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9 Best Panty Vibrators and Vibrating Panties in 2022 for Discreet Fun: We-Vibe, Lovehoney, Dame, Amazon

9 Best Panty Vibrators and Vibrating Panties in 2022 for Discreet Fun: We-Vibe, Lovehoney, Dame, Amazon

If you’ve never heard of panty vibrators, you’re in for a treat. The best panty vibrators (and vibrating panties) slide inside underwear or are built-in, making for delicious, hands-free partner play. We spoke to sex experts and sex educators to answer the biggest questions about these sex toys and break down the very best panty vibes for your (uniquely private) pleasure.What are panty vibrators and vibrating panties?In a nutshell: “A panty vibrator is a wearable vibrator that is hidden in the underwear for discreet clitoral stimulation,” says sex therapist and Lovehoney representative, Shamyra Howard, LCSW. “The vibrator is remote-controlled or app-controlled so that you or your partner can have control of the pleasure.”Vibrating panties, on the other hand, have the mini vibrator, bullet vibrator, or stimulation already sewn into the underwear. While most panty vibes and vibrating panties offer clitoral stimulation, there are models on the market that do even more, notes Rae Chen, sex-and-beauty editor of TheNotice.net: “You can find wearable, insertable G-spot vibrators, dual-stimulation toys, and air-pulse toys too.”What are the advantages of a pantry vibrator?One of the biggest benefits of panty vibrators is their discretion and versatility. Because the toys are worn inside your undies, you can use them pretty much anywhere—on a date night and beyond—without a soul knowing. “From the couch to the grocery store to the movie theater, there are endless options for discreet indoor or outdoor play sessions,” says G Stone, certified clinical sexologist and founder of Straight But Not Narrow Ladies.As most vibrators are app-controlled, it’s easy to give your partner the ability to control them remotely—an excellent way to add new thrills to any long-distance relationship. As Carol Queen, sex educator and staff at Good Vibrations says, panty vibes can also be a smart assistive device for anyone who doesn’t have great hand strength or motor control. Nicely, panty vibrators work as external vibrators sans underwear, too, with various vibration patterns and strengths.What should you look for when shopping for panty vibrators?“Think about the features that are important to you (such as sound, strength, remote control), then shop accordingly,” says Queen. Some questions Howard recommends asking yourself include: Where will you use this toy? Who will you use it with? How important is it that your toy is rechargeable, waterproof, hands-free, and quiet?If you’re shopping for a panty vibrator (not vibrating panties), consider how the toy attaches to your undies. “Look for options that fasten securely (via magnetic clip) so that they stay in place,” says Stone, emphasizing that you should always opt for 100% body-safe materials.Then, factor in the toy’s intensities, speeds, texture, and shape. Ensure that it’s wide, narrow, or long enough to align with the circumference of your clit, advises Stone. If you want to pair the panty vibe with tighter clothing, it’s best to avoid “bullet-vibe-lookin’ bulges,” says Queen.What are the best panty vibrators?Below, we’ve curated a list of the best panty vibrators (and vibrating panties) as recommended by the experts. You’ll find nice options from retailers and brands like Amazon, We-Vibe, Dame, Lovehoney, and more.

The 48 Best Nordstrom Gifts for Everyone (Even the Dog) in 2022: UGG, Diptyque, Dyson, Parachute, La Mer

The 48 Best Nordstrom Gifts for Everyone (Even the Dog) in 2022: UGG, Diptyque, Dyson, Parachute, La Mer

For a high-quality holiday gift, turn to Nordstrom, a retailer with a range of stylish present-worthy products. Finding the best Nordstrom gifts can be a bit overwhelming, given how many great options there are—so let us lend a hand.At Nordstrom, you’ll find everything you need for all types of giftees: the home cook, fashion-forward friend, geeky boyfriend, or fitness-minded parent. Make them feel extra special with a gorgeous Nordstrom dress; pamper them with a luxurious skin care set, spoil them with a new perfume gift set, a top-rated Dyson hair dryer, or cozy Ugg slippers. You’ll find eye-catching products that can elevate their home like a cashmere throw blanket, a Diptyque candle, or an Our Place pan. From beauty products they may never normally buy for themselves to five-star-hotel-grade sheet sets, there’s an excellent gift or stocking stuffer at Nordstrom for everyone on your list (and every budget, too).Below, take a look at our recommendations for the best gifts at Nordstrom for the holiday season, from well-known brands such as Kiehl’s, Slip, Dipthyque, Casper, Ooni, and Bose. Jump to: For more present picks, check out all of the best gift ideas of 2022 (as well as the best gifts you can find at Target and Amazon).Best Nordstrom Clothing GiftsRound out their wardrobes with Nordstrom’s clothing gifts. The retailer is known for its luxury brands and curated selections. We’ve got our eye on the cozy, cold-weather-appropriate clothes, including Ugg slippers (and for the younger set, check out the Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandals), super soft Zella leggings, Barefoot Dreams Cozychic cardigans, and SELF reader-favorite Nordstrom Moonlight pajamas. For dresser occasions, your giftee might appreciate Spanx’s faux leather leggings or a fitted knit dress for the fall.Zella Restore Soft Pocket LeggingsNordstromBarefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Circle CardiganNordstromAstr The Label Abilene Long Sleeve Sweater DressBest Nordstrom Accessories GiftsWhen it comes to accessories like bags, hats, and jewelry, Nordstrom has some perfect gift ideas. On our wish lists: a practical, water-resistant Dagne Dover fanny pack, sweet monogrammed necklace (a best friend gift if we ever saw one), a versatile Madewell tote bag, classic Ray-Ban shades, cashmere-lined gloves that are touchscreen-friendly, and a zippy North Face backpack that’s ideal for hiking (or hanging out).NordstromDagne Dover Ace Water Resistant Neoprene Belt BagNordstromMadewell The Zip-top Medium Transport Leather ToteNordstromRay-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator SunglassesNordstromThe North Face Borealis Water Repellent Mini BackpackNordstromNordstrom Cashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen GlovesBest Nordstrom Beauty and Skin Care GiftsIf your loved one lives for the next viral TikTok styling gadget or has a 35-step skin care routine, the holidays are a smart time to snap up an all-in-one gift set. You’ll find collections from big-name beauty brands that pack in limited-edition releases of their favorite skin care, eau de parfum, makeup, and hair products—often in full sizes and with bonus products. It’s a great way to save a little while still spoiling them with high-end beauty products (from La Mer, Versace, Olaplex, or Kiehl’s) that they might never buy themselves. Personally, we’re lusting after the SELF Fave Dyson Airwrap, which dries and styles hair simultaneously, the Kiehl’s hand cream gift set, and the silk pillowcase set from Slip, which is gentle on hair and skin.NordstromVersace Dylan Turquoise Eau de Toilette SetNordstromOlaplex Limited-Edition Bond Maintenance SetNordstromSlip The Icons Edit Pillowcase, Mask & Scrunchies SetNordstromLa Mer Replenishing Moisture CollectionBest Nordstrom Home & Bedding GiftsHome and bedding gifts are appreciated as gifts, no matter the occasion. Birthday? Christmas? Housewarming? Engagement? Elegant throw blankets, fresh bedding, pillows that support aching necks, and luxe fragrances (like a Diptyque Baies candle set or a Jo Malone diffuser) are sure to please.NordstromJo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround DiffuserBest Nordstrom Kitchen GiftsWhen struggling to find the right gift, you can never go wrong with a present that appeals to their stomachs. For those who love to experiment in the kitchen, consider splurging on an Ooni pizza oven or trendy Beast blender (which lives up to the hype). If they’re short on space, consider a set of vibrant wineglasses, a fun ceramic mug, or an Our Place Always Pan, which steams, sautés, broils, and even has a built-in spoon rest. And if you’re shopping for a stocking stuffer, might we recommend the SELF Fave W&P Popper, a collapsible microwave popcorn popper? Here are some of our favorite Nordstrom kitchen gifts.NordstromEstelle Colored Glass Stemless Wineglasses (Set of 2)NordstromFellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over KettleBest Nordstrom Wellness GiftsNo matter who you’re shopping for (even yourself), it’s guaranteed they could use more self-care and relaxation in their life. The best wellness gifts soothe and relax the recipient, and that includes many kinds of presents (all of which you’ll find at Nordstrom). We’ve spotlighted some great ones, including a breathable Bearaby weighted blanket, a Therabody massage ball that works out muscle pain, a gentle SELF Certified Hatch sunrise alarm clock, an insulated Hydro Flask water bottle, a bath soak set, and even one of our editor-favorite vibrators from Maude.NordstromBearaby Organic Cotton Weighted Knit BlanketNordstromHydro Flask 24-Ounce Standard Mouth Water BottleNordstromMaude Tub Kit No. 1 Bath Salts & Coconut Milk Bath Soak SetBest Nordstrom Tech GiftsDon’t worry, techies—we got you. For the person who works from home, travels by plane, or just appreciates high-quality audio quality, Nordstrom offers a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones (and many other headphone brands as well). There’s a handsome Courant charging tray, where they can unload their phones and smartwatches to power back up without dealing with cords, and the Ohom Ui Mug, which keeps drinks perfectly warm.Courant Catch 3 Essentials Wireless Smartphone Charger TrayNordstromBose Noise Canceling 700 Over-Ear HeadphonesBest Nordstrom Pet GiftsLast, but certainly not least, Nordstrom has a checkout-worthy selection of gifts for pets, as well as their people. Whether you’re spoiling their cat or dog or yours, here are some standout gifts for our furry friends, including cushy dog beds and attractive gear.NordstromKiehl’s Since 1851 Cuddly-Coat Cleansing SpritzRelated:

The 12 Best Strokers and Masturbators for Fast, Fun Orgasms

The 12 Best Strokers and Masturbators for Fast, Fun Orgasms

When it comes to sex toys, we’ve covered the spectrum, from sex toys for couples to sex toys for beginners, anal toys, and more. Today we’re discussing the best strokers and masturbators. Sure, you could keep relying on your hand (or a homemade sex toy), but why limit yourself when there’s an exciting world of options that can simulate and heighten the sensations during your solo sessions? We’re all for lending your hand a hand, so let’s explore the realm of strokers and masturbators.What is a masturbator sex toy?“Masturbators are toys designed to enhance self-pleasure for someone with a penis,” says Justin Lehmiller, PhD, scientific advisor for Lovehoney and author of Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. Carol Queen, sex educator and staff at Good Vibrations, adds that though they can be used solo, many people use them during partnered sex for “jazzed-up hand jobs.”These sex toys vary widely in terms of looks, operation, and the sensations they provide, but fall most commonly into two categories.Strokers: Strokers (a.k.a. masturbation sleeves) fit around or over the penis and mimic the feeling of a vagina or anus (and sometimes even resemble body parts). Some strokers are open on one end, while others are closed. Many are textured on the inside, providing additional stimulation to the penis head, shaft, or both. These textures “add types of stimulation that a person’s hand alone wouldn’t give,” says Queen. Popular strokers include the Fleshlight and Tenga Egg.Power Strokers: Power strokers are sometimes called motorized masturbators, or guybrators, says Bobby Box, a Lovehoney certified sex educator. “These may be similar in appearance to strokers but have vibrating components or sleeves that move up and down with a motorized asset,” says Dr. Lehmiller. “Some are hands-free, while others need to be held in place. These masturbators are sometimes remote-controllable and designed to offer scroll, anal, and/or prostate stimulation at the same time.” Some motorized masturbators include the Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo and the Arcwave Ion.Who is a masturbator good for?“Masturbators are good for people with penises who seek new sexual experiences or to enhance the monotony of manual masturbation, since our hands are only capable of so much,” says Box.While they are often referred to as male masturbators, Dr. Lehmiller says these sex toys are an option for anyone who has a penis and wants to explore new sensations. “That said, different strokers may feel better for different bodies because everyone is a little different in terms of penile size and shape, as well as what feels good to them,” he says. “For example, some masturbators are designed specifically for trans men who have started to transition. The key is to shop around and find the right toy for you and your body—and maybe consider trying a few different ones.”What to know when shopping for a masturbatorNot sure where to start? Let your goals guide you. Are you trying to reproduce a specific feeling (intercourse? a blow job?), or are you seeking a totally new sensation like vibration or texture? Do you prefer the control of holding the toy, or do you want a toy that leaves you hands-free? Will you use the masturbator alone or during sex (in which case, Dr. Lehmiller suggests an open-ended sleeve that can be combined with oral stimulation)? “There are a lot of options out there, so having some clarity around what you’re looking for can help you narrow down the choices,” he adds.Also important to note: Many masturbators, such as the Tenga Egg, are intended for limited (or even single) use, while others are rechargeable and reusable. And be sure to invest in some good lube (but avoid silicone-based lube if the toy is made of silicone, as it can degrade the toy).What are the best masturbators and strokers?Below, we’ve assembled some of the best masturbators and penis toys, according to sex experts and educators. You’ll find high-quality, best-selling sex toys from brands like Tenga, Fleshlight, Fun Factory, Hot Octopuss, Arcwave, Lovehoney, and Lelo.

The 23 Waterproof Sex Toys for Incredible Shower Sex

The 23 Waterproof Sex Toys for Incredible Shower Sex

Fun fact: A lot—and we mean a lot—of sex toys are waterproof. They’re 100% submersible and able to get soaked without short-circuiting. The best waterproof sex toys are able to withstand moisture while providing ample pleasure—and there are oh-so-many of them. Whether you’re looking for a multi-faceted vibrator, a clitoral stimulator, cock ring, anal beads, a finger vibe, a dildo, or pretty much any other sex toy imaginable, you can find one that’s waterproof.What is a waterproof sex toy?“A waterproof sex toy is a toy that can be submerged in water during use,” says sex therapist Shamyra Howard, LCSW. Importantly, however, not all sex toys are waterproof; some are only water-resistant (with uncovered charging holes), which means, according to G Stone, founder of Straight But Not Narrow Ladies, that “the toy can get wet, but it should not be submerged or in constant contact with water.” Definitely check whether your sex toy is waterproof or water-resistant before you use it.The waterproofness of a sex toy isn’t a type so much as a feature. “Pretty much any type of toy can be made waterproof in the way its motor or battery compartment is sealed (if it has one,” says Carol Queen from Good Vibrations, “especially if it’s made of a material that’s waterproof by nature like silicone or glass (though not all silicone vibrators are waterproof).”What are the advantages of waterproof sex toys?Perhaps the biggest advantage? “You can play in the water without wrecking your toy!” says Queen. If you’re someone who likes getting hot and heavy in the shower or pool (or wants to, at any rate), a waterproof sex toy can take that experience to new heights. They’re also extremely versatile. Sure, you can add them to your shower sex (or solo session), but you can just as easily use them on land too (in case you’re a mermaid, you know). Plus, these sex toys are easy to clean. “You can give them a quick, careless rinse before using them, then soap them up and wash them thoroughly once you’re done,” says Rae Chen, sex and beauty editor of TheNotice.net. “When you choose a waterproof toy, there’s just so much less stress involved—you know your toy is always clean without having to worry about it shorting out.”What should you look for when shopping for waterproof sex toys?Queen advises asking yourself these questions before shopping for waterproof sex toys: “Does waterproofing succeed in letting you use your toy the way (and where) you want to?” If yes (enthusiastically yes!), consider whether you want the toy to be fully submersible or just splash-proof; used externally, for penetration, or both; alone for masturbation or with someone else. Are you looking for a hands-free toy that does most of the work for you or a toy that offers you control? You’ll want to seek out trusted brands, read the reviews, or let us do that work for you (below). And be sure to use the right lube. Many waterproof toys are clad in body-safe silicone, and finding the right lube for underwater play can be a process. “If you find that water-based lube doesn’t give you the endurance you want, try an oil-based lube made with coconut oil, which is slick under water and okay to use with silicone (but not latex),” says Queen.What are the best waterproof sex toys?Ready to draw a romantic, candle-lit bath for you plus or minus one? If you know for sure your toy drawer doesn’t house a waterproof toy, or are looking for a new one, below, we’ve laid out sex expert- and educator-recommended options for the best waterproof sex toys from retailers like Amazon, Lelo, Lovehoney, Fun Factory, Womanizer, Dame, and more. Just make sure to limit any underwater adventures involving insertion to places that have clean H2O (and stay away from rivers, lakes, and the ocean, as they may contain bacteria).

The 37 Best Fall Dresses Under $150

The 37 Best Fall Dresses Under $150

Now that autumn’s officially here, you can begin (if you haven’t already) transitioning your wardrobe. It’s finally time for the best fall dresses—to swap out sundresses for long-sleeve midi dresses and cozy knit dresses that can be layered with tights, cardigans, boots, and coats. If you’ve surveyed your closet and realized you could use new dresses (or perhaps you just want to update your wardrobe), we’re here to help. We’ve scoured our favorite retailers (including Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Free People) to find fall-forward frocks that are perfect for chilly weather. Whether you’re shopping for a wedding guest dress, a maxi dress that photographs beautifully in a pumpkin patch, an oversized sweater dress you can wear around the house, or a gift for your girlfriend ahead of the holiday season, below, we’ve assembled the best fall dresses by retailer. As a bonus to your wallet (because, well, inflation): All of the dresses are under $150 (and most are under $100). You’re welcome.AmazonYou’ll find some of the very best autumn dresses on Amazon, naturally. The retailer wins top marks in every category: style, affordability, and super fast shipping. Here are some standouts that are really giving fall vibes, including a rib-knit turtleneck mini dress, romantic wrap dresses, and pretty, printed floral dresses. The turtle neck dress would pair beautifully with leggings and loafers or knee-high boots.AmazonANRABESS Oversized Cable Knit Sweater DressAmazonBTFBM Ruffle Tiered Mini DressAmazonAnnebouti Floral Smocked Tiered Maxi DressAmazonANRABESS Turtleneck Mini Sweater DressAmazonAmoretu Flowy Tunic DressAmazonPRETTYGARDEN Lantern Sleeve Tie Waist Knit DressAmazonCosonsen Ruffle Mini Swing DressAmazonPRETTYGARDEN Leopard Ruffle Tiered Maxi DressTargetAnother of our favorite retailers, Target, doesn’t disappoint in the dress department. From button-front, plaid, T-shirt dresses to a faux leather little black dress, all of these versatile dresses are under $50. Bless.TargetUniversal Thread Long Sleeve Button-Down ShirtdressTargetLa Ligne x Target Floral Smocked Bodice Midi DressEditor’s note: This dress is available to shop starting October 9.
TargetFuture Collective With Kahlana Barfield Brown Long Sleeve Utility Denim A-Line DressTargetA New Day Puff Short Sleeve Faux Leather A-Line DressTargetKnox Rose Flutter Sleeve A-Line DressNordstromWhat’s fall fashion without a look at Nordstrom’s lineup? You’ll find a wide array of pumpkin spice season-appropriate gowns, from cottagecore midi dresses with puff sleeves from Madewell to a sexy slip dress from Astr the Label that looks effortlessly dressy with a leather jacket and strappy heels or booties.NordstromLulus Cuddle Up Close Long Sleeve Cable Sweater DressNordstromAstr The Label Lace-Up Puff Sleeve Midi DressNordstromMadewell Cottage Garden Long Sleeve Embroidered Midi DressNordstromFraiche By J Wrap Front Long Sleeve DressNordstromCharles Henry Square Neck Tie Back Puff Long Sleeve Sweater DressMadewellOne of our go-to shops for work- and weekend-wear is Madewell, and though its dresses are pricier than some of the others on this list, we think they’re well worth your consideration. Madewell’s dreamy dresses come in the perfect palette for fall, with rusty tones, school-esque plaid patterns, longer hemlines, and pockets. So many pockets. Plus, right now, Madewell has a huge insider sale going on which ends September 26—so move fast!MadewellMadewell Linen-Blend Ruffle-Sleeve Wrap Midi DressMadewellMadewell Gauze Sophia Midi DressMadewellMadewell Corduroy Tiered Mini DressMadewellMadewell Crepe Cutout Midi DressMadewellMadewell Flutter-Sleeve Tiered Midi DressMadewellMadewell Lucie Embroidered Cotton Midi DressAnthropologieHere are some delightful fall dresses from Anthropologie, including a unique, animal print wrap dress, comfy knotted, tie-front dress, and breezy, floral mini dress that falls in ruffled tiers.AnthropologieDaily Practice by Anthropologie Tie-Front Mini DressJ.CrewIf you’re hunting for a fall wedding guest dress, we’re wish-listing this ruffled midi dress from J.Crew, which comes in a dusty, floral print, has a plunging V-neck, and would look gorgeous paired with a heel, boot, clog, or even white sneaker. Other dressy but dress-down-able options include a classic denim mini and a smocked, autumnal take on a sundress (all of which would transition well back into spring).J.CrewJ.Crew Cross-Back Ruffle-Hem DressJ.CrewJ.Crew Squareneck Denim Mini DressJ.CrewJ.Crew Smocked Sweetheart DressFree PeopleKnown for its boho-babe aesthetic, Free People’s fall selection features a range of billowing sleeves, flirty hemlines, and soft, stretchy fabrics.Related:

The 39 Best Friend Gifts for the Bestest of BFFs

The 39 Best Friend Gifts for the Bestest of BFFs

Your bestie’s one of the only people who truly chooses you through triumphs and tears, barrier-breaking moments, and breakups too. Finding unique best friend gifts for such a special, supportive person can prove challenging, especially when you know them so well that you can tell when they actually love a present and when they’re just bullshitting). Still, there’s a delightful little something for every BFF out there, and we’re here to help you find that perfect gift. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift, holiday gift, or I-miss-you gift for a long-distance friendship or girlfriend, we’ve rounded up creative, thoughtful gift ideas for all sorts of friends, including self-care and wellness gift sets and gift boxes for a mini spa day, personalized accessories and keepsakes, useful gadgets, and amusing trinkets that show your person just how grateful you are to have them in your life.For the Lane to your Rory (or, cough, Rory to your Lane) or the Aneesa and Fabiola to your Maitreyi, here are our favorite best friend gifts that you can shop on Etsy, Amazon, Nordstrom, Uncommon Goods, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and more. (And if you’re shopping for a Christmas gift, we recommend shopping sooner rather than later so you can put the task out of your mind.)All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

This Tiny, Portable Air Cooler Is the Best Thing on My Desk

This Tiny, Portable Air Cooler Is the Best Thing on My Desk

Like many who work remotely, I can’t say I miss much about corporate office life—least of all how damn cold the buildings I worked in always seemed to be. I’d bundle myself in sweaters and socks in the middle of summer, muttering darkly about “overcooling.” But now that my dining table is my desk and my apartment lacks central air conditioning, I find myself sweating and constantly struggling to find a comfortable temperature.A/C on, A/C off. Fan on, fan off. Window up, window down. During my two years of at-home work, I’ve spent many, many days throwing on and ripping off layers and fiddling with my various cooling devices. I find many fans just blow around warm air ineffectively and dry out my skin, while air conditioning units are often too cold (and costly) for my tastes. By chance, I noticed that something called an Evapolar Evachill personal cooler was an often-bought product by SELF shoppers (I’m a commerce editor here, hence my insider knowledge). Curious, I asked to sample one and was very pleasantly surprised by its results.How the Evapolar Evachill WorksShaped like a small cube that reminds me of a Bluetooth speaker, the Evapolar Evachill is an evaporative cooler that uses water to cool, humidify, and purify the space around you. It functions a lot like a diffuser; inside the cube is a filter and a reservoir for water, which you fill using about 800 mL (3.3 cups-ish) of water and a clever little funnel that you can keep inside the cube itself.Now for the science, which I’m paraphrasing from Best Buy’s blog: Once you turn on the cooler, the water saturates the filter, and as it evaporates, the water molecules turn from liquid into gas. These molecules then draw heat from the air, cool it down, and add moisture to the air. The Evachill pushes that cooled-down air toward you using its internal fan.The cooler also cleans the air. Its replaceable cartridge (which looks like a mini air purifier cartridge) is made from biodegradable basalt fibers which filter dust out of the air—one more trick a fan doesn’t usually pull out. This filter ($29) needs to be swapped out every three to six months, depending on how much you use the device (notably, there’s no signal to remind you to replace so, so that’s something you’ll need to keep track of yourself). The cooler runs for nine hours on one tank—or a full work day.Why I Recommend the Evapolar EvachillThe cooler lives on my desk, next to my monitor, which also powers it via USB cable. On days when it’s muggy but turning on an A/C seems like overkill, I turn to the Evachill.To control the three levels of airflow intensity, I just push the single button on top of the cube. The lightest level feels like a refreshing whisper, while the most powerful of the three is like a strong, soothing breeze. All settings are very quiet and not at all distracting. On the front of the cooler are flaps that look like a car’s air vents, which I can adjust so that the air hits where I need it to (in my case, the sweet spot is usually right around my forehead or around my chest). 

Everything That a First-Time Cat Owner Needs

Everything That a First-Time Cat Owner Needs

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that a cat has come into your life (or you’re on the precipice of adopting one). Perhaps you’re scrambling to check off your new cat checklist for all of the cat care products your friend could possibly need. As a cat mom myself, I get it—really. You want to ensure that your fur baby feels safe and settled in their new home, that you’re prepared for whatever situations arise, and that you spend money wisely on the absolute best cat products.I became a pet parent in 2019 to Yam, a 2-year-old tabby who my parents call my “ginger boyfriend” and later adopted a feisty, funny kitten, Soba—the two best decisions I’ve ever made. Though I’d grown up with a cat, Yam was the very first pet I’d ever owned by myself, and being the anxious person that I am, I sent my feline-owning friends a detailed questionnaire with questions like “What cat cleaning products should I have on hand?” and “What are the cat toys that I absolutely need?” and “Do I really need a cat tree?”Based on this wealth of knowledge, intense research and testing as a SELF commerce editor, and years of rooming with real, live animals, let me recommend the items I’ve found essential to have on hand when you bring home your new cat. From vacuums that combat pet hair to pet blankets to pet backpacks, these products from Amazon, Chewy, Cat Person, and more are on top of my new cat checklist—so that you can focus on bonding with your baby.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

29 Great Gifts Under $10

29 Great Gifts Under $10

Here’s one truth we hold to be self-evident: You don’t need to spend a ton to give a great present. In fact, there are so many unique gifts under $10 that are as fun, meaningful, and as memorable as you want them to be (that aren’t just gift cards). Whether you’re shopping for your mom, dad, coworker, best friend, or boyfriend, there’s a big wide world of budget-friendly gift ideas that look way more luxe than they are.Below, we’ve pulled together some of the best gifts under $10 that are suitable for all types of people and occasions. All these top picks are available at Amazon, Etsy, Uncommon Goods, Nordstrom, and more. Looking for a stocking stuffer, white elephant gift, birthday gift, or just-because gift? You’ll find plenty of practical gifts, including multitools, water bottles, and keychains, in this list. For a wellness present that offers self-care, there are skincare gifts, journals, sex toys, and bath bombs. And for the pal who has a sense of humor, we’ve found sweet, silly card games, gadgets, and gift sets sure to amuse.For even more budget-friendly gifts we have gifts under $50 and under $25, too.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

23 Best Bullet Vibrators for Discreet, Palm-Sized Pleasure

23 Best Bullet Vibrators for Discreet, Palm-Sized Pleasure

The best bullet vibrators are so subtle you could leave them on a table, and none would be the wiser. There are plenty of reasons to add one to your sex toy collection (or make it your main vibe; you do you).What is a bullet vibrator?As its name suggests, bullet vibrators are handheld vibrators typically shaped like bullets (and often roughly the same size). Similar to the egg vibrator, bullet vibrators offer pinpointed external stimulation to your erogenous zones, and some models are designed to stimulate the G-spot as well. “The small size of bullet vibrators allows you to focus on stimulating a specific point, from the glans of the clitoris to the perineum to the nipples,” says Lovehoney certified sex educator Javay Frye-Nekrasova, MEd (also known as The Millennial Sexpert).A word to the wise from Good Vibrations staff sexologist Carol Queen: Bullet vibrators are not safe for anal play unless they have a flared base that keeps them from getting lodged inside the body.What are the benefits of a bullet vibrator?These vibrators’ small size is actually their biggest benefit, as they are some of the most discreet sex toys—and travel-friendly, too, as they’re easy to slip into a clutch, purse, or even be worn as jewelry (really!). You can always keep one close to you when on the go, just in case the mood strikes when you least expect it, and their unassuming shape and lower price point make them excellent vibrators for beginners.Despite their petiteness, bullet vibrators offer powerful pleasure. “Because the surface area is small, especially of the tip, these toys will seem pretty intense to many users,” says Queen.This can feel amazing for anyone who enjoys pinpointed sensations during clitoral stimulation. To determine this, sex educator and sex toy reviewer Amy Norton previously suggested asking yourself: “When you receive oral sex, what tends to feel better for you: a wide, flat tongue pressed against your whole vulva, or the tip of a tongue tracing your clitoris or labia? This distinction can inform whether you’ll go for a big, all-encompassing vibrator, like a wand, or something slimmer, like a bullet.”What is the best bullet vibrator?Below, we’ve rounded up the best bullet vibrators recommended by sex experts and educators for the ultimate in discreet pleasure. You’ll find budget-friendly, best-selling options from Lelo, Maude, Dame, Crave, and We-Vibe available at Lovehoney, Amazon, Nordstrom, and more.

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