Charisma ripply - discreet massager by Cal Exotics - review by PropertyOfPotter

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Charisma ripply

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Has Charisma, But Not Power

Charisma Ripply is truly designed with beginners in mind. With the non-intimidating look, the slender design, and the ease of use, it's understandable why this would make a great choice for someone just starting out with sex toys. However, if you're a more advanced user and need some power behind your toys, this vibe is one to pass on.
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Pros:
Travel friendly, PU cote, easy to use, beginner friendly.
Cons:
Too small for some, too weak for some, won't work for everyone's anatomy.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

Charisma Ripply from Cal Exotics is a discreet vibrator that's both compact and beginner friendly. Whether you're looking for a small travel companion, or simply prefer toys that are on the small side, this is an option to look into.

This little vibe is great for external stimulation, but can also be vaginally inserted for shallow G-spot play. The top of the toy has a slightly curved tip that's designed to help target and reach your most sensitive areas both internally and externally. This vibe is great for teasing the clitoris, nipples, penis, perineum, and other erogenous areas of the body. While it is safe to use externally around the anus, anal insertion is highly discouraged. Since there's no flared base, there's nothing to prevent the toy from slipping inside of you, not only potentially causing discomfort but possibly an embarrassing trip to the Emergency Room.

While this vibe is great for solo use, it can also be used with a partner during mutual masturbation, or by placing the control in your partner's hands. The non-intimidating shape and size of this toy make it a great introductory vibe, if you or your partner are new to sex toys. The size is also great for use during intercourse, since it doesn't get in the way of penetration, but the lighter vibrations make it best used for foreplay and teasing activities.

Your fun doesn't need to stop in the bedroom; this vibe is not only travel friendly, but it can be used in the tub or shower, without concern of water leaking into the battery compartment and damaging your toy.
  • 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?
    • Couples
    • Everyone
  • 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
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • G-spot
    • Nipples

Material / Texture

Charisma Ripply is made from ABS plastic which has an Eden Material Safety Rating of 8/10. It's made from food-grade material, and is hypo-allergenic, latex free, non-porous, and phthalates free.

The surface of the insertable area has a PU cote, and the ring around the base has a silver plating on it. The PU cote has a matte look to it and gives the vibrator a very silky, smooth feel to it that eliminates all possible drag. The silver plating is very shiny and is smooth, but doesn't have the same silky feel that the rest of the toy has. This isn't a concern, since that area of the toy isn't typically in contact during use.

The tip of the toy is curved, and there are two small bumps and two sets of small ridges on the shaft of the vibrator. The ridges are only slightly raised on either side (the top and bottom are totally smooth in the center) and, since they're so thin, are a little difficult to feel during insertion. It's very reasonable for someone who is texture sensitive, but might not be stimulating enough for someone who prefers a toy that delivers a lot of stimulation through texture. In the center along the length of the vibrator is a visible seam. It can only very slightly be felt with your hands, and isn't present at all when in use.

The toy is very rigid, considering the material type, and the only area on the whole toy that has any give to it is the button on the end of the battery cap. The cap is also made of plastic, but it has a thin ring around it that appears to be made of rubber.

When first opening the box, there was only a slight 'new' plastic scent: it wasn't strong or offensive, but was present. After washing and leaving out of the package, the scent was completely eliminated.
    • Bumpy
    • Rigid
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

Charisma Ripply is available in two colors; black and pink. The pink is very vibrant and could easily be described as 'Barbie' pink, or perhaps 'Pepto' pink.

This toy is designed to target all the right areas. Depending on your anatomy, the tip of this toy should reach your G-spot and provide a nice, firm stimulation. The short length of the vibe makes it more difficult to use in a thrusting motion, but works okay when turned side to side. Someone who has a deep G-spot may find that this toy isn't long enough to stimulate this area, but the shape of the toy makes it work just fine for external and clitoral stimulation.

Being only 5" in length, with a total insertable length of 3 1/2", it's a solid choice for someone who prefers shorter toys. The diameter is only 1" at its widest point, but narrows to 7/8" near the battery compartment. This slim toy is great for beginners or those that prefer smaller toys, but doesn't even come close to satisfying a size queen. Size queens would find this best used as an external stimulator.

Being that the vibe is so modest in size, it's a great toy to have for on the go and is simple to hide. Toss it into your purse, backpack, briefcase, etc. It doesn't take up much space, but if someone were to see it, it would be obvious that this is a sex toy.
    • Beginner
    • Ergonomic

Functions / Performance / Controls

This toy is powered by a single AA battery that's not included with your toy. The cap on the base of the toy is easily turned and pops off, revealing the battery compartment. On the inside of this area is a sticker that shows you the battery type and which way to insert your battery. The cap lines up with the compartment and is easily closed.

Around the base of the compartment is a clear o-ring that prevents any water from leaking into it. As long as the cap is closed properly, the ring serves its purpose well.

On the base of the battery cap is the only button on the toy. It controls turning the toy on, cycling through the functions, and turning the toy off. It's easy to press when you're wanting to change functions, but isn't accidentally bumped during use. When you first turn the toy on, you're immediately on the first setting. Each click brings you to the next function and will continuously cycle with each press of the button, unless you hold it down for three seconds. By holding down the button, you're powering the toy off. When the toy is turned back on, it starts at whatever the next function would have been if you hadn't turned the toy off.

The 10 different functions are as follows:

1) High Steady
2) Medium Steady
3) Low Steady
4) Escalating Quick Pulse
5) Medium Speed/Medium Pulse
6) High Speed/Slow Medium Pulse
7) Medium Speed/Quick Pulse
8) Low Speed/Medium Pulse
9) High Speed/Long Medium Pulse
10) Low Speed/Quick Pulse

The vibrations are very buzzy and can be felt throughout the toy, but are weaker in the battery cap area. Depending on which setting and how long you're using the vibe, it may result in numb fingers. When turned on, the clear area around the power button and about 1/2" down the battery cap illuminates in a way that mimics the setting you're on; it get brighter on the more powerful settings, and dimmer on the weaker ones. It also flickers at the same speed as the vibrations.

The sound level could be a little more discreet. It can easily be heard from under the covers, and can lightly be heard through a closed door. Adding a form of white noise helps to drown out the sound some. While the vibrations make their common sound, there also seems to be a strange, light beeping associated with some of the pulse patterns. It's not super loud, but can be rather distracting during use.

While the box this toy comes in states that this toy is ' incredibly powerful', it's truly not. The vibrations will satisfy only the most sensitive toy users and will highly disappoint the power queens. It's a great toy for teasing, but when it comes down to action, the power this toy puts out is incredibly lacking. The highest setting sits at 3 vrooms, but most of the settings are only 2 vrooms.

Even when fully submerged, the vibrator performs very well in the water. After several minutes of consistent vibrations, no water leaked into the battery compartment.
    • Easy to use
    • Multiple settings

Care and Maintenance

Charisma Ripply can be cleaned using antibacterial soap and warm water or your favorite sex toy cleaner, and can be wiped down with isopropyl alcohol. Since the toy is waterproof, there's no concern about running the toy under water for cleaning. The toy is very easy to clean, but always make sure to double check around the ridges. Always make sure the toy is dry and the battery is removed before storage.

Plastic is compatible with silicone-, oil-, and water-based lubricants. There no concern about any type of lubricant damaging the surface of this toy, and no concern about storing with toys of any material types.

The packaging isn't suitable for long term use, so finding an alternative storage option would be best. Using a small storage pouch, a plastic sandwich baggie, or other small container would work fine, but be careful with just tossing in a drawer so that nothing scratches the surface.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The packaging on this toy is tasteful in the sense that there's no nudity, but it is far from discreet or attractive. The box it comes in is plastic and is totally clear in the front, leaving the toy in full view. Surrounding the clear area are the product name, the company name, and a little information about what this toy features. In the background are some white, wispy swirls.

The sides and back of the box also have information about the toy. One side shows a full image of the toy and the other shows that it has an LED push button on the battery cap. The back give the key points of the toy in five different languages.

When the box is opened, you'll find a thin plastic tray that is easily pulled out. It's formed perfectly to the toy so that it doesn't move around in the box. Both the box and the tray are very flimsy and aren't suitable for long term storage. It can easily be broken down and recycled, since the information isn't necessary to hold on to.

When the tray is pulled out, there's a small instruction booklet in the bottom. It's very basic and tells you how to insert the batteries and has some tips on care. This information is also very basic and, unless you feel it necessary, this can also be disposed of.

Since the box isn't discreet or attractive looking, it wouldn't be the best choice to gift to someone unless done in private.
    • Minimal
    • Recyclable
Follow-up commentary
This vibrator is cute, compact, and easy to use, but seriously lacks in the power department. While it would work fine as a warm up toy, it just wasn't enough to suit my needs. If you're more sensitive to vibrations this would probably be fine for you, but I just couldn't get it to work for me.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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Comments
  • MrWill
    MrWill  
    I wish you would have had a better experience with this, but thanks for ANOTHER great review!
  • Upyourreviews
    Upyourreviews  
    Great info, thanks!
  • Rossie
    Rossie  
    Thank you for another detailed review.
  • PropertyOfPotter
    PropertyOfPotter  
    Photos will be going up on the product page soon!

    Thanks for the comments!
  • MrWishyWashy
    MrWishyWashy  
    Thank you!
  • PeaceToTheMiddleEast
    PeaceToTheMiddleEast  
    Thanks for sharing!
  • Cindi025
    Cindi025  
    awesome review as always!
  • Ayumi
    Ayumi  
    Great review!
    This is quite similar to Cal Exotics' pleasure bendie ripple g I had reviewed but Eden didn't stock. Same shape, but larger with more ribs.
  • PropertyOfPotter
    PropertyOfPotter  
    Thanks so much! Lots of photos are now up on the product page! Don't forget to check them out!
  • GONE!
    GONE!  
    Great review! All the details were really helpful.
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