The Lovehoney team have just arrived in Berlin for the fantastic, naughty, erotic and downright pornographic Venus show!
The top names in sex toys, lubricants, lingerie, bondage, fetish and film gather here every year to swap cards, mingle and generally do business. So naturally, Lovehoney had to make an appearance!
Although Lovehoney aren't exhibiting, we have been wandering around talking to new suppliers, trying to get great deals on the most brilliant sex toys around and showing off our fantastic new sex toy - the Lovehoney Sqweel Oral Sex Simulator!
Keep checking the Lovehoney Blog over the next few days for video and photographic updates and all the saucy goings-on at Venus - including the entire Lovehoney team trying to ride (steady!) a giant I Rub My Duckie!
Lovehoney's fantastic UK Sex Map has just been launched!
This nifty little online gadget lets you type in your town and find out exactly where it ranks in the sexy spending stakes.
Not only is it a great way to find out what the naughty gossip is in your town but it's brilliant for figuring out new trends, deciding where to go out on the pull and learning all sorts of fun facts to wow your friends in the pub!
In fact, one of the most interesting things we learnt from creating the UK Sex Map is that Upminster is the sexiest town, spending a whopping 10.8 times the national average on naughty products!
So what is so special about Upminster? Well, not a lot.
However, we did discover that the rather gorgeous Paul Sculfor lives there.
This builder-turned-model has dated some of the most stunning women in the world including Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Lisa Snowdon and Lady Victoria Hervey.
How did this Essex brickie woo all these beautiful ladies? With naughty gifts, of course! People in Upminster spend 10.1 times the national average on sexy gifts and 11.2 times the national average on vibrators.
May we suggest a gorgeous JimmyJane vibrator for Mr Sculfor's next date?
Check out the UK Sex Map now and let us know how your town rates!
Lovehoney makes an annual donation to the World Land Trust to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the general operations of the company and the shipment of products from sources around the world to the Lovehoney warehouse in Bath.
This five star rating by Which? means that this is one of the best carbon offsetting programmes around and that Lovehoney are really doing their bit to conserve biodiversity and encourage sustainable living, working and playing!
Not only is the World Land Trust highly rated by Which? it is also popular with WLT Patron, David Attenborough:
"WLT's Carbon-balancing programme is a way of helping put back what we are taking away... Balancing carbon emissions with the WLT means that we are able to put even more back in to our key objectives - acquiring land for conservation."
Last week saw the inaugural O Awards, a night of back-slappery and bonhomie in Los Angeles, where the great, good and not-so-good of the sex toys industry assembled for a round of hearty self congratulations.
Lovehoney was there to enjoy the cheap (free) booze and the view from the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel Universal Studios. And to applaud politely, sometimes noisily, from the wings as the winners went up to collect their gongs.
And, of course, to bask in the reflected glory that we were first to bring more than a handful of the winning products to the UK over the past couple or three years. We make it our mission to bring you the best sex toys, so we took it as a giant pat on the back for us, too.
Needless to say, our head buyer Bonny Hall couldn't help herself when presented with the opportunity to press her fizzog in front of the camera...
Here she is with Dean Elliott, founder of Sliquid, the awesome super-slippery lubes that are glycerine-free, paraben-free and otherwise gunk-free for the maximum in worry-free sexual pleasure.
Sliquid won the award for "Outstanding Lube, Lotion or Potion", which was designed to "recognize excellence in lubricants, massage oils, and other necessities." NICE.
"I owe this award, and indeed every scintilla of success I've ever had in my entire life, to the incredible and incredibly good-looking team at Lovehoney," Mr Elliott might have said had we bothered to ask him.
To help you on your way to designing an award-winning sex toy for the Design A Sex Toy competition, we've got in touch with the people behind Monogamy, Sliquid, Monkey Spanker and We-Vibe to find out their top tips for making it in the industry.
We were wringing our Web 2.0 hands last week when the Lovehoney Twitter account was summarily suspended amid accusations of spam, malefeasance and assorted skullduggery. We were innocent, of course, and protested from the highest mount - well we contested our Twitter account suspension through the official channel and twiddled our thumbs for a bit.
After a couple of days we were assigned a Twitter operative, which reassured us that at least someone was looking into what had happened.
And then, well, we waited some more. And worried a bit more.
But buried deep in the comments was an e-mail address for a Twitter operative called Delbius, who we contacted directly and within no time at all our account was back in operation. Thank you Delbius!
Why was our Twitter account suspended in the first place? Delbius reveals:
> I've restored the account; it would appear that it was flagged as
> part of a spam cloud. In the future, please contact me with a ticket
> number as that makes this process much easier -- or just wait for us
> to resolve the ticket.
Which for us begged the question: what is a spam cloud? To which Del helpfully and swiftly answered:
> Essentially, it's when a group of accounts start spamming;
> some spam accounts started messaging with updates you were
> sending out and you were caught up in the resulting chaos.
Truly we are humbled by the adulation of our peers. Yesterday, Lovehoney was named 2009 Online Adult Retailer of the Year at the prestigious Erotic Trade Only annual awards, held on a concourse at the Birmingham NEC. And here is a picture of our head buyer Bonny Hall and The Professor (in his civvies) graciously accepting the plaudit.
Come to think of it, ETO would fit in quite well with any of those, though sadly the publishers of Global Slag have decided to call time on the magazine. We shed a tear for its demise.
But we digress! The ETO Awards are voted for by 'the industry' so we're super-chuffed that our achievements have been recognised by our peers, but we're even more super-chuffed that so many people keep coming back to shop at Lovehoney. We thank you all!