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Sep 27 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Ripple or Silk?
Tell Us Which!

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by Kate M.

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We’re giving away two Tantus Silk Medium dildos and two Tantus Ripple butt bead toys.

The Silk Medium is the ideal size and smooth texture for first-time players and for warming up to something larger. Its harness-compatible base makes this toy totally anal-safe, but it feels great in almost any orifice.

The Ripple’s first bead is smaller than a fingertip for easy insertion, but graduates in size to 1.5″ across at its widest bulb, meaning you can work slowly toward anal ecstasy. The versatile shape of this toy allows it to be multi-functional as beads, a plug, and an anal dildo. It’s also one of our 7 favorite toys for anal sex beginners.

Want to win? Here’s how. 

In the comments below, tell us which one you want. It’s that easy. We’ll choose four winners at random on Tuesday, September 30th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 25 2014

“A Perfect Fit”: Staff Review of
the Tantus Beginners Gag

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by Kate M.

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For those interested in exploring BDSM or those who are already seasoned veterans, this is a great alternative to the classic ball gag. Instead of the traditional rubber or latex, the insertable part of the Beginners Gag is made of ultra high quality silicone. This means there’s no unpleasant taste or odor, and that it can easily be cleaned after play and the straps can be removed to facilitate even easier cleaning.

The straps themselves are made of leather, providing a great sense of quality to this toy. It attaches behind the head with a velcro closure. This allows the toy to be fitted to each individual person’s head, meaning it will always be a perfect fit!

The internal part of this gag has a ball shape with a tapered stem, allowing the teeth and lips to comfortably close instead of being stretched open. However, the internal part is prominent enough to still act as an effective gag.

I find this to be a great option because traditional ball gags open cause me jaw pain. I like that I don’t have to keep my mouth so wide open, I enjoy the total lack of flavor or odor, and I really appreciate the quality of this gag.

Sep 22 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Sport?
Pick Your Team Name.

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by Kate M.

tantus sport

Update: Congratulations to Xochitl and Denise Smith, who each won a Sport! Thank you all for entertaining us with your awesome team names. Keep an eye out for more Tantus giveaways soon! 

We’re giving away a Tantus Sport dildo to two lucky winners! 

Batter up! This small-but-mighty toy is up for anything. With its pronounced curve and smooth, bulbous head, the Sport is perfect for massaging the G-spot or the prostate, and it’s slim enough even for butt sex beginners. Harness-compatible, sterilizable, and not too phallic, this premium silicone dildo is sure to attract a lot of devoted fans.

Want to win a Tantus Sport? Here’s how.

In the comments below, invent the name of a team that you’d like to be a part of, and let us know what the team would do. For example:

The Filthy Masticators – competitive pie eating

We’ll pick two winners at random on Thursday, September 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only.

Sep 17 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Slow Drive?
Make a Road Trip Mix.

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by Kate M.

tantus slow drive purple

Update: Congratulations to Michelle & Patricia, who each won a Slow Drive! Keep an eye out for more awesome Tantus giveaways soon! 

We’re giving away a Tantus Slow Drive dildo! 

This little dildo gets straight to the point, with a sharp curve and a rounded tip for hitting the G-spot or the prostate. Non-porous, sterilizeable and harness-compatible, the Tantus Slow Drive makes everything easy.

Want to win a Slow Drive? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us one song that you’d put on your road trip soundtrack – a song about driving if you’re a dork like us, or just one that you can picture yourself scream-singing along to out an open window on an empty highway.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 19th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 02 2014

Want to Win a Chakrubs Onyx?
State Your Intention.

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by Kate M.

chakrubs black onyx

Update: Congratulations to kari, who won the Black Onyx. Thanks to everyone who shared their intentions with us. We hope that all of them come to pass. Keep an eye out for more great giveaways, including another one from Chakrubs. 

We’re giving away one of the world’s most beautiful toys, the Black Onyx dildo from Chakrubs. Seriously, it is taking all of our willpower to give this thing away. 

This gorgeous toy is made from solid onyx, a crystal that has been used throughout history to banish negativity left from past relationships and ensure sexual health. No matter what your intent, you can display this heavy, polished stone dildo proudly.

Want to win the Black Onyx from Chakrubs? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about something positive that you’re hoping that the Black Onyx will bring your way, or about a negative thing that you’re hoping it will banish.

We’ll pick a winner on Monday, September 8th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 01 2014

“I AM MAGIC.”
Antoinette Reviews the Tantus Duke

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by Kate M.

tantus duke

There’s a secret to fisting, to why people love it, if the hand and the body fit together just so. That fit, or the work that it might take to get there, may not happen to everyone, leaving them wondering why, even after the how has been revealed. Size queens, big deal, not for me, they may say. It’s understandable. It’s a lot of work to get there for most, and if BIGGER! is not on someone’s agenda keeping them up at night and guiding their every move in the world, the Olympian training program might not seem worth the effort.

The thing is, though, it’s not always about bigger. Sometimes it’s about the thrilling pushing past of an insistent object, that heart-palpitating moment of what feels like a lifetime’s first penetration every single time, followed by the smooth slide of the rest of it, giving ease while the mass finds a home deep inside, both trapped and protected by the wrap of the muscles around the wrist. You both breathe, and accept that nothing is impossible. When the muscles relax enough to trust that acceptance beaten out by your hearts, you can both move, little by little, and then when ready, move a lot, reversing the world-shattering motion and repeating it, over and over again, creating and destroying and creating the world. Together.

There are books and poems and websites devoted to the passion and emotion experienced by devotees of this act and its alchemy. I won’t go any further in that direction in what is meant to be a simple little dildo review. What I will do is point out the fact that, as with any great art form, there is a technical trick or two behind the magic of why fisting feels the way it does. And the Tantus Duke replicates that trick. (One of them.) What I think is really cool about this toy is that it allows someone who may never be interested in something like fisting to enjoy one of the nicest parts of the experience, without all the Olympic training. They don’t want this sport at this year’s Olympics, anyway.

The technical details of the Duke: it’s a straight, smooth, semi-phallic platinum silicone dildo of moderate length (6.5″) and girth (1 1/4″ to 1 7/8″, more about that later). It has a harness-friendly base, with a bullet space for those who appreciate a little vibration with their penetration, and comes in a pearlescent purple or teal. (The teal is jaw-droppingly beautiful: more toys should come in colors other than pink, pink, pink, or pink.) It’s nice and firm like most of Tantus‘ single-density toys. The shaft of the toy is a frosted matte, and the head is slick and shiny, which makes for easy entry providing things are adequately lubricated. These are all great qualities in a toy, pretty, safe, multi-functional, but the most pertinent fact here is the shape. The Duke is mushroom-headed, with a nicely flared corona and plump frenulum that bellies out. If you have a g-spot or a prostate, this feature will drive it crazy as it slides back and forth over it–but that’s not all. Most toys with this sort of shape have a shaft that is more than a little uninspired, or maybe just neglected. A shaft with the same diameter all the way up and down can be pistoning at the speed of a porn star and, if the head itself is not coming in and out of the body, feel exactly like it’s not moving at all. This is not a problem with the Duke; the shaft increases oh so gradually toward the head, smoothly, gently. Almost like a wrist. It’s a subtle grade, but it’s there, and it must be on purpose. Right, Tantus? You knew about this trick?

When a wrist suddenly flares out into the width of a balled hand at the opening of someone’s body, something happens, as I said before. The heart jumps. It’s the feeling of “I don’t know If I can do this I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS I AM MAGIC” and then back again. It’s intimacy-making and empowering and joyful and strength-affirming. It’s the rush people chase. A large part of this is the intimacy; sometimes it’s all about the intimacy. But part of it is the simple, evil little trick of a slow expansion to a great and dramatic flaring out and open, past the opening of the body, past the erectile, chemical-producing nodes right inside, and then deeply in toward the spine, what many people would call the very center of the body. It might have to do with the fact that the orifices of our bodies are designed to handle not only nicely moderate forms of penetration but to, in dramatic life-or-death situations, act as the gateway to much bigger things. I once read someone describing giving birth to their child and taking what they called a hologram print of the child’s body as it rushed through that gate. I may not have given birth, or be speaking specifically of vaginal sex here at all, but I understand this deeply. I do think of acts of sex as being acts of love–partner-love, self-love, humanity-love. I do think that playing with a toy is a willful act of sex and love. I do think that learning an art form allows us to study its neat little tricks and apply them to our self-expression and communication with the world. If someone would like to venture into the more cosmic applications of penetrative play, they could do worse than to start with the Duke. It will let them explore their inner space and strength, and share that with partners if desired. It’s just a little trick, but sometimes that trick is everything we need to start dancing. And if they want more, well, there’s always more, isn’t there? That’s another secret to pleasure. There is always more. It starts from within. 

(Deborah Addington’s book A Hand in the Bush, and Bert Herrman’s Trust: The Hand Book are good places to start if someone wants to go further.)

Grade: A-fucking-plus, and thank you!!

This review was written by Antoinette Elizabeth, a sex educator and Pleasure Chest employee.

Aug 26 2014

Want to Win a Tempo & Uberlube?
Dance for Us!

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by Kate M.

tempouberlube

Update: Congratulations to Sand, who won the Tempo by doing the Single Ladies dance! Thanks to everyone who took a moment to stop and dance. Keep an eye out for great prizes from Tantus and Chakrubs this month. 

We’re giving away two – two! – exciting prizes to wrap up Anal August: an Aneros Tempo and a bottle of Uberlube

Enjoy stainless steel anal stimulation with the Tempo. Strategically-placed knobs trigger the natural rhythms of your inner and outer sphincters causing your to quiver with joy. Use water to heat it up or cool it off, when you’re in the mood for temperature play. It’s like a work of art, for your butt!

Since the Tempo is made of stainless steel, it’s safe to use with Uberlube, one of our great loves. This superior silicone lubricant lasts! The soft and silky formula is enriched with Vitamin E, keeping skin healthy and moisturized. Plus, the name is etched into the bottle – no sticky label that peels off the second you spill any lube. 

Want to win this winning combo? Here’s how. 

We just want you to dance. Do a little dance wherever you are – at home, in your office chair at work, waiting for the bus – and then post a comment below letting us know that you did. (You’re on the honor system. If you can’t dance right now and you still post a comment, we forgive you, as long as you know that you owe us a dance.)

We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, September 1st at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Aug 19 2014

Want to Win an Aneros Helix Syn?
Tell Us What to Read.

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by Kate M.

aneros helix syn

Update: Congratulations to les, who won the Helix Syn! We hope that you enjoy Ageless Erotica as much as we’re enjoying Naked at Our Age! Thanks, everyone, for your recommendations! Keep an eye out for another great Aneros giveaway. 

We’re giving away an Aneros Helix Syn!

Aneros made their popular Helix design even better by adding a velvet-touch silicone skin. It has the same solid inner frame and ergonomic shape for maximum, hands-free prostate pleasure, but the perineum tab is more flexible, allowing for longer-term wear. The soft coating also covers the perineum tab, for added comfort. 

Want to win a Helix Syn? Here’s how.

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a book in the shade, and we’re looking for recommendations. (Right now, we’re reading Naked at Our Age by Joan Price for our staff book club.) In the comments below, tell us what to read next!

We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, August 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Aug 18 2014

So You Want to Try Anal?

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by Kate M.

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The following article was written by Carly, one of our Sex Specialists, and originally published on her blog, Carnal Curiosities

Anal sex can be a fun new activity for people. The taboo nature of it, is a thrill in itself. Ultimately the area is full of nerves that will get engorged when we get aroused so it is a pleasure center in the body. Contrary to popular belief, anal sex should NEVER. EVER. hurt. There are plenty of tips out there to distract from the pain, but the pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, or try something new.

Anal sex should never ever hurt. Period.

lusciousThe best place to start is with some erotica. The brain is our largest sex organ. Getting your juices flowing by reading some erotica is a really fantastic way to get in the mood. This can be done solo or you can take turns reading to each other if you’re in a relationship. There are some great butt sex erotica collections. Such as Luscious: Stories of Anal Eroticism or Baby got Back: Anal Erotica. So relaxing in a nice warm bath, with a scented candle will help relax your body and mind and get you turned on. My favorite candle is the JimmyJane Afterglow Candles. They burn at a low temperature so you can pour the warm oil directly onto your skin from the candle or into the bath for some aromatherapy.

Now that you’re excited to put things in your butt and turned on and relaxed lets quickly touch on the “dirty” factor that keeps some people away from anal play. There are some enema bulbs that are nice and simple. Simply insert the nozzle, squeeze, and remove the nozzle, then expel the room temperature water. You can do this a few times until the water runs clear. Then just give yourself 20 minutes to 2 hours to let the tissue heal a bit. Whenever you feel comfortable. Just listen to your body. Ultimately we are adults and listening to our body is going to give us clues. Poop isn’t stored in the rectum so it usually isn’t an issue, the enema will get rid of any particles left over but we know when our stomach is upset and we can feel when we have to go. So if you feel that way then maybe right then isn’t the time to explore your nether region.

rippleSo now you’re turned on, relaxed, prepped. Now what? If you’re with a partner some rimming, or the act of using the tongue and mouth on the anus, is a great warm up. If you’re alone, using fingers and warming up the area and exploring that way is a good start. One of my favorite toys is the Tantus Ripple. It is a silicone toy so you don’t have to worry about it absorbing any bacteria, you can boil it for a few minutes to sanitize it. But washing it with mild antibacterial soap or a toy cleaner will keep it safe to use in the body. The reason besides it being silicone that it is one of my favorite butt toys is that the beads gradually get bigger so you can do some exploration with what you can fit. If you can only get one or two in, that’s fine. Take your time and get used to it. Anal sex isn’t a race with a finish line, just getting one bead in might be enough stimulation for you. If you do get multiple beads in and use it in a penetrative motion the way your sphincter flexes around the toy actually mimics the way the sphincter moved when you orgasm so it feels really great. The best part of the Ripple is that the base of it is flat so you can throw a vibrator at the base of it and feel it transmit all the way through. The Je Joule Mimi Soft Vibrator is a favorite to use with the ripple because the flat shape lays nicely and transmits their really unique deep rumbly vibration through the ripple. If you’re a woman exploring anal sex then you can even use the vibrator on your clit to help relax you and distract from any uncomfort you might feel.
pjur backdoorThe most important thing you can have with anal exploration is Lube. There is never too much lube with anal sex. The butt does not self lubricate. And you never want to enter the back door without lube. Rips, tears and a whole host of problems will come without the use of lube. Pjur has a great anal lube, it’s a silicone lube that contains some jojoba, which is a natural muscle relaxer. Silicone lube is a great option for anal sex, but only with skin to skin contact, or with gloves/dental dams/ or condoms. Silicone lube should never be used with a silicone toy because the two bind together and make the toy fall apart. Silicone is great for anal play because it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin, so not having to reapply is really great for anal play. Hybrid lube for silicone toys is a great option. It’s a water based lube, with a small amount of silicone to keep it nice and slick without having enough silicone to ruin a silicone toy. Sliquid Silk is one of my favorites. The brand doesn’t contain any chemicals to harm the body. It’s one of the most gentle lubes for your body.