Today we're celebrating our 10th birthday! Lovehoney officially sent its very first order on the 21st April 2002 and the second was 6 few days later - it was slow but steady start!
As well as some extra-special birthday offers, we thought we'd give you all a special peek into Lovehoney HQ. So, here are 10 things you (probably) didn't know about Lovehoney…
We're kicking off Lovehoney's 10th birthday celebrations by giving you the chance to win a bundle prize pack. Each bundle is packed full of 10 Lovehoney goodies including some of our best-selling sex toys.
So that's 10 products, in 10 different gift boxes, for 10 community members - and all for our 10th birthday (phew!).
To enter, all you need to do is either comment on this post, or pop over to this thread in the Lovehoney Forum and write about your first experience with Lovehoney. It can be about what you bought, joining the forums, customer service. Anything you like! The only rule is that it has to be under 150 words. Be as creative (or as uncreative!) as you like. All 10 winners will be announced on Friday 27th April and will be chosen at random.
The erofic sensation of 2012, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel that has everyone from placid homemakers to high-powered business types eager for a cheeky BDSM thrill. There’s something incredibly alluring about the sexual tension between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, but a D/s lifestyle, contracts and all, is probably a little heavy for most of us and is an idea reserved for our darkest fantasies.
Between the timidity of sexual trepidation and the feet-first plunge into absolute sexual servitude is a middle line - bondage. For those of us who are intrigued, titillated and tempted by the relationship Ana and Christian enjoy, bedroom bondage offers an experimental platform to live the life of a master or slave for just a few hours.
In the story, Christian draws up a contract for Ana to sign, outlining the acts and paraphernalia she consents to. Some of the rules are a little heavy handed for normal play, but the sexy list of acts and accessories can form a delicious basis for role play. I’ve picked 10 of the sexiest mentions in Ana’s contract to offer inspiration for a filthy tryst inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey.
When it comes to sexual experimentation, bedroom bondage is on many couples’ to-do list. In the past 30 years BDSM has come along leaps and strides to be accepted as a ‘normal’ part of people’s sex lives, and the change in attitude has seen some pretty glamorous interpretations of tie and tease in the mainstream media. Huzzah!
This week's Awesome Sex Toy is incredibly special to me as I helped to design it. Having been a fan of bondage for many a year, I was chuffed to have the opportunity to help solve an issue that’s niggled me since I first popped a blindfold over someone’s eyes - the fact you can usually peek out under the nose bridge.
Hidden inside the Lovehoney Tease Me Blindfold's nose bridge is a special flexible stem which allows the nose bridge to be bent into any shape, allowing you to pinch it tightly around the nose for complete blackout.
At first it was hard to believe that a dress could actually show arousal. However, Intimacy 2.0, a dress designed by Dutch fashion designer and artist Daan Roosegaarde really does exist, and yes really does show how turned on you are!
Using a combination of leather, 'smart fabric' e-foils, wireless technology and electronics, Daan has created a futuristic dress that becomes transparent with the increased speed of the wearer's heartbeat, becoming a see-through dress to reveal all.
The style has been dubbed as 'techno-poetry', a strand of fashion that explores the relationship between intimacy, sensuality and technology. There have been talks to produce a high street version of the Intimacy dress, which would respond to the wearer's emotions, showing how nervous or excited they were feeling.
Read on to see the video…
If you picked up a copy of Fabulous in the Sun on Sunday today, you're likely have to have seen a feature on erotic book sensation and New York Times best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. Written by London-based author EL James, Fifty Shades is about a bondage loving billionaire and his seduction and training of a female college graduate into his submissive lover.
Alice, Lovehoney's Content and Community Editor, was interviewed as part of the 'Women Breaking the Last Taboo' article based around the book's release. She discussed her role as 'sex-toy fairy' at Lovehoney, the growing popularity of sex toys, and was the perfect example of how you can have a career in the sex industry, without taking your clothes off!
Fifty Shades has opened up a lot of conversation about the role of female desire and sexuality and it's been suggested that it's helping to break down boundaries and encourage women to try new things. In the feature, Alice explained that business is booming, a clear sign that people are more willing to take control of their sexual happiness. Products including the Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator have been consistently popular, while the Sqweel was also named as one of Lovehoney's most popular sex toys.
As the sexual happiness people, Lovehoney asked 12 leading sex and relationships experts to reveal their all-time best sex tips - those guaranteed to increase intimacy and improve your sex life.
With scores of best-selling books and thousands of hours of research under their belts, these sexperts gave away their best kept secrets for a stronger relationship… and steamy sex!
From foreplay and oral sex techniques, to sex toys, and keeping your relationship fresh and exciting, it's time to discover new ways to lavish affection and attention on your partner.
When you've finished reading the sex tips, why not vote for your favourite in our poll in the right hand column?
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Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet, the TV and newspapers for the past couple of weeks, you’ll have heard some of the buzz surrounding the now mainstream erotic book Fifty Shades of Grey.
The first novel penned by E L James, a TV executive, wife and mother-of-two living in West London. The book was released in a small print run but became a near-overnight sensation as an E-book, topping the New York Times Bestsellers List. Even more amazingly, Focus Features and Universal Pictures have already bought up the movie rights and are seeking to bring the trilogy to the silver screen.
Originally penned as Twilight fan fiction, 50 Shades of Grey is the first in a trilogy of erotic books centering around Anastasia Steele (Ana), a sweet and chaste university student, and the gorgeous billionaire businessman, Christian Grey.
Ana’s gentle disposition gives way to her curiosity and unbridled lust for Christian as she begins to fall for him. Christian has some dark desires and only wants Ana if she’ll succcumb to them, on his terms. A passionate and forbidden affair ignites between them and what transpires is an emotional and physical journey that transforms them both.
During the course of this tense sexual thriller, you’ll follow their relationship in candid emotional and explicit physical detail, enjoying a rich and varied storyline resplendent with vivid depictions of their erotic adventuring. Intelligent, witty and incredibly sexy, this novel offers a unique insight into BDSM lifestyle and Dom/sub relationships and will be especially interesting for those whose partners don’t share their kinks.
Fifty Shades of Grey goes on general sale on the 13th of April, but you can order it from Lovehoney on pre-sale for £7.99 along with a free Lovehoney Whisper Bullet worth £9.99 - all delivered free!
And now we're very pleased to announce the Official 50 Shades of Grey Sex Toys- exclusively available online at Lovehoney
The scene I've chosen is from my Xcite novel Meeting Her Match. BDSM erotica is very current, with all the hype surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey, but it's certainly nothing new. Just ask the Marquis de Sade… Anyway, it's long been my favourite erotic sub-genre and I still think you can't beat a good whipping. You can't whip a good beating either. Especially when it's a step on the way to some other intimate pleasures.
In this scene, our heroine has attracted the attention of a shadowy dominant figure known as His Lordship while attending a fetish party with her kinky friends, Justin and Maz. The quartet have retired to a hotel room, where His Lordship wants to pursue his interest in the heroine by watching her submit to Justin. I love this scene because it mixes all of my favourite elements -spanking, submission, exhibitionism and a whole lot more - into one gloriously lust-drenched episode. I hope you like it too.
Guest post by Justine Elyot