This toy is made from high quality silicone and plastic. The entire shaft is made from silicone, only the battery compartment and control dial are made from plastic.
I couldn't detect any smell, even though I stuck it under my nose almost immediately after I pulled it from the package.
The texture is of matte silicone, meaning it will drag against your skin. This adds some fabulous sensations but also means that you need more lube. I tore some skin on my perineum because the boyfriend tried to force it in without enough lube. No go. Don't try to force it, nothing good will result.
The toy has two different textures, smooth and bumpy, that twist around each other. The bumps are somewhat graduated in size, meaning the ones near the top are smaller than the ones in the middle.
The instructions talk about how you cannot throw this toy away if you're in Europe. I think you need to recycle the materials. Not uncommon, but that's what the symbol (looks like a garbage can with an X through it) on the bottom means.
This toy is a fairly girthy(5 1/4" diameter) silicone vibrator. Again, I stress girthy, because I was not at all prepared for this. The size seems only slightly larger than average if you look at the specs, but that combined with the matte silicone and large texture bumps said "OMIGOD HUGE" to my vagina. Nevertheless, with the aid of a lot of (water-based) lube, I was able to climax several times.
It's also fairly long (a little over 7 inches are insertable) so I hit, and bruised, my cervix with this toy. The silicone tip is pretty stiff, so thrusting was dangerous for me.
It's classified as a g-spot vibrator, and it certainly hit mine. I don't believe this was a result of the curved tip though; score one for the big girth and texture. Now, I didn't ejaculate, but I have only ever managed that twice (with a different toy and lots of work). I think if you are already pretty aware of the feeling you get from g-spot stimulation, you would almost certainly feel it with this toy; however if you haven't found yours yet I doubt this would do it for you.
The large ridges make for fantastic clitoral stimulation. I rubbed this toy up and down against it for most of my play session because that texture mixed with the somewhat powerful vibrations felt incredible.
I would say this toy isn't discreet at all. It is an unusual color but I imagine if anyone saw this laying around they would know exactly what it's for. It is discreet in use however, it makes minimal noise.
The package states that this toy is water-resistant, however EF claims it is waterproof. I took it in the shower with me. I live in the dorms at a university, meaning I have community showers. While I was in there, I was the only one showering but many people were coming and going from the toilets. I used this throughout my entire shower and no one knew. No water got into the battery compartment- it is protected by an O-ring. However, some water got into the area between the dial and the battery compartment. Not very much, I was able to suck/blow out all the water. The toy was working without defects the entire time and still works quite well. I haven't submerged it, but I will recommend against it.
The dial on the bottom is excruciatingly hard to turn when lubed up or wet. I had to grip it with my whole hand and use most of my strength to adjust it. It does have ridges but the dial is always difficult. Even when I was just testing out the strength when I first pulled it from the package, it was hard to turn on. I'm not sure if this will get easier with use or not. It really feels like it needs some WD-40.
Again, this toy is super quiet. I'm completely comfortable using this in my dorm (which has paper-thin walls and doors.) I can use it on high above covers with my t.v. on and not hear a single thing.
The package specifies warm water and soap or a toy cleaner. Water and soap worked well for me but you have to be super careful that you clean in the ridges very well. I found that lube likes to hide there and I had to go in with a fingernail to make sure I got it all. Also because this toy is at least water-resistant, I felt very comfortable with the entire thing under water for a minute or so. No problems at all.
Because it's silicone it picks up lint and hair very easily. Avoidable if you keep the toy in the pouch or plastic it came in.
Again, be sure you use only water-based lubes. Silicone lubes will destroy the material and ruin the toy.
The toy came packaged in a clear blister pack inside a silver cardboard box. The toy was completely visible through an opening in the front so I wouldn't call it discreet packaging at all.
The main cardboard box had 10 different languages on the back detailing all the specifics (water-resistant, quality materials, quiet) of the ChrisCross, but most of the packaging was in German, and because I'm not fluent in the language I can't translate it for you. Sorry =) However, one of the sides on the box is completely devoted to English, so you wont be without something to read. This side is mostly an advertising spot, so it doesn't tell you much useful information. It tells you what an awesome product it is, and how high quality the product is.
It also came with a silver silk drawstring bag for storage. I keep mine in there and have had no problems at all. It's somewhat difficult to open, but that also means that it doesn't open up in your drawer.
The instructions didn't have much useful information. It takes two AA batteries (not included) but doesn't tell you how to put them in. It covers the quality guarantee and the normal guarantee. Basically, the silicone has a 5 year warranty and the parts have a 2 year warranty. You must keep the receipt of purchase in order for the guarantee to be kept. Apparently, you return the product to the store you originally bought it from and they do all the paperwork and send you either a new one or a refund, I'm not sure which.
Also included is a brochure for all their products; lube, prostate massagers, vibrators, kegel balls and various other things. I can tell you everything is very colorful!
LUBE LUBE LUBE
Can never have too much, right?