As the makers of the Fifty Shades of Grey Official Pleasure Collection - a range of toys, bondage, lubes and sensual products based on the erotic trilogy - Lovehoney has been working closely with E L James for some time to ensure everything meets her exacting standards.
We got quite a surprise, though, when she stopped by at Lovehoney HQ in Bath, UK to go behind the scenes and get hands-on, picking and packing her products for some blissfully unaware customers.
Getting in on the Lovehoney staff mantra of "always go the extra inch..." E L James sneakily stealth-signed a book and placed it inside one unsuspecting Official Pleasure Collection fan's order.
How awesome is that?!
Read on to see what she wrote...
Looking for a top-rated vibrator? Well, Good Housekeeping might not be your go-to magazine for sex toy advice, but this month the publication, which is generally better-known for other household appliance recommendations, has conducted its most intimate product test ever.
A panel of 100 women put a selection of vibrators to the test, including the Rocks Off Bullet (£9.99) and Mini Discretion Vibrator (£9.99).
Coming top of the bunch was the Mimi by Je Joue (£64.99): “A silicone pebble that fits in your palm for external use, with a range of settings from subtle pulsing to deep vibrations.”
The biggest pro of the winner? “Cute, feminine, feels nice in the palm and is not a bit scary.” A long-standing favourite of the customer care team here at Lovehoney, we think the Mimi by Je Joue is more than deserving of pole position. With its couple-friendly design, super-strength vibrations and discreet pebble-like look, it’s the perfect treat.
New data released by Pornhub has revealed a whole host of insights into the UK's pornographic predilections.
While squirting is particularly big in Wales, there was a general trend towards MILFs across the UK and, in particular, people searching for the star Lisa Ann.
"It seems that Lisa Ann has quite the fan base in the UK, where she ranks first in every country except for England, where she ranks second after the term ‘British’. It’s no wonder MILF comes in as a top term all over the UK, with Lisa Ann’s popularity."
If you've harboured a fantasy for Lisa Ann, we're here to help! For a limited time only: get 10% off Fleshlights moulded directly from Lisa Ann!
Choose from the Lisa Ann Lotus Fleshlight, or the Lisa Ann Forbidden Fleshlight. (We can't promise they've been lovingly watered by Lisa Ann herself.)
See the full breakdown of data at Pornhub, here.
A lot of women love their rabbit vibrators, but wish they could just have the benefit of the ears alone.
Maybe they don't fancy dual stimulation, or would prefer to use their favourite dildo rather than a rabbit's traditionally beaded shaft. Or perhaps they want to be able to get that buzz from the ears during sex with a partner.
If this sounds like you, the ears-only vibrator is the solution!
In recent months we've started stocking a wide range of rabbit ear clitoral vibes - petite silicone bullets, glass ears, rechargeable bunny ears and even a set of ears on a long handle!
So, if you're looking for 'just the ears' of a rabbit vibrator, take a look at our selection below as we're sure to have something to fit the bill...
If you're looking for a thrills-guaranteed toy that's great for couples, a cock ring is the way to go. Previously our rings were divided between vibrating and non-vibrating versions and tucked away in male sex toys.
Drumroll please... we've now created a brand spanking new Cock Rings section, all of its very own, to help make cock ring shopping easy!
In it you will find:
You can sort the rings by price, material, brand, colour and - all importantly - circumference. This should make finding a cock ring (or an O-ring!) even easier.
We've even decided to kick the new category off with a special 2 for £25 offer on selected cock rings.
Each month we scour the Lovehoney Community Photo Gallery for our favourite photo of someone modelling Lovehoney's lingerie.
Amongst all the gorgeous photos uploaded during April, we saw a theme of lace emerging - whether a lacy body (like the winner, pictured left) or laced-up corsets as you'll see from our runners up.
Our winner this month is Lovable_Rouge with this utterly gorgeous photo of her modelling the Oh La La Cheri Lace Bodysuit.
Whilst we adore black and white photography, we were impressed to see a gorgeous full colour shot that managed to stay soft, uncluttered and well lit. We think she's knocked the spots of the real product photo, with her tumbling locks and beautiful pose.
We were also incredibly impressed with how she's preserved both her anonymity and her modesty (difficult in a completely lace garment!) in such a seductive way.
Lovable_Rogue wins a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher for this stunning shot.
Runners up get 2,000 Oh! Points added to their account to spend or save as they choose.
Read on to see the runners up and find out how YOU can enter our competition!
Has the secret to sexual happiness been unlocked - and is it all in our heads?
A new study has shown that when it comes to sex, we're happy when we we're keeping up with the Joneses and even happier if we think we're having MORE SEX than our peers.
Tim Wadsworth, associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder says, "Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking that we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier."
The results of Wadsworth's study of how sexual frequency corresponds with happiness noted:
- Respondents who reported having sex at least two to three times a month were 33 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who reported having no sex during the previous 12 months.
- Those reporting a once-weekly frequency were 44 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.
- Those reporting having sex two to three times a week are 55 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.
- If members of a peer group are having sex two to three times a month but believe their peers are on a once-weekly schedule, their probability of reporting a higher level of happiness falls by about 14 percent
So while matching our peers (and bettering them) makes us feel happier, it would appear to be a dicey game. The fact we're social creatures and engage in social comparison often leaves us feeling lacking. As Wadsworth says, “We’re usually not looking down and therefore thinking of ourselves as better off, but we’re usually looking up and therefore feeling insufficient and inadequate.”
What do you think? Is it quality over quantity? Do you feel happier if you think you're having a better sex life than your friends? Are you one of the rare few who don't let comparisons with other people influence your happiness?
Have you ever been blown away by Lovehoney's service?
Is our way of making you feel involved and important different to other sex toy companies?
If your answer is "yes", we need your help!
The Internet Retailing Customer Award is looking for companies that really make an impact on a customer's experience by doing things that are different to the rest of the industry. They're looking for the things that make the customer go "wow".
Unlike other awards where we fill in long applications and crunch data, this award relies on YOUR nominations. We'd love to enter this award, and there's no other way than to ask you (nicely!) to nominate us. So...
Just about everyone has sex fantasies. In your head there are no rules and you are in charge of the action.
But what happens when you take one of your hottest thoughts out of the realms of fantasy and into reality?
This special taster ebook, free to download from TODAY, by international sex expert Tracey Cox is just one example of what we dream about...
Michelle has always wondered what it would be like to sleep with another woman, but has been too shy to suggest it to her boyfriends. But when Michelle's new man starts talking dirty to her, she can't resist suggesting they turn their fantasy into reality. But how will her dreams of a threesome translate when played out in stark reality?
This tantalising fantasy is taken from her new book, Dare, which is available in its entirety from 11 April 2013.
We're wondering what makes the nation tick when it comes to getting in the mood for sex (or what the most common reasons are for not being up for it!).
Are you most likely to have sex on a lazy Sunday morning, or as part of your weekday pre-bedtime routine?
How does your partner show they're interested, and what most commonly sparks sex with your partner - a cheeky grope, a kiss, a glass or two of wine?
With this quick little survey, you can help us find out the answers!
As a thank you for completing our Fast & Frisky Survey, we're giving you the chance to win a Lelo Indulgence Kit, which includes a Lelo Insignia Alia Luxury Massager (£89.99) and a Lelo Tantra Feather Tickler (£19.99).
Competition closes on the 11th March 2013. The winner will be contacted by email.