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Oct 01 2012

Nina Hartley, Comedy & Our 2nd Erotic Art ShowFree Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

We hope you’re free this week, because we’re hosting Nina Hartley for a three night stand of sexy and informative workshops in our Chicago store. Learn about threesomes on Tuesday, oral sex on Wednesday and foreplay on Thursday.

Then, stick around all month long for lessons from our seasoned Sex Specialists, the return of our annual Erotic Art Show and another installment of our Performance Anxiety comedy night. And did we mention that all of this free? Join us!

Threesomes & Then Some with Nina Hartley
Tuesday, October 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn threesome decorum with sexpert and lifestyle non-monogamist Nina Hartley. Nina and her partner enjoy true love, commitment, and an active swinging sex life. Using her personal experience and professional expertise, she’ll guide you through negotiations with your partner, flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, October 3rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Adult actress & sex educator Nina Hartley shares tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. She’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

The Art of the Tease with Nina Hartley
Thursday, October 4th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to learn the erotic art of seduction? Let Nina Hartley teach you how to tantalize and arouse your partner (and yourself) while bringing more excitement into your sex life. You’ll learn foreplay techniques to tease and please, including stripping, lapdancing and more.  

Toys for Boys with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, October 10th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Think adult toys are for women only? Au contraire! From prostate massagers and penis pumps to vibrating rings and sensual strokers, there are tons of toys to perk up your penis! We’ll introduce you to the best toys for boys, how they can enhance solo and partner sex, and how to “borrow” products that are marketed to women for your own personal pleasure.

 

 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, October 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. The show will feature appearances by Kenny DeForestGoodrich GevaartKris SimmonsJoe McAdamand The Puterbaugh Sisters.

50 Shades of Pleasure with Antoinette
Wednesday, October 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Inspired by the Fifty Shades books, which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Erotic Art Show
Friday, October 19th @ 7-10pm FREE!

The Pleasure Chest presents the return of our 2nd Annual Erotic Art show, showcasing Chicago artists and their sexiest, most provocative work for your perusal and purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find… inspirational. Meet the artists over wine and cheese and shop for things that will help you discover your own art of sex!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, October 24th @ 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.

Dec 29 2011

8 Unusual Products Sold By Our Chinese Namesake

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We just stumbled upon a Chinese website calling itself Pleasure Chest and we couldn’t resist poking around to see what’s on offer. Now we can share our findings with you. Or, to echo the immortal words of the company’s about page, “Join us, Let’s achieve the mutual benefits from this moment.” Here are our favorite curiosities sold by our Chinese namesake.

1. "Eyelash" cockring

This cockring is supposedly made from “eyelash.” Since it does not vibrate, they’ve helpfully listed “by hand” next to the type of batteries it takes. We’re a bit mystified as to why anyone would want a cockring made of eyelashes, and we’re afraid to ask how the materials have been sourced. Also, we are too horrified to post the photo of the “cow eyelash” cockring.

2. "Teaser" hand-shaped vibrator

This hand-shaped vibrator is called Teaser. The website helpfully informs us that “The device is mainly used to rub at female pudendum (or other sensitive parts).” But in a flourish worthy of a David Cronenberg film, the copywriter suggests that the toy is meant as a tongue/hand hybrid.

“It imitates human tongue,sexy,soft and flexible,which can bring more vibration than real tongue.It is made of organosilicon resin and soft enough to be bent easily.Taste buds are fully covered on the hand,and which will add more rubbing orgasm.”

It’s your basic vibrating taste bud-covered hand for rubbing the pudendum. Where do we sign up?

3. "Perfect" Masturbation Cup

Does this “Perfect” Masturbation cup look familiar? Well, it ought to, because it’s a near perfect knockoff of the famous Tenga masturbation sleeve. The design is nearly identical, and it’s not the only Tenga-ish product our Chinese competitor carries. They’ve also got some sleeves that remind us of the Fleshlight product line, including this “anus flashlight.” 

4. "Dildo Vibrator" sex machine

This puzzling sex machine comes with an AC power cord and a wireless remote control. We’re not exactly sure how one is supposed to mount this contraption, but it looks perilous. The company also sells another sex machine which looks handy for carrying your old 45 record collection around in. That is, if you don’t mind a side-mounted dildo on the box.

5. Sexy Men's Wear

Pleasure Chest China also sells lingerie. Their splash page touts, “If you wanna become a sexy woman, please come in now!” But it’s the men’s lingerie that truly impresses. This strappy red number is great for showing off your basket, but for sheer WTF design, we love the crisscrossing pattern on the white panty pictured above.

6. Hentai Masturbation Sleeve

If you love anime and manga, especially the XXX genre known as “hentai,” then you’re probably already lusting after this masturbation sleeve. It’s a few degrees removed in perversity from the downright cute Hello Kitty vibrator that we sell.

7. Beaded Cockring

Yup, as far as we can tell, those are just Mardi Gras beads sold as a cockring.

8. Chef Vibrator

There are many wonderful vibrators on this site. The splash page shows a number of vegetable-shaped vibrators, from eggplant to corn, that we would love to try out. It’s the anthropomorphic vibes, however, that are the most entertaining. This mustachioed chef is our favorite, but the cowboy and the nurse are also adorable.

How can you order from the Chinese Pleasure Chest? Their minimalist FAQ is a tad frustrating. A sampling:

Q: What’s the MOQ?

A: we always don’t have moq,

Q: Can you accept drop ship?

A: NO,we can .

Intriguing!

We suppose we could launch a full investigation into this odd company with its familiar name and truly strange toys. But that would ruin the mystery.  Can we explain this website and its odd wares? No, we can!

 

 

 

 

Dec 06 2011

Gift Ideas for Him

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by thepleasurechest

If your guy is tired of ties and socks, give him something he really wants. Here are three of our most popular toys designed for dudes. No matter what you choose to give, don’t forget to take advantage of our free shipping offer on orders of $50 or more.

Cobra Libre $149.95

Cobra Libre
A vibrator for the penis 

“…It vibrates, and these vibrations range from mild to wildly intense. It’s also rechargeable and fully submersible so you can safely use it under water…Slight jerking motions and twists are all you need to send shivers down your spine literally!“- Brandon B

 

To see the Cobra Libre in action, check out this demonstration video.

 

Tenga Egg $7.95

Tenga Egg
Male masturbation sleeve

These eggs have a surprise inside – an ultra-soft stroking sleeve for men, with lube included! Use it solo or to spice up a hand-job. 6 wild textures to choose from. The perfect stocking stuffer.

 

Aneros $57.95

Aneros MGX
Revolutionary prostate stimulator

The orgasms I have with her while using the Aneros are absolutely unbelievable…They are the most intense orgasms I’ve ever had. She loves it. I love it. And the shared sexual experience is extremely intimate.”- customer review.

If your guy is 5′ 6″ or shorter, you should consider the Aneros SGX. For something extra special, there’s also the stainless steel Aneros Tempo.

 

O Wow! $19.95

O Wow!
Vibrating cockring from Screaming O

This waterproof, wireless toy fits snugly around his penis and provides up to 60 minutes of buzzing fun. Best of all, it runs on replaceable batteries, for repeated sessions of screaming pleasure. Meet him under the mistletoe and switch it on.


 

 

Jun 27 2011

Furries Invade Pittsburgh, Weird Al Goes Gaga & Gay Marriage Comes to NY

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by thepleasurechest

Here are all the links we liked last week!

  • In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or chained to a bed (lucky!) all weekend you probably already know that the state of New York legalized gay marriage late Friday night. You could read any number of articles about this historic vote, but we prefer this animated report from the geniuses at Taiwan News.

Here comes the bride.

  • Speaking of marriage, we wonder what the creator of this “feminist wedding dress” thinks about tying the knot.
  • A new study claimed that women’s “gaydar” functions best during ovulation, while another suggested that women are more likely to achieve simultaneous orgasm when their male partners are hot.

  • From hot to cold. Nearly 400 people in Wales stripped off and jumping into freezing water to break the world’s record for the largest skinny dip and to raise funds for cancer research.
  • Our friend Jamye Waxman reported on five reasons why porn might be teaching you bad sex. And they’re not the reasons you might think.
  • Despite what you’ve seen in movies, time travel and sex just don’t mix. That’s what a new study of brine shrimp (sea monkeys!) indicated anyways.

  • Cracked investigated the ancient art of the dick joke, showing that penis drawings and potty humor are older than we think.

  • Over 4,500 furries returned to Pittsburgh last weekend for the 6th annual Anthrocon. The city expected to make $5.3 million from the event, and hotels were packed, with attendees sleeping four to a room at the Westin. Woof!

  • “When Shubin was a 17-year-old high school student, his stepmother became pregnant with twins. Doctors advised her not to engage in sex throughout the high-risk pregnancy—so Shubin’s father, Steve, nosed around for an alternative form of release. When Steve couldn’t locate a realistic stand-in vagina on the market, he began drawing plans to craft his own.”

    Yes, that’s the origin story for the Fleshlight, the world’s most popular male masturbation toy.

 

  • Food porn? Queerty dug up this clip from “Cooking with Beefcake Too!” a bawdy cooking video from the 80s, hosted by a lecherous Jaye P. Morgan.
  • Crystal at Autostraddle shared her top 10 lesbian romance novels.
  • The Beaver Whisperer talked about STIs in the lesbian community.
  • As numerous gossip sites informed us, Jennifer Love Hewitt is a proud customer of our LA store. But where is this Pleasure Chest “bar” the paparazzi are talking about? We’re thirsty!

  • Last, but by no means least, Weird Al Yankovic released his long-awaited parody of Lady Gaga, proving that he can out-queer the reigning queen of pop.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

May 13 2011

This Week’s Best of the Chest

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by thepleasurechest

Each day, we try to post amusing, informative and unusual links and articles covering the wide range of human sexuality. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you’re probably already familiar with our daily feeding frenzy. For those who don’t, we decided it would be fun to post an end o’ the week review of the stuff that got our attention on the internet. This is the week’s best links from your friends at the Chest.

The Daily Show – Minneapolis Is the New Gay
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Speaking of San Francisco, The Daily Show this week asked “Is Minneapolis gayer than San Francisco?”

Who's your daddy?

  • “For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.” - Chaz Bono, on the difference between gender and orientation and his path to becoming a man.

 

  • We’re not sure how we missed this, but last month some enterprising safe sex advocates staged a most unusual stunt at the Washington Monument. Keep America safe!

  • The Good Men Project asked the perennial question: Does Size Matter? We don’t know, but Lady Gaga’s giant penis stilettos are the only reason we’d ever tune in to watch American Idol. Too bad those heels at the Fox network censored them.

The boner machine?

 

  • Finally, though this happened 10 whole days ago, we can’t resist mentioning that one of our music heroes, Black Francis (yes, from Pixies!), randomly tweeted us to say “I just got turned on.” And we don’t think he’s talking about his guitar amp.

If you also get aroused by seeing sexy stuff in your daily feed, you can follow our LA, NY and Chicago stores on Twitter.

 

 

“For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.”

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.

Dec 31 2010

The Maneater. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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For last week’s holiday edition of Turn On or Buzz Off, we asked you about the Chocolate Santa with Buttplug, a curious confection dreamed up by conceptual artist Paul McCarthy. The votes are in and over 60% of respondents had a sweet tooth for jolly Old St. Nick and the oddly familiar object clutched in his hand.  Unfortunately, this kinky treat hit the market over three years ago, and can likely only be found in the chocolate-stained clutches of your finer art collectors. So, sadly Chocolate Santa with Buttplug will not be coming to a Pleasure Chest near you.

This week’s contestant is most definitely not a gallery piece, and you probably wouldn’t want to try eating it (though it definitely wants to eat you.) Introducing The Maneater, a terrifying, bright green beast from outer space, who wants to um, suck on your cock. How does he do this? Here’s what the manufacturer, Big Teaze Toys has to say:

The insatiable MANEATERS toys for boys have a voracious appetite and will stop at nothing to bring YOU pleasure. With just a simple squeeze to its bellybutton, you are engulfed with one of three groan-inducing speeds. How’s the clean-up, you ask?  Let’s just say that everything about the MANEATERS is quick and easy…

Oh yeah, he’s also waterproof, phthalate-free and runs off of 2 AA batteries. The Maneater reminds us of the juvenile style of the Bzzzbuddies, (which most of you loved) from a few weeks ago. It could easily be mistaken for a kids’ toy. But, mostly we’re worried about looking ridiculous while using this thing to get off. Will your boyfriend or girlfriend be jealous of this one-eyed monster? Or will you simply look silly with this creature gnawing on your junk? What do you think? The Maneater. Turn on or Buzz Off?

Sep 02 2010

Cobra Libre “made me cum like a freight train.”

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Matt from our Chicago store took the new Cobra Libre from Fun Factory out for a spin, and filed this report…

First off, the toy itself is much larger than images online make it seem. This is a good thing! It looks sort of like a cross between an ice-hockey zamboni and a car you might see in the movie TRON. Somehow, this made me want to stick my boner in there. I’m usually not the typical dude that gets turned on by sports stuff and cars, but I guess I’m a closeted jock or frat boy or something. Yikes. Anyways.

"If you needed to take a semen sample for whatever reason, this would be a great toy to use!"

There are good things and there are one or two bad things about this toy. The good: it feels great! It’s very unique in that it encapsulates the head of the penis, where the most sensation is. Very smart! It’s rechargeable, so you don’t need to buy batteries. It’s waterproof, so you can get lube or other liquids all over it without worrying about damaging the toy. This makes cleaning very easy. Most importantly, it feels amazing. It has a bunch of different vibration modes, so you won’t get bored. It pulses, escalates, etc. Amazing. It has low, medium and high speeds. The vibration is intense. It felt like it was surging through my whole body at one point! Crazy. When you blow a load, it’s collected pretty easily inside the toy, so you can just dump it and wash it out. If you needed to take a semen sample for whatever reason, this would be a great toy to use!

The bad things about the toy are very slight. The control is a sensitive three-button touch pad. It’s a little TOO sensitive. A couple times I accidentally grazed the touch pad and it changed modes, which is annoying, but not terribly frustrating. Also, it seems like the touch pad doesn’t react well when it gets lube on it. I’m a little enthusiastic when it comes to lube use, so maybe I used too much. Either way, when I did want to change modes, it seemed hard to change if there was lube on the control. Again, it was annoying, but wasn’t that big of a deal. So the touch pad was both too sensitive at times and other times not sensitive enough. But again, no big deal. It still made me cum like a freight train.

In summary, this toy is awesome. The negatives are slight. Altogether, I enjoy it VERY highly and can’t wait to use it again. The price tag is a little hefty, but it’s designed to last 500 charge cycles, so it’ll give you pleasure for a long time. I imagine this toy will be used all the way up to that 500th charge!

Jun 09 2010

Not phallic: Fabulous! Not a vagina: Still feels fine(a)!

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by thepleasurechest

Yesterday I read an article on MSNBC about a sex shop in Bahrain. It was really fascinating to read about how this little shop is thriving in the Middle East. According to the store’s owner, sex toys are permitted in Islamic law between married couples as long as they don’t replicate “sensitive parts of the body” (I’m going to go ahead and assume she means genitals) but things like vibrating rings are ok. She says she hasn’t really had any trouble from the people and the government (a few things get tangled in customs), and it’s certainly refreshing to hear about sexuality and pleasure discussed openly, in any country.

Of course, we love our Shafts and Fleshlights like crazy here at The Pleasure Chest, but there are a lot of great toys that are more… discreet.

The newest of which are Tenga products from Japan, which look like bottles of lotion or shampoo but house a remarkably realistic and sensual-feeling masturbation sleeve, pre-lubed and ready to go. Sticking my finger in one of those things is right up there with waiting in line at Coachella on my “Times I Wish I Had a Penis” list.

Then there’s the new Better Than Chocolate vibrator by Nomi Tang. This luxury vibe feels smooth and silky in the hand, with an ergonomic shape (in your face, carpal tunnel!) and easy-to-use touch-sensitive controls. That’s right, the speeds go up and down and even lock with a swipe of your finger. It’s an iPad for your clit! Love.

Also, while I fully advocate sex toys for non-coupled (and non-married) people, it should be noted that both of these toys can be fun for two as well. Give your hand-jobs a hand with the Tenga sleeves, or nestle Better Than Chocolate between two bodies for simultaneous sensations. Fun for everyone!