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Dec 19 2014

Advent Calendar Day 19:
Tantus Wham Bam Paddle

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by Kate M.

Update: Congratulations to Vivian Darkbloom, who delighted us and/or ruined our lives with Portnoy’s Fun Taint. 

Welcome to day nineteen of our Holiday Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away 24 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 Tantus Wham Bam Paddle!

Day 19 tantus wham bam paddle

Thank you, ma’am! Made of 100% silicone, the flexible Wham Bam Paddle is vegan and non-porous, making it a great toy for sharing. An excellent  alternative to wood and leather paddles, and a must-have for impact play enthusiasts. 

Want to win? Here’s how.

Delight us with your wit yet again! We loved reading “Pulping the Classics: Bad Romance by Great Writers” on The Toast this morning, and we’ve decided to make it the subject of our contest today. In the comments below, give us the title and a couple sentences of jacket copy of a well-known-book-turned-bad-romance-novel. For example:

Of Mice and Members by John Steinbeck

The lissom but lonely wife of a California landowner has her life turned upside down by the presence of a rugged but sweet ranch worker named Lennie. Does she dare to follow her heart? And can Lennie really give her what she craves?

We’ll pick a favorite tomorrow at 11:30am PST. One entry per person.

U.S. residents only.
Entering this contest will add you to our mailing list, so that you can receive occasional updates about new products and deals from our web store. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

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 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!

Sep 09 2014

What Midori Taught Us
About Feminine Dominance

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by Kate M.

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Last night, we were lucky enough to host Midori‘s Art of Feminine Dominance Class at our West Hollywood store. For those of you who aren’t in L.A., or who couldn’t make it to the class, here’s a little of what we learned:

- Anyone can be a femme top when and if they want to be, regardless of gender identity.

- Scenes depend on objectification – not destructive objectification, like when someone catcalls you from a passing car, but constructive objectification: “taking a little sliver of the full spectrum of you, giving it depth and height, and exploring it.”

A femme dominant is a fetish, in the less-common sense of the word – an object believed to hold the power of magic, transcendence, protection and transformation. So when your lover says, “I want you to tie me down and spank me,” they may actually be saying, “Strip me of my defenses and bring me the anxiety and joy only you can.”

- You can have lots of femme top identities for different partners, moods, and occasions.

Who are your power femmes from myth, religion, folklore, fairy tales, history, movies, (actors vs. characters), books, comics? How about job titles or social positions: CEO, pirate, mommy, nurse, popular girl, assassin? What about people from your own life? Try listing some of those people and their powerful femme attributes – the dark as well as the light – and then take a look at your list. This can give you some great ideas both for role play and for some power femme traits you might find within yourself. 

Want to know more? Midori’s Forte Femme weekend intensive in San Francisco is coming up in October. What better way to continue your journey of femme dominance? 

Aug 05 2014

Free Workshops this Anal August
at The Pleasure Chest L.A.

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by Kate M.

It’s Anal August, and we have an ass ton of awesome workshops for your butt! As always, attendees get 15% off their purchases after each class, so get your ass in here and join us!

ninaBlow Jobs 2.0 with Nina Hartley
Sunday, August 10th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Want to amp up your blowjobs? Sex educator and adult star Nina Hartley will teach you to suck it up and swallow your doubts, with enough tips and tricks to keep your lover begging for more. Plus, she’ll be celebrating Anal August by teaching you to incorporate ass play into your oral fun, for an experience that’s way beyond the average blow job.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 12th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

mary2Spank Someone Happy with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, August 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let Mistress Mary bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and roleplay. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Butt Sex for Beginners with Kristen
Wednesday, August 20th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Ready to explore the final frontier? Our sex specialists have the knowledge you need to make your fanny happy, from positions to plugs to prostate play – and even how to access the G-spot anally. We’ll teach you how to warm up your butt for a good time, fill you in on the best toys and lubes for solo and partnered anal play, and address common concerns about comfort and cleanliness. Bums away!

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 26th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Damon Holzum 3Advanced Anal with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 27th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

And when Anal August is over, you can still look forward to this:

The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex & Aging with Joan Price
Sunday, September 14th @6-8pm – FREE!

Joan Price, author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex, shatters the myths and shares the most common questions that Boomers, seniors, and elders ask her. She’ll answer those questions, too—in the candid, upbeat manner that led the media to dub her “senior sexpert.”

Jul 25 2014

All the Kinky Sex Toys
from the 50 Shades Trailer

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by Kate M.

50 shades movie

Have you seen the 50 Shades of Grey trailer yet? No? Okay, we’ll give you a moment to catch up to the rest of the internet.


Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get started on fulfilling those innocent-coed-meets-tortured-hunk role play fantasies. As it turns out, you don’t have to be a reclusive billionaire to turn your bedroom into a dungeon for an hour (or a weekend). You can even stock up on the kinky treats you see in the trailer.

Choose Your Blindfold
grey satinpadded blindfold
The blindfold may be our favorite BDSM toy out there. Having the eyes covered heightens the wearer’s other senses, making each touch a delicious surprise. Plus, it’s a boon for new tops: if your bottom can’t see you, she can’t see you checking your Two Knotty Boys book to make sure that you’re tying her up correctly. The trailer features both the classic Gray Satin Blindfold and a soft leather one, like the super-comfy Padded Blindfold.

Suspension  Cuffs
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Here’s the thing about having your hands cuffed over your head: it can be hell on the wrists. We were pleased to see that Christian Grey was putting Anastasia Steele’s safety first, with cuffs that gave her something to hold on to. You, too, can keep your sub safe with the Master’s Series Suspension Restraints.

Floggers
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We’re hoping that FSoG: The Cinematic Experience will include a scene with the Rotator Flogger that we saw in the trailer! These floggers look really impressive when you swing them, and they pack a serious wallop. They take some practice, though, so we recommend the soft Suede Flogger for a less experienced top or a bottom who prefers a lighter impact.

Riding Crop
vegan bat crop
Ah, the classic riding crop, star of so many kinky fantasies! You can flick your lover with the tip or deliver a serious smack with the shaft. We like the compact, sturdy Vegan Bat Crop.

Red Rope
japanese style bondage rope
One does want a hint of color. This cotton Japanese Style Bondage Rope is soft and thick enough to be comfortable (even under clothes, if you’re feeling naughty), and the color options make it a friend to the fashion-conscious fetishist. (Whenever you use rope, make sure that you have a pair of utility scissors handy, in case you need to cut your lover free. Don’t let a stubborn knot, an earthquake, or a surprise visit from the in-laws catch you unprepared!)

Jul 04 2014

Fetish Fitness: The Greatest Idea

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by Kate M.

fetish fitness

Mistress Anna, a pro dom/personal trainer in Australia, has come up with a million dollar idea: she holds fitness classes that combine her two areas of expertise. Kinksters hoping to get in shape come to her for circuit training that takes discipline very, very seriously. We’re going to go ahead and say that this is the greatest use of “if you want to do something difficult, make it sexy,” that we’ve ever heard of. Mistress Anna, we praise your entrepreneurial spirit. 

You can watch a news segment about Fetish Fitness here. It’s a little sensationalist in the way that you’d expect from a news segment about anything kinky, but some of the interviews are lovely.

May 17 2014

Workshops & Comedy in L.A.

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by Kate M.

Come in out of the heat and learn how to heat up your sex life! We have amazing instructors, discounts for attendees – oh, and air conditioning.

sex nerd sandra 2 - smallBlowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, May 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Sex Nerd Sandra will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 27th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Mary 400px wideBondage Basics with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, May 28th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Do you want to explore BDSM in the bedroom? Let Mistress Mary show you how to plan a kinky scene, from negotiation to aftercare. We’ll discuss safety and communication, how to choose quality implements, and the basics of bondage, roleplay and more. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome!

May 05 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Michael & Angie on Protocols

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by Kate M.

Have you checked out Sex is Back, our video campaign that features people from all walks of life talking about their sex lives? Well, now is your chance! Every Monday, we’ll be featuring a video from Sex is Back on the blog, so that you get a chance to get to know the amazing people who shared their stories with us.

Let’s start with something kinky. This week, Michael and Angie describe what they do every day to maintain their Master/slave dynamic.

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Michael & Angie on Protocols

May 01 2014

May Workshops in New York

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by Kate M.

Join us for another round of free workshops at our Upper East Side store and get 15% off your purchases.

straponStrap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Victor & Jes
Wednesday, May 7th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

The Ultimate O: Expanding Your Orgasm with Sarah
Thursday, May 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Can’t quite build the orgasms you want?  Want to recapture that “one time?” Curious about multiple orgasms?  Whatever your reason for taking this class, we will explore techniques for coming again and again with a partner and solo.  The class will cover the ins and outs of the female pleasure system, simple techniques (including G-spot, Vaginal and Anal play) to expand your orgasms and get you on your way to multiple orgasms.  Though this class is open to all genders and orientations, we will be focusing on orgasm for female-bodied people.

dr jess 2Drive Your Lover Wild! (And enjoy free champagne & chocolates!)
Wednesday May 14th @ 6:30 – 7:30pm – FREE!

PlayboyTV’s Dr. Jess (Jessica O’Reilly) is coming to town to share her favorite moves from her bestselling book, Hot Sex Tips, Tricks and Licks. Laugh and learn as we cover seduction techniques, totally doable dirty talk and the hottest “finishing” moves with live demos (on carrots & peaches). A book signing and photo opportunity will follow. Open to all genders.

JoyStick Secrets: How to Please a Man with Midori
Wednesday, May 14th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn how to make him moan and writhe in unbelievable pleasure. Join internationally-acclaimed sex educator Midori for this in-depth training on pleasuring your guy with hands, mouth and more! Using delicious practice props (think fruit!) you’ll learn all about the sucks, licks, swirls, strokes and touch secrets that will blow his mind. She’ll even cover tips on how to reduce discomforts or gag reflexes. What better gift is there than to show him your new techniques that very night?

Aural Sex 1: Seduction by Voice & Erotic Story Telling with Midori
Thursday, May 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Use the magic of Shaherezade! This class will teach you to incorporate seductive voice techniques to mesmerize your lover and transport both of you to an erotic landscape. Learn how to build and enrich a powerful fantasy, practice effective voice techniques and spellbinding. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn techniques for finding out both your fantasies, practice storytelling skills and learn to improve them with Midori’s gentle guidance. Couples and singles welcome.

bdsm2Beginners BDSM with Victor & Max
Wednesday, May 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation with Victor & Ryan
Wednesday, May 28th @ 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!