Technical Intimacy

tech pleasures

We have possibly never been more cut off from the rest of the world than we are now and many of are toying with technical intimacy. This is a bold statement that I make, of course we have! Before we had ships and planes. Because now- we have technology.

Technology gives us the power of moving countries, time and space in a matter of moments. It gives us the power of being able to continue to interact with loved ones whether it is from our own homes to theirs in the same state, or overseas. And during this pandemic that counts for A LOT.

But do you know what else technology has radicalised for us during this “unprecedented” time? Insanely safe, zero proximity sex.

Yes. I did say that. And yes, that baffles the mind. But while we have been on lock down, the business behind industries such as interactive pornography, camgirls, onlyfans and online adult toy shopping have boomed! In fact there has been a rise, and why wouldn’t there be? Even beloved places of teaching “Studio Kink”  took to the internet to assist with keeping kinksters educated during the pandemic in their chosen tutelage of Shibari.

Technical Intimacy

Although interactive sex is only the beginning. Combine cam girling or interactive porn with products such as Kiroo and the experience is taken to the next level. If you haven’t heard of Kiroo, basically you can feel everything that is happening on one end of the toy (for example the Pearl – an innovative straight vibe) and indulge in it in real time on the other toy (in this case, the Onyx – an innovative masturbator)

Toys like these are fantastic for long distance relationships, bringing couples closer and being able to feel like they are having wonderfully hot and intimate moments as close together as they are apart no matter where they are in the world.

We Vibe is another company that boasts a long luxurious line of app controlled toys that are able to be controlled from around the globe no matter where you are provided you have a signal. Bringing you closer to your loved ones, which I am sure we can all agree is something we are more than thankful for during isolation.

Lovense

But then a new challenger arrived, Lovense.

Lovense, similarly had a luxurious line of gorgeous toys that were app controlled same as we vibe. They also had toys that simulated the feel of sex in real time even when you were apart like the Kiroo.

But where the Lovense differed to all those before it is it’s app features.

Lovense, at the time of writing this is one of the only apps that provides the option for people to use a “group play” function during play. Yep – a group function. This enables users of the lovense app to have up to 100 people in a “room” at a time, sharing vibrations and altogether having a good time.

Yes, that’s amazing.

I have heard many people come in and say, “oh wow, yeah an app controlled toy sounds great if you had someone who you could share it with.”

I get it, we are in a period of life where it is harder to find people right now, we have restrictions, and even when the restrictions are lessened, are we always willing to risk bodily fluid exchanges with strangers? It’s a fine line. SO meeting someone new can put a bit of a damper on things.

Lovense has that covered too. On their website Lovense has chat rooms where you can talk to others and join parties under pseudonyms or your lovense account and join large parties or set up some one on one vibe time. But, yes, be careful of bots. They are usually the ones with the repetitive bad sentence structure and as always, never EVER give away personal information or financial information online. Safe cyber play friends.

These functions are so popular that Lovense has just finished hosting their 3rd successful International Digital Orgy! On May 22nd at Midnight Eastern Time for 24hrs registered participants who were 18years or older could log into their Lovense account and share in the vibes that were sent through any use of the hashtag #lovense and #lovenseorgy as well as 15 others that were announced on the day. Completely anonymous, no faces shown just waves of pleasure, tuning in when you could. I mean – a whole 24 hours? That would be a marathon.

This was a wonderful movement to not only bring people together safely during isolation but also a unique way to celebrate Maturbation in May. If you were lucky enough to participate in this year’s Lovense Orgy let us know how you liked it, if you’d like to try next year, stock up on Lovense toys before next year and get some practice in.  It could be the future of sex.

So if you’re looking for something a little new, looking for a little play, without the physical proximity, why not try one of our long distance toys and pop on an anonymous forum? Talk to our wonderful sales consultants and educators to find the best fit and type of play for you and have a look at Wevibe, Kiroo and Lovense. Safely of course. Maybe we should be adding Long distance toy hookups to our online profiles.

At your Service,

Tiffany

OhZone Sales Consultant, Educator and Online Playmate

A Beginners Guide to Cleaning and Caring for your Sex Toys

Part 2 – Sex Toy Cleaning Continued

Moving on to electronic toys, now there’s not going to be boiling of any kind with these toys for obvious reasons so generally the route you’ll want to go down for cleaning these toys is the ‘rinse then use a toy cleaner’ one as previously discussed. Although you have to be careful with the whole ‘putting an electronic underwater’ thing because you might end up voiding the warranty or maybe even electrocuting yourself (depending on what kind of toy you’re trying to clean). Just about all of your electronic toys will come with an IPX rating, this indicates the level of waterproofing the toy is equipped with the most popular IPX ratings for toys are as follows; IPX7 is completely submersible in water upto 1 metre deep for a maximum of 30 minutes, going down a level we have IPX6 which is protected against a high pressure water stream from any angle so similar to IPX7 you can very easily wash off after use. Next we have IPX4 which is splashproof, so again fine for rinsing off your toy but be sure to avoid the charging port, IPX0-3 have even less water protection than this and you should read the cleaning instructions very carefully before using the toy for the first time. Although it’s important to note that most toys with an IPX rating lower than IPX4 will have a removable portion that is non-electronic for easier cleaning. Overall, make sure to be following the manufacturers recommended cleaning for any electronic toy, especially those with an IPX rating lower than 6.

INSERTABLE

Now onto something a good bit more complex, masturbators (both electronic and not) will generally require a more intricate cleaning routine than your average vibe (insertable or not) due to both their design as well as the materials used to create that supple realistic skin texture.

Some masturbators are made of a silicone, these are generally electronic and don’t involve any type of sleeve or lifelike material, so you’re able to clean them in an identical manner to a regular vibe.

Any type of masturbator that is or has a very soft non-structured sleeve, such as any Fleshlight, will need to be cleaned very thoroughly to ensure bacteria doesn’t grow. After use, first flush the toy out with some water to remove the excess lube and ejaculate, then remove the sleeve from any casing and flip the sleeve inside out. After doing this, rinse with water once again to remove the remaining lube and ejaculate, once the only liquid on your toy is water, allow to dry (still flipped inside out) until only slightly damp. Next spray a toy cleaner, I recommend using one that is foaming to allow for it to more easily get within all the grooves of the materials texture. After the toy is covered in this wait for it to dry fully (it is essential you don’t start the next step on a toy with any moisture on it). Once completely dry sprinkle refresh powder over the toy (pro tip: these powders are generally 100% corn starch), make sure to cover all surfaces including the entrance then shake so all excess powder is removed, leaving only a thin layer. After this is all done, flip the sleeve back and situate it within its case (if it has one), and then put the unit away for storage.

MASTURBATION SLEEVE 

If the soft sleeve of the toy IS structured, like that of the Svakom Alex and Alex Neo, you won’t be able to flip it for cleaning but the tunnel of the sleeve will generally be a fair amount wider and shorter so cleaning remains fairly similar, minus the flipping obviously. You also have masturbators like those from Tenga, that instead of a removable sleeve you are able to just open for easy cleaning, with these follow the same original steps, minus the removal and flipping of the sleeve.

Now the truly difficult toys to clean are your bigger toys made primarily of a lifelike material such as TPE, a lot of these toys will be life size replicas of portions of the female or male body, such as the pubic or chest areas and you won’t be able to remove a sleeve at all, plus the tunnel and entrance will both be very narrow (stretching only during use) so cleaning these is very hard to get right and very easy to fuck up. As with all toys, washing these before using them is paramount to your intimate hygiene.

Madison is a consultant at the Oh Zone Adult Stores

Condoms for all – Care and storage

condom storage

It is a big and equal responsibility for each of us to do our bit for safe sex these days. Condoms are an easy and relatively safe option for safe sexual practices in this day and age and have been for quite some time.

If using a condom to absolute perfection, a condom can be 98% accurate in protecting against pregnancy and STIs. That’s if you use them to absolute perfection. Catering for human error lets say the margin is more likely 85%. To achieve absolute perfection you need to do the following;

  • Put the condom on the right way (and if you put it on the wrong way – throw it out and start again)

  • Put the condom on before any foreplay

  • If using extra lubricant don’t use any oil based lubricants as it may cause the condoms to break.

  • Pinch the tip before rolling down the shaft

  • Roll all the way to the base

  • Wait until you have removed the shaft from the body to roll the condom carefully off the penis, keeping the semen inside.

  • If possible, tie the condom before throwing it away.

 

As stated above, everyone can carry condoms, in fact it is highly recommended. The best prevention is preparation and you should never expect a date to be packing; bring your own. This is also good advice in case you have any sensitivities or preferences in condoms.

 

But where to keep them?

 

Most of us immediately think of the movies, or the books or even our own experiences of having a trusty condom stashed in a pocket of our wallet for emergencies or on the go – This is in fact a grave error.

 

Condoms should be kept out in cool dry areas and there is nothing cool about the pockets where wallets are kept. Pockets of clothes, right next to the body conduct a lot of heat, add a mobile to the mix and we are cooking. This heat damages the structural integrity of a condom which in itself will leave it vulnerable to breaking.

 

What else is dangerous about wallets and pockets? Keys, sharp things, pens anything and everything that could poke, prod and dent into your wallet and therefore your condom. Seems like a pretty big risk to put on accidentally leaving a potential hole in a condom that you might be using.

 

Also when was the last time you checked the condom in your wallet? One of the biggest oversights with condoms is that they expire. They do last a long time, but you still need to check the use by date. That use by date is also greatly affected by where they are kept, are they kept in the sun? Somewhere hot? Dry? Always check your dates periodically to ensure that you are getting the best use out of your condoms and staying the safest you can be. If you’ve moved house several times and they aren’t stored correctly you might want to rethink that emergency few that you own

 

So where can you keep them?

 

Glasses Case:

A great alternative to your wallet, throw them in your car, your bag, whether it be your reading, your sunglasses any old case will do.

 

A cigarette case:

Go into a smokemart and buy a steel case for cigarettes. This will perfectly hold a couple of condoms, perfect for those emergencies, they’re sleek and slim, so they will fit into your pants or your clutch while keeping those little shields cool enough and making sure that they don’t get poked or damaged en route to wherever the night leads you.

 

A deck of cards:

A particular favourite of mine. Super elusive, ever seen a friend with a deck of cards in their bag that says they play solitaire by themselves or they’re missing a few cards or say they can’t really play group games in their work bag or uni bag? Chances are they may have removed some of the deck so that they can fit a few condoms in their well concealed deck of many things. Under stated and very clever.

 

Container:

Not necessarily the classiest but sometimes the most practical. Tupperware and small plastic containers can be beautiful and fancy little ways to store the odd condom in bags, handbags or cars on the go.

 

At home, keep them boxed in your underwear drawer, in the bathroom, in the bedside drawer but ensure that you check the dates often and don’t use them past the expiration date. And whatever you do, don’t try putting them in the fridge or the freezer for a cooling effect, we have Lubes for that. By putting them in the freezer, you will dry out the condom which again opens you up to the risk of it breaking it.

 

My pick is definitely the Skyn condom range: the non latex range means that anyone can use them without irritation, and without worrying that someone will say I can’t use a condom because I have a latex allergy- Done solved here I have a non latex one I prepared earlier!

 

Another huge pointer is check in with the nominal width of the condom when buying. Brands and varieties differ. The nominal width can make a difference in desensitizing and the feel, finding the right nominal width will have a big impact on how comfortable the experience is for the wearer. But remember-not too loose, you need it to stay on after all.

 

At your Service

Tiffany

Oh Zone Sales Assistant, Sexual health Advocate and Carrier of Condoms.

The Lovense Domi 2

lovense sex toys

So ever since I’ve heard of the brand Lovense, I’ve wanted to try it, when I found out it’d be coming into the store, I almost lost my mind and the second the order dropped in store I bought the Domi 2, no questions asked. Lovense has thought of anything and everything when it comes to online sex work and the toys to come with it, the ability to let others play, the ability to connect other toys, but my favourite part: the ability to make money and play games with your fans on camming sites.

 

Now Lovense has a wide range of sex toys to choose from, the Lush, which is an internal wearable vibrator (yes, the one in all the pornos) this comes as the Lush original an the Lush 2, the Hush; a vibrating buttplug that comes in 2 sizes a 1.5” and a 1.75”, as well as the Edge which is perfectly shaped for males to get prostate stimulation along with a good vibration on the perineum (taint, gooch, all that goodness). The Ambi which is a cute little pink bullet, but with the added benefit of a little handle to hold onto and two sides that give different stimulations, a small side that gives incredible pin point vibrations and a larger side that has its power more spread out.

There is the Osci 2 which is a beautiful g-spot toy that, rather than vibrating like most, actually oscillates (fancy word for moving back and forth) to give you a whole new level of pinpointed g-spot stimulation. Of course, we cannot forget the Max 2 and the Nora which are a male masturbator and a rabbit style vibrator respectively, these are great for solo play but the best part is they are completely interactive with each other from anyway in the world, making long distance relationships a hell of a lot easier.

Now, I got the Domi 2 because I’m a wand girl through and through, there’s not much that does me better than a wand will and I will die on that hill.

What won me over with this bad boy was a few things, but childishly enough it was the ability to customise the led that shows you what power level you’re at… This automatically comes set on multicoloured but you have the option of hat, red, pink, yellow, green, turquoise etc. But my all time favourite colour is green, it’s plastered throughout my car, so the second I realised this was an option I basically threw my money at it.

But back to the actual tech things that people care about. This wand can be hooked up to your phone (as can any of Lovense’s products), you can control the speed, the patterns, create your own, and invite partners to play. The built in text messaging system helps to build the mood as you can message (bit of dirty talk anyone?), photos, and voice memos. This is an awesome build up to anything you’ll be doing later 😉
You can also voice call and video call through the app as well, making long distance (or camming) a lot easier!

The wand can be used on it’s own with built in speed settings and patterns, a WHOPPING 370 minute max run time, and absolutely no vibrations felt in the handle, it is by far my favourite product I have bought in a long time. Even being on the lowest setting it’s one of the stronger wands I’ve felt in this size. The head of the wand in slightly bendable so you can make it work for you no matter what.

 

The app boasts some of the best connectivity I’ve seen in an app controlled toy, with absolutely no issues I’ve come across. You are able to completely customise your experience, creating your own patterns, hooking it up to music, making it so it vibrates in time to whatever comes through the microphone, it’s brilliant the things you can do with this one, they have thought of almost everything with this range.

Not only does Lovense boast amazing inclusivity with the instructions reading “he/she/they” when discussing those who use it (yes that made my heart melt when I read it), but they are also really going above and beyond for online sex workers.
They have a separate app that will help you with all your camming needs, including vibrations set off by tips, a little tip based Keno game, and many more exciting features that blow most other app controlled toys out of the water, but they’ve created a 3rd app for computers that make it so that you can set vibration patterns for videos you make and that way anyone who has a Lovense toy can feel included in the video.

 

I had high expectations going into buying this toy and using the app for the first time and they have absolutely blown me away, I’m so excited to continue to use their products and explore their camming options once I get a few more exciting toys. Let’s be honest, I say the Domi 2 is for work, but it’s mostly for me!
The advice I will leave you with is this: even if you think you don’t need Lovense in your life; YOU DO!

Sex Furniture is an Investment in Your Relationship

sex furniture

Did you know that three out of four Americans own dildos? Having a sex toy in your bedside table isn’t that uncommon, but what about your end table BEING  sex toy? Sex furniture is another growing trend that most people don’t consider or talk about, probably because they think sex furniture has to be an oversized bondage table complete with shackles and restraints. Wrong! (Although those can be a lot of fun too!) A lot of today’s modern sex furniture actually doubles as regular accent pieces like couches, benches, or ottomans. Another fact most people don’t realize is that you can also purchase sex pillows, ramps, and other smaller items that you can easily tuck away and out of sight. 

 

So what’s the purpose of sex furniture, anyway? Is it reserved for just the kinkiest most sexually adventurous couples? What are the benefits of using these unconventional pieces and where do you start when it comes to shopping? We’re here to answer all of your questions and more. 

 

Grab your eye for design and desire and let’s get started!

 

The Benefits of Sex Furniture

 

Sex furniture, also known as intimate or erotic furniture, is designed to help couples fulfill specific fantasies, hold more difficult sex positions for longer (and more comfortably), and enhance the overall sexual experience. Some people lack the flexibility, strength, or endurance to hold certain sex positions for long periods of time. Sex furniture can make this easier. If your partner has a certain fantasy they’ve been dying to try, a little support can help make their naughtiest desires a reality. 

 

The best part about sex furniture is that most of it is designed to resemble everyday decor. You can fill that empty space in the corner of your bedroom while also filling up your partner! Speaking of, sex furniture also helps you achieve deeper penetration, more intense orgasms, and have a more intimate experience. You and your partner can achieve levels of pleasure you weren’t able to in the past. 

 

Types of Sex Furniture from Mild to Wild

 

Not all sex furniture is created equal. Intimate pieces range in style, size, and price. Whether you’re looking for something small and discreet or something to really elevate your sex game (and your bodies), there are countless options to choose from.

 

Here’s a quick guide on some basic pieces and other, more advanced selections.

 

Pillow/Wedge

 

If you’re simply looking for a little leverage, a sex pillow or wedge is the perfect option. This is also a good erotic item for beginners. Pillows, wedges, and ramps help tilt your body in the perfect position for deeper penetration, oral sex, and G-spot play. You can wedge these pillows under your hips, butt, or wherever else they fit comfortably to give your partner the right angle for your pleasure. It also prevents either of you from getting tired or getting a cramp during a hot and steamy sex session. 

 

Shower Handle

 

Did someone say shower sex? Countless couples take their fun into the shower, and why not? It’s slippery, sexy, and wet! But sometimes, achieving the right position while standing under a cascade of running water can be, well, tricky! That’s where a shower handle and grip comes in handy. The ironic part is, some people invest in these little gadgets simply to help them safely enter and exit the shower. But it’s way more fun to use a shower handle to achieve and hold the perfect sex position. This handle grips to the shower walls and give you something sturdy to hold onto while your partner is driving it home.

 

Sex Swings

 

Sex swings are a classic piece of sex equipment featured in countless movies and TV series. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re only for acrobats and gymnasts. In fact, sex swings are pretty versatile and user-friendly for even those new to the world of sex furniture. Sex swings are commonly hung from the door, bed, or ceiling to help you elevate your partner and your pleasure. Sex swings offer easy access and the ability to achieve weightless positions with minimal effort. 

 

Sex Chair

 

Now we’re getting into the actual pieces of furniture that double as sex toys and home decor. Sex chairs give you the perfect place to prop up your partner for pleasure. Many are equipped with specially designed curves and handles for added support and sturdiness. Designed to appear like modern, contemporary furniture, these chairs are guaranteed to become the center of attention at your next cocktail party. Some chairs even have footrests and handles, putting complete control in the hands of the rider. Unique designs are geared toward oral sex, missionary, and even doggy style. Most sex furniture pieces are also made of easy to clean material so you won’t have to explain any mysterious stains to dinner guests. 

 

Sex Couch/Bench

 

If a chair just not big enough to fulfill all of your naughty fantasies, you might want to invest in a chair, bench, or chaise lounge. These are probably the most popular pieces of sex furniture thanks to their gorgeous design, versatility, and size. Many sex couches are large enough for both partners to mount but are designed like a sleek piece of contemporary furniture. Curved with your pleasure in mind, these erotic furniture items help your body bend at just the right angle for deep penetration. Experimenting with G-spot or P-spot stimulation? With a few adjustments, you can achieve the perfect position for exploring these hidden erogenous zones. The best part is, many of these couches and chaises are beautifully designed and made of quality material that will last you for years to come (pun intended). 

 

Coffee Table

 

There’s something naughty and erotic about the thought of your guests sifting through magazines or enjoying a cocktail at a coffee table that doubles as a sex slave cage. Are you and your partner into kinky BDSM play? Designed to look like an artistic coffee table complete with bars, this sex furniture item is the perfect prop for those who practice the dominant-submissive relationship. By day, this table is perfect for doing work or eating lunch. By night, it’s your sex slave’s new home for both torture and pleasure. 

 

Stool

 

Similar to a coffee table, sex stools are smaller pieces of erotic furniture that serve multiple purposes. Designed with two, stretchy strips of fabric in the center, sex stools give you added leverage and bounce in the riding position. Let’s face it, straddling your partner for an extended period of time can quickly turn from a pleasurable experience to an unanticipated exercise session. Sex stools take the pressure off your legs and glutes by offering added support. They also put a spring in your step (or should we say, ride?). With an opening between the two straps, your partner’s member will easily slip through and into you. These stools are also perfect for anyone suffering from an injury or pregnant women who need help propping their bodies up for long periods of time. 

 

Tables

 

From bondage crosses to dungeon furniture, sex tables are not for the faint of heart. These items can’t really be left in your living room unless your friends are all as kinky and adventurous as you. Most people keep their sex tables tucked away for private use. Dungeon furniture ranges from stationary tables with handcuffs and restraints built-in to an adjustable table complete with holes for your nipples, genitals, and mouth. Strap your partner in face-up or face-down for hours of torture and fun! Some tables collapse for easy storage under your bed or in your closet, but all allow you to display your partner’s irresistible body in the perfect position for teasing and pleasing.

 

Sex Furniture Deepens Your Connection… and Penetration

 

Whether you’re simply looking to spice things up, deepen your connection with your partner, or fulfill your wildest fantasies, sex furniture can help you get there. Ranging in styles and designs that take you from wild to mild, these erotic items are just one more addition to your collection of sex toys and goodies! The biggest issue you’ll face is upgrading your goodie drawer to a goodie closet.