• It’s been nearly a year since I started at Lovehoney, and I’ve got to say I’ve learnt an awful lot in that time. Lovehoney was quite a departure for me (having previous worked selling frozen food to the elderly) and admittedly, at first I was reticent. However now I can’t imagine a better place to work.

    Yesterday’s programme Undercover Boss was somewhat disappointing then, seeing how the UK’s biggest high-street adult store (Lovehoney remains the most popular place to buy sex toys on the internet!), Ann Summers was run.

    Jacqueline Gold has done a marvellous job bringing sex toys to the public, and for making buying them easier, replicating the success of the true pioneer in this field, Beate Uhse-Rotermund.

    Seeing the MD, Vanessa Gold, afraid and embarrassed to talk about sex toys with their customers was disconcerting. How can the public be confident buying sex toys on the high street if the shop they wish to buy from isn’t?

    With this in mind, I though I’d make a few pointers about what makes Lovehoney so successful, and what I’ve learnt in the last year.

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    I (almost) ran out of words to describe my feelings when I was faced with this week's pick. I unpacked it, looked it up and down, cocked an eyebrow and after much thought, declared it pure genius.

    Imagine, if you will, the brainchild of an army of architects, politicians, council planners and hot shots mixed with vegetable-based lady porn. Somewhere between the abuse of vegetables and objectophilia is this week's Awesome Sex Toy of the Week.

    I give you… 30 St Mary Axe, AKA The Gherkin Silicone Vibrator.

    This may look like your average bit of souvenir tat that only the most tasteless tourist would hold aloft and declare, “Behold! The perfect gift for Granny!” But you are so very wrong.

    Did everyone enjoy the sun yesterday? It was definite bikini weather and I enjoyed a long lounge in my garden soaking up the late afternoon sun before a busy evening.

    Summer bikinis are a must-have at this time of year and you can now get sexy beachwear on sale at Lovehoney, cos we’re all sorts of awesome like that. We’ve added Folter’s Immortalis Monokini (£20.00), Tribal Tattoo Monokini (£15.00) and Tribal Tattoo Bikini (£15.00) to our Summer Sale. Made from swim-grade lycra, these 3 sexy swimsuits are perfect for beach-side lounging, garden bbqs and a quick swim at the pool where that hot lifeguard works. I love the unique designs, they’re ideal for feisty women looking for something edgier than High Street florals and block colours.

    FleshlightWe're excited to announce that as part of the Lovehoney Summer Sex Toy Sale you can get 15% off all Fleshlights. This exciting offer ends on Midnight 6th July so if you've been looking for a cheap Fleshlight, now is the time to invest in one of the world's most popular sex toys for men.

    To keep your Fleshlight in pristine condition for pleasure time and time again, Fleshlight Renewer Powder is also available at Lovehoney. Presenter Annabelle Knight is on hand to explain exactly why this is an essential for your new Fleshlight in this weeks Sex Toys TV Highlights.

    Plus Free UK Delivery on all Fleshlights at Lovehoney.

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    15% OFF ALL FLESHLIGHTS - OFFER ENDS MIDNIGHT 6TH JULY

    The Lovehoney Summer Sale is hotting up summer days and nights with a scorching range of cheap sexy lingerie, bargainous presents and satisfying sale sex toys. Many of our sale lines are already selling out, but don’t fret! We’ve scheduled lots of surprise sale items that will be added in the coming days, so make sure you check back to avoid disappointment.

    I’ll be popping by the blog throughout sale time to give you a heads up on our hottest sale items, helping help you seek out the best cheap sex toys and erotic bargains that really are too good to miss.

    If you're one of the many people who looks at bondage category of Lovehoney as if it's written in an alien language, you're not alone. There are so many tools and terms to get to grips with that even understanding the purpose of some of the equipment can take considerable effort, let alone using it. Here are the definitions of our bondage categories to provide you with an insight into what the tools we sell are used for.

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    The sex isn't great, it's not passionate and can feel uncomfortable - what can I do?

    My feeling is that you’re not getting fully aroused. This means that your own natural lubrication isn’t getting a chance to kick in, and it’s no wonder that it’s dampening your lust if you’re in pain.

    Looking for the best bargains in the Lovehoney Sale? Here's my pick of the best toys that are scandalously cheap with over 75% knocked off the original price. Hurry! They're bound to sell out quickly!

    Remember: everything is delivered free so you can grab those cheap sex toys without having a penny added for postage.

    Save up to 75% in the Summer Toy Sale

    The Lovehoney sale has launched and we've got brilliant bargains on lingerie, sex toys for men, sex toys for women, anal sex toys, bondage and much much more.

    With up to 75% off, you can pick up some brilliant cheap sex toys and try something new at a fraction of the original price!

    Liquid Silk Lube 250mlSubmit your sex toy reviews to Lovehoney and you could win a whopping £100 to spend on whatever you like! Each month we bestow the crown (and the cash) on one reviewer who surpasses themselves and writes the best Lovehoney Review of the Month.

    Review of the Month

    There's usually not much to say about lube, but mistresslucille covered every aspect of Liquid Silk Lube in a well-written and concise review. We thought this review was brilliant because it told you everything you would need to know about this fantastic lube, and yet managed to do it in fewer than 250 words. Congratulations!

    "I tried Durex lubes before Liquid Silk, but found them to be a bit sticky and they left residue behind. I thought I'd try a new one, and having read the Liquid Silk reviews got a 50ml bottle to try. That was nearly three years ago, and I haven't bought a different brand since!

    Liquid Silk is odourless (which is a blessing; I don't like scented/flavoured lubes) and mostly flavourless. The taste in large amounts isn't great - but then it's not a lube intended for that sort of use. I love how inconspicuous the bottles are (my partner's mother thought it was a travel shampoo bottle!) and even in the 250ml size I have no qualms about keeping it on my bedside table. The colour is pleasantly reminiscent of cum, too ;) It doesn't leave any stickiness or residue, and any 'left over' wipes off easily. Plus, as Lovehoney says, it leaves your skin lovely and soft!

    Most importantly: it works. I am lucky enough to have a partner who is very well endowed, and we very rarely have to reapply. Plus a very little goes a long way! You do have to be a little careful about the pump on the bottle; don't hit it too hard or it has a tendency to shoot out.

    I also love that Liquid Silk is bio-static. I know people who've had problems with yeast infections etc. after using lubricants, and I love that it's something I don't have to worry about with Liquid Silk."

    Each month we also choose a selection of highly commended reviews and reward them each with (count 'em) 2000 Oh! Points to spend as they wish - or perhaps save up for a luxury toy.

    Read on to find out who was highly commended and earned the points this month, and make sure you write a sex toy review so you can be in with a chance in July!

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