Ethical porn reinvents the traditional industry by placing realism fully at the centre of every story. By focusing on what stimulates women when watching erotica, ethical porn shines a spotlight on fantasy and desire, as well as incorporating intimacy and sensuality. Often films are shot with real couples rather than actors, who are able to portray an element of affection that is mostly missing from mainstream porn. Giggles and laughter are considered as erotic as leather and chains, and sex is depicted as positive, romantic and toe-curlingly enjoyable. And because we don’t all share the same desires, ethical porn reflects a variety of tastes, offering diversity in a wide spectrum of body size, age, race, sexuality and ability.
Studies show that a wide variety of us enjoy watching pornography, whether for relaxation, stimulation or education. But with the mainstream industry often degrading to women, depicting unrealistic and dehumanising sex scenes, many women and men find traditional porn a turn-off. Enter ethical porn, with its emphasis on true-to-life sex- positive stories in which women take a central role. No longer is the female character a proxy of the desires of her partner, but rather fully in control of her own fantasies and wants. The stories become more sensual and more satisfying while still ensuring erotic reveries are brought to life. Not only is ethical porn made consensually, it also treats performers with respect, paying actors and filmmakers fairly for their work on-set while depicting real sexual pleasure – in all its messy, romantic and sticky skin-to-skin closeness.
Remember your first kiss with your lover, that first incredible night you spent together? Now think back - what song was playing in the background?
Music helps create an unique atmosphere for special moments, helping to move your consciousness to a different space and time. And years later, just hearing that one song again can transport you right back into that memory and every sensation you were feeling at the time.
Which song triggers the most sensations for you? What song reminds you of travelling, of escape, of indulgence? Which is the one song that always gets you in the mood?
This month’s HedonX Shibari playlist is a treat for the senses - tempting, teasing, titillating... Which are the songs that bring you instantaneously back to special moments? Let us know in our story. @marie.sauvage
Massages can be the most effective when conducted in a mesmerising atmosphere. Dim the lights, choose a restful HedonX playlist on Spotify, and fill an oil burner with your favourite aromatic oils. Switch off all devices and ensure there can be no interruptions. This time is only for you and your lover. Creating a sensual and therapeutic atmosphere where the temperature keeps the body tingling is ideal for those moments when hands make contact with skin. The bond is set, the mood is right—why not let the moment flow and evolve?
Love has so many shades—this is the sentiment that French photographer Julie De Sousa @journaljds seeks to explore in her artistic work. In black and white analogue prints, Julie delves into the nature of polyamory, capturing some of the most authentic moments of life in her work.
You do not need to be a professional to enjoy giving or receiving a massage. Many tutorials are available online, demonstrating suitable styles to help you and your partner to find your ultimate relaxation techniques. Key to discovering sensual couples massage is experimentation—take the time to delight your lover, learning which sensations on which parts of their body are the most stimulating. Indulge, pamper, soften, enjoy—and never rush a single moment.
Ready to try a new cocktail recipe? If you like gin and citrus notes, you should enjoy the Firefly.
In a shaker pour: 1 measure of gin @generous.gin 1⁄2 measure of 100% agave tequila 1⁄2 measure of dry orange curaçao 1⁄2 measure of lemon juice 1⁄2 egg white Add ice and shake until frosted, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Decorate with a twist of orange peel and drink immediately.
If you get the chance, treat yourself to a pre-meal Firefly at Le Bristol Paris @lebristolparis cocktail bar. We miss it so much!
A deeply sensual way to connect with your lover is through massage, whether Aromatherapy, Tantric or Thai, or a style mixture of your own personal creation. And the good news is, many studies show that the person giving the massage often receives just as many benefits as the one receiving it. Hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine can be multiplied through massage, providing a positive boost that can be still felt days later, as well as strengthening the intimate bonds that only you and your lover share.
An inspiring Sustainable Luxury solution is Terre Blanche @terre_blanche an eco-friendly 5-star resort in East Provence, France.
Designed with an eye to sustainability, Terre Blanche has buried all facilities that do not need to be above ground, reducing surface water run-off and creating an underground utility tunnel to cater for guests’ needs.
Construction principles also include using recycled building materials and reusing any excess materials on-site, and ensuring all waste is ethically removed, recycled or reused. Energy consumption is also minimised and all buildings designed to environmental best-practice.
What is your fantasy ideal of Sustainable Luxury? Describe for us your ultimate product or dream holiday destination in Our Story below.
Sustainable Luxury is when a luxury brand commits to delivering high quality products and/or services with the lowest possible impact on the environment, by focusing on ethical conditions with a maximum of transparency on sourcing and manufacturing. It usually means higher investments and costs for the brand but, on the other hand, superior value products and services for consumers. In the long-run, Sustainable Luxury will be key for consumers in determining what is a good and responsible brand that is worth investing in.
At first glance, sustainability and luxury seem to be at opposite sides of the same coin. However, keeping in mind “quality over quantity”, there is plenty of scope for luxury brands to be front- runners in sustainability. By focusing on longevity, utilising exceptional materials, and building networks with sustainable partners, luxury brands can help differentiate themselves from the “fast fashions” that can be devastating to the environment and produced in harmful conditions. Who better to focus on preserving our shared natural resources and limiting the impact on our environment than our trend-setters and purveyors of good taste?
Life without music would be a dark night for the soul. Music provides the soundtrack to our lives-lifting us up and comforting us, boosting our energy levels whether early in the morning or late into the night, and heightening our memories.
The power of music lies in its ability to create and amplify a wide range of emotions. Studies show that music can have a positive effect on the body, helping to reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and improve mood, sleep quality, memory and mental alertness. And it also provides the soundtrack to our summers.
What song reminds you of summer?
Which track do you have on repeat during your holiday this year?
Sensuality has no gender – or agenda. Gay or straight, trans, cis or fluid, the core concepts of a loving relationship remain the same. Respect, honesty and every now and again, special time for two. Treat yourself and your lover to an explicitly unforgettable HedonX experience and kindle the flames of attraction once more with the purest of passions.
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