Iroha by Tenga Yuki

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Specs

Non-insertable elastomer vibrator with a silicone skin

Weight: 90g

Rechargeable through USB or mains power

Noise test: when left on top of covers at highest setting, could not be heard through a closed door

Splash proof, but not waterproof – can be run under a tap to clean but not submerged

Clean (carefully) with soap and water, toy cleaner, etc; sterilise with 10% bleach solution

Compatible with water-based lubricant, but silicone-based lubricant is not advisable

Price point: £60 – £70 approx

Tl;dr: not for power lovers, but perfect for those who like very soft, non-rigid sensations.


My love affair with the Yuki began many months before I actually owned it. While poking around the branch of Simply Pleasure in Soho (which I often do in order to entertain myself) I came across the three toys from the Iroha by Tenga line (picture below graciously provided by Tenga) and squished them.

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Instant infatuation. They are just so squishy. I love touching them so much, if they were people, it’d be creepy. Thankfully they are inanimate objects and I can squish them as much as I like without any of that “but I need to go to work” or “let me sleep” nonsense. Everytime I was in Soho for the next few months, I would go visit my new loves and squish them a bit.

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I thought I would never own them. This was the point where I couldn’t come from vibrations on my clit, and so I thought that dropping £60 on a clitoral vibrator was pointless. Regardless, I loved them, I loved them, I loved them. I would go to the Simply Pleasure shop, go straight for the Iroha toys, fondle them for a few minutes, and leave without looking at anything else in the shop. The employees probably thought I was mad. Sakura (the pink one) was my favourite because it’s the squishiest, with the pincer-type thing at the end having no solid base to it.

I ended up owning Yuki because both Yuki and Midori (my least favourite because the nub at the end is relatively non-squishy) went on sale at Lovehoney and Sakura didn’t. At first I was heartbroken, but then I realised that Yuki was still pretty damn squishy and now was my chance. It was still £40, which is a lot of money for a vibe that wouldn’t make me come, but I needed to own this vibrator. It was entirely necessary for my continuing happiness.

When it arrived I could not suppress my excitement, and retired to my bedroom for a sneaky wank which I assumed would be just pleasant sensation without orgasm. I was wrong. Probably because it is just so soft, using small circling motions around my clit with the head of the Yuki brought me to orgasm without moving past its first setting. This was incredible for me. This was only the second time in my life that I had achieved orgasm without using my fingers (the other time was with the Lelo Ella used in conjunction with my now-ancient Lelo Elise, and it was a one off), and it was…easy.

This turned out to not be a fluke, and the Yuki is the first toy I’ve ever tried that can reliably bring me to orgasm without getting my hands dirty, so to speak. Therefore, I adore it.

However, I cannot ignore its flaws. It isn’t fully waterproof, which gives me the heebie jeebies everytime I go to wash it. Yes, it is splashproof, but I can’t help feeling that for the best part of £100 it would have been worth extending the silicone skin over the control panel and making it fully waterproof. In use, yes I love it! But the two buttons are identical which means it’s sometimes hard to tell which is which. In the middle of a jack off session, trying to work out which button is up and which is down is not desirable. I wish the buttons were differentiated in shape in some way. I’ve used it enough now that I’ve learnt how it works, but there is that learning curve.

If you love patterns, this vibrator is also not for you, as it only has one, a generic pulse. And though the strength is perfect for hypersensitive me, it won’t work for power queens. Although the most powerful level is probably sufficient to get most people off, if you like vibrators to be struggling to escape from your hand and vibrating lube off themselves, you won’t like the Yuki.

Other reviewers have reported poor build quality and nasty smells, but mine is holding up well to regular use and washing, and has no noticeable scent. I should also note that Tenga claim that the nub on Yuki can be used for insertion, but no. This is a lie. I mean, technically you can put it inside yourself, but why would you? The first few inches of the vagina are the most sensitive blah blah, but this is so tiny that it’s no more than a tease. Get a proper dildo.

The Yuki doesn’t come with a storage bag, but it does come with a clear Perspex case, as shown in the picture, that doubles as a charging bay which can work off a USB port or mains electricity. This is in no way discreet, but it is a pretty snazzy charging method. I live in a house where I can leave my toys casually lying around, so I get to coo at my charging box going “it’s so sleek!”, but if you need to hide your toys this may give you pause. It’s also fairly bulky; worth noting if you have loads of toys and are running out of room in your toy box (I may have personal experience in this).

I very much enjoy the Yuki. It is my favourite clitoral vibrator because, in its ultimate squishiness, it is the only one that can consistently get me off. If you’re like me and thought clitoral vibes were a write-off, looking around and seeing if you can find the Yuki on sale will be a valuable exercise. And if you have sixty spare pounds lying around that you wanted to spend on a high quality clitoral vibrator made of a unique material, I would also suggest the Yuki. However, if you’re on a budget and love lots of power, I don’t think Yuki would be right for you.

Tenga normally make toys for penises, with Iroha being their first line for vulvas. I think it’s a great first offering and I’m excited to see more. And I’m still counting my pennies and eyeing the Sakura.

Icicles by Pipedream no 29

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Specs

Solid borosilicate glass dildo

8in/20cm long, 3.5in/9cm circumference (4.5in/11.5cm at widest point), 275g weight

Clean with soap and water, toy cleaner, etc; sterilise in boiling water or 10% bleach solution

Compatible with all lubricant types

Price point: £35 approx

Tl;dr: very much enjoy the subtle texture and g-spotting head, but a massive pain to clean.

Review

This is a very, very pretty toy. The first time I got it out of its packaging I spent ten minutes just twisting it and admiring the pattern. The spiral ridges running down the toy create an optical illusion when you twist it, as if the surface is moving. I’ve tried to capture the ridges in the picture below, though my photography skills are not really up to the challenge. I would probably use it as an ornament if I didn’t want to fuck myself with it. The packaging is robust, but there’s no storage bag included, and as it is glass you will want to make sure it’s stored appropriately to prevent chipping. (Borosilicate glass is fairly tough and I’ve managed to drop mine a few times with no visible damage – most notably when I optimistically tried to use it in a strap on harness – but it is still worth taking care.)

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The Icicles line is made by Pipedream, one of the big players in the sex toy industry. Pipedream are not a body safe company and make a lot of cheap-ass, porous jelly rabbits and rubber vaginas, but they appear to be having something of a material renaissance with their Icicles (glass), Ceramix (ceramic) and Pure Aluminium (shockingly enough, aluminium) toy lines. All of these are body safe materials that create rigid, high quality toys in the right hands.

Pipedream certainly have competent hands. I was in love the first time I inserted this toy. The pronounced head hit my G-spot perfectly and the texture was subtle but definitely there. I rubbed my clit, thrusted hard and came within minutes – it was a good, strong orgasm. The texture on this toy is present and enjoyable, but low-key enough to not distract from the G-spotting head. It’s fairly long and I don’t tend to insert the whole thing, leaving me with a bit of handle to thrust with – much appreciated. As it’s glass, it’s cool when inserted but warms to body temperature fast, and doesn’t need too much lube.

One thing I do notice about this toy is that it tends to twist inside me. Maybe I just have slippery hands, I don’t know, but I will become aware of less G-spot pressure and then start to fiddle with the toy, twisting it round, trying to find the right angle. Twisting it is not enjoyable because the curve means my vagina gets poked obnoxiously by the head, but the curve is also too shallow for me to easily work out which way round the toy needs to be for optimum pleasure, so my toy realigning technique is to gently thrust while rotating the toy until it feels like it should. For anyone wondering, I do not consider this a fun game when I’m trying to get off. A teardrop shaped base to let me easily feel the toy’s orientation would be extremely useful.

Also. I have to say. Cleaning this toy is NOT easy. That texture I said I enjoyed? Yeah, that. Bitch to clean. Even with vigorous scrubbing with a toothbrush, it is still really difficult to get rid of the lube and vagina gunk that inevitably gets stuck in the ridges. I will often find residue even after I think it’s clean. Irritating.

Both of these, however, are minor quibbles when you consider how much I love using this toy. For at least a week after I received it, it was the only dildo I used, and it still comes out of my toy drawer a reasonable amount, despite having acquired many more new and shiny things since then. The price point is decent, and it has all the benefits of glass: sterilisable (so shareable between partners), good for temperature play, minimal lube requirements. It’s not for texture sluts, but if you’ve been craving a bit of texture while you play with your G-spot, then it could be for you.