Friday, August 5, 2011

Condoms for a Cause Sampler Review

Do you like supporting companies that donate funding towards a good cause? Do you use condoms? Do you support safe sex?


If you said yes to any of the preceding questions (unless you have a latex allergy), I highly recommend getting the Condoms for a Cause Sampler from Babeland, a woman-friendly and sex positive company. It’s a simple way to keep you and the one(s) you love (or the one(s) you love to shag) safe from sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancy.

Another suggestion for these condoms is using them for your toys. They’re great for keeping things clean. I happen to be lazy and this makes clean up faster. Using condoms on your toys is an especially good idea if you have toys that aren’t as safe in quality, such as rubber, jelly, orTPR. If using lube for any of these condoms, use only a water-based lubricant.

The Condoms for a Cause pack includes six condoms total. Four are by Proper Attire and two are by Sir Richard’s Condom Company (The Pleasure Dots Condoms are included in this sampler) .

[caption id="attachment_533" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Keith Haring Condoms by Proper Attire"][/caption]

Two of the Proper Attire Condoms are Proper Attire® Keith Haring Condoms (purchase benefits the Keith Haring foundation, which supports AIDS-related education, research, and care), another two are Proper Attire® Basic Condoms (benefiting Planned Parenthood® Federation of America). Two condoms from the Sir Richard’s Condom Company are also included, the purchase of which donates one condom to a clinic in Haiti for each condom purchased.

The Proper Attire Condoms are constructed of thin premium latex all condoms from Proper Attire in this sampler measure at7-9/10” long and 2-2/5” wide with reservoir tips of 54 mm. This company also carries an XL condom which is slightly larger.

The Basic Condoms (part of the Proper Attire Brand) are simple in packaging showing only a Maple Leaf and the motto “Required for Entry.”

The Keith Haring Condoms come in a more festive wrapper, showing a montage of dancing figures and barking dogs (the design is circa 1985 by the Keith Haring Foundations). It sports the same “Required for Entry” motto as the basic condoms. The condoms in this line are colored, the color selection of which appears random for this sampler. If you were to buy these condoms in a regular pack directly from Proper Attire in a three pack, the colors you would receive would be red, yellow, and blue.

[caption id="attachment_534" align="aligncenter" width="223" caption="Happy Valley Realistic Dildo pictured wearing Keith Haring condom in green"][/caption]

The colored condoms I received came in yellow and green. I’m not sure about this discrepancy. But it appears that Babeland carries a wider selection of colors than the website of the manufacturer. The color of the condoms is rather transparent and only adds a slightly colored hue for the green and yellow condoms.

According to the Proper Attire website, the condoms are FDA approved and have underdone high quality testing. I found that the Proper Attire Condoms felt a little too thin, since I am used to using a thicker latex condom. This however was not an issue as the condoms were actually much more durable than I thought they were initially. I generally keep my nails at medium length, so I was a little paranoid. I decided to sacrifice one of the condoms and see how much stretching it could endure. For the condom to tear, I had to stretch out like a canvas and poke the stretched latex with my nail. I can’t vouch for there being a lack of microscopic tearing, however, one of the best ways to prevent this is to practice good hygiene and keep your nails well manicured, smooth, and short. If you are the one putting on the condom, your partner will surely appreciate it.

The Pleasure Dots Condoms by Sir Richards are made of 100% natural latex are FDA approved, and include lubricant which their website says is present for “optimal gliding.” The condoms are also free of glycerin, spermicide, parabens (which have been linked to cancer), and the dairy product casein, meaning these condoms are vegan friendly. The Pleasure Dots Condoms include tiny little bumps covering the very middle of the exterior of the condom, which are intended to stimulate the partner on the receiving end. The Pleasure Dots are just one of several other available condoms from Sir Richards including extra large, ultra thin, and ribbed. I could not find information concerning the size of these condoms and their reservoir tips on Babeland or Sir Richard’s site, but they seemed to fit my larger, girthier toys just fine.

[caption id="attachment_536" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Classic Bender by Doc Johnson modeling Sir Richard's Pleasure Dots Condom"][/caption]

According to my own personal measuring of the condoms, they appear to measure about 8” from the base to the reservoir tip. The first time I used the condom, I used the Happy Valley Realistic Dildo, which is made of a very sturdy firm silicone and has a slight girth to it. I found the bumps to be uncomfortable with the firmer toy. The second time I tried a larger toy (Classic Bender by Doc Johnson) that was made of rubber (a softer, less safe material) and found that the condom could shockingly enough accommodate the large toy without tearing. With the softer rubber toy, the condom was much more pleasant and in fact, very enjoyable. All in all, I was pleased with this sampler pack from Babeland.



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