I’m getting to be an avid fan of discovering the delights hidden away in sexy subscription boxes, and while this offering from new Cornwall based company, Dead Set on Pleasure, is possibly the smallest box I’ve received to date, my excitement was massive.
Dead Set on Pleasure’s aim is to provide their customers with a monthly injection of 4 to 6 carefully selected products from the likes of Tenga, Durex, and System Jo, and if your toy needs batteries, they supply them. Postage and packaging is included in the price too, so there aren’t any extras added on when you head to checkout. The options you have are:
One time purchase – £25
3 month subscription – £23.75 per month, saving you 5%
6 month subscription – £22.50 per month, saving you 10%
12 month subscription – £21.25 per month, saving you 15%
The outer packaging was 100% discreet, so there’s no need to worry about your postie figuring out what you’ve been buying. Once that was ripped off, I was itching to find out what was inside of my little 8.75” x 6” x 2.75” black box. I could have read the #whatsinthebox leaflet that was included, but I wanted to see.
So after I’d forced myself to be patient and take a few photos, I dived in, and this is what I found:
This Tenga Egg was the first thing I saw in the box, and I’ll admit that I was elated. I mean, I don’t have a cock so I wasn’t elated for myself, and the Fella has a couple of these exact eggs, so I wasn’t excited for him either. No, the reason I was so happy was, this is the first time I’ve come across a subscription box (which are all invariably aimed at couples) that caters for our bepenised brethren.
I won’t go into detail about our thoughts on the Shiny, but I will link you to the review I did for Cara Sutra’s Pleasure Panel.
I’ve seen these around in various shops, and I have to say, they never really captured my imagination, but again, I was pleased to find Dead Set on Pleasure had included a true couple’s toy in their box that can be used by anyone of any gender. Yeah, it is a cock ring, but it’s a versatile one that can be wrapped around a dildo, or two fingers, or even your tongue if you have a biggun. I jest, it *probably* won’t work on a tongue, but feel free to give it a shot if you fancy it.
What these Tenga Ring Orbs are, are teeny little ball vibrators that are run on 3 LR44 cell batteries, and there are a variety of different slings to pop them into to. The sleeves are made from silicone, and like I said, this dreamy sky blue one is a cock ring with a clitoral kick, but I’ve seen an orange one which is made to fit one finger, and a pink one which is made to wrap around the hand.
The one speed vibrations aren’t anything to write home about, and getting the Orb to reach my clit during PIV sex is a task not even the God of Fuck could manage, cos it sticks straight up from the base of the Fella’s shaft and there isn’t any room for manipulation. But it does work well as an erection enhancer, and the Fella likes to have it back to front so the vibes tickle away at his balls.
Humph! I was really disappointed to discover that the ‘hers’ toy in this box was an unbranded, crappy mini bullet. I was totally prepared to say, at least it’s a nice colour, but as crappy mini bullets go, it has a bit of oomph. No, it’s not ‘good’ but it isn’t terrible, and though the vibes are the angry bee buzzing I’d rather leave in my early sex toy days, it does actually have a bit of power for what it is. If used in conjunction with a dildo or a penis, it’s enough to help me reach orgasm, though my clit doesn’t explode into the mad dance more powerful bullets can make it do.
I’m a fan of System JO Flavoured Lubes, so I was excited to have a new flavour to try, even though the #whatsinthebox leaflet says I should have expected to find ID Frutopia in my box.
This variety smells and tastes so much like the lipsticks in those kiddy make-up sets my mother used to buy me in the 80’s it’s unreal. I’m not really fond of being reminded of my childhood during sexy encounters, but I don’t care in this instance, cos I used to eat those damned lippy’s like there was no tomorrow.
System JO Flavoured Lubes are great for their intended use: oral sex. I hate the taste of cum, so I’m happy to have a sloppy mouthful of sweetness to mask it, and this is strong enough to do exactly that. It has a runny consistency, so keeps everything gooey and wet, and a little goes a long way, as it doesn’t dry up quickly because of all the saliva involved.
There are some hinky ingredients here though, such as Glycerin and Parabens, so some people might want to avoid it. I’m not one of them though, so bring on the blow jobs!
A good bottle of toy cleaner is always appreciated, but not when it’s leaked in your subscription box. That’s just one of those things, though, and I was pleased to get to try a cleaner I’ve never used before.
The JO Refresh Foaming Toy Cleaner is pretty interesting stuff. One squirt gives you a fluff of foam that’s about the size of half a cotton ball. Rub it onto your toy, let it work its magic, then rinse/wipe away. It more or less dissolves any crud that’s stuck to your toy, though it doesn’t really get into deep ridges like a spray would, and a toothbrush is still necessary for cleaning heavy textures.
It’s an unscented cleaner, and though the bottle is quite small, I can see it lasting a while, so I’m pretty happy with it.
I do like a good wipe, and these JO ones are as good as any I’ve used in the past. One of the sachets was of the Simply Clean variety, and the other was Minty Fresh. The Fella appreciated it when I used the latter before he went down on me, but I’m happy to use either. Obviously there are added fragrances here, and Parabens and Glycerin too, but they do leave the old vulva feeling squeaky clean and approachable, so I like ‘em.
I’ve tried loads of lubes before, but this was my first intro to ID Glide. It’s completely scent free, but does have a very sweet tang to it when you get it in your mouth. The consistency is medium thick at first, but once it heats up it becomes very watery. I do find that it becomes a bit sticky when it dries, but that drying takes a while to roll around, and adding a little water or saliva makes things good and slippery again.
Just like the other ‘essentials’ included here, there’s Glycerin and Parabens in the ID lube, so bear that in mind if you find some in your box.
I’ll admit that I haven’t actually used this condom yet, which is a shame seeing as though I’ve never used this brand before. As I’ve said in other reviews, I don’t personally like to see condoms included in subscription boxes, as people who use them will often have plenty of their preferred brand at home.
But according to the #whatsinthebox leaflet, this condom isn’t even latex free, and if there has to be a condom in the box, I’d rather it was.
After posing for a cute photo, these got eaten by me. They were yummy. The end.
So, that’s the contents of my Dead Set on Pleasure Subscription Box. I wasn’t sure how I felt about getting so many sachets – A.K.A samples – in a subscription box, but I decided to be reasonable and look at it from a gifty, one night of fun point of view, and it totally made sense after that, and if I’m honest, so did the condom.
There’s a good range of products here, catering for clitoris owners, penis owners, couples, singletons, and lovers of oral sex too. Hygiene is covered by the toy cleaner and wipes, and safe sex is represented by the condom.
But even if there is a broad range of stuff included, that means nothing if the box isn’t worth the price paid for it, so the question is, would I pay £25 for a Dead Set on Pleasure box? The answer, is yes. Yes, I would, but only as a one off purchase, though bear in mind that I run a sex toy review blog, so I’ve got nations of stuff piled up everywhere, and I’m not saying it’s not worth going back month after month.
The products aren’t amazing, and it’s unlikely anyone who’s inclined to source something like this will make any eye opening new discoveries, but the total value of products is anywhere up to £20 more than you pay, so that makes it great value for money. They’ve thought of everything at Dead Set on Pleasure, and I’ll look forward to the time when they expand their product range and box prices to cater for people who want a bit more luxury.