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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!

Jan 25 2010

Celebrity Skin

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by thepleasurechest

After reading this post on gothamist about a female New York Times columnist calling the devastatingly beautiful Christina Hendricks a “big girl” (THE HORROR!) and the paper allegedly manipulating the image of her on the Golden Globes red carpet to make her look bigger, I was totally outraged. First of all, she is far from fat. Secondly, despite popular belief, fat people are actually human beings who don’t eat kittens, are not the cause of global warming, and can be as sexy and stylish as anyone else. Lastly, I thought Christina’s ruffly, peach Christian Siriano dress was, well, fierce.

Left: the NY Times image; Right: the original image. Comparison via gothamist.com

Anyway, this got me thinking, not only about women and how we treat one another (I’m a feminist), but how much I’d really like to see Christina Hendricks naked (a horny feminist). I honestly cannot imagine a life in which I never get to see her breasts in their full, be-nippled glory. It seems that in today’s society, we are spoiled with nude pictures and sex tapes of celebrities to the extent that we have actually come to expect visual access to their naked bodies in addition to the juicy details of their personal lives.

For example: Britney Spears’ labia flash a few years ago? Shocking. Lindsay Lohan’s? Slightly less shocking, but still provocative. Britney’s and Lindsay’s second and third lip slips? Wow. I mean, if you had told me when I was younger that one day in my 20s I’d be able to draw my celebrity contemporaries’ vulvae from memory, I would have never believed you and probably thought you were a complete perv.

Now fast forward: Kim Kardashian’s sex tape? Whatever, nice ass. Cassie’s pierced nipples and labia ring? NBD (no big deal). Rihanna’s nude shots? Not too shabby, actually, and kind of artsy in a Guys with iPhones sort of way.

So, in the midst of all this, I realized that now I pretty much expect to see just about anyone I want to naked. I’ve seen most of my friends naked (I’m a girl, it happens), I’ve seen Madonna naked, I’ve seen Hermione Granger’s nipple, and so on and so forth. The possibilities seem endless!

In all seriousness, if Christina Hendricks never decides to take the plunge and concludes that her plunging necklines are revealing enough, it won’t ruin my life. The rest of the drooling masses and I will go on, and there is plenty of skin, celebrity and otherwise, to gawk at on the internet, as well as the celeb sex tapes and parodies we carry at The Pleasure Chest. I just think the sense of entitlement to certain people’s private lives is an interesting thing to think about, from a cultural standpoint and as a sex-positive, body-positive, feminist sex worker.

On that note, I will leave you with the French version of the trailer for Chloe, a movie starring another outrageously hot redhead, Julianne Moore, and the lovely Amanda Seyfried. This version of the trailer undoubtedly has more nudity in it than the American one will. That’s right folks, this trailer also stars a shot of Amanda Seyfried’s titty, though its true identity is suspect due to the lack of face action. In any event, enjoy!

Jan 19 2010

Lipservice

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by thepleasurechest

Last Monday night we had a mini blow-job workshop with Midori in the Los Angeles store. Not surprisingly, it was a full house of cocksuckers (in the good way), eagerly absorbing Midori’s tips and techniques on how to give great head. This particular subject matter is consistently one of our most popular topics at workshops, Sex Toy Socials, and in-store chats with customers.

Ah, the bj, or simply “beej” if you want to get casual. As a non-penis-owner, I suppose I may never know exactly what it is about one that makes them extra-special. Is it the tongue action? The suction? The opportunity to examine the top of one’s partner’s head in a way that is impossible except for the very tall? Well, we can’t help you with that last part (hint: step ladder, Home Depot), but there’s been several awesome advancements for guys wanting to experience better blow-jobs with a partner, or even solo, say, if you’re not as talented as this fellow:

An open-ended masturbation sleeve, like the Tantus Stroker can be used during a blow-job for extra sensation on your shaft while your partner goes to town on the the rest of your cock. Another trick is to cut a hole at the top of a soft, inexpensive sleeve like the Tenga Egg (sold in our stores and coming soon online), which is even shorter and more flexible, giving your partner even more room to show off their moves.

Discreet, portable packaging, included water-based lube, and innovative design have made Tenga sleeves wildly popular. Tenga Lipservice is one of our absolute favorites. The outer packaging looks like an innocent bottle of lotion or shaving cream, and although the cross section photo of the inside kind of looks like the gears of a terrifying clock you’re supposed to put your penis in, it feels velvety-soft in there, and the pre-lubricated opening is both pleasing to the senses and downright thoughtful. Lipservice is designed to feel like actual deep throat oral sex, including varying amounts of suction, tightness, and a “slurping” sound as you use it, making it not just a sleeve, but an experience. Well, a simulated experience. Or, rather, a simulation of an experience that is in itself an experience. Oh, you know what I mean.

P.s. The Pleasure Chest does not advocate any kind of walrus Peeping Tom-ery. It’s totally rude, but, to be fair, that walrus is kind of an exhibitionist.

Jan 15 2010

The Pleasure Chest will donate 15% of sales this Saturday to Haiti relief

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by thepleasurechest

In response to the devastation in Haiti, 15% of sales nationwide in our Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York stores on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 will be donated to the organization Partners in Health.

We chose Partners in Health because they provide community-based health programs, including AIDS treatment and prevention, in Haiti and throughout the world. Haiti was the location of their pilot program, and they have been doing work there since 1998, so Partners in Health workers are rooted in the communities and their work there is incredibly crucial at this time.

Since 1971 Pleasure Chest has been dedicated to serving our communities, and at this time we wish to join the global community in giving what we can to aid the people of Haiti.

To shop in Chicago, visit 3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am. To shop in Los Angeles, visit 7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-2am. To shop in New York, visit 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am.

Jan 13 2010

April Flores in the flesh!

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by thepleasurechest

Well, she was in our LA store last week getting some lube for her latex dress (you know, typical errand stuff), and while she was here she graciously signed the outer packaging of her fabulous cyberskin pussy (the first plus-size pussy toy on the market!).

This was, of course, really exciting news for the LA staff, who are all big fans of Ms. Flores.  I started following her blog a few years ago and had the pleasure of meeting her at a video release about a year ago. She is every bit as sweet and sexy as a person as she is on camera and on her Twitter. Looking forward to watching her star rise, and to watching her be nude, sassy, and hot, of course.

Jan 08 2010

Jersey Shore XXX

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by thepleasurechest

I was poking around Fleshbot when I came across this juicy meatball of news. I’ve gotta say, as the Jersey Shore phenomenon is sweeping the nation (and me off my feet), a Jersey Shore porn spoof is absolute genius. It’s kind of funny to see the spoof cast side-by-side with the real cast because the real cast pretty much look like porn stars as it is, but it looks like the casting so far has hit the mark.

Well, except for TJ Cummings as Pauly D. because, as anyone who watches the show knows, Pauly’s hair is a star in its own right. Hopefully by the time production begins, TJ will have had plenty of time to work on his blow dry and hair gel game, so that he too will have locks like a glorious man-tiara.

Hopefully they'll airbrush on Pauly's amazing tattoos!

Also, I don’t care if they have to draw it on with a Sharpie, the Cadillac tattoo is an absolute MUST.

Dec 30 2009

The Sexual Resolutions

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by thepleasurechest

According to the US Government website, these are some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Lose Weight/Get Fit
  • Save Money
  • Get a Better Education
  • Reduce Stress Overall/at Work
  • Take a Trip

I’m sure this list sounds familiar and somewhat tiresome, whether you’ve made them yourself or have a lot of resolution-inclined friends and family. Well, this year you can join me in your own version of my sexual resolutions, and feel free to declare them. At the dinner table. When company is over.

  • Get Fit Losing weight is fine and all, but studies show that if you just say “I will lose weight” without any fitness goals, you’re less likely to succeed. Instead of imposing size ideals on yourself, why not say “I will do 30 squats a night… on a penis or dildo”? Personally, I’m going to start each day at the office with 3 reps of 25 PC muscle exercises, which are  beneficial for all genders and fitness levels.
  • Save Money This is definitely one of my personal goals for the year, but one of my favorite parts about sex is that it’s free (usually) and enhancing one’s sex life doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my favorite toys I purchased this year is Pandora by Vibratex. It has vibration speeds and patterns to suit almost anyone and can be used as a g-spot toy, p-spot toy, an anal toy great for beginners, and worn anally during sex. Even better, since it’s silicone, it can be safely used vaginally, anally, and shared when properly cleaned.
  • Get a Better Education This one’s easy-peasy. Well, if “peasy” were a word, which it isn’t (see, learning already). At The Pleasure Chest, we have tons of how-to books and DVDs, and a ridiculously knowledgeable staff. We’re also having workshops all winter long, and most of them are free. I’ll be challenging myself to think outside, well, my own box by attending the Blow-job Mini Workshop with Midori here in Los Angeles on January 11th from 7-8 pm.
  • Reduce Stress Overall/at Work Stress sucks. It’s sneaky and quiet, then suddenly unbearable. I find that deep breathing, regular exercise, light massage, and hardcore fucking do the trick. What? It’s true. But seriously, it’s important to mind your stress level, because it’s pretty much impossible to have good sex when you’re all wound up about bills or how the hell the kids on “The Hills” have their own show and you don’t. Breathing seems oh-so-basic, but it’s surprising how calming and refreshing true deep breaths can be. For me, regular exercise means a brisk walk, but you can go to your fancy gym if you must, and nothing beats a sensual massage to relax and get in the mood. As for reducing stress at work, I have 4 words for you: extended wear butt plug.
  • Take a Trip Yes! Let’s all go have sex in exotic locales! Okay, so I really want to do it in St. Barts, but what we can afford is Las Vegas. It’s cool though, because I love Vegas, and en route car sex is way hotter and slightly less uncomfortable than airplane bathroom sex. So I hear. The point is, whether it’s Cancun or your coffee table, sexual adventure is totally attainable in 2010.

Well, that’s all from me this year. Everyone here at the Chest is looking forward to next year and all the excitement, sexual and otherwise, it will surely bring. Happy New Year to you and yours!

xoandmorexxx, A-F

Dec 10 2009

Ho Ho Ho A Go-Go

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by thepleasurechest

Here at The Pleasure Chest we have a well-deserved reputation for being festive. Our holiday motto this year is “Have a Not-so-silent Night“, which is our sincere wish for all of you, regardless of which holidays you celebrate.

Unless having silent sex is your kink, in which case, carry on.

This holiday season we’re bringing on the ho ho hos (not like that) in all of our stores! New York has decked its halls with pretty poinsettias and (ornament) balls. In Chicago, where it is literally freezing cold, they’re finding ways to keep customers hot, not only with sex tips and toys, but with free coffee from 10 am to 2 pm on weekends through the holidays. Our Los Angeles staff thinks it’s freezing in their town, so they’re warming up with go-go dancers dancing like you wish you could at your office holiday party (without getting fired) in the front window facing Santa Monica Blvd. starting tonight and Friday and Saturday December 10-12th and again on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday December 17-19th from 6-9 pm.

And the big deal for people in all three Pleasure Chest stores is when you spend $100 you get a $15 gift card, when you spend $150 you get a $50 gift card, and so on. You can give it away or keep it for yourself as a reward for being the best gift-giver ever.

Could holiday shopping get any more fun?!? Um, no way, except maybe for people whose idea of a good time is tackling someone for the last blu-ray player in a warehouse store.

Nov 24 2009

Talking About Sex Is The New Handshake

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by thepleasurechest

Hello there! Welcome to the new Pleasure Chest blog. We’re going to use this platform to write about sex, sex toys, sexual health, sexual politics, porn, making love, fucking, BDSM, fetish, cute underwear, reviews, tips, and just about everything involving our work and sex work in general.

Here at The Pleasure Chest, we love our jobs. We get to talk about sex, play with toys, and talk to interesting people all day. We’d like to think those things, combined with our unique personal experiences, make us pretty interesting as well.

We are funny, sexy, intelligent, excited, knowledgeable, honest, passionate, inappropriate, appropriate (really!), and a lot of other things that keep people coming back into our stores and to our website. We hope this blog will help you get to know us and interact with us as well as learn about new toys and get great sex advice.

xoandmorexxx,

The Pleasure Chest

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