Encore - sex toy by Happy Valley - review by Naughty Student

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Encore

Butt plug by Happy Valley

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If you are looking for a stimulating probe that delivers rippling sensations then this might just be your cup of tea. If you are looking for a butt plug with nice bulges, that actually stays in during activities in bed, and that could be good for preparation to anal sex, steer clear this is not so great for those purposes. This product is the ideal toy for beginners by offering graduated bumps, is stimulating enough for an intermediate, but may bore an experienced anal player.
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Pros:
Silicone, phthalates free, beautiful color, nice bulges.
Cons:
Doesn't stay put, base has sharp edges.
Rating by reviewer:
3
useful review

Use

This product is marketed as a butt plug. However, this toy lacks a large enough bulge before the flare in order to stay in the rectum; which butt plugs are supposed to be made for. It has a tendency to slip out whether one is standing or sitting down. It was originally ordered as a toy to upgrade from the Crystal Jellies anal delight which was previously used for preparation to anal sex.

It is better used as a probe rather than a plug. So far it hasn't been used as a probe to prepare for anal sex because, compared to the jelly probe, it doesn't stay in. It can make one insecure if sex tends to involve a lot of bouncing around on the bed (not literally though but if that's your thing then awesome).

Material / Texture

The Encore is made of silicone from the happy valley company. It is a well constructed toy. It retains no smells and is absolutely gorgeous to look at the deep purple sparkly swirls within the silicone. It has a matte finish and is sort of grabby on the skin if it is dragged along the arm. It's soft and doesn't taste like anything in particular.

Since it is made of silicone, it is important to remember that only water based lubes should be used with this. If you desire to use a silicone based lube, a patch test somewhere on the base should be done in order to see if it will degrade the material. If it doesn't have a reaction you're pretty safe to use your lube just make sure the toy is cleaned properly afterward.

It is a firm kind of silicone but not extremely firm, it has a bit of a squishiness to it. It isn't very floppy due to the firmness so insertion isn't too much of a problem.

Design / Shape / Size

The design of this product is great in terms of the shape and dimensions. The insertable length is 5 1/2 inches and the smallest bulge is a little below an inch and the largest bulge near the base is about 1 1/4 inches. The three bumps are so delicious, they create a rippling sensation when stretching the sphincter muscles. It created really wonderful sensations when used for thrusting.

It could be easily used for beginners and intermediate users looking for something that creates new sensations. I think it would be geared towards beginners more than intermediate, for the graduated bulge design can really help the beginner adapt to the feeling of being slightly stretched out. However, it would be practical for preparing for anal sex.

The base is well made in one sense but not well made in another sense. It would be perfect for long term because it is sort of oval shaped which allows it to stay between the cheeks rather comfortably. On the other hand the edges of the base are sort of sharp and cut into the skin if worn for a long time.

Performance

As a plug it is "meh" at best. I have tried using it as a plug but it wouldn't stay in. I put on some underwear to help it stay in and it helped a bit, but it wasn't what I was looking for. It works really well as a probe. If used for solely for thrusting it is great for that. The base is great to grip for thrusting and the rigidity of the toy makes it easy to slip it in and out of the anus when all is excessively lubricated.

For long term wear with under wear on it is not so good. Actually, I wore it for maybe 30 minutes with my underwear on as I tended to chores in my apartment and noticed something really weird after a while. The toy tends to tilt in my rectum to the right, and sort of painfully pushes on a nerve on the inside of the hip bone. I tried to move it around but it always went back to the same position.

I don't have a harness but I am pretty sure it is harness compatible and would make a good anal probe to be used in this way.

Care and Maintenance

Since it is made of silicone it can be boiled for 3-4 minutes, washed with a 10% bleach solution or washed in a dishwasher, top rack, no soap. Personally, I use toy cleaner and boil occasionally. Since the product is non porous it can be shared and used in different orifices (with sterilization between partners / FWB / orifices).

I store it in a plastic zip lock bag within my toy chest. I let the toy air dry before putting it in the bag to make sure no mold forms on the toy or in the bag. Also, this toy tends to collect dust and hairs while it air dries, so it is always a good idea to give it a good rinse the next time it is taken out to play.

Packaging

What I love about Happy Valley packaging is that it's really low profile packaging and it's recyclable. It's packed into a plastic bag with a cardboard piece that is stapled on the top with the company name and the name of the product.

Personal comments

I had really high hopes for this product, it really seemed to have the potential a butt plug like this would of had if it stayed put. The search continues...

Experience

I know things that go in through the back door can come out with fecal residue. I try to limit my partner from seeing that sort of matter so having a toy that can often fall out and make a shitty mess on the bed during sex is not really my thing, it doesn't turn me on. So I haven't used this toy with my partner.

I have used it mainly when I want a quick orgasm. I put lube on it and my anus and push it in and grab a vibe for my clit and start thrusting away. I find it too uncomfortable as a plug so I don't use it that often. I have used it in the shower along with a water proof vibe, and that was really great. Actually, I might use it in the shower with my partner next time. It may become a new favorite for shower time.

My partner has never used it on me or seen me use it on myself. In fact, I'm pretty sure if I show it to him he will think I just got a new toy although its been in my toy chest for a few months. If I use it in the shower I will let you know how the adventure went!
Follow-up commentary
This toy hadn't found its way to the bottom of my toy chest since I was so intrigued by it and so hopeful that it would work for me.

So, one day I decided to give it another whirl. Low and behold, it is being used tremendously! It has rekindled my love for anal play. I was in a dry spot for anal play and this toy worked its magic on me. It took a while for me to warm up to it but it really is quite a great toy.

Basically, I use it as a probe. It is marketed as a plug but really it is more a probe. I use it ONLY for solo play. It is awesome for warming up to use wider sized plugs and such a great thrusting toy because it is rigid enough for this function.

I have noticed though that it retains an ass smell that boiling doesn't get rid of. I have found that letting it air out for a while between uses helps with that issue. It doesn't bother me too much since I only use it for anal play.

So who ever is intersted in trying this toy as a probe, I highly recommend it!!!!
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Comments
  • Sammi
    I would have thought with the ripples it would stay in better.
    I haven't found anything to replace my njoys or bootie yet.

    Good review!
  • Naughty Student
    I thought the same thing when I ordered it. One day I will get an njoy plug its been an my wishlist forever!
  • Epiphora
    Yeah, the Tantus Ripple doesn't work as a plug either. Good review!
  • imp
    Hmmm thanks for that I would have thought it would stay in too but alas I shall keep looking for something better. The ripples do look like fun though. Thanks for the review Smile
  • Naughty Student
    Epiphora: I am so upsate that the ripple doesn't stay in bcs it totally would have been my next choice. What a sad day. lol.

    Vanilla: The ripples are fun indeed but continue searching gor your number one.
  • Naughty Student
    gor = for
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Excellent review and followup
  • Naughty Student
    Thanks Lauren
  • Butterkups
    Not been a fan of anal anything... your review makes me tempted to re thinkn it again. thanks
  • razmataz
    Thanks for the review!
  • EvaChangeN
    Great review, must agree tho. Seems the ripples should have helped...Hmmm
  • Nirelan
  • sXeVegan90
    Thanks for the review.
  • Trysexual
    Excellent review...agree with your assessment...def a probe,. not a plug
  • ejrbrndps
    thanks
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