If 'beautiful' is not the first word that springs to mind when you think about sex toys, I can't say I'm surprised. 'Sexy' – I understand. 'Orgasmic' – makes total sense. 'Better give that a wipe over when I'm done' – yes, you most certainly should.
However, sex toys can be objects of beauty. Some toys are made from glass or steel, sporting clean lines and elegant silhouettes. These exude a classic kind of beauty. Others are brightly coloured and almost abstract, instantly capturing your attention not unlike some forms of modern art.
(Note: If you think I'm making a rather tenuous link, just Google 'Princess X' by Constantin Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. There is no way you can tell me he wouldn't have been a loyal fan of Lovehoney!)
It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, I've gathered six of the most beautiful, non-realistic sex toys here for you to behold (but, of course, the human form is beautiful too!).
Whether it's sex, Valentine's Day, or the announcement of some big Lovehoney news, we're all about the build-up here at Lovehoney.
So we thought we'd tease you with a little preview of some exciting new developments that we've got in the pipeline.
*drum roll please*
We've teamed up with a collection of amazing sex and relationships experts from across the globe to form The Head Board, a panel of pleasure pros who are here to answer YOUR sex-related questions.
Now, we can't say who they are just yet, but these fabulous wonder writers will be covering all sexual happiness topics, from body confidence and disability, to foreplay and phone sex.
Each month, one of them will be tackling a real-life question from a Lovehoney customer right here on the Lovehoney blog - and the first post will be coming very soon!
Got a burning sex-based query you just can't find the answer to? Email us at email@example.com for the chance to have your questions answered by the team.
What's sexier than knowing what you want in bed? Openly and enthusiastically asking for it, of course!
Wanting to be more vocal is one thing, but stage fright, insecurities and a fear of feeling silly can easily get in the way – not to mention not knowing what your partner's reaction will be.
There's every reason to try talking dirty though – especially as the sexy phrases you moan, murmur and scream have been scientifically proven to trigger a reaction in the brain that make your partner feel even more aroused.
And while we're not suggesting you turn the air bright blue from the get-go, dirty talk is definitely something you can master with a little bit of practice.
Welcome to the dirty talk masterclass...
January is well and truly here. All reminders of Christmas and New Year have gone. Well, except the shortage of money and the occasional "Have you failed your New Year resolution yet?" comment - and let's not forget the back to university/work blues.
If you know what day it is today, then rest assured, you are getting back into the swing of things. Give yourself a pat on the back if you spent more time out of pyjamas than in them. Go you! You're unstoppable...
... But what is this red and pink rash growing over every building you walk into? Oh, it's Valentine's Day promotions!
Despite the emphasis on romance, Valentine's Day is a great time to let the people in your life know how thankful you are for them. Because, let's face it, a support network is the number one student accessory.
Here are some ideas for gifts for your besties. What better way to thank someone for being a friend?
Kinky sex: in case you didn't know, it's pretty popular nowadays.
Topics which used to be too taboo to talk about, like bondage and spanking, are now being discussed and explored by everyday couples all over the world. There are many reasons for this shift in attitude towards sex, but it's no surprise that the BDSM trend in particular has only grown since Fifty Shades of Grey debuted 8 years ago.
Now, with five books, two films and a third movie (Fifty Shades Freed) just around the corner, it doesn't look like the Fifty Shades-induced bondage craze is going to stop anytime soon. Huzzah!
In preparation for the newest film, which comes out next month, Lovehoney wanted to make sure all you kinky so'n'so's are playing safe and always use a safe word when you play like Grey.
How? We did a survey, of course.
The good news is, our survey results show that Lovehoney customers use their noggin when it comes to kinky play, and always use a safe word. Not only were you proud to tell us how seriously you take safety, but you also told us your favourite safe words for stopping the action mid-swing.
And so we present to you, the top 10 most popular safe words (along with a few we simply couldn't miss out)...
If you’ve not yet got your hands on a wand, there’s time! Head on over to our top 10 guide to find out which wand is best for you.
If you are the proud owner of a powerful magic wand, congratulations. We’re sure you’ve powered it up and played with all the settings, but do you know how to use it to its full potential?
We’ve put together a handy guide to help you soar to orgasmic heights with your toy, time after time.
"You don't need a penis to use a cock ring..."
If you haven't seen our Wild Weekend kit yet, where on Earth have you been?
Packed with our best-selling beginner's toys, this bundle boasts a whopping 11 products to fill a whole weekend (and some) with sexy adventures.
But the fun doesn't stop there.
Beyond their obvious skillset, each toy in the Wild Weekend kit boasts an unexpected talent, and it's up to you to unleash it.
For example, did you know that a G-spot vibe isn't limited to G-spot pleasure?
Or that you don't need a penis to use a cock ring?
Read on to discover how to unleash your sex toys' full potential, and ensure that next weekend is your wildest yet.
After Christmas comes the inevitable period of 'I spent HOW much?', which most of us are well familiar with - and for those of us with a monthly pay check, the wait between the early December pay day and the one at the end of January seems endless.
This can turn Valentine's Day from the relaxed, carefree expression of love it should be to a looming spectre threatening to drain your bank account dry.
This is where Lovehoney and the Oh! Spot comes in.
We've got a list of the sexiest gifts you can get, all for under £30, so there's something to suit every single budget.
From underwear to dildos, and games to handcuffs, we've picked 15 of our Lovehoney favourites to ensure this is your steamiest Valentine's Day yet.
Forget achey limbs, overcrowded exercise classes and uncomfortable activewear – the most important workout you'll do this year doesn't require a pricey gym membership.
In fact, you don't even need to get out of bed to reap the rewards of this routine...
Whatever your New Year's Resolution, incorporating a few kegel (also called pelvic floor) exercises into your 'New Year, New Me' plan might be the best decision you'll make this year.
(And if you didn't do it instinctively, I challenge you to start squeezing every time you read the word 'kegel' for the rest of the article.)
Sex toys for men are a relatively new thing. Blow-up dolls and penis pumps have been around for years, but these are often seen as gag gifts to embarrass your mates.
But what about those male sex toys that are designed for pleasure, either during solo sex or as foreplay with a partner? There are tons of brilliant toys to choose from now, from well-loved such as Fleshlight and Tenga.
To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we thought it was about time we give you an overview of all our male sex toys, what they do and what to look out for.
If you’re buying for yourself or your partner, this guide will definitely come in handy.