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Sep 17 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Slow Drive?
Make a Road Trip Mix.

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by Kate M.

tantus slow drive purple

We’re giving away a Tantus Slow Drive dildo! 

This little dildo gets straight to the point, with a sharp curve and a rounded tip for hitting the G-spot or the prostate. Non-porous, sterilizeable and harness-compatible, the Tantus Slow Drive makes everything easy.

Want to win a Slow Drive? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us one song that you’d put on your road trip soundtrack – a song about driving if you’re a dork like us, or just one that you can picture yourself scream-singing along to out an open window on an empty highway.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 19th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 02 2014

Want to Win a Chakrubs Onyx?
State Your Intention.

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by Kate M.

chakrubs black onyx

Update: Congratulations to kari, who won the Black Onyx. Thanks to everyone who shared their intentions with us. We hope that all of them come to pass. Keep an eye out for more great giveaways, including another one from Chakrubs. 

We’re giving away one of the world’s most beautiful toys, the Black Onyx dildo from Chakrubs. Seriously, it is taking all of our willpower to give this thing away. 

This gorgeous toy is made from solid onyx, a crystal that has been used throughout history to banish negativity left from past relationships and ensure sexual health. No matter what your intent, you can display this heavy, polished stone dildo proudly.

Want to win the Black Onyx from Chakrubs? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about something positive that you’re hoping that the Black Onyx will bring your way, or about a negative thing that you’re hoping it will banish.

We’ll pick a winner on Monday, September 8th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 01 2014

“I AM MAGIC.”
Antoinette Reviews the Tantus Duke

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by Kate M.

tantus duke

There’s a secret to fisting, to why people love it, if the hand and the body fit together just so. That fit, or the work that it might take to get there, may not happen to everyone, leaving them wondering why, even after the how has been revealed. Size queens, big deal, not for me, they may say. It’s understandable. It’s a lot of work to get there for most, and if BIGGER! is not on someone’s agenda keeping them up at night and guiding their every move in the world, the Olympian training program might not seem worth the effort.

The thing is, though, it’s not always about bigger. Sometimes it’s about the thrilling pushing past of an insistent object, that heart-palpitating moment of what feels like a lifetime’s first penetration every single time, followed by the smooth slide of the rest of it, giving ease while the mass finds a home deep inside, both trapped and protected by the wrap of the muscles around the wrist. You both breathe, and accept that nothing is impossible. When the muscles relax enough to trust that acceptance beaten out by your hearts, you can both move, little by little, and then when ready, move a lot, reversing the world-shattering motion and repeating it, over and over again, creating and destroying and creating the world. Together.

There are books and poems and websites devoted to the passion and emotion experienced by devotees of this act and its alchemy. I won’t go any further in that direction in what is meant to be a simple little dildo review. What I will do is point out the fact that, as with any great art form, there is a technical trick or two behind the magic of why fisting feels the way it does. And the Tantus Duke replicates that trick. (One of them.) What I think is really cool about this toy is that it allows someone who may never be interested in something like fisting to enjoy one of the nicest parts of the experience, without all the Olympic training. They don’t want this sport at this year’s Olympics, anyway.

The technical details of the Duke: it’s a straight, smooth, semi-phallic platinum silicone dildo of moderate length (6.5″) and girth (1 1/4″ to 1 7/8″, more about that later). It has a harness-friendly base, with a bullet space for those who appreciate a little vibration with their penetration, and comes in a pearlescent purple or teal. (The teal is jaw-droppingly beautiful: more toys should come in colors other than pink, pink, pink, or pink.) It’s nice and firm like most of Tantus‘ single-density toys. The shaft of the toy is a frosted matte, and the head is slick and shiny, which makes for easy entry providing things are adequately lubricated. These are all great qualities in a toy, pretty, safe, multi-functional, but the most pertinent fact here is the shape. The Duke is mushroom-headed, with a nicely flared corona and plump frenulum that bellies out. If you have a g-spot or a prostate, this feature will drive it crazy as it slides back and forth over it–but that’s not all. Most toys with this sort of shape have a shaft that is more than a little uninspired, or maybe just neglected. A shaft with the same diameter all the way up and down can be pistoning at the speed of a porn star and, if the head itself is not coming in and out of the body, feel exactly like it’s not moving at all. This is not a problem with the Duke; the shaft increases oh so gradually toward the head, smoothly, gently. Almost like a wrist. It’s a subtle grade, but it’s there, and it must be on purpose. Right, Tantus? You knew about this trick?

When a wrist suddenly flares out into the width of a balled hand at the opening of someone’s body, something happens, as I said before. The heart jumps. It’s the feeling of “I don’t know If I can do this I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS I AM MAGIC” and then back again. It’s intimacy-making and empowering and joyful and strength-affirming. It’s the rush people chase. A large part of this is the intimacy; sometimes it’s all about the intimacy. But part of it is the simple, evil little trick of a slow expansion to a great and dramatic flaring out and open, past the opening of the body, past the erectile, chemical-producing nodes right inside, and then deeply in toward the spine, what many people would call the very center of the body. It might have to do with the fact that the orifices of our bodies are designed to handle not only nicely moderate forms of penetration but to, in dramatic life-or-death situations, act as the gateway to much bigger things. I once read someone describing giving birth to their child and taking what they called a hologram print of the child’s body as it rushed through that gate. I may not have given birth, or be speaking specifically of vaginal sex here at all, but I understand this deeply. I do think of acts of sex as being acts of love–partner-love, self-love, humanity-love. I do think that playing with a toy is a willful act of sex and love. I do think that learning an art form allows us to study its neat little tricks and apply them to our self-expression and communication with the world. If someone would like to venture into the more cosmic applications of penetrative play, they could do worse than to start with the Duke. It will let them explore their inner space and strength, and share that with partners if desired. It’s just a little trick, but sometimes that trick is everything we need to start dancing. And if they want more, well, there’s always more, isn’t there? That’s another secret to pleasure. There is always more. It starts from within. 

(Deborah Addington’s book A Hand in the Bush, and Bert Herrman’s Trust: The Hand Book are good places to start if someone wants to go further.)

Grade: A-fucking-plus, and thank you!!

This review was written by Antoinette Elizabeth, a sex educator and Pleasure Chest employee.

Jun 20 2014

Crossing Our Fingers
For the Bionic Cock

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by Kate M.

ambrosia vibe

We’re pretty excited (cautiously thrilled?) at the idea of a strap-on dildo with a built-in vibrator that responds to pressure in the same way that Minna‘s toys do. The Ambrosia Vibe, currently careening toward its fundraising goal on IndieGogo, promises exactly that. If it works as promised, strap-on wearers should be able to feel not only the pressure of a thrust or a hand job, but even the softer pressure of their partner’s licks. Score one for strap-on BJs.

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Here’s hoping that the Ambrosia Vibe delivers!

h/t Nerve

Jun 18 2014

Want to Win a New Wave?
Tell Us About Something New.

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by Kate M.

fun factory new wave

Update: Congratulations to Kelly W, who won the New Wave! Keep an eye out for more exciting giveaways from Fun Factory! 

We’re giving away a Fun Factory New Wave double dildo!

Specially designed with lesbians in mind, the Wave has a unique “W” shape for sharing with a partner. The flexible center allows couples to face each other while enjoying mutual penetration. Choose from the smooth, thicker end or the textured end. Rounded bulges on both sides provide clitoral stimulation. Made of medical grade silicone.

Of course, you can also use it solo, anally, whatever strikes your fancy. We’re not here to tell you how to play.

Want to win a New Wave? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about something new and exciting in your life. New girlfriend? New swimsuit? New project? New library book? We want to know.

We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, June 24th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

May 09 2014

Top 5 Toys for Shower Sex

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by Kate M.

May is a funny month. Depending where you are, it might be beach weather [hey there, L.A.!] or you might just be hanging up your winter coat and breaking out your windbreaker. Luckily, whether the weather is hot or cold, a nice shower can either be warm and soothing or cool and refreshing. What better place to get fresh with a special friend?

And what better accessories to take with you than these?

Dual Locking Suction Handle

dual locking suction handle

It may not look like the sexiest toy in the world, but you know what’s really not sexy? Spending your shower sexcapade worrying that you’re going to fall down.

We-Vibe 4

We-Vibe 4 remote pink

This waterproof remote-controlled couples vibrator rests against the clit and the G-spot and is designed to be worn during intercourse. Plus, its quality silicone is compatible with our favorite high grade, shower-proof silicone lube…

Pjur Bodyglide

pjur bodyglide

This lube is utter luxury. More importantly, it won’t rinse right off the way your body’s natural lubrication will. Keep shower play slick and sexy with the only silicone lube that’s been approved to use with We-Vibe and Tantus toys.*

Mio

mio

It’s the classic vibrating cock ring, but waterproof and classy as hell, for longer, stronger, more intense shower sex.

Spareparts Tomboi Harness

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The Tomboi won’t falter in water! This sturdy, stylish, machine washable harness can hold almost any dildo in its elastic o-ring and stays comfortable and secure when wet. Try pairing it with a Tantus toy, so that you can have your silicone and use it too.*

 

*That’s right, you get to break the cardinal rule: never use silicone lube with a silicone toy. Tantus and We-Vibe have both approved their silicone toys to be used with Pjur and only Pjur silicone lube. The lube and toys are each made of such high grade silicone that one won’t degrade the other.

Jan 06 2014

Dildo Misadventures

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by thepleasurechest

dildo disasters

We’ve already raved about Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen’s sex toy review comic, and we particularly enjoyed the latest installment: Amanda Lafrenais’s lessons in dealing with dildos. Lafrenais shares her own mortifying sex toy stories, each with a moral. We learned, for example, one reason why it’s important to take the batteries out of a toy before you throw it away.

Nov 22 2013

The Saddest Dildo in the World

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by thepleasurechest


You guys, this is the magic of cinema. The addition of a soundtrack turns this video of a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel into a heart-rending meditation on alienation, ennui, and fear of mediocrity.

Or, hey, it’s a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel. Still good!

h/t Elite Daily

Sep 30 2013

Sex Manuals Through the Centuries

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by thepleasurechest

old time sex manual

Are you looking for a little guidance when it comes to your sex life? You could try a sex ed standard like The Guide to Getting it On or something a little lighter, like the comic-style Sex is Fun. Alternatively, you could go with the 1680 advice manual The School of Venus, whose illustration above may or may not depict an early sex shop. We hope it does.

For a brief history of this and other sex manuals throughout history, check out this guide from Nerve.