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

The rise and fall of the Bush

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It is no secret that part of our human rite of passage is growing pubic hair during puberty. Thick coarse hair sprouts from our nether regions and continues to grow as we do. In fact we are the only Mammalian species that has thick coarse pubes. You may hate them, you may embrace them or maybe you don’t care either way but the practice of how and what we do down there has been part of cultural practice for hundreds of years.

 

So why do we have Pubic hair?

Science is a little grey on the exact reason why humans have pubic hair but there are several reasons hypothesised as to the reason behind the bush on men and women. Pubic hair creates cushioning and relieves friction during sex, and also intended as a “dry lubricant” the idea being that it is easier to rub hair against hair then skin against skin.

 

Pubic Hair keeps the genital area the optimum temperature during sexual arousal which can be theorised as an evolutionary response. The hair creates warmth but also allows for air flow to cool the area if it gets too hot, therefore giving it the best chance to regulate given the environment to ward off infection but also to keep the genitals the most fertile which, evolutionary, would lead to the best chance of procreation.

 

From an evolutionary standpoint, pubes are also thought to be designed to help attract mates. The hair, down there, is connected to the apocrine glands that secrete lipids, proteins and pheromones which cause body odour. This body odour changes when females especially are fertile, signalling to potential partners that they are ready for mating. The hair can act as a conductor and assist in wafting the pheromones as opposed to the sweaty body smell.

 

Despite the idea of catching and containing sweat, pubic hair is also theorised to keep bacteria away from the genitals, and in many studies shows that people who have shaved or have no pubic hair have a higher risk or history of STIs than people who have pubic hair.

 

So Why do people shave it?

 

Plucking pubic hair dates all the way back to the Egyptians where they would use copper tweezers or a sugar mixture to wax the hairs during Cleopatra’s reign. Women were depicted in paintings with pubic hair as a black triangle covering their nether regions or without.

 

Shaving was not the norm, having wild untamed bushes, or even manicured bushes were the standard well into the 1900s. Even well into the 70s porn celebrated women and men with thick hair below the belt. During the 80s and the 90s porn stars’ appearances became more critical, more in demand for sleek, trimmed and presentable pussies and penises, setting a trend that would soon begin to dictate how the world perceived the standard nether region. Higher rise leotards and swimsuits meant women were trimming their pubic hair to fit the fashion and remain pristine and spruce.

 

It wasn’t until the mid 2000s when waistlines on jeans dropped dangerously low at the front and underwear became scraps of triangular material that the amount of trimming reduced hair to almost non-existent. Brazilian waxes grew in popularity in salons and soon the Porn industry had reversed, having gone from having “shaved” as a niche to “Hairy” as the niche and “shaved” as the norm for both men and women.

 

This shift in the expectation in porn media also led to the expectation of what people understood was the norm when it came to sex and over 50% of young women believed that they needed to shave their Vulva’s to be socially accepted for sex and over 70% of young men expected women to have shaven vulva’s.

 

Many individuals report that a shaved vulva increases sensitivity during sex for them. Whether or not that is fact has yet to be definitively proven. While others report that it makes them feel sexier. For men the saying is “it makes it look bigger” and the trend has similarly followed. Men have also seen how men in porn are portrayed and adapted similarly; trimming or getting rid of the hair completely. For both genders the idea that pubic hair was in the way of or compromised oral sex also began to take over as an excuse which was not as forthcoming in the past.

 

During the Naughties (2010 onwards) Pubes began to make a comeback when celebrities started announcing that they were once again wearing that ‘70s’ look, and quoting the bush is back. Feminists began using growing out their hair as a symbol of taking back the power of their bodies and people regardless of their gender also took on growing out their pubes, underarm or leg hair as a reflection of self love- Loving the skin and hair of the body that they had.

 

Is this a trend that will rise and fall? Or was the brazilian wax the trend that is set to disappear? All we can say is that if you choose to remove or keep your pubic hair, choose to do it for you, because it makes you feel sexy and confident and helps you love your body and the skin you’re in.

 

Stay Tuned for our tips and tricks for trimming, shaving, maintaining and styling your hair or not so hair.

 

At your Service,

 

Tiffany

Ohzone Adult Shop Consultant, Educator and Shaver

 

Meditation With Kegel Balls!

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A quick spiel on weighted balls

 

During meditation, you may have heard of Baoding balls, or meditation balls, round weighted balls that as you move them around in your hand the weight shifts, engaging your attention, centering your mind and connecting with you on more than a physical level.

 

Did you know there are intimate toys available that do the same?

 

Insert them, wear them and as you move the weighted balls roll inside the toy, sliding, tipping and causing your automatic muscles to tighten, release and use your body’s natural vibration to arouse you and the sensations to ricochet through you.

 

Often there are toys that are sold as “weighted” which usually means that the toy in question is heavy, with additional weights manufactured inside to develop and create a large sense of feeling filled, which of course is very satisfying for some.

 

The following products differ from normal weighted intimate toys. Yes they have additional weights, many having the weight advertised on the packaging. But the following products are special because the weights are not solid. They are engineered to move. Engineered to follow and counterbalance the body’s movements. This combination, like the meditation balls, provides a natural vibration unlike electronic vibrations, it is almost musical.

 

Let’s start with Kegel balls. We have talked about Kegel balls and their benefits for strengthening your pelvic floor, increasing your control over your orgasms and feeling more than just a little pleasant. Did you know that there are some with these delightful rolling weighted balls in them as well. There has never been a more fun excuse to pop them in as you dash to the shops. Your secret, your exercise, your delight. Ask your Ohzone sales expert about our rolling kegel balls for some recommendations

 

Fun Factory has created the “bouncer” a well crafted, body safe silicone dildo that is compatible with harnesses, has a wide base so can be used vaginally or anally with 3 weighted balls inside the body safe silicone moulding. Place it in your hand and give it a shake and you can see the way the balls connect with your on a cellular level. And that is just your hand. Coupled with the power of thrusting, these natural vibrations will echo throughout you and drive you, closer, higher, and deeper into bliss. Fun Factory also utilises these rolling balls inside their B-Balls and smart balls. The beautiful tapered design on the B-balls allow the wearer comfort and discretion under their clothes and comfortable enough to sit down anywhere with the slim elongated base of the plug able to fit between the cheeks pleasantly. The smartballs come in sets of one or two to cater to beginners and advanced players. With an easy retrieval cord these kegel balls are guaranteed to feel non-invasive, well except for those pleasureable vibrations.

 

B-Vibe, who are devoted to innovatively producing and educating the world about anal pleasure have a line of plugs “snug plugs” that are weighted and tapered to give a full feeling when wearing them. With an array of sizes to stretch and reverberate inside you, these ingenious plugs also come equipped with two rolling balls that move with your own body’s rhythms. Wear these during sex, wear them to work, wear them cleaning the house, or my personal favourite, wear them to yoga, pilates or the gym and really see just how much your body moves to and fro through the motions. Feel those motions like never before.

 

These weighted balls are beautifully crafted to give you an even more in depth knowledge and connection to your own body and your own pleasure. Have you heard of Sex Meditation? Meditation can be hard for some people. The answer could lie within sex and knowing your own body. Try wearing any weighted, rolling intimate toy and listen to how it feels. See what happens as you walk to the kitchen. The movement and natural vibrations make it hard not to be mindful and present as they rumble inside you.

 

Weighted toys are a fantastic way to get more attuned to your own body, to learn and concentrate better on your pleasure and to bring you to the present moment. Introduce these during intimate play and experience further sensations. Whether it is penetrative or oral stimulation the weights pick up on the subtle movements of your body as you play. Using any of the weighted anal plugs during vaginal penetrative sex also holds the benefits of compressing the vaginal cavity to increase stimulation to the harder to reach G and A spot. Regardless, they are sure to get you in the mood.

 

Come in store today to experience the rolling reverberations for yourself.  Tiffany is a consultant at the Oh Zone Adult Stores.

Svakom Alex Review

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Upon opening the unit the first thing I noticed is the weight. It weighs a modest 1.2 kg, and for an automatic stroker it is quite light

There are seven thrusting modes but my favourites are either the slowest or the fastest motion depending on my mood/the time I have (no in between for me)

It has a scenario function which you can activate by pressing the sound button (the middle button). 5 different scenarios (of sound and teasing stroking motion) which I’ll be honest with you I rarely use because most of the times I will be watching porn videos whilst using this

The unit has a built-in hi-fi speaker which produces a very clear and high quality sound, or you can plug a 3.5mm standard earphone/headphone jack if you want it to be more intimate

The company claims that 5 hours of charge yields you 1 hour of use. I charge it overnight whenever I see the battery bar is on one and by the time I wake up its ready for me for couple of uses.

The sleeve is made of a very soft TPE with a very complex nubs and shapes, simply put this unit is not going to take long to do its job. The stroking motion mimics penetrative sex

Cleaning is a snap, especially disassembling the sleeve from the unit (just by twisting the plastic cover and twisting the actual sleeve) to assembling the sleeve back up. But drying and cleaning the inner sleeve is a little tricky. You have to ensure that you clean through the complex inner texture thoroughly and dry it thoroughly to keep it hygienic.

Be careful if you live with others, it makes a small yet constant mechanical noise (as all auto-stroker do) but my trick is to wrap it with my blanket / a small towel and you could barely hear anything. A little inconvenient but that is just the risk if we live with flatmates….

The unit itself is inconspicuous and does not scream “masturbator” and it stands on its own so you can put it on a desk or a corner somewhere.

This is comparable to Kiiroo Onyx 2 although Kiiroo’s technology are way superior and each their stroking motion / feel are very distinctive (which we will dissect on another review)

Item dimension: 330mm x 93mm
Sleeve dimension: 33mm stretchy opening 140mm deep

Personal rating:

Price: ★★★☆☆ (quite fairly priced)
Weight: ★★★★★ (easy to hold and maneuver)
Noise: ★★★☆☆ (a small but constant mechanical noise)
Sleeve Texture: ★★★★★ (very soft and complex tunnel)
Cleaning: ★★★★☆ (very easy to clean, needs extra attention on the inner texture)
Battery Life: ★★★★★ (easily lasts 3 to 5 uses per charge)

 

Grab yours now at Adultsmart Online Store or any of the Oh Zone Store near you

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..