Does it feel like springtime where you are? After a week of clouds and rain we’ve suddenly got a breakthrough of gorgeous warm weather and the garden at my house is starting to come to life. Back in March the lovely folk over at Your Pleasure sent me some items from their Power Play collection to review. I’ve already discussed the Fifty Shades of Grey ‘Restrain Me’ bondage rope, but that’s not all I got a chance to review. The most interesting item included in my package was this paddle, the Butterfly Effect by French manufacturer Aïe Feel Good, and it feels like the perfect way to celebrate spring.
The Butterfly Effect is a 21.5cm by x 24.3cm polyurethane paddle in the shape of, fittingly, a butterfly. Out of the box I was slightly surprised by it. I’m not what you’d call a girly person. Feminine, yes, but not girly. My BDSM style is heavy on black leather, studs, corsets, and dungeon-like gothic aesthetics. It’s mean, a little edgy, but elegant all the same. This is as far on the other spectrum as those pastel bondage kits that have been cropping up all over the internet lately.
Still, the design isn’t a huge detractor if it’s a great paddle, right? The thing is, the butterfly is a very particular kind of tool. For one, the entire thing is made out of flexible polyurethane, and the butterfly is very large in proportion to the rather stubby handle, which means that the entire thing droops under the weight of the wings when you hold it in your hand. The handle is also somewhat uncomfortable to hold, and could have been softened up with another material and made thicker to be easier on the hand. This flexibility rules out my preferred longer swings for the paddle, instead I found that I had to adopt a short, quick flick of the wrist, turning it into more of a slapper. I found it easiest to use in a closer, more intimate spanking, over the knee or while the submissive is lying down with the dominant kneeling over would be best.
That being said, when I did manage to get my technique down the butterfly didn’t disappoint me as a slapper. The large surface area, while unwieldy, delivered sharp thwacks each time, leaving a properly reddened bum after use. Although I’m a dominant I even bent over and let my partner give me a few smacks just to see. The wingspan ensures it covers large portions of the skin with every swing, but the large cut outs mean that there is relatively little surface area hitting the skin at the same time. It stings rather than thuds, but it’s a broad kind of sting very unlike a crop. Did it make up for how unwieldy it was to hold and the butterfly design? Not for me. There’s just something far too undignified about being spanked with a butterfly for me to forgive.
Does that mean that the Butterfly Effect is a bad paddle? No, not at all. It’s just not a good fit for my particular style of BDSM. For people who don’t enjoy the gloomy dark and elegant dungeon aesthetic, for people who want a lighter sting, for people who are interested in quirky and feminine tools, for people who want a vegan alternative to leather impact tools, this paddle would be great and I’d definitely recommend it.
If you would like to buy your own Butterfly Effect Paddle you can purchase it at Your Pleasure for £35, and while you’re there check out the rest of their Power Pleasure collection. Also, take 10% off your first order using the code TENOFF.
Thank you to Your-Pleasure.co.uk for sending me this product for an honest review.