• And you thought our happy rhino was weird ... The latest sex craze sweeping the nation, according to April 3's The Sun, is couples having sex in furry animal costumes.

    Lovehoney lab tests its sex toysFurther 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.

    Tracey Cox's SuperflirtTongue-tied when you see a girl you like? Don't babble cheesy chat-up lines in the hope she hasn't heard them before - take a tip from Tracey Cox's Superflirt, crammed to the hilt with tips on how to flirt to help you make the most of each and every opportunity. Here's just a couple of the tips to whet your appetite.

    Euphoria Sex toyAre you a craven, whimpering male yearning for punishment from your female ruler? Would nothing give you more pleasure than to feel your fesses blush at the hands of the superior sex? Are you, in short, not worthy? Let's face it, even if you're a take-charge kind of guy, it must be tempting to give up sometimes and let your partner take control - both in the bedroom and out of it. Which makes the following entry in our Design a Sex Toy competition particularly intriguing, even if it fell short of the exacting criteria required to win. Perhaps we need some more 'personal trainers' here ourselves...

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    See the Vibrating Rock Chick Vibrator video find out why it's the best-selling G-spot vibrator.
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    Happy Rhino Sex ToyThick-skinned? Short-sighted? Bit of a temper? If you also have grey armour plating and suffer from attacks by poachers after your horn, then the Happy Rhino sex toy isn't for you. If, however, you've always fancied dressing up as one of the world's most endangered animals for sexy fun, the designers of this entry in our Design a Sex Toy competition have taken your dream as their inspiration. We particularly like their suggestion for sophisticated types to wear the costume under a tuxedo; perhaps if you're feeling cheap and sluttish you could try wearing it under a crotchless open bust fishnet bodystocking?

    Sexy PVC nurse uniformLooking for a weekend of naughtiness to unleash your naked desires and enjoy the company of a lover (or three)? Check out our new dirty weekend tips to make the most of your special break!

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    Bored of plastic playmates? Finding it hard to cuddle your Fleshlight? Want more from life than your Cyberskin Ass Stroker can provide? If you've ever fantasised about Miss Piggy or furry, large-breasted dwarfs with no knee joints, the Teddy Babe Sex Doll is the luxury doll for you. She may be small but she's all woman - especially with her pussy velour plush insert!

    269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for WomenThink handjobs are simple? Nothing new to learn about the knuckle shuffle? Well think again. It's true that a firm (but fair) approach will work for most men, but there are plenty of ways to spice up this entry-level sex act and provide mindblowing orgasms. These suggestions from 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Women are designed for use by women on men, but there's no reason why men can't use them on themselves. Or on their male friends. And so on... Give them a bash and leave us a comment if you think your techniques are better.

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