By Ellen Barnard
Silky smooth. Gently molded. Sexy curves. Fits in my hand perfectly. Flicks on with a well-placed switch. Gentle, with a light buzz that becomes a moderate purr in the deluxe incarnation.
So what is this lovely? Why its a Natural Contours vibrator, one in a series recently developed by Candida Royalle. They come in three sizes: 4-inch Petite, 5-inch Superbe and 8-inch Magnifique. The quality of the construction is clearly above average, and the price range (about $25-$45 retail) reflects this. They are attractively packaged, and batteries are included.
These vibrators will appeal to men and women who have never used a vibrator, as well as to those put off by the look of battery-operated vibes. The Petite and Superbe are great for women who need just a little extra, consistent clitoral stimulation, and for men who enjoy mild vibration on their penis and perineum. The comfy hand-fit makes them easy to use for either partner or solo play. Folks with carpal tunnel syndrome will find these more comfortable to use than many other styles.
The quality of the vibration is primarily a buzz, except for the top end of the Magnifique, which delivers a stronger, wider throb. The vibrators are perfectly designed for stimulation of the vulva and clitoris, something many women will appreciate.
Our female customers are particularly drawn to the Magnifique. If you enjoy penetration by two or three fingers when youre aroused, youll love vaginal penetration by the vibrating end of the Magnifique. Once you own her, you are not likely to ever own another of the ubiquitous, rocket-shaped slimline vibrators. The Magnifique also appeals to anyone who likes maximum intensity. Its certainly not as strong as a plug-in-the-wall vibe, but for those who like the intensity of vibes like the Pocket Rocket, its a lovely choice.
The Magnifique is my favorite of this trio. At the shop, we find ourselves recommending her to anyone buying a vibrator for the first time, for themselves or a friend, when price is not a big factor. The shape and construction is good, and the overall sensations are quite pleasing. I wish the price was lower so first-time buyers would feel more comfortable taking the Magnifique home to play. In fact, my biggest concern with the whole line is the price.
Were happy to see Natural Contours introduction, as it shows some creativity in the vibrator market. As men and women continue to find new ways to play with vibrators, Candida Royalles imaginative innovations add a welcome dimension. Id love to see more vibes as lovely as the sensual Magnifique, with stronger vibrations. I hope Candida will continue experimenting with these great shapes and make more vibes that challenge the stereotypical phallic vibrators.
If you enjoy exploring and playing with a toy that feels great in your hand and on your clit (or penis, etc.), consider adding one of the Natural Contours to your repertoire. Theyre lovely playmates and worth inviting into your home.
Ellen Barnard is one of the owners of A Woman's Touch sexuality shop in Madison, WI.