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Sep 30 2014

History’s Ickiest Contraceptives

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by Kate M.

In case you were harboring romantic notions of wanting to live in another era, nonprofit organization EngenderHealth has released a PSA that emphasizes the importance of available contraception by taking you through a colorful history of , um, interesting contraceptives throughout the ages. (Weasel testicles??? We’ll stick with condoms, thanks.) Enjoy!

Sep 29 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Twilla on Her Husband

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by Kate M.

We have another installment of Sex is Back, our video series where people speak honestly and openly about their sex lives. In this video, Twilla recounts how her wonderful relationship with her husband has allowed her, as an incest survivor, to make peace with her sexual self. (This video includes discussion of incest and underage sex.)

Twilla on Her Husband

Sep 27 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Ripple or Silk?
Tell Us Which!

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by Kate M.

tantus silk smallripple

Update: Congratulations to Randy, Joseph, Micah, and Liv, who each won an awesome Tantus toy! 

We’re giving away two Tantus Silk Medium dildos and two Tantus Ripple butt bead toys.

The Silk Medium is the ideal size and smooth texture for first-time players and for warming up to something larger. Its harness-compatible base makes this toy totally anal-safe, but it feels great in almost any orifice.

The Ripple’s first bead is smaller than a fingertip for easy insertion, but graduates in size to 1.5″ across at its widest bulb, meaning you can work slowly toward anal ecstasy. The versatile shape of this toy allows it to be multi-functional as beads, a plug, and an anal dildo. It’s also one of our 7 favorite toys for anal sex beginners.

Want to win? Here’s how. 

In the comments below, tell us which one you want. It’s that easy. We’ll choose four winners at random on Tuesday, September 30th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 26 2014

Spruce Up Your Hole in L.A.

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by Kate M.

spruce

It’s no secret that flowers can be seductive. That’s why we can’t wait for Saturday, October 4th, 8-11PM, when we’ll be at acclaimed Silverlake flower boutique Spruce for Spruce Up Your Hole, a night of festivities that includes;

Local celebrity host Lyla KaRug
DJ Michelle Johnson
Makeovers by Lyla at 9PM
Pleasure Chest gift bags for the first 100 guests
Psychic love + readings by Blue Jaguar is Love
A free Spruce drink special at AKBAR. Just tell the bartender, “Spruce up my hole!”

This evening of creative fun celebrates the launch of Spruce’s naughty new botanical skin care line, which features cheeky names like The Night Before the Morning After, Bust a Nut, and She Was Up All Night (And it Shows).

Come get spruced up with us. Nothing is sexier than local, like-minded community coming together.

Spruce Up Your Hole
Saturday, October 4th, 8-11PM
4313 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Sep 25 2014

“A Perfect Fit”: Staff Review of
the Tantus Beginners Gag

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by Kate M.

beginners gag

For those interested in exploring BDSM or those who are already seasoned veterans, this is a great alternative to the classic ball gag. Instead of the traditional rubber or latex, the insertable part of the Beginners Gag is made of ultra high quality silicone. This means there’s no unpleasant taste or odor, and that it can easily be cleaned after play and the straps can be removed to facilitate even easier cleaning.

The straps themselves are made of leather, providing a great sense of quality to this toy. It attaches behind the head with a velcro closure. This allows the toy to be fitted to each individual person’s head, meaning it will always be a perfect fit!

The internal part of this gag has a ball shape with a tapered stem, allowing the teeth and lips to comfortably close instead of being stretched open. However, the internal part is prominent enough to still act as an effective gag.

I find this to be a great option because traditional ball gags open cause me jaw pain. I like that I don’t have to keep my mouth so wide open, I enjoy the total lack of flavor or odor, and I really appreciate the quality of this gag.

Sep 23 2014

“I never felt like my G-Spot was under attack”: Staff Review of the Tantus Sport

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by Kate M.

tantus sport

I was excited to try the Sport, since I love G-spot play, and the Sport’s sharp curve definitely lends itself to that. Also, aesthetically, I really like its metallic gray/silver color; I think it makes it look high-end, and it’s nice when companies veer away from the boring pink-for-girls, black-for-boys binary.

I tried the Sport solo a couple of times, as a G-spot toy, and I was impressed. The smooth, round bulb at the end (which I hesitate to call a head, since the Sport doesn’t look very much like a dick) provides pleasantly firm, focused pressure, but the shaft is flexible enough that I never felt like my G-spot was under attack. I love Njoy’s stainless steel Pure Wand with all of my heart and soul, but sometimes – during my period, for instance – it puts too much pressure on my G-spot. I feel like I could use the Sport comfortably at any time of the month.

I also tried it as a butt toy, with mixed results. On the one hand, the fact that it’s so smooth and petite made it a great anal toy for someone like me; a lot of the time, I find it hard to relax enough to make butt sex comfortable. My partner started me off with Aneros’ Tempo plug and some nice massage, and pretty soon I was able to accommodate the Sport without even a tiny pang of discomfort. I even discovered pretty quickly that I wanted something bigger. On the other hand, the curved shape that had made my G-spot so happy was sort of annoying in my prostate-less butt.

I would absolutely recommend the Sport to someone who enjoys lighter, focused pressure on the G-spot or the prostate, especially if they’re looking for a smaller toy. I’d also recommend it to anyone looking for a non-phallic dildo.

Like what you’ve read? You may be able to win a Tantus Sport

Sep 22 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Sport?
Pick Your Team Name.

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by Kate M.

tantus sport

Update: Congratulations to Xochitl and Denise Smith, who each won a Sport! Thank you all for entertaining us with your awesome team names. Keep an eye out for more Tantus giveaways soon! 

We’re giving away a Tantus Sport dildo to two lucky winners! 

Batter up! This small-but-mighty toy is up for anything. With its pronounced curve and smooth, bulbous head, the Sport is perfect for massaging the G-spot or the prostate, and it’s slim enough even for butt sex beginners. Harness-compatible, sterilizable, and not too phallic, this premium silicone dildo is sure to attract a lot of devoted fans.

Want to win a Tantus Sport? Here’s how.

In the comments below, invent the name of a team that you’d like to be a part of, and let us know what the team would do. For example:

The Filthy Masticators – competitive pie eating

We’ll pick two winners at random on Thursday, September 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only.

Sep 19 2014

Disappointingly Realistic Erotica:
I Wanna Take You to a Gay Bar

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by Kate M.

lesbian pulp

Pushing aside a stray lock of hair, I leaned in to murmur in my girlfriend’s ear. “Do you like this, my naughty girl? Do you like to watch?”
Turning toward me, so that our lips almost touched, she replied, “I really don’t. This is, like, the male gaze-iest.”
“Thank god!” I laughed, “I hate it too!”
“Why are their nails so long?”
“Dude, why is anything about this?”
“I can’t even with straight porn,” my girlfriend sighed, reaching for the remote.

***

“Bend over, baby, I’m going to pound your ass hard!”
“Can we not do that position? Today was leg day at the gym.”
“Uh…ok, then on your back!”
“Well, I get gassy when you fuck me like that”
“Okay… then suck it hard!”
“I had burritos for dinner and my acid reflux is acting up”
“Hand job?”

***

It was a quiet night at The Girl Cave, and the dance floor was empty. Priscilla leaned against the wall nursing a cold beer, letting the condensation from the bottle collect and drip between her fingers, its wetness reminding her distantly of passionate nights spent with her last love.

“Don’t think about her,” Priscilla reminded herself.

She caught the eye of a cute butch across the room.

“Why not?” thought Priscilla. “I’ll let her buy me a drink, she’ll ask me to dance, I’ll let her take me home, and I’ll forget all about that heartbreaker.”

Across the room, the cute butch was thinking exactly the same thing.

The dance floor stayed empty. For hours, every lesbian in the bar leaned against the wall, nursing a drink and sneaking furtive glances at each other. No one went home with anyone.

The Girl Cave closed down a month later.

***

“So, it’s my first time…” I looked down, suddenly shy now that I’d said it out loud.

“That’s okay, man, I’ll take care of you. So you’re a bottom?”

“Oh yeah, I’ve been fantasizing about getting fucked for years”

By way of reply, the handsome stranger reached into his jeans and pulled out the most enormous cock I could possibly have imagined. I gaped at it, thinking quickly.

“Well, maybe I’m really a top…”

***

I couldn’t look away. Before me, two lithe bodies pressed together, limbs entangled, teeth biting lips.
“God, I hate Jenny.”
“Eh, I hate her less this season. It’s her best haircut.”
“I’m so happy she dies,” my girlfriend sighed, reaching for the box of Franzia.

***

This installment of Disappointingly Realistic Erotica was co-written with Sarah Sloane. Check out previous installments here

Sep 19 2014

Miller, Braunger & More!
Performance Anxiety Sept. 23rd

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer Sept23

Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.


Enjoy Matt Braunger on fake vaginas – even if he doesn’t realize that Fleshlights are awesome.

Sep 17 2014

Sexy September in Chicago:
Upcoming Workshops

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by Kate M.

chastityChastity Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, September 17th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Curious about this very intimate form of restraint? This class will cover ways to play with chastity with and without specific devices, the health factors of short and long-term chastity play, how to correctly fit a chastity device, troubleshooting issues with them, how to negotiate with a partner or practice solo, and ways to play games and have fun with it.

Ask A Sex Educator Anything
Saturday, September 20th @ 2-5pm – FREE!

Have a question about sexuality that you want to get an expert opinion on? Curious about how to create better orgasms for you or your partner? Want to know what resources there are for you, both in and out of the shop? Never fear! Stop by the shop, and chat with one of our senior sex educators about whatever sex topic you’re curious about. And after you chat, you’ll get a discount coupon to use on your purchase that day!

Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving with Charles Muir & Leah Alchin
tantra 7Tuesday, September 23 @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Tantra Masters Charles Muir and Leah Alchin will provide you with a fresh approach to sex and sexual love, teaching you how to bring more spirit, intimacy and ecstasy into your love life. You will learn the secret to longer and deeper orgasms and ways to expand pleasure and become orgasmic throughout the entire body.  You will also learn the Art of Touch: how to give and receive with increased awareness and energy transmission.  Additionally, this is an opportunity to learn what to expect at the Tantra weekend seminar in Chicago, Sept. 26-28. All attendees will receive a $25 CD on “Tantra Practices and Principles.”

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Louie
Wednesday, September 24th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? 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 the buzz is about!