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Review: LELO Flickering Touch Massage Candle (Black Pepper & Pomegranate)

The last time I reviewed a pomegranate item it was lube and with it I included a picture of a multitude of pomegranate items. Point being: I have a fetish for all things pomegranate. I also have a vast collection of LELO products and have the personal goal of owning one of everything. Naturally when I saw that one of LELO’s new massage candles came in black pepper & pomegranate I had to have it.

The candle came in a black cardboard box that is nearly twice the height of the candle itself, the extra room is for padding on the top and bottom to keep the candle safe. Inside is a small warning pamphlet advising on candle safety as well as the candle itself: a smooth round black jar and a silver lid with a red accent. I was extremely pleased with the little bit of foam inside of the jar and on top of the candle, keeping any bits of the candle that had melted during transfer from getting all over of the inside of the package. Some of my candle had melted on the way, being stored in a room too warm will do that, but none had leaked.

The scent itself is wonderful. I can’t smell the black pepper really at all, but the pomegranate scent is lovely. It’s not super strong either, you have to get within four or five inches of the jar before you can smell the scent from the unlit candle, so it won’t overpower the room simply by being in it like some candles will. Even when lit the smell is quite subtle. If it was simply a candle (rather than a massage candle) I might be a little disappointed with the strength of the scent, actually, but once you start massaging the wax into skin the smell is much more apparent.

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The wax is smooth, slick, and soft. It massages easily into the skin leaving a slight layer of smooth oilyness that isn’t too greasy at all. When left in a cool room it hardens fairly well, but you can still scrape a bit off to use as lotion if you desire01. The warmer the room the more likely it will melt, but it is well contained in the jar and that shouldn’t be a problem. According to the directions you are supposed to “extinguish out the flame and leave to cool for 30 seconds” before use, though I didn’t experience the wax getting too hot even if I didn’t wait a full thirty seconds.

The ingredients are mostly body-safe with the exception of the three included in the “Perfume” ingredient. Before I talk about those ingredients I want to say how awesome it is that LELO actually lists the ingredients in the “Perfume,” since most companies don’t as legally companies don’t have to disclose that02. Most of these ingredients are plant-based derivatives. D-Limonene is “the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind,” Linalool is “a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants” and Hexylcinnamaldehyde “is found naturally in the essential oil of chamomile.” They all have the potential of being an irritant, mostly around the eyes or lips, and LELO does quite clearly have warnings about avoiding those areas in the warning pamphlet. For general use on the skin they should be fine, however, unless you have exceptionally sensitive skin.

Like most LELO products, their Massage Candle is pretty awesome. The packaging is sleek and sexy, there are no weird man-made toxic ingredients, and the wax does exactly what it is supposed to do: aids massage without leaving a yucky after-feeling. It is a little pricey for a small candle, but you don’t need much of the wax to give a great massage and it will last for a long time. I’ve used it a few times and have only barely made a dent.

Much thanks to LELO for sending me their Massage Candle to review in exchange for my honest opinion!

Product Specs

Name: Flickering Touch Massage Candle

Manufacturer: LELO.

Type: Candle/Massage Oil.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Perfume (D-Limonene, Linalool, Hexylcinnamaldehyde)

Size: 150g / 5.3 oz

Height: 4 inches.
Width: 3 inches (diameter).

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Review: Jimmyjane Ember – Absinthe + Sugar Water

The Absinthe + Sugar Water Ember Massage Candle by Jimmyjane is a limited-edition scent. Like all of Jimmyjane’s massage candles it is a soy and shea butter based candle free of paraffin, lead, and the normal nasty chemicals I like to mention. It rests inside of a beautiful porcelain container that has a pour spout in one corner for ease of use. The Jimmyjane logo is etched in the lid which is made to be turned over and used as a stand for the candle to rest on while burning. It says it will burn for up to 72 hours, but I’ve burned it for quite a few already and have hardly made a dent in the amount of wax.

It comes in JimmyJane’s traditional white box with a silver logo and black and red accents. It is well padded inside and also includes a little instruction booklet. I was confused to find that the ingredients for the Absinthe + Sugar Water scent specifically were not listed in the instruction booklet, assuming because it is a limited edition item. I contacted JimmyJane directly in order to get the ingredients list below.

One big negative to the candle, and the only one I’ve really found, is that if you’re in a hot area or it’s a hot day the massage wax has a tendency to melt on it’s own. This is pretty normal, however, for massage oil candles, since they have a lower melting point than most candles. This does mean that the “wax” can be used as a balm, moisturizer, or even a solid perfume oil if you love the scent so much, and I do.

I was worried that the Absinthe + Sugar Water scent would be too strong of a licorice (or fennel, really) scent, since that is the most predominant taste of absinthe, but the combination of fennel, fig, lemon, and wormwood combines to be a subtle yet spicy fragrance. I’m not big on licorice and while there is a hint of licorice-like scent it is not overpowering or distracting for me. I actually really love the way this candle smells.

The wax is smooth and silky, it doesn’t feel greasy or tacky or weird like some massage oils have the tendency to do, but rather sinks into your skin and makes it that much more soft and deliciously scented. It’s a perfect massage oil when melted completely and the pour spout makes it super simple to apply. While the normal full price of this limited edition candle is a little steep Kama Sutra Closet currently has it on sale at a price which I think is exceptionally reasonable.

Thank you Kama Sutra Closet for letting me review Ember Massage Candle – Absinthe + Sugar Water!

Product Specs

Name: Ember Massage Candle – Absinthe + Sugar Water

Manufacturer: JimmyJane

Paraben Free: Yes

Organic: No

Scents: Fennel, Fig, Lemon, and Wormwood

Ingredients: Soy, Shea butter, Aloe vera, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Ambrettolide IFF, Cashmeran, Cedarwood Oil Atlas (Pola), Citral Syn., Citronellol Pure (Extra), Damascenone, Dimethyl Benzyl Carbinyl Butyrate (DMBCB), Dimethyl Anthranilate, Ethyl Linalool, Floropal, Galaxolide 50 IPM, Gamma Octalactone, Geraniol (Couer), Geranyl Acetate Syn 85%, Hedione, Helional, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde (HCA), Hydroxycitronellal, Iso E Super, Isopropyl Myristate, Jasmal, L-Carvone, Leaf Alcohol, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Nerol Syn. 95%, Nerol Acetate Syn. 95%, Orange Oil Florida, Stemone, Stryallyl Acetate, Terpineol Prime, Terpinyl Acetate, Tonalid, Veloutone, Verdox, Vertenex (PTBCHA)

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Review: Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set

I’ve heard all sorts of wonderful things about Kama Sutra products since I started reviewing but I had not yet had the pleasure of playing with some until now. The Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set includes three of Kama Sutra’s most talked-about products which I was happy to get my hands on.

All three products are paraben-free, something I’ve talked about ad nauseum in other reviews, but which I always like to explain in case this is the first review of mine you are reading. Parabens are irritants and can inflame the sensitive tissue of the vulva, they also can disrupt the reproductive system including mimicing estrogen or affecting the secretion of testosterone, and in high levels they have been shown to cause cancer and are generally toxic. Not everyone reacts the same way to them, of course, as our body chemistry varies widely from person to person.

Unfortunately only one of the three products is glycerin-free, the other ingredient I watch out for especially in lubes. Glycerin can promote yeast infections and is also the source of stickyness in most water-based lubricants, turning some of the best feeling lubes sticky through friction.

The set itself comes in an adorable box decorated in an Indian garden of eden fashion. Once opened, the box fills the air with the scent of the Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust. The three products are nestled together in a bed of brown corrugated paper with an information card on top of them indicating the purposes of each of the products within. There is a small green vile of Oil of Love, a brown tube of Love Liquid Lubricant, a black satchel of Honeysuckle Honey Dust, and a copper feather applicator.

Original Oil of Love

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The original flavor is a blend of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. It smells and tastes quite unique, very much like a mixture of these three distinct flavors which are usually separate rather than together. It is pleasant to the taste and very easy to lick off of skin without leaving any residue or nasty sticky feelings behind. Due to the cinnamon it does have a bit of a tingling and numbing-type effect to it, but only slightly.

The vile it comes in is adorable, about the size of a regular shot glass. I can get my pinky finger into the hole of the bottle and get a bit out that way, and I have pretty thick fingers (my pinky finger is a ring size 8 if that helps), but for the most part I think it’s easier to apply with either the cork stopper it comes with or by very carefully tipping some out onto a waiting body part.

There are lots of other flavors of Oil of Love to choose from outside of the kit. Despite being called oil it doesn’t have that much oil in it, aside from some Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil which is pretty low down on the list of ingredients (below). Because of this it is actually latex friendly, although I would suggest against use of it internally as it does have glycerin in it.

Product Specs

Ingredients: Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Water, Sucrose, Sodium Saccharine, Fragrance, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40.

Love Liquid Lubricant

I’m a big fan of lube in general, though I try to stay away from lubes with glycerin in them as I’ve already mentioned above. The card included with the kit boasts that the Love Liquid Lubricant is “designed with the sensitive tissues of a woman in mind” which, due to the lack of parabens, I would agree with, though the addition of glycerin complicates that statement a little. Not being prone to yeast infections my biggest problem with glycerin is really the stickyness it adds to water-based lubes, and this lube is no exception.

Love Liquid feels wonderful and smooth, not quite as thick as some water-based lubes I’ve tried but also not as obscenely thin as others, it rests pleasantly in the middle thickness-wise. I would say, however, that it is one of the nicest non-flavored lubes in terms of taste. Unlike some non-flavored lubes it doesn’t have much taste at all, only a slight delightful sweetness to it.

It comes in this set in an adorable little sample-size, not nearly as big around as a quarter. It has a flip-top and stands on it’s head which makes squirting just a little on your fingers quite easy. I would easily recommend it to anyone who is not concerned about glycerin, especially if you are looking for an all-purpose lube (oral as well as nether regions).

Product Specs

Type: Water-based lubricant

Compatibility: Works with all toy types. Latex safe. May cause yeast infections.

Smell: Very little, just a slight sweetness to it but nothing overly so.
Taste: Also slightly sweet, but not so much that it is overpowering. Very pleasant, actually.
Sticky? A little, unfortunately, but that is due mostly to the use of glycerin.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetradodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust

This was probably the product I was most excited to try, I thought it would be sensual and fun, and I was not disappointed. It’s basically sweet corn starch sweetened with actual honey and comes within a black satchel as shown above. Within the satchel it is enclosed in a plastic bag and can be kept in that or dumped into the satchel itself.

It comes with a feather applicator which is very cute and soft, though it attracts kitties instantly so beware of that if you have a cat household. The feather easily picks up a small amount of dust on it tips which can then be applied to any available body part for sweet sensual lickage.

The dust itself is only slightly sweet, very pleasantly so, and nowhere near overwhelming. It doesn’t have much other discernible flavor besides “sweet.” Once licked it doesn’t leave any stickyness behind, and no residue is left either aside from saliva. While you wouldn’t want to spill any it would be easily vacuumed or swept up which makes it a pleasant and potentially less messy option than lickable oils. Of all the products in this sample box this is the one specifically I want to try more of and different flavors.

Ingredients: Corn Starch Modified, Glucose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Honey, Silica, Honey Extract, Sodium Saccharine, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxy Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate.

Much thanks to Pink Cherry Sex Toys for sending me Kama Sutra Love Essentials Gift Set to review! You can also find each of these products individually in their full sizes on Pink Cherry: Original Oil of Love, Love Liquid Lubricant, and Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust.

Product Specs

Name: Love Essentials

Manufacturer: Kama Sutra

Contents: Sample sizes of: Original Oil of Love (.68 fl oz 20 ml), Love Liquid Lubricant (1 fl oz 30 ml), Sweet Honeysuckle Honey Dust (2 oz 50 g), and a Honey Dust feather applicator.

Glycerin-free: Honey Dust is, Oil of Love and Love Liquid are not.
Paraben-free: Yes

Organic: No
Vegan: Yes

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Review: Intimate Organics Foaming Bath – Orange & Wild Ginger

Who doesn’t love bubble baths? My apartment in Seattle has a wonderful tub for bubble baths, surprisingly deep, and I have had many a relaxing and wonderful bath there. The wonderfully energizing properties of Intimate Organics Orange & Wild Ginger Foaming Bath makes it a wonderful addition to any bathtime fun. However, don’t get duped into thinking this is a wonderful organic natural product.

Intimate Organics is tricky, with a name that has Organics in the title and the words Certified Organic on the bottom left side of the front of the label one would think their products would be 100% organic, but they’re not. They are made with 100% certified organic extracts, however, and are vegan, DEA- and paraben-free, and

It may be good in those regards, but being called organic and natural doesn’t mean it actually is. It boasts that it is DEA (diethanolamine) free right on the label and yet one of it’s ingredients is Cocamide DEA which is a derivative of DEA! It doesn’t contain DEA itself, so I suppose saying it is DEA-free isn’t completely a lie. To be fair, Cocamide DEA and other DEA derivatives are indeed safer than DEA itself, but they have still been linked to cancer and irritation like DEA.

It also includes sodium laureth sulphate, which is a poison and irritates the skin more than actually helping it. It gets rid of the natural healthy oils on our skin and then stays in our skin because our liver is unable to process it. Once SLS absorbs into the body it mimics the hormone Oestrogen messing with the body’s natural hormonal balance.

Unfortunately, sodium laureth sulphate is in the majority of bath products and even in things such as toothpaste. If Intimate Organics was really concerned about being all natural and healthy they would not include this, however.

Now, if you aren’t concerned about it’s ingredients than Intimate Organics Orange & Wild Ginger Foaming Bath would be fantastic for you. It can also be used as a body wash in addition to filling your tub with wonderful bubbles. It smells wonderful, a very natural orange scent as if you have peeled a dozen in the room, and that mixed with the spice of ginger makes the bathroom smell wonderful. I enjoyed the aromatherapy aspects of the foaming bath, even if the ingredients did not meet my standards.

Much thanks to Pink Cherry for sending me Orange & Wild Ginger Foaming Bath to review!

Product Specs

Name: Energizing Foaming Bath – Orange & Wild Ginger

Manufacturer: Intimate Organics

Paraben-free: Yes
Glycerin-free: Yes

Vegan: Yes
Organic: No

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium laureth sulphate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Cocamide DEA, Parfum, PEG-7 Glyceryl cocoate, Sodium chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzophenone 4, Citric acid, Disodium EDTA, Water, Alcohol, Certified organic goji berry fruit extract, Certified organic Lemon Grass leaf/stem extract, certified organic aloe leaf extract.

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Review: Lust Cosmetics Massage Oil

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Lust Cosmetics was one of the sponsors of my Birthday Blowout Giveaway and was nice enough to send me a few birthday presents as well! My favorite of the products she sent is the Lust for Love Extra Virgin Natural Oil which is a blend of six oils with a lovely scent making a great massage oil.

All three of us have back pain quite often, sometimes daily, so we give each other a lot of back rubs and between us we all have used a lot of massage oils. Personally, this one has been my favorite that I can remember. It has a soft floral scent that is not overpowering and just adds a bit of romance to the massage.

It’s in a pump-bottle so it is super easy to squirt out onto a back and distribute evenly as the squirts can be far apart (Marla says it feels like someone shooting a load on her back when I do it quickly). You can use a little for specific areas or a lot for the entire back and have it go exactly where you want it with the pump-bottle. We’ve used at least half of our 1.01 oz bottle already.

The oil itself is smooth and silky and doesn’t leave your back or hands feeling greasy or gross like some other massage oils. It makes massage easy to do with minimal effort so it is easier on the massager and feels grand for the massagee. The oil soaks partially into the skin after massaging like any good massage oil will do, leaving the skin healthy-looking and smooth.

The only negative to the oil is that it has parabens in it, which are chemicals I’m trying to avoid. Whether or not parabens are bad is highly debated and I’m extremely sad because if it weren’t for the parabens it would be my favorite massage oil. Period. For those not concerned about ingredients I would recommend Lust Cosmetics Massage Oil. For those of you who avoid parabens you can always try Intimate Organics Massage Oil.

Product Specs

Name: Lust for Love Extra Virgin Natural Oil

Manufacturer: Lust Cosmetics

Paraben Free: No

Organic: No

Ingredients: Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Olive (Olea Europea) Oil, Grape seed (Vitis vinifera) oil, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil, Avocado (Persea gratissimo) oil, Sweet almond (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT

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Review: Intimate Organics Massage Oil

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Who doesn’t love massages? Giving or receiving can be equally enjoyable, and massage oil just makes the whole process easier and, well, smoother.

This Cocoa Bean & Goji Berry Aromatherapy Massage Oil is made by Intimate Organics, the same makers of the Hydra Lubricant I reviewed last week. Like their lubricant, their massage oil is also paraben free, DEA free, pure vegan, and organic!

I wasn’t sure how much I would like the scent of it. Cocoa Bean & Goji Berry, while sounding odd and intriguing, also sounded possibly also unpleasant. Unfortunately too many times when lotions or other body products go for a chocolatey smell it comes out horrible. Luckily it smells absolutely divine and delicious!

The scent is definitely chocolatey, but not overly so, with a faint hint of berry, almost like rich dark raspberry chocolate, but not quite a raspberry scent (which makes sense, considering it’s not raspberry but goji berry). The scent isn’t overpowering or unnatural smelling either, just a pleasant enhancement to an already pleasant massage.

Aside from the scent, the oil itself is a nice consistency. It’s not so thick that it doesn’t spread easily nor so oily that it runs all over and thins out. It’s easy to warm up with a quick rub of the hands together before kneading it into the sore muscles of a thankful friend or lover.

Intimate Organics also has other wonderful pampering products in this same scent and others for the body as well as more intimate areas like their Foot Foreplay Lotion, Warming Fondue Body Scrub, and Intense Clitoral Gel that are all natural, paraben free, and organic. Definitely worth checking out.

Thank you very much to Tabu Toys sex toys for allowing me to review the Intimate Organics Massage Oil!

Product Specs

Name: Sensual Cocoa Bean & Goji Berry Aromatherapy Massage Oil

Manufacturer: Intimate Organics

Paraben Free: Yes

Organic: Yes

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract (and) Certified Organic Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemon Grass) Leaf/Stem Extract (and) Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract.

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Review: Amazing Hot Heart Massager

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Onyx and I both have back pain, which we often help each other with by massaging the other. His is generally located in his upper-back, while mine is in my lower-back, though sometimes we inadvertently swap symptoms through no design of our own. We sometimes even use the Hitachi as a back massager (unheard of, I know) to allieviate these symptoms.

When I had the opportunity to receive the Amazing Hot Heart Massager from Pink Cherry I jumped at the chance. Anything that makes massaging easier for the massager or better for the massagee was something I definitely at least wanted to try.

The massage heart also comes with a little packet of massage oil, so you don’t have to buy anything else for your first few massages with it. The massage oil was a citrus scent and very pleasant. The heart itself has a vinyl casing with pink liquid inside, which, according to the packaging, is non-toxic. There is a little metal disk floating around in the pink liquid of the heart which you are supposed to bend to activate the heat up the heart.

I bent the metal disk and immediately the pink liquid began to crystallize and heat up. The instructions say that you should knead the crystals to soften them while it heats up. The Hot Heart Massager can get up to 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius)! Once it’s fully crystallized and heated up it slowly cools down. If you place a thin towel over it, according to the instructions, you can keep the massager from cooling as quickly.

Next: the use. First, Onyx used it on my back. He drizzled some of the massage oil that came with it and then began massaging and kneading my back using the massager. It felt wonderful. I especially liked pressure with the hot heart as that relaxed me the most. The scent of the massage oil coupled with the relaxing heat and massage was absolutely heavenly. The only negative was occasionally the edges of the heart would scrape against my skin, but they seem to curl up slightly to the front of the massager, so turning it over alleviated that for the most part.

Once I had gotten a good rub down we switched places. I drizzled some massage oil onto Onyx’s back and went to work. I found that working with the massager was very easy, and not at all awkward. The shape of it actually lent itself to holding, a finger could easily rest in the top v of the heart shape, and it was very easy to slide around his back, both softly and pressing harder. The entire heart got coated with massage oil, and it was slippery enough to slide around his back but not so slippery that I couldn’t hold on to it, partially I think because of the seam on the edge of the heart.

Once I had given Onyx a good rub down, as the heart cooled down even further, I lay down and just let the heart rest against my lower back, right where I have the most trouble. Even just sitting there I could feel my back relaxing due to the heat.

The Amazing Hot Heart Massager is not just a one time use massager, either. The instructions for use and re-use are on the back of the heart itself, which means you don’t have to worry about keeping an instruction booklet or the original packaging in order to re-use it.

To re-use you simply put the hardened massager into a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes until all the crystals are gone and the massager is back to it’s original pink liquid state. The only thing I’ve noticed while boiling is that the pink color on the vinyl gets scratched a bit, but that’s neither here nor there. Once the massager is liquidy again you let it cool to room temperature, which very slowly restores the crystals as it cools, and then it’s time for another heated massage. You can do this an unlimited amount of times, according to the packaging.

Since it’s easily reusable and such an easy addition to normal massage with advantages for both the massager and massagee I know I’m going to be using this many more times in the future. Another great feature of the massager is that it’s fairly inexpensive, and for something that can be used as many times as you’d like (assuming it doesn’t get punctured or otherwise destroyed) that’s a great deal! Much thanks to Pink Cherry for letting me review The Amazing Hot Heart Massager!

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