7 Things You Need To Know About the Online Sex Toy Industry

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There’s never been a better time to start playing with sex toys. By now, old taboos regarding sexuality and its exploration are almost completely gone. Sex toys are just as common as online dating these days, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

 

However, sex toys are nothing new really, it’s just the perception of them that’s changing. Ancient Greeks used what were basically dildo breadsticks (olisbokollikes) to have some naughty fun. At several points in history, vibrators were even used as a cure for hysteria or to relieve muscle pain. 

 

They were one of the first domestic appliances to be electrified. Of course, discretion dictated they be called “personal massagers.” There are plenty of other interesting facts regarding sex toys that we won’t go into here, but you get the idea. Exploring your sexuality with sex toys dates much further back than society dares to admit.

 

As we’ve already said, old taboos are almost completely gone, meaning some of the stigmas still remain. However, as time passes, people seem more and more willing to reject taboos and be more open-minded about the self and the world. 

 

The same goes for the sex toy industry, which has been largely destigmatized. That has led to immense profit for businesses whose goal is to provide the tools necessary for total sexual liberation. Here are seven facts about the online sex toy industry to help you understand it better.

Fact 1 – Everyone Plays in Some Manner

 

Or almost everyone. While sex-related taboos are slowly but surely disappearing, many people still prefer not to talk about their sex toy experiences. Whether it’s due to leftover social stigma or fear of ridicule, it’s hard to say. But the truth is that using sex toys is still not discussed openly enough. (At least not in front of friends and family.)

 

However, regardless of what people claim (or not), the sales numbers don’t lie. Sex toy industry rakes in a whopping $15 billion annually in the US alone. Estimates claim that this market segment will surpass $50 billion by 2020.

 

If the sales figures and projections don’t convince you, this might — 44% of women between the ages of eighteen and sixty have used a sex toy at least once. Most of them were in a relationship at the time, which just goes to show how pervasive sex toys are. Married women are especially likely to introduce toys into their sex life.

 

It’s not just women, though — 42% of men admit to buying a sex toy at one point or another. However, sex toys for men are still somewhat taboo, at least more so than toys for women. That’s why 70% of men say they’d like to be able to buy toys without embarrassment. Whatever society thinks, though, won’t change the fact that the famous Fleshlight sold 400,000 units in 2016. 

 

What all this shows is that more or less everyone plays with sex toys. People enjoy and will keep enjoying sex toys regardless of how much stigma there is.

 

Fact 2 – Do-it-yourself Sex Toys Are a Definite Thing

 

So what happens when people don’t have access to sex toys? They begin to sexualize common household objects, of course. This just shows how strong our urge to explore our own sexuality is.

 

Now, there’s a world of pleasure to be derived from objects found around the house. No one can deny that. Electric toothbrushes, cucumbers, ice cubes, bathtub faucets, belts, and pearl necklaces are only some of the most popular household toys. Don’t forget that there’s plenty of fetishes out there, and different items around the house satisfy various needs.

 

But there’s also no denying that nothing is as safe and valuable as professionally-made sex toys. Non-porous materials such as silicone are far safer and less bacteria-ridden than food or wood. That’s why do-it-yourself sex toys are the real deal, and why you can buy a kit to make your own. Do-it-yourself vibrators are more common than ever, so it might be the right time to brainstorm some cool designs.

 

Fact 3 – Not All Sex Toys Are Made Equal

 

Some go into your vagina, others into your anus. Some you’ll penetrate, and some will penetrate you. But that’s not where the differences between various sex toys end.

 

One of the most important considerations, and quite a serious one at that, is the material the toy is made out of. Indeed, not all sex toys are made equal, and you should know what to avoid.

 

At the top of the list of materials to avoid is jelly. Jelly sex toys contain phthalates in an excessive amount, which is potentially hazardous for your health. Phthalates are chemical compounds that give sex toys (and various other commodities) their flexibility. However, they’re highly toxic and can lead to sterility and even cancer.

 

Jelly is smooth, bendable, and incredibly cheap to make or buy. For the reasons above, however, you must make sure to ask about phthalates before buying.

 

Plastic sex toys are almost as cheap but without the phthalates. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check if there aren’t any, though. 

 

The point of plastic is to be hard, rigid, and easy to clean afterward. All of that makes it a perfect material for vibrators.

 

Next up is silicone, the current sex toy industry standard. Softer than plastic, non-porous (unlike jelly), and highly durable, silicone sex toys are a safe bet. Stick to water-based lubricants to avoid damage to your silicone sex toy, and it might even last a lifetime.

 

Glass and metal are top-notch sex toy materials, perfect for temperature play. They also look far more elegant and stylish than all the others and are completely tasteless and odorless.

 

As you can see, you have plenty of choices when it comes to sex toys. It’s crucial to make an informed decision to avoid phthalates, but other than that, everything goes.

 

Fact 4 – Competition Drives Innovation

 

Where there’s money, there’s also competition, and we’ve already established that the sex toy industry is a booming one. It’s also very fierce competition at that, and one that customers are benefiting the most from.

 

As with any other industry out there, competition breeds innovation. And innovation in the sex toy industry has been marvelous indeed. We’ve come a long way from basic, manually-operated tools to intelligent sex robots. Imagine having a sex toy that has the capacity to listen to your body and deliver just the right kind of pleasure.

 

However, the competition and advances in tech should not discourage you from trying your hand at making sex toys. There’s plenty of room to make a business out of it and prosper. A lot of people are looking for the next best design or a unique sex toy to try out. There are already more than hundreds, if not thousands, of custom dildo designs out there, so why not make one yourself?

 

What awaits us in the future of this industry? We already have the kinds of sex toys that were unimaginable only decades ago. Who knows, you might be the brain behind the next Fleshlight!

 

Fact 5 – Sex Toy Shops Are Embracing Uniqueness

 

With almost all stigma gone, there’s nothing stopping sex toy businesses from becoming reputable brands with loyal customer bases. Sex toy shops are embracing that which makes them stand out and relying on their uniqueness.

 

That means that sex toy shops are on equal footing with other businesses, regardless of what they do. Just like any other business, sex toy shops can now take up a unique identity of their own and use it to gain traction among customers.

 

For example, take a look at Bad Dragon — it’s all about incredible, unique designs and textures that add an artistic touch to your sex toy adventure. Its toys even have cum holes! As for ElectraStim, it’s all in the name. This company’s products focus on electro-stimulation to give you the ride of your life.

 

Medical Toys makes “playing doctor” an adult-only activity. Kitten Cream features butt plugs with furry tails — you even get ears for increased roleplay value. As for the Twisted Monk… well, we hope you’re into bondage.

 

Each and every one of these sex toy stores has taken on an identity that attracts specific customers. That’s just an example of all that’s going on in the sex toy industry —  there’s plenty more to come.

 

Fact 6 – Successful Online Sex Toy Shops Are Titans of the Industry

 

Sex toy stores have been dominating the market for a long time, that is until the advent of the internet. Unfortunately for them, they can’t hold a candle to successful online sex toy shops. Online sex toy shops have the ability to reach audiences like never before, and far more discreetly.

 

If you’re new to the sex toy scene and are wondering who those titans are, you need not look further. Here are some of the biggest players in the sex toy industry with an online presence:

 

  • SheVibe
  • The Pleasure Chest
  • Good Vibrations
  • Smitten Kitten
  • Babeland
  • LoveHoney
  • Lelo
  • Lovense
  • Amazon
  • Geeky Sex Toys
  • Etsy.

 

Even if you’re not a user of sex toys, you probably know of Amazon or Etsy at least. It just shows how profitable the sex toy market is when giants such as Amazon have taken notice.

 

The rest of the online sex toy shops on the list are all worth exploring. Each of them has some unique and interesting products to browse. 

 

Fact 7 – The Sex Toy Industry Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

 

As we’ve previously mentioned, the online business format has done wonders for the sex toy industry. There have never been more websites that serve every sexual fetish and every niche desire people might have. Sexual exploration and experimentation have never been easier and more readily available. Don’t expect this train to slow down any time soon.

 

What’s even better is that the sex toy industry has an interesting ability to outlive harsh economic conditions. No matter how hard life is at any given moment, people find ways to have some naughty sex. And now, there will always be companies that are willing to provide the tools that make it so naughty.

 

Conclusion

 

The sex toy industry has gone through an incredible boom, and it has no intention of slowing down. What’s even more impressive, besides the enormous effect it’s had on the economy, is the sexual revolution that this industry enables. Now more than ever, sex toys are paving the way to greater personal sexual liberation and awareness.

 

And that’s exactly what we need as a society. We need individuals who are not ashamed of who they are or what their sexual preferences entail. Explore your literal and metaphorical depths without fear or shame or doubt. We’re all human and we’re naturally very, very, curious.

Going Handsfree – The Easiest Orgasm Ever

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Remember those businessmen in the mid 2000’s that ALWAYS had those annoying bluetooth earpieces? They might’ve been onto something. Getting the job done with just the touch of a button? Their hands are free to do other things? They were living the dream before we even knew what the dream was! While it may have taken a few years, the sex toy industry has recently perfected handsfree, and the technology they’ve created is bound to make those usually lackluster solo sessions both more fun, but also much easier on the forearms. In this article, expect toys for everyone, regardless of what’s in their pants.

 

Fun Factory – Stronic Line

Starting off with the big names, please give a warm welcome to the Fun Factory Stronics. Utilising magnets – yes, magnets – to replicate some pretty realistic thrusting, the various Stronic products can be used completely handsfree. Completely waterproof, and available in a few different shapes, colours, and styles to satisfy all your cravings, the Stronic line has earned its place amongst sex toy royalty. From the Oh!Zone Stores, this product can be yours for only $290. To invest in your pleasure, and to save yourself the trouble of using your hands for anything at all, pick up the Stronic today!

 

Svakom – Alex

This ones for the people with wangs. While I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seriously used the word ‘wang’, I would seriously use the Svakom Alex every damn day. While visually comparable to a Nutri-Bullet, the Alex is a self thrusting masturbator made with every fantasy in mind. The Alex has earned it’s place in a few articles I’ve written before, similar to the aforementioned Stronic Line, and I feel I summarised it’s impressive abilities and features pretty well in ‘Jumping Into It: The Welcoming Guide To Sex Toys’:

The Alex sports a multitude of thrusting speeds, patterns, and compatible sounds that you can enjoy by just plugging in a pair of headphones. There’s no shame in going hands free, and this toy makes it very easy (and very enticing!). If you’re the kind of person that loves being pampered, this toy should be your next pick up.

People who have used this toy speak VERY highly of it, and for good reason, so swing by your local sex shop, and go handsfree with the Svakom Alex today!

 

We-Vibe – Chorus

The Chrous is definitely something to sing about. The latest and greatest of We-Vibes wearable vibrators, the Chorus has a smorgasbord of functions and features bound to make your alone (or together!) time a bit more magical. Featuring two motors, complete submersibility, and an innovative remote control with squeeze control (it’s as cool as it sounds), the toy touts everything you could want and more in a toy. It also flexes the ability to create completely personalised vibration patterns inside the compatible ‘We-Connect’ app. The toy can be used solo, with a partner, or anywhere in between, as the toy can be controlled remotely with the app from anywhere in the world, but because of the personalised vibrations you can let take charge, this toy is perfect to go completely hands free. 

 

Take Charge!

For the buying portion of this, you’re going to need to use your hands. Swing by your local sex shop and grab one of these toys, or ask the experienced and polite staff for a hand in finding your perfect toy. After that, however, head home, dim the lights, and go completely hands free in your pleasure. These toys are premium examples of taking pleasure into your own hands, and then letting the well designed toys take you to another level. Take your time, have fun, and go hands free!

Alex is a consultant at the Oh Zone Adult Stores..

Rabbit Vibrators – The Best Review For Happy G-Spot Orgasms For Women

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If you have ever seen those vibrators that have an addition to them which looks like a pair of ears, then you, my friend, know what a rabbit vibrator is. That doesn’t mean, however, that you know how they work and why they are necessary in the first place. Let me teach you a few things, so the next time you start playing with yourself, you’ll be surprised with the pleasure you can get.

To All Of You Ladies Who Don’t Know What A G-Spot Orgasm Is

According to some scientists, orgasms should not even be classified into vaginal, clitoral, and G-spot. In my opinion, if you can learn of a way to achieve different types of orgasms, or multiple ones if you are lucky, then they should very well be classified. Their unwillingness to acknowledge the existence of G-spot orgasms probably comes from the fact that they doubt the existence of the G-spot as well.

The truth is, various types of orgasms do exist and you can learn about them here: https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/types-of-orgasms#types-of-orgasms

This got me wondering. The scientists in question had to have been men. On top of that, they had to have been men who could never find the G-spot in a woman. That’s okay, we ladies have a hard time finding it ourselves sometimes, but when we do, let’s just say it’s show time. By show time, I mean time to get one of the best orgasms.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, a G-spot orgasm is the one you achieve by stimulating your G-spot, once you have found it. No matter what you might believe, this magical place is real and you can find it with just a little bit of effort. Don’t ask me how I know this. Okay, I’ll tell you. I have found it, and a few simple strokes are sometimes enough to get me off.

How To Find Your G-Spot

The first thing you need to understand is that this isn’t something you can see in the mirror. It isn’t defined in shape and structure and you cannot notice it by looking at yourself. This is a group of nerves that causes marvelous sensations when touched with your fingers, or stimulated in any other way. Whether you are masturbating, or having sex with your partner, hitting this spot will definitely get you horny. You just need to learn how to find it, and here are a few tips.

The second thing you need to know is that not all women get this magnificent sensation I am talking about. In other words, the G-spot doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe this is the reason why so many people doubt the existence of this “pleasure button”. The truth is, all women do have it, but not every women gets pleasure from its stimulation.

If you are still looking for your G-spot, I must warn you that finding it on your own can be a bit tricky. Since you usually lie on your back while masturbating, the whole angle is a bit “backwards”, so it is nearly impossible to find it with your own fingers. If you want to give it a go, you should know that is located around 2-3 inches into your vagina, below the urethra.

What Rabbit Vibrators Are And How They Are Used

The reason I have been talking so much about the G-spot and the mission of finding it is because there is an amazing product I want to introduce you to. Remember how I said that finding the G-spot with your fingers is next to impossible? The rabbit vibrator makes finding it very, very possible. Since that is not the only thing this little toy does, it deserves a bit more of our attention.

Finding the best rabbit vibrator on the market will help you achieve internal and external stimulation at the same time. Picture yourself trying to use both of your hands at the same time, one for your clitoris, and the other one for your vagina. You would probably be so focused on trying to make this work that you would forget to enjoy it and all your excitement would quickly die down.

Trying this with a partner for the first time can also get a bit hectic. You want to stimulate the clitoris while he’s penetrating your vagina (probably never finding the G-spot in the process) and it might take some time for you two to get the hang of acting in unison in order for you to achieve your orgasm. Once you have mastered this, you and your partner will definitely both enjoy it.

A rabbit vibrator can help you kill two birds with one stone. It can help you practice clitoral stimulation and it will definitely hit the G-spot. With just a little bit of practice, its two motors designed with several different vibration modes will have you squeezing the sheets and subduing a scream while achieving powerful and hot orgasms. You’ll probably be begging for more afterwards, and the best thing is, it won’t get tired, so you can go as many times as you wish.

I mentioned that you will need a little bit of practice on how to use this vibrator. I am not saying that it is too complicated or anything and you will definitely quickly get the hang of it. Still, it’s not like you can just stick it in and wait for a miracle to happen. If pleasure is what you want, you’ll have to work for it a little bit or maybe take some lessons from educators like school of squirt.

Once you have got acquainted with the controls of the rabbit vibrator (learn more about it), there are only a couple of things left to do. First of all, make sure to lube it, since lube makes everything better. After that, insert the shaft deep enough into the vagina, so that the clitoral stimulator reaches the clitoris. When you and your little toy are in position, turn it on and let it turn you on.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Monkey Rocker or Sex Glider

Gliding Sex

If you want to introduce some new toys into your arsenal when it comes to solo play or sex with partners, then one fairly versatile option that will have something to offer for most women (as well as men who enjoy being penetrated) is a monkey rocker or sex glider. These come in many forms of complexity, but in most cases are devices you ride that you use your own body movements to control (though options with machine-powered penetration capabilities are also available).

Pros and Cons of Monkey Rockers and Sex Gliders

Here are some of the major advantages and disadvantages of this type of sex toy:

 

  • Pros:

 

  • Generally silent, unless vibrating or machine options are used
  • Offer ways to play on your own or with a partner
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to use
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be used with a wide variety of dildos for vaginal or anal penetration
  • Can also be used for face sitting with a partner
  • Most models accommodate a wide range of weights

 

  • Cons

 

  • Take up space – most are also difficult to really disguise as anything else in your home
  • Can be expensive

If you are looking to buy a monkey rocker or sex glider, Badum Tish has a great comparison of some of the leading options here. Here are some things you may want to think about when choosing what type of product is best for you.

Aesthetics

The look of these toys can vary widely from minimalist, cheaper products to more luxurious ones that can look like high-end gym equipment, with leather padding and aircraft-grade metal parts (though the dildo is still going to make it look very much like what it is). If the aesthetic is important to you, for instance, you are looking to fit out your own dungeon or pleasure room and want beautiful looking items, or you simply find using higher-end-looking stuff more arousing, then this is definitely something to factor into your choice. If you’re more about function than form, however, and plan to have the toy put away out of sight when you’re not using it, then the more basic looking toys tend to be cheaper and so could be a good option.

Versatility

There are a lot of things you can do with many of the models, and these usually include using them solo for vaginal or anal penetration, using them while also with a partner, for double penetration with just one partner, or removing the dildo and having your partner position their face under the seat for comfortable face-sitting. Different models will be better than others for each of these things when it comes to comfort and design, so think about what you’re most interested in when using the toy for while you’re shopping.

These are just some of the things you should have in the back of your mind while you’re making a decision about which new sex toy to invest in! Have fun choosing yours!

Practicing Safe Sex During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Safe sex during coronavirus

There is no need to introduce COVID-19, the virus declared a pandemic and which forces all people to be at home.  With coronavirus cases are on the rise, many people are concerned about the spread of the virus.  The virus has been shown to spread through fluids or mucus from the nose and mouth that contain the virus.

Because of this, concern about the safety of having sex during the outbreak increases.  It is necessary to avoid physical contact due to the possibility of contagion, so they recommend postponing sexual intercourse for greater safety.  Coughing with your elbow, washing your hands often, avoiding proximity to people with symptoms, and even greeting each other with your elbows or feet are some of the measures people are taking to avoid getting coronavirus.

The problem is that sometimes avoiding gestures of affection can be very difficult, and if we talk about avoiding sex, things get tense.  But there is no need to worry, sexual relations are not in danger, although we do have to take some precaution or measure, for example, using sex toys.

Not contagious with sex

COVID-19 is only spread through the respiratory tract. “The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are thrown out when an infected person coughs or exhales,” explains the World Health Organization (WHO).

These droplets can fall on objects and surfaces and, if we touch them and then touch our mouth, nose or eyes, we can contract the disease, as well as if we inhale the droplets expelled by a person with coronavirus, adds the WHO.

This, therefore, does not affect sexual relations, at least not directly, since the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through genital fluids.

However, maintaining a sexual relationship indeed requires proximity to the other person, so although the virus is not spread by sex itself, it can be contracted by inhaling the particles expelled by the other person if they are infected.

Avoid sexual activity if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of this infection. However, be aware that this virus can spread even when people do not experience symptoms.

The solution: sex toys

Sex toys, sexting, cybersex, and phone sex are considered “alternative forms” of sexual expression that you can perform during the pandemic; they are ways of having sexual relations with a partner without presenting any risk of infection with coronavirus (or STDs, obviously).

Focusing on sex toys, they are the ones that will give you the most pleasure to please your partner and you, and in times of coronavirus, it is more beneficial since you do not need to have direct contact with your partner.

Buying sex toys could be the safest practice in this pandemic, since, in addition to pleasure and you do not risk contagion, you will experience something new and fun so that sexual practice is not something monotonous or boring.

Don’t know what toys to buy? Here we name one for women and another for men.

Vibrators and dildos

Vibrators are manual electrical devices that produce different types of stimuli to increase arousal and prolonging the duration of orgasm in women and men.

There is a wide variety of these sex toys, some are usually made of very soft materials, and the vast majority faithfully imitate a real penis, and they have all kinds of silhouettes and colors. They are ideal for massaging the erogenous zones until reaching orgasm or to stimulate the vagina.

For their part, dildos are generally made of silicone or latex and are shaped like penises of different sizes, shades, and even flavors, and some even have a special texture to generate greater pleasure.

Before using them, make sure they are free of superficial imperfections that could be bothersome. If you are allergic to latex, choose carefully the material from which it is made. Don’t forget always to use a condom to cover the toy during penetration!

At the end, remove the batteries from the interior and wash it perfectly; dry it and store it in a cool, dark place to prevent sunlight from damaging it.

Penis ring

The penis ring is a small sexual ally, which is placed around the member, either at the tip, base or scrotum.

One or more can be used at the same time to increase blood flow in the penis and prolong the erection time and, at the same time, delay ejaculation, perfect for long masturbation.

There are presentations in leather, rubber, silicone, and metal, and it is recommended not to use it for more than half an hour or fall asleep with it since it could be difficult to remove it (in fact, the best rings are elastic).

Remember

All sex toys should be used in combination with lubricants, so each experience is as pleasant as possible, free from possible irritations.