Whether you are a fan of the Fifty Shades series or not, you have to admit that the products Lovehoney have designed alongside them so far have been quite good. I haven’t had the best of luck with the vibrators, but the bondage items have impressed me thus far, so I decided I had to try something from the limited edition No Bounds collection. I honestly could have purchased everything minus the ball gag (hard limit) but I eventually decided to just settle on one piece I knew we’d get a ton of use from.
It was presented nicely upon arrival, stored within a branded navy storage pouch. It has been sized to fit the crop perfectly and has been made from a luxurious soft velvet, which adds to the high-quality feel of this range. Storing a spanking implement has never been easier, as it even comes with a small ribbon loop that can be hooked onto something for added convenience. It also comes with some attached branded tags, one of which thankfully mentions the importance of having a safe word.
In terms of aesthetics and quality, I couldn’t have asked for better. It was immaculate. I found no flaws whatsoever with the overall design, stitching or way it had been put together. It was just exquisite. It features a stunning, braided, faux-leather handle that feels desirable to the touch and it contrasts wonderfully with the supple, smooth feel of the gorgeous leather tip. I usually find myself wanting one material or the other, but the combination of the two materials worked well for me.
It felt extremely sturdy and rigid within the stem and handle, but the tip had a small amount of flexibility to it, which gave the impression that some spine-trembling spanks would be coming my way. I was right, but I made sure my partner was confident with it first. It is the biggest implement we currently have in our collection at 26 inches, so test runs on a pile of stacked pillows was something I insisted on. I wanted to be certain that it was comfortable for him to hold, easy for him to use and suitable for him to control as he’s the one who’s going to be in charge of it the most.
Once he’d got the hang of it, I was ordered to lay face down and wait. I have often encountered my partners hesitation with spanking at the start of a session (he’s a gentle soul), but he seemed to be so excited to try this product that he just couldn’t wait to use it on me. I had no warm-ups from other implements beforehand, as I usually would with something new, because we were both growing impatient. It seemed to take forever for those first signs of contact, but in reality, it was just a matter of moments. My partner wanted to build the tension up just enough to drive me crazy and insist on starting, with him looking to oblige the second I opened my mouth to speak.
After a few gentle, stinging swats, I was ready for more. During these sessions I like to feel as though my partner is pushing me to my limits, especially if we’re engaging in a punishment or role-play scenario, and my partner was happy to up the ante to do this. I quickly realised that this crop could be evil, probably even more so than I had anticipated. It may look luxurious and innocent from the outside aesthetics, but this is how it tricks you. It hides its dark, stingy secrets well. You honestly don’t need much force behind it to deliver some nail-biting, eye-watering stings to the backside.
It is not very forgiving and it can leave marks that last a few days, depending on the force it has been used with. I refer to these red marks as fond memories because I’m reminded of a session every time I sit down over that few day period. It hasn’t broken the skin or caused any marks that lasted longer than a week, even with full-throttle use, so it’s not quite on the same level as a cane, which might mean masochists don’t get anything from this. I personally require a small amount of aftercare following use, which usually involves a hand rub over the affected areas and a spot of after spanking cream.
To clean this crop, the instructions advise using a specialist leather cleaner on the tip and mild soap and water on the faux leather elements. I have only washed it once, just to see how the condition would maintain and it seems to still be perfect. It needs to be left to dry naturally following each clean and put away safely to keep it in tip-top shape.
Overall, I think this is definitely worth the price. It might be steep in comparison to the other options Lovehoney stock, but it’s a worthwhile investment in my opinion. I feel that it will last a long time with care, attention and proper storage. I treasure the sensations that it offers me and the confidence boost it gives to my partner. I love the delightful swooshing sound it makes as it is aimed and even when it doesn’t make contact, it’s enough to make me flinch. If you are looking for a crop that doesn’t look cruel, but sounds and feels it, then I think you just found it.
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