Dr. Laura Berman Hera - g-spot vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by Upskirt

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Hera, why could you not live up to your namesake?

I was really excited when I got my Hera by Cal Exotics and was quite impressed by the packaging she came in. But she came with weird residue on her and a weird smell that stayed on after being washed. Then I felt her squishy tip and knew she wouldn't press against my G-spot hard enough. I turned her on to check out her LOUD, buzzy vibrations and knew this toy would never win my heart.
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Pros:
Good beginner toy, works well as a teasing toy.
Cons:
Chemical smell, tip is too squishy, could be thicker, buzzy vibrations.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

Hera is my first Cal Exotics vibrator. It is a nice shade of lavender, has an easy one-push button, and has multiple uses. Hera's intended use is G-spot stimulation, but she can also be used for clitoral or anal stimulation (though she is made of TPR, so use a condom if you're going to want her for G-spot stimulation as well). The tip of Hera is curved for G-spot stimulation, but it is squishy, which is not something I like for G-spot stimulation. Her vibrations are buzzy and not the rumbly, deep vibrations that many like. I've found that since the vibrations are so buzzy, it works well to use Hera through clothing as a tease/buildup. Hera is small enough to use with a partner but also works for solo play. Hera is waterproof; use her wherever you desire. She is small and discreet enough for travel.
  • 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?
    • Couples
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Tub/shower/pool
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Anal
    • Clitoris
    • G-spot

Material / Texture

When I first looked at Hera in her packaging, I was concerned. It looked like there were black spots or, like, cardboard dusting on the outside of the toy. (You know when you first open a puzzle and there's, like, puzzle dust in the box? It was like that.) After taking Hera out of her packaging, I smelled an overwhelmingly chemical smell. I washed her with antibacterial, scented soap, and it still didn't remove the smell. I was really turned off that the toy still smelled after being washed.

There's a slight, rippled texture to the outside. It's not something I can feel while it's inside. It is definitely something most people could handle and is a great toy for beginners since it's not overly textured.
    • Smooth
    • Somewhat porous
    • Strong odor

Design / Shape / Size

I can't say I'm a fan of the design. The tip is too squishy to do much for my G-spot. It does work okay for pinpointing vibrations, but they're buzzy vibrations, which don't do much for me.

Insertable length: 5 1/4"
Circumference: 3 1/4"
Diameter: 1"

This toy isn't very big to me, girth-wise. I like toys that are a little larger, so I wish it were a little bit thicker. But since it is compact, it's great for beginners, easy to hide, and great for travel.
    • Beginner

Functions / Performance / Controls

The vibrator has a very easy-to-push button located at the bottom; it has five functions. The first function cycles through all the functions for two to three seconds, the second function is long pulses, the third is medium pulses, the fourth is short pulses, and the fifth function is straight vibration. Push the button a sixth time, and the vibrator turns off. I'm not really into pulsing, so I like the straight vibrations the most. The vibrations seem to be more in the tip of the vibrator but can be felt throughout the toy. The vibrations are buzzy, not rumbly, and the toy is really loud—louder than any other vibrator I currently have. It seems to hold up pretty well in water, but I've only used it once in the shower, so I'll have to provide some updates on that in my follow up!
    • Buzzy vibrations
    • Multiple settings
    • Not very discreet

Care and Maintenance

Hera is made out of TPR, which is more porous than silicone and cannot be disinfected. If you're going to use this between partners or orifices, use a condom! TPR cannot be boiled to sterilize it, but soap and water should work just fine. Don't store it with other TPR or silicone toys, because they may want to be really good friends (and by really good friends, I mean melt into each other). I recommend using water-based lube, but if you're a die-hard silicone-lube fan, do a patch test and make sure it won't ruin your new friend. Store in a dark, cool place where it is not touching other TPR or silicone toys.
    • Easy to clean
Follow-up commentary
I'm pretty sure I got rid of this, in comparison to my other vibrators it just wasn't going to make the cut.
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  • kelaaa33wish
    Thanks for the review.
  • tigerkate
    What kind of batteries does Hera take? Was the compartment easy to work?

    Ick, I'd be bugged by that weird chemical-type coating on this toy... Sorry this didn't work out so well for you!
  • Upskirt
    Two AAA, really easy to work the compartment. Buuut, you know how in some toys they feel the need to shove things inside the compartment to tell you how to put batteries in? That was shoved in there pretty good, had to use a tweezers to get it out, fingers were too big, toy was too small.
  • ToyGurl
    Darn :/ I was actually looking forward to trying this toy out! I don't think I'm interested in it anymore, but thanks for the great review!
  • K101
    Awesome review job! You done very well with getting straight to the point while still including all the details. Loved it! I have this same one & have serious problems out of it. It's just so poorly made & extremely loud and for some reason it refuses to do anything but frustrate me. Well, that's always my luck with cal exotics though. Anyways, loved the review!
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