Perfect for those who are worried about phthalates and other material add-ins, the Love Bud is made from body-safe plastic and silicone. The hand-held remote is made from a slick, smooth plastic while the vibrating toy itself is made from a silicone. With the remote's slick plastic surface, it can be difficult to get a good grasp on the controller during use, but a quick wipe down of the remote easily cleans it from any lubricant because of its streamlined, no-crevice design. The silicone of the vibrator is slightly plushy with a barely-noticeable give. It feels silky smooth, and it's a pleasure to run your fingers (and more private areas) over the silicone sensation of this vibe.
The majority of the silicone vibrator has a rigid interior. However, there is quite a bit of flexibility to be found at the slimmest part of the toy near where the larger base meets with the "flower-like" bud of the tip. This moves around quite a bit. Depending on what type of clitoral stimulation you prefer, this may be a benefit or a frustration.
Silicone is a fantastic material that's non-porous, phthalate-free, and hypoallergenic. This variety of silicone is very soft with a slight plushiness. None of the toy has any sort of scent to it. The toy is also free of any sort of texture. The tip of the vibrator includes a slight "flower" design to it, but it doesn't many much of a sensation difference during use.
For those that like all of their controls in a one-stop place, the Love Bud is going to be a pleasure. All of the control buttons are located on the remote of the toy. It includes two control buttons as well as four power levels - all of which come with a corresponding red light to simply let you (or your partner) see which power level you're currently using. None of the control functions are located on the vibe itself.
The remote has a cord that runs from the vibrator remote to the vibrator itself. This remote is made from a semi-flexible cord that makes it easy to position the vibrator where you want it. The cord is about 2 feet in length.
The vibrator portion itself has virtually little shape to it. The "base" of the vibrator end is thicker than the tip, and the tip includes two slender "wings" that help the toy to earn its "Love Bud" name. The thinner tip lends itself well to getting into smaller areas for clitoral stimulation, and the bright pink color and playful design make it non-threatening for people who prefer non-realistic toys.
However, this sex toy definitely looks like a sex toy. No one is going to mistake it for something else, so keep it hidden if you don't want people to know you own a toy.
Simple and easy-to-use, the vibrator runs on two AAA batteries. The base of the remote unscrews and the batteries slide right in. The proper positioning isn't quite clear by the little diagrams etched into the toy's surface, but you'll be able to figure it out after two attempts.
The control structure for this vibrator may be confusing to some - both seasoned toy users and newbie toy users. However, if you're having issues turning on your vibrator, do not assume it's a defective toy. The "power" button on this vibrator doesn't actually function as a power button. This is not made clear on any part of the toy packaging. The right-most button raises the vibration intensity while the "power" button, on the left-hand side, lowers the vibration intensity. While it does function to "power down" the intensity, when most people see a "power" button, they will try to turn on the vibrator this way. It will not work for that. Instead, use the right-most button to turn on the vibrator.
Once you figure out how to turn on the vibrator, everything tends to run pretty smoothly. One button increases vibrations - another button decreases vibrations. There are four vibration speeds. The buttons are easy to press, and the vibrator responds instantly. Straight-forward and great for no-frills-use.
If you tend to go wild for deep, rumbly vibrations, you could probably guess that this vibrator isn't for you. However, if more surface-type vibrations (and decently strong ones at that) tend to be more your jam, this could be a good toy. The vibration levels don't seem to change much in "intensity". They seem to change more in frequency than intensity. You can literally "hear" the vibrator move a half-step higher, music-wise, with every button press. There's a slight change in vibration strengths from 1 to 4, but it's not very, very noticeable like it can be with some toys.
This is probably one of the quietest vibrations I've ever messed with. It's so quiet that it's hard to hear it while I'm holding it. It definitely cannot be heard outside of a closed door - which makes it perfect for when discretion is required. It doesn't seem to have the design that would make it a good "in public" toy, but it's great for crowded living situations.
Perfect for those lazy cleaners among us, the Love Bud toy is entirely waterproof. This means you can clean it without too much worry to getting water where it doesn't belong. The remote does include a rubber seal which should make it waterproof as well, but I wouldn't get too careless with water near the remote - just in case.
Cleaning the toy is simple as well. While the packaging is pretty minimal about the toy itself, it does include care instructions. It can be through a regular wash with using warm water and anti-bacterial soap. For special cleaning, it can go through a sterilization by wiping it with a 5% bleach solution. This one can not be boiled for sterilization.
As it's made from silicone, it'd be best to only use water-based lubricant with it. As it's an external toy and it will slicken up really easily with bodily fluids (with the silicone material), you may not need to use external lubricant at all.
Storage is simple. It can definitely go back in the original packaging, but as it's made of a pretty non-tacky silicone, it doesn't seem to attract much hair or dust, so you can store it how you want. It's also small enough to fit into a standard sandwich plastic baggie. Don't forget to remove the batteries (to prevent corrosion) and insure the toy is dry before storing it.
The Love Bud comes in pretty standard packaging - a pretty cardboard box with the vibrator kept inside in a plastic tray to keep it safe. The packaging is about 5x larger than the toy itself, so there's no reason to store it in the packaging unless you have a strong urge to.
Perfect for wrapping, the packaging is in a standard rectangular shape. Just tape down the top, and it'd be ready to wrap if need be.
Packaging clearly displays the "EdenFantasys" logo as well as some basic information about the toy including how to clean it and store it. No information about usage is included. Packaging is more informative than some, but it's still not super informative.