Dr. Laura Berman basics - g-spot vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by Pleasure Piratess

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Sometimes You Just Need To Get Back To The Basics

Sometimes you just want something that works. Not the newest design out there, not a lot of extra frills and thrills. Just something that is tried and true. With the Basic G-spot Vibe, that's exactly what you get. An attractive vibe that would be suitable for nearly any user.
Waterproof, silicone, easy to use.
Not very powerful, no pulse settings, noticeable seam.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Dr. Laura Berman's Basic's G-spot Vibrator by California Exotics is designed with female-bodied use in mind. While the material and shape might have worked for anal penetration, the lack of safety-base would recommend against it.

The vibrator is a slim-line, with minimal texture allowing for even the newest of users to comfortably accommodate it, while still sporting enough of a hook that seasoned pros will enjoy the direct impact on the g-spot. Appropriate for solo play as well as couple's play. The toy itself is quiet and completely waterproof, as well as small enough to fit in a medium size purse. So not only is it appropriate to use just about anywhere, it is a good enough traveling companion to be taken to… anywhere!
  • 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
    • Campus/roommate living
    • Tub/shower/pool
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • G-spot

Material / Texture

The Basic Vibe is comprised of two materials. It has silky-smooth lavender silicone covering the rigid shaft, and a lightly textured metallic-silver plastic handle that allows for easy gripping. Silicone is a highly superior material in terms of being long-lasting, as well as being able to sterilize between partners. Silicone is non-porous, hypo-allergenic, latex-free, and phthalates-free. Plastic does have the previously mentioned traits, save for the fact that it is slightly porous.

Neither material has any scent or taste, and the silicone is texture-free, perfect for all users. It has only the barest amount of squeezability, and no flexibility what-so-ever. The only aspect marring its appearance is a rather noticeable seam that runs lengthwise down the entire shaft. The seam may be felt in use by more sensitive users.
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

Sometimes tried and true is the best option. There aren't a lot of extra frills to the design, but the straight slim-line shaft with a strong upward curved hook is a design that works. The shaft, at 6” long (8 3/4” total length with controls), is punctuated by three raised ridges that go completely around the shaft. They start 3” from the tip, and work to provide extra stimulation to the entrance. The beauty of these is that if you don't go for texture, or only want it after a certain amount of play, you can still easily stimulate your g-spot by simply not inserting them.

The diameter, at just under 1 1/4”, combined with the length make this an ideal choice for nearly any user. Most women's g-spots are within 2-4” inches on the upper wall of the vagina, so by simply varying the stroking length, it should be easy to stimulate. Likewise, there is enough length for stroking as well.

Functions / Performance / Controls

The Basic's Vibe does go back to the basics with its simple turn-dial controller that makes a smooth transition from the lowest vibration to the highest... and every possible interval in between. There are no patterns. The dial does turn quickly and easily, making it perfect for those times when you are unexpectedly interrupted. However, it also can be easily changed during play or even just while in storage if something bumps into it and the batteries where not removed.

The vibrations are quiet, and somewhat high in frequency, giving a bit of a buzzy feeling in use. Even on the highest setting, it is only mild/moderate in intensity. And though the vibrations are pretty evenly felt over the entire shaft, they do tend to resonate a bit in use making them feel deeper. As far as g-spotting goes, this toy relies more on the shape than the vibrations to provide direct stimulation. Unfortunately, this would probably not be well-suited for dual clitoral use, due to the lower power setting and diffuseness of the vibrations.
    • Discreet sound
    • Easy to use
    • Weak

Care and Maintenance

Because this vibe is made of silicone, it should be used only with water-based lubricants. Avoid silicone or oil-based lubes, as well as lotions and other non-water-based potions to prevent deterioration of the material.

Clean-up is simple and with just warm water and mild soap or toy cleaner, especially since the unit is waterproof. However, for those times when it requires more of a deep cleaning or sterilization after sharing, clean with a 10% bleach solution. Never attempt to sterilize by boiling or microwaving due to the motor and plastic components.

The best way to store your vibrator is by first removing the batteries, and sticking in a toy pouch or plastic bag to prevent lint from sticking to it. It also keeps it safe from other materials such as jelly and realistics, which can sometimes cause a reaction that can ruin both materials. Ensure nothing hard gets set on top the item during storage that may dent the material, and then be worry-free, silicone is known to be one of the longest-lasting sex toy materials.
    • Easy to clean


The Basic Vibe arrived in a clear-plastic recloseable clamshell that sported the vibrator and a tasteful cardstock backing with the “basics” name and Dr. Laura's picture on the front and product details and instructions on the back. While it was not discreet, there were also no naked people making it alarming. Included was a small piece of paper that demonstrated the way the 3 AAA batteries fit in the battery-compartment.

There was no toy pouch included. And while this would work to use for long-term storage, it does take up more room, so it is suggested to find alternate means of storage (as mentioned above).
    • Minimal
    • Recyclable
Follow-up commentary
While this is a good place to start for a basic g-spot vibe, it was never really the most appropriate toy for me. I tend to like more exaggerated hooks and larger girth. That said, the performance of this toy has not decreased. The material and motor are holding up well. It keeps a pretty decent charge, despite the fact that I mistreat my vibes and never take the batteries out prior to storage.

I would not hesitate to recommend this toy for those who do not need super strong vibes or exceptional girth, but is just seeking something basic.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • wetone123
    Awesome review! Glad this toy is working out for you! Very informative. I've never had much luck wuth Berman products, but this one dsounds great
  • Eva Schwaltz
    Simple, yet functional, I like the sounds of this.
  • Sunshineamine
    Great review, yes agreed simple is not a bad thing.
  • K101
    Nice review! Glad this was a good one. I have the Hera and HATE it. It was the absolute worst vibrator I've ever owned. Besides the fact it had brown stuff and a powdery substance on it that rolled off into tiny balls even after many washes, it was very problematic. It would get extremely hot and the material would feel almost like it was melting! Have you had this problem with yours? Mine may have just been a defect, but I have wondered how the other Dr Laura Berman toys worked out. I was glad to read about this one. Great details!
  • Pleasure Piratess
    My personal opinion... I didn't really find any quality control issues with it. But the lack of power would be a serious turn-off to me.

    Thanks for the kind words all!
  • PassionCpl
    Thanks for the great review!
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