Close2You Flores Piccolo

The Close2You Flores Piccolo rabbit-style vibrator was an unexpected offering from a lovely lady at Orion, sent along with the Passione Rosa (from the same brand) for me to review. I have a number of rabbit vibes at this point, and I have a terrible time getting them to work for me, so I was eager to see if the Piccolo would end up on the yes or no pile.

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I’m fast coming to realise that, when it comes to the way a toy is powered, I’m the kinda gal who likes to be able to plug things into the wall. I don’t want to class myself as a power queen, because I can get off on the gentlest of vibes, given the right circumstances, but in general, I usually need more power than a couple of AAA’s are capable of giving me.

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For that reason, I was a little dismayed when I read that the Flores Piccolo is powered by exactly that: 2 AAA batteries. I was convinced that it wasn’t going to work for me, that it wasn’t going to have the power I needed to reach orgasm, but I was willing to put it to the test anyway.

When it arrived, I wrinkled my nose at the packaging. It’s similar to that of the Passione Rosa in its hetero couple friendliness, and while that does make sense if you consider the brand name, I kinda wish it was a little plainer. But that’s moot, cos that bit went in the bin. The inner box is much simpler, and it’s solid as well as inconspicuous, so is great for storing the toy. There’s a cute velveteen storage bag hidden away inside if your box has to go the way of the sleeve, though.

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Along with the storage bag, there was an info leaflet in my box, as well as two AAA batteries and a sachet of lube, so I could get going with the Flores Piccolo right away. When I pulled it out of its little foam nest, I’ll admit to being surprised. The toy is absolutely tiny, so I didn’t expect it to have any weight to it at all. But it does. I’m not talking lbs mind you, but it does feel a lot heavier than it looks.

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When I say it’s tiny, I’m not exaggerating. Well, I might be a little, cos 7 inches in total is pretty average, and I guess the 3.5 inches in insertable length is only just under the 4 I usually come across. No, the length isn’t what makes it seem so small to me, it’s the girth. It’s only 3 inches at the widest point, and that’s miniscule in comparison to what I’ve let my vagina get accustomed to.

But even though it’s a wee thing, the shaft has some lovely detailing. It’s made from silky pink silicone (it also comes in purple) that feels lovely to the touch, and there are a series of raised lines that wrap around the base of the shaft, offering a little bit of cheeky stimulation to the vaginal opening. The gently curved head benefits from the same treatment: four raised lines to provide any internal hot spots with a little extra sensation.

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At the base of that pretty shaft sits the offshoot that is the clitoral arm. There aren’t any bunny ears here, just a chubby thumb of silicone that has a nice curve and a great flex. The sweet little curlicue at the base of the clit arm finishes the look off nicely, but it’s uber flexible and soft, so it doesn’t really have any purpose other than an aesthetic one.

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As I said above, battery powered vibrators are usually lacking in oomph in my opinion (though on occasion, some can shock the crap outta me with their intensity), but the Flores Piccolo has something many of those vibes don’t: it has two motors! One on the tip of the shaft, and one in the tip of the clitoral arm, and because of that, I expected a little more from it than I’d usually get with a battery rabbit. Those motors can’t be operated independently, but as I’d place this firmly in the beginner’s category, that’s no big shakes.

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To insert the batteries, you need to twist off the ABS plastic base, and pull out the inner plastic ‘tube’, taking care not to lose the rubber washer that makes your Flores Piccolo waterproof (and therefore easy to clean with soapy water or toy cleaner). Pop the batteries in, slip the tube back in, and screw the base back on. The controls are found on that base, one to switch the toy on and another to control it. There are 3 speeds and 4 patterns on offer, but they’re pretty standard, if I’m honest. There’s nothing here that isn’t in any other vibe on the market.

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So, the question is, was the Flores Piccolo an instrument of pleasure, or did it play all the wrong notes?

Well, as a dual stimulator, it was a bust. It just didn’t stimulate any internal hot spots for me at all, no matter how many angles I tried, and trust me, I tried them all. On my front, back, knees… legs up against the wall, or hanging off the bed. I even tried it standing up, but even when it did brush over my g-spot, I couldn’t get enough of a grip on the slim, tapered end to stimulate the area firmly enough.

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The ridges did feel nice in places, but they weren’t enough to get me off, and the vibes added nothing at all. There just isn’t enough power in the shaft for me to be able to get adequate sensation from something so small. What’s more, the clit arm didn’t reach my clit unless I was penetrating really shallowly, and a toy has to have mega texture for vaginal opening stimulation to bring me to orgasm.

The sad thing is, the Flores Piccolo doesn’t actually have terrible vibes. Yeah, they’re pretty buzzy, and that can be aggravating at times, but I’ve managed a clitoral orgasm probably 8 times out of ten using the tip of the shaft and those lovely ridges, so I can’t say I don’t feel it isn’t powerful. All I can say is, the size, shape, and power don’t add up to a rabbit-style vibrator that I can actually use in the intended manner. It just isn’t right for me.

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However, I do think someone who is new to vibrators could get something out of this, provided it works with their anatomy. It’s unintimidating, petite, and pretty, and while the vibes aren’t the rumbly, powerful stuff toe curling orgasms are made of, they really aren’t too shabby. If you’re looking for a first rabbit that’s made from body safe, easy to care for materials, you could do worse than the Close2You Flores Piccolo.

The Close2You Flores Piccolo was sent to me by Orion in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are now, and will forever be, my own. No affiliate links have been used in this post.

 

8 thoughts on “Close2You Flores Piccolo

  1. Your review was helpful (I’ve been considering getting this one, mostly because it looks cool) but it definitely doesn’t sound cool enough to be worth dealing with overseas shipping. So thanks :).

    1. Ugh, I know. All shipping is a nightmare, isn’t it? I’m glad my review helped you make your decision 😀

      1. I was also looking pretty hard at the Mia Maxx thrusting deal, and that one doesn’t sound worth it for me personally either. (I have pretty significant fine motor issues in my hands and *really* nonstandard sensory hardwiring, but I also am not generally here for anything as big insertables-wise as that one is. I’m thinking possible Xmas Stronic G instead, partly because I can probably at least look and hand-test locally.)

        So the fact that you talked about your disability issues and how they impacted your review/rating of that item was *also* super helpful, and you now have a new follower :).

        (And yes, all shipping is pretty much a nightmare. My version is just usually one of these: “I see this cool overseas gear but *nobody* has US love/the shipper who *will* deliver is going to charge as much for shipping as the toy itself or close/I can get the pink or purple but not the color I actually WANT”. Given the option, I tend to gravitate to teal/turquoise too. I imagine there’s probably flip side problems on your side of the pond.)

        1. Oh, I hope I didn’t mislead in my review :/ I’m an able-bodied person whose physical limitations come from body size and shape (I’m 5’2″ and currently a size 24, carrying much of my weight around the middle). I make a point of mentioning potential issues any given toy could pose for disabled folks to ensure that Scandarella remains inclusive, and to help as many people make informed choices about which sex toys could be right for them 🙂

          The Miamaxx definitely has some design flaws when it comes to who will be able to use it and how. For the cost, I would honestly recommend that folks with reach issues or problems with grip spend their money on something else. Toolbox style sex machines can be had for not much more and they are significantly more liberating than a handheld truster.

          The Stronic G is a great choice if you want a thruster that’s very slender. Also, if you like the idea of a semi-realistic insertable the Stronic Real is just as good. It doesn’t reach the g-spot as easily for those with limited reach, though. Do you follow bloggers on Twitter? I’ve seen a few Stronic G giveaways in recent months and no doubt there’ll be more. If you don’t already check it out, you might get lucky long before Xmas 😀

          Oh God, it feels to me here in the UK that all the awesome stuff is in the USA, lol. Tantus, Split Peaches, Hole Punch, and nearly all of the artisan dildo makers who have caught my eye on Etsy all seem to be in the states, and you’re right, postage from there to here is extortionate.

          1. I’m not exactly tiny myself (5’8″/somewhere around 200 pounds), and I think it’s awesome that you *do* try to make your followers/interested visitors aware of potential disability-type issues. To me, that amounts to being a good ally, and being a lady (or gentleman/”my fabulousness cannot be expressed in words” person) of size can be a disability in and of itself when it comes to toys even if you’re otherwise able-bodied.

            Also, your review gave me a MUCH better idea about whether that one was likely to be worth the price tag, so no harm/no foul (it sounds loud enough to scare my cats and possibly even reach the next lot over’s neighbors’ ears, which I *definitely* wouldn’t have known otherwise, aside from any disability-type stuff).

            The reason I was thinking Stronic G was actually because I follow Epiphora (yay Magic Wand Black Friday last year) and Dangerous Lilly. I don’t do Twitter, though, just tumblr and actual blogs.

            And yeah, the grass (or toys) always seem better on the other side of the fence :).

          2. Thank you 😀

            The Miamaxx is probably loud enough to scare *you* in person, never mind your cats, lol. I have to say that the newer model is much quieter than the original, though, it would be unfair of me not to. But it’s still loud enough to be heard from other rooms even during a noisy-ish day.

            Both Epiphora and Lilly are fantastic! I follow them, too 😀

  2. I re-read Epiphora’s I HATE THIS reviews when I need a laugh (her slush pile reviews are a thing of beauty), and I have learned a lot about lube specifically (and toxic toys) from Lilly’s blog.

    My body hates pretty much everything (the usual suspects for “hey sensitive peeps try THIS” like Sliquid or Wicked included) but I swear by the cocoa butter version of The Butters.

    (The “don’t use this with ABS” is legit. I asked and apparently it makes the surface of ABS toys unpleasantly rough. I’ve used it with a bunch of silicone and some metal without degradation or major OUCH I DIDN’T LIKE issues, though. Small business, so yes to international shipping but paypal is only way to pay through that link.

    If you’re not *ridiculous* levels of sensitive, Peepshow stocks a couple varieties just not that exact one iirc, and Smitten Kitten carries that variety but iirc EU doesn’t equal UK thanks to Brexit BS. I don’t *think* anybody UK-based does, though.)

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    I ended up with “unadoptable” kittens as a package deal, and they spook half the time if I just talk to them at a normal conversational volume so they might have heart attacks at even the new improved much quieter MiaMaxx. Their mama is a really pretty calico trailer park kitteh who adopted ME. Her official name is Carey “Cash Money” Price-my actual surname now because a) I like RL Carey Price and one of his ex-teammates called him “Cash Money” as a nickname due to last name pretty regularly and b) I’m a federal tax preparer so I wanted a money name.

    The ORIGINAL plan was to get the kittens up to “weaning size” and foster them out, but absolutely everybody in the metroplex is slammed with kittens and because mine basically won’t allow contact the FERAL cat crew told me “unadoptable plus no room at the inn”. So I have an orange one named “Naranja” for fairly obvious reasons and a black and white who’s “Halfway” because there’s just a little tiny hint of orange around their ears so “halfway” to being a calico. They’re litter-box trained and suchlike, and for kittens they’re actually not particularly bad behavior-wise they just aren’t into contact.

    (Repurposing people toys: Given the source, I have serious doubts about whether this bling and chains tassels impact toy is safe for “purposes intended”, but that’s not why I have it. The kittens seemed interested in noisemaking rolly mice, so I figured maybe bling and chain tassels would interest them too and they definitely paid attention as did mama :).

    1. Ah yes, the Butters lube is a great product. I’ve tried the cocoa butter one and reviewed another in the past and would love to find it available here in the UK. And Lilly’s blog was among the first I followed when I discovered sex bloggers. I learnt a lot from her and still learn a lot from her, she’s awesome.

      Aww, I love kitties! Yours sound adorable, it’s so lovely of you to take them in. I have three furbabies myself. My all white moggy girl and tabby boy collided at Xmas and gave me a wee baby tabby girl around Valentine’s Day. I love them to bits. I do repurpose adult toys sometimes for them, but not out of choice, they just have at them. My boy cat loves glass dildos so kicks them around on the bed, and the kitten is obsessed with the vase of canes and crops in the corner of my room. She’s wrecked the tip of my dressage whip the little beast, lol.x

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