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The Astroglide Glide Guide   a range of interesting topics.


Please note,  this is not Medical advice, for which you should see your Doctor or Health Care Professional.
 

  

Is there such a thing as a green lube?

 
Ever consider "going green' when lubing up? In the article Top Green Sex Tips from PlanetGreen.com, they highly suggest the use of a personal lubricant for your intimate adventures and advise going as natural as possible. So where does that leave you? Scratching your head, wondering if there is such a thing as a green lube.
 
Yes there is such a thing when you define green as using all natural, botanical and sustainable ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. These natural lubes are usually free from ingredients like glycerin and alcohol that can cause irritation for some users.
 
Check out Astroglide Natural. It's eco-friendly and is guaranteed to ease you into the green movement - as well as other things! It features a garden variety of botanical ingredients that enhance pleasure naturally. Corn cob-derived xylitol a natural vaginal moisturiser, sugar-free humectant that helps retain and absorb moisture. Aloe Vera soothes and softens skin. Vitamins C and E. Flower-derived chamomile extract offers additional soothing. The long-lasting, silky formula allows for fun, in fact green fun in the bedroom.
 
Have any experience using eco-friendly, organic or natural lubricants? Leave a comment and let us know about your experience   info@astroglideaustralia.com
 

Back At Square One

 
How many times have you found yourself bored in a relationship? Do you ever consider that maybe the fight you picked last night over where to get ice cream may be about more than just a chocolate craving? The article Wanting More on DatingThoughts.com, a blog written by a group of 30-something professionals, hypothesises that human beings can seem insatiable when it comes to relationships. He suggests that we tend to reject the sameness and order in our world as it disrupts the chaos that creates excitement, which in relationships we perceive as happiness. Zack theorises that at the beginning of a relationship, the only expectation is to have fun. But as the relationship matures, questions, definitions and higher expectations tend to creep into the picture. It's the moment in time that one person in the relationship realises he/she needs something better, something different, something MORE to be satisfied once again and that the relationship starts to fall apart. Once one person wants more from the relationship than the other, it inevitably starts dwindling and straying away from the once fresh and exciting affair that it once was. This is what Zack calls the inevitable letdown.
 
However, there's no need to believe that all relationships are a never-ending cycle of excitement and letdown. Many relationships do survive past the honeymoon period into something deeper such as moving in, getting a pet together, marriage, and eventually kids. Each step marks a change. But for a relationship to grow and survive, something must always be changing and both involved need to be willing to take that next step.
 
Zack concludes that failed relationships occur for any number of reasons, but many boil down to one person just wanting more than the other. So make sure you know what you want out of your relationship before pushing for more. If you're too pushy you may find yourself where you started, back at square one.
 
 

5 Ways To Change Your Life Starting Today

 
Ever been stuck in a rut? Find yourself waking up in the mornings and can't get motivated to crawl out of bed? Living the life you thought you always wanted, only to find it's not the life that makes you happy? Getting stuck isn't the problem. It's not doing anything about it that is. Here are five ways you can move forward on changing your life radically today. In the comments, share how you are taking steps to making big changes in your life, no matter how big or small. 
 
1. Recognise Your Rut.
 
How to know if you're ready for a change? You don't think it; you feel it. That's when you know it's time. When the down days outnumber the up days, the boredom is overwhelming, and you just can't take it anymore. Often times, change comes not when you're ready to make a change, but when you can't stand not making a change for one more day. The first challenge lies in locating exactly what or where the problem is. It may sound New Agey, but meditation can help you find it. Is it in your head, your heart, and your feet? Are you looking for love, ready to make a move, longing for a new job? Visualising the block will help you navigate your way around it.
 
2. What You Want To Do Is Not the Same Thing As What You Think You're Supposed To Do.
 
Identifying where and why you're stuck is one thing. Trying to discern where you want to go next is a whole other thing. At times, we find ourselves in conflict over where we're headed in life. Is this what we really want to do, or what we feel obligated to do? Is this our path, or the one that our parents created for us? If we're doing what we're supposed to do, why don't we feel like we're doing what we want to do? It can help to start by making a simple two-column list. On one side, list everything you think you're supposed to do. On the other side, list everything you wish you could do. In all likelihood, with it written in black and white in front of you, you'll be able to see that what you want to do is sometimes the exact opposite of what you're supposed to be doing.
 
3. Make A Plan That You Can Stand To Live.
 
Hopefully, by now you're starting to have some kind of a vision of the new life you'd like to create for yourself. Dammit, you're moving to Sydney, and no one, not even your bank account, is going to stop you. You are quitting your cubicle-based position and going back to University or TAFE to get a degree in psychology so you can help people, not copy other people's stuff. You're starting that novel, despite all the other demands on you, before it's too late. Take one action today that gets you closer to where you want to be. Write the first page. Domain.com.au for rentals. Scout universities online. The energy will snowball. You will leave inertia behind you.
 
4. Get Practical Before You Get Crazy.
 
Tragically, you may not have a handy magic wand at your disposal, and there is this bothersome thing called reality to contend with, so you have to keep your feet on the ground at the same time that your head is in the clouds. Make sure that as you move forward, you're touching base with what's actually doable. Can you go back to university or TAFE and still afford your lifestyle? Take into serious question the realities of how you live your life, rather than pursuing a dream that's too impossible to achieve. If you can't forgo organic tomatoes, you may need to hang on to your high-paying job for a while longer, while you work on making a killing with your start-up clothing line on etsy.com.
 
5. Turn Your Idea Into Action.
 
You've figured out what you want, you've drawn up a plan to get there, and you've struck a balance between making changes and keeping it real. In my experience, the biggest determining factor in finding personal and professional success is the small stuff. Do one thing, no matter how small, every single day. What will kill your dreams is anxiety. What ensures your life won't change is not taking a risk, no matter how tiny. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Start the chain reaction today.        By Susannah Breslin  The Frisky
 
 

Dating on a Budget

 
Money may be tight, but that's no reason to cut out Date Night! All it takes is a little creativity and slick thinking to show that special someone just how special they really are! Need some ideas? Marie Claire recently published 50 date ideas that are fun, imaginative and wallet-friendly.
 
Some of our favourites:
 
  • Some say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Explore a nearby farm with your significant other and pick some fruit (apples, cherries, strawberries, whatever!) and then head back home and prepare a delicious dish. Another idea would be to go to a local farmer's market. Not only is this option yummy, it's also eco-friendly!
  • Good with erections? Build something together. With the lack of extra cashflow, many people are becoming DIY experts instead of hiring a handy man. That IKEA  dresser has been in its box for awhile now, why not blast some music and make a party out of assembling it! (Tip, use a power drill for the screws, will save you getting a sore hand and save some energy for you know what.
It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood that you've always wanted to live in. Plan a day of open houses. It can be as simple as a day to dress-up a little and sample some complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Plus, you never know what can happen when you find yourself alone in the guest bedroom.
 

Green Music

 
With the advent of new technology like the iPod or Zune, digital music has become today's norm. It's faster and often cheaper to download music on the fly through websites like iTunes.
 
Yet surprisingly in January 2009*, the LA Times reported CD sales still make up the majority of the music industry's revenue. People must like trudging to the store and struggling with that super-sealed plastic wrap that CDs come in. Go figure.
 
Well here's a big reason to stop buying CDs: a new study has found that downloading music is better for the environment than buying compact discs!
 
Here's how:
 
By comparing the emissions produced by the processes of most popular forms of music purchases, academics from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University concluded that digital downloads could reduce 40 - 80% of the carbon dioxide emissions that occur through retail CD purchases. Surprising Consider how much energy it takes to produce, package, ship and then sell a CD at a retail store. The study claims that just downloading the music and burning it to a CD-R could reduce retail "best-case scenario" emissions up to 40%.
 
So the next time you're ready for some new tunes for that romantic evening or for a kicked up workout, consider keeping it digital. There are a wide variety of online music stores that carry a larger digital collection than a standard retail store and they even suggest new songs to sample based on your search and purchase history.
 
No credit card in hand? Create a free station on Pandora or Last.fm by just entering any of your favourite artists or songs. The music industry executives and your CD collection may not like it, but the environment will.
 

Warm Your Heart and Steam-Up Your Bedroom

 
Some Tips for Heating the Silk Sheets from Astroglide Personal Lubricants
 
Pop open a bottle of wine and break out the lingerie: this day is going to be special. Planning the romantic evening is a breeze, but once dinner is done, the lights go down and the candles are lit, it's time to shake things up in the bedroom- work some magic that'll make Cupid jealous.
 
Here are some tips from Astroglide Personal Lubricants to help set the mood evening.
 
Sweeten the moment with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, an oral sensation that will put your lover on sensory overload. A Box of chocolates is nice, but chocolate body paints are even nicer. Write words or symbols of your love and then slowly lick them off.
 
Make 'em beg for more with a prolonged foreplay experience your significant other will never forget. Start out with kissing and a little light touching and work your way up to nibbling, light scratching and some dirty talk for good measure.
 
A silky-smooth and sensual experience is the best way to get your skin warmed up for an evening of pleasure. Forego your usual bed-sheets and pillowcases for some vividly coloured silk sheets. Stimulating as many senses as possible simultaneously is key to the perfect night.
 
Aural pleasure is a great way to get the rhythm right. Create a sexy playlist and put it on at a low volume to build the right aura but make sure it's not up too loud, because you'll want to be able to hear the sounds of your lover for some added audio stimulation.
 
Home is where the heart is, so listen to your heart and really explore the space. The bedroom's great, but you've been there and done that. Take it into the kitchen, the living room, the office, the shower, even the closet anywhere that's new and exciting.
 
Lose control by letting your lover tie you up. Who likes to dominate in your relationship? You know who owns the bedroom better than we do, so let that person take control. Or switch up the roles for an even naughtier night.  Tie your lover up with a scarf, put a blindfold on them and watch the rest of their senses heighten eagerly.
 
Heart- and skin-warming pleasure is the perfect solution steaming up the bedroom. Throw some Astroglide Warming Liquid into the mix to add a soft, warming sensation to skin, enhancing the pleasure for you and your special someone. For lovers who like to turn up the heat without the candle wax.
 
Go Wet & Wild in the shower, Jacuzzi, or even a kiddie pool in the backyard. Bring a new dimension of fun to your lovemaking with a little water play. Bubbles and a light fragrance add just the right touch. Add Astroglide X Silicone Personal Lubricant and experience a whole new level of slippery sensations.
 

Get Lucky This St Patrick's Day

Bangers and Four-Leaf Clovers: Some Helpful Hints to Make the Day Special
 
It's once again time for four-leaf clovers, corned beef and cabbage and green beer. With the luck of the Irish comes tons of potential to turn St. Patrick's Day into one of the most romantic and sexy holidays of the year. After all, autumn is just around the corner, and you don't have to be Irish to get a kiss.
 
To get lucky on St. Patty's, follow some of Astroglide Personal Lubricant's tips to put you and your significant other in the mood.
 
What's at the end of the rainbow? You might not be able to afford that pot of gold your significant other has his or her eyes on, but there are plenty of little romantic gifts you can dote upon them this holiday. A four-leaf clover pressed between glass and framed makes an inexpensive, romantic holiday gift. Or, why not get in the holiday spirit with a bottle of Irish liqueur?
 
An Irish breakfast in bed. Treat yourself and your lover to a traditional Irish breakfast in bed. Prepare some Irish breakfast loose-leaf tea, hot oatmeal, Irish bacon, pudding and eggs, and wake your lover up with the smell of a fresh, traditional breakfast in bed. Since you're already in the bedroom, your significant other won't have to go very far to thank you.
 
Movie night with your lad or lass. Avoid the crowded bars and pop in a flick this holiday. There are plenty of classic Irish movies to choose from, but if you're looking for something romantic and contemporary, try Once, a romantic indie shot on the streets of Ireland.
 
Get green in the bedroom. They say green is the colour of fertility, love and lust. This St. Patrick's Day, try out some green lingerie and other undergarments to get your lover in the mood. The change in scenery should bring some excitement to the evening!
 
Loosen up. Let's not forget the most practiced celebration of St. Patty's Day: green beer! Take your lover out to an authentic Irish pub for dinner and drinks. Have a few Jameson drinks or a Guinness, but remember to be safe!
 

Summer Date Ideas That Beat the Heat

 
 
Summer is in full swing and the thermometer is through the roof. The sun is great for grabbing a tan, but when it gets too hot out, the weather can throw a spanner in your date plans. After all, pit-stains don't always make the best first, second or even third impression.
 
Save the sweat for the bedroom. Your friends at Astroglide Personal Lubricants have come up with a few ways to beat the heat for your summer dating plans.
  •  Suit up and hit the local water-park. You spent all spring getting your beach body back in action, so why not use it? The water-park is a great place to enjoy the sun, stay cool and have some fun together.
  •  Washing a car doesn't have to be a chore when you do it together. Strip down to your suits and don'tt be afraid to get playful.
  •  Put the keys in the ignition and get ready to drive. Drop the windows (or the top) and head out to the country. A scenic drive is a great chance to get to know each other. If you're lucky, a secluded country pit stop might be a chance to really get to know each other.
  •  Delectable dairy is a great way to cap off any date. Summer is the time for ice cream, and everyone loves ice cream. Make sure to save some whip cream; if you can take the date back to his or her place, you'll get that cherry on top.
  •  Add a little drama to the evening -  the good kind. Seeing an outdoor play, musical or opera is a great way to enjoy a summer evening. In keeping with the theme, try a little role-playing of your own when you get to the bedroom.
  •  Outdoor café? Got it covered! Try a new restaurant, preferably one with a covered outdoor café. You can enjoy the summer atmosphere without the sun beating down on your face, or enjoy the night air in a cozy, candlelit environment.
  •  Drive-in movies are still the rage. You could go sit in a stuffy, crowded movie theatre or you could enjoy one from the comfort and privacy of your own car. Open the windows to let a summer breeze blow through or close them and crank up the air conditioning for total privacy.

Please note, as stated above this is not Medical advice, for which you should see your Doctor or Health Care Professional.

 Putting "Men" Into Menopause

 
 
It's no surprise that a number of Astroglide's faithful users are women struggling with vaginal dryness, which can be an uncomfortable and rustrating symptom of menopause. If a decrease in the body's natural lube wasn't enough, according to Mayo Clinic, other symptoms of menopause in women may include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, increased abdominal fat and thinning hair. Men need to understand that a dry vagina is normal for women from their mid 40's, sometimes earlier and somtimes later.  If they have had chemo or other treatment it can start almost straight away.
 
In short, the beauty of youth's worst nightmare.
 
To help women cope with some of these changes and provide support, one need only Google "menopause" to find a wealth of information. From Menopause.org, devoted entirely to providing information on menopause and its effects, to 'Menopause The Musical'.
 
But what about menopause in men?
 
Male menopause though not widely known does, in fact, exist. Andropause, as it is formally known, can impact a man's feelings, health and mood. According to the FOXSexpert, Yvonne Fulbright, it is entirely normal for men to experience a decline in testosterone beginning around age 30, with most men's testosterone lessening about 10 percent every decade. By age 70, a male's testosterone level could be at half the level he had in his late teens/early 20s.
 
In addition to changes in a man's sexual functioning (Hello Purple Pill!), he can also experience lethargy, increased irritability, memory problems, bone and muscle mass loss, less beard growth, sleep problems, hair loss and/or increased fat.

So what are the options for men experiencing these symptoms?
 
Fulbright suggests visiting your physician for a blood test to check hormone levels. This will help to rule out any other causes such as thyroid problems. If low testosterone levels are the culprit, testosterone replacement therapy may be an option. Outside of medical treatment, it is also important to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and remember that menopause is not the end to one's sex life.
 
Fulbright concludes,  nurture your sexual relationship in ways that aren't reliant upon your sexual functioning or performance. After all, there's a lot more to your sexuality - and to expressing it - than what testosterone should determine.?
 

WHY WOMEN ARE ATTRACTED TO MEN WHO EAT CELERY - IS IT A VEGGIE VIAGRA?

 
 
By D. Scriber  l Published: Monday, May  2010 
Eat Celery
 
Though celery gets little glory in the world of manly things to eat, it turns out men would be better off scarfing more of it down than those chicken wings drenched in hot buffalo sauce. The authors of a "Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health" claim that eating celery increases pheromone levels in a man's sweat, making him more attractive to women. Why? Celery has a naturally-occurring steroid in it -- androstenone -- which increases the production of pheromones through sweat. The revelation in the book, which includes recommendations such as, "have sex often" and "sleep your way to a younger you," isn't new.  It regularly appears on lists for men who want to improve their sexual health. The book also contains a section on fitness. Loading down the celery in thick, fat-laden ranch dressing is not recommended.
 
All this research on celery begs at one question: If women are so attracted to sweaty guys should guys bother to shower before a date?
 
Image: Hooters' naked hotwings (note the placement of a paltry serving of celery in the background, behind the creamy dressing)
 
 

Dads: How You and Your Special Someone Can Spice Up This Father's Day

 
Astroglide Personal Lubricants Offers Tips to Husbands and Wives for Celebrating Fathers Day
 
Whether performing garden work, fixing things, barbequing or helping the kids with homework,  Dad wears many hats around the house. But when the lights go down and the kids are in bed this Father's Day, plan on making it an extra special one with some tips from Astroglide Personal Lubricants.
 
For Fathers, celebrating with the person who shared in creating their family is every bit as important as celebrating with the family itself, so husbands and wives should work together to help Dad find a happy ending this Father's Day.
 
 For Wives
 
Give him the good stuff - Your husband finds nothing sexier than a woman who knows her way around an electronics store. OK, maybe he finds SOME things sexier. Regardless, if you've kept your ears open and buy him his newest dream toy, expect some ?thank you? sparks to fly in the bedroom.
 
Tell me, what's your fantasy? - You've lived with him long enough to know what his fantasy is; now, make it a reality. What's the one thing he's wanted to do in the bedroom that you've been saving for a rainy day? Well, today is that rainy day. Help make this a Father's Day he'll never forget.
 
Golf: the greatest gift of all - It's a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the course is calling why not get some of the other wives together and book a tee-time for him and his friends?
 
Food really is the way to a man's heart - His favourite dish is just the ticket to spicing up his Father's Day. Whether it's take away, out on the town or home-cooked, make sure to have his favourite meal.
 
Get Busy - Send the kids out for a movie or get a babysitter and head over to a hotel for the night. Whatever you do, find a bedroom where you can be as loud as you want without any disturbances.
 
For Dads
 
Work it out - Did you know that lifting weights also lifts the libido? Not that you need the lift. Plus it helps increase energy and decrease stress levels which can lead to more fun in the bedroom. Hit the gym for an hour or two and blow off some steam.
 
Grab some sexy movies - Since you had children, having risqué movies around the house has been difficult, but with the internet, there's no need to have it laying around. This is your chance to get the wife in on some sexy movies. It might take some smooth talking, but we know you can convince her!
 
Take the day off - It's Sunday and there are things to get done around the house. Against your better judgment, let those chores wait and take the day to relax with the family. Don't forget to plan some special time with your lady.
 
 

Summer Date Ideas That Beat The Heat

 
 
Summer is in full swing and the thermometer is through the roof. The sun is great for grabbing a tan, but when it gets too hot out, the weather can throw a spanner in your date plans. After all, pit-stains don't always make the best first, second or even third impression.
 
Save the sweat for the bedroom. Your friends at Astroglide Personal Lubricants have come up with a few ways to beat the heat for your summer dating plans.
  •  Suit up and hit the local water-park. You spent all spring getting your beach body back in action, so why not use it? The water-park is a great place to enjoy the sun, stay cool and have some fun together.
  •  Washing a car doesn't have to be a chore when you do it together. Strip down to your suits and don't be afraid to get playful.
  •  Put the keys in the ignition and get ready to drive. Drop the windows (or the top) and head out to the country. A scenic drive is a great chance to get to know each other. If you're lucky, a secluded country pit stop might be a chance to really get to know each other.
  •  Delectable dairy is a great way to cap off any date. Summer is the time for ice cream, and everyone loves ice cream. Make sure to save some whip cream; if you can take the date back to his or her place, you'll get that cherry on top.
  •  Add a little drama to the evening the good kind. Seeing an outdoor play, musical or opera is a great way to enjoy a summer evening. In keeping with the theme, try a little role-playing of your own when you get to the bedroom.
  •  Outdoor café? Got it covered! Try a new restaurant, preferably one with a covered outdoor café. You can enjoy the summer atmosphere without the sun beating down on your face, or enjoy the night air in a cozy, candlelit environment.
  •  Drive-in movies are still the rage. You could go sit in a stuffy, crowded movie theatre or you could enjoy one from the comfort and privacy of your own car. Open the windows to let a summer breeze blow through?or close them and crank up the air conditioning for total privacy.
 

Yvonne Fulbright - Astroglide Sexual Health & Relationship Ambassador

 
 
 
Just wanted to share the good news, Yvonne Fulbright has agreed to be Astroglide's Sexual Health and Relationship Ambassador. What does that mean to you?  It means that you'll receive regular, timely information and articles related to your sexual health and relationship questions from a credentialed expert in the field! Here's the official scoop:
 
 
Astroglide Personal Lubricants is teaming up with human sexuality professor, Cosmopolitan sex columnist and media personality Yvonne K. Fulbright , to help improve everyone's sex life.  Yvonne is not offering medical advice for which you should see your Doctor or Healthcare Professional.
 
As Astroglide's new Sexual Health and Relationship Ambassador, Yvonne will contribute fun, sexy and educational content to the Astroglide web site, speak to the media about sexual health and wellness and the benefits of using personal lubricants, and appear at events in conjunction with Astroglide.
 
When it comes to bringing a personal lubricant into your passion pursuits, Astroglide is one of the most recognised and trusted names worldwide,? said Yvonne Fulbright. I'm excited to be a part of such a prominent name in sexual intimacy?and a product that helps enhance the sexuality of people everywhere.
 
Armed with qualifications in International Community Health Studies from New York University, and the author of nine healthy sexuality and relationship books, including her most recent, Sultry Sex Talk to Seduce Any Lover: Lust-Inducing Lingo and Titillating Tactics for Maximising Your Pleasure and The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Lovemaking. She has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and NBC's Today Show, held the resident ?sexpert? column at Foxnews.com and Women's Health, and has contributed to a variety of mainstream media outlets worldwide. From hosting television specials to teaching at schools like the University of Pennsylvania and American University, she has been an active part of comprehensive sex education efforts for the last 15 years.
 
In addition to working as Sexual Health and Relationship Ambassador for Astroglide, Yvonne Fulbright authors a sex column for Cosmopolitan and runs the SensualFusion website, which provides a wealth of information on healthy sexuality. She was also recently invited to take up a position as a professor at American University in Washington D.C.

As one of the leading authorities on sexual health, Yvonne Fulbright is a great resource, offering expansive knowledge for the Astroglide community, said Lisa O'Carroll, VP of Sales and Marketing. We're thrilled to have her onboard to further our sexual health outreach efforts and expect that she will enlighten and entertain our customers as well.
 
Check the Astroglide website (www.astroglideaustralia.com) often for updates on appearances and stimulating new content from Yvonne Fulbright.
 
 

Reasons to Love Lube

 
By Yvonne K. Fulbright,

Slick, smooth, and scintillating tends to be the sort of sex many people long for. Yet the use of lube in making that happen is often stigmatised. Unaware of the plethora of benefits lube stands to offer their passion pursuits, lovers are largely misinformed by popular misconceptions about this sexual enhancement. A number don't realise that using lube sets the stage for some of the best sex around, allowing for more effective stimulation, inviting more orgasms, and enabling lovers to last for the long-haul.

So what are some of the fallacies preventing them from reaching sexual ecstasy as it's never been known before? Astroglide tackles some of the major ones below...


Misconception: Using lube means one of us isn't sexually excited.

Making lubricant a part of your sexual repertoire does not mean, by any means, that you or your partner isn't turned on enough, or that you're having trouble working each other into a sexual frenzy. In cases where there is a lack of natural lubricant, this should not be taken as an indicator of one's arousal level.

For women, in particular, occasional vaginal dryness - those times when she doesn't produce enough lubrication - is a natural, normal occurrence throughout her life cycle. Such can happen for a number of reasons, like the use of medications (e.g., antihistamines), breastfeeding, menopause, where she's at in her menstrual cycle, alcohol consumption, or emotional factors.

Regardless of if it's needed or not, as many users will tell you, incorporating lube into sex play simply makes for better sex, increasing pleasure, decreasing any pain and discomfort, and making penetration all the more delicious.

Misconception: Lube ruins the mood.

Yes, lube takes a few seconds to apply, but instead of seeing this as a "time out," see this part of foreplay as titillation. You're building the excitement. You're being a bit of a tease. You're making your lover putty in your hands. You're setting the stage for something mind blowing.

Make no doubt about it, taking the time to use lubes allows lovers to take their time in enjoying the sex they're having overall. Instead of rushing to the end of the show, they can relish their performance. In many cases, the lube used allows for a grander finale when it does "come."
 
Misconception: Lube use during sex is unnatural.

Men and women both produce their own natural lubrication. Yet, for a number of reasons, it's often not enough for comfortable sex or for long-lasting lovemaking, e.g., Tantric sex sessions. While a woman's vaginal opening secretes wetness, her vulva, including her crown jewel, the clitoris, does not self-lubricate.

Likewise, a man's pre-cum or emollient under the foreskin (for those uncircumcised) does not do the trick in maximising pleasuring. So no matter what the body part, lube is essential for those looking to create more erotic sensation with less friction.

Then there are those forms of sexual pleasuring that practically demand lube for sexual enhancement. Solo or shared, a hand job is only made better when working his shaft becomes a slip'n'slide. In stimulating any erogenous zone on the body, from one's nipple to perineum, using lube invites greater reactions and true sexual mastery. Finally, natural lubrication comes and goes during any one sexual exchange, making lube necessary in improving intimacy.

Misconception: Only the elderly use lube.

With the time it takes to become aroused slower in our later years, lube is often recommended as a way to invite more response. Seniors like that using lube helps them to relax and become more aroused while saving time and avoiding frustrations faced otherwise. Yet, lube is not a pleasure to be enjoyed once you're past a certain age, as many younger lovers have learned.

With sex in the media more than ever, and sexual pleasuring of prime importance to many, the benefits of lube are being hailed more than ever. Instead of being the exception to the rule, adding some lube to the action has become quite the gold standard for a number of people of all ages, as reflected with lubricant sales over $7.8 million in Australia in the last year.

Misconception: Lube is only meant for protected sex.

Hands down, wetter is better for condom users, lest they face the risk of their rubber breaking otherwise. But that's not to say that it's only meant for those times sexual pursuits involve protection.

Sometimes, a little bit of assistance is required; other times, it's desired - protected sex or not. In fact, recent research conducted at Indiana University found that sex involving lubricant was associated with more pleasurable and satisfying intercourse - and masturbation - than sex without lube. Kind of makes the matter of using lube a bit of a no brainer, eh?
 

Personal Lubricant For Novices




Whether you plan to have sex, rub one out, or simply stimulate those hot spots just aching for more action, lube will make the moment more slippery, smooth, and sensual. You never know when you will want - or desire - lubricants to maximize pleasure or to field life's drier moments; compliments of menopause, breastfeeding, medications, and other such matters. Choosing which type of lube to use can have you feeling overwhelmed like a kid in a candy store - each goodie looks so sweet but it's often hard to pick which will satisfy your needs. In many cases, your treat comes down to personal preferences, your needs, the type of sex session you're hoping for, and a bit of guidance on the pros and cons of each.
 
You crave action:

If soak-the-sheets sexy is what you're after, then you'll probably want water-based liquids or gels.  Liquid lubes offer a slick, natural feel, but they often require several reapplications. The gel forms provide stay where you put it power, but they're not quite as slippery. Water-based lubes are also great for some bottom's up sex play, hand jobs, as well as minimizing the chance of breakage when using a condom. Another advantage of water-based lubes is that they clean up easily and won't stain your sheets.
 
You want water play:

Whether you're taking action to the shower, bath, or Jacuzzi, you're going to want to bring some lube to replace what the water removes. For water play you'll want to use a silicone based lube like Astroglide X Premium Silicone, as these products don't break down in water. Silicone based lubes will help you stay wet longer than water-based formulas and they're great for pre-game sensual body massages or post-sex rub downs. In taking the action to dry land, apply these long-lasting lubes for friction-free marathon sex sessions. However, read the caution statements on any type of synthetic lube. Many will break down silicone sex toys and even condoms. For this reason, these lubes are often best for long term monogamous couples who don't use condoms. Another difficulty with these lubes is that they can be more difficult to clean off of yourself or your sheets as they are water resistant.
 
You have sensitive skin:

Some people have greater skin sensitivities than others. In making sure the only responses you have in the sack are sexual, look for lubes made with fewer additives, especially those that are glycerin- and alcohol-free, like Astroglide Natural. For women who are prone to yeast infections, they should avoid glycerin, try Astroglide Glycerin & Paraben Free Lubriant.  Alcohol-free formulas are also less likely to cause irritation. And going green? with a botanical formula made of plant extracts makes for a soft consistency that isn't sticky.
 
You long to heat things up - literally:

There are plenty of lubes that can add some extra spice to your sex life. Some are flavored to make oral sex taste better. However, some flavoured products include sugar and may cause yeast infections if used for vaginal penetration. There are also desensitising gels for anal sex or lubes that can create a warm, tingling sensation, like Astroglide Warming Personal Lubricant.
 
You have a date - with yourself:

You know you're not supposed to use oil-based lubes when practicing safe sex since it can break down the latex contraceptive (note: oil-based lubricants are safe with polyurethane condoms). But when you're alone, all bets are off. It's not unusual for guys to use oil-based lubes like massage oils, lotions, Vitamin E, or Vaseline. Women, on the other hand, may invite infection using such products, since these throw off vaginal pH-levels. Be aware that oil-based lubes can cause irritation. It's always best to use a personal lubricant meant for self-pleasuring purposes.
 
Yvonne K. Fulbright, is a sexologist, sexuality educator, and author of several books, including Sultry Sex Talk to Seduce Any Lover. Her websites are sensualfusion.com & sexualitysource.com.
 
 

 

 

Romance Isn't Dead - It's Alive And Well In The Workplace

 
Despite the cramped conditions and unflattering fluorescent lights, the typical office space can be a hotbed for meeting your significant other. With most people now spending 50 hours a week at work, there are not many free hours available to meet that special someone. An inter-office romance can be dicey, so follow some tips to avoid a bumpy road.
 
Tips for a successful inter-office romance:

 

  • The first step is making sure you only pursue other singles. Some harmless flirting with those poor married folks is okay, but that's it!
  • Been flirting with Mike in payroll but he hasn't asked you out? Some people are very shy about office romance, so take the initiative!
  • Not sure if Sally in Marketing is the right one for you, try the "it's just lunch" concept and gather a group of like-minded individuals for an inter-office lunch and see how she interacts with everyone, including you.
  • Keep it casual. You never know if things will work out with an office romance, so set some simple ground rules from the start so if the relationship ends, there are no hard feelings.
  • Copiers can be used for more than printing the quarterly report! Let your imagination run wild and print up some interesting inter-office memos to each other.
  • Need to keep your office romance quiet? Be smart about it. Don't drive to work together and park in the company car park! Smooching sessions in the elevator are also fraught with danger. Keeping it secret is smart for your careers and can add a bit of danger and spice to the relationship.
  • Don't hit the "All Company" email address when you call her "Snoogy Snookums." It's best to keep your work emails and chats rated PG. In fact, it's probably best to avoid personal messages in work e-mails. Save your sexy messages for home.
  • Limit your group trips to the stationery cupboard. If both of you are required to get supplies and it takes 25 minutes to retrieve paper clips and pens, you might raise some suspicions.
  • After a bunch of dates away from work, it might be time to explore some intimate moments. Choose Astroglide's many different products to spice up your next work "meeting".
 
For a complete list of Astroglide carrying stores, to request a free sample, or learn more about Astroglide products visit http://www.astroglideaustralia.com

 

Celebrate Couples Appreciation Month with 7 Spicy Tips from Astroglide

 
Astroglide Personal Lubricants Presents Fun Ways to Enjoy Time with Your Partner Both in and Out of the Bedroom
 
 
What better month than April to be designated Couples Appreciation Month? Nature is filled with new growth and warmth, and it's a time for love! For couples, it's the perfect month to shake off winter blues and rekindle your bond for each other.
 
 
Here are seven fun tips to keep the relationship fire going:
 
1. Accentuate the positive! Write down five great things about your partner and share them together (you can always overachieve and write 10.)
 
  2. Say "Thank You" even for the little things your partner does.
 
  3. Even a one-night getaway or ?staycation? can bring you closer. Don't over plan to keep it spontaneous and fun!
 
4. Spend some time with other couples to get exciting conversation going and help you better appreciate what you have together.
 
5. Start and end your day with a kiss, even if you were arguing.
 
6. Tired of the same moves in the boudoir?  Grab a fun sex book or game to learn some new twists!
 
7. Make an aphrodisiac three-course meal together. Oysters, asparagus, and chocolate anyone?
 
The complete line of Astroglide personal lubricants can be an integral part of keeping a couple in love and lust:
 
Astroglide X Premium Silicone Personal Lubricant is perfect for couples learning to explore new experiences.
 
Astroglide Personal Lubricants are latex safe and can help increase overall sensitivity for more fun.
 
Astroglide Natural is the perfect choice for Aloe-Vera & Chamomile infused springtime love!
 
Establishing and keeping the bond with your significant other doesn't have to be a chore. Simply spending time together and listening to each other go a long way to a lasting relationship!
 
 
For a complete list of stores carrying Astroglide, to request a free sample, or learn more about Astroglide
products visit   www.astroglideaustralia.com/buy_astroglide.html#Retailers
 
 
 

10 Things You Didn't Know About Vaginas

 
 
Sex is something lots of guys they think they know everything about. They assume they know everything there is to know not only about how to please a woman, but also about her anatomy and how it plays a role in sex.  You may think you know a lot about the body of a woman, but you probably didn't know these ten things about a woman's vagina!

An Orgasm Is An Excellent Pain Reliever

Next time your girl gives you the excuse that she doesn't want to have sex with you because she has a headache, you can tell her she's full of it. An orgasm is an excellent pain reliever, and can work as well as over the counter medicines or even some pharmaceutical grade pain relievers. You just have to actually make sure you give her a great orgasm!

The Vagina Cleans Itself

A woman's genitals are designed to clean itself - meaning, douching is completely unnecessary and can actually do more harm than good. After menstruation, it cleans itself out and continues to do so throughout a woman's monthly cycle. It also will clean itself out after sex! This helps prevent yeast or bacterial infections. However, if more bacteria or yeast are introduced than the body can handle, an overgrowth can occur. This usually can be easily treated with over the counter creams or doctor prescribed antibiotics.

It's Not All About The G-Spot

The g-spot gets all the credit for giving women amazing orgasms, but there is another spot - called the A-Spot - that can be just as effective at giving a woman an earth shattering climax. The A-Spot is located deeper within the canal than the g-spot (right in front of the cervix) and it can be stimulated using the same come hither motion with your fingers that you would use if you were stimulating the g-spot. Just remember that since you're going very deep inside a woman, you need plenty of good lubrication like Astroglide, and you need her to be aroused first so it's not painful or uncomfortable.

You Are What You Eat

A healthy vagina has an odour, but it is usually not very pungent. A yeast or bacterial infection can make it smell more pungent, but a funky smelling peach doesn't always mean an infection. Many of the things a woman eats will affect the way her genitals taste and smell. For example, eating lots of pineapple and sweet fruits will make it taste and smell sweeter (which can be great for oral sex), but vegetables such as cabbage or asparagus can give it a more off putting scent.

The Vagina Can Actually Fall Out!

Vaginal prolapse is when the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes or vagina (or a combination of all of these) moves downward from its natural place in the body. This condition is common following surgeries such as hysterectomies, but can also happen without any prior event. In severe cases, this medical condition will cause the inner tissues to protrude through the vaginal opening.

Female Ejaculation Does Exist

Women  in addition to men can ejaculate varying amounts of fluid during orgasm. Many women are able to produce very large amounds of fluid! Some skeptics report that the ejaculate  that comes from a woman isn't actually ejaculate at all, but urine. However, science has found that the components of female ejaculate are separate from the components of urine are very different and while the fluid does come from the paraurethral ducts, it does not come from the bladder.

The Vagina Can Double In Length When A Woman Is Aroused

How long a vagina is varies from woman to woman. Some women have very small, short canals while others have very long ones. The average size in an unaroused woman is 8 - 10  centimetres long, but during arousal, this number can increase and may even double! So guys, make sure your lady is aroused before penetration, because you'll go a lot deeper and she'll be a lot more comfortable during sex.

Having Sex Can Keep The Vagina Young And Healthy

Like the rest of your muscles, the vagina needs to be used and exercised or it will become weak and brittle. During prolonged periods of abstinence, especially when a woman goes through menopause or reaches old age, the delicate tissues inside will thin and can begin to break down. Regular sex, however, will help keep a woman's genitals in peak form.

Vaginal Secretions Contain A Component Found In Shark Livers

Upon microscopic examination of the ingredients found in female vaginal secretions, scientists have noted that these secretions contain a component actually found in shark livers. This is called squalene, and can also be found in vegetable oils. It can be used in cosmetics, because it is an excellent moisturiser that doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy! Squalene is most likely what makes natural secretions good for the health of the genitals, because it keeps the tissue moist and supple.

The Vaginal Muscles Are Extremely Powerful

All women have the ability to use their vaginal muscles also called the PC muscles  during sex. These are also the same muscles a girl uses to stop the flow of urine, and they can be strengthened through exercises like Kegels. You might not think that these muscles would be very powerful, but they are! The world record holder for the strongest vagina is a Russian woman who was able to lift 14 kilograms with her vaginal muscles only!
 

How to Become a Sex Superstar  

Sex can be many things  it can be incredible, but it can also be mediocre. Don't settle for less than the best, here's how to turn yourself into a sex bomb!

Build Your Confidence

Confidence is the number one thing you need to have in your arsenal. Nothing else is as effective at feeling good about yourself and seducing others as confidence is. Instead of standing in front of a mirror picking out your flaws, check yourself out. Point out things that you love about yourself, whether it?s something about the way you look or something about who you are. Learn to love yourself and be confident in the real you, and show the real you to other people. You'll be surprised at what a difference it really makes.

Dress To Kill

Clothes and appearances are overrated, right? Sometimes. However, looking your best will naturally boost your confidence and will also make you more attractive and noticeable to others. So splurge on that dress you were eyeing the other day, or spend ten extra minutes curling your hair. Put a little more effort into the way you look and make sure you're looking  and feeling  fabulous every time you walk out the door. If you know you look amazing, you're going to exude confidence and sex to everyone around you and you'll literally be a walking bombshell!

Explore Your Own Sexuality

Being a bombshell when it comes to sex isn't about waiting for your partner to figure out the right buttons to push to give you pleasure. It's about taking control of your own pleasure and learning what you like and what you don't like on your own. Don't expect a guy to find your g-spot, your clitoris or any other hot spot of yours if you haven't bothered to find it first. Masturbation is the best way for women to discover how they like to be touched and what works best to bring them to orgasm during nookie. If you don't have a sex toy, now is the time to get one . Splurge on a high quality vibrator or other sex toy and lock the doors and dim the lights. Take charge of your own pleasure and explore your sexuality. Learn what you like and what you don't like, so you can confidently communicate to any partner what you want while doing the dirty.

Learn To Please Your Partner

A sex vixen not only knows what she wants during sex, she also knows how to please her partner. You may think you know all there is to know about getting it on and how to give a guy an orgasm, but chances are, you're not as well informed as you think. While a guy is pretty much guaranteed a climax if he's doing it with a woman heck, all it takes is a little lotion and his hand anyways but there are ways to make your partner literally explode with pleasure if you take the time to learn the sex techniques that will blow him out of the water. Take some time to check out a few tips and techniques to give your man an earth shattering blowjob or even how to use prostate massage to intensify his climax. Learn to do things that no other girl has ever done before, and practice them until you get really good. Your guy will love that you're interested in doing new things, but he'll also love the learning process! Make sure you have a few tricks up your sleeve for the next time you get it on.

Don't Be Afraid To Try New Things

A sex vixen isn't afraid to try new things in  or out of the bedroom. This, in part, is due to having confidence. A woman who has confidence in herself, the way she looks and the ability to please herself and her partner isn't going to be scared to bring out some new sex toys or to try new sex positions in the bedroom.  Constantly think about new things you can try with your partner, even if it's only a little different from things that you've done before. It doesn't matter what you do it could be as simple as tugging his scrotum lightly during a blowjob if you've never done it before. As long as you're constantly looking for new ways to please your partner and yourself, you're going to evolve into a sex vixen in no time.
 
 
on Dan & Jennifer   check out their great website
 
 

Sex Tip: Choosing The Best Lubricant For The Job (and Video)

 
Sexual lubricants are great products to use during all kinds of sex, including anal sex, vaginal sex and even masturbation for both men and women. Why do we like lube so much? It makes sex feel great and helps you last longer than if you're relying on your body's own lubricants or - eek! - saliva to do the job for you. Here's the lowdown on the different kinds of lube on the market and how to use them.   
 

Why Do You Need Lube?

If you haven't used lube before, you definitely need to try it!  Chances are, you'll never go back to having sex without it. Sexual lubricant makes sex feel better, because it reduces the amount of friction during sex. Sex feels smoother, slicker and lasts longer than if you're just using saliva or not using anything at all.

Water Based Lubricants

Water based lubes are by far the best lubes out there. They're simply made of water and are extremely cost effective. They're easy to use and easy to clean - in fact, you can clean up water based lube with just water, no soap required! It doesn't stain your clothes or your sheets, but it will wear out quickly since it's a thinner style lube that closely mimics a woman's natural lubricant. You can't use water based lube in the water, because it will rinse off quickly, but other than that, water based lube is definitely your go-to lube. Keep it by your bedside and use as necessary.

Silicone Based Lubricants

Silicone based lubes are a little thicker and are much better to use in the water because they don't rinse off as easily. You can still clean up silicone lubricant easily with soap and water (and maybe a little elbow grease) but it's great if you're having sex or masturbating in the shower or pool. It also lasts longer than water based lubricant, so it's a little better for those marathon sex sessions. Silicone based lube are OK for most sex toys, but it cannot be used with toys made from silicone! If you have a silicone toy, you're better off using water based lube. Silicone lube isn't recommended for frequent vaginal use because although the vagina is self cleaning, it's difficult to get the silicone based lube out.

Flavoured And Scented Lubes

Flavoured or scented lubricants can be both silicone or water based (most likely water based) and are excellent to use for oral sex or just simply if you want a lube that smells and tastes good. There's no difference between the effectiveness of a flavoured or scented lube and a plain one, so it's definitely a personal choice. There are many different flavours on the market, including yummy ones like strawberry.

Warming Lubes

Warming lubes can also be silicone or water based, but are most likely water based. A component within the formula of the lube makes the lube warm up during sex, and continue to get warmer during intercourse or masturbation. Warming lubes are great to have on hand if you want something a little different during sex, however, some people aren't fond of just how warm and tingly warming lubricants can get when using them. If a warming lube is too hot for you, try diluting it with some regular lube for just a little extra kick.

All Natural And Sensitive Skin Lubricants

An uncommon yet growing category of sexual lubricants are ones that are made for people with very sensitive skin. These lubes can be made with all natural ingredients and without dyes and perfumes that can be potentially irritating. If you have very sensitive skin and are using "free and clear" detergents and soaps in your home, consider using an all natural or sensitive skin lube during sex too.
 
By  Dan & Jennifer    check out their great website.  Condensed & Adapted by Astroglide.
 

Summer Time Tips

 
Make your moves silky smooth.
Lubricant is one of the easiest ways to make sex smoother, wetter, hotter... basically better. While a water-based lubricant usually does the trick, a silicone-based lube is particularly exquisite since it's silkier in nature and doesn't have the same drying effect.

Cool things down.
If it's a hot night, freeze the sheets for 10-15 min. before sex. Ahhhh…

Condom use just got hotter!
Couples can add to their rubber’s sensation even more by applying a drop or two of lube on the inside tip of the condom before rolling it down the shaft.

If you’re expecting, experiment with her eroticism.
Seek to explore your new preggie body, as some who are expecting find erogenous zones that never existed. Moves that didn't work before may cause mindblowing reactions. A woman may relish orgasms that she's never known before too. Erotically experiment as though you're discovering a totally new playground.

Give the right touch.
As a part of foreplay, give a massage... with just plain "Argo Cornstarch." Don't add anything to it. Just apply with a powder puff to the skin and it goes on like oil--just don't add any oil!
 

Sexy & Smart

 
Sexy Smart
While sending a scantily-clad pic of yourself while text messaging might seem super sexy, it’s anything but when it ends up on the wrong mobile. So do the next best thing and send pictures of interlaced models sporting their "barely theres." Not only will your sweetie will be aroused by the turn-on attempt, but that you are so assured of your own desirability that you can pass along other eye candy too!

Titillate with talk, tenderness, and time.
Only 21-27% of couples discuss monogamy, condom use, or their sexual history with their sexual partner before having sex. That means that there are a lot of people out there fooling around without finding out how risky a partner they’re dealing with. Studies show that the better you know your partner the greater the comfort, care, and concern is in discussing your sexual histories, disease status, and risk-reducing strategies. The two of you also have more motivation to protect each other, and that can be super sexy.

Carnally cool off this summer!
If it’s hot outside and you're without air-conditioning, put your bed sheets in the freezer for 10 minutes before you go at it. Or set up a fan so that it’s blowing on you. Cool air can feel luxurious on your skin, especially if it’s hot and humid!

Record your sex dreams.
Regardless of whether you have lots of sexual experience or very little, having a nocturnal dream is a sexual experience all of us have in common. The recollection of these heart-racing, sweat-inducing nightly visions can, however, be difficult, if not impossible, for many of us to remember. So write them down the second you get up, when they’re fresh – for inspiration when you’re getting fresh with your sweetie later…
 
Tips To a Healthy Sexual Relationship
 
Keep Key Clothes On
Want your lover to focus on a certain body part without guiding him or her with your hands? Put a spotlight on the areas where you’d like more attention by keeping certain clothes on. For example, taking your top off and leaving your bottoms on during sex play could encourage more nipple action. Touching yourself in these areas further encourages your partner to want to do the same.

Add to your natural lube
Lube enhances sex for everybody, and can be used by anybody, whether or not you have problems with dryness. While vaginal juices, saliva, and pre-cum can certainly make things wetter, a touch of your favorite lube can make things even better. For example, having your clitoris rubbed, whether during sex or as a part of foreplay, is going to feel even more divine with lubricant. Finger action is more fluid, allowing for hotter action, and problems due to dry stimulation, like the failure to pull a smooth move, are avoided.

Don’t freak if you hit a sex rut
At any point in a person’s life span, he or she can experience worries, hang-ups, or disorders around sex. This is perfectly normal and not something to panic over. While some situations may require more help than others, it’s important to be patient with yourself. Doing so will make the situation easier to deal with, plus get you to a better place sooner versus later.

Compliment before you kiss
Compliment how luscious her lips are before zeroing in on them. If they are, for example, full and sexy like Scarlet Johansson's, tell her they're tempting you. If they're scrumptious, like Kenyon Martin’s, let him know just that. The object of your affections is likely to flirt back and be more inviting in accepting the kiss, whether it’s the first or the latest in a string of many.
 
Let your eye candy know you’re interested
Eye gazing without staring is a classic move if you’re interested in somebody. Brushing up against the individual is also usually a good indicator that you want to engage somebody erotically, e.g., men especially know she's interested when she finds the excuse to brush against him with her breasts.

Have sex sober
Despite alcohol’s use as a sexual and social lubricant, sex is actually way better when it's sober. Take, for example, that a gal will be more lubricated and that a lot of guys will last longer before climaxing. In reinforcing how hot sober sex can be, comment on how amazing it is, as this will make your lover feel better about not needing a buzz to get sexy - and that it wasn't just the alcohol that made you all into him or her.

Remember, indirect is sometimes best
There comes a time during sex play that any hot spot can feel over-stimulated while a lover is manually or orally pleasuring the other. When things are too intense, you or your lover needs to make the direct action indirect. Take, for example, clitoral stimulation that can become too much of a good thing. Her lover should move his or her fingers to just above the clitoris to the clitoral shaft, or all the way up to the mons pubis, is to keep up the stimulation without over-stimulating her prime erogenous zone. Ladies can indicate that such action is needed by telling her partner that she needs a bit of a breather. "Mercy" is another flattering way of letting your lover know that you’re getting too much of a good thing.
 
Boost your body confidence
Body confidence is the basis for amazing sex. If you aren't comfortable with your body - if you don't feel good about yourself - then you're just setting yourself up for sexual difficulties and even dysfunctions. Having a positive attitude about yourself and your sexuality, and knowing that you're the sexiest thing going, can only lead to a racier romp with your lover. Whether you're showing off your body or letting your partner touch you all over, or the two of you are leaving the lights on... body confidence is WHERE IT’S AT!
 

Hot & Heavy Holidays

 
It’s that time of year again. Amidst the food, fun, family, friends, and festivities, you and your honey long to find the time to – "cuddle." While it might seem like "mission impossible," a little bit of forethought and clever strategizing can provide you with plenty of quality time together, whether alone or with your tribe. Whether you are simply looking to connect, wanting to de-stress, or hoping to pull off a quickie, the holidays can offer couples more time together than you ever thought possible.

Steal time away together.
It’s that special time of year in part because the holidays actually provide plenty of excuses to get “busy”. These include the need to:
  • Do secret holiday shopping
  • Wrap presents
  • Write holiday cards
All these activities have to be done, but there’s no reason why you can’t get a little "action" in at the same time.

Act like you’re on vacation.
After all, you are! While it’s only polite to give your family its due time, it’s also excusable to claim some down time given you’re on holiday. Such R&R efforts can involve going to bed early, sleeping in, and declaring naptime (e.g., after a big meal), for a most wonderful time of year.

Also, take advantage of relatives as babysitters. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are more than likely happy to look after your brood while you treat yourselves to a date night. Just be sure to bring back a bottle of their favorite wine, liquor or holiday goodie as a big thank you.
 
Separate from the pack.
You’ve got a huge “to do” list, but it doesn’t necessarily require everyone being on top of each other all at once. You want that kind of action, in the literal sense, just for the two of you. So to get everyone out of your space (or to make a clean escape), divvy up the tasks and errands that need to be completed. Have the family agree to lists of who is going to do what, making sure that you take on responsibilities that make privacy possible.

This might be going to the grocery store or offering to run errands while everyone else is at home – and taking your sweet ‘ol time getting back home. Or the two of you could plan to heat up the kitchen in a whole new way while everyone else is out and about.

When it comes to keeping the kids occupied, delegate tasks that keep them busy and provide a sense of contributing, like washing dishes. Alternatively, come up with holiday arts’n’crafts projects that could keep them occupied for a couple of hours. Then there are the options of sending them out to play or to the neighbors for a bit, or letting them have an extra hour in front of the television or a video game. During the holidays, it’s okay to bend the rules a bit, especially if it’s for a greater cause – your sex life!

Plan for Me-Time, times two.
While the holidays are about togetherness, you can’t be faulted for needing a time- out from all of the action. So make no apologies for going for a walk, and give careful consideration to places where you can get “busy”. Or go for a long drive and find a place to "park" for a while. For a little Me-Time at home, take an extra-long shower or soak in a bubble bath together.
 
Note: there may be times when you will want to do these activities by yourself, just to preserve your sanity. This might be especially important during those times your partner caves under family pressure or becomes an unpleasant bundle of nerves. Plus, it’s always good to have some me time, e.g., going for a run, toclear your head and to be better company. No matter what, be sure to show appreciation for each other and for what you’re each trying to do in making the holidays a hit, including giving each other space.

Make no excuses for your craving to connect.
While PDA or hot’n’heavy make out sessions are out-of-order, there’s nothing wrong with loving touches and outwardly showing how crazy you are about one another – even if it makes some family members squirm. So go ahead and give your sweet a relaxing shoulder massage. Exchange kisses and hugs on occasion, or curl up together on the couch while with everyone. After a while, the others will be so used to such activities that they’ll be unaware of it. Any children present will be positively influenced in seeing healthy, loving exchanges between two people who care about each other.

Carpe diem when it comes to getting carnal!
Think like a teenager. Take advantage of moments as they present themselves. Ask: How can we get away with as much action as possible without getting caught?

Remember, sex will not only have you burning off any extra holiday calories, but will act as stress relief, lowering your anxiety levels, as well. It will also raise your holiday spirits, putting you in a much better mood, which will become infectious. After all, it is the happy couple that makes for the happy family.

Happy Holidays!
 

Astroglide Surveys Fans about Favourite Bedroom Sexual Fantasies 

 
 

Lovemaking in Public Places and a Man/Woman in Uniform are the Top Picks - Astroglide Ambassador Shares Benefits of Introducing Fantasies to the Bedroom

Just in time to capitalise on this year's crop of Halloween costumes, Astroglide conducted a survey among its fans and asked the question "What's your most frequent bedroom fantasy?" There were a few pre-determined choices created to get the topic flowing, but in typical Astroglide fan style – there were some very interesting write-in responses.

Here were the top picks:

  • Making Love in exotic locales: With most people on a tight budget, even going out to dinner can be a fantasy. Once your fantasy destination is determined, why not surf the web for images of said locale, print them as large as possible into a mosaic and act out your cabana boy or girl fantasy in your living room. Don't forget the umbrella drinks!
  • Man or Woman in Uniform: What better time of year than Halloween to stock up on police officer, firefighter, or fighter pilot costumes? Or simply wait until just after the 31st to buy all the discounted costumes so you can act out your fantasies all year long.
  • Sex in public settings: No surprise seeing this popular fantasy.  Just be careful or you could end up being the talk of the office water cooler for misdemeanor nakedness.
  • Dominating a partner: For beginners at this fantasy, sometimes all it takes is a costume, for example Catwoman or a strong superhero would suffice. Even with minimal acting skills, we've heard that pulling on some kind of mask helps set the right mood.
  • Multiple Partners: While this can be titillating, it can also be risky, especially if undertaken on a whim – who wants an STD to bring in the holidays, right? With a little imagination and some electronic goodies, you could be in business. Just don't forget the Astroglide.

Renowned sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright, Astroglide Sexual Health and Wellness Ambassador, reviewed all of the fun but unscientific poll responses. She created some tips and benefits for lovers who want to incorporate fantasies into their healthy sex lives.

  • Fantasies can aid in arousal, especially useful for anyone who might need to a boost to perform their best.
  • Both men and women can reach deeper orgasms if they are thinking about or engaging in a fantasy.
  • Discussing fantasies with your partner can help shy lovers to overcome inhibitions and give you a jolt of increased confidence.
  • Fantasy can be an inexpensive and effective way to revive a stale sexual relationship. You can skip the expensive dinner and enjoy a spicy evening at home.
  • You can revisit favourite fantasies throughout the day, to build foreplay for the evening activities or to simply get through the work day.
  • A fantasy between couples can make each partner feel more desired and attractive, resulting in better sex and a possibly a stronger relationship!
  • Couples can try different fantasies for various locales, such as pretending to be amorous strangers while traveling.
 
 
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Astroglide Offers Relationship Wellness Resolutions to Ring in the New Year

Sexual Health and Wellness Expert Provides 12 Tips for Achieving Greater Intimacy in 2012

 
   
 

Each year as the festive season draws to a close, millions attempt a fresh start by making New Year’s resolutions. Individual resolutions vary, but perennial favourites include vows to lose weight or shed bad habits such as smoking. These are worthy goals. But why not put a healthier relationship at the top of your list with resolutions designed to improve your love life? Renowned sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright, Astroglide Sexual Health and Wellness Ambassador, considered that proposition and created tips to help you ring in the New Year with a more connected, healthier relationship with the one you love.

  • Carpe diem! As responsible adults, we sometimes feel obligated to put others’ needs before our own, shutting down libidinal stirrings to attend to an extensive “to-do” list. Seize the moment when you’re feeling frisky! You and your lover will both be thankful for some extra action!
  • Communicate proactively. Unless your partner is a mind-reader, you must express your desires to get what you want from your relationship. Books like “Sultry Sex Talk to Seduce Any Lover” and “Difficult Conversations” can boost confidence.
  • Plan your strategy. The start of a new year is an ideal time to get out your calendar and plan at least two days per month to spend together as a couple – plus romantic getaways. Guarantee that your time together will happen by planning time off or arranging babysitters in advance.
  • Start and end each day with a kiss. Research shows that couples who routinely make loving gestures toward one another are happier overall. Start 2012 off right with a resolution to kiss each night before you go to bed and greet each other with a kiss the next morning
  • Make a list of fun things to do together. You never know when a window of “couple time” will open, and all too often, couples are too exhausted to think of where to go or what to do when opportunity strikes. Keep a running list of things you’d like to do together, so you’ll be prepared.
  • Treat yourselves to a regular massage. It may seem counterintuitive, but getting relaxed actually gets you more revved up and responsive to sex! Treat yourself and your partner to massages, either from a professional masseuse or by giving each other relaxing rub downs.
  • Do something novel this year. Fall in love all over again by engaging in a new activity as a couple. The possibilities are endless: tango lessons, cooking classes, hiking or kayaking. Such bonding activities can release dopamine, a natural chemical that can enhance your pleasure.
  • Address personal issues that affect your relationship. Sometimes negative experiences from the past can haunt relationships long into the future. If personal issues are dragging you or your lover down, seek counseling and address them for a stronger, healthier connection in 2012.
  • Improve your libido through good nutrition. A vow to improve eating habits tops many New Year’s resolution lists, but the stated goal is usually to lose weight or perk up physical health. Good nutrition can heighten your love life too, so identify libido-enhancing foods and eat for better sex.
  • Sexercise for health and fitness. Having vigorous sex three or more times per week practically guarantees weight loss and provides regular exercise that will have you and your lover feeling better, looking more toned and wanting more.
  • Feather your love nest. Introduce more sexual energy into your space by sprucing up your bedroom. A change in colors, fabrics and decorations with a focus on erotic, sensual accents can liven up your libido.
  • Read a book about sex. You can never have enough ideas in the bedroom, and these days, there are so many great reads to choose from to spice things up or learn a new trick or two. Shared reading about sex can add heat to the relationships of even the hottest couples.

Get a sensual start to 2012 by ringing in the New Year with relationship wellness resolutions that will keep you and your lover happy and satisfied until 2013 and beyond. If your plans for 2012 include greater intimacy with the one you love, Astroglide Brand Personal Lubricants can help enhance your experience.

 

Looking for Love - Look around you and see who is close to you:  Yvonne Fulbright

 
Want to meet somebody special? Consider well where you live and the people you rub elbows with the most. Geography and time spent engaging another are two of the biggest factors impacting the people you’re not only likeliest to meet, but possibly find yourself smitten over too.

Your proximity - how physically close you are to someone else - increases the likelihood of you becoming attracted to and liking that person. This makes where you live, where you work, and basically any place you frequent, like your favourite coffee shop, prime territory in increasing the chances for attraction. Just be sure to say “hello” when you finally take notice!

Humans react more favourably to others the more they see one other, talk to each other, learn about each other, and notice interesting qualities about the other. Referred to by social scientists as the “mere-exposure effect”, the tendency to like a person more if we have been repeatedly exposed to him or her strengthens our attraction to somebody.

People tend to be more attracted to individuals they have contact with several times, like the guy you see in the elevator every morning, versus simply once in a while, like the gal you rarely see at your gym. They also attribute more positive traits to people they expect to interact with often.

Despite the rising popularity of dating websites, studies over the years have continually found evidence for the power of mere-expsoure, with more than half of participants reporting having met their current dating partner, cohabitant, or spouse at work, school, church, a party or through friends.

One study found that people living in student housing were more likely to be attracted to their next door neighbor than to people living in apartments farther away from them. Add to this the fact that the likelihood of individuals marrying increases as the physical distance between them decreases, and you may want to pay more attention to whom exactly you’re running into on a regular basis.

Who sits next to you in class? Who rides the same train / bus at the same time with you to work every morning? Who do your friends bring along when your crew hangs out? Who are the swinging singles you work with? And if nobody comes to mind, where could you be going more often on a regular basis to invite more romantic opportunities? The love of your life may be closer than you think!  

 

Fantasy - when you are timid about this titallation:  Yvonne Fulbright

 
Vampire sex, two women boxing, exhibitionism, engaging a job interviewer, bondage, being examined by a doctor, group sex, paying a prostitute, having sex with Madonna… You name it, some human has probably fantasized about it over the course of our existence on Earth, whether the person, place, thing, or activity is sexual or not.

The human mind has an uncanny ability to create all sorts of fantasy scenarios, inspired by real events, wild wonderings, or the desire to see, do or feel more. Invited or unwanted, phantasms can trigger a whole host of feelings, many of which can have people wondering, “Am I normal?”

The general consensus amongst sexologists and sex therapists is that there is nothing wrong with fantasizing, even if it involves the most lewd, disturbing, or unfathomable acts and scenarios. The only time fantasies should be considered alarming is if (1) a person is feeling tempted to act upon a fantasy that would cause another harm, including situations that do not involve mutual consent; and (2) the fantasy is causing the person distress.

Alleviating one’s distress may be as easy as normalising the fact that having sexual fantasies is a very common experience. Being educated about the benefits of sex can not only help people to get past their issues, but be empowering as well in knowing that fantasies can:
  • Help lovers to get more sexually excited and more easily at that.
  • Enable some to reach climax.
  • Make for safe sex during masturbation.
  • Inspire your bedroom action.
  • Have you feeling sexier, more attractive, and more powerful, loved, and desired.
The funny thing about sexual fantasies is that their titillation for some is a torture for others. While their taboo nature can be half of appeal for some people, the fact that they can feel or seem so wrong induces guilt and perversion concerns in others. Individuals in agony about their sexual fantasies often find comfort in talking to a certified sex therapist who can better help them to understand what their fantasies are about, where they are coming from, and how they can be enjoyed or laid to rest.

Whether you get off on the same scenario time and time again, or find yourself all over the place in your erotic thoughts and daydreams, fantasies can provide just the right escape from your day or act as an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack during sex. Tame or hardcore, fantasies can bring pleasures never known and help connect you to your erotic core. Nerve wracking or deliciously naughty, that’s certainly something worth exploring.

 

Exercise for Peak Sexual Performance : Yvonne Fulbright

Need extra motivation in sticking to that better body New Year’s resolution? Just consider all of the sexual benefits that come from regular, moderate exercise. In striving for 30 to 60 minutes per day of bike riding, roller blading, yoga, swimming, jogging… you can realise any of these libido boosters that make for better sex:

Improved blood flow
Both guys and gals experience better blood flow to the genitals since exercise enhances your arteries’ ability to dilate. This means more natural lubrication for her and bigger, firmer, more reliable erections for him.

More effective weight control
Sexercise helps you to burn more calories, enabling you to slim down while shaping up. Losing weight can have you feeling sexier and more attractive, acting as an aphrodisiac with the energy you’re putting out there. Warning: You could attract more potential partners! Better yet, you could be even more interested in sex!

Better heart health
Exercise contributes to cholesterol control, changing its mix to fewer low-density lipoproteins (LDL), aka bad cholesterol and more high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the good cholesterol. The result: fewer deposits in your pudendal arteries, which make for better blood flow during sexual arousal.

More testosterone
Regular, moderate exercise can increase libido in both men and women in boosting testosterone, the hormone that fuels your sex drive.

Enhanced sleep
What better way to have the energy for sex than to get some zzzz’s than a good snooze? Exercise is one of the best natural sleep promoters around, helping you to get the shut eye you need for much more stimulating waking hours.

Upset
Exercise can be as beneficial as medication when you are upset. So take on this sex killer in capitalising on the smile-inducing effects of aerobic exercise.
 

May Tips  - Yvonne Fulbright

 
Don’t underestimate simple touch.
 
While sexual sensations can be super satisfying, it’s often the sensual touches that can have us hungering for more. With a simple peck, a reaffirming squeeze, a neck rub, or a little hand holding, affectionate touch can bring your bodies alive and make for a much more satisfying, intimate relationship.
 
Learn to forgive.
 
Whether you’re upset with your partner over something major or minor, it may be in your best interest to get past the issue. Research shows that people who forgive an experience are less depressed and stressed, and are in better physical health than those who won’t let go of their anger.
 
Prop a pillow under your pelvis.
 
Any type of cushion in just the right spot can change up the stimulation experienced during sex by changing the angle of penetration or other types of pleasuring. Relish new sensations as you experiment with different pillows, varying in degrees of thickness, and seeing which ones you enjoy best.
 
Having trouble falling asleep?
 
Have more sex! While sex can be a total upper, in other cases, in can be the ultimate sleep sedative – and that goes for both men and women. As you come down from peaking, your body feels yummy, relaxed and prepped for a nice snooze. So whether it’s with a partner or with yourself, have some sex if you’re having trouble getting your zzzz’s.
 
Make phantasms the focus of foreplay.
 
Take some time to connect by sharing a fantasy with each other. It doesn’t necessarily need to be something you’d actually like to experience or even try one day; it could simply be a storyline or collection of visions that turn you on. Such sharing can be a sneak peek into your sexual-self, and has huge potential in spicing things up when you are ready to have sex!
 
Let yourself be lazy during rear-entry.
 
You want to have sex but don’t have the energy to prop yourself up? Rear-entry can turn both of you on, and is so what you want to do! So for making it happen, lie on your stomach and have your partner enter you from behind. Your lover can either support his or her own weight or lie on top of you, and you don’t have to do much more than simply enjoy yourself, especially given that the full-body contact is divine.
 
Where’s the proof?
 
While orgasm and ejaculation are two separate functions, the two often go hand in hand. So when a guy doesn’t “cum”, it can be a bit concerning for him or his partner. If you find that you’re experiencing climax without expelling ejaculate on a regular basis, then consider talking to a doctor about it. You may have retrograde ejaculation, where the semen enters the bladder instead of exiting the penis. While not a harmful condition, it could be problematic if you want children, and may be the indicator of nerve damage or other conditions.
 
Plan some fun date ideas.
 
Even when couples manage to create together time, they can get into a same ol’, same ol’ routine with how they’re spending that time together. Investigate what your local area has to offer in planning your next date, like a local winery or brewery, zoo, camping grounds, new art museum exhibit, bowling alley, National Park with bike rental, fruit picking orchard... Novel activities will have a domino effect in impacting your boudoir activities as well!
 
Glow.
 
Sex appeal is all about your natural beauty – the self-confidence and charm that exudes from within. When you combine this with your physical attributes and know how to work it, your inner glow will shine through. So don’t underestimate what can be done in unleashing the true beauty within you. It can be hypnotic!
 
Go for a health exam.
 
With so many health conditions contributing to problems in the boudoir, like erections and low libido, it’s important to go for an annual check up to avoid such issues or to proactively deal with them. So just as you maintain your car, taking it in for regular tune-ups so that it’s running smoothly, do the same with your body with an annual doctor’s visit. Such a simple effort is sure to keep up your bedroom performance! 
 
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Condom Courtesy     Protected Sex is still Important--
and savvy females know their lambskins from their latex.


Is it polite to offer a gentleman a condom? Should you keep a condom in your evening bag? Who's in charge of going to the shop and buying them? Today, smart women know the rules of the game when it comes to using condoms and take responsibility for safe sex and preventing unwanted pregnancy. What are the new rules?

Astroglide Personal Lubricants has some suggestions you won't find in Granny's etiquette book.

    • Read the Wrapper
      Learn how a man puts on a condom. Then, instead of listening to "Aw babe, I don't wanna wear one," you can turn the tables and offer to help. Putting the condom on can become a very sexy part of your foreplay.

    • Don't Rely on the Guy
      Single females should keep a reasonable supply of condoms in the bedside table, the medicine chest, even in a favourite purse. Otherwise somebody's going out in the cold at 1 am to find a shop  that's open.

    • Reasonable means two. Three tops.
      Even if you buy everything by the case, a value-pack of 50  assorted condoms just sends the wrong message.

    • Oh, it's so cute and tiny!
      Most condoms are one-size fits all, and that's the size to keep on hand. Those marked Xtra-Fit, Super Size and Big Boss will only intimidate the less generously-endowed. If a previous guy had difficulty finding condoms big enough to fit, it's not necessary to mention this to your new guy who is having no trouble at all slipping into an "average."

    • Go for the glide
      Even men who hate condoms will change their tunes if you introduce a drop or two of Astroglide personal lubricant inside the condom. It's off the Richter scale when it comes to sensation and reduces condom-breaking friction. Guys enjoy the sensation so much, they beg to wear a rubber bootie next time. Never use Vaseline, massage oil or petroleum products to lubricate...they break down the latex. A good lubricant like Astroglide will turn safe sex into spectacular sex for both of you.

  • Restraint, please
    Never tear the condom package open with your teeth. It may save your manicure, but it's a behaviour that can frighten a sensitive male and may lead to spontaneous deflation.

Long Weekend Ideas

 
When you order a Sex on the Beach this Australia Day weekend, you may get more than you bargained for. If you plan on making the coming weekend memorable for you and your significant other, you'll want to spend the three days somewhere outside of your usual stomping ground.  But, like many busy couples across the country, you haven't had time to plan out a romantic getaway.  
 
To really take advantage of the long weekend, follow some of these last minute travel ideas, courtesy of your friends at Astroglide Personal Lubricants.
  • Emphasis on bed - In the history of mankind, has there been a more romantic getaway idea than packing the car and heading to a bed and breakfast? You might have a little more trouble booking one in the Hunter Valley, Sunshine Coast, Barossa Valley, Margaret River or along The Great Ocean Road but there are plenty out there. Quaint and cozy, a bed and breakfast is a great place to book your days with shopping and picnics and your nights with?  well, what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.
  •  By the beach, boy - What better way to bring in the summer than a nice, cold Sex on the Beach? How about a hot one? Head to the water this holiday weekend to spend some time in the sun and let your troubles melt away. A little stress relief and a lot of sun offer the perfect combination for getting in the mood.
  •  Out under the stars - Dust off the tandem sleeping bag: it's time to pitch a tent. Load the car with plenty of food to roast over the fire and lace up your hiking boots for the first solid camping opportunity of the summer. It'll just be you, your significant other, chirping crickets and a black sky full of bright stars. After all, getting in touch with nature is a great way to get in touch with each other.
  •  Room with a view - Maybe you aren't a fan of the outdoors? but you can get some great views and some serious sun in the city if you find the right hotel. Look for a hotel with amenities, like restaurants, bars, pools and the like. If you want to get away from it all and have some romantic, stress free time with your significant other, you don't always have to move horizontally. Think vertical to spice things up.

 

Great in Bed...  You don't need 10 tips when two will do!


The Kama Sutra and the rascally Rabbit are fine, but if you're into supersizing your sex life, these two tips will turn your bedroom into a Hot Zone.

    • First, use a lubricant. Always
      Whether or not your guy uses condoms, a great lubricant is essential to great sex. Astroglide isn't called Astro-Heaven for nothing. You get a moisture boost that has to be experienced to be believed. Nothing on earth compares with its wet and wild slide.

    • Second, go deep.
      When applying Astroglide (or any lube), don't use it just on the outer areas of the vagina. Apply it as deep inside as possible. That's where the action is, and that's where it turns into the wildest glide of your life.

Here's a bonus tip: If your guy wears condoms, add a few drops of Astroglide on the inside. It makes slipping the condom on easier, but the real excitement starts when your guy feels the glide against his skin. Not only that, but it reduces condom-breaking friction to let you relax and enjoy. Many guys who use Astroglide tell us they can't feel the condom, which is often its biggest hurdle.      The earth will shake. 

Try it, you'll thank us later.   By the way try the sex calorie counter.
 
 

Mums: Bring Sexy Back on Mother's Day with Tips from Astroglide Personal Lubricants

 
How Husbands and Wives Work Together to Make a Hot Mum
 
With all the daily stress of being a mother, it's sometimes hard to feel sexy. You're constantly trying to juggle the daily responsibilities of your job, housekeeping and the kids, and no matter how much Dad helps out, mothers can get caught in the daily whirlwind and forget what sexiness really feels like.
 
Mother's Day rolls around once a year, and it's as much a day to celebrate womanhood as it is to celebrate family. Husbands can play a crucial role in helping Mum feel sexy, and Mums can do their own part to celebrate their womanhood. Just follow a few simple tips this holiday, courtesy of Astroglide Personal Lubricants, and you'll be on your way to a happy Mother's Day.
 
For Husbands
 
Compliment her already! - You've been married for HOW MANY YEARS? When was the last time you paid her a compliment? Whether it's about her appearance, something she worked hard on or just a simple, everyday thing, compliment her and make her feel good about herself.
 
Flowers and lighting - If you decide to buy her flowers, make sure that you get a few extra that you keep separate from the bouquet so that you can sprinkle the petals on the bed for a sensual bedroom experience. Bring some candles into the picture for some mood lighting, or if candles aren't your thing, replace one of two of the regular light bulbs with soft coloured ones for a change of scenery.
 
Buy her a beauty day - There is no better way to help Mum feel sexy than by treating her to a day of beauty. Buy your wife a day filled with manicures, haircuts and massages to help her relax and get back in touch with her inner self.
 
Or you  be the spa. Money is tight for many, so if sending her to a spa is out of the question, you can set up a hot relaxing bubble bath right in your own bathroom. Run the water for her, set the scene with some candles, flowers, her drink of choice and perhaps that latest best-seller that she's been meaning to read. After her bath, use her favourite body lotion and give her a full body massage . . . and take it as far as you want to go.
 
Send her out with friends - Nothing like a night on the town with friends to get a girl back in touch with her femininity. Plan a girl's night for your wife and her friends for some adult conversation and fun.
 
Take her on a mini shopping spree at a lingerie store. There are inherent dangers in buying the wrong size and poor fitting lingerie for your leading lady, so it's best to take her shopping for those special items. Even though it's only you and she that get to see these goodies, knowing that she's wearing beautiful, proper-fitting lingerie will not only lift her spirits but possibly her libido as well.
 
For Mums
 
Find a new scent - Your sense of smell is strongly tied to emotion. Feeling like you need a change in attitude? Go out shopping and check out some new perfumes to put a little spring in your step and make you feel sexier around your man.
 
Shave everywhere - Our daily activities usually don't allow us the time to really get down to brass tacks. A hurried razorblade over the legs in the shower and we're drying off and out the door! Take a little extra time to shave anywhere and everywhere you want to be touched. Be sure to invite your husband to explore all this new territory.
 
Dancing for him? No pole necessary! - A little striptease for your lover can go a long way in making you feel sexy again. Just remember, if you're going to strip for him on Mother's Day, you better have something extra special lined up for Father's Day!
 

Spring into Romance with Outdoor Dating Tips from Astroglide Personal Lubricants 



 
Let the Sun and Beautiful Weather Help Your Sex Life Bloom This Spring
 
The birds, the bees and the butterflies represent the beginning of spring and the blossoming of romance. As the snow melts away and the trees come alive with the sounds of spring, nurture the buds of romance and warm up your sex life with some ideas for making the most of the outdoors with your date, courtesy of Astroglide Personal Lubricants.
  • A season for festivities. Spring is a time to celebrate, and what better way to do so than sharing the love outdoors at a festival Whether it's as large as an art festival or as small as a farmer's market, you and your date will be able to enjoy the warm weather and a little exercise with plenty to see and ample time for conversation.
  • Ain't nothing but mammals. If the birds and the bees aren't enough, add the monkeys, the lions and the exotic birds to the equation with a trip to the zoo. An inexpensive option for enjoying the weather with plenty of visual stimuli, the zoo offers an array of conversation points to start your date off on the right foot.
  • Outdoor antics. Want to build the intensity? Getting busy outdoors is a sensually stimulating way to throw a little spice into your love life? the more taboo, the more exciting! If you're getting it on outdoors, we suggest using a private balcony or rooftop.
  • Let love grow. Botanical gardens are just beginning to thrive when the spring rolls around. A casual stroll through the beauty and fragrance of a garden can help set the mood. And, if you play your cards right, you might just get a lesson in the finer points of pollination.
  • Batter up! Both of your favourite sporting games is a fantastic way to spend a spring afternoon or evening with your date. Enjoy the sights and sounds, nosh on some peanuts and celery, have a couple of drinks and you might just end up hitting a home run by the end of the date!
  • Get your blood pumping. Spring is the time to skip the treadmill and get some fresh air while you exercise. Whether it's a hike, bike ride or 5k run/walk, take the date outdoors for a little physical fitness. After all, getting each other worked up could work for you when the date is over.
Ants aren't the only ones who enjoy a good picnic. You can't say enough about a picnic dates preading a blanket at a park or beach, a packed picnic basket, a nice bottle of wine and the sun shining above you. Dining alfresco is the perfect activity for some quiet alone-time in the beautiful weather.
 
 

Body Language or Sign Language?    

 
Have you ever wondered what a man's gestures and movements really mean? What is he trying to tell me?Is he flirting with me or just being polite. These are questions that have ran through every woman's mind while trying to decode secret signals and figure out what a guy really means whether he's talking or not. Women tend to analyse every, single detail in order to find out the intricacies and meanings of everything. Is that a bad thing? If it's obsessive and you can't sleep at night because you're too busy wondering if he's his smile was friendly or a hint at something more, then it might be a problem. However, awareness, curiosity and attention to detail can add to the complexities and overall beauty of a woman if practiced gracefully. Intrigue is everything and having the clues to find out crucial information with a simple glance is a skill you shouldn't be without.
 
Cosmopolitan.com's Body Language Decoder can give you a jumpstart on tips for reading and analysing those subtle, yet tantalising nonverbal messages. From the way he positions his shoulders and talks with his hands, to the way he sleeps.  So we may not ever fully understand what's going on in the mind of men, but the next time you find yourself asking, Now what in the world did that mean, listen to what his body language is telling you and see if you can figure it out.
 

Eco-friendly Lingerie

 
Ladies, imagine being sexy and saving the planet - all at once! Make that a possibility by bringing eco-friendly lingerie into the boudoir. According to TheDailyGreen.com, the textile industry is one of the highest pollution causing industries on the planet! So they've highlighted 20+ lingerie ideas that look sexy and won't leave you feeling like you're wearing recycled cardboard.
 
What the basics Stick to organic cottons, recycled fabrics, bamboo, and even hemp to simultaneously make a difference and heat things up between the sheets. Brands like Green Knickers will even ship gift items in fair trade recycled boxes. Once you've picked out your favourite tree hugging bras, panties, camis and nighties, add a bottle of Astroglide Natural lube to make sure the night goes smoothly once your lingerie hits the floor.
 
For more inspiration and eco-friendly lingerie styles, check out: TheDailyGreen.com.
 

 

  • Studies have found that sex involving personal lubricant was associated with more pleasurable and satisfying intercourse - and masturbation.
  • Lube can also be used as a stimulus for erogenous zones on the body.
  • Men and women both produce their own natural lubrication. Yet, for a number of reasons, it’s often not enough for comfortable sex or for long-lasting lovemaking.
  • Lube is essential for those looking to create more erotic sensation with less friction.
  • Lubes allow partners to take their time in enjoying the sex, relishing in the act; and in many cases, lube allows for a grander finale.
  • Petroleum based products will break down the latex and damage the condom.
  • Water-based lubes feel the most like a woman’s natural lubrication.
  • Using lubrication will enhance your partner's enjoyment and decrease the possibility of the condom tearing.
  • Lubes react to body chemistry much like perfumes do, so what feels great to one person might not feel the same to another. Experimentation is key!

Sex myths busted  

by Andrea Black -  Daily Life - Sydney Morning Herald 9/4/13  complete extract below

 

It's true that in the complicated and convoluted world of sex, myths will always abound. But a slew of research has disproved some beliefs, mostly based on long-held, gender-based stereotypes. It seems, contrary to what pop psychology books and magazine covers would have you believe, women are not from Venus, nor are men from Mars. Herein we dispel these and other commonly held sex myths.

 

1. Men are more interested in casual sex than women

 

FALSE: Despite what sitcoms since the 1970s would have us believe, men are not all out to spread their seed on endless one-night stands. Professor Terri Conley from the University of Michigan recently reviewed an oft-cited 1989 study which supported the theory that men are more interested in casual sex. In that study researchers trained young men and women to proposition strangers for sex. They found 70 per cent of the men approached by a woman seeking sex saying, 'sure' while not a single woman agreed. Conley argued that there is evidence that cultural factors play a major role and context was needed. In her study, when men and women considered hypothetical offers of casual sex from famous people, or offers from close friends whom they were told were good in bed, the gender differences in acceptance of casual sex disappeared.

 

2. Men want to sleep with their friend's wives

 

FALSE: If you're worried about adultery within your friendship circle this new research may ease your concerns. A recent study from University of Missouri found that male testosterone levels drop when interacting with the spouse of a close friend. Why there may be ample opportunity due to time spent together, researchers believe it might be an evolutionary aversion.

"Men's testosterone levels generally increase when they are interacting with a potential sexual partner," said Mark Flinn, professor of anthropology at the university.

 

"However, our findings suggest that men's minds have evolved to foster a situation where the stable pair bonds of friends are respected."

 

3. Men have more sex partners than women

 

FALSE: According to a study published in the February edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, men and women have more or less the same amount of sex across their lifespan. While there are differences in sexual interest over a lifespan, the variation was highest between individuals, not between sexes. And while studies generally find men reporting more sexual partners than women, there seems to be some fibs being told. In 2003, researchers reported in the Journal of Sex Research that if you trick participants into believing that they are hooked up to a lie-detector test, women actually report the same number of sexual partners as men, with women more likely than men to have different answers depending on conditions under being surveyed.

 

4.  Headaches and sex don't mix

 

FALSE: That old 'not tonight love, I have a headache' excuse might not work as well as expected when your partner explains that, according to a recent study, they know just the cure. Research from the University of Munster in Germany found that having sex may actually be more effective in curing a headache than painkillers due to the endorphins triggered. They found that more than half of migraine sufferers in the study who had sex during a migraine experienced an improvement in symptoms, though for a third of the responding patients, sex worsened the migraines.

 

5. Sex is a great workout

 

FALSE: It seems getting horizontal doesn't have the added benefit of being the workout we once believed.  A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine debunked the commonly held notion after finding that on average a 6-minute romp (the average time they found sex to last) would only burn 88 kilojoules (21 calories). This is well under the inflammatory claims in the past of up to 1255 kilojoules (300 calories) burnt per encounter. You could burn those same 88 kilojoules by taking a 4-minute brisk walk around the block followed by a cold shower.

 

Yvonne's Tips

 

  • Banish your sex talk nerves- Practice your sexy phrases out loud or take cues from movies that turn you on.
  • Test the waters in talking dirt- The more you get into dirty details the better, but avoid jargon or anything degrading. 
  • Support your partner through THICK and thin- Support them to get into shape by working out wit them an beginning sexercise program.
  • Zero in on your lover's midsection- Especially the belly button! Explore it by tickling and nibbling or using elements such as lube and to pleasure this sensitive area.
  • Enhance his orgasm- Play with his reactive hot spots for a more total-body effect when your guy reaches climax.
  • How to handle an unpopular mate- Try to be sensitive to those who see concerns with your significant other but not in a way that disrespects your beloved.

The Perils of Keeping Count

 

Perhaps one of the most common questions any sexpert gets is "how many is too many" when it comes to one's number of sexual partners. People are curious about what's average, as well as what number can be considered the tipping point when it comes to the labels society throws on people it deems promiscuous. So what is the scoop?

  •  It is normal to be sexually active and have multiple partners over a lifetime.
  •  Number vary greatly, it comes down to who is being asked, who is telling the truth, and how "sexual partner" is being defined
  •  While for some people the number of partners you've had might be a big deal, in general people don't consider a potential partner's level of sexual experience to be as important as other characteristics.
  •  People have different opinions on sexual experience when it comes to dating versus marriage potential.

 

Sex = Health; Health = Sex       by Lisa Chamberlain


The Medical Journal of Australia published a study in its latest issue which establishes that the quality of a man's experience of sex is strongly affected by his health – those who mistreat their bodies will find that they will negatively affect their sex-life. This, alongside long term findings which suggest that regular sex provides many health-nurturing effects alongside the enjoyment which it can offer couples, paints a picture of sex and health as interdependent qualities. As such, lifestyles which are conducive to great sex will benefit health, and vice-versa.

 

Sex Can Make You Look Younger    by Lisa Chamberlain


Dr David Weeks, A British psychologist, says that his findings suggest that regular sex saves five to seven years in people's age-related appearance. His research, conducted over a decade and incorporating the private testimony of thousands of individuals, establishes that sexual pleasure is a fundamental factor in preserving the appearance of youth. Weeks' research showed that sex causes the release of a number of useful chemicals in the body, such as growth hormone, which causes skin to be more elastic, preserving a smooth appearance. This is alongside the release of endorphins – chemicals which make people feel good – which have the parallel effect of easing sleep, which also improves appearance. In addition, sex increases circulation, which benefits cardiac health while giving skin a youthful glow.

 

Sex Can Discourage Colds  by Lisa Chamberlain

 

Scientists at Wilkes-Barre University of Pennsylvania released a study in 2009, which explored the link between sex and the human immune system. They asked 111 students at that college about the nature of their sex-lives, establishing the regularity with which they had sex. They then examined how this figure related to the production of a particular immune molecule in the saliva of those concerned. They found that immunoglobulin A, which acts as the body's first defensive system against pathogens, was present to the greatest extent in those who had sex around once or twice per week, 30% more than for those who had sex more or less frequently than this. Researchers also plotted the duration of the relationship and the relative satisfaction of partners against immunoglobulin A levels, finding that as these variables increased, so did the levels of this molecule, offering significant protection against infection.

 

Better Health Means Better Sex    by Lisa Chamberlain


The latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia carries an article which examines how general health affects the quality of the sex which men experience. Researchers found that as men grow older they are more likely to experience capability issues, but that those who lived unhealthy lives were far more likely to experience this sort of problem, which can have very significant impacts on partners' sex-lives. Associate Professor David Smith of Cancer Council NSW commented that heavy smokers are 86 percent more likely to experience problems, while those with serious weight problems are twice as likely to experience this sort of difficultly. As such, a man's sexual health and vitality are very dependent on his overall health – of course, men who wish to maintain their sexual health later into life can resolve to maintain their personal health. Researchers used data from 101,674 men of 45 and older from New South Wales. 


Sex Can Relieve Stress   by Lisa Chamberlain


Stuart Brody of the University of Paisley, UK, tested the effect of sex on the stress which people experience due to a serious or important event in front of people. His survey explored how participants performed in a stress test (which involved public-speaking and other daunting experiences) after they had participated in different forms of sex (coitus/masturbation/with a partner though non-coital). Brody found that those who hadn't had sex experienced most stress, followed by those who had masturbated or undertaken non-coital sex, with those who had undertaken vaginal penetrative sex experiencing the least stress.

 

Overall, it appears that a balanced relationship exists between health and sex – without good habits one can't have the best sex, while good and regular sex help people to maintain their health. In this regard, modern times are some of the best in that people have access to quality food, scientists know the benefits of exercise and the outdoors – meanwhile experts understand how to improve people's experience of sex so that people can make the best choices to improve their lifestyle.

 

Astroglide Honours Fearless Females during Women’s History Month



Most Likely to Win the Hunger Games? Astroglide Helps Rewrite the History Books with Awards for Women Who Have Changed the World


 

Of all the courageous, daring and strong women in history, who is most likely to win the Hunger Games? March is Women’s History Month and Astroglide is on a mission to honour the world’s bravest women—and answer the questions that no historian would dare ask. Today, Astroglide presents bold women, living and dead, who embody what it means to be a Fearless Female.

 

 

Most Likely to Have a Sex Life We're All Jealous of - Betty White


 

“I've enjoyed the opposite sex a lot. Always have. Always will.”

 

If we believe the words coming from America’s only active 92 year old sex icon (Mr. Hefner is 87), Betty White must have had a sex life we can only dream of; Robert Redford may be the only man on Betty’s list without a checkmark—for now.

 


Most Likely to Win the Hunger Games – Joan of Arc


 

“I am not afraid... I was born to do this.”

 

Frenchwoman Joan of Arc kicked the pulp out of the British until her capture in 1430. She was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431, partially for her decision to wear male military clothing. If this fearless female could shake off a blow to the head from a stone cannonball (while climbing a ladder no less!) we’re pretty sure she’d OWN the Hunger Games. 

 


Most Likely to Defeat IBM's Watson in Jeopardy – Judith Polgár

 

 

 

“When men lose against me, they always have a headache ... or things of that kind. I have never beaten a completely healthy man!”

 

If your first question is, “Who in the world is that?” clearly you have not been keeping up with the international chess circuit. In 1991, Judit Polgár became a grandmaster at 15 and she’s currently the only woman ranked among the top 100 chess players in the world. Polgár and her two older sisters also broke the chauvinism of the Hungarian Chess Federation, which tried to stop them from playing chess against men. And by the way, Judit has an IQ of 170, which is higher than Albert Einstein’s estimated 160.

 

 

Most Likely to “Go Commando” on a Daily Basis - Jane Goodall


 

Not only did Jane have the courage to study chimpanzees in the wild, but she became the lowest ranking member of a primate troop for 22 months. No human had ever pulled that off before. This is a woman who needs no barrier between herself and nature, and for that primal courage, we salute Jane!

 

 

Most Likely to Outlast Any Man…In a Debate – Wendy Davis


 

“Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business or go to medical school.”

 

Wendy Davis was the Texas Senator who held an 11-hour filibuster against a state bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Although the bill eventually passed, Wendy made an unforgettable stand for women’s rights and left us with gem quotes like the one above.

 

 

Most Likely to Ruin an Episode of Extreme Makeover - Marilyn Monroe

 

 

 

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

 

A cultural icon and sex symbol long after her passing, Marilyn was her own woman from head-to-toe. This was a woman who ignored others’ opinions and forced makeovers to define her own style—and we ‘pity da fool’ who dared try to change her.

 

 

From the bedroom to the chess table, from medieval France to the African wilderness, history’s women show fearlessness in all forms. If we missed a Fearless Female who the world needs know about, honour her with your own superlative by Tweeting us at @Astroglide with hashtag #FearlessFemales.

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