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May 06 2011

The winners of our Mother’s Day Giveaway

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by thepleasurechest

This week’s contest to win a Jimmyjane Form 4 for Mother’s Day was difficult for us to judge. There were only a dozen entries, but they were each so heartfelt and candid, it felt a bit odd choosing whose mom was most deserving. So, we decided that everyone was a winner. Each of our entrants got a $10 credit to use in our online store.

After much thought, we did agree on a favorite entry. Patty W’s thoughtful tribute to her mother really touched us. Here’s what she had to say:

My mom made the biggest mistake of her life when she married my dad, but she’s always told me she’s never regretted it because it led to me. Considering my old man’s freak-outs and alcoholism, that’s really saying something. But there was no way she was going to see me raised badly, so she made sure we got out together and stayed together.

What my mom doesn’t talk about is the way she forewent relationships with men to focus on raising me. It’s not like she had a lot of time for love, anyway, since she was a single mother with less skills than she’d hoped to have. But more importantly, she saw the way her friends’ boyfriends and husbands treated their children from previous marriages, and she couldn’t stand the thought of choosing someone else over her daughter – or watching someone else mistreat me in the first place.

Now that I’m a woman, on my own after losing a long-term relationship that meant so much to me, I have started to appreciate the sacrifice of that part of her womanhood. It’s not that she wanted it to work out that way; it’s not that she hadn’t tried. But I’ve found myself wishing I could somehow repay all the nights she slept alone in the hopes of keeping me safe.

When I was in my 20s, she came to me to ask about condoms and although it was awkward, I jumped at the opportunity to keep her safe and help her seek the pleasure she’d been missing. All I really needed to know was that she had finally met someone she liked and she was going to be careful.

A couple years later, after getting home from a vacation, my boyfriend found part of a condom wrapper in our house. He was about to accuse me of something unsavory when I remembered that my mom had stayed over while we were gone. And I was too amused to be angry when she expressed embarrassment over the evidence she’d unwittingly left behind. My boyfriend wasn’t so amused, but I couldn’t begrudge the fact that she was an adult woman. (Besides, I knew she’d sterilized the area before and afterward.)

My mom is always bragging to anyone who will listen about me, but I brag to anyone who will listen about her. I’ve been agonizing over what to get her for Mother’s Day this year because I’d like to give her a gift she can use for years to come. It would be nice to give her something she can use to learn more about her own body, too, and I know the Form 4 will fit the bill. I love my Form 6 with all of my heart, so my needs are being met – but I think it’s high time my ma lived sexy. I hope you’ll agree with me!

We do agree! Your mom sounds like an amazing woman and we hope that she enjoys her new Form 4.

Thanks to Patty and to each of you who took the time to pay tribute to your mothers. We hope that Sunday is special for all of the moms out there.

May 03 2011

The Form 4 is not your mother’s vibrator.But it could be!

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by thepleasurechest

Introducing: the Form 4, the latest luxury vibe from the design wizards at Jimmyjane. The Form 4′s body-safe, premium silicone shaft is strong and firm, with the perfect amount of flex for G-Spot play. It’s totally waterproof, making it ideal for the bath, and has a travel lock for going on the road. Under the hood, it’s got a big, powerful motor which delivers four different modes of vibration at five levels of intensity. Best of all, the Form 4 comes with a wireless recharging base and a three year limited warranty. This is definitely not your mother’s vibrator.

But it could be…

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re giving a Form 4 to one lucky mom.

How to enter

Post a comment on this blog, paying tribute to the mother in your life. She could be your mom, your partner, your spouse or a friend. She could be anyone you think deserves recognition on this upcoming Mother’s Day.

On Friday, at noon PST, we’ll award the Form 4 to our favorite entry. Beats sending flowers, doesn’t it?

Now, we hate to sound like Dr. Freud, but please, “Tell us all about your mother….”

 

Mar 29 2011

The Winners Of Our Fun Factory Duke Giveaway

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by thepleasurechest

We didn’t get too many entries in our contest to win the Fun Factory Duke, but the ones we got were very detailed. While an apparently large part of our readership seems intimidated by the Duke’s unique design, those who did participate in the contest, seemed eager to be, uh, entered.

The winner, chosen at random, from among a dozen entries is Ryan from New York City! Ryan describes himself as a bisexual ex-Mormon, who was inducted into the pleasures of prostate play by a patient partner. Here’s his account of his first experience:

“At first it was a bit strange but then I could feel this crazy energy building…as I got closer to orgasm it became more and more intense..just when I thought I was going to blow, I didn’t..building, building then BAM!*!@@$** fireworks, stars, lightning, angels singing, sheet tearing WOW! The most amazing and long lasting orgasm I’ve ever experienced in my life. At the risk of over-share (if we’re not there already haha) I don’t shoot much further than my stomach/chest but this time (from the foot of the bed) I managed to hit the wall above the headboard with almost every shot. All of this without EVER touching my penis. I was completely exhausted afterwards. I wouldn’t have believed it if it didn’t happen to me. Amazing!”

It sounds like the Duke will fit nicely into Ryan’s, uh, repertoire! And, since he mentioned it, we just want to assure Ryan and the rest of our readers that it’s impossible to over-share with us. We love all the juicy details. Otherwise, we’d be working at a Starbucks or something.

The runner up prize goes to our favorite entry, submitted by Plastic Robot, also of New York City. Where the Tin Man needed a heart to feel whole, Plastic Robot just needs a Duke to fill his hole. We didn’t realize robots even had anuses, much less prostates, until we read this amazing testimonial.

“I have known for some time that an important part of me is missing. I have had some upgrades to my endoskeleton and even to my programming, this year, but still that feeling lingered. When I laid my eyes upon the beautiful matte silicone of this unit, there was a sensation in my circuits that told me this was the perfect fit. I feel certain that installation of the Fun Factory Duke would complete my assimilation to a fully functional pleasure-bot and I am sure that activation of this unit would compel me to sing the praises of Pleasure Chest, without even requiring autotune. Thank You for your kind consideration.”

Congratulations, robot friend. You win the $20 Pleasure Chest gift card. That’s not enough credit for a Duke, but it should keep you in lube for the next few months. Robot pro tip: Don’t use silicone lube on your sexy silicone skin. Malfunction!

Thanks to everyone who participated and over-shared!

Mar 15 2011

Sweet little lies. The winners of our Yooo Contest!

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by thepleasurechest

Last week, we introduced you to the Fun Factory Yooo. This quirky-looking, high tech toy has three balls containing two separate vibes all covered in a brightly-colored silicone skin with a satin finish. In our contest, we asked you to explain the purpose of the Yooo, if you were being interrogated by a nosy neighbor or a tough-as-nails TSA agent. We got a lot of creative and funny entries. You’re all great liars! We took a vote here at TPC headquarters and we’ve picked a winner…

Congratulations to Margie from Illinois for this entry:

It’s my new alarm clock. It has 2 alarms built in and when it’s set you place it under your pillow and it vibrates to wake you up. There’s a soft, and strong setting, so when you need to get up early you can use this , so everyone else can stay sleeping.

Sounds completely plausible to us, Margie! Rise and shine, because a brand new Yooo is just around the corner!

Our runner up winner is D. from California with this submission:

It’s a molecular model for hydrogen dioxide. One hydrogen atom and two oxygen atoms form a covalent bond, sharing electrons which vibrate to keep the molecule together.

Verrry clever, D. We can imagine a whole new line of vibrators designed for science geeks! You’ll be getting our $20 gift card.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair. You’re all talented liars, as far as we’re concerned. And another Fun Factory giveaway is coming up soon!

Mar 09 2011

Yooo, Who? What is that thing & how can I win one?

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by thepleasurechest

Fun Factory Yooo

The geniuses at German adult toy company Fun Factory consistently live up to their name. Fun Factory toys combine the best materials and powerful functions, with a sometimes whimsical, sometimes WTF design sensibility. We imagine that their headquarters must look like the Willy Wonka factory of sex gadgets. If there’s a vibrating equivalent of an Everlasting Gobstopper hidden in their warehouse, we want it!

Meet their latest creation: the Yooo (pronounced like “you!”) Consisting of three balls, two powerful motors, 8 vibration levels, 3 pulse patterns and a body safe silicone skin, the Yooo, is one of the most versatile gadgets we’ve ever seen. And, you’re in luck, because the fine folks at Fun Factory are letting us give one away!

The contest

We like the funny shape of the Yooo, and we think it’s one of the stealthiest sex toys ever made. So, here’s the contest. Pretend your new Yooo has just been discovered by a nosy neighbor, a prying parent or a tough TSA employee. Imagine (if you can) that you’re not a shameless exhibitionist and actually want to keep the Yooo’s true purpose a secret.

What will you call this device? And what will you say it is for?

How to enter

Submit your entry, naming and explaining this imaginary product in the comment field of this blogpost. You don’t need to use your real name, but be sure to supply a valid email address so we can contact you. Only one entry per person, please!

On Monday, March 14th at 10AM PST, we’ll pick the most creative answer! Our runner up entry will win a $20 gift card to The Pleasure Chest!

It’s that simple. So, tell us again. What is that thing I found in your purse? And what is it for?

Good luck!

Feb 21 2011

Get Out of the Toolbox & Into the Toybox

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by thepleasurechest

A story in Salon over the weekend, confirms what we at the Pleasure Chest have known for awhile now– men buy vibrators! The article focuses exclusively on men purchasing toys to use with a female partner, ignoring that couples of all genders and orientations use vibrators to enhance their sex lives. Here’s the gist of it:

It’s only recently that sex toys became an accepted symbol of a man’s sexual prowess. Once upon a time, vibrators were seen as posing a threat to masculinity — something that might outperform, maybe even replace, men in the bedroom. But now they’re seen as a useful item in a guy’s toolbox, and many see them as no more emasculating than a power drill. It’s not like 20-somethings are carrying around pocket vibes like condoms, but men are increasingly open to sharing the bed with them.

We agree! But while the article makes some good points, it also reinforces male fixations about sexual performance, and ignores an even more growing trend– dudes are buying vibrators to get themselves off.

Penis Vibrators

In addition to masturbation sleeves like those made by Tenga and Fleshlight, there’s a new breed of vibes vying to grab a piece of the male market. A few months ago we told you about the Cobra Libre, a vibrating masturbation toy that looks like a race car or an old school electric shaver.

Fun Factory Cobra Libre

The Cobra Libre is waterproof, rechargeable and made of soft, body-safe silicone. The inside of the sleeve is designed with all the right contours, and the motor has three speeds, and multiple pulsation patterns. This is a long way from masturbating with a tube sock!

A cheaper and goofier alternative to the Cobra Libre is the Maneater, a vibrating masturbation toy, designed to look like a one-eyed green alien. Unlike the Cobra Libre, you don’t actually insert your penis in the toy. Instead, you use the curved surface of the open “mouth” to rub your cock while the three speeds of vibration add to the stimulation.

Cheeky Boy

Vibrating Anal Toys

Just as boys are discovering the joys of vibration, they’re also learning to love their butts. Anal toys are more popular than ever, and many of the latest add vibration to the mix. As straight guys begin to realize that putting things in your butt doesn’t make you gay, toy companies are beginning to tap that, uh, untapped market. The Cheeky Boy is one of many anal toys that offer P-spot (prostate) stimulation with a little extra buzz. The anal “beads” make a curved line directly for the prostate, while the outer part of the toy presses against the perineum. Once the bullet vibe is switched on, the user can enjoy “rocking” the Cheeky Boy for an explosive orgasm, that no simple handjob could create.

Vibrators for Couples

If he has someone to play with, there are a number of vibrating toys, designed to get him off while offering stimulation to his partner. The most common is the vibrating cockring. Tantus makes one of the best vibrating cockrings around. The high quality silicone conducts vibrations throughout the whole ring, not just at the site of the vibe. The vibrator can be turned upward to offer clitoral stimulation during intercourse, or downward to stimulate the balls and shaft during masturbation.

We Vibe

The latest innovation in vibrators for partner sex is the We Vibe. Specifically made to be worn by a woman during intercourse, the We Vibe’s unique design actually has lots of applications for people of all bodies and genders. When used vaginally, the We Vibe offers separate vibration to both the clitoris and the G-spot while leaving room for penetration. It’s  a rechargeable, silicone vibrator that enhances pleasure for both partners, without getting in the way of intercourse.

It Shouldn’t Feel Like Work!

As you can probably see, we think that Salon‘s “toolbox” analogy is too work-oriented. Men shouldn’t think of vibrators as tools to fix their sex lives nor should they think of themselves as handymen in the bedroom (unless they enjoy that kind of roleplay.)

We prefer the toybox idea, because of its focus on the mutual expressions of imagination, creativity and pleasure. As men become less fixated on performance and more focused on enjoyment, we expect to see even more toys designed for boys and their bits.

Feb 10 2011

Pangao Breast Enhancer. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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by thepleasurechest

We’ve got the dirt on last month’s poll about the lint roller with a vibrator hidden inside. 62% of you would gladly take L’Intimate out for a spin, while just 12% want it to stay hidden. We’re also proud to report that 27% of you don’t bother to hide your sex toys at all. Now, that’s what we call “true grit.” Stick with us, because L’Intimate might be rolling into a store near you soon.

This week’s contestant on Turn On or Buzz Off is a vibrating bra. Or as its Chinese manufacturer Pangao calls it, a “Breast Enhancer.” Why would you want such a product? Allow the very enlightened feminists at Pangao’s marketing department to explain:

A well-developed and sexy cleavage is a symbol of a female’s charm. The female breasts are not only meant for feeding babies; they are an important part of a woman’s body. Every woman dreams of having beautiful and sexy breasts as this is perceived as being attractive.

Pangao Breast Enhancer is the best gift for every woman. By using it often, it can prevent and cure breast diseases and enhance the shape of one’s cleavage.

But how does this miracle product work? Read on:

PANGAO Breast Enhancer stimulates the female breast, accelerates blood circulation and activates cell renewal and hormone secretion through physical massage by the vibration balls found within the enhancer. Thus, the female breast is obviously enlarged and will look more rounded, sexy and youthful

PANGAO Breast Enhancer effectively pushes up the breast, dredges breast glands, eliminates blood stasis and prevents breast diseases and breast from flaccid. It also moves fat from problem areas to give a well-shaped figure. If used often, it can prevent insomnia, increase immunity to diseases and assist in better internal secretion.

Wow, it’s too bad the name “Wonder Bra” was already taken! And if you don’t believe the copywriters from Pangao, just check out the celebrity endorsements. Here’s a clip of Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston dredging their breast glands on national television.

As sex positive folks who like breasts in all shapes and sizes, we’re not sure that the vibrating bra is something we can, uh, support. Our cups runneth over with companies preying on women’s insecurities to make a quick buck. Still, the boobs running Pangao may have another agenda in mind. Vibrators of yore were often sold for their “health” properties, so perhaps this vibrating bra is really a stealth sex toy. Would the extra jiggle make you giggle? Does the vibrating bra make you titter? Or just angry and bitter?

Feb 03 2011

The Kinky States of America Map

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by thepleasurechest

We’re honestly a little puzzled about how to read the map above, but the overall project is pretty damned fascinating. Here’s an explanation from artist R. Luke Dubois:

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy.

Some initial findings?

New York City’s most frequently used online dating word, for example, is ‘Now’—confirming just about every Type A stereotype of our town’s inhabitants. (In Chicago, incidentally, it’s ‘Always’. And in L.A., ‘Acting.’)

Having some familiarity with the online dating scene in Los Angeles, we downloaded a map of the words associated with our neck of the woods, and the results are fascinating.

We really wish the artist had identified the actual zip codes and neighborhoods these words correspond to, because frankly, we’re not too familiar with maps of LA. But, if we’re reading this map correctly, Westsiders used words like “enchanting,” “lingerie,” “beingness” and “sexual” but also “misanthropic,” “misogynistic,” and “phony.” Equally jarring, in South LA, is the prominence of the words “suicidal” and “inmate,” sandwiched between “waif” to the west and “neurosis” to the east. We’re guessing “chutzpah” designates the Fairfax District, while “augmentation” and “screenwriter”  identify that amorphous area known as Hollywood. And, of course, the word “gaffer” is unique to LA!

If you want to see which words define the singles scene in your neighborhood, you can view and download maps for your city or state here.


Jan 20 2011

After Hours with the Club Vibe

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by thepleasurechest

Jenae, our intrepid Sex Specialist, popped the Club Vibe in her pants and hit the dance floor. Here’s the buzz.

I might be a club-goer. I might be that girl who happens to be at every party you thought you couldn’t get on the list for. My friends call me Lesbian Google, because I can find any good club night within a 15 mile radius.

Yup. I’m that girl. The girl who is always ready for a club night and a good time. The Club Vibe is “Pleasure Remixed” and I got a chance to remix some pleasure one night at a Chicago hotspot. The club I chose is open till 4am and known for attracting local oddities so I knew I wouldn’t look out of place with a wire sticking out of my pants. Yes, the Club Vibe is wired from bullet to remote. So it’s not a discreet as some might like.

The remote is actually a little receiver that picks up ambient noise from whatever space you’re in. If you are wearing the receiver box like a pager, be aware your clothes will be creating most of the shuffle noise you are “receiving” in your pants. I decided to go for the gusto and not care if anyone saw the wire poking out of my dress. I stealthily inserted the little bullet into the panty gusset and turned it on.  In the bathroom the club vibe picked up on the bass right away. There was a steady “boom boom boom” that got me really excited to join in on the fun!

I walked outside and got a HUGE jolt. The Club Vibe definitely picks up on all the noise around you and does not have discernible taste. Once it hears the nightlife, it’s got to boogie and that boogie will burn your clit off!  My advice? Steer clear of the clubs with this vibe but definitely take it out to any smaller bar with a nice back beat and lots of strangers conversing. You will definitely not be bored with the background chatter!