1. Want a shiny new vibrator but scared it will sound like a jet engine taking off? Fear not, we're here to help you find a vibrator that's high on clit-stimulating vibes, not volume.

    Strap ons are a great sex toy for both mixed- and same-sex couples. They allow you to penetrate your partner, while keeping your hands free for other fun. Hooray!

    The majority of strap-ons come with a strap-on harness that sits around the wearer's hips to give greater control over the toy during use.

    But which harness should you choose? Our guide has all the details you need.

    BDSM is an all-inclusive term given to any sexual behaviour that might be considered 'kinky'. Pain, physical restraint and servitude would be frowned upon in a non-sexual scenario. In BDSM circles, however, these practices are engaged in with the consent of both people involved for mutual satisfaction and excitement.

    Spanking, whipping, tying, binding, scratching - whatever you fancy trying, you can quickly become a sexual tigress and bring out your kinky side with our guide to BDSM and bondage

    Above: Not sure what the letters in B-D-S-M stand for? Watch this video guide with Jess Wilde to make knowing your B's from your D's as simple as A-B-C!

    So you're looking for a vibrator but not sure where to start in our vibrators category? Luckily, you can use our brilliant Vibrator Finder by clicking the image below.

    But if you're really not sure where to start, this guide will teach you how to tell a bullet from a butterfly vibe and everything in between, and help you choose the vibrators that will best enhance masturbation and sex with your partner.

    Butt Plugs

    Unlike other insertable sex toys, a butt plug is an anal sex toy that's designed to be inserted and left in place.

    Generally speaking, butt plugs are conical-shaped, starting small and gently graduating in size. They usually feature a slimmer 'neck' at the bottom and a flared base for safety.

    So why do people use butt plugs, we hear you cry?

    A butt plug gently stretches the anus, creating a sensation of fullness and pressure, and stimulating the sensitive internal and external nerve endings.

    When the pelvic muscles contract during an orgasm, a butt plug can intensify the sensation, as you're squeezing against something. Using one as part of your sexual repertoire can lead to intense anal fulfilment and amazing orgasms.

    It's a fabulous way to explore anal play for the first time, either through solo masturbation or with a partner.

    What was once considered a 'dungeon' fetish is now making its way into bedrooms the world over, so it's important to learn some rules to make sure your bondage play is satisfying and safe. When done correctly, bondage can be an intimate, sensual and sexy experience for all.

    While you may not yet participate in the more advanced or extreme forms of bondage, such as self-bondage, you should still exercise caution and safety in even the simplest practices. So if you want to be sexy and safe with your bondage play, here are some tips to get you started…

    Above: In this video, Jess Wilde explains why you and your partner should always agree on a safe word before exploring bondage, spanking, or any other kinds of "serious sex play".

    Batteries for your Sex Toys and Vibrators

    Many websites offer free batteries when you buy a vibrator or sex toys. Why doesn't Lovehoney? Because you need good ones!

    Sex toys and vibrators are high-drain electrical items that require quality, alkaline batteries. The free batteries supplied by some sites are typically low-quality non-alkaline batteries which don't supply enough power to get a decent buzz and are liable to leak under the strain.

    Summer lovin' had me a buzzin', as Olivia Newton-John almost sang. Find out which vibes are best to pack when you're heading off on holiday…

    So, you've bought your penis pump and have a basic understanding of how it works. Now you're ready for our five-point plan about how to get more from your penis pump!

    The world of sex toys can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you're buying for someone special or treating yourself, it's hard to know where to start. Let our Beginner's Guide to Sex Toys help you on your way to becoming sex toy savvy.

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