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Mar 28 2015

8 Sex Toys from Art History

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by Chelsea

Ever wondered what your taste in art says about which sex toys you’ll love? Well, maybe you should. We’ve paired some of our favorite toys with art movements throughout history (okay, mostly 20th century). Take a look, and see which speak to your sensibilities. You might even learn something.

 

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Arts and Crafts Movement

In the late nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts movement emerged in opposition to industrialism and the mass production of goods, focusing instead on craftsmanship and design. The Collar Flora is made by an artisan leatherworker, and it boasts a floral design similar to those favored by the movement, which drew inspiration from medieval, romantic, and folk art.

 

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Classicism
Using Greek and Roman art as its model of perfection, art of the Italian Renaissance emphasized symmetry and attention to form and detail.  The Vixskin Goodfella, a realistic dildo made of the highest quality dual-density silicone, would have made Michelangelo envious (and intrigued).

 

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Cubism

A hugely influential movement in the early 1900s, Cubist artwork sought to depict its subjects from multiple visual perspectives at once. Sliquid’s Lip Lickers Lube Cube Sampler… is cube-shaped. (Sorry.)

 

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Dada

Dada, an “anti-art” movement, developed in protest to World War I. Rooted in anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist politics, Dada sought to upend bourgeois artistic ideals like logic and beauty, instead embracing chaos, irrationality, irreverence, and offensiveness. If anyone in the sex industry comes close to that, it’s Oxballs. Their Kickass Plug is one among many over-the-top ultra-fetishy designs that regularly elicit gasps from customers.

 

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Expressionism

Expressionism aimed to evoke powerful emotions and ideas, deliberately showing its subjects from a subjective viewpoint and distorting familiar, realistic images. The 7 Wheel Pinwheel is also meant to evoke a powerful emotion — namely, fear — by taking a medical tool (the Wartenberg wheel, dragged gently and painlessly over the skin to test nerve sensitivity) and giving it six extra wheels, making it look like a torture device.

 

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Fauvism

Embracing bright, bold colors and a less-representational style, Fauvism is Impressionism‘s fun cousin. In an industry that loves pastels and realistic dildos, the designers at Fun Factory are les fauves (“the wild beasts”) of the world of sex toys. In particular, the Fun Factory Amorino is colorful, quirky, and decidedly not-dick-shaped, for someone who wants a rabbit-style vibrator unlike any other.

 

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Futurism
Originating in early 20th century Italy, Futurism glorified technology and modernity. The Eroscillator 2, which oscillates instead of vibrating (progress! the triumph of industry!) could have been lifted straight from a Futurist design.

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Minimalism
Enough said.

Mar 17 2015

Science Says: Drink Wine, Have Sex

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by Chelsea

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A study that we’re choosing to believe wholeheartedly has indicated that red wine not only increases blood flow to the genitals, but it actually keeps testosterone levels high in male bodies:

“Normally a male’s body rids itself of testosterone when an enzyme called UGT2B17 attaches specific molecules to testosterone, enabling the body to identify it and get rid of it through the urine. But when consuming a glass of red, a compound inside the wine called quercetin effectively blocks UGT2B17, preventing the body from excreting it, and thereby raising levels of testosterone in the blood.”

The takeaway: if you like red wine, having a glass or two with your sweetie can make for a great roll in the hay. Yum.

Feb 21 2014

Sex for the Polite

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by thepleasurechest

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Ever wonder what Emily Post would say about your sexual exploits? Our readers have sexual etiquette suggestions (inspired by Sarah Sloane‘s excellent sexual etiquette article) that will make you the best-mannered partner you can be!

On Preparedness

“Practice basic hygiene: take a shower, brush your teeth and smell good before sex.”

“Abstain from eating beans and other flatulence-producing foods for 24 hours prior to sex. If caught off guard by gas, give your partner(s) fair warning.”

“Always have a few clean hand towels within reach for an easy clean up. Waiting until you’re in the moment/afterwards to find one makes for a good mood killer.”

“New relationship, new toys.”

“Always bring extra batteries.”

On Safety

“I like to bring more than one type of male condom, to let him choose his preference (although I’d prefer he already have his own condom of choice on-hand).”

“Be conscientious of your potential vegan lovers preference to animal testing/animal product free condoms, lube and leather alternative harnesses.”

“Always bring gloves (nitrile to accommodate latex sensitivity or allergy!) and ask about your partner’s/s’ comfort and preference with gloves.”

“Always ask your partner about condom material before it is time. Nothing like being told they react to latex when it is time to put it on.”

“Never ever re-use a condom!!!”

On Communication

“Don’t always expect your partner to be the one to initiate. Be proactive!”

“Ask first! Converse about what you each dig before going at it.”

“Be open to what your partner wants, and do not judge.”

“Always ask before doing anything new or potentially invasive.”

“Don’t mention someone’s ex or family members.”

“Discuss sleeping arrangements after threesomes prior to the actual threesome!”

On Doin’ It

“It’s okay to be a little selfish in the moment, but when the moment is over and you’ve gotten what you need, don’t forget there is another person to please.”

“No T.V.! (Unless it’s porn, that’s okay.)”

“After 5 spanks to the ass, switch cheeks.”

“Relax and enjoy the inherent hilarity of sex. Laugh about the squelching noise that can come from p-in-v sex. Take a breather and acknowledge the ridiculousness when someone’s limb hits the other in the face.

“Remember that the journey is the destination. Not all sex requires an orgasm, nor does an orgasm signal the end of play time.”

“Don’t overreact to a queef. They can’t be helped, damn!”

On Ending the Evening

“In the event that he has come on someone’s face, a true gentleman will assist in washing it off once the tryst has been concluded.”

“Offer your guest(s) a nice hot bath or shower after all of the action.”

“A dirty toy makes for a dirty user… clean up after yourself!”

“Always say thank you for the nice time, even if it wasn’t as nice as you wanted it to be.”

Oct 11 2013

Masked Gala at Acabar Join Us on Halloween

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by thepleasurechest

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On Halloween night, keep your eyes wide shut at the Masked Gala, hosted by Acabar and The Pleasure Chest. This devilishly sexy soiree features food and cocktails as well as deliciously playful entertainment.

The night will include:

- Sensual bites created by Chef Octavio Beccera:

Porn Bread.  late harvest corn, bacon, cheddar, almond honey butter
“Eat Me” Veggies.
Kumquat Shots.  Oyster shooter with kumquat mignonette
The Bondage Bird.  Spiced chicken skewers wrapped in crispy potato threads
Kinky Octopussy.  charred octopus
Double Penetrated Spicy Prawns.  harissa dates, labneh and pistachio
Crispy Glory Hole Beignets.  extra sweet man jam

- Stimulating sound by music goddess DJ HEIDI.LA
- A specially curated cocktail by famed mixologists Joshua Goldman & Julian Cox
- Fire dancers, stilt walkers and roving performers who will take your breath away

Acabar is located at 1510 Stanley Ave at Sunset Blvd. The Masked Gala begins at 8pm and ends at 2am. We encourage you to arrive early: the first 50 guests will receive gift bags from The Pleasure Chest.

Admission is $50 per person. Purchase tickets in advance and bring them with you to the gala.

Curious? Scope out the gorgeous location:

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Oct 07 2013

Better than Bras

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by thepleasurechest

Earlier this year, a French study concluded that, contrary to popular opinion, wearing a bra causes the breasts to sag over time and doesn’t actually decrease back pain.

We suggest that you take off your bra and do something more fun with your nipples. Suggestions below:

Make them sparkle!

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Bijoux Mimi pasties are self-adhesive, sparkly, and sure to catch your partner’s attention. Choose between hearts and stars.

Cover them with something special!

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Bijoux Burlesque Nipple Pasties are sure to make you feel like a star! Tease your partner with a taste of old-time sleaze!

Make them tasty!

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Nipple Nibblers lets you enjoy a cool tingling sensation while the delicious fruit flavor reminds your partner to give your nipples some extra attention.

Give them a pleasant pinch!

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Sex Kitten Tweezer Clamps (top left) hug your nipples for a little pleasing pressure. Plus, they’re pink!

Fifty Shades of Grey The Pinch Adjustable Nipple Clamps (top right) are for sensation and decoration alike. If you’re not a fan of the books, you can always remove the Fifty Shades hanging tags.

Sex & Mischief Feathered Nipple Clamps (bottom left) add a playful touch to nipple play and double as feather ticklers.

Vibrating Nipple Clamps (bottom right) vibrate; need we say more?

Oct 03 2013

Highlights from Gloryhole

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by thepleasurechest

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Did you have as much fun at Gloryhole as we did? Relive the night with these awesome articles and pictures!

L.A. Weekly captured some fabulous footage.

Xbiz thinks that we still look good at 42! Pictures here.

The writer from Vice didn’t have much fun, but the photos are fantastic.

You all struck some fierce poses in the Polite in Public photo booth.

If you want more, we’ve got more:

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Sep 27 2013

Thanks for Joining Us for Gloryhole!

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by thepleasurechest

Our annual Gloryhole party was a resounding success! A huge thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our anniversary!

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Our parking lot has never looked so pretty.

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The people were pretty too!

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The Polite in Public photo booth was dreamy. Jiz Lee and Ela Darling thought so, anyway!

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The folks from Sweet Beats were getting everyone dancing, including the fabulous roving performers…

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…like the mischevious stilt walkers.

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The ladies on the pole made us question gravity for minute.

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Nina Hartley® (and many others) rode a giant vibrating rubber duck.

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Sex geeks were out in force!  Seen here: Ashley Manta, The Redhead Bedhead and Lady Cheeky. Ashley is sporting rope bondage by Midori. (There’s still time to register for Hands-On Rope Bondage and Aural Sex with Midori in West Hollywood this weekend. Don’t miss your chance!)

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We premiered our Sex is Back video campaign!

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The gloryhole featured electro clown sex…

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…lion/tamer sex…

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…and much more!

We hope that you’ll join us again next year!

Sep 17 2013

What Makes You Feel Fancy? Tell Us and Win a Fun Factory Elegance

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by thepleasurechest

 

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Congratulations to Trix, who won the Elegance! Thank you to everyone who entered. We loved reading about how you get fancy. We’ll have more giveaways from Fun Factory coming up soon! 

We’re giving away a Fun Factory Elegance!

When it comes to vibrators, the Elegance is the crème de la crème. Made of soft, body-safe silicone and medical grade elastomed, the Elegance is fully waterproof, rechargeable, and completely non-porous. Its variety of settings takes it from a low hum to a heavy rumble, and it boasts three additional patterns for people who want to go beyond a steady vibration. Plus, its girth makes it perfect for anyone who wants a little extra. Très chic!

Want to win a Fun Factory Elegance? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us what makes you feel fancy. Is it your new pair of cat eye glasses? Your collection of pocket squares? A walk in the park at night? Holding out your pinkie when you drink anything, even water? Making it all the way to work without feeling like the summer heat has turned you into a horrible sweat monster? We want to know!

Please be sure to leave an email address, so that we know how to contact you. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, September 20th, at 10am PDT.

U.S. residents only.

Sep 16 2013

Priority Access to Gloryhole!

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by thepleasurechest

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Want to get into Gloryhole ahead of the crowd? Here’s how:

Between now and the party, come to The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles, and mention Gloryhole when you make your purchase. Not only will we donate 15% of what you spend to AIDS Project Los Angeles, but your name will be put on the Priority Access list for the party. You get to skip the longer line and start partying sooner!

If you haven’t sent in your RSVP yet, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

This offer is valid until 4pm on the 26th, when we will close the store to prepare for the party. No products will be sold during Gloryhole.

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