• Analingus or rimming is simply using your mouth, tongue, lips and sometimes teeth to stimulate your partner's anus and (in the case of a male recipient) his testicles. As the anus has so many sensitive nerve-endings, it can be incredibly pleasurable for both men and women. Lots of couples enjoy rimming during foreplay, or as a sexy accompaniment to oral sex.

    Rimming is sometimes referred to as 'playing the rusty trombone', which is when the person who is giving the oral attention also reaches around to the penis and makes rapid stroking movements up and down the shaft. The mouth-to-bottom coupled with arm actions resembles someone playing a brass instrument.

    Interested in trying rimming or playing the rusty trombone? We've put together some tips to help you enjoy safe and satisfying play.

    Erotic fictionPersonally, I love erotica. What could be better than a well-written story that gets you in the mood? It doesn’t always have to be fiction, and it definitely doesn’t have to be long. Sometimes a short and subtle erotic poem is much better than a prolonged novel with extensively graphic sex scenes.

    It's International Literacy Day today and in celebration I’ve created a short history of erotica with everything from ancient scripts to semi-autobiographical diaries. They might not all push your buttons, but they have ignited centuries' worth of love, lust and pleasure and are still exciting to read and appreciate today.

    Whether you’re into dominance and submission, seeking tales of debauchery and prostitution or looking for a classic love story there’s something in the genre for you... after all, we have the whole history of the written word to explore.

    jawbreaker ball gag

    Ball gags are a must-have accessory for every dedicated BDSM player, but the taste of some rubber ball gags can be a little off putting. You can choose a silicone ball gag to ensure that your gag will taste neutral or you can try something a little different thanks to the Awesome Sex Toy of the Week.

    This innovative ball gag has a nice big ball measuring 2 inches in diameter to ensure the mouth is securely muffled and a highly adjustable PVC strap to hold it firmly in place. The ball is attractive, decorative and best of all - edible.

    The Kinklab Jawbreaker Gobstopper Ball Gag is made using a retro gobstopper sweet in place of the ball making bad-tasting ball gags a thing of the past.

    New bondage range called Sex & Mischief from Sportsheets

    One of the questions we hear most at Lovehoney is ‘How do I introduce bedroom bondage to my partner?'

    Bondage equipment has a habit of looking a little bit scary as the classic fetish style tends to revolved around heavy leather and metal. For the tentative experimenter, diving into the deep end with locking restraints and hefty buckles can be a bit alarming and sometimes uncomfortable. So what is the best equipment to start with?

    Sex & Mischief by SportsheetsEstablished soft bondage company Sportsheets have developed a new range with beginners in mind called Sex & Mischief - a collection of bondage restraints that are easy to use, non-threatening and still offer the full bondage experience. Each product in the range comes packaged in a classy package with some fantastic lifestyle product photos which convey the appeal of dabbling with S&M without making it feel scary or porn-esque.

    Read on to find out why this is a great bondage range for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike...

    Have you seen the Spider Realistic Male Masturbator yet?Spider Hands Free Realistic Male Masturbator

    The Spider is a fantastic hands-free masturbator that's revolutionising the way that men experience pleasure during masturbation. Instead of having to use your hands, (or resort to some bizarre techniques to hold the toy in place), you can stick the Spider safely and securely - exactly where you want it.

    Check out the Lovehoney TV Spider teaser video below for a sneak-peak:

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    The unique suction cup can be attached to any flat surface allowing perfect angling for maximum satisfaction. But that's not all; Spider has also been designed with a realistic vagina opening and internal texture too, for even greater pleasure.

    The Spider Realistic Male Masturbator is available now, exclusive to Lovehoney!

    Win a Back to Bed Bundle Worth £100This September we're encouraging everyone to get Back to Bed and spend some quality time pampering and treating themselves and their partner.

    To celebrate Back to Bed month, we're giving away a fantastic bundle of luxurious goodies that will make for a romantic evening in.

    All you have to do is follow Lovehoney on Twitter or Facebook (or both for a bonus entry!) and let us know you've done it.

    Once you follow or like us, fill in the quick form below to let us know enter the competition.

    This competition is now closed. The winner was Karen from Surrey.

    Durex Play O Female Orgasm Gel 15mWrite a sex toy review for Lovehoney and you could be in with a chance to win a whopping £100 to spend on whatever you like! Each month we also choose a selection of highly commended reviews and reward them each with (count 'em) 2000 Oh! Points to spend as they wish - or perhaps save up for a luxury toy.

    Better sex - all round - was a trend in reviews this month. The winning review was helpful, hilarious and exploding with enthusiasm. Bravo!

    Review of the Month

    "This teeny, tiny bottle will probably make you foam at the mouth with rage, considering what you will probably have paid for it. But be of good cheer, my friends, for this teeny tiny bottle will last you for the next millennium. You literally need a TINY amount in order to trip the light fantastic. The guidelines recommend a 'pea-sized amount' but that was too much for me..."

    Read the full review by cheer_up

    Read on to find out who was highly commended and earned the points this month, and make sure you write a sex toy review so you can be in with a chance in August!

    Every month, Lovehoney customers upload photographs of themselves modelling lingerie bought from the site with the hopes of becoming the Model of the Month and winning £100 to spend on sex toys, sexy lingerie or kinky costumes.

    Our winner this month is Liquidsugar who modelled the Rubber Girl Latex Wear Mini Dress With Suspenders (£34.99) and a pair or gorgeous crochet knit stockings. We're partial to a lovely bottom, especially when teamed with a knowing look and Mona Lisa smile.

    We also loved the setting of this photo, which brought to mind opulent scenes of hedonism and debauchery in large stately homes.

    Congratulations on winning the Model of the Month crown for August and a £100 shopping spree to go with it!

    It was a well-deserved victory with close competition from some other fantastic photos, with two in particular that deserve honorable mentions (and some Oh! Points too).

    We loved this shot of Pixie_Murree and the way the wallpaper reflected the pattern of the lingerie she was modelling. Carrying on the paisley theme, we loved the dreamy quality of this photo of cheer_up and the way she has concealed her identity without her head looking obviously cropped out. Well done to both!

    If you want to be in with a chance to win a £100 shopping spree on Lovehoney, just upload a picture of yourself wearing sexy lingerie or costumes and check the Lovehoney blog next month.

    We need your help! We've been nominated for the 'Consumer Choice Award' in the e-Commerce Awards for Excellence.

    Vote for Lovehoney

    This award is entirely won on customer votes, so we'd love it if you could vote for us - it just takes one click and would make a huge difference to our chances. The award is for a company that offers an outstanding online experience and so if you love Lovehoney's service please...

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    In our last poll, we asked the question: 'Do you or your partner own a stroker?'

    Over 51% of the people that voted said 'Yes' to to our question! Just 28% said 'No' while 19% of respondents showed an interest in owning a stroker with the answer 'No, but I'd like to'.

    Here at Lovehoney we have a fantastic range of sleeves and strokers, realistic male masturbators and Fleshlights, so if you're still wanting to explore the pleasures of these fantastic male sex toys - you can!

    This week we unveiled a UK exclusive at Lovehoney - the revolutionary new male sex toy the Spider! This innovation in masturbation is changing the way that men experience hands-free fun.

    Vote in our new poll: 'When using a realistic male masturbator what's your favourite method for hands-free fun?' and visit the forum thread to discuss the different ways that you can use male masturbators.

    As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who voted in the last Lovehoney poll. 

    If you've got something to say about the results of our last poll, leave a comment below...

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