So You Wanna Try Sensation Play
Do you like to engage in sensation play?
An accessible kink fun for beginners and experienced players alike, sensation play aims to heighten your senses and sensual responses. You can deprive one sense to heighten others—for example, you may react more excitably to touch, sexual or otherwise, with a blindfold on, 'cause you can't see when it's gonna happen, or with what. For many people, the build-up of anticipation is a total increase in pleasure.
Best of all, you get to decide what senses to play with, and how hard or how softly you wanna play. Sight, touch, sound, taste, smell—plus toys, there so many combos, so little time! You don’t necessarily need any toys or tools to engage in sensation play, but because we’re us, we’ve stocked up so you can play in comfort and style.
If you’re new to our Restraints & Sensation Play section, or kinky play in general, read on for a few of our faves, including two brand-new, sensational additions...
Made of smooth, polyester satin, this mask is worn with a stretchy elastic strap for comfort and ease of use. Double-layered, dark black fabric means you can block out all light and vision. Whether that’s for an afternoon nap or an afternoon delight, well—that’s your lookout!
Trust us, this thing is not as scary as it looks! You control the level of sensation with this toy, whether it’s a light, pinprick-y tickle or something sharper ('cause it actually is pretty sharp). For beginners, we recommend rolling the wheel really gently across your partner’s back, stomach or inner thighs—somewhere soft, sensitive and newly ‘exposed’ for a heightened feeling. Plus, rose gold!
For a very satisfying thwack across the butt cheeks, or anywhere really, we recommend this new vegan leather riding crop. An approachable ten inches in length, it lets you act out your spankier fantasies without going full-metal-dungeon. Like the passion wheel, you control how soft or hard you want to use this toy.
Also in the restraints category, this smooth, purple nylon rope is for those who want something a little more customizable. Maybe you want to experiment, and maybe you want to practice full-on rope bondage. Whatever your plans are, this stuff will leave you all tied up in the best possible way.
These made-to-order leather floggers in black and blush pink are seriously drool-worthy. Natural vegetable tanned leather is woven and secured with a brass O-ring, with long, soft tendrils that can be dragged lightly across the skin or whipped with a little more force. Bag tassel by day, BDSM toy by night, it's basically got something for everybody.
Many household items make for a fun sensation play experience. If you don't have a mask or cuffs on hand, a bandana, necktie or scarf will do (keep safety scissors nearby). And most people have stuff like a hairbrush (nice, prickly bristles), candles (hot, drippy wax. But test it first, some candles burn very hot!), and ice cubes in their freezer (brr!). And remember that household items are not made to be inserted internally (but you knew that, right?!)
So, ready to engage in some sensation play? Make sure to fill out a Yes, No, Maybe list with your partners and talk safety and boundaries first. Check out our Kink 101 guide for more info, and as always, have fun!