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Jan
31

New product round-up for January

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Wondering what’s new in the shop this month? For starters, we got the Bliss Tips Wand Attachment, which can turn your wand vibe into a double pronged stimulator, and the remote-controlled LELO Hula Beads — which can turn a night on the town into a playful, interactive bit of foreplay. These beads create a unique internal sensation by rotating and vibrating, while the remote control lets a partner in on the action.

In the shop you can also find a special Red edition variety pack of Sir Richard’s condoms — 5% of their proceeds will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS (and, as always, they donate a condom to a developing country for each one you purchase). We also have the silicone Charm 2 dildo, which is perfect for those looking for length without added girth.

Check out the Hammerhead Wand Attachment, which can transform a wand-style vibrator into a vibrating penis sleeve, and two new styles of cock ring: the PrimO Tux Cock Ring and Wonderland C-Rings.

PrimO Tux Cock RingDirty NapkinsDirty Dishes
We’re so excited that Spanish filmmaker Erika Lust has released her latest movie, X Confessions. This one is based on her website, X Confessions, where folks are encouraged to submit their anonymous sex stories and fantasies. The DVD is a compilation of 10 stories turned into erotic films.

Last but not least: are you throwing a bachelorette or sex-themed party anytime soon? We’re pretty sure you need Dirty Dishes and Dirty Napkins.

Dec
15

2014 AVN Award nomination for “Best Boutique”!

avn-awards-2014We were honored to see ourselves on the 2014 list of AVN Award nominees! For the fourth year in a row, we were nominated for “Best Boutique.”

Almost every shop in the Progressive Pleasure Club was nominated again this year, including the incredible shops Early to Bed, Smitten KittenSelf Serve ToysFeelmore 510, Good For Her, Sugar, and The Tool Shed. Congrats to everyone!

The 2014 AVN Award Show will take place on January 18th, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Jul
30

Thanks for voting She Bop the #1 sex toy shop in PDX!

The Portland Mercury‘s annual PDX Approved guide has hit the streets, and we were named the #1 porn / sex toy shop in the city for the second year in a row!

We’ve been honored to be included in this guide for the past three years. In 2011, the category was called simply “porn shop.” Last year, it became “porn / sex toy shop” and the Mercury published a sweet write-up about us.

This year, the PDX Approved guide is a separate little booklet that can be found in the middle of this week’s Mercury. Get it while you can!

A resounding THANK YOU to everyone who chose us in the Mercury‘s ballot. And congratulations to our fellow shops Fantasy, Spartacus, and Taboo — it’s great to have so many fun places to shop in Portland!

Jul
23

Ageless Erotica: more than added wrinkles

Ageless EroticaAs big fans of senior sex educator Joan Price (author of Better Than I Ever Expected and Naked at Our Age), we were excited when she posted a call for submisssions for a senior erotica anthology in November of 2011. A book like that was desperately needed, and we knew Price was just the person to make it happen!

Well, the fruits of Price’s labor are finally here in the form of Ageless Erotica. We love it. Just look at that cover!

In an article for The Daily Beast, erotica extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussel details the story behind Ageless Erotica while also exploring the latest sex writing from older sex educators, sex surrogates, and even a Colorado State Senate candidate.

With Ageless Erotica, the minimum age of contributors was 50, ensuring that the stories were relevant and believable — not just “slapping wrinkles and an arbitrary age on the same old youth-oriented erotica.” Price explains:

Youth-oriented erotica doesn’t offend me in the least, but I have trouble relating to it — the instant arousal, instant lubrication, instant erections, instant orgasms. I know erotica is fantasy — but my fantasies have nothing to do with recapturing my youth.

The stories in Ageless Erotica are diverse in their topics and couplings: an HIV positive gay couple, a sexual healer and her client, a late-in-life lesbian awakening, a wife who buys her husband a session with a dominatrix for his 55th birthday (complete with kneepads for his arthritis!) — to name just a few.

Price did an awesome job curating this anthology. Pick it up; you won’t be disappointed.

Jun
14

Find us at Pride 2013!

Our booth at Pride 2012

The annual Pride festival is this weekend, June 15th and 16th, and as always, we will be there! At our festive booth in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, we’ll have many queertastic items such as rainbow tutusbedazzled pastiesrainbow suspenders, and more. Come say hi!

Of course, you’ll also find us marching in Sunday’s parade along with the Q Center, whom we’re sponsoring again this year. We’ll be handing out lube samples, condoms, and coupons, so if you see us along the route, give us a wave or a cheer. Happy Pride!

  Events, News       
May
13

Hitachi Magic Wand, minus the “Hitachi”

It looks like our old friend the Hitachi Magic Wand is getting a bit of a facelift. Notice anything? Yep, the word “Hitachi” is being dropped from its name.

Don’t panic — it’ll always be the powerhouse we’ve always loved. But, as it turns out, Japanese company Hitachi has grown weary of having its name attached to a device far more well-known for its pleasure-inducing properties than its “intended” purpose of massaging sore muscles (although it does that quite well, too!).

Despite the fact that the Magic Wand has been in production for over 30 years, Hitachi planned to cease production of the product. Thankfully, distributor Vibratex stepped in with a better idea: simply remove the word “Hitachi,” and in turn, prevent all-out pandemonium among the masturbating public.

Laura Anne Stuart, owner of the Tool Shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended the International Lingerie Show this year and reported back about the changes. Aside from the re-branding, the toy will have stronger construction and updated componentry, making it even more durable than before. Stuart found the new model to be satisfactory indeed:

I held a new Wand in my hand at the show, and it felt just as powerful to me, with the same intensity of vibration. The minor adjustments that Vibratex made cause the toy to be less jerky when turning on and off and will reduce the extremely small number of defective wands to almost zero. The handle has been reinforced to decrease the vibrations that are transmitted to your hand (rather than to the head of the toy), and the switch circuitry has been improved. In my opinion, you can feel these changes when holding the toy, but not when applying the head of the Wand to a body part.

The Hitachi Magic Wand rose to orgasmic fame in the ’70s, when feminist sex educator Betty Dodson featured it in her book, Liberating Masturbation, and talked it up in her workshops. It’s been a cult classic ever since, much loved for its incredibly powerful vibrations and broad, tennis-ball-sized head. It’s so popular that quite a few attachments have been invented for it, and a sex pillow was even designed specifically to hold one.

An old box for the Hitachi Magic Wand

So sometime in the next few months, our Hitachi Magic Wands will be replaced with updated Magic Wands. And while we’ll miss the box featuring delightful photos of’80s ladies innocently massaging their backs, we’re relieved that Vibratex jumped in and ensured the posterity of the toy that many refer to as “the Cadillac of vibrators.”

May
1

Announcing our affiliate program!

Big news! After much toiling behind the scenes, our affiliate program is now live. If you run a blog or website and want to promote our shop and the products we carry, you can now apply to be a part of our program. We offer 15% commissions on every sale you send our way. If you’re already talking about us online or want some incentive to do so, this is it!

How you choose to promote She Bop is up to you, whether you simply place a banner in your sidebar, mention us on Twitter, write reviews of your favorite products… or all of the above! Then, when a visitor clicks on one of those links or banners, their IP will be logged and a cookie will be placed in their browser for tracking purposes. If the visitor orders from us, the order will be registered as a sale for you (for which you will receive 15% commission).

Read more about the program on this page. Applications are approved or denied on a case-by-case basis. We are generally looking for websites and blogs that are relevant, well-maintained, and likely to be an asset to our program. When you’re ready to apply, go here.

  News       
Apr
16

Uberlube and the many uses for silicone lube

Überlube

If you’ve ever wondered just what kind of research and development goes into lube creation (and we sure did!), you’ll love this article in the Chicago Reader that details the story behind Überlube. We just added Überlube to our shelves, having been impressed with its light, effortless feel and high-quality glass bottle. Now that we know the whole story, we appreciate it even more!

Here’s how Überlube came to be: Stephen Magnusen and Franz Zwergel were best friends since high school. After college, they lived together working various jobs: selling security products, modeling, producing hair shows. They were on the hunt for a business endeavor they could enter together, but no ideas were sticking until one night in 2002 when a friend described something using the invented word “überlube.” The word struck them. Nobody was making an actual product called “überlube,” so that is what they set out to do — create a lubricant that fit the adjective’s definition: the best, the greatest, beyond the norm.

Neither guy had a background in chemistry or much knowledge about lube, but they had connections: hair salon friends, a chemist father. They set up a lab in a basement in Wisconsin and began a rigorous testing schedule, and soon, they were self-made lube experts:

After almost three solid weeks of 12-hour days, their experiments grew increasingly obsessive-compulsive. Zwergel remembers them like this: “‘OK, now stick your arms out; I’m going to pour A on your left and B on your right.’ And then we’d test each other and put the same product on both arms. That’s when we knew we were getting burned out — when we started calling out differences between the same product.” One of Magnusen’s fonder recollections is of an experiment wherein he attempted to set Zwergel on fire to test the product’s flammability: “Some of our ingredients said that they were scorchable,” he says. “So we had Franz in the kitchen covered in Überlube and I had my creme brulee torch and I went to town on him. And I was unable to light him on fire.”

Magnusen even went so far as to invent a device to test lubricity. And three months later, after testing tons of formulations and extensively polling their friends, they found the winning formula. There are only four ingredients — dimethicone, dimethiconal, cyclomethicone, and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) — but they’re high-grade, with very specific proportions.

“I remember trying a new composition and calling Franz to tell him I think we have it,” says Magnusen. “It had all the fine qualities we were looking for, and I knew it the second I dabbed it on my wrist. Unperceivable tack. Zero foaming. Highly lubricious. Acceptable combination of sensation versus slip. And it had the one thing we really wanted to get right but didn’t know if it was possible: it lasted while I was using it and dissipated when I was done. I was totally psyched.”

When Überlube hit the market, Magnusen and Zwergel celebrated with shots of Überlube. Yes, Überlube in shot glasses, right down the hatch.

That’s a little extreme, but actually, silicone lube is known for its far-reaching talents. It is not compatible with silicone toys, which is its main downfall (silicone is a synthetic that will bind to itself, leaving a toy tacky). However, as an incredibly long-lasting, silky, and waterproof lube, it’s wonderful for extended sessions, anal sex, water play (just don’t slip and fall in the shower!), and more. Those same properties also make it great for a host of other things:

  • Shining, smoothing, and de-frizzing hair
  • Skin moisturizing
  • Anti-chafing
  • Polishing and conditioning latex and rubber, touching up patent leather
  • Easing into rubber or latex clothing
  • Shaving
  • Oiling anything that is stuck or squeaking: locks, door hinges, bike chains, exercise equipment, hamster wheels…
  • Massages
  • Soothing chapped lips
  • Conditioning tattoos
  • Summer’s coming so we’re just gonna throw this out there: slip ‘n’ slide. (Or lube wrestling?)

Überlube was not designed solely as a sexual lubricant anyway. Magnusen and Zwergel saw it as more of an above-and-beyond product; so it is not just sold in sex shops, but also in hair salons and clothing boutiques.

For sure, silicone lube is a good thing to keep around the house. And on the bedside table. Do you have any favorite uses for silicone lube?

P.S. We have free samples of Überlube in the shop, so stop by and ask for a couple!

  Musings, New products, News       
Jan
10

She Bop and staff in the news!

Our corner sign, photo by the Redhead Bedhead!We have some fun snippets of news to share with everyone! We’ve been mentioned on a couple websites recently, and our staff has been busy publishing some awesome (and informative!) articles that we think you should check out.

At the end of December, a blogger named the Redhead Bedhead visited us and wrote a little something about her experience. We don’t allow photos to be taken inside the shop to protect customer privacy, but the Redhead Bedhead let us know she was coming and we arranged to have her visit one morning before we opened to snap a few shots and chat with us. Great fun!

Read her post to see some photos of the shop and find out which sex toys Evy would bring to a deserted island (and which toy our whole staff agrees is amazing), plus what music we like to play in the shop. The Redhead Bedhead even mentioned us in two other recent posts: People That Made My 2012 and Why Good Sex Shops Matter (we agree!).

what-a-riotMeanwhile, our sales associate and educator Wyatt Riot writes a column for PQ Monthly called “What a Riot!” that is always a good read. His latest column is about the Portland kink scene. He discusses common kink terminology and PDX kink resources such as meetings, panel discussions, and play parties (like the one he co-organizes, Dirty Playground).

Broadsheet360 (the same site where a contributor wrote about her experience at one of our burlesque classes) published an article about holiday gift-giving in December that mentions us and our community work during our 10% Tuesday promotions. Broadsheet360 writes:

She Bop is about stuffing stockings all year round and they have six non-profits that they support throughout the year with their 10% Tuesday fundraisers. Those non-profits are: Bitch Media, providing a feminist response to pop culture; Bradley Angle, assisting survivors of domestic violence; In Other Words, a feminist community center; Portland Women’s Crisis Line, for survivors of domestic and sexual violence; TransActive, serving the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth, their families and allies; and the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ Community Center.

As it happens, we’re in the midst of our January fundraiser for In Other Words right now! Get in on that if you want to support the efforts of Portland’s premiere feminist bookstore and community center.

And to top things off, our former sales associate and educator, Yana, who moved back east last February, is rocking it out with her sex-positive writing lately! In a recent article for Curve magazine about toys for trans* folks, she graciously mentioned us as a trans-friendly shop in Portland.

The article also includes a nod to many products we carry, such as Silky (A.K.A Mr. Bendy), Goodfella (and other VixSkin dildos), Tomboi, Vibrating Pleasure Pump, 3 Cylinder Pump System, Sliquid Stimulating O Gel, and trans* literature and media such as Take Me There, Couch Surfers, Roulette, and Original Plumbing.

Yana also reviews several different lubes, including Sliquid Organics Natural, Blossom Organics Natural, Good Clean Love Almost Naked, and Yes (Almost Naked and Yes are her faves).

Thanks again to the Redhead Bedhead and Broadsheet360 for featuring us on your sites! And Yana and Wyatt, you guys are awesome and we always love reading what you have to say.

Dec
31

Announcing She Bop branded products!

She Bop products!

Take a look at these beauts! These are She Bop Massage Oil, She Bop Libido Tonic, and She Bop Bath Salts. Each is 100% organic, vegan friendly, and made right here in Portland, Oregon.

We’ve had the idea for She Bop bath and sensual products in our heads for a while now, and The Herb Shoppe was just the place to help us turn our dream into a reality! For months, we’ve been busy sniffing, licking, rubbing, and testing various prototype products, and we’re so happy with how the finished products came out!

She Bop Massage Oil comes in two different scents: Sensual Body and Lickable Love. Sensual Body is a clean and sexy mix of jasmine absolute, ylang ylang, rose otto, sandlewood, ginger, and nutmeg in a sunflower seed oil. Lickable Love is safe to eat with a clean and invigorating flavor: sunflower oil, grapeseed, cocoa, and mint!

She Bop Bath Salts come in two tantalizing scents: Sensual (clary sage and ylang ylang essential oils in sea/epsom salt base) and Relax (lavender and vanilla essential oils in sea/epsom salt base).

She Bop Libido Tonic is an organic herbal supplement to boost your libido. It is made with rosemary, tribulus, maca, shatavari, yohimbe, muira puma, and kakow in a glycerine and organic grapeseed alcohol base.

Come down to the shop to smell these delicious new products. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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