Sexual Healing: Pleasure, Health & Wellness

Sexploratorium is launching a new effort to highlight sexuality and sexual expression for humans with diverse health and wellness opportunities.This effort was inspired during last year’s Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit  where The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Rhode Island previewed its newly published Provider’s Guide to Sexual Enhancement Devices which recommended specific products that could potentially benefit persons with specific physical health challenges. We were so inspired by the research and development of such a guide that we immediately sought and received permission to display, republish and promote the resources recommended by the guide in our store and on our blog.

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health researched the potential medical uses and benefits of sexual enhancement products during 2014-2015.  After months of incubation, logistics planning and research, we decided to build upon the research and the recommendations of CSPH to relaunch our own Sexual Healing column as a guide to health opportunities and potentially beneficial sex products.

Our newly-focused Sexual Healing column will publish on Sundays with a twofold purpose:

  1.  To provide basic overviews of  various types of health and wellness challenges that may affect the ability of affected persons to give or receive pleasure.
  2. To provide recommendations for types of products as well as specific products wth design features that may benefit persons who are living with, managing or recovering from  various health and wellness challenges.

We invite you to add your ideas, share your experiences and provide feedback for this project using the hashtag #SexploratoriumWellness. In order to encourage a conversation where all can participate and benefit from diverse perspectives, we are offering a chance to win free product each time you use this hashtag (read the note at the end of this blog post).

Each column will highlight products that can provide bodies of differing abilities with enhanced ability to experience pleasure and pain relief, regardless of whether their health opportunities are the result of medical condition, mental health concerns, or injury. As pointed out by CSPH, optimal health and ability is a temporary condition that most human beings will fall short of at multiple points in their lifetimes. For health and medical patients, healing practitioners or care providers, or people suffering from symptoms whose causes are unclear, all bodies can benefit from information about how to enhance pleasure in spite of limitations including mobility, pain or energy level.

Next week, we will publish an overview of challenges pertaining to Sex, Mobility and Accessibility and what types of pleasure-positive products can provide potential solutions to these challenges. In following weeks we will address specific products that fall into the categories introduced next week.

Attn: Educators and Care- providers: if you would like to present your research as part of this column (in a guest column or cross-post), as a guest presenter to other providers, or in a public workshop through our Passion 101 Classes, please email us.

#SexploratoriumWellness  Join the conversation ! What topics, products, problems or solutions would you like to see discussed in this column? What do you think of our mission and format? When you provide suggestions, ideas or feedback using the #SexploratoriumWellness  hashtag, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of the products recommended in a specific series topic. Winners for a prior topic  will be announced as we introduce the next topic.




Monthly Wellness Provider Mixer

Sexploratorium is launching our inaugural monthly wellness mixer  and  product show-and-tell specifically for health and wellness professionals. Enjoy snacks and networking opportunities and check out products that could potentially benefit clients with diverse health and wellness challenges.


Tuesday October 25, 5:00-6:30 PM is the date and time of our first event. The topic is Sex & Ability and will focus on concerns and options for persons with limited mobility.
Location: Bring a sweater for this first mixer, because (weather permitting) this event will start in the back patio of Passional Boutique & Sexploratorium for the first hour and then move indoors. In the event of inclement weather, the mixer will move to an accessible room of Old Pine Community Center at 4th and Lombard.
Chelsea Wittlich and Isabel Kaufman host the kick off discussion on Sex and Mobility
About Chelsea Wittich: Originally from North Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-based sexuality educator, Chelsea, also known as Kitten, currently works as an educator and Keyholder here at Passional and Sexploratorium! She specializes in providing enthusiastic pleasure-based sexuality education about body-safe adult toys and products to a diverse audience. Her passion lies in teaching that sexual pleasure is a fundamental characteristic of being human that everyone should  experience on their own terms. Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at Lycoming College, then decided to pursue her master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University. She co-facilitated a National Sexual Health Leadership Course online for medical students provided by the American Medical Student Association and co-taught an undergraduate course called The Psychology of Gender at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey as part of her graduate-level practicum experience in the summer of 2016. She enjoys facilitating monthly potluck-style Q&A discussion workshops at Passion 101 Classes to encourage the normalization and exploration of a variety of sexuality topics.
About Isabel Kaufman: Isabel is a passionate and enthusiastic activist and educator dedicated to promoting awareness and increased acceptance of people with disabilities as autonomous and sexual beings. For the past 6 years, she has combined her interest in sexual acceptance, with her skills as an educator and experiences as a person with a disability toward realizing this goal. She leads workshops on disability and sexuality and participates in disability pride events. Isabel is a member of the organization ADAPT, which strives to better the lives of Americans with disabilities by rallying lawmakers to change public policy. Isabel co-taught a general human d class at Montgomery County Community College this past year. She also taught a lesson about consent and sexuality at Chongqing Technical and Business University in Chongqing, China. Isabel received her M.Ed in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
Sexploratorium plans to host these informal meet ups monthly, with each meeting focusing on a different specific health and wellness challenge that humans are likely to face at some point during their life spans.
The goal is to share information with providers about products that are of specific interest and potential benefit to persons with specific health concerns and to network with providers from diverse fields of practice for the purpose of providing resources to clients who seek information.
Next Wellness Meetup: Tues Nov 22 ,  Topic = Sexual Pleasure for People with Chronic Pain

Tricks and Treats: Spin the Wheel

As the weather cools in many parts of the country and folks get back to work, school and sport the desire for playtime, mischief and indulgence becomes prominent.

To celebrate the October season, Sexploratorium invites you to spin the wheel each time you visit to win tricks and treats with every purchase.


The game is simply playful: With every purchase of $20 or more you spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes, discounts off your purchcase or a special “Trick” to bring home and try yourself (or with a partner). We are playing all month long, so stop by Sexploratorium and give the wheel a spin now through October 31!

Dilators Inspire More than Treatment

Vaginismus is a condition in which most or all types of vaginal penetration are painful or impossible due to involuntary muscle spasms and tension. Dilator sets are used in the treatment of the condition, by slowly inserting the smallest dilator and progressing gradually through the sizes until the largest dilator can be inserted comfortably. While one of the goals of dilator sets is to allow the user to experience pleasure through penetration, few sets are sexy or pleasurable at all and many are intimidating. When CalExotics introduced the Inspire Dilator Set, we at Sexploratorium were excited to get our hands on this product! Below you will find the details about this set from a sex toy and product reviewer named Emmeline Peaches. For the full review, scroll to the link at the bottom.

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This set comes with five silky smooth, silicone dilators. They come in a spectrum of pretty pale pinks, making them look less clinical and much more appealing than other dilator sets. The tapered shape and slight curve allows users to experiment with positions and pressure, while the looped handle provides control and ease of use.

The specifications of the set are as follows:
Dilator #1: 3 inch insertable length, 1.5 inch circumference
Dilator #2: 3.75 inch insertable length, 2.5 inch circumference
Dilator #3: 4.75 inch insertable length, 2.9 inch circumference
Dilator #4: 5.5 inch insertable length, 3.5 inch circumference
Dilator #5: 6.5 inch insertable length, 4.25 inch circumference

This dilator set really goes above and beyond as compared to other sets available on the market. The smooth silicone and the curve of these dilators matches that of many luxury silicone toys, unlike typical dilator sets that are straight and made of hard plastic. One of the many beneficial properties of silicone–and why it is used in the production of so many luxury dildos and vibrators–is that it warms up to body temperature, making it feel more natural for the user. It is also non-porous, phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, body-safe, and super easy to clean. Warm water and antibacterial soap is a simple way to clean them or 3-5 minutes in boiling water will sanitize them.

The only downside with this set is that, in order to reach the full girth of each dilator, it must be inserted to the full length as well. Conquering girth and length may be an added challenge that some users are not prepared for. On the other hand, it may make inserting other toys or a penis more achievable after reaching the full girth and length of the largest dilator. These are minor details to keep in mind for anyone interested in this particular set.

The Inspire Dilator set is recommended as a first dilator set for people with vaginismus because it focuses on not only recovery, but pleasure as well. This is also recommended for people interested in a curved dilator for increased comfort and/or G-spot pressure.

Below is the full review from Emmeline Peaches who suffered from vaginismus and recommends this set of vaginal dilators. After recovering from vaginismus, Emmeline happily stated that she is able to continue using the dilators–like sex toys–the material, shape, and ability to provide G-spot pressure allow them to provide pleasurable and even orgasmic experiences.

Extended Fall Hours

Philadelphia’s population grows each fall with thousands of college students arriving to study. Add to this the fact that in the USA, the Halloween holiday is celebrated widely by adults as an opportunity to flaunt all kinds of forbidden fantasy, and we have a perfect excuse to extend our store hours through Black Friday!

halloween-2016Now through November (or longer if there is demand) Sexploratorium’s Store Hours are:
Sunday through Tuesday 12-8pm
Wednesday through Saturday 12-10pm

This means that our phone hours are also extended for online customers and other queries, so make note that we can get in touch more frequently now!

The Museum of Screwy Sex Toys

This blog is about promoting safer sex and body-safe toys. But what about the toys that are actually really terrible, awkward, and creepy? If you’re bored and want to face-palm a lot, check out This is a blog created by Searah who works in Chicago at a sex shop called Early To Bed. She specializes in selling high quality products–but in that process–comes across a lot of not-so-great products that make her say WTF?! These products have earned their spots in the infamous Museum of Screwy Sex Toys. Enjoy!

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Coconut oil as lube?

Love coconut oil? We carry a coconut oil/water-based hybrid personal lubricant by Jo.

jo coconut oil lube

The smooth, creamy texture looks and feels natural, mimicking the body’s natural lubrication. The oil-based aspect of this lube allows it to last longer than a water-based alternative. Safe for toys and for water-play, you get the best of both worlds in terms of water-based and oil-based lubes. The only consideration to be made is that it is not safe to use with latex condoms.


So what about straight-up coconut oil?

coconut oil

Here are some bits about coconut oil from avid sex toy-reviewer Dangerous Lilly.

Coconut oil can be used as conditioner for hair, a cooking oil, massage oil, and yes–even personal lubricant! If you decide to use coconut oil as lube, be sure to get the unrefined, virgin, organic kind as opposed to the refined, bleached, and deodorized kind; most grocery stores have it. Also make sure to have a separate container for sex and another one for other uses so you’re not accidentally mixing bacteria between types of uses.

>It is compatible with polyurethane condoms such as Trojan Supra or nitrile condoms like FC2.
>Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory.
>Great for moisturizing.
>Recommended for treating and preventing yeast infections.
>Works as a massage oil– body massage, genital massage, and sexual application all-in-one.
>Compatible with toys made of silicone, glass, metal, ceramic, etc. Not compatible with low-grade sex toy materials (that you probably shouldn’t be using anyway) such as TPR, TPE, jelly, rubber, latex, vinyl, PVC, etc.
>Applying coconut oil to a toy and the anus can help prevent the toy from retaining odors.
>A little goes a long way.
>It has a faint scent of coconuts which lots of people like and few people dislike; the taste is also subtle.

>Not compatible with latex or polyisoprene condoms.
>Can possibly clog pores on people who are susceptible to pore-clogging but this usually isn’t an issue.

Recommended for:
>People who get yeast infections easily.
>People who experience vaginal dryness.
>Anal sex– since this works well as a moisturizer, it helps the sensitive and thin tissues of the anus to be more elastic when stretching with larger insertables.
>People looking for natural plant-based lube options.