Archive for August, 2011

Product News: Douglas Kent’s Shibari Land Back In Stock!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

A few months ago the publisher’s of Douglas Kent’s Complete Shibari instructional books gave us the bad news that they were going out of print. The resultant rush of customers all over the world trying to get their hands on one of the last copies pushed prices for the Land volume well above $150 in the United States.

Well, the good news is that all that interest has sparked a re-print of both volumes, and as of today, Douglas Kent’s Complete Shibari Volume 1: Land, is back in stock!

And no, we’re not charging $150 a copy.

It’s only $50.00 and if you’re a rope enthusiast you can’t do much better than this wonderful book, complete with step-by-step instructions and images.

Intimate Organics Named Best Lube Manufacturer of the Year

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Intimate Organics, makers of some our most popular lube and enhancment products have been named Best Lube Manufacturer of 2011 at the StorErotica Awards Show in Florida this week.

Rebecca Powley and Patrick Sheehan, the company’s founders, accepted the honour in person. “It’s a huge honour to receive this award as it is one of the highest recognitions from the industry,” said Rebecca, who is director of business development. “We were thrilled to be a part of the awards ceremony and to win in our category”.

MaXXX Black has been proudly stocking Intimate Organics products ever since they became available in Australia. Hydra remains one of our best-selling lubricants.

Right now we offer three of their best-selling items:  Intimate Organics Hydra water-based lubricant; Intimate Organics Intense clitoral stimulant gel; and Intimate Organics Daring lemongrass anal relaxing spray.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for a sneak peek at the all-new flavoured range of water-based lubricants too!

Flores, Triole & Allegro – 3 New Toys From Close2You

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Right now we’re looking at literally dozens of new toys that are being released in time for Summer and the looming Christmas period. Beating all of them to the punch however is Germany’s Close2You, which has launched 3 new vibes at MaXXX this week.

It’s been a while since Close 2 You have released new products, so we were quietly excited to see them for the first time – and we were not dissapointed. All-new shapes, better motors and improved materials mean that Close 2 You’s latest offerings are on par with some of the better silicone sex toys out there.

So what’s in store?….

Close 2 You Triole

Resembling a corkscrew this three-pronged dual-motor vibrator is gently curved and ribbed at the tip and shaped for creative play at the other. The end of the toy makes it especially easy to grip, manouver and thrust.

It’s not a super-speed vibrator, but rather one that offers strong grumbly rumbly vibrations without getting too loud. Designed for both p-spot and g-spot play this is an ideal couples’ toy – and one that is so much fun to fool around with.

Rechargeable (international charger with supplied local adaptor).  Silicone. Suitable for use with a water-based lubricant.

Close 2 You Allegro

Drawing on the music imagery that Close2You has always used, the design features a silicone cleff and buttons embossed into pure body-safe ABS plastic. It’s like a perfectly formed pebble that fits into the palm of your hand. On the under-side is the ‘massage ball’ which with a little lubrication will slide and glide over the body and target vibrations where you want them.

If you liked the Fun Factory Layaspot, you should definately include this in your toy collection.

Just like the Triole, the Close2You Allegro is fully rechargeable using the supplied charger and adaptor. Suitable for use with silicone and water-based lubricants. Splashproof.

Close 2 You Flores

The first rabbit-style vibrator from Close2You is definately something new in the way of dual-stim massagers. It still features that fantastic soft-ribbed head (we love that close2you does that!) but with a second vibe that will rest on or near the clitoris.  It’s shape is a little different – the clitoral vibe makes an F Cleft and the vibe is a quarter note! Gotta love those musical references.

It takes just 2 AAA batteries to get Flores going – and it uses those batteries in a very efficient way – maximising the time you get to play, even on full speed.

So click on the pics above and go take a look at the full specs – you may have just found your new best friend.

Review: Tantus Realdoe Strapless Strap On

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Back in late May we brought a couple of Realdoe samples over from the states to trial. Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that they sold out within just a couple of days. The Realdoe is a fun, sexy new offering from the Feeldoe family of products – and the most natural yet.

Thankfully our new shipment has arrived which finally gives us a chance to review it….

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Realdoe is made from an all-new material. Unlike the super-slick high-gloss surface of the Feeldoe range, Realdoe has a more realistic texture – feeling like a firm blend of velvet and silk.  It’s perfectly safe, platinum-grade silicone so you can still use it with your favourite water-based lubricant. For this review we used LELO’s Personal Moisturiser, which felt wonderful against the toy as it also has a ‘realistic’ feel.In fact we highly recommend using a lubricant with Realdoe as it makes everything more sensual, fun, and easy.

It’s also big. Not huge mind you, but big. At 15″ long it’s a very long toy, but the thing to remember is that the insertable length is much smaller at only 6-6.5″ – which is just about right for most of us.  It’s 1.5″ at it’s widest and when worn the ‘wearer’ looks very impressive indeed!

Like the Feeldoes the wearer will need to find the best way to wear and use the Realdoe. It requires some control over your kegel (PC Floor) muscles – but one benefit of this toy is that over time it will certainly work out that area.  If it’s your first double dildo like this you can’t expect to be thrusting away like Casanova right out of the gate. But after some very fun practice it not only gets easier, it starts to feel natural. When it feels natural that’s when it gets good – as in good, hearty, strap on sex.

If you want to get straight to the good hearty stuff, use a harness. At least at the beginning. Otherwise try using it while lying on your back til you get used to the weight and feel.

Whether you use it on your man or your woman this is a great realistic dildo. Our testers’ partners said that after the initial play the Realdoe really did feal like a real member. It’s moulded testure and perfectly formed head help add to those sensations, especially during more vigorous play. The ridges at the base of the shaft were a nice surprise – they rub against the clitoris with each thrust – and that, combined with the super-strong vibe in the base makes it deeply pleasurable for BOTH partners.

In short, we love this new update from Tantus. It gives us something new to play with, and for our gender play fans out there this is going to be must-have.

The Sex Coach: The Art & Craft of Mindful Loving

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I gave a talk on this topic at WakeUp! Sydney’s Time for Renewal Conference last weekend. It was great! What fantastic people in the audience – and how wonderful to watch 100 or so people wandering around the room greeting each other with their genitals (clad of course)! It made me realise that this is what I do – teach, coach and inspire around the Art and Craft of Mindful Sex!

That’s quite a biggie for me, as I often have trouble explaining what I do. In a predominantly sex-negative society where sex is either considered ribald or shameful (or both), it’s quite hard to explain that you work in the sex-positive field.
The term Tantra is good, but it’s also hundreds of years old and so not completely relevant to modern urban Australians. What is Tantra anyway?

Essentially it’s mindful sex. Or to be a little broader: mindful loving. Loving with presence and focus, fully engaged physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Mindful sex means that:

  • your monkey chatter mind is stilled, so your brain can focus creatively and connectedly;
  • your body has heightened awareness, fully using each of its five senses, so there is great feeling throughout the whole body;
  • you’re focused on the whole body, and even beyond the body, not just the genitals;
  • there is a palpable energetic flow within you and between you, you feel connected;
  • your sexual play flows in peaks and valleys, from intensity to subtlety and everywhere in between;
  • you communicate verbally and physically with ease and understanding;
  • you feel both deep and light: deep in feeling and light in freedom;
  • orgasms may or may not happen, it’s the pleasure of the process not specific outcomes that matter;
  • the encounter leaves you feeling recharged and reinvigorated;
  • you find that the whole of life improves, you are healthier, more vital and feel a positive joyful outlook on life.

With mindfulness a quick snuggle under the covers can be as profound as hours of play on a weekend away. It’s about what’s happening in the moment. A mindful moment can be an eternity.

Mindfulness is a challenge to modern urban types whose lives rush by at a million miles an hour. So if you can learn to incorporate it into your loving and love-making, not only will the experience of sex be oh so much better, you’ll become more mindful in the rest of life

Honour Awards 2011 – Nominations Now Open!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Members of NSW’s GLBT community are being urged to nominate people and organisations whose work or achievements deserve to be recognised at NSW’s annual GLBT community awards.

Now in their fifth year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON, NSW’s and Australia’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the Honour Awards give people in the GLBT community a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to how people and organisations are making a difference in the lives of others.

“We all hear lots of wonderful and moving stories of how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community and that’s what we want to celebrate through the Honour Awards,” Mr Parkhill says.

“So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the GLBT community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the GLBT community.

“This year we’ve also teamed up again with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Sydney Star Observer, Foxtel and Merivale as well as new event partner 360 Management to make the Awards a really special occasion and we thank these organisations for their generosity and support.”

Nominations can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website (www.honourawards.com.au). There is also a range of gifts and prizes to be won.

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 29 September. Four finalists from each category will join a host of media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity.

Mr Parkhill says money raised from tickets sales and a silent auction on the night will help fund ACON’s vital work in the community. “While ACON gets a significant amount of government funding, the bulk of that money is dedicated to HIV-related service delivery,” he says. “Our broader work in relation to GLBT health and wellbeing – such as alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy – is financed by one off grants, fundraising activities and donations.

“To keep this important work going, we rely on the generosity of people and organisations in our community. By coming along to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and, at the same time, raise money to help ACON build our community’s health and wellbeing.”

WHAT:             Honour 2010 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party

WHERE:           Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney

WHEN:             Thursday 29 September 2011

TIME:               7pm – 11pm

COST:              $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)

INFO/TIX: www.honourawards.com.au

Review: Men’s Fleshlight Vibro Touch

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The Fleshlight Vibro Touch is the latest in the Fleshlight range of Men’s pleasure toys to hit MaXX Black – and boy do they pack a punch!

Vibro Touch Texture

Fleshlights have undergone a steady evolution since they were first introduced and although the exterior shapes have generated a lot of interest, particularly when the Fleshlight Girls were launched, it’s the inside of the soft Superskin inserts that do the trick for me. Aesthetically It might be nice to know that you’re slipping inside something that was modelled on the labia of a porn star but it’s the ingenious textures inside that really make these products stand out.

Vibro is made out of the same patented Real Feel Superskin, a material that is incredibly lifelike, and still packaged in Fleshlight’s trademark discreet flashlight casing.

Vibro Touch features the ‘touch’ texture insert and 3 vibrating bullets. Each of the Vibro Fleshlights have three little pockets located on the back face of the insert which you insert up to three vibrating bullets into. These little bullets are surprisingly powerful but remain very quiet.

I was a bit concerned that with the vibrators installed that the whole Fleshlight would be rocking and rolling but surprisingly that isn’t the case. Even with all three vibrators on you can put the Vibro down on a hard surface and it really doesn’t move around much at all. The vibrating bullets also stay securely in their pockets during use, and  won’t fall out even with the most vigorous of play.

The Vibro Touch’s inner canal is similar to that of the STU and the Speed Bump but instead of bumps it has hundreds of little tiny “fingers”. I started out by warming up my Vibro Touch in the sink, like I do all my Fleshlights, by giving it a nice bath and getting it nice and warm. It is essential you give any Fleshlight toy a good wash before the first use as you’ll want to remove any powder/starch from the inside of the toy.

Fleshlight Vibro

Then its time for some lube. Lubricant is the other must-have – and you can use any water-based lube you like. Just use it.

Now, I recommend starting by not using the vibes. The “touch” insert is freaking amazing! Add even one bullet and those hundreds of tiny ‘fingers’ tingle and buzz away – and as you add bullets to the sleeve the sensations get deeper, more intense and incredibly stimulating. Another added bonus of the three vibrators is it makes the opening a bit tighter, which is never a bad thing.

The “fingers” inside of the Vibro Touch are angled, when you push inside you slide smoothly in but as you pull back the fingers kind of catch on you, especially around the head of your penis, and the vibrations just wiggle those little fingers all along the length of you.

The Vibro Fleshlight is bound to be a hit and absolutely goes on my favourite toys list. For guys looking for a vibrating pleasure toy that will satisfy ALL of you (not just the tip) then this is a home-run. It doesn’t try to ‘simulate’ anything, it’s a whole new experience in itself, and one he’ll want to return to again and again.

Events: New Tantric Lovers Workshop For August

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Jacqueline Hellyer, The Sex Coach, is bringing her famous Tantric Workshop back to Sydney in August 2011!

TANTRIC LOVERS, Zen and the Art of Making Love is a day of gorgeous connection, lusciousness and learning, and judging by how quickly these workshops fill up you’ll want to get your booking in as soon as possible.

This workshop focuses exclusively on the Tantric/Taoist/energetic aspects of sex and sexuality. Consider it ‘Zen and the Art of Making Love’.

Whereas Luscious Lovers is held in a luscious wine bar, Tantric Lovers is run in a luscious yoga studio.

This workshop is about deepening trust and openness, so a range of activities cover breath, feeling and moving energy in the body, sharing energy, communication between couples and connected touch.

The first Tantric Lovers workshop was run recently and was an absolutely gorgeous and moving day. To let the participants describe it in their own words (better than me telling you how wonderful it is!):

“Jacqueline has done it again! What a way to reconnect for Valentine’s Day. I’m so glad that we invested our money in this course, rather than chocolates and roses! The course helped us remember the importance of completely “being” with each other – not just physically, but on a much deeper level. We will take this into the bedroom and practice the art of real love-making, not just sex!”

“Loved it – my love life has SOOO shifted to another level….you showed me in an amazing way, how I was able to tap into a field of energy that I didn’t realize existed when it comes to lovemaking and intimacy which shifts the whole experience to another level. I am now better able to remain focused and present to the whole experience.”

“Thank you for such a unique and positive experience. It’s very refreshing to interact and see so many couples still so deeply in love after so many years. Today society puts too much focus on divorce and negativity and not enough time on teaching couples the amazing re-connecting techniques that we learnt in your wonderful workshops. We loved every minute of our Tantric Lovers experience. It was such a beautiful experience to be surrounded by so much love. Thank you for filling up our love bank!”

“Thank you very much for running the workshop. It was fabulous! It was a great day spent expressing and learning to express even deeper our love for each other. It has had a lovely positive effect on our relationship, and this boosted love has extended out to all other relationships in my life. It’s brought a spark to my life for ‘communion’.  And with the basket of golden-egg goodies (exercises) we received on the day, I feel resourced-up to explore what was previously unknown and a little intimidating. “

DETAILS:

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New Latex Arrivals from Honour UK & Skin Two

Friday, August 5th, 2011

It’s out! The latest delivery from Honour UK and SkinTwo Clothing is now hanging in MaXXX Black’s Rubber Room – and just in time for Inquisition too!

So what’s new?

We’ve got over a dozen new styles in store for both men and women, and for the first time we have some brilliant colour latex too.

In-store you’ll find the new Night Nurse outfit as well as two fabulous dresses in Honour’s perfect latex Pink.If a dress is not waht your after check out the new boned corsets, skirts and underwear – you’re bound to find something shiny, sexy and oh so rubbery!

Also in are new men’s items – new styles of shirt, tops,  jeans and shorts – all in classic black and perfect for the parties on this weekend.

As always, the MaXXX Black Rubber Room is open 7 days 10am to Midnight.

Inquisition 19 and Black & White Ball Tickets Selling FAST!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Two of Sydney’s biggest and best annual parties are happening in just 24 hours, and MAXXX Black has everything you’ll need to have one heck of a good night out – from leather and latex fashion to accessories, hosiery, and all your naughty bibs and bobs.

Oh, and we have the tickets too.

That’s right, MaXXX Black is an official ticket agent for the Sydney Leather Pride Inquisition 19 Party and the annual Dykes on Bikes Black & White Ball. And they’re selling out.

And the details are….

Inquisition 19 – Back At The Dome

Saturday 06 August 2011, at The Dome (Byron Kennedy Hall) Entertainment Quarter (Fox Studios), 10pm – 6am.

Tickets are $80 for members of SLPA, $85 for kindred organisations, and $95 for General Admission.

Remember that to buy your tickets at the door will cost $110 (even if you are member) so get you sweet leather loving patootie down to MaXXX Black to save $15 off the ticket price!

DOB Black & White Ball – A Little Rockabilly

Saturday 06 August 2011, at Jets Sports Club, Holbeach Ave, Tempe. Starts 7pm.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for friends/kindred, $30 at the door.

Bored? Don’t have anything to do on Saturday Night? Have something to do but need an excuse to get out of it? Get into MB today and get some of the last tickets available to these awesome events.