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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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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Best Sex Toys to Take on a Couple’s Trip

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by Emily Morse

The key to finding sex toys you can travel with is to look for products that are discreet.

All of the products mentioned here can easily slip into a bag, making them a breeze to travel with. Most importantly, you won’t have to worry about getting flagged down at the airport so TSA can inspect that suspicious-looking dildo in your carry-on. And despite being small, these toys pack a powerful punch that will definitely make for a vacation you’ll never forget.

So, without further ado, here is a list of Dr. Emily Morse’s favorite toys that you can travel with:


1 – The We-vibe Touch or Tango

Both of these toys are clitoral vibrators, but you can use them just about anywhere and it’ll feel amazing. The Tango is a strong little bullet, and the Touch is a vibe that contours to your hand. We-Vibe toys aren’t the least bit intimidating and are great as a gateway to exploring other toys in the bedroom. Both the Touch and the Tango can be a sexy way to tease your partner (male or female) during foreplay, and using it on your partner is the perfect way to warm him up to using it on you.

2 – G-ring by FT London

You wouldn’t even know that this little vibe was there if it weren’t for the incredible vibrations it gives off. You can wear the G-ring on your finger like a ring, and you can use it just about anywhere on the body for some seriously O-worthy pleasure. This is truly a subtly designed vibrator that you can take with you wherever you go. I actually have one in my purse right now!

3 – Fleshlight Quickshot 

The Quickshot is a go-to when it comes to a travel toy for him, and it will definitely help get your toy-cautious partner on board with trying new devices in bed. This toy is the number-one bestseller for guys, and he’ll feel like he’s getting a mind-blowing hand job without the actual hand.

4 – The Sportsheets Sex Sling

This innovative little strap can transform your basic missionary position. It helps keep your legs elevated perfectly. Best of all? It’s made of up of simple nylon straps that you can fold up and stick in your suitcase or purse pocket.

5 – JO Gelato Flavored Lube

This delicious water-based lube adds a tasty treat to your foreplay. All you need is one small (and discreet) bottle to cover everything from anal to intercourse.

These toys are some of my favorites and are great for dipping your toes into the pool of pleasure products. Plus, the G-ring, Touch, and Tango are rechargeable and waterproof, so don’t be afraid to get wet and wild in the shower, hot tub, or pool.

What Are the Best Sex Toys to Take on a Couple’s Trip? by Emily Morse originally appeared on Glamour.

 


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