We do our best to keep our noses clean here at Lovehoney, so it's always a surprise - and never a nice one - when we receive a legal letter.
Most recently we heard from D Young & Co, who proudly declare themselves to be representatives of "The Proctor & Gamble Company family including Gilette Canada Company and Braun GmbH in relationship to trade mark matters."
In case you didn't know, P&G is a consumer goods powerhouse with global sales in 2006 of more than $68 billion. Its brands include Gilette, Crest, Pampers, Ariel, Bounty, Duracell and Charmin - household names that you've come to know, love and wipe your arse on.
As if we were in any doubt as to the enormity of the P&G brand portfolio, D Young & Co flexed its legal muscles - and its photocopier - and helpfully sent us not one, not two, not three but 66 supporting pages of European Commmunity trade mark registration documentation.
But why are they bothering to send all this to us at Lovehoney? What have we done to incur the displeasure of the people behind Mr Clean, Old Spice and Tampax?
It's free sex toy time again! Spend just £30 at Lovehoney and we'll send you this rather nifty Cutie Mini Rabbit Vibrator absolutely free.
And as an extra-special bonus, First Class Recorded UK delivery is free when you spend more than £20 before midnight on Bank Holiday Monday. Get in quick!
If you're wondering where to start shopping, check out our 3 for the price of 2 sex toys - add 3 to your basket and you'll get the cheapest one free. NICE.
Take Lovehoney's new Desert Island Survey and you'll be in with a chance of winning £100 of sex toys. You know Desert Island Discs - it's the Radio 4 programme where celebrity chooses the records, book and luxury item than they'd like to be castaway with. So we thought it would be fun to find out what else people would rather take on to a desert island - chocolate, a vibrator or their boyfriend... Tell us!
And if all this talk of islands has got you in the holiday mood, check out Wicked Words Sex on Holiday for a really raunchy read...
Get your sexy shopping off to a flying start - free delivery when you spend just £10 before the end of April! And don't forget that it's First Class Recorded Delivery so your parcel is in safe hands all the way to the door.
Not sure where to start your shopping? Try our best-selling sex toys!
Lovehoney is growing fast and is looking for great new people to help us grow! The Jobs at Lovehoney page explains more about the positions that are vacant - a Writer / Blogger / Sex Expert, and a Coldfusion Programmer.
And yes, there is a staff discount ;-)
This week's Love It! magazine has a great article on The Sex Testers, featuring Orgasm Army member Mistress Kitty. It's a great read!
If you're interesting in doing something similar, join Orgasm Army and then Edit Your Profile and click the option that says we can contact you to take part in surverys and interviews.
Further to a scare in 2001 over levels of phthalates in toys, a recent Greenpeace Netherlands report has brought attention back to the issue. The earlier scare had its effects - in 2005 the EU banned the use of the phthalate DEHP in children's toys, forcing toy manufacturers to develop alternatives - and the more recent Greenpeace research shows that many sex toys still carry high levels of phthalates.
We've done our own research, both before (in our sex toys and phthalates buyer's guide - which links to other scientific research giving a more balanced view of the dangers of phthalates) and since the Greenpeace report. While the existing legislation only applies to toys and childcare articles which children are likely to hold in their mouths for long periods of time, we want our customers to be as confident as possible about buying sex toys, so we sent one of our most popular toys to a lab to have it tested for phthalates.
We take customer privacy and security exceptionally seriously at Lovehoney. The recent credit card scandal at TJ Maxx has highlighted customer concerns over credit security, so it's doubly important for us to reassure our customers that shopping at Lovehoney is safe and secure.
That's why we recently submitted the Lovehoney Web site to the most gruelling of all inspections - the ScanAlert Hacker Safe certification process. And we passed.
We've gone love ring mad! Spend just £35 at Lovehoney (excluding delivery and giftware) and we'll send you 7 vibrating love rings worth £19.99 absolutely free. That's one for every day of the week! Or one for every dwarf you plan to have sex with! Sorry, got a bit carried away there...