Testimonial: Esmale

I realised recently that I haven’t written a testimonial about a new store since 2012, back when I started this blog, so I thought I’d change that today and talk about Esmale. This post is long overdue really, because if you ever read my Fleshjack dildo reviews then I’m always suggesting that people buy them from Esmale, so I should go into a bit more detail about why I like them.
 
I first encountered Esmale a couple of years ago when I had my eye on three very specific toys that I wanted to review: the Brent Corrigan Fleshjack dildo, the Oxballs Cocksling, and the Oxballs Silicone Urethral Sounds. I was searching the Internet for anywhere that sold them, looking for the best price, and I happened upon Esmale which had all three. Not only were they in stock, but they were competitively priced, available with free shipping, and I had a code to get an extra 15% off, so I couldn’t resist taking a chance and trying a new store, and I’ve been shopping there ever since.
 
So who are Esmale exactly? Esmale is a UK-based store that specialises in sex toys for men, and more specifically gay men. That’s pretty much perfect for someone like me because all their product lines are aimed at my demographic, which means less time spent wading through artificial vaginas and clitoral stimulators when I’m searching for something new to try. It’s always useful to have a store that caters to your particular niche, so let’s look at some more of the reasons that I love to shop with Esmale:
 
Esmale has easily one of the best selections of Fleshjack dildos available in the UK. As you’ll know Fleshjack makes my absolute favourite realistic dildos, but many of the bigger stores don’t seem to stock them at all, and those that do often have no more than 3 or 4 at most. Esmale currently offers an impressive 9 to choose from, which accounts for 50% of the available models after Fleshjack recently increased their roster to 18 guys. That’s a better choice than nearly anywhere else in the UK.
 
Esmale offer very competitive prices on their products, which is especially important to me in relation to those Fleshjack dildos, which tend to be some of the most overpriced items on other sites. Esmale sells Fleshjack dildos currently for £40.49, while other stores typically ask for between £50-£60. Add to that the fact that Esmale frequently has sales on, and sends out discount codes through their newsletter, and you can look to save 15% on the list price, guaranteeing a bargain compared to buying the same product elsewhere.
 
Free shipping is something that comes as standard at Esmale, and in my experience orders arrive very quickly, and always packed securely inside a completely discreet brown box. This is always a bonus, because who wants to spend money on postage when you could be using it to buy more sex toys?
 
Customer service and returns are handled very well at Esmale. If you’ll recall from my review of the Oxballs Cocksling I had a slight problem with first one, so I e-mailed them to enquire about it, and they put a new one in the post for me straight away, alone with a pre-paid envelope so I could return the other one at my own convenience. It was completely efficient and a stress-free experience.
 
Esmale isn’t a site that’s shy about sexuality; if you’re wondering exactly how a particular cock ring is supposed to be worn, then there’ll be a photo of a model right there on the page demonstrating it in full detail. The lack of coyness is quite refreshing, and it really does give you a clear idea about certain products and what to expect from them. 
 
Esmale even runs its own rewards programme, so every time you spend money you accumulate points which can then be used to get a discount the next time you go back. For every £1 you spend you earn a point, and for every 30 points you collect you can get £1 off, which is around three times more generous than some supermarket loyalty schemes.
 
These are all the main reasons that I like to recommend shopping as Esmale, and the reasons that I keep going back. In fact the last two toys that I bought with my own money were both from Esmale: my Dolph Lambert and Mick Lovell dildos.

 

So I urge to you to check out Esmale next time you’re looking to buy a new toy, and as a special reward for being one of my readers you can even get an extra 10% off at Esmale, just by entering the code ‘PSPOT10‘ at the checkout when you place your order.

Testimonial: Lovehoney

Lovehoney is currently the UK’s largest online retailer of sex toys since their humble beginnings in 2001, and also the country’s best known after featuring in the Channel 4 documentary “More Sex Please, We’re British” and the Lifetime UK mini-series “Frisky Business.” It’s also one of my favourite shops to use.

Lovehoney has a website that’s tasteful and easy to use, allowing you to quickly find the products you want, as well as all the relevant information on individual pieces, such as sizes, materials, and feel. They even have a number of extremely useful product demonstration videos, showcasing how easily a given toy can bend, or how powerful a vibrator is in a bowl of water, and all this comes without even the slightest hint of smut.

If you’re not sure whether a product is going to be right for you, then Lovehoney has thousands of product reviews left by real customers of all ages, genders, and sexualities, and they’re all published right there on the relevant pages ready for you to read, both the good and the bad. It really helps you to make a more educated shopping decision, rather than just a stab in the dark.

Lovehoney also has an award-winning level of customer service, and I can speak to this first hand. Back when I purchased my Cobra Libre from them the first unit I received was faulty, so I spoke to someone from customer services and quickly arranged to have a replacement sent, with almost no hassle involved. The staff are very helpful and I couldn’t fault them. You can contact them by e-mail, telephone, or live webchat, depending on what suits you.

The returns policy that they have at Lovehoney is completely unrivalled amongst adult retailers, and if I had to pick one reason above all others for recommending Lovehoney then this would be it. From the day you purchase any item at Lovehoney you have a full 365 days to return it, and for absolutely any reason. This doesn’t just apply to unused toys either; you can send anything back, no matter how used and abused it is, and as long as you’re within that 12 month window then you can still get a refund in full. It makes the process of buying sex toys completely risk free, because no matter how many reviews you’ve read you can still end up with a doozy, but if you hate it you can send it back. If something’s too big, too small, too weak, if it breaks after 6 months, if you simply get bored of it, then you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. If it is used though, then spare a thought for the lovely Andrea in returns and give it a good wash before putting it in the post. I’m sure many of us can relate to making a bad sex toy purchase, and feeling annoyed as this thing sits around gathering dust while we’re out of pocket, so I can only commend Lovehoney for eliminating the problem. It’s almost a guarantee that every pound you will spend with them will bring you pleasure. [Sadly this returns policy has been changed as of 19/01/18]

The prices that Lovehoney offers are quite competitive. They’re not always the cheapest around, but they offset this with their “Deal of the Day” and regular sales. I picked up my TitanMen Intimidator for only £10, reduced from £40, making a massive saving of 75%, so it’s quite possible to get a great bargain. Personally I’m happy to pay a little more, just for the piece of mind of their returns policy, rather than saving a couple of quid elsewhere and running the risk of being stuck with a dud purchase.

Lovehoney offers quite an extensive product range, so you’re bound to be able to find something that suits you. Often they’ll get in new products before anyone else in the country, so it’s worth checking their “What’s New” section frequently. The only downside is that they do frequently discontinue products if they’re not fast sellers, so sometimes you will have to shop elsewhere if there’s a particular product you read about that you really want, and they no longer stock it.

Like all sex toy retailers Lovehoney ships its products in discreet packaging, so what shows up at your doorstep will just be a plain brown box. It won’t even say “Lovehoney” on your bank statement, and Lovehoney take customer discretion so seriously that they don’t even like people to mention in writing what will appear on the statement, to make it harder for anyone to Google the name and connect it back to Lovehoney. That’s a laudable commitment to privacy.

Finally, if you want more than just a shopping experience, Lovehoney has a blog jam-packed with sex tips and competitions, a forum where you can discuss toys and the like with other customers, and a Twitter account where you can keep up to date with all that’s going on.

I encourage anyone in the UK to check out Lovehoney, and they’ve recently launched a site in the United States too.