Intimate with Ivy

Posted on | December 9, 2008 | 9 Comments |

The Ivy Intimate Massager is a cute wee toy designed for external stimulation – and I like external stimulation, so I thought I’d give it a try! In my bed it’s hard to beat clitoral stimulation, and I like to experiment with different ways to tease and torment my clit. Those nubs looked like they could be fun.

As you can see in the image, the Ivy comes in a nice range of colour combinations, and I chose the purple/turquoise. Nicely enough, the packaging also matched the toy, so rather than having pink writing as you can see in the image, it was purple as well. That’s pretty cool. The packaging was plastic, but held the toy in place so it looked nice in its box when it arrived. Not that I needed the box after that – the Ivy fits in the palm of your hand, so it easily fitted in my bedside drawer!

The body of the toy is made out of plastic, but feels pretty pleasant, has no horrid smell, and is firm without being uncomfortable to hold. The nubs – which are silicone – aren’t as firm as I hoped, but they’re not soft either. If you have a sensitive clitoris, they’d probably be about right. I had a tendency to mash them onto my clit, and that just didn’t work out right!

There are three vibration settings – slow, medium, high (although not as high as I wanted) – and four pulsing settings. I should tell you straight-off that pulsing vibes just piss me off, and I always stick to the steady vibrations instead. While many vibes you can go up or down the settings, but for the Ivy I had to cycle through them all to get to the one you want. This also meant I had to cycle through them all to turn it off, which was remarkably irritating!

Two things that concerned me about the Ivy: while this is billed as ‘powerful and quiet’, the quiet really wasn’t – and on the final pulse setting it made a strange high-pitched noise. Additionally, the label (see photo below) that proclaims WARNING: This device should not be used over swollen or inflamed areas or skin eruptions. Do not use on unexplained calf pain consult physician weirds me the hell out. I mean, my clit is supposed to get swollen. But where did they get calf pain from? Am I going to cramp up using this? Well, I got belly cramps laughing about it with Adonis and Aphrodite, but really!

I found that I could use the Ivy to arouse me – but it couldn’t bring me to orgasm. Or, I could use it after I’d orgasmed, and it’d keep me bubbling over. But it definitely worked best in conjunction with another toy. Adonis figured out that it was ideal for tormenting me with – so if you are looking for a toy that will arouse but not tip over the edge? This one’s for you. Otherwise, it’s not particularly exciting – just another clitoral stimulator.

Thanks to Domina Doll for setting me up with lots of lovely sex toys from – they’re a pleasure to be reviewing for!

Verdict: A decent external stimulator, but not the best available. If you have a sensitive clit, this may work well for you.

Here are the specs:
Name: The Ivy Intimate Touch Massager, by California Exotic Novelties.
Size: approx 7 cm long
Batteries: Takes 2 x AAA
Materials: Plastic and silicone
Made in: China
Price: $18.72 USD from
Worthy of note: Four different colour options
Places it feels good: On the clit. Also on nipples and any other erogenous zone you care to try out!

6/10 Erogenous Zones

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9 Responses to “Intimate with Ivy”

  1. signe
    December 9th, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    The warnings are just CYA on their part. The “unexplained calf pain” warning is so that you don’t end up using it on a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis); a blood clot. If you massage a DVT loose, it can lodge in your brain and kill you.

    They’re probably required for all “massagers” in whatever state or country Ivy resides in.

  2. Shay
    December 9th, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

    haha I only liked one of the pulse settings, the one that starts low and gets stronger and stronger – but it’s a bummer when it goes back to the start again.

  3. Britni
    December 9th, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

    I’m with you on pulsating vibes. I only use the steady settings, and usually just the highest one at that. I am too much of a vibration whore. I need more, more, more, harder, harder, harder. Hell, I have days that my Hitachi takes too long to get me off!

  4. marianne
    December 9th, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    Well, at least it’s pretty. Gotta love a pretty vibe.

  5. Curvaceous Dee
    December 10th, 2008 @ 5:01 am

    signe, that makes sense. Although you can have a DVT just as easily in your thigh as your calf, surely? CYA in action :)

    Shay, if I had to go with a pulse it would be the quick buzz-buzz-buzz-buzz. At least the strength remains the same!

    Britni, you and I will just have to be vibration whores together (we sell our cunts for vibes?).

    Marianne, it certainly is pretty. Which is something!

    xx Dee

  6. Essin' Em
    December 10th, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    I tried one of these a while ago…and I was kind of “meh” over it. But, it certainly is cute!

  7. Curvaceous Dee
    December 11th, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

    Essin’Em, ‘meh’ sums it up pretty well for me too. Not sure that this one will get much more use from me.

    xx Dee

  8. Garnet Joyce
    December 14th, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

    Those warnings are on almost all vibes in the US. I’ve learned to ignore them

  9. Curvaceous Dee
    December 17th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    Garnet, thanks for letting me know that! Ignoring seems to be the way to go. I guess it’s like the warnings on keyboards about RSI?

    xx Dee


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