As you well know, sometimes my blog has dormant periods. That’s not really the way I want it to be all the time, but we all have lives outside of blogging, even if we don’t want to. I was dusting off after one of these dormant periods and checking the adult news networks and I saw an article saying that Tenga’s Iroha line that was going to be released. I was so excited I nearly wet myself. They looked SO GOOD. At the time the article was released it stated that Liberator was going to exclusively carry Iroha. So I e-mailed Liberator.
Me: [eloquently] “Would you help me tickle my clitoris?”
I didn’t actually say it that way. I WAS eloquent, but nowhere in my e-mail inquiry did I use the phrase “tickle my clitoris.” And nowhere in any of yours should you include that phrase, either. #reviewer101
But yeah, no response. I was a little down and so I let it go for a while… then I read another article about the line and decided to go to Tenga’s website and e-mail them. And if you ask for what you want, sometimes you might get it!
Tenga was generous enough to send me not one, not two, but all three of the Iroha vibes to review. I was so excited that I made Vines of myself unboxing them. They are so beautiful. They look like mochi, a delicious glutinous rice cake that you probably don’t want to rub all over your genitals (but if you do then more power to you, I guess). I’m led to believe that the similarity in appearance was planned, since Tenga’s goal was to mirror their culture in the toys. And in addition to the aesthetics of Iroha, I also appreciate the mission behind the line. The vibes were created with the belief that masturbation should be appreciated the same way that we appreciate self care. I support that belief 100%. Sexual desire is a natural need and should be nurtured!
My first impressions were good all around. They’re beautiful toys, and the packaging is attractive. The storage for an Iroha vibrator is a case that is also a charging station. The bases are magnetic and have little indentations for the buttons on the back of the vibrators to rest in. I feel like this is not only much more attractive than a flimsy bag, but also promotes a sense of pride in these works of art by giving me a way to show them off. I know that plenty of people need to keep their sex toys packed discreetly away, but for those of us that just leave them sitting around the house, it’s nice to have a little display case.
But chances are that many consumers don’t care about those details… you probably care more about how the toy feels on your genitals. If you’re going to spend $99, I understand that – I would too. The good news is that I can tell you!
All three vibrators have the same features. The material is a type of food-grade silicone called Soft Touch, and it is water-resistant and dust-proof and pleasantly squishy. These vibrators are the only sex toys in my house that haven’t attracted a metric ton of dust or hair. If you’re a cat owner, you can probably understand my appreciation of that. Each toy has two buttons that control four vibration modes – three speeds and a pulsing motion.
I find the vibrations to be more than agreeable. For starters, they are quiet without sacrificing strength. I can use the Iroha vibes in bed at night next to my sleeping partner without waking him up. And while the vibrations aren’t the strongest I have ever felt, they more than adequately do the job for me. I turn my vibrators up to the third setting (high speed) and that’s really the only one I need to use. I have had an orgasm on the lower settings, but getting there takes considerably less time on the third.
My favorite toy of the bunch is Midori. In addition to being a lovely green color, Midori has a very simple rounded shape with a nub on one end. Midori is recommended for use on all erogenous zones. I press that nub against my clitoris and I’m pretty sure that my vagina sings. It provides broad stimulation instead of pinpoint, and I’ve discovered that broad stimulation is really good for me. The nub carries the vibrations much better than the tip of Yuki, the white vibrator.
Yuki is recommended for stimulating the opening of your vagina, and while some people were dubious about that, I gave it a try and found that I liked it. I didn’t have an orgasm from using Yuki alone, but the vibrations at the opening of my vagina were pleasurable. I used Yuki in my vagina and Sakura on my clitoris at the same time and had a wonderful orgasm.
Sakura, the aptly-named pink vibrator, has two little arms that can be used in a pinching motion. I had a lot of difficulty with this. Trying to pinch my clitoris didn’t really work for me because it isn’t very prominent, but trying to pinch my nipple also wasn’t a wild success because it was slightly too large to sandwich in between the vibrator’s arms. I could still reach climax using it, but I felt like I wasn’t really using it as was intended. Then again, one might argue that there’s no “right” way to use a vibrator as long as you’re not letting your ass eat it or doing something else unsafe that will require medical attention.
There is something I do have to mention, though, that isn’t perfect about the Iroha vibrators. Some of the earlier batches had a defect in the back panel where the buttons are located. One of my toys had this defect, and the plastic panel popped out of the toy. Not all the way out, but it protruded and despite how much I tried to push it back in, it wouldn’t stay in position. The toy still functioned, but it was slightly annoying. I was not the only person to notice this.
— Lorax Of Sex (@LoraxOfSex) September 18, 2013
— ss ash (@ashtheelf) September 18, 2013
I got in touch with my contact at Tenga and he assured me that this defect has been fixed in future batches, and that the replacement of this toy will be covered by the 1-year warranty. So if you’ve already bought a toy from the Iroha line and you’ve experienced this problem, just send it back in for warranty repairs by contacting [email protected]. I’m going to be doing this to replace my vibe that popped open.
The bottom line is that I can’t recommend the Iroha toys enough. While the defect was a bit off-putting, the new batches seem to be holding up quite nicely, and Tenga has been very gracious about replacing the defective toys. I think that the three Iroha vibrators are unique because they provide different options for sensation – pinching, pressing, and some internal stimulation that I think feels quite nice. If you only buy one, my opinion is that Midori is absolutely the best. No gimmicks there, just good vibrations.
I owe huge thanks to Tenga – they provided me the Iroha toys free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and they have been very helpful and patient with me! Be sure to check out the Iroha website if you’re interested in learning more about these toys! And if you’re going to buy the Iroha toys, SheVibe has them! Yay SheVibe!