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Feb 06 2012

Going to the Mat with the We-Vibe 3

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by thepleasurechest

The new We-Vibe 3 is 40% stronger than its famous predecessor. Can you handle the difference? We asked web department heavyweight Lillian to wrestle with this question. She got in the ring with the We-Vibe 3 and emerged victorious…

I was very excited to get to try out the We-Vibe 3.  I plugged the handy charger/case right in once I got home so that in 24 hours, I could take it for a test drive.  The charging station is one of my favorite things about this product—I can carry it in my purse without the toy banging around and collecting lint, and it even has a spot for the remote control!  The toy itself is beautifully designed and made of top-notch materials. I give it top marks in overall presentation and storage design.

"I ended up grinding so violently that I broke the bed."

For me at least, the We-Vibe 3 is not a hands-free toy.  My G-Spot is closer to the vaginal opening than average (about ¾ of an inch in, compared to 2-3 inches in), so inserting the toy fully misses my G-Spot almost entirely.  I need to hold it to keep the G-Spot end in place.  The external end is much stronger than that of its predecessor, and once I started using my hand to vary the pressure against my clit, the sensation really improved.  Grinding against my pillow, comforter or partner with it in was even better, although I still had to keep a hand on the toy to keep it from falling out.  I ended up grinding so violently that I broke the bed (the third one I’ve broken this way), which, though definitely a sign of a good time, is something I try to avoid.

As far as dual stimulation is concerned, nothing is going to knock the Pure Wand and Form 2 combo out of 1st place for me.  The We-Vibe 3 probably isn’t going to make it into my regular rotation of masturbation tools, but it’s a great addition to frottage and I definitely look forward to wearing it under my harness during my next pegging session.

Dec 19 2011

Zing! Podcasting & Playing with the We-Vibe 3

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by thepleasurechest

Ah, the things we do in the name of science. We asked Sex Nerd Sandra to experiment with the new We-Vibe 3. She decided to try it live on the internets. Enjoy the podcast here and read her findings below…

Slipping on the We-Vibe 3 before a podcast recording, I handed my guest the remote control with the instructions, “Do what you will.” She waited until the conversation got into full swing, then “Zing!” The sudden buzz in the middle of my sentence left my heart racing and my endorphins rushing. Plus the whole place shook with laughter. Ah, fun with friends.

I love that this toy is designed so that it’s not too bulky. I even forgot I was wearing it unless I squeezed my PC muscles. The one drawback was that sometimes the signal wouldn’t reach the We-Vibe unless I had my legs uncrossed. Still, it was a tingly good time, and it could be super hot at the dinner table. Just wear tight panties if you’re going to be walking around a lot. I waddled a bit on my way back to the restroom afterward.

"...left my heart racing and my endorphins rushing."

During sexy time, The We-Vibe III‘s remote made for much easier vibration adjustment. The remote was surprisingly useful—we didn’t have to reach down between our bodies to play with the 6 different settings.  And woo-doggy! That 40% stronger vibration is just that. Niiice.

My favorite moment was when I had a fabulous new sensation lying on my side, with my partner on top. As someone who rarely experiences G-Spot stimulation during vaginal penetration, the toy totally helped work this out. It was magical. All thanks to the way my partner & the We-Vibe 3 lined up with my anatomy. If using this toy during penetration, I would definitely try a water-based lube. It helps to keep down the friction for anything or anybody gliding up against the toy.

Dec 19 2011

Sweet on the Sugar Pop

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by thepleasurechest

When shopping for sex toys, it’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy shop. Enter the aptly-named Sugar Pop from Vibratex. We sent Chicago Sex Specialist Antoinette Hancock home with a free sample and she’s coming back for seconds.

The Sugar Pop is soft, translucent hot-pink elastomer, and has so far consistently sold out in the store, standing out as it does in both color and obvious function: whereas most of their ‘beaded’ toys have two or three rows of beads in a small part of the shaft, most of the Sugar Pop‘s shaft is beads, shiny silver ones, mounted in four dramatically alternating discs. This toy doesn’t just rotate, it wiggles. It also reverses direction, and rotates and vibrates in patterns that are adjustable in both style and strength. It is also, glory of glories, water resistant. These are all the things that would formerly make customers go for an equally expensive unwarrantied mystery-meat rabbit instead of a tried and true Vibratex product. I expect that to happen a lot less now. This is a striking toy that calls attention to itself right away, and it does a good job at fulfilling the hopes and expectations that swim into one’s head upon looking at it.

The soft plastic housing is similar to the Butterfly: round ribbed ‘beehive’ head, ribbed shaft, and the clit critter is a winged, antennae-d, benubbied thing sitting perpendicular and rather close to the shaft. This was the one thing I think could be improved on the toy. Many of their toys have the critter at an angle, and a precious few have it mounted in such a way as to flex easily to multiple angles. The fit on the clit is what makes these babies work so well, so I’d like to see more of them made in such a way that guarantees pleasure to flat and fat vulvas alike. Being on the fatter side, I found the butterfly guy to be wonderfully powerful, but more than a wee bit pinchy on my sensitive button. I think it will pinch half of us; a quarter of us intolerably. Vibratex, heed my cry! More flex to your doo-dads!

"'...speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’"

As with the Butterfly, the clit stim is strong; that other was strong enough to have been called the ‘clit sander’ once upon a time in our shop. The vibration is deep, rumbly and rowdy. This is not a quiet toy, but the ebullient pink wiggly beadiness is not likely to attract the shyer customer in the first place. The nubbins on the belly of the bug give texture to the vibration, and the wings and antennae can deliver a fine, shivery sensation when held at certain angles outside the body. There are four speeds and five patterns available, the speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’ The improved variation of function makes this more accessible to someone who needs to vary their clitoral stimulation frequently along the course of their ride.

Rabbit-style toys can be frustrating for some due to the almost impolite thoroughness of their whamming and bamming and thank-you-ma’aming. It’s a great, deep orgasm, but if you blink, you might miss it. This can be avoided by making the toy bend to your will: lots of external rubbing with the vibrating piece before insertion, using lube, inserting slowly once the body opens up with both motors off, and then varying the speeds of both shaft and vibrator according to how much sensation the body can handle without orgasming at each moment. The Sugar Pop, by offering so much more variation, allows the user to draw out this process in hundreds more new combinations. I tend to judge the greatness of a toy partially on how versatile it is, so this is a really good thing. There are four speeds and five patterns for each function, operated by small, responsive buttons on the white plastic handle. It’s easy to use, and that’s another important thing. If your product aggravates my carpal tunnel or someone’s auntie’s thumbs, it’s going to sit on the shelf no matter how strong it is–that is not a problem here. As soon as the user gets a hang of the patterns and combinations, a slow and controlled buildup is simple to achieve… if that is what is desired.

One of the best things about a dual-stim toy is its ability to instigate G-spot and vaginal orgasms, elusive things for some. The combination effect of a rabbit-style toy has taught many people to get there. I’ve already discussed the variability of the vibrator, but the wider, longer, shinier, prettier beaded shaft of this toy gives more stimulation to the vaginal walls than anything I’ve yet seen. I often think it’s easy to ‘tune out’ the sometimes more delicate vaginal sensations in favor of buzzing on the clit and pounding to the cervix. I also think that it’s easier to direct one’s own vaginal stimulation with a partner by being on top and guiding the motion with a swivel of the hips. The reduced friction and controlled internal pressure allow more focus on the vaginal canal itself. This can make it easier to achieve deep vaginal orgasms. It’s not the only way there, but it’s certainly a nice way, and one toys don’t always mimic.

The Sugar Pop does. The counter-rotating discs give a sinuous, up-and-down-and-around massage to the length of the canal when the toy is gently moved in and out, and it has four speeds and five patterns, just like the external piece. It is easier to purposely have a vaginal orgasm, or G-spot orgasm, or squirt with a partner once it’s happened for the first time, and sometimes a toy is what’s called for in order to teach the body these new connections between touch and response. This is a toy I will recommend again and again to people who like strong external sensation but would like to deepen or ‘awaken’ their internal responsiveness. It’s a nice medium size, but firmer than other Vibratex shafts due to the solidity of the beaded section, and very stimulating. With the caveat of a good lubricant, I would recommend this to ‘nice girls’ and size queens alike.

I’m really happy to see where Vibratex is going with their new designs. Water-resistance and patterned functions have become commonplace in the toy world, so many customers consider them necessities even if they’ve never used one before, and adding them allows Vibratex’s higher quality toys to compete with the poorly-made competing products that feature more bells and whistles. Dual stimulation is not for everyone—there are days it’s not for me—but this is one of the nicest toys in this style I’ve seen. The only improvement I think would make a big difference would be a more flexible external piece, but on the days dual-stim is for me, I’m not going to kick it out of bed for one little imperfection. If we were all so picky, the only things in our beds would be comic books, wine bottles and cookie crumbs.

Thanks, Vibratex and The Pleasure Chest!

 

 

Nov 29 2011

Be-Dazzling with Bijoux Mimi Rhinestone Pasties

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by thepleasurechest

Kitty, our resident burlesque performer, agreed to try out the Bijoux Mimi Rhinestone Pasties. She’s ready for an encore performance…

When we first started selling these pasties, I was so intrigued and drawn to the unique shape and color. These are great because they leave the nipples exposed and the colors are beautiful, especially the silver. As a stage performer, they worked perfectly in my show. They gave off the illusion of crystal rhinestones individually placed around my breasts and from a distance they were very brilliant and drew the audience directly to them.

"Ultra sexy and pairs well stockings and a garter belt or with just a smile!"

They’re also easy to apply. They are webbed together by a clear adhesive that holds the shape of the pastie. They stayed on well, even when I was sweating. While doing my finale, which involved pouring milk all over my body, they also stayed in place. When I removed them, I had no irritating marks. I think they are a one time use product, however, if you peel them off carefully, they can be reapplied with a little pastie glue. Once you peel them off, you have to be careful not to let the webbing fold or stick because this can ruin them by either tearing the webbing or losing some of the gems.

These pasties can complement any outfit. I’ve also worn them under a sheer blouse, which looked very hot. But in order for me to legally display them in public, I had to cover up my nipples. I did this by taking a pair of nude Nippies and cutting them into the shape of just the nipple area then placing the Mimi pasties over them.

Ultra sexy and pairs well with stockings and a garter belt or just with a smile!

Aug 23 2011

Buns of Steel: The Aneros Tempo Reviewed

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by thepleasurechest

We gave Sex Specialist Mike a Tempo and told him to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Here’s his illuminating review…

The sleek and slender shape of the Tempo makes it so easy for insertion and 100% comfortable when left inside. The shape of the handle is ideal for when I’m walking, sitting, or standing because it’s contoured to fit between the butt cheeks, but still large enough to not get sucked up into the ass. The Tempo couldn’t possibly feel any better, because the stainless steel makes it heavy. The weight puts a light pressure on my prostate, causing an awesome sensation. Another great feature of the stainless steel is the fact that I can use water based, silicone or oil based lubes when putting it in. The stainless steel is non-porous, so it’s also easy to clean with some soap and water.

"The Tempo couldn't possibly feel any better."

Last, but far from least, is the fact that the Tempo gives me a great workout. Having it inside for hours is easy and fun. My asshole is constantly squeezing on the Tempo, which makes Kegel exercises come more naturally. Even when I take it out, my muscles are still tightening up more often. It’s pretty cool.

This would also be a great toy for a woman who wants to feel the sensation of double penetration while having sex. The Tempo is so sleek that it’s not intimidating to have it in your ass. I highly recommend this toy for anyone who wants to experience some fun and easy ass play with zero drama.

Jun 16 2011

1, 2 & 3! Working Out with Ami

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by thepleasurechest

Liz from our NY store gave her PC muscles a workout with the Ami Vaginal Exerciser Kit. Here’s a progress report…

While I can’t claim that after a month of using these that my PC muscles are strong enough to break glass, I can say that they’re a lot of fun. I love that this is a system. Although I scoffed at the cute little Ami 1, (ahem, I am NOT a beginner) I gave it a whirl. If you bounce and jiggle around, or are just a general spazz like me, you can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside you. It’s subtle, but enough to add a fun twist to your day. I also did some of the recommended exercises in the manual. I’ve never actually done Kegel exercises with a toy to intentionally add resistance so that experience was… interesting.

"You can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside of you."

Slightly smaller and heavier, Ami 2 is my new best friend. I wore this around for close to three weeks. The experience was essentially the same as the Ami 1– a little rumbly, a little fun, but nothing too crazy. I did the recommended exercises with this one, too. It was slightly more difficult but I could see how this might be fun for someone who is concerned with their PC muscles being uber-toned.

On to Ami 3. OK, this little fucker kicked my ass. Ami 3 is totally heavy and much smaller; it practically fell out when I jumped up and down to test it. It also doesn’t have the same “rumble effect” as the other two Ami weights do. I tried to do the exercises with Ami 3 and couldn’t; it pulled right out. I wore this for a couple of days but then my paranoia kicked in and thoughts of it falling out on the train sent me back to Ami 2. Sigh. I guess I have some work to do.

Finally, I’m a sucker for the little inserts that come with the toys we carry. To my delight, the Ami manual is full of little tidbits of info. Not only does it have product knowledge about the toy, but also about the female body, Dr. Kegel, the benefits of strong PC muscles and how to find and exercise them. All in all, I think this is a great product.

May 09 2011

Bowling for Orgasms: A review of the Form 4

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by thepleasurechest

This month, we’d like to welcome Jess our new Los Angeles store manager to The Pleasure Chest family. We’d also like to announce the release of the Form 4, the newest luxury vibe from Jimmyjane. We sent Jess and the Form 4 home together. Only one of them came back to work.

"It was all strikes, all of the time."

Upon first glance of the Form 4, I wasn’t quite sold. My previous experience with the Form 2 left me numb, even on the lowest speed, and despite the sleek design I couldn’t see the Form 4 as anything but a miniature bowling pin. However, once I brought it into the bedroom, I’ll have you know there was nothing gutter ball or 7-10 split about it. It was all strikes, all of the time!

The head of the Form 4 is where the ultra powerful motor is located, so unlike other super strong vibrators, this one will not make your hand go numb (anyone looking for a little “stranger” action afterward is out of luck). It also has a slight bit of bend in the neck, which means it contours to your body wonderfully. In addition to all of this, it gives a great “full” sensation when inserted and the slight taper of the neck to the body of the toy feels incredible at the vaginal opening with some gentle (or not so gentle) thrusting action.

I feel like the range of speeds on the Form 4 is more broad than on previous Form models, which is great news for the very sensitive, the “Hitachi lover,” and everyone in between. It’s rechargeable, waterproof, made of a high grade silicone, has a three year warranty, and it makes me and my partner come every time? I couldn’t recommend this toy any more highly. It’s like it was sent straight from Heaven!

On a side note, the Form 4 is outstanding even when off and has replaced a bevy of “can’t live without” dildos in my house. If only it was harness ready… Oh! It’s also great for full body massage! Bravo, Form 4!

Apr 15 2011

L’Intimate. A stashcan for your vibrator!

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by thepleasurechest

A few months ago, in our Turn On or Buzz Off poll, we asked if you’d buy L’Intimate, a sticky solution to a sticky problem– hiding your sex toys from prying eyes. You couldn’t hide your enthusiasm, so now we’re carrying L’Intimate. I took it home for a spin. Here’s the dirt.

I have to admit that the concept of a lint roller disguising a vibrator was not initially appealing to me. Partially, this is because I’m an exhibitionist. Come to my house, and you’re likely to see the coffee table and nightstands littered with masturbation sleeves, prostate stimulators and bottles of lube. I also keep the latest issues of Harper’s and The Economist lying around just to class up the joint.

My other concern is a sanitary one. I associate lint rollers with dirt, grime, and (most of all) pet hair. My cat is a furball factory, and I generally like to keep his shedding away from my sticky sex toys.

“I would never suspect that there was a vibrator in here.”

All that being said, L’Intimate is kind of a neat product. The lint roller itself works well. My girlfriend tested it on her coat, after a long weekend trip. It collected all of the lint with a few rolls. I asked her if she could hear or feel the hidden vibrator rattling around inside the secret compartment, and she said “I would never suspect that there was a vibrator in here.” So, if you’re a private person, or (more likely) want the thrill of watching your guests using your vibrator’s carrying case to clean their coats, L’Intimate will do the trick.

The included vibrator from Doc Johnson might not, however. We tried it out, and it’s a standard plastic slimline vibe. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the Hitachi Magic Wand), my girlfriend rated the vibe a 1.5. Since the Hitachi still hasn’t fried her circuit board, she said this might be enough to get her off. But if you’re the kind of person who likes stronger vibration, the toy that comes with L’Intimate might not satisfy. Luckily, the compartment will accommodate most slimline vibes, so if you find one that works for you, L’Intimate could make a handy hiding place.

Even if you don’t use if for sex toys, you’ve got a functional lint roller for hiding contraband. Admit it: cops and parents can spot your phony Coca-Cola stashcan from a mile away. L’Intimate will roll way under the radar of nosy narcs.

Mar 02 2011

My Alien Friend: The Man Eater Reviewed

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by thepleasurechest

"Take me to your wiener!"

A few months ago, we ran a poll on this blog, asking if you’d let the Man Eater near your pole. This one-eyed, green space monster with a taste for human cock went down in defeat. But I remained curious. So, I asked for a specimen and abducted the Man Eater to run some tests back at my own private Area 51. Would I make a new friend like Elliot in E.T.? Or would this become an alien autopsy? Here’s what I discovered.

The Man Eater is actually pretty cool! He looks and feels like one of those collectible toys you see prominently displayed in the home of a comic book nerd or sci-fi fan. This is also part of his appeal. Assuming you keep him clean and wipe the come off his mouth, this little alien should fly under the radar of most of the terrestrial visitors to your house. He simply doesn’t look like a sex toy. The downside, of course, is that people, especially curious kids, might think he looks cool and want to pick him up and play with him. Keep the Man Eater on a high shelf if you know what’s good for you!

Just like Tickle Me Elmo, the Man Eater vibrates when you push his belly. And while the low setting is pretty worthless, the middle and top speeds are pretty damned strong. Vibration is a relatively new experience for me. Most vibrators are made and designed for women. There are exceptions– many vibes can be used anally or against the perineum for prostate stimulation– but, except for the Fun Factory Cobra Libre, there just aren’t that many vibrating toys made exclusively for male masturbation. So, at first, I just held the Man Eater’s open mouth against the underside of my cock, making sure to hit the glans. With a generous dab of lube, the area got even more sensitive, and the sensation became very pleasurable. Rather than feeling numb, all the little nerve endings felt awake and ready to party.

Even though it felt good to have the Man Eater humming against the underside of my penis, I didn’t feel like I would ever come from vibration alone. That’s when I decided to tilt my cock upwards against my belly and actually stroke the underside of my shaft with his open mouth. I’m sure I looked ridiculous, with my hand cupping the back of the Man Eater’s head, as he bobbed up and down along my penis. But I didn’t care, because the Man Eater was really working for me! The contour of his “mouth” felt really nice, in combination with the vibration. The hardness of the ABS plastic and PVC material actually helped create enough pressure to bring me to an unidentified flying orgasm!

That material also makes the Man Eater waterproof and easy to clean. After he made sweet love to me, I brought my new friend into the shower and cleaned him off with some soap and hot water. He dried on the shower caddy overnight, and was ready to be put in a safe hiding place the next morning.

While the Man Eater isn’t likely to take over the planet just yet, he’s a surprisingly effective toy given his humble asking price. He runs off of two AA batteries, cleans up well for company and feeds exclusively on your penis. I think I’ll keep him.

Feb 16 2011

A Slammin’ Review of the Door Jam Sex Sling

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by thepleasurechest

Mary, our fearless Sex Specialist was just hangin’ around the house with her partner and the Sportsheets Door Jam Sex Sling. The verdict? An open and shut case…

"I had a feeling of weightlessness."

Everything here comes ready to go and is pretty self explanatory. Surprisingly, the box was more difficult to open than the sling was to set up. I was a little weary at first but after extensive weight tests and pulling and yanking on the sling, I felt satisfied I wouldn’t land on my ass. It supported the weight of my partner and he’s got about 70lbs on me so we decided to just go for it.

It was a little awkward getting into the sling but as soon as I was situated, I was surprisingly comfortable and had a pretty good range of movement. I could slide my back down the door to push my hips farther out into the room, which was great for G-spotting. I had a feeling of weightlessness. I felt more exposed (in a good way) as I was basically spread open and projecting out into the room. My partner was overjoyed. He said that it required little effort on his part to get a wide range of motion. The Door Jam Sex Sling is now his favorite toy that we’ve acquired!

The only modification I would suggest would be to include a door jam pad for the back. We have old doors that are sturdy enough for the sling but they have inlaid panels that became irritating after a while. At any rate, it’s an awesome, quick way to have a swing nearly anywhere very quickly. I highly recommend it.