What did you get up to over the weekend? If you happened to be reading The People on Sunday, no doubt you will have spotted us featured in a double spread article by Tracey Cox, titled SEX TIPS: How To Keep Your Relationship Alive.
Alongside the colourful Lovehoney logo (standing out deliciously in the centre of the spread!) the piece featured a 24 top tips for keeping the spark in your love life, as well as scrummy picture of Tracey, erotic novel recommendations and how men are using Fifty Shades of Grey to get women into bed. (Hmmm… are they? Discuss.)
In keeping with Lovehoney’s mission for sexual happiness and wonderfully fulfilled sex lives, Tracey dished out 24 top tips to make sure your relationship doesn’t fall flat, including making time for a dirty weekend once every six weeks, and keeping your nether regions fit and healthy by investing in kegel balls for both pleasure and toning.
From Justine to Fanny Hill, erotic classics from as early as the 18th century have remained popular.
Recently however, we have seen many newly published erotic novels by modern authors set in times of courtesans and contessas.
Xcite Books has picked up on this trend, releasing the aptly named Past Pleasures- a collection of short stories ranging from trysts with Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt to coming-of-age naughtiness with a Celtic chieftain.
The arrival of Past Pleasures at our desks got the Lovehoney office wondering: is historical erotica sexy?
Is there still room for bodice-ripping in the Fifty Shades of Grey generation, where the action takes place firmly in the modern setting, with sleek cars, elevators and kitchen countertops the scenes for debauchery?
Simple, sexy and fun, the blindfold is a must-have for those looking to dabble with bedroom bondage.
Blindfolds are a tool to enhance sensation. Without sight we rely on our other senses much more, so smells, sounds, tastes and physical contact are all enhanced.
Blindfolds also build anticipation as we try to interpret what our partner is going to do next. Variation and anticipation will leave your partner totally aroused - and you'll feel like an incredible lover!
A blindfold holds so much pleasure potential - from sensuality to sex-play around power and control.
One of the questions we get asked most at Lovehoney is what exactly do you do once your partner's blindfolded? Check out these sex tips for using a blindfold to help make your play run a little more smoothly.
Above: Why are blindfolds so popular? Jess Wilde gives you 5 sterling reasons why in this video!
I bought a set of jiggle balls but they feel too big - are they?
The larger and lighter your jiggle balls, the easier they are to use. Not all women will need to start with the larger sized balls, and that may be the case with you.
When jiggle balls are too big, they will feel uncomfortable and you’ll feel like you want to the remove them as soon as possible. If the balls feel too big then you might be ready to move onto a smaller and heavier set for a bigger challenge (and more thrills!).
A progressive kegel ball set like the Lelo Luna Pleasure Beads (which have different weighted balls you can swap in and out) or Je Joue Ami Kegel Exercisers (which have three different sets of jiggle balls and instructions on how to use them) will provide you with balls of different sizes and weights to find the perfect match for your body without needing to buy multiple sets.
If it’s power you’re after, it’s a Magic Wand Vibrator you need. Originally designed as back and shoulder massagers, these mains-powered sex toys can make you go from zero to orgasm in under 60 seconds.
Spanking is a practice that teeters on the edge of vanilla and BDSM. You don’t have to be into the bells and whistles of fetish fun in order to enjoy the odd slap on the behind during sex, and there’s a lot of fun to be had with the bare palm/buttock combo in the boudoir.
If you do enjoy the odd botty spank then you might consider trying a spanking paddle. These simple bat-like toys offer a much needed extension to the hand when it comes to face-to-face positions, allowing you to try spanking in new ways.