At Lovehoney we use technology called heatmapping to show us the most popular areas of pages. Heatmapping places little coloured areas across a page, corresponding to how frequently they are clicked. Using this information, we can see how the layout of a page or list can be improved.
So for example, a heatmap of the left-hand navigation on our homepage looks something like the picture on the left.
However, recently, I was running a heatmap of our Sexy Lingerie page, and noticed something odd. People clicking on the pictures were clicking in, let’s say, rather specific areas of the image. It looked to me that the most popular areas of the image were either the boobs or crotch (see right).
Now, this could have just been a function of the type of lingerie being modelled - so I decided to test it!
Channel 4's Four Rooms is not your usual antiques programme, and last night alongside the score from Psycho and the chair J K Rowling sat on while she wrote Harry Potter, was an antique dildo dating from 1893. It stumped the group at first, till antiques dealer Celia Sawyer explained, "it's a dildo... quite a small one."
Complete with a US patent and a hollow centre for hot or cold water, this steel dildo is the ancestor of modern metal dildos and glass dildos used for sensory play.
A hand-me-down from her grandmother, the seller had high hopes of selling the dildo-cum-heirloom for a whopping £4,000. But alas, her resolve was not as steely as her dildo, as Jeffrey Salmon's offer of £1,111.11 was accepted - and sealed with a kiss! (No tongues though.)
Unfortunately, the deal was done before Gordon Watson could get a look in. Perhaps an unlikely admirer of the dildo, he said, "every fibre of my being, every single nerve-ending is ready to do whatever it takes to get the piece." Despite being "not quite my thing" Gordon Watson would have offered £3000, as a client of his is Belgium's largest collector of dildos.
Now, that's someone we'd like to meet...
Last week I introduced you to the Angel of Passion Sex Machine, a high-powered humping heart with unbelievable shafting speeds.
This week I’m going to slow it down a few notches and wow you with yet another fantastic sex machine, the Erotic Dream Bag (£350.00).
At first glance this covert cock thruster looks like a swanky designer weekend bag but inside the you’ll discover a fully functioning sex machine which requires a little assembly for a lot of gain. If you’re looking for a sex machine that isn’t obvious in operation or appearance then this is the sex toy you’ve been waiting for.
It might not be the most travel-friendly machine (it’s rather weighty), but pop this next to your bedside table and no one will suspect it’s hiding a sexy secret.
Kitsch alert! I haven’t been this excited about the way a sex toy looks since I first clapped eyes on Ran Amano. OK, that was only a few weeks ago, but if you spend as much time as I do staring down the eye end of realistic dildos, you’d cherish these moments too. Let me introduce you to the Angel of Passion Sex Machine, this week's (very) Awesome Sex Toy of the Week.
This heart-shaped humper is packed full of features to satisfy him and her in one neat package. It might look like plastic pop art but the design is ingeniously practical with adjustable height and thrusting trajectory for the best-possible angles.
The most shocking part of this sex machine is the speed, it goes like the clappers on the lowest setting, and like a dozen clappers on the highest. This is definitely not a sex toy for the power shy. You can take it down a peg or two by using batteries to power it instead of the mains adaptor, but even then you’re going to be getting it hard and fast.
A common complaint in customer reviews is that a vibrator just didn’t cut it for them power wise. Everyone is unique, as are their sexy parts, and a sex toy that’s too strong for one person is too weak for another.
No matter how hard sex toy makers have tried, they just don’t seem to manage to pleasure everyone with their powerful vibrators. Dissatisfied sad face.
If you’re a power-hungry lover that’s looking for more va-va-voom from your vibe then you’ll love this week's Awesome Power Tool... I mean Sex Toy. Rock Box (£99.99) is quite probably the world’s most powerful vibrator and the good news is that it’s equal parts sexy fun times for him and for her.
I know what you’re thinking. Surely this thing is going to shear my lady garden to pieces or batter my man rod...
Dildos. You'd think they're a pretty straight-up sex toy, right? Well, apply a little imagination to any sex toy and the list of ways in which it can be used will soon run as long as your arm.
In the case of these dildos, though, perhaps the design was better than the reality, with most of these bizarre dildos consigned to the history books.
Read on to discover the joys of the chin, chest, chair and cushion dildo, the truly bizarre gas mask dildo and many more...
Magic Wand Vibrators have made their mark as a sex toy legend even though they were never actually designed to be clenched between your thighs.
Those who were around to see the beginning of the Magic Wand phenomena may have been a pioneer in bringing it to bedsides around the globe. Those who caught the trend early on were looking for a soothing solution to their niggling back troubles but soon discovered that their deep-tissue back massager could do a whole lot more for women than it originally let on.
What started off as Mummy’s little secret became an almost cult reference in television programmes and magazines. Suddenly Magic Wand vibrators were depicted with a cheeky smile and a wink in the eye and those who hadn’t experimented soon clocked on. Thus the Magic Wand vibe, with all its deep rumbling power, became the sex toy of choice for secret solo play.
In the UK we had a bit of a hurdle to leap as it took a while for Magic Wands to be adapted to match our voltage output. The US models were blowing up in our sockets and there was nothing to bridge the gap, but thankfully things have changed and it’s now possible for us to have our pick from a wide range of Magic Wand massagers. The original 2-speed model has been left for dust as bigger, better models like the Lovehoney Mains Powered Deluxe Magic Wand Vibrator were developed with multiple speed settings and *gulp* even more power...
It’s a challenge for sex toy manufacturers to come up with an innovative idea that sets it apart from its competitors in the fierce sex toy market.
Luxury sex toy manufacturers are challenged with providing bigger, better things than those in the middle range and therefore their toys tend to come under much closer scrutiny, meaning they’ll often either sail or fail.
It’s always great to be able to report that a sex toy has lived up to the hype and this week's Awesome Sex Toy has certainly proven itself.
The Minna Ola Programmable Vibe (£119.99) is the first programmable luxury vibrator. It has the now-standard uniform of a waterproof silicone finish and rechargeable battery built in, but it also has functioning tech that differentiates it from other luxury vibrators in the market and allows you to create a totally personalised experience.
No difficult programming required!
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Bum fun. Backdoor loving. Anal play. If you’re into it you’ll know just how much fun sticking something in the wrong ‘un can be. If you hadn’t guessed, this week's Awesome Sex Toy of the Week is dedicated to discovering the pleasures of anal sex and foreplay - just the way you want it. It does seem that until recently there was only so much you can do with the humble butt plug...
Cue the Mystim Flexing Flavio Silicone Butt Plug (£39.99). Unlike flexible (and trimmable) anal beads, Flexing Flavio offers a solid shaft for firmer stimulation. Unlike other silicone butt plugs, Flexing Flavio has a flexible shaft that bends in all manner of ways to assure that you get exactly the right pressure, shape and sensations you want. Check out the video for proof!
In my time at Lovehoney I’ve seen every type of rabbit vibrator - curvy ones, straight ones, dolphin-shaped ones, spiky ones, huge ones, slimline ones and everything-in-between ones. It’s very rarely that a rabbit vibe pops up that creates a genuine buzz of intrigue at LH HQ, but this week’s Awesome Sex Toy of the Week, the Bedroom Kandi Happiness & Joy Music-Activated Rabbit Vibrator (£60.00), is definitely an exception.
I'm betting you’ll soon find yourself with a slight sex toy crush as well.
So why is this rabbit vibrator is so foot-stampingly amazing? It's sleek and smooth, fully rechargeable and (this is the really amazing part) it dances rhythmically in time with your favourite music, playing its good vibrations in time to your tunes...