Iroha Stick by Tenga – Sex Toy Review
Iroha, the same people who made the super adorable Kushi and the cute (but somewhat less awesome) Mini are at it again. This time they have introduced a sweet little lipstick vibrator. While not as out right adorable as some of their other toys, there is a sort of feminine appeal to the new Iroha Stick. If we are going by looks alone, I am a fan of the Iroha Stick. Sadly, though… I can not orgasm on looks alone…
The Iroha Stick looks like a somewhat oversized tube of peach colored lipstick. So much so that when I accidentally left it in my purse and my mom found it while digging for my car keys she commented that she liked my new shade of lipstick and that it is a good color for me. You know what is not a good color for me? Red. Flushed-with-embarrassment-red. I have got to stop putting sex toys in my purse! You would think I would have learned after the butt plug at the grocery store incident! But yeah, anyway, obviously the lipstick-esque Iroha Stick is somewhat discreet and non-sex toy looking at first glance.
I think aesthetically Tenga has done an amazing job with their Iroha line of vibrators, they are all so modern and simple looking. The colors are amazing (look at the sweet color combo on the Iroha Mini), the silicone is baby-butt soft, and the designs are very interesting and visually appealing (seriously, just look at the Iroha Kushi, it looks like a little abstract Hedgehog). What I am trying to say is that when it comes to designing vibrators, Tenga knows their shit.
I really wish Tenga was able to get some more rumble behind their vibrations, that is my one disappointment when it comes to any of the Iroha vibes… the vibration quality trends towards strong, but it is buzz and no rumble. The new Iroha Stick is definitely a lot of buzz (but not the clit-numbing sort). I’m not saying this makes the Iroha Stick a bad toy, it just isn’t something someone as power hungry as myself is going to find 100% satisfying. If you don’t need a lot of power and deep rumble in your vibes, the Tenga Iroha line is probably going to work well for you. And honestly, for being run on a single AAA battery, the Iroha Stick isn’t doing a terrible job.
That single AAA battery should net you about 5ish hours of total playtime with your Iroha Stick. I’m going to guess my Stick has about 2+ hours on it already and it is still going strong. I wish it was rechargeable, I’m lazy and hate hunting for batteries and I’m not one of those people who are well prepared with a stash of batteries in every conceivable size, but at least AAA batteries are easy to come by (hello TV remote). Being battery operated does have it’s advantages though, for one it helps keep the cost of the toy down. Another tick in the pro column of battery operated toys is the ability to pop the battery out and not worry about your toy accidentally turning on during travel or storage (some rechargeable toys have a travel lock function, but not all of them… I had a butt plug vibrating away in my backpack for an entire afternoon without realizing it once). When it comes time to change the Iroha Stick’s battery all it takes is a quick twist and the base separates just above the dial, allowing the old battery to be dumped out and replaced by a fancy-schmancy new battery. So easy a caveman could do it! (Does anyone else remember those Geico commercials? Does anyone else remember the failed sitcom that spun out of those commercials? Is it just me? Am I just that old? I won’t lie, I loved all thirteen glorious episodes of that show. In fact, I loved that show more than I currently love the Iroha Stick.)
The Iroha Stick is a pretty simple toy to operate. To turn the Stick on you just twist the base of the toy, which acts like a dial allowing you to adjust your speeds up or down. While fairly in theory this is a fairly simple to use toy, I’m not a huge fan of the whole operated by a dial feature. Having to twist a dial means I either need both of my hands free or I have to awkwardly fumble around with the hand that is holding the toy, trying to move the dial with a finger or two. I am definitely a fan of easy to push buttons over dials in most cases.
In use I wasn’t really dazzled by the Stick. It was agonizingly slow at bringing me to an orgasm (but it did get me there, so points for that) and the pointy cleft kept pinching and stabbing at my clit in a really obnoxious way whenever I put any pressure down on the toy. I was sort of hoping that the little cleft would work out sort of like rabbit vibrator, hugging my clit and carrying me off to ecstasy, sadly this was not the case. But, beyond the pointy cleft, the overall shape of the tip is nice, the somewhat concave top cupped and covered my clit nicely, directing the vibrations right onto my clit, providing pretty pin-point stimulation. I just wish the Iroha Stick had more power and less buzz. On a scale of how power hungry is my clit, it is straight up a Joffrey Baratheon. I adore power, I can even overlook some buzzy toys if they buzz hard and fast enough, but the Stick is a bit too tame for me. But, like I said earlier, the Iroha Stick has the potential to satisfy those with milder tastes just fine.
I do want to point out though, that just because the Iroha Stick is not the perfect toy for me, it is not a bad little vibrator. I would be more than happy to recommend the Iroha Stick to someone who is looking for a quality, body safe toy on a budget. From what I can find, the price point of the Stick is under $25, making it a great champagne tastes on a beer budget vibrator, leaps and bounds better than a lot of other toys you’ll find at that price. The Iroha Stick makes a great little travel companion, discreet, easy to store and transport, and by removing the batteries you don’t have to worry about your vibrator buzzing in your carry on luggage… causing an entire TSA meltdown.
As of posting this review, none of my trusted, go-to sex toy shops are carrying the Iroha Stick yet. This is still a relatively new toy so I imagine we should start seeing it pop up in stores pretty soon. Once I find it being stocked in stores I’m comfortable sending you all to, I’ll update that info here!
The Iroha Stick was provided to me free of charge by Tenga in exchange for my honest review.