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Feb 22 2010

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate: The Yes/No/Maybe List

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by thepleasurechest

“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”

Surprise Buttsecks!”

“Wait, WTF?!?!”


Okay, all adorable internet cat memes aside, total surprises in bed are generally frowned upon, at least when it comes to a new and/or exotic sex act. Want butt sex? Negotiate. Want to be tied up or tie someone up? Negotiate. Want to call your partner a filthy manwhore while working his nipples like a stuck zipper in a urinal at Mardi Gras? Yeah, definitely negotiate.

The Yes/No/Maybe List is a tool we use here in the store to help partners get the conversation started. It’s a list of sex acts (to which you can always add your own) and columns reading “Yes”, “No” and “Maybe.” We suggest each partner take a list and fill it out separately, then get together on a sex date, which incidentally is not actually a date in which you have sex, but one to get together and talk about the sex you might want to have without shaming or judging one another.

Go ahead and try it! It’s way more fun than, say, negotiating and delegating household chores. Although, we do recommend doing that as well. Better communication in any situation always leads to better sex. A little naughty housekeeper roleplay perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

Feb 15 2010

Send us your Valentine’s Day FAIL stories for a chance to win $100!

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by thepleasurechest

Hello fellow Pleasurists! Valentine’s Day has come and gone and by now you’re probably either basking in the post V-Day glow or re-tracing the steps of your walk of shame.

One year I went home with someone I was involved in a casual (dramatic) sexual relationship with and ended up paying a $40 cab fare home after I woke up the next morning to them having left for work without offering me a ride. Well, that was more like a ride of shame, but the point is, I would have had a way more romantic time had I made someone else my Valentine, even my vibrator,  in which case I could have spent that taxi money on a sweet accessory for said vibe.

We want to hear your most outrageous/hilarious/humiliating Valentine’s Day stories. Become a Fan of The Pleasure Chest on Facebook then post your V-Day FAIL story to our Wall* and we’ll help you make up for this year’s mayhem with the chance to win a $100 Pleasure Chest Gift Card, a $50 Gift Card for second place, or $25 Gift Card for third place to shop at The Pleasure Chest! We can’t promise you’ll be lucky in love next year, but we definitely know how to make good sex (even with yourself) a sure thing.

Submit your stories by next Monday 2/22 and we’ll announce the winners the following Friday. You must be 18 years or older to shop at The Pleasure Chest.

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Feb 08 2010

Roses are red, our logo is too, if you don’t like vibrators, do we still like you?

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by thepleasurechest

Our Facebook and Twitter pages are all  a-buzz over the awesomeness of the free vibe we’re giving away for the next week and a half, and we’re feeling pretty damn excited about it ourselves.

This weekend I went to someone’s home to do a toy party, however, and something interesting was brought to my attention. I didn’t bring any dildos because the party host didn’t request them specifically, and one of the guests was pretty disappointed by this. She said she wasn’t crazy about vibrators, that they made her nose itch when she used them, and, I quote, “I don’t want to be thinking about my nose at a time like that.” After my initial LOL, we chatted about one vibe I had with me, the Slimline G, that I feel is awesome as a g-spot dildo when it’s not powered on because of its shape and hard plastic body. Of course, there are vibrators that are less strong than others, like your basic Mini Silver Bullet, or with a lower frequency (think “hum” as opposed to “buzz”), like the Clitoral Hummer, which in theory could ease the tickle factor, but since everyone’s body is different, we know not everyone is going to love vibration on their delicate bits.

That’s why I wanted to write a post today on a few of my favorite non-vibrating toys. We’d like to think our vast collection of goodies definitely has something for everyone, within the boundaries of the law, of course, but we always like to hear suggestions and comments from you.

  • Njoy Pure Wand The words “The Perfect G-spot Dildo” tend to fly out of our mouths when we talk about this toy. It is solid and heavy, and its weight lends well to hitting the spot just right. Pure Wand is made of stainless steel, which means its easy to clean and can be used vaginally or as an anal dildo (the curve is perfect for the prostate too!)
  • Pleasure Tape is perfect for bondage on the fly, as it’s portable and doesn’t stick to skin or hair. You can use it to easily and safely tie someone’s hands, feet, or as a gag or blindfold for an extra thrill without the commitment. And by “commitment” I mean having to rip off patches of your hair like when you use regular duct tape.
  • Sasi is a newer toy that does vibrate of you want it to, hence it is typically categorized with vibrators. But the unique thing about Sasi is that it has a mechanical rolling ball that moves under a thin membrane of silicone, brilliantly simulating oral sex – with or without vibration – and actually remembers over time which movements you like best! Yeah, we know, we should have had you sit down for that one.

The point is, we know whatever floats your boat will get you there, and we really like helping you get there, so never hesitate to ask questions or think it’s “weird” that you don’t like something some people seem to love. Oh, and to answer the question in the ultra-poetic title of this post, yes, we definitely like you! And also our logo isn’t always red… I call that poetic license.

Feb 05 2010

How to buzz together in the bedroom (or somewhere else way more scandalous, if you want)

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by thepleasurechest

Using a vibrator with your partner for the first time can be intimidating, that’s for sure, but building that kind of intimacy is totally rewarding, and the reward can be  not only more orgasms, but also a sense of fun and openness to please one another sexually. There are all kinds of vibes that are especially great to use with a partner, whether they’re designed in a way that makes them physically accommodating during intercourse or made specifically to offer stimulation to both partners.

Here are some common questions and concerns that may come up when you’re looking to add a buzz to the bedroom:

  • What will my partner think of me if I grab desperately under my bed for my Hitachi Magic Wand 20 minutes into a vigorous round of thrusting? We’re not gonna lie, this could  startle  your lover, partly because they might think you’re about to attack them with a baseball bat, but mostly because the best time to talk about sex toys is generally before you start having sex. A surprising number of people are unfamiliar with the idea of using vibrators during partner sex, and also with the fact that most female bodies do need some form of clitoral vibration to orgasm. Well before the deed begins, it helps to sit your partner down and let them in on this information, along with some personal encouragement and motivation like “I love how you fuck me and I want to come extra hard for you” or “Later, I can show you how good this feels on your balls while I suck you off.” After all, even the most secure among us hate to feel left out of the action!
  • Speaking of vibrators the size of sports equipment, are there any vibes you might recommend for couples just starting out with toys or that are specifically designed for partner use? We happen to know plenty of couples who use and really enjoy the strongest, loudest, most unwieldy vibes around, but we do have recommendations for those just starting out, and there are more and more vibes being made that are designed specifically for partner sex. In general, you’re probably going to want something that’s on the quiet side and fits nicely between two bodies, like Jimmyjane’s Little Chroma. Vibrating cock rings, like the Vibratex Duet are very popular with couples because they provide hands-free stimulation to one partner’s clit or perineum while trapping blood in the penis of the wearer for an erection that can be harder and stronger. We-Vibe has created a revolutionary dual-stimulation vibrator that can actually be worn during sex! One end of the totally waterproof, rechargeable silicone vibe hugs the clit while the other goes inside the vagina, resting on the g-spot and allowing enough room for a partner to penetrate and feel the vibrations at the same time!
  • This is all so new and overwhelming, it makes me want to lie down… and try it! Any tips and tricks? For some folks, the ultimate foreplay is the element of surprise and/or control. Those types tend to enjoy vibrating panties or other wearable remote control vibes. One partner wears a tiny vibrator tucked between the labia or under the balls while the other controls the vibrations from afar. A finger vibe (or vibrating cock ring) fits around fingers without too much bulk or fuss and makes for a great reach-around during doggie style sex. Vibrating cock rings worn around a penis or dildo offer the most clit stimulation in the “cowgirl” position. It’s like turning your partner into a giant rabbit vibe with hands (don’t tell them that though)! We love the Laya Spot by Fun Factory because it’s quiet, splash proof, and its ergonomic shape feels wonderful in the hand and on the clit. You can also use it to cup his balls during a blow-job for extra stimulation and many thanks.
  • So that’s what they mean by “sharing is caring”… Wait! You may have learned in kindergarten that sharing your toys is always the polite thing to do, but with adult toys there are a few important guidelines. Rule number one is never, ever use a toy in the butt then use it in or around the vagina unless it has a fresh condom on or is a non-porous toy that has been properly cleaned. Non-porous toys are those made of silicone, non-porous hard plastic, metal, or glass. They are safe to share with a condom or after having been properly cleaned. On the other hand, a porous toy (made from several materials, the most popular being porous hard plastic, elastomer, vinyl, jelly rubber, and cyberskin) should never be used anally without a condom unless it is to remain an anal toy for the rest of its days. Sexual partners who are STI tested and fluid bonded may share porous toys, but we still recommend condom use in the case of jelly rubber and cyberskin due to high porosity and potentially harmful plastic softeners.

Feb 04 2010

Will you be our Valentine? FREE Pleasure Chest Vibrator!

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by thepleasurechest

This is exciting news. Valentine’s Day is kind of like Christmas around here, except with more sex. Oh, wait, Christmas at The Pleasure Chest also involves a lot of sex… In any event, we love the energy in the store this time of year, and we love you all year long, so we’re asking you to be our Valentine with a free Pleasure Chest vibrator when you mention this blog post (through 2/18/10). It’s like roses, candy, AND diamonds, but with orgasms. And way less hurty when you put it on your private parts.

We were thinking of doing something cutesy like "Will you BEE ours?" and making the bullet look like a bee. Get it? Buzzz? Ok, that's why we decided to go simple.

Feb 01 2010

Oh Good, It’s February!

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by thepleasurechest

February is one of our favorite months here at The Pleasure Chest, for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s Black History Month, and this year we’re all celebrating one of the most significant events in American history, the election of our first black president. Then there’s Superbowl Sunday, which is like Christmas for football lovers and people who really enjoy beer and snack foods. Last but not least, there’s Valentine’s Day on February 14th!

Depending on how you look at it, Valentine’s Day is either the most romantic holiday of all or a total steaming pile of BS. Personally, I think the part that’s BS is the idea that “romance” is the same for everyone (i.e. flowers, candy, and cards that play Celine Dion when you open them). You see, for some, spending the evening tied to their lover’s bed being flogged would be absolutely romantic, but listening to Celine Dion would be absolute torture. That’s why we carry everything to make Valentine’s Day extra-special for all kinds of folks, from couple’s vibrators and chocolate body paint to blindfolds and strap-on harnesses.

This month we have exciting free workshops in all three of our stores for everyone, whether you’re single, coupled, or looking to add an extra player to your  roster (football reference). Plus there will be a special treat I’ll announce later this week! Come on in and get February friskified with us, and don’t forget, you get 15% off on purchases the same night you attend a workshop! That’s definitely sweeter than a box of chocolates.

Los Angeles

Strap-on Butt Sex Bliss: We’ve Got You Pegged

Tuesday February 2nd 8-10 pm FREE

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to integrate ass loving into your sex life. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, safe and fun anal play for any gender, how to strap-on, choose anal toys, and, of course, how to bend over and take it with pleasure for both of you.

Negotiating Successful and Sexy Threesomes

Wednesday, February 3rd, 8-10 pm FREE

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trios tré bien!

Suck it, Lick it, Love it: Tips for Better Sex

Wednesday February 10th 8-10 pm FREE

Whether you have a Valentine or you’re keeping your options open, come to this workshop where our Sex Specialists will share tips, tricks, and toys to get you in the spirit of giving (and receiving). We’ll cover anatomy basics, mind-blowing blow-jobs, expanding her orgasm, toys for two, staff favorites, and more!

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging, and More

Wednesday February 24th 8-10 pm FREE

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, tools, toys, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

New York

Strap-on Sex

Wednesday, February 10th 7-9 pm FREE

Strap on and get off. This is an introduction to strap-on play for the beginner. We’ll cover the ins and outs and pass along some great advice. Find out how to select a harness and dildo that is right for you. Learn the proper etiquette and techniques to maximize your experience! This workshop is for all genders and orientations, both tops and bottoms.
Complimentary drinks to be served.

Magic Fingers: Fingering, Fisting, Hand-jobs and More!

Thursday, February 11th 7-9 pm FREE

Discover the sexual power of fingers, knuckles, hands, and fists. Learn all about fingering, fisting, hand-jobs and more! This workshop will cover how to better use your hands to stimulate, fornicate and maybe even ejaculate!
Complimentary drinks to be served.

Chicago

Sex Toys for Couples

Tuesday, February 9th 8-10 pm FREE

Our Sex Specialists will give you the lowdown on the newest and hottest sex toys for two! Get tips and tricks on how approach your partner with the idea, how to use toys together, and toys to make you both tingle.

Find the G-Spot

Wednesday February 10th 8-10 pm FREE

Looking for the all-over orgasm?  Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation?  Whether you are just getting started or a G-spot pro this class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm both with your partner and on your own.  For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected, while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what all the buzz is about!