Valentine’s Day can unleash a lot of expectations. It’s perfectly understandable not to know where to start when planning your celebration. So many people focus on the heady love that surrounds Valentine’s Day and ignore the wonderful possibilities of couple connection that this day can bring.
Finding the right gift for a partner can be daunting and stress-inducing. But never fear...the Intimate Wellness Shop is here! And we've put together a simple list of 7 things you can do to make this process easier.
#1 Don't Forget the Point!
We like thinking of Valentine’s Day as a reminder to show and share your love. Spend time with your special person and let them know why you cherish them and how they make your life better. Any gifts you give and/or receive are just icing on the cake.
#2 Set the Date
The first part of your Valentine’s Day plan is to set a date. The celebration doesn't have to take place on Feb 14th. If you are planning a dinner out you may even be kind to your budget by switching to a different day. The point is really about setting some time aside just for you and your special someone. Pick a date and time that works for you both and let the anticipation build. A handwritten invitation for an evening in can be particularly fun and romantic.
#3 Pick Your Toys
Intimate play toys can be a great way to try something fun with your boo! Sure, it’s easy to choose an intimate play toy when it’s just for yourself. But it can feel tricky when you’re choosing one that will be used by you and your partner together.
Here's what we suggest:
- Start small and discreet.
- Choose silicone for cleanliness, its smooth texture, and ability to warm to body temperature
- Pick a toy for external stimulation
- Select a toy design that can be used during foreplay and sex play.
One of our favorite intimate toys to share is DAME’s Eva II Hands Free Partner Optional Vibrator . This baby ticks all the boxes!
Eva II can be easily held and used for foreplay fun by tickling erogenous areas on you and your partner—and can also be worn during penetrative sex. Eva II has flexible wings that tuck under the labia, while its motor provides direct clitoral stimulation. It's made of medical grade silicone and is waterproof in case your plans include a bath, shower, or spa.
#4 Prep Your Toys
Make sure your Eva II or other toy is charged and ready for play before your fun begins. The last thing you want is to be ready to go and your toy fizzles out. Womp womp. :/ Some toys take several hours to charge up so plan this well in advance.
Be sure your toys are clean before the fun begins. An intimate toy cleaner is important to have readily accessible all year round. LELO’s Antibacterial Cleaning Spray is convenient and effective. LELO’s proprietary formula contains active anti-microbial ingredients proven to kill 99.9% of all germs, while their addition of zinc salts reduces any chance of irritation. Containing additional anti-viral and anti-fungal properties within a pH balanced formula, this spray is a safe and effective choice for all of your toy cleaning needs.
And cleaning toys won’t delay Valentine’s festivities--simply spray the surface of the toy, leave for 5 seconds and then wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or towel. The body-safe formula means no need to rinse with water. This formula is suitable for use with silicone, rubber and latex, which means it will work well on any Valentine’s Day intimate play toy you choose.
IWS Tip: Always clean your toys before you store them.
#5 Lube It Up
It is always a great idea to add lubricant to sex play. Ample lubrication allows for the best possible intimate experience for both partners. It’s an easy addition that is always appreciated.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a lubricant for Valentine’s Day—will it be used with intimate play toys and is it a pH balanced formula?
A lubricant that provides a lot of benefits, can be used with toys, and has a pH balanced formula is Good Clean Love’s Bionude Ultra Sensitive Personal Lubricant. Formulated for sensitive vaginal ecosystems, this unflavored and unscented lubricant mimics natural feminine moisture to enhance your pleasure.
#6 Set the Mood
While scented candles are fantastic for setting a sexy mood, Intimate Wellness Shop suggests going one step further and trying a massage candle. Massage candles not only bestow subtle scents and a gorgeous glow in the bedroom, they also melt into a smooth massage oil that enhances massage with a sensual warmth.
Massage candles are natural soy-based formula candles that burn clean and warm to body temperature, creating an element of sensual heat to every massage. Since everyone looks dreamy and romantic in candlelight, they're a perfect way to arouse Valentine’s Day attractions!
You can find a selection of amazingly scented massage candles in our Intimate Play: Home collection.
IWS Tip - Wait 30 minutes after lighting your massage candle and allow the wax to evenly melt to the edges of the candle’s container. Remember to blow the flame out before using the wax.
Remember Valentine’s Day celebration is really about love and genuinely enjoying your partner. It doesn't have to be something that stresses you out...Keep it simple and enjoy! Are you ready to celebrate? Be sure to check our What's New collection for the latest items to help you get ready for all of the fun!