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What To Avoid When Looking for Pleasure Enhancing Products

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Choosing a Pleasure Enhancing Product (PEP, we'll call 'em) can seem daunting. There are so many choices! You might be tempted to pick a PEP purely based on looks, but if you want to love and enjoy your product purchase you must consider so much more and definitely consider things you want to avoid or look out for. We talked to Alicia Sinclair, epi24's Director of Education and In-House Intimacy Expert to find out what to look for when buying your next sex toy.

1.    Type of Stimulation: Don't buy a outtie when you really want an innie.

The human body has many pleasure zones, so when you’re hunting for a vibrator it’s important to establish what you want to stimulate. If this is your first exploration into the world of PEP and you’re unsure of what you want to stimulate, a safe bet is a product that stimulates your clitoris. 

More than 70% of women need clitoral stimulation to experience an orgasm. The clitoris has over 8,000 nerve endings and is the only part of the human body (male and female) that is purely for pleasure. The takeaway? Go with a clitoral stimulating product.

2.    Shapes: Tomato a or cucumber?

PEPs come in different shapes and sizes to stimulate different body parts. The most sensitive pleasure zones are located on the outside of the body — such as your clitoris and the first couple inches inside the vagina. Many women use vibrators and do not include penetration play at all!

Slim line vibrators can be used for external stimulation or for vaginal penetration. But if you want more than just clitoral stimulation, there are plenty of vibrators that provide clitoral and vaginal pleasure. Look for rabbit-style vibrators- these are some of the most popular, and with good reason. These vibrators deliver dual pleasure from the swiveling shaft that stimulates the most sensitive first two- three inches inside the vagina and from the fluttering rabbit ears that tickle your clit.

 3.    Strength: Don't buy a beach bike when you really want a muscle machine

The strengths of pleasure enhancing products range from soft pulsations to deep and rumbling to fast and powerful. To pick out the perfect vibe, it’s a good idea to know your sensitivity level.

Ask yourself if you like soft or strong stimulation. Look for a pleasure product that has multiple levels of intensity. This gives you to ability to experiment and choose between light to strong stimulation. 

4.    Materials: Here’s your coat of armor

Pleasure Products touch the most intimate parts of your body. You always want to choose one that is safe for your body. Search for products that are made of silicone, hard plastic (ABS Plastic), glass or stainless steel. Make sure to buy a product that has the words “Body-Safe” and/or “Phthalate-Free.” 

5.    Compatible Lubricant: Don't cheat on ying to get the yang 

The type of lubricant you use plays an important role in the life span of your products. Different types of lubricant are compatible to the material of the pleasure product. Water-based lubricant is safe for any type of product.

Never use silicone lubricant with a silicone pleasure product. This will ruin your product.

6.    Warranty: Don't get stuck up a river without a paddle 

It’s smart to search for products that offer a warranty. Reputable manufacturers of pleasure products issue a minimum one-year warranty to cover manufacturer defects.

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