12 Days of XXX-Mas!

It’s the naughtiest time of year! Once again, SEXPLORATORIUM will be giving away 1 free gift to 1 lucky *customer each day for the 12 days leading up to XXX-MAS!

*Purchase required


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Starting Saturday December 13th,  the 12th customer will win a free gift (choose from either general sexuality or BDSM item)!

On Sunday the 14th, the 11th customer will win a free gift. Monday the 15th, the 10th customer will win and so on until the first purchase on XXX-Mas Eve!

The sooner you come in, the more prizes you’ll have to choose from!

Stop  into SEXPLORATORIUM to see if it’s your lucky day!


REVIEW: Vixen Creations Bandit

The Vixen Creations Bandit Silicone Dildo is hard not to like – it feels sexy just to take it out of the package. It’s got 7” of length, a fat diameter of 1.5”, flattened balls at the base, and a well-shaped curvy head. Light veining adds realism to the length. Like other cocks made of Vixskin, it looks and feels like a flesh-and-blood penis, but the Bandit is always up for fun.


I suited up with Bandit snug in my Spareparts Tom Boi harness. He’s a big package, and a little much to try to pack in your pants for spontaneous play, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. After a pleasant evening, my partner’s curious hands pulled the Bandit out of my shorts, and her enthusiastic reaction told me I’d chosen the right tool for the job.

Bandit’s soft, curved head makes entry smooth, though its girth did necessitate a generous addition of lube. The core of the dildo is harder silicone for minimal floppiness, but I did find myself guiding my way with my hand at the base of the shaft, especially when changing positions. Bandit has plenty of length for long, deep thrusting. The base of the balls pushed comfortably against my body with every thrust, and I can say confidently that this piece was built for both partners’ pleasure. I’ve played with a number of other Vixen dildos, and this was my favorite – the length, the girth, and the comfort of the balls were all perfect for me. Bandit gave me plenty to work with from every angle.


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This and most other Vixskin silicone toys can be boiled for full sterilization or washed with soap and water – they’re nonporous and very easy to keep clean. When my partner and I were finished having fun, I just tossed the cock in the dishwasher and headed to bed. This is a highly recommended toy!

written for Sexploratorium by an anonymous user

HOT December Passion 101 Classes for Wintry Appetites!

Complete Class Details & Tickets CLICK HERE!

Friday December 5th at 7:00 pm
Erotic Anal Play with Kali Morgan


It’s getting HOT this winter. Check out Echo’s Fireplay Intensive and other sizzling sexuality  workshops at Sexploratorium

Sunday December 7th from 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Fireplay Intensive with Echo’s Fire

Special Pricing: $50 advance $70 day of classes, in store
Fire Manipulation 101:
Fundamentals, 12:30-2:30 pm
Fire Manipulation 201: Practice Makes Perfect, 3:00-5:00 pm
Fire Play/Fire Massage 301
The Sensual/Therapeutic Flame, 5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, December 12th at 7:00 pm Kink it up a Notch: BDSM and Kink Basics with Samantha Turnpike (aka Stephanie)

Monday December 15th at 6:00 pm
Campfire Stories: Kink Edition Erotic Storytelling with Mistress Zeneca

Friday, December 19th at 7:00 pm
Corsets for Fashion and Function
 with Tahnee

Saturday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Needleplay 101 with Thain
Basic safety protocol and techniques.

Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 pm Needleplay 102 with Thain Beyond the basics with creative application

Black Friday Backdoor Bonanza Sale at Sexploratorium thru Small Biz Saturday!

backdoor bonanza sale

Looking for a perfect gift for the erotic explorers in your life (or looking to explore new galaxies on your own)? Sexploratorium is celebrating Black Friday and Small Business Saturday with a Backdoor Bonanza Sale on our entire collection of quality, body-safe anal toys from internationally famous designers like Fun Factory, Njoy, Tantus, Vixen Creations and Pretty Plug, as well as any educational book title specific to anal or prostate pleasure.

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Hurry!  The sale is on for only two days, Friday November 28- Saturday November 29 (affectionately known in the USA as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday), and with the common onset of stress associated with holiday shopping, we want to make sure everyone on your list has access to the grounding stress-relieving fulfillment that these products can provide when properly and lovingly utilized.

But wait, there’s more… if you spend $200 or more on any combination of insertable toys, lubricant, condoms or gloves, you get a FREE ticket to the Passion 101 class on Erotic Anal Play next Friday, December 5. And before you even consider the class, take note: lots of lubrication and genital stimulation are necessary for beginning exploration of the root chakra!

Gifting? Sexploratorium provides free gift packaging while supplies last as well as a gift receipt that details the warranties on specific brands (sorry sex toys are not returnable or exchangeable but we guarantee against defects!).

Store hours are noon-10PM Wed-Sat, and the Parking Authority has made all parking meters free on Saturday afternoons for the rest of the year! Great news for drivers who might otherwise avoid our busy urban neighborhood on weekends.

RSVP for the SALE on Facebook!

REVIEW: Pete and the Art of Packing

       For those of you who don’t what packing is, it’s fairly simple. Stick something in your pants so it appears as though you have a package. Hence: packing. But, as any drag king or transguy will tell you, the practicality of packing is anything but simple. You have to find something of suitable shape and size, for starters. And of course you want it to be appropriate for what you’re doing. If you’re in a drag show and you’re dancing to a David Bowie number from Labryinth, your package needs to be spectacularly large, and maybe glittery (go back and watch the movie, his junk is practically punching you in the face). If you’re just looking to pass and feel/look more like a bio-guy, something a little less obnoxious is probably what you’re in the market for. In my personal experience, and from the stories of others, almost anything phallic can – and has been – used as a packer. Dildos, vibrators, socks, deodorant, condoms filled with hair gel and wrapped in stockings, and even a banana(that got a little messy towards the end). Packing can be, in a word, daunting.

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A great entry level packer (that retails for less than $20) is the Mr. Limpy

So finally, in the world of sex toys, some designers decided to make some flaccid phallic cyberskin or silicone wiggly bits called packers. They have the shape and size of a real flaccid penis (balls included!); they come in a variety of lengths and colors; and they’re inexpensive and relatively easy to clean and care for.

Note: My personal recommendation for a decent and inexpensive packer is the Mr. Limpy, available at Sexploratorium. For a more top-of-the-line packer, check out Vixskin’s Mr. Right, also available in the store.

Finally, someone heard the cry for a functional packer. We celebrate for only a short while though, before we are confronted with the next problem: How to keep the packer in your pants.

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For years, we packing studs have tried just as many stay-put notions as we’ve tried pseudo-packers. “Double-up on your briefs” is a common occurrence, though some shifting may occur during use. Using your harness isn’t a bad idea either, provided you have one that can sit comfortably under jeans and not look all bulky and distorted. A little fake out harness can be made from some simple elastic from a craft store, but it’s a very DIY project and won’t last long. The real gem here would be a comfortable pair of underwear, just like we normally wear, but with the capability of holding a packer.

 Enter, Pete. My new best friend. The Pete packing underwear come fully equipped to carry all sizes of flaccid packers. The construction is simple, efficient, and comfortable. It works like a charm and looks great. And Pete offers four different styles: boy-brief, trunks, and a jock strap, with or without a front pouch. It’s so simple; it’s a wonder no one had thought of it before.

Essentially, there are four added parts to the typical underwear design. 1) There’s a hole in the front of the undies to put the packer through. The shaft is now elevated in front of the undies, you can easily adjust positioning to your liking, and the balls hang comfortably and naturally behind the shaft. 2) There is a pouch attached to the front (in all but one design) to cradle the packer once it’s through the hole. 3) There are two overlapping flaps behind the hole to protect your skin from the base of the toy. 4) There’s a little elastic strap which can be snapped around the packer for added security.

These four ingenious additions make for a snug and secure fit, both for the wearer and their packer. The material is incredibly comfortable – you’ll wish all your undies were made out of the same Nylon, Spandex, and Jersey cotton combination. It fits beautifully under clothing and looks natural. You can pull them up and down all day and never have to worry about your packer shifting or falling out of place. The undies themselves look like a pair of designer underwear, with a thick elastic waistband and sleek black fabric. You can wear them under other underwear, or by themselves. The pouch has an open-fly design, so one can use STP (Stand-to-Pee) packers with ease and confidence. Basically, Pete is the solution to virtually all of our packing problems.

Another Note: most packers aren’t good to keep against skin for long periods of time. They don’t allow the skin to breathe, thus cause it to sweat, potentially causing break-outs or other unwanted conditions.

I have worn these wonder-undies in several grueling circumstances in the last month, truly putting them to the test. I wore them for over eight hours one evening. They stayed comfortable and felt natural, just like real underwear and a real package. I was able to go about my night and not have to worry about a thing. I have worn them under jeans and slacks, tight and loose, even a pair of sequined leggings (our shows can get a little intense) and they’ve looked great regardless. I have danced my ass off on stage, pranced, leaped, rocked-out, air-guitar’d, ran, sat, stood…and not once did I have an undesired shift. Everything moved with me, and nothing moved against me. In the past, I’ve gotten off stage and had my packer twisted completely around. The balls are by my knee, the head is staring me in the face, and it looks like a hot mess. But the Pete provided 100% security of movement, the confidence of a dynamic appearance, and the comfort of a real pair of underwear. Any way you slice it, this revolutionary packing underwear may just change your life. Or the life of your package.

Basically, my sweet little Kings, T-boys, and anyone else who likes having a bulge: our cries have been heard. Our prayers have been answered. We can pack. Oh buddy, we can pack! 

-Contributed by Jack

REVIEW: JimmyJane Afterglow Massage Candle

I have always been a fan of wax, fire, and massages, but the JimmyJane Afterglow Candle is my favorite combination of all three.

This designer brand massage candle comes in four scents: Pink Lotus, Dark Vanilla, Cucumber Water, and Bourbon.  Unlike some other massage candles, which tend toward the  overwhelming, sickeningly sweet or simply bland, the Afterglow scents are delicate yet sophisticated.  It was a tough choice–the Cucumber Water is a barely-there, clean scent with light fruity notes; the Bourbon does not smell like a night out on the town but rather smoky and woody with a caramel finish, much like cake.  I ended up choosing the Pink Lotus candle: an intricate blend of deep, heady floral scents that aren’t too sweet.

The candle itself burns for up to 32 hours, and has a low melting point– comfortable enough for direct application to skin, but don’t leave it out in the sun or near a heater!  Besides that, there aren’t any other notable downsides.  It smells lovely while it burns and creates the perfect atmosphere for romance, and after about a half hour the paraben-free and  wax blend liquefies into a high-slip massage oil.  The clean design of the ceramic jar features a small spout for easy, spillproof pouring directly onto the skin. When it touches the skin, it is certainly warm and  might be surprising  to some, but not so hot that you feel any sort of pain.  I found it especially nice on one particularly chilly night!  Although it’s richer in feel and composition than silicone based massage products, it has a similar slipperiness that hydrates like body butter. Also, since this is an oil, folks should know that it isn’t latex-safe (it will break down condoms) and shouldn’t be used as an internal lubricant!
My experience with the Afterglow candle left me feeling warm, tingly, and massaged…and I loved that I didn’t have to put perfume on to leave the house afterwards!  This is definitely my favorite candle.



Midori is teaching at Sexploratorium!

Midori is coming to Philadelphia for a weekend of entertainment and education. She will be entertaining as  the headlining performer for Philadelphia’s charity fetish masquerade, Diabolique Ball on November 21 and then will be sharing her decades of BDSM and fetish expertise to select Passion 101 students at Sexploratorium (and in a nearby gymnasium). For complete details and to order advance/discount tickets, please visit our Passion 101 Classes’ Website


Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man 

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You with Midori

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Flogging: Amazing Hands on Training

Sunday, November 23, 4:00PM
Rope Control and Dominance

Midori is a world renowned educator and author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage Greenery Press, 2001, Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink: Educational, Sensual, And Entertaining Essays Daedalus Publishing, 2005, The Toybag Guide to Foot and Shoe Worship Greenery Press, 2005 and Master Han’s Daughter: Tales from Depraved NeoTokyo Circlet Press, 2006 all available for sale at Sexploratorium. For complete details about her Philadelphia appearance-  and to order advance/discount tickets, please visit our Passion 101 Classes’ Website