Lube Review: Durex Assorted Temptations

If you’re not sure what kind of lube you prefer, or if you like to have lube for oral sex, masturbation and penetrative sex all in one box– look no further because the Durex Play Assorted Temptations lubricant variety pack has it all!

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Aside from experimenting, this non-staining, water-based lube pack is also extremely well-suited for those who hate to store sticky lube bottles and for people who need to discreetly store or travel with personal lubricants. The entire box of condom-safe lubes measures in at a measly 2.25” x 3.5,” and it easily slipped into my mini-backpack for travel.

This awesome lil’ lube box is only $6.99 for ten assorted single-use packets, each of which contain 0.17 fl oz. (5ml). For this review, I went full-on Durex, using these fantastic individually packaged lubes with my Durex Pleasure Pack of assorted condoms and my Durex Ring of Bliss vibrating ring. So. Much. Durex.

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Inside this adorable (even my partner remarked on it’s irresistible cuteness) and super easy-to-travel-with plastic box I found two of each of these amazing Durex Play lubes: Play Warmer, Play Tingling, Play Soothing, Play Pina Colada and Play Cherry. They can be used on their own, or mixed together for a customized lube cocktail.

Unlike Durex condoms, each easy-to-open lube packet is clearly labeled and color coded, so you can easily and quickly grab the lube of your choice. They also have full lube ingredient listings and expiration dates on the back of each foil pack, so it’s very simple to determine what’s in them, and what’s not. Nice!

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Hot enough for ya? It will be with Play Warmer! If you’ve yet to try a warming lube, this is a great place to start. More subtle than other warming lubes I’ve tried, this allowed us to get hot n’ heavy without feeling any searing or burning sensations. I put a few temperature-raising drops inside the Durex Extra Sensitive condom from our Durex Pleasure Pack, and it mimicked the natural vaginal heat that’s felt when going bareback.

Durex Play Tingling

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As if the Durex Ring of Bliss isn’t blissful enough on its own, I applied a small drop of Play Tingling to my clitoris as a sort of cooling clitoral stimulation gel, like Liquid V for Women. Whew! Not only was my U-Spot tingling, the rest of my body was all a-twitter from this powerful tingle-causing lube.

Durex Play Soothing

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Play Soothing is a sweet smelling and, dare I say tranquil-feeling, lube. I attribute this calming, mind-body-and-soul appeasing, gel-like coating to this natural botanical ingredient: aloe leaf juice. This particular lube is also glycerine-free, making this the most vagina-friendly lube in the variety pack.

Durex Play Pina Colada

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Want to take a trip to the tropics without leaving the house? Dying to fulfill that pool boy fantasy? Play Pina Colada is a flavored paradise that can whisk your taste buds away to a far and distant land full of coconuts, pineapple and sunshine! We paired it with a Durex Tropical condom we found in the Durex Pleasure Pack, and let me tell you, this trip south of the equator was as delicious as a Tropical Smoothie. Need a larger-sized dose of Pina goodness? Try Swiss Navy’s Pina Colada lube!

Durex Play Cherry

cherrypairIt’s not the pits– this ultra-fruity Play Cherry lubricant is as cherry-riffic as it gets! The smell, the taste, the feel, it’s all very, very good. So go on, show off those sexy stems and cherry-pick this lube up for your next oral adventure! If you want a whole bowl of cherries, Swiss Navy’s Very Wild Cherry flavored lubricant comes in a larger size.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Final Verdict:

I simply adore this Durex Play Assorted Temptations lubricant variety pack. For me, its low price, convenience and attractive and petite packaging makes buying this all-inclusive Play lube set a no brainer. Using it with the diverse Durex Pleasure Pack of condoms made our oral and vaginal sex jam-packed with assorted positive sensory perceptions and sensations– and we’re both very tempted to do it again and again.

Making the Most of Your Male Masturbator

Alright, you’ve bought your first male masturbator. Whether it’s as complex as the Briana Banks Love Doll or as unassuming as the Lotus Mini-Butt, you want to get the most out of it. Here are our tips for spicing up your love life with your favorite toy.

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Jump up Your Hump

If you’ve got a toy like the Belladonna Extreme Ass and Vagina, it seems pretty obvious. But for a toy like the Ashton Moore Pocket Pussy? Sometimes holding it can take away from the fantasy. But with a little handiwork, you can assemble your very own hump-a-tron!

Using some rope or belts, position the toy between two pillows. We found that two square couch pillows work the best, but you may need to modify that based on what you have on hand and what works well with your body, toy, and rope situation.

Place your pillow creation between your legs in the manner that suits you best. It might be fun to experiment with different positions, such as doggy-style, or against-the-wall. You can even use additional pillows to anchor the main hump-a-tron in place. The options are endless!

But What about the Lube?

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Lubes can be detrimental to your toys, or they can vastly improve your experience. Because of this, it’s important to know what your toy is made of and what the main ingredient in your lube is. If you want to know more about lube and toy materials, check out our article on lube safety. But for a quick cheat sheet, here’s the gist:

  • Water-based lubes: safe for all toys but not recommended for toy going into the anus.
  • Silicone-based lubes: not safe for toys made of silicone, silicone mixes, sil-a-gel, and jelly (like our Mermaid Masturbator). Toys that are 100% silicone are considered safe, but sometimes materials may be misrepresented on their labels.
  • Oil-based lubes: not safe for latex toys (like our Salsa Shaker Booty), not recommended for internal toys.
  • Aloe-based lubes: safe for all toys.

Clean up

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Whether it’s pre-cum, lube, or the big finale, you could be in store for some serious stains. Our friends over at The Condom Depot Learning Center compiled a great guide to getting sex stains out of fabric (like if you accidentally blow your load in your pillows, like above).

Meanwhile, your toy itself will need some special care. A lot of male masturbators, particularly artificial vaginas or anuses require a type of powder applied to them to keep them fresh and brand spankin’ new. This is because the ultra-realistic material that these toys are made from are too sensitive to even handle soap.

Some toys come with their own powder, but most use corn starch. You can find enough to last the life of your toy for under $2 at your local grocery store. Be sure to stay way from talc powder, which is made from an oil that can damage the material.

Also, while you’re at it, check out our guides to keeping your toys clean and our favorite sex toy cleaners.

Without a Toy?

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If you don’t have a toy to call your own, but you’re tired of the old grab and yank, there all kinds of guides online to find some household object to ride like the British are coming.

Remember, it’s rarely a good idea to stick your penis in things that weren’t made to have a penis in them. Whether you’re certain you’ll be safe or not, that can end in a very embarrassing trip to the ER. If you don’t think you’re being safe, chances are, you aren’t. It may be better to invest in a toy that was made specifically for sex. With our cheapest quality male toys starting at just around $10, chances are, the right toy for your budget might be closer than you think.

Lube Review: LifeStyles Natural Lubricant

LifeStyles Natural Lubricant is reputed to be an all-natural solution for those of you who have moisture issues. But as we sometimes find with all-natural products, sometimes there’s a reason we prefer less-than-natural ingredients.

Condom Depot has done a nice little write-up about lube ingredients and I found all of the ingredients in this lube listed there. You can check it out if you’re interested, but the gist of what I discovered was that yes, the ingredients are natural. Does that mean you want them in your body? Maybe not, but that’s up to you.

Here’s an exact listing of the ingredients in this lube according to the label:

Di Water, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum (Corn Sugar Gum), Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Chloride (Salt), May Contain: Citric Acid

For example, if you’ve had previous issues with glycerin causing yeast infections, than this lube isn’t for you. It has glycerin in it. In fact, it’s the second ingredient listed, which means there’s quite a bit of glycerin.

But if you haven’t? It’s otherwise a pretty body-friendly lube, made up of ingredients that are commonly found naturally. Although a lot of times, they’re synthesized too– not that that makes them worse. They’re still the same ingredients, and sometimes it’s easier/cheaper/less harmful to the environment to make them synthetically. This lube doesn’t have an organic seal of approval that I know of (unlike Blossom Organics), but it runs pretty close.

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So, on to the lube itself.

You know I’m a giant bottle nerd. And this lube has a really cool bottle. I mean, it has an O-ring and a concave shape for safe carrying when your hands are all lubed up. An O-ring! At 3.5 oz (100 ml) for $7.99, it’s one of the best lube bottles I think I’ve ever come across (haha) with an easy to lift notch from which to pour the lube.

But there is one giant downfall to this lubricant: the tackiness. One review I read on another site put it pretty succinctly, “You could use this for model glue.” That’s sadly accurate.

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“Oh no! I’m out of glue. What do I have lying around that I could use instead?”

It doesn’t start off that way. In fact, when you first apply, it’s just as slick and slippery as you’d want a lube to be. But it doesn’t last.

Such stickiness is only fixed by adding more lube, which, as is the natural cycle, creates even more stickiness. And that was no bueno for this lube-aficionado. I’m more of a one-time applier, which is why I love silicone-based lubes (like WET Naturals Silky Supreme) so much.

For oral though, this lube was pretty decent. It has a slightly sweet taste– barely noticeable, which makes it great if you enjoy your partner’s natural taste, and not at all invasive. There’s no smell, either.

Due to the tackiness, I would 100% not recommend this lubricant for anal sex. It will dry up far too quickly. And no one likes a tacky booty. Try one of those listed on our Five Best Anal Lubes and Sprays list instead.

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

Final Verdict:

I wanted to like this lube. I really, truly did– the natural label and the sweet bottle design made me a fan before I even popped the lid. But with the glycerin issue and the supreme tackiness? LifeStyles Natural Lubricant just wasn’t for me. But give it a shot. Maybe it’ll work better for you.

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Sexiest Toy Kits and Gift Sets for Couples

Has your lover been spending more time on the couch, and less time on you? Feeling less lust and more lackluster between the sheets? Ready to knock it up a notch while knocking boots? Then perhaps it’s time to introduce one of our sexiest toy kits or gift sets for couples into your otherwise oh-so-predictable routine!spicyheadercorrect1.pngI’ve personally gone through our extensive sex toy inventory and hand-selected these fabulous kits and sets so you and your partner can reignite the passion and revive that stale bedroom. Use them together or put on a red-hot show! For full product specs, descriptions and pricing information, simply click on the product image that strikes your fancy or sparks your curiosity.

Sexiest Vibrating Dildo Kits for Couples:

The Make-Your-Own Vibrating Dildo Kit

make-your-own-dildo-kitsFeeling creative? Make a clone of your or your partner’s bone with this make-your-own dildo kit! Includes everything you need and it even comes with a bullet vibrator so you can turn this righteous replica into a buzzing boner! It’s sure to get a rise out of you both!

 The Private Reserve Gift Set

privatereserveFor the partner who wants to be treated like a Princess, this top-of-the-line gift set was created to please even the pickiest of private parts. This Spicy Gear exclusive includes these premium-quality, pulsating toys: a LELO NEA clitoral vibrator, a Vibratex Pixie textured vibrator and a Decadent Indulgence 3 rabbit-style vibrator.

Ultra Thin Waterproof Teaser

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Made for getting wet, this waterproof sex toy set is wonderful for couples who are way into hot tubbing or having steamy shower sex. The varying tips keep things fresh and new and the thinness in girth is perfect for warming up or finishing off.

Sexiest Cock Ring Sets for Couples:

Top Cat’s Junior Fantasy Fun Kit

jrfantasy-pkIf you can get past the tween-vibe coming off of this sex toy kit’s packaging, you’ll quickly realize this sex toy set is strictly for adults. A multi-speed vibrating egg, an erection ring, a vibrating dildo and a plethora of interchangeable sleeves– oh my! This penetrable kit is great for those who like a bit of everything, or for those who aren’t quite sure what they like. Why not find out together?

Berman Center Aurora Kit

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With eight speeds of vibrations, two sizes of bullets and a super stretchy cock ring, this kit provides a highly customizable experience. Wear ring with or without bullets or face it up or down for brand new sensations for you both. If you’re both tired of spending a lot of money to use and toss out those one-time-use-only vibrating rings, this could be a life changing alternative.

LifeStyles a:muse His & Hers Pleasure Massagers

amusehh2012Want to get your motors running? This super affordable and crazy fun couples’ sex toy set is ready to go, right out of the box. Simply take out the fingertip massager and vibrating ring, switch them on and they’re rearing and ready for action! Vroom vroom! Read a product review here!

Sexiest Glass Sex Toy Sets for Couples:

Spicy Glass Gem Kit 1

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Feel these cool, slick and non-porous glass toys on your skin and you’ll be hooked. This easy-to-keep-clean gift set is great for mutual masturbation and temperature play. Includes the four dildos pictured above, which are various sizes, shapes and they have different levels of textures. Two have o-rings for easier grip and removal.

Spicy Glass Gift Set 2

spicyglass2-lgSimilar to the first glass set, but less colorful and with more curves. These gorgeous, gleaming glass dildos are designed for vaginal or anal penetration and are perfect for prostate massage. Talk about a gift that won’t cause a relationship rift, this glass gift set is your best bet for spicing up that dead bedroom– in a big way, for both of you.

Sexiest Toyless Kits for Couples:

 Private Dancer Pole Kit

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Dying to dress up and demonstrate your seductive dancing skills in the privacy of your own home? Are your ceilings less than nine feet tall? Then you’re in booty-shaking business! Comes complete with feather boa, garter, play money and an instructional DVD and can be installed permanently (screws included) or used temporarily and then stored away.

Lover’s Prisoner Kit

loversprisoner-modelTake charge of your dwindling sex life by making your consenting partner into your own personal love slave! Designed for domination and control, this attractive and high-quality leash, collar, wrist/ankle restraints and whip set will put them in their rightful place once and for all– underneath you.

Pink Kink Kit

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Made from real leather, this collar, blindfold and whip set for couples will surely tickle your partner pink! Pink butt cheeks, that is! A spectacular set for those couples looking to experiment with light bondage and power play, plus it comes in a ready-to-gift, pastel pink drawstring bag.

How To: The Dance of the Double Dong

The Darth Maul of Dildos. The Double Ender for your double ends. No matter who you are or who you’re in a relationship with, the double-ended dildo can be used by anyone who enjoys penetration in the anus or the vaginal canal. And don’t think that double the dildo means double the cost. A few have even made our list of Toys Under $20!

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Alone

Some forms of the double D (like our Double Ender) can be used alone for double penetration. These dildos have to be very flexible, and so some materials don’t work well for this purpose. The FeelDoe, for example, would not work for this purpose, although it is an amazing toy to share with a partner.

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Many double-ended dildos come with different sized heads at either end (like the Art Deco AC/DC Double Dong, pictured above), so it is like getting two dildos in one. If you don’t know if you want a larger or a smaller dildo, a double-sided dildo is a great way to try out both experiences.

But the toy can also be used for single penetration, too. For those of us who also enjoy the image of a penis being stroked, stroking the outie end of a double dildo while pleasuring yourself with the toy in the vaginal canal or the anus can be a huge turn on. So even if you aren’t ready to take the DP plunge, you can still enjoy either end of the double-sided dildo.

With a Partner

Whether you’re begging for a pegging or going pussy-to-pussy, double-sided dongs are one of the most satisfying toy you can use with a partner. But they can also be one of the more difficult toys to get the swing of.

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The problem tends to be in getting the positioning and rhythm right. This can be a bit of a challenge, especially if the dildo is not rigid, like the nJoy Pure Wand (pictured below).

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If you’re struggling to get into the right rhythm with your partner and the double-sided dildo, the answer could be a harness. Use a normal strap-on harness (like the one in our Crotchless Panties with 7″ Strap-On Dildo), but thread one end of the dildo all the way through and into the orifice of your choosing. This should help you hold the toy in place for more acrobatic love-making.

You can also use a double-sided dildo for oral. One partner rides it while the other uses their mouth. This may also take some exact positioning, as well as some suppression of the gag reflex.

Lube It Up

No matter how you’re using this toy, make sure you have lots of toy-safe lube on hand.  If the toy is 100% silicone, glass, or steel, a silicone lube like ID Millennium is a great idea. If not, we recommend and aloe-based lube, like Blossom Organics. This won’t hurt your toy (or any condoms you might be sticking on that toy) and it feels comfortable and cooling on the butt.

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Also, if you are using your double-ended dildo in a butt, make sure to keep it clean. Some toys can be porous and hold on to bacteria that shouldn’t be shared between couples. Using a condom will prevent your anal toy from becoming a real bummer.

Lube Review: Blossom Organics

I love natural lubricants. For the most part, they seem to treat my vagina a lot nicer than some of those all-too-common pharmacy brands. You may remember my love affair with the WET Naturals products, for instance, including Silky Supreme (silicone-based), Sensual Strawberry (flavored), and Beautifully Bare (water-based).

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Blossom Organics is specifically formulated for women who have trouble with vaginal dryness during sex. And it works. This is one of the number one recommended lube on the market for menopausal women.

We carry Blossom Organics in a 2.5 oz squeeze tube, not unlike your favorite hand moisturizer from Bath and Body Works. While I like some application designs better, this one gets the job done pretty well, and keeping it standing on its head will keep your lube flowing until the last drop. We also carry it in 1 oz. and 4 oz. bottles as well as travel-sized 3ml sized lube foils (sorry, they’re only available in a quantity of 144 pieces).

All of their products are considered to be aloe-based, not water-based. Aloe-based lubes aren’t one that you see on the market a whole lot for some reason– they don’t seem to be as popular as water or silicone. However, they really should be. Personally, I prefer them to water-based lubes because they don’t get tacky. They feel like an excellent moisturizer, even after some vigorous friction.

For my sensitive skin, aloe-based lubes feel better, last longer, and are more comfortable. Because of that cooling effect aloe has, I even like to use them during anal, while I would never use a water-based lube for anything going up my butt. This also means that they are both condom and toy-safe.

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This lube has almost no smell, as well as a slightly sweet taste to it which wouldn’t make me opposed to using it for oral sex. In particular, since it is so vagina-friendly, this lube would be perfect for cunnilingus. It’s not overwhelming, it will still let you taste her (if you enjoy that), but it can provide a slightly sweet edge.

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It’s hard to trust in a product to be certifiably organic, especially since that seems to be the hip label to put on all the lubes recently. But Blossom Organics is truly organic. Per their site:

“Organic” marketing claims ARE regulated by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The CALIFORNIA ORGANIC PRODUCTS ACT – COPA 2003 prohibits the retail sale of any cosmetic product labeled as “organic” unless that product meets the criteria of 70% organic content, excluding water and extracts. What does this mean? If you are reading a product ingredient listing, the first ingredient cannot be water or propylene glycol. The first ingredient MUST be certified organic which would make your lubricant mostly organic ingredients; not just a small amount of aloe or a few botanical extracts. Each organic ingredient also must meet the strict USDA NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM guidelines and be certified by a USDA approved agency. Naturally pure, organic ingredients are the mindful choice for healthy well-being and Blossom Organics is formulated to meet these strict organic regulations.

Normally, I do a run-down of all the ingredients in each lube I review. But Blossom Organics was nice enough to have this on their website. They also have a lot of information on vagina-safe lubes that I would recommend checking out, although do take it with a grain of salt since this they are obviously trying to sell their product.

If you’re looking for the short list, though, know that it is free of alcohol, glycerin, silicones, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances, and flavorings.

Final Verdict:

If you’re wary of silicone, but you want to avoid water-based lubes, I’d really recommend giving Blossom Organics a go. The aloe in the product will leave you feeling refreshed, comfortable, and best of all, moist. This lube is both condom and toy-safe.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Best Rabbit Vibes

The most highly coveted and most popular of all sex toys are rabbit vibrators. Why? Because they’re simply adorable and they simultaneously stimulate the G-Spot, A-Spot, U-Spot and the clitoris. What’s not to like about that?

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Like other dildos and dongs, rabbit vibrators come in a wide range of sizes, prices, shapes, colors and materials. Therefore, it can be extremely difficult to narrow down which of the hundreds of rabbits out there are made to suit your particular fancy.

This overwhelming amount of rabbit vibes prompted me to create this best rabbit vibes buying guide. Read on to discover which of Spicy Gears’s rabbit vibrators made the cut and made me want to breed like a rabbit on espresso!

SpicyGearLogoBest Penetrative Rabbit Vibes:

Just click on the product image for full product information.

Original Jack Rabbit Vibrator

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Current Cost: $32.99

I used my first rabbit vibrator in college, and it was a life-changer. This is that vibrator, the Original Jack Rabbit. Often imitated, but never completely duplicated, this is the innovative product that began the ravenous rabbit consumption craze in the 90s.

iVibe Wireless Rabbit

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Current Cost: $111.99

If you want a fancier rabbit, with a wireless remote that has a digital display, look no further than the iVibe Rabbit. This phthalate-free vibe has metal beads for light temperature play and the advanced motorization allows for individual control of the bunny’s movements and the shaft’s vibration, for that ever-customizable experience.

Dream Maker Lunar Rabbit

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Current Cost: $69.99

Ready for a rabbit vibe that really lights up the night? The Dream Maker Lunar Rabbit has a gorgeous multi-colored light display that illuminates the naughty bits in a discotheque fashion. This product is a wild party in and of itself, and it’s always ready to spring into action whenever you are.

Wireless Strap On Bunny

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We all love hands-free masturbation, and this is precisely what the Wireless Strap On Bunny has to offer. Like a cross between a Sybian Sex Machine and a traditional rabbit vibrator, you can hop on and ride this hands-free rabbit vibe whenever the mood strikes.

Pure Red Silicone

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Current Cost: $44.99

Perfect for those with a latex allergy, the Pure Red Silicone rabbit is a non-porous alternative to jelly rabbits. It’s fully waterproof, but just be careful when using personal lubricants, as silicone lube and silicone toys don’t play nicely together and can cause damage to your toy.

 

Best Non-Penetrative Rabbit Vibes:

Want to try your new rabbit as soon as you get it? For the ultimate in convenience, add batteries to your cart!

Rabbit Finger Vibe

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Current Cost: $17.99

This Rabbit Finger Vibe will have you shimmying your cute cottontail in no time flat. It’s stretchy enough to accommodate a variety of finger sizes and can easily be used for manual sex with your partner or for masturbation. Remote control allows for variation in speed.

Rabbit Keychain Vibe

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Current Cost: $9.99

An inexpensive and fun gift for you or your lover, this little portable Rabbit Keychain Vibe is suitable for traveling, sleepovers and for any spontaneous and ultra discreet trip to O town. Great for bachelorette parties and for use as party favors!

Reckless Rabbit

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Current Cost: $15.99

Turn your partner or favorite non-rabbit dildo into a rabbit vibe with this dandy little Reckless Rabbit! Complete with those ears that rub clits the right way and a bunny tail nub for additional outer anal region contact. This vibrating cock ring traps blood flow for a longer lasting erection, comes with remote control and can be used with or without the protection of a condom.

Rabbit Wiggle Wand

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Current Cost: $14.95

Abracadabra! Now you really can pull a rabbit out of a hat, with the Rabbit Wiggle Wand. This flexible wand is intended for clitoral stimulation, but the wand makes it a cinch to reach other nerve-rich places as well, like the nipples and anus. Instant sexual satisfaction, ta da!