11 Mar

Vibrator 101

Learn About Vibrators 101

When it comes to the world of vibrators, there are a lot of options available. Below are a few things to think about and understand before you make your first (or second or third) purchase. Like people, sex toys come in all shapes and sizes. When considering your toy, ask yourself how or, more importantly, where you would like to use it. These are some main shapes/styles of vibrators available today:



Bullet vibes range in size from 1-3 inches in length and typically look like their name implies; a bullet. While the overall design hasn’t much changed, they certainly do get the job done. Those looking strictly for clitoral stimulation would do well with this toy. Due to their size, they are discreet (some even come in sneaky packaging to look like a lipstick). They can be used solo or with a partner and can be easily tossed in an overnight bag, dresser drawer, or even a purse for on-the-go orgasms.

Stick Vibrators

These vibes are longer than your standard bullet and range in size from about 4-7 inches. These are primarily used for internal stimulation, though they can also be used externally if you have any mobility/dexterity issues. These typically tend to be on the slimmer side and are usually smooth.


Like a stick vibe, g-spot massagers are intended for internal use. Most will have a slim, straight shaft with an egg shaped bulb on the end. This bulb, once inserted, will massage the g-spot that is located about 2-3 inches inside the opening of the vagina. Being that the g-spot is part of the clitoral network, stimulation in this area can result in an intense orgasm.


You know those “back massagers” you would see ads for on late night TV? That was the original iteration of one of the most powerful toys available. Wand-style toys look similar to a microphone with a bulbous vibrating head and a shaft to maneuver. If you want a lot of power, the original design that plugs into the wall is going to be your best bet. With technological advancements, however, these do also come in rechargeable options. The frequency at which these vibrate offers a deeper, rumbling sensation that is intended for external stimulation (though you can get attachments for internal stimulation if you are looking to really rock your world).


For those of us old enough to remember Sex and the City, this iconic toy has been a go-to for people for decades. This toy has the best parts of a stick vibe and a bullet combined into one! Rabbit vibes tend to be what most people think of when they’re first considering getting themselves a toy. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and functions so try to keep that in mind while shopping.


These are sort of the “other” category of the sex toy world. Dildos can vibrate, but don’t always have to. For the sake of this article though, dildos typically range in size from 4-12 inches and often look like a penis. Those that do not look like a penis will be thicker than a stick vibe and tend to have more nuance in terms of shape. They will often have a suction cup base that can be used for riding or in a harness for partner play and the vibration speeds and patterns will vary from toy to toy.


Functions and Features

So here is where things can get interesting. With advancements in technology, vibrators don’t just have the three low, medium, high settings. Now they offer pulsating, staccato, and a wide range of dots and dashes to bring you right over the edge. Not only are there different vibration patterns to think about, there are also a number of features certain toys offer that include, but are not limited to: sucking, warming, thrusting; beads that move up, down and around; thumping, wiggling, and spinning.


As I mentioned before, sex toys are like people… they come in all sizes. Some will be petite and some will be, well… quite large. Something to consider when making your toy purchase is not just length, but girth as well. If you’ve only ever had a finger (or nothing) inserted, you may not be as comfortable using as girthy or lenghty toy as someone who has been sexually active or used toys before. It is important to consider your own comfort level when considering your toy purchase.


Toy material is also something to take into account. While there is no federal mandates when it comes to toys, the industry does a fairly good job at self-regulation. That being said, not all toys are 100% body-safe or allergen-free.

To learn more about the different materials used to make vibrators and dildos, check out our blog "Dildos 101".


Gone are the days of pink and purple being the only available color option! Toys now come in every color imaginable ranging from flesh tones to neon green and orange. While you’ll still find many pink and purple hues, you’ll have much more choice.

Other Things to Think About:


Where will you be putting your new best friend? Do your kids snoop through your stuff? If you plan to use it primarily in bed, do you have a place to store it that is easily accessible? If you want a plug-in wand, where is the nearest outlet?

Make sure to keep hygiene in mind when stowing and cleaning. To learn more about keeping your toys clean, check out our blog"How To Clean and Store Your Sex Toys Properly".

Noise Level

Do you live alone where noise isn’t a concern or do you have paper-thin walls and nosy roommates? Are you trying to get in one last orgasm before bed and don’t want to wake your sleeping partner?


As much fun as 60-pound sex machine with full range of motion and thrusting action may be, will it take up an entire room in your house? If so, is that a problem? Do you want a toy that can do multiple things or do you want specific toys for each use? If you travel often, is your toy small enough to bring with you?

While there is certainly is a lot to consider and think about when it comes to purchasing a toy, this guide is designed help you think about what it is you want in a toy and give you an idea of what is available. If ever you need assistance, don’t hesitate to swing by your local Lion’s Den or chat with our online representatives for assistance in selecting the right toy for you!

04 Mar

Choosing and Caring for a Masturbator

Gone are the days of only the hand to satisfy! “Masturbators” or, more commonly known as “pocket pussies”, are ribbed sleeves that can enhance the experience of masturbation. As they’ve become more mainstream, there are a number of different options to consider. Below are a few things to know and think about before making your purchase.



When people think of “pocket pussies”, they’re usually thinking of these. This type of masturbator tends to be about 4-7 inches long with a mouth, vagina, anus, or non-descript opening for insertion. Most masturbators will be made of a soft, skin-like material for a more realistic experience. This type of stroker has ribbing on the inside for additional pleasure and can be moved or squeezed as the user prefers.


You may be familiar with the original designer of this style of toy: Fleshlight. They popularized the stroker sleeve inside a hard case. Because the sleeve is inside a hard case, the sensation can feel more realistic as it is the case being moved rather than the stroker itself. These hard cases will also regulate the amount of air inside the device so the user can control the amount of suction and tightness at any given time. Not only does the hard case protect the sleeve from lint/debris, it also conceals it in a discreet case. Like the no-case strokers, these also come in mouth, vagina, anus, and non-descript openings. Often, companies will collaborate with popular adult stars or cam girls and make molds of them for the masturbators.

Powered Masturbators

These kinds of strokers will take the basic design of the hardshell devices and take them up a notch. With this design, you can get a masturbator that vibrates, sucks, spins, or milks. The most popular of these designs are the ones that mimic fellatio. Most of these devices are rechargeable, though you can still purchase ones that take batteries or plug into the wall.

Though these come with many benefits, they can often be a on the loud side so keep that in mind when making your selection. They will also require a little additional care when it comes time to clean it.


Because these strokers don’t self-lubricate, you will need to add lube to enhance the experience. Due to the nature of the toy’s material, make sure you are only using a water based lubricant. The use of silicone or oil based lubes will degrade the toy’s material.


No matter what kind of masturbator you’ve chosen, they all need to be thoroughly cleaned. Small, damp spaces are the perfect environment for bacteria to grow so once you’re finished, follow these basic steps and your toy will not only stay clean, but will last longer:

  • 1. Rinse: Most masturbators will have a hole at the opposite end from the insertion point to allow water or other fluid to be rinse out.
  • Pro Tip: If you’re using a hard shell style, you can pull the sleeve out for proper cleaning. Don’t forget to sanitize the hard case as well in case fluid got in.
    Pro Tip: With a moving/vibrating masturbator, follow the cleaning direction provided in the box. Some will allow you to remove the sleeve while others will require a little more attention and care.

  • 2. Apply cleaner: While standard toy spray is an acceptable cleaning solution, for masturbators, we suggest selecting a foaming cleaner. Once inside, the cleaner will expand into the crevices. Once it’s inside, move the masturbator around to evenly disperse the cleanser. If you have just the sleeve, rub it between your hands (like if you were trying to start a fire) to spread out the foam.
  • 3. Rise again: After you’re sure the cleaner has been evenly distributed throughout, rinse it out. At this point, any bacteria causing fluid will have been removed.
  • 4. Dry: It’s important to allow your toy to dry. Store it upright on a towel to allow gravity to pull the remaining water from the chamber. Give it a few shakes to make sure all the water is gone.
  • 5. Powder: Since most masturbators are made of a skin-like material, they do require one additional care step. As you use and wash your toy, you’ll notice the material starts to get tacky. To prevent this and keep it soft, apply a dusting of toy powder once your toy is dry. It will adhere to the toy’s surface to keep it touchably soft.
  • 6. Storage: If you’ve purchased a hardshell stroker, just insert the sleeve back into the case and pop on the lid. If you have no-case stroker, you will want to place this item in a breathable bag. Then, just stick them in a cool, dry place and it will be ready for your next use! To see more tips and tricks on how to properly store your toys, click here.

Adding a stroker to your masturbation ritual can bring you to new heights in your sexual exploration. With the wide variety of toys available, you’ll never run out of new sensations to experience! Remember, this blog serves as a guide to help you think about some of the different options when considering a stroker. If you need help selecting one, don’t hesitate to stop by your local Lion’s Den or chat with our online sales rep. Happy shopping!

30 Jan

5 Things You Can Do For The Best Valentine’s Day Possible

Valentine’s Day is, as we know it, the day of love. We take that one day to show the people in our lives just how much we really appreciate them for loving us. Some take it as an opportunity to embark on a night of romance with our significant other or make new connections for the first time. No matter how you do it, the planning that can be overwhelming and even stressful. To help with potentially alleviate some of that stress, here is a list of 5 things you can do to have the best Valentine’s Day possible.

Don’t Wait Till the Last Minute

This one should go without saying, but it still happens. Try your very best to not wait until the last minute to make plans. You will be pushing your luck if you think you’ll be able to get a reservation or get flowers and chocolates delivered in time for the big day when requested last minute. Not to mention the potential up charge and inconvenience fees, many establishments can charge for not planning in a timely manner. Instead, set a reminder in your calendar and start doing research on whatever you want to do. Inquire ahead of time about reservations and special orders. Some establishments might even give you a discount for ordering so far ahead of the big day.

Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day On Valentine’s Day

Realistically speaking, taking off a day of work for the day of love isn’t ideal for many. The majority of us need those sick days for actual days when we are really sick or have an emergency. If Valentine’s Day plans are not ideal, consider making plans for another day when both you and your significant other are free. You might also find that it will be a hell of a lot easier to get dinner reservations. It will also be easier to go out on a weekday when there are fewer crowds and buying gifts like flowers, chocolates, and cards aren’t over-priced.

Create A Gift Basket Of Useful Things

If your significant other isn’t into Valentine’s Day, but you still want to get them something special, curating a gift basket filled with their favorite things is a great idea! I always say that the best gifts I've received are the ones I still use. And don’t get me wrong. I love getting and giving flowers to the significant people in my life, but getting something I can use beyond that particular day, makes it all the more special because there was more thought put into it.

Ask Your Significant Other How They Would Like To Spend The Day

If you are having a hard time trying to figure out what you should do for your boo on Valentine’s Day, just ask them. Not everyone is into the surprise factor when it comes to doing something special for them. There’s actually a great deal of thought put into listening to your partner and their needs. Taking that one day to make it about them should have them included in the plan-making. You might even be surprised by their ideas.

Give Them A Spa Day

Giving your significant other a spa day is an excellent idea for many reasons. A couple’s spa day gives you and partner time to bond and connect with one another while sending them a spa day alone gives them some well-needed self-care time for themselves. If you know their favorite wax studio, nail or hair salon, you can inquire about gift certificates or let them decide what service they would like to get done and pay for it.

Final Thoughts

The best thing you can do for your significant other is to be thoughtful in your gift. Being thoughtful doesn’t take much effort. The time you put aside for planning something special is such beautiful labor of love in itself. With the littlest bit of time management and resourcefulness, you’d be surprised at the fantastic ideas you can come up with.


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14 Dec

Picking the Perfect Gift

Looking for a different gift that will really please your partner? Sex toys can be the perfect gift, because not only with it please them, but it’s sure to please you too!

Gifts for Women

Want to give her something new and exciting? Try some of these winners:

Massage Oils - Nothing can be quite as sexy and relaxing as a good massage from your partner. Give her a coupon for a free massage and through in a new massage oil in the mix. She will be delighted with your choice of edible or warming massage oils.

Stimulating Creams - Is she looking for something extra or different to add to your play? Give her a bottle of warming lube or Screaming O cream to add extra fun for a Christmas treat.

Bondage Kit - What better way to start Christmas morning than to have her unwrap a new bondage set? Then you can do a little unwrapping of your own once you make it to the bed. Treat her to a happy holiday night with some handcuffs, 50 Shades of Grey Bondage Kit, or more!

Vibrator - Give her the gift that keeps on giving. A bullet or smaller vibrator is a perfect toy, she can use it by herself or with you in the bed. Show you care about her pleasure with the perfect USB charging bullet or 50 Shades of Grey Vibrator.

Sensory Toys - Already have a bondage kit? Take your foreplay game to the next level with a gift of sensory toys! Buy her a rose to dance along her skin while she’s tied up. Get a feather wand, blindfold, paddle, or whip and blow her mind with sensory overload.

Gifts for Men

Want to surprise him with something you know he’ll love? Give him a Christmas he’ll never forget:

Cock Rings - Did you know that most men like the feeling of a vibration, not just women? Give the gift that can please both you and him in bed with the rabbit ears cock ring or a Screaming O cock ring.

Sexy Outfit - Surprise him Christmas Morning when you become the present to unwrap! Get a sexy nurse outfit or police outfit and give him a treat!

Free Sexy Dance - Give him one Christmas present he’ll ask for again and again. Buy a sexy dancer’s outfit and give him a coupon for a free dance. Have him sit either on your bed or in a chair and give him a dance he’s only dreamed about!

Bondage Kit - Always wanted to try out some restraints? Give him a bondage kit for Christmas, a gift that keeps on giving! Strap him down to the bed with some handcuffs or bed restraints and you’ll have him at your mercy.

Anal Toys - Either one of you curious about anal play? Give your man a beginners anal toy set. Either one of you could use it with care and have fun with experimentation and pleasure.

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