World Sexual Health Day: Sex Toy 101


Ladies, it’s time to talk sexual health. Yep, it’s World Sexual Health Day and at beautyheaven, we’re all for encouraging social awareness of the importance of healthy sexual practices. When it comes to ensuring your sexual wellbeing, one important thing to consider is playing it safe when buying adult products. Not all pleasure tools are made equal; thankfully, intimate lifestyle accessories brand LELO has kindly shared some tips on what to look for (and what to avoid) when window shopping:

1) Look for certifications and avoid fakes
Check the box also for the phrase ‘novelty use only’ – it’s basically the same as saying ‘we are not accountable for the safety of this product’.

2) Never, ever settle for second best
Don’t buy a cheap pleasure product because it looks like an affordable version of a more trustworthy brand. It’s just not worth the risk.

3) Keep your toys clean
Wash them before using them, store them properly, check the materials for breaks, and use anti-bacterial wipes.

4) Sharing is caring, but…
If you’re sharing toys in the heat of the moment, it’s best to cover them with a condom and replace it each time.

5) Avoid the jellies
The ‘jelly rubber’ many sex toys have been made of has been treated with one of any number of plastic softeners, or ‘phthalates’. Phthalates are potentially harmful, even carcinogenic

6) Choose silicone
Silicone is resistant to bacteria and widely used by the most reputable brands in the pleasure product industry. Smooth, comfortable for use and easy to clean, it’s generally a sign the manufacturer is doing things right.

7) Pay attention to glass and metals
While these products are excellent for cleaning, make sure any glass products are of high-quality and perfectly smooth, and be sure to avoid any metals that may cause allergic reactions.

8) Check online
Make sure you check out the website of the brand who produces your sex toys. If they haven’t invested in a website, perhaps they won’t invest in safety either.

Got all that? Great. Now for the fun part: we’ve got one set of LELO Luna Beads to give away to our readers.

Designed for both fitness and pleasure, LELO’s kegel beads help users achieve longer, stronger and more attainable orgasms when worn regularly. Sound like something you want to win? We thought so!

For your chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section of this blog, why you could use some LELO Luna Beads in the bedroom.

Competition closes: AEDT midnight Wednesday September 10 2014

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