14 Sexy Things We Loved In 2014
Between landing our own reality TV series, debuting a whole load of exciting new products and launching our own lingerie brand, 2014 has been The Year of Lovehoney in many ways!
It's also been an exciting year for sex toys in general, with pleasure products getting more and more technologically advanced.
Remember to leave a comment with your favourite bits of this past year!
We've seen this coming for a while, but in 2014 we saw even more rechargeable toys appear on the market, and customers love it! USB rechargeable vibrators like the Lovehoney Flash 7 Function USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator (right, £29.99) have proven particularly popular.
This doesn't mean the end of battery-powered toys, however - we still think they're great budget toys for beginners. Our list of the Top 10 Cheap Sex Toys For Beginners has lots of our favourite battery powered toys.
Read More: How to Choose the Perfect Vibrator
2014 saw the launch of the Tracey Cox EDGE Stamina app to compliment her EDGE range of products for men. The app helps men increaase their endurance in bed for longer lasting pleasure and best of all, it's free!
In other app news, the newest version of the world's bestselling sex toy, the We-Vibe 4 Plus Clitoral and G-Spot Couple Vibrator (left, £100.00) is connected with a handy app that allows you to remotely control the vibrator using only your smartphone. Fancy!
There are trends in lingerie just like everyday fashion, and we've seen a huge increase in interest in bodystockings over the past couple of years. And who can complain? Bodystockings are sexy, flattering and affordable.
We launched our own small range of bodystockings recently and the response has been wonderful. The Lovehoney Fishnet and Lace Bodystocking (right, £9.99) has proved one of your favourites so far, with over a dozen 5 star reviews already.
Read More: Guide to Lingerie Styles
Yes that's right, we were on telly again! After the success of the first Lovehoney fly-on-the-wall documentary "More Sex Please, We're British" in 2012, we hit your screens again this year. Frisky Business aired in 6 episodes earlier in the year, and it's now even available to watch on Netflix! So if you fancy seeing what it's like to work at the UK's largest online sex toy retailer, make sure to check it out soon.
Also in television news, we brought back our groundbreaking Happy Talk ads, which feature real customer comments spoken by actors. Check out our latest TV adverts on the LovehoneyTV YouTube channel.
Remote controlled sex toys are nothing new, and it's not hard to see the appeal of dictating your lover's pleasure from across the room. In 2014 we saw a move from cheaper, battery-powered controllers to more technologically advanced models.
Not content with remote controls that have a range of 10 metres, this year We-Vibe took it to the extreme by creating a vibrator that could be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world!
Read More: How to Use a Remote Control Vibrator
6. Fifty Shades of Grey Continues to Entice
Fifty Shades of Grey fever continued in 2014 and with the movie being released in February we predict even better things for 2015. Couples still want the Christian and Ana experience and the Official Pleasure Collection helps make the fantasy a reality. In fact, we've expanded the range this year to include new rechargeable toys and even better bondage.
Plus, we're still reeling from when EL James visited our sex toy warehouse this summer! Read about how she made a fan's day at Lovehoney.
For years we've been hearing the same question from shoppers again and again: "Where's my size?" Although we did our best to stock all sizes available from suppliers, the truth is not everything was available in larger sizes. In 2014 we took matters into our own hands and developed Lovehoney Lingerie.
We understand that people come in all shapes and sizes, which is why our lines are available in "base" (UK 6-16) and "plus" (UK 18-24) size. But what if you order the wrong size? Take advantage of our 1 year returns policy for a refund or replacement.
While the taboo surrounding female sex toys has been broken since that infamous episode of Sex And The City, it's been a longer road to rid the reputation dogging male sex toys. However, 2014 has felt like the year it finally happened.
We were on top of the trend and launched a new range of realistic male masturbators at low prices: the Elle, Monica (right), Rosa, Eva and Angelica. Loads of pleasure for under £15, what more could you ask for?!
Read More: Beginner's Guide to Male Sex Toys
Our award-winning Customer Care team got even better in 2014! Lovehoney opened offices in Brisbane, Australia, which allowed us to extend customer care hours to 24/7. That means that whatever the time of day or night, you'll be able to telephone, email or live chat with our advisors for advice on sex toys or help with your order.
Good news for non-English speakers (although I doubt you'll be reading this): bilingual members of our Customer Care team can help you in German, French, Welsh, Dutch and many more. Win!
Read More: Your Lovely Customer Comments
10. Bondage Got Classier
We've seen a huge increase in the amount of couples experimenting with BDSM in the past few years, and with that we've noticed a demand for sleeker, sexier and more sophisticated bondage gear.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, make sure to check out the delightfully retro Bettie Page line and luxurious DOMINIX, which offers top quality leather bondage accessories like the DOMINIX Deluxe BRAUN Leather Ankle Cuffs (right, £36.99).
Read More: Beginner's Guide to Bondage
One of the top stories in the sex world this year was Jon Millward's "Down The Rabbit-Hole" research which delved into the nation's sex toy habits using (anonymous) data from Lovehoney.
The study revealed amazing titbits about sex toy sales presented in a really fun way. For example: Lovehoney sells enough sex lube in a year for a continuous 52 hour lube shower. That's about 26,800 litres!
Everyone loves vibrators, everyone loves butt plugs - so why not put them together?
On this very blog last year, Category Manager Alice predicted this would be a big growth area, and she wasn't wrong! Vibrating butt plugs offer the best of both worlds and they're here to stay.
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More men have been turning to penis extenders in 2014 to get those extra inches without pumping or popping pills, and it looks like the trend is here to stay.
Extenders have really improved in the past few years, becoming more comfortable to wear and often including texture for extra pleasure. As a bonus, lots of men with erectile dysfunction find using an extender often makes sex possible even if they lose their erection - now that's something worth celebrating!
Read More: Which is the Best Penis Extender?
At the risk of sounding boastful… We've only gone and won all around us in 2014!
We started off the year properly by snagging the best International-Based Pleasure Products Companyand Pleasure Products Company of the Year at the XBIZ Adult Industry Awards in LA. In the summer we were delighted to win Best Online Retailer and Most Innovative Retailers at the annual ETO Awards.
We've been nominated for a whopping 12 awards at this year's XBIZ awards on January 15th so keep your fingers crossed for us!
What's Happening in 2015?
Keep your eyes peeled on this blog over the next few days for our top predictions for 2015.
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