What do you reach for after sex, other than the lucky so-and-so you just had it with? Do you grab a wet wipe? The nearest bath sheet, perhaps? And how do you clean up after masturbation? Tissues, or maybe you’re the quiet user of the old wank sock? Well, for the past month or so I’ve been reaching for the Cumpanion Towel, and now it’s time to write my review.
What it is
The Cumpanion is a towel specifically designed for use after intimate play. At 60 x 40 inches it’s more or less the size of a hand towel, but rather than being a boring rectangular shape it’s an ellipse. Hand finished with satin edging for a sensual feel as well as a tidy appearance, it has a little hooded pouch at one end.
Fashioned out of electrically charged microfibre, it’s intended to be not just a utilitarian clean up product, but rather an extension to whatever sexy shenanigans you’ve been up to. There’s no mistaking that it’s a towel, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s made from the softest fleece.
What it isn’t
I’ll tell you now, the Cumpanion Towel isn’t a barrier product. I thought I’d give it a shot to see how it fared, and it was bad. I really let go with my Njoy Pure Wand, which always turns my vulva into a geyser, and I soaked right through the doubled over Cumpanion and the towel beneath it, trashing the mattress yet again.
How to use it
Using the Cumpanion Towel couldn’t be simpler. Do your funky thing with your partner/s, toy/s or finger/s, and once you’re done, grab the Cumpanion and clean whatever you will. It feels lovely to the touch and isn’t at all rough on abused genitals like regular towels can be.
While I don’t mind giving toys a thorough washing, I honestly hate personal clean up after sex. Slapping a wet wipe on my vulva pulls me out of the moment in the rudest way, and scrubbing at myself with time worn bath towels or flannels makes me feel unpleasantly raw.
Using the Cumpanion doesn’t give me any of those feels. What’s more, it’s as absorbent as you’d expect any towel to be. I have accidentally used fleece for post-sex clean up before (purely a case of wrong place at the wrong time for the poor blanket) and it was ridiculous. It didn’t absorb anything, it just kinda smeared stuff around and left me feeling as grungy as ever.
I won’t say the Cumpanion is a miracle towel that left me feeling fresh as a daisy, but it was pleasant to use after sex.
As I said above, there’s a little hood on the end of the Cumpanion. The Fella gives it the hairy eyeball cos he says it makes it look like something you’d buy in Mothercare. I can see where he’s coming from, I guess, but that hood is useful so I quite like it.
A few other uses:
- Carrying smaller toys and lubes around
- Stashing toys when we’re too tired to clean them
- Covering the head of a wand to soften the vibes for him
- Something for him to wank into at the start of a play session so that the rest of the Cumpanion stays fresh for final clean up
How to care for it
Pretty much the same way you care for your other fabrics, except for one thing: don’t use fabric softener. It does something negative to the softening charge in the fabric and then you’re left with just a towel. I’ve been handwashing ours because it gets used daily, and I’ve air dryed it too. I’m not sure if tumble dryer or radiators would have any adverse effect on it, but I’ve found that other fabrics suffer from being exposed to intense direct heat, so I prefer not to take the chance.
We keep our Cumpanion folded up in one of the Fella’s bedside drawers so that it’s always ready for use when it’s dry. But because of how much use it gets with toy testing and such, it isn’t always there when I need it. I’m thinking that I might need to buy a spare sometime so I always have one on hand. It’s only available in blue at the minute, but as soon as other colours are made I’ll be on it.
I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth do I need a tiny towel to wipe my bits down when a regular towel will do? The simple answer to that is, you don’t. That’s the thing about all sex toys and almost all of their accoutrements; they’re luxuries and therefore not essential at all. For me, I think stuff like this is all part of the sexual/sensual experience. Some will agree, some won’t.
But I like knowing I have something specifically for after sex clean up. I like knowing that my family and visitors aren’t drying their faces on something I’ve jizzed on before. As simple a thing as it is, I really do like my Cumpanion. If you’d like to have a soft option to your end of play clean up, you can buy one here.