FAQ - Lovecraft Sex Shop

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which is the best vibrator?
2. Is a vibrator the same as a dildo?
3. Can a vibrator be used on a man?
4. Tell me a little about penis rings?
5. Do penis pumps make your penis bigger?
6. What are ben wa balls, aka luna beads/kegel exercisers?
7. What do ben wa balls do?
8. Do you have “couple friendly” DVDs?
9. How do male desensitizers work?
10. Will massage oil or flavoured lubes stain my sheets?
11. Tell me a little about lubricants?
12. Tell me about hypo-allergenic materials for sex toys?
13. Can you be allergic to latex?
14. Is a massager the same as a vibrator?
15. Are there any warranties on any of the products?
16. What are the charge times of the rechargeable toys?
17. There are so many shapes and sizes of sex toys; how do I choose?
18. I want a quiet toy, what can you recommend?
19. Do you have any suggestions for people with mobility issues?

1. Which is the best vibrator?
There really is not a best vibe......the customer has to decide what is best for their specific needs. We have an assortment of vibrators and sex toys; our staff members are always happy to discuss qualities and attributes of our toys to determine what might be best for you. You can contact us via our 1-877-923-7331 or info@lovecraftsexshop.com or at our bricks and mortar store in Mississauga (serving the Greater Toronto Area). We have an assortment of vibrators ranging from hard plastic, synthetic rubbers, glass, stainless steel, elastomer and silicone. Determining what is best for you may depend on your budget, taste, what you want your toy to do, and your sensitivities. We have g spot toys, penis rings, anal toys, phallic shaped toys and clitoral stimulators to name a few. Have no fear; we can help you figure out what is best for you.

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2. Is a vibrator the same as a dildo?
The basic difference is vibrators vibrate and dildos don't! Vibrators can be phallic in shape or as small as an egg. They come in a variety of materials such as plastic, vinyl, latex or silicone. Depending on their size and shape they can be used internally or externally. Dildos are generally used for penetration and are usually made of a synthetic rubber, silicone, glass or stainless steel. Vibrators generally require less effort to achieve an orgasm but for that slower build up of pleasure a dildo is a superb choice. Dildos may also have a flared base which allows them to be used with a universal harness for strap on play.

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3. Can a vibrator be used on a man?
Of course, why not? Vibrators are used to enhance pleasure zones. You can use a vibrator on the sensitive head of a penis or perhaps a little prostate stimulation is more your speed. Remember look for a curved toy with a flared base. For anal play, always use a lubricant. Any erogenous zone will enjoy a little attention from a vibrator. We also have specific toys designed for with different shapes and textures for male masturbation.

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4. Tell me a little about penis rings?
Penis rings are used for a variety of reasons. Some men wear them for their decorative or fetish value. Others wear them expecting them to be functional. They should fit pretty darn snug. They are designed to fit around the base of the penis and scrotum thereby restricting blood flow. The pressure can be quite pleasing and can heighten sensation. A number of men find the ring prolongs an erection or makes them firmer. Some men love the experience and some not at all. Remember to wear it no longer than 30 minutes. Latex or metal rings should be put on before you are erect, and leather can be put on when erect.

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5. Do penis pumps make your penis bigger?
Some pumps claim to work miracles, but generally your penis will appear larger in the pump while the vacuum suction is working. Once the suction is no longer there it will go back to normal. Pumps can be used as a masturbation tool or they can be quite useful for men with erectile dysfunction when used with a penis ring.

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6. What are ben wa balls, aka luna beads/kegel exercisors?
The original ben wa balls were made of two metal ball bearings. Nowadays they come in all kinds of materials – plastic, silicone, and even glass. The basic format is two weighted balls attached to each other, with a string at the end for easy removal.

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7. What do ben wa balls do?
Ben wa balls are designed to be inserted into the vagina, and are meant to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles through kegel exercises. After they are inserted, all you have to do is flex your PC muscles to hold the balls in place – it’s that simple! Each ball has a smaller ball bearing within it, which moves around and delivers a soothing massage-like feeling to the inside of the vagina. Some women experience orgasm through the sensation of the smaller ball bearings moving about within the toy.

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8. Do you have “couple friendly” DVDs?
We carry a wide variety of DVDs, many of which are female-friendly and couples-friendly. Recommended series include Romance and Playgirl. We always avoid purchasing videos which display the victimization of women. We also look for high ratings and production values.

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9. How do male desensitizers work?
They generally numb an area when applied to the surface. Some balms give a tingly feeling (when first applied) which can be quite erotic! Our best selling desenistizer is Stud 100. It is a spray which makes for easy and fast application.

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10. Will massage oil or flavoured lubes stain my sheets?
Massage oils may stain. Flavoured lubes are usually water based and should not stain sheets. There are some silicone massage glides that should not stain your sheets. Perhaps the best idea is to throw down a towel just to be sure you avoid the issue altogether.

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11. Tell me a little about lubricants?
People will sometimes use oil or petroleum based products. We would recommend that you didn’t. There are many options when buying a lubricant. The vagina has a difficult time flushing oils out of its system which could lead to a bacterial playground possibly leading to yeast infections. Petroleum and oil based products will also destroy a latex condom. We would suggest water or silicone based lubricant. Standard water based lubes are taste free, non-staining, non-irritating to genital tissue and they will wash out of your body quite easily. If the lube seems to evaporate you can easily add water to rejuvenate it. Silicone lubes are extremely long lasting and safe to use internally. Organic lubricants are also available in today's market with very natural ingredients. There are also flavoured lubes, warming lubes, tingling or cooling lubricants. Remember lubricant should always be used when engaging in anal play. Most folks prefer a thicker lube for anal play.

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12. Tell me about hypo-allergenic materials for sex toys?
Glass, stainless steel, elastomer, plastic and silicone are all considered hypo-allergenic. Silicone is flexible and holds heat well, making it more comfortable for penetration. It is very resilient and a silicone dildo can be boiled (up to 5 minutes) or placed on the top rack of your dishwasher for cleaning. All these materials are non porous which makes for an easy clean up. Stainless is also incredibly durable and obviously hard like glass. Many of the hypo-allergenic products are rechargeable making them a little more eco friendly and they often come with a warranty program.

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13. Can you be allergic to latex?
You usually get some warning from latex, you may experience an itch or rash when wearing rubber gloves used for washing dishes. So when in doubt immediately stop using latex and consult you physician as latex allergies can be quite serious.

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14. Is a massager the same as a vibrator?
Well a massager like the Hitachi Magic Wand started its life as a muscle massager, but some clever folks have discovered other stimulating qualities. Massagers will generally provide the strongest vibration as they are usually plug ins. While the strength has its advantage; some consider being “plugged in” a disadvantage. You can also purchase various sleeves for the Hitachi Magic Wand or similar massagers, so now you can also use it as an insertable toy.

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15. Are there any warranties on any of the products?
Not all toys come with warranties but many quality goods do. The warranties range from one year to a five year material warranty. Any product with a warranty will be noted on our website and on the product itself. The information that comes with a product will explain how to ensure that the warranty is honoured. Please read the information that each company provides carefully. Generally companies like We-Vibe, Lelo, Joy Division and Vibratex offer warranties.

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16. What are the charge times of the rechargeable toys?
The charge times range from one hour to twenty four hours for a first charge. Each product will give you precise information. The fully charged toys will last for several hours.

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17. There are so many shapes and sizes of sex toys; how do I choose?
Some folks just prefer external stimulation so they may not need a longer phallic shaped toy. Others want a little of both, so they may want to consider a duo stimulator like the Lelo Ina 2. Sometimes we don’t want a “natural” shape, so we experiment with a different shape. Sometimes we want a challenge, so we choose bigger. And sometimes we need to reintroduce a phallic shaped toy due to various reasons like vaginal atrophy or chemotherapy which can make penetration difficult. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help guide you to the right decision for you.

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18. I want a quiet toy, what can you recommend?
We know the noise of the vibration can be a distraction so we have some suggestions for you. Generally the luxury sex toys tend to be quieter. But you don’t have to spend a lot to get a reasonably quiet toy. We would recommend looking for a toy that is a synthetic rubber or silicone. A toy that is supple and flexible will be quieter. The hard plastic toys are a bit noisier, though they have improved over the years. They have special inserts to stop the batteries from rattling. So yes, you can have a intimate and quiet moment with your friend the vibrator.

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19. Do you have any suggestions for people with mobility issues?
We have finger vibrators that you can slip on your hand which will help a little with the manual work. Also, look for longer handled toys that help reach a little further for you. Sex pillows can also be helpful. Look for firm wedged pillows, the covers can usually be removed for washing. They offer excellent back support.

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