Posted by CNN Life CNNPhilippines.com on 23rd Jul 2019
CNN Life Good vibes only: The best-selling sex toys in Manila Lucky Doll CNN Feature
Good vibes only: The best-selling sex toys in Manila
Written by CNN Philippines Life Staff
Updated Jul 23, 2019 5:39:08 PM
The book presents surprising facts about the sex toy — how it’s been in existence for about 30,000 years now, from how humans used lubricants and wood-carved penises in Ancient Greece to how sex toys were used as a tool for female liberation in the ‘50s.
At least in the Philippines, sex toys are still seen as objects to be hidden from sight, and their use only discussed in hushed conversations. Sex in itself is still a topic that Filipino households rarely talk about. Sex education in the country still works around the premise that unmarried people should abstain from the act. And so to even talk about sex toys can be met with abject terror.
However, the presence of sex shops that are thriving in Metro Manila tells us otherwise. Lucky Doll, a lingerie and adult shop, only started as an online store, but has eventually installed a physical shop in Manila. Love 365 also began online and found the business to be lucrative enough to build a store in Makati and then in Malate. Ilya, a sex shop in Quezon City, first dove into selling sex toys through a website, and now, a charming space in Maginhawa St. is filled with vibrators, lubricants, and cockrings, among many others.
CNN Philippines Life visited these shops and we found some interesting products.
Lucky Doll’s store is located at the fourth floor of a decrepit building in Manila, one that is quite hard to find. Ella Lim, the owner of the store, says that they have a “private shopping” concept so guests can only visit by appointment.
The brand initially started only as a lingerie and boudoir online shop, but over the years, her clients started requesting for bondage accessories, sex toys, and sexy costumes. And so when Lim decided to open a physical store in 2016, she gathered all kinds of sexy products into it.
On the kinds of clients they attract, she says: “Ninety percent of our customers are women from all walks of life: the shy, the adventurous, all women of shapes and sizes, from regular to curvy and plus size, to men buying presents for their partners and LGBT clients.”
The baby doll dresses made with satin and soft tulle are their top-selling products. Photo by JL JAVIER
The vibrator called the “naughty bunny” is their best-selling sex toy. The bunny on top of the main vibrator can be used to stimulate the clitoris. Photo by JL JAVIER
The wireless egg vibrator is also a client favorite. This kind of vibrator can allow your partner to control your stimulation while you are elsewhere. It is waterproof, so it can be used in the shower or the swimming pool. Photo by JL JAVIER
As most of Lucky Doll’s products are lingerie, corsets and bondages are in demand especially once Halloween comes. Photo by JL JAVIER
Lucky Doll is located at Unit E, 4th Floor, 1867 Oroquieta Rd, Santa Cruz, Manila.