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The fleece lined blindfold is sturdy, understated, blocks out light very well, and has potential as a good blindfold. It's a fixer-upper though. The dye bleeds onto faces, the elastic backing is too tight, and the fleece side feel abrasive, so it clearly needs some home surgery. I don't think it's worth $40, but now that I have it, I'm confident that I can modify it to suit my purposes.
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Pros:
Sturdy, blocks all light, clean lines.
Cons:
Dye bleeds, too tights, fleece feels abrasive.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

This blindfold is multi-purpose, but is marketed as a BDSM accessory. BDSM players would use it in a variety of scenarios that having a blindfolded partner would arouse the senses. Some of these scenarios might be bondage, sensation or impact play. My experiences with this blindfold have been in a BDSM setting, though with some modifications, I could see myself using it as a simple sleep mask as well.

There is no learning curve with this blindfold. Beginners and advanced BDSM players alike will likely enjoy it. A person who would enjoy this blindfold would trust their partner and feel safe in his or her presence.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bdsm
    • Couples
    • Sensory play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed
    • Play party
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

When I initially opened the package and got a sense for this blindfold I wasn't wowed by it. The description says it is leather, yet it didn't have that leather "feel" and smell. However, I really like the minimal style, and this blindfold has an understated, classy, feel.

When I tried it on, I found the fleece side, which one would assume would be very soft, is a bit abrasive. The fit, after less than five minutes, was too tight for me. It began giving me a headache, and my head is not on the large side.

I think with some home surgery, the blindfold will be much more comfortable. I'll need to find a way to replace the too-tight elastic. I'd also add a second elastic, so it has one that sits above the ear line and one that sits below. Once it doesn't fit as tightly, I assume the abrasive feel of the fleece will subside.

There is one issue I wasn't prepared for. While amusing, it was less so when dealing with the after effects. The black dye in the leather (around the edge of the mask) bleeds onto ones face after wear. I brought this blindfold to a BDSM-themed party and tried it out with two partners. After each of them removed the blindfold, they were left with raccoon-style black dye around their eyes and the marks were quite resistant to removal.
    • Leather
    • Minimal
    • Well made / sturdy

Performance

As I mentioned above, this blindfold got a test run at a BDSM-themed party, and I took the opportunity to ask people what their thoughts were after they had worn it for a while (about 20 minutes). The feedback I received was that it does indeed block out 100% of the light. For one person, it became uncomfortably too tight in about ten minutes. For another, it was too tight after fifteen minutes. Both said the fit of the elastic in back seemed off, that it didn't sit in the right spot. I agree. In it's most "natural" position, the elastic sits directly on my ears and makes them stick out. It feels uncomfortable to me.

However, with the issues mentioned, I do think it's worth some surgery, and I'll likely be able to morph it into a decent, comfortable blindfold. Hopefully I can discover why the dye bleeds, and/or cause it to stop making raccoon eyes on my partners.
    • Abrasive
    • Dye bleeds
    • Sturdy

Care and Maintenance

I care for this blindfold the way I would clean leather shoes. I use a damp cloth and saddle soap. As needed, I might use mink oil to condition the leather, depending on how many more issues of the dye bleeding arise. I store the blindfold in my duffel bag that acts as a toy bag. Immediately after use, however, I let it air out for a while, and clean it, of course, before packing it away.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The blindfold arrives in a cardboard box that was larger than it needed to be. There were no instructions inside the plastic bag holding the blindfold, but there didn't need to be any.
    • Discreet looking packaging
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Comments
  • Purpleladybug
    Purpleladybug  
    Thanks for the review!!
  • thedude
    thedude  
    nice, thanks!
  • toxie m
    toxie m  
    Great review, thanks for all the info! Never thought of a blindfold as the kind of thing that could be a fixer-upper
  • Enchantedkitty
    Enchantedkitty  
    nice job!
  • KinkyShay
    KinkyShay  
    Thanks.
    @txymxy - What ISN'T a fixer-upper? ;-)
  • Petite Valentine
    Petite Valentine  
    Bleeding dye? I'll give it a pass.
  • big b
    big b  
    nice
  • cobiffle
    cobiffle  
    very nice review
  • angel142stx
    angel142stx  
    Thanks for the review
  • unfulfilled
    unfulfilled  
    I wouldn't want anything bleeding dye on my face. YUK! Thanks for the advance warning.
  • Missmarc
    Missmarc  
    Thank you for the review, sounds like a terrible product.
  • KinkyShay
    KinkyShay  
    It certainly provided some amusement at least, but I don't recommend them, unless you like the look of your partner doing unintentional furry (raccoon) play.
  • KrissyNovacaine
    KrissyNovacaine  
    Great review!
  • LoneOokami
    LoneOokami  
    Thanks for the review
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