Christmas Idea: Great Gift Sets

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the gift sets are here!

Gift sets make a perfect choice when it comes time to select something special for a loved one. They usually contain a variety of items, which can help take the worry out of giving a pleasure product because there is bound to be something the recipient likes among the contents.

Some of these are only available around the holidays, but most are year ’round gifts great for every occasion, so keep this guide handy for inspiration the next time a birthday, anniversary, or other special event arises.

Here are 10 thoughtfully assembled sets suitable for anyone on your wishlist!


The Winter Bliss Lovebox

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The Winter Bliss Lovebox is a thoughtfully curated collection of pleasure products inspired by the scents, colors, flavors, and mood of the seasons.

Each premium Winter Bliss gift box is filled with sensual items hand-picked specifically to fit the theme, and contains two sex toys, a massage candle, a bath bomb, a personal lubricant, a sex enhancer, plus other fun goodies, beautifully presented in a keepsake magnetic closure box. All items are paraben free and body safe, and all toys are selected based on form, function, reliability, and value.

The Winter Bliss Lovebox makes a great gift, and is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bridal showers, or just because.

 

The HOROSCOPE collection by Bijoux Indiscrets

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The Bijoux Indiscrets HOROSCOPE collection invites you to discover what your sign says about your wildest side. Are you ardent? Adventurous? Insatiable? Find out with these Zodiac-themed kits created to let your feminine energy flow.

Each set includes a natural gemstone necklace to accentuate your Zodiac sign, an arousal balm designed specifically for your element, and a silicone coated finger bullet vibe.

There are 12 HOROSCOPE collections available, one for each sign, so each constellation-embossed gift box contains made-to-measure orgasms.

 

The Screaming O Her Holiday Stocking

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‘Tis the season for sexy gift-giving with Her Holiday Stocking, an all-in-one collection of intimate essentials fit for a very happy holiday celebration.

Includes: Charged Vooom! Bullet for deep, rumbling vibration that charges up fast; Climax Cream natural sensation-enhancing gel; and CinnoKiss KissOboo Tingly LipBalm.

 

Love Is Art Kit

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Love is beautiful, love is abstract, love is art.

The Love is Art Kit provides couples with the ability to document the beauty of their lovemaking as a permanent work of art.

Simply pour the paint onto the canvas and let your passion for each other do the work.

Includes: 41″ x 56″ White canvas, 4 oz. bottle of paint, a protective plastic sheet, disposable slippers, do not disturb sign, and a body scrubber to clean up after you’ve created your masterpiece.

 

Kama Sutra Playset – Trust Me

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This playful collection set will take you on a sensual adventure with your partner. Unleash your secret desires and bring your fantasies to reality. Inhibitions are set free with our sexy handcuffs and feather tickler, sensual body products and erotic play cards.

Includes: 12 Erotic playing cards, Satin brocade handcuffs, Sensual feather tickler, Oil of Love Original, Love Liquid water based lubricant, and Honey Dust Chocolate Caress.

 

Shunga Geisha’s Secrets 

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Perfectly packable for romantic getaways, and a great way to try out some Shunga products.

Available in Strawberry or Organica, each kit includes a massage oil, warming aphrodisiac oil, mini-massage candle, personal lubricant, and an arousal cream.

 

Fleshlight Quickshot Vantage Value Pack

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The QUICKSHOT is less than half the size of the original Fleshlight and is unique due to its fully exposed orifices on each end. This means it can be used as supplementary stimulation during blowjobs/ fellatio/ oral sex, or as a solo masturbation aid.

Value Pack Includes: Open ended patented clear SuperSkin Sleeve, Compact Clear case, Sleeve Caps on each end for convenient storage, Fleshlube Water Based Lube, and Fleshwash Toy Cleaner.

 

Simply Sexy Pheromone Gift Sets

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These pheromone sets include a perfume, shimmering body gloss, and bathing gel, all in the same fragrance, as well as a bonus keychain gift.

Simply Sexy LOVE Fragrance: A blend of Sungoddess Rose, Marigold, Ginger, Chamomile Oil, Yellow Freesia, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Day Lily, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk combine to evoke the timeless essence of falling in love.

Simply Sexy LUST Fragrance: A sparkling, spicy yet soft Oriental fragrance with an modern composition and a strong yet surprisingly fresh character. Sparks of fresh and vibrant Bergamot immediately awaken the senses. A clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of Lychee, Jasmine and Rose. The scent finally unfurls with the vibrant accents of Patchouli and Vetiver.

 

 PDX Elite EZ Grip Stroker Kit

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The flexible handheld size ensures a snug fit, while interior massaging ribs and bumps tease your shaft till you explode! Made from top-quality TPE, EZ Grip Strokers are designed for a non-slip firm grip every time.

Includes: EZ Grip Stroker, 3 Designer Silicone C-Rings, Toy Cleaner, and Moist Body Lotion.

 

Kama Sutra Oil Of Love Collection Set

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Try all six flavors of Oil of Love in one limited-edition value set! Mix and match the flavors using the included recipe booklet to create delicious combinations.

Each kissable, water-based foreplay oil gently warms on the skin. Use the included dropper to apply Oil of Love to the erogenous zones of the body, lightly blow on the area to experience the gentle warming sensation and follow with kisses, enjoying the sweet flavor.

Includes: 6 different flavors of Oil of Love, an applicator, a recipe book to help mix & match the flavors, and that cute collectable tin for storage.


Thanks to The Dilly Slinger for putting together such a great list! (reposted with permission)


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11 Quirky Things That Can Actually Turn Your Partner On

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When imaging all the things that might turn your partner on, the mind usually wanders to the stereotypically “sexy” things some people enjoy. But when it comes to turn ons, there are actually quite a few quirky, endearing, everyday moments that can do the trick, too — and fill your partner with butterflies.

Because really, isn’t it the little things that stand out when you think about what makes your partner attractive to you? Think along the lines of catching your partner reading their favorite book, spotting them across the room at a party as they tell a great story, or simply glancing in their direction right as they adjust their glasses. These small moments and gestures are what make your partner so unique. And it all adds up to what makes them attractive, in your eyes.

And the thing to remember is that they’re noticing the same things about you. As relationship and LGBT expert Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW tells Bustle, what we “may fail to realize is that the quirks and awkward moments may be what keeps the relationship growing. These intimate details may even be a turn-on for your partner!”

Even seemingly “gross” moments, like giving your partner a hug when you’re sweaty, or standing next to each other as you brush your teeth, can be important. These little moments bring you closer together, and they can become exactly the thing that turns you both on. Here are a few surprising and quirky things that many people find attractive, according to the experts.


1 – Doing Something You’re Good At

If you’re and your partner are in the mood to turn each other on, simply “do what you do best,” Raffi Bilek, LCSW-C, director of the Baltimore Therapy Center tells Bustle. Whether it’s playing the guitar, cooking your favorite meal, telling a great story, or simply making a cup of coffee, “when people do what they love and are good at, they radiate positive energy, confidence, and good vibes,” Bilek says. “This is a real turn-on to a partner who knows you and cares about you.”

2 – Squinting Or Frowning

Ever notice that it’s kinda endearing when your partner furrows their brow or squints to see something? Little facial expressions like these can be surprisingly sexy. And the good news is, we all do them without even trying.

“Whether looking far away, staring against the sun, or when looking for one’s glasses first thing in the morning — squinting can be funny and sexy,” Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics, tells Bustle. With zero effort at all, you can win make your partner’s heart leap — simply by being yourself.

3 – Playing An Instrument

As mentioned above, doing something you’re good at can be a major turn-on, as it shows off your confidence with a certain skill. But this one in particular takes things to the next level, because it involves the intricate use of your hands.

“Hands are incredibly sensual,” Backe says. “When watching someone show off a skill … like musicality — and particularly when they are using their hands and fingertips — it can be a great turn on.”

4 – Grooming & Getting Ready To Go Out

Whether your partner is watching you shave, or brush your hair, there’s no denying how sexy it can be to watch someone get ready for the day. And same goes for the the unconventional things mentioned above, such as brushing your teeth.

As Backe says, “Some things having to do with hygiene are not sexy, and some are. Those two brush-related activities are relatively innocuous, yet intimate … And since partners also do those together sometimes, in the morning or before bed, it can be something which gets your juices flowing.”

5 – Chewing On A Pen

Twirling a pen or lightly chewing on a pencil can be enticing for some, too. “Even when not meant as a seductive technique, there is something there that is endearing,” Backe says. “Maybe it the combination of the act and the fact that the person doing it is lost in thought. Either way, combined with a far-off gaze, it can be a sexy pose.”

6 – Playing With Kids

If you’ve ever fallen more in love with your partner after watching them play with their nieces and nephews, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s just something so sweet about holding a baby, or showing off your ability to play with kids, Backe says. It’s wholesome, but can also get you and your partner thinking about having kids yourselves someday, if it’s something you both want.

7 – Being Honest & Truthful

There’s something incredibly sexy about having a true heart-to-heart with your partner. “People are turned on by confidence, and someone who speaks in an unabashedly open, honest, and articulate way,” can really turn their partner on, Backe says. Even if it’s just about the goings on of your day, or something equally mundane, being honest and forthright with your partner can certainly bring you two closer together.

8 – Singing In The Shower

If you have a great voice, it can be a major turn on for your partner to hear you belt it out in the shower. But what’s even more endearing? If you totally can’t sing, but go ahead and do it anyway.

Again, this is about your comfort and confidence — which are two very sexy traits. As Shane says, “Singing in the shower even when your partner is home may feel daunting (especially if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket) but your off-key warbling might make your [partner] smile.”

9 – Socializing Together

It can be a turn-on for your partner to watch you in your element, doin’ your thing, and making people laugh. As relationship expert and lifestyle strategist Alexis Germany tells Bustle, “An ex told me it turned him on to watch me socialize from across a crowded room when we were at an event together. [He] said he liked the way other people looked at me and it turned him on to know he was the one I was going home with.” Endearing, right?

10 – Being All Sweaty

While you might think it’s gross to hang out with your partner when you’re sweaty, there’s a good chance they actually really like it. “When you forget to shower [after a workout] and your armpit sweat and endorphins are on high, if your partner is innately attracted to your pheromones, this will be a huge chemical turn on,” dating and empowerment coach Laurel House tells Bustle. So don’t run straight to the shower — give them a sweaty hug first.

11 – Hanging Out & Relaxing

You might think sexiness is all trying hard. But lots of partners find their significant others to be incredibly attractive when they’re just being themselves, and bumming around the house.

According to Germany, your partner might find it attractive when you relax in front of them, especially if you’re “normally very polished and in control, [they] might find it cute to see [you] a little disheveled.”

The takeaway here is that sexy moments can be found in the most unlikely of places: in the bathroom, whilst brushing your teeth, at a crowded party, etc. What’s attractive is the confidence you’re exuding, and your ability to be yourself. In little moments like these, your partner may find themselves feeling closer to you than ever — and even surprisingly turned on.

11 Quirky Things That Can Actually Turn Your Partner On By Carolyn Steber was originally published on Bustle


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Keep your Cool!

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It’s Summer, and you know what that means  – It’s gonna get HOT. I mean, sweat dripping, uncomfortable, please-don’t-touch-me hot.

At the home office, we are looking at temps of over 100 tomorrow, and I am already dreading the thought of it.

Here are some ideas to help you keep your cool – both in and out of the bedroom – when the thermometer starts creeping up.


Fresh Balls & Fresh Breasts

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Both Fresh Balls and Fresh Breasts are easy-to-apply lotions that dry quickly to a protective powder, so there is no clumping on your skin nor any powdery residue. A true lifesaver!

Fresh Body products are made with natural ingredients and are formulated to keep these areas fresh and dry, preventing the uncomfortable feelings caused by perspiration where skin touches skin (so balls, under the breasts, on your booty or on the thighs.)

Fresh Balls – $11

Fresh Breasts – $12

 

Shunga Mint Bath & Shower Gel

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This minty fresh bathing gel gently washes your skin with a luxurious thick-and-silky lather, softening your skin with vitamin E and other nourishing oils. But the real magic happens as soon as you turn off the water, and the air hits your body. OMG –  So cool and refreshing!

Shunga Mint Shower Gel – $16

 

Kix’ies Stay-Up Thigh Highs

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No one likes how regular tights put the squeeze on you! And who doesn’t breathe a huge sigh of relief when they’re peeled off after a long day? Plus, who needs that waistband

Kix’ies no-sip grip keeps them in place without the uncomfortable high-waisted band squeezing at your belly all day! There are four sizes to choose from and you size by thigh circumference to get the perfect fit.

As a bonus, they help protect against thigh rub/ chub rub irritation!

Assorted styles – $21.95

 

Moisture-Wicking Sensual Body Powders

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Both Shunga Sweet Snow & Kama Sutra Honey Dust are kissable, moisture-wicking body powders that leave your skin silky-soft, delicately scented and lightly flavored.

Applying these fine, delicately scented powders with the included feather is a GREAT way to start your day! As you heat up, this cool powder absorbs moisture, and helps keep you feeling fresh.

Shunga Sweet Snow, assorted flavors – $26

Kama Sutra Honey Dust – $24.05

 

Crazy Sexy Cool “Icebergs & Orgasms” Cooling Arousal Kit

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This oh-so-cue pleasure combo by Sensuva includes two all-natural products packaged together in an oh-so-cute tin box:

ON Ice Buzzing & Cooling Arousal Oil is an incredibly powerful clitoral arousal oil that’s all-natural and made with an original blend of pure essential oils and extracts. When applied directly to the clitoris, the fast-acting ON ICE will dramatically heighten arousal and provide an exciting sensation that pulsates, vibrates, tingles and cools that most sensitive part of the body.

Strawberry Flavored Nip Zip Cooling Nipple Balm is the most exciting thing to happen to nipples since ice cubes! But it’s a million times better than ice cubes because it’s colder, lasts longer, and keeps your sheets dry. It works with the moisture in your skin AND in the air, for the ultimate in nipply, chilly fun!

Gift set – $24.95

On Ice only – $22

Nip Zip only – $10

 

Wicked Chill Cooling Lubricants

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Both water based Aqua Chill and silicone based Ultra Chill let you experience the ultimate in slippery, shivery sensation. These lubricants are designed to keep you cool as playtime gets hot.

Natural peppermint leaf, ginger root and menthol combine to tingle and excite pleasure zones.  Chilling, thrilling and satisfying!

Aqua Chill – $12

Ultra Chill – $22

 


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How Sex Toys Affect Your Relationship, Because Couples Who Use Vibrators Communicate More

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Couples sex toys can add a lot to your sex life, but what about your relationship? While some couples find introducing sex toys into the bedroom intimidating, others look to sex toys for couples as the surefire way to heat things up in bed. But what does added pleasure do for your bond? Turns out, a lot.

When sex toy company We-Vibe launched the We-Vibe Classic, a sex toy that allows couples to enjoy it together and apart, thanks to an app that can be downloaded to your phone, the tide of sex toys changed. And now, they’ve added a new one to the mix: Sync. Sync is the world’s first adjustable couples vibrator. This, of course, is great news because, as we all know, when it comes to body parts, one size doesn’t exactly fit all.

Sync’s design allows the user to customize the product to fit in order to achieve both clitoral and vaginal stimulation. Because you’re in control of making Sync fit just right for you and your partner, the company says the product will be able to stay in place no matter the sex position you choose, or if you change from one position to the next. And, like their other couples products, the We-Connect app lets partners play when they’re apart; even a world apart. Sync also lets you vibe to the rhythm of your favorite music, because who hasn’t wanted to feel the vibration of Neutral Milk Hotel between their legs?

To celebrate the launch of Sync, We-Vibe recently conducted a study of 1,000 men and women, between the ages of 35 and 55, to see how sex toys affect their relationships and what they want more of in the bedroom. Here’s what they found.

 

  1. The Majority Of People Use Sex Toys To keep Their Sex Life Spicy

According to the study, 82 percent of those surveyed make a valiant effort to keep their sex life as exciting as possible. You can’t stick to one or two positions forever and not start to get a little bored. That’s where toys, for 52 percent of couples, come in to save the day.

  1. Almost 50 Percent Of People Are Using Sex Toys To Liven Up Their Sex Lives

Not that you should be super surprised, because sex toys are more mainstream than ever, but the study found that 45 percent of people incorporate toys into their sex life to keep things exciting, which is great news! Not just for the sex toy industry, of course, but because toys really do enhance pleasure and sexual exploration.

  1. Using Vibrators Make Couples Communicate More

Of those who participated in the study, 49 percent of couples who use vibrators report communicating often, whether it be about sex or other subjects. In contrast, of those who don’t use vibrators, only 29 percent of couples could report the same level of openness and communication.

  1. Couples Who Use Sex Toys Are Better At Giving Direction To Their Partners

In addition to communicating, when it comes to great sex, couples also need to be able to give direction. Twenty-nine percent of couples who use vibrators have zero qualms about giving their partner directions in bed. As for those who don’t use vibrators, only 17 percent are able to comfortably guide their partners in the right direction.

  1. Just The Act Of Buying A Sex Toy May Increase Communication

According to the study, buying a sex toy — any type of sex toy — is connected with more communication between partners. I mean, if you’re making the purchase together, you do need to be pretty open about what you want and what you don’t want. The survey found that 51 percent of those who bought sex toys talk “often” or “very often” about sex, whereas only 28 percent of those who have not bought a sex toy could attest to communicating about sex.

  1. Most Couples Rely On New Positions To Keep Sex Exciting

Although there are those couples (52 percent) who will throw sex toys into the mix to keep things spicy, most just stick to new sex positions. According to the study, 77 percent of couples try to make sex “more exciting” by trying different positions.

  1. The Minority Of Couples Felt Their Sex Lives Could Be Improved

For 38 percent of respondents, more sex would make their sex lives better. But for those who were content with the amount of sex they were having, what they really wanted was change and better quality sex. Of those surveyed 28 percent wanted better sex with their partner and 28 percent wanted to “change” sex with their partner. As for what that “change” was, (although it might be safe to assume it was to make it more exciting), the respondents didn’t say.

  1. Over 60 Percent Of Couples Think More Foreplay Is The Way To Go

For 62 percent of couples, the most exciting way to make things more fun in the bedroom is by extending foreplay. Although the study didn’t say how long these couples are focusing on foreplay (although let’s really hope for at least 30 minutes), the fact is that foreplay is getting the attention it deserves. Finally.

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7 Aphrodisiac Foods That Boost Your Libido

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Many foods have been touted for their ability to boost sex drive, but only a few are supported by scientific research.

By Alina Petre, MS, RD / Authority Nutrition

An aphrodisiac is defined as a food or drug that arouses sexual instinct, brings on desire or increases sexual pleasure or performance.

Naturally, aphrodisiacs are a hot topic, as evidenced by the myriad of pharmaceutical drugs available and marketed specifically for their libido-boosting effects.

However, some individuals prefer natural alternatives, as they are generally safer and tend to have fewer side effects.

This article reviews 7 science-backed aphrodisiacs that can boost your libido.


1 – Maca

Maca is a sweet root vegetable with several health benefits.

In South America it’s commonly used to boost fertility, even going by the nickname “the Peruvian Viagra.”

It grows predominantly in the mountains of central Peru and is related to cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage.

Maca is one of the few popular natural aphrodisiacs that’s actually backed by science.

Animal studies report increases in libido and erectile function in mice and rats fed maca.

And maca seems to have libido-boosting effects in humans too. Four high-quality studies reported that participants experienced enhanced sexual desire after they consumed maca.

Furthermore, a small study suggests that maca may help reduce the loss of libido that’s commonly experienced as a side effect of certain antidepressant drugs.

Most studies provided 1.5–3.5 grams of maca per day for 2–12 weeks.

Participants generally tolerated these intakes well and experienced few side effects. However, more studies are needed to determine safe dosages and long-term effects.

Summary: Maca is a sweet root vegetable that may help boost libido.

2 – Tribulus

Tribulus terrestris, also known as bindii, is an annual plant that grows in dry climates.

It is commonly used to help improve athletic performance, infertility and loss of libido.

This supplement is also backed by some science. Animal studies report increased sperm production in rats given Tribulus supplements.

Another study found 88% of women with sexual dysfunction experienced increased sexual satisfaction after taking 250 mg of Tribulus per day for 90 days.

Additionally, a group of researchers examined the effect of Tribulus in women with sexual dysfunction by giving them 7.5 mg of the extract per day.

After four weeks, the women given Tribulus reported significantly higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasm satisfaction.

That said, more research is needed to evaluate optimal dosing, as well as the effects of Tribulus supplements in men.

Summary: The Tribulus terrestris plant may have aphrodisiac effects in women. More research is needed to evaluate optimal doses of Tribulus, as well as its effects in men.

3 – Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement derived from one of the oldest species of trees — the Ginkgo biloba tree.

It’s popular in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for many ailments, including depression and poor sexual function.

Ginkgo biloba is said to act as an aphrodisiac by helping relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.

Nevertheless, studies have produced mixed results.

For example, one small study reports that ginkgo biloba reduced the loss of libido caused by antidepressant use in around 84% of participants.

Both male and female participants said they experienced increased desire, excitement and ability to orgasm after consuming 60–120 mg of the supplement daily, although effects seemed stronger in female participants.

However, a follow-up study noted no improvements in a similar group of participants who took ginkgo biloba.

Ginkgo biloba is generally well tolerated, but it may act as a blood thinner. Thus, if you’re taking blood-thinning medications, make sure to check with your health care professional before taking ginkgo biloba.

Summary: Ginkgo biloba may have aphrodisiac effects, but study results are inconsistent. The herb may also interact with blood thinners, so consult your health care practitioner before using it.

4 – Red ginseng

Ginseng is another popular herb in Chinese medicine.

One particular type — red ginseng — is commonly used to treat a variety of ailments in men and women, including low libido and sexual function.

Several studies have investigated its use in men and observed that red ginseng was at least twice as effective as the placebo at improving erectile function.

Also, one small study in menopausal women found that red ginseng may improve sexual arousal.

However, these results are not universal. Moreover, some experts question the strength of these studies and warn that more research is needed before strong conclusions can be made.

One study had participants take 1.4–3 grams of red ginseng daily for 4–12 weeks.

This and another study found that people generally tolerate ginseng well, but it may interfere with blood-thinning medications and the treatment of hormone-sensitive cancers.

In some cases, ginseng may also cause headaches, constipation or minor stomach upset.

Summary: Red ginseng is a popular herb that may help boost sex drive and erectile function in men and sexual arousal in women. However, stronger studies are needed to confirm these effects.

5 – Fenugreek

Fenugreek is an annual plant cultivated worldwide.

Its seeds are most commonly used in South Asian dishes, but it’s also popular in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory, libido-boosting treatment.

And perhaps this is for good reason — this herb appears to contain compounds that the body can use to make sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone.

In one small study, men given 600 mg of fenugreek extract per day for six weeks reported experiencing increased sexual arousal and more orgasms.

Similarly, a small study investigated the effects of a daily dose of 600 mg of fenugreek extract in women who had reported having a low sex drive.

It observed a significant increase in sexual desire and arousal in the fenugreek group by the end of the eight-week study, compared to the placebo group.

Fenugreek is generally well tolerated, but can interact with blood-thinning medication and may cause minor stomach upset.

Moreover, due to its influence on sex hormones, fenugreek may also interfere with the treatment of hormone-sensitive cancers.

Summary: Fenugreek may help boost sexual desire and arousal in both men and women. Individuals taking blood-thinning medication should avoid it.

6 – Pistachio nuts

People have been eating pistachio nuts since 6,000 BC.

They are quite nutritious and particularly rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Pistachios may have a variety of health benefits, including helping lower blood pressure, control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Moreover, they may also help reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

In one small study, men who consumed 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of pistachio nuts per day for three weeks experienced increased blood flow to the penis and firmer erections.

Experts have suggested these effects may be due to the ability of pistachios to improve blood cholesterol and stimulate better blood flow throughout the body.

However, this study did not use a placebo group, which makes it difficult to interpret the results. More studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.

Summary: Pistachio nuts appear to increase blood flow, contributing to firmer erections. However, more studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.

7 – Saffron

Saffron is a spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower. It is native to Southwest Asia and one of the most expensive spices by weight.

This spice is often used as an alternative remedy to help treat depression, reduce stress and enhance mood.

What’s more, saffron is also popular for its potential aphrodisiac properties, especially in individuals taking antidepressants.

One study observed that a group of men given 30 mg of saffron per day for four weeks experienced greater improvements in erectile function than men given a placebo.

A follow-up study in women reported that those in the saffron group experienced higher levels of arousal and increased lubrication, compared to those in the placebo group.

Nevertheless, studies on saffron’s aphrodisiac properties in individuals not suffering from depression yield inconsistent results.

Summary: Saffron may help increase sex drive in individuals taking antidepressant medications. However, results in other groups remain mixed.

Well-Known Aphrodisiac Foods That Are Not Backed by Strong Scientific Evidence

Several other foods are touted to have aphrodisiac properties. However, their libido-boosting effects are often supported by very little scientific evidence.

Here are some of the most popular of these questionable foods:

  • Chocolate: Compounds in cacao are often touted to have an aphrodisiac effect, particularly in women. However, studies provide little evidence to support this very popular belief
  • Oysters: While one study reports that they may have some libido-boosting effects in rats, no studies exist to support the libido-enhancing properties of oysters in humans
  • Chasteberry: Studies suggest that this fruit may influence hormone levels and reduce premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in women. However, there is no evidence that it offers any libido-boosting benefits
  • Honey: It has allegedly been used for centuries to bring romance into marriages. One variety called “mad honey” is even marketed as a sexual stimulant. Yet, no studies support this, and it may contain dangerous toxins
  • Epimedium: Also known as horny goat weed, it’s popular in traditional Chinese medicine for treating ailments like erectile dysfunction. Cell and animal studies provide some early support for this use, but human studies are needed
  • Hot chilies: According to popular belief, capsaicin, the compound that gives hot chilies their spiciness, stimulates nerve endings on the tongue, causing the release of sex drive-boosting chemicals. However, no studies support this belief.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol may act as an aphrodisiac by helping both men and women relax and get in the mood. However, heavy drinking may actually reduce arousal and sexual function, so moderation is key

Summary: The supplements listed above are often said to help increase sexual desire. However, there is currently limited scientific evidence to support their use as aphrodisiacs.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to boosting sex drive, the list of foods with potential aphrodisiac properties is very long.

However, only a small proportion of these supposed aphrodisiacs are actually backed by science.

If you’re interested in giving the science-backed options a try, you may want to start with small amounts and increase the dosage based on your personal tolerance.

Also, it’s important to note that natural aphrodisiacs may interact with some medications.

If you’re currently taking medication, make sure to check with your health care provider before giving these foods and herbs a try.

 

7 Aphrodisiac Foods That Boost Your Libido By Alina Petre originally appeared on Alternet

 


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Don’t Ditch the Classics: 4 Standard Sex Positions and Why They Rule

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By Scott Power

Classics don’t become classics by accident. They become classics because they’re among the best—because they’re tried, true and reliable.

This holds true for classic sex positions, for sure. They’re the standards, the foundations of sexual bliss that have been around for millennia. People have been enjoying them forever, because their ability to bring the pleasure is proven and perpetual.

And while there is certainly plenty to be said about trying new things and getting a little bit wild with the positions you and your partner try out and adopt as mainstays, it’s important to not forget about these several classic positions.

Here’s why.


1 – Missionary

Missionary is a great way to both start and end sex, and it’s probably the best position there is for engaging in eye contact, which can be one of the most arousing and intimate things you and your partner can engage in during sex. It’s also a great position for kissing while thrusting, if you’re coordinated enough. Additionally, if you’re the woman, missionary can give you a break while the guy does some of the work, and you can just lie back and concentrate on pure, unadulterated enjoyment.

2 – Cowgirl

If you think about it, cowgirl has a lot of the benefits of missionary. It’s great for eye contact and kissing, and it’s an opportunity for the man to take a break and lie back. (Additionally, many men tend to last longer and are able to delay orgasm for a bit if the woman is on top.) It also grants an amazing breast view, and easy access for breast and nipple stimulation.

3 – Doggie

Well, this one is admittedly not great for eye contact (unless you’re both facing a mirror, which, to be honest, takes things to a whole different level and is absolutely worth a shot). For women, the angle when a guy is behind you can result in deeper penetration in comparison with lots of other positions. And for guys? Well, it’s simple: you get to look at a beautiful butt. It’s also (arguable) the best position for hair-pulling, if that’s something you and your partner are into.

4 – Sixty-Nine

You should never forget about foreplay, and the Sixty-Nine position is great for oral and manual pleasure. It just makes sense. Why wouldn’t you want to get while you give, and give while you get? And Sixty-Nining isn’t just a great foreplay method. It’s also a great breather for you and your partner during a sex session—a nice interstitial between penetrative positions.

 

Don’t Ditch the Classics: 4 Standard Sex Positions and Why They Rule By Scott Power originally appeared on The Nightstand


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13 Incredibly Useful Tips Everyone With Sex Toys Should Know

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by Anna Borges

Takeaway: Scrub it before you buzz it.

Sex toys are awesome and an excellent addition to your sex life, both solo and with a partner.

But sex toys also become a lot less awesome if you don’t care for them properly.

Not washing your toy, using the wrong lube, or storing it incorrectly can all lead to problems, whether that’s a shorter life span or distortion of your toy or a risk of an infection for you. Which, no thanks. BuzzFeed Life talked to Claire Cavanah, co-founder of Babeland and co-author of Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex, for her best tips for keeping your sex toys safe, in good shape, and running as long as possible.

A quick note: Many sex toys come with cleaning instructions, so make sure to look out for anything unique to your toy that these tips might not cover.


1 – Wash your toys after every use

Yep, even if you’re only using it on yourself and not sharing with a partner. Toys that are washed every time last longer. If you don’t, the material can degrade or become discolored, says Cavanah. That, and if an unwashed toy is stored with other toys, it can contaminate them with bacteria.

2 – If you want to be really safe, wash your toys before every use, too.

“They can come in contact with lint, pet hair, or other bacteria while they’re stored and then if you insert them, that goes into your body,” says Cavanah. But if you store your toys correctly (which is covered later in this post), this is just a precaution you can choose to take.

3 – Choose the right soap.

Cavanah suggests using a mild, unscented hand or dish soap — and no need to go with the antibacterial option. “It might seem like a good precaution, but they can leave a residue,” she says.

If you want a more discreet option (like if you live with roommates and don’t want to haul your sex toys to the bathroom every time you use them), you can also go for a toy cleaner, like Before & After Toy Cleaner. “It’s a liquid formula that you spray on the toy and wipe off that neutralizes bacteria and won’t harm the material,” says Cavanah.

4 –  Don’t submerge any battery-operated toys in water to wash.

If your toy has batteries, plugs into the wall, or buzzes in any way, you have to take extra precautions. Wiping it down with a warm, soap washcloth is all you need to do.

5 – OK, now figure out what material your sex toy is.

Obviously, the world of sex toys is vast and varied, so this article is concentrating mostly on vibrators, dildos, plugs, beads…basically anything that can go inside you.

These toys come in a ton of different materials, but can be divided into two categories: porous and nonporous.

Nonporous toys are ones that can be safely shared because their surfaces are impenetrable by bacteria — common nonporous materials are glass, Pyrex, silicone, and stainless steel.

Porous toys, on the other hand, are made from materials like hard plastic, cyberskin, elastomer, jelly rubber, nylon, and neoprene, and are more absorbent.

No need to guess what material your toy is. It should say right on the package (or if you’ve already tossed that, on the manufacturer’s website).

6 -Here’s how to clean your nonporous toys.

Silicone: Wash with soap and water or place it in the top rack of your dishwasher. You can also put it in boiling water for 10 minutes to disinfect it.

Glass: Wash with soap and water, and don’t expose it to extreme temperatures (like in the dishwasher), to avoid warping.

Pyrex: Pyrex is basically heat-resistant glass, so it can be boiled, put in the dishwasher, or washed by hand.

Stainless steel: Boil for 10 minutes, soak in bleach and water (then make sure to RINSE THOROUGHLY), or wash in the dishwasher.

7 – Here’s how to clean your porous toys.

Porous materials are more sensitive to temperature and prone to warping, so most should be washed the same way: with soap and warm water, either in the sink or with a soapy washcloth. Nylon toys are the exception, which can be machine washed.

Again, porous materials are hard plastic, cyberskin, nylon, neoprene, jelly rubber, vinyl and soft vinyl, acrylic, elastomer, and leather.

8 – Make sure you’re using the right lube.

Don’t use silicone- or oil-based lubes with silicone toys, says Cavanah, because it will stick to the material and break down the surface of your toy. Go with water-based or hybrid lube instead — but still always make sure to wash it off afterward (but you’re already doing that anyway, right?)

9 – Use a condom with your porous toys.

Some porous toys can’t be completely disinfected, so you should always use a condom when using it with a partner, says Cavanah. If you’re only using your toy on yourself, you should be fine as long as you wash it after every use.

10 – Always check to make sure your waterproof vibrators are still safe to use.

If the little rubber plug or O-ring that covers the battery compartment of your toy is missing, loose, or broken, no more shower fun for you. Sorry! That thing is no longer waterproof.

11 – Look out for any irregularities that might signal it’s time to throw out your toy.

Sadly, even the best sex toys don’t last forever. “If the motor gets louder, it’s a sign that the toy is getting to the end or if the charge isn’t lasting as long,” says Cavanah. Also look out for seams coming apart or pockmarks in your silicone toys, since that means it’s no longer nonporous. RIP.

12 – Don’t just toss them in your bedside drawer and call it a day.

Who knows what dust, food crumbs, and other junk is lurking in there? Cavanah suggests storing your toys wrapped in cloth or in a cloth bag (luckily, many toys come with their own dust bags, so don’t throw them out). Once you do that, your drawer is totally fine (and definitely preferable to somewhere like under your bed, says Cavanah).

You do want to avoid using Tupperware or plastic bags, though. “Chemicals can leach into the toy over an extended period of time,” she says.

13 – Take the batteries out of your vibrator when you’re not using it.

Leaving the batteries in can actually corrode the toy and drain the battery life, since they’re conducting at a low charge when in the toy. And there’s nothing sadder than the halfhearted buzz of a vibrator on low batteries.

Happy (and safe) sex toy adventures, everyone!

 

13 Incredibly Useful Tips Everyone With Sex Toys Should Know by Anna Borges was originally published on BuzzFeed.


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