Sex Essentials

Sex Essentials

Explore our one-stop shop for all the best sex essentials. Stock up on the most popular lubes, massage oils, condoms and batteries and ensure that a lack of supplies never kills the moment. Sex is better when it's safe and when it's wet, so make sure you're living your best sex life with the help of our brilliant sex essentials range.

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Best Seller Durex Play Feel Intimate Water-Based Lubricant

How to Choose a Lubricant

Sex is better when it's wetter but with so many lubes to choose from, how do you know which is the right one for you? Here’s a quick overview of the most common types of lubricant:

Water-Based Lubes: A versatile lubricant that's fit for any occasion. Water-based lubes are suitable for any sexual activity, any sex toy and any type of condom. Don’t let your bedside drawer be without it. It’s light and natural feeling.

Silicone Lubes: Silky smooth and luxurious feeling, these lubricants are thicker and longer-lasting - so you need less of it.

Warming & Tingling Lubes: These lubricants contain active ingredients to heighten the senses of your most intimate parts. As a result, these lubes can help you to reach orgasm more quickly.

Flavoured Lubes: Perfect for adding another dimension to oral sex, flavoured lubricants are also fine to use for intercourse. Turn your lover into your very own sweet thing and enjoy every lick!

Anal Lubes: These have a higher viscosity, meaning they’re thicker than other types of lubricant. The longer-lasting, cushioned glide provided by anal lubes makes them perfect for backdoor loving.

How to Choose Condoms

Men come in every conceivable size and shape and that’s okay because so do condoms! Thankfully, the dark days of having just one or two types of condom to choose from are long gone. Nowadays, we have plenty of options to choose from. Our range includes flavoured condoms, textured condoms, condoms to delay ejaculation, extra-large condoms, ultra-thin condoms for a natural feel, ribbed condoms and even vegan condoms. Safer sex has never been so much fun!

Have you or your partner got an allergy to latex? No problem. We stock non-latex condoms too. If you are in any doubt, always opt for a non-latex option. We all want a dramatic reaction between the sheets, but an allergic reaction definitely isn’t what we’re looking for!

Not sure which type of lubricant to use with your condom?

  • Latex Condoms: Choose a water-based or silicone-based lube. Never use an oil-based lubricant with latex condoms.
  • Non-Latex Condoms: Choose a water-based, silicone-based or oil-based lube.

The best sex is always safe sex and, with so many choices, there really is no excuse for not protecting both yourself and your partner.

How to Use Massage Oils and Gels

We know that our skin is the most sensitive part of the body, so when we increase its perception we also increase our pleasure. Nothing is more sensual than an all-over body massage. Oils and gels intensify the experience of a massage, making it a perfect prelude to sex. Mix things up with a flavoured massage oil or set the desired mood with aromatherapy massage oils. Not sure how to give a massage? Here’s our top tips:

  • Create the right atmosphere. Ensure the setting is conducive to sensuality.
  • Remove any potential distractions. Turn off your TV and mobile phones. Nothing will kill the mood more than a badly timed advert or phone call.
  • Dim the lights. Softer lighting can help your partner to relax. It also helps to loosen our inhibitions as we feel people can’t see what we are doing.
  • Turn up the heat. Consider the temperature of the room. Massage means removing clothing, and nobody will feel sensual if they are shivering.
  • Take your time. A massage shouldn’t be rushed. Every stroke should send an arousing message and every touch should be meaningful.

How to Clean Your Sex Toys

Consider for a moment where your sex toys go, and you’ll soon understand why it’s important to keep them spick and span. But let’s be honest, after a climactic orgasm, is cleaning your sex toys really the first thing you think about? Nobody wants to have to jump out of bed and make a run for the warm, soapy water.

Instead, consider keeping a sex toy cleaner in your bedside drawer and enjoy the convenience of cleaning your adult toys from the comfort of your own bedroom. Sex toy cleaners provide reassurance that your adult toys will be hygienic and ready for your most intimate fantasies, whilst also helping to keep them looking brand new. When used regularly, sex toy cleaners can help to maintain the durability of your toys.

To use a sex toy cleaner, simply spray all over your adult toys before leaving them to air dry. Once your sex toys are dry, they should be stored hygienically too. Most quality sex toys come with their own bag or pouch. Each sex toy should have its own storage container to avoid any cross-contamination.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the type of condom you’re using:

  • Latex Condoms: Chose a water-based or silicone-based lube. Never use an oil-based lubricant as these can weaken the latex, making the condom more likely to tear or break.
  • Non-Latex Condoms: Chose a water-based, silicone or oil-based lube.

If you’re ever unsure what type of condom you're using, choose a water-based or silicone-based lubricant.

Lubricants used to be considered something only older lovers required. Nowadays, however, it’s not just the sexy seniors that are reaping the benefits! Adding a high quality lubricant to any sexual activity will heighten the experience. From warming and tingling lubes to flavoured and sensual lubes, there are limitless dimensions to be explored whether alone or as a couple.

Follow our top tips for giving a sensual massage:

  • Set the atmosphere. Take time to create a relaxing environment.
  • Remove unwanted distractions. An unwanted call can quickly kill the mood.
  • Dim the lights. Softer lighting helps us relax.
  • Up the temperature. Nobody wants to be shivering for all the wrong reasons.
  • Take your time. A good massage can’t be rushed!

It’s fine to wash your sex toys with just antibacterial soap and warm water. This will keep your toys clean and hygienic. However, after orgasm, cleaning your adult toys is probably the last thing on your mind. Toy cleaner is a simpler and quicker way to clean your toys with the bonus that it can be used from your bed.

Renewing powder can help to keep your masturbator in tip-top condition. Over time, sleeves and strokers lose their softness. Regular use of a renewing powder can keep your masturbator feeling like it did during your first experience whilst also prolonging its life. After use, simply clean and dry your toy before covering it in a thin layer of powder.

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