Exclusive Christmas Offer: Grab a bargain at Lovehoney!

Want to grab some sexy bargains over the festive season? Well, now you can! We have teamed up with the wonderful people at Lovehoney to exclusively offer readers of our blog 20% off some of our favourite products. Discounts will be added to the basket automatically after clicking through the links on this page or following the links on our tweets. You can use this offer code more than once but it only runs until December 25th 2017. The products included in this offer were all hand-picked. Some are old favourites, some are new favourites and some are things we thought were perfect for gifting. Below are just a few of the products you’ll find on this offer…

We-Vibe Tango

We-Vibe are one of our go-to brands so naturally they appeared multiple times on our list. We started with the famous Tango, the love of our life, the holy grail of bullet vibes and the most trusted vibrator in our collection. We loved ours so much that we ordered a second. If you don’t have this little gem yet then now would be the perfect chance. If the Tango isn’t for you, how about a Wish or Ditto? Wish is perfect for people who love broad clitoral stimulation and Ditto is great for first-time anal players who want their partners to be in control.

Tantus Vamp Super Soft

Any sex toy fan should have at least one high-quality silicone dildo in their collection and what better brand to offer this than Tantus. We chose the Super Soft Vamp & Curve for this offer because of their versatility, gender neutral factors and general awesomeness. Both can be used in a harness, both can be used for anal stimulation and both can hit the g-spot and/or prostate. Nat was surprised by how much she liked the Super Soft Vamp after trying the original but it makes the toy more enjoyable and manageable for backdoor use.

Lovehoney Desire Rimming Butt Plug

For an indulgent treat that can’t be beat, look no further than Lovehoney’s Desire range. If you’ve always liked the idea of the We-Vibe Tango but prefer softer materials then the Desire Bullet might just be the toy for you. It’s almost as powerful as the Tango but it has a silky soft silicone exterior for added comfort. The Rimming Butt Plug on the other hand is the ideal gift for someone who wants to try something a little bit different and it even comes with a remote for some sneaky public play.

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Review: Mantric Realistic Vibrator

Are you following me on Twitter? If so, you may have seen me tweeting about the launch offer of a certain new collection from Lovehoney a few weeks back. The collection I’m referring to is named Mantric and it currently consists of nine silicone sex toys including a love egg, wand vibrator and prostate massager. I thought the collection was very visually appealing from the start and I couldn’t resist getting my hands on a product to review here on the blog. The pieces are all up-to-date, sleek takes on classic and popular sex toy styles and I couldn’t wait to give their promised premium pleasure a test run. So, did the Mantric Realistic Vibrator deliver on its promises or did it fail to be the innovative upgrade it advertised? Read on to find out my verdict!

Mantric Realistic VibratorThe packaging for Mantric products is what some would describe as bland but that’s exactly what I like about it. A plain cardboard box with the Mantric logo on the front is all that’s really required and this basic exterior is kind to the environment and easily disposable, so how could I complain? It isn’t fancy like some other brands boxes but it houses a truly luxurious treat inside its simple walls. The vibrator and charging cable are stored in separate pouches to keep them safe and clean and there’s also a user guide included.

Non-toxic, odourless and phthalate and latex free are words that offer several possibilities to what this vibrator could be made from but this toy is soft which rules out everything but silicone. The only hypoallergenic, body-safe material on the market that isn’t rigid. Mantric’s silicone is silken and smooth. It’s high-quality stuff with little drag to its untextured surface. It should only be combined with water-based lubes to avoid damage to the material and aid penetration. Naturally it is completely waterproof so can be rinsed before and after each use and cleaned with soap or toy cleaner without problems.

Mantric Realistic VibratorIt’s rechargeable and doesn’t come with battery life so it needed a full freshen up before I could get stuck in. It takes around a hundred minutes and offers roughly the same amount of use time, which I liked. The charging cable has a USB plug on one side which should be placed into a suitable connector and a jack on the other end which goes into a port on the back of the vibrator. It takes a firm push to get it fully inserted on the first few charges as it has self-healing silicone and this tends to be a little tough at first.

Control wise, there is only one button which makes operating this toy stress-free. Press it once to turn on and it will send the Mantric Realistic Vibrator into standby mode. To start the vibrations press again. Keep pressing the button to cycle through the various modes. The eighth press will stop everything and return to standby mode. The ninth press will cycle back to mode one. To turn off, just press and hold down for a couple of seconds. To activate the travel lock press and hold for three seconds. The light should flash six times to indicate success and the motor should pulse twice. Repeat the process or plug in the charger to deactivate.

So there are three speeds and four modes to choose from. Each mode flashes a different colour which is a feature I rather liked. It makes finding my favourite settings easier, particularly in the dark of night and could also be fantastic for people who find visual cues easier to remember than numbered settings. The first three functions are low, medium and high constant speeds. Mode one uses red, mode two uses blue and mode three uses green. After that there is the four patterned settings. Mode four uses purple and offers up a simple pulsation, mode five uses cyan and gives a combo of pulses and waves, mode six uses yellow and has a wave function and mode seven uses violet with its combination of pulsation and constant vibration.

Mantric Realistic VibratorThis Realistic Vibrator from Mantric is seven inches in overall length with six inches of insertable shaft. Six inches is the perfect length for me as it generally won’t reach or irritate my sensitive cervix but will hit all the spots I want it to stimulate. The shaft has a maximum circumference (around the head) of four and a half inches which places it on the lower side of the girth scale. This keeps it manageable for beginners and those who prefer slimmer vibrators. It’s been designed with g-spots in mind but it could also be used for a prostate for those who prefer the realistic look.

One thing that I write about all the time when discussing g-spot stimulation is firmness. I need tough pressure in this area for full, satisfying stimulation that results in orgasms otherwise I’m left feeling frustrated and reaching for old favourites. This vibrator has enough firmness to pass my tests and requirements but has a small amount of flex in the lower shaft that I can adjust for comfortable positioning if I need to. I really like this as it accounts for practical precision and comfort rather than just one or the other. If you are someone who prefers soft silicone cores for internal play or simply don’t need as much rigidity as I do then this may not be the best choice.

I am not usually a huge fan of realistic dildos and vibrators but this one isn’t ultra realistic. It’s what I’d call semi-realistic because it has a lifelike head but there’s no veins or texture and it’s not made in flesh tones. This element of realism may appeal to those who want something that resembles a phallus in terms of shape and size but don’t care for something with the full aesthetics and features of a human cock. For me, it strikes that balance well and I’m rather fond of it. The curved head is in the perfect position for my body so it doesn’t uncomfortably catch on my pubic bone or miss the spot entirely.

Mantric Realistic Vibrator

Once comfortably inserted and positioned, I just have to tilt the toy upwards very slightly and it will find the spot almost instantly. It feels natural and effortless to maneuver this vibrator and each gentle twisting motion I make enables the head to massage and caress my g-spot beautifully. I did try thrusting with it but I didn’t get the best feelings from it as it’s not quite wide enough for me to thrust aimlessly. I have to be very accurate with each movement which makes masturbating boring and chore-like.

As usual, the constant settings were my most used. I don’t enjoy patterns. The settings on the Mantric Realistic Vibrator are pleasant and fall somewhere on the rumbly spectrum. I wasn’t sure what to expect having never tried this new brand before but the motor involved is better than I thought considering the affordable price point. They provide that deep level of sensation that my body craves and reach more nerve endings and sensitive spots than their buzzy counterparts. I don’t need as much depth for internal use but it’s always welcomed, especially if I can also use the vibrator clitorally. It was pretty easy to get off with this for clit stimulation so I’d love to see this brand eventually create a comfortably, rumbly pebble that could compete with my Mimi Soft.

Mantric Realistic VibratorOverall, I liked this powerful, quiet Realistic Vibrator so much that I decided to order a couple more pieces from the Mantric range. I chose the rabbit vibrator for myself as the shape reminds me of the L’amourose Denia, which is an all-time favourite, and I got my partner the Vibrating Head Masturbator to explore. I’m hoping both of those new additions to our toybox will be as enjoyable as this one was. I’m looking forward to seeing where the future can take the Mantric collection and I hope other people will love it as much as I do.

You can purchase the Mantric Realistic Vibrator (£39.99) from Lovehoney.

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

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: Lovehoney Desire Rimming Butt Plug

As a big fan of Lovehoney’s Desire collection of affordable luxury sex toys and a lover of butt plugs, I was excited to be given the chance to review the latest addition to the range. I tried this remote-controlled vibrating plug recently, which is similar, but the one I’m talking about today also offers rimming features. I was looking forward to seeing how Lovehoney’s Rimming Plug would hold up in comparison to the previously tried, tested and totally fabulous B-Vibe 2. It was made with tons of reviews and snippets of customers feedback in mind, as per the rest of the range, so I hoped that it would be just as gratifying as its predecessor. Did Lovehoney successfully pull this off or should they have left this design to the anal experts? Read on to find out my verdict!

The Desire Rimming Butt Plug arrived in a classy purple and black box with a product shot on the front and traditional Lovehoney heart on the back. Inside the outer box, a gorgeous leather storage case with the same heart logo embossed onto the front is revealed. I am obsessed with these cases as they are really convenient, discreet and can even be locked for extra privacy. Another thing that sets them apart from the bog standard storage pouches is the charging hole that leads out of the back of the cases. It’s beyond useful for charging toys securely and keeping them out of the sight of minors, nosy relatives and pets. It also keeps lint at bay.

Made from a gorgeously silky soft silicone, this plug feels luxurious and high-quality. It doesn’t have as much resistance to it as the previous plug I reviewed from the Desire range but a generous coating of water-based anal lubricant would still be recommended to remove any traces and make insertion and wear more comfortable. I would recommend something slick and long-lasting such as Sliquid Sassy or Lovehoney’s Discover. After use, this waterproof plug should be rinsed thoroughly in warm water and cleaned with soap or antibacterial toy cleaner. If you’re sharing it with a partner then I’d insist on wiping  down with a 10% bleach solution instead.

Lovehoney Desire Rimming Butt Plug

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Like the rest of the range, this plug is rechargeable. Plug the USB connector into a port in your laptop or other suitable spot then place the jack at the other end of the cable into the base of the plug. A light flashes whilst charging and remains on when finished. It is said to take around two hours for a full charge and this can give up to an hour of use depending on the settings used. You’ll know the battery is running low when the light flashes to indicate this. The remote is not rechargeable but it does come with the required CR2032 battery. Just slide the back of the remote off and remove the paper disc from underneath before getting started.

To turn on manually, press the button on the base quickly once and wait for the light to flash. A second push will activate the first mode and each further push will cycle through the remaining four modes. To turn off, press and hold for three seconds. To control via the remote, press the button on the plugs base, wait for the flash and then press the central button on the controller. The plug should then start on mode one. To change modes press the central button again. To change the intensity of the vibrations press the up or down arrows as needed. When vibration and rotation are both present (settings 2 through 5) the rotation speed maintains at maximum.

If you travel with your toys then you’ll be pleased to know this plug has a travel lock. I don’t leave the house much so I don’t often use mine, but it’s nice to know it’s there. It can also come in handy if you have a packed toy drawer and don’t want to risk anything randomly buzzing away in the middle of the night as it pushes up against something else. To activate the lock, press and hold the plugs button for five seconds. A light should flash twice to indicate that it worked. To deactivate, repeat the process or plug it in to charge.

Enough of the basics, let’s talk about the modes. The first is a fast rotation that can be felt throughout the entire bulb and neck of the plug. It feels different to b-vibe’s plug as the rotation there was limited to the neck. If you prefer widespread sensations then this might be the better of the two for you. The second mode continues with the same steady rotation but also adds in some constant vibration. These vibes are primarily located in the base but can travel up to the neck too. Mode three is a pulsing rotation and stop and start of buzzing vibrations. Mode four alternates between rotation and vibration and mode five is like a sped-up version of four.

I use modes one and two 95% of the time. It’s no secret that I enjoy constant vibration and the same seems to apply with rotation. Both of these settings offer me that. I feel that the first mode is perfect for the start of a session for warming up and building the tension and the second mode brings out the big guns needed to bring me to the point of no return. I was seriously surprised by the intensity of the vibrations as I was expecting them to be an afterthought to the rotation/rimming mechanism but they’re actually rumbly and everything I look for in solid vibes.

Although the vibrations are mostly situated within the plugs base, they seem to travel up to the neck well and stimulate the entrance of my butt in a way that I’ve only ever experienced with the other rimming plug in our collection. I’m very sensitive around this area and I think both butt plugs work to this sensitivity uniquely. The Desire Plug offers some extra external stimulation from the vibrations whereas b-vibe’s offer internal stimulation and focuses solely on the sensation of rimming around the entrance. If you prefer your sensations all in one place (the sphincter, entrance and skin around those areas) then I would suggest this plug over the other. If you want internal vibes as well as entrance and sphincter stimuli then I’d opt for b-vibe’s.

Lovehoney Desire Rimming Butt Plug

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So, does this rimming plug actually replicate rimming? I would say that it’s not far off. Rimming is a hard sensation to replicate and I think this is a great attempt at capturing the motions. Any mechanical movement is going to feel somewhat different to the movement of someone’s muscles but I must admit that my body reacts in a similar way to this plug as it does to my partner. I can orgasm powerfully with the Desire Plug and I think that’s due to the combination of the rotation tickling all the right sweet spots back there and the extra oomph from the vibrations around the opening.

My partner and I have affectionately named this plug the ‘rocket launcher’ as that seemed most-fitting when describing the shape. It’s super comfortable to wear and insert and the measurements are more than manageable for intermediate anal players. It has a maximum circumference of four and a half inches, overall length of four and a half inches and an insertable length of three and a half. It has a sturdy flared base to prevent unwanted travel and it doesn’t get in the way during PIV. I thought the base might be too chunky at first and prevent vaginal entry but all turned out good. It doesn’t interfere at all and as it has all the extra sensation I could ever need I don’t even need to add a clit vibe into the mix.

Overall, I think the Desire Rimming Plug will be a roaring success for Lovehoney. I’m glad to see them creating something like this as an affordable alternative to the b-vibe 2 as I feel that more people will now be able to explore rimming sensations. I think the shape of this one worked slightly better for me and this one is also a little quieter which makes it the best choice for those who need discretion. It has all the features I could ask for – body-safe material, waterproof, rechargeable, included storage, sturdy flared base, powerful motor and interesting shape. I would be happy to recommend this to anyone who is looking to explore a new kind of anal play who has some experience with insertables.

You can purchase the Desire Remote Control Rimming Butt Plug (£79.99) 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.