Inside the Creative Mind of the Founder of AnnaRae
I love sex. The passion, the comfort and intimacy, the kinky, and the naughty. This zeal is funneled and reignited every day in my business, AnnaRae. Thousands of products promise to satisfy our deepest sexual desires. Yet, one aspect is missing; a need we all have after sex and masturbation. In the afterglow, we catch our breath, enjoying the last tremors of our passion. I’ve seen it, I’ve done it. “Shit…” I whisper to myself as my eyes fly open, keenly realizing the mess and cleanup required. We scramble for the bedside tissue box, the crumpled shirt, or *ahem* attempt to waddle to the bathroom.
AnnaRae provides luxury sex clean up towels and waterproof sex pads. No more sleeping in the wet spot after sex, using a sock or rag after masturbation. We encourage and promote a sex-positive world. With this mindset, we strive to make a difference after sex. Our towels are the soft and effortless solution to clean up because what you reach for in the afterglow should be simple and sensual.
I grew up in an ultra-conservative, sexually repressive cult, where women were inferior and only good for cooking, cleaning, and making babies. Body shamed daily for curves I couldn’t change, I spent years making myself as invisible as possible, even compressing my breasts with Ace bandages to minimize their size (not an easy task with 30Es). Growing myself and my business, using myself as a model, and supporting the LGBTQIAP+ community has created a huge gulf with old friends and family. Today, I am learning to truly love who I am. Every day I am grateful for the new family and sex-positive community forged around me.
My first love happened when I was 13. He has been my best friend for over 20 years and spouse for almost 14 years. Together, our beliefs have shifted 180 degrees, creating space for growth and change. While this much change can often drive couples apart, we continue to work and change together through the good, the bad, and the ugly. He is my love and confidant.
My heart fell in love two more times a few years ago when we connected with another husband/wife couple through AnnaRae. We all clicked immediately and powerfully. None of us intended to be polyamorous, but our connection was undeniable and precious. We started as friends, then moved in together, and have become a family building a beautiful life together. Our hearts were shattered in December 2019, when one of our loves passed away suddenly. He was my partner in AnnaRae and cohort in all things naughty. He has left the largest hole in my heart and in the business he loved.
On the personal side, some of my kinks include spanking, flogging, and wax play. I also ADORE lingerie/heels and dressing up in all the pretties. Being an exhibitionist is a huge turn on for me. I have learned that boundaries are important in any relationship, so mine include needles, rougher play, and slapping. I’m usually up for trying something once or twice. I’m keenly interested in Shibari rope work, and I’d love to personally experience it.
Speaking of wax play... Here’s a bit of advice, and we speak from experience. DO NOT use regular candles for wax play. Regular candles burn at a wide range of temperatures and can inflict severe burns. Trust us. I’m not paid to promote her in any way, but I highly recommend KandlesbyKitten for amazing, quality kink candles. I’ve used her products for years and they come in the widest, most beautiful colors.
My goals have been to provide towels/products that make clean up simple, utterly pleasurable, and effective. No matter the play. I want to create products that open conversations about clean up and the importance of all types of aftercare. Aftercare, even when not in a BDSM scene, should ensure that everyone feels safe and cared for after intimacy. This has been a key reason AnnaRae products have been designed so soft and gentle.
Many might not think about needing an aftercare towel when masturbating, but it’s important to me. Many companies are working to create products to tell us how special and beautiful we all are. I want people to experience those same feelings at the height of their most sensitive and personal moments. Aftercare is crucial in any type of play.
How Does One Start a Sex Towel Company?
The first time I had PIV sex, I was mortified with the wet spot in the bed and all the fluid running down my leg. I thought it would all be absorbed or something, but there it was. It didn’t leave me feeling super sexy. Over the years, we tried a range of solutions from tissues and hospital pads, eventually settling on blue, cotton hand towels, and custom-monogrammed to make them special.
In 2015, some good friends were helping people with a move and discovered nasty, used rags and tissues under the master bed. Over drinks, we started a conversation about what each of us uses, questioning, “Why isn’t there a specific option?” Our research turned up little in the way of quality solutions; gag type gifts, often with CUM RAG or VAG RAG emblazoned across the front.
The more we discussed the “problem” and lack of solution, the more we realized, why not create something ourselves? We spend hundreds of dollars on toys and lubes, but nothing on clean up or protecting our mattress. Ideas began to flow and take shape. We ordered a range of material samples to see if we could find a material that would be absorbent, unique to sexual needs, and sensual to the touch. We found microfiber to be more absorbent, longer-lasting, and softer than many of the market's cotton materials. We had the name, Cumpanion, chosen for our product, but nothing further happened for about a year.
2016 was a rough year, and I got to a point in my job and personal life where I needed to give myself a pep talk. “You’re passionate about sex; you have a catchy product name, the right material, you’ve got a sound mind for business and photography... it’s time to take the leap and actually be the CEO my parents hoped I would marry. Time to be the author of your own story and stop living and being who others tell you to be.” I realized I wanted my daughter to see the strength of her potential and take pride in being a woman. I realized I wanted to be the sex-positive example I never saw growing up.
AnnaRae just celebrated its third year in business this February! We offer four luxury products in a wide range of beautiful colors and functions, all lovingly hand-made by me. Our waterproof pads, Aramoure and Maximoure, range from 3’ to 5’ of lightweight, reversible, waterproof material. My girlfriend is a champion squirter, and she owns five Aramoures to protect our mattress and couch. Our flagship product, Cumpanion, is our plush, microfiber, hand towel-sized option for slipping under your hips or for larger cleanup. The PlayMate is our smallest, washcloth size microfiber towel popular for individual clean up and masturbation. All of our current towels are elliptical in shape; when placed with the widest part under the hips, they extend the optimal distance in all directions. Squirters will know how crucial this is. Plus… "O" stands for Orgasm, right?
I am quite active on social media platforms, @thecumpanion on both Instagram and Twitter. I love promoting our business, but I also so enjoy connecting and learning from many fellow sex-positive people around the world. What began as a personal need for a cleanup product has blossomed into a woman-owned, LGBTQIAP+-positive business. Whatever your kink, check out our luxurious sex towels!
This article originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of ASN Lifestyle Magazine.