Jun 172014
 

Shibari Halo Wand

Pros:
– Made from body safe materials
– Rechargeable
– Waterproof
– Variety of function
– Decent power
Cons:
– Button is too easily pressed
– Functions are mostly patterns (might not bother some)
Overall:

4star

Shibari Halo full size

-Overview-

The Hitachi (or Magic Wand) has nearly become a household name.  Since the boom of its popularity, many other wand style vibrators have been released; each one seeming to boast a new quality.  The Shibari Halo is a major improvement over the wand that perhaps started it all.  No longer do you need to find a location near an outlet, or have to worry about any lube or water leaking into your wand.  Heck, you can even take it with you into the shower without an issue!  The best improvement in my opinion, is the material.  Many of the other wands are made from porous materials, but you don’t have to worry about that with Halo.  You can feel confident using and sterilizing the toy with ease.  The one issue that really bothers me, is how easy the button is to press (during use and otherwise).  I’d love to see an updated version released that fixes this issue.

-Intro/Use-

The Shibari Halo is a versatile wand style vibrator that’s designed for full body use.  One of the perks of a wand is that you can use it on your sore back today, and tomorrow (or after your massage) you can masturbate with it.

This wand is great for solo use because it’s easy to use, and the length is great.  Having a larger massager makes it easy to reach areas of your body that are otherwise difficult to massage on your own (like the center of your back), but it’s also great for couples.  Massages are fantastic, but sometimes they can be difficult on your hands.  Using a wand like this really eliminates that discomfort, allowing you to spend extra time making your partner comfortable.  You also don’t have to worry about changing products should things heat up.  You could easily start off with a massage, and end up using the wand to bring your partner to orgasm.

Many wands leave you confined to one area of the room since they require an outlet in order to function.  Fortunately, the Halo is rechargeable, so you can take the wand wherever your heart desires.  Even better, the wand can be used in the tub or shower without worry since it’s also waterproof.  Whether you’re looking to get some physical or sexual relief, the Halo has you covered.

-Material/Texture-

In my opinion, the best thing about the Shibari Halo is that it’s made from body safe materials.  The handle is made from ABS plastic, and the head and top part of the wand are made from silicone.  Both materials are fantastic for a product like this because they’re non-porous, latex free, phthalate free, and can easily be sterilized.  You don’t have to worry about covering the head, or only using it through your clothes like you do with other wands.  For regular use you can clean the toy with soap and water, but you can also use a 10% bleach solution to sterilize.  Massage oils are safe to use with silicone, but keep in mind that oil-based products aren’t great to use on your genitals.  If you’re planning on using it for massage and then advancing to sexual stimulation, you might want to use a water-based lube.  Silicone lubes are off limits, however, since it could potentially cause the silicone surface to degrade.

Shibari Halo neck flexibility The surface of the matte silicone is very smooth and glides across the skin easily, even without the addition of oil or lube.  It’s not as buttery smooth as some products, but it’s definitely not going to drag across your skin.  It does pick up small particles, but it can be wiped or washed without much fuss.  The handle is a shiny plastic that doesn’t have any texture to it.  It can get a little slippery if your hands are covered in oil/lube, which can be a pain.  I would have liked to see some sort of shallow grooves or something similar to make it a little easier to hold onto.

The product in general doesn’t have much texture to it.  The only obvious areas are where the silicone meets the plastic, and the power button.  The silicone itself is a skin over the internal parts, so it doesn’t provide much of a buffer and is very firm.  The neck of the massage does flex a little, but not so much that you’re unable to apply the pressure you need.

-Design/Size-

The Shibari Halo is available in three color options – Pink, Black, and Purple – each with a white handle.  It’s nice that a black option is included for those that don’t care for girly colors, but the purple is a nice shade that is feminine without being over the top.

The design isn’t totally different from other wand style products available, and is much more discreet than some adult toys.  You could easily leave this in your living room and say it’s your back massager, and most wouldn’t question that (unless the turned it on and checked out the patterns).  The head of the vibe is rounded and fairly large, but thins out abruptly for the flexible neck.  After the neck, you have the thickest part of the handle.  It decreases in size after that, making it comfortable to hold and use.

Though the head is basic and provides broad stimulation, separate attachments are available to purchase.  There are three different options to choose from, each offering something unique.  While this might sound nice, it’s important for you to know they’re made from PVC, which is a porous material.  It seems so backwards to put porous attachments over your non-porous, body safe massager.  I think it would be wise for the company to reconsider their material choices and release updated versions that are made from silicone.

Shibari Halo size comparison to hand/arm

For the size, you’d think the toy would be quite heavy, but it’s not.  It’s lightweight enough (just under 1 lb) that you can use it for longer sessions without feeling like your wrist is going to fall off.  The size might seem a little intimidating if you’ve never used a wand before, but keep in mind that this isn’t an insertable product, and the size will actually make things easier for you.  The full length is 12″, and the head itself is 6 3/8″ in circumference.  It’s definitely designed to provide broad coverage, so if you require pin-point vibrations, you might enjoy this one more for soreness relief than anything.

-Functions/Controls-

The Shibari Halo is rechargeable and comes with a USB cord as well as a wall adaptor.  I love when both are included so I can charge the toy with my laptop or a wall outlet.  The cord is plugged into the tiny hole in the back of the wand (opposite the power button).  Once connected and charging, you’ll see a red light glow from behind the button, this indicates that it’s properly connected and charging.  It should take approximately three hours for your toy to fully juice up, and will provide you with up to three hours of use depending on which setting you use.

Shibari Halo charging

There are two buttons on the massager, but they are located in the same area of silicone.  The bottom button turns the toy on and off, and the top cycles through the settings.  If you press the cycle button first, nothing will happen, you have to press the power button for the vibrations to begin.  The button is very easy to press and is Shibari Halo power buttonlocated in a convenient location.  However, it’s far too easy to press and could cause problems.  Not only is it easy to accidentally bump during use, but it could also accidentally turn on while being stored.  It would have been nice to see the vibe require a three second press, but it only takes one light press and the toy is on.

Once turned on, the red light behind the buttons will glow.  As you change the settings, the light will glow or flash according to the pattern you’re currently on.  The massager is advertised as having 10x Speed Control.  This isn’t actually accurate.  There are only two speeds followed up by eight patterns that are all various pulsations.  This is great for those that enjoy some variety, but isn’t ideal for someone looking for many different intensity levels.  If you continue to press the top button, you’ll keep cycling through all the settings.  You must press the power button in order to turn the toy off.  No matter which setting you were on when the vibe turned off, it will always start with the same vibration setting.

The power behind the vibrations is nice and strong, and though they’re fairly rumbly, it’s not as deep as it could be.  It should be suitable for most users, but will likely fall short for those who are very sensitive to vibrations and those that need deep vibrations.  Even the low setting is quite powerful, so it’s not suitable for someone that needs weaker vibrations as a warm up.  While it doesn’t come close to comparing to the Magic Wand, you might experience a light numbing sensation depending on where and how long you’re using it.  Fortunately, the vibrations are entirely focused in the head, so you can hardly feel the vibrations down into the handle.  This is great since you won’t experience numb fingers while you’re massaging your partner or using the vibe on yourself.

Like most wand style massagers, the sound level isn’t very modest.  It’s quieter than some, but it easily draws attention to itself.  Someone would be able to hear you through a closed door, but might not be able to if you’re on separate floors.  The good thing is that you can always say you were massaging your body should someone ask what the sound was.

-Packaging-

Shibari Halo packagingThe Shibari Halo arrives in a white cardboard box with an image of the product on both front and back.  It’s not discreet since it’s obvious what the package contains, but most of the information is pretty basic.  There’s only one area that might make someone assume it’s a sexual product, and it simply says, “For maximum pleasure, use lubricant with this product”.  Even still, that might not exactly give it away.  Inside the package, you’ll find a plastic tray that holds the wand in place, the charger, warranty information, and the instructions.  Again, the information contained is very discreet and doesn’t sound like you’re reading about a product that can be used for sexual pleasure.  The box can be used as storage, but the plastic tray is a pain and can be disposed of.

Shibari Halo and all contents

-Experience-

After hearing everyone flip out about how great the Hitachi (Magic Wand) was, I had to get my hands on one.  After trying it out, I honestly didn’t understand the hype.  The cord was too short, the material is porous, and the vibrations numbed me to the point of being unable to orgasm.  I was so disappointed I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to use a wand again.  Years passed before I dared to try another, especially since I figured the rest would just fall short.  It’s safe for me to say that I’m just not a wand person in general, but the Shibari Halo was certainly a step up from what I’ve used in the past.

There are three major things about the Halo that makes me happy; it’s made from silicone, it’s waterproof, and it’s rechargeable.  You don’t have to worry about being near an outlet, accidentally unplugging it, or getting tangled up in a cord.  It was so much easier to get comfortable without having to concern myself with a power supply.  The fact that it’s silicone is a major plus, because I can use it directly against my body without having to worry about it harboring bacteria, and can sterilize it when I’m finished.  Being able to clean the massager without worry, and knowing I can take it with me into the shower is also a major plus for me.  Especially when my body hurts and I just want to be under hot water.  Having the water hit my back while I’m massaging it – yes please!

As far as sexual pleasure, this wasn’t right for me.  If you’ve read my reviews in the past you already know I require pin-point stimulation.  I did like the fact that the head was smaller than the Magic Wand (and other wand style vibes available) and I was able to sort of tuck it against my clitoris, but it didn’t do much for me.  I managed to successfully cramp both legs and feet to force out an orgasm, but that’s not the kind of pleasure I typically seek.

The biggest issue I have with this massager in general, is the power button.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve jumped (nearly dropping it) because I’d go to pick it up and would accidentally press the button.  It’s far too sensitive and can be a real pain to deal with.  It would be nice to see the button updated; requiring a three second hold or something similar.

Overall, I really enjoy this as a body massager, but it just isn’t the right product to satisfy my sexual needs.  If you enjoy broad stimulation, I can see this being a fantastic option to consider.  And hey, if it doesn’t work out for you that way, you at least have something to ease your sore muscles!

You can purchase this wand at from Peepshow Toys by clicking on the banner below.

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The Shibari Halo Wand was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

  6 Responses to “Review: Shibari Halo Wand”

  1. Glad to hear you had some sensation with this one. It is cute I love the color and how it is USB rechargeable but the last time I even used my wand I could not get off after getting used to the Salsa.

  2. Being cordless and easily cleaned are my favorite attributes of this wand massager. For our Hitachi magic wand it’s annoying that each session we have to wrap the massager head with either a condom or a nitrile glove to ensure cleanliness.

  3. The Shibari looks nice, but I’m rather disappointed in their “10 speeds” claim. Still, having a massager I can use during bubble baths would be very nice!

  4. For some reason wands have never really interested me – even the Hitachi. Though the fact that this one is cordless and waterproof does make it more appealing.

  5. I see this a lot and have always wanted to try it. Love the review!

  6. I bought the LiBa massage wand which is the same thing for $30 on amazon, seems like the same thing.

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