It is 6 inches and a creamy white plastic, surrounded now by the detritus of its plain brown wrapping. Me and Kate stare, giggling.
Masturbation was about to take a leap into a new and exciting phase.
It’s 1986 and we are just across the threshold into our twenties. Bestest of best friends and flatmates, this purchase with all its glamour of the forbidden, also offered a convenient way to do what we both liked doing.
Because if your hands and arms don’t move in the average way, a session of self-love is not a simple matter.
It had taken several weeks build up to get to this point. Kate saw the advert in a women’s magazine, one of those tiny ads, which exclaim ‘personal massager for all over relaxing relief’.
Guest post by Penny Pepper
Did you know that The Sleep Council have declared March to be National Bed Month? We're definitely on board!
Bed is synonymous with sex, and for good reason. The centre of romance, the bed remains a hub for kisses, cuddles and of course - sex.
There’s nothing like a weekend lie-in to encourage quality time with your partner, so take some time in the coming weeks to treat your lover to breakfast in bed in honour of National Bed Month.
To help you put a kinky twist on your bed, we’re giving away a Bondage Boutique Under The Bed Restraint Kit (£34.99) to one lucky reader. Simply comment below before Friday the March 8th for your chance to win.
We’ve scoured the web for the best sexy bed-related articles for you to enjoy (hopefully from bed!) on this lazy Sunday morning.
Image: Paul Schneggenburger
Between the long evenings made for snuggling and the all-important Valentine’s Day, February is definitely the month of love - and we certainly saw plenty of romance-inspired photography in February’s Model of the Month competition.
Each month, we give Lovehoney Community Members the chance to win £100 to spend at Lovehoney by uploading a picture of themselves in sexy lingerie. Congratulation to tracey3x who is the winner of this month’s competition with a romantic shot of a couple sharing a tender kiss.
We loved how tracey3x captures an intimate moment between lovers in this simple but stunning shot. The clever placement of her partner’s hand accentuates the sex appeal of the Fantasy Lace Garter Belt while her lace-topped stockings complete the look.
We're wondering what makes the nation tick when it comes to getting in the mood for sex (or what the most common reasons are for not being up for it!).
Are you most likely to have sex on a lazy Sunday morning, or as part of your weekday pre-bedtime routine?
How does your partner show they're interested, and what most commonly sparks sex with your partner - a cheeky grope, a kiss, a glass or two of wine?
With this quick little survey, you can help us find out the answers!
As a thank you for completing our Fast & Frisky Survey, we're giving you the chance to win a Lelo Indulgence Kit, which includes a Lelo Insignia Alia Luxury Massager (£109.99) and a Lelo Tantra Feather Tickler (£24.99).
Competition closes on the 11th March 2013. The winner will be contacted by email.
Toy With Me Tuesday is a sex toy meme that Ness, a sex blogger, started when she realised that there were a lot of creative ways to take another look at the sex toys in our homes.
We usually enter a photo every week, but we're taking a mini post-Valentine's break and have instead rounded up some of our favourite snaps of sex toys in a foodie setting. Some are from our own archive, while others are by talented sex bloggers and toy companies, and we use them by kind permission.
Which is your favourite? Have you taken a photo of a sex toy in the kitchen? Have you got any ideas for toys that would look good in a kitchen setting? Feel free to comment!
We all start off the year with the best of intentions, but by the time February comes to a close we’ve often abandoned our exercise routines and weight loss goals and reverted to bad habits.
If you need an incentive to keep up your healthy eating plan, just think about your sex life. Eating well not only makes you look and feel better, there’s also evidence that a balanced diet could boost your libido.
While the aphrodisiac properties of oysters may be exaggerated, eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet ensures you have plenty of energy to burn in the bedroom, leaving both you and your partner satisfied.
Not only do the right foods improve your sex life from the inside, it can be fun to stimulate your taste buds during sex with some delicious low calorie flavoured lube to lick off your partner.
We’re giving away FIVE bumper Sliquid Swirl flavoured lube bundles! Simply comment below before March 1st for your chance to win.
Read on below for the best food and sex articles from around the web.
If you write a sex toy review for Lovehoney, you could be in with a chance to win a rather splendid £100 to spend on whatever you like!
Review of the Month
Having racked up 99 customer reviews, we felt this review by laceandglitter summed up precisely why the Lovehoney Magic Wand Deluxe Massager has proved to be such a phenomenally popular toy.
"I received this as a gift from my boyfriend a couple of months ago. I intended to review it earlier, but I just haven't been able to leave the bedroom since then! Seriously, though, this is the best vibrator I own. I sometimes think it's the best one I'll ever own."
Read the full review by laceandglitter.
Each month we also choose a selection of highly commended reviews and reward them each with a whopping 2,000 Lovehoney Oh! Points to spend as they wish, or perhaps save up to spend on a luxury sex toy. Read on to find out who the runners up were…
Lovehoney has been named Best Internet Retail Site at the Xcite Book Awards for the second year running!
The annual awards held by the UK's leading publisher of erotica, Xcite Books, is a celebration of the most deserving companies, bloggers, authors and sex experts who are working to improve, explore and expand the world of erotica.
We also picked up the elusive Best Reviewer award for our outstanding contribution to erotica reviews, and it's all thanks to you! Your continued love of all things erotic and your honest feedback makes Lovehoney a friendly, helpful place to be, and we're so very grateful for all your contributions. Without you, it really couldn't happen.
All the votes were from lovely members of the public, so thank you for choosing us as your Best Internet Retail Site and Best Reviewer. We're over the moon!
As the cold weather continues in the UK this week, many people have started planning holidays to banish those February blues.
If you're lucky enough to go on holiday with your partner this year, be prepared to return home with more than just a tan - a new survey reveals that 28% of couples think their sex life improved after taking a holiday together.
Going abroad doesn't mean you have to sacrifice home comforts. Even sex toys are getting more travel-friendly. The Lovehoney Flash USB Mini Vibrator, released just last week, is ideal for travel. Rechargeable by USB, completely discreet and detachable, there's no chance of this powerful toy starting to vibrate in your luggage.
To celebrate the release of the Lovehoney Flash USB Mini Vibrator (worth £29.99), we're giving a lucky reader the chance to win one! Simply comment below before Friday the 22nd for your chance to win.
Read on below for the best travel related sex news from around the internet.