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Nov 17 2011

Win a We-Vibe 3!

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Honey, have you seen the remote?

We didn’t think it was possible, but the creators of the revolutionary We-Vibe have outdone themselves.

Meet the We-Vibe 3, a silicone hands-free “couples’ vibrator.” Its unique design allows this toy to be worn during penetrative sex, while dual motors provide internal and external stimulation. The We-Vibe 3 has six vibration modes, multiple speeds and is 40% stronger than its powerful predecessor.

But here’s the really cool part. The We-Vibe 3 comes with a wireless remote control. Yes, that’s right– your partner can control the We-Vibe with the touch of a button. We-Vibe claims the controller has a range of 10 feet, but we were able to double that in our in-store tests.

With a pocket-sized controller and a decent range, the possibilities are endless. Discreet public sex? No problem. Bath time fun? It’s waterproof! Need vibration for two? Wear it during intercourse! Tired of buying batteries? It comes with a nifty charging cradle that doubles as a carrying case.

With so many possibilities, how will you use the We-Vibe 3? Tell us in the comments below. We’ll give a We-Vibe 3 to the person who submits the best answer. We pick a winner on Monday the 21st.  Good luck!

Sep 05 2011

Chicago Celebrates 40 Years of Pleasure

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Did you hear? We’re turning 40 this month! Yes, we know we look young, but we really have been making life sexy since 1971. To celebrate, we’ve got a great lineup of free workshops and special events throughout September. Here’s what’s on the agenda at our Chicago store.

40 & Over Sex Secrets
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

If you’re like us—over 40 and still sexy—then this class is for you! Learn about the pleasure which only comes through experience. Spend an evening with our sex specialists as they demystify sex after 40, talk about the reality of our changing bodies, and how to leverage our skills & make the most out of the second half of our sex lives.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Craft Night
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks and giveaways. Get crafty!

Raunchy Bingo Night
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Chicago favorite Raunchy Royale will be making jaws drop as she hosts a notorious night of party games.  Stop by the store to play hilarious, audience-fueled fun like “Pervtionary” that will test your kinky skills. Just wait til you get a load of the prizes you can win!

40 Licks: Oral Sex for Every Body
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

We share our 40 favorite 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.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Sirens & Studs
Friday, September 16th @ 9pm-11pm FREE! 

Join us for an evening of cruising and schmoozing with Chicago’s sexiest dancers, performers, and adults-only entertainers. Win a vintage-style Pleasure Chest “Leatherman” T-shirt and get your sexy pics taken in our own private SheShot photo booth. DJ All The Way Kay (Chicago Dirty Girls) will play all the sexiest hits from 1971 and beyond!

 

Groupie Love
Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm-10pm FREE!

Every 70s band had groupies and so does The Pleasure Chest. In fact, we’ve got Chicago’s own Cynthia Plaster Caster! Come pick up a “backstage pass” good for 20% off your purchase during the night, and learn how to make a plaster cast of your favorite band’s member. Rock out to music from the bands you fantasized about banging backstage and maybe even purchase one of Ms. Plaster Caster’s famous casts.

40 Seduction Tricks
Wednesday, September 21st @ 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 40 dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Sex Specialist: Jenae

Art of Sex
Friday, September 23rd @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Four of our favorite Chicagoartists including Rob from Smutcraft and Leon MonkeyFetish will show their sexiest, most provocative work for your prurient perusal and possible purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find inspirational. Meet the artists over wine and cheese and shop for things that will get your creative juices flowing.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, September 26th @ 7pm-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Come to the inaugural gathering of our knitting circle; 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.

40 Kinky Nights: How to Kink Your Sex & Sex Your Kink
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialists: Antoinette & Sarah

“Studio 69”
Friday, September 30th @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Why stop at 54 when you can climb to 69? Help us wrap our 40th anniversary in style, with a DJ, drinks, kinky contests and prizes galore. The theme is sexy 70s, so wear your best bell bottoms for a chance to win our “Blast from the Past” costume contest!

 

 

All Month Long

  • Hitachi Rollback Sale! You can purchase the Hitachi Magic Wand, one of the most popular and powerful sex toys ever, at the same price we sold it for in 1971. (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)
  • $4 Pocket Rockets! Make any purchase over $10 and get your very own Pleasure Chest Pocket Rocket for only $4! (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)

Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jul 12 2011

Escape Carmageddon & Detour to Pleasure!

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Hey LA. Are you ready for Carmageddon? This Friday evening, a ten mile stretch of the 405 will close for 53 hours. By all estimates, this will be a disaster for anyone who drives a car in Los Angeles.

If you must drive this weekend, you’re very likely to be stuck in some apocalyptic traffic. To make things more bearable, and to keep your stress low, we recommend sinking down in the driver’s seat and letting your hands wander south. Obviously we don’t support distracted driving, but if you’re at a dead stop, why not make the most of it? After all, orgasm reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and sends calming endorphins throughout your body.

We want to help you get there! With our BOGO “Double Your Buzz” promotion this month, when you buy any vibrating toy, you can get a 2nd one for half off.

Here’s a handful of discreet toys to help get your sex drive in gear.

Pucker up!

Grrl Toyz Incognito Lipstick Vibe
Disguised as a tube of lipstick, this little vibe is great for coming wherever you’re going. It takes a single AAA battery and delivers a discreet buzz whenever you need it.

$24.95

The strong, but silent type.

Fun Factory Layaspot

This ergonomically designed vibe fits in the palm of your hand. One click delivers strong and silent vibrations sure to drive you to distraction.

$59.95

 

A playlist in your panties.

Club Vibe

The Club Vibe puts your playlist in your panties. It can be plugged into an iPod or any other portable music player. Switch to ambient mode, and it will vibrate in response to your car stereo, traffic noise, or even your passenger’s voice!

$54.95

Ring of power.

Jimmyjane Iconic Ring

Even cocks get stuck in gridlock. If you’re a dude gearing up for a long haul, slip into this super stretchy cockring. It’s got powerful vibrations, sensational texture and two gears– continuous or activated.

$36

 

Jul 11 2011

Masturbating water bugs, men who like to cuddle & women who love landmarks

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We’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and haven’t had much time to blog. Today, we catch up on our favorite sex stories and kinky links making their way around the interwebs.

  • Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 online activity. We’d like to point out that these are not mutually exclusive activities. Judging from our Twitter feed, there’s also plenty of porn on social media. No word on what took third place, but we’re willing to bet it has something to do with cats.

Gagged by Facebook.

  • In other social media news, we discovered that Facebook censors the word “bondage” in event titles. Regular readers might know that we’ve had similar Facebook problems with the word “anal” and with teaching about cunnilingus.
  • In a controversial essay, journalist Mac McClelland wrote about how violent sex helped cure her PTSD. McClelland didn’t discuss consensual sadomasochism, but we think many kinky people can relate to her story.

Flying the very friendly skies.

  • SF Gate reported that the TSA allows travelers to carry vibrators, whips, chains, leashes and even handcuffs in their carry-on bags. But don’t try to bring your Njoy Eleven on the plane. “We would call that a baton-like item,” said the TSA spokesman. “It could be considered a weapon.”

  • Scientific American reported on a French insect which is the world’s loudest known animal. The humble water boatman plays its 100 decibel mating call by rubbing its own genitals.
  • A team of researchers claimed that a man’s penis size can be determined by looking at his index and ring fingers. “The team found that, in general, the lower the ratio of the lengths of the two fingers, the longer the stretched length of the penis.” Only 144 men participated in the study (Insert “sample size queen” joke here).
  • In other science news, men like to cuddle.
  • In “Everybody Calm Down: Nobody Wants to Have Sex With Your Fiancé Anyway”, an anonymous stripper demystified the most infamous of bachelor party rituals.

  • The San Francisco City Clinic shared its archive of safe sex and anti-VD posters from the last 100 years. (Via Violet Blue).
  • Cory Silverberg taught us how to enhance our orgasms, while Sex Nerd Sandra schooled us on how not lose a toy in our butts.
  • Adweek ranked the 50 gayest ads ever made.

  • Finally, we stumbled across “Married to the Eiffel Tower,” an absolutely fascinating documentary about object sexuality. If you can tear yourself away from your Hitachi for an hour, it’s well worth viewing.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jul 04 2011

Double Your Buzz

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Having trouble choosing the perfect toy? Looking to buy a vibe for yourself and for your partner? Or, just want an excuse to drag a sexy friend to The Pleasure Chest for a shopping spree?

Check this out.

For the entire month of July, when you buy any vibrating toy at our retail store, we’ll give you a second one of your choice for half off. Want a Hitachi Magic Wand and a vibrating cockring? You got it. Want a clitoral vibe and a G-Spot toy? No problem. If it vibrates, it qualifies. Double your buzz, all month long.

The Fine Print: This offer is good for any vibrating toy in our store. The discount applies to a toy of equal or lesser value.  Not good with any other offers or coupons. Sorry, but this deal is not available for online purchases.

Jun 30 2011

Upcoming Workshops in Chicago

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Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of butt sex, step into a strap-on or brush up on your blowjobs, we’ve got a fun (and totally free) workshop on the horizon to meet your needs.  Here’s the schedule for the next month or so.

Sex Toys 101

Wednesday, July 6th @ 8pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Blowjobs and Beyond

Wednesday, July 13th @ 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 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.

Strap-on, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101

Wednesday July 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

Butt Sex Basics

Wednesday, August 3rd @ 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.

Jun 16 2011

Bottoms Up with the Form 4

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Ben, an intrepid member of our LA staff put the Jimmyjane Form 4 where the sun don’t shine! Here’s the bottom line…

The Form 4 is an incredible, powerful, and extremely pleasurable vibrating toy! I loved putting it in my butt! The Form 4′s strong vibrations shook me to my very core and let me experience a kind of sensation my asshole has never known before. When I angled the toy towards the front of my body, I could even kind of hit my prostate;  however, this would be a lot easier if the Form 4 had a slight curve. Nevertheless, for a toy that wasn’t necessarily intended for prostate vibrations, the Form 4 works great.

"Incredible, powerful and extremely pleasurable..."

The different oscillating vibrations are fun to explore, and I really like the fact that the toy can be inserted from either end. The smaller tip and larger base makes this toy great for getting your asshole opened up by using the small end first, then flipping it around to stick in the larger end. To top it off, the vibrations really helped my asshole to relax, making anal sex afterwards that much more awesome.

 

May 31 2011

The Winners of our Jimmyjane Giveaway

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Last week, we asked our readers to choose between two luxury vibes from the Jimmyjane “Pleasure to the People” line– the bestselling Form 2 or the just-released Form 4. The “tooth-shaped” Form 2 got 20 votes, while the “bowling pin shaped” Form 4 got 15 votes. It’s the Form 2, by a nose! Next, we randomly selected a winner from each of the two teams.

And, the Form 2 goes to…

Madison from Cambria, CA. (We should also mention that Ms. Wilson has a sexy NSFW website here.)

Congratulations Madison! We also awarded a $20 Pleasure Chest gift card for our favorite entries in the contest. Form 2 afficionados seemed to love its whimsical design and powerful motors. Our favorite cheerleader for the Form 2 was Yan from Brooklyn who wrote:

Going for Team Form 2 all the way. Why? It’s quite simple. Aesthetics! Simply looking at it gets the juices flowing, seeing as how it reminds me of the juicy curves of the female body. That along with the fantastic reviews I’ve read (The Pleasure Chest has never done me wrong!) seal the deal.

Sadly, my partner and I are currently separated due to a nasty bed bug infestation. As such, I need our first time back together (in a month!) to be extra special. The one thing sticking out in my mind right now is a brand new sex toy. Watching her squirm and writhe in pleasure with a Form 2 would make both our night’s after a long month of loneliness.

We also love aesthetics and hate bed bugs! (And we hate the aesthetics of bed bugs, most of all.) We hope the gift card will help you find something fun for breaking your dry spell.

And The Form 4 goes to…

Mable from Inglewood, CA

Congratulations! We hope you enjoy your new toy.

Cheerleaders for the Form 4 cited its versatility, noting that it has all of the benefits of the Form 2 but with a shape suited for penetration. Our favorite fan of the Form 4 was Gabby who wrote:

Ok, this is a really hard to question to answer especially since I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know either. My, ahem, younger girlfriend incessantly makes fun of my very vintage vibrator, but I love it and haven’t found a worthy replacement. So, there we go to window shop some options and to my humiliation they have a glass case of REALLY old vibrators and there was mine showcased as a relic (not exact model but close enough). Mine has only 2 settings, one of which would be a waste of time for anyone…unless you really are using it as a face massager, and has a really twisted curled cord that is never long enough. Confessing this to the salesgirl, she showed me the Jimmyjane Form 2. It was love at first sight! Modern, sexy, cordless, rechargeable and strong. What more could I ask for?

I didn’t buy it then, don’t ask me why, but I haven’t stopped thing about Jimmy Jane 2 until now. After reading your staffers great review, I have to say that I may have to go with Form 4 because not only does it have all that Form 2 has to offer but it can also be used as a dildo. Dreams do come true.

Congratulations, Gabby. You win a $20 gift card. We hope that you use it to upgrade your vintage vibe!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Keep an eye on this space, because we’ll have more giveaways soon.

 

 

 

 

 

May 23 2011

Are you on Team Form 2 or Team Form 4? Tell us & win!

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Form 2

Form 4

 

 

 

vs.

 

 

 

Winners announced this weekend.

This week we’re giving away two different luxury vibes from Jimmyjane’s “Pleasure to the People” product line, created by designers Yves Béhar and Ethan Imboden. The best-selling Form 2 and the upstart Form 4 share many great qualities. They’re both made of body-safe silicone and are totally waterproof. (Yes, you really can take them in the bath!) Each comes with Jimmyjane’s nifty docking cradle/recharger. They both have a travel lock, which means they won’t suddenly start buzzing in your baggage during airport security checks. Best of all, each has four modes of vibration with five different speeds. With so many cool features in common, how could anyone choose between “the tooth” and the “bowling pin?”

That’s not for us to say. We want to know which one you would choose for your toybox. Are you on Team Form 2 or Team Form 4? Tell us, for a chance to win one of your own!

Need some hints? Our staff loves both of them. Read Mary’s rave for the Form 2 here and Jess’ testament to the Form 4 here.

How to enter

Post a comment on this blog post, telling us if you’re on “Team Form 2″ or “Team Form 4.” Then, tell us why.

This Friday, May 27th at noon PST, we’ll pick a random winner for each. One entry per person/household please!

Bonus prize for our favorite answers

To reward your creativity, honesty and originality, we’re also awarding a $20 Pleasure Chest gift card to our favorite answers on each team.

Retweet to double your odds

If you want to double your chances of winning, simply retweet the contest announcement, and you’ll be entered twice! Be sure to post a link to your retweet in your comment, so that we can count your entry.

Good luck!