Swedish adult toy designer LELO has released a $139.00 juiced-up update to the LILY, its decade-old clitoral vibrator. The new version, called LILY 2, is still small, smooth, and comma-shaped, but now sports a more powerful motor and a surface that’s infused with a purportedly aphrodisiacal fragrance.

There are three versions of the vibe, color-coded by scent: dark purple is for wine and chocolate, pink for the super-floral rose and wisteria, light purple for lavender and honey. It’s a fun gimmick, but an unscientific one: While the scents they’ve used smell nice, and all of them are certainly derived from plants that have been called aphrodisiacs in the past, there’s no credible scientific evidence that any of them actually produce physiological changes in people that increase desire. What’s more, you’re usually supposed to eat an aphrodisiac, not smell it.

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Still, the placebo effect can be a powerful thing, and maybe an odor can help set the mood. We decided to find out. The company sent us a lavender and honey model, which we passed on to a member of Throb’s anonymous testing panel. She had mixed feelings about it:

The LILY 2 does the job it’s designed for–it’s effective at getting you to climax. But if you’re expecting to smell lavender in the air while you use it you’re going to be disappointed. The scent is very faint. It gets a little stronger when the vibrator warms up, but mostly you can only detect lavender if you put it right up against your nose. That’s not where it’s spending most of its time.

The LILY 2 has eight onboard vibration patterns, so there’s plenty of options for everyone’s preferences. Our tester liked the range of speeds and vibration patterns, but thought its controls left a lot to be desired.

The two buttons that control speed and vibration mode are small and have to be pressed very firmly each time you want to move to a different pattern. That’s OK if you know what you want and can prep the vibrator in advance, but it’s pretty awkward if you want to switch in the middle. What’s worse, you can only change speeds on one mode: basic continuous vibration. As far as I could tell, you had to turn the vibrator up to top speed before it would switch patterns, and any attempt to dial back the speed would kick it back to continuous. Anyone who doesn’t like strong vibrations is going to be shut out of the full range of patterns.

The vibe has both broad and pointer areas for diffuse or more pinpointed stimulation. Its curved shape is supposed to let it sit comfortably between partners during intercourse, but our tester had no feedback for that particular feature.

My partner’s not a fan of that much vibration. I flew solo this time.

LIKES

Strong motor means strong vibration, if that’s what you like.

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Waterproof and easy to clean.

Good battery life. Like most high-end vibes, the LILY 2 has an internal rechargeable battery and comes with a USB charger. It reliably runs for around 4 hours when it’s fully charged.

PROBLEMS

Tiny buttons that you have to mash really hard make it hard to change vibration modes.

Lower speeds are only available in the basic continuous vibration mode, not in the patterned vibrations.

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There’s still no credible scientific evidence that aphrodisiacs, y’know, work. And do you really want to sniff your vibrator?

SHOULD YOU BUY ONE?

If you like stronger vibrations, get it for the juiced motor and the comfy shape, not the scent gimmick. [LELO]


Contact the author at diane@io9.com.