Mimi is made of a smooth, phthalate free, latex free, food grade 100% silicone. Like most silicone toys, she has a slight drag against bare skin but glides easily with water based lube. The texture of the Mimi is luscious and velvety and is really where the sensual pleasure with her begins. Just rubbing her between your fingers lets you know how nice she's going to feel everywhere else.
Under the silicone coating, there appears to be a hard, plastic shell. This means Mimi is very firm and has no give, and this also makes her great for the toy grinders among us.
Mimi has no smell or taste, and she is also nonporous.
Mimi, as many have said, looks like a massage stone, but I also find her reminiscent of a large tongue in shape and feel in use. The Mimi is about two inches wide at her widest point and a little over 3 inches long. The design starts larger at the base and tapers down to a rounded point on the other end. The base end houses the two metal on/off buttons in a plastic molding, and both the plastic and buttons sit flush with the curve of the Mimi. An inch below the base on the front of Mimi, the Je Joue logo is embossed into the silicone, but it is not at all noticeable in use. The joined hearts design in the logo conceals a small red light that blinks or glows steady when the Mimi is charging. The tip of the Mimi is still quite wide and smooth and does not offer pinpoint stimulation easily. You can find the sweet spot with her, but it is broad and flat moving over your clitoris or other parts. If you enjoy oral sex with a kick, the Mimi is perfect, but if you require constant pinpoint stimulation, you may be disappointed.
That said, the Mimi fits snugly in the palm of your hand, and you can use it without your arm getting tired or cramping your hand. I also love the magnetic charger that attaches to the Mimi. No more rubber caps and plugs! Just attach the magnet to the Mimi, plug in, and go.
As I said before, there are two buttons at the top of the Mimi for on and off. Push and hold the + button for 2 seconds to turn on, and Mimi will begin vibrating at her lowest level. The red light in the logo will glow to indicate the Mimi is on. Press and hold the - button for 2 seconds and she's back off. When Mimi is on, pushing the plus button once will scroll it through one of 5 steady vibration settings, and the light will blink to show you have changed settings. The first vibration setting is very low, but they gradually increase to a nice, strong, intermediate level buzz. I'd say it's a little less strong than the Form 2, but pretty close.
Once you've cycled through the steady vibrations, you begin one of 5 patterns: long pulse, short pulse, roller coaster, fast revving, and faster revving. When you reach the last pulse setting, pressing the + again will take you back to the first low vibration level that starts when you turn Mimi on. It is frustrating that you have to scroll through all the functions to get to the setting you want, but it doesn't really take long. The on/off buttons are also a little tough to press with one hand in use. It's doable, but it takes a firm press. I actually like that feature, though, because that makes it easier to travel with. It would be pretty difficult for something to press the button hard enough to get it going in your bag.
With all the power it packs, you would expect the Mimi to be louder than it is, but I find it remarkably quiet in use. Under the blanket with a closed door or a little background noise, no one will hear it. Mimi does have a more mechanical "motor" like sound to the vibration than some other vibes I have tried, but I don't find it that irritating.
Je Joue's manual on the Mimi does not specify total charging time or time in use. I have only had to charge it once since I got it a week ago and have used it 4 times for about 20-30 minutes each, and it is still running well, so it appears to hold a charge for quite some time. Also, the Mimi gets a little warm after 20 minutes, but it is nowhere near as warm as some of my other toys.
Mimi should only be used with water based lube. Je Joue recommends washing her with regular soap and water and then drying before storage. There is no storage bag with it, so if you do not want to use the original box it came in, you will want to wrap it in cloth or a bag to keep it away from other silicone toys. But the box Mimi came in is great for storage, if you want to keep it.
The Je Joue came wrapped in a beautiful black box that ties with a satin ribbon. The vibrator sits in top on a small plastic form. When you pull the tab at the back of the form, it lifts to reveal the charger and instruction booklet underneath. The box does take up a lot of room, so if you're low on space, buy a little bag for it and the charger, but for now, I am just using the box to keep everything in one place and well protected.
I was excited that Mimi came with a partial charge, so I only had to wait about 90 minutes for her to have a full charge and give her a test run. Overall, I really like Mimi. I like the vibration strength, the deep plum color, and the way it feels in my hands and against my body. It did not offer as much pin point stimulation as I was expecting, but I was still able to find what worked and get off fairly quickly. I can grind on it, slip it between my partner and I, or take an extra long shower, and Mimi has performed well every time. I wish she had been around years ago so she could have been my perfect first toy!