Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle Review

I blame Girly Juice honestly. If I’d never seen her Lexan paddle, I’d never have gotten the idea into my head to get one of my own. But I did see her posts. I read the posts where she rhapsodized over her Kink Machine paddle and I felt a powerful wave of desire to possess a beautiful paddle of my own. So you can imagine how I must’ve felt when I saw her paddle was no longer available for purchase. A great cry went up from my apartment as I raged over the death of Kink Machine, maker of beautiful impact toys. And so I scoured the internet looking for my perfect paddle. It took a lot of looking on Stockroom and Etsy and elsewhere to finally find what I was looking for. My search was ended at last when I finally stumbled upon the paddle of my dreams: The Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle. It’s absolutely everything I hope it would be: gorgeous, painful and priced just right.

Measurements

The Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle is about 18 inches long, including the 6 inch handle. This gives the user plenty of handle to swing with. The paddle itself is 4 inches wide, which seems a little narrow in person, but is actually perfect. The paddle in 1/4 of an inch thick, so it provides a nice weight and paddle blade.

In person, the paddle is absolutely gorgeous. While most of my enjoyment comes from how this paddle performs against my ass, there’s no doubt that the visual aspect plays in to my choosing of this paddle.

The price of the paddle is also more than reasonable, $40 is a more than fair price for the quality of what you’re getting. Many quality acrylic paddles can be quite a bit more expensive, with the Paraphilia Acrylic Paddle at $60 on Stockroom.

In use

The Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle is exactly what a paddle should be. It has a good surface level bite without being overwhelming. A hard smack with this is enough to get my attention and make me ready for more without immediately crossing my pain threshold. In addition to the initial sting, there’s underlying element of thud. This causes my ass to redden beautifully without making me want to immediately stop the scene. A few minutes of use gets my butt red and tingly, and I can feel the stinging impact for a long time after the impact play has ended. Doing day to day activities with my ass still reverberating really appeals to the exhibitionist in me! Compared to the leather paddle I reviewed earlier, the sensations this paddle evokes are more full-bodied. If the paddles were coffee, the leather paddle would be a blond roast while the Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle would be a robust breakfast blend.

I love this paddle so much. I’ve found I’ve been using a lot more since I’ve gotten my school girl costume for Halloween, I just love the way I look when I’m taking a beating. The visual of a school girl with her skirt hiked up and her cute round ass getting paddled by such a gorgeous clear paddle is thrillingly hot. This paddle has made me more adventurous with my dirty snaps, much to the delight of my partner. Sending him pictures of me enjoying my paddle and especially sending them where he can enjoy them is also intensely enjoyable to me as well.

Cleaning

Because the Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle is clear, it can get a little smudgy from the oils your skin secretes. To keep your paddle in top shape, all you need is a little soap and water and a soft cloth to dry it. If you’re gentle with the paddle and make sure not to scratch it, maintenance is fairly simple.

In Summary

The Ethos Leather Acrylic Paddle is a very versatile toy that suits the aesthetic of many scenes. It feels well balanced, delivers a satisfying blow and it’s nicely priced at $40 plus shipping. I personally love it since it’s beautifully clear, allowing the person topping to see the ass their beating, and it feels perfect in the hand and on the ass. If you’re considering a paddle and know you’re down for more robust sensations, I highly recommend this paddle!

I purchased this paddle with my own money, I just wanted to tell you all about it!

Visions of The Future 10/13

Currently I’m away visiting my family, so my review work is being put on hold. But I’ve been wanting to update you with what you can expect from my blog the rest of October! There’s going to be some very varied content!

This is a plug I received from the absolutely DARLING Peepshow Toys. It features a beaded design that I have quite a few thoughts about. That’ll be this October.

This is my first dual density dildo that I ever purchased. It’s long, straightish and has the strongest suction cup of all my toys.

I started lusting after an acrylic paddle after Girly Juice raved about hers. While her particular paddle isn’t available anymore, Ethos Leather makes an absolutely GORGEOUS paddle that I purchased for myself and I’m excited to review.

  • Kinktober Erotica

I’ve been keeping up with Kinktober in my journal and I’ve written some pretty raunchy pieces. After running a poll on Twitter, apparently some of you are interested in seeing what gets my motor revved. So expect to see a few of those!

  • A Horror Move Playlist

The product of Lust Arts and yours truly coming up with a quintessential Halloween watching experience! GOTTA LOVE A DILDO MAKER WHO KNOWS THEIR FILMS.

  • Pretty in Pink, Better in Butch

A personal piece dealing with how I experience femininity and my constant conflict with it.

Marco is a VISIONARY ARTIST and a damned good dongmonger. These were a delight to receive and I’m pretty excited to share about em!

Hopefully I’ll surprise myself with even more posts, but these are my plans as of now! Happy haunting y’all.

2 in 1: Stockroom Gentle Persuasions Paddle and Adjustable Blindfold Review

Stockroom knows leather. They just do. In the box they sent me, everything was a gorgeous piece of leather and I went just starry eyed and soft. I’ve spoken at length already about their O-ring Choker and now I’d love to tell you about the two other products they sent me: The Adjustable Blindfold and the Gentle Persuasions Paddle. Both of these products are simple and effective introductions into BDSM. They’re beginner-friendly, budget-friendly and of course, excellent quality.

The paddle

This paddle is a great and simple introduction to impact play. It doesn’t try to pull anything extreme, and doesn’t aspire to be anything more than what it is, a leather paddle. And for people new to impact play, this is a good thing. The Gentle Persuasions Paddle has two sides: a soft, fluffy side meant for gentle warm up, and an unadorned leather side for more intense play. The soft, fluffy side is extremely gentle, in fact, I found it far too gentle for my taste, even for warm up. Most people who are actually into the pain aspect of being spanked are going to find that side a little too mild to be honest and could probably advance straight to the leather side.

The non-fluffy leather side, however, is one that brings a little more intensity. Compared to the acrylic paddle I have, the leather has a more thuddy impact, meaning there’s less immediate surface level pain. Because of this, I’m able to take much harder swings from this paddle than my acrylic one. This makes me feel like an accomplished submissive and so I find myself gravitating to this paddle when I want to take a little more. I enjoy receiving smacks from the leather side a great deal, either having them administered to me from my handsome male counterpart, or just smacking my ass apropos of nothing. In the hand, the paddle feels not exactly weighty, but comfortingly soft and substantial. When my partner swung it, he noted that the soft handle made it very comfortable and easy to deliver a smack. My boyfriend feels far more confident swinging this paddle with force than he does with the acrylic paddle, so I imagine that this would be a nice choice for those just learning to be Dominant.

The blindfold

This is a simple concept done very well. The blindfold fits both my and my boyfriend’s head, and for reference, I’m a 5’2″ woman and he’s a 6’5″ man. Since we both were able to fit and be comfortable with the blindfold, I can confidently recommend this blindfold as being good for a variety of bodies. Our only other experiences with blindfolds was a silky sash from Sportsheets, which slipped and often  didn’t secure very well, so the Adjustable Blindfold absolutely blew that out of the water. My boyfriend commented to me later how much he loved the quality of the material, and impressed upon me that he found it extremely well made. To be honest, I was a little surprised by how much he liked it. Let this serve as a special note, because my boyfriend has not been that emphatic about anything else in my toybox.

I tested the blindfold on my boyfriend by having him put it on before I gave him a blowjob. He secured the blindfold while I watched, stroking his cock and waiting for it to be secured to his face before I went down on him. From my perspective, sucking my boyfriend off while he was blindfolded was something new and hot. Looking up and seeing the blindfold on him and listening to the sounds he made while I sucked his cock was exhilarating. I felt powerful and sexy as I went down on him, and tried to make that blowjob and my feelings of power last as long as possible. After I decided I had enough, I got his side of the story. The blindfold was very comfortable, he explained, but it didn’t necessarily add anything to it sensation-wise. He did say he would do it again, and that made yours truly very excited.

Final thoughts

In all, these are well executed pieces of leather that are very accessible for beginners. They are simple, gorgeously made and reasonably priced. My one note for the paddle is that the soft side was too mild for me and may be too mild even for the beginners. If you find it too mild, just switch over to the leather side and let your backside have a treat.

These products were provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Stockroom!