The purple TPE is soft and pliable, and mostly smooth, just slight ridges, with no odor. It does NOT pick up lint or other particles, but it is slightly porous, so use condoms if you share. Use antibacterial soap or toy cleaner to clean this monster. The handle/control panel is hard plastic.
This vibrator is a phallic design, with a smaller penis-style vibrator for clitoral stimulation. This is a LARGE toy! It's 10+ inches overall, with 5 1/2" insertable length, 5" diameter (PLUS THROB!), and the additional smaller clitoral stimulator. The toy would not be easy to hide, or travel with discreetly, due to its size and shape. It looks just like what it is, no disguising it!
The shaft of the toy "throbs" or pulses with a rapid pattern of in-and-out motions at three speeds, which must be cycled through to get back to a higher or lower level. The smaller penis has a bullet vibe in it that pulses in seven different patterns, using a separate set of buttons. These, too, are set up to be cycled through until you find the one you like, and you'll have to cycle back around if you miss your favorite.
This is a LOUD vibrator. The noise when throbbing is especially noticeable at the higher speeds, and could be even be distracting to you or your partner...or the loud mechanical sounds could be a great turn-on if you're into that!
This toy is NOT waterproof.
Because the Throbbing Hearts vibe is TPE, you can use water-based or silicone lubricants. Use condoms if you share toys, because it's semi-porous. Clean it thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water or toy cleaner.
This toy runs on 4 AAA batteries (not included).
The Throbbing Heart vibe comes in a clear plastic tray in a clear plastic box with coordinating purple text and designs. It could be used for storage, but it is not a very sturdy box; put it on the top of your stack o' toys. It is NOT discreet packaging, since it is clear. The giant purple double-penis vibrator is clearly visible and it's OBVIOUSLY a big ol' sex toy! There were no instructions, but the buttons were easy to figure out.
I found the throbbing sensation and nose to be distracting, but I prefer clitoral stimulation. If you like lots of internal stimulation, then this is the toy for you!