A lot of you lovely readers will already know who I am, but for those of you who don't, let me introduce myself.
I'm Jess; Lovehoney's in-house Bondage Expert. With a background in burlesque, pin up modelling, fetish event promotion and being a bit of a pirate-goth hybrid, my transition to Bondage Expert has been pretty easy!
As you can probaby imagine, I see a fair share of niche products, and every day have something new and fantastic on my desk. It's through personal research, experience and a keen interest in all things unusual that have led me to learn a tonne about a wide range of fetishes.
Every week I get asked questions about bondage and kink, but there are some questions which crop up (grooaan!) more often than others. That's the inspiration for this blog.
Every month I'll be taking the most common (or most interesting!) questions and answering them here.
Got a burning question about bondage, S&M or another fetish? Comment below and your question could be answered in next month's blog.
If you read through some of our 236,000 sex toy reviews, you'll notice that some of our customers try out their new toys just a couple of times before they write a review, while others use them consistently for a few weeks before sending us their thoughts. However, our Review of the Month winner for June tops them all: summersun had been using (and loving!) the Tantus Realdoe Wireless Strap On Double Dildo Vibrator 7 inch for THREE YEARS before submitting her review!
In her thorough review, summersun gives a great run down of why the toy works so well in her relationship, explains the importance of discreet packaging, and gives advice on the best way to use the vibrating strapless strap-on:
"This toy gets a 10 out of 10. This is my 'desert island' toy. The Realdoe is absolutely gorgeous. When you take it out of the packaging, it is a thick cock with a bulb at the top - it looks a bit obscene, but also strangely alluring, even though I am a lesbian. I don't normally like 'realistic' toys, and my girlfriend used to hate them, but this toy converted us."
Check out summersun's full review.
Summersun takes our top prize of a £100 Lovehoney voucher this month, but read on below to find out who was selected as a runner up this month:
Those of you that are really on the ball will know that we recently conducted a poll to find out whether the nation's penises have names (or not).
We had a staggering response and can now reveal that 60% of todgers were given names by their proud owners.
So now it's time for the girls! We want to know: Do your boobs have names too?
Whether you've named them, your partner has named them or they remain nameless, take the poll below.
If you're really in the sharing mood, write your boobies' names in the comment section for your chance to win a Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator worth £12.99.
Don't worry, you can still enter even if you don't have boobs or if your boobs don't have a name. Just leave a comment.
The winner will be picked at random and notified by email on Monday 20th July.
Prepare to be bound, wrapped and strapped with these tantalising bedroom restraints.
Transform your boudoir into Christian Grey's playroom with the brand new Fifty Shades of Grey Official Playroom Collection.
Whether you're partial to bit of over-the-door debauchery or spread-eagle indulgence, we've got the tools to bring your bondage fantasy to life. With adjustable straps and bars, The Official Playroom Collection is suitable for all sexes, sizes (including beds and doors) and abilities.
The six items are supplied with a Fifty Shades of Grey blindfold, for those looking to escalate their pleasure further and a door hanger, to ensure you are not disturbed.
The wrist and ankle straps are lined with super-soft, faux fur and fastened with strong velcro, meaning you can comfortably push and pull to your heart's extent. There's no escaping these restraints (so make sure you have a safe-word).
Still want more? Check out the full collection below.
The weather isn't the only thing that's been scorching hot recently! Our lovely community have amped up their efforts for our monthly modelling competition, and the results are incredible.
In case you're just joining us, each month we choose our favourite user-uploaded community photo to win a £100 gift voucher to spend on whatever they like. Not bad, eh?
This month's winner is Lovebirds_x with this natural and effortlessly sexy shot we just can't get enough of. The close-up photo shows off the detail of her Lovehoney Flirty Pink Lace Boyshorts perfectly. Over top, she's added the Lovehoney Thrill Me Ribbon Slot & Mesh Babydoll Set (which is on sale right now, in plus size too)
Lovebirds_x have won a £100 Gift Voucher to spend on anything they like at Lovehoney - oooh, the possibilities!
Want to be in with a chance to win the top prize next month? Entering our modelling competition couldn't be easier - simply upload a photo of yourself in your favourite lingerie or accessory from Lovehoney and you could be picked as the winner for July!
Read on to see the runner up photos…
The right pair of sexy underwear can make you look and feel amazing, but who said they were just for women? It's about time you felt sexy too, chaps!
We want to hear exactly what you're looking for in a pair of sexy undies. Whether it's boxers or thongs, lace or microfiber, let us know what you'd like to see in our Male Underwear category for the chance to win our Massive Male Bundle worth £120.
Included in this month's mega bundle:
It's official: Male sex toys are becoming more and more mainstream, and the Fleshlight male masturbator is now vying with the classic rabbit vibrator for the title of most famous sex toy in the world. Shaped like a torch (or Flashlight to you Americans) with a realistic vaginal opening and textured internal canal, the Fleshlight takes solo pleasure to new heights.
Even better, some of the most famous adult actresses in Hollywood (and some actors, too) have granted Fleshlight access to their private parts to recreate their vaginas, butts and mouths in Fleshlight form.
Our customers tell us they love pairing their favourite pornstar's movies with her Fleshlight for more realistic pleasure. Plus, right now you can pick up any 2 Fleshlight Girls for only £100 to double your fun!
We've recently expanded our Fleshlight Girls collection with the hottest new pornstars. Check out the newest versions below…
Picture the scene: the lights are dimmed, the candles are lit - and someone pulls out the silky satin restraints.
If you and your partner have decided to make your BDSM debut, then congratulations are in order! It’s great that you’ve found someone else who is on your wavelength and is up for some sexploration.
What could kill the mood slightly, however, is if you tie up your lover and then stand there staring awkwardly, while your lover lies there and just stares right back at you (also awkward).
Before you whip the handcuffs out, the best thing to do is plan your scene together. Planning will help clarify what sort of play turns you both on, what activities are off the cards, and what your safe word will be.
But exactly how do you plan sex, and keep it sexy? Here are 7 things to do with your partner (ranked from mildest to wildest) now that you've got them tied up.
Long Dong Silver, The Pleasure Pump or maybe even Thor. All guys have a name for their… little friend? Right?
It's okay guys, you can admit it. Even super-cool Channing Tatum owned up to calling his man-pole Gilbert this week.
So if you or your partner have ever had a pet name for your trouser snake, we want to know.
Take the poll and, if you feel like sharing, write your willy's name in the comment section below*.
We will pick a name at random to receive a Lovehoney Bionic Bullet Vibrating Cock Ring worth £14.99.
You owe it to your penis really.
*Dont worry, you can still enter even if you don't have a penis or if your penis doesn't have a name. Just leave a comment.
The winner will be notified by email on Friday 19th June.
Your skin absorbs over 60% of what you put on it. So if you're careful about what you eat, why shouldn't you be careful about what you put on your skin?
Lubrication is really important for safe, comfortable sex and masturbation. It eases penetration, making vaginal and anal sex more comfortable for men and women - and for circumcised men, a personal lubricant is often necessary to help prevent friction.
The vagina lubricates itself when you're aroused, but sometimes it doesn't happen. Stress, tiredness, diet and menopause can all have an impact on your body's natural lubrication - which is where a bottled lube comes in handy.
Even if things are pretty well lubricated down there, over 70% of women find sexual experiences even more satisfying with lube, so why not give it a go?
All of our lubricants are body safe, but they may not all be suitable for people with allergies or special requirements. We often get asked about all-natural alternatives to traditional lubes, so we've put this guide together to, well, guide you through the bewildering world of natural lubes.