"Hair is one of the first big preoccupations of womanhood. It appears, unbidden, and so decisions must be made about it - decisions which signal to yourself, and the rest of the world, who you are." - How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
The way we style ourselves is our way of expressing who we are to the outside world, and to most of us, sending the right message is very important. So what about our most intimate areas? We spend a lot of time and money looking after the hair on our head, so what about "down below"?
First impressions can make a huge impact, so it's important that the 'you' you choose to portray is the real 'you'. Finding a style which slots into your everyday life, as well as making you feel sexy in the buff, can be tricky. With lots of women believing that pubic hair is 'messy' and that our partners want us 'bald below' many of us end up shaving or waxing it all off.
In fact there are tons of people out there who simply love body hair, not to mention enormous fetish communities who find body hair utterly irresistible.
It used to be that when you bought a vibrator, you had to remember to pick up batteries and lube separately.
A recent surge in the popularity of rechargeable vibrators has seen batteries become less of an essential - and a new sex toy company is seeking to eradicate the need for lube, too!
Incorporating LubePlay™ self-lubrication technology, Cascade rechargeable vibrators dispense lubricant at the touch of a button - ensuring you instantly have enough water-based lube where you need it most.
The UK-based company notes: "Cascade and LubePlay™ Technology have been developed to allow you the freedom to explore and discover a new way to play."
"Combining a luxury vibrator with the ability to release just the right amount of lubricant at the touch of a button, Cascade, is a truly unique experience."
With the silicone Flow, Ripple and Wave vibrators to choose from, there's a Cascade vibrator for everyone... Which is your favourite?
As many of you may know, TENGA is a name synonymous with pioneers of male pleasure. The time has come, however, for TENGA to venture into the world of female sex toys. Hurrah!
Lovehoney are very excited to announce that the best-selling brand have now launched their debut collection of sex toys designed specifically for women, by women.
The iroha collection was born from TENGA's quest to redefine pleasure for women as well as men, and each vibrator offers a unique, powerful and innovative form of intimate stimulation.
The trio of palm-sized vibrators is made up of the Yuki, Sakura and Midori luxury vibrators – which are being hailed as a "new beginning in pleasure for women".
Keep your eyes on the Lovehoney twitter page as we'll be giving away one of each of these incredible vibrators!
Which one is your favourite?
Between Kegel exercises and female orgasm boosters, our Sunday blogs have been quite female orientated recently.
To remedy this, this week we're celebrating masculinity with a semen-themed blog (yes, really!) and super TENGA giveaway.
Whether you have a semen fetish or a biological interest in reproduction, read on for weird and wonderful articles from all over the web, and be in with a chance to win.
We're giving away a limited edition TENGA Soft Tube Cup Masturbator! For your chance to win this very special Onacup (left), simply comment below before June 14th to be automatically entered to the competition. Best of luck!
Read on to discover the top semen-related stories from around the web...
Ah, cycling. The wind through your hair, the feeling of freedom and sense of enormous wellbeing. There are so many pleasures to be had, but ever felt there was something... missing?
Introducing Happy Ride (£14.00), the multispeed vibrating bicycle seat.
The perfect gift for the cycling enthusiast in your life (or those needing extra motivation to get back on the exercise bike), Happy Ride turns any bicycle into a vibrating love machine. Simply slip it over the saddle, crank up the motor and you're ready for a thrilling ride indeed.
But is this fantastic fusion of our two favourite things really a good idea? According to new data published by the Journal of Urology, bicycles were responsible for 38.9% of injury to adults' genitals, while sex toys were only accountable for 8.6% of injuries to woman and 4.3% of injuries to men.
We can't decide whether making a bicycle into a sex toy drastically reduces your chance of injury, or whether making a sex toy into a bicycle increases it exponentially...
Hundreds of thousands of words get written at Lovehoney every year. As a writer and editor, it’s my job to make sure they're right. Getting it right is important. After all, if we can’t spell you’re not really going to want to give us your credit card details, are you?
Writing about sex can get us a bit over-excited, so a combination of fat fingers and a fast pace often leads to mistakes that are - thankfully - mostly picked up before they go live. Here are some of our favourite (and common) errors.
Please, add your own nominations below...
In the Lovehoney offices today we’re discussing a new product soon to enter the market - an anal lubricant hilariously titled WET Uranus. Immediately this begs the question: what planet are they on?
Describing it as “the latest leap for mankind”, WET Uranus' creators WET Lubricants have strived to achieve intergalactic quality for their most recent lubricant adventure.
The best thing about this product is that it made us laugh, which is important when approaching often-taboo subjects such as anal sex. Laughter is a great way to open up with your partner, which could make it easier for couples to talk about buying specialist lubes designed for the rear. As many of us know, the anus doesn't produce any natural lubrication. You really can't be too generous!
How do you feel about companies using humour to sell sex products? Do witty one-liners encourage you to buy a product? Or does a cheeky name or silly packaging turn you off?
Whether you'll be queuing up for some Wet Uranus or it's just too tongue-in-cheek for your liking, leave us a comment and let us know what you think of WET's latest venture.
In 2012 rechargeable vibrators are king. They’re economical, easy to use and are quickly repowered when they’re running on empty. You might be surprised that my sex toy pick this week is a battery-powered vibe.
There are times when rechargeable vibrators just aren’t convenient, and one of those times is when you’re off on your travels. I’ve made no secret in naming Lelo Mia (£34.99) as my favourite all-purpose bullet vibrator, but in the absence of a USB socket your power is going to cut out sooner or later, leaving you in the lurch.
I recently travelled to Budapest for a particularly long festival which saw me camping in the woods for 8 nights, devoid of any power supply for my beloved bullet. I therefore had to pick an alternative sleeping-bag buddy for the duration of my stay. I wanted something with varied function with resonant vibrations to keep me happy and the Lovehoney Bedtime Bullet Vibrator (£16.99) ticked all of my boxes.
Jiggle balls are the hot topic at the moment thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, but there’s a lot more to kegel exercisers and Ben Wa balls than meets the eye. As well as the better-known weighted balls, there are also sets of pleasure balls that incorporate technology into their design to create all new experiences for the wearer.
In Fifty Shades, Ana enjoys wearing her balls during a spanking. With every spank her body tightens around the balls, increasing the pressure she feels from those free-roaming weights. Thanks to luxury sex toy makers Swan, the ante has been well and truly upped.
This week's Awesome Sex Toy is the Swan Clutch Vibrating Jiggle Balls (£70.00), a set of luxury jiggle balls that have replaced the internal roaming weights with vibrating motors which respond to your squeezes. The harder you clench your muscles around Clutch, the stronger it vibrates. Free roaming weights are fun, but they’re left in the dust by this kind of responsive play.
Spanking is a practice that teeters on the edge of vanilla and BDSM. You don’t have to be into the bells and whistles of fetish fun in order to enjoy the odd slap on the behind during sex, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with the bare palm/buttock combo in the boudoir.
If you do enjoy the odd botty spank then you might consider trying a spanking paddle. These simple bat-like toys offer a much needed extension to the hand when it comes to face-to-face positions, allowing you to try spanking in new ways.
If you’re a little sheepish about making the move from palm to paddle, the Love to Love spanking range may well be your ticket to paddlesville. The Love to Love Spanking Paddle, ‘Spank Me Baby’ Spanking Powder and ‘Girls Don’t Cry’ After Spanking Cream turn paddle play into a whole new bat game.