VIP Interview With Lynda Mort Director Of Business Development For XR Brands

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XR Brands is an adult lifestyle company who have created over 28 well-known brands including CleanStream, Inmi, Master Series, Raging Cockstars, Trinity Vibes, Vogue, Tom of Finland and Wand Essentials. They are most famous for their brand Master Series which is a fetish sex toy range which includes restraints, BDSM gear, prostate massagers, nipple play, strap-on dildos, chastity and much more. XR Brands focuses on the development of niche products for people who wish to fulfil their sexual desires with quality, innovation and comfort. There products really do define what is BDSM!

Most recently XR Brands have won multiple 2017 XBIZ Awards including the Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools and Master Series were awarded as the 2017 XBIZ Gay Sex Toy/Line of the Year and Fetish Product/Line of the Year. They have also been nominated as the StoreErotica 2017 LGBT Company of the Year.

This is a VIP interview with Lynda Mort the Director of Business Development for XR Brands with the Adultsmart Blog.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Lynda Mort, I am the Director of Business Development for XR Brands. I have been with XR Brands for two and a half years.

What is the story behind the inspiration, creation and development of your company and product range?

XR Brands is located in Huntington Beach, CA. Our company was created to cater to those who have interest in the fetish lifestyle.  We offer a wide variety of fetish/BDSM/niche products. We understand that everyone has their own kink, and we want to show them that we have a product that fits their lifestyle. Our goal is to encourage our users to find their Kink!

What are your favourite accomplishments of all time working for XR Brands?

I am only as good as the team that works with me, and one of the things that we are most proud of is how far the brand has come in such a short time. Over the last two years we have grown so much, it is amazing to see our brands being offered all over the world! We have spent so much time choosing fantastic partners who believe in our brand, our business and our team. Our partners have been the key to our success, and we are so happy to be working with a network of successful distributors who want to grow with us. The time, effort and sacrifices that our team has made over the last few years is admirable and we pride ourselves on the incredible staff we have working for us.

What are your favourite quote’s that inspire you?

Recently a mentor of mine sent me this, I loved it so much that I printed it out and put it on my desk!

“Even if you go for it and it doesn’t work out, you still win. You still had the guts enough to head straight into something that frightened you. That type of bravery will take you places.”

The one quote that inspires me daily comes from one of the women I look up to, Sophia Amoruso author of #GirlBoss,

“It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.”

These inspire me because they show you that you should not fear failure, but use it as a tool to learn and to grow. In my opinion, you cannot learn without failure.

Where are your products manufactured?

Our products are manufactured all over the world. We choose the location we make our products based on the materials we are using. We manufacture in regions that specialize in the products they are making. Because we use so many different types of materials we want them to be made where they originate from.

What does your company value the most?

Hard work! Our motto is PLAY HARD and we encourage our team to work hard and play hard! The company values each and every employee and the sacrifices they make to take XR Brands to the next level.

What is the product development process like?

XR develops products following market trends and customer feedback. We take customer feedback very seriously and we read reviews on our products religiously. We have developed and improved many products based on customer feedback. Our customers are the heart of our company and we value their suggestions. Once we have an idea, we roundtable and brainstorm the idea. It then goes into the prototype stage, and testing. When we are satisfied with the results, it goes to the buying team, then art and production. It’s a pretty fun process and I would have to say that we have the best jobs in the world!

What are your favourite memories from working with XR Brands?

Honestly, I have too many to count! I do work with some incredible people and have some of the best customers in the world! I would say that one of my favorite memories would have to be the XR Brands Dungeon opening party. It stands out as my favorite because the entire XR family was there, as well as our wonderful partners and customers and we all just had an amazing time. We did a live whipping and caning with a master Dom, and it was the first time I had ever witnessed something like that. It was truly incredible!

What are XR Brands best sellers?

Our best sellers vary as they span across multiple categories. We have items that range from Cock and Ball Holsters to Lube Launchers to Electrode Penis Pads. The reason for this is due to the wide variety of kinks that people are into. We have products that cater to so many different lifestyles. Because we are known for our fetish and BDSM products, those categories do best for us.

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Sex Toy: Zeus Electrode Penis Pads

What products would you recommend?

I would recommend our new SHEGASM forced clitoral stimulator. Ergonomically designed for easy use, Shegasm’s unique suction sensation is like nothing else you have experienced. Simply turn on, place the silicone tip opening over your clitoris, and feel its amazing suction. The easy to use dial lets you increase the vibration power for added stimulation. Since Shegasm is wireless and charges via USB cord, you can take this amazing pleasure vibe anywhere you go.

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Sex Toy: Shegasm Focused Clitoral Stimulator

Does XR Brands use any unique materials or technology?

We are always trying to stay ahead of the market. We recently released an update to our iFuk Virtual Reality Stroker. The update features actual stars such as Lisa Ann, Blondie Fesser and Indica Cannabliss. The stroker allows you to have a more interactive part in the scene you are a part of.

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Buy Now | XR Brands Sex Toy Range

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don’t be intimated by our products. We offer something for everybody and we encourage people to explore themselves alone and with their partner. It’s important that we understand ourselves and our bodies. Don’t be ashamed to ask for what you want sexually.

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My Secret To Having Incredible Hot Orgasms!

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Pretty Love, the high-end brand from Baile is inspired by fashion and aesthetics aimed at the modern user with quality and attractively designed products. Baile has been bringing us creative and fun designs since 1993 with their professional team of sex toy and adult product designers having designed and produced over 3,000 products that are sold worldwide including to us here at Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres and Adultsmart our online store. “Quality is the life of the enterprise” Baile strives to build a long term relationship with you, their customer.

​When I first saw the Pretty Love Digi Fire I was looking forward to getting it home and testing it out after being given it to review. I had a look at what type of sex toys are there? And I found out it is a rabbit vibrator that heats up with a g-spot and clitoral massager! I was excited. I wanted to test out this feature ASAP!

Sex Toy Packaging

The Pretty Love Digi Fire comes in a very sturdy cardboard box that is ideal for storing it in, but it also includes a little black mesh drawstring bag to store it in if you do not wish to keep that box it came in, I choose to use both, I put my Digi Fire in the draw string mesh bag and then keep it in its box also. After unboxing my Digi FIre I was struck by how bright the purple of the silicone is, think fuschia but purple. The Pretty Love series all seem to come in this one colour option, but that’s not a bad thing and you certainly won’t lose it.

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Sex Toy: Pretty Love Digi Fire Measurements

Sex Toy Measurements

​The Pretty Love Digi Fire isn’t as heavy as I thought it would be, with the heating technology I expected it to be weightier than other vibes but it’s a rather normal 208 grams. The Digi Fire is 24cm (9.4 inches) in total length, 14cm (5.5 inches) insertable length and 3.6cm (1.4 inches) across, it is a decent size vibe with average length but without being an intimidating girth the 3.6cm is perfect in my opinion for anyone who isn’t used to inserting toys or for those who just don’t like it too thick.

Sex Toy Control Panel

The control panel of the Digi Fire which I do have some gripes with because of the control panels buttons which I found to be an absolute pain to press and could definitely be more user-friendly is made out of ABS Plastic and is a silver metallic finish, as the name suggests it boasts an easy to read digital panel, when you first turn it on the panel will light up with a red 00 to indicate it’s on and will gradually increase in heat and the digital face will reflect this if you choose to turn on the heat function (which is optional).

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Sex Toy: Pretty Love Digi Fire Controls

Sex Toy Vibrations

Moving onto the vibrations, the Digi Fire offers a medium strength buzzy and tickly vibration as opposed to a deep rumbling vibration, the rabbit shaped clitoral stimulator carries the vibrations from the single motor well and they aren’t lost in length of the silicone, so if a tickly surface vibration is what you like then this toy is perfect, and with 7 vibration functions including consistent vibration options and patterns, there’s a good range of choice. It can also be used on your other erogenous zones during foreplay.

Sex Toy Heating Function

Now if a toy that heats up sounds a bit scary to you don’t be worried, the human body’s natural temperature is around 37°C (98.6°F) and the Pretty Love Digi fire only reaches 45°C (114°F) so it is a comfortable mild increase in temperature and nothing to be intimidated by, if you are still unsure come on down to one of our Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres and we can show you first (gloved) hand how pleasant the Digi Vibe is to hold to better get an idea of how it will feel when used. Only the top end of the shaft heats up and takes around 5 minutes to do so, so make sure you keep those 5 minutes in mind when firing it up for play.

Pretty Love Digi Fire Sex Toy Image
Buy Now | Baile Sex Toy Range

Sex Toy Recharger

The Pretty Love Digi Fire is rechargeable and recharging it is easy as it comes with a standard universal USB charger that you easily plugs into the base of the toy and leave it to charge.

Sex Toy Material

The Digi Fire is made of 100% body safe smooth soft silky touch silicone which means using water based lubes or any other toy safe lube, anything else will damage the silicone of your toy, using a toy cleaner is also a must, they are specifically designed to be safe for toy materials like silicone and will ensure that your toy remains safe to insert leaving it bacteria free, just clean your toy with some water, spray on some toy cleaner and rinse off after a few minutes.

Another great feature of the Digi Fire is that it’s also water proof! So it’s perfect for some heated fun in the shower on these cold winter nights or to just add some extra heat to the bedroom or wherever you choose to use your Pretty Love vibrator.

About the author: Erin is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle CentresSave

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6 Sure Fire Tantra Methods!

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My 25 years on this earth have led me to many conclusions and realisations, the most relevant right now being that sex is one of the most exciting topics of conversation. I don’t know if it’s the people I seem to attract into my life or my own willingness to turn any conversation into one about sex but I end up talking about it all the time (Working in an Adult Store and studying Sexology, it’s expected with the territory too I guess!!).

I notice how so many men and women light up when given the space to discuss one of the most intimate areas of their lives. It fills me with so much joy when I have people come into an Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres shy and nervous initially and then leave talking explicitly about sex and not wanting to stop.

Sex and the overt representation of sexuality is everywhere in our lives, from advertising and social media to pornography and films. Despite this, there is a lack of frank conversation about sexuality meaning many people have a warped perception of what healthy sexuality looks and feels like. One of the concerns with society’s widespread unwillingness to discuss sexuality is that when it comes to developing healthy sexual relationships, many people are unsure of how to speak of sex with the people they’re actually having it with.

I know of many people who struggle to talk openly with their intimate partners about sex sometimes resulting in unhealthy consequences. The repercussions of leaving things unspoken with our intimate partners can result in unnecessary conflicts, physical and emotional trauma and general unfulfilling sex lives.

We miss out on accessing the potential of our capacity to feel exquisite pleasure because we struggle to ask for what we like and we remain silent when something doesn’t feel good.

I recall a time a couple of years ago when I was being intimate with a new lover and he asked what it was I wanted. I remember freezing in fear and had no idea how to put what felt good for my body in words. I think I ended up saying something along the lines of “what you’re doing” just because I was so mortified that I didn’t know how to ask for what I desired.

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Photo: Romantic Couple Having Breakfast In Bed

Throwing myself in the deep end shortly after this experience, I discovered the world of Tantra and Conscious Sexuality which provided me with some tools I needed to communicate clearly with my intimate partners. I’ve including the following tips that if applied, have the potential to lead to greater levels of intimacy, connection and pleasure in your sexual relationships:

1. Be Open To Talk About Sex

Speaking of any discomforts you may have around talking about sex is an excellent first step. Let your partner know that you would like to be more open discussing sex and acknowledge the fact that it may be a difficult conversation to begin for the both of you. Express the importance of opening this conversation and speak with honesty.

2. Use Explicit Words

If the thought of even speaking words associated with sex makes you cringe, I recommend trying this exercise with your partner. Jump in the deep end and throw explicit words at one another. It may go something like this “Cock, pussy, lick, anal, orgasm, cum, wet, squirt.” Think of this as the ultimate “ice-breaker.” Come up with as many words as you can that you identify as sexual and get used to saying them to each other. In little to no time, it will be a breeze to say what you need without shame or embarrassment. Make it fun and playful because sex is supposed to be!

3. Take Ownership Of Your Feelings

Stay away from blame and take ownership of how you feel. Instead of “You’re really bad in bed and you need to change” turn it into “I am feeling like there is so much more I want to experience sexually and I would love to try this with you next time.”

4. Try The Palm Exercise

Take in turns tickling each other’s palms with your fingers and make adjustments that will lead to a more pleasurable experience. “May I have a softer touch?” “Can you move your finger faster/slower?” “Can you give the top right hand corner more attention?” Becoming used to asking for what you need in a non-sexual activity will translate to greater comfort and ease asking for what we desire sexually.

5. Invest In Adult Lifestyle Products

Invest in sex toys for couples to make your lifestyle easier.

6. Get To Know Your Body

Last but certainly not least, get to know your own body and what feels pleasurable to you. I cannot express the importance of this enough!! If you don’t know what feels good to your body, how can you expect that you can communicate clearly to your partner? Sex can be a hit or miss and expecting your partner to know everything that turns you on is a lot of pressure.

When talking about sex with your partner/s becomes easeful, the possibilities to explore sexuality and sexual expression are endless. You can try different things, express fantasies and desires and get to know your partner more deeply…in more ways than one!! You can also talk about what is Tantra Sex and how to incorporate into your lifestyle.

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I’m A Flogging Sex God!

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The Black Rose line of toys and accessories comes to us from Doc Johnson, Doc Johnson is one of THE big names in the adult sex toy industry, they have been around since 1976 manufacturing innovative and trusted adult products from their home base in California. With over 500 employees they are ever expanding and improving themselves striving to set the bar for industry standards worldwide.

Priding themselves on being American made at their in house laboratory where their chemist makes sure that the material being made and chosen suits the products perfectly that will do nothing but impress and better the sexual experience of every customer. The Black Rose line includes restraints, insertables, harnesses, accessories, lotions and impact play equipment.

Black Rose Whipping Willow Design & Packaging

The line all shares the same theme, purple and black and where possible including a rose, the packaging design of the Black Rose line is very eye catching and sensual, glossy black boxing with a model who was born for the role, she sets the scene extremely well for you to imagine yourself using these products.

​While the quality of this line is average (which is not to say bad but by no means luxury items) I want the entire range of Black Rose products, being a reasonable price that matches the mid-range, decent quality of these items, they are so incredibly aesthetically pleasing they make up for not being ultra-high quality with just being absolutely gorgeous.

Who Should Use The Black Rose Whipping Willow?

The Black Rose Whipping Willow is a small to medium sized flogger, it is made of a vegan-friendly leatherette and the falls of the flogger are soft and deliver a nice stingy hit with just enough weight to give it some slight thud, it will leave you nice and pink but without any lasting welts or heavy bruising and because of this the Whipping Willow is perfect for beginner to intermediate kinksters, sadism and masochism lovers, or for experienced or mild impact players to add to their warm up repertoire.

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Buy Now | Doc Johnson Sex Toy Range

Black Rose Whipping Willow Features

The handle of the flogger also includes a wrist strap to help control your flogger and stop it potentially flying out of your hands across the room if you were to accidentally lose control, which of course we hope never happens.​

While the Black Rose Whipping Willow could be considered pretty with its lighter toned and ever so slightly almost metallic purple leatherette handle, with the leatherette wrapped thinly around it in a spiraling design secured with a silver stud and black decorative leatherette rose at the base of the handle it is still an intimidating weapon, a seductive and alluring looking tool for pleasure and pain.

The length of the Black Rose Whipping Willow is 29.5inches (74.93cm) long including the handle, the handle is 2 inches (roughly 5cm) across, the falls (otherwise known as tails) of the Whipping Willow are 16.5 inches (41.91 cm) long and weighing in under 1kg at 0.48lbs it is a very light weight and easy to swing flogger.

How To Clean The Whip

Cleaning the Black Rose Whipping Willow is simple, just hand clean it by wiping it down with a warm wet cloth or dry clean only, don’t use harsher toy cleaners or any chemicals to clean this toy because of the fabric and its porous nature you may damage the leatherette. If you do get your flogger wet and after cleaning make sure you dry it somewhere in the sun or use a hair dryer on a very low heat so that no moisture settles and has a chance to grow any nasties.

Remember To Be Safe!

Lastly but certainly not least, be safe. This flogger is perfect for beginners as I’ve said but that also means being extra careful while you and a partner discover the joys of impact play and flogging together and of course remember, have fun! It is a great sex toy to begin your Fifty Shades of Grey experience!

About the author: Erin is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle CentresSave

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Introducing Patrick Kriz To Our Blogging Team!

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Patrick Kriz – Bachelor Degree Honours- Psychology Human Sexuality

Minor in English
The adultsmart blog is pleased to welcome Patrick Kriz as a regular author.  Patrick is a wonderful man that has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to share this with those around him.  He is articulate, educated and the provider or interesting and educational writings.  Having been a regular contributor to this blog for the past couple of months he has consented to add his profile to our ever expanding list of bloggers that provide us with the great content provided to you.   We thank all our contributors and authors and a special thanks to Patrick whom we deem to be an expert on all things relating to sexual wellness and adult lifestyle with quality writings.
Welcome Aboard Partick!

ABOUT PATRICK KRIZ

Canadian born and globally raised. I was very fortunate as a youngster to travel and experience many of the gifts this wide world has to offer. For a large majority of my adolescences, my family lived in a small Mountain town in western Canada, I was the “typical” awkward gay kid who didn’t fit in. I was always ok with not fitting in, I had way more fun that way. I was never tied to a clique, I wasn’t expected to hang with certain people or made to dislike anyone. Ever since I can remember I’ve always liked talking to new people and hearing their stories.
I spent a semester of my Junior year of high school in Japan, and what an eye opening experience that was! This was probably the turning point for me, It opened my view of the world, that perhaps the views and ideologies of my hometown didn’t have to work for me, that there was more out there.As a community leader for my hometown, I was able to volunteer with my local “Community Connections” or Planned Parenthood clinic.  Here is where my eyes opened to the importance of Sexual Health. After a while of simple reception duties, I was moved into peer counselling, where I would talk with those who wanted to talk to a peer or was recommended to talk to a peer by a Dr. Everything from family issues to the matter at hand, Sexual Health.  I took the role very seriously, the vulnerability people felt when coming to the clinic, it felt good to help in whatever little capacity I was helping with at the time.
Canadian Youth Ambassador
Canadian Youth Ambassador
Finishing high school could not have happened soon enough, I was off to Spain to participate as a Youth Ambassador, representing my country and hometown. During this time I was responsible for attending conferences throughout Europe, talking about youth involvement and positive action. It was a real joy and pleasure meeting dignitaries as well as world leaders. Again meeting these people hearing their stories and ideas would form how I would make all my future social assessments and relationships. ( I, of course, didn’t realise this until later.)
During my time in Europe is really where I found my Sexuality, there were no constraints for anything I saw or wanted to do. I remember seeing for the first time, two men Kiss, and I mean KISS! There was passion, there was romance! I had never seen anything like it, in my home town this would just never happen. But it spoke to me, it told me I could do the same and I wouldn’t be lesser of a person for it.
After my time Spain and Europe it was back to Canada for me, only I was a whole new person. No longer the community golden boy. I was self-confident, self-reliant and determined to be and do whatever I wanted.
I knew I wanted a complete education, but where to start? I loved to travel, so Tourism? That lasted a few months before realising I had more experience than the Teacher. (I had worked in a hotel for 5 years throughout high school, the teacher had completed the programme and had 2 years hotel expereince.) I just felt above it and was overly sure of myself. Looking back I know now that I wasn’t challenging myself.
I spent the next couple years finding my passion, too many jobs and professions to list. It was in Late 2007 that I figured I loved helping people, I love all things health related, I was already volunteering with the Men’s Health Initiative across Canada, So I applied to the Nursing program at Thompson Rivers University(TRU) in British Columbia. I got in! As you can probably guess I didn’t stay in that programme for too long. During my first semester, i had to choose an elective to round out my schedule. This proved to be a challenge because anything I wanted to study was either during a time slot I couldn’t attend or was listed as a 2nd or 3rd-year course with pre-requisite in earlier Psych courses I hadn’t completed. I had my eyes on Psychology 255 –Sexuality with Dr Cara Zaskow. I sent her an email much like this one with my life story, telling her why I wanted into her class, and why I thoughts I’d be an asset to her class. To my surprise, she said yes, even though I hadn’t completed the two earlier Psych courses.Day one in a class filled with 3rd and 4th-year students I was debating and referencing with the best of them. I didn’t realise that my entire adult life I had been reading health articles for fun, when in fact I was actually igniting a fire for sexual health inside me.

Editor For The American Psychological Association

By the end of the first semester, I had withdrawn from the Nursing program and had registered for a Humanities Degree… I was unsure to study Anthropology or Health Sciences, I knew I wanted to study Sex, Health and People. However, in 2007 there wasn’t a lot in terms of a “Sex” degree anywhere in Canada. Thankfully TRU allowed me to develop my own degree basing it off a combination of other degrees offered by partner universities. My degree ended up only working within the Psychology department at TRU, I had no arguments for this. The next three years were full of opportunities, including an internship with the Government corrections department as a behaviour specialist for inmates. This internship solidified my lack of judgment. What I mean is, I do not place judgement onto people for their lifestyles, pending they don’t do harm to others. This is something I apply to all interactions and relationships I have in life.
Psychology Writing
American Psychologists Association
After graduating from University, I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute as an editor for the American Psychology Association. Giving me the chance to read and criticize countless papers and theory’s by fellow students and graduates. At this time I also started back with the Men’s Health Initiative in Vancouver working with Sex workers. I worked as a volunteer with rape victims for post trauma care and counselling.
2012 The travel bug was calling, I had to get away, 4 years in one country was getting under my skin and I was itching to travel again. As Australia was one of the last continents for me to have yet visited, I knew this was my time.
Oh Zone Sydney
For the last 5 1/2 years, I have been living between Australia and Canada. Working as an Editor, Writer, Consultant and a Flight Attendant (random I know, but it feeds my travel bug). I have met an amazing Aussie bloke (yes they exist) and have been sharing a life together for over 5 years. I am currently waiting for my Permanent Residency to be approved. Fingers Crossed! I was ecstatic when I saw Oh Zone in my Sydney Neighbourhood was hiring, I knew this was where I needed to be! I have been with this amazing company for just 2 months now and I am so excited with what every day brings. The new and returning customers bring me to life when we can break down their nerves and apprehensions and talk SEX! We can do a lot more than selling you a sex toy.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me.
If you are reading this and live near one of the Sydney stores I’d love for you to come in and talk to me. No question is too out there. If you live further away and have any questions, Please comment or email us!  Ask me anything, I’d love to help in any way I can.
All the Best
Patrick Kriz

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