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As my personal subs know, in addition to being a loving Domme, I can also be a silly romantic. I'm a sucker for rose and heart-shaped toys, so I jumped at the chance when Lovehoney gave me the opportunity to review this heart-cutout slapper.
First, this is a slapper. Saying that it's a "slapper paddle" is technically redundant, but helpful for those who aren't familiar with the term. Basically, slappers are used like paddles, but they are specifically designed to make a louder sound when they hit. A slapper has two layers of leather (sometimes more) that are not joined together.
The advantage of this slapper is that it is designed so that either side can be used for hitting...
and, with a little practice, the cutout will leave a mark with a heart-shaped center on your target! ;-)
This product is shipped in a plain plastic bag with no unnecessary packaging, however there isn't a label specifying materials or the country of origin. I was a little disappointed when I opened the plastic bag, because I'd read that it has a strong leather smell. However, mine smelled of chemicals. It's been sitting out of the bag off-gassing for about three weeks, and now the leather smell is starting to come through if I really sniff it. I asked Lovehoney, and they told me that it is made in Poland, using Italian Leather.
The slapper is unlined and the handle is the only stitched area on the slapper. Reinforced with wood*, rather than metal, it fits nicely in the hand, and includes a knotted leather tie for hanging.
* The reinforcement is round, like a wooden dowel, rather than the rectangular shape shown in some of the pics on the Lovehoney website.
Speaking of the website, Lovehoney also offers this DOMINIX Deluxe Leather Heart Paddle (UK Link), and together they would make a lovely set.
DOMINIX is Lovehoney's luxury bondage line. While these are better made and in line with what you would find on a serious BDSM site, I wouldn't call this particular item "luxurious". However, it is a cute slapper that will definitely leave it's mark.
Personally, I'd love to have the matching paddle to make the set. *hint* *hint*
Lovehoney.com: DOMINIX Deluxe Leather Heart Slapper
Lovehoney.com: DOMINIX Deluxe Leather Heart Paddle
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Lovehoney.co.uk: DOMINIX Deluxe Leather Heart Slapper
Lovehoney.co.uk: DOMINIX Deluxe Leather Heart Paddle
Note: I received a free sample from Lovehoney in exchange for an honest review.
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