Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Toys – A Brand Spotlight

Probably one of, if not the most, divisive brand that Peachy Keen stocks. We hear a lot of “Are you cashing in on the movies while you still can?”, “Is it like canes and whips and stuff?” “Ooooh Kinky” As much I would love to say we were jumping on the Fifty Shades bandwagon to make ourselves millionaires, that’s not the case. Although I would totally call my mansion ‘Jiggle Balls’ if this were to happen.

Fifty Shades of Grey Delicious Pleasure Silicone Ben Wa Balls

FSoG ‘Delicious Pleasure’ Silicone Balls

The fact is, The Fifty Shades Toys are actually really good and they are capable of standing on their own two feet. They range from gimmicks from the film (We’re looking at you Christian’s tie!) and softcore toys to the full wack (Excuse the pun) bondage toys. They use good quality materials and they are priced nicely too. In someways I feel the association with the books and films tarnishes them a little bit if anything. Anyways, let’s have a bit of background on the company:

How did Fifty Shades of Grey Toys start?

The Fifty Shades of Grey book series has sold over 125 million copies worldwide and has been translated countless times so it makes sense that like with any successful franchise, merchandise will follow on but it just so happens this merchandise is sex toys.

The group of around 60 toys is called ‘Fifty Shades of Grey The Official Pleasure Collection’ and it was designed and made in collaboration with E.L.James. How closely she was involved I do not know but she has been quoted as saying “I’m so excited that the toys that I described in the books have come to life.”

What are your brand bestsellers of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey The Official Pleasure Collection’?

Peachy Keen currently stocks around 20 of these products. Ranging from £11.99 to £69.99. Our bestsellers are:

Fifty Shades of Grey Something Forbidden Butt Plug

FSoG ‘Something Forbidden’ Butt Plug – £11.99

Fifty Shades of Grey 'We Aim to Please' Vibrating Bullet

FSoG ‘We Aim to Please’ Vibrating Bullet – £11.99

Fifty Shades of Grey Drive Me Crazy Glass Massage Wand

FSoG ‘Drive Me Crazy’ Glass Massage Wand – £24.99

Pros of Fifty Shades of Grey Toys

  • They have a very extensive range of toys – one or two of everything – so it’s a great brand for browsing and for beginners.
  • They only use quality materials. The majority of their toys are silicone.
  • Each toy comes with a storage bag and a manual.

Cons of Fifty Shades of Grey Toys

  • If buying as a gift for someone who doesn’t know the brand, the person might run a mile when they see Fifty Shades written on it.
  • Each product has a ‘code name’ such as ‘yours and mine’ or ‘relentless vibrations’. These aren’t so bad but ones like ‘inner goddess’ and ‘greedy girl’ make me feel a bit weird.

All in all, these are without a doubt the best things to come out of the Fifty Shades of Grey Triology, these toys will keep you going when the story has finished. Browse our range of Fifty Shades of Grey toys.

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#FridayFive – 5 myths about lube

  1. Lube is sticky.
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Some lubes are, that’s fair enough. Some lubes stick your fingers together and make you feel like Winnie the Pooh sticking his paw in the honey pot. These are the wrong lubes to be using. They don’t feel great on your bits, can dry sticky and you need a lot of them. Generally speaking, a water based lube like our System Jo Water-Based Lubricant will be lighter and less likely to be sticky. Many shops and companies offer testers so you can try before you buy to find the right lube for you.

2. Only people who are dry down there use lube.

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I have a lot of people tell me, “We don’t need to use lube.” This is obviously their prerogative but lube shouldn’t be on a ‘need to use’ basis more a ‘want to use’ or ‘why wouldn’t I use’ basis. Of course there are some people who definitely should be using lubricant; such as those having anal sex and women whose hormones are messed up from all manner of things ranging from pregnancy, chemotherapy and hysterectomies. However, plenty of people use lubricant every time just because! They don’t have medical conditions, the parts they are using self lubricate but they still use lube because it feels good and it comes in so many different variations. You can wait for the rain to wash your car or you can take it to the car wash and give it a premium wash and a wax, if you get my drift.

3. Girls don’t use lube for masturbation.

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We’re all perfectly happy with the American Pie notion that guys can slap on some KY Jelly and jerk off but girls are made of sugar and spice and don’t masturbate but if they do there’s not sex toys or lubricant involved. Well there is and we do. It’s more comfortable and easier, some times our ‘own brand’ doesn’t quite cut it and why shouldn’t we.

4. Spit/Vaseline/Butter works just as well.

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Even typing this horrified me and made me feel a bit sick. I blame porn for the spit part making it look like sure you can just spit on a penis and have it rammed up your bum and that will be hella comfortable. The Vaseline and butter I hope (Hope is the wrong word.) is just teenagers who are too embarrassed to buy actual lube and are trying to find a home remedy. Don’t. Spit dries out and is gross and anything else, you have no idea what base is being used in the ingredient. It can cause yeast infections or cause condoms to become defective. So not worth it!

5. Buying lube is embarrassing.

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This one is down to personal attitudes to lubricant I guess. It doesn’t need to be is what I’m saying. It’s like buying condoms, the fear is much worse than the reality. No one is going to care or comment on it or ID you, unless you’re like 13 or something. It’s like buying condoms, you’re going to have a much safer and more comfortable experience with it than without so man up and buy it.

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If you don’t want to do it in person then order your lube from an online store that provides discreet delivery. *Shameless plug for Peachy Keen.* You don’t need ID, it will get sent in a plain brown package with no mention of our company on it, only PK Limited Products. So what are you waiting for? Lube up!

#HeyIt’sOkay … to love your body.

Or at least love parts of it, if that’s a more realistic concept for us. There’s far too much body shaming going on these days for both genders. When we say we want men and woman to be equal… we don’t mean equal only in the shit bits. We don’t want guys to start feeling the pressure to look a certain way and comparing themselves to people who have to look good to make a living. That’s not benefitting anyone. So if we feel like we can, let’s be more body positive about ourselves please.

I think people are afraid to show pleasure about their bodies for fear of seeming boastful or upsetting someone. (Unless you look on Instagram – then you can be fooled into thinking the whole world is loving the way they look.)  Think about it, how many times have you said, “Thanks but I’ve got a few more lbs to lose.” Or “My belly looks massive in this.” Loads right? Have you ever told anyone, “My butt looks excellent in these jeans,” or “Look how much bigger my biceps are now.” No? Yes, because you don’t want to come across as a knob which is crazy.

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Why shouldn’t we be happy with what we’ve got? That’s all our parents ever wanted for us. That’s all people who have lost the use or control of their body would say to us. Sure there’s stuff that could be better, if you can and want to sort it out then go for it, if you can’t then don’t dwell on it. Think of the positives and share the positives. Obviously don’t be boastful or rude about it. “My waist is smaller than yours,” will earn you nothing but a smack round the chops from me.

So yes if you like your body then I’m so so glad and proud of you – you should! If you like certain parts of your body then me too – we’re on the right track! If you like none of your body then you are a teenager (It gets better) or need some help (It also will get better as long as you get help – please don’t struggle in silence).

Whatever stage we are at, I think we could all benefit in a bit of orchestrated positive thinking. I’ve done it too and it ain’t easy, we’re not programmed to be like this but that needs to change. Write down 5 things you like about your body. They can be body parts or things your body can do and write down why you like them too. It’s so hard; I kept trying to be humble and counteract the positive things I was saying with negatives. Nope! Not allowed, not a single bit of negativity in there. Off you go… and if you feel up to it, share with others.

5 things I love about my body

  • My eyebrows. A random one to start with but I’m starting at the top and working down. I always get compliments on them – they’re a nice shape and need minimal plucking. They look good in photos.
  • My hair. Okay clearly now I’m starting at the top, whoops. I have really thick hair which has its moments but I wouldn’t change a thing. When hormones ravaged my body and I lost loads of hair – it was okay because I had enough left over. It keeps me warm in winter. I can do the beach hair look fairly well and if I have it in a bun all day I can take it down and it still looks acceptable.
  • My biceps. I’ve strived to have strong arms for years and now I have them without even trying. I have a 1 year old who is better than any gym session. I can lift the heaviest kettle balls with no problems in my sprints and weights class, which makes me feel like an actual superhero.
  • My nails. They are strong and they grow fast. They look pretty with polish on. I can pick labels off things and prise things apart no bother.
  • My scars. You don’t go through life without gathering some scars and I bloody love scars on me and on others. They tell a story and make you unique. I have: My knee scar from falling down some stairs as a kid. My pierced ear scar and bellybutton scar from being a rebellious teen. The mottled skin from hip to thigh on my left leg from when I poured a whole pot of coffee down myself and of course my favourite scar – my c-section scar.

So now it’s your turn! What do you love about yourself? Please get in touch and tell us. Let’s spread a bit of positivity not self-hatred.

Anna ;-PK

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#FridayFive – 5 ridiculous names we have for vaginas

1) Flower – Flowers are given to people and are encouraged to be smelled. Vaginas are not.

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2) Florence – Well any female name. (A male name is fine – joking!) I had a flatmate who called her vagina Florence, and her partner’s penis Albert and Florence and Albert would meet up, loudly on the other side of my bedroom wall. So weird.

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3) Mini-moo – Anything with the word mini in it demeans it. It’s not mini, it’s mighty!!! (Okay you are allowed to call it this if you are under the age of 6. Although it’s much funnier to hear a little kid call it a chasm of doom.)

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4) Beaver – I don’t get it…. It just creates innuendo where there need be none. Like on spring watch. “Should we reintroduce beavers into the wild?” *snigger* Actually all animal related names – pussy can go too.

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5) Vagina – Bear with me on this one. It was only scarely recently that I found out a vagina is not what we think it is. A vagina is literally just the hole, i.e where you insert a tampon and where it sits in you. If you’re talking about that whole region…. it’s a vulva. Who knew?! Why don’t we use this word more often and why haven’t I used it in this piece…. Because if you say vulva, no one knows what you are talking about!!

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So there you go, if you have to call the whole area anything, the only two acceptable options are vulva…. or penis flytrap.

Anna ;-PK

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#HeyIt’sOkay ….. to watch Porn

… even if you’re an ardent feminist! Don’t be so hard on yourself. Porn is Porn. As long as you aren’t taking it on face value and assuming that is what your sex life should be like, that is how you should look, those are the things you should do etc. then go ahead and in the words of Lumiere – be our guest.

Porn can be useful, especially if your sex education classes leave a little to be desired, books are boring and you don’t have older siblings. Porn can show you what stuff looks like, where stuff goes, what comes out of where. Again there’s no one size fits all (Haha) but as long as you realise that, then it can be informative. It can help you decide what you like the look of, what makes you shudder, who you’re interested in. Used with caution, it can suggest new things for you to try sexually; different positions, toys, scenarios. You can watch it with your partner to get you in the mood. You can watch it alone to get yourself off quicker. See, it can be fun, very fun, so don’t feel bad. Don’t self flagellate because you feel bad for doing something that basically everyone does. You know you and you know when it could be becoming a problem and/or affecting your health but most of us are managing successfully to juggle life and porn.

Okay, okay, there are some very blurred lines in there and many counter arguments for what I’m saying. There are obviously gradients as to what porn it is okay to watch. I’m talking consensual adults, not performing anything illegal. (Ignoring the stupid UK porn bans.) You need to use your own moral judgement and compass for this one. So yes you might be fuelling a (less and less so) misogynistic industry by watching porn but guess what? It’s already out there, reclaim it if you feel it belongs to old men in raincoats. If you feel a bit morally wrong watching certain types or porn then there are more and more female friendly porn sites popping up all over the place and gender equal porn where emphasis is put on mutual partner pleasure.

So ultimately, if you are watching legal porn responsibly, with a clear head, accepting it as adult entertainment and not as an inspirational video or a sex tip guide then hey, it’s okay to watch porn.

Anna ;-PK

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#FridayFive – 5 Things I Will (Probably) Never do in Bed.

1) Threesomes – I have enough to think about with one sexual partner.

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2) Anal – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It kinda looks like a lot of effort and I’m happy with the current situation – There’s no need for me to experience this right now. #HeyIt’sOkay … to not have anal sex

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3) Watersports – As in urolagnia not jetskiing. Although I probably wouldn’t jetski either. I have bladder-shyness with people being in a different cubicle to me so I don’t think I could even if I wanted to… which I don’t.

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4) Facials – I understand that there is a certain amount of mess involved in sex but I don’t want said mess in my face.

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5)  Anything involving food – I love food, I love sex. It is a cruel irony that I don’t love both combined. You want it to be the best night of your life but it basically ends up being as ridiculous as this….

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#HeyIt’sOkay … to have to schedule sex

In fact, sometimes it’s downright necessary.

Bringing up your Google calenders and sending an invite to ‘sexy time’ somewhere between ‘the gym’ and ‘watching Walking Dead’ is not the most romantic foreplay but it is effective. We schedule every other aspect of our life with this or that app so why not sex too?

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Yes we all like to think we’re spontaneous creatures who like to be cooking one second and shagging the next but the reality is if that were to actually happen we’d forget about the chilli we’d just cut and it would sting worse than that time we experimented with ‘warming lube’. No one just sweeps the onion skins and knives onto the floor and takes people on the kitchen counter. Health and safety nightmare! It’s just another myth perpetrated by movies and stupid magazines telling us how to spice up our sex lives… By literally applying spice to our genitals apparently. So figuring out when you’re going to have sex, makes sense!

If you have a long term partner (I’m talking 5+ years) and you manage to have spontaneous, frequent sex then I’d love to know how. Especially if you have children. It’s necessary to book it in. Monday: Work. Tuesday: Out with the girls. Wednesday: Football. Thursday: Nothing? Shall we have sex? Okay, cool. Conditions are perfect.

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Youtube: Flight of the Conchords – It’s Business Time

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same day every week or anything, “I’m sorry, I can’t join your pub quiz team, I have sex on Wednesdays.” and the actually deed isn’t scheduled either. Although that is a GREAT idea! Imagine…

7-7.02: Put lingerie on whilst moaning about the lack of sufficient sexy male underwear.

7.02-7.05: Kissing of the neck and a half-arsed massage.

7.05-7.10: Oral

7.10-7.15: Penetration. Go on top, get a bit tired, switch round, also get a bit tired. Go for spooning.

7.15: Climax

7.16: Pyjamas On

If we didn’t figure out when we were going to have sex then months would probably pass and it wouldn’t have crossed our minds. This way, this very unromantic and practical way, means that we get regular sex. What’s wrong with that? It shows us that we are making time for each other, keeping ourselves happy and our relationship healthy.

It may not be the sexiest thing, although it is quite fun knowing that you’re gonna get some tonight, but it works. So Hey, it’s okay… to have to schedule sex.

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#FridayFive – 5 Disney characters you would totally have sex with.

1) Ariel from The Little Mermaid

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She’s a total babe, but this would mostly be out of curiosity. What goes where?

2) Belle from Beauty and the Beast

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She’s intelligent, she kicks ass, she looks great in glasses, she’s proved that she doesn’t care about looks – you would be an idiot to not go there.

3) The Beast from Beauty and the Beast

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As the beast obviously, not as the weird, blonde, wussy guy at the end. And not when he’s all dressed up for the ball. Odd.

4) Nala from The Lion King

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As a grown lion not as a cub – that would just be weird…

5) Bert from Mary Poppins

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He wouldn’t be allowed to talk though.

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Disclaimer: No Disney characters were harmed in the writing of this post.

#HeyItsOkay … to talk about your sex life.

Maybe not at parent’s evening or loudly on public transport but it is definitely okay to talk about your sex life. Pick your audience wisely because ridiculously not everyone will be comfortable with it. You have 3 choices, or 4 I guess if you’re one of those weird/lucky people who would talk to family about it.

Friends: this is probably who we’re most comfortable talking about sex with. There’s nothing like having a glass of wine and gossiping about sex. I’m not even talking about giving friends a blow by blow (Pun intended) account of what you did last night. It is very rare that I divulge the gory details of what we did, mainly because it’s not going to be that interesting to someone else, but we talk about sex in general. What you like. What you dislike. What you use. What you wear. Anything you feel comfortable about. Note that I say ‘talk’ not ‘compare’. Do not compare your sex life to others. Obviously it is natural to compare  but if someone is making you feel bad either directly or indirectly in these conversations then stop talking with them.

Partner: I can’t believe that people don’t do this, but talk about sex with the person you are having sex with. Durrr!!!! Me and my partner often dissect our sex life; we talk about what’s going well, what isn’t great and what we might like to try. That makes it sound very clinical but I can promise you, the couple that talk about sex have much better sex than the couple that do the deed and that’s that. If you’re not at this stage yet then talk about other people’s sex lives, or the steamy scene you’re watching on television to open a conversation.

Third Party: Finally, if you really want to talk about sex or an issue in your sex life but feel you can’t talk to your friends or partner, then seek impartial advice. There’s loads of people to reach out to who won’t blink an eyelid and will go out of their way to help. Use online forums or counsellors, you can go as far as using a sex therapist but just make sure you are talking. It’s 2015 hey, it’s okay to talk about sex.

#HeyIt’sOkay …. to talk about your sex life.

(Or lack of.) Okay, maybe not at parent’s evening, or loudly on public transport, or with your mum but it is definitely okay to talk about your sex life.

Talk to your friends about it and let’s face it, our friends are probably who we’re most comfortable talking about sex with. There’s nothing like having a glass of wine or a pint and gossiping about sex. I’m not even talking about giving friends a blow by blow (Pun intended) account of what you did last night. It is very rare that I divulge the gory details but instead talk about sex in general. What you like. What you dislike. What you use. What you wear. Anything you feel comfortable about. You’ll give each other ideas and reassure each other. You can laugh about that totally awkward thing that happened and listen to things that make you feel way better about the time you put ice directly onto intimate bits to disasterous consequences. N.B.Also if someone is making you feel bad either directly or indirectly in these conversations then stop talking with them. They’re either lying or they’re not mature enough to handle the conversation.

I can’t believe that people don’t do this but talk about sex with the person you are having sex with. Durrr!!!! My partner and me often dissect our sex life. Mainly we talk about what’s going well, what isn’t great and what we might like to try. That makes it sound very clinical but I can promise you, the couple that talk about sex have much better sex than the couple that do the deed and that’s that. If you’re not at this stage yet then talk about other people’s sex lives, or the steamy scene you’re watching on television as a way in. (Again, pun intended)

Finally, if you really want to talk about sex or an issue in your sex life but feel you can’t talk to your friends or partner, then seek impartial advice. There’s loads of people to reach out to who won’t blink an eyelid and will go out of their way to help. Use online forums or counselors, follow us on twitter @peachykeenuk or hire a sex therapist but just make sure you are talking. It’s 2015 and hey, it’s okay to talk about sex – try it today.

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