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Sep 042011

Papaya Toys hit the U.S. market with a bang—or a buzz—at the end of July. The line consists of four 100% medical-grade silicone vibrators of varying sizes and textures. They come in a variety of fun colours, including grape and strawberry.

The Tattoo is the smallest of the Papaya collection, measuring in at 8.5 inches long and 1.4 inches in diameter. The slightly flexible, rounded head and long body makes it ideal for external and internal stimulation. The silicone is on the firmer side and wonderfully smooth, except for the slightly raised “tattoo” on each side. You can use this vibe anywhere vibration would feel good, though since it doesn’t have a flared base, please be careful when inserting it in the butt. For such a simple looking toy, the Tattoo has a delightfully strong and steady (and surprisingly quiet) vibration and the coolest controls I’ve ever seen. Two soft touch buttons near the base of the toy turn it on and off and control the vibration speed and three pulsation patterns. You can turn this toy on or off with a simple tap. The buttons are positioned for easy reach, but are out of the way enough to prevent inadvertently turning the toy off at an inconvenient time.

The only drawback to this toy is the assembly. Screwing it back together after putting the batteries in can be challenging for small, painful, or weak hands. The grooves fit together tightly (part of the waterproofing feature) and making them line up was tough for my petite, not-very-strong, hands. I always recommend that people remove batteries from their vibes after every use. This saves wear and tear on the toy and prolongs the life of the batteries. However, if taking the toy apart and putting it back together frequently will challenge your strength and dexterity, I suggest leaving the batteries in and storing the toy in a place where it will not be turned on by accident. Of course, you will still need to replace the batteries after they wear out.

All Papaya toys are completely waterproof. The toy I received did not pass the submersion test, but, after speaking with someone from the company, I concluded that I likely hadn’t screwed the toy together tightly enough or that mine was one of the very few that wasn’t actually waterproof.

I’m really excited to see this new company grow and flourish. Their toys are thoughtfully made for pleasure, and are wonderful to look at, too. They’re quiet enough to use in close quarters, and come with a silky soft, sturdily made storage bag.

Type of Toy: waterproof vibrator
Company: Papaya Toys
Price: $80 (USD)
Length: 8.5 inches
Diameter: 1.4 inches
Power Source: 2 AA batteries

You can get your ownTattoo, or any of the other toys, from papayatoys.com or in person from the New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles location of The Pleasure Chest.

Thank you Pam from Papaya for sending this gorgeous toy for me to review.

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