At Lovehoney we use technology called heatmapping to show us the most popular areas of pages. Heatmapping places little coloured areas across a page, corresponding to how frequently they are clicked. Using this information, we can see how the layout of a page or list can be improved.
So for example, a heatmap of the left-hand navigation on our homepage looks something like the picture on the left.
However, recently, I was running a heatmap of our Sexy Lingerie page, and noticed something odd. People clicking on the pictures were clicking in, let’s say, rather specific areas of the image. It looked to me that the most popular areas of the image were either the boobs or crotch (see right).
Now, this could have just been a function of the type of lingerie being modelled - so I decided to test it!
Channel 4's Four Rooms is not your usual antiques programme, and last night alongside the score from Psycho and the chair J K Rowling sat on while she wrote Harry Potter, was an antique dildo dating from 1893. It stumped the group at first, till antiques dealer Celia Sawyer explained, "it's a dildo… quite a small one."
Complete with a US patent and a hollow centre for hot or cold water, this steel dildo is the ancestor of modern metal dildos and glass dildos used for sensory play.
A hand-me-down from her grandmother, the seller had high hopes of selling the dildo-cum-heirloom for a whopping £4,000. But alas, her resolve was not as steely as her dildo, as Jeffrey Salmon's offer of £1,111.11 was accepted - and sealed with a kiss! (No tongues though.)
Unfortunately, the deal was done before Gordon Watson could get a look in. Perhaps an unlikely admirer of the dildo, he said, "every fibre of my being, every single nerve-ending is ready to do whatever it takes to get the piece." Despite being "not quite my thing" Gordon Watson would have offered £3000, as a client of his is Belgium's largest collector of dildos.
Now, that's someone we'd like to meet…
When Lovehoney asked me to share the hottest, most popular scene I’ve written, I was torn between sharing what I thought was my hottest sex scene (though I have several favourites) and the sex scene that I’ve had the most comments on from my readers, the one I’ve had the most requests to read whenever I do a public reading. That scene was a no-brainer. The scene that has caused the most chatter, and had the most requests is from my first novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly. It involves sex on a Harley Hog while roaring down the A3. I think apart from the fact that the bike’s owner, Morgan, is hot, exotic and nasty, the appeal of the Harley scene is that it is so outrageously dangerous and so public. And I have to be honest, having a giant vibrator between one's legs, well that idea did go far for me when I was writing the scene. The term crotch rocket is often used for small fast bikes. I hope, in this scene, I’ve taken the idea of a crotch rocket to a whole new level.
I think what happens in this scene could be referred to as hogging, rather than dogging. I have to admit it was one of the most fun scenes in the book to write. Whenever someone approaches me who has read Holly, if they have a favourite scene, I know it will be one of two scenes, but this one is by far the one most talked about. So here is a cut-down version of Sex on a Harley from The Initiation of Ms Holly. Don’t worry, I didn’t cut any of the nasty bits…
Guest post by K D Grace
Last week I introduced you to the Angel of Passion Sex Machine, a high-powered humping heart with unbelievable shafting speeds.
This week I’m going to slow it down a few notches and wow you with yet another fantastic sex machine, the Erotic Dream Bag (£350.00).
At first glance this covert cock thruster looks like a swanky designer weekend bag but inside the you’ll discover a fully functioning sex machine which requires a little assembly for a lot of gain. If you’re looking for a sex machine that isn’t obvious in operation or appearance then this is the sex toy you’ve been waiting for.
It might not be the most travel-friendly machine (it’s rather weighty), but pop this next to your bedside table and no one will suspect it’s hiding a sexy secret.
The best way to stop him is for you to stop avoiding the subject! This is a conversation you need to have.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby got hands-on with sex toys on This Morning today, as sexpert Tracey Cox gave advice on three of the most common sex problems.
Two couples explained their troubles and were given practical solutions by Tracey, while one woman explained how she had never had an orgasm despite her best efforts. Tracey Cox recently suggested Magic Wand Vibrators in her Closer Magazine column, so it came as no surprise that a mains-powered wand was her top suggestion to help Lynn achieve climax.
"That's a beast of a thing!" exclaimed Phillip Schofield as he grasped the Lovehoney Mains Powered Deluxe Magic Wand Vibrator, while Holly Willoughby showed her sex toy know-how by commenting "I presume that's external?"
Tracey explained how it's worth trying a mains-powered vibrator, even if conventional vibrators have failed in the past.
The couple with a mis-matched sex drive - where he wants to have sex several times a week, while she'd be content with sex every few months - were offered some great advice to help bring the couple's sex drive into alignment. Tracey emphasised the importance of cuddling and working on an intimate connection that would hopefully satisfy both partners.
As well as Tracey's advice to increase intimacy and desire, we think something like the Tracey Cox Supersex Sensation Stroker (a sleeve that enhances hand jobs and can be used by either partner on him) would help give him the release he wants, while at the same time involving her in his solo pleasure.
The final couple featured had encountered the common problem of finding it difficult to resume a fulfilling sex life after the birth of a child. To exercise the pelvic floor and get the body used to penetration again, Tracey suggested the Supersex Toner Balls from her own sex toy and sexual health range.
Kitsch alert! I haven’t been this excited about the way a sex toy looks since I first clapped eyes on Ran Amano. OK, that was only a few weeks ago, but if you spend as much time as I do staring down the eye end of realistic dildos, you’d cherish these moments too. Let me introduce you to the Angel of Passion Sex Machine, this week's (very) Awesome Sex Toy of the Week.
This heart-shaped humper is packed full of features to satisfy him and her in one neat package. It might look like plastic pop art but the design is ingeniously practical with adjustable height and thrusting trajectory for the best-possible angles.
The most shocking part of this sex machine is the speed, it goes like the clappers on the lowest setting, and like a dozen clappers on the highest. This is definitely not a sex toy for the power shy. You can take it down a peg or two by using batteries to power it instead of the mains adaptor, but even then you’re going to be getting it hard and fast.
You might be looking to buy your first sex toy for men, you might be a seasoned pro. Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, there are plenty of tips and tricks to enhance your pleasure that you might not be aware of.
Revitalise your stroke by checking out our top tips for making your male masturbator a sexual must-have.
A common complaint in customer reviews is that a vibrator just didn’t cut it for them power wise. Everyone is unique, as are their sexy parts, and a sex toy that’s too strong for one person is too weak for another.
No matter how hard sex toy makers have tried, they just don’t seem to manage to pleasure everyone with their powerful vibrators. Dissatisfied sad face.
If you’re a power-hungry lover that’s looking for more va-va-voom from your vibe then you’ll love this week's Awesome Power Tool… I mean Sex Toy. Rock Box (£99.99) is quite probably the world’s most powerful vibrator and the good news is that it’s equal parts sexy fun times for him and for her.
I know what you’re thinking. Surely this thing is going to shear my lady garden to pieces or batter my man rod…