Well it seems us Aussies have even more choice now, with the coloured Lunette cups being available in early march for sale in Australia!
Also, they have been able to do a price reduction, dropping the retail price from around $57-$60 to around $49-$55.
Update — the “Cynthia” is now more purple (it was previously a very dusty reddish-pink), and the green “Diana” is no longer produced :( with a yellow cup “Lucia” instead.
I just saw a link on facebook to this page of slogans explained
My Cynthia arrived today. The one I won in the tagging competition on facebook back on 8th March. It was posted on 7th June (according to the shipping label)… So not sure why they waited so long to post them out? – they said they were posting out when they official launched at the beginning of April. but they could have said something earlier if they weren’t going to get them out by then… (several people on facebook were asking where they were), so we weren’t all sitting around waiting. I was wondering if they were stuck at customs or something…
Speaking of… good thing I’m not shy about menstrual stuff – The package came with a “make your periods greener” sticker on it, and the customs form has “lunette menstrual cup” written on it… the least discreet menstrual cup I’ve ever received it must be said (and I’ve been sent one or two!)…. but then I suppose the first cup Lunette sent me had no customs form on it at all so it was opened by customs. Wish I was a fly on the wall that day! lol Personally I don’t care if the people at the post office see, but from several years of selling cloth pads and being in the reusable menstrual cup community, discreet labelling does come up, so I feel sorry for anyone who does get embarrassed.. since if they labelled it as just a “Lunette cup” and without the period sticker, it would be nice and discreet while still being perfectly fine for a customs declaration.
But anyway… it was free… we shouldn’t complain :) Onto the pics!
The pouch is a lot nicer than the original Lunette pouches I must say – I hadn’t seen the newer ones myself, only photos, but the original pouches they shipped with when they first came out were quite stiff satin, this is nice and soft… and, you know… purple… which is excellent! :D Also it’s got no branding on it, so it could be useful for a makeup pouch or something if you’ve already got other pouches to use, which is nice (I’m all for dual purpose).
As I’d come to expect, the cup is a disappointingly less purple colour than I’d anticipated… which is a shame, I so dearly wanted a really *purple* Lunette. I live in hope that they will one day revise the colour recipe and make it like the darker colour in the pouch (or better yet, the same colour as the Ladycup purple)… and I’ll buy one then.
I do like the colour better in person than it appears in the official pics I’ve seen of it… It’s definitely a more pinkish/reddish tone though… I’m going to think of it as “rose”… it sort of reminds me a bit of weak black currant juice. If I wasn’t expecting it to be “purple”, I wouldn’t be disappointed. It’s not a bad colour.
I took one photo taken bright light (in shade) in the middle of the day – the other at the end of the day when the sun was down… so you could get an idea of the colour in different light conditions.
Fleurcup, Ladycup, MeLuna (old style), Miacup, Lunette Cynthia
It also came with some stickers… I think I’ll pop these into the local shopping centre toilets – over the tampon ads :D
Some of them I am left scratching my head over though… like “your lover will lick this idea a lot” – is that supposed to be like? I assume so… surely?…. or do they mean lick? That’s a bit saucy! Thank goodness they say “lick this idea“…. if they’d left that word out… dear, me! :D but why would my lover (over anyone else) like the idea? If I had a female lover, we could maybe share the cup… that could be convenient I suppose… but My “lover” (who is a man) doesn’t really care that much about cups to be perfectly honest, so I can’t say he’d “like” it.. other than a “hmm, that’s nice dear” :D (just like I don’t take much of an interest in the socks, undies and other things he buys that don’t relate to me)… and the majority of menfolk people talk about with regard to exposure to all things menstrual seem to want to avoid it… so they definitely wouldn’t “like” it… so the whole thing (licking aside) leaves me a bit baffled, but we’ll move on.
“get some silicone” – also seems a bit weird to me… I mean…. surely I’m not the only one who is silently adding the obvious “in you” on the end of that? lol We’re talking about a product that’s going into an intimate part of a female anatomy, I don’t know if a sticker that can be taken in a slightly crass way is really the right way to go… Now… see, what they should do is make it a pic with a woman who has cups instead of boobs (get it… not your usual silicone chest!)… Something like this:
Except that’s using a Miacup, but it was the only non-transparent cup I happened to have a photo of that was the right angle to make the pic! (image from Zigf – edited by me – image may not be used without permission!)
I do however like the “it’s a lot simpler than your other cup size” – if you’ve ever tried to go bra shopping for a nice pretty DD or E cup bra in a department store than only stocks those sizes in a beige, granny “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder” scaffolding styles in anything larger than a D…. you’ll appreciate the sentiment in that one! In fact, I think I may stick that sticker on the front of my bra drawer!
I, like many others, am still waiting to receive the free Cynthia I won from their facebook picture tagging competition, so I still haven’t seen one in person, but the new photos of it are out, and I must say I’m disappointed that it’s not actually purple.
I’m not sure what colour you’d call it… it’s more a wine sort of colour… Given how many people pick their cups based on colour, I hope nobody gets disappointed buying one expecting it to be “purple”, when it’s not.
Not saying that the colour is unattractive…. it’s not appealing to me, but I’m sure it’s appealing to someone, but I know that being the absolute purple fan I am… (and being a fan of the Lunette) I was **really** looking forward to this cup being a lovely purple, more like the Lady Cup… but instead it seems to be a dusty pinkish-red :(
I also wish they had called it Artemis instead of Cynthia… Supposedly it was because they thought Cynthia would be easier to pronounce… but the orange cup, Aine, I’d think is much harder to pronounce, if you’re not familiar with the language… many of us have no idea how you pronounce that! I asked hubby, who is a linguist, and it took him 5 mins and he *thinks* it’s sort of “ah-nuh”…. whereas a layman like me, looking at it, I’d have said “ay-n”… so there you go lol
But back to colour…. So if you’re thinking about buying a Cynthia, just be aware that it is *not* what most people would consider to be purple.
Shows the Clear, Green (Diana), Blue (Selene), “purple” (Cynthia), Orange (Aine)
As it’s difficult to tell colours on a computer screen, due to lots of variables, probably the best comparison picture is something like this – courtesy of Feminine Wear’s Flickr page. It shows pink and purple cups, so you can get an idea of what the colour is like.
Pink MeLuna, Pink Fleurcup, “purple” Lunette, Miacup, Lilac Ladycup, Purple MeLuna – Photo from www.femininewear.co.uk
The other day, Lunette unveiled their 2 new colours, PURPLE (woot!) and “Coral”. They have also released the new names for these 2 cups. Following the Goddess tradition, these cups are Cynthia (purple) and Áine (coral).
“New purple Lunette is called Cynthia!
Goddess Artemis was also known as Cynthia. This Greek Goddess of the moon, hunt and the night sky was later connected to Selene and Diana so she is continuing our chain of Moon Goddesses. Cynthia is an important symbol for young independent and unmarried woman. A flower sacred to Cynthia was Amaranth, with a deep purple color that inspired us to create this beautiful purple cup.” .
“New coral Lunette is called Áine!
Áine is the Goddess of moon, love, fertility and Midsummer in Irish mythology. Aine is also a Finnish word that means “substance” and “matter”. And this cup really matters! The beautiful coral color is one of the trendiest for the upcoming season and a beautiful homage to this goddess of summer.
That is… why the coral Lunette Áine will be available for purchase on summer 2011.”
To celebrate International Women’s Day (and the new cup colours) they ran a competition where the first 60 women to tag themselves in a photo at 9am (Finnish time) would win a new purple cup. This was posted in the morning my time, and I quickly went to check a world clock and kept that up all day, eagerly awaiting the start time! and… I WON ONE! WOOOOOOOOT! I’ve said many times how I wished Lunette would make a purple cup, and I’m extremely happy they have and that I’ll be one of the first women in the world to try one.
Of course, there will be pics and much swoonage when it arrives!
The “Squishyness” is how soft or hard a cup is – This tells you how easily it is able to be folded into the shape for insertion. Rating is from 1-11, where 1 is very squishy and 11 is not very squishy. This is ratings for the cups I have, listed in order of sqishyness to hardness.
Every time I go to re-rate these, it seems I give them different ratings. So I don’t know if temperature and age affects the way the cups feel, or if I’m not rating them well…. I don’t know. It’s also very hard to try and compare some cups, as there’s not much difference in some of them, so I’ve given half measures too.
Squishyness at rim
Fleurcup (Large) 2
Lunacup (large) – 2
Skoon Cup (Large) 2.5
Diva Cup (Small) – 3
Lunacup (small) – 3
Ladycup (Large) – 4
Miacup (Large) – 4
Ruby Cup – 4
Juju (Large) – 4
MeLuna (new) (Large) – 4
Femmecup (new) – 4.5
Lunette (Large) – 5
Juju (Small) – 5.5
Lady Cup (Small) – 6
Skooncup (Small) – 6
Keeper (small) – 6
Femmecup (old) – 7
Yuuki (Old) – 7
Mooncup (UK) (Large) – 7.5
MPower (old) – 8
Mooncup UK (Small) – 9
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 10
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 11
Squishyness at base
Femmecup (new) – 1
Lady Cup (Large) – 1.5
Lady Cup (Small) – 1.5
Sckoon Cup (Large) – 2
Femmecup – old – 2
Fleurcup (Large) – 2.5
Diva Cup (small) – 2.5
Miacup (Large) – 2.5
Skooncup (Small) – 2.5
Mooncup (UK) (small) – 2.5
Mooncup (UK) (large) – 2.5
MeLuna (new) (large) – 2.5
Ruby Cup – 3
Lunette (Large) – 3
Juju (Large) – 3
Yuuki (old) – 3
Keeper (small) – 3
Luna Cup (small) – 3
Luna Cup (large) – 3
Juju (Small) – 3.5
MPower (old) – 4
MeLuna (Classic) (large) – 6
MeLuna (Classic) (small) – 6
Old charts that need updating
I’ve also arranged the lists by different attributes. Where I didn’t have enough data to properly rank a brand, I’ve put them at the bottom of the list.
I’ve seen some speculation that the Green Donna cup is essentially an exact copy of the Lunette, but being made cheaply in China. The Lunette company certainly thinks so, and made a statement to this fact in a menstrual cup community on Live Journal
Although it’s not our policy to comment in different forums but this subject is too important for us not to comment :)
Some of you might already be aware of the situation with Lunette and Green Donna and the fact that Green Donna seems to be exact copy of our cup. It actually is our illegal Chinese copy and therefore we would like to know if you find out any information of the Green Donna, especially the places where it’s sold and who is selling them. The company behind Green Donna is violating our ipr-rights so this matter is really important for us. You can send an email to us to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks a lot for your help!
Heli from Lunette Finland office”
Also, it seems MPower is also considered to be too similar to the Lunette, with Heli from Lunette posting this:
“Lunette was the first menstrual cup sold in South Africa and around year after we started to sell there, Mpowercup was launched. We knew that it was our cup that was the base for it and we have seen the designer even saying in the forums that “I actually copied the Lunette exactly so the size difference should be marginal”. We didn’t mind about that too much since South Africa wasn’t never a big market for us but now their cups were sold in the EU which is still our main market. Therefore we asked Teresa to stop selling them (as a importer her company is responsible for the product in the EU) because we (and our lawyers) believe that Mpowercup is violating our intellectual property rights such as our model protection.”
Read the entire statement here – http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12568096&id=262280740292&comments or it’s reproduced here for those anti-facebookers :) – http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/2212344.html
I thought I’d do a post about coloured cups, as I know some women are really enticed by colours. There are some great coloured cups on the market – which shows the cup manufacturers are thinking about their customers needs for visual appeal too.
Cup Lee - Offers pink, green, blue and yellow
Fleurcup – Offers pink, purple, orange and black
IrisCup – Offers a translucent pink
LadyCup – Offers translucent Pink, Blue, Purple, Orange, Yellow and Green. And limited editions “lotos” (pinky/orange), Turquoise, “Green Meadow” (grassy green)
Lunette - Offers translucent blue “Selene” and green “Diana” versions
MeLuna - offers red, orange, black, blue, green and purple. With the website mentioning glittered and gold and silver options as special editions.
Miacup – Offers an opaque (non-see through) purply-pink as their standard colour cup.
Shecup- Offers a translucent pink cup
I have this as my personal cup (as well as having a sample so I can take it around to show people [don’t want people holding/playing with the cup I actually use] I only have the larger size. I’d love to have a sample of the smaller Lunette to add to my cup collection, but I can’t justify buying one.
Testing it out – I find the stem to be very comfortable. At first, when I was new to the cups, I could feel it – not uncomfortable, but just aware it was there…. but I find that because it’s flat and thinner than the hollow tube stems, it just flexes and bends with your body, so I don’t get poked by it at all. So I happily leave it untrimmed. I like to use the stem to pull down on the cup when getting it out, so I really do like to use the stem, and I’ve found the short Diva stem and trimmed other stems to be not ideal for me. The only thing that I don’t like about the Lunette stem over the others is that it’s too flexible to be able to hold the stem and turn the cup (if you do, only the stem turns :)) But since I used the Lunette first, I’ve learned not to use the stem to turn the cup (You can turn the cup to help it make a seal by the way)…. just hold the base of the cup, or not turn it at all. The stem being solid also means no blood can go up into the stem, so that’s a cleaner aspect. I’ve never had a problem with Lunette. I often have it fill past the rim (I have a very heavy flow, and tend to leave it in all day) without leakage.
I also like the smooth sides. The smoother, no ridge top makes it slide in/out easier than the bumpier other cups, which I like, and there is less areas to collect blood. While you have to remember what the 2 lines for measuring actually correspond to (they are unmarked), I like that they are just lines and not writing too, as it’s all less places to collect blood…. and I don’t bother measuring flow anyway since I normally just let it fill up. Unlike the other cups that have the name/website on them in raised letters, Lunette’s are in slightly indented larger letters, so again, less chance of catching blood in the lettering.
Gear - The one I bought came in a green/yellow synthetic material pouch, with a ribbon drawstring… but the fabric is very stiff and doesn’t close as nicely as a cotton does. I really don’t like it…. I immediately made my own bag for it, and unfortunately threw out/lost the original one (I’d like to have kept it for the sample). I think this it was in a plastic bag like you’d see hanging on display in a store. The sample I received I think was just put in a plastic bag, (no pouch). But I do find their flyers pretty with the floral stuff.
The sample I received.
Personal observations – I haven’t had all that much correspondence with Lunette, I asked for a sample, and I believe I got a prompt e-mail back saying yes… (it was before I wrote up the reviews, so I wasn’t paying enough attention)… though I have had quite a few correspondences with Henna from kuukuppi.com/leastore.com who is very friendly and lovely to deal with, if you’re buying a Lunette I do recommend getting it through those stores (they are run by the same person)
I’ve rated all the cups I’ve tried. They can be found here: http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/my-comparisons-and-ratings
Country of origin: Finland
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 10 years
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 1 & 2 (1= under 20, not had sexual intercourse. 2 = over 20/had sexual intercourse)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 4.1cm wide, 4.7cm Long, with 2.5cm stem. Size 2 = 4.6cm wide, 5.2cm long and 2cm stem
Capacity: Official capacity – Size 1 = 25mls, Size 2 = 30mls. My Test – Size 2 = 26ml to airholes, 34mls to level with rim
Stem: Flat (solid) tab
Measuring Lines: Yes (on outside) marks (though it doesn’t show what they are) 7mls and 15mls
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: None (prefer to try and worth through problems than just refund)
Been around since: “Autumn” 2005
Limited edition blue version called the “Selene” brought out in late 2008