I spent a lot of time playing with my brothers growing up on the farm. They were 8 and 10 years older than me, and I looked to them for guidance and protection. Imagine my horror when — while playing with bungee cords, as you do — the younger of the two lost his grip with the cord at maximum tension sending the hook hurtling back toward my lip.
I’d love to tell you, “that’s when I first fell in love with body modification,” but, in spite of the odds, there were no piercings that day. The incident did leave me three things: a bloody lip, a new understanding of my brother’s nickname (“dammit”), and a lifelong fear of rubber bands.
Cupid and his little, vibrating bow
The Amorino is one of Fun Factory’s line of mini vibrators, a fact that we’ll return to momentarily. This particular toy was inspired by the Roman god of Love, hence the bow and debossed arrow design as well as its gimmick, the silicone band.
In advance of receiving the toy, I had visions of the band coming loose, snapping my clit, rendering me… well, slightly stung and a bit sore is I suppose the worst case there, really. But still not something I was exactly looking forward to.
After using the toy for a bit, I can safely say two things:
- The band will pop off on you at least once if you use it with any frequency.
- There’s so little tension that you’ll barely notice.
That last statement also stands on its own.
The concept behind the Amorino’s band is that it should — in theory — transfer vibration from the body of the toy to stimulate your vaginal lips. I say “in theory” because, in practice, there’s so little tension in the thick band that I barely noticed it was there.
This isn’t an elastic band we’re talking about. The silicone has some flexibility, but not much. It certainly won’t hum the way a stretched elastic band does when plucked.
“Maybe I’m doing it wrong,” I thought.
I tried to improve my stimulation band experience from the instructions that came with the Amorino, following all of the configurations that Fun Factory suggests.
“Let’s see. I can twist the band once. Or, uh, twist the band… twice.”
Yep, that’s basically it. You can twist the band or not. It’s a two-trick pony. I wasn’t exactly expecting it to blow my mind, but it could’ve at least put in some effort.
Needless to say, I no longer use the band. The only reason I haven’t thrown it away is that the yellow looks so striking against the Amorino’s blue.
And, from a phobia standpoint, I was expecting Bill Skarsgård but got Tim Curry.
How does the rest of the Amorino stack up?
Both the vibe and the yellow stimulation band are made of velvety-soft, body safe silicone. Now I’m a big advocate of silicone and other body safe materials, but know that accepting it into your bedroom means accepting that you’ll be cleaning dust and pet hair off your toys.
Every. Single. Time.
Even if you don’t have a pet.
In that respect, the Amorino falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not the biggest dust attractor in my collection, but it definitely needs a rinse each time I want to use it. However, it does come with a lovely storage bag that could be used to keep some of the dust down.
When I first started to use the Amorino, I kept feeling like something about the silicone was somehow… different from the other toys in my collection. Using my typical amount of silicone-safe lube — Sliquid's Sassy, my favorite — there was still an uncomfortable amount of friction.
JoEllen Notte confirmed that, “Fun Factory silicone is like that. It’s a thing.”
I was glad to hear I wasn’t alone in noticing. I doubled the lube and everything was humming.
Speaking of humming… As with the rest of the mini vibe line, the Amorino is light and compact. With such a small toy, I was expecting the vibrations to be clit-numbingly high and buzzy. I was pleasantly surprised that they were actually much lower.
Now I almost said low and deep there because those words seem to be fused in my subconscious. However, one of the drawbacks to the Amorino being a “mini vibe” is that I found the vibration pretty shallow. Not unpleasantly so, per se, but definitely not deep enough for the Amorino to stand on its own as an internal vibrator.
The other drawback to the Amorino’s “mini” design is that I just could not get this thing to work for both internal vibration and clit stimulation simultaneously. It’s like someone without a clitoris took a dual-stimulation vibrator, scaled the whole thing down by 25% and went, “Yeah, that’s probably good enough.”
It really, really isn’t.
The clitoral stimulation arm is both too short to reach my clit without the toy fully inserted (boo, no thrusting) and at such a shallow angle that the arm makes contact just south of my clitoris. If Fun Factory had widened the angle between the body of the vibe and the rabbit, this might have actually worked. But, as designed, it’s a disappointing tease.
On the upside, Mike complimented the Amorino’s low vibrations for not putting his tongue to sleep while he finished what the toy couldn’t.
For completeness, it’s worth mentioning that the Amorino has 6 vibration patterns in addition to its 6 steady-state intensities. I’m not a pattern girl, so the only thing I feel qualified to mention here is that there’s a one-button escape back to steady vibration should you accidentally find yourself lost in pattern land. However, if you dig patterns this thing has them. In spades. (Digging puns. Yeah, I went there.)
So, what’s the verdict?
I wanted to like the Amorino. I really did.
Aesthetically, Fun Factory made some great choices. From the beautiful color pairing to the body-safe, matte silicone finish. Even the silly little arrow emblem. But the Amorino is a lot better to look at than it is to use.
Its low, gentle vibrations are a great way for me to start to unwind, but I need a stronger vibrator to reach a satisfying climax. Especially since, as a dual-stimulation vibrator, it fails to stimulate dually. And the silicone band is a gimmick that fails to live up to the marketing hype.
Even with all of that I might give the Amorino a pass but, for the $99 price of admission, this is one time that Cupid’s arrow misses its mark.
You can find the Amorino at Lovehoney.com