Science can really make or break a fun lifestyle. Luckily, the study of nookie has been a favorite of researchers for decades, and the results are clear: sex does a body good. It’s good for your heart, lowers blood pressure, is stress-relief and strengthens your immune system. In other words, be safe and get it on!
There’s still a lot of time for summer lovin’! To make sexy time with your partner as fun and comfortable as can be, Melrose Avenue has all kinds of options. From lingerie and fantasy wear to edge-smoothing substances, everything you need for a quickie or a well-planned night of romance, check out these shops.
Dropping the drawers tends to be a little less intimidating when you’re feeling fresh and clean and looking good. If you’ve got some time to prepare for an intimate encounter, doesn’t hurt (maybe for just a second, TBH) to start with a proper wax. And this goes for you guys, too. The experts at 3 Hair Makeup will remove your excess, maintain a flattering line, and get your below-the-belt looking IG-worthy (but DO NOT IG your crotch. It’s not quite ready for that yet). While you’re there, consider the benefits of waxing for your legs, underarms, back, or anywhere else you’d like a smooth touch.
One you’ve got that sleek foundation, head over to Organic Shimmer for an all-over spray tan. Botanical plant extracts and herbs combined with natural anti-aging ingredients allow for a beautiful bronze. The product supports the skin’s health and is long lasting. The technicians are highly trained in modern spray techniques, so every nook and cranny gets an even glow. Get a little sun on your buns in the safest way.
7712 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
What’s more awe-inspiring than lingerie on a lady? Lenceria Boutique has something for every taste. Lacy one-piece numbers are simply classic, while the sheer and strappy bodysuits have a modern Euro sophistication. Plenty of bras and bralettes to consider, as well as undies, and all have an amazing balance of delicacy and strength with exceptional design and construction. Do not overlook the power of a garter belt!
7619 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Tuesday – Sunday noon – 6p
Looking to walk on the wild side? Walk over to Jane Doe Latex, part of the Hollywood Villains store. Designer Nina Kate is elevating latex clothing with handmade items from day and couture dresses to club and fetish wear. The material and construction is impeccable and entirely wearable. Do experiment with a thoroughly sexy feeling piece, like full length gloves or leggings, to acclimate to the material (you need a buffer between your skin and the clothes). Once you do, you’ll be channeling your inner Lady Gaga or Marilyn Manson (both wear Jane Doe, BTW).
JANE DOE LATEX @ HOLLYWOOD VILLAINS
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
noon – 7p Tuesday – Sunday
Cosmo and Nathalia’s Glamsquad cater to another type of adult fantasy that is colorful, gender fluid, edgy, and sharp. Literally, some pointy accessories! While the clothing is fabulous modern and luxurious, the store is filled with headpieces and jewelry and lingerie outfits that can take you anywhere in your mind from a gladiator scenario to outer space. If you can dream it, you and your partner can live it.
7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Saturday noon – 8p
When it’s done “right,” sex itself can be an act of magic. It certainly creates a new energy. That energy can be encouraged, and even enhanced with any number of items at House of Intuition. If you’re in a strong relationship, celebrate that with a specially-dressed candle that binds you closer together. If you’re on a rocky road, crystals and baths that focus on your higher self might bring the very best out in both of you. In a new relationship? A commitment candle. Still single? Self-loving is ALWAYS good, so grab some general heart-expanding tools and take care of thyself!
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7449 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Sunday – Saturday noon – 8p
Champagne! The most celebratory beverage! Turns out in the bedroom, it has MULTIPLE uses. Of course, a little alcohol can smooth any edges if you’re preparing for a big night in the sack. It pairs well with other sex-friendly foods like strawberries and chocolate (which both unleash body chemistry conducive to desire). Also, it’s the key player in a pretty good oral trick- bubbles, tongue, sensitive parts = much yes! Get the very best champagne and other sparklings in a very wide range of prices at domaineLA. Let them know if you’re pairing for the best recommendations.
6801 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Sunday noon – 5p, Monday noon – 8p, Tuesday – Saturday 11a – 8p
There’s no shame in needing a little assist in getting things activated in your party zone. If your body isn’t responding as quickly as your brain, GNC offers several natural libido boosters for men and women. Without the potential side effects of hormones or a 9-hour boner, herbal supplements increase strength, stamina, and drive. Enhancers for men encourage blood flow downtown, while those for women tend to offer relaxation benefits.
7201 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday noon – 6, Monday – Saturday 10a – 8p
Got a script from your doc for some green medicine? There are edibles and tinctures that might help with relaxation and make for a super mellow love session. Botanical tinctures are fast and easy to use, and take effect pretty quickly. Or maybe grab a chocolate bar or lollipop for a weed-enhanced treat. If your partner is inclined, you can play with some infused honey, or feed each other cereal or gummy bears. KTown Collective has a great-tasting array of edibles for any meal of the day or night.
7382 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Saturday 10a – 8p
And finally, music makes the moment. Vinyl has the unique qualities of both warmth and intimacy. The knowledgeable audiophiles at The Record Collector will know exactly where to go in their collection of thousands to find the perfect LP for the scene you want to set. Smooth jazz, dark orchestral, an R&G groove, maybe a fine vocal performance – the best options in old school mood music are there.
THE RECORD COLLECTOR
7809 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Saturday 10a – 5p