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Product Review: Laya Spot by Fun Factory

August 27th, 2010

Ooo, what’s that?

Can you tell I’m on a Fun Factory kick? I’m determined to try all their toys eventually.  I’m considering purchasing a couple of their anal toys next month when I make my ginormous plug purchase.  And by “ginormous” I mean “lots of plugs”, not “seriously huge plugs”.  Perish the thought.  Ow.

Oh yeah… I’m supposed to be telling you what I’m reviewing.

That’s none other than Fun Factory’s Laya Spot in vanilla/baby rose.  A clitoral stimulator that runs on two AAA batteries, rechargeable or otherwise. 

What’d it come in?

Fun Factory’s stuff tends to come in tan and red cardboard boxes with magnetic flaps and cut-outs so you can see the toy.  The toy is always nestled in molded plastic for protection.  They always have instructions and a lube sample.  Toyfluid if the toy is silicone, and Bodyfluid if it’s safe to use with silicone lube.  Laya Spot is made of elastomed and came with Bodyfluid.  I think.  It’s been a while.

How’s it made?

Laya’s four and a quarter inches of curved, velvety elastomed, which makes it phthalate free, odor and flavorless, and nonporous.  Mine’s baby pink and vanilla, but it comes in a ton of other awesome colors.  It’s not flexible in the least.  Or squishy.

The battery cap is the vanilla end.  On the back, it’s got these nifty little arrows and the words “open” and “close” so you know which way to open it.  It turns about a third turn to the left, or counter clockwise to open, and rests comfortably in the palm of your hand while in use.  Inside, you’ll find unmistakable marks showing which side is positive and which is negative.

Rest your index finger along the spine of the toy, and you’ll find the “+” and “-” buttons used to turn the toy on and off.  Hold the “+” button for a moment, and the toy should rattle to life.  Hold the “-” button at any time, and the toy should decrease in settings until it turns itself off.

The vibrations are located in the pink end.  They’re rather strong, and diffuse rather nicely along the surface.  And they travel the full length of the toy.

What’s it for?

Laya’s best use is to stimulate the clitoris, labia and vulva.  Its size and shape make it perfect for resting between lovers, and great for travel.  You could probably even use it as a sort of travel neck or shoulder massager, thanks to its awesome shape.

How is it?

Rayne’s Rating:
Pros: Cons:
body safe
drains batteries left inside in less than 8 hours
rattly vibes
a little glitchy
Fun Factory’s redheaded stepchild

So it took me a minute to figure out how to use the Laya Spot. For whatever reason, I was convinced the battery cap side was the side used for vibration. I… am a dunce.  I think I was also drunk the first time I tried it, so that could explain some things.

It’s not crazy strong, but it’s not really weak either.  It’s probably at about the same strength as other Fun Factory toys.  But the vibes are sorta… rattly.  They eventually even out, so long as I don’t move it, but who does that? Oh… you do? You’re weird.  (I’m totally joking.  Unless you like being weird.  In which case, you’re completely and utterly bizarre.  Unless you don’t like being bizarre.  Or maybe you just don’t like being completely and utterly bizarre.  Or maybe it’s just the utterly, because it sounds too much like cow boobs.  In which case, forget I said anything.)

I just completely derailed myself, and, for a second, forgot what I was reviewing, even though it’s in my lap and the name’s right in front of me.

The Laya Spot!

I don’t like that it drains my batteries.  In use and not in use.  Leaving batteries in the Laya over night, when I went to bed at 2am, got up at 8am, and remembered I’d left the batteries in the toy around 11am (You keeping up? That’s eight hours.) completely drained two sets of brand spanking new batteries (because I forgot twice).  And while it does say in the instructions “DO NOT LEAVE BATTERIES IN TOY” (Okay, maybe not in all caps.  Or even bold.), you’d think that if they knew how quickly this toy drained batteries, and how glitchy it seems to be (I’ve read multiple reviews about glitchy Layas.  It can’t possibly be that reviewers are always receiving the glitchy ones.  The odds of that are pretty slim.) before they put it in production, they’d have done some research and tried to fix it.  So this toy confuses me a little bit.  It’s like Fun Factory’s redheaded stepchild, or something.

I mean, if it’s in the instructions, then chances are they already knew.  But if not, they at least know now.  So why not fix it instead of rewriting the instructions?

My “-” button is a little bit of a pain in the ass.  It’ll only turn the toy off if I hold the toy with the vibration part in my palm, and use my pointer finger to push the button.  Annoying, but not a huge deal.

When it’s not rattling, it has pretty deep, rumbly vibes like most of Fun Factory’s toys.  And it’s definitely a great shape.  I’m still sticking with Siri, though.  It rocks hardcore.

Anything else I should know?

Use water or silicone based lubes.

Wash with antibacterial soap and water, or a toy cleaner.

Do not submerge this toy.

Learn from my mistake(s).  Take the damn batteries out!

Where’d ya get it?

Babeland Toys sent me Laya Spot free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  Babeland is a bicoastal, women-friendly adult store.  Their mission is “to promote and celebrate sexual vitality by providing an honest, open and fun environment.  Encouraging personal empowerment, community education, and support for a more passionate world are key.”  Rachel Venning and Claire Cavanah, Babeland’s founders, wrote “Sex Toys 101″, teaching people the ins and outs of choosing and using sex toys, in 2003.

Head on over and check them out.  With their discreet shipping and classy shopping experience, I promise you won’t regret it.

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