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Open and Alert

I really like the Scandal line from Cal Exotics. The twenty items in this collection are all stylish in red and black, and mix and match wonderfully. This month, as part of Cal Exotics’ Sexpert program, I received the Scandal Open Mouth Gag With Clamps for free to review.

collarboxThe Scandal Open Mouth Gag with Clamps comes in a large cardboard box, with a picture of the product on the front and back, each picture showing a different way it can be used. The back of the box also contains product information in several languages. Inside the box are the gag, clamps on chains (the chains protected by wrapping), and an extra ring for the gag.

collarinpackagingThe gag is about ¾” wide. The top half is red with black lacy overlay, while the bottom is velour-like and soft on the skin (the material is polyester). The stitching is secure all around. There are two strap pieces to the gag: the adjustable side, with 8 holes, is about 13 ½” long, and the buckle side (including the buckle) is about 13”.  With 8 The hardware on the straps is nickel-free iron, and the buckles are a nickel-free alloy.

collarclamplinksThe two straps snap around the removable gag ring. This set comes with 2 rings, one nickel-free iron, and the other rubber, both 1 ½” in diameter. The rubber ring is best if you want to be able to close your mouth or aren’t used to the hardness or size of the metal ring. A smaller ring can also be used in place of the rings provided.

With the included rings, the gag can be adjusted from about 19 ½” up to about 23 ½”, so you should be able to get a comfortable fit. Additionally, if you want to remove the gag, it can be dropped down onto the neck as a loose collar.

collarbuckleTwo small D-rings are attached to the gag about 1 ½” away from the ring. These rings are meant to attach the included chained clamps. The chains for the clamps are about 23” long, and are easy to attach and remove from the gag. The attached clamps are about 2 ¼” long, and are made of nickel-free iron. The tips are padded with phthalate free PVC, and the clamps open to about ¾”, so they will work on larger nipples.  Each clamp also has an adjustable screw to change the degree of tightness when the clamp is used.

collarclampThis set is easy to clean. The chains and clamp can be wiped or rinsed off and dried. The gag itself can be cleaned with a damp cloth if necessary, and it can also be washed in a lingerie bag on the gentle cycle in the washer and line dried. The pieces can be stored in the box, but can also easily be stored in a bag or flat in a drawer.

So, Did It Work?
This is a fun set! As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of the Scandal line, I love the color combination – red and black, for me, is classy and erotic – as it goes with so much of the lingerie I have.  The gag is adjustable, and once we figured out the best angle, it was easy to secure in place.

collaroutofboxI love that this comes with two rings, and that other sizes of rings can be used. While I often think I have a big mouth, the metal 1 ½” ring is just a bit large for me to wear comfortably for long periods of time. Shorter periods I can do, but it’s great to have the option to use a smaller one. The rubber ring I also liked, as it let me close my mouth when I needed to, when the play wasn’t as rough.  This was easy to use as a loose-fitting collar as well, and no problem to get it back into position as a gag.

I’ve never had a gag that had attachments for anything, but being able to have the nipple clamps attached (or not, as the mood strikes) is something else I like about this set. The chains aren’t too heavy to make wearing it uncomfortable, and I particularly like that the clamps can be spread wide to accommodate my nipples – I often have trouble with clams on sets because they are too shallow or don’t open wide enough for me to use.  These were comfortable to wear for long periods of time, stimulating, and, since they’re detachable, I can use them with other collars.

Thank you to Cal Exotics for sending me the Scandal Open Mouth Gag With Clamps to review! This is a great addition to the Scandal line, which includes a Hogtie Set, Collar With Leash, Bed Restraints, and many more pieces, and it’s one I’d recommend if you like open-mouth gags and also enjoy using nipple clamps. You can check out this Gag/Clamp combo and other Scandal items at SheVibe by clicking the widget below.

This product was provided to me for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

TMI Tuesday: Delve Into The Dungeon

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Where Will It Lead You?

The New Year is almost here, and what better way to make it festive than with some lovely, yet functional bondage gear? The Scandal line has a variety of matching items so you can pick what interests you most. As part of the Cal Exotics’ Sexpert program, this month I received for free the Scandal Collar With Leash, in exchange for this unbiased review.

collarandleashboxThe Scandal Collar With Leash comes in a large cardboard box. The front shows a woman wearing the collar, while the back depicts a man wearing the item.  Like the other items in the Scandal line, the red and black pattern of the collar and leash handle is shown on the front and inside of the box.  In the box are the collar and leash, enclosed in a plastic bag.

The collar is black faux leather, or leatherette, on the inside, and is covered with a red and black lace, polyester material on the top. The front and back are stitched together well. The collar is 17 ½” long, and is 1 ½” wide, which I find to be a nice width. On the front is a large, black O-ring that’s secured to the front to a black metal post.  Unlike the cuffs in some of the other Scandal sets, the collar is a buckling collar, and the buckling strap has 6 holes for adjustability – the collar can be adjusted down to about 13” and up to 19”.  The buckling pieces are attached by rivets that go all the way through the collar to the underside. They’re fairly flush with the material and aren’t uncomfortable on the neck. The collar is fairly flexible, and can be worked some by bending it back and forth, to make it more comfortable when worn.

collarandleashThe leash is about 32” long overall. The handle is 8” long, and has black leatherette on the inside and the red and black lace material on the outside. This handle is attached to a black D-ring and secured with rivets. The black chain on the leash is 22” long and the links are ¾” wide. It’s sturdy, and heavy, chain. On the other end of the leash is an easy-to-open clasp that can be attached to the collar

All of the metal is either nickel-free iron (the chain, D-ring, and rivets) or a nickel-free alloy (the clasp and buckle).

The collar and leash are easy to care for. If necessary, the collar and leash handle can be spot cleaned with a damp washcloth and dried. The chain can be wiped off and dried as well. The collar and leash can be stored in a very small space inside a drawer or bag – I’d recommend recycling the box, as it’s very large.

collaronSo, Did It Work? I love the color combination in this line, and I like this collar and leash set. I had expected the collar to be a Velcro closure, since the cuffs in the pieces I have are, but I’m happy that it has a buckle closure.  There’s just something about having a collar buckled on that’s a turn-on in and of itself. It’s also comfortable to wear during our play sessions. I also like that it has a large O-ring in front – it’s easy to attach the leash to, and it’s also big enough for my partner to hook his finger through if he wants to pull me that way.

The leash that this comes with is also nice. Unlike many leashes that I have, this one is heavy, and there’s no doubt when it’s attached to the collar. It’s sturdy and won’t break, and the links don’t seem like they’ll tangle. Having the handle covered in matching fabric is also a plus – it really gives the set a complete look, and it looks hot with the matching cuffs and some black or red lingerie.

Thank you to Cal Exotics for sending me the Scandal Collar With Leash set for free to review as part of the Sexpert program! If you’re interested in the Collar and Leash, or other products in the Scandal line (which include an under the bed restraint set, eye mask, paddle, ball gag, harnesses, hog tie, and a spreader bar), you can pick some up at SheVibe by clicking the widget below.

This product was provided to me for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

Kink Of The Week: Collars

Spiked collar.

Spiked collar.

Ah, collars. I bought my first collar a while after we’d been experimenting with our more kinky side. We’d tried a few restraints, floggers, and paddles, even a tailed plug before the idea of a “real” collar came up. The one I bought was actually more like a choker: plain black leather, with a snap closure, simple and unadorned. I’ve had many since, most made of leather, and some glorious colors (particular favorites are a red set and a purple set that go well with matching cuffs and leash) mixed among the black. I even have some that label me as “bitch” or “slut.”

There’s something about wearing a collar that can really change my mindset.  The smell of the leather arouses me. The weight of the collar on my neck, with its slightly constrictive grip, causes me to hold my head higher. The look in my partner’s eyes when he sees me in one gives me a chill. And when a leash is attached, or his finger pulls me closer and controls my head by the D-ring, I know it’s time to behave accordingly.

I’ve only worn an actual collar in public once. I wore a spiked one to a concert, and it didn’t really garner any looks, as I mostly looked like a total Kiss groupie.  I wear a symbolic collar almost every day, though. My partner enjoys buying me jewelry, particularly necklaces with pendants on them, and while it’s not a true collar, when he puts it on me it says I’m taken, I’m owned, and I’m loved.

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Bound Eye Candy

For the past month or so, the erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James has been a hot topic, bringing bondage talk to the mainstream.  This July, Cal Exotics has been exploring 50 Shades of Cal Exotics, with fun and sexy products to spice up bedroom play. As a Cal Exotics sexpert, this month I got to review the lovely Tantric Binding Collar and Cuffs, from their Tantric line.

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