Learn Something New About Sex Toys Today

December 22nd, 2016

It’s no mystery that sex toys are something I love, and that’s a love that I try to share with others, both through this blog and in my offline life. Sex toys have enabled me to climax easier, squirt, have fun with partners and discover new erogenous zones, among other benefits. Sex toys = good.

When you’re as experienced with sex toys as a reviewer like myself can be, you can forget that once sex toys were new. This meant the entire concept was novel and exciting. And to some people, the entire thing is intimidating or confusing.

I’m not the only person to write guides to choosing sex toys, navigating materials and playing safely. In fact, I may not even have done the best job at those tasks. Many retailers off in-depth guides that make it easier to search for toys, whether you’re searching for yourself or for someone on your list. The result? Better-informed shoppers who will stand the best chance at liking their orders and shopping again, duh.

Lyps Complete Toy Guide, for example, not only points you in the direction of the best toys for your body and your relationship; the site also discusses sex toy materials, safety and cleaning.

In twelve chapters, the guide walks buyers through everything technical and personal they’ll need to know about buying and using sex toys, including general masturbation tips. You’ll find charts and statistics about everything sex toy related. Not too shabby if you’re set on learning everything – and why wouldn’t you be? If you just need to brush on something that you’ve forgotten, such as lube compatibility, then this guide has you covered, too.

 

One of the things about the Lyps guide that I really like is that they recommend other online retailers because it’s more important for the guide to be useful than it is for it to be exclusive, and that’s a rare thing to find these days. Communication and cooperation between retailers, manufacturers and bloggers, of course, is the only way to spread information — and accurate information at that.

It’s all too easy to think you know it all or forget the little details or basic information that comes easily to a veteran blogger but might be crucial to a toy newbie who hasn’t found their stride, so part of providing useful information is listening to what others have to say and responding in kind.

Anyway, if you haven’t yet, check out the Lyps sex toy guide as well as the articles on Of Sex and Love. Got a question or thought? Sound off in the comments. I’d love to teach you something new or, better yet, learn something new myself!

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Veteran’s Day Sales at SheVibe

November 12th, 2015

I’ve been quiet for a while, but I couldn’t help but pipe up when I got today’s email with SheVibe’s Veterans Day sales. Now, technically, there aren’t one-day only sales, but that’s good if you’re waiting on payday! Most of these ends November 24th, so you’ve got almost two weeks to make your purchases.


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Labor Day Sex Toy Sales

September 5th, 2015

My posts may have been slow, but I’m two days early with this one. So go me.. or something!

Babeland is offering 20% off and free shipping, which means you get a lot of bang for your buck. You can get a Minna Limon for $95 (review), the Boss vibe for $55 (review) or the Mona 2 for $111 (read my review).  I enjoy all of these toys, and you won’t find cheaper prices!

There are also a couple new items that I’ve yet had a chance to try, and maybe the same is true for you!

Use code 20VIPS9 for the savings until September 7th!

Babeland Labor Day Sale

 

Add some lingerie to your collection or replace your entire sexy wardrobe without breaking the bank. Stop over to Frederick’s of Hollywood to take An Additional 40% Off Clearance using code LaborDay40! This sale ends tonight! You can also save 20% on with code FRED20OFF. Ends 9.8

Adam & Eve coupons are always a little tricky because of exclusions, but you might be happy to know you can  Save $20 Off $40 at Adam & Eve this Labor Day with Code LABORDAY (Ends 9/8).  This doesn’t cover most of the high-value items (Lelo, Fun Factory, Minna, et cetera).  However, you can get also get $20 off any order of $40 or more with free shipping without any code.

 

Bluebella Lingerie Lara Brief

Bluebella Lingerie Lara Brief

Lovehoney has some great sales right now, especially on lingerie!

No code is needed for any of these sales! You can also get 20% off when you spend $20 or more, including these already sale-priced pieces! That means you can get 5 panties for under $20 excluding shipping!

This is also a great deal for anything you might want that’s under $100. Layaspot is just over $42. Try the Luna Beads Noir for just $31.19. The Fun Factory Stronic Eins might be the cheapest at $155, too! Or check out the gorgeous Vixen Mustang in Royale Purple for just $112. Check out my review for the large Lockable Sex Toy Case. If you want it, it’s only $34 on Lovehoney. Save $12 on the Bettie Page Spanking Paddle, too (review in this post).

I’ll be keeping my eye open for other sales that are particularly good and adding them to this post! Let me know what you pick up in the comments!

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2014: The Best Of

December 29th, 2014

Another year. Another couple dozen reviews of sex toys. There were fewer this year than the last. This might be due to me having more sex. Or perhaps there were fewer toys that I really loved.

In fact, while populating this list, I worried I wouldn’t have enough best-ofs. I suppose that’s bound to happen, and I might accept the blame of trying out some toys that wouldn’t work well for me if I had looked past the shiny and read the small print. Oops.

But, there’s definitely some toys I would recommend, so here they are!

Vibrator

Svakom is an up-and-coming company. I had a hit-or-miss relationship with the toys they send to review, but Leslie is a self-heating vibrator with respectable power output.

Minna’s Limon took me quite by surprise, quickly becoming one of the most intuitve vibrators I’ve ever used.

I also quite like Ora 2, but it’s the stuff it does besides vibrating that does it for me.

ceramix 5 and 6

Ceramix 5 (right) left a surprising impression

Dildo

2014 was light on dildos. I only tried a couple, and both of those were from Pipedream’s Ceramix line. Ultimately, I preferred #5!

Erotica

Move over 50 Shades of Grey. Wrapped Around Your Finger is actually a book worth reading, and there are more in the series!

Sexual Non-Fiction

I’m technically a year behind and I didn’t even write a review for Best Sex Writing 2012 (I did write a review for the next year’s). But I think it might be the best in the series and you’re missing out if you don’t check it out.

BDSM

The Bettie Page Spanking Paddle is manufacturer by Lovehoney and full of the details you’d want while offering a sexy spanking.

Lingerie

Designed Intimates sent me quite a lot of lingerie to review. I especially enjoyed the Charming chemise and thong.

Bath and Body Product

SheVibe let me try the Flirty Little Secret Pink Caviar Scrub With Pheromones. It’s slippery but smells great and works well. It’s been a nice addition to my shower routine!

Storage

Lovehoney is rocking 2014’s list. They also made the Deluxe Sex Toy Case, which is probably my all-time favorite option for sex toy storage!

As always, I recommend the best toys from years past. Check out my list of 5-star sex toys!

Don’t forget to let us know about what you loved in the comments.

Have a good new year. I plan to!

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#BlackFriday Sex Toy Sales!

November 28th, 2014

There’s no need to wait to treat yourself to an awesome new vibrator, dildo, erotic anthology or BDSM gear. I’ve gathered up information about all the awesome Black Friday sales for you to check out in one place! The following details all the general sales and some of the best places to get my favorite toys, which I know you’ll love, too!

SheVibe

  • Save 10% off $75+ with code Turkey10
  • Save 15% off $100 with code Turkey15
  • Save $20 off $125 with code Turkey20
  • Save up to 50% on Lingerie — no code needed!

What will that get you? Mona 2 for $110.50 and the  L1 stone dildo for less than $90. You don’t want to miss this one! $112.50 will also get a Fucking Sculpture in your hand! The original Mimi and Mimi Soft touch are both available, too!

Shop now!

Adam & Eve

50% off A Single Item with Code: EEANBF50. Some exclusions do apply. It doesn’t seem to count for Lelo, Fun Factory or Jimmyjane items.Some items have a maximum discount of 10% or 25% for some reason. This is a great time to get shaving and body products, massage oils and lube, however!

 

 

Jimmyjane Form 6 Black Friday Sale at Babeland

Jimmyjane Form 6

Babeland

Save 25% off Jimmjyane toys including:

Use code JJLuxe when checking out!

Store.OfSexandLove.com

Save 20% on anything, no minimum with code 20BF14! This affiliate store has a lot of hard to find items that I love, including the Delight (~87), Stronic Eins (~160), Siri (83.5) and the Big Boss (104).

You can also find Svakom’s Leslie for under $120. Few retailers carry this brand, so it’s a steal!

Plus, vendors sell the entire Ceramix line!

Check out the store front for a list of some of my favorite items, including shave cream, aftershave oil and vibes!

Fredericks of Hollywood

250x250Good Vibes

Save 25% with code FF254U. Psst, get Mona 2 for $104, Siri for $74.75, Minna Limon for $85.25 or Comet II for $64! The Magic Wand Original is just over $40, too! You’ll also get a good deal on the Stronic Eins for less than $150. Plus, Good Vibes has plenty Vixen toys, and you all know how much I love those!

I didnt love the Mimi, but you can get the original but under $79 and the new Soft version for $70.30.

Finally, pick up the Big Boss for under $98!

Lovehoney

Lovehoney is great for my international readers because they have both Lovehoney UK and an Australian site! Every site offers $25 off once you reach a minimum. For us Americans, it’s $80. Might I suggest you pick up the Lockable Toy Case? Or how about the Bettie Page Picture Perfect Spanking Paddle? Add on an Under the Bed Restraint kit for much fun! The Stronic Eins is cheapest at Lovehoney! They’re also selling the Form 6 for $131.

 

Shop the latest Bondage Special Offers at Lovehoney.com

 

Yandy

Check out their lingerie Black Friday sale. Some it’s it’s 80% off; although, much of it is between 40% and 60% off!

 

Designer Intimates

I’ll be writing up a huge review for an entire box of stuff in the future, but you can save 30% with code Thanks30 right now. What do I recommend?

You’re going to find a lot of similar lists, but I hope this helps you if you have similar tastes or want a few things that aren’t the Mona 2! LOL Every link you click is an affiliate link that will provide me with a commission, and you won’t believe how grateful I am! Thank you!

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It’s That Time Again

September 14th, 2014

The last time I went through a big toy overhaul was before I moved into my current apartment. Last month, I signed the lease for the next year, meaning I’ve already been here two.

That’s two years to review a lot of toys, and not all of them suited my tastes or anatomy. I’ve got at least a drawer full of toys that I have no need for.

This is good news for you. If there’s something that’s sterilizable — silicone, plastic, metal or glass — or can be safely transported — books and lube — that I didn’t love, it can be yours. Some stuff on this list may still be available. The general list is as follows:

I’ll pack it up for the cost of shipping via PayPal.  Generally, this will be between $5 and $10 per item.  If you’re interested, please take a look at my sex toy reviews. Anything that isn’t tagged as a 5-star item is likely up for grabs.

I am generally not interested in swaps; although, I may make exceptions for Vixen items. You can check out my wishlist here.

To inquire about a toy that might be available, please use the form below.

I’ll try to get back to you in as timely a manner as possible!

 

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Packaging — Worth the Price?

May 29th, 2014

AKA the reasons I hate bulky, “luxurious” packaging.

A box inside a box (with a bag inside!)

A box inside a box (with a bag inside!)

A few years back — man, have I been at this for a while — every review of a high-end item seemed to shout the praises of beautiful packaging. And for a while, I was pretty impressed, too. When I pure received my Pure Wand, I was impressed with the box and the layer of pink satin into which the dildo nestled. But that was almost five years ago, and I’ve since changed my tune. I think other people have, too.

Originally, luxury packaging indicated that companies were paying more attention to detail. If it was a non-porous material or made to the highest standards, it probably had to come in a big box. But this is no longer the case. In fact, some companies ship their wonderful toys simply in plastic bags. Don’t be surprised if you purchase an awesome dildo from Naughty but Nice and packaging is minimal. After all, this doesn’t effect use.

More people are coming to that realization, I think. They realize that, at the end of the day, luxury packaging doesn’t make a bad toy good. In fact, it may only increase the disappointment when you open an exquisite box to find a lackluster toy. Not only that, but it can take away from the time spent developing a luxury — or even a functional — sex toy. Years ago, people discussed Tantus’ now-defunct Alumina line. The price seemed high for dildos, and someone created a poll. The resounding answer was that more people would have purchased the products with a cheaper price tag because the company sacrificed the packaging, instead.

But packaging always makes a toy more expensive.  And perhaps that’s the point. When you charge more, you create a niche market for yourself. We’re luxury you say. Other items are just functional. Isn’t it time that people ask what’s wrong with being functional? It’s difficult not to wonder whether companies are paying too much attention to packaging and not enough to the toy itself. A pretty sex toy really isn’t worth a higher price if it doesn’t get me off. There is no exception to this rule.

Luxury packaging also irks me for a few more reasons.

  • It’s often not easily recycled or disposes off. Cardboard and bags? Most people have no problem with that. Mixed materials, PVC and other materials become harder to dispose of.
  • This sort of packaging calls attention to itself, which is less-than-discreet when it comes to recycling in community containers. Many people use these.
  • Luxury packaging is bulky, which makes it more difficult to store. Does a toy really need a big box and a storage pouch? The problem only increases when you’ve own a dozen Lelo toys or more. I’ve thrown out more boxes than toys I currently own. Seriously.
  • Bulky packaging can increase the cost of shipping.

However, this isn’t the way that everyone feels. Perhaps I am just jaded as a sex toy reviewer but some people want more companies to go the way of Lelo. Other people like boxes as storage. Still, more sex toy owners enjoy the attention to detail. Some people like them for gifts. Others find creative ways to reuse packaging.

While it certainly wouldn’t be feasible for companies to provide two sets of packaging, it isn’t impossible to create classy packaging that’s discreet but nice enough to use as a gift without sacrificing the ability to recycle it. However, the process to attract high-end consumers should come only after you have a solid product and not if the price increase will cut into your market share.

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