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.

House of Eros Red Dagger Strap

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: 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.

Review: Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Blindfold

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather BlindfoldAfter I received the Ankle Cuffs to test, I wanted to complete the set. I ended up purchasing the Wrist Cuffs and the Blindfold. I decided against the collar on this occasion. I am not a huge fan of pink typically, 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 that we have in our collection. Dark pink is quite rare in bondage too, as it’s mostly light, sissy pink that is used.

It arrived as all Bondage Boutique products do, 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 is a scent that I adore. It resonated for several weeks following the purchase too, which was great. I later 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 low price tag, but it’s just as luxurious as some of the items I have from the Dominix range, which are considerably more expensive.

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather BlindfoldWe have several blindfolds to our name, but this was our first buckled experience. The others that we had either fastened via a satin tie or a simple, elasticated strap around the head. I was worried that I might be able to get this fastened tight enough, as my partner always insists that I have a small head, but there are nine holes of adjustability and luckily, the ninth one was perfect for me. It was slightly loose still, in that I could put two fingers underneath the strap, but it didn’t fall down and/or off.

In regards to how much light it blocks out, I’d say most. If it has been fastened tightly enough, then I can’t see underneath it, nor can light get in. It does sneak in through the nose gap though, regardless of how tight it is. It’s not light enough that I can clearly see everything that my partner is doing, but it does remove some of the suspense as I can get the gist of what is coming next. I think for that reason, this is a product that is best suited to beginners.

Overall, I’d say that this is a nice blindfold. It is comfortable to wear, although it does dig in around the nose slightly when fastened tightly, and it has been made well. I would feel happy to recommend this to beginners who don’t want to be in complete blackout, but still want the experience of some sensory deprivation. If you’re an intermediate/advanced user, then you might find that this just isn’t dark enough for you.

You can purchase the Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Blindfold (£12.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this review.

Review: Fifty Shades Darker No Bounds Collection Riding Crop

Fifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding CropWhether 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.

Fifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding CropIt 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 canFifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding Crop 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.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker No Bounds Collection Riding Crop (£49.99) from Lovehoney, but hurry, stock is limited! Affiliate links have been used in this post.