Well, if you are a fan of the Fifty Shades of Grey series (or even just the movie) have I got a treat for you! The fine folks at Lovehoney have sent for my review “A Perfect O,” a classy little black silicone cock ring, yet another toy in the Fifty Shades of Grey Official Pleasure Collection.
Truthfully, I’m on the fence about this toy. On the one hand, YAY, another cock ring! Can a person really own too many quality cock rings? But then, on the other hand… BOO, Fifty Shades of Grey! Okay, okay, I am probably being too hard on series, after all, it did get erotica and the idea of bondage/bdsm into the bedrooms of many people who may have never realized the fetish existed, or maybe who were too shy, or nervous to give it a try before it became a more mainstream idea. So as much as I dislike the book, I still have to give it a slight nod of appreciation.
My feelings on Fifty Shades of Grey aside, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Official Pleasure Collection so far, granted this is only my second toy in the collection, but if everything else follows the same standard of quality, I imagine most the toys in the collection aren’t too bad and worth a shot.
The Perfect O cock ring arrived in a pretty simple box. Glossy, with a picture of the black cock ring and branded with the Fifty Shades of Grey logo pretty prominently. They don’t actually label it as a cock ring on the box… it’s cutely referred to as a “love ring…” Is this actually a thing, do other people call cock rings “love rings” or is this just a lame attempt to make couples feel more comfortable by omitting any reference to penises? ‘Cause, I refuse to take part in this… it is a cock ring. COCK RING. COOOOOOOCK. Cock. HUMPH. Or a C-Ring if you really can’t stomach the word cock. This rant is entirely irrelevant, where was I…
Right, so, what can be said about a small stretchy piece of silicone that I haven’t already said before? The Fifty Shades of Grey a Perfect O cock ring is pretty much would you would imagine, a ring made from a soft, matte, silicone. Pretty standard as far as cock rings go, only with the added teeny-tiny “Fifty Shades of Grey” stamped onto it. What I found most magical about this particular cock ring is the velvety smoothness of the silicone. My fingertips had little finger orgasms of there own when I pulled the ring from its box, I love a good silicone, that is totally my jam. It is one of my very favorite things to touch, and the Perfect O did not disappointed. The Fifty Shades of Grey a Perfect O cock ring definitely receives a 10 out of 10 on the finger orgasm scale.
But, touch isn’t everything and of course, I don’t have a penis of my own (regrettably) so I had to enlist my ever willing stunt cock to help me out with testing the cock ring. It was very easy to put on, it has a fair amount of stretch to it, making it easy to wear as either just a ring stretched around the base of the shaft, or you can go all out and stretch it down over the balls as well. We prefer the second method, adding the balls into the mix seems to produce a much firmer erection and stunt cock reports a better orgasm that way.
Once in place, my stunt cock said it was “pretty comfortable”, and it didn’t take long for the ring to work its magic. Once erect, his penis quickly turned a deep shade of purple, veins popping and steadily becoming firmer as blood flow was restricted. I always think a penis under the influence of a cock ring looks and feels more like an exaggerated penis – like a living dildo, shiny and hard and full of new textures. If you are the kind of person who gets turned on visually, you’ll probably enjoy this. Our first experience with a cock ring scared me, I thought there was no way that this could be healthy for a penis, I thought it was going to swell up and explode – like a balloon with too much air! Thankfully, that hasn’t happened and I’ve really come to enjoy sex with a cock ring. For me, the experience is amazing, feeling my partners penis in such a heightened way is exciting.
During use, it didn’t rub his (or my) skin wrong or feel too constricting, but stunt cock did report that because of its rounded ring shape, the Perfect O cock ring wanted to roll up. And this rolling caused pubic hair to catch and wrap around it, creating a tangled mess of awful. I think either more lube or trimming down the pubic hair would alleviate some of this problem. The rolling, because of the way the ring is designed, may just be the nature of the beast, not much you can do there. Because we had it stretched around his balls, the ring was in no danger of actually rolling up and off, but it does shift during thrusts. Pubic hair and cock rings really seem to always be at odds, so this isn’t a battle unique to this particular toy by any means and something to keep in mind when purchasing any cock ring. I totally recommend trimming down the pubic hair before use!
Because it is made of silicone, avoid using silicone based lubes, or risk doing nasty damage to your cock ring. Water based or hybrid lubes are your friend when it comes to silicone toys! (I’m particularly fond of Sliquid brand lubes!)
Clean up is as easy as washing it with soap and water, throwing it in the dishwasher, or into a pot of boiling water. I love silicone. So easy to clean and sterilize!
Now, the big question: do I recommend the Fifty Shades of Grey a Perfect O Love Ring? Sure, if your budget is tight, but you are still looking for a quality toy made from body safe materials, this ring will work out just fine. There is really nothing wrong with it, it works as a cock ring should work. But if you are willing to up your budget by a few more bucks, I would purchase once of the Tantus C-Rings. Both the stunt cock and myself prefer the Tantus rings, the flat shape allows it to remain in place better, meaning there is less rolling, shifting, and hair pulling. But a Perfect O is not a bad ring, you may even find you prefer the shape, as it would allow you to roll it down your shaft if stretching it out is harder for you. It is easier to stretch out than our Tantus ring, making it somewhat easier to put on. No matter which ring you prefer, a cock ring really is a must-have couples toy, it is portable – great for those sexy weekend vacations (or nights in), it is easy to store, and low maintenance! Cock rings are said to cause harder or longer lasting erections and intensify the orgasm of the wearer. I don’t know if we get longer erections, but they are definitely harder!
Ready to shop for a Fifty Shades of Grey a Perfect O Love Ring (cock!) of your very own? You can pick one up from Lovehoney for only $8.99!
The Fifty Shades of Grey a Perfect O Love Ring was provided to me by Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review.