Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Staff0
California Exotic Novelties: Something For Every Adult
Different strokes for different folks. This statement lies at the core of our work here, since we try to cover a wide variety of interests and topics. It’s never boring- whether we’re checking out a music festival or figuring out how to use a lockpick. Today’s products are also the very opposite of boring- in fact, they tended to produce a bit of blushing, raised eyebrows, and even giggles amongst staff. We drew straws, and let everyone grab something, and report back anonymously.
The world has changed. And, at least in terms of sheer novelty, there can be little doubt that it has changed for the better. California Exotic Novelties sent us a grab bag of sorts, showing off the breadth of their lineup- a wide range of sex toys and ‘sexual wellness’ products for men and women. We’ve previously checked out a couple ofthe best vibrators on the market, and have a review of another coming up soon. But most all of the latest adult toys are the kind that don’t need batteries.
We’ll start with one that did- the Nipplettes (no, we’re not joking). The packaging reflects a bit of the rush to get products to market- the front labels them “rubber-coted”- but reports came back positively. These are apparently a lot of fun, at least for those who can take their exploits lightly on occasion, since it is a bit hard to avoid smiling at over-sized adjustable purple nipple clamps. There is a button on the back of the unit that turns on a vibration effect, which isn’t adjustable but does apparently feel pretty intense. They might not look sexy, but they are waterproof! $25.
Continuing into the “adornment” category, we checked out a few other products aimed at women, like the ‘Playful in Pearls’ Satin Eye Mask and Satin & Pearl Pasties. They both are comfortable, and the pasties even come with adhesive tape included. Of course, the pearls are fake- but the overall effect is pretty hot. Same for the Pearl Collar and Cuff, perhaps the best-looking piece of gear we tried, even if it’s just for looks (the strand of pearls is a bit too delicate to actually pull on with any force). As with most of these sorts of things, they are one size fits most, but we didn’t hear about any problems. The “Bound by Diamonds” Ribbon Eye Mask was the only one with any real complaints- despite being satin lined, the tie was a bit awkward and uncomfortable, prone to coming loose. $14-$17.
For the more adventurous, there’s definitely a few things to push your boundaries. The ‘Tantric Binding Love’ line offers a collar and cuffs set that is a bit unusual, stretching along the spine in the rear, and with a few red bows to offset the otherwise fairly dark look. The matching corset and wrist cuffs don’t work well in combination (two sets of cuffs feels a bit excessive) but probably would work better for most people, and are flexible if a bit scratchy. $29 each. And keeping with theme of binding and light bondage, the Diamond Whip and Paddle are sold separately, aimed more at dominatrix sorts, since the diamond accents look a bit odd in a guy’s hands. The best-built piece of gear was the 2-Piece Diamond Thigh Restraints, which felt surprisingly well-made, with solid velco straps and decent hardware clasps. Those looking for a more “all-in-one” solution can pick up the Dr. Laura Berman Intimate Basics Mistress Kit, which comes with a feather tickler, eye mask, and faux fur-lined handcuffs with keys. Cute instead of intimidating, these are the playful versions, and definitely our suggestion for those new to this sort of thing. $31.
Finally, for those looking for beads and balls and other similar objects, rest assured that California Exotic Novelties has your, um, back. Glass, plastic, weighted, in shades of pink and a variety of styles and prices, from $15 to $31 or so. Let’s just say- you should be able to get quite a work out. And remember: safety first!