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~*Sight-Stealing Delicate Dragons*~

This is a gorgeous, handmade blindfold that can be used for public shut-eye or private play. The high-end quality justifies the price.
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Pros:
+ Almost 100% darkness
+ Pretty silk exterior, soft fleece interior
+ Does not restrict breathing
Cons:
- Slight pressure on eyes
- Fit cannot be customized
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
Leatherbeaten is a small Canadian company with a huge reputation for quality and I've been eyeing their Dragon Silk collection for a long time. With the relatively new addition of Black/Purple to the color choices I finally took the plunge.

Silk Whisper in Black/Purple

Presentation doesn't appear to be of great concern, as the packaging consists of a simple, clear plastic bag. If you're looking to gift this, you're going to need to buy something to wrap it in.

The mask is made from silk, lined with soft black fleece, and measures about 8" from end-to-end and has a height of about 3" (except at the nose bridge). A ½" elastic strap is sewn into both sides of the mask. I'm not taking my mask apart to confirm, but I believe the elastic is attached to a non-stretch fabric between the silk and fleece. The finishing on the stitches and steams is first-rate.
Silk Whisper detail (back)
The dragon design silk is beautiful, and looks great in any of the color combinations offered on EF: Black/Red, Black/Purple or Purple/Silver. It is the same size as your average drugstore sleep mask, but the quality is noticeably superior, and the Silk Whisper (or Silken Whisper as Leatherbeaten calls it) is much better at blocking light. The black fleece lining is soft as can be, and the mask puts you in complete darkness; however, it does exert a very slight pressure on the eyes.
Silk Whisper detail (front)
Is the Silk Whisper a "dry clean only" item? Thankfully no, though hot water, machine washing or tumble drying are to be avoided at all costs. If a drop of lubricant or some other stray liquid ends up on your blindfold, you can clean it by blotting with cold water. If the stain is more serious, you can gently hand-wash it in lukewarm water, using a small amount of detergent formulated for delicates.

Please keep in mind that silk loses strength when wet, and if stretched, it will remain that way. Do not wring the blindfold! To remove excess moisture place it between two towels and press. Also, do not place the Silk Whisper in the sun to dry as that can fade or weaken the silk. Last but not least, keep the mask in a place where insects will not be able to get to it — silk is a protein they love to snack on.

The blindfold is light and small enough to fit in a pocket or purse which makes it an excellent choice for planes, trains and automobiles (assuming you're not driving of course). The only thing the dragon design is likely to draw is a compliment, though telling a fellow passenger it's made by Leatherbeaten may raise the eyebrows.
Experience
Don't let the packaging fool you, this is a superior product. I was slightly dismayed to receive a blindfold in a ziplock (again) but since I end up throwing most packaging away — yes, even the nice stuff — I'm not going to bitch if Leatherbeaten wants to avoid useless froufrou that they will then need to charge me for.

Silk Whisper in package

My blindfold collection is miniscule: I have a crappy drugstore cheetah-print polyester number, and Spartacus' Extreme Blackout Blindfold which I reviewed almost a year ago. Two masks at opposite ends of the spectrum in every way: quality, durability, price, etc. I thought it was high time I added to my collection and purposely went looking for something in between: effective for sensory play, but polite enough for public travel. The Silk Whisper looked like the perfect choice.

I didn't have high hopes for its light blocking abilities since it looked less severe than the Extreme Blackout Blindfold, however the minute I put it on I could tell it was serious business. Unlike the Spartacus blindfold, the Silk Whisper didn't compress my nasal passages, however it molded to my face perfectly, blocking off 99% of the light. There was a sliver of light around my nose, but believe me, I could see nothing. I was ecstatic.

Silk Whisper vs Extreme Blackout

The one downside to the mask is that elastic has a limited lifespan. I can't (won't!) share this with my husband since our heads are different sizes, and I don't want to over-stretch the elastic. It will happen eventually, that's the nature of the material, but let's see how long it lasts with a little TLC… When the time comes I'll either whip out my sewing kit or just buy a new one.

One last thing I'll mention is that there was an issue with the first mask shipped to me, but Bill Ditchburn, Owner & President of Leatherbeaten, was positively wonderful and resolved it. His customer service is as phenomenal as his product.

The Silk Whisper Blindfold is more public-friendly than many of the blindfolds offered here on Eden Fantasys, and beautifully made — it's an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a blindfold.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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My Silk whisper tags
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
    • Can be worn during intercourse
    • Sensory play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Face
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  • apryls
    apryls  
    this is so pretty thanks for the review
  • Tbanda
    Tbanda  
    Good review!
  • dsumrow1
    dsumrow1  
    nice
  • invisiblehat
    invisiblehat  
    I think the confirmation that it's public-friendly sold it for me - thanks!
  • Amber Sweet
    Amber Sweet  
    thanks for the great review!
  • Aishiteru
    Aishiteru  
    Nice review.
  • SaraW0512
    SaraW0512  
    Thanks for the great review!
  • amenti
    amenti  
    Thank you for the review!
  • sugar&spikes
    sugar&spikes  
    thanks for the review!
  • Lovely Jubblies
    Lovely Jubblies  
    Great review and pics, thanks
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  • Mr. E
    Mr. E  
    Very nice. I appreciate the close-up pics. They do a good job of showing the detail on this. Thanks!
  • PassionCpl
    PassionCpl  
    Great review and fantastic pics, thanks
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