A couple of months ago, I was contacted by LELO and asked to review their new bullet the LELO Lily 2.
First thoughts on the Lily 2
This was an improved version of the Lily – which is great. I’d heard some good things about its predecessor, so I was looking forward to giving it a try. That is, until I saw that it came infused with a smell. Yes, you read that right. My newly acquired sex toy has a scent infused within it. The smell that radiates from my vibrator is Lavender & Honey, although, if you prefer, you could also get the Rose & Wisteria and Bordeaux & Chocolate scents. Lovely.
I have no idea why my sex toy now needs to be scented. In all honesty, to me, it’s a ludicrous idea. But, such is life, and I now have a lavender and honey scented sex toy.
As usual I was impressed with the packaging. I’ve yet to be disappointed by LELOs packaging, and I was even more impressed with the packaging for the LELO Lily 2. I really liked the little window in the box, it managed to make the toy look even more stylish and luxurious. I know, I know – the packaging isn’t everything, it’s the toy that matters. However, personally, I really like boxes. I like unwrapping pretty things. It’s just the way I am. Packaging is always going to be my first impression of the toy, and that matters. Inside the box, you’ll find the LELO Lily 2, a USB charging device and a small satin pouch. The pouch is big enough to store both the cable in and the vibrator, if you don’t want to keep the box.
Opening it up
When I opened the box, I was hit by a rather strong smell of lavender. It was actually quite over-powering. Initially, I was sad about this. I actually hate the smell of lavender. It’s a smell that I tend to associate with my grandmother and her friends, as they always wore a lavender-based perfume. The scent, itself, is said to be associated with romance. I’m not sure how. I find it rather off putting, and it’s certainly not a scent I would have willingly chosen for my sex toy. Feeling rather deflated, I decided to put the toy on the window-ledge near an open window, in the hopes that it would air out.
Trying to get rid of the smell
After leaving the toy by the window for several hours (the smell wasn’t bad enough to warrant leaving it there for several hours, I just forgot about it), I was pleased to discover that my sex toy was no longer an assault on my nose. In fact, I could barely smell the lavender anymore. To be able to smell it, I had to practically put the vibe right up against my nose. Which again left me wondering as to why infuse a smell in a sex toy anyway? Especially if it’s not going to last very long when left out.
Whenever I leave the toy out of the included storage bag, I’m not able to smell the lavender anymore. It’s not just me, I practically shoved this toy under my BFs nose to ask if he could smell anything. Apart from being mildly concerned that I was attempting to stick one of my sex toys up his right nostril, nothing else really struck him. He couldn’t smell anything. It’s only when I put the toy back inside the packaging that I’m able to get a subtle smell of lavender.
So, thankfully, the smell (after my initial experience) isn’t really over-bearing at all. It’s quite subtle and it in no way affects my experience with the toy.
The Lily 2 is a lot smaller than I originally anticipated. With a length of 3.6 inches, a width of 1.5 inches and a circumference of 4 inches. Its almost pebble-like shape makes it really easy to hold and use. While the toy itself is incredibly smooth and manages to feel somewhat silky, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was made from silicone. However, it’s actually made from ABS plastic, much like the Mia.
The Lilly 2 hosts a variation of vibrations, 8 in total. However, as usual I’ve never really been interested in patterned vibrations, they rarely do anything for me. Thankfully the LELO Lily 2 has 10 different speed settings to keep me interested.
The controls are easy to navigate, although they’re a little stiff, and the vibrations are surprisingly powerful. The vibrations are mostly buzzy with a slight rumble undertone. I found, because of this, I wasn’t able to use this vibrator for an extended amount of time as it just made my hand go numb.
The tip of the vibrator is angled, however, it wasn’t angled enough for me to reach clitoral orgasm using this alone – which was more than a little disappointing. Pairing the Lily 2 with a dildo didn’t really help me much either as, although this seemed to heighten the vibrations on my clitoris, it wasn’t nearly as effective as my experiences with the Tango (my usual go-to clitoral vibe), or even the LELO Mia 2. I put this down to the shape of the vibrator (though the vibrations on the Tango are far superior).
How it performed
The LELO Lily 2 is a well-made, rechargeable vibrator with strong vibrations, however, for me it does have its problems. The shape, however comfortable, wasn’t able to give me the pin-point vibrations that I need. The vibrations, although powerful, aren’t rumbly enough for me, either (I really hope LELO make more rumbling vibrators, as I’m a huge fan of the Large LELO Smart Wand). And, honestly, the infused smell is just something I can’t get behind. I don’t see the point in it, in the slightest, and I feel like you could save money purchasing the LELO NEA 2 instead: it doesn’t come with the smell and it’s over £20 less!