June 1st, 2011
The majority of lubricants that we are all familiar with are loaded with parabens, sugar and glycerin. Parabens have been linked to major health concerns, and sugar and glycerine can cause yeast infections. These lubes are also often petrochemical-based.
Luckily there are a number of natural household items that are green, environmentally friendly, and act just the same if not better as your typical store-bought lube. These will do wonders for your sex life. Organic coconut oil smells great, is edible, and works amazing as a lubricant. It also has natural antibacterial properties, but its best not to use it in conjunction with condoms. Honey is another great alternative, if you don’t mind its extreme stickiness. If you would prefer to purchase an actual lubricant, Pjur is a German-made pure silicone lube. Silicone is ideal as a lubricant base because it stays on the surface of your skin, doesn’t absorb, and is hypoallergenic. Another company called Hathor makes petroleum, glycerin and paraben-free lubes. They flavour their products with Stevia as opposed to sugar, ginseng, cinnamon and tangerine – sounds good enough to eat!
When it comes to purchasing green condoms, your best bet would be to invest in the Glyde brand. They are no more biodegradable than other store brands, but their workers are treated ethically and the company is especially careful about where their rubber is sourced.
If toys are your thing, silicone dildos and vibrators are the best. Companies like We Vibe, Lelo, Happy Valley and Fun Factory offer rechargeable toys. Earth Angel even offers a wind-up toy made out of recycled plastic if you have no access to an electric plug to charge your toys. Can anyone say naughty camping trip?
A few extra changes you can make in your bedroom and lifestyle to go green is to shower together with the person you’re dating. Save water and have some steamy fun. Sleep naked. Purchase bamboo sheets; they whisk away sweat. Also, replace all of your candles with soy or beeswax candles; they smell better and are a lot better for you and the environment.
May 26th, 2011
These days many people are skeptical about finding someone to date for sexual purposes only. Finding a friend with benefits, fuck buddy, or sex friend is really not uncommon at all. Sex dating does work and can be healthy for your sex and love life.
The biggest worry most people have is that the line between no-strings-sttached sex and making love may be crossed. Especially by the female party. It is more common amongst women, scientifically. after a woman orgasms she releases a hormone in her body called oxytocin. This is what makes mothers bond with their children, but when having sex it can trick a women into feeling a sense of comfort and trust in her sexual partner. No wonder it has been nicknamed “the cuddle hormone”. No need to worry though, if you and your partner have laid out the clear grounds that you are hooking up with each other for sex and sex only, then it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
Be careful not to cross that line. Spending time with each other in such an intimate way can definitely lead to the possibility of one party beginning to feel more than just a sexual connection. Be alert for signs and signals that you or your sexual partner may be falling for you in some way or another. This may be a sign that the sexual relationship needs to end, pronto. On the other hand, if you’re both feeling it, why not take things to the next level?
Also, you will want to make sure that you both mutually agree on the specifics of your sexual relationship. If you don’t want it to be exclusive (which would normally be the case) make sure you both know that. There is nothing worse than sleeping with multiple people and your partner isn’t aware, or even worse finding out your partner is sleeping with other people and you had no idea. Be sure to get checked for STDs on a regular basis and practice safe sex. Just wearing a condom isn’t enough when you are engaging in a sexual based relationship. Even if your partner tells you that they aren’t being intimate with anyone else, you can never be too sure of that. Always get tested.
May 24th, 2011
Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about all of your favourite sex toys and lubricants. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for a history lesson on vibrators, dildos, lubes, etc.
Fact: Sex toys and vibrators are banned for retail sale in Alabama and Mississippi. Harsh! Maybe their governments are afraid people will stop dating each other if sex toys become easily available.
* In 350BC olive oil was used for purposes other than cooking (think lube)
* In 1200AD the Chinese invented the cock ring
* In 1400 AD the dildo was invented in Italy. Usually made from wood or leather, I’m sure a lot of olive oil was used for proper usage (or at least I hope so, ouch!)
* The vibrator was invented in the 19th century to reduce ‘hysteria’ in women
* In 1899, McClure’s magazine published America’s first ad for a home electric vibrator. It was called the “Vibratile” and promised to cure headaches, wrinkles and of course, hysteria.
* In 1941 the first sex doll was created in Nazi Germany. Figures.
* In 1998 the infamous “Rabbit” made it’s appearance on HBO’s Sex in the City. After the episode aired, the demand for the pink pleasure toy skyrocketed.
May 18th, 2011
A new prophylactic being dubbed as the ‘Viagra condom’ may be hitting shelves in Europe soon. This condom will definitely help men and women worldwide better their sex lives. Its main function is to not only help men achieve an erection during sex, but is also being marketed to men who become soft when its time to put the condom on, “which is a sizeable number of men” says Dr. Kieth Jarvi, chief of staff, urology at Mt. Sinai Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto.
This new condom was developed by Futura Medical who are based in the U.K, and contains a gel called Zanifi in it. When this gel comes in contact with a penis it helps to dilate the blood vessels which enhances erections and makes them firmer and longer lasting.
Futura medical has a global distribution deal for the new condom with the company who owns Durex. However the condom still needs medical approval from the North American market which could take years.
Imagine all of the satisfied men and women, both young and old, if this condom lives up to its name? The dating lives of many people world-wide is sure to improve! Not to be blunt, but I can definitely recall on a few occasions having a little trouble putting the rubber on. I was able to finish the job, but I feel the pain of men who start to lose their wood when attempting to slap on a jolly.