Britain has always had a curious relationship with Japan: we're both small island nations with bad weather and distinctive diets (deep-fried Mars Bars and fish'n'chips vs sushi and miso), with an obsessive nostalgia for days of bygone glory that feeds a delusional sense of importance on the world stage.
But while British boffins dedicate their technological skills to boring stuff like building indestructible speed cameras, the Japanese encourage their eggheads to think big and wild. Who had the first used pantie dispensing machine? Japan. With this in mind, Lovehoney's eyes are always peeled for the latest developments on the Japanese sex toy front, and we're proud to announce some remarkable new products now in stock…
In June 2006, Lovehoney invited applicants for a unique job - to test an oral sex supplement called Sweet Release that promised to change the flavour of semen. We were inundated with more than 1,000 applications and ended up choosing two couples for the 30-day Sperm Tester trial.
Private Eye has belatedly caught up with our shenanigans, featuring our original sperm tester job advert press release in its Funny Old World column. Thanks for the plug!
When it comes down to it, most of us prefer to make love in the bedroom. Sure the bath or kitchen are fun every now and again, but for all-round ease-of-use, you can't beat the boudoir. But do you sometimes find that the bed is, well, too flat? This is where the Liberator sex furniture comes in. It may look like a big wedge of cheese, but it's designed to get you in the perfect position to receive or give pleasure. Turns any flat bed into a mountain-range of orgasmic delight! We've only just started selling these items, so we'd love to hear from any satisfied (or unsatisfied) punters.
It's free vibrator time again. Spend £40 on goods and we'll send you a Spend £40 and get a £24.99 Ultra Seven Vibrator free with your order.
The Ultra Seven Vibrator is one of the great sex toys in the Ultra Seven Range. They're all powered by the same quality motor and have a range of pulsing, escalating and vibrating functions.
We've managed to secure a limited number at a very special price so we've passed on the savings to you in our special giveaway.
No need to thank us, it's what we're here for. ;-)
We've all been on dates that have gone so badly that we wished the ground would open up and swallow us. Or preferably, open up and swallow our date. Well, I guess the publishers of the best-selling Worst Case Scenario books have been on a few of those dates as well, because they've just released a Dating and Sex book.
Armed with the information in this book, you'll be able to tell if your date is married/an axe-murderer/a bad kisser/ a bad dresser (okay, we made that last one up). It also contains handy hints on what to do in awkward situations like having a credit card declined in a restaurant, or what to do if you can't remember your date's name. That happened to me once with what's-her-name. Check out the Worst Case Scenario Survial Handbook: Dating and Sex here.
And remember, why put up with bad dates when there are so many good sex toys around? Got a disastrous dating story you'd like to share? Tell us (and everyone else).
Lovehoney is humbly proud to announce the launch of a unique new sex toy - the Inch Perfect vibrator. Available in 2 sizes - regular 9 inches and mini 6 inches - it's the only sex toy that dares to answer the question: how deep it your love? Plus, we've done a really nifty animation for it - Inch Perfect is the first sex toy in space!
Going back a couple of hundred years design-wise, Dr Joel Kaplan's Female Enhancement Kit isn't strictly speaking a toy but a clitoral aid designed to medical specifications - but as any bondage enthusiast dismayed by furry handcuffs knows, authenticity is everything in role play, and this would fit perfectly with a labcoat, a pair of surgical gloves and a concerned bedside manner.
If you haven't played doctors and nurses since the playground, now's your chance to hone your medical skills.
While we don't (yet) stock anything quite as futuristic as the Virtual Hole, a bold bid in the teledildonics stakes from Japan, we've been mighty impressed with a couple of our new products.
Doc Johnson's Hub is a gorgeously designed space-age sex toy comprising two vibrators - one realistic, one beaded - with a stunning 8 functions and 8 speeds for each, from the readily approachable Vibrate or Pulsate functions to the wilder reaches of Escavibe and Freefall.
As the space race starts (slowly) picking up again, we think every astronaut should have their pick of the current crop of toys to combat zero-G ennui, and the Hub would fit well with NASA's ergonomically designed capsules.
Tracey Cox is probably the world's sexiest sexpert. Born in England but having moved to Australia where she became a renowned sex writer, Tracey Cox knows her stuff when it comes to all things sexual. So how better than Tracey to give you 10 good reasons why you should masturbate on a regular basis?
The following excerpt is taken from Tracey Cox's Hot Sex: How To Do It (published by Corgi).
10 Good Reasons To Masturbate:
1. It feels fantastic
2. It teaches us about our own body: what turns us on, what doesn't. Masturbation helps you identify what your basic sexual needs are and how best to satisfy them. Pass this on to your partner and you have a solid basis for a sizzling sex life.
3. It releases tension and helps us sleep – a secret sleeping pill without any side effects!
4. It teaches us to separate love from sex. We're more able to distinguish sex affairs from love affairs because we realise having an orgasm doesn't mean we're in love.
5. If you're single, it stops you climbing the walls or sleeping with the first guy or girl you meet.
6. It's totally safe
7. It's a great beauty treatment. Orgasm improves circulation, combats the effects of stress and makes skin glow!
8. You can concentrate purely on your own pleasure without worrying about someone else!
9. The more you masturbate, the more orgasms you'll be capable of having both with and without your partner. The more you do it, the easier they are to reach!
10. Being able to give yourself an orgasm is true sexual independence.