Claricup – Review
I got one of each size, plus the “Clarigyna” – which is a washing solution for my “intimate parts” (tee hee), and can be used to wash the cups.
The cups come with multilingual instruction sheet and a black plastic storage box
Interestingly, the instruction sheet says that the Claricup is “the only menstrual cup made of biocompatible ANTI-MICROBIAL medical grade silicone.” (their bolding) – So I’m not sure what makes theirs antimicrobial (supposedly the addition of silver). The instructions are more detailed than some of the other cups instructions which is good, but it basically covers all the usual things.
Now I just want to point out that (sadly) this cup is NOT purple, as it will appear to be in most of the photos. The flash in the photos makes it look purple, but it is definitely a blue colour. It is a very dark (unusual colour) blue, and does have a purple hint to it, but this colour below is what the colour looks like.
The black storage containers are a cool addition
Claricup softness/squishyness compared with a Sckoon
The holes aren’t drilled through well, I do have to say… In the large size some of them look a bit messy on the outside. The small cup some of the silicone around the holes on the inside is poking out into the cup (which is what is appearing white in the photos).
And interestingly, in the instructions, the second note in the “precautions for use” section says to “make sure the 4 perforations an the top of your Claricup are correctly pierced“. I’ve never seen a cup company list that before, so obviously it’s a known defect with this brand. It doesn’t bother me, as the holes are drilled through, just not as neatly as other cups.
Using the cup
Now I do frequently say that my favourite stem type is a flat tab (Lunette style), and I don’t tend to like any other stem type….. well I have now found a stem type that I like even more than the flat tab!!!
The stem on these is BRILLIANT!
My main issues with the thin “stick” kind of stems I’ve tried with the Juju and Sckoon are that they are stretchy, so when you go to pull the cup down the cup tends to stay put and you’re stretching the stem, and they are slippery. This stem is not too stretchy, so works well to pull the cup down, and it has really good grip. So I find it has just as much grip as a tab stem, but is even more comfortable to wear. I could not feel this stem at all. A great stem design!
The cup itself I like the shape of. No “ridge”. The silicone has that soft “peach skin” type feeling, it’s a nice soft (“squishy”) silicone. No writing on it anywhere, so that makes cleaning easier.
The colour is interesting. It’s not what I would choose, and at first I thought it was a bit unappealing, but it has grown on me and now I find it quite pretty. There are too many pink and very “girly” coloured cups, so in a way I think it is nice to have a cup that isn’t so pink and girly. Especially since there are people who menstruate who don’t identify as female. I’m sure there are a lot of people who appreciate cups that aren’t pastel colours.
This cycle I’ve had 4 cups to test out, so unfortunately I haven’t been able to wear the cup for very long to give it a proper test. Over the coming months I will try it out more, and update this review if needed.
I tried both the large and small cups. I wore the large cup for a few hours during the day. I found it opened up ok, I just needed to press against the vaginal wall a bit to give it room to open (as I usually have to do with the softer cups). I did have a slight amount of leakage (just a little spotting), and the cup had not got very full, but maybe that was just a once off issue, I also had another cup I was testing that leaked that day when it hadn’t when testing it the previous day.
The small opened up fine. I wore the small one overnight on a lighter flow day, and had no leakage overnight (the cup didn’t get very full though).
I’ve been using the “Clarigyna” wash to clean the cups before and after use. Other than being a little too liquid (so if you store it so it’s standing on the cap, it can leak a little), I have found it good – no irritations or anything. I’ve even put a little into one of those little fish shaped bottles you get soy sauce in, so I can take some with me if I’m camping or out.
To be honest, I got this cup mostly so that I could review it and see if it was like the Si-Bell, I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed with it as I am – given how I usually prefer the tab stems. I really like the stem, I do actually like the colour and I find it is nice and comfortable and easy to clean. While it doesn’t come with a pouch, it does come with a storage container (that can also be used for soaking/steralising), which is really useful.
I think I would have to put this cup up there in my top favourite cups!