Review: Black Rose Wrist-to-Collar Restraint Set

If you want good quality, pretty and affordable bondage pieces that are suitable for all experience levels then the Black Rose collection from Bondage Boutique could be a perfect contender. After receiving a few items from the line in a mystery bundle last year I was excited to see some more additions added recently. I was particularly interested in the Wrist-to-Collar Restraint Set as I’ve been looking for an intermediate collar for a while and this aesthetically pleasing combo appeared to tick all of the boxes. Did it still tick those boxes after testing it? Let’s find out.

Made from faux leather, this set is suitable for vegans and people who like to avoid the real deal. It feels supple, high quality and doesn’t disappoint in the quality department. The gorgeous black rose aesthetic that I love so much patterns the exterior and the finishings are made from matte black metal. There is a connecting chain, several buckles and multiple D-rings. All of them can handle strong tugs and sharp movements as they are well secured to the restraints. I have no concerns about them breaking off or coming loose whatsoever.

Black Rose Wrist-To-Collar Restraints

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Tom and I both identity as switches so we like to have restraints in our collection that work for both of us. It makes finding suitable items for sessions much easier and allows us to swap over halfway through if we want. We have both worn the Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar previously which gave us an indication that the depth of this particular collar would be fine. If you or your partner have only worn the thin choker style collars before then this one may feel more restrictive and uncomfortable at first but it doesn’t completely restrict head movements or force your head back like a posture collar would.

I wore the collar set first and found it fairly comfortable. It wasn’t as comfortable as the beginners collar mentioned above but that was to be expected as this one has no neoprene padding. The faux leather is soft enough for a couple of hours wear. According to my partner I have a small neck so finding collars that are adjustable enough can be problematic. We got this one tight enough to fit as it has nine eyes on the straps to suit a range of sizes. I wear it through the seventh hole which leaves enough room to get two fingers underneath to relieve contact if needed but not enough room to be ineffective.

His turn to wear it came next. He agreed with me in regards to comfort and said that he preferred this to the other basic collars in our collection as it’s more restrictive, allowing him to embrace his submissive side. He has a larger neck circumference than I do but the collar also managed to fit him well. He wears it through the second or third hole depending how tight he wants it on that given day. Overall, it can adjust between 12.5 inches and 17.5 inches. It is completed with a detachable lead that can be removed instantly if needed due to the quick-release clip.

As for the wrist restraints, I also struggle finding these to fit however I knew I would be fine with these as we own the regular wrist cuffs from this range. These have seven eyes on the strap and I wear them on the second to last hole for a tight, secure fight that I can’t wriggle free from. My partner wears them through the second hole when it’s his turn to be restrained and says these are some of the most comfortable wrist restraints he’s ever worn. These can be adjusted between 5.5 inches and 10 inches.

Black Rose Wrist-To-Collar Restraints

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I briefly touched on the fact that my partner likes the idea of being able to quickly remove the lead if needed. I think this is a great idea for those who may be new to restraints, safety conscious (always good when engaging in bondage situations) or unsure about being controlled via a leash. The quick-release clips are also attached to the wrist restraints so can be unclipped from the collar in a matter of seconds should there be a spoken safe word or other emergency situation. The only thing that can’t be removed instantly is the collar as this needs unbuckling first. Quick release clips are not only good for fast removal as they can be alternatively used for introducing other pieces of restraint.

To conclude, we were more than satisfied with this set. The rose patterned design makes it non-intimidating and the release clips make this set perfect for beginners and intermediate users. We were impressed that we were able to make the collar and the wrist restraints fit us both despite the differences in our measurements. As a result of this I’m happy to state that they are suitable for a wide range of people, just check in with the above measurements first to be sure that includes you. The only thing we didn’t like about the set was the lead. It’s very plain and basic in comparison to the rest of the set which was disappointing. A matching lead would have been the perfect finishing touch and I wouldn’t have minded if that had amped up the cost by a few pounds.

You can purchase the Black Rose Wrist-to-Collar Restraint Set (£29.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: House of Eros Dark Red Dagger Strap

As the winter nights draw in, my darker side seems to comes out. When it’s cold outside, maybe even raining, hailing or snowing too, many people gather inside to get warm. Some of those people might be snuggling under a blanket with a hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other whilst others finally get around to sorting out that boring junk drawer they’ve been meaning to clear out for months. Me on the other hand, I’ll probably be found sleeping or engaging in some aspect of kink. If you’ve played around with bondage before then you’ll know that taking part in scenes can heat things up in more terms than just temperature. It’s certainly my favourite way to regulate body heat so what better time than the festive season to introduce a new tool to my box?

House of Eros Red Dagger StrapWhen I was asked what I’d like to review all I could think about was something I could hit with or be hit with. So that was exactly what I got. Bondage Bunnies selected the House of Eros Dark Red Dagger Strap for me and I was very pleased with their choice.

This is the type of implement that I would have chosen for myself and I’ve been meaning to try out this highly rated brand for a while now so first impressions contained lots of excitement. The packaging was minimal, just a plastic pouch with a brand tag attached. It doesn’t really need anything extra or fancy but it may be nice to see safety information included for buyers who are new to bondage tools.

One of the first things I noticed about the Red Dagger Strap was the smell. It is made entirely from leather and the smell of that is rather prominent. Have you ever been to a bike shop that was filled with vintage leathers? It was kind of like that but kinkier. Leather is a premium material and that means the majority of products made with it are high quality. I would say that this piece was rather well-made and smooth to the touch but the edges hadn’t been finished as evenly as the rest of the strap. This wasn’t much of an inconvenience or disappointment to me but it may bother some people.

Blindfolded with my wrists in chains, I could feel the suspense running through my veins. I lay on my stomach and waited for the hits but first my partner decided to do some sensory bits. This is important when engaging in a scene as it helps set the mood but also ready the skin. He started off with a soft feather tickler, moving it in circles on my back slowly then quicker. He traced each bare part of skin he could see before switching to a pinwheel that gently pricked me. The idea behind all of this softer play is drawing the blood to the surface, making the nerve endings stand up and prepare for further contact whilst building up the anticipation in the receivers (my) mind.

House of Eros Red Dagger StrapFrom here, the warm-up is complete and it’s time to hand over all control to him. He sometimes likes to start with a couple of harsh slaps then move into alternating gentle taps but other times that routine will be reversed. It always progresses to increased amounts of pressure with the later swings and this is usually what feels best for me. I enjoy the intense sensations that a hard slap will bring which for this particular strap is a very tingly sting. Impact tools are generally either thuddy or stingy and this one is definitely the latter in our experience.

The hits from this implement are more precise than I expected so I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner or those who’ve not yet progressed past dual-sided paddle slaps. It has a long frame with not much width which explains why it gives the feelings that it gives. The smaller the surface area is, the sharper the sting seems to be. Each time this strap makes contact with the body it leaves a reminder in the form of red marks. It hasn’t made me bruise or left with cuts that don’t fade after a couple of days, which makes me think this would be an ideal choice for intermediate players or people who can’t have long-lasting markings.

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Overall, I think this strap felt brilliant every time its cold leather surface made contact with my skin. It makes threatening sounds with each movement, regardless of how aggressively it is used and I think I made an equal amount of sound. The only thing that I would change about this item would be the edges. If they were slightly smoother then I think this spanker would have been positively perfect. For the price, I would still highly recommend this to intermediate players and people who like precise pain.

You can purchase the House of Eros Red Dagger Strap (£20.99) from Bondage Bunnies.

We received this product free of charge in exchange for our honest review. This in no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. No affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: COMMAND Wrist to Ankle Restraint Set

After months of being distracted by exciting suction stimulators and rimming butt plugs, I realized that it had been a while since we had tried something new in the bondage world. Our intrigue was peaked when we spotted this brand new Sir Richard’s bondage collection on Lovehoney’s website. Every piece in the range looked professional, heavy-duty and worthy of being in a dominatrix’s kit. I can definitely imagine a dungeon being kitted out with this entire collection to torment subs with. After we had put these Wrist to Ankle Restraints through their paces, we felt like we’d finally reached an advanced level of bondage play that put our old fluffy handcuffs and silk ties to shame.

From the moment I saw the packaging I knew that these restraints were going to be good quality. The box has a solid black and white theme with some shots of the cuffs in use, their key features and some rough guidelines for use. There’s a section on the back that reads “the Command collection is for serious BDSM connoisseurs who demand the best” and also mentions that they are suitable for “extreme fetish play.” If they are good enough for those extreme players then they are definitely good enough for me.

Command Wrist-to-Ankle Restraint Set

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The Command Wrist-to-Ankle Restraints are made from black industrial strength nylon and are finished with stainless steel hardware and carabiners. They look tough and like they mean business, and as someone who’s been restrained with them, I can vouch that they live up to their aesthetic. One thing that I particularly liked about this set is that it’s vegan friendly. A lot of bondage products use leather which is something an animal lover like myself would rather avoid, so it’s great to see a range providing viable high-quality alternatives.

Made up of two parts, this restraint set arrives separated which makes getting into them much easier. The set consists of an expansion strap and some looped restraints. My partner slipped one pair of the looped straps around my wrists and the other around my ankles. He pulled the strap through the buckle until there was a tight enough fit and then asked me to check whether I could wriggle around or get loose. I couldn’t. Once those straps had been adjusted to fit me, there was no getting out of them until my partner loosened them.

Command Wrist-to-Ankle Restraint SetAccording to him, I have small ankles and wrists, which makes finding suitable restraints difficult. Over the past couple of years we have tried a bunch of options that have been far too big for me and it’s especially rare for us to find suitable heavy-duty restraints. These cuffs are so adjustable (each cuff can adjust up to twenty inches in circumference) that we encountered no problems in getting them tight enough to fit me securely. If you’re in the same boat as me then the Command range is well worth a look.

There are three main ways to use the restraints. The first is as separate wrist and ankle restraints. They hold limbs together well and would be a great starting point for those who haven’t tried more restrictive restraints before but want to up their game and have something inescapable. The second method is as a hogtie. I have been wanting to try one of these for a long time and it was very easy to create one by removing the expansion strap and attaching the clips to the buckles on the restraints. The final way to use them is as pictured on the box. Add the expansion strap to both cuffs for ultimate, maximum restriction.

Command Wrist-to-Ankle Restraint SetWe mostly used the second method of me in a hogtie as the expansion strap just doesn’t work for me unless I’m standing up. It’s hard to do anything other than spanking whilst standing due to the height difference between my partner and I. I’m only five foot tall (damn stunted growth) so when laying or sitting the strap is just long and loose and I can move more than my partner would like.

My six-foot two partner can stretch the strap out enough for it to work as intended which makes it obvious to me that this range was designed with taller people in mind. If it had an adjustable slider it would have been able to work for both of us so that’s something I’d like to see on any future additions to this collection.

Overall, the Command range looks intimidating with its stainless steel hardware and heavy-duty branding and so far, these restraints have lived up to that perception. For that reason I would not be comfortable recommending this range to bondage beginners at all. These are tough restraints and don’t offer an easy escape like quick release clips and velcro fastenings do. I would recommend starting with some of the softer restraints first and work up to pieces like when you have time, patience and experience under your belt. If you’re an intermediate to advanced player that’s into the idea of not being able to release yourself then this range is perfect for you.

You can purchase the COMMAND Wrist-to-Ankle Restraint Set (£39.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: Bondage Boutique Beginners Feather Tickler

Bondage Boutique Beginners Feather TicklerI think everyone should have at least one feather tickler in their kit. You don’t need to be into bondage or kink to use a simple tool like this. It’s not intimidating at all and can be used for heightening the other senses, building anticipation or awakening the nerve endings below the skin. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you could incorporate some tease and denial play into a session and include some other tools like a flogger or pinwheel.

We’ve had the Bondage Boutique Beginners Feather Tickler for several months now as it came in the Mystery Bondage Bundle we ordered in 2016. The other handful of ticklers we own haven’t seen much action since. This is by far our most-used tickler and I wouldn’t hesitate to replace if need be. I can’t recall any packaging, so there either wasn’t any or it was just a plain plastic pouch. I would have liked a storage bag to keep it in as it keeps getting crushed under our mountain of dildos.

The feathers are delightfully cushy and have a good amount of fluff to them. I wasn’t expecting such quality considering the inexpensive price tag, but it feels like a well-designed product and I can see it lasting for a long time. It does look/feel cheapened by the shiny plastic handle, but it’s sturdy and reliable so I don’t see it breaking anytime soon. It hasn’t shredded at all since it arrived, even if the feathers are rugged on slightly. None have come loose or fallen out. This means that any fluids that have come into contact with the feathers (such as massage oil) can be carefully washed out and the tickler left to dry.

It’s best used in combination with a blindfold. Loss of sight heightens the sensations from the tickler further and keeps the wear guessing as to what might be coming next. I feel that ticklers are a very subtle tool that can turn a partner on quickly and prepare them for other sorts of play. We personally like to introduce soft flogs, spanks or the prick of a pinwheel between skin traces with the tickler to mix up the sensations and add some different sensory stimulation into the mix.

As I mentioned earlier, the tickler awakens all the nerve endings under the skin when gliding gently across a person’s skin. This makes all the blood rush to the surface, enhancing the sensations. Ticklers could also be used for relaxation purposes. I use this to tickle my partners back after a long day to help loosen him up or to tease him across his chest, stomach and inner thighs for another type of relaxation. They always receive great responses from my partner and he’d highly recommend this one.


You can purchase the Bondage Boutique Beginners Feather Tickler (£9.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used in this post.
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