• Romantische Date Night

    You’ve found the dress, the caterer’s booked, and you’ve managed to tweak the seating plan so Aunt Ruth isn’t sitting anywhere near Uncle Terry. But what about the honeymoon?

    We all know that the very word, ‘Honeymoon’ is synonymous with ‘bonking like rabbits’, and no wonder.

    Traditionally used to refer to the month after the wedding (which many believed to be the 'sweetest period' of marriage), it was expected to be the time when the bride and groom developed both their physical and spiritual connection.

    Well, other than the fact the majority of us are no longer virgins come the wedding night, little has changed. Many view the honeymoon as one of the most passionate times of their lives, which is great - although it has a tendency to put a heck of a lot of pressure on your sexual performance.

    But don't fret! To ensure your post-nuptial couplings go off without a hitch, here are eight nuggets of sexpert advice. It's time to start married life with a bang. Or several.

    International Women's Day

    As you may or may not be aware, today (March 8th) is International Women's Day. But what does that mean?

    Established over a century ago, IWD is a collective movement that advocates gender equality in all walks of life.

    In the home, the workplace, and beyond, IWD seeks to create a society where men and women are treated with equal respect - and here at Lovehoney, we think that should extend to their relationships as well.

    So, the Lovehoney ladies have come up with 6 super top tips to help women everywhere feel confident, self-assured, and empowered both in and out of the bedroom.

    After all, the first person that needs to think you're sexy, is you!

    Read on to see our expert advice in full, and don't forget to let us know what makes you feel powerful in the comments below.

    Alphabet Dating: The After Dark Edition

    A new craze is sweeping the land and it's one we can really get into bed with.

    #AlphabetDating requires two partners to take it in turns to think of dates as they journey through the alphabet of lurrrrrve.

    You could start off with a touch of archery, move on to ballroom dancing and spend one night cooking (and so on and so forth until you end up at the zoo or zorbing because there aren't any other Z dates).

    It's all very romantic and lovely... but we're more concerned with what goes on after the dates. Which is why we're launching the #AfterDarkAlphabet.

    We've scanned our filthy minds to bring you the x-rated version, giving you 26 ways to bring back the fun and naughtiness to your relationship over the coming weeks.

    Let us know how you get on in the comment section below and join the conversation on Twitter using #AfterDarkAlphabet. We'll be revealing a new letter every week so keep an eye out.

    Valentine's Day as a Singleton

    If the thought of spending Valentine's Day on your own fills you with pink, fluffy, heart-shaped dread, have no fear - we have compiled a list of ways to win at Valentine's as a lone wolf.

    For many singles, Valentine's is just another horrible reminder of relationships gone awry. But for those of you who are at peace with your current situation, Valentine's can be the perfect time to celebrate love in general - whether it is love for yourself, love for your friends or love for your family.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine's as a singleton, so it's time to stop wallowing in self-pity and make this the best V Day yet.

    Why should couples have all the fun?

    valentines-traditions-around-the-world

    Flowers. Milk Tray. A candlelit dinner. For some of us, these core Valentine's traditions are our idea of heaven; for others, they're outdated clichés that should be avoided at all costs.

    So, what should you do if you're struggling for new inspiration this February 14th? Look to the rest of the world for ideas, of course!

    From Japan, to France, to Guatamala, we've (figuratively) scoured the globe to see how our closest (and furthest) neighbours choose to show their love during the springtime celebrations, and come up with 6 fun and exciting new Lovehoney takes on these global traditions.

    Got any exciting Valentine's traditions of your own? Don't forget to share them in the comments below!

    Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Sex Toys: It's Easy Being Green With Lovehoney!

    At Lovehoney we're committed to being as ethical as possible, which got us thinking about vegan-friendly lubricants, sex toys and lingerie.

    Getting more fruit and veg in your diet is never a bad idea, although I don't think the Rocks Off Ass Berry Vibrating Butt Plug (pictured, £19.99) counts, unfortunately.

    Not only can a vegetarian diet make you healthier, it can also improve your sex life, according to a 2012 study by the University of California, Berkeley. The research showed that people with a diet rich in soy spent more time having sex. Time to go veggie?!

    See our favourite ethical products below, and don't forget to add your vegan sex tips in the comments!

    Fetish FAQs With Jess: "My Boyfriend Wants to be Dominated, but I'm Nervous..." First and foremost, thank you for the fabulous response to our first edition of 'Fetish FAQs With Jess' which launched in July.

    It's been a roaring success and I'm so so pleased that I've managed to help a few people out there in the real world - Kink-Wizard Level unlocked!

    With the UK summer being as brilliant as ever (groan) it seems most of you have been keeping yourselves busy in the bedroom to pass the time (and get some privacy from the kids!) during the holidays.

    In this week's instalment, I'm answering questions on how to find beginner's bondage gear, how to dominate your boyfriend, and how to balance romance and kink in the bedroom.

    Not to mention I make some pretty sweet analogies about sex and food - and who doesn't love both of those things?

    So if you're baffled by bondage, stumped by S&M or flustered by fetishes, read on to be enlightened.

    Don't forget to add a comment with your kink query and your question could be answered next month.

    5 Game-Changing Ways to Use Your Magic WandHave you joined the Magic Wand Vibrator revolution yet?

    These super-powerful plug-in vibes are enjoying a huge surge in popularity right now, with the Lovehoney Deluxe Magic Wand living at the top of our bestsellers list for the past year.

    With over 700 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, it's safe to say this ultra-powerful vibe lives up to the hype.

    So you've read the rave reviews, saved up your spare cash or begged your partner to treat you... But now you have the wand, how do you use it to its full potential? There's a lot more to this vibrator than direct clitoral stimulation, you know!

    We love how versatile the Lovehoney Deluxe Magic Wand is, so we've listed some of our  favourite ways of using it below. Make sure to share your best tips in the comments.

    jess-bw A lot of you lovely readers will already know who I am, but for those of you who don't, let me introduce myself.

    I'm Jess; Lovehoney's in-house Bondage Expert. With a background in burlesque, pin up modelling, fetish event promotion and being a bit of a pirate-goth hybrid, my transition to Bondage Expert has been pretty easy!

    As you can probaby imagine, I see a fair share of niche products, and every day have something new and fantastic on my desk. It's through personal research, experience and a keen interest in all things unusual that have led me to learn a tonne about a wide range of fetishes.

    Every week I get asked questions about bondage and kink, but there are some questions which crop up (grooaan!) more often than others. That's the inspiration for this blog.

    Every month I'll be taking the most common (or most interesting!) questions and answering them here.

    Got a burning question about bondage, S&M or another fetish? Comment below and your question could be answered in next month's blog.

    Skincare Hands

    Your skin absorbs over 60% of what you put on it. So if you're careful about what you eat, why shouldn't you be careful about what you put on your skin?

    Lubrication is really important for safe, comfortable sex and masturbation. It eases penetration, making vaginal and anal sex more comfortable for men and women - and for circumcised men, a personal lubricant is often necessary to help prevent friction.

    The vagina lubricates itself when you're aroused, but sometimes it doesn't happen. Stress, tiredness, diet and menopause can all have an impact on your body's natural lubrication - which is where a bottled lube comes in handy.

    Even if things are pretty well lubricated down there, over 70% of women find sexual experiences even more satisfying with lube, so why not give it a go?

    All of our lubricants are body safe, but they may not all be suitable for people with allergies or special requirements. We often get asked about all-natural alternatives to traditional lubes, so we've put this guide together to, well, guide you through the bewildering world of natural lubes.

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