Iroha Minamo from Tenga
– Made from body safe materials
– Variety of settings
– Comfortable to use
– Could be more powerful
– Buttons are not labeled well
Minamo is one of two newly released vibrators from the Iroha line by Tenga. Unlike the other vibes available from this line, the Minamo (and Mikazuki) is insertable. You can use it on external areas of the body, but you also have the added pleasure of using it vaginally. The shape doesn’t provide a sharp curve, but it’s far superior to traditional vibrators when it comes to seeking out your G-spot. You can use this vibe externally no matter your anatomy, but it lacks a flared base and shouldn’t be inserted anally.
The Minamo is made from ABS Plastic (the button area) and Silicone (the rest of the surface area). Both materials are body safe, non-porous, latex free, and phthalate free. The surface of the vibe is extremely easy to clean because it’s so silky smooth, but pay extra attention to the seam around the controls. For regular use, you can wash with soap and water or your favorite toy cleaner, but you can also sterilize it with a 10% bleach solution. When it comes to lubricant, Tenga recommends using only water-based types since others could cause the surface to deteriorate.
The feel of this toy is totally unique, odd even, and it takes a while to get used to it. It has a smooth surface that repels dust and lint, but does drag lightly across the skin; nothing a little lube can’t remedy. The silicone skin and the plush layer beneath it are what make this vibe stand out. It’s a strange feeling if you’ve never handled one of the Iroha vibes before. The skin is mostly separate from the rest of the vibe, allowing it to be pinched and moved independently as you manipulate it. Not only that, but the way the toy is plush is very different than what we’re used to. Rather than simply being soft, it has an almost gel-like feeling when you press on it. It compresses easily, but returns to its original shape the moment you remove the source of pressure.
The shaft itself has some flexibility, though minor. In the above image, just below where my thumb lands, the vibe can curve upward when pressure is applied to the back. It doesn’t move back and forth, just upward, and not very far. It’s just another element of the vibe that provides comfort during use (though naturally lacks pressure, which some people really enjoy). As you can see from the design, the shaft has a wavy shape to it. It compliments the vibe well and prevents it from feeling too bland. Even if you’re not a fan of texture, the sensation is subtle enough that it should still feel pleasurable.
The size of the Minamo is modest, with the softness providing extra comfort. The sensation might be odd for a beginner, but would be a great choice for someone who’s advancing from traditional style vibrators. The total length is 6 7/8″ with about 5″ being insertable. The girth ranges from 3″ in circumference at the tip, to 4″ at the widest point (the center bump). That’s not including any kind of material compression – so it may end up feeling smaller than that. If you prefer a full sensation from your toys, you won’t find it here, but the sensation is unique.
The Minamo comes with an enclosed charging dock that doubles as a storage space. It’s very unique, discreet, and handy. The top lifts up and you’ll find impressions in the plastic that show you exactly how to rest your vibrator inside. The included USB charger plugs into the back of the box, and a small light on the front will glow as it’s charging. When the charge is complete, the light will turn off and the vibe is ready to use.
There are two buttons that control all the functions of the toy, and they aren’t well labeled. One button is smaller than the other, but they don’t have any markings that indicate how they should be used. The larger button turns the toy on and acts as the plus button. The smaller acts as the minus button and turns the toy off. No matter which button you’re pressing, you’ll continuously cycle through the settings until you press and hold down the smaller button to turn the vibe off.
There are a total of four settings; three steady vibration levels, and a pulsing pattern. The vibrations are neither deep and powerful or light and buzzy. They’re in the middle, but a little more on the powerful side. They should be enough for average users and those that are more sensitive, but likely won’t be enough if you require a lot of power (especially if you need power and pressure). The noise level is very reasonable and with some white noise, no one should be able to hear you through a closed door.
The Minamo arrives in two small boxes that are packaged together with a black sleeve. The sleeve has an image of the product on both the front and back, and two sides contain information about it. It’s not discreet for this reason, but it’s tasteful and attractive looking. Once you remove the sleeve, the vibe and charging dock are inside one, and the cord, adapter, and user manual are in the other. Mine arrived with a UK adapter (the USB works regardless), but that may have been a fluke. The packaging isn’t important to keep, you can break it down and dispose of it if you’d prefer. Since the charging dock houses the vibe, you don’t have to worry about alternative storage.
-What I liked-
After reviewing the Iroha Sakura from Tenga back in January, I already had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Minamo – and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The Sakura wasn’t a great fit for me because I prefer firm, direct pressure to my clit. However, my vagina often sings a different tune, enjoying plush products to firm. When it came time to try it out for the first time, I really enjoyed myself. The wavy sensation kept my interest, and the soft material meant I could go crazy without having to worry about hurting myself.
The noise associated with the vibrations is very reasonable. I can comfortably use the vibe while my children are in bed without having to worry about them waking up because of a strange sound. That’s always a major concern of mine, and one that prevents me from using louder products on a regular basis.
The charging dock is absolutely genius. I’d love to see more companies get on board with this concept. It’s completely discreet, keeps the vibrator out of sight while charging, and can be tucked into a drawer when it’s finished without a fuss. It doesn’t take up much more space than the vibe would in a regular pouch, and I feel like the toy is much more protected because of it.
-What I didn’t like-
Typically when I first receive a product, I try to see if I can figure out how to use it without reading the user manual. I remember how sex toy packages were torn apart when my husband and I first started purchasing them. You’re excited! Not everyone is going to stop and read the booklet before trying it out. I was able to figure it out easily, but if this was my first toy I don’t think I would have. The buttons aren’t labeled, which to me, is kind of a big deal. The previous Iroha products had plus and minus signs next to the buttons. I know there’s a size difference here, but I still feel those labels are important.
The power behind the vibrations could have been a little stronger, but I need a lot in order to climax. I still found it very pleasurable during use, but I needed to use a clit vibe along with it in order to feel truly satisfied. The vibrations weren’t numbing or buzzy, I just would have preferred more power.
My last complaint is sort of about the line in general, and not specifically this product. With the material being so plush and lovely, I’d like to see some thicker vibrators added to the line. Something that will appeal to those of us who appreciate a full sensation while we’re masturbating. I did enjoy the wavy design, but I would have enjoyed it more if I could have experienced it with a fuller sensation. Hopefully that’s something that will eventually be considered.
In general, I was pleasantly surprised by this vibe. Considering it didn’t suit my tastes perfectly, it still preformed really well. I think it would be a great fit for someone that prefers slim products, requires only average vibrations to orgasm, and is uncomfortable using firm materials. The Minamo has a lot of great things going for it, and the unique qualities definitely make this product worth recommending.
Minamo was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.