Menstrual Cups

Changes to the Cup listings

It is becoming very difficult and time consuming to list each brand separately on this site, as many of the new ones coming onto the market appear to be the same cup design given a different name (“Rebranding“). This also makes things very confusing in both how I’m going to list them on the site (lots of duplicating info) and for you to find information about the cups.

So from now on I will focus just on just individually listing the “unique” cups (designs not similar to any other existing cups) in separate posts, and all the suspected rebrandings and cups that look the same as other cups already listed, won’t receive individual pages.  These will still be linked in the cup list on the side menu.

There is also now a master list – with all cup brands listed by uniqueness and stem type

~Click here for the MASTER CUP BRAND LIST ~

July 6, 2017 Posted by | news | 3 Comments

Why (I believe) you shouldn’t buy “Chinese Cheapies”

Everyone wants a bargain, not everyone has cash to spare  – I’m quite budget conscious myself.  I get it.  But sometimes paying a bit extra is worth it.

There are a LOT of places selling really cheap cups.  As in under $2 “cheap”.  Other brands can cost $40 or more.  For that kind of price, who wouldn’t want to spend just $2 compared to paying 20x that price!

But cheap isn’t always best.  There are a few things to consider –

1) Is the cup design a good one for you?

2) Is the material safe?

3) Do you want to support a good brand or support a dodgy one?

The thing is, a menstrual cup is really an investment.  A menstrual cup should last around 10 years.  So you’re talking about the more expensive menstrual cups costing about $4 PER YEAR or less, tampons would cost you more than that per month.  Even the most expensive cup is a MASSIVE saving on using tampons. I don’t know about you, but I consider my vagina is worth more than $4 a year to keep happy and healthy. I don’t want to be shoving anything up there for long periods of time unless I’m fairly confident that there will be no long-term side effects of that.  Cervical cancer is something I’d like to avoid and IMHO putting something of unknown and potentially dodgy composition up close to your cervix for 12 hours a day may not be a sensible idea.

At the end of the day, buy what you want – but I want to make sure people are aware of what they are buying and thinking about factors other than the price.  If you’re buying to donate to impoverished women, or buying for a friend – consider their vaginal health too.

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July 14, 2017 Posted by | Cup Related, news | 2 Comments

Hesta

 

https://www.hestaorganic.com

Country of origin: Made in USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “Regular”  “Large”
Dimensions:
Capacity: Regular = 30mls, Large = 40mls
Stem:  Short thick
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  USD $26.90  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: No, there are other cups that have a similar shape.
Other Details: Comes with a silicone storage case. These cups resemble the Green Cup of Maine design and the silicone case is the same (except branding) as the Casco Cup, so  I believe these cups are also made by Casco Bay Molding (who also make Casco Cup, Lincup, Life Cup and Green Cup of Maine)

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July 10, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

LifeCup

http://lifecup.co/en

Country of origin: Colombia (Made in USA)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small) “2” (large)
Dimensions: 1 = 41mm diameter, 56mm long (8mm stem).  2 = 44mm diameter, 56mm long (8mm stem)
Capacity: 1 = 24mls, 2 = 37mls
Stem:  Short thick
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  COP$79,900  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: No, there are other cups that have a similar shape.
Other Details: These cups resemble the Green Cup of Maine design.  I believe they are made by Casco Bay Molding (who also make Casco Cup, Lincup, Green Cup of Maine)

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July 10, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Miu

https://miu-cup.com [Translated into English]

Country of origin: France
Composition: Unknown
Sizes:  2 sizes, 2 firmnesses
Dimensions: Little Minote (soft) & Little Mariole (firm) = 41.3mm diameter, 44mm long without stem, 65mm long including stem.  Grand Minote (soft) & Grand Mariole (firm) = 46mm diameter, 50mm long without stem, 65.6mm long including stem.
Capacity: Little Minot/Mariole = 18mls, Grand Minote/Mariole = 27mls
Stem:  Long thick with bump grips
Measuring Lines: Yes (7.5 & 15ml)
Cost (RRP):  24 €  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes
Other Details: These cups are available in 2 levels of firmness.  The pink cups are softer, and they suggest they are used to start with, and the blue cups are firmer and they suggest they are useful for sport.

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July 10, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Merula Cup

http://www.merula-cup.de [Translated into English]

Country of origin: Germany
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  1
Dimensions: 40mm diameter at rim, 46mm wide at widest part of the body.  39mm Length without stem. 50mm, 61mm, 72mm length stems.
Capacity: 38ml
Stem:  Ring
Measuring Lines: No?
Cost (RRP):  EUR 25,50  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes
Other Details: Comes with a unique “ladder” stem design, allowing you to trim the stem to whichever ring length you want.  Instructions say the cup doesn’t need to fully open to work.  The short body and long stem mean this cup design could be suitable for either a low or high cervix. Made from French Silicone (NuSil).  Standard colours appear to be green, blue, pink, yellow and clear.  A limited edition red and black have also been made.

 

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July 10, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Korui

www.korui.com.br [Translated into English]

Country of origin: Brazil
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “Light”, “Normal” and “Intense”
Dimensions: Light = 41mm diameter, 70mm long including stem (47mm without stem).  Normal = 43mm diameter, 70mm long including stem (49mm without stem).  Intense = 45mm diameter, 70mm long including stem (51mm without stem)
Capacity: (to airholes) light = 25ml, Normal = 29ml, Intense = 34ml
Stem:  Flat narrow tab
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP):  R $82 (Brazilian real)  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Sort of (See below)
Other Details: Similar in design to other cups with flat narrow stems, however this cup does have a few design elements different to other cups, such as the rounded tip on the bottom of the stem and the shape of the ridge around the top of the cup.  Appears to come in a range of colours (blue, orange, green, purple, yellow and deep red)

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July 10, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

XO Flo

Country of origin: USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  1 size
Dimensions: (unknown)
Capacity: 38ml
Stem:  Long thin with bump grips
Measuring Lines: Yes (7.5 & 15ml)
Cost (RRP):  $35USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes
Other Details: Says it has inner support rings to help it pop open easily.  While GladRags is FDA registered for their pads and the Keeper, the XO Flow cup isn’t in their list of registered devices (yet?)

July 8, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Sileu

This brand appears to be buying in cups from the Chinese manufacturers and selling them as different forms of Sileu Cup  (See Rebranding). [Amazon search for “Sileu”].  If you look at the box packaging, they have boxes to tick for the type of cup

The “Sport” design appears to be the narrow flat tab stem design (like “icare” etc.), the “Classic” has the flat wide tab stem, “Soft” is the short stem (“Blossom” etc. design)

The “Tulip” is a hollow tube stem, “Compact” is a collapsable/foldable design and the “Valve” is the “Bassrose” style.

July 8, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , | Leave a comment

Eva

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eva-containing-Ultra-Soft-Menstrual-Sanitizing/dp/B072C36PY1

(Amazon listing for single cup in France)

I have no details on this cup yet, other than it is made in Italy.  The stem appears to be a hollow tube with very pronounced grip lines.

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July 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Easy Life (Skynector)

http://www.skynector.com/en/products-look.aspx?id=116

This is a valve stem cup, although I’m unsure exactly how it works.  I assume it has a ball inside the stem that blocks off the stem to hold the blood in the cup, and the ball would be slid down into the bulb on the base of the stem to allow the blood to drain through the small holes on the side of the bottom of the stem.

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July 8, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Stonesoup Wings

https://stonesoup.in/pages/stonesoup-wings

Country of origin: India
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  3 (Soft, Regular, Tough)
Dimensions:
Capacity:
Stem:  Stemless
Measuring Lines: No?
Cost (RRP):  Rs. 835.00  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes
Other Details: Stemless design.  They also offer a “cup for cup” promotion where you can buy 1 cup for yourself and buy one for a charity.

July 7, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , | Leave a comment

Yuuki Rainbow

Yuuki have brought out “Rainbow” cups – these cups are made with 7 colours of silicone to create a rainbow effect.  Each cup will have a slightly different pattern of these rainbow stripes, making each one unique.

https://www.yuukicup.com/en/eshop/rainbow-line-menstrual-cup-detail-583

July 7, 2017 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

HeaLeanLo

https://healeanlo.en.alibaba.com

They make 3 different designs of cup – 2 are valve stem designs (can be emptied while in place).

(Non-valve design, stem is a mixture of a ball and stick stem)

Small = 65mm long, 42mm diameter.
Large = 67mm long, 45mm diameter,
Capacity = Alibaba listings say 16mls to airholes, 25mls to rim. (unknown which size). AliExpress listing says small = 20mls, Large = 30mls.

(Example AliExpress Listing)


(Valve stem with stopper, opening stopper and squeezing the stem opens the valve to let the contents drain out)

Small = 70mm long without stem (23mm stem), 42mm diameter.
Large = 70mm long without stem (23mm stem), 45mm diameter.
Capacity = Alibaba listings say 25mls (unknown which size). AliExpress listing says small = 20mls, Large = 30mls.

Another listing for the same style cup, but calling it an Aneer brand, lists the diameters as 40mm and 45mm with a 20mm stem, and list the capacity as 28mls for the small and 30mls for the large

— Note, the listing says: “New style drain valve menstrual cup, use until the menstrual is over. you don’t need take it out every few hours,until the menstrual is over,it is very safe and easy to use.”  I assume they mean by this that you can leave it in through your entire period, just emptying it as needed.  THIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA!  Menstrual cups should be worn for no more than 12 hours without being removed, emptied, cleaned and reinserted.

(Example AliExpress Listing)


(Valve stem – squeezing the stem opens the valve to let the contents drain out)

Small = 79mm long including stem (27mm stem), 42mm diameter
Large = 85mm long including stem (30mm stem), 46mm diameter
Capacity = Alibaba listings say 16mls to airholes, 25ml to rim (unknown which size). AliExpress listing says small = 20mls, Large = 30mls.

— Note, the listing says: New style drain valve menstrual cup, use until the menstrual is over. you don’t need take it out every few hours,until the menstrual is over,it is very safe and easy to use.  I assume they mean by this that you can leave it in through your entire period, just emptying it as needed.  THIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA!  Menstrual cups should be worn for no more than 12 hours without being removed, emptied, cleaned and reinserted.

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July 2, 2017 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Review – Casco Cup

I am really sorry I haven’t reviewed this sooner.  I’ve had a challenging couple of months (lets just say) and haven’t been able to get the review done.  Also I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, so I wanted to wear it over 2 periods to test it out more.

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March 2, 2017 Posted by | reviews | , | Leave a comment

Winny Cup

While I said I wasn’t going to individually list rebranded cups any more, I will when one is particularly newsworthy….. and that’s Winny Cup.

winnycup

While the cup itself is nothing unusual – it appears to be yet another rebranding of the short stemmed cups with lines around the top (eg. Blossom Cup, Dutchess Cup, Charlene, Athena, Lola etc. etc. etc.) – There are some points on their website that are worth mentioning (because, you know… I like being a bit snarky sometimes…. maybe it’s because I’ve got my period [I don’t, but according to the articles on the site I’m totally justified to be crazy and angry if I’m on my period, so hey, why not use it as an excuse!]).

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | news, The Cups | | 1 Comment

Casco Cup

casco

http://cascocup.com

Country of origin: USA (FDA registered)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (Small) and “2” (Large)
Dimensions: 1 = 42mm diameter, 70mm long including stem.  2 = 46mm diameter, 70mm long including stem.
Capacity: 1 = 30ml , 2 = 40ml
Stem:  short/Ball
Measuring Lines: Yes (7.5 & 15ml)
Cost (RRP):  $22.99  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Sort of (See below)
Other Details: Comes with a storage container. This cup is sold by the manufacturer (Casco Bay Molding) – who also makes Lincup, Lifecup and Green Cup of Maine).

Casco Cup looks very similar to Lincup, but are different cups.

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November 22, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 3 Comments

Tinka Care

tinkacare
https://www.tinkacare.de  [Translated into English]

Country: Germany
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  1
Dimensions: Unknown
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: Long thick
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP): 29,95 € [Currency Converter]
Been around since:  2016?
Unique design?: Yes  (This cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup)
Other Details: 100 days return policy. Very pronounced ridge design.

November 22, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Uni Cup

unicup

https://www.amazon.com/Uni-Menstrual-hygienic-Technology-know-how/dp/B01FYM7O20

Country: Korea
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  2  (together in the same pack)
Dimensions: Small = 41mm diameter, 48mm long without stem, 24mm stem.  large = 45.5mm diameter, 51mm long without stem, 21mm stem.
Capacity: Small = 20mls.  Large = 30mls
Stem: Long thick
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $27.37  (for 2) [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Fb page started July 2016
Unique design?: Yes  (This cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup)
Other Details:  The pouch it comes with is made from PUL fabric, so since the cups should be stored in a breathable container, it’s not advisible to store the cups in this pouch.

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November 22, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

New Purple LENA

LENA now comes in 3 colours!  The original pink, as well as turquoise and now purple!

It’s no secret that purple is my favourite colour, so since I also love the shape of the LENA cup, there now being purple ones makes me very happy!  The turquoise is really lovely too.

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My camera doesn’t really show the purple it as it appears in real-life, and it’s been horrible and overcast for days, so the lighting isn’t great – so in the photos it does look a bit more blue than purple, but it is a very lovely lavender colour.

The official photos show it accurately

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While the colours are pastel shades, they have a very vibrant look – with a lot of colour.  They are translucent not opaque, with a lot more depth of colour than some of the other translucent coloured cups.

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As with the original, the boxes are 100% recycled and are printed with vegetable-based inks!

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October 18, 2016 Posted by | news, The Cups | | Leave a comment

TGA and Menstrual Cups in Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration – the TGA –  is the governing body for Australia that has a similar role to the FDA in the USA.  Menstrual cups are regulated by the TGA, and must be registered before they can legally be sold in Australia (the same way cups must be registered with the FDA to be legally sold in or to the USA)

“Menstrual cups are therapeutic devices and need to be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before being sold in Australia. The TGA regulates menstrual cups as ‘Other Therapeutic Goods’.” 

Cups that are purchased from overseas sources for your own personal use, do not need to be registered with the TGA, as it is legal to import an unregistered item (that is not prohibited) for your own use.  However it is not legal to sell a menstrual cup in Australia unless it is registered with the TGA.

As of 13th Sept 2016 – the following are the only menstrual cups that appear under a search for “menstrual cups” on the ARTG:


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September 13, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Rebranding?

I wanted to address this issue, as it seems to be relevant in many cases of the newer cup brands that keep popping up, and I wanted to make consumers aware of the possibility of this practice.

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September 13, 2016 Posted by | Cup Related | | Leave a comment

Dans Ma Culotte

dansmacullotte2

http://dansmaculotte.com/en/

Country: France
Composition: Unknown (Just says “not toxic (FDA) / Hypoallergenic”)
Sizes:  2
Dimensions: Small = 39mm diameter, 65mm long.  large = 46mm diameter, 65mm long
Capacity: Small = 19mls.  Large = 30mls
Stem: Long thin
Measuring Lines: (No?)
Cost (RRP): 23 €  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016?
Unique design?: Yes  (This cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup)
Other Details: Appears to be created to resemble a strawberry, with seed-like raised dots on the body of the cup and feaf-like grips on the base.

 

July 16, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Moskito

moskito-prple

http://www.lumunu.de/search/moskito?row=0  [Translated into English]
(Please note this company also sells sex toys, so I have linked directly to the cups)

Country: Germany
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “A”(Small) “B” (large)
Dimensions: S=40mm diameter.  L= 45mm diameter
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: (No?)
Cost (RRP): 13,99 €  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016?
Unique design?: Yes  (This cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup)
Other Details: Comes with a wooden cleaning brush, lubricant and the (gorgeous!) packaging is made from recycled materials Available in clear or a pinkish purple.  Has flat sides with grip on the base, I assume this would make a good grippy base for those who trim the stems off.  The English part of their website doesn’t appear to list the cups, only the German part.

moskito-clear1 moskito-purplemoskito-clear3

 

July 16, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 2 Comments

Puramour / Dream Lover / Inticup / V-cups

paramore

Puramour/Dream Lover | Inticup | v-cups

Country: (Appears to be made in China)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “S”(Small) “L” (large)
Dimensions: S=39mm diameter, 43mm length without stem, 70mm total length (26mm stem).  L= 45mm diameter, 51mm length without stem, 70mm total length (21mm stem)
Capacity: S= 19mls (to airholes?), 23mls (to rim?).  L=25mls (to airholes?), 30mls (to rim?)
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: (No?)
Cost (RRP): $ ??   [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Unique design?: No
Other Details:  We first discovered this brand called “Puramour” or “Dream Lover”, but is now seen as other brands, often found on AliExpress.

 

“Dreamlover”  | Inticup | V-Cups

 

Red Herring has an unboxing video that also talks about the silicone and how it turns white when stretched – https://youtu.be/opH1t26x93M?t=5m50s

 

 

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July 16, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lincup

lintimate

http://us.lintimate.net

Country of origin: Manufactured in the USA (FDA registered)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  1
Dimensions: 42.2mm diameter, 58mm length without stem, 70mm length including stem.
Capacity25.3ml – capacity to airholes, 34ml – capacity to the rim.
Stem: Short thick
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $30 USD
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?:  Yes, sort of (See below)
Other Details:  No measurement information on their website.

 

The manufacturer for this brand also makes Casco Cup and  Green Cup Of Maine.

casamoulding

 

July 16, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , | Leave a comment

Green Cup of Maine

green-cup-maine

http://www.greencupofmaine.com

Country of origin: Manufactured in the US (FDA registered)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  2
Dimensions: Unknown
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem: Short Thick
Measuring Lines: Unknown (no?)
Cost (RRP): $44.99 USD
Been around since: 2016
Unique Design?: Yes  (The manufacturer for this brand also makes Lincup, which looks similar but not the same)
Other Details: Website claims they are the “World’s Best Menstrual Cup” which is a high claim.  No measurement information on their Amazon listing or website.  They are using light to regular flow (small cup) and heavier flow (large cup) as the sizing, rather than any birth or age recommendations.

 

The manufacturer for this brand also makes Casco Cup and Lincup.

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July 16, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 1 Comment

Silja

silja

http://www.silja-cup.com

These appear to be officially approved silicone versions of the MeLuna cups (MeLuna cups are made from TPE). Currently only available in a limited range (compared to MeLuna’s large variety). The Ring, Ball, Stick and stemless options, only in clear, and not in the “shorty” length.

Country of origin: Germany
Composition: Medical grade Silicone
Sizes: “1” (small), “2” (medium), “3” (large) and “4” (Extra Large)
Dimensions & Capacity (taken from MeLuna measurements):
1=38mm diameter, 45mm long without stem. 15mls to airholes, 23ml to rim.
2 = 41mm diameter, 48mm long without stem. 20mls to airholes, 28ml to rim.
3 = 44mm diameter, 51mm long without stem. 24mls to airholes, 34ml to rim.
4 = 47mm diameter, 56mm long without stem. 30mls to airholes, 42mls to rim.
Stem: “Stem” (cross between a flat tab and a rounded thick stem), ball, ring or basic (no stem)
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 21.00 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016?
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July 15, 2016 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miss Cup

misscup-france

https://www.facebook.com/Misscup-153116121763341/

Country: France
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  2
Dimensions: Small = 41mm diameter, 47mm long without stem (22mm stem).  large = 46mm diameter, 54mm long without stem (16mm stem)
Capacity: Small = 22mls to airholes, 25mls to rim.  Large = 30mls to airholes 35mls to rim
Stem: Long Thick (Hollow?)
Measuring Lines: (No?)
Cost (RRP):   [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2016?
Unique design?: Sort of (This exact cup design has not been seen in other brands of cup, but it closely resembles other brands [such as Lybera])
Other Details: Appears to have MissCup branding along the bottom of the cup.  I couldn’t find a website, only a facebook page.

July 15, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Purposefull

purposefull

Country of origin: Unknown (Assume China)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  “S” (Small) “L” (large)
Dimensions: S = 40mm diameter. 70mm length total, 25mm stem. L = 45mm diameter. 70mm length in total, 20mm stem.
Capacity: S=25mls, L=30mls
Stem: Long thick solid
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): £8.99  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: June 2015
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Looks to be a rebranding of other similar cups

July 15, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment