Jun 062014
 

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Pleasure Purse - A sex toy storage bag

Update: I can’t recommend the Pleasure Purse anymore. I’ve ripped the lining on two of them now. It’s an acetate “satin” lining that is quite thin and when you have little or nothing in the bottom compartment, the weight of everything in the purse stresses on the seams of the lining in the main compartment. Since the lining is such a delicate material the tiny piercings from the needle and thread weaken it, and it rips. It took quite a bit of use to have this happen and each time mine was replaced; I’m not sure if this is because I’m a reviewer, or if the company is willing to do it for everyone. Until the Pleasure Purse lining is changed to something more sturdy, I can’t fully recommend this.

I’ll spill the beans early: The Pleasure Purse is the best sex toy storage option for travel that I’ve ever seen. I’ve reviewed various and sundry sex toy storage options in my time and have never really been impressed past first blush. My interest in the cutesy-kitsch of the Devine Playchest faded once the shitty quality came to light. Their earlier attempt at a travel bag also failed for me. For home use, the Toibocks was a let down for the price despite its unique nature.  Another travel option, the now-defunct For Your Nymphomation XL Toybox case was great at first, but again quality problems revealed themselves a few months down the line. Plus stuffing things into pouches became really annoying.

I kind of have a “thing” for specialized, pretty-lookin storage options beyond sex toys. So for those who scoff and say “just buy some affordable luggage or a duffel bag”……you’re not my people. I don’t understand you, you don’t understand me. That’s fine. For my people? Oh, listen up. You’re going to love this.

Things I Love

The Pleasure Purse is intended to be used primarily for travel, but there’s no reason you can’t use it for stationary storage in your closet, either. Pleasure Purse looks like a posh, overnight bag – supple, slightly shiny garment leather with an embroidered logo on one side. It’s large enough to work as an overnighter bag for those who don’t overpack, unless your overnight trip also involves a lot of gear for bondage. You’ll see first in the video what I was able to fit in for use as an overnight bag. At this point, the bag was very full – it was a little too heavy for me to comfortably carry through an airport, yet okay for a trip from car to hotel room. My husband felt the weight was easily managed for an airport-length trek by using the included shoulder strap. But to really test the quality of the Pleasure Purse, I piled it with about 12-14 pounds (or the equivalent weight of my overweight cat in her vet carrier) of sex toys and hung it up by the straps for a few weeks to see how the stitching would hold up. I’m happy to report that everything looks just fine. This bag is REALLY well-made. When used as sex toy storage at home, you can really pack a lot into the Pleasure Purse. It’s like a freaking clown car. The second half of the video shows what I fit in for the “closet sex toy storage” – I should note, at the full point it was too heavy for me to lift and I did slightly fear damaging the bag with that much weight. If it’s just sitting in your closet you could really cram a lot in there.

I love the overall design, and the number of pockets. I adore the look of it because it’s unisex from the exterior and absolutely would not raise any eyebrows. The size is just great. I come from a long line of professional over-packers, intent on having any item I might possibly perhaps need; the size of the Pleasure Purse is big enough that I can fit in my weird things but manageable enough size that I feel the desire to reign myself in and contain my packing to just this bag – and can, with ease. And I really have to mention quality, again. I could not find one single flaw on this bag, one place where they cut corners. The bottom of the bag is sturdy, and there are little feet so the leather isn’t touching dirty floor. The zippers glide along easily, and the zipper pulls wont’ break off anytime soon. The way the zipper pulls meet up so that they can be locked is also well done. It’s probably the highest quality sex toy storage bag on the market.

Deconstructing the Pleasure Purse

On the outside, there are 3 pockets. Two deep side pockets provide easy access for your cell, keys and other things you’d like to keep at hand. There is also a bottom, zippered compartment that isn’t as useful as I assumed. It’s really best for books or things that you would put into a pouch. Leah told me that they originally intended for this bottom, zippered compartment to also lock, but had problems finding a way to get 2 locks that worked with one key.  Once the bag is filled up with items, the only thing separating the main contents from the bottom compartment is the satin liner fabric. Small objects would be hard to remove but even more difficult to put back in unless there’s a solid layer of clothing at the bottom of the main compartment inside. I think that for this bottom compartment to really work, the zipper needs to extend to the sides and the bottom of the main compartment needs to have a solid bottom. This way the bag could be unzipped and opened up more fully if needed, and items could be stored in the bottom without the worry of rooting around under the mass of stuff inside the bag.

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On the inside, one side has a large, zippered pocket while the other side has 1 zippered mesh compartment and 1 elastic-banded mesh compartment. The mesh compartments are great for holding accessories, chargers, etc. The zippered pocket inside would be great for lingerie, undies, smaller sex toys like cock rings and bullet vibes or even a blindfold. I highly recommend that toiletries, lubes and massage oils be double-bagged in leak-proof plastic bags – if anything should leak, there is no waterproof lining to prevent the leather from staining. If the satin liner stains, you’ll only be able to very carefully handwash.

Things I Dislike

PPlockCurrently the Pleasure Purse is only available in the color option shown in these photos – black leather and a leopard print interior. I can’t say I like the leopard print interior, it feels like it’s trying too hard to be sexy. I prefer more subtle, sophisticated color pairings. I’d love to see a white/cream leather with an ocean blue lining, or a brown leather with a cream lining. I’d love to see the black leather paired with a silvery-gray lining or even just a different print like colored polka dots on black, or black on white paisley/abstract.

I’m also not a fan of the lock. I don’t love the heart motif but mostly I don’t like these little keys. They are too easily lost. I much prefer having a smaller combination lock or even one of these new “keycard” luggage locks (which was what I purchased for myself to use with this bag). So long as the lock could be all black, I don’t think it needs to have a design to it. Something low-key would be better.

Would I Recommend The Pleasure Purse?

No contest, yes I absolutely recommend it. The few things I dislike are a matter of style preference and are not deal-breakers to me. The Pleasure Purse is a bit of a spend, retailing for $120, but I feel it’s worth every penny for what it is. I also find it quite laughable that the Pleasure Purse only costs a few more dollars than the Devine Playchest, yet is infinitely more useful.  We often go visit family for the weekend, at least 5 times a year. We also plan to travel more on our own, taking short overnight trips here and there. I’ll absolutely being getting a lot of use out of the Pleasure Purse.  It is really very nice looking, comfortable to carry, extremely well-made, and very versatile.

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I was sent the Pleasure Purse in exchange for my very honest review.

  • The amount of toys you can fit into this bag is impressive, and I like how you did the hanging test on it to see how the stitching holds up. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for when people ask me about sex toy storage bags.
    xxPenny

  • Hadn’t heard of this. Seems cool but I think I prefer hard sided storage

  • I visit my family out of town a lot. I’m always forgetting something important – like a back up salsa. With a purse like this, I’d keep my toys in there all the time. No reason to forget them. the pockets would be good to hold onto all my kegel balls. They always seem lost in the bottom of my chest.

  • Panda Sauce

    I would (as you could probably guess from our convo on Twitter earlier this week, haha) use the Pleasure Purse so I can finally, FINALLY have a way to easily tote my Liberator Throe back and forth from my house, to the train, to my date’s apartment and back.

  • Heaven

    I had read your review but did not comment. This is awesome and since I take a bag with me to my bf house this would come in handy when traveling with my toys.

  • Kaguya

    I am a sucker for bags, especially ones with a tardis-like capacity to hold piles of toys. The price tag makes me hesitate a bit, but I can’t pretend that it wouldn’t be useful

  • Bex

    I’m so impressed by how much you can fit in there!! Liam and I visit our families out of town fairly often and it would be nice to have something I can take there that locks.. I’m especially close with my mom and I could imagine a situation where she’d be looking for something in one of my bags, but stumbling upon my toys. Thus, I don’t bring them with me. If I had the Pleasure Purse it wouldn’t be suspicious and I could easily bring along toys that are nice to have, like my We-Vibe Salsa, BS G-spot dildo, and cuffs, especially for longer stays.

  • I do get that; I normally would hesitate, too. In this industry I’m especially harsh on things living up to their retail cost and this is honestly one of the few things I feel really lives up to the cost. ESPECIALLY for storage/travel.

  • Krissy Novacaine

    I’d love to use this for transporting gear to and from the dungeon. Since we almost exclusively use floggers, it would be lovely for that. Because it looks like a purse, no weird looks on public transit either!

  • Ross

    I’d use the Pleasure Purse to cart my sex toys and accessories primarily at the beginning and end of the summer when I’m moving between my apartment at my university and my parents’ home. Discreet and cute!

  • Chad

    This looks much better than my current storage solution, which is sturdy, but not something I’d want to be carrying down the street. It certainly looks like it would hold everything I’d want to carry with me with some room to spare.

  • skookum

    I would definitely use the Pleasure Purse for a romantic getaway… what a great way to take your toys with you in style, and without having to leave any of them at home!

  • Nancy

    I lived in a college dorm for a while, so having a discreet purse definitely would’ve helped. My not-so-sex-pos mom more recently found my toys after I’d moved back for the summer, so I can’t just use the same bag I was hiding them in anymore. As well, my collection is getting big enough that I’d need to sort my items by: dildos/wands, small things (kegel balls, clitoral toys, cock rings, etc.), and fetish equipment. I don’t travel a lot per se, but I do go back and forth between places a lot with my toys.

  • p_spot

    This looks like a way better travel-storage solution than anything I’ve tried! I like to keep a few toys on hand in the trunk of my car for occasional meetings and trips hours away from home, and this would allow me to double what I can discreetly transport.

    I agree with Lilly on the color options and leopard print not being the most appealing. A dark brown would be nice! Paisley prints, or some colored plaid linings, black/white thin stripes- lots could be done here!

    I actually like that heart lock as far as cheap, included locks go. Most luggage seems to come with a semi disposable lock- most people are like you and I and upgrade them to something like a combo lock. With a bag as small as this one, a lock isn’t going to prevent any kind of theft, it’s just a deterrent but also will probably just pique the curiosity of someone who stumbled across it.

  • I’d use the Pleasure Purse as a storage solution for my toys, not much to travel with. Right now they’re all laying in a huge drawer, and it’s just so non-organized, they’re rolling around all the time..

  • R Buckley

    With two toddlers who always seem to be popping into our room and closet now, this would be a very handy thing to have at home, and especially when we’re having a sexy weekend away. Usually all of the toys wind up in my bag, would be nice to have a nice travel bag like this.

  • thesindoll

    I travel to Cons and make a few trips to the Atlanta area for S/M play each year. I’ve used the Divine Playchest and never had a problem with it except for the lock. The Purse looks like an amazing upgrade in toy storage.

  • thesindoll

    I’d like to see a red or pink liner. Maybe I’m too girly, but that’s me. :)

  • Peter Andreae

    That looks like a very well thought-out design. I don’t travel too much, just the occasional one or two night pleasure trip with my wife. This bag looks like just the ticket.

  • Peter Andreae

    I like the black exterior but any other leathery sort of color would work as well. The interior should be a relatively light color so that spills are easily spotted for cleaning.

  • Becky Toler

    I need one of these, or 2.

  • nite byrd

    This would be fantastic, not just for toys but for all sorts of travel essentials. I like the black – goes with everything!

  • Atreau

    I would love this because it would free up my drawers to be used for, clothes!

  • Tim

    I would love this for my wife and I wherever we go since we bring toys with us anytime we travel, even if it is just an overnight trip and we have no plans of fooling around because you just never know when the urge will hit. Very cool product that we will have to add to our collection soon.

  • Jessica

    I have an 18 month old who has started opening up drawers. I live in a small apartment with not much storage to begin with. I had my parents and my husbands parents over for dinner and my son went into my drawers and brought my toys out to the living room to show my parents. Needless to say I am in desperate need of this bag. Also now that it’s summer we are doing a lot of traveling and it would be a life savor!

  • Wren

    I need one of these in my life as my own sex toy collection grows and I become more and more desperate to find new methods of discreet storage for my toys to keep them away from the prying eyes of disapproving family members and family members too young for such things. It would be much better than my current set up and I wouldn’t need be constantly replacing storage containers as new stuff comes in.

  • Ray Brooks

    My wife and I have recently expanded our toy collection significantly and we missed an opportunity to enjoy some of them on a trip out of town without the kids. A bag like this would certainly have come in handy.

  • Kris

    Commenting as part of the six-year giveaway. This would be just perfect as transport/storage of my toys. Especially since I’m moving soon in with family that I most certainly don’t want finding my little collection. On top of that, I’m now away from my partner, it’s not a move either of us are happy about. So having an overnight bag like this that can keep things discrete and a little more hassle-free would leave us with one less thing to worry about.

  • Pete

    Comment for your 6 yr Giveaway:
    My lady and I have a growing toy collection so we would
    definitely use this as an indiscreet way of storing our toys. We don’t travel a lot together but, from time
    to time, we like to schedule a weekend getaway date at a hotel for some fun so
    this would be the ideal way of carrying our things and sex toys all in one bag. I am shocked at how much room there is in
    that bag!! It would definitely fit our toiletries, change of clothes for each
    of us and lots of our toys, probably with room to spare!

  • sue

    WOW, i’m impressed, and I continue to be every time I watch your video at how many things you can pack in there. The bottom base pocket is awesome. As far as it’s uses go, i’d definitely use it for traveling. However, because of its aesthetics, it can definitely be used as an everyday purse. Actually, that’s probably what i’d do with it as it’s too pretty to keep it in storage when not traveling.

  • Tequila Rose

    I could have seriously used something like this when I was living at home and a)having to hide my toys from my nosy mother and b)as a great way to get them in and out of the house when going to meet my partners with no one knowing any better!

  • DocOctavia

    I love the leopard print! I have many leopard print items of my own, and this bag would just be amazing. I think it would also look great with a satin pink or green interior, or a pink or green exterior with the same options now.

    I travel very often. I go to Columbus (2 1/2 hours away) and Louisville (1 hour away) at least once a month each. I will typically not even bring toys because all of my toys are stored in a heavy and ugly toy chest (aka tool box). There is no way to carry that on one’s shoulder! The Pleasure Purse is really awesome because I would be able to fit even my largest toys in and not worry! I love how it is able to be locked – a huge reason I got the tool box. It’s simple and looks like a normal purse, but very beautiful and seems well constructed. I also appreciate how it can easily store toys, clothes, and other items for a few nights stay. c:

    I recently bought a new house about 30 minutes from the one I currently live in the Pleasure Purse would literally be PERFECT right now! I’m constantly going to and from, staying a night or two, and feeling lonely without my chest of love. I need to get my hands on one of these for SWEET JUSTICE.

    Thanks for the review!

  • Guest

    I travel to Columbus (2.5 hours away) and Louisville (1 hour away) at least once a month each. I never get to bring my toy chest (aka tool box) with me, because it is much too heavy, ugly, and seemingly obvious. Worst part is that there is no shoulder strap and if there were, no way could anyone carry such a clunky thing! The Pleasure Purse would be a God send to have. c:

    I recently bought a new house that is about 30 minutes away and I’ve been going to get it ready and staying a night or two. This purse would be absolutely perfect for that! I’ve been very lonely without my chest of love to accompany me, but maybe I can fix that. I could carry some toys, clothes, maybe some other essentials too. I love how the Pleasure Purse is beautiful, well constructed, and should be able to hold even my largest toys! (size queen here)

    Thank you for the review!

  • dv8

    I’d use the Pleasure Purse for everyday storage of my favorite toys.