Brand new on the sexual health market: a “luxury condom.” The Original Condom Co., based in France, recently debuted latex condoms swathed in chic black-and-gold wrappers and nestled inside an understated black box or smaller snappable pocket. Two men who call themselves aristocrats “inspired by the world of jewelry” designed the condom and its elegant accoutrements. (Is anyone else reminded of SNL’s The Continental, or is that just us?)
“Condoms protect everyone from disease, ours protect from tackiness,” says company vice-president Count Gil de Bizemont. A share of the product’s earnings with go toward HIV- and AIDS-fighting nonprofits, the company says. Which is good, because staying sexually dapper is pricey: Three condoms will cost you $13.50, or you can buy six for $20. Refills are cheaper at two bucks a pop.
The box is lovely, and it’s definitely an improvement from a crushed cardboard box of Trojans, but what are some other options for the woman who wants to add a little class or sass to her bedside table — or her purse, as the case may be?
1. Faux Animal Condom Case
In an earnest nod to history, this case was “molded and struck from the original hand engraved die stamps of the 1920s and ’30s.” Impressive. But what makes it fun, of course, is the animal print. It’s available in Faux Indian Tiger, Faux Leopard, and Faux Pony. Ride it. [$40; condomania.com]