Bondage Bow

Bondage Bow Review

When we received the brand new Bondage Bow from Rare Assembly – we really wanted to give people an idea of what it could do and how it could improve sex lives, so who better to turn to than our ever adventurous Facebook pair, Caroline and Chris, who have great experience of putting adult paraphernalia through it’s paces, so we caught up with them to see how they got on.

bondage bowCaroline: From the beginning we were excited about receiving the Bondage Bow as it was something we felt was different from other things we had tried in the past. A lot had been made about the presentation of the bow and along with Sh! own presentation style it lived up to the promise. The bow looked divine and rather sensual and in it’s clear packaging, really, very decorative and not unlike a corsage.

Chris: As an item of pleasure for a long time Bondage Tape has been a staple item in our collection and something I’ve recommended to others over the years and so were intrigued so see how it would compare.

How to use the Bondage Bow?

Caroline: First off, I was really impressed that it didn’t in anyway smell of latex, the smell we’ve become accustomed to these days with sex toys. We have put the Bow to good use a number of times as it is so versatile.

Chris: For clarity, Caroline has put the Bow to good use having been on the receiving end of it most of the time.

Caroline: Truly, very guilty – what can I say! At first we tried some

soft play as Chris bound my hands before exploring me. It kept my hands tightly together, I couldn’t struggle even if I had wanted to. What I really enjoyed was the softness of the bow mixed in with how tight it could hold me, the contrast between feelings played on me well.

Chris: Being the restrainer, I really liked that there was so much length to play around with, I could fully bind Caroline’s hands and still have enough left to attach something else, like the bed post.

Caroline: Restrainer? Is that a real thing? Anyway, pushing things further, as we like to do, the next time I allowed him to tie ankles to my hands whilst laying on my back which was rather divine and left me feeling naked and rather vulnerable which is a good thing, especially when you’re with someone you trust. The other great thing I noticed was that sometimes my skin is sensitive to the touch and can find handcuffs or rope a bit too heavy on my skin but the Bow provided the right touch.

Chris: It was quite easy to tie too and it had a little bit of give in it meaning you could stretch it a little to give you a good purchase on the knotting.

 

What else did you enjoy about the Bondage Bow?

Chris: There is so much you can do with this Bow! It really did have us thinking beyond our usual boundaries and using our imaginations from strange places we could attach each other to, to positions we could tie each in or even together.

Caroline: Like some kind game of kinky Twister. Plus then there was the other things you could do with it like the spankings that could be dished out.

 

Who can use the Bondage Bow?

Caroline: The Bondage Bow would be great for a number of people, initially and importantly anyone tentative but inquisitive about restraint or kink play as it would provide a great introduction to the ways of being able to enjoy it without getting into anything heavy, but also give them lots of room to explore other avenues such as using it as a whip, without having to pay out a great amount of money.

Chris: Of course anyone who enjoys soft bondage play is looking for an excuse to add this to their box of tricks right now. What I can say is that it does add something different, new sense of feeling between restraint and soft material but also versatility that many other ties don’t have.

bondage tape

How does The Bondage Bow compare to Bondage Tape?

Chris: On the face of it, there is a number of similarities including versatility but they are versatile in different ways for example the tape can stick to itself but the Bow is able to be used as a whip, which the tape can’t.

Caroline: It’s also very discreet, we love having the Tape hidden around the house for just when and where we need it but the Bow is even more discreet. You can literally leave it anywhere without raising any suspicions. Having a number of these hidden around your home for just the right occasion for spicing up a quickie, impromptu bondage session or planning something
knowing exactly where it is. My imagination is working overtime right now.

Chris: The other great thing with the Bow is that there less mess than the tape.

 

Any Downsides to the Bondage Bow?

Caroline: The only thing I would say is that if you enjoy the more kinkier side of restraint and bondage then you may want something harder such as the Sh! Satin Ties with D-Rings although I can definitely see everyone enjoying the idea of being able to use a restraint as a whip. As for the product itself Rare Assembly have done a fantastic job, including the overall design. However, the only thing I would like is it for to be a little wider.

 

Summary

Caroline: I would love to give this to someone attached to the top of a present as an alternative to the usual bows. Not only does it look the part but it’s also got a great use, a lover or friend, a cheeky topper on a Hen Night gift or even a wedding present, you’ll be in someone’s good books.

Chris: Value for money-wise, it’s a fantastic product and allows you to really use your imagination and push your fantasies. Whether you’re new to sex toys or an old hand, you’ll find this brings a fresh new twist to your sexual exploration, coupling it up with a blindfold could really ramp up the stakes. Meanwhile, if I ever get a go we’ll get back to you.

Caroline: We won’t be getting back to you.

 

Chris is a Sex and Relationship Mentor and along with Caroline they are well experience at reviewing sex toys and other such products over the years. You can catch up with Chris at his website which is due to launch soon which houses a number of sex positive and mentoring projects.

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When we first started out way back in 1992, most sex toys were such awful quality and design that we simply *had* to start making our own!

We design and hand-make an exclusive range of products in our studio in east London. These UK-made pleasure products can never compete in price with those churned out in the Far East; Each  dildo, strap-on harness and bondage item is poured, stitched and studded all by hand,  so if you’re looking for high-quality, ethically produced, lovingly-made sex toys, you’ve come to the right place!

Silicone Dildos – Bristish-Made & Hand-Poured

Freshly Made Dildos!
Freshly Made Dildos!

Our silicone dildos are sold in stores as far away as Madrid & Tokyo, but in the UK you can only buy them in our london sex shop or here online.

Sh! was the first ever company to start producing silicone sex toys in the UK/EEC and we still offer that largest  range.

Our unique collection is hand-poured in silicone, the best sex toy material and, because we know that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to dildos, we offer over 40 different shapes and sizes to suit every individual preference.

Each one is ergonomically pleasing  100% body-safe and phthalate-free, warms quickly to body temperature, non-porous, and super easy to keep clean or even to sterilize.

In every dildo design,  you can choose between a regular dildo or a vibrating dildo.  which comes with a bullet vibrator that slips in the base to offer subtle vibration and extra stimulation.

Each dildo features our signature heart-shaped base which makes it compatible and comfortable to wear in a harness as a strap on, as well as totally safe for anal play.

Our Best-Selling Dildo - Cupid 3 (£44)
Our Best-Selling Dildo – Cupid 3 (£44)

Our best-selling dildo is Cupid 3 which is available in 4 different colourways, including purple marbling which will give you a totally unique dildo as no two marbled dildos are ever the same.

It’s also available in 3 special edition colours of white with a tiny heart on its base, ideal as a  wedding present, white and red hearts for Valentines and a spooky glow in the dark!

 

 

 


 

Strap On Harnesses – British-Made, By  Hand

A dildo worn in a strap-on creates a toy for any couple who enjoy penetrative sex together
A dildo worn in a strap-on creates a toy for any couple who enjoy penetrative sex together

 

Like a horse and carriage, a dildo goes with a harness to create a strap-on marriage!

No wonder our strap on harness come a close 2nd to dildos in being the most popular toys we produce.

Hand-made using the highest quality leather and rubber, our strap on harnesses are world-famous and we send them all over the globe!

Designed by women who actually *use* strap-ons, we pride ourselves on providing you with your perfect harness; one that is comfortable to wear, practical and stable in use and incredible durable, with many customers reporting over ten years of strap-on play with a Sh! harness.

Whilst black is the most popular choice,  we also offer our soft leather strap on harnesses in a variety of beautiful colours; Purple, red,  pink and in some cases stunning white and gold leather, to satisfy those of you who really want a statement strap-on.

 

2 Strap Harness Hand-made in our London Studio & available in a wide range of sizes and colours £45
2 Strap Harness Hand-made in our London Studio & available in a wide range of sizes and colours £45

 

 

Sizes vary with styles, with each having a large adaptability within the size;

Our best-selling 2-Strap Dildo Harness has the widest sizes available; from XS ( up to size 10) – XXL ( 20-24)

 

 

Corset Strap On £62
Corset Strap On £62

Our Corset Strap On, is Sh!’s 2nd best-selling harness.

It features a wide, supportive back, with corset-style lacing, and is incredibly flattering and comfortable to wear.

Fully leather-lined, with an interchangeable dildo ring, it’s available in 8 colours and 2 sizes; SM  fits up to 12 / ML 14-20.

 

 

 

 

A strap-on is a classic lesbian sex toy of course, but it’s also becoming increasingly popular for straight couples who are into pegging , where the woman don’s a strap-on to satisfy her male partner.

 


 

 

 

 

Bondage Gear – British-Made, By Hand

We also hand-make our own range of super quality bondage cuffs , collars and spankers to ensure your restraint games are the best they can be.

 

Leather Bondage Wrist Cuffs (£30)
Leather Bondage Wrist Cuffs (£30)

 

Our crafted leather bondage cuffs are  handmade with tough leather hide and riveted, with strong nickle  & chrome fixings & buckles.

We then line them  in soft, premium quality faux fur

This ensures maximum comfort whilst providing much needed durability during play.

Our classic leather bondage collection comes in 3 colourways; of Black, Red and Pink and available as wrist and ankle cuffs as well as matching  2″ collar & slim studded and spiked ‘princess’ collar & bondage chain sets.

Our  Luxury Bondage collectio comes in  6 colours  of black, purple, Red, Cerise, Royal Blue & White. These are paddedand leather lined inside and are decorated with a flash suede trim to really make a statement. Available in wrist and ankle cuffs as well as matching  2″ collar.

 

Black maybe a classic for bondage, it can also be basic or intimidating which is why we offer our range in so many gorgeous colours. We aim to satisfy every preference, playful mood, bedroom or dungeon decor!

 

 

Spanking Paddles

 

 

For spanking and sensation play we also hand-make a range of sensual spanking toys.

Available in the same range of colours, to match all our bondage collections (we’re all about co-ordination!) our spankers come in heart-shaped and paddle-shaped.

They feature one side that’s studded leather ( leather range) or suede ( luxury range)  with the reverse lined with premium quality faux fur – perfect for stroking sore bottoms all better.

We also make classic tawse and school straps as well as padded and cut-out heart spankers, for those who want leave a romantic impression on a beloved bottom.

 

 

 

For those who prefer to steer away from leather, we also offer most of the above range of bondage gear, spanking items as well as tough and corset strap-ons in rubber too – Phew!

 

Crafts(wo)manship is alive and well in London and we are proud of the fact that we’re one of the few British manufacturers actually making sex toys in the UK. The Board of British Manufacturing were also quite impressed when they came to visit O_o!

We hope you too will be impressed and proud to own one ( or a few!) of them and that enjoy using them as much as we love making them.

 

Do you own any Sh! made goodies?

Anything you like the look of but have some questions?

Drop us a comment on the blog and let us know.

 

Deal of the Day

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Deal of the Day:

Buy a pair of Sh! Satin Ties and receive a Lush Flavoured Lube FREE!

Lush Flavoured Lube

Made with love in Sh!’s very own London workshop, these luxurious satin scarf ties let you tease, tackle and tie your partner any way you want to…

The high-quality material and 4″ wide surface make these ties strong, secure and endlessly versatile. Use the corner to lightly tease your willing captive’s skin before restraining them firmly, putting you in control. The Sh! Satin Ties can be used to secure wrists or ankles together, to hold your sub down, or even as a sensual blindfold…

Buy a pair of our hot pink Satin Ties today and receive a FREE bottle of Lush Flavoured Lube for a yummy feast!

Let us know you want the free bottle of Flavoured Lush Lube, along with your purchase of our hot pink Satin Ties by sending us a Happy Birthday message in the comments box of your order!

This offer is valid today only (April 17th). Check back tomorrow for a hot new deal!

Sh! 20 Year Anniversary Party at Café de Paris

Well, I doubt The Boss imagined this evening when she opened the shop in Hoxton 20 years ago, on a budget of £700 and a pot of pink paint! Renting the shop space week by week, I imagine she was rather pleased to be open 6 months later ~ never mind 20 whole years!

A lot of preparation went in to the planning and executing of the party so a massive Well Done should def go to the Sh! Directors, Ky Hoyle and Sophie Walters, both of whom were most probably ready to tear their locks out long before the event actually took place.

Team Sh!  never miss an opportunity to get dressed up

…so we were absolutely *delighted* when hot-pink satin corsets arrived for us to wear. Wooo! Heels, fishnets, make up, hair tongs… We all brought in several matching skirts/dresses/trousers (delete as applicable) (and brand new knix, of course) ‘just in case’.

Once we got to the club, we were met by huge “20” balloons and six gorgeous burlesque artists (Delores Deluxe, Tempest Rose, Miss Amarattease, Rosilee Van der Mei, Leonie Soprano and Dolly Rose), all bearing trays of pink fizz, and patiently allowing guests to take pictures of them. And then we almost fell over on our very high heels when we clocked Ky looking stunning in a silver 30’s style dress, and Sophie Walters in her dapper black suit with pink shirt… *sigh*

 

 

Whilst Team Sh! donned trays with sex toys, lubes and spankers, the 150 or so VIP guests were treated to a spectacular aerial performance by Loz Buzzard, who, incidentally, did her work experience at Sh! many pink moons ago!

Many of the guests were feeling a li’l bit shy, so professional photographer and rope expert Rod Macdonald asked if he could perform a rope show with his partner Alex to get things warmed up. We jumped at the chance of this, and it wasn’t long before members of the audience volunteered to be tied up too..! (Now, that’s one way of breaking the ice!)

The shop team were rather amused by the play list keeping the guests in a sexy mood ~ the very same tunes we listen to at work every day! Nice touch, Boss.

Once the club night got going at 9pm, women poured through Café de Paris’s doors, and a couple of professional dancers climbed up on the podiums, strutting their hot stuff in zebra outfits, complete with Sh! strap-ons -Just amazing.

Team Sh!  danced and drank, drank and danced, and flirted with pretty much everyone at the event (sincere apologies if we missed anyone out) ~ we managed to pack in a whole load of fun in just a few hours.

Guests we definitely remember batting our long lashes at were Miss Rebecca Bond (ooh, the shoes!), Miss Annie Player, KD Grace, Lexie Bay, Sarah Berry (Fannying Around), the Zatorski’s, Nick Hewson (Women, Sex & Shopping), Picle (artist duo), Holly Revell (photographer)…(and those handsome boys in white sailor outfits)…(and the bar staff)…and maybe a girl in a zebra outfit. *wink*

At 11pm, the curvaceous Marilyn Monroe impersonator sang ‘Happy Birthday to Sh!’

Confetti whirled all around us, but we must admit we were rather unruly by this point.

The VIP guests left with hot pink (of course!) goodie bags; containing so much stuff we doubt they’ll be leaving the privacy of their bedrooms anytime soon..!

One bag I peeked into contained the following: Sh! silk ties for sensual bondage, Tenga Egg for boys, Lelo Picobong KiKi vibe, Dazzler Tulip vibe, Sh! Lush lube and ID bubblegum lube, FunFactory Smartballs, Village People cock-ring, Yes organic lube and a copy of Sh! SEX: The Bible… So much orgasmic potential in one bag ~ my mind boggled!

 

And talking about SEX: The Bible ~ wow! Did you know we managed to put a book together in about a month?!

The book contains 20 years of experience, erotica, erotic art and useful hints & tips… You can’t buy the book; we decided to do a print run of only 200 copies especially for the party, so if you managed to get you hands on one, don’t go selling it on Ebay! (Now all we need is for a publisher to offer us a book deal so we can make a bigger one with hard covers that people can actually buy..)

Sadly I had to leave before the Fuel Girls took to the stage (last train, damn it) but I have it on good authority that they were *great*

A few secrets from the night:

  • Which Sh! Girl went commando?
  • Which Sh! Girl bumped & ground on a Nick Hewson’s (Women, Sex & Shopping) unsuspecting daughter?
  • Which Sh! Girl burst into tired tears in the back room? (It *had* been a long day!)

Party Favourites:

  • Joanna: “I loved the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday’. She was stunning! Also, had fun showing off my tray of rabbit vibes to all the ladiez (and gents) at the press party – everyone was *really* loving the Lelo Ina.”
  • Ky: Sitting on someone’s knee and promptly sliding off – woosh! satin is slidey!
  • Leala: “The trays with samples were so much fun; my tray had lube and I loved showing them to the guests ~ they were even tasting the lubes! And I loved the confetti drop!”
  • Sophie: Dancing with all everybody in the hot and crowded dancefloor – we have the best team on the planet!
  • Shelly: “The night was AMAZING and I thoroughly enjoyed the reactions to my tray of innovative toys (especially the Tenga Egg!). The outfits were stunning and it was great to see all the faces that have made Sh! what it is today!”

Monday Favourites

Purple Wrist Bondage Restraints

Here at Sh! we’ve had a busy day – and the top favourite product we’ve sold this weekend is one of our very own FetiSh! products, Purple Bondage Restraints

Hand-made in our london HQ, using super-smooth suede and soft leather, Bondage wrist restraints and ankle restraints are versatile, kinky goodies!

We’re sure our lovely ladiez and gents will enjoy them…and we’ll be back tomorrow with lots of thrilling new toys, games…and a few surprises!