Material & Design
Blush Novelties has been making waves in the sex toy industry lately for releasing a ton of body-safe toys that are also budget-friendly. The Gaia Eco is one of the least expensive vibrators I’ve seen on the market that is still made of safe materials. It’s made of Biofeel, a starch-based bioplastic. The Gaia Eco has been lab certified as body-safe, is phthalate-free, and hypoallergenic.
Plastic doesn’t have the same anti-bacterial properties as some of their silicone options, but it’s a non-porous material that is still safe to use in one orifice (great for solo use but not so much for sharing). Keep in mind that because of the lack of a flared base, the Gaia Eco is not safe to use anally.
The Gaia Eco is a slim, traditional-style vibrator with a tapered tip that can be used internally or externally. It features a dial control for the vibrations and a smooth shaft with very little texture. Due to the construction of the bioplastic, it does have very tiny variations in the texture–like most recycled plastics.
The dial control to the Gaia Eco is easy to use and doesn’t pose a problem during use where buttons can be accidentally pressed. While the vibrations are quite strong and rumbly for a vibrator of this price-point, I’m disappointed in the short range of intensities with the Gaia Eco. I can hardly feel the difference between the lowest and highest settings, and the range of the dial for the actual vibrations is only about a quarter of a full turn. Still, it does have an impressive rumble for one of the cheapest vibrators I’d recommend.
The Gaia Eco is also waterproof, so taking it in the bath or shower is a great way to play.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The Gaia Eco runs on two AA batteries, which are not included. I’ve had mine for about a month and the batteries have yet to need replacing. One of the highlights of this eco-friendly toy was its low energy use, so hopefully the batteries last a while longer than expected.
The noise level of this toy isn’t bad for a plastic vibe–which usually have loud, buzzy vibrations. It’s definitely louder than the silicone vibrators I own, but doesn’t make so much noise that you’d be heard from another room or anything.
This toy is safe to use with water and silicone-based lubes and doesn’t require any special cleaning methods. Simply wash with soap and water and you’re good to go! Since it’s made of plastic and not silicone, it cannot be completely sanitized, but the plastic is non-porous and isn’t a health concern unless you’re sharing it without a condom.
The ability to recycle this vibrator is a big selling point for it, but it has to be done in a commercial compost. I think it’s great that Blush is coming out with eco-friendly toys, but the accessibility of such a facility will probably pose a problem for most people. You can’t simply throw this toy in the recycling bin, so the fact that it’s biodegradable and recyclable wasn’t a big selling point for me as much as the power and price itself was.
The Gaia Eco is a great vibrator for its low price. It’s not my most powerful or favorite vibrator by far but for someone just starting out with sex toys or on a strict budget, it’s a really nice option. Its size and smooth material make it very easy for most people to use without an issue and it can be used as a clitoral vibrator as well as a vaginal vibe.
I highly recommend the Gaia Eco as a first vibrator to anyone looking for a traditional internal toy to start off with. There are so many cheap vibes out, there but very few can match the power of the Gaia Eco. Plastic is also one of the best materials for inexpensive vibrators because it’s both cheap to make and body safe–a winning combination!