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Jun 24 2014

Want to Win an Amorino?
Tell Us About Your First Crush.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Jacquie, who won the Amorino! Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. You made us laugh, feel nostalgic, and also feel glad that we’re adults now. 

We’re giving away a Fun Factory Amorino!

You’ll fall in love with this unique vibe, shaped like Cupid’s bow to hug your body’s curves. On its own, the vibe is a top notch dual stimulation toy, ergonomically designed to hit the G-spot and the clit at once, and even safe for anal play. Add the detachable silicone band, and the toy wraps around the entire vulva, transmitting rumbling vibration to the inner labia and the often-neglected clitoral legs. The Amorino is fully waterproof, totally non-porous, and comes with a two year warranty.

Oh, and it’s gotten rave reviews from our staff.

Want to win an Amorino? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about your first big crush. (You can also tell us your most entertaining store about having a crush. It’s not like we’re going to fact check.) We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, July 1st at noon PST.

U.S. residents only.

Jun 20 2014

Crossing Our Fingers
For the Bionic Cock

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by Kate M.

ambrosia vibe

We’re pretty excited (cautiously thrilled?) at the idea of a strap-on dildo with a built-in vibrator that responds to pressure in the same way that Minna‘s toys do. The Ambrosia Vibe, currently careening toward its fundraising goal on IndieGogo, promises exactly that. If it works as promised, strap-on wearers should be able to feel not only the pressure of a thrust or a hand job, but even the softer pressure of their partner’s licks. Score one for strap-on BJs.

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Here’s hoping that the Ambrosia Vibe delivers!

h/t Nerve

Jun 18 2014

Want to Win a New Wave?
Tell Us About Something New.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Kelly W, who won the New Wave! Keep an eye out for more exciting giveaways from Fun Factory! 

We’re giving away a Fun Factory New Wave double dildo!

Specially designed with lesbians in mind, the Wave has a unique “W” shape for sharing with a partner. The flexible center allows couples to face each other while enjoying mutual penetration. Choose from the smooth, thicker end or the textured end. Rounded bulges on both sides provide clitoral stimulation. Made of medical grade silicone.

Of course, you can also use it solo, anally, whatever strikes your fancy. We’re not here to tell you how to play.

Want to win a New Wave? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about something new and exciting in your life. New girlfriend? New swimsuit? New project? New library book? We want to know.

We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, June 24th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Jun 13 2014

Win Tickets to a Hit Show!

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by Kate M.

Soft Merlot Flier (Ivy Theatre)

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to two more performances of The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), a play about sexual intimacy, relationships, porn and more. It’s been getting rave reviews, so don’t miss your chance to see it!

Sexually adventurous Kareena delves into monogamy with her boyfriend Teddy, while her inhibited best friend, Sam, starts dating Kyle, a pornographer. After a makeover, a scandal, and a documentary, the real question is, who is the donkey?

Venue: Tada Theater, 15 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor NY, NY, 10001.

Want to win tickets? Here’s how. 

We’re giving away a pair of tickets each to two shows:

Tuesday, June 17th, 8pm
Wednesday, June 18th, 8pm

In the comments below, let us know which one you’d like to see. We’ll pick a winner for each day on Tuesday, June 17th at noon. Best of luck!

Jun 11 2014

Tenga Hard Boiled Eggs:
“Very Similar to Oral Sex”

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by Kate M.

Louie, from our Chicago store, tried out one of the new Tenga Hard Boiled Eggs and wrote this fabulously comprehensive review, complete with tips for using them. Enjoy!

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Tired of the same old hand-jobs? Whether solo or with a partner, the Tenga Hard Boiled Egg series has great introductory toys to intensify your experience. Each one is well crafted and meticulously thought-out from beginning (the packaging) to the end (clean up).

Unlike most other masturbation sleeves, which can be bulky and difficult to store, the packaging encasing the Hard Boiled Eggs was designed to be somewhat discreet, easy to store and travel-friendly for the cock on the go. The designs on the labels are the actual textures you’ll feel inside each one. Once opened, you’ll find a little hard removable plastic tube inside the hole of the egg. It contains a small packet of lubricant. Bravo on being able to carry one egg with everything you need inside, ready to use.

tenga eggs 4The lube provided is a nice slippery, saliva-like, water-based gel (Glycerin, Polyacrylate Na, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, and Methylparaben). The eggs are made of an elastomer (porous), so only water-based lubricants are recommended. But since the eggs were meant to be disposable, feel free to use any kind of lubricant you want, even silicone like Überlube for a silky smooth session or oil-based lubricants like Gun Oil’s Stroke 29 for a warming glide that helps increase blood flow to the penile tissue. Just pitch it afterwards because these lubes will deteriorate the material and are difficult to wash off completely. By using only water-based lubricants and properly cleaning with mild soap and water, you’ll probably be able to get more bang for your buck.

The Tenga Hard Boiled Eggs are a slight improvement to the already popular Tenga Eggs. For those who found the originals were too thin to grip, the “hard boiled” series allow for a firmer handle on things. The textures inside are thicker and the material has a silkier feel – very similar to what a tongue feels like. You can warm things up by first soaking in hot water. Fill your egg up with the lube provided, insert yourself and squeeze the tip to release some air pressure – like putting on a condom. The textures in the Thunder Hard Boiled Egg are so defined, soft and smooth that it is ideal for twisting around the head and working the sensitive glans. A generous amount of the lube provided is going to feel and even sound very similar to oral sex. When you are ready, go ahead and take slow and long strokes up and down. You can utilize the textures by squeezing or twisting along the shaft. The material is super elastic and can stretch up to nearly 9 inches in length. If you’re having a more vigorous stroking session, the material will likely break, which is not necessarily a bad thing as this allows for more sensation on the shaft. If you love to receive oral but your partner may not be able to go down very long, this toy will help finish things off without losing the realistic feel of the blow-job. Since everything tenga eggs 3you need is all packaged together, you don’t have lose the heat of the moment while switching from oral to the egg. The Tenga Hard Boiled Eggs just might become the new best friend for both of you. It is worth noting that if you are shooting a large load into the egg sleeve, it may fill up and come out the bottom end. Leave it to Tenga to think things out completely. By leaving the hard shells nearby, you can place the eggs sleeve back in the shell while you use the Pjur Med Clean Wipes to wash yourself off, followed by cleaning the sleeve and shell. Allow to dry completely, and then put the sleeve back into the shell for storing or disposing.

If you are interested in a dick toy that is inexpensive, discreet, high quality and easy to use from beginning to end, I would definitely recommend giving the Tenga Hard Boiled Egg series a shot! Thunder, Crater, Misty, Cloudy, Shiny, and Surfer – different strokes from different yolks, so go ahead try them all! Each one is a pleaser.

Jun 11 2014

Staff Book Club Pick:
Urban Tantra

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by Kate M.

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Yesterday, folks from our L.A. and national office staff held our first book club meeting! Our goal is to read books that we sell, so that we can better educate ourselves and our customers. June’s selection was Urban Tantra, the excellent and highly readable guide by Barbara Carrellas.

We, as a group, had different levels of experience and comfort with concepts like chakras and meditation. Still, even those of us who found some of the more spiritual aspects of Urban Tantra discomfiting or challenging agreed that every exercise in the book could be valuable, not least because they all sound like they feel great. One member of our L.A. staff, a theater director, even said that she had used some of the breathing exercises with her actors, with great success.

urban tantraWe also agreed that Barbara Carrellas is awesome about writing inclusively. Rather than talking about male and female bodies, she talks about testosterone-based bodies and estrogen-based bodies, or about specific genitalia, even acknowledging that there are not just two gender identities or two possible genital configurations. She also says specifically that certain exercises are particularly adaptable for people with certain disabilities.

Even when Carrellas doesn’t go out of her way to suggest it, the exercises in Urban Tantra are very adaptable. One of our staff wondered out loud how she might adapt some of the tantra techniques based on eye contact to use with her partner, who has a visual disability. Immediately, two other people were able to suggest touch- or sound-based techniques from the book that might work in place of eye contact to help two partners connect intimately.

Of course, as educators, we had two big questions: what techniques can we recommend to customers and folks who come to our workshops, and who would we recommend read this book? Here’s what we decided.

book club 2This book is great if you want to learn:
How to de-stress from your workday
How to warm up (and get out of your head) for sexytimes
How to delay orgasm
How to have bigger, deeper, different and more varied orgasms
How to connect or re-connect with your partner
How to give a delicious massage
How to give a kick-ass hand job (on any body)
How to figure out what kind of touch your partner enjoys
How to warm up a BDSM bottom
… and more. It’s a really comprehensive  book. We’d even recommend it to folks who are just looking for a basic sex primer, since it puts so much focus on getting to know your body and what feels good to you. Plus, the anatomy diagrams are excellent.

In short, we went nuts for Urban Tantra. It was a great pick for our first meeting, and we all highly recommend it.

Intrigued? Get your copy here.

Jun 10 2014

Lyme Disease: Probably an STI

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by Kate M.

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A recent study in The Journal of Investigative Medicine indicates that Lyme disease can be spread through sexual contact, and not just through the bites of infected ticks.

The study followed couples with one infected partner and one non-infected partner, who opted to have barrier-free intercourse. A post-sex test revealed that the previously non-infected partners had acquired the same strain of Lyme disease as their partners.

Another fun fact: it looks as though folks with vaginas are at about twice as likely as their penis-ed partners to acquire Lyme disease through vaginal intercourse.

Obviously, this is a huge bummer. Lyme disease is no joke! Hopefully, we’ll hear more soon about the best ways to keep ourselves and our partners Lyme-less.

h/t Condom Depot

Jun 09 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Allison on Sexuality & Love

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by Kate M.

In celebration of Pride, we want to show some love to our most popular coming out-related video, in which Allison Moon (sex educator and author of books about lesbian werewolves (yes, lesbian werewolves (I know, right?))) tells us about going through a series of identities, starting at age 16, when she first realized that not everyone fell in love without regard to gender. Enjoy!

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Allison on Sexuality & Love

Jun 06 2014

Want to Win a Fun Factory Ocean?
Turn Up the Music!

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by Kate M.

Congratulations to Mia, who won the Ocean! Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for more giveaways from Fun Factory this summer!

We’re giving away a Fun Factory Ocean!

This delightful little toy offers both clitoral and G-spot stimulation. Made of velvety, body-safe silicone material, the aptly-named Ocean is splashproof for shower play. Enjoy three pulse patterns at four different speeds.

Want to win an Ocean? Here’s how.

Make a beach playlist! In the comments below, let us know what you’ll be listening to this summer as you head to the beach, run through the sprinklers, or drink a cocktail in the kiddie pool.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, 6/11 at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only.