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We’re open with a few changes

We are delighted to be back open at most stores, please see our store page for full details and new opening times.

What we’re doing to help keep safe

We have made a few changes to the way things usually work around here for the safety and well-being of you, our greatly appreciated, loyal Pulse and Cocktails customers and our highly valued team members.

Safe, discreet & convenient ways to shop

What could be easier than having your order ready and waiting for when you arrive? Browse our website in private and at your own convenience, select your items and collect from your chosen store.

Reserve & Collect – Pulse & Cocktails store

Reserve online for free, collect & pay in-store.

Choose your item(s) online and select the reserve for free option and your chosen store. Fill in your email address to confirm you would like the item(s) reserving and we will get your order ready for you to collect and pay in-store. For details, see our information page on reserve & collect. Orders will be ready after 2 hours and there is no obligation to buy if you change your mind.

Click & Collect – Pulse & Cocktails store

Pay online, collect in-store for free.

Choose your item(s), pay online and select the click & collect option to collect from your chosen Pulse & Cocktails store for free. We will have your order ready and waiting for you in plain packing for you to collect in-store. For details, see our information page on click & collect. Orders will be ready to collect after 1-2 days.

Click & Collect – Post Office

Using the same service as above, you can choose to collect your order from a Royal Mail Post Office / Collection point. This is a completely discreet and convenient way to shop with us.

We respect your shopping privacy, therefore all online orders are packed in plain packaging with no reference to Pulse & Cocktails or the contents.
Safety & Hygiene
Protective Screens and Floor Markers

Each counter has been fitted with a protective perspex screen as a safety measure for customers and our team when paying at the counter. There is a small gap at the bottom, so cash, payment card pin-pad and receipts can be passed through safely. We understand the importance of discretion for shopping with us, which is why we will always accept payment by cash and all card payments will show on your bank statement as P&C Trading.

We have also marked out a 1m safety area around every counter. This is so that customers can place goods on the counter and then return to a safe distance (behind the line) until their purchase has been processed.

Hygiene & Cleanliness

All stores are being regularly cleaned to a high standard and will be maintained by our team member throughout the day. All staff are advised to keep to the government’s official guidelines of hygiene and cleanliness so they and you will “keep safe”.

Hand Sanitizer

All stores have hand sanitizer for customers and team members to use frequently and during every shopping visit. We kindly ask customers to use this when entering and leaving the store and before and after paying.

Social distancing and the 2m rule

Social distancing is being enforced at all stores, limiting the number of customers in store at any given time. We recommend customers only shop with one other person if not shopping alone.

Please allow a safe distance of 2 metres apart from our team members and other customers. Our friendly team will still able to provide a helpful customer service and in a discreet manner.

Masks

Our team members have been issued with protective masks, please be assured they have the same smiling faces as always.

Gloves

Disposal latex gloves are available at all stores for use when handling products, demos and returns. These are not an alternative to hand washing or using hand sanitizer, they are purely an added safety measure.

Clothing

Unfortunately, due to the current social distancing and safety regulations we cannot allow customers to try clothing on at this moment in time, so our changing room facilities are currently unavailable.

Any customer or team member experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 may not enter our premises at this time, please respect the guidelines to not knowingly spread the infection and cause harm to others.

We’re in this Together: COVID-19 Update 24/3/20

 

Dear Customers,

It is with heavy hearts that today on the 24th of March 2020 we will be closing all our sexy superstores including our online store. Whilst we stayed open for as long as we could, the safety of both our staff and customers will always be at the forefront of our decision making.

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Funniest Sex Toy Searches of 2019 + Who’s Been Bonding over Bondage

As 2019 draws to a close we look back nostalgically on what a fun and flirtatious year it has been in the world of Pulse and Cocktails. We wonder what all our lovely and loyal customers have been getting up to this year, and after analyzing our statistics one thing we do know is this kinky nation has been spending the past year getting freaky in the bedroom!

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This year has been booming around all things bondage as more people open their eyes (and legs) to the wonderful world of fetish, bondage and all things kink. We love keeping the UK population stocked up on their favorite fetish wear, bondage and sex essentials but most of all we love making sure everyone’s sex stays exciting!

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Pulse and Cocktails Rotherham Sex Store Makeover Launch

Here are Pulse and Cocktails we’re proud to announce that for the last 21 years we’ve been helping couples and singletons alike to keep the romance and pleasure alive, whilst building a nationwide empire.

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When did Pulse and Cocktails first open?

The first Pulse and Cocktails store originally opened in Rotherham in the late nineties and the store was the first of its kind. The Rotherham store gave customers the chance to see, touch and interact with sex toys, seductive lingerie, and other adult products before purchasing. A few years later, we then moved from the original Rotherham store to the current Rotherham store as we know it, situated on Canklow Meadows Industrial Estate.

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Our Funniest Sex Toy Questions, Searches and Stats of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we want to let you in on the cheeky questions, searches and stats that this kinky nation has been looking for and contributing to in 2018. We love keeping the UK population stocked up on their favourite sex toys, props and lingerie, but most of all we love making sure you’re all having great sex.

2018 Pulse and Cocktails end of year review

 

For the 2018 year roundup, we have put together a yearly review showing just how hungry for dildos you’ve been, whether you’ve been taking our advice and keeping everything well lubricated and finding out just how clean you’ve been keeping all your favourite sex toys. We have also compiled a list of our favourite wacky, wondrous (and just some downright weird) searches of the year.

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The History of Sex Toys Uncovered

Have you ever wondered where it all started?  Who was the first person to use a foreign body for sexual stimulation?

What is it that first started the sexual revolution that has progressed to this huge profusion of sex toys stimulators and pleasures that we have today. What was the first ever dildo?

Pulse and Cocktails the history of sex toys

Well, as far as we know it all started in 26,000 BC with an eight inch long stone dildo discovered in the famous Hohle Fels Cave in Germany. This phallic shaped sculpture is thought very likely to have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers. Humans might not have been able to read or have known how to write, but we knew how to have sex! Needless to say, we’ve come a long way since then!

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New! Pleasure Enhancers – for her!

We love our new range of pleasure enhancers for women. We have added to our range of pleasure enhancers for her. Our range is designed to heighten sexual satisfaction, increase your desire and make your orgasms more intense!

Sex Arousal Créme

This arousal crème will help increase your sexual libido! Designed to intensify sensitivity in and around her intimate area. It also increases sexual desire so if you’re in need of a little boost – keep this bottle close by!

Vaginal Shrink Gel

For that first time feel, this vaginal shrink gel works wonders. It’s designed to stimulate the vaginal muscles, not only will it ever-so-faintly tighten the woman’s vagina it also heightens overall libido levels.

Intense Orgasm Gel

This female Intense Orgasm Gel has been specially concocted to heighten orgasms and promote an overall increase in sexual desire/libido. Its clove-leaf oil formula also enhances sensitivity in and around a lady’s intimate area.

Naughty Nipples – Sugar Berry

This sugar berry flavoured Nipple Arousal Cream serves two fantastic purposes, not only does the menthol-infused formula work to heighten sensitivity, promoting general arousal of the nipples, it tastes pretty darn sweet too (its sugar berry, what else did you expect?).

Cherry Bomb (Cherry Knockout, Pink Cupcake)

This cherry bomb flavoured Clitoral Arousal Cream is a 2-in-1 must-have, not only will it intensify clitoral stimulation by providing a cool yet warm tingly sensation but it tastes yummy as well.

Pure Instinct Woman – Sex Attractant Perfume

Gently spray onto pulse points (your wrist, neck and behind your ears) to release the power of the fragrance and pheromones. This will naturally combine with your body’s chemistry to create your own unique sexual scent. Infused with pheromones to intensify sex appeal and attract the opposite sex. A great fragrance for day or evening attraction.

G (Spot) Excitement Balm

We all know stroking the G-spot is one of life’s great pleasures, so why not take this favourite pastime to the next level by using some G-spot Excitement Balm. Concocted to heighten the users state of arousal (libido) and intensify the satisfaction felt during sexual activity.

Anal Calm Balm

Anal Calm balm is designed to provide a touch of tushy comfort during anal play. Calms and helps to relax the anal area to diminish anxiety sometimes associated with anal-play. Gel formula absorbs faster than creams so there is less chance of your partner experiencing ‘product transfer’.

 

How to introduce sex toys to your relationship

Introducing a sex toy into your relationship can send the sparks flying (or bring the spark back!). Bringing up the subject though isn’t always an easy task. Don’t worry – we’ve got a handy guide for how to go about introducing them into your relationship. Sure, it’s by no means a “one-size fits all” guide as, lets face it, nothing truly is. Every relationship is as unique as the individuals in it so broaching this subject with your partner(s) won’t always be textbook.

Nevertheless, this short, easy to digest guide may provide you with some useful ideas if you’re finding the idea of introducing sex toys into your relationship something of a precarious “diving board” moment. Hope it helps.

So, you clearly want to introduce sex toys into your relationship and may even have a few ideas about:

a) What toys you’re eager to get to grips with.
b) What toys you’re not too sure about but are willing to try once to discover what all the hype is about (that’s the spirit).
c) What toys hold no appeal for you whatsoever.

But what about your partner? As you’re all too aware this is no solo venture. Have they experimented with sex toys before, if not have they ever shown the slightest interest in the subject? How do they feel about you using sex toys when masturbating (if you already are, and we assume they know about it)? What happens if they show an interest in some of the toys that hold no appeal for you (and visa versa)?

Like other important aspects of a healthy relationship, honest communication is key. If it’s a subject your partner has never shown an interest in then starting a conversation about this is obviously the first and arguably most vital step in this whole adventure. It might not be the easiest conversation you ever have, you may even have to rehearse what you say to ensure your partner doesn’t misconstrue anything, but more often than not ‘the conversation’ is nowhere near as difficult as many imagine it to be.

Afterwards, even if the outcome is not the one you’re hoping for, you will probably look back and think your pre-talk fears were acutely misplaced (we’re all guilty of building things up in our mind till they seem overwhelming, it’s the “diving board” all over again).

Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen? They’re not going to be so overcome they faint. After all, all you will have done in reality is express an urge to indulge in some mild experimentation in the lovemaking department. If it yields good results, then guess what, you now have the exciting opportunity to make your sex life better than ever!

“What do you mean better? What’s wrong with it now?”

When having this discussion its worth emphasising you aren’t implying there is anything wrong or sub-par with your sex life or the other person’s lovemaking abilities. That’s not what sex toys are about, case in point: millions of women use vibrators every day and have been doing so for decades. Are they disrespecting their still-dexterous fingers in the process? Didn’t think so.

Stress to them that sex toys are not designed to replace someone or compensate for some shortfall, sex toys are designed to enhance your lovemaking and expand the possibilities of what naughty mischief you can get up to together. Like in other areas of your life, variety spices it up a bit, keeping things fun, fresh and interesting. You love steak but you don’t want it every night, why should what type of sex you serve up be any different?

Speak to any sexologist or professional whose area of expertise is sex and they will attest; foreplay is called foreplay for a reason. We’re adults now, we no longer play with toy soldiers and miniature ponies, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our appetite for play.

It’s just what constitutes play is now completely different, even so, that’s no reason to cut adrift the adventurous streak that innately poured out of you as a child when out playing and having fun. Fun with your mates didn’t add up to four things and nothing more, granted there were certain activities you did more than others but if one of you had a new idea, even if it was quite daring you normally explored it (or at least flirted with it).

Apply those same principles here, encourage your partner to view it from that perspective and we confidently predict that introducing some starter-sex toys into the bedroom will be a life-changing invigorating experience that brings you even closer as a couple.

If you’re looking for toys to get you started – have a look at our couples’ massager, My Wand, any gender can have fun with this staple of the sex toy world, by far one of the best couples’ toys we sell. If you’re looking to take your sex life to the next episode – our Duo Vibe is our best selling couples’ toy. Worn during lovemaking for intense stimulation for both him and her, the Duo Vibe also operates by wireless remote control, freeing you from the hassle of having to negotiate your fun around a restrictive wire.

As we’ve been proudly saying since 1997: couples that play together, stay together.

New! Pleasure Enhancers – for him!

We have a new range of pleasure enhancers for men! They also enhance performance too! We know that sex comes down to chemistry but sometimes you could do with a little help! Try our pheromone spray or sexual enhancer potions. Spray it on or rub it in – our new enhancers are just what the love doctor orders and are 100 times more exciting than perfume from the chemist or a multivitamin!

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Performance Gel

A couple squirts of this will take your lovemaking to a new level, for the times when you want to perform like Mo Farah rather than Usain Bolt! This fast acting gel-like serum will heighten your sexual performance by increasing blood flow to heighten sexual libido, penile firmness and girth.

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Male Sex Prolong Spray or Gel

This ejaculation delay spray or gel is a fast acting desensitizing agent – which will help extend erections and prolong performance. It’s okay – there’s no minimum waiting time and sexual stimulation will still be experienced – it just means that it’s a longer experience! It’s unscented – so no one needs to know!

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Male Sex Pleasure Gel

This gel is applied just before you get jiggy with it to enhance sexual arousal and male libido. Within moments of this being applied a warm stimulating feeling takes hold. It also helps to increase the blood flow for stronger erections.

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Stimulating Anal Gel

This is a fast acting anal play gel which is designed to heighten stimulation for the receiver during penetration by releasing a pleasurable tingle-like sensation. Applied just before anal play. Useful for anal sex lovers of all experience levels but of particular interest to beginners who are still getting used to the unique sensation of anal penetration.

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Calming Anal Gel

This is a fast-acting gel, which is applied shortly before anal play to allow for a more pleasurable experience during penetration. It works by calming the anal sphincter, with a mix of soothing aloe vera and benzocaine to gently desensitize.

Our pleasure enhancers range helps with male libido and also enhances performance – meaning a more pleasurable experience for everyone involved!

What it’s like working in our Cheltenham store

 

A giant, inflatable, pink blow-up sex toy, hovering in the air, is what your eyes first meet when you walk into one Cheltenham adult shop.

From the outside, Pulse and Cocktails is a part of a collection of small shops based at the Kingsditch Industrial Estate – but hidden inside are shelves of artificial vaginas, gimp masks with their eyes zipped shut and a busty, blonde sex doll worth nearly £3,000.

Regardless of the more open attitude to sex in recent years, for most people, it’s an awkward place to be.

Except for the small chain’s employees, who I watch re-arranging pornographic DVDs and tidying up a display of vibrators without batting an eyelid. To them, it’s all part of the furniture.

 

 

Inside the Cheltenham Store

Reading my mind, sales assistant Rebecca Logue said: “I think it’s quite a chilled out atmosphere for us, which is good for the customers. We are relaxed and so when they come in the door it makes it far easier.

“In my opinion there is nothing in the main room that’s overtly scary.”

There are two rooms at Pulse and Cocktails, the front one is where you will find lingerie, spanking paddles and one of their best sellers, herbal viagra.

In the back is where the erotic fiction is kept, alongside hardcore films about sexy nannies and horny young men – and of course the aforementioned life-sized inflatable doll – which is protected in a large see through case.

The overwhelming success of the Fifty Shades of Grey book and film franchise has commercialised sexual fetishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless of its questionable representation of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission), in 2012 there was a 400% increase in sex toy purchases and it soon became commonplace to see copies of the risque book being read by people in public, with no embarrassment.

For Rebecca, removing the taboo is important.

“It still shocks me a little bit that in this day and age that there are still women that don’t know about their bodies,” she explains. “It’s the very simple thing of being able to serve one of the most basic human impulses.

“That’s what I enjoy most about my job, that I help people. Some people can be in a position where they haven’t been able to explore their sexuality and suddenly they are able to discover different sensations and what opportunities there are within their own body.

“When the first film came out, the increase in female footfall was phenomenal. Suddenly couples felt more comfortable talking about their fantasies and desires.

“As a whole, it’s done huge things for our industry, and taken away a stigma about what we do.”

The typical customer at Pulse and Cocktails doesn’t exist. Although they largely have male customers, ages range from 18 to 91, and also includes disabled people with carers.

Rebecca says: “Being able to answer questions, give advice and let people know that their not alone in how they feel – it’s a really good feeling knowing that I can help. I go home feeling really satisfied.”

“The hardest bit for everyone is coming through the door because they don’t know what to expect. Some are embarrassed but you read the situation and individual. It’s not about what you say, it’s how you act. We will just smile, ask how the weather is or make a joke – like any other shop.

“We are all trained here to be able to read body language, and to know if a customer wants to shop alone or with our support.

“Nine times out of ten people will share those deepest, darkest feelings with us. It’s an honour.

“That’s why it is so important to have a sense of humour and a personality in this job.”

Despite the fact the majority of their customers are male, Rebecca believes that men are not encouraged enough when it comes to sex toys, and it’s a problem.

“It is actually easier for a woman to buy a sex toy,” she says, “It is a taboo for men to come in and buy a sex toy because they are pre-programmed by society to believe that they should always get an erection at the drop of a hat and to be horny 24/7 – or else they’re less of a man.

With herbal afrodisiacs, men will claim they’re buying it for a mate’s stag or for a joke, but once they realise that it is used to enhance what they have and that we offer a sympathetic ear, they open up and end up with the right product.”

Article taken from Gloucestershire Live.