Posted by Miss_C. , Tue Oct 23, 2012 03:11 PM
Thank you for checking out my review of LELO's LUNA Beads Mini. I bought this toy from TheShade's sex toy site, which is called Playtime Closet. Playtime Closet sells LELO LUNA Beads Mini under the category of Ben Wa Balls & Kegel Exercisers for $47.
You can check out Playtime Closet's Facebook page here.
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So what's the difference between Ben Wa Balls and Duotone balls? If I read Fifty Shades of Grey, which type am I looking for?
I didn't realize that there were two different types of insertable vaginal balls before I bought a pair of stainless steel Ben Wa Balls. I read Fifty Shades of Grey, was turned on by Christian Grey's use of these silver balls that are described in the novel when he would spank Anastasia Steele and quickly added some to my Amazon Wish List. I bought a smaller 3/4" pair and a 1" pair because I didn't know what size I would need, and they were inexpensive. They were advertised with a reference to the novel, and I assumed - based on the way the novel describes them as being small and silver - that I had bought the right ones. But when I received and used my Ben Wa Balls for the first time, I felt a little disappointed. I tried using both pairs, and they didn't really provide much movement when they were inside me. The smaller ones stayed inside, but I could barely feel them, and the larger ones would fall out when I walked around. I just didn't get the kind of stimulation I had been expecting based on what I had read.
Then, I saw a thread in the Sex Toys forum about Ben Wa Balls, and TheShade was the first in that thread to point out that there are Ben Wa Balls and another type of similar toy called Duotone balls. Ben Wa Balls are not the type described in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Ben Wa Balls
- are smaller than Duotone balls
- are not attached to each other by a cord or string
- are not hollow
- have nothing inside them
The Ben Wa Balls I bought look like this.
- are larger than Ben Wa Balls
- are connected to each other by a cord or string
- are hollow
- contain weighted balls that roll around inside them
Here are some examples of Duotone balls.
If you are looking for the movement inside you and the sensation Ana is described to have felt in Fifty Shades of Grey, then you want Duotone balls.
Give me some basic information about LELO LUNA Beads Mini. What will I find in my package?
When you order LUNA Beads Mini, you'll actually get two pairs. The pink pair is the lighter pair at 28 grams (just under an ounce). The blue pair weighs 37 grams (not quite 1.5 ounces). You just slip the LUNA Beads Mini inside your vagina and gently squeeze your PC muscles to hold them in. If you're not sure where your PC muscles are, try stopping the flow of your urine the next time you use the bathroom. Those are your PC muscles.
The two pairs of LUNA Beads Mini come in a classy, white box with "LELO" inscribed in silver on the top. You can use this box or the satiny storage bag with a drawstring to store your toy. You'll receive a silicone harness that holds the beads. The beads themselves aren't connected to each other, so you'll insert the beads into the silicone harness before putting them inside you. The beads are interchangeable inside the harness - you can use both pink beads, a pink one with a blue one, or both blue beads. This toy is pretty versatile. You'll also get a sample of LELO's lube, a user manual, and LELO's 1-year warranty.
While inside you, the internal balls should move and roll around inside the LUNA Beads Mini, and you should be able to feel a subtle, mild, pressure-like sensation. I used the pink pair and didn't feel an acutely intense sensation, but I could definitely feel the movement, and what I experienced with this toy is what I had expected from the Ben Wa Balls.
Now, there are several types of LUNA Beads. LUNA Beads Mini are recommended for women who are under 30 years old and have never experienced childbirth. They are slightly smaller than the original version of LELO LUNA Beads, which are recommended for women who are over 30 and have experienced childbirth. The weight of the beads is the same from the original version to the LUNA Beads Mini - it's the external size that's different. The original LUNA Beads are 35mm (nearly 1.5 inches) in size while the LUNA Beads Mini are only 29mm (just over an inch) in size. There is also a new version that has been released just since I bought my LUNA Beads Mini, and they're called LUNA Beads Noir. These are 29mm, so they're the size of the LUNA Beads Mini, but they're black in color rather than pink and blue. To see a size comparison, see gonewild's thread here for a photo.
You were going to wear these to K's show on Saturday night, right? How did it go?
That's right! I wore my new LELO LUNA Beads Mini out on Saturday night when Mr._C. and I went to see K's band play. For the whole story, see the comments on my "Touched by a co-worker." blog entry. Basically, K is a male friend and former co-worker of mine who I have a bit of a crush on. While I love Mr._C. and know there are boundaries because K is also in a relationship, I'm not dead, and it's fun to flirt with K a little when I have the opportunity. Since I intended to flirt with K on Saturday night, I wore the LUNA Beads Mini and figured it would be even sexier for me if I had a secret. :sneaky:alt=""> I was also curious to see what effect - if any - the loud music would have on the beads.
I enjoyed wearing them out. It's a turn-on to be able to wear them without anyone else knowing. They do make noise as the internal balls roll around, and if you were just holding the beads in your hand, you'd be able to hear them. However, they're quiet enough when they're inside you that nobody else will hear the noise. The noise is muffled and undetectable. I could feel the movement inside me when I walked or bent down to pick something up. And the music did have a slight effect. The internal balls bounced and moved inside me a little with some of the heavier bass notes and drum beats. Plus, they didn't fall out when I went to the bathroom. I was worried that they might. They would end up sitting just inside the entrance to my vagina, so all I had to do was tuck them back up deeper inside me when I was finished. They were very comfortable to wear. I actually had a bit too much to drink later in the night and forgot they were inside me until I got home.
Is there anything you didn't like about your LELO LUNA Beads Mini?
Not really. The size is good, they provide the sensation I was expecting after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and they aren't too difficult to hold inside me - they neither fall out nor force me to squeeze my PC muscles constantly.
I would, however, not mind a more intense sensation from them. I haven't tried wearing the heavier blue beads yet, so perhaps they will provide more. I want more. I definitely wouldn't say that I was incredibly aroused - and I wasn't even remotely close to reaching orgasm. The nearly-maddening arousal Ana experiences in Fifty Shades of Grey that is so intense she needs to remove the beads was not necessarily my experience. If you're looking for intense sensation, perhaps Ben Wa Balls and Duotone balls aren't ideal for you.
What are the pros and cons of LELO LUNA Beads Mini?
- Discreet and noiseless when inside the vagina
- Comes in several varieties, so you can choose the best ones for you
- Provide subtle sensation as you move
- Comfortable to wear; they don't require you to constantly squeeze your PC muscles and won't fall out when you use the bathroom
- Exercise your pelvic floor, which provides for "longer, stronger, more attainable orgasms; reduced risk of incontinence...; and a faster return to tone and tightness after giving birth"
- Weighted balls are interchangeable inside silicone harness, so you can mix and match
- Made from body-safe materials
- Easy to clean and store
- No batteries needed!
- May not be enough stimulation for those who are looking for intensity and noticeable arousal
- Slightly pricey; however, LELO makes high-quality and luxury sex toys, so the higher price can be expected, but you're getting the quality you're paying for
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best), how would you rate this product?
Hmmm... I think I'm going to give LELO's LUNA Beads Mini 9 out of 10. I would definitely say that this toy is a good buy if this is what you're looking for. If you're interested in having a Fifty Shades of Grey experience by wearing these out when you're with your partner, then these should suit your needs. It's a well-designed toy, and I expect no less from LELO. They always make well-designed, sleek, sexy toys. They're easy to use and can be worn for extended periods of time, so you can play with them often. However, they are more expensive than some other Duotone balls - there are similar toys that are cheaper and would probably be just fine. Buy these if you're looking to splurge on something or want LELO's Duotone balls in particular. I'd also like to have just more of what these beads provide, so if you're looking for intensity, you might not be satisfied with this toy.
Edit: I originally gave these an 8.5 out of 10, but I realized that I said nothing about Playtime Closet's amazing customer service in this review, and the excellent customer service is more than enough to make me want to change my rating to a 9 out of 10. TheShade was incredibly helpful in choosing this toy after offering several options that he thought I'd like based on what I said I was looking for in the Ben Wa Balls thread. Then, he helped me via PM when I was making the purchase. Finally, TheShade contacted me once I had received my package - and he even remembered that I had planned to wear them out to K's show - to follow-up and make sure I was satisfied with the purchase. I can honestly say that I've never received such close and personal attention before, and it was an absolute treat.
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