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Let’s face it, seedy sex shops will likely never be a thing of the past, but no longer must we resort to frequenting their dark and dingy premises to elevate our sexual wellness.
Over recent years, a number of progressive and thoughtful sexual health companies have been revolutionizing the industry, recognizing that “wellness” in this arena means so much more than plying women with phallus-shaped plastic (let’s take a moment to remember that research shows that seventy percent of women require clitoral stimulation in order to orgasm) while peddling a very limited view of what “sexy” looks like.
New companies are instead prioritizing effective, elevated, simple, universal, body-safe design; heightening your sexual experiences; embracing self-care, and swapping outdated attitudes for sex positivity and inclusivity. They go beyond making products that can make you orgasm at the drop of a hat – it’s as much about the psychological as it is the physical, covering everything from toxin-free massage oils and conversation-starting jewelry (that can be enjoyed in the bedroom or worn to upgrade your outfit) to incorporating mindfulness and CBD into your next masturbation sesh.
Here’s your starter pack for greater sexual wellness.
Lover’s Oil by Province Apothecary
Receiving a massage is an effective way to both unwind and connect with your partner and yourself (especially if practicing mindfulness at the same time). This all-natural massage oil blends ten essential sensual oils into a non-toxic moisturizing base so that both your skin and your muscles benefit.
Little Book of Sex by Chronicle Books
This book includes steamy quotes, Kamasutra, mini-tutorials and more.
Nipple and Clit Clamp by Unbound
Unbound’s wearable sex accessories double as beautiful jewelry. They’ve created everything from bangle bracelets that double as handcuffs, a choker necklace that can be repurposed as a whip, and earrings that can be used as nipple clamps. This gold-plated multi-chain design will stimulate a woman’s most sensitive areas.
Satin Eye Mask by Kitsch
It might seem cliché to bring a blindfold into the bedroom, but being deprived of sight will heighten your other senses. Plus, there’s the added bonus of the excitement of surprise. And well, if you’re not really into being blindfolded during sex, you can just use this to help you get your much-needed eight hours.
Satisfyer Pro 2
Honestly, if you haven’t heard of the Satisfyer Pro 2 by now, then perhaps you need to reflect on why you have so few female friends. This air-pulse clitoris stimulator is said to mimic the feeling of oral sex, with one Amazon customer leaving a review that really says it all: “Imagine 100 perfectly formed angels going down on you, whilst soothing your soul and whispering in your ear the answer to all your problems. I’m 99% sure I passed over into the afterlife for a brief moment in time.”
CBD Lubricant by Kush Queen
CBD is the wellness trend of the decade and it was never going to be long before it reached the bedroom. Cannabis is a vasodilator and can increase blood flow when applied directly to an area, which increases sensation. This CBD-infused lube is paraben-free, petrochemical free, latex compatible, and won’t leave stains. Created with Amplifi™ Nanotechnology CBD, the nano CBD particles are so small, they absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Vibrator for Fingers by Dame
Perfect for solo play or for use with a partner, this vibrator ring has three speeds, is USB rechargeable and water-resistant – so you can even enjoy it in the shower.
Latex Condoms by Maude
These ultra-thin, easy-to-open condoms are made without harmful chemicals and are spermicide and fragrance-free. FDA-approved and made from 100% natural latex, each condom comes in an easy-to-open pot that is somewhat similar in shape to those one-person portions of jam you get at a hotel breakfast buffet.
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