Charisma smoothy - discreet massager by Cal Exotics - review by indiglo

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The Charisma Smoothy is a discreet toy with moderate, buzzy power. Ideal for those who prefer gentle stimulation or petite penetrative toys, this would make a safe and non-intimidating introduction to toys for solo or couple use. Smoothy’s velvety soft texture will make all your erogenous zones feel caressed with luxury, without breaking the bank.
Small size, waterproof, many settings, nonporous, normal battery.
May be too small, buzzy.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


The Charisma Smoothy by California Exotic Novelties is a small vibrator with a curved tip. It’s designed for external play on any erogenous zone on partners of any gender. This small toy can also provide some light g-spot stimulation when inserted vaginally. This toy is in no way suited for anal insertion, as it does not have a flared base for safety.

This discreet toy would be ideal for those who are new to toys, or are intimidated by large, strong toys, or those who are looking to introduce sex toys to partner play for the first time. It would also be ideal for users who do not like girthy, penetrative toys, or who prefer totally smooth toys with no texture.

Smoothy's size means it works quite well for dual stimulation. It can be inserted vaginally during oral sex, or used for external clitoral stimulation during penetration with another toy or a partner.
  • 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
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • On a bed only
    • Tub/shower/pool
  • Features
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    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?
    • All over body
    • Clitoris
    • G-spot

Material / Texture

The Charisma Smoothy is made of a material called Velvet Cote. Velvet Cote is just ABS plastic with a velvety finish covering it. It receives a safety rating of 8 here at Eden. It’s nonporous, phthalates-free, and easy to keep clean. These properties really make it a nice material for users of all experience levels. Velvet Cote is low-maintenance enough to keep beginners safe and keep toy connoisseurs from pulling their hair out.

Smoothy has absolutely no smell or taste, even when first taken out of the box. It is entirely smooth, with a seam up one side and down the other that isn’t noticed during use. It feels velvety soft and doesn’t attract lint, fuzz, or hair at all. Anyone who appreciates a smooth toy, rather than a textured toy, will enjoy the Smoothy.
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

This small, pocket size toy would be ideal for traveling and would easily fit in a purse or overnight bag. Since it only takes 1 AA battery, the Charisma Smoothy and its little battery can accompany you wherever you go! Smoothy is discreet, can easily be hidden or stashed away, and is well-suited to users of any experience level. Its small size makes storage a dream as well!
    • Beginner
    • Discreet look/design
    • Partner play

Functions / Performance / Controls

Smoothy boasts 10 separate power and pattern settings, and an easy push-button control. To turn your Smoothy on, push and release the button on the end. To turn your Smoothy off at any time, just push and hold the power button for about 3 seconds. When you turn it on the next time, it will be on the setting directly after the one you were on when you turned it off.

While the Charisma Smoothy does have pretty good power, considering its small size and that it’s only powered by 1 AA battery, its vibrations are rather buzzy. So if you like buzzy, surface vibrations, you will probably really enjoy this toy. If you prefer rumblier vibrations, or vibrations that travel a bit deeper, you will likely want to try a different toy from California Exotics. I always use the Je Joue MiMi as a point of comparison to standardize my vroom and bee ratings. To rate the buzziness of the Smoothy, if we take a scale from 1-10, 1 being 100% buzziest toy ever, and 10 being 100% rumbliest toy ever, I would rate the MiMi at about a 7 or 8. I would rate the Smoothy as about a 3. It really is a toy that will make your hand numb if you just hold it in your hand for a little while. Also keep in mind that this toy may not be ideal for roommate situations, as it does rate 3 bees.
    • Easy to use
    • Lots of variety in function
    • Multiple settings

Care and Maintenance

This really is a low-maintenance toy. It is completely waterproof, so you can feel safe tossing it in a sink full of warm water to wash it with your favorite mild soap or toy cleaner. If you want to sanitize your toys made of Velvet Cote, just swipe them with some isopropyl alcohol. This toy is not safe to boil or send through the dishwasher, since the high heat will damage the motor.

Smoothy is compatible with any lubricant, so feel free to use your favorite. It also plays well with other toys, so there is no need to stress out about storing your Charisma Smoothy. You can easily store it in the box it comes in, or in an old sock, wrapped in a handkerchief or tissue paper, in a plastic baggie, or just about any other idea you can come up with. Just be sure to take the battery out before storing it.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store
    • Low maintenance


Charisma Smoothy comes in the classic California Exotic clear plastic box, and sits in a clear plastic tray inside the box. The box has a lot of information about the toy on it, and you can see through it easily to get a sneak peek of the toy you’re about to enjoy. While you can store your Smoothy in the packaging, it is also recyclable.

    • Minimal
    • Not discreet
    • Recyclable


With the size and shape of this toy, in theory it would make a great clitoral stimulator. However, for me, it is not useful for that purpose because it’s way too buzzy. It’s so buzzy that I almost can’t feel the vibrations at all externally or internally. Now, I am not a Hitachi gal, and I don’t even like extremely rumbly vibrations externally, because I find them almost painful. I love my MiMi clitorally, and can use my Uma externally if I’m sufficiently worked up (I find Uma a bit rumblier than MiMi, and it can be painful for me externally if I turn it on full blast from the get go). But this Smoothy is just way too buzzy for me.

I did, however, find a use I liked for my Smoothy! As you look at it, it is about the size of the average finger. So I found that using it for vaginal penetration (turned off) while using another toy for some light clitoral stimulation, was a fun way to simulate oral sex with digital stimulation. That was quite nice! The little curve at the end made it more likely to brush my g-spot as well. But that small niche use for the Smoothy is unlikely to make it a popular toy in my rotation. I just didn’t like it that much, and the fact that I only liked for that one use means I really don’t have much use for this toy.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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