Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit Pleasure Panel Review

8 out of 10

Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit

Pleasure Panel review by LouiseLace

I have lusted after the Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit since Cara released it, I remember seeing her launch party tweets and following the success of the launch through her blog. So when I spotted the kit on Cara’s February Pleasure Panel product list, I jumped at the possibility of receiving a kit of my own to review. I nervously awaited the update as to which Pleasure Panel reviewers would be sent which items.

Disappointingly, when the update news broke I was in my local McDonald’s and their wifi connection felt that Cara’s site was “deemed offensive” Oh the horror! Thankfully, another of the Pleasure Panel reviewers (such a friendly community BTW) updated me of my approval to review via Twitter. I do confess to squeaking out loud and doing a little jig in my seat in excitement, this didn’t arouse the suspicions of my fellow diners at all 😉 My very own Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit *Squeak*

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My Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit arrived a few days later in a plain brown wrapped package, a simple address label on the front and a return address sticker which features the discreet ‘CS’ of Cara’s logo, on the back. There is no mention of what the product contains. Inside the brown paper, the Fantasy box was snugly wrapped in bubble wrap.

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The Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit cardboard box is around the size of an adult shoe box, the front of which has a list of the contents and a lovely image of a lady bound in some of the kit products draped over a white and red wing chair. Those familiar with Cara will know this chair features throughout the Cara Sutra brand, this adds a lovely personal touch from Cara.

The reverse of the box has a picture showing all of the items contained within the kit, the image shows the red version however, a black option is also available and that’s what I requested. It also lists the products individually again, not sure why this is required as the list is clearly displayed on the front of the box. A note from Cara teases the reader with a hint of what can be achieved with the contents of the kit, “…Feed the anticipation by binding them with luxurious, strong restraints…”

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I cannot begin to explain how excited I am about this review, frustratingly, I had a few days to prepare myself for the first play session as my kit arrived mid way through school holidays and I had kids pestering me every five minutes. Oh how I wished I could have tried the ball gag on my youngest – just for five minutes, honest 😉 Finally Gran arrived and the kids were whisked away, I was at last able to break open the Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit. In the box there was an information sheet which gave helpful tips on first time use which included thorough advice on safety during bondage sessions. It ends with a variety of methods of how to contact Cara should you require, I love the transparency Cara has with her brand, she really puts herself out there for her products.

The Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit is neatly contained within a resealable plastic bag, my first thought was that getting it all back in the bag may be an issue but I’ll worry about that later. There are 8 items in all; Wrist cuffs, Ankle cuffs, Collar and leash, Blindfold, Breathable ballgag, Bondage rope and Flogger. There are so many possibilities with this kit, I’m not quite sure where to start, having already had experience being cuffed and blindfolded we I figured we’d start with those and see where that leads us.

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Both the wrist and the ankle cuffs are made from a luxury leatheresque material with a thick faux fur inner lining, sturdy silver buckles fasten the cuffs around the wrists/ankles securely, there is a silver D-ring in the centre of each cuff which is surrounded by decorative, flat silver studs. The cuffs join together with a 2″ chain, I would have liked the ankle chain a little longer so I could balance better when standing but I’m willing to suffer a little discomfort as part of our play.

The chains have a snap hook clasp on each end, which are then attached to the D-rings on the cuffs. I like that the chains remove completely, gives me the opportunity to wear a cuff with my jeans and a band T-shirt during the day 🙂 I have really skinny wrists and ankles, even on the tightest fitting I am not able to remove the wrist cuff without loosening the buckle and the ankle cuffs aren’t budging either. They feel amazing against the skin and I love the padded fur lining. I was already beginning to feel restrained and I wasn’t tied to anything…. Yet!

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The blindfold is made from the same materials as the cuffs but is slightly more flexible, it fastens to the head with an elastic strap, similar to a flight sleep mask, the faux fur is slightly flat on first opening the kit but fluffed up really well with a quick brush. Once on the mask sits securely over the face and covers the eye and cheek area exceptionally well, peeking is not possible. My other senses heighten as my sight is lost to the comforting darkness of the Fantasy Beginners Bondage Kit blindfold.

To begin with we used the metal rungs on our head board to trap my wrists above my head and the same with the foot board and my feet, I’m a little shorty, I was quite stretched in this position and this meant that I didn’t have much room to move my legs apart restricting access which was a little frustrating. Moving on, we unclipped from the bed frame and then clipped my wrists to my ankles on each side and lay back, this meant my knees were completely apart and he had access all areas. Surprisingly, being unable to straighten my legs felt more restricting than when they were tied down to furniture. I am funny (peculiar not haha), when it comes to lying on my front during scenes, so we didn’t attempt any of those positions but I’m sure there are possibilities.

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Apparently I looked rather pretty tied in my cuffs and blindfold, so we decided to enhance the vision further by adding the collar, minus the leash to begin with. The collar, like the other pieces in the Fantasy Beginners Bondage Kit is made from a leatheresque material and faux fur, unlike the cuffs does not have the silver flat stud decoration, it has a simple but poignant D ring in the centre. The buckle fastening is sturdy and unlike the cuffs the buckle holes have silver rivets to strengthen and decorate, this is a very pretty touch to the design.

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Sadly the collar I received had a slight scuff to the leather just above the buckle 🙁 The collar is around 2″ wide and completely covers my neck restricting how far I can dip my chin, fit wise, I have a small neck and I struggled to get the collar tight enough, I found that the smallest two holes could not be used because of the over lap of leather at each end of the collar, which was a little disappointing. We settled on the third smallest hole and that meant was enough room between my neck and the collar to fit 4 fingers, it certainly wasn’t restricting my breathing or affecting my swallowing, the collar could be turned so the ring was at the front or the back with ease and the luxurious fur ensured the collar didn’t rub.

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By now my anticipation was rising, losing my mobility, my sight and having something around my neck was rousing every nerve ending in my body. In my mind, I was screaming for a touch to my skin, begging to have some stimulation to take my mind away from trying to predict his next move (funny how losing a few senses does that to you) I daren’t utter a word, I knew the ball gag was waiting patiently for its debut and I knew he would take the opportunity to silence my whining given the chance. I felt the clasps of the cuffs being loosened and my arms and legs received a gentle but firm rub down to keep the blood moving. I was placed in a kneeling position on the bed and my left wrist was positioned behind my back and attached to my right ankle and the right to left ankle, hog-tied on my knees, this I liked, my heart rate escalated. I heard the words “I am not going to gag you….yet” How did he know that was what I was thinking? Confused, I wracked my brain to think of what else was in the kit, the flogger, how could I forget the flogger?

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The flogger is a beautiful piece in the collection, 15 soft tails joined together by a firm handle of twisted leather, finished off with a silver hanging ring. It is a decent weight and sits firmly in your grip without chafing the skin. Floggers are very versatile and can deliver anything from caressing strokes to hard stings with a flick of the wrist, so, what does the Fantasy Beginners Bondage Kit flogger feel like? I relaxed into the soft feel of swishing leather across my upper body, gently tickling my skin, he lifted the tails and lightly tapped them across my breasts, I flinched from surprise rather than pain, there was no pain, just a tingling sensation, gradually he built up the intensity of the lashes until they were delivering a sharp sting to my skin and bringing the blood to the surface giving my breasts a rosy glow. I couldn’t hold back on my moans, of delight not agony, this prompted the introduction of the gag, knowing I was a little nervous of this we paused for a brief discussion and some reasssurance. It’s worth noting that communication is key in any bondage scene, all parties must be fully consenting to any activities. As this was my first time using a ball gag, we agreed that I would try the gag for 1 minute to begin with, one of my wrists was released so that I could raise my hand should I need to stop earlier, a safeword is not possible with a gag in your mouth.

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The Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit includes a breathable ball gag, this means the ball has holes in it to enable the wearer to breathe through their mouth or nose, non breathable gags are more breath restrictive. As a complete newbie, I was pleased the gag in the kit was breathable. As advised in the information leaflet, we gave the ball a quick rinse with cool water to remove any packaging particles and then with a reassuring pat on my head, the ball was placed between my teeth, Cara had previously advised in a twitter conversation to ensure the gag is fastened tightly for the best results so that’s what we did, the ball sat snugly between my teeth and although my mouth was open, it was by no means at full stretch. It is a smooth, solid plastic ball which has several round holes cut into it, I found it very easy to breathe whilst holding it in my mouth. This was reassuring *deep breath* Two silver rings sat snugly against my cheeks and leather straps pulled behind my head to fasten with a silver buckle, there were no issues with the fit and the smallest hole provided a tight fit. Once on, the flogging restarted, quickly progressing to more firm lashes, not being able to cry out was a novel experience and I’m still not sure how I felt about that, crying out is part of the release for me. I survived my first gagging and I surprise myself when I say that I would be happy to try it again for a longer period, provided I don’t drool, drooling is not a good look for me and having a gag in your mouth certainly seems to get the saliva glands working.

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Unfastening my breathable ball gag, and removing the chain clasps from both sets of cuffs, I was then rewarded with a brief kiss as he attached the leash to my collar, the leash is a thin strip of leather effect material which feels a little plasticy compared with the other items in the kit, it is a reasonable length with a well stitched handle to one end and a silver snap hook clasp at the other. With a firm tug downwards, I sank to my knees and as gracefully as I could I walked on all fours behind him through the house to the couch. We took note of Cara’s information leaflet which advised us that Cara Sutra “…cannot be held responsible for any legal or moral issues which arise from their (the kits contents) use in public areas…” and stuck to indoor play. Once he was seated in his favourite chair, I was able to thank him properly for helping me with this review 😉

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I was conscious that we had not yet unravelled the extensive length of silky black rope from the Fantasy Beginners Bondage Kit, I have never desired rope play in any of my relationships, the idea of being suspended from the ceiling terrifies me. However, I have seen some beautiful images online of people bound in rope which raises my curiosity.

Whilst I enjoyed being tied down with the cuffs, I knew in the back of my mind I could be unclipped and released in seconds, with rope this isn’t so easy. I am well aware that he cant even open a packet of bourbon biscuits, goodness knows what he’ll be like with knots! Cara even recommends having a pair of safety scissors handy when indulging in rope play *gulp* I knew this would be something I had to research and build myself up to, if I’m going to do this I want to be a bit more adventurous than just wrapping the length around my wrists or ankles. We kept in mind that I am very uncomfortable at the thought of being fully bound and unable to move and researched our options, we finally settled being bound for decorative purposes rather than restraint for our first scene and after watching a few instructional videos online we decided on a supposedly simple Ringbolt Hitch on my legs.

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There is 10 meter length of rope included in the kit, each end is capped with a small piece of sticky tape, I fear this will fall off fairly quickly, I would have liked something a bit more sturdy than tape, a leatheresque finish perhaps to prevent the rope from fraying. The rope itself is silky smooth and is not too dissimilar to a very long shoe lace, it doesn’t scratch the skin when fastened but would leave a pattern on the skin if tied tightly. Knowing that this was going to be a bit fiddly, I started at my ankles and slowly made my way up to my knees, twisting, weaving and aligning the rope, I confess to having my instruction video playing in the background as I worked. Within around 10 minutes my lower legs were bound together with a slightly ‘wonky’ but very pretty plait. My hubby loved how this looked on me and as only my lower legs were bound, I felt comfortable that I wasn’t going to freak out. The rope felt amazing on my legs and I loved how it looked on my skin, the ringbolt hitch was a perfect beginner knot as it just popped open with a single tug from the loose end at my ankle. I will definitely try more decorative designs in the future.

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I did some secret research and found a simple bodysuit design ‘how-to’ video and decided to surprise my hubby and his friends on ‘Lads Night’ with a home made rope outfit 😉 It really is surprising how easy it is to complete a simple but attractive design on your own, the silky rope just glides through the twists and doesn’t knot itself so with a little patience you can manoeuvre it as you wish. I received a round of applause and a cheer from the lads and they were all very impressed with how it looked and that I had done it myself. I’m still not too confident but I intend to work on my fear of being rope bound during a sexual scene, for now I am going to keep practicing my DIY rope outfit skills 🙂

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I ended our sessions having been bound, sated and quenched. Despite my initial concerns, fitting all of the products back into resealable bag was not akin to getting a sleeping bag back into its storage bag, the kit just slipped back in without any trouble – providing you unfasten the cuffs and collar and wind up the rope tight.

We tried the fit of the cuffs, blindfold, ball gag and collar on my hubby and there were sufficient buckle holes to enable a secure fit on all of the items so it will be his turn next!

I absolutely loved the Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit, I was rather intimidated by the rope but that just gives me something to work up to. I admit I was a little disappointed with the scuff on the leather and my struggles to fasten the collar, and with the sticky taped ends of the rope. That said, I would definitely recommend this product to both beginners and intermediates and will be using this kit many more times myself. I would rate this item 8.5/10

Thank you so much Cara for allowing me the pleasure of reviewing your Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit free of charge in return for a fair and honest review, it was an honour.

Louise Lace x


Thanks to Pleasure Panel reviewer LouiseLace for this guest review of the Fantasy by Cara Sutra Beginner’s Bondage Kit (RRP £69, currently on sale for £55). 

Fantasy by Cara Sutra is also available from UberKinky and Amazon

This bondage kit was sent to LouiseLace free of charge in exchange for her fair and honest review here at CaraSutra.

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2 COMMENTS

    • You’re very welcome! Thanks for the awesome review. As a follow-up to Twitter, I’m very disappointed that your kit included a scuffed collar – sorry! There’ll be a perfect one en route to you soon, along with your VIP reviewer reward for reaching 5 reviews on the Pleasure Panel 🙂
      Thanks again! x

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