Indigo Tries the Gaia Biodegradable Bullet from Blush Novelties!

7.5 out of 10

Pairs nicely with a Yuengling. It doesn’t get one overly-excited, but it helps one blend in while meeting expectations, without any fancy bells or whistles. 

This toy was sent to me by my good friends at Betty’s Toybox in exchange for this fair review. You can purchase it here in Green, Blue or Pink. If you prefer something bigger, the larger, straight vibrators are here.

There is a branch of a tree with a bend. The Gaia Bullet is sitting in that bend, precariously balanced. It is green, about three inches long and a half inch in diameter.

This toy is a bit of a deviation from my usual repertoire. I have reviewed a bullet vibrator before, but I haven’t since acquiring my Doxy wands. I tend to go for stronger vibrators these days, with a lot of surface area and a whole lot of power. It might make one wonder why I would actively choose to review a bullet vibe that takes an AAA battery instead of something powerful.

Well, there are two answers. First of all, I’m traveling. I don’t have consistent access to outlets. Therefore, charging isn’t something I can do for toys that I actively want to use on myself. The option to acquire power for a toy that I’m testing wasn’t solid enough to choose a rechargeable vibrator. So I went to the store and bought some batteries for this toy.

However, since I am traveling through some wilderness, I decided that the environment was going to be the theme of this review. What better way to match that, than to review the first biodegradable bullet vibe? It even comes in eco-green!

So what does that mean? Are most vibes not biodegradable?

Yes, actually. Most electronics are not considered biodegradable. There are special places that help folks dispose of electronic trash. Think about the bins in the front of Best Buy that you can dump cell phones in. Additionally, the cases of vibrators that are made out of oil-based plastic (which is most plastic) are not biodegradable in a natural environment. The gaia line is looking to change this trend, and they boast of being biodegradable, and easy to dispose of.

However, I find this advertising a little misleading. The case of this vibrator is biodegradable, being made out of a starch-based plastic. This means it will actually break down through natural processes. However, the electronic components still make it a rough thing to just toss in the recycle bin or trash. It’s better to take it to a processing plant because of it’s electronic components. It says this on the box, but not anywhere in the web-based information. So though it can be recycled, it’s still a better idea to take that extra step. Because of this, I find the advertisement a bit optimistic in it’s portrayal. It made me think that I could just pitch this in with my single-stream recycling, but it’s really not recommended. That said, I am grateful this vibrator exists. It is better to have made this step than to just keep creating plastic vibrators. My only question: Why aren’t more vibrators using this material since it’s so much better?

I understand that capitalism exists, but it feels to me like if we care about the environment enough to create a biodegradable, body-safe material for sex toys, we should endeavor to use it for most sex toys, if not all of them?Besides, this material seems inexpensive, since this vibrator itself is so inexpensive. The larger, straight vibes in the Gaia line are just as low-cost, which indicates that the material itself is inexpensive to make. If that’s true, then it should be pervading the market for multiple reasons, wouldn’t you think? I don’t blame Blush Novelties in the slightest for this, obviously. They are absolutely working for the greater good, in my view.

Anyway, so now we know why I chose this. And we know what it’s made out of. And we know how I feel about the marketing. How is the vibe itself?

It’s a very simple vibrator. It has two speeds; on and off. I also lovingly call them 100% and 0%. Personally, I love the simplicity that this brings. It makes it perfect for discretion and travelling. It turns off with one click and can be spirited away when someone walks into your room at the hostel room, or past your tent suddenly. This helps maintain discretion and consent when you need to get off while traveling. It doesn’t even have a light to indicate it’s on, which helps make it even more discrete. On top of the easy operation, it’s quiet. This is absolutely a key component to the rating that I gave this toy. In the years of living in my childhood home, quietly getting off, I am delighted to have a vibrator that is almost as quiet as me.

As for power, this vibe is not spectacular. It’s a little buzzy for my personal taste. However, I am also not necessarily disappointed in it. It simply met, but did not exceed expectations. Those expectations are, of course, built around knowing it’s a bullet vibe that runs off a AAA battery. I find that it takes me a little longer to get off with this vibe than with my Fun Factory vibes, for instance. However, with travel being such a stress, it feels so much easier to use this vibe than something louder with more rumble.

This vibe isn’t going to win awards from my clit, I’ll be honest. In a situation where I’m at home with a full selection of toys in front of me, I will choose a good number of other toys first. However, as a travel vibrator, and a purchase in general, this is a solid bullet vibrator. Seeing as it’s low-cost and environmentally friendly, I can recommend this vibrator for a lot of people.

The Gaia Bullet sits on the ground, half in some taller grass. It is cast in a great light with some nice shadows from the grasses falling into the shot. It is very outdoors feeling.

This toy was sent to me by my good friends at Betty’s Toybox in exchange for this fair review. You can purchase it here in Green, Blue or Pink. If you prefer something bigger, the larger, straight vibrators are here.

Indigo Tries the Lustre

6 out of 10
Would recommend as an introduction to bullet vibes, or discretion.
Pairs well with a small shot of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka. Smooth, but still cheap. Really a stepping point to something better.
You can buy this vibe many places, but it’s hard to find online. It retails typically for about $17. It works on 3 of those stupid watch batteries that everyone has a hard time getting a hold of.
This vibrator comes in White (with purple accents), eye-sore pink (because it’s for WOMEN), purple (because sometimes women want other colors, but only get purple), and red (for some reason). I opted for the white because I thought it was the prettiest.
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I bought this vibrator from my local sex shop after the staff recommended it as a beginner bullet. They argued that it was versatile, fairly strong and completely water-proof. They also informed me that it was ABS plastic, which is an easy-to-clean, non-porous material that typically doesn’t cause allergic reactions. I bought it for $15 at the time. I was looking to replace my Pipedream bullet that had died after a month of use. The selling point for me was truly the water-proof aspect. I truly adore water and sex as a combination. Don’t ask me why.
I got home and immediately pulled it out of the tiny cardboard box. Inside was the vibrator and a small pamphlet of warnings, both just floating around. The shop had tested the vibrations, and so I had them leave the batteries in. It was ready to go before I was, and I was quite excited.
I turned it on and had one thought: “Rumbly.”
This vibrator is very rumbly compared to the Pipedream Neon line, which had been my previous bullet vibrator. The movement of the toy felt different. Closer to a rounding motion, instead of back and forth. It was a good contrast for me to experience in the way of sex toys. However, the Lustre lacks the intensity that the Luv Touch line offers. Perhaps it’s the watch batteries. Or perhaps it’s just a different motor. Whatever the difference is, it takes me a lot longer to get off with the Lustre.
There are 7 “functions” to the vibrator that you cycle through with one button. This aggravates many reviewers, but I don’t find it to be a problem. Though I masturbate for reviews and therefore have less time to mosy through a session, I realize that many masturbatory folks won’t have too much of a problem cycling through 7 functions. If there were 15, it might be a bit more cumbersome.
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The first three are steady vibrations at increasing intensities. The other four are pulses with various pauses. Small small BIG. Small Medium BIG. Small BIG LONG. And something else. Personally, the patterns on any toy are useless for me. I find that putting a toy on steady intensity and teasing myself with it is perfect. I can lift, push, adjust as I need to and not be surprised by the pattern changing. This is not true of everyone, and they may be really great for you.
There are other drawbacks to this toy. It measures about 2.5″ long, and at it’s widest, about .75″. It’s so small that I have a really hard time holding it. It gets lost in my labia frequently, and I usually have to fish it out as it tries to escape into my vagina. There is an amusing image of it trying to swim, but it doesn’t do a whole lot of good when I’m trying to get off.
I also dislike using this toy because I will inevitably get some kind of juice on my hands. If I’m using lube, I will lose my hold (and it swims towards the vagina). If I’m not, I’ll probably end up being covered in my own natural lubricant anyway. Without a good place to hold it, I get frustrated with this toy, and I’m growing to prefer my Dolly Bi on a more regular basis.
This is a really good vibrator if you’re looking for something portable, discreet and not too complicated. The size is a drawback for me, but I do enjoy the pin-point sensation of this vibe, as well as the quality of the vibrations. I’ll be using other toys primarily, but I enjoy this one as a beginner bullet and a step into the world of sex toys.