Archive for June, 2012

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Kissing

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Kissing. It seems like the easy bit doesn’t it? We all kinda know how to do it and some of us consider ourselves masters of it. But kissing is more than foreplay, and it’s much more than two sets of  lips coming together.

Here are our Top Ten Benefits of a kiss.

1. Those who kiss their partner goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don’t.

2. Kissing is great for self-esteem. It makes you feel appreciated and helps your state of mind.

 

3. Kissing burns calories, 2-3 calories a minute and can double your metabolic rate. Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (at least lasting 20 seconds each) will cause you to loose an entire extra pound! It’s time to start that kissing diet!

4. Kissing is a known stress-reliever. Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being, lowering your cortisol ‘stress’ hormone.

5. Kissing uses 30 facial muscles and it helps keep the facial muscles tight, preventing baggy cheeks! The tension in the muscles caused by a passionate kiss helps smooth the skin and increases the circulation.

6. Kissing is good for the heart, as it creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body. Frequent kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.

7. Those who kiss quite frequently are less likely to suffer from stomach, bladder and blood infections.

8. During a kiss, natural antibiotics are secreted in the saliva. Also, the saliva contains a type of anesthetic that helps relieve pain.

9. Kissing reduces anxiety and stops the ‘noise’ in your mind. It increases the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that produces a feeling of peace.

10. The endorphins produced by kissing are 200 times more powerful than morphine

 

Inspired? Well get out there and pucker up – it’s good for you!

Meet Woody – The latest antique vibrator to appear in our museum…

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This week a very special new vibrator went on display at MaXXX Black. It’s made from Japanese timber, is hand-cranked, and just over 90 years old. No, it’s not some strange new pleasure thing, it’s the latest antique vibrator to be acquired for our Museum of Love & Lust right here inside MaXXX Black Sydney.

“Woody” was one of the last commercial hand=crank style vibrators to be produced in Japan. Made sometime around 1922 it was manufactured for the Practical Vibrator Company.

Woody is made from 11 inches of Japanese oak and features a brass crank, plate, weights and mechanics. There are only a handful of Woody’s left today, and as far as we know this is the only one on permanent display in Australia.

Come in to MaXXX Black when you visit Sydney to see Woody and experience the Vintage Vibrations exhibition.

 

About our Museum

Inside MaXXX Black is the Museum of Love & Lust. It’s a permanent exhibition open during store hours and is free of charge to visit. The first exhibition “History of the Vibrator” opened in February 2011 and ran 12 months. Early in 2012 we added new pieces to the collection and relaunched the exhibit as “Vintage Vibrations: 100 Years of Vibrator History”. The exhibit is one of the few places in Australia to see the fascinating history of one of the modern world’s most enduring consumer and health products.

Where: Level 1.  264 King Street.  Newtown – Sydney.

Three Good Reasons To Read Erotica

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Available as a podcast: download here!

I’ve been doing a lot of media interviews lately where the topic of erotic literature comes up, due to the current success of Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m asked whether it’s good for people’s sex lives.

Absolutely! I reply.

This is for three reasons:

1. Turn Yourself On

Erotica is sexy, so reading it is a good way to get in the mood for sex. Whether you read it leading up to a delightful session of solo play, or perhaps in the bath before meeting your partner in your boudoir for some partnered love-making, it’s an excellent way to start warming yourself up.

2. Know Your Eroticism

What turns you on is a personal thing, we all like different things and there are no should or shouldn’ts when it comes to what you like (as long as it’s between consenting living adult humans). By reading erotica, especially short stories, you can discover what elements of eroticism do it for you. Some stories you’ll read and think: “Oh yes, I like that!” so you might want to explore that eroticism; others will be: “Oh no, that leaves me cold/turns me off” so you know you’re not interested in exploring that eroticism; and some will be: “Ooh, I’m not sure if I like that or not…” in which case it could be worth exploring, if you’re brave enough!

3. Spice Up Your Sex Play

Reading erotica aloud to each other is very sexy and can be part of your beforeplay – or turn it into a game where you try to distract the reader, as part of your foreplay…

More importantly, reading erotica alone or together will give you insights into what you and your partner like. Then you can experiment with adding elements to your own sex play. The stories might be more extreme than you necessarily would be comfortable with, so ask yourself how you could add milder elements to your own life. If, for example, you liked the voyeuristic elements of a story about a couple being watched while they have sex, perhaps you could have sex by an open window or on a balcony. If a story about bondage turns you on, you can always play with stockings and scarves from your own cupboard for a less scary experience, or purchase feathered handcuffs or silken rope for a sensual bondage experience.

You could explore this further by writing some erotica together: you write a paragraph, then your partner writes the next, then you the next, and so on… See what interesting places that takes you to!

There’s plenty of very good erotica around these days. Good book stores have an erotica section. Some adult shops sell erotica – Maxxx Black has a particularly fine range.

Just on the topic of erotica, I pen a pretty good story myself, and am putting the finishing touches to my next book on Female Sexual Archetypes. It contains 44 erotic vignettes to illustrate the concepts, and will be the world’s first book in the brand new genre of Therapeutic Erotica. I’m very excited about this!

That’ll be a fourth reason to read erotica!

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Jacqueline is available for private sessions. Book in with her for private sessions or attend Tantra Fusion Workshops to explore your eroticism.

Sweet, delicious romance – Fae’s Top Five

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I must say it has been inspiring, the amount of customers who have been shopping in our Romance section the past couple of weeks.

Is there something in the air?

I mean, people come into MaXXX Black and drop a fortnight’s salary on huge bags of bondage gear, latex, kinky toys and a few deluxe vibrators and I don’t bat an eyelid.

But when several customers in a row come in to buy some massage oil for their beloved it really makes me go all a-flutter!

It is heartwarming to see that we’re all being good to each other, in a way that is playful, sensual and loving. It has definitely inspired me with these romantic gift ideas for myself… I mean,  for my partner.

For Massage

1. Massage candles. A scented candle that melts down into a deliciously warm, pourable massage oil. Oh yes, I bought this for you darling. Massage me now, please.

Melt Chocolate Body Fondue

2. Chocolate body paint. I’ve always thought this is just a cheeky way of getting to have a second dessert, only this way you’re not being “a greedy pig”, you’re in fact being “raunchy”.

Dust Up Kissable Body Shimmer

3.  Kissable body powder. Mmmmm, she’s all sparkly. Oh wow, she tastes like strawberries….

Etherea Silk Cuffs

4.  Silk handcuffs. These are so sensual to be tied up with, and softer than the time you got arrested.

Flirty Little Secret Luminizing Body Butter With Pheromones

5.  Body butter with pheromones.  Yes, pheromones. This rich, creamy lotion not only smells divine, but has a mysterious way of making people fall at your feet. Look out!

– Fae Fox

NEW Products: LELO’s Magic Wand is Smarter than Hitachi, and in-store now!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

It’s been a long time in development, but LELO’s answer to the most popular sex toy of all time has arrived at MaXXX Black.

The leading global designer of intimate massagers and accessories, LELO, is launching the brand’s first personal all-over massage device, the LELO Smart Wand™ massager. Including LELO’s patent-pending SenseTouch™ technology, fostering comfort, relief and control, LELO’s Smart Wand™ massager is available at MaXXX Black Sydney and through maxxxblack.com.

SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

LELO’s Smart Wand has us all in a flutter for three very important reasons:

1.  Shhhhhh Quiet – unlike almost every other wand vibe out there, Smart Wand is exceptionally quiet for a wand vibrator.

2. Waterproof – this wand is not afraid to dive. Ready for play in watery depths, Smart Wand is just as much fun in the shower, bath, spa, pool, stream, bay or anywhere else you’d like to be submerged.

3. SenseTouch – It might sound like a big fat marketing gimmick, but the technology inside SenseTouch is more than just hyperbole. With a little practice you and your partner will be wondering why all toys don’t come with this as standard.

4. It’s Pretty – Aesthetics are important. Ask any woman who has been the recipient of a bright green jelly dildo and she’ll will gladly point out why the very look of this award-winning toy is enough for her to say ‘yes’ again and again and again.

A world first for all-over body massagers, SenseTouch™ technology is a revolutionary new way to enjoy massage, where vibration-strength is triggered the moment the wand touches the body. Vibrations increase the longer the massager stays in contact with the body; enabled by the touch-sensor in the massage tip, the effect mirrors a more professional technique, where power grows steadily to bring relief and relaxation at a pace that’s right for each individual.

LELO’s Smart Wand™ massager delivers the benefits of a spa-grade massage, helping to soothe achy and sore muscles in the back, neck, shoulders or anywhere else. Designed to aid in minimizing muscle stress and relaxing muscle tissue, helps promote good circulation, an elevated mood and increased flexibility.

The massager delivers the high-powered, discreet performance LELO products are renowned for. From downtime during business trips to relaxation at home, the waterproof and rechargeable massager can even be enjoyed in the bath or shower.

LELO’s Smart Wand™ massager comes in two sizes, including a medium size which is perfect for travel and all-over massaging while on-the-go. The large size Smart Wand™ massager is more powerful than any other rechargeable massager on the market, perfect for deeply satisfying all-over body massage.

Made from the smoothest FDA approved body-safe silicone, the silky surface creates a soft, but firm touch while the enlarged SenseTouch™ tip allows for even technique and massage. The LELO Smart Wand™ massager delivers up to two hours of relaxing stimulation through eight different massage strokes.

Through LELO’s commitment to providing intimate well-being products that physicians trust, the innovative company has attracted a customer base of loyal, forward-thinking enthusiasts who are leading a movement that supports personal health as a necessary component of overall well-being.

SEE THE NEW LINE AT MAXXXBLACK.COM – CLICK HERE

Advice: Heat things up with temperature play!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

It might be cold outside, but that only gives us lots of reasons to play more indoors. Here at MaXXX we find that this time of year has lots of couples buying up big on things like massage oils and candles, specialty lubricants and little tips and tricks to extend fun in the bedroom on long cold nights.

Besides a little slap and tickle, or perhaps a bit of light bondage, there is one area of play you may have not explored before – temperature play.

Temperature changes stimulate and excite nerves. When outside influences stay the same, your nerves relax and can become desensitised — they know what’s coming, nothing is changing, so they go to low power. If you stimulate the nerves by changing temperature, they stay awakeand, therefore, increase the power of your sexual play.

By experimenting with different degrees of touch and temperature, you will expose your body to a variety of thrilling physical reactions that you haven’t felt before. These diverse sensations dramatically increase arousal, heighten skin sensitivity, and release pleasure-fueling endorphins.”

TURN UP THE HEAT

Why it works:Adding heat to the right spots on your lover’s bod will actually boost their sensitivity to touch. Applying warmth raises thermal temperature, causing  blood flow to increase, which, in turn, makes skin more receptive to stimulation.  And a little heat goes a long way.Mind-blowing moves: Fire up your sack sessions by breathing new life into foreplay…literally. When you blow on their skin, your warm breath creates a change in temperature, which heightens arousal,” says Stella Resnick, PhD, author of The Pleasure Zone. Simply let your parted lips linger over the more sensitive spots, like their stomach, ears or neck, and gently exhale. Juliana, 23, swears this technique is not all hot air. “My guy actually quivers whenever I blow on his earlobes and nipples while we’re fooling around,” she says. “He always tells me he gets such a rush when I do that.”

If you want to bring your partner to the boiling point, try this hot-water trick. Put a warm — not scalding — cup of H2O by the bed. Before you go down, take a sip to get your mouth nice and toasty, and swallow. Then take another small sip, but this time hold on to the liquid as you take them in your mouth, swish the water around for a few seconds and then swallow. If any of it spills , just lick it off; we promise, your lover won’t mind one little bit.

Besides special lubricants that can heat up and cool down you can also try using massage candles for some safe hot wax play. Unlike traditional candles, massage candles (like those from LELO, right) are usually made from soy wax, and are designed to melt the wax so that it’s warm enough to pour and spread, but not so hot that it will burn or mark.

Use it for massage or to tease your partner with a drop or two from a height – either way you’ll both be a little ‘hotter’.

TIP: Pour some of the wax into a plastic baster and microwave for a few seconds. Then you cna use the  baster to drop little beads of hot wax onto their body, spell out naughty words or create a trail for your partner to follow on your body. (is just as much fun with some massage oil hated up).
Hotter Than Hot: If all of this sounds fun, but not quite enough, then turn your naughty thoughts to the world of adult toys – and especially the ones that can fit into your temperature play fantasies.
Glass: Glass dildos, dilettes and plugs have been around for decades. But only in the last 5 years or so have they truly become gorgeous play things. Made from super-strong materials, and often infused with precious metals for lustrous colour, a glass piece can be mildly heated and cooled simply with a glass of water bu the bed.
Metal: Think shiny. Really shiny. Hand-polished stainless steel, gold and silver sex toys are all in-vogue at the moment. Super-safe, easily cleaned, but more importantly – metal toys (steel especially) will hold their heat for even longer than glass. So you have even more time to figure out the best place to play with them. Just like glass, there is a toy for pretty much everyone, from petite beads to the incredible Njoy Eleven.
To see more of MaXXX Black’s romance and intimacy products check out the latest gift guide at www.maxxxblack.com

New Review: The No Excuses Guide to Soul Mates

Friday, June 15th, 2012

There are times in my life I could look back on now and feel foolish.

And I’m not talking about those times at the pub doing obnoxious a-capella renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of my lungs whilst playing air guitar and standing on the pool table. On a school night.

I’m talking about the times I was sure I had found ‘The One’.

Silly me. Yep, six months of swanning around, blissfully declaring that I had found “My Soul Mate”…. only to wake up one morning, roll over and think, “Really? YOU? I thought YOU were my SOUL MATE?!?!” before running from the building at full speed, half-dressed, screaming in terror and wearing only one shoe.

Then there were the times of knowing, deep within, that this time I actually had found my Soul Mate, like really-really-actually-for-real-this-time. The electricity. The intense passion. The sublime spiritual connection. And at the root of all this, the certainty that the feeling was mutual.

Until I got dumped.

You know that moment when the world crumbles around you as you lie bloodied and broken, heart shattered on the floor?

Yup. We’ve all felt it at some point.

These moments of heartbreak and disillusionment send us into limbo. Some days we curse the day we fell for the soul mate myth. What a crock. “Soul mates are for gullible wimps and they’re not even real anyway,” we say. “I’m gonna be a player. I’m gonna leave a trail of broken hearts. Once I’ve eaten this entire pack of Tim Tams.”

Other days we might call our best friend and wail through the phone, “The soul mate IS SO real and my one dumped me, I’ll NEVER leave the house again!”

It becomes apparent that, in order to restore our faith in humanity, we must find another soul mate to fill the void and end the suffering.

So we go out looking for The One. We search ALL the bars. ALL the clubs. We roam the streets. Every cute shop assistant is a potential soul mate. And after quite a few uninspiring dates and at least three bit-of-a-shocker hookups, we start to get really down. “Why can’t I find my soul mate? What’s wrong with all these people? Maybe it’s just me? Why am I not good enough? Am I destined to walk this earth alone forever? I’m so ugly…”

Does any of this sound familiar?

If so – well, I read a book recently which was really helpful. It’s called The No Excuses Guide To Soul Mates by Stacey DeMarco and Jade Sky.

This book explained a lot for me. So get this – according to DeMarco and Sky, Soul Mates do exist. But not in the traditional sense. For instance, it’s not like there’s only One Perfect Match for you in your whole life and if you screw that up, well you might as well be dead. There’s more than one type of soul mate. Some are platonic, some are romantic, some are very physical, some are more spiritual. Even our teachers, family, or best friends can be a type of life-changing soul mate, and we attract them into our lives at different times depending on where we’re at – in that moment.

Something clicked for me as I read this book. I could actually look at each soul-mate-type and relate it to my own relationships and experiences. Suddenly these feelings of having found The One didn’t seem so misguided and foolish. Those people were special to me for a reason. Sure, they would be wrong for me now. But for me then, they were…the One.

DeMarco and Sky show you how to detox from a bad relationship and move on, build your personal power, break destructive patterns, and make dating FUN again. It’s a very heartwarming, empowering, and comforting book.

If you’ve ever had any kind of doubts, guilt, embarassment or bewilderment about any of your ex-“Soul Mates” – don’t beat yourself up, give this book a read. It might just give you some closure.

The No Excuses Guide To Soul Mates is always available at MaXXX Black. To view or purchase online please click HERE.

– Fae Fox

How To Have A Naughty Holiday!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Article Originally Published on BetterSexNetwork by Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD

With our northern neighbours soaking up the sunshine (and rubbing it in our collective televisual faces) and our own weather managing more frosty than frisky, our thoughts naturally turn to that tropical getaway,  or a spot of travel in a warmer, northern cliamate. What with international travel prices so low at the moment now is a perfect time to plan a naughty holiday. Cities from London to Tokyo to New Orleans have erotic scenes beyond your wildest dreams, just waiting to be tapped by pleasure-seekers.

In addition to booking your flight, choosing a hotel, and getting romantic restaurant recommendations, investigate where to go in cultivating your carnal side vis–à–vis local culture. Check out annual guides that are published exclusively on everything sex-related to a city, like Paris Sexy, getting leads on titillations like…

Spas:

Kick off your holiday with some R&R, namely a decadent, sensual massage. Such spa treatment will help to reconnect you with your body, getting you in a sexy state of mind and helping you to relax (a much needed component of eventually getting sexually revved!). Enjoy, too, being buffed and bathed with a hot soak, scrub down, or steam bath. This is your time to leave your regular life behind (at least temporarily) and prime yourselves for pure eroticism.

 

Adult Stores:

Sexual enhancement boutiques can range from the high-end to the trashy, depending on the mood you’re in. Whether you want a store resembling a modern art gallery or like the lewd, equip yourselves with an array of intimate private time products. Leisurely browse impressive assortments of for-your-pleasure delights like vibrators, hand-blown dildos, sensual massage lotions, French ticklers, satin cuffs (with matching mask), custom-made crops or whips, erotic games… Don’t forget to pick up sensual bath and body products for some post-sex action as well, as you’re sure to have worked up a sweat in testing out your new toys!

Erotic bookstores & museums:

Lose yourselves in collections of erotic art, graphic novels, racy photographs, pornographic comics, adult-only reading and DVD selections, lewd postcards… you get the picture.

 

Lingerie boutiques: Whether buying for yourself or for your sweetie, indulge yourselves in ensembles of ‘barely there’s.’ Not only will such shopping make you feel sexier, you’ll feel naughtier as your fingers graze lacy G-strings and garter belts, as you choose a form-fitting velvet or leather corset, or as you slip on some sexy black seamed stockings, a sheer, babydoll teddy, or the infamous maid costume.

Fetish Fashion:

For those feeling bold enough to shop for fetishwear, check out local collections of latex lingerie, costumes, boots, and vinyl bustiers, amongst other props, for satisfying your fixations. Top off your purchase with some killer stilettos, a feather boa, or wig, but not before inquiring about any upcoming events or fetish parties the shop might be discreetly hosting or know about.

 

Cabarets & Burlesque shows: For those not into “raunch”, but hoping to soothe their need for the sensual, mesmerizing cabarets and burlesque shows can do just the trick. Offering a range of deliveries, from the sassy to the shocking, these art forms play with the power of suggestion via dance, storytelling, and parody, with the burlesque possibly offering partial striptease. Other sensually-focused entertainment experiences can include a city’s ballet, theatre, or opera performances (love that drama).

In the end, your vacation is all abut YOU and the person you travel with. It can be as relaxing, sultry, sexy, or dirty as you want it to be.

Just remember to check local laws regarding adult entertainment, alcohol and drugs, and even sex toys if you’re travelling outside of Europe or North America. Plus you should always remember to be stocked up on lubricant and condoms if you’re planning on playing with multiple partners – it’s not only responsible, it’s essential.

We Vibe 3 – Believe the hype!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

So, we’ve had the We Vibe 3 in store for a little while now – just long enough for the customer feedback to start flooding back in. And that it has! When it comes to this bad boy, it has been one massive love story with a very happy ending.

It goes a little something like this:

“Wearing the We Vibe 3 while having sex gave me and my partner simultaneous JOY.”

“The remote control is awesome. We took our We Vibe 3 out for dinner. It was fun.”

“We loved our We Vibe II, but you definitely notice the We Vibe 3 has more power – which is just what I needed, as it turns out!”

“The toy is designed to be worn while you’re having sex, but we’ve been using it in other ways too. Because of the U-shape and the two motors, it’s really fun to use it to tweak nipples, stimulate the perineum, and for clitoral play.”

“I use it by myself. I’ve kind of been hogging it. We use it together too, but on the nights we don’t spend together, I always make sure the We Vibe is in its little charging dock ready for action!”

“Any toy that is 100% waterproof is a winner for me because I love playing in the shower. The charging dock and case is convenient too – very discreet.”

We could go on, but you get the idea. We Vibe 3, you are a hit. They love you. We kinda knew  they would. But it’s nice to have it confirmed.

– Fae Fox

To see MaXXX’s range of We Vibe products, simply click HERE.

All-New Winter Romance at MaXXX Black

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

We love Winter. Yes it’s freezing outside and Sydney can go from fog and frozen, to sun and sweat, and back again in just a few hours. But winter brings us back inside and after the initial shock has worn off it’s the perfect time to get inspired in the bedroom (or wherever!).

Unlike Summer – which is all about outddor fun and golden skin and LOTS of activity – Winter is all about coming in from the world and creating a romantic little universe all of your very own. With just a few choice items and an adventurous spirit you and your partner could spend the next three months curled up in all sorts of naughty ways.

And why not? Turn off the telly, start a fire (or light some candles) and get some magic happening while the nights are long.

We’ve just posted FOUR great new gift guides to help you find the perfectcombination to create your Winter romance:

Hot chocolate and winter seem to go hand-in-hand. But why not take that a step further and create a hot chocolate experience with MaXXX Black’s yummiest chocolate-themed products.

From massage oils to low-fat body fondue and kissable body powders – there’s even a cacao-inspired massage candle!

 

Romance doesn’t have to be about anything else but your body and their body. Explore every curving luscious inch of your partner with a little help from MaXXX.

Super-fine massage oils, warming lubricants, silk underthings and new ways to taste, touch and sense each other.

 

Like to be tied up? What about a little blindfold or nipple fun? Bondage and bdsm doesn’t have to be hard and hurty. The sensations of restraint and fantasy are universally acknowledged and we have some beautiful ways to explore your kinky side. Even if it’s your first time.

 

 

Toys Toys Toys! It’s what we love to talk about and with Sydney’s most affordable luxury range you are bound to find something to add some extra ‘buzz’ to your budoir.

Oh and guys, this isn’t just about her. We have lots of toys that are all about playing together – check out our Winter Toys Gift Guide.