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Jan 24 2012

Scenes from AVN

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by thepleasurechest

The Pleasure Chest went to Las Vegas last weekend for the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and Awards. We were nominated for Best Retail Boutique. And while we lost to the very worthy Good Vibrations, a few of us were big winners at the blackjack tables.

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Another big winner at the awards was Kandi Burruss, who won the AVN prize for Best Overall Toy Line for Bedroom Kandi, her line made in partnership with OhMiBod. Kandi will be in our LA store on Sunday to discuss the toys and give a workshop with some of her favorite sex tips. The event is open to everyone, but seating is first come, first served.

While in Las Vegas, we also spent two days shooting video interviews with toy makers and sex educators, explaining their products and giving their favorite tips and funniest stories from working in the adult industry. Look for those videos to start hitting our How To page in the next few weeks!

We devoted the rest of our time to strolling the convention floor checking out new products. Our gallery above includes some of the oddest sights and most unusual items we saw.


Among our favorites was this Violet Wand from Dr. Clockwork. Here’s a video with the mad doctor at work. Would you like to see this electrifying toy on display at The Pleasure Chest? Let us know!

 

Jan 16 2012

Kandi Burruss Party & Workshop in LASunday, January 29th

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by thepleasurechest

The Pleasure Chest is pleased to host Kandi Burruss, Grammy Award-winning artist and star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta at a free launch party and workshop for her new line of luxury intimate toys on Sunday, January 29th at 4pm in our Los Angeles store.

Ms. Burruss has partnered with OhMiBod, the creators of the original music-driven vibrator for Bedroom Kandi, an innovative line of intimate luxuries. Designed with elegance and sophistication in mind, Bedroom Kandi features a variety of products that range from discreet travel and couples massagers to organic intimate lubricants.

The party will run from 4pm to 6pm and include an overview of the Bedroom Kandi product line. Ms. Burruss will conduct a mini-workshop, giving her favorite sex tips and taking questions from the audience. Complimentary wine and champagne will be served.

More information can be found on our Facebook event page.

Jan 02 2012

Spanking, Sex Tips, Rope Bondage & KnittingFree Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Hey Chicago, what are you doing in 2012? May we suggest a little spanking? Or some seductive sex tips? We hope you’re not all tied up yet, because we’ve got a full lineup of free events, from rope bondage to knitting nights! Join us.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 23rd @ 7pm 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.

Rope Bondage with Leon MonkeyFetish
Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm FREE!

Rope bondage is passion.  It is connection. It is pleasure and pain, joy and suffering, gentle and brutal all combined into one.  The technical side is important and is the basis of good rope bondage.  We will cover the skills you need to continue your newfound love affair with rope. You will also learn how to use rope to manipulate the emotions of the scene to produce the desired effect in your partner.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Coming up in February and March…

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm FREE!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!

 

Jan 02 2012

Make Life Sexier in 2012Free Workshops in New York

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by thepleasurechest

Break out your calendar, and plan to spend your Wednesday nights with us. Here’s the complete schedule of free workshops offered at our New York store through the end of February.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B
Wednesday, January 11th @ 8pm 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.

The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm 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.

Butt Sex Basics with Aaron & Hana
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm 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.

Coming Up in February…

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Aaron & Adriana
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Adriana
Wednesday, February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap-On, Get Off! Dildo Harnesses 101 with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Kinky Sex with Hana & Laura Delarato
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

 

Dec 29 2011

8 Unusual Products Sold By Our Chinese Namesake

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by thepleasurechest

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 22 2011

Open Letter to the TSAon Traveling with Sex Toys

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by thepleasurechest

A little over a month ago, we wrote to the TSA with some questions about the rules for travelling with sex toys. There has been no response. We’ve decided to post our letter here, in the hopes that our readers can share their experiences, and add to the list of questions. TSA, are you listening?

To Whom it May Concern,

I am writing on behalf of The Pleasure Chest, one of the oldest adult toy boutiques in the country. We have been fielding many questions from our customers about which adult toys can be stowed in carry-on luggage and which cannot. We would very much appreciate your clarification on the following questions, so that we may share it with our readers.

We understand that products made of silicone show up on X-ray scanners as a “liquid” and will therefore be removed for inspection. Can you confirm this?

Are travelers allowed to carry BDSM-related items like whips, handcuffs, riding crops and leather restraints in a carryon bag, or must these be checked?

We know that travelers are restricted to 3.4 oz. of liquid in bottles. Many of the lubricants that we sell have a creamy consistency. Does the rule about liquids also apply to creams?

Are travelers allowed to wear buttplugs? If a buttplug is discovered during a body scan or patdown, will the traveler be required to remove it?

Some of our customers use electrostimulation or TENS units which use electrical current to stimulate muscles. Can such devices be packed into carryon luggage? Can they be checked?

Can travelers carry vibrators or dildos in carry on baggage? Are there any specific materials that are prohibited (metal, plastic, glass, wood)?

Some of our customers wear chastity devices made of metal. Can these individuals ask to be searched in a private area to avoid going through the metal detectors? Also, will they be required to remove these devices?

Some of our customers wear “The Diva Cup,” which is an insertable silicone device, used as an alternative to tampons and pads. Will this show up on a body scan? And if so, will it need to be removed?

If a traveler is concerned about their bag being inspected in public, can they request a private inspection?

Is there anything else that might be helpful for our readers to know?

I appreciate your attention to our queries, and look forward to your response. Thank you.

Best Regards,

Matt Cornell
Social Media Guru & Content Writer

 

 

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!

 

 

Dec 15 2011

A Few Gift Ideas for Her

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by thepleasurechest

If you’re still searching for holiday gifts, don’t worry. You’ve still got plenty of time. Heck, we’re still offering free ground shipping on orders of $50 or more, if you order by Saturday. Here are a few of our favorite items for her.

Uma 109.95

Uma is a versatile vibrator with six sexy pulse patterns and a lovely contoured design. It can be used for both external and internal stimulation and makes a great toy for discovering the G-Spot. It’s also fully waterproof, for bathtub fun, and comes with a nifty magnetic charger.

 

 

Lelo Soraya $189.95


The unique Lelo Soraya  is a work of art. This elegant vibrator offers dual stimulation, powered by two separate motors. A simple push button controls eight different vibration modes. Take Soraya underwater and on the road. She’s waterproof and comes with her own charger.

Rhinestone Pasties $12.95

 

These Bijou Mimi Rhinestone Pasties are a glamorous and naughty must for her bust. Whether on stage, by the pool, or as part of a daring ensemble, few can resist their glittery charm. Take it from Kitty, our resident burlesque dancer: “Ultra sexy and pairs well with stockings and a garter belt or just with a smile!” A great stocking stuffer.

 

Dec 12 2011

Gift Ideas for Couples

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by thepleasurechest

Shopping for a couple? Or are you just trying to find your partner a gift that you’ll both enjoy? Here are a few great gifts for celebrating togetherness this holiday season. No matter what you choose to give, don’t forget to take advantage of our free shipping offer on orders over $50.

Deluxe Door Jam Kit $53.50

Deluxe Door Jam Kit

Season’s beatings! Now you can enjoy bondage play anywhere you wish. This easy, no-installation bondage kit can be attached to practically any door– it’s perfect for holiday travel! Comes with two pair of adjustable cuffs and four door jam straps for wrists and ankles. If you want to try something even more daring, there’s the Door Jam Sex Sling.

 

Jimmyjane Afterglow Massage Candle $29

 

Jimmyjane Massage Candle 

Here’s a gift that gets better as you use it. Made from high-end plant oils, these candles produce sublime fragrances from bourbon and dark vanilla to pink lotus and absinthe. Set the mood, blow out the flame and then drizzle the warm oils onto your partner’s body for a safe and luxurious erotic massage.

We-Vibe 3 $139.95

We-Vibe 3

The new We-Vibe 3 is 40% stronger than its predecessor and has an amazing wireless remote allowing your partner to control the action. The revolutionary design of the We-Vibe 3 makes it great for hands-free use during intercourse, so you can truly come together during the holidays.

 

Two-O $12.95

Screaming O Two-O

Now you can truly ring in the new year. This vibrating ring is made of soft stretchy TPR and can add a little buzz to partner sex for people of all genders. Stretch it around a penis or dildo and switch on the dual motors to enjoy sensational vibrations for both partners. A great stocking stuffer.

 


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