Review: Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Collection Dual Sided Paddle

Fifty Shades Freed has finally arrived and that can only mean one very special thing. No, not the nuptials of Ana and Christian, but the release of the third luxurious line of limited-edition branded bondage pieces. This collection is named ‘Cherished’ and consists of ten total products, all designed in a gorgeous dark purple and rose gold colour scheme from leather, suede and metal materials. Lovehoney have saved their best work until last and have pulled out all of the stops to make this the most elegant range of the series. I think this collection is a glorious grand finale to a trilogy that has made bondage and sex toys more acceptable in mainstream society and whilst the items are not the cheapest, I do think they are worth the money, especially for fans of the books, movies and product ranges.

The presentation was simply exquisite. A beautiful velvet storage bag complete with silky ribbons and embossed branding arrived with the paddle stored inside. The handle had been wrapped with tissue paper and bubble wrap for protection as metal can easily be scratched or damaged. There were also three tags attached to the handle; one was leather and had the brand name on, one read a quote from the book and one had safety information and cleaning directions.

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Paddle

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My partner and I have tried a vast range of paddles from a variety of materials but this one immediately grabbed and maintained my attention because of its high standards. It is the true definition of decadence and has obviously been made with care. Made from three main materials, all of which are high-quality and well sourced, this paddle is in no way flimsy or breakable allowing you to be as tame or as rough as personal preference dictates. There is a soft sensual surface made from suede and a smooth leather opposition which adjoins to a sturdy metal handle for safe, supportive grip.

There’s not much flexibility to its large surface (8 x 3.5 inches) so it doesn’t take much force to produce a reasonable sensation. Both sides of the paddle offer different stimulation and intensity which results in noticeably different reactions from the spankee. The suede side is what I would recommend starting out with and I’d insist upon it if spanking, especially with an implement, is new to you. It disguises itself as gentle and innocent to begin with but do be aware that it’s not incapable of providing some harsher realities.

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished PaddleFor us as intermediate/advanced users, the suede side of this paddle is perfect for some light warming up and preparation for heavier impact. Each movement brings the blood rushing to the surface of the skin, heightening the sensations of whatever follows. I approximately take around ten minutes with this side before moving onto some more painful paddling.

Switching sides is a treat as the differences are so drastic. The leather surface is a favourite of mine and I think it could be used by people of all levels of experience depending on the person who’s aiming the paddle, their technique and the amount of pressure they are using. If this side is swung with little to no force behind it then the area of impact will be aware that contact was made but experience only minor levels of stinging or pain. The spankee should also be able to feel faint vibrations from the impact travelling towards their genital region, which is a sensation that feels unusual at first but pleasant nonetheless.

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished PaddleIf you’re into some pleasurable pain then aiming with more force will provide quite the thuddy sensation. This paddle definitely has the potential and bite needed to be rather harsh in the hands of an experienced spanker. I personally like forceful love taps that leave the skin tingling and red but I don’t want marks that last for weeks. I do like a reminder on the skin that will last several hours or a few days but I don’t want to receive pain that’s on the border of needing an ice bath to soothe it. If you’re more of a masochist than me and want that level of pain then you may prefer something thicker made from wood or silicone.

Due to this being a short-range implement, the sensations feel direct and intense in all the right ways. A paddle produces a broad sensation as it has a larger surface area than a crop or cane so they are perfect for people who prefer their sensations to be spread out. This particular paddle can become a subtle extension of the hand for cheeky, low-impact and fast-paced taps or it can be unforgiving and leave red marks across the skin for people who’d rather have some pain with their pleasure..

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Paddle

Overall, I would highly recommend this breathtakingly beautiful paddle to anyone who likes broad spanks, two materials to choose from and/or the power to vary how much intensity is given. It would make an ideal luxurious treat for a special occasion or a great upgrade from the simplistic, cheaper paddles. If you are going to engage in spanking play that has the potential to cause serious pain remember to prep your safe words and signals beforehand and use aftercare following the session if it’s needed.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Collection Paddle (£69.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post. 

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Review: Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Mini Flogger

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that can only mean one thing. No, not roses, corny cards or heart-shaped chocolates, but the release of Fifty Shades Freed and its official pleasure collections. Cherished is the third luxurious line of limited edition bondage pieces from Lovehoney and in my opinion they have saved the best until last and pulled out all of the stops to make this the most elegant range in existence. I’m almost sad that the series has come to an end as this means the end of the line for these great collections too. I can’t be the only person who thinks the Cherished range is absolutely stunning with its dark purple and rose gold scheme that has been carried through from the regular Freed Collection and I can’t be the only one ogling multiple pieces from it. I already have the paddle so when the opportunity came up to try this gorgeous mini flogger, I couldn’t have been happier.

The presentation was simply exquisite. A beautiful velvet storage pouch complete with silky ribbons and embossed branding arrived with the flogger stored inside. If I’m honest the pouch was slightly big for the product inside but it’s so pretty that I don’t care. The handle had been wrapped with tissue paper and bubble wrap for protection as metal can easily be scratched or damaged. There were also three tags attached; one was made from supple leather and had the brand name on, one read a kinky quote from the book and one had safety information and cleaning directions printed on.

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Mini Flogger

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It is advertised as mini for good reason. I may have underestimated the dimensions slightly as I was surprised to find something so small in comparison to our regular floggers. It’s definitely the tiniest implement in our collection, measuring in at just 11.75 inches in overall length. Without having a specific point of reference it’s hard to grasp how petite that actually is so consider the fact that other floggers typically measure up at 15 inches and above. Being mini isn’t a bad thing though at all as it makes this flogger an ideal starting point for beginners. It’s unobtrusive, non-intimidating and perfect for flogs on the move. 

Aesthetically, the handle is my favourite part as I feel that it makes this flogger stand out from other spanking tools out there. It certainly amps up the elegance factor and as a bonus it’s also incredibly sturdy and easy to grip for safe and comfortable use. Attached to the handle are the soft suede fronds of which there are thirteen. Each one is a total of eight inches in length. All of the fronds are perfectly made and end in the same place which seems to deliver a controlled hit better than floggers with different length tails would.

We’ve used this flogger on several occasions now and discovered that it can deliver anything from soft brushes against the skin to stinging slaps with little to no effort. If you enjoy sensory play with tools like feather ticklers then I’d recommend tracing the smooth fronds across the skin to get the blood flowing in the areas of impact before attempting to achieve some level of pain. A soft tickling before a spanking session always heightens my senses and adds anticipation for what’s coming next as well as relaxing my muscles and body beforehand.

Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Mini FloggerAs an impact tool, this is not going to blow the minds of advanced players, seasoned spankers and masochists but it would be a fantastic introduction to implement use for beginners. My partner tried varying levels of pressure in order to maximise and minimise the sensations on offer and even his harshest hit was manageable for me. It may sting for a few seconds but there won’t be any reminders in the forms of marks or bruises afterwards. If pleasurable pain is your preference then I would say you should probably look elsewhere unless you’re in the market for a warm-up flogger.

Overall, I think the Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Mini Flogger is an absolutely gorgeous piece of kit. I would recommend it as a beginners flogger, special occasion gift (Valentine’s anyone?) and a luxury update to a small bondage collection.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Freed Cherished Mini Flogger (£39.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: Black Rose Flogger

Shall we discuss the aesthetics of this range first? I usually select bondage pieces that can withstand the tasks I’d like to put them through, compromising on gorgeous designs for the sake of better results, but I managed to find the best of both worlds with the Black Rose range from Bondage Boutique. The rose-embossed black surface of this flogger features on the handle and the accompanying wrist strap. It’s made from supple faux leather and feels divine. It’s soft to the touch and appears to be exceptionally well put together. As the leather is of the faux variety, no cruelty to fur babies are involved so vegans and animal lovers will be able to use this with no worries. It has a large wrist loop for easy-grip, safety and accessible storage so we’ve definitely been taking advantage of it.

Black Rose FloggerWe have tried several floggers now but this is the largest to date. Most of the ones we’ve used previously have been around the same length as an average paddle but this is closer to the length of a crop. It is thirty-two inches in overall length with each frond measuring in at twenty-three inches. This meant some extra practise on a pile of stacked cushions was needed before my partner was allowed to be let loose and make contact with me. It didn’t take long as he has some experience with crops and such but it’s always a good idea to have a couple of trial runs with a new implement before use.

The tightly braided fronds reminded me of this old rope flogger that we own and love so I hoped that the sensations would be similar to that. When he traced the fronds across my skin for the first time I could have sworn he’d swapped tools but he hadn’t. My personal preference before engaging in any sort of impact play is to spend a few minutes warming up with some sensory stimulation. My partner used the tails as tickling devices to awaken the nerve endings and get my senses tingling so that the blood would rush to the surface and prepare me for the flogs that were to follow.

Black Rose FloggerHe then started aiming the flogger with gentle intent, providing some light, low-level contact taps against my behind with the odd trace against the upper thighs. This felt subtle and relaxing, which is the perfect start to a session for me, but allows some further time for my partner to get to grips with the size and work on his target area. I then began craving the next step so he obliged by picking up his pace, adding some pressure behind his swings and alternating the contact points to allow the skin a chance to breathe between strikes.

Each flog creates a delightful swooshing sound as the fronds make their way through the air and a thwack upon first contact. This sounds intimidating and cruel regardless of how much pressure is being used behind it but the noise of the harsher hits gets my adrenaline rushing every time. Having said that, the hits don’t match the exact sounds. Thwacks usually indicate a thudding sensation but this flogger results in sharp, precise and stingy feelings. It leaves a touch of redness after use as a reminder of the punishment that just occurred but no marks or bruises, so possibly not intense enough for a masochist.

Overall, the Black Rose Flogger is a pleasure to use. It’s stunning aesthetically, well-made and designed, comfortable to hold and easy to handle with some experience and preparation. I enjoyed all of the sensations that it has to offer from the gentle tickles of its soft fronds to the sensual flogger and the harder stings that followed. I think that it is perfect for intermediate bondage players and couples who like tools that offer long-range impact. I will emphasise my view that this is not a good option for a beginner due to the dimensions and potential that it has and I couldn’t advise someone with no experience to use this without being concerned about the safety of the receiver. Fortunately, Black Rose has a smaller flogger available within its range that is much better suited to newcomers and can be used as a stepping stone to this beautiful implement.

You can purchase the Black Rose Flogger (£24.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. 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.

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: 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.