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Feb 24 2017

Who Loves the Pleasure Chest? Anderson Cooper’s Mom Gloria Vanderbilt!

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by Chelsea

This week, Anderson Cooper guest-hosted Live with Kelly, and the two got to talking about Anderson’s legendary mother, socialite/fashion designer/erotic author Gloria Vanderbilt. Turns out she’s a fan of the Pleasure Chest!

This comes as no surprise, considering Gloria Vanderbilt’s epic love life. In a Buzzfeed interview, Anderson Cooper discusses his mother’s legendary past, stories of which appear in their HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid. 

In the film, Cooper clearly revels in stories about his mother’s sexual past. And during the Q&A after the doc’s Sundance premiere, he delightedly told a story about how his mother at age 85 described a man she was dating as “the Nijinsky of cunnilingus.”

When reminded of his remarks at the festival, which had earned a big audience reaction, Cooper laughed: “I just find it amazing!”

Did he remember when he began to realize that his mother had, as he put it, “hooked up a lot?”

“We would watch old movies, and I would say, ‘Did you ever know Errol Flynn?’” Cooper said. “And she would be, like…” he imitated his mother’s patrician accent, “’…Oh, yes.’”

“As a teenager, no one really wants to think about their mom’s sex life,” he said. “But certainly as an adult, my mom started telling me more stories. And through this, in the film and the book, a lot more came out.”

Be honest: would you be this cool about your mother visiting the Pleasure Chest? At 93, Gloria Vanderbilt remains vital, sexy, and a legend. Gloria, we salute you!

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Interested in the book that Kelly mention, Sextrology? We’ve got it in our online store!

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Feb 21 2017

Fifty Shades Darker Review or WTF Did I Just Watch?

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by Chelsea

There comes a time in every sex educator’s life when they must face the inescapable behemoth that is the Fifty Shades of  Grey franchise. The series is something of a double-edged sword among industry folks: on the one hand, Fifty Shades has exposed middle America to the world of BDSM. On the other hand, it demonstrates a relationship based on abuse and coercion without any discussion or acknowledgment of boundaries, consent, safe words, etc. Oh, and it’s also terribly written. It’s Twilight fan fiction with all the names changed. That’s not an insult; that is literally the origins of this series.

With all this in mind, my boss sent me to see the film and report back. I assumed it was because I had done something wrong and this was her way of punishing me (jury’s still out), but she assured me that was not the case. Either way, I’m contacting HR (just kidding Sarah!).

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No more secrets! No more rules! No more dignity after watching this!

Fifty Shades Darker picks up where the first film left off: paper napkin of a woman Anastasia Steele has just dumped her abusive billionaire boyfriend/Dom Christian Grey and is now sulking around Seattle. Christian keeps sending her flowers, following her around, and showing up uninvited at her friend’s art show where he buys six enormous wall-sized photos of her. You know, normal stuff that folks with boundaries do. He convinces her to have dinner with him, and they share a sullen meal together. Ana agrees to get back together with Christian, provided they “act normal” this time and he quits with his rules and punishments.

THIS is where kinky folks start to lose their minds. Despite being upfront about his sexual needs and desires, Ana writes off his kinks as a character defect. There must be something wrong with Mr. Grey if he gets off on hitting these poor women. Never mind that this is all consensual (to the point of having all his subs sign a contract detailing their boundaries) and agreed to. Despite Ana thoroughly yucking his yum, Christian ignores her kink shaming and agrees that they’ll do normal couple things and they reunite.

So no whipping, no flogging, and anal every other Tuesday? I'm in!

So no whipping, no flogging, and anal only on the Solstice? I’m in!

Whelp, can you blame him? Their chemistry is undeniable. JK, they don’t have any chemistry. I’ve been more turned on watching two popsicle sticks rub together. The film then glides from one set piece to the next, with some halfhearted attempts at suspense (a stalking sub!) and drama (helicopter crash!). But let’s get into what we’re really here to talk about: the sex scenes. Fifty Shades Darker knows their audience is only there for the artful banging, and it delivers several sex scenes of Ana and Christian getting it on. I will say this: I thought the sex scenes in this one were better than the ones in the first film. Maybe it’s because the actors seemed more comfortable with each other, or maybe it’s because I’ve blocked out the entire first film. Who’s to say?

One of the first sex scenes features Christian presenting a set of silver kegel balls to Ana. He slips them inside her, just before they leave to go to his parents’ masquerade ball. It’s a sophisticated affair that is also whiter than a James Taylor concert. With the exception of some minor roles, this movie really is Fifty Shades of White People.

WHOOPS MOMENT: The Ben-Wa balls that Christina puts inside Ana are connected by a nylon ring. You’re a billionaire dude, spring for silicone so your girlfriend doesn’t get a yeast infection!

Not filmed: the scene where Ana sneezes and the kegel balls shoot out of her and into the caviar buffet.

Not filmed: the scene where Ana sneezes and the kegel balls shoot out of her and into the caviar buffet.

Ana is so aroused that she drags Christian to his childhood bedroom, where she demands that he spank her and then fuck her doggy style. Getting spanked while wearing an internal toy is definitely a good time, but I was too distracted by the fact that Christian Grey has a poster for the Chronicles of Riddick on the wall. What a nerd.

At the party, Ana meets Elena Lincoln, a friend of Christian’s mother and the woman who introduced him to BDSM when he was still in high school (gross). They verbally spar, with Elena telling Ana that she can’t possibly be enough for Christian. We’re supposed to feel bad for Ana, but I honestly just felt bad for Kim Basinger having to be in this movie.

Finally, a use for my old shower curtain rod!

Finally, a use for my old shower curtain rod!

Christian and Ana continue to artfully bone throughout the movie: there is light hand spanking, lots of cunnilingus, and plenty of them fucking in the missionary position. How ribald! In a later sex scene, Christian busts out a spreader bar. Once he’s strapped Ana in, he grabs the bar and flips her onto her stomach like he’s flipping a pancake.

WHOOPS MOMENT: Dude, that flip though. Don’t try this at home, kids! It looks pretty painful on the knee and hip joints.

In another erotic set piece, Christian takes Ana out to dinner and makes her take off her panties at the table. He then pockets them, and they get into a crowded elevator, where he fingers her along to the boring elevator muzak. I liked this scene actually, because it was played for humor and not taken so seriously.

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Now Anastasia can only come to instrumental soft jazz.

Finally, the movie reaches its (hehe) climax. Ana makes out with Christian in the shower and joins him in the Red Room of Pain, ready to indulge his kinky side. He blindfolds her, and massages oil all over her breasts. Then, they fuck in the missionary position. AND THAT’S IT. Oh, and we find out that Christian’s kink is beating women who look like his dead crack addicted mother. No red flags there! JK, everyone in this movie needs therapy and a BDSM primer course.

WHOOPS MOMENT: This entire movie.

 

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Feb 14 2017

Toy Crush Tuesday: RodeoH Boxer Harness

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by Antoinette

Here’s the big question: did the RodeoH Black Boxer Harness make us feel and look more boyish? Yes, they did!

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There are a lot of very cute boy-brief style harnesses in the world. They have many benefits: they can be pulled off and on easily without fumbling with straps, they are often far softer than conventional harnesses, they can be easily washed, and they can give a delightfully tomboy or butch appearance to the wearer. All of these are good, good things! There’s one drawback for folks who want a more masculine presentation: if you are not Shane from The L Word and have a thick, solid, or round build, guess what those adorable briefs do? They stretch into bikini panties! Gone, delicious boy look! Hello, Sophia Loren.

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Now, sometimes Sophia Loren is what we want. But what if the desired look is more Gengoroh Tagame? What’s a big butch/fluid/trans person to do?

Find the boxer briefs, of course! RodeoH is known for their soft cotton harnesses that feel just like underwear, and they make a boxer brief style that, with its longer line, will avoid the bikini look briefs get over bigger bodies and give all bodies more options in general.

And how did it go for us when we found them? Your reviewer takes a 14/16 or an XL in most things, but found that, like other RodeoH products, the boxer briefs run small. I needed a 2X. They are very, very stretchy, but I don’t like too much cutting in at my hips. The 2X was tight enough to be functional while avoiding too much muffin-toppage. Your reviewer also has Fibromyalgia and wonky discs, and doesn’t like things that are too scratchy or stiff: the RodeoH is nice and soft, and did not trigger any chronic-illness related discomfort. The last pertinent thing about your dear reviewer is that they can sweat like a man when fucking like one, and don’t like to feel too trapped by their clothes in intimate situations. These are the lightest and most breathable pull-up harnesses I’ve tried. They are an ideal summer harness (when do we get one in seersucker, or, as New Orleans artist Billy Martin, writing under the name Poppy Z. Brite called it, COCKSUCKER, the fine fabric for gentlemen showing off in warm weather?) especially if the AC is on the fritz or non-existent. There are other conveniences: a person can pack comfortably and easily with the RodeoH, or use a double dildo like the Share by scooting the inner panel down. It will suit a wide variety of fuck styles.

Here’s the big question: did these boy boxers make us feel and look more boyish? Yes, they did! Bikini line avoided! Muscle man ahoy!

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Now, since nothing in this dear confusing world is perfect, what did this harness NOT do? The long line of the legs still shortened quite a bit once on. They could stand to be two inches longer. Since it’s made of soft cotton and light elastic and nothing is reinforced with another layer besides the pocket that prevents the dildo from rubbing up against the wearer’s skin, they aren’t the sturdiest harnesses out there, but they were sturdy enough for your trusty reviewer who, might I remind you again, has a bad back and wobbles a little. Constant washing and drying might wear the harness out; too much thin softness too quickly. I would recommend hand washing and line drying for most gentle care. There is no internal pocket or loop for vibrating bullets; if you need those, you’ll have to sew your own. But these are small nits to pick. Overall, it’s a pretty nice harness at a pretty nice price point, and its flaws are well outweighed by its features.

In summary: if you want something soft to wear your daily dick in, or just have sensitive skin…if you are mighty-thewed and broad of beam and don’t want a harness to feminize you…if you want to be nasty but not too naked, and to get sweaty but not sticky…then the Rodeoh boxer briefs just might be for you. Plus, free dog tags!

 

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Feb 13 2017

Pleasure Chest NY Seeks Shipping and Receiving Clerk!

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by Chelsea

The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking an SR clerk to join our family! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, a flexible schedule, a passion for sexual health and an interest in sex education.

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Shipping and Receiving

The SR Clerk’s primary responsibilities include assisting the Shipping/Receiving Department Lead with handling incoming and outgoing shipments. The SR clerk is responsible for unpacking and pricing new product as it arrives as well as making sure that the sales floor is adequately stocked. The SR clerk will focus on maintaining an organized backstock area in the S&R room as well as on the sales floor, and assist with any organizational projects in those areas.

Branded Product Maintenance and Kit Production

The SR Clerk will maintain a critical eye on inventory stock levels for all Pleasure Chest branded merchandise and kit contents. This includes reporting which of these items need to be ordered on a weekly basis by no later than Monday afternoons to management. In addition, the SR Clerk will oversee the kit creation process. This includes the construction of all Pleasure Chest kits, reporting kit quantity adjustments to the Shipping and Receiving Lead, and ensuring accurate inventory quantities for all kits and kit items, as well as keeping all kits in stock and on the sales floor.

Pay:

SR Clerk’s starting wage is $12.50/hr.  SR Clerks are eligible for performance-based raises only at the time of their yearly reviews.  SR Clerk’s hourly rate will “max out” when they reach $14/hr.

Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@pleasurechest.com and write “PC New York Shipping” in the subject line. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no calls.

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Feb 09 2017

Our Favorite Couples Toys for Valentine’s Day!

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by Chelsea

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, shoppers are looking for something thoughtful and sexy to please their partners. With tens of thousands of erotic products available in the marketplace, this can feel like a daunting task. The Pleasure Chest is here to simplify the search with their top toy picks for couples who want to experience a very special and sexy holiday together. Forget flowers and chocolates and give your loved one the gift that keeps on giving: orgasms!

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The We-Vibe Sync is the latest iteration of We-Vibe’s signature couples vibrator. The Sync features two points of articulation, allowing the wearer to adjust the toy to fit the unique contours of their body. While designed to be worn during intercourse, this silicone vibe is just as fun for solo play and foreplay. The Sync pairs with the We-Vibe Connect App to allow users to control the toy from anywhere in world, making it a must-have for those in a long distance relationship. The app allows users to create their own vibration modes, via touch, voice, and music.

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Looking to explore the world of cock rings? The Je Joue Mio is a powerfully rumbly vibrating cock ring that gives pleasure to both the wearer and their partner. Wearing a cock ring can create harder, more sensitive erections and improve staying power, while the vibrations provide an erotic charge for both. This soft silicone ring is a guaranteed pleaser, and it’s even waterproof for bath tub fun.  

 

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If you want a vibrator that’s designed to please all bodies, meet the Fun Factory Moody. This smooth and flexible silicone vibrator is curved and rippled to stimulate the G-Spot and the prostate. With 12 different intensities and rhythms, this girthy vibe features everything we love from Fun Factory: a high quality toy with a whimsical flair. The Moody also showcases a textured base, which provides great stimulation for the vulva, perineum, and anus.

 

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Looking to experience a shade darker? The BLACKLINE Miss Bi takes Fun Factory’s popular rabbit style vibrator and re-imagines it in solid black. Featuring 12 vibration modes and velvety smooth silicone, this vibe is designed to hug your clit and G-spot, but also doubles as an anal toy.

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Confession: we can’t get enough of Lelo’s Confession Pleasure Set. This deluxe set features the Tiani 3, the latest version of Lelo’s popular couples vibe, along with a pair of silk Sutra cuffs and a bottle of their signature lube. With a savings of over $100, you can’t afford not to indulge!

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Looking to explore sensation play but don’t know where to start? Our Awaken Your Senses kit features a selection of our favorite sensory toys. We’ve included our signature silky entangle ties which make effortless restraints, along with a satin love mask and feather tickler. Enjoy the melty magic of our massage candle, and get tingly with our mini-pinwheel.

 

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Jan 30 2017

Pleasure Chest NY is Hiring Customer Associates!

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by Chelsea

The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a part-time sex-positive customer service assistant to join our family! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, a flexible schedule – must have availability on nights and weekends – a passion for sexual health and an interest in sex education.

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Customer Assistant Job Description:

Customer Service:

A Customer Assistant is primarily responsible for point of sale. This includes communicating information about the materials of the toys to the customer and any manufacturer’s warranties, battery-testing all toys, and making any relevant point of sale purchase recommendations (such as batteries, toy accessories, etc). Customer Assistants will need to be comfortable using a computer.

Customer Assistants are also expected to greet customers as they enter the store, be aware of all promotions, discounts, coupons and cross-promotions that The Pleasure Chest is running, and to participate in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of products in the store by also attending periodic, mandatory in-service trainings.

Store Upkeep:

Customer Assistants are expected to assist with special cleaning, merchandising, purchasing and events projects as assigned by Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and straightening duties. Customer Assistants must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and handle minor store maintenance.

Pay:

Customer Assistants’ starting wage is $10.50/hr plus commission. Please note: this position will require weekend night shift(s).

Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@pleasurechest.com and write “PC New York” in the subject line. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no calls.

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Dec 24 2016

Advent Calendar Day 24: The Doxy Die-Cast!

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by Chelsea

CONGRATS TO NIKO, OUR WINNER!

Welcome to the 24th and final day of our 2016 Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 30 prizes in 24 days, including many of our favorite toys! Every day, we’ll be posting a new contest and linking to it from the Holiday Advent Calendar main page, where you can also find more details and tips for how to win. Thanks so much for playing along with us all month long, and stay tuned for all sorts of lovely giveaways in 2017!

Today, we’re giving away a Doxy Die-Cast Wand in Sparkling White!

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The Doxy Die Cast is made from a polished aluminum/titanium alloy manufactured using a high pressure injection, cold chamber die casting machine. After casting, the body goes through a five stage polishing process that brings up the high lustre finish. It differs from the original Doxy with its medical grade silicone head, its LED buttons, and its weight of 1 1/2 lbs (not including the plug). The Doxy Die Cast also comes in a zipped padded case for easy storage.

 

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Want to win? Here’s how: On our final day of #PCAdvent, we want to know: what are your wishes for 2017? Tomorrow at 11:30am, we’ll pick our favorite and the person who submitted it will win!

U.S. residents only.

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Dec 23 2016

Advent Calendar Day 23: Chakrubs Original Xaga

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by Chelsea

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO AIDA, OUR WINNER!

Welcome to the 23rd day of our 2016 Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 30 prizes in 24 days, including many of our favorite toys! Every day, we’ll be posting a new contest and linking to it from the Holiday Advent Calendar main page, where you can also find more details and tips for how to win.

Today, we’re giving away a Chakrubs Original Xaga:

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The Original Xaga is a sturdy & thick Chakrub, suitable and pleasurable for intimate massage. When the energy of the crystal combines with your own sexual energy, expect your chakras to light up, your heart to open, and your body to become more sensitive to subtle sexual energy. Black Obsidian is regarded as a powerful protection stone that absorbs negative energy and helps to release mental stress and promote emotional well-being. An excellent stone to have around during times of mental or physical stress or bereavement, as it provides strength and support during difficult circumstances.

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Want to win? Here’s how: We’ve all had a pretty stressful 2016. What ways have you found to relax in these turbulent times? Share them with us and  tomorrow at 11:30am, we’ll pick our favorite and the person who submitted it will win!

U.S. residents only.

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Dec 22 2016

Advent Calendar Day 22: Lelo Tiani 3

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by Chelsea

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO STEVE, OUR WINNER!

Welcome to the 22nd day of our 2016 Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 30 prizes in 24 days, including many of our favorite toys! Every day, we’ll be posting a new contest and linking to it from the Holiday Advent Calendar main page, where you can also find more details and tips for how to win.

Today, we’re giving away a Lelo Tiani 3:

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Enjoy the ultimate in couples toy technology with Lelo’s new Tiani 3. This toy features two strong, rumbly motors encased in smooth silicone for internal and external stimulation. It comes with a wireless remote control that works from a distance of up to 40 feet, and features Sense-Motion technology to create unique stimulation patterns with movements of the remote. This waterproof toy features 8 pleasure settings and comes with a one year warranty.

Want to win? Here’s how: Write a funny caption for the image below. Tomorrow at 11:30am, we’ll pick our favorite and the person who submitted it will win!

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U.S. residents only.

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Dec 21 2016

Advent Calendar Day 21: The Vesper Crave

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by Chelsea

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO TIFFANY, OUR WINNER!

Welcome to the 21st day of our 2016 Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 30 prizes in 24 days, including many of our favorite toys! Every day, we’ll be posting a new contest and linking to it from the Holiday Advent Calendar main page, where you can also find more details and tips for how to win.

Today we’ve got the Vesper Crave 24 Karat Gold:

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This striking gold necklace hides a naughty secret: it’s actually a powerful vibrator. With an intuitive one-button control and only a few essential settings (low, medium, high, and pulsing), the Vesper is elegant in its design as well as its exterior. Splash-proof and USB rechargeable, this vibrator is luxurious in every way.

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Want to win? Here’s how: We want you to #SexUpAChristmasCarol i.e., replace a holiday classic with some NSFW lyrics. Tomorrow at 11:30am, we’ll pick our favorite and the person who submitted it will win!

U.S. residents only.

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