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Weird Toy of the Week: Wolfman Penis Extension

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Looking for the piece de resistance to complete your Wolverine costume this Halloween? Here ya go. This cock extender is a replica of a wolf penis. And damn if this thing isn’t fearsome. Somebody’s sure going to be howling at the moon.

Typical of canine phalluses, it features a large “knot” near the base. This is what keeps canine couples from separating during the mating process. Chances are if you send this one all the way home, you won’t be going anywhere for a while either.

This toy is made of PVC, so it should be used with water-based lubricants only. And if you buy into werewolf lore, you should probably keep it away from anything silver too.

Sex Toy Etiquette: Your Toys or Mine?

Q: I recently started dating someone but we haven’t had sex yet. She invited me over to her place for dinner, and I’m hoping the evening is going to end up in the bedroom. My question is, should I bring my own toys with me? Is that presumptuous? Or should I leave them at home and just use whatever she has on hand?
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A: If she’s invited you over for dinner, that’s a good signal that she’s at least open to the possibility of moving things into the bedroom. If you’re pretty sure that sex is on the evening’s menu, I would feel free to pack a kit with a few of your favorite items. That way you’ll have them on hand just in case, and you can use them or not as necessary.

Throw in anything else you consider essential, like lube (those little sample-size packs are perfect), condoms, gloves, dental dams, etc. Your hostess may have some of these in her nightstand, but maybe not. In any case, she should be impressed by your thoroughness and thoughtfulness.

If you’re female and you know you’re going to want to fuck your partner, definitely bring your own strap on and harness. Your playmate might have their own gear, but it might not fit you, and wearing somebody else’s harness can be weird, especially if it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned. If they have a favorite dildo that they like to be fucked with, it’s reasonable to use it with your harness if it’s compatible.

When you whip out your toy bag, give your friend an opportunity to dig into their drawer too so they can bring out their favorite butt plug or special brand of organic lube.

Packing your own toys on a first date might seem presumptuous, but if you already have supercharged sexual chemistry between you, go for it. Of course, if you get caught empty handed, sex can still be wonderful without accessories. But toys can make it more fun for everybody. Better to be prepared than not.

Sex Toy Etiquette: Your Toys or Mine?

Q: I recently started dating someone but we haven’t had sex yet. She invited me over to her place for dinner, and I’m hoping the evening is going to end up in the bedroom. My question is, should I bring my own toys with me? Is that presumptuous? Or should I leave them at home and just use whatever she has on hand?
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A: If she’s invited you over for dinner, that’s a good signal that she’s at least open to the possibility of moving things into the bedroom. If you’re pretty sure that sex is on the evening’s menu, I would feel free to pack a kit with a few of your favorite items. That way you’ll have them on hand just in case, and you can use them or not as necessary.

Throw in anything else you consider essential, like lube (those little sample-size packs are perfect), condoms, gloves, dental dams, etc. Your hostess may have some of these in her nightstand, but maybe not. In any case, she should be impressed by your thoroughness and thoughtfulness.

If you’re female and you know you’re going to want to fuck your partner, definitely bring your own strap on and harness. Your playmate might have their own gear, but it might not fit you, and wearing somebody else’s harness can be weird, especially if it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned. If they have a favorite dildo that they like to be fucked with, it’s reasonable to use it with your harness if it’s compatible.

When you whip out your toy bag, give your friend an opportunity to dig into their drawer too so they can bring out their favorite butt plug or special brand of organic lube.

Packing your own toys on a first date might seem presumptuous, but if you already have supercharged sexual chemistry between you, go for it. Of course, if you get caught empty handed, sex can still be wonderful without accessories. But toys can make it more fun for everybody. Better to be prepared than not.

A Few Words About Safety

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We take safety seriously here at Homemade Sex Toys. We’ve rejected a lot of proposed sex toy projects as being too dangerous. We even did a feature on dangerous homemade sex toys you should avoid.

So when a reader alerted us to some safety issue with some of the dollar store sex toys we suggested, we listened up:

“Lots of those items may have ‘seams’ of plastic left over from the molding process, and if these are inserted into the body, may cause damage… Also, some plastics may be one-time use as they are not able to be sanitized after use.”

These are good points. In our giddy delight over dollar store pervertibles, we did neglect to add some cautionary comments about these potential problems. Because they are cheaply made, some dollar store items, especially plastics, may have sharp edges or seams. They may break easily. They may also have paint or decals that can flake off. Items made of sticky rubber or flocked plastic can be hard to clean, and shouldn’t be inserted uncovered anyway.

Carefully examine any object before inserting it into an orifice. Feel for sharp edges or seams and if possible, smooth them off with a nail file or sandpaper. It’s always a good idea to put a condom over anything you insert. That will smooth things off and make clean-up easier, and protect you from any weird chemicals. Wash all your dollar store purchases before use. (Hey, they’re from the dollar store. You never know who’s been handling them.)

Finally, use common sense, and don’t just go and do something because it’s on a website, including ours.

Q&A;: Can I Use Rubber Sex Toys If I’m Allergic to Latex?

glove.jpg Q: I have a latex allergy, so I can’t use latex condoms, etc. But does that mean I can’t use sex toys that are made out of any kind of rubber? What about cyberskin?

A: That is really inconvenient. Latex allergies are becoming increasingly common. Nobody knows what causes a latex allergy, but it’s thought that prolonged or repeated exposure to latex may contribute. So if you’re a healthcare worker, work in a condom factory, or have lots and lots of safe sex, you may be vulnerable.

Latex is the natural, plant-based form of rubber, and it is a specific protein in it that causes the allergic response. Most sex toys are made of synthetic rubbers and other elastomers that don’t contain that allergen. Because of consumer health concerns about phthalates and other chemicals, many manufacturers and online sex toy stores are making a point of listing the materials that a toy is made out of. However, if it just says “rubber” and doesn’t specify “latex free”, you should probably play it safe and avoid it. Cyberskin and similar fleshy materials are latex free, as are silicone, vinyl, PVC, and polyurethane.

Another thing you could do, if you have a rubber toy and are concerned about a reaction, is to cover it with a condom (or, if you’re a guy and it’s a masturbation toy, cover yourself with a condom). You’ve probably already discovered polyurethane condoms as an alternative to latex condoms. But they’re a little pricey to use for putting on toys. Polyisoprene condoms (Lifestyle Skyns) are cheaper, and you can use them in the rare event that you’re allergic to polyurethane as well.

As far as materials you use to make your own sex toys, you’ll have to do your own research to determine if something might contain latex, and find a suitable substitute if necessary. Some of the projects on our site use latex gloves, which can be replaced with nitrile gloves, or latex condoms, which can be replace with the above alternatives. For projects that use latex balloons, you might try those inflated plastic air pillows that are used for packing. It’s all about creativity and ingenuity, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Celebrate Hallow-Weenie With Glowing Sex Toys

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Halloween’s just around the corner, and while most folks are carving pumpkins and digging up their spooky decorations, we’re bringing out our glow-in-the-dark sex toys to help set the mood. 

Most times of year, luminous dildos and such are just a curiosity. Yeah, it’s easier to find them under the covers, but why would you want to get off with a green glowing vibrator?  But their eerie light is oddly appropriate for the season of ghosts and goblins.

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Glow-in-the-dark toys are a natural if you’re going to a kinky Halloween-themed party, or if you have a sexy costume you want to accessorize. Zombie stripper? Alien sex fiend? Overly excited vampire?

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Check out our feature on these erotic night lights. We’ve got some tips on how to use
them, comparisons of different glow-in-the-dark materials, time lapse photos showing how long the glow lasts, plus some other fun stuff.

News: No Good Vibes in Alabama

Alabama.jpgOur sympathies go out to our readers in Alabama. Thanks to a recent state supreme court ruling, these folks still can’t go down to the neighborhood dildo shop and buy a butt plug or vibe – it’s illegal to sell or distribute sex toys in the state. It’s OK to use one in the privacy of your own home, but good luck getting your hands on one. A gun, however, you can pick up at any Wal-Mart.

Alabama has a long history of policing citizens’ bedroom behavior, and until six years ago, it was one of the few states that still had sodomy laws on the books. Retailers have been fighting the sex toy ban for years, but just suffered another blow as an appeal was knocked down and the law was upheld, under the auspices of “public morality”. The innocuously named sex toy retailer “Love Stuff” is challenging the ruling once again.

But, in the meantime, horny Alabamans will have to find alternative ways to get pervy playthings – by ordering online (if companies will ship there), hopping a state line to go dildo shopping, holding clandestine Passion Parties (we love the idea of housewives buying vibrators like Tupperware), or of course, making their own fun gadgets. And that’s what we’re here for. Thank goodness they can’t legislate the sale of cucumbers and electric toothbrushes!

Q&A;: Can I Use Rubber Sex Toys If I’m Allergic to Latex?

glove.jpg Q: I have a latex allergy, so I can’t use latex condoms, etc. But does that mean I can’t use sex toys that are made out of any kind of rubber? What about cyberskin?

A: That is really inconvenient. Latex allergies are becoming increasingly common. Nobody knows what causes a latex allergy, but it’s thought that prolonged or repeated exposure to latex may contribute. So if you’re a healthcare worker, work in a condom factory, or have lots and lots of safe sex, you may be vulnerable.

Latex is the natural, plant-based form of rubber, and it is a specific protein in it that causes the allergic response. Most sex toys are made of synthetic rubbers and other elastomers that don’t contain that allergen. Because of consumer health concerns about phthalates and other chemicals, many manufacturers and online sex toy stores are making a point of listing the materials that a toy is made out of. However, if it just says “rubber” and doesn’t specify “latex free”, you should probably play it safe and avoid it. Cyberskin and similar fleshy materials are latex free, as are silicone, vinyl, PVC, and polyurethane.

Another thing you could do, if you have a rubber toy and are concerned about a reaction, is to cover it with a condom (or, if you’re a guy and it’s a masturbation toy, cover yourself with a condom). You’ve probably already discovered polyurethane condoms as an alternative to latex condoms. But they’re a little pricey to use for putting on toys. Polyisoprene condoms (Lifestyle Skyns) are cheaper, and you can use them in the rare event that you’re allergic to polyurethane as well.

As far as materials you use to make your own sex toys, you’ll have to do your own research to determine if something might contain latex, and find a suitable substitute if necessary. Some of the projects on our site use latex gloves, which can be replaced with nitrile gloves, or latex condoms, which can be replace with the above alternatives. For projects that use latex balloons, you might try those inflated plastic air pillows that are used for packing. It’s all about creativity and ingenuity, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Q&A;: Can I get addicted to my vibrator?

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Can you get too much of a good thing? Think maybe you’re getting spoiled by your vibrator? Or you’re worried you might be burning out your clit with vibrator overload?

Some women have concerns about getting addicted to their vibrators – not in the sense of using them compulsively (masturbation addiction is a separate issue). They worry that they may become dependent on the vibrator for orgasms, and become unable to climax any other way.

A related vibrator fear is loss of sensation. Some women worry that using a vibrator regularly will cause their clitoris to become less sensitive over time, and eventually “ruin” it.

These fears are exaggerated but not entirely baseless. You can become habituated to any sort of stimulation if that’s the only way you bring yourself to an orgasm. Your body and brain become accustomed to certain things, and it’s hard to get them to switch gears and respond to other sensations and stimuli. That could make it harder to come during sex with a partner if you’re not using sex toys.

It’s also true that after you’ve gotten used to the strong stimulus of a vibrator, and have been using a vibrator frequently, manual or oral stimulation might not feel like that much to you, and it may seem that you’ve blown some nerve endings.

The good news is that all this is reversible. You and your vibrator just need to spend some time apart…and then maybe spend less time together while you switch off between different types of stimulation. Take a week or two off from masturbating altogether (if you can!). After a rest, your clit should feel wide awake, sensitive, and respond more easily to less stimuli, like your fingers.

It’s easy to get used to the easy buzz and blast-off of a vibrator, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re concerned that you’re getting too reliant on your battery-powered buddy, try mixing things up a little. It’ll always be there in the drawer if you need it.

Wrap Up Your Sex Toy

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The condom manufacturer “Huge Brand” just announced the launch of their “Toy Covers” – condoms for your sex toys. So, um…why not just use regular condoms (which is what we’ve been recommending for years)? At first blush this looks like a case of rebranding and repackaging an existing product as something new: same condoms, different box.

But the maker says these “sanitary barriers” are specially designed to be used with toys. They don’t have a reservoir tip, and they’re supposedly stronger than regular condoms to resist breakage.

Breakage isn’t as big an issue with a dildo as it is with the real deal, but on the other hand, if the size of your toy stretches the limits of a standard condom and busts them on a regular basis, you might want to invest in something tougher. The price of the toy covers is comparable to that of regular condoms.

Bottom line: It’s a good idea to cover your toys with a condom, for safety reasons and to make clean up quick and easy. But if you’re using regular rubbers for that purpose and they’re working for you, there’s probably no reason to use a special product.

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