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Feb 17 2014

Want to Win a Meany?
Don’t be a Meanie!

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Update: Congratulations to Anna, who won the Fun Factory Meany on Facebook! Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for more giveaways soon!

We’re giving away a Fun Factory Meany Mini Vibe!

The Meany is an extra nice little vibe. Its soft silicone ridges are sure to please, and its powerful motor offers a selection of speeds and pulse patterns. Plus, its bright color makes it perfect for people who’d like a break from pink.

Want to win a Meany? Here’s how.

For this contest, we were inspired by our Chicago store manager Sarah Sloane’s blog post about “The Etiquette of the Screw.” In it, she outlines six rules for being a well-mannered sex partner. For instance:

2. Always bring a “host gift” of safer sex supplies. These can be arranged in a lovely basket, made into a centerpiece, or placed into a foil wrapped box to add charm and attractiveness to the gift. Not arriving with a gift of barriers is akin to showing up to dinner without any food to contribute – it’s rude, and it places the burden on your host, which shows a lack of courtesy on your part.

To win the Meany, make up your own rule of sexual etiquette and post it in the comments below. We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, 2/21 at noon, PST.

U.S. residents only. 

Feb 12 2014

The Amorino is our Valentine

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Are you still looking for a Valentine’s gift? Our staff is pretty well obsessed with the Fun Factory Amorino. In fact, Antoinette Elizabeth, at the Chicago store, wrote an incredibly thorough review that takes you through several different ways that you can use it. We thought you might like to take a look:

The Amorino is a petite dual-stimulation vibe from Fun Factory with the same waterproof, magnetically-charged, ridiculously strong qualities as the Pearly, Flora, and Semilino… and then some. It has a little something extra: a silicone band stretched from its big point to its little point, like the bow of the Cupid it’s named for. There are grooves or tracks molded into those points so it doesn’t slide off (something I wondered about before I saw it in person), and the band can be used twisted like an X between the points, open like an O around them, or removed entirely for a more traditional rabbit-style effect. The idea is that the vibrations will transfer to the band and stimulate the entire vulva between the vibrating points. Fun Factory has a good track record with anatomical intuition; their toys frequently do not do just one thing well, but two or three or four or…

How did I like the Amorino? I liked it a lot! 

It was an interesting journey. (A note on the vibration itself: I like strong vibration and don’t much care for pulsation, so I confess to mostly neglecting the lower settings and patterns. The quality overall is strong but fine; with a higher pitch than many but not teeth-grittingly buzzy. It’s a silver feather of light, not an angry bee. It’s also not too loud. A toy to compare it to in vibration frequency would be the Vibratex Rosebud, which also has two vibrating points, and which I frequently recommend be used this way, externally. This one takes that side dish and builds it into a main course. People who like the Rosebud should like this. Almost everyone seems to like the Rosebud.)

At first, used dry as a slow warmup, it stimulated the top of the clitoral hood and the fourchette (this is the ‘fork’ where the lips come together at the bottom of the vaginal opening, right before the perineum) simultaneously, a different sensation than I was used to from a toy, but had experienced before from loving and attentive hands. The little or clitoral point is pronounced, and brought the vibration down into the clit through the hood and up into its little sensitive nerve bundle without actually touching the head. I had the band in an X shape (the O shape did not fit my body very well) and at this stage did not notice it nearly as much as I noticed the dual vibration that made me very aware of the entire length of my vulva. All I was doing was pressing it against myself gently; it was quite enough for a while. 

Once everything was happy and warm, it was on to the next stage, wetness and motion. With some comfy water-based lube, I pressed a little more and observed how it fit and what motions would be most comfortable. It went only a little deeper past the fourchette and in/down while pressing the clit more directly. The crossed band that kept it from doing any real penetration was now a factor. It pressed against the urethra and the nerve-rich area under it called the vestibule, which is the outside of the G-spot and as important as the clitoris in many people’s sexual response. There were a lot of small positioning changes that produced noticeable effects. The toy will hit different bodies different ways, but this quality should be true for most or all of them, and the ability to twist or untwist the band will allow for some customization. Even though it was still mostly external stimulation, the downward pressure on the fourchette and perineum already felt a lot like penetration. Both the vestibule and the fourchette are so often neglected when we talk about sex, and few toys acknowledge their existence intelligently. 

Next, I pulled back and with more lube used just the big tip like a tongue on and around my clitoris for much longer than almost any other toy has ever convinced me to do (the other one was the FF Tango). The small, rounded-yet-pointed shape was a big part of it. It was easy to stroke it in between and around all the little puffed up surfaces, just pointed enough, just small enough, just flat enough at certain angles. The band was less noticeable now. Going back and forth between this position and the earlier ones that stimulated the whole vulva really felt like skilled cunnilingus. That’s a first for me with a toy!

But…after a while, even if the cunnilingus is very skilled, some of us want more. How did it work as a ‘regular toy?’ The band did make full penetration slightly uncomfortable at medium arousal; at high arousal it might be easier if one desires it. When I wanted all of it inside, I took the band off. Again, the oddly shaped tips made a difference, and concentrated the vibration in a way that made it more effective. It’s not a big toy, but penetration with it was very satisfying, especially after the full vulva warm-up it gave beforehand, and the grooves for the band added some pleasant texture. The little tip did not in this position actually touch the clitoris, but it pressed up so intently beneath it through the fourchette that everything was happy and feeling it, and the big tip was curving toward the G-spot just so. The fact that it had previously stimulated every surface and special spot on the outside made for a far more complete-feeling orgasm, like the one you get with someone who cares enough to touch and take care of all of you. It’s a more romantic form of self-love! Or partner love. I swear I did not say that to build on the Cupid-bow-Xes and Ohs et cetera; Fun Factory is just magic (or science). 

Really, this will be delightful for singles and couples (and groups). I can only imagine how nice it will also be for penises and butts, both of which it is also authorized and designed to handle. In the land of Love, all is permitted. My journey is not over, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about other people’s trips with this one for a long time.

Grade: A+. Thank you Fun Factory, thank you fun job.

By the way, if you’re reading this before 2/14/2014 at noon PST, you still have a chance to win an Amorino!

Nov 22 2013

Detecting Toxic Toys

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Dildo sex toys are pictured during the 14th "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin

Yesterday, Bitch Media ran a piece about the lack of government regulation in the sex toy industry and how this leads to the sale of sex toys made with potentially toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, this is a real problem – one that’s old news for us. Sex toys are not regulated by the FDA, and many of them are made with phthalates: plastic-softening chemicals that have been linked to all kinds of icky health problems.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid toys with phthalates. The article mentions using a flame test – lighting a match and holding it against your toy – to determine whether a toy is 100% silicone or not. Silicone toys are non-porous, hypoallergenic, and phthalate free, which makes them totally awesome, and most silicones won’t melt when you hold a match up to them. Still, this isn’t the best solution, since a) not all phthalate free toys are silicone and b) you’d probably rather find out whether your toy is safe *before* you buy it, take it home, and set it on fire.

Instead, here are a few of our tips for buying a body-safe toy.

1) Read up on materials before you buy. This is a good place to start, but it isn’t foolproof, since manufacturers aren’t required to list exactly what’s in each toy. (So, you could buy a toy that’s labeled “silicone” and which is, in fact, only 10% silicone and 90% pure evil.)

2) Do a smell test. The best way to tell if a toy has harmful chemicals is to sniff it. Toys with phthalates will smell kind of cough syrupy, like your plastic toys used to when you were a kid. (Phthalates are now illegal to use in children’s toys, which tells you something.) Even a faint, baby powdery smell tells you that there’s something to be wary of. The most body-friendly toys won’t smell like anything.

3) Ask one of us! The Pleasure Chest staff are a bunch of toy safety nerds, and we can point you toward several brands who make durable, totally safe, high quality products.

Aug 29 2013

September Workshops in Chicago

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It’s back to school season, and we’ve got some great educational offerings for you! Sharpen your pencils, bring your partners, and come learn what makes each other tick.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane sarahsloane2
Wednesday, September 4th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Tantra Techniques with Antoinette
Wednesday, September 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to learn tantra techniques that will take sex to the next level? We’ll cover how to visualize energy and make it your own, while raising and moving that energy solo and with others. Discover different styles of breathwork, energetic approach to orgasm, integrating kink with tantra and more.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, September 16th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh 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. Comics TBA.

The Ultimate O for Her with Ash
Wednesday, September 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Wednesday, September 25th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Aug 27 2013

Upcoming Events at Our L.A. Store

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Larkin & Shay

Wednesday, September 4th @8 – 10pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Larkin & Kate

Wednesday, September 11th @8 – 10pm FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Kisses to Kink with the Domi Dollz

Wednesday, September 18th @8 – 10pm FREE!

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Looking to bring some excitement into your love and sex life?  Domi Dollz has the answer! Join famed Dominatrices and authors of the book “Kisses To Kink: A Dominatrix’s Guide To Great Sex” Nina Payne and Mona Rogers, who will provide insight into the fascinating psychology and practices of BDSM.  Kink is much more than just whips and chains; it can also be soft, sensual, liberating, and a great creative outlet.  This beginner’s workshop provides a warm and welcoming environment for all genders to have fun while trying out hands-on techniques

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Sex Nerd Sandra and Larkin.

Wednesday, October 2nd @8 – 10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, 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.

kittycadillacBedroom Burlesque with Kitty Cadillac

Wednesday, October 9th @8 – 10pm FREE!

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Sex Specialist Kitty Cadillac as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. It’s role playing at its finest!

Mar 20 2013

Take the Cosmo Sex Tips Quiz

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cosmoCosmo is notorious for publishing some of the worst and weirdest sex advice.  Their tips are so unintentionally funny that there’s even a Tumblr devoted to the best spoofed Cosmo sex ideas.

Today, Buzzfeed has a nifty quiz challenging you to sort the real tips from the parody ones. We got 9 out of 10. How did you do?

Looking for real, no-nonsense sex advice? Why not check out one of our free workshops?

 

Jan 15 2013

Think Pink! Win the Newest Ami from Je Joue (Updated- 1/18)

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Kristen who was randomly chosen to win the exclusive pink Ami. Stay tuned for another Je Joue giveaway next week! 

Many of you are already familiar with the joys and benefits of Kegel exercises. Fifty Shades of Grey has made them even more popular, boosting sales of Kegel balls in all of our stores.

These exercises are great for developing vaginal strength while making sex more pleasurable for women and their partners.  They also have added health benefits for pregnant and menopausal woman. Kegel balls can be worn discreetly throughout the day, or for a quick workout. With repeated use, you can expect tighter muscles and stronger, more intense orgasms.

One of our favorite tools for curious Kegelers is the Ami from Je Joue. This elegant set contains three silicone balls of increasing size and weight for building up your strength over time. A staff member from our New York store experimented with all three, and declared the medium-sized #2 her “new best friend.” Je Joue’s site describes each ball in detail on their site.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Je Joue is giving our readers a chance to win a special new pink Ami! It’s the one in the picture at the top of this post.

How to Win a Pink Ami

Want to win the pink Ami? Simply post a comment below and tell us which of the three balls you’re most curious to try and why. On Friday, January 18th, we’ll pick one entry at random to win the Ami.

It’s that simple. Good luck!

 

Jan 02 2013

Amp Up Your Sex LifeFree Workshops in New York!

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Get your new year off to a sexy start and come check out one of our free workshops. This month, our Sex Specialists share their best tips and tricks for giving great head, expanding your orgasm and bending over your boyfriend. Special guest educator Ducky Doolittle will discuss breaking your bedroom routine and amping up your sex life. Read ahead for our full schedule through the end of March!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Ignacio
Wednesday, January 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

The Ultimate O with Laura
Wednesday, January 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-Spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Amp it Up! With Ducky Doolittle
Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Tired of the same old routine? Sometimes it’s normal to feel stuck in a rut. Let Ducky help kickstart your sex drive. Learn to develop super fun flirtation skills and deepen your understanding of pleasure anatomy. Ducky will teach techniques for using everything you’ve got – from the tip of your tongue to your fingers and toes. Learn how to introduce sex toys into your partner play and discover which products are the healthiest and highest quality, while delivering the best bang for your buck.

Bend Over Buddy with Laura & Jesse
Wednesday, January 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Coming up…

2/6- 50 Shades of Pleasure with Ignacio

2/20- Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B.

2/27- Sex for Survivors with Ducky Doolittle

3/6- Strap On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Ignacio

3/13- Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura

3/20- Blowjobs & Beyond with Laura

3/27- Butt Sex Basics with Brandon B.

 

 

Dec 29 2012

Blowjobs, Butt Sex & Knitting (Yes, Knitting)January in Chicago

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A new year is here! Are you ready to bring some new skills into the bedroom? Join us for free workshops on kinky sex, butt sex, blowjobs and male orgasm. Also, check out our legendary knitting night and another installment of our monthly comedy showcase. Read on for our complete schedule through the end of March.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 7th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Kinky Sex for Curious Couples with Antoinette & Ash
Wednesday, January 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.
 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, January 21st @ 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. Comics TBA.

Butt Sex Basics with Ethan Marie
Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Blow Jobs & Beyond with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Coming up…

2/4- Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night

2/6- Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane & Ash

2/18- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

2/20- G Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette

2/27- Advanced Anal Play with Shawne’

3/4- Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night

3/5- Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko

3/6- Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko

3/13- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie

3/18- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

3/20- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane

3/27- Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Shawne’

 

Dec 29 2012

Sex Resolutions for 2013

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We’re just a few days away from a brand new year, so why not make a resolution to have better sex in 2013? Here are a few ways you can step up your sex life in the coming year.

Get in shape

Want better orgasms and increased strength? Give your Kegels a workout. Fun Factory’s Smartballs respond to every move you make, stimulating, massaging and exercising your vaginal muscles. Use them for a quick morning routine or wear them all day, for discreet public play. Made of body-safe silicone!

Kegel exercises aren’t just for female-bodied folks. With the right butt toy, anyone can develop Kegel strength. For a soft, rocking good time, try the Aneros Helix Syn. For a weightier workout, try the heavy metal Njoy Pfun.

Go organic

When in doubt, try a new lube! Sliquid Organics lubricants are hypoallergenioc, gylcerin-free, paraben-free and contain certified organic botanical extracts that helps heal and support the body. They offer a thick gel, perfect for anal sex and a natural lubricating silk formula that feels just like the real thing. For a more adventurous sensation, try their warming lubricant.

Try something new

Get out of your routine and try a new position. Daily Sex has 365 new ways to get tangled up in the bedroom. That’s a position a day! Would you prefer a game? Let’s Play Doctor can help kickstart some fantasy roleplay. Or, for an even bolder start to 2013, exchange these Fetish IOUs with your partner, and redeem them throughout the year.

Learn a new skill

If you live near one of our stores, take advantage of our free workshops. Learn about everything from the G-Spot and blowjobs to buttsex and threesomes. Come alone or bring a partner. Our classes are open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels. Get 15% off your purchases when you come to a class.