Friday, December 9, 2016

When I talk to a potential date the question "how many" comes up a good bit. It's totally understandable, especially considering that most of my dates are monogamous or have only been in monogamous relationships thus far. When I add up my total of partners there is, of course, my husband (1), my best friend (2), and a second significant other (3), them - maybe. My husband is a constant in my dating life, period. He is always included in the count of my other romantic relationships, and it is expected that he be included in my count. What catches my potential 3rd partner is that I include my best friend in my count.

My best friend, husband, and I are co-parents, we comfort one another, and hang out any time we have free time to kill. We are not sexual, but there is a romantic aspect to our relationships. It's common for me to come home and find my best friend asleep on my couch, her head in my husbands lap, him petting her hair. When our schedules conflict we watch one another's children. The three of us make an effort to be there for one another, look out for one another, and keep each other sane.

I can go on and on about how my husband, my best friend, and I are all there for one another. That's not why I'm writing this article, though. I'm writing this article to discuss the importance of platonic relationships. Platonic relationships can happen and are important in any relationship structure, but aren't acknowledged that often in monogamous relationships. Sure, most monogamous people have a best friend that they spend a good bit of time with, tell everything to, and even are borderline homosexual for, but they don't really acknowledge that there is a deep connection, in the terms of an actual romantic relationship there.

When you are polyamorous it's easier to acknowledge that you have a closer than average relationship with your best friend. It's easier to classify different relationships under different types of love, because you acknowledge that there are different types of love. Being platonically in love, and acknowledging it, with your best friend is one of the best feelings you can possibly experience. There is a peace knowing that no matter what happens you will always be there for one another, no topic is off limits, nothing is awkward or uncomfortable.

Platonic relationships ease the pressure of expectations and other rocky aspects of romantic relationships. With my platonic relationship I know that there won't be any awkward 'should we kiss' or 'is now the time to take off my pants' moments, because that is not part of our relationship structure, that is not how our platonic relationship works. I know that I will always have someone to talk to, someone who has my back, and a best friend. I know that because of our love and our relationship dynamic, our platonic relationship, that we will always have one another's back. That we will always have one another no matter what.

I'm not saying that platonic relationships don't end. I'm saying that this one, that I have, is important, that with our communication skills, it will last, that it will take something big to end what we have. I glow with pride when she tells me that she is talking, talking to someone, and that she told them that Poly Hubs and I are her platonic loves.

Poly Hubby, Best Friend, and I have an amazing thing and it concretes my belief that platonic relationships are so important. Poly Hubby and I both go to her, she can come to either one of us, and we always have support no matter the situation. We always have someone to hang out with. We always have a baby sitter. We always know that someone loves us.

Friday, December 2, 2016

I have seen many bloggers do roundup posts and figured why not make my own? This series will include my favorite posts from my favorite bloggers from the month before. I will probably go through my blog roll and just share the one's that I found the most helpful of interesting for the first couple of months. If you are a blogger and want to submit 2-3 pieces a month you can use my contact page to do so. I usually find my posts via twitter and blogs that I have subscribed to.

AfterrDarkk wrote a great piece on kegels and kegel exercisers. Kegels are a type of exercise that claim to be a great benefit for your sex life, pelvic floor health, and more. If done wrong, though, kegels can be harmful and cause more damage than good. For more information on this, read AfterrDarkk's titled The Truth About Kegels Nobody Wants to Hear.


DangerousLilly wrote a fantastic review on the Womanizer and an off-brand competitor that has a similar design. Womanizer vs. Satisfyer – Who Reigns Supreme? is a detailed review (as is all of DangerousLilly's writings). In this particular post she compares 3 different womanizers (Womanizer PRO40, Womanizer W100, Womanizer W500) with 2 different off-brand toys (Satisfyer Pro 2, Satisfyer Pro 2).

Emmeline Peaches wrote an amazing review for a small Etsy shop. She talked about a unique ceramic piece, which she dubbed the Saurian. Her review Ceramic Samplings: Ceramic Pleasure Creation 025 (The Saurian) had me nearly drooling and day dreaming about this beautiful piece. It's rare that I find a review that makes me ache to purchase a toy, but this one totally did it for me!


Girl on the Net wrote a cute piece called You Don't Sniff my Knickers Anymore that had me reminiscing on simpler days, back when PolyHubby and I were in the new phase of our relationship and did cute things for one another. Like any relationship, ours has died down and we no longer do things that we used to. Girl on the Net did a wonderful job of painting the picture of just how much relationships change throughout the years.

And... that's it for this post. Hopefully, future posts will include at the very least 5 posts from fellow bloggers. This was sort of impromptu and thrown together, but for the month of December, I will be keeping track of my favorite posts. And, again, if you are a blogger and would like to submit a few blog posts on my contact page, I'd love to read over them! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Before I started using sexual lubricant I thought that people only used it when they couldn’t naturally get ‘wet.’ I mean, in erotica and porn women naturally, are dripping with vaginal fluids when they are turned on. This is a common misconception that many people believe. I don’t remember why I first tried lube, but I am glad that I did and I haven’t looked back! Sexual lubrication makes sex wetter, makes the friction less irritating, and can enhance pleasure by bringing more attention to where you apply it. It can be used with a partner or solo and is a must for any toy box. Hell! Even if you don’t use toys, I still recommend using lube. Before you hop over to a sex shop though there are some things that you might want to know, first. There are some ingredients to be aware of, some facts to know, and some options to consider.

There are five ingredients (that I am aware of) that you should look out for. When purchasing lube, you should always check the ingredients to ensure that it doesn’t contain anything you are allergic to or any of the following ingredients. Petroleum or petroleum-based ingredients are difficult to clean off and can coat the skin and trap bacteria causing infections. Also, it shouldn’t be used with condoms as it breaks down the material and can cause them to break. Parabens are another ingredient to be wary of. They mimic estrogen and put women at a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Parabens can also be detected in urine, breast milk, and blood, which means if you’re breastfeeding or donating blood, it can be passed from you to the baby or blood receiver.

Phenoxyethanol is another common ingredient used in sexual lubricants and can cause skin irritation, but that’s the least of your worries with Phenoxyethanol. This ingredient is linked with causing suppressed immunities and can cause damage to the reproductive system. Propylene glycol is used by doctors to quickly get medicine and such into your blood stream because it absorbs so easily. But this agent doesn’t discriminate against what it takes into your blood stream with it, causing it to increase the chances of transferring STIs and STDs. Finally, I’m sure you’ve heard to be wary of Glycerin. This is because it is sugar and can increase your chances of getting a yeast infection. 

Now that you know what to look out for, you should probably decide what types of lube you want to purchase. There are many different types, but I’m only going to talk about the main ones. The main types of lube that you are going to come across are water, silicone, hybrid, flavored, enhancements (hot, cool, tingling, etc), oil, and organic. And that’s just what I call the ‘basics.’ Now I can imagine you sitting there reading this, thinking “that’s a lot of options.” But they each have their pro’s and con’s, and you should really consider these before just deciding on one.

Water

Water-based lubes are the most common and popular choice. They are abundant and easy to find, from Walmart to the gas station, no need to visit a sex shop to purchase this basic necessity. The main ingredient in this type is, you guessed it, water. This makes it easy to clean off, it doesn’t stain materials, it plays nicely with condoms and those with sensitive skin. You can’t use it for water play, though, which is a big downfall for me because I love shower sex. And it has to be reapplied often because it evaporates fairly quickly.

Silicone

Silicone based lubes would probably be the second most popular, and can be found relatively easy, but it isn’t as common as water based in general public stores. I use silicone lube a lot for shower play because it doesn’t wash away in water and you have to use soap to get it all off. While this is a great thing for people who like to play in the shower it can stain sheets and clothes and after sex, you should hop in the shower or wash it off with a wipe. Silicone lube doesn’t evaporate as quickly as water-based lube and therefore doesn’t have to be reapplied as often.

Hybrid

This is my favorite type of lube. It isn’t as tacky as silicone lube but doesn’t evaporate as quickly as water-based lubricants. I’m talking about the silicone, water hybrid lube. This has all the best qualities of both lubricants. It doesn’t stain cloth as easy, it washes off fairly easy, it doesn’t have to be reapplied often, and it is easy on sensitive skin. My only complaint is that it can be rather thin like water based lubes. I prefer the thickness of silicone lubes.

Oil

This option is great for people who find they are sensitive to the other types I have listed. It lasts a while like silicone lubes, but it can’t be used with condoms and can increase your risk of infections. Oil based lubricants don’t wash off easily, especially in the rectum, and can trap bacteria and STI/STDs, making you more at risk to catch an infection.

Flavored

These make for great blowjobs if you can find one that tastes good. I have tried at least 5 different brands and none of them were taste bud friendly. Usually, flavored lubes are thick and tacky, they have a resemblance of the flavor that they are supposed to taste like, and are usually full of sugars. If you happen to come across a flavored lube that tastes good, they make for great foreplay (licking it off each other’s bodies) and makes blowjobs taste better. But they shouldn’t be used internally as 90% of the time they have sugar in them, which can cause an infection.

Enhancements (Hot, Cool, Tingling, etc)

I’m grouping these into ‘enhancements’ because they are supposed to enhance sex. From my personal experience, I am too sensitive to enjoy these and they either freeze or burn my vagina and vulva. I’ve read experiences of others who they don’t effect at all! I would suggest doing further research and reading a couple of reviews on the brand and type you are interested in before making a purchase.

Organic

Organic lubes are a fantastic option for people who are conscious about their carbon footprint and are sensitive to synthetic materials. Organic lubes moisturize, but usually evaporate quickly and need to be reapplied often. Unfortunately, since organic lubes have a great moisturizing feature, they can be sold under the radar of the FDA as just ‘moisturizers’ and can have ingredients in them that should not be used in any orifices.

You can use lube to enhance solo sessions, hand jobs, make sex with a condom feel better, and make bare backing feel a hell of a lot better. If you are inserting something into an orifice you should start by squeezing some lube into your hand and working it over the object that is going into an orifice. If you are using it with a condom, be sure that it is a type that can be used without risking breakage, and you can put a small dollop on the inside of the condom to help enhance the feeling for the wearer as well. If you are not using a condom, (which should only be done with trusted partners), I usually start with a hand job with a healthy dose of lube and allow Poly Hubby to play with me using some lube. When we are both good and slippery we let the fun begin.

How ever you choose to use lube, it has the potential to enhance your sex life. Since you’ve taken the time to read up on why and how to use it, I suggest giving it a shot. Like I said before, I don’t remember why I tried it, but I’m glad I did, and I haven’t went back since. A final note, I'm sure you've heard not to use silicone lube with silicone toys. This is false information. The only toys that silicone lube has an effect on are jelly and silicone rubber, as these are not pure silicone. And that's all! That's all the information I have for you on lube today. Do you know something that I don't? What is your favorite type of lube? Do you have a favorite brand?


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

What's this?

This is the Hue G by Blush Novelties. It's a g-spot vibrator, made out of a silicone sleeve over the plastic casing and motor, and the base is made out of cheap silver paint coated plastic. The motor is in the bulb of the head and is a strange mixture of buzzy and rumbly. There is no texture on the shaft and there are two separate sections of silicone coated plastic, between these two sections the Hue G can bend. The Hue G does not live up to its name and is a bit small for my liking. Also, the ability to bend in the middle henders the toys ability to work properly for me as a g-spot vibrator.

Blush Novelties website boasts that the Hue G is waterproof, but upon my own personal inspection I would advise being weary of completely submerging the toy in water. Splashproof, maybe, but the 'o' ring is too thin and the silicone ring around the base can be moved away from the button, revealing some inner working of the toy. The Hue G has 10 different functions, including 5 vibrations speeds and 5 patterns. The silicone, function variety, and splashproof abilities make the toy decent for the price.

What's so special about it? 

I feel like the mix of rumble and buzz would be a perfect combination for someone who doesn't know what they like. As well as the variety in functions. The steady vibrations are subtle changes but you can tell when you go up a level. The first pattern is escalating, the second is pulsating, third is a quicker pulse, fourth is a mix of escalating and pulsating, and the fifth and final pattern is a slower escalation. To turn the toy on, you push the button on the base and to turn the toy off you hold the button down. The toy does not keep a memory of the last function you used and you have to cycle through all the settings in order to get to the one you like. If you skip the function you want, you have to cycle back through.

What's wrong with it? What's the "catch?" 

I feel like the Hue G has a lot of room for approvement, but as I said before, for the price it is a decent toy. It takes 2 AA batteries and doesn't drain them like a hungry battery vampire. The flexability of the toy means that I am unable to put the proper amount of pressure on my g-spot with it because instead of pushing into my g-spot when I push on the toy, it just bends. The manufacturer flaws are worrisome because they could make for some serious malfunctions. Not only that, I'm worried that the silver coating may flake off, and could possibly get into the orfice you're using the toy in. Or that bending the toy during use may break the silicone and then your toy would be completely useless.

How do I care for it?

Silicone can be stored in any fashions, but keep it away from jelly toys. It can also be washed with warm water and mild soap, toy cleaner, a 10% alcohol solution, or wipes. I keep mine in a bag in a drawer with the rest of my toys and clean it with soap and water after each use. The Hue G isn't a lint magenet, so, you don't have to worry about that. I would be cautious about putting the toy completely in your orfices though, because there is a crease around the bottom of the toy that could harbor bacteria and be difficult to clean.

Is this toy for me?

Only you can answer that question. Do you like high buzz rumbly vibrations? Do you enjoy light g-spot stimulation? Do the pro's I've listed here outweight the cons for you? I, personally, do not like this toy but every body is different and every body enjoys different sensations. If you are on a budget and don't mind the questionable waterproof and odd bending ability of the Hue G, I'd so go for it! But if you have a bit more to spend I'd highly recommend the Lelo Gigi 2 instead. It isn't flexible, is completely waterproof, and is rechargeable.



Notices:

This toy was given to me for free by Blush Novelties in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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    Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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    1. How often do you sext?
    Weekly, maybe. But I don't really enjoy it as much as I used to. I would sext daily if it were up to PolyHubby. 

    2. How many dick pics have you sent in the last 3 months? 6 months? Year?
    3 months? Zero. 6 months? 1, I think. Year? Maybe 2 or 3.

    3. Do you prefer to send pics of your boobs or your vajayjay (aka pussy, in case you didn’t know)?
    My boobs. It's awkward trying to get a picture of my vulva.  

    4. Do you prefer to receive pics of boobs or a woman’s genitals?
    I prefer to receive pics of boobs. Again, it's awkward to take a good picture of a vulva and it shows when a woman tries. Also, I prefer boobs.

    5. Dick pics, do you really think they are sexy?
    If they are done right. I think that a good dick pic should be asked for, for one, and should be thought out. You have no idea how many dick pics I've seen taken from a toilet. EW!

    6. Do you send unsolicited pics of your genitals?
    No! And you shouldn't either. 

    7. Are you more impressed and willing to get to know, meet-up with, date, or have sex with someone who presents a “good dick pic” or “nice tits” pic?
    Not really. I don't sext with someone who I haven't met yet. I also don't really have casual sex, so that may play in me not being willing to sext before meeting. There isn't anything wrong with casual sex, or sexting before meeting, it just isn't my thing. 
    Bonus: Just how sexy are you?

    Um, superfuckingsexy. That's how sexy. ;)
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    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    I use music as a mood booster, whether positive or negative. I listen to songs that pump me up and get me ready for work, songs that feed my depression, and songs that make me feel sexy. There are a couple of songs these past weeks that I just cannot get enough and merely hearing them puts me in a confident mood and makes me feel sexy. You know the ones that make you want to dance, the songs that make you want to have hot passionate sex. Here are the top 5 songs that make me feel sexy. 

    1. Toothbrush - DNCE
    As you all know, I am polyamorous. What you probably don't know is that when I am in a long term relationship with an "other significant other" I tend to spend weekends at their place. I love the feeling of being so comfortable with someone else that I have my own little spot at their place. It's an amazing feeling. Anyway, this song reminds me of that feeling, reminds me of how sexy I feel standing in the doorway of a boyfriend’s bedroom in a t-shirt and panties with bed hair.

    2. The Hills - The Weeknd
    As a sex blogger, I've learned that taboo and usually 'frowned upon' fantasies are normal. This song feeds my fantasy of an off limits relationship with a bad boy who has no morals when it comes to relationships. In real life, I would never cheat⁽¹⁾ on my husband and I would never have a relationship with someone who has morals like the guy in this song. 

    3. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo
    This song makes me think of the sexual relationship I have with PolyHubby. It reminds me of the passion and tension that we get going when we tease and play throughout the day. I adore the memories that this song digs up. Not only does this one make me feel sexy, it also makes me want to go home and rip my husband’s clothes off.

    4. Closer - Chainsmokers
    This is another song that feeds one of my "taboo" fantasies. I've ever had a one night stand and for me it is not a thing that I want to do in real life. For me, sex involves emotions and connection. I don't think that I could enjoy a one-night stand. But this song makes me think of a one-night stand, possibly with a long lost friend who there was sexual tension with before. 

    5. DJ Whore - S3RL
    This song is more of a guilty pleasure. The beat and vulgar lyrics makes me giggle, but also makes me think of dirty dancing. It makes me want to dirty dance. A guy I have been seeing introduced me to the band and the first time I heard this song it made me giggle uncontrollably. If you haven't heard it before, I highly recommend giving it a listen, but, for the love of God, not in public

    Honorable mentions include Work Song and Take Me To Church by Hozier, Cake by the Ocean by DNCE, and Hips Don't Lie by Shakira. Without a doubt these songs make me want to dance, grind up against my man, and get it one. What are your favorite songs that make you feel sexy? What songs make you want to jump your partner's bones? 

    ⁽¹⁾ A lot of people define cheating as having a sexual or romantic relationship behind the back of the partner they are with. In reality cheating is merely being deceitful and hiding things. In polyamory cheating on my husband would be not telling him about a new interest, deleting messages, and hiding things from him. 


    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    Eden Cafe Ah, Eden's review program, where it all started. Back in 2012 my husband took me to a sex shop in the neighboring state and talked me into getting a traditional vibrator. It was hard, straight, and had a turn dial to operate the vibration intensity. Looking back, it was a horrible first toy. I played around with this thing maybe once or twice with my husband and was very uncomfortable with it. So uncomfortable that I hid it and forgot about it for the longest time.

    Fast forward a couple of months and I am home alone, slightly horny, and I have no idea how to masturbate. I dig out the toy and find a comfortable way to hold it against my clit and come to the realization "Hey! This doesn't feel too bad." Before too long, I'm moaning and squirming on the couch. The feeling becomes more and more intense and suddenly, I "pee" all over the couch. My husband comes home and finds me crying, scrubbing up what I thought was a horrible accident, and very ashamed of what I had done. Turns out, though, I had had my first orgasm and squirted. Whoa! Right?

    I tell you all of this to build up to how I came across EdenFantasys (EF). After finding out that the amazing sensation I had been feeling and the release of fluids was a good thing, I became intrigued by sex toys but wanted something more than my cheap and rather bland vibrator. I googled where to buy sex toys and EF was the first link to show up! I clicked on it, made my first purchase and anxiously awaited for my Icicles No. 21, EdenFantasys vibrating ring, and 6 Wet safe sex kit to come in the mail.

    By the time my purchase had arrived I had dug around on EF and found their review program. In order to participate in their review program, you have to sign up for an account, fill in some basic personal details, and review a couple of items that you already own or buy some from EF for the purpose of reviewing. You can also join the mentor program and get your start with toys provided by EF, if you don't already have some to review. Not verified reviewers can review any item they own or purchase but in order to get the free items you must advance to a verified reviewer. To do this you can go through the mentor program or ask the community to vote for you based on the quality of your previous reviews. Once you become a verified reviewer you can get free EF branded items or a 30% buyout discount in exchange for your unbiased, honest review. The more respected you are in the community, the higher your ranking, the pricier products you can get!


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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Before coming out to my husband as polyamorous I read everything I could about the topic. I found a common theme in every article related to polyamory and that was the skills one would need in order to make it work. These skills include:

    • Communication
    • Ability to process emotions
    • Time management 
    • And much more. . . .
    But those blog posts and books and podcasts didn't really go into how hard all this stuff is. While these are skills that monogamous folk practice when you are polyamorous, you must be doubly as good at these abilities than you would if you were just with one person. Furthermore, they are skills that you need to work on, they are skills that you will never fully master, and they are hard.

    Communication

    Communication isn't just talking, it involves listening, reading body language, and other forms of nonverbal communication. Just speaking your mind or replying to something someone says isn't always enough. The most difficult thing to overcome and the biggest practice that will help you is to listen completely. By listening completely I mean tune out distractions and do not listen with the intent to reply. Listen with the intent to hear, to understand. 

    I have found that nonverbal communication works best for me and my partners. We usually leave notes or text when we need to discuss something. They understand that I am doing it this way in order to keep the situation calm by taking out tones of voice and more often than not we solve most of our issues via text or the written word. Practicing controlling the tone of your voice and thinking of what you want to say before you say it will help tremendously when you and your partners have disputes or conversations that make you uncomfortable. 

    Ability To Process Emotions

    By this, I don't mean just being able to say "I am angry" or "I am sad" or "I am happy." Being able to process your emotions also means being able to handle those emotions, knowing what you need when you feel a certain way, and knowing when it is best to walk away to let things cool down. Being able to pick out anger from jealousy and knowing that you need to cool down instead of blow up claiming it's jealousy, is a useful skill, especially in polyamory. Many things can present their self as jealousy, but may be hurt because you aren't getting your needs met, upset because you don't see your partner(s) as much as you'd like. The ability to process your emotions, understand why you are feeling a certain way, and communicating those feelings effectively will help you in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

    Time Management

    Two words: shared calendar! Sharing a calendar is a big step in a relationship and in some relationships, it isn't even a step! Sharing a calendar means that you all have access to the same calendar where you put in when you are busy, what you are doing, and when you have free time. This can help everyone to plan time with partner(s), friends, family, etc around everyone else's schedule. I say this is a big step in a relationship because it comes with a lot of trust. When you share a calendar you are trusting your partner with knowing where you are at all times, what you are up to, and so much more. It's essentially handing over a good chunk of your life. But it is one of the biggest and best ways to practice time management within polyamory. 

    Other ways that I have found, that work for me, are communication, limiting myself to a certain number of partners, and planning things out a week or two in advance. When I am serious with someone or we are headed that way, I like to talk to them at least every other day. I love hearing about their day and what they are up to. If they have free time and I have free time, and it's last minute, if we have been talking that day we can plan to meet up real fast and do something together. Planning things out for a week or so in advance works well because you and your partner(s) are collaborating on what is on your own personal schedules for the upcoming week, without sharing the entire schedule.

    Limiting myself to a certain number of partners has been the best way for me to manage my time. I have a lot going on in life and having too many partners would be stressful. I keep things limited to my husband, who is my live-in partner, and a boyfriend. If I do not have a boyfriend at the time I talk to 2 or 3 people and go on a handful of dates here and there throughout the period of a couple of months. When things start getting serious with one of those 2 or 3 people, I inform the others that I will not have as much time to chat and our dates will cease, but I don't mind remaining friends. This is just what works best for me, though. 

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    A couple of days ago I received an email from Good Vibes. As a new affiliate, I was unaware of their GiVe campaigns, and I am excited to participate and spread the good  news about this years partnership. Good Vibrations has partnered with various non-profit organizations and if you buy any toy from the Inspire Sex Toy line you will receive a free bullet. 

    On the checkout screen in the right sidebar, there is an option to donate $1, $5, $10, or $20 to the organizations that GV has partnered with. 100% of your donations goes to the National Breast Cancer Coalition and GV will match a portion of your donation! When you click on the amount that you wish to donate you are taken to a product page and asked to pick your donation amount again, click add to cart, and you will be taken back to your cart.

    When I walked through these steps I noticed that a discount was applied to my cart. This may be the 20% off one item + free gift on $85+ orders, but it makes for a nice incentive to push that cart total over that $85. Regardless, GV is a fantastic retailer and I was incredibly happy to receive this email and learn more about the company. I love them even more now than I did before! 

    Check out the copy of the email below for more details on their GiVe campaigns. 


    Giving Can Be Better Than Receiving

    Good Vibrations’ GIVE Campaign For Social Change
    SAN FRANCISCO, (October 17, 2016): Good Vibrations, the premier sex toy retailer trusted for decades to provide quality products, accurate information, and sex positive education is pleased to announce the current partners of their GIVE campaign for social change. They are the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), Planned Parenthood, and in the Boston area, the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. Good Vibrations is proud to partner with sex toy industry leader, Cal Exotics by donating proceeds to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) with the sale of items from theInspire Sex Toy line. During all of October on their web site, goodvibes.com customers receive a free Inspire Bullet vibrator with every purchase of an Inspire item.
    100% of your contribution at check-out goes directly to our GIVE partners. In addition, Good Vibrations will match a portion of proceeds.
    Good Vibrations donates advertising and sponsorship for fundraisers, along with a percentage of retail sales that has provided much needed support for women's shelters, HIV/AIDS research, art programs, LGBT benefits and much more. Recent partners have been The Transgender Law Center and the Pulse Nightclub victims fund in Orlando Florida. Good Vibrations' loyal and socially conscious customers are an integral part of helping them help others. Unlike many other companies, Good Vibrations does not take any administrative fees or charges, and fully donates the contribution and also matches a percentage or proceeds.
    “Good Vibrations is proud to partner with hard working organizations who advocate health, education, resources, and access. Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary is this October and it’s Breast Cancer awareness season so please help us help others.”

    -Jackie Rednour-Bruckman, Executive Vice President


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