I’m really excited today to share with you this special Valentine’s day review on “How to Use Sensation Play Toys for Valentine’s with Your Lover”. I also want to give a BIG thank you to Sportsheets today for providing the products for this review.
What is Sensation Play?
Technically speaking, Sensation Play in BDSM is a class of physical activities that deliver erotic sensations upon your partner, that are sensual in nature. Usually this is a light form of erotic teasing, to provide pleasure to the person receiving (the bottom). Many couples who do not identify as kinky, use sensation play as part of their sexual repertoire as a form of stimulating play to spice up their relationship. Sensation play can also include rougher play and pain, but for the purposes of this article, we will be mainly talking about pleasurable sensations and light sensation play.
Types of Sensation Play
There are two main types of sensation play: Sensory Deprivation and Sensory Stimulation.
Sensory Deprivation is essentially removing one of the senses, such as using a blindfold, bondage restraints or tape, hoods, ear plugs, a gas mask, latex cat suit or even a vacuum bed and mummification.
Sensory Stimulation is the opposite and is used to arouse the senses (usually the sense of touch) by applying a wide variety of contradictory sensations to a person’s body. This can include temperature play using hot and cold, pain and pleasure, textures like rough versus smooth, scratching, erotic tickling, silk scarves, nipple clamps, feathers, pinwheels, ice, stimulating balms, warming massage candles, floggers, paddles, electro-sex, fire cupping, spanking and pinching.
Sensation Play for Lovers
In Vanilla Land, sensation play is a sensual way of touching your lover that is a wonderful form of erotic foreplay that usually leads to sex. It can consist of tying someone up and tickling them with a feather, rubbing fur or silk over their flesh while blindfolded, pouring hot candle wax on your partner’s skin to turn up the heat, using ice cubes to awaken and entice, or applying a pinwheel or other sharp instruments of torture to add an element of danger and excitement. Sensation play adds a level of eroticism that can bring your arousal to new heights of pleasure as you are swept away by the power of touch.
Sensation Play deals with all or a few of the senses (sight, smell, sound, taste and touch) and the ways our bodies perceive the organic world around us. Heightening our senses during sexual intimacy or foreplay enhances all sexual experiences and puts our bodies in tune to pleasure. Developing all of your senses to their highest sensitivity allows you to experience the pleasures and ecstasies of sex to the extreme.
The Sense of Touch
Touch is a “haptic” sense and one of the most obvious senses that enhances sensual pleasure. Unfortunately, most people don’t spend much time on the sensual exploration of touch, before rushing off to the main event. Erotic touch produces a hormone called oxytocin (also known as the love hormone) which leads to arousal, a rush of endorphins and kick-starts our libido by producing more testosterone. For women, touch and foreplay are especially important as women take longer to become aroused and are less stimulated visually than men.
To heighten the sense of touch, you can “remove” stimuli to the other senses. The easiest way to do this is to use a blindfold. Bondage also works well to take away your partner’s ability to move while under your “spell”. Creating a sensual play space could include using soft candle light, low soft music, and incense to heighten other senses as well.
Midnight Lace Blindfold
The Midnight Lace Blindfold is a part of the Midnight Lace Collection from Sportsheets. It is made of polyester, spandex and elastic. The front is has an antique lace rose pattern which is quite beautiful and the back padded side is satiny, so nice and sensual feeling against the skin. Two elastic straps secure the blindfold which molds to your face and effectively removes sight to heighten your senses. It is fairly sturdy and well made.
Black Ostrich Feather
Sportsheets has lots of feather ticklers on their site, but I opted for the plain black Ostrich Feather. It has a long plastic wand (16”) and a single long Ostrich plume which is soft, thick and beautiful. Perfect for light tickling, or sensual caresses. It comes with a small card with sexy games on the back. But, use your imagination and I’m sure you will find many sexy uses for it.
Midnight Feather Tickler
The Midnight Feather Tickler, also from Sportsheet’s Midnight Collection was voted Sex Toy of the Month by Cosmo Magazine. It is made with soft, black Marabou feathers (which is soft down under-feathers from a turkey) that is super soft and sensual like goose down. It features a lovely handle with a woven satin rope, silky black bow and looped handle. Very delicate and feminine and feels like fluffy fur against the naked skin.
Midnight Jeweled Chain Tickler
This stunning Midnight Jeweled Chain Tickler is another innovation from Sportsheet’s Midnight Collection and is absolutely gorgeous. It has a gem-encrusted crown made of cubic zirconia on the top of the nickel free metal handle, and ten elegant chain tails that can be used for tickling or impact play. Because it is made of metal, it can also be cooled in the freezer for temperature play as well.
Midnight Bling Flogger
The Midnight Bling Flogger is also a part of the Midnight Collection and is dazzling. It features a cubic zirconia encrusted bling handle (4” in length) with metal cap embossed with hearts and a nylon hand loop on the end. The flogger end has forty soft, supple falls (8 ¼” in length) made out of vegan vinyl that feel very sensual when stroked across the body. You can also use this little hand flogger for impact play to produce a nice thuddy sting. A sensual delight!
I love Sportsheets’ Midnight Collection!
These are just a few of the products in the Midnight Collection, but I’d love to have them all. The are sexy, elegant, playful, frisky, well-made and shiny shiny bling, perfect for any fetish Fashionista, or couples who want to add more sexy sensation play to their date nights to create an incredible erotic experience to remember.
Again, a BIG THANK YOU to Sportsheets for providing these sexy toys for review. Sportsheets doesn’t only carry these beautiful sensation play toys, but also specializes in award winning Restraint Play, Sexual Positioning, Sex in the Shower and Strap-on sex toys, plus so much more!
You can purchase all these products at Sexpert.com’s sex toy shop, including other exciting Sportsheets products and the entire Midnight Collection.