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The first time, I thought I was just having an off day. The next time, I feared the anorgasmia was returning. Determined, I tried yet again with no success. But I didn’t give up there. I tried and tried to orgasm with the Minna Limon. I wanted to give it every chance in the world to work for me. I absolutely love Minna’s other vibrator, the Ola so I just couldn’t accept the fact that the Limon and I were so completely incompatible.

I would have given up on other vibrators a lot sooner but I just couldn’t turn my back on the Limon. Plus, I needed to know what it was about this vibrator that was so totally wrong for me. So, I kept using it and then… finally… it happened. I eked out one lackluster orgasm from the Limon. To achieve this, I had to entirely change the way I normally stimulate my clitoris.

I get the most pleasure out of lightly stroking my clit with a strong rumbly vibrator. It’s very picky about what it likes. I can’t just plop a vibrator down on it and hold it there in one spot. It needs to feel the vibration moving around on it. And pressure tends to send me in the opposite direction, making it less likely that I will have an orgasm. My usual techniques don’t work very well with the Limon. So, how did I finally achieve an orgasm with it? I pressed down and rubbed that thing against my clit so furiously, it was like I was trying to make fire in the wilderness. This is not at all how I like to do things but it worked. I finally had meager orgasmic success with the Limon.

So, does this mean it’s a shitty toy? I don’t think so. I just think that it’s not a good match for me. Everyone has their own way of masturbating. Some like pressure. I like light touches. Some like diffuse broad vibration. I love focused pin pointy vibration. I guess you could say that the Limon just isn’t my type. It’s really made for someone who likes to put pressure against their clit and feel the vibration broadly over the entire area.

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I thought that cute little nub at the end would work for more focused stimulation but it doesn’t. The vibration isn’t concentrated down into that point. It radiates out, through and all around the whole of the toy. So, it’s really more effective to place the Limon at a bit of an angle so that the broad round surface is in contact with the clit, rather than the pointy tip. At least, that’s how it seemed to work best for me. It’s not my favorite kind of stimulation, which likely explains why I have so much trouble coming with the Limon.

OK, it’s not great for me but I know this is exactly the kind of stimulation that some of you are looking for. And that’s why I can’t give this vibrator a bad review. I think if you need the broad, diffuse vibration and you like pressing down on your clit, this will be a great vibrator for you. The vibration is considerably rumbly, it’s just not concentrated into any one point on the vibrator.

Even though the Limon isn’t a good match for me, it is one seriously cool little vibrator. It employs the same squeeze pillow technology as the Ola and allows you to create your own patterns. It is a lot of fun playing with it that way. But if patterns aren’t your thing that’s OK too. The Limon can be set to a steady vibration as well.

Here’s how it works. You have one button. Press it to turn it on and it will pulse one, two or three times. Three pulses means you have a full charge and you’re good to go. Two pulses remind you that you need to charge it soon and one pulse means it’s nearly drained.

You begin in “free play mode” (only the power light will be on). In this mode you can squeeze the Limon however you like but it doesn’t save any patterns. Squeeze it lightly and get a little vibration. Squeeze it hard and you’ll get a lot. If you want to start making your own patterns, you press the button again, putting you in “record mode” (a circular arrow lights up). Then squeeze the Limon however your heart desires, wait a second and it will start replaying your pattern, until you squeeze it again. So, if you really like the pattern you’ve created you press the button again, putting it in “lock mode” (a lock shape lights up) and it will play it back to you, over and over for as long as you like. Unfortunately, the Limon has no memory so, you can’t save your pattern. Once you turn it off, it is gone forever. I think being able to save your patterns would be a cool little feature.

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Patterns not your thing? The Limon has you covered there as well. To set it on a steady vibration, in record mode, simply squeeze it with as much force as you like for about 5 seconds and release. After a short pause, the Limon will play back a continuous steady vibration at the intensity you set it. If you squeeze again, you interrupt the steady vibration so, to lock it in, you would have to press the button once again (going into lock mode) without squeezing it. Another way to do it is to squeeze it as hard as you like in record mode and at the same time, press the button. That will lock in your steady vibration at your desired intensity.

The Limon is waterproof making it safe to take into the tub or shower and also easy to clean. A little antibLimonProducts_LARGE_largeacterial soap and water will do or you could use a toy cleaner. If you need to sanitize it, you can bathe it in a 10% bleach solution. It is made of body safe, nonporous, phthalates free silicone. You’ll probably want to use water-based lube since some silicone lubes can damage some silicone toys. The Limon comes in two colors – pink and teal.

If you travel with the Limon and change altitude, like on a flight, the squeeze pillow can deflate. There is a tiny port between the two charging contacts and you’re supposed to push something like a ball point pen into it, to re-inflate it.

This vibrator is USB rechargeable which some people like. I’m not one of those people but it seems to be a trend that’s not going away. So, if you don’t like charging your sex toys on your computer, you’ll need a USB to A/C adapter. Limon’s light (it says “Minna”, how cute) blinks while it is charging and stays on steady when it’s fully charged.

Packaging is quite nice and similar to that of the Ola. It’s cylindrical and the manual and charging cable/base are inside the lower portion. The container is sturdy enough that it could be used for storage. You get a cute little storage pouch for it as well and Minna covers the Limon with a one year warranty.

The Minna Limon just isn’t a good match for me. It can’t provide the kind of stimulation that my clit prefers. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good toy. If you like to apply pressure and broad, diffuse vibration then I think the Limon could work very well for you. If you need focused pin point vibration, like me, it’s best to look elsewhere. Incompatibility aside, I have to say that it is a very innovative vibrator and Minna deserves all the credit for creating something completely unique.


Minna provided the Limon in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Camryn Jones

    Y’know, I really wasn’t all that interested in this thing until this review.
    Rumbly vibrations for my clitoris ~and~ my labia? Yes. Sign me up!
    Sorry it doesn’t mesh with your masturbation style though. That sounds frustrating.

    • Not so frustrating. I have plenty of toys that can come to the rescue. I like trying new things and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. And I like being able to tell people what kind of stimulation they can get from a toy so, that means I have to try it even if I’m not sure it’ll be my thing. This is still a good vibrator.

  • Heaven

    Sorry to hear it did not work for you. It is a cute lil thing but I think I would pass it up.

  • Glumbumble

    Sounds like my kind of toy. But if the vibrations carry through the body, you must feel it in your hands, right? I’m finding lately with the Mona 2, while I love the vibrations (though I sometimes find myself wishing for just a little bit more strength), I don’t like how it carries up to the handle on the stronger settings. It starts to make my hand go numb after a while. I think ultimately, while I do like pressure and a wider touch, I think it would be awkward to use this little ball. I like the Mona 2’s long handle. The Lelo Lily is one I bought several months ago that I regret spending the money on. It’s great for fitting in between us during more close sex, but it’s hella-hard to grip.

    • You definitely feel it in your hand with this one but to me, since it’s a rumbly vibration, it doesn’t numb my hand as much.

  • Thank you for this review. I had hoped this super-cute toy would be for me, but sadly I think it’s not, because I am looking for a more pinpoint stimulation. I’d like a travel-friendly (I now only own one vibrator which is Lovehoney’s version of the Hitachi), powerful, waterproof, rechargeable luxury clit stimulator. I tried the Leaf Life and was extremely disappointed since it started malfunctioning after several weeks and never got any response from Swan.. I’ve heard the new Leaf+ line is great, but I’m still hesitant to buy since I feel let down by them as a company.

    • That’s a shame you had such a bad experience with Leaf. I don’t have much experience with them. They (the parent company) have sent me two items for review and have seemed OK to work with in that regard so far.

      Considering your experience with Leaf, I don’t know if I should recommend this to you because it is made by the same company but…

      If you love your Hitachi-like wand massager but want something smaller and lighter for travel I can’t recommend the PalmPower enough. I love it a lot more than my Hitachi. It even comes with plug adapters for different countries. I’m not sure which ones are for which countries but I could take a pic of them if you want to know.

      Check out my post about it.

  • Karen B

    This vibe sounds pretty awesome. Sorry that it didn’t work for you, that sucks. I would probably love this toy.

  • This is exactly what has happened to me with the Limon as well. I figured I was having a off day and I’d come back to it. Came back to it and still can’t get over how balloon like it feels on my clit. This distracts me from reaching orgasm. I agree, though, it’s not a bad toy, just not a toy for my body.

    • Glad I wasn’t totally off base with my feelings on it. Good toy, bad match… that’s all.

  • Hm. Now you got me thinking. I’m still discovering what type of masturbation I’m looking for…Shapewise, how would you compare it to the Iroha?

    • Shape wise? Limon is rounder. I get more focused stimulation out of the Midori than the Limon.

  • Elena Kate

    I think you verbalized this really well, and I agree with so much of what you say. The vibrations are just not concentrated and focused enough. Bu I’m glad that you said that none of that makes this a shitty toy!

  • Oh! I see why I like it and you didn’t. I like pressure and broad vibrations. 🙂

  • Bex

    I always have trouble reviewing toys that are good toys but just don’t work for me (kinda like the Stronic). I think you illustrated your issues with it very well, I still want to get my hands on one to try it out for myself.

  • God your reviews are thorough!! Inspiring. I’m bummed that you didn’t like it but I’m not deterred mine should be here anyday!!!!

  • Horny GeekGirl

    This just made me want to try this even more. Lol. Although Lovehoney have stopped selling them for some reason. 🙁

  • I think you were right on the money about this toy. It’s interesting to read this review after having tried the Limon myself. I like it, but no orgasms. I’ve been using it to warm up. I wish the vibrations were more focused in the nub…I really thought they would be when I saw the toy.

    • I’m glad I did a good job explaining it. I know it’s a great toy for some, it just isn’t perfect for me. Still think it’s a good toy though.

  • You are right, it took me a fair bit of ‘playing’ to get that big O. It’s a good lil clit toy but I prefer hard and steady and the series of breaks, even on the record modes, threw me off my stride.