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Dec 16 2013

Sex Doll in Space: The Incredible Journey

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blow up doll in space

We get a lot of customer requests for blow-up dolls, mostly for gag gifts and bachelor/ette parties. Some folks want a doll that’s as realistic as possible. Some want one that’s as cartoonish as possible. Some want dolls that are shaped like farm animals. No one has yet asked us for a doll that doubles as an astronaut.

Enter Missy, the blow-up doll who was recently sent into space. And why not?

We highly, highly recommend watching her daring voyage.

 

Dec 09 2013

A Vintage Vibe, Reviewed

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vintage vibrator

As much as we might like the idea of a retro-looking baby blue toy, the idea of actually using an actual vintage vibrator is a little scary. Still, we were pretty excited to see that one brave toy reviewer decided to take this – ahem – scalp massager from the 1950s for a test drive.

“The Handy Hannah sits on the back of your hand and stays on via six springy metal straps. I found that my hand became red and chapped-looking with only a few minutes of use, and can’t imagine how uncomfortable I would feel after longer periods of use (or, say, while wearing the Vitalator to give head massages). Luckily, it’s powerful enough that longer periods aren’t necessary, even for the orgasmically challenged.”

Read the full review on Autostraddle.

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.

Nov 22 2013

The Saddest Dildo in the World

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You guys, this is the magic of cinema. The addition of a soundtrack turns this video of a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel into a heart-rending meditation on alienation, ennui, and fear of mediocrity.

Or, hey, it’s a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel. Still good!

h/t Elite Daily

Nov 11 2013

Getting Sexy With A Latex Allergy

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condoms on a line

Latex allergies are growing more and more common as latex appears in greater numbers of consumer products. Unfortunately, this means that more people have to avoid most condoms, many toys, and a lot of fetish wear. Luckily, there are alternatives! Educator, fetish model, and healthcare professional Maggie Mayhem has facts about different kinds of latex allergies, lists of products to avoid, and work-arounds for folks who are both kinky and latex allergic. Educate yourself here.

Nov 01 2013

Imagine the Next Hit Erotic Novel And Win 50 Shades-Themed Toys

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selena gomez reads 50 shades

Update: Congratulations to Savvy, whose novel, Fifty Shades of Spray, was the popular favorite among the Pleasure Chest staff. A big thank you to everyone who entered! We hope that each and every one of your novels becomes a smash hit and makes you billions of dollars.

To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, we’re giving away a collection of 50 Shades of Grey-themed toys, for you and the tortured billionaire and/or nervous naif in your life. The winner will receive a Submit to Me Beginner’s Bondage Kit (which includes a blindfold, restraints, and a fetching gray paddle), an Insatiable Desire Mini G-Spot Vibrator, a Yours and Mine Vibrating Love Ring, a Candy Jawbreaker Gag, a Fun Factory Smartballs Tenuo Uno kegel ball, and two packets of On Natural Arousal Gel for Her.

Want to Win? Here’s how.

We want you to tell us about the next erotic novel that will top the bestseller lists! In the comments below, write the title and the first line of an erotic novel of your own invention. For example:

In Eighty Lays
“It was the day of the big race, and Dirk Feremone, rakish darling of the world of competitive hot air ballooning, was flying high.”

We encourage you to a) make us laugh or b) make us want to buy your book. If we laugh and then want to buy it, so much the better. A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 6th at noon, PST.

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 28 2013

Want to Win a Lelo Tara? Like or Follow Sex is Back!

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lelo tara

Update: Congratulations to @SexInWords who won the Lelo Tara! Thank you to everyone who entered. We hope that you’ve enjoyed checking out Sex is Back. Keep an eye on the blog for more giveaways!

It’s time for our last Lelo giveaway of the month! The lucky winner will get a Lelo Tara, a tube of Lelo Personal Moisturizer water based lube, and a bottle of Lelo Antibacterial Cleaning Spray for keeping your new toy squeaky clean.

The Lelo Tara is the toy that does everything. A pared-down version of the classic rabbit, the Tara’s larger end vibrates the clit while the smaller end rotates against the G-spot. What’s more, it’s designed to be used during partner sex. That’s a lot of stimulation! (We haven’t heard how it works as an anal toy, but we’re excited to find out.) The Tara is coated in non-porous, hypoallergenic silicone for body-safe play.

Want to win a Lelo Tara? Here’s how.

We want the world to know about our new storytelling campaign, Sex is Back, an ongoing series of videos of people talking honestly about their sex lives. To enter to win the Tara, just like Sex is Back on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, 11/1 at 10am PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 24 2013

Oh Joy Sex Toy!

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oh joy sex toy ina 2 bath

We’re loving Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen’s series of sex toy reviews in comic form.

oh joy sex toy i'll draw them

She and her husband review the toys and then she writes and draws very thorough reviews that incorporate their personal experiences with the toys, recommendations for who might enjoy them, and demonstrations by fictional “masturbateers.”

oh joy sex toy ina 2

We really liked her review of the Lelo Ina 2, which she recommends to people who like rabbit style toys, even though they’re not her cup of tea.

Informed, adorable comics about sex toys: what’s not to love?