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Product and Usage Guide

Here you'll find information on the various categories that we stock, such as what they're for and how they're used.  If there's a product-related question that isn't covered here, e-mail at customerservice@sexytoybox.com.au and we'll include it on the site, or even just email for a confidential chat to work out what tickles your fancy.

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Vibrators - Deluxe

Soft jelly or silicone-coated vibrators, usually with metal or plastic rotating beads around the shaft and a clitoral stimulator near the base.  Deluxe vibrators have more features and more power than regular vibes, and usually perform multiple functions at once to deliver all over stimulation.  While not all of them have the features above (some have no beads but a flexible shaft) they all have multiple stimulators and functions. 
Beads can be synchronized, meaning that the whole set rotates as a whole and will never jam, or they can be staggered and move separately.  Pearls are similar to beads but are generally not set in place, simply clustered around the shaft itself, and tend to be less defined than beads. 
All deluxe vibrators have a clitoral stimulator, which is usually in the form of a cute animal.  These vibrate against the clitoris and stimulate externally, while the shaft of the vibrator is producing internal stimulation.
Each part of a deluxe vibrator tends to be able to be controlled independently, with shaft rotation, shaft vibration and clitoral stimulator vibration able to be cycled through various speeds, patterns and functions, making these vibrators worthy of their title of 'deluxe'. 
There are a huge range of deluxe vibrators and it would be impossible to describe them all here.  They all vary in strength, functions, price and cuteness, so the best way to get a good idea of the many features available in these toys is to have a look!

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant
- use a toy cleaner
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, paying particular attention to any material cords, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric
- an arousal gel applied to the clitoris will help to increase sensations from the clitoral stimulator
- 'waterproof' toys should not necessarily be submerged.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater.  Unless otherwise stated, deluxe vibrators are not waterproof in any sense
- remove batteries after use to prevent them from going flat or leaking




Vibrators - Bendable

These are soft vibrators which usually have vertebrae down the shaft, allowing them to be bent to various angles and stay there, giving very targeted stimulation in just the right spots.  There are some exceptions to this, but on the whole bendable vibrators are of this type.  They come in a range of colours, sizes and styles, are usually very cute and colourful, and often have raised nodules or even clitoral stimulators attached.  Bendable vibes are very versatile, so you can directly stimulate the G-spot, while still having a vibrator that can be used straight.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant, as some jellies can be slightly 'grippy' on their own
- use a toy cleaner, as this will break down any bacteria or residue on the toy and help to prevent infections from occurring
- batteries should be removed from toys after use, to prevent flattening and possible leakage of the batteries
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric
- 'waterproof' toys should not necessarily be submerged.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater




Vibrators - Mini

Compact, affordable vibrators, usually with a hard plastic case and generally between 3 and 5 inches in length.  Like larger vibrators, mini-vibes come in all different finishes, with soft, hard, textured and untextured varieties all available.  Mini-vibes are quite common joke presents, and while some of them are made specifically for this purpose, many of them are intended to be used as proper vibrators which are compact enough to carry around with you.  In addition, they are often the starting place for people who want to buy a vibrator, but can't justify spending money on a mid-range toy if they're still uncertain about whether they'll enjoy them.  That said, most people who buy a mini-vibe will upgrade to a larger vibrator in the future.  Mini-vibes can be used internally or externally, again helping people decide whether they enjoy clitoral vibration and internal stimulation, letting them know what to look for in their next purchase.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant
- use a toy cleaner, as this will break down any bacteria or residue on the toy and help to prevent infections from occurring
- batteries should be removed from toys after use, to prevent flattening and possible leakage of the batteries
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric
- 'waterproof' toys should not necessarily be submerged.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater




Vibrators - Soft

There are hundreds of types of soft (sometimes referred to as 'Jelly') vibes to choose from - they come in a huge range of softnesses, colours, sizes, textures, shapes, and levels of realism.  The softness of these vibrators ranges from incredibly soft real-skin materials to firm jelly with just a bit of give.  Soft vibes can be coated in jelly, silicone, latex, or various real-skin materials:

Jelly:   A special type of intimate rubber that coats a hardcased vibrator or bullet.  Firmness varies from very soft to very firm.  While quite easy to clean, jellies tend to be more porous than other materials and will require a bit more attention when cleaning.
Silicone:   Can be incredibly soft or firm, but usually more towards the firm side.  Silicone toys are less porous, making them more hygienic.
Latex:   Soft and non-porous, but not commonly encountered.  Some people are allergic to latex, so of course these toys are not suited to them.
Real-Skin:   Many varieties of real skin exist, usually each major company has its own brand.  Popular types of real skin used in soft vibrators include Cyberskin, UR3, Life-Like, Better-than-real and Futurotic.  They feel, and usually look, quite realistic.

Soft vibrators span a large price range, available from as little as $16.95 to over $50.  Depending on the model chosen, a mixture of vibration, pulsation and escalation speeds are possible, as well as gyrating models.  Gyration refers to more pronounced vibrations that cause the toy to visibly move.

A few recommendations from Sexy Toy Box to help you get the most our of your vibes:
- batteries should be removed from vibrating toys after use, to prevent flattening and possible leakage of the batteries
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric.  Do not use alcohol-based toy cleaners on real-skin vibrators, as they may damage the material
- Toys labeled as 'waterproof' can be used in the shower or cleaned with water, but not submerged




Vibrators - Hardcased

Your standard vibrator; simple, easy to clean, and with a hard case that's usually made of plastic.  These are usually the starting point for people who are looking to buy their first vibrator because they are non-threatening and well-priced.  Because these toys are non-porous (being plastic) they don't readily absorb body fluids or lubricants, making them relatively hygienic to use and store.  Although their design is quite simplistic, there are many high-quality hardcased vibrators that have variable speeds and functions, targeted to people who are after a simple, reliable, straight vibrator.  In addition to the straight types, it is also possible to get hardcased vibrators that are tapered, have a scooped tip, a G-spot curve, or a gyrating (more pronounced shaking) motion.  Hardcased vibrators are available in a huge range of colours, textures, sizes and shapes, and are generally made of plastic but can be metal, too.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant, as it will make the whole experience more enjoyable and comfortable
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric
- both alcohol and non-alcohol-based toy cleaners are fine to use with hardcased vibrators
- remove batteries after use to avoid them going flat or possibly leaking
- do not use toys in the shower if they are not labeled as waterproof, and do not submerge toys in water even if they are labeled as waterproof




Vibrators - Double Penetrators

Essentially a vibrator with two penetrators, usually penis-shaped or similar, that are used for simultaneous vaginal and anal penetration.  Generally made of soft jelly or silicone, with a beaded anal penetrator, forming slanted Y-shape, with the controls of a normal vibrator.  Usually double penetrators are not independently controlled - the toy is a single vibrating unit, with a vibrating bullet located at the base of the two penetrators.  Speed control is usually by a dial on the bottom.  Unless you are really good at multi-tasking, these toys are the best way to give yourself double penetration.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant, as it will make the whole experience more enjoyable and comfortable
- do not transfer between penetrators; use the anal one solely for anal and the vaginal one solely for vaginal, as swapping back and forth is very unhygienic and can result in illnesses and infections
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable fabric
- use a toy cleaner before the first use, and immediately after each use
- remove batteries after use to avoid them going flat or possibly leaking
- follow the same safety and usage tips as for anal toys





Dongs & Dildos

Dongs and dildos are the same thing, and both names are equally right (although 'dildo' tends to get more of a laugh).  They vary from vibrators in that they are generally non-vibrating, and are used more for penetrative stimulation than for vibrational stimulation.  Some dongs do vibrate, however, and are distinguished from vibrators in that their battery pack is separate to the actual dong, and connected by a cord. 

Dongs are generally penis-shaped, and are available in a huge array of materials, including silicone, jelly, real-skin materials, Silagel, glass and more.  They vary hugely in shape, with small, 18-inch, double-ended, realistic and fetish dongs all quite common.  The range of colours and textures vary widely too, so the range of dongs to choose from is virtually endless.  Many dongs also have a suction cup on the base, allowing them to stuck to almost any smooth, clean surface - the bathtub, shower wall, chairs, walls, anything!  Because of the very nature of dongs, they are by far the best type of female toy for simulating intercourse - there are so many available that you can choose the perfect type for you, they stimulate directly through penetration, and there are no wires or batteries to worry about.

The fantastic thing about completely non-vibrating dongs is that they are completely waterproof.  You can use them in the shower or bath, and they are simple to clean because they can be fully submerged in water, unlike almost all vibrators (even waterproof vibrators generally aren't submergable, but they can be used in the shower). 
Most often, the largest toys will be dongs.  These are generally 'challenge' toys, such as ultra-large penises and fetish toys.

To help explain the various types of dongs in more detail, we've broken them up into subcategories:

Regular Dongs:   The most common type of dong, as described above.

Double Dongs:    Dongs with two penetrative ends, which are often penis-shaped but can quite often be probes or other shapes.  Usually longer than regular dongs, double dongs can be U-shaped, straight, or bendable.  The U-shaped varieties are best for double penetration, while straight double dongs are great for use between lesbian partners simultaneously, and generally allow some degree of flexibility, although they are commonly used as an extra-long dong, and sometimes have different sized heads on each end for this purpose.  Bendable double dongs can generally be used for all of the above uses.  Most often made of jelly, and some double dongs have removable vibrating bullets in them for additional stimulation if desired.

Strap-on:    Sometimes simply referred to as 'strap-ons'.  These are described in the 'Strap-ons' section of this document.

Glass Dongs:   Can be both single or double dongs, in a variety of shapes, colours and textures.  Glass dongs are often more luxurious toys, very smooth, almost unbreakable, usually elaborately textured, and quite decorative.  Unlike most dongs, glass dongs are hard and therefore give different sensations.  Glass by nature is non-porous, so they're easier to clean than any other material and won't absorb lubricants or fluids of any kind.  To sterilize, they can simply be boiled in water for several minutes.  One of the niftiest things about glass dongs is that they can easily have their temperature changed - by putting them in cold or icy water their temperature drops (and holds for quite a while), and they can be warmed up with warm water (not in the oven!).   This gives different sensations than using the toy at regular temperatures, but we must stress to check the temperature of the toy on a more sensitive area before use if you choose to warm it, as the genitals are more temperature-sensitive than most regions.  Most glass toys are made from borosilicate glass (commercially known as Pyrex) and are durable, resistant to chipping, breaking and shape changes.  Put simply, they'll last for years.

If you're looking to try your first dong, or even if you're simply looking for a well-priced, high quality toy, we recommend trying one of the dongs from the Radiant Gems range.  They're made from hygienically superior material, well-sized, well-priced and come in a huge range of shapes (we stock 10 different models!).

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant, as it will make the whole experience more enjoyable and comfortable
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton
- use a toy cleaner, but for real-skin materials only non-alcohol-based toy cleaners should be used to avoid damaging the material
- if a dong has a bullet or other battery-operated unit, remove batteries after use to avoid them going flat or possibly leaking
- it is recommended not to share toys where possible to avoid exchange of bodily fluids, although simultaneous use of a double dong would not normally be an issue here.  Nonetheless, using a condom over the end of a dong is recommended if you absolutely must share toys, as it can be changed over between users




Strap-Ons

Like vibrators, strap-ons come in a wide range of colours, sizes, shapes and materials.  Some vibrate and some don't, while some are made to be worn by females and others are made to be worn by males.  In addition, some strap-ons also have vaginal and/or anal plugs, so the wearer gets the feeling of penetration with every thrust as well.  Many types of people use strap-ons, ranging from lesbians, to men who enjoy being penetrated by their female partner, to men with difficulties maintaining an erection.  For men who feel that they climax too soon, male strap-ons allow them to give their partner longer periods of intercourse without the worry of climaxing early. 
Generally, strap-ons consist of a harness and an attachment, the former of which are usually stretchy or adjustable to ensure than they'll fit almost any wearer.  Some harnesses allow the replacement of the dong with various other ones, whether they are manufactured by the same company or any commercial dong can be used depends on the manufacturer.  In addition, some strap-ons come with an additional length of harness to allow it to fit larger people, although the harnesses are usually able to accommodate fairly large sizes already.

A few cautions on the use of strap-ons:
- use plenty of lubricant.  Because the wearer isn't able accurately gauge the amount of friction being felt by their partner, it is best to use more lubricant rather than less.  Water based lubricants are fine, as are silicone ones.
- be gentle, and communicate well.  Again, because the wearer doesn't experience the exact sensations of traditional sex, it is harder to judge when they are pushing to hard.  Start out slowly, and maybe let your partner control the action until you both get used to it
- batteries should be removed from vibrating toys after use, to prevent flattening and possible leakage of the batteries
- for men who want to be penetrated by female partners, it is best to discuss this with them first, and have them there when you choose it.  Some partners may be delighted by the surprise chance to be on the other end of the action, while some may be completely taken aback by the idea and could offend you by refusing to take part.  Similarly, they may be offended that you have already made a decision for them regarding such an intimate activity and refuse outright
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton




Love Dolls

These can be of the novelty type intended purely for amusement, such as the 'Little Daisy' inflatable cow, and serious love dolls intended to simulate intercourse. 
Low range:    Novelty dolls are great for birthdays, buck's nights, hen's nights, or simply as a joke gift, and relatively cheap to buy.  These range from small animal-shaped dolls that are not intended for actual use, to life-sized dolls that are penetrable and can be used as a real love doll if desired.  These love dolls are often made of a synthetic material, can have up to three holes, and have printed cartoon-style faces.  While it is possible to use the life-sized dolls, their performance isn't as satisfying as with middle- and upper-range dolls.  They often come with free trial lubricants. Prices generally range from $20 to $50.
Mid-range:    The next step up from novelty dolls is the mid-range love dolls, which are designed to be used to simulate intercourse.  While still being made from synthetic materials like novelty dolls, these love dolls often come with special features such as vibration, more defined genitals, 'realistic' passages that are made from real-skin material, three-dimensional faces, free trial lubricants, or solid hands and/or feet.  If you're looking for a first love doll, these are a good place to start.  Prices generally range from $80 to $150.
Upper-range:    The most realistic of love dolls, and with the most features.  These love dolls are for people who intend to use them as a serious sex aid, although occasionally they may be bought for birthdays or buck's nights as a group present that everybody chips in on.  Upper-range love dolls can hold the most weight, and often are able to perform particular sexual positions.  They generally have three-dimensional mannequin-style heads, which can also feature teeth, soft lips, realistic hair, and glistening eyes, and are more lifelike than the mid-range and lower-range dolls.  The bodies are often made from soft vinyl or latex, which tends to be more durable, and often have solid hands, feet, breasts and genitals.  With molded real-skin style vagina's, anuses and breasts similar to handheld masturbators and pussies being quite common in the upper-range dolls, the upper-range dolls provide a much more enjoyable experience than their cheaper counterparts.  Most upper-range dolls also come with vibrating bullets or eggs, which can further enhance sensations, and these and the molded stimulators are usually removable.  Prices vary, beginning at around $200.  As we cannot stock all deluxe love dolls, if there is a particular one that you are after, contact us and we'll do our best to arrange one for you.

Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box that will help you get the most out of your love doll:
- use a lubricant with your doll, as this will make the toy more comfortable and enjoyable to use
- use a toy cleaner to clean any contact areas of your doll.  This will help to break down any bodily fluids or bacteria that may become trapped inside the toy.  Alternatively, use a condom and water-based lubricant when enjoying your toy, although it is still recommended that you clean it with water afterwards
- do not store your doll in a sealed bag.  If you do, any moisture on the doll will not be able to escape and may lead to degradation of the material, or a possible build up of bacteria
- remove batteries from the toy when not in use, otherwise they may go flat or leak
- never use Vaseline or any petroleum-type lubricant.  It will degrade the material.




Pussies & Male Masturbators

Ladies get a huge range of fun toys - vibrators, clitoral stimulators, and dongs - but why should they have all the fun?  Male masturbators include pussies (imitation vagina's), asses (imitation anuses), mouths and various other penetrable stimulators.  They come in a vast array of shapes, sizes, colours and textures, can be made from various materials, and are often molded from famous porn stars such as Jesse Jane, Kaylani Lei, Tera Patrick and Carmen Luvana.  Many masturbators are made from various real-skin materials, such as Cyberskin, UR3, Futurotic, Loveclone and Magic Flesh, as well as various types of jelly.  Sizes range from pocket-sized sleeves to full-sized casts of the buttocks and genitals, the latter of which are usually highly realistic and casts of stars. The smaller hand-held toys consist of a single entrance, and a passage down the length of the toy.  Most pussies and male masturbators have textured passages for greater stimulation, and often the mid-range and upper-range varieties come with removable bullets or eggs that add vibrations to the experience.  Other less common masturbation toys that we stock include a foot with a vaginal passage in the heel, a textured pad for masturbation, and a solid, amazingly realistic-feeling cast of Jenna Jameson's breasts.

 Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box that will help you get the most out of your male masturbator:
- use a lubricant with your toy, as this will make it more comfortable and enjoyable to use
- use a non-alcohol-based toy cleaner before the toys initial use, and after every use.  This will help to break down any bodily fluids or bacteria that may become trapped inside the toy.  Alternatively, use a condom and water-based lubricant when enjoying your toy, although it is still recommended that you clean it with water afterwards.  Most toys are submersible in warm, clean water once the batteries and electronic parts have been removed.  Alcohol-based toy cleaners may degrade the real-skin materials that many dolls are made of
- do not store these toys in a sealed bag.  If you do, any moisture on the toy will not be able to escape and may lead to degradation of the material, or a possible build up of bacteria
- remove batteries from the toy when not in use, otherwise they may go flat or leak
- never use Vaseline or any petroleum-type lubricant.  It will degrade the material.



 

Condoms

If you're old enough to be at this page, chances are you already know what condoms do.  At Sexy Toy Box, we don't sell 3, 6 or 12 packs of condoms - they're just not economical for you to purchase online.  Instead, we sell 144 packs which, for all but the luckiest of people, will see you through the better part of a year.  Buying condoms in bulk has many advantages - it saves you money, it means you rarely need to purchase them, the checkout girl at your local supermarket won't need to know how often you're having sex, and you'll be able to avoid that horrible realisation that you've run out of condoms at the most crucial time!  We sell various types of condoms in bulk;
Ansell Regular - Standard length, girth and thickness, made from natural rubber latex
Four Seasons Regular - Standard length, girth and thickness, made from natural rubber latex
Four Seasons Naked - Standard length and girth, but with thinner walls allowing more sensation. Natural rubber latex
Four Seasons Extra Strength - Standard length and girth, but with thicker walls for added safety and control.

All of the condoms that we sell are stored in a dedicated cupboard in a darkened room, completely sheltered from heat, sunlight and moisture, with air conditioning to ensure that they never get too hot, which can damage the material.

  Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box:
- keep condoms in a dry, dark place, below 25 degrees Celsius
- never reuse condoms, or use ones that have been previously opened but not used
- avoid handling condoms with long nails or sharp rings, and if oral sex occurs prior to intercourse, change the condom in between stages.  This helps to minimise breakage
- using condoms when enjoying love dolls and masturbators can help make cleaning easier, while also reducing the chances of infection if the toy has not been adequately cleaned
- never use Vaseline or any petroleum-type lubricant.  It will degrade the material.



Penis Pumps

There are three main types of penis pump, masturbation, erection and enlarging pumps, each of which is more suited for a particular purpose:
Masturbation Pumps:   Relatively cheap pumps, usually consisting of a cylinder, soft seals, and a vacuum bulb.  These pumps are designed for pleasure, not enlarging, which comes from the suction that it applies to the penis.  Some masturbation pumps come with vibrating units to enhance sensations.  They can also be used for assisting erections, although this isn't their primarily purpose.
Erection Pumps:   Low- to mid-range pumps consisting of a cylinder, soft seals and a vacuum bulb or similar.  The suction in the pump draws blood into the penis, engorging it and assisting in achieving an erection.  Any arousal that occurs whilst using the pump is also likely to contribute to this.  By putting on a cockring immediately after pumping, an erection can usually be maintained for a greater duration than usual.  These pumps can also be used for masturbation, and sometimes come with vibrating units for this purpose.
Enlarging Pumps:   Upper-range and of a higher quality than the masturbation and erection pumps, these generally consist of a cylinder and soft seals as with other pumps, but generally have a trigger or alternative means of removing pressure from the cylinder, and always have a vacuum gauge.  These gauges are essential because they allow you to know exactly what pressure you're currently at, and enlarging requires regular use at very specific pressures.  Using a cockring directly afterwards assists in maintaining your results.

  Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box to help you get the most out of your pump:
- use a lubricant, water-based ones would be most appropriate as they are easier to clean off using water.  Regardless of the type of pump you're using, lubricants help to provide a better seal against the sleeve, while increasing comfort and improving results.  It also allows your skin to move into the pump without stretching the skin or the seal
- enlarging must be a regular exercise in order to achieve and maintain results.  Think of it like going to the gym - it takes time to build up results, and if you stop going those results gradually diminish.
- do not pump to higher vacuum than the instructions recommend; this will not give you better results faster, and it may cause damage
- if it hurts, stop! This means that something isn't being done properly, or you have a preexisting injury.  If it feels uncomfortable, check that you've used lube and that you haven't created too strong a vacuum
- when using a cockring, put it on before you release the vacuum, but after you've finished pumping.  Cockrings are designed to limit the blood flow in and out of the penis; if you put one on before pumping, you'll only be hindering your own results
- Results will differ from person to person.  If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, your results may be influenced more substantially.    Similarly, stress can have a negative effect too
- You shouldn't have sex within 2 hours (on either side) of enlargement-pumping, as this causes the blood to leave the penis.  This also includes masturbation
- Enlarging may be ineffective if you have vascular disease or a similar ailment, as the blood vessels are likely to have hardened
- Just relax and enjoy, and again, if it hurts, stop immediately
- use a toy cleaner before the initial use, and after every use.  This will help to break down any bodily fluids or bacteria that may become trapped inside. 
- do not store pumps in a sealed bag.  If you do, any moisture will not be able to escape and may lead to degradation of the material, or a possible build up of bacteria
- remove batteries when not in use, otherwise they may go flat or leak
- it often helps to have a warm shower before use, as warmth promotes blood flow.  Pumping in a warm room will also help this
- a better seal can be attained if the area where the seal contacts the penis is shaved, although in most cases a lubricant should be sufficient
- never use Vaseline or any petroleum-type lubricant.  It will degrade the seals
- often more effect is seen on girth rather than length. Generally it is agreed that the girth of a penis has more impact on sexual performance anyway

How they work:   The cylinder, with the lubricated sleeve attached, is placed over the penis.  When the bulb/trigger is pumped, air is extracted from the cylinder, creating a vacuum.  This vacuum then draws more blood into the penis, engorging the tissue and helping to cause an erection.  When enlarging, this vacuum is kept for a period of time, which is believed to cause expansion of the tissue and result in an increase in size.  By placing a cockring at the base of the penis (behind or in front of the testicles, depending on the ring) the blood is trapped in the penis, helping to maintain the erection.    The quick release button allows the vacuum to be rapidly equalised and the pump to be removed.

There are two main methods of pumping for enlargement:
1:    Similar to weight lifting, the vacuum is held for 5-10 minutes, released, and repeated a number of times.  A session would normally last  45-60 minutes.
2:    Pump to the recommended vacuum, or to the maximum before discomfort begins, and hold there for the duration of the session, usually around 35-45 minutes once your routine is established.

Do not start performing sessions of the full length immediately.  Pump for 10-15 minutes initially, 4-5 times per week, and gradually increase this to the full session length as you get used to pumping.

 

Bondage & Discipline

The full range of bondage and discipline products involves whips, chokers, leads clamps and many other things.  While we do believe in sexual exploration, Sexy Toy Box is a friendly, fun and welcoming place for everyday people to buy their toys, and doesn't stock 'serious' bondage gear.  Our range includes the more intimate products, such as handcuffs (metal and fluffy), silk ropes and blindfolds.  These are intended more to add an element of naughtiness rather than for full-on bondage.
All of our handcuffs come with keys, but have safety levers on the side so that the wearer can remove them if need be.  It may sound silly, but Murphy's Law says that if you drop something important (such as handcuff keys!) it will undoubtedly fall through the only crack in your floor.
Our blindfolds are smooth and soft, similar to the travel mask type.  Again, they can be removed by the wearer if they feel unsafe.
Japanese Love Rope is a soft, non-marking rope that can be used for generally tying each other up, or as wrist and ankle cuffs.  They will not leave rope burns or marks like traditional rope, and  have a bit of give to them.
Of course, in taking part in any form of restraint, please make sure both partners have full consent, and full trust in each other.  Playful restraint is supposed to be just that - the enjoyment should come out of not knowing what treats are coming next, rather than being at the mercy of your partner.  If things ever go beyond your comfort level, agree that you can stop anytime before beginning.
We should stress that whenever you're going to experiment with restraints and discipline, you and your partner agree on a safety word.  When restrained, some people may feel uncomfortable and wish to stop, and a safety word that would not normally be used in the bedroom ("bananas" is a common one) will help here.




Hygiene Products (Toy Cleaner, Douches)

One of the most important aspects of any sexual activity is hygiene.  We cannot stress the importance of cleaning your toys, and ensuring that bacteria are not able to breed on toys or be transferred between partners. 

Toy Cleaners:  
Bacteria allowed to grow on toys can lead to irritation, infection, and in females, thrush.  Some of the soft materials used for adult toys, in particular real-skin type materials,  are often very porous, meaning that they can absorb bodily fluids and the lubricants that you use.  Cleaning these with soap and water is likely to only clean the surface, and may fail to get deep down into the pores of the material.  In addition, soap can build up on toys over time, causing irritation.  We recommend an antibacterial toy cleaner, which will help kill microorganisms on the surface or your toy, as well as getting into the pores to help eliminate bacteria.  While alcohol-based toy cleaners certainly do the job in this respect, they can  also damage particular materials, potentially drying out materials such as Cyberskin.  Non-alcohol-based toy cleaners, which generally contain triclosan as the active antibacterial agent, are gentler on your toys, and can be used on all toys without risk of destroying them.  We stock several triclosan toy cleaners.  We also stock Pjur Med CLEAN, a high grade, extremely gentle toy cleaner.  While more expensive, we strongly recommend this product as it is also great for cleaning and freshing up intimate regions before and after intercourse, making the whole experience more enjoyable for both partners.
A warning that Listerine isn't the best choice of toy cleaner (would you put mouthwash on your bits?), and methylated spirits is worse.  They are both very harsh products on your toys and body. 
To use toy cleaner, simply spray onto the toy, let it sit for a while (30 seconds should be plenty), and then wipe off using a clean wipe or tissue.  For cleaners without a spray head, a few drops on a clean cloth or tissue will suffice, and it can just be wiped over the toy.  Cleaning male toys can be a bit harder - rinse with water first, then do your best to clean the inside as mentioned above, then rinse again.

Douching:   Few people consider it, but douching is an essential part of preparing for any form of anal play.  It removes traces of waste from along the anal passage, making the process more hygienic.  A douche is simply a tool for spraying liquid (usually warm water) into the anal passage, which is then expelled, resulting in cleaner fun.  To use a douche, fill the bulb/container with tepid water, approximately at body temperature (37 degrees Celsius).  Once full, insert the tip of the tool into the area to be douched (it is possible to use for vaginal douching, but never use one douche for both areas) and squeeze the bulb to spray in the water.  Expel the fluid, and repeat as desired/until water is clear.  You should use a water based lubricant on the tip of the douche in order to make insertion more comfortable.  Do not use very hot or very cold water for douching - cold water is a shock, and hot water will burn you in a place thats very hard to put an ice-pack on.  As with toys, we recommend using a toy cleaner on the douche after every use.  Never use a single douche for cleansing in both passages, or between partners.  Vaginal douching is also a good idea, although less necessary and less common than anal douching.

Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box regarding hygiene:
- do not share toys, especially if they haven't been cleaned throughly between uses.  If you must share toys, put a condom over it and change the condom between users
- to make cleaning easier, use a condom with toys where appropriate.  A condom inserted over a dong or vibrator will not reduce the sensations, and means that rinsing with water will usually suffice.  Wearing a condom with male toys just as in intercourse will likewise be useful
- toys should only be used in one passage, do not use anal toys and then use them for vaginal penetration.  Again, if you must do this put a condom over the toy and change in between passages
- keep your toys in a clean cloth bag, pillowcase, or shirt.  Simply leaving them on a surface will allow them to get dirty, and putting them in an airtight container traps any moisture present.  If you want to store a dong or vibrator in a sock, use must use new socks, as old ones will transfer any fungi or bacteria present in the socks, which you probably don't want




Lubricants

There are three main types of lubricant; water based, silicone, and oil-based, each of which have certain advantages and disadvantages.

Water based:
   These have been on the market for a very long time.  They're safe on all types of toys, relatively inexpensive, suitable for vaginal and anal intercourse, and are condom- and latex-safe.  The downside of water based lubricants is that they tend to evaporate and sometimes become tacky as this occurs.  If not cleaned off of toys properly, water based lubricants may leave a sticky residue.  Most water based lubricants are made of glycerin with various additive, and may contain menthol for warming sensations, polyquaternium to make them extra slippery, or flavours for a bit of extra fun.  People with sensitive skin may find that water based lubricants cause irritation.

Silicone:  
Silicone lubricant has many uses - it can be used on all non-silicone toys, during anal and vaginal intercourse, as well as being great for massage oil, making latex shiny, increasing the vivacy of tattoos, adding a sheen to your hair, and even lubricating locks, zips, bolts and hinges around the home!  It is colourless, odourless, non-toxic, non-staining and great for sensitive skin.  Much smoother than water based lubricants, silicone lube is more expensive than water based lubricants too, although the extra expense is well worth it.  Silicone lubricant will not dry out.  In addition to lasting longer, only a fraction of the amount needs to be used, generally only several drops, so even a small bottle will last years.  It doesn't go tacky, doesn't irritate, is condom and latex safe, and isn't absorbed by the skin.  We stock Pjur silicone lubricant, an extremely high grade silicone lubricant made from medical grade silicone and created by chemists.  To dispel a few common myths, it should be pointed out that silicone lubricant is not pure silicone - it is a silicone-based lubricant, much like Vaseline is a carbon-based lubricant. So while it is made from silicone, it is in no way similar to the silica found in sand and you cannot get silicosis from using it, much in the same way you can't get black lung from using Vaseline.  They are referred to as silicone lubricants because the 'official' name of the product is half a sentence in itself.  Silicone lubricants are a safe, more hygienic alternative to water based lubricants.

Oil-based:   As the name suggests, oil-based lubricants are generally petroleum-related products, similar to Vaseline or baby oil.  It isn't quickly absorbed by the skin, and usually lasts longer than water based lubricant.  However, oil-based lubricants destroy condoms and many types of material used in toy production, and is essentially only useful for intercourse.  That said, petroleum just wasn't made for genitals, and silicone lubricants are superior to oil-based lubricants in every way.  Sexy Toy Box, and most adult stores, don't stock oil-based lubricants for these reasons.

Varieties:   Lubricants can be flavoured, scented, or contain special ingredients to increase stamina, arousal, or add many sensations.  Warming lubricants undergo a reaction that releases heat when they contact moisture, so blowing on them or skin contact will produce a warming effect, reducing the initial shock of cold lubricant.  Usually only available in water based lubes, these also increase the realism of using toys that simulate sex.  Flavoured lubes are usually water based and made of glycerin, with added flavours to enhance oral sex.  Anal lubricants can be water based, silicone or oil-based, and tend to be thicker than usual and longer lasting.  This extra lubrication is necessary as the anal passage doesn't produce its own lubrication.  They are usually fine to use for vaginal use as well, but some anal lubricants contain desensitising agents that are not recommended for this purpose.  Additives that are often used include menthol for a cooling effect, as well as horny goat weed and other natural products.  At present Sexy Toy Box doesn't stock all of the types listed here, but we plan to quite soon.



Lotions & Potions

This category comprises of various lotions, gels and orally-taken products that are designed to increase arousal, stamina, etc.

Delay Sprays:
   Delay sprays are used on the head of the penis to decrease its sensitivity, helping to prevent premature ejaculation and provide more control over when climax occurs.  There are a range of these available on the market, which differ in many respects such as ingredients and effects, and each have individual usage instructions.

Arousal Gels:   Containing products such as menthol or peppermint oil, these are usually applied to the clitoris and/or nipples to draw the blood to the surface, increasing the sensitivity of nerve endings.  They are great for women who may have difficulty climaxing, and increases the sensations that your toys can provide.  The effect of these products vary from person to person depending on how sensitive you are.  They're for external use only, and should not be applied to male genitals (but nipples are okay).  If too much is applied, it is necessary to wash it off and wait a while for the effect to be reduced.

Aphrodisiacs:   These help to create arousal.  They consist of known foods and herbs that traditionally have been believed to cause arousal, such as horny goat weed.  They can be in tablet form, or as a liquid to add to your drink, or many other forms.  Essentially, they are designed to make you horny and increase your desire to have sex.  You must always pay attention to the instructions, as incorrect use may yield undesirable results.



Anal Toys

The anus is a well known erogenous zone for both males and females.  It contains many highly sensitive nerve endings, and in men the prostate is also known to be highly pleasurable when stimulated.  Many types of anal toys are available, each with differing purposes and applications.  They can be made of jelly, latex, silicone, neoprene, glass, metal... more or less anything.  Inflatable varieties, ones that ejaculate, and prostate stimulators are also available

Butt plugs:   Butt plugs generally have a bulb, a thinner section near the base, and a base.  When inserted into the anus, the guardian sphincter closes around the neck of the plug.  It can reflexively open again, and close, creating feelings of pressure.  They are commonly used in preparation for anal sex as they warm up the muscles, as anal sex should not be attempted without warming up prior to penetration.  The bulb holds the plug in place, and the base prevents the toy from being inserted too far.  It should be noted that frequent prolonged used of butt plugs may reduce the elasticity of the muscles around the anus.

Thin dildos and other tools:  If you want to simulate anal intercourse, butt plugs are not the recommended toy.  Instead, a thin, dildo-type toy should be used, one without a sharp point.  These are available in many, many varieties, and may be textured, smooth, flexible or rigid.

Anal beads:   Consisting of a series of beads, usually graduating in size, attached to a cord, anal beads are inserted into the anus (with the handle facing out) and gradually pulled out, often during climax.  This causes rapid opening and contracting of the surrounding muscles, and stimulates the nerve endings in the area.  When looking for anal beads, avoid ones with large raised seams and made from hard material.  We recommend not using anal beads if they do not have an adequate mechanism to stop them being entirely inserted into the anus, and they are difficult to remove (like anything that is put in too far).  Such mechanisms include loops or large bulbs.  It should be noted that one of our couples kits does contain a set of beads without an adequate mechanism, which we don't recommend using, but decided to stock the product due to great range of other toys included in it.  Anal beads can be jelly, silicone, vibrating or non-vibrating.

Prostate stimulators:   Designed for use by men, these are generally fairly non-threatening toys that are used to deliver vibrations and stimulation to the prostate glad.  The primary purpose of the prostate gland is to produce semen, but can also be massaged or stimulated to trigger a climax.  Many men want prostate stimulation, but would prefer to do this with a toy that doesn't resemble a penis.  They generally vibrate, and may have additional components to stimulate the testicles.  We recommend the Men's Pleasure Wand by Doc Johnson.  Prostate stimulation is quite healthy, but never use a toy with a sharp, pointed end for this.  To find the prostate, the best way to reach it (without a toy) is to insert a well-lubricated and preferably gloved finger into the anus.  Pressing the finger against the wall nearest to the penis, with the finger inserted approximately up to the second joint, a sensitive area should be able to be located.  The prostate feels like a firm, walnut-sized mass, which can be pressed (or vibrated) in a regular rhythm to bring about climax.

Other anal toys:   It is possible to get a myriad of anal toys, including horse and pig tails, celebrities heads, and more.  We do not currently stock these, partially because of the fine line that may be crossed in pretending to be animals during sexual play.

Several recommendations from Sexy Toy Box regarding anal play:
- always use lots of lubricant.  The anal passage does not generate its own lubrication, and you could do damage to sensitive tissue if you have none at all.  A thick water based lubricant is good, but a long-lasting silicone lubricant will reduce the need to reapply
- never insert any sharp objects, due to thin, sensitive tissue present
- Use toys that have a base or mechanism designed to stop it from traveling all the way into the body.  These are difficult to get out and may require medical extraction
- take it easy.  Anal play shouldn't be rushed, or forced.  It may be sensitive, but it shouldn't hurt
- if anal play hurts, it isn't being done properly.  Give the sphincter time to relax, use a lot of lubricant, a small toy, and go slowly
- sterilise all toys before and after use, and never share toys.  If you must share toys, slip a condom over them and change it in between partners, but nonetheless clean it afterwards with a good toy cleaner
- douche before use.  This removes any remaining matter in the area, making anal play more hygienic
- frequent and prolonged use of butt plugs and other large anal toys may reduce the elasticity of the sphincter
- never put anything in there unless you know how you can get it out! Wireless bullets, and small toys without firm handles or cords are a no-no, as you may never see them again
- for hygiene purposes, non-porous toys are easier to clean and provide less opportunity for bacteria to breed.  Silicone, Silagel and glass are all particularly good for this reason
- for beginners to anal play, it is best to start with a small, slim toy, and take your time.  Give yourself time to warm up and get used to the sensations before using any larger toys or beginning penile penetration
- keep your toys in a clean cloth bag, pillowcase, or shirt.  Simply leaving them on a surface will allow them to get dirty, and putting them in an airtight container traps any moisture present.
- 'waterproof' toys should not necessarily be submerged.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater




Cockrings

Cockrings are predominantly intended to help prolong erections, and to make them harder, increase control, and heighten orgasms.  They bind the penis and/or the testicles, restricting blood flow and trapping it in the penis.  They can help maintain erections after orgasm too, making them useful if the male orgasms first, and the female wishes to continue until she can climax too.  Cockrings can be made of jelly, rubber, latex, silicone or metal.  They should be loose enough to fit comfortably, but snug enough to work.  If a cockring is on too tight, it may cause numbness or damage to the penis.  Pain, numbness, discolouration or swelling are signs that your ring is too tight and you should discontinue use immediately.  Wearing a cockring for too long (more than 20-30 minutes) may have similar effects, and can cause damage to the capillaries.  For this reasons, be sure to remove a cockring before going to sleep after sex.  Cockrings are not recommended for people with vascular disease, as the blood vessels may be hardened from the disease and is likely to be ineffective and possibly harmful. 

Cockrings may be worn over the penis or behind the testicles, depending on the ring.  Some are adjustable allowing a perfect fit and easy removal.  If a ring is purely for use after a pump, a simple (ie. non-vibrating and without stimulators) cockring is recommended, such as plain black rubber rings, the Magic Ring, or Julian's Stud Ring.
To put on a cockring, we recommend using a small amount of lubricant around the inside of it so that you don't stretch the skin.

Couple's cockrings also may come with various stimulators, including nodes that rub on your partners clitoris and anus, as well as vibrating bullets to deliver extra stimulation to both partners.  These are more useful as a toy for enhancing sex, rather than to delay ejaculation, as the additional stimulation may counteract the delaying effect of the cockring.  These rings are generally much stretchier than 'proper' cockrings, and are usually made of jelly or silicone, but sometimes they can be made from real-skin materials.

In addition to the plain and stimulating cockrings, fetish rings also exist.  They are worn for a fetish look, and are generally build out of black leather and chrome/steel.  Currently, Sexy Toy Box doesn't stock these.

Waterproof cockrings should not necessarily be submerged in water.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater



Vibrator & Couple's Kits

So, you've just visited our site looking to buy a few treats for you and/or your partner, and there are just too many things to try?  Vibrator kits contain a plethora of neat little toys that you can use alone or with your partner, which is a great way of sampling each type of toy in order to work out which ones you like.  Items that you'd expect to find in these kits include vibrators, mini vibes, sleeves, cockrings, ticklers and small anal toys, but the actual contents vary from kit to kit.  These sets are particularly suited for weekends away or times when you plan to have a night to yourselves, and there are many different combinations that can be made with each kit to provide extended foreplay and some variety in lovemaking.  The best way to work out what kit is suited for you is to have a look at them, as the contents of each brand varies. 
Some couples kits come with lubricant and toy cleaner, but for the ones that don't we recommend that you purchase some, as it will make the entire experience much more enjoyable.  A good quality toy cleaner will help break down any bacteria or residue that is left on the toys, so that you can hygienically use them again next time.
It is recommended that batteries be removed from the toys after use so prevent leakage and draining of your batteries, and the toys should be stored in a way such that they are able to dry and breathe adequately (ie. not in a sealed plastic bag).  Also a toy cleaner after use is recommended.
Note that toys labeled as 'waterproof' can be safely used in the shower, but should not be submerged in water at any time.




Bullets & Clitoral Stimulators

The category of bullets and clitoral stimulators is quite a wide scope, with many, many varieties available.  The one thing that they all have in common is that they are primarily (but not always soley) designed to deliver intense stimulation directly to the clitoris.  They range from small, vibrating bullets or eggs that can be held against the clitoris or used internally, to handheld wands with flickering tips.  Functions also vary widely with simple on/off bullets towards the lower range, and multifunction sound-activated ones towards the upper ranges.   Bullets and eggs come in many differents sizes, ranging from the size of a headache capsule (Jesse's Petite Treats - it may be small, but its insanely powerful) to ones the size of small eggs, with every size and shape along the way.  Some are simply vibrating units attached to a hand controller, while others may be coated in jelly and have ticklers or other stimulators.  Most bullets are driven by hand controls, although remote controlled varieties exist and can make boring occasions all the more interesting. 

Finger ticklers are a subcategory of clitoral stimulators, and are essentially small clitoral stimulators such as bullets or textured sleeves that are worn over the finger to enhance masturbation.  They are attached to the finger via a ring or a loop, usually made from jelly or silicone, and can pass vibrations directly to the point of contact, or through the finger itself.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use a cleaner, as this will break down any bacteria or residue on the toy and help to prevent infections from occurring.  Alcohol-based toy cleaners may degrade real-skin materials, but any jellies, silicone and plastic will not be harmed.
- batteries should be removed from toys after use, to prevent flattening and possible leakage of the batteries
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton
- 'waterproof' toys should not necessarily be submerged.  Obviously solid toys with no electronic components should be fine, but as a general rule 'waterproof' refers to a toy as being able to be used in the shower or cleaned with water, not used underwater



Orgasm Balls

Orgasm balls are generally small, hollow balls, containing smaller weights.  They are inserted into the vagina, and when any movement (for example, walking) occurs, they vibrate, causing sensations as the inside and outside balls rattle against each other.  In addition, they can be used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which is especially useful after childbirth.   They can be made from hard plastic, metal, or may be coated in jelly or silicone, and their sizes vary from about 1cm to about 6cm in diameter.  The smallest of these tend to be solid and quite heavy, and do not contain an interior weight.  These are particularly suited to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles as they require a good deal of muscle-work to hold onto and move around.  More often, however, orgasm balls are used as an arousal toy, as moving around results in vibrations during everyday activities - the more active you are, the more you'll enjoy them.  This is also useful as a prelude to intercourse or toy use, as it warms up the muscles and gives your natural lubrication time to begin working.

Pelvic Floor Exercises:   When inserting orgasm balls, you should curl you tail bone towards your pelvic bone, lengthening the spine and making the abdominal muscles fall towards the stomach.  This contracts the muscles, holding the balls in place.  Contrary to most other toys, it is best to start with larger or mid-sized orgasm balls, and work your way down to the smaller balls as you progress, because it takes more strength to retain smaller balls.  When starting out, lie on your back and practice in that position, and work your way up until you can do the exercises standing up, holding the balls in place with your muscles.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- be adventurous!  Nobody else will know that you have them in unless its completely silent and you're wiggling your bum
- use a small amount of lubricant to insert the balls, but not too much or else they'll be hard to hold onto
- use a toy cleaner after each use, paying particular attention to any fabric cords
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, paying particular attention to any material cords, and store in a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton



Clitoral Pumps

Clitoral pumps are small suction units, which are designed to arouse and stimulate the clitoris. Most clitoral pumps also have a vibrating function, which increases the sensations given.  Some clitoral pumps also come with attachments that can be fitted over the unit, which may have nodules or other stimulators, or could be larger and therefore able to stimulate a greater area than the original attachment.  They have several main uses, and generally all clitoral pumps are suitable for each use.

Direct stimulation:    Clitoral pumps literally suck on the clitoris (and sometimes the surrounding regions, depending on the toy).  This simulates oral sex, and is a great alternative to traditional external vibrators.

Increasing clitoral sensitivity:    Much like penis pumps draw blood into penis, clitoral pumps draw blood into the clitoris, increasing circulation around nerve endings and temporarily resulting in more sensitivity.  While this happens to some extent with unaided arousal, clitoral pumps are often able to give this result much more fully and quickly, making them a great toy for foreplay, potentially increasing your enjoyment from oral sex, masturbation or external toy use.  Many people find that the sensitivity of the clitoris can decrease with age, and clitoral pumps are often used as a means of restoring this sensitivity temporarily.  For further sensitivity, an arousal gel can also be applied prior to pumping.

Nipple pumping:    Most clitoral pumps can also be used for nipple pumps, temporarily making nipples erect and fuller, while at the same time being pleasurable.  This is often used for foreplay, or to make it easier to attach nipple clamps (see below).  As with the clitoris, nipple pumping increases the sensitivity of the nipples, and can also be used for drawing out inverted nipples.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- using a small amount of lubricant can help the pump form a better airtight seal against the skin.  This reduces friction, allowing the skin to move freely and increasing comfort and sensations.  Similarly, a better seal will be formed on recently shaven areas
- clean all toys thoroughly with toy cleaner after use, and store in a dry, breathable bag such as a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton
- an arousal gel applied to the clitoris will help to increase sensations further, but apply small amounts slowly as over-sensitivity can be less fun than under-sensitivity!
- do not use clitoral pumps on broken or irritated skin, nor on areas that have recently recovered from being broken or irritated, as this may aggravate the condition.  Similarly, if you have a clitoral (or nipple) piercing, make sure that the area has completely healed before use, and remove the jewelery before pumping
- do not use clitoral pumps internally as it could be potentially harmful




Butterflies

Butterflies are the generic term for clitoral stimulators that are worn by females on a harness.  They're generally coated in a soft jelly or silicone, vibrate, and have adjustable straps that are worn around the top of the legs, holding the stimulator against the clitoris.  Despite the name, they are not all butterfly-shaped; some are in the shape of dolphins, beavers, bears, tigers and flowers, although butterflies are the most common variety, hence the name.  While most tend to simply be strap-on vibrators that can be worn discretely as you go about your day-to-day activities, or even during intercourse, a small proportion of butterflies also feature small penises that that allows for simultaneous internal and external stimulation.  Commonly, while the body of the butterfly is stimulating the clitoris, the wings or other appendages can flutter against the surrounding area, providing all-over stimulation.  Butterflies are mainly controlled by a wired hand control, which allows variations in vibrational speed and cycling through functions, some of which include vibration, pulsation and escalating speeds, although some are remote controlled.  Most of the lower-range butterflies have a wire connecting the unit to the hand control, but some (usually the mid- to upper-range toys) are wireless and can be controlled from a distance by a partner.  

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use a small amount of lubricant to enable the toy to move freely, especially for penetrative butterflies
- use a toy cleaner after use.  Alcohol-based toy cleaners will not damage the materials that butterflies are made of, but if you plan to use it on any real-skin toys, we suggest using a non-alcohol-based toy cleaner.
- store your toy in a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton
- remove batteries after use to prevent them from going flat or leaking




Sleeves & Penis Extensions

As a general description, sleeves and extensions are enhancements that are worn over the penis, increasing sensations or other aspects of lovemaking when used.  Sleeves can be made of many soft materials, including jelly, silicone, Cyberskin and other real-skin materials, and can add to the girth, length or texture of the penis.  Some of the more basic sleeves are covered with nodules, ticklers or ribs which add to the stimulation of both partners (particularly the female) when worn, while other sleeves are designed to increase the length of the penis.  These are a great alternative to using a penis pump, and the results are instant.  In addition, the thin material of the sleeve that covers the shaft also help to improve control, allowing sex to last longer.  For this reason, extension sleeves are often used by men who are concerned with the size of the penis, to increase the duration of intercourse, and also just for something different.  Extension sleeves are available in a range of sizes and materials, and are almost exclusively non-vibrating products.  They consist of a solid tip that is firm but soft, and a thin sleeve that is inserted entirely over the penis, with the remaining length sometimes able to be cut off.

To get the most out of your toy, Sexy Toy Box recommends:
- use plenty of lubricant
- use a toy cleaner after use.  Alcohol-based toy cleaners are fine on jellies, but they will degrade real-skin materials, so we recommend using a non-alcohol-based toy cleaner.
- store in a pillow case, shirt or other breathable cotton




Batteries

Most adult toys should be operated on cheaper, general purpose batteries.  Using heavy duty batteries, or high amperage rechargeables could overwork the motor/s, and burn them out.  General purpose batteries are cheaper, and you'd rather go through lots of batteries than lots of toys.  Remove batteries after use, because batteries in any battery-operated product will drain and could result in leakage.




Materials

Jelly:   A special type of intimate rubber or PVC that usually coats a hardcased vibrator or bullet.  Firmness varies from very soft to very firm.  Cheaper toys will generally use jelly, although more expensive ones quite commonly do as the quality of jelly types varies too.  While quite easy to clean, jellies tend to be more porous than other materials and will require a bit more attention when cleaning.  Both alcohol and non-alcohol-based toy cleaners can be used on jellies.
Silicone:   Can be soft of firm, but usually more towards the firm side.  Silicone toys are less porous, making them more hygienic.  Both alcohol and non-alcohol-based toy cleaners can be used on silicone, but silicone lubricants are not recommended with silicone toys as they can make them porous.
Latex:   Soft and non-porous, but not commonly encountered.  Also not suitable for those who are allergic to latex.  Both alcohol and non-alcohol-based toy cleaners can be used on latex toys.
Real-Skin:   Many varieties of real skin exist, usually each major company has its own brand.  Popular types of real skin used in soft vibrators include Cyberskin, UR3, Love Clone, Life-Like, Better-than-real and Futurotic.  They feel, and usually look, quite realistic.  Only ever use non-alcohol-based toy cleaners on real-skin materials, as alcohol-based toy cleaners may dry them out or degrade the material.
Sensafirm:  A unique material made from a soft, flexible rubber outer layer that is precision-bonded with a silicone substrate, providing a hard inner core but a soft outside.  Sensafirm is superior to traditional solid rubber and creates a sensual exterior surface that is velvety smooth to touch, yet firm to use.  It's not quite as soft as cyberskin, but is much more durable - they both look and feel real, but in different ways.






Toy Storage

The best way to store your adult toys is to store them in a cotton bag or shirt.  Cotton is a breathable fabric allowing your toys to stay dry and aired, and helps to keep your toy cleaner when it is not in use.  Keeping toys in plastic or other non-breathable materials may make them sweat, which is unpleasant and may provide a suitable environment for bacteria to breed.  When not in use, your toys (in a suitable fabric) should be kept in a dry, dark place such as a cupboard or draw.  Clean all toys before storing - don't trick yourself into the old 'I'll clean it later' situation, because you're likely to just leave it there.

Whilst it may seem logical to store your toy in the packaging it arrived in, this is one of the worst means of storage.  This is because toys are likely to sweat in the packaging and go slimy, as the water, toy cleaner and lubricants that may be absorbed (to very small extents!) by the toy slowly seep out.  In a breathable fabric, these fluids can dry quickly and easily and sweating is avoided.

We also recommend that, like with all battery-operated toys, you don't store your products with the batteries inside them - the batteries will go flat quite quickly, and if you forget about your toy they may even leak, destroying the toy.

At Sexy Toy Box, we store all of our products in a darkened, insulated room that is maintained at a cool temperature.  No direct sunlight enters the room, preventing any colour-fade that may occur, and ensuring that all of the toys we sell are in tip-top condition.





 Waterproof Toys

Okay, so this bit is confusing, as the definition of 'waterproof' in adult toys isn't quite the same as the universal definition.  In general, if a toys packaging does not state that the product is waterproof, you should avoid getting water on it.  Toys that arecompletely waterproof, and can hence be submerged, but as a general rule dongs, pussies and other toys that will not absorb water and do not have electronic components tend to be completely waterproof and therefore submergable. 
Toys labeled as waterproof can get wet without damaging them, allowing use in the shower, application of copious amounts of lubricant and cleaning by spraying with water or wiping with wet cloths.  They should not be completely submerged in water or any other liquid however, as water can still seep past the rubber seals and into the battery cases.  This may or may not occur - it depends on the toy itself, how tightly the battery case is sealed, the condition of the rubber seals, and the depth (pressure) of the liquid that it is in.  There are very few vibrators on the market that are completely submergable.

In other words, you can take your rubber dildo scuba diving, but your waterproof vibrator must wait until the shower afterwards. 



The information presented on this site is supplied to assist customers in making their purchase.  We make no promises as to the effectiveness, safety or accuracy of any of the concepts presented on this page or otherwise.  Always follow the instructions, and consult a doctor or other relevant professional for specific information.



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