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: 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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Review: Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage Kit

Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage KitWhen I ordered one of Lovehoney’s Mystery Bundles last year, I thought I’d have round to the individual reviews much quicker than this, but alas, I was distracted by Satisfyers and Tantus. I finally have some time set aside to tell you more about the contents of the Kinky Couples Box, starting with this kit. I personally wouldn’t class this set as all that kinky, because most people who class themselves as such have gone past the soft bondage elements and worked up to tougher gear. It’s definitely a little tame for us as this point, but we’ve gotten a decent amount of use out of the items when convenience calls and we don’t have time for buckles and locks.

It was presented in standard Bondage Boutique fashion inside a plain, plastic packet. It comes with an attached branded fag, but this does not list any safety information whatsoever. Maybe I’m extra cautious, or maybe my anxiety is kicking in, but I think safety aspects and the importance of safe words should be mentioned on the packaging of every bondage product, no matter how mild they may be.

Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage KitThe blindfold and the cuffs are made from a combination of neoprene and faux fur. The faux fur is soft and light on the skin whilst the neoprene is smooth and sturdier than I anticipated. It feels really durable and I can see both items lasting a while. The blindfold is pretty flexible so it can be maneuvered into a comfortable position on the face without bending out of shape. It also has a stretchy elasticated strap that goes around the back of the head and this is expandable enough that it will fit most head shapes and sizes.

If fits my partner and I well, but it doesn’t block out as much light as we’d like. It’s completely dark around the eye area but some light can sneak in under the nose gap and the bottom edges of the blindfold. It’s not moulded to the face like the Tease by Lovehoney Blindfold, so it’s not a blackout style, but it does add some suspense and an air of mystery to a given scenario. I feel that it blocks out enough light to stop me seeing exactly what he’s doing, but shows enough for me to get the gist of what’s coming next.

As for the wrist cuffs, they fasten via velcro so are quick to put on and even faster to take off. I have small wrists according to my partner and it’s hard to come across wrist cuffs that fit me as a result. If I pull the strap as tightly as I can then these cuffs fit decently, but I could escape them if I really wanted to. I don’t really wear these cuffs because of that as I’d rather have a tighter fit. My partner struggles with cuffs for the opposite reason but he had no issues with these ones fitting him. He can wear them without the materials digging into his skin and causing discomfort.

Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage KitMy favourite thing about these cuffs is the quick release clips. These can be attached together to bind the wrists side by side or they can be separated so that the wrists can be spread apart and tied up with extra restraints like rope. Another thing these clips are useful for is emergency situations. If a person needs to get up or move quickly, the clips can be separated within seconds leaving you to move freely without having to waste time taking the cuffs off.

Overall, my partner and I agreed on the fact that the blindfold is uber comfortable to wear and it would make a great starting piece for someone new to sensory deprivation. If complete darkness and not being able to make sense of your surroundings sounds intimidating to you, this would be a great stepping stone. My partner thinks the cuffs are fantastic too. They aren’t the best for those of us who small wrists, but outside of that, there are no complaints.

You can purchase the Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage Kit (£14.99) from Lovehoney. Some affiliate links were used within this post.

Review: Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Wrist Cuffs

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Wrist CuffsAfter I received the Ankle Cuffs to test, I wanted to complete the matching set. I decided to leave out the collar, but I did buy the Blindfold and the Wrist Cuffs. Typically, I am not the biggest fan of pink, but I actually really like shades of raspberry and this one is lovely. It makes a nice change from all the black and red bondage items we have in our collection. Dark pink is quite rare in bondage too, as it’s mostly light, sissy pink that is used.

Like all Bondage Boutique products, the blindfold arrives in simplistic packaging. Just a clear, plastic pouch with a tag attached. I don’t think any other packaging is particularly necessary, but it would be nice with lovely items such as this one.

When I opened up the packet, I was greeted with the raw scent of leather, which I love. It resonated for several weeks after purchase too, which was great. I then noticed how well made it appeared to be. The leather is of a high standard and feels delightfully smooth to the touch. I wasn’t really sure what to expect considering the price point, but they are just as luxurious as some of the items I have from the Dominix range, which are considerably more expensive.

Finding buckled restraints that fit me can be something of a challenge, but the Pleasure Leather Cuffs have nine holes of adjustability, so I thought one of them was bound to work for me. I was right. The minimum size that these cuffs are said to accommodate is 6 inches, but my wrists are around five and I found these to be fit for purpose, whilst being comfortable and not loose enough to fall off. I fasten them through the eighth setting most of time, as I don’t want to be completely unable to fit a finger underneath the cuff to relieve pressure if I need to. I don’t have the best circulation, so I’m more cautious than most about my restraints not being skin-tight.

One thing that I love about these cuffs is the double-ended quick-release clip that attaches them together, as it can be removed from both, or either end, depending on the circumstances. I think this is a great idea, especially for emergency situations where you need to get up and move quickly as the clip can be completely removed, leaving you to move freely without having to waste time taking the cuffs off. It also makes these cuffs more versatile as wrists can be separated with other restraints attached to the D-rings depending on what you are in the mood for.

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Wrist CuffsOverall, I think these cuffs are great. I love the quality, the fit and the adjustability. They are super comfortable to wear and I think they’d be great for people with all levels of experience, although the quick release clip would make these a great introductory pair for those who are new to or cautious about using restraints. The only downside to these for us was that my partners wrists were too large and he has to resort to using the ankle cuffs on his wrists when wanting to be restrained.

You can purchase the Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Wrist Cuffs (£18.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this review.