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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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by thepleasurechest

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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by thepleasurechest

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!


May 13 2011

This Week’s Best of the Chest

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by thepleasurechest

Each day, we try to post amusing, informative and unusual links and articles covering the wide range of human sexuality. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you’re probably already familiar with our daily feeding frenzy. For those who don’t, we decided it would be fun to post an end o’ the week review of the stuff that got our attention on the internet. This is the week’s best links from your friends at the Chest.

The Daily Show – Minneapolis Is the New Gay
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Speaking of San Francisco, The Daily Show this week asked “Is Minneapolis gayer than San Francisco?”

Who's your daddy?

  • “For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.” - Chaz Bono, on the difference between gender and orientation and his path to becoming a man.

 

  • We’re not sure how we missed this, but last month some enterprising safe sex advocates staged a most unusual stunt at the Washington Monument. Keep America safe!

  • The Good Men Project asked the perennial question: Does Size Matter? We don’t know, but Lady Gaga’s giant penis stilettos are the only reason we’d ever tune in to watch American Idol. Too bad those heels at the Fox network censored them.

The boner machine?

 

  • Finally, though this happened 10 whole days ago, we can’t resist mentioning that one of our music heroes, Black Francis (yes, from Pixies!), randomly tweeted us to say “I just got turned on.” And we don’t think he’s talking about his guitar amp.

If you also get aroused by seeing sexy stuff in your daily feed, you can follow our LA, NY and Chicago stores on Twitter.

 

 

“For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.”

May 09 2011

Bowling for Orgasms: A review of the Form 4

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This month, we’d like to welcome Jess our new Los Angeles store manager to The Pleasure Chest family. We’d also like to announce the release of the Form 4, the newest luxury vibe from Jimmyjane. We sent Jess and the Form 4 home together. Only one of them came back to work.

"It was all strikes, all of the time."

Upon first glance of the Form 4, I wasn’t quite sold. My previous experience with the Form 2 left me numb, even on the lowest speed, and despite the sleek design I couldn’t see the Form 4 as anything but a miniature bowling pin. However, once I brought it into the bedroom, I’ll have you know there was nothing gutter ball or 7-10 split about it. It was all strikes, all of the time!

The head of the Form 4 is where the ultra powerful motor is located, so unlike other super strong vibrators, this one will not make your hand go numb (anyone looking for a little “stranger” action afterward is out of luck). It also has a slight bit of bend in the neck, which means it contours to your body wonderfully. In addition to all of this, it gives a great “full” sensation when inserted and the slight taper of the neck to the body of the toy feels incredible at the vaginal opening with some gentle (or not so gentle) thrusting action.

I feel like the range of speeds on the Form 4 is more broad than on previous Form models, which is great news for the very sensitive, the “Hitachi lover,” and everyone in between. It’s rechargeable, waterproof, made of a high grade silicone, has a three year warranty, and it makes me and my partner come every time? I couldn’t recommend this toy any more highly. It’s like it was sent straight from Heaven!

On a side note, the Form 4 is outstanding even when off and has replaced a bevy of “can’t live without” dildos in my house. If only it was harness ready… Oh! It’s also great for full body massage! Bravo, Form 4!

May 06 2011

The winners of our Mother’s Day Giveaway

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by thepleasurechest

This week’s contest to win a Jimmyjane Form 4 for Mother’s Day was difficult for us to judge. There were only a dozen entries, but they were each so heartfelt and candid, it felt a bit odd choosing whose mom was most deserving. So, we decided that everyone was a winner. Each of our entrants got a $10 credit to use in our online store.

After much thought, we did agree on a favorite entry. Patty W’s thoughtful tribute to her mother really touched us. Here’s what she had to say:

My mom made the biggest mistake of her life when she married my dad, but she’s always told me she’s never regretted it because it led to me. Considering my old man’s freak-outs and alcoholism, that’s really saying something. But there was no way she was going to see me raised badly, so she made sure we got out together and stayed together.

What my mom doesn’t talk about is the way she forewent relationships with men to focus on raising me. It’s not like she had a lot of time for love, anyway, since she was a single mother with less skills than she’d hoped to have. But more importantly, she saw the way her friends’ boyfriends and husbands treated their children from previous marriages, and she couldn’t stand the thought of choosing someone else over her daughter – or watching someone else mistreat me in the first place.

Now that I’m a woman, on my own after losing a long-term relationship that meant so much to me, I have started to appreciate the sacrifice of that part of her womanhood. It’s not that she wanted it to work out that way; it’s not that she hadn’t tried. But I’ve found myself wishing I could somehow repay all the nights she slept alone in the hopes of keeping me safe.

When I was in my 20s, she came to me to ask about condoms and although it was awkward, I jumped at the opportunity to keep her safe and help her seek the pleasure she’d been missing. All I really needed to know was that she had finally met someone she liked and she was going to be careful.

A couple years later, after getting home from a vacation, my boyfriend found part of a condom wrapper in our house. He was about to accuse me of something unsavory when I remembered that my mom had stayed over while we were gone. And I was too amused to be angry when she expressed embarrassment over the evidence she’d unwittingly left behind. My boyfriend wasn’t so amused, but I couldn’t begrudge the fact that she was an adult woman. (Besides, I knew she’d sterilized the area before and afterward.)

My mom is always bragging to anyone who will listen about me, but I brag to anyone who will listen about her. I’ve been agonizing over what to get her for Mother’s Day this year because I’d like to give her a gift she can use for years to come. It would be nice to give her something she can use to learn more about her own body, too, and I know the Form 4 will fit the bill. I love my Form 6 with all of my heart, so my needs are being met – but I think it’s high time my ma lived sexy. I hope you’ll agree with me!

We do agree! Your mom sounds like an amazing woman and we hope that she enjoys her new Form 4.

Thanks to Patty and to each of you who took the time to pay tribute to your mothers. We hope that Sunday is special for all of the moms out there.

May 03 2011

The Form 4 is not your mother’s vibrator.But it could be!

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Introducing: the Form 4, the latest luxury vibe from the design wizards at Jimmyjane. The Form 4′s body-safe, premium silicone shaft is strong and firm, with the perfect amount of flex for G-Spot play. It’s totally waterproof, making it ideal for the bath, and has a travel lock for going on the road. Under the hood, it’s got a big, powerful motor which delivers four different modes of vibration at five levels of intensity. Best of all, the Form 4 comes with a wireless recharging base and a three year limited warranty. This is definitely not your mother’s vibrator.

But it could be…

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re giving a Form 4 to one lucky mom.

How to enter

Post a comment on this blog, paying tribute to the mother in your life. She could be your mom, your partner, your spouse or a friend. She could be anyone you think deserves recognition on this upcoming Mother’s Day.

On Friday, at noon PST, we’ll award the Form 4 to our favorite entry. Beats sending flowers, doesn’t it?

Now, we hate to sound like Dr. Freud, but please, “Tell us all about your mother….”