Make love not war! While many of the products Lovehoney stocks follow the swords into ploughshares concept - think of the missile-shaped Colt 12-inch Rocket Anal Tool, for instance - few toy ideas are quite as ingenious as this also-ran entry in our Design a Sex Toy competition. Apparently inspired by unsubstantiated accounts of gay Glasgow gangs adapting some of their favourite weapons in the wake of the first wave of ecstasy use in the late 80s, the knuckle thruster has it all: street smarts, adaptable connectors and vicious chic.
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If our collection of novelty butt plugs just doesn't do it for you, or if you've ever dreamed of ravishing maidens with your scaly skin and fiery breath, this also-ran entry in our Design a Sex Toy competition would have made your fantasies come true. If it had won ... But given the danger of being stabbed by a Christian in an England football shirt as you swagger around in your dragon tail, perhaps this is all for the best!
Lovehoney looks kindly on bedroom scientists, and recognises that those of you looking for a challenge may be less interested in our sex doll range than in putting something together yourselves. We've noticed that if you put together enough of our male masturbators you'll pretty much have a complete, entire person, which you can then take apart and reassemble to your heart's content.
They're furry. They're cute. They have long fluffy tails, and gnaw on acorns in an endearingly teeth-chattering fashion. So why shouldn't squirrels be used as the inspiration for sex toys? This also-ran entry in our Design a Sex Toy competition shows what happens when sex-crazed imaginations are led to gentle woodland idylls, fed cider and given a pad of paper and a pencil. You'll never look at the toothy little critters the same way again. Now otters, that's different: they really are something ...
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.
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.
Tongue-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.
Are 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...