I make no promises that the shown Durex Ribbed Condoms are, in fact, the best in the world (in all honesty, this is one of the condoms that divides opinions between love and hate), but since I like them and I write the blog, I choose the picture. Them's the rules.
If you want a slightly more democratic selection, though, an old forum topic on what the members consider to be has woken back up - and for those of you out there looking to change condoms, or who aren't sure which to choose first, it is a plethora of useful insight.
Some of these condoms that are getting rave reviews I've never even tried, so there is always something to be learned.
From the forum:
The Metro published an article on the rising trend of women to set up NSA (No Strings Attached) sexual assignations.
Their stats came from a study released by the internet dating site Dating Direct (of course, one could wonder at what sort of bias would be involved in such a business doing the 'study', but let's just run with it, yes?), who made the 1-in-3 claim for single women.
While some say it is a liberating thing, as women clearly have equal sex drives to men (individual men and women may vary, naturally), others question if it will end badly.
Fears of over-attachment, being considered "easy", and personal safety are all issues to be considered.
But with the right attitude and precautions? Could be convenient, well-informed fun (can you imagine the sheer joy of being able to tell a guy upfront what you need in bed and having that be a basis of whether or not you go to bed with him, rather that hoping for the best with the guy you like? It's like ordering a burger at Burger King):
We (well the girls around here) are getting slightly hot under the collar at the prospect of the Sex And The City Movie hitting the UK at the end of May. Another chance to see (and fantasise) about Mr Big is just what we need to blow cobwebs away (apparently).
The movie is due out in the UK on 28 May, so not too long to wait. We're wondering whether the rabbit vibrator is going to make a reappearance or whether the girls have moved on to other new and interesting sex toys by now.
We have a huge soft spot for Sex And The City because part of the rabbit vibrator's (and by extension, Lovehoney's) success is due to the rabbit being featured in an early episode of Sex And The City.
[Cue flashback] It was way back in Season 1, Episode 9 The Turtle and the Hare (first broadcast in 1998) that Miranda introduced Carrie and Charlotte to the rabbit vibrator, with Charlotte taking such a liking to her new friend that she became an orgasm-addicted recluse for the whole episode.
Some [cough] high street companies claim that it was their product that was featured in this seminal episode, but we know different - as our in-depth Sex And The City Rabbit Guide shows.
ITV has really got the sex toys bit between its teeth. Not content with a regular slot showing sex toys on Alan Titchmarsh, it let Fern Britton and Philip Schofield loose with some sex toys this week on their morning ITV show.
This Morning was playing host to seventy-five-year-old Gwen Bailey, ostensibly the oldest host of sex toy parties in the country. Reports have coquettishly not said which company she works for, but judging from the range she showed off, she's most like an Ann Summers party organiser.
Ann Summers has done an amazing job introducing sex toys to the British public. For many years, an Ann Summers party has been a rite of passage for women who get their first fondle of a vibrator over a glass of Lambrusco.
On This Morning, Gwen showed off a range of lingerie and vibrators, including the Ann Summers Wave Rabbit Vibrator, which is just like the Waver Bunny, only a different colour, in a different box and £10 more expensive.
Lovehoney has launched it's new blog polls!
Now we can find out more about the weird and wonderful world of sex - simply by getting you to answer one question!
It might be fun, it might be silly, it might even be down-right filthy but we hope you enjoy taking them!
Check out the polls to the right of this blog every week for different questions and fascinating results - the most interesting answers will even be published on the blog! Nice!
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Hi [name removed],
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Our mailing list is a double-opt-in system which means the owner of the e-mail address has to click on a link in an e-mail we send to prove that they own the e-mail address and to confirm that they want to join the mailing list and receive the free item.
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Every e-mail we send to our mailing list has an unsubscribe link at the bottom. I have clicked this for you to remove your address from the list.
We are sorry if you received e-mail that you think you didn't ask for and understand that it is annoying, which is why we are so careful to run a double opt-in list.
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After being nominated for an Academy Award and getting accolades from most critics (there were a few floating around who just hated it - nothing like a good room-dividing movie, no?), Lars and the Real Girl is opening across the UK on March 21. For those of you who know your sex dolls, "the Real Girl" in the title doesn't refer to an actual human being, but instead to one of those hyper-realistic, life-sized playthings called a Real Doll (see what they did there with the real "doll" versus "girl"? Clever, huh?).
Lars and the Real Girl is supposed to be a bit of a tragedy and a bit of a comedy, following a town's attempt to pretend that a shy guy's Real Doll is his actual girlfriend to help him over his… you know what? Just go watch the film. I'm not sure how anyone manages to sum up this film without sounding hokey about it. If the film gives you ideas, though, you can start out a little easier than the multiple thousands of pounds that the Real Doll costs and see how you get on with Lovehoney's much softer version, the Teddy Babe Plush Sex Doll.
There are two reviews (she's bringing in a very healthy 4.5 stars) on the products page that also offer some helpful tips on loosening her limbs and stretching her… bits for comfort, so make sure you take a look so you know what has worked for other users. You also might want to take a look over at Orgasm Army and see the forums for other hints and suggestions.
The world's first sex toy recycling scheme, Lovehoney's Rabbit Amnesty, has been running for more than six months now and it's going stronger than ever.
Your tremendous recycling efforts have ensured that we've been able to contribute to the success and development of the World Land Trust's Carbon Balanced programme, which is recognised as hugely important by its patron, Sir David Attenborough: "I welcome World Land Trust's new Carbon-balancing programme as a way of helping put back what we are taking away… Balancing your carbon emissions with the WLT means that we are able to put even more back in to our key objectives – acquiring land for conservation."
Lovehoney's offset has been allocated to the Sierra Gorda project in Mexico, which is a broad-based conservation programme with a strong social element.
Not only does the project help conserve the area's complex ecosystem, it provides incentives to local small-holders who receive financial incentives for environmental services – essentially planting up plots to help stabilise slopes and watersheds on over-grazed and eroding pastures.
So, we'd like to say a big "thank you" to you all from everyone here at Lovehoney. You can see how your sex toys are recycled by Rabbit Amnesty here.
And keep up the good work!