2014 has been a BIG year at Lovehoney and while we're already excited for everything 2015 has to hold, now is a good time to look back on an amazing year and, let's face it, get just a tad nostalgic!
Between landing our own reality TV series, debuting a whole load of exciting new products and launching our own lingerie brand, 2014 has been The Year of Lovehoney in many ways!
It's also been an exciting year for sex toys in general, with pleasure products getting more and more technologically advanced.
In what's fast becoming an annual tradition (see 2012 and 2013), here's our round up of the 14 most exciting sex trends of 2014.
Remember to leave a comment with your favourite bits of this past year!
Firstly, let's get one thing out of the way: people who use lube have better sex. They just do.
It reduces uncomfortable friction for lads and ladies unlike, which leads to a smoother experience, which in turn makes it more enjoyable. Still not convinced? Well, we’ve got a little experiment for you to try.
Guys: Try rubbing one out. Easiest homework ever, right? But now (or as soon as you can), try introducing Mrs Palm and her five lovely daughters to a slathering of lube before you start.
You see what a difference it makes? No more uncomfortable chafing when you’re going for a long time, plus it feels considerably more like the real deal.
Girls, now it’s your turn. Playing using lube makes everything much smoother and more enjoyable, and over 70% of women have found sexual experiences more enjoyable when they’ve used lubrication.
So, which lube's best for which situation? Just keep reading to see our super 'handy' guide.
Whether it’s a night out on the lash drinking £1 pints, or pulling an all-nighter to finish that last minute essay, it's safe to say students know a thing or two about staying up all night.
But what about staying power in the bedroom? Have you got what it takes to be the last man standing, or are you flat out before the party’s even started?
Stop being a lightweight and give your manshaft an ego boost with one of the simplest, yet most effective sex toys on the market: The humble cock ring. Oh-so easy to use, cock rings are a fantastic way to boost what nature gave you, without taking herbal remedies or losing sensation with delay sprays.
A cock ring works by preventing blood from flowing away from your penis, allowing you to perform at your full potential.You’ll benefit from a bigger, stronger erection that’s more pronounced and vascular, as well as delayed ejaculation for longer-lasting bonking.
If you like it, find out exactly which ring you should put on it by reading on.
One of the joys of sharing a house is that you can almost guarantee that at some point, you’ll hear your housemates bumping uglies. It’s like a university rite of passage.
But what about when it comes to indulging in a spot of alone-time?
No one wants their new roomies to know that they’re doing the five-knuckle shuffle after a particularly steamy episode of Orange is the New Black, and worrying about overly-loud vibrations and moans can really ruin the mood.
So for those of you who are shy about playing with yourself whilst your friends play FIFA on the other side of the wall, we've rounded up a selection of the best quiet sex toys, as well as some tips from our experts on becoming a top undercover lover.
Pop quiz: For breakfast this morning, did you have a) cereal, b) toast, or c) pizza?
Is your favourite game a) football, b) chess, or c) fuzzy duck?
Is your most prized piece of artwork a) a sculpture, b) a painting, or c) a beer can tower?
If you answered mostly c, odds are you're a student, battling the 11am alarm each morning, donning fancy dress at every chance, and honing your hawk-eyed tenacity for spotting a bargain.
Twinning top-rated toys with wallet-friendly pricing, this compilation of vibrating sex toys for students should send your skinflinty spidey sense haywire. All available for under £20, they're ideal for budget-conscious academics looking to blow off some post-lecture steam.
Their thrifty pricing makes these toys a steal, and additionally the ensuing run of nights in you'll enjoy post-purchase will also help rack up the pennies, making these toys doubly good value.
From everyone at Lovehoney, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year.
2014 has been a very exciting year at Lovehoney HQ, and we're looking forward to everything to come in 2015.
Regular blog readers will know that we like to make your Christmas even happier with a festive secret sale.
We've chosen some of our favourite luxury products and slashed the price for one day only. Just add the item to your basket as usual and you'll see the discount at the checkout.
This offer is only available today and only while stock lasts, so hurry up and grab a bargain before it's too late!
Once again, have a very Happy Christmas from everyone at Lovehoney.
If there's one thing that never fails to make us smile at Lovehoney HQ, it's reading your happy feedback.
We love when our customers take the time to tweet, Facebook or email us nice comments.
Whether you're getting in touch because you love your purchases, have been taken care of by our award-winning Customer Care team, or even just because you've seen us on the telly - we always love to hear from you.
In fact, we have a tradition of sharing special comments with the whole company via email to spread extra cheer, and given that the year is coming to an end, I thought it would be nice to share some with you…
Below are my favourite customer comments (and one drawing!) from 2014. Feel free to get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook, email or in the comments below.
What are penis extenders, and why would anyone want to use one? The clue is in the name: Penis extenders are sleeves, often made of plastic or rubber, that slide over the penis and add extra inches in length and girth.
Some penis extender sleeves are closed on top, while others have an open tip. Some have stimulating nubs, and others are smooth. This guide talks you through the different types of penis extenders and helps you decide which is best one for you.
With more than half of adults still getting a stocking filled with pressies every year at Christmas, it's important to pick up some small treats in advance of Christmas Eve for your loved ones. While family and friends might get the standard socks and chocolate again this year, it's fun to get a naughty stocking filler for your lover.
With this in mind, I asked some people around Lovehoney HQ to choose their favourite sexy stocking filler for this Christmas. Read on for Lovehoney staff picks!
'Tis the season to be jolly (fa la la la la la la la la).
It's also the season for giving! So here at Lovehoney we have decided to launch a second Christmas survey to give you, our lovely customers, another chance to win some brilliant products just in time for Christmas.
If you want to be in with the chance of winning a luxury Lelo Bundle worth over £140, then all you have to do is complete the survey below and enter your email address at the end.
One lucky winner will get their hands on these two fantastic products:
Lelo Smart Wand Large Rechargeable Vibrator (£154.99)
Lelo Luna Mini Pleasure Bead System (£30.00)
Good luck and Merry XXXmas!