based on the ingredients and what I read up on them.

When it comes time for cleaning (if you haven’t licked it off) they easily remove with soap and water or (if you like the scent and didn’t have an allergic reaction) slight rubbing which will make them disappear.

The Bad

If you’re someone who’s into all natural ingredients, doesn’t like the idea of putting something on you (or in you) that’s chemical in nature or are sensitive to certain substances, these might not be the product for you. While they are safe in small doses, I don’t think they are something you’d want to use on a daily basis. With that in mind, products like this are meant for once in a while use to help make things more fun, frisky, playful and kinky.

*If you’d prefer more organic products you can try stuff from around the house like: bakers chocolate (melted down and left to cool), honey, home made whipped cream (not the stuff in a can or tub), homemade jams and jellies. If those ideas don’t work for you, I suggest you check out your local health food or organics store and ask them if they have anything that could be used for safe, edible body painting.

Other then that, the paint can sometimes stain depending on where you put it (not sure why that happens – it stained my back a little, but not my leg or arm) so you might want to be careful of where you put it…i.e. don’t write the word “dick” on your partners forehead unless you want him/her going to work like that the next day. I also found they can be rather messy and depending on your senses, you might not like the smell of them.

Final Verdict

As I said before, I was actually very impressed; all of the Edible Body Paints glided on with ease, tasted good (with the exception of Chocolate Almond) and smelled fantastic! Best of all, at only $8.34 they are very, affordable.

While they aren’t “all natural” and contain some ingredients I find less then desirable, it doesn’t mean they’re something I’d skip on, especially if adding some playful, kinky and colorful fun is the intended outcome of the night…or day, or morning 😉

If you’d like to try them for yourself, or any of the Pipedreams edible products, feel free to check out my online sexual wellness store where shopping for vibrators, fun and fantastic smelling lotions, flavored lubes or any other eco-friendly sex toys is safe, discreet and very affordable.

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Sex Ed 102 DVD Set

I’m hoping to make a Sex Ed 102 DVD Set, if you’d like to help or want more info please check out;

The set would include;

Disc 1: Sex Ed 102: For The Girls
– a disc covering the female sexual anatomy, how it changes during
puberty, female hygiene, what’s “normal” and what to expect, as well as
the sexual response cycle as it relates to females.

Disc 2: Sex Ed 102: For The Boys
– a disc covering the male sexual anatomy, how it changes during puberty,
male hygiene, what’s “normal” and what to expect, as well as the sexual
response cycle as it relates to males.

Disc 3: Sex Ed 102: Birth Control
– from condoms to abstinence and everything in between. This disc will cover how pregnancy occurs and show how each of the methods of protection work, how to use them properly, what they are made of, pro’s and con’s of each, how they are obtained and trouble shooting issues (side effects) that often come with the product.

Disc 4: Sex Ed 102: STD’s & Protection
– a disc that will include all of the information regarding STD’s, methods of testing, symptoms, treatment options, methods of protection, how to obtain them and ways of being ‘sexually active’ that reduce the risks of transmission.

Disc 5: Sex Ed 102: Methods of Arousal
– this disc will focus on the “how to’s” of sexual exploration including; masturbation for females and males, oral sex techniques, manual stimulation of a partner, sexual positions (including pro’s and cons of each), massage techniques for stimulation, and foreplay ideas. There would be no graphic sexual images, instead, instructed demonstrations using props.

Disc 6: Sex Ed 102: Busting the Myths
– from tales of old (you can get pregnant from swimming backward) to myths of today (you can get pregnant from oral sex), this disk with debunk the most common myths associated with sexual intercourse and provide the truthful answers people need to make informed decisions.

Bonus Disc 7: Sex Ed 102: ‘Toys’ and Games
– this disk will teach the viewer what to look for in a sexual wellness product, how to choose one, the different materials used in creating such products, what’s safe for use and what’s not, how to use specific products, special precautions to keep in mind that will help a product last longer and a review of Kara_Sutra’s current top 10 products (with a coupon for 15%)

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Review: Pirates Pendant Vibe

When I first inquired about doing reviews for Babeland I was quite pleased to learn that I was able to browse their available products and pick what I wanted from what was being offered, rather then being sent things I didn’t want to review.

I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get my hands on this years winner of the “O” Award for Best Powered Product, the Pirates Pendant Vibe as it was a product I had heard great things about, not to mention it was an award winner.

I’ll be honest, I wanted to love this thing, really and truly I did, but for me, I’m still kinda torn…

The pendant is small, discreet, easy to use, body safe and rather pretty, yet the aesthetics in person (i.e. the fact that it looks and feels cheap) are a bit of a turn off.  I get that the product was meant to look like metal, and in pictures it achieves the appearance quite nicely, but when it’s in your hand it feels more like a coating of soft tinfoil then it does a hard metal, leaving me rather disappointed (part of why I’m torn).

*If I had received the pink, white or black version I might not have been so bothered, but that’s just me.

Aside from the feel, the pendant has a skull and cross bones (to me they looked more like little alien heads) design embossed on it that are rather hard to make out unless you’re up close. If you like skulls and pirate themed costume jewelery you’ll like the design, if you don’t, you wont. I personally didn’t really care for it.

*Like I said, that’s just the aesthetics and by no means affects the way it works.

The packaging is clever and discreet, not to mention rather cute, with nothing on it (except for the word “vibe”) to hint at what it is.  While it is a vibrator, if you picked it up in a store you’d most likely think it was some fun costume jewelry, not a sex toy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it on display among other Halloween costumes and accessories this year.

As for the vibrator/pendant, it’s a bit fatter than most other bullets and has a slightly pointed tip for more direct clitoral stimulation. That said, being that it measures 2 1/2″ in total length and 7/8″ in diameter, I found it to be rather big and bulky to wear as intended; like a necklace, yet a perfect size and design for stimulating yourself or your partner.

On that note, the chain it comes with is quite long, allowing you to put it over your head without having to undo it. While that is a definite bonus, for girls like me (who have larger breasts) I found the pendant sat rather awkwardly on my chest or often managed to get lost in my cleavage. I’m not sure if that’s something they intended, as it is meant to be a ‘sexy’ piece of jewelery after all, but for me it was just kind of annoying. Yet another reason why I’m torn.

For a lot of people the fact that it’s so discreet is a major selling point. Being that I’m the type who has to try things for herself,  I thought I’d test the claim; for 2 days I wore it everywhere I went, to my surprise not many people paid it a second glance! There were those that did, yet they were the ones that asked only because they really liked it.  When I told them what it ‘secretly’ was, they liked it even more! With that experience in mind, I have to agree it’s discreet enough that you could wear it in public, and no one would be the wiser 😀

In regard to the vibrations there are 5 in total; 2 speeds and 3 variable functions. Compared to other bullets it’s actually rather powerful, something that left me pleasantly surprised. Sure I’ve seen stronger, but as far as basic vibrating bullets go, this one takes the cake.

Operating it is extremely easy; located on the top of the pendant is a push button control. To turn it on just press the button once, then to cycle through the speeds and functions press the button one more time for each setting or speed you’d like experience – like I said very simple.

If you follow my reviews you’ll know that I love products with a quick, one touch off design; unfortunately the Pirates Pendant does not have such a feature, leaving you to run through all the settings before it powers off. Not so great for those of you that are worried about getting caught in the moment.

Changing the batteries is as easy as operating it; just unscrew the cap, pop 3 watch batteries in, screw the cap back on and you’re good to go! (it even comes with the batteries)

When it comes to lubes, since it’s made of an ABS plastic (a mix between elastomer, rubber, and hard plastic making it durable and recyclable) you can use pretty much anything your heart desires.

As for cleaning, since it’s non porous it’s not going to absorb any bacteria or fluids, however it does have little grooves where the design is embossed which could accumulate little dirt particles if left to sit (after use) without cleaning. I suggest you wipe it down with a damp cloth and either let it air dry or dry it with a towel. I know it says it’s splash proof, but that doesn’t mean you can safely run it under water without ruining it. Try to avoid the faucet when possible and just stick with a damp cloth or your favourite toy cleaner – after all, better safe then sorry.

In regard to the ways it can be used; while it was designed for clitoral stimulation that doesn’t mean it can’t be used during foreplay on the nipples, neck, inner thigh or any other erogenous zone. Be creative with it! On that note, if you wanted to insert it vaginally you could, I highly suggest you place it inside a condom first, just to be on the safe side.

*The only thing I wouldn’t suggest using it for is anal insertion as it doesn’t have a flared base and may get “lost” inside you. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think a trip to the ER explaining why you shoved your necklace up your ass would be much fun!

The Bad

When it came to things I didn’t like about the Pirates Pendant there were quite a few;

– it looks and feels rather cheap
– it’s not water proof
– it’s a bit bulky to wear as a necklace (for me anyways)
– if you’re not into Pirate themed/costume jewelery you probably won’t like it (if you are you’ll love it!)
– it doesn’t have an “easy off” button
– it’s not rechargeable
– sometimes it turns on by itself (a fault with the push button design)

Final Verdict

While there are a lot of things about the Pirates Pendant that I didn’t like there were still quite a few redeeming qualities that kept me from totally ruling it out and placing it in my “unapproved” list; its easy to use, isn’t very loud, is body safe, easy to care for, rather powerful, has a unique design (a vibrator necklace – now that’s new!), it’s very discreet, is quite affordable and is great for clitoral stimulation or just for use during foreplay!

With all of those things in mind, I just couldn’t make it walk the plank! (you didn’t think I was going to do the whole review without one pirate reference did you? 😉 )

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