Menstrual Cups

Review – Menstro Cup & Blossom Cup

I’m sorry I’ve not posted this sooner, I’ve been really busy.    I was given the small and large Menstro Cups and Blossom Cups to try out.

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

Shenzhen Zhida Xintai Technology Co.

There is a company on AliExpress (http://zdkjsy.en.alibaba.com) who sell a lot of different designs of menstrual cup.  These same designs are some of the ones we see commonly thought to be “rebrandings” (where someone buys a cup and sells it under a different name).  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is because this company are selling the cups for as little as 50c per cup…. whereas cups that appear to be identical and renamed to something else, are being sold for up to $30 each.   So if you are going to buy one of these cups, it would be a lot cheaper to buy from what appears to be the manufacturer.

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The cups they seem to manufacture are these:

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Short stemmed cup with a series of small grip lines just under the rim

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Sold for as little as 50c each, cups with these same design features are being sold under the brand names: “Aneer”, Athena, Blossom Cup, Easy Cups, Charlene, Cup’ax, Dutchess Cup, Femma’s Cup, PlaytamxSure Cycle, Vida Cup.

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Long tab stemmed cup

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Sold for as little as 45c each. There are quite a few brands selling cups with this stem type and same general look, although it is difficult to know which brands may be selling these cups, as the iCare cup (made by Rockbrook) is also very similar in design (really just slight differences in measurements).  Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of different measurements given for cups like this that look to be the same cup – so it’s difficult to tell which are the same.  See my Similar/Rebranded page for a list of cups with this design and their measurements (if known).

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Other Cups

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They also sell the “Bassrose” valve stem cup, and a cup I haven’t seen around much, (which I’m calling the “Embossed heart cup” for the time being), and never given a brand name, which seems to have a thicker solid rounded stem, with a heart shape design on the side of the cup.

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Some of the listings for this company are for bulk (100 cups minimum order), specifically talking about selling them on Amazon and they state that they can provide the boxes for you.  Some pictures also definitely show the Smart Cup packaging and what appears to be the Dutchess Cup packaging (picture below shows a screenshot of the listing that shows bulk packaging with the Smart cup and Dutchess Cup boxes added to show they look to be the same boxes).

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One concern is that the listings for the cups say they are medical grade or food grade, and imply they are FDA approved.  I don’t know if the mention of food-grade silicone is because they use the same materials list for all their silicone products and don’t change it to medical grade for the cup listings (their cup listings claim it’s medical grade in the text).  Or if people can choose to have their bulk lot of cups made in a cheaper foodgrade silicone?

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I would also like to point out that the FDA told me there is no such thing as FDA approved silicone….. and that it is an offense to make misleading statements that would imply your menstrual cups have FDA approval when they don’t (as putting an FDA logo onto pictures of the cups would do, and showing certificates that imply they are giving FDA approval).  So I’m not sure about how accurate a statement on FDA approval on silicone is (See my article on the FDA here)

The company details say: “Certificates: FDA/CE/SGS certified company”  – which may mean the *company* has certification with the FDA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the menstrual cups or silicone they use is certified/registered/approved by the FDA.  Only cups that are registered with the FDA are supposed to be sold in or to the US, and as of writing this article, none of the brands listed on this page, nor a company with this name appear in the FDA database for registered businesses or products.

This could explain why a lot of the cups that appear to be rebrandings of this cup, claim to be FDA approved or made from FDA approved silicone.  They may be misinterpreting what the FDA certificates actually mean?

 

November 25, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blossom Cup

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www.blossomcup.com.   Sold on Amazon.

Country of origin: Sold from the USA, likely made in China
Composition: Silicone (Firstly said”food grade” now says “medical grade”)
Sizes:  “S” (Small) “L” (large)
Dimensions: S = 42mm diameter. 52.2mm length without stem, 62.2mm length total. 10mm stem.
L = 45mm diameter. 55.4mm length without stem, 65.4mm length in total. 10mm stem.

Capacity: S=20ml to airholes,  22.5ml to rim. L=25ml to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Stem: Short Thin “Stick”
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Available in colors.  They were running a giveaway where they were selling the cup for $1 each to people (US only) in return for an “honest review” on Amazon.  Originally these cups had a smooth stem, but now they appear to have grip lines on the stem.

 

The shape/design of the cup looks very similar to cups being sold as the Aneer, Cup’ax and Dutchess cups.  See Similar/rebranded cups.  Promotional images looks very similar to these cups being sold in bulk.

Their website claims the cup is FDA approved (which is false).

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Their Amazon listing used to say the cup was made from Food-Grade silicone, but has been changed to say medical grade:

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A Chinese cup manufacturer shows an image of the Blossom Cup pouch and instruction booklet on one of their listings, making it appear that this company is the supplier for the Blossom Cup.

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January 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 3 Comments

Similar or Rebranded Cups

This is a list of cup brands that have the same specific features and appear to be almost identical (it would be difficult to tell them apart if they were side by side). Because there are so many of these new cups available now, I have stopped listing these cups on separate pages and are listing them all here instead.

This is not an accusation that any of these brands are “Copies” or “Rebrandings” – it is merely a comparison to highlight cups which appear to be the same shape and/or design – for research purposes.  I would however like to make consumers aware of the possibility that many of these brands could be a “rebranding” – where cups can be purchased for as little as 45c each, and then resold as the new brand name for anything up to $20-$30.  Click here to see my article on “rebranding”

(If you want a listing of all the known cup brands by stem type – look at the MASTER LIST here)

Measurements (Small/Large) for the brands are also given when known, for easier comparison.  The slight (eg 1mm) difference between some brands that otherwise seem identical may be due to measuring errors or rounding up/down (eg a 41.5mm measurement may be rounded up or down by the brand/manufacturer), or may show the cup is actually a different size to another – I don’t know.

Click the stem style to search by stem.
Collapsible |Flat narrow | Flat Wide | Hollow | Long Thick | Long Thin | Short Thick | Short Thin |Valve


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Collapsable / Foldable Cups

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Cups that are “collapsible” (being able to fold up into a compact form for storage).  The cup pictured is the original “Lily Compact” design, which appears to have been used as inspiration for the other brands.

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Hollow Tube stems

Cups that have a frosted look with a hollow tube stem.

  • Aneer [link]
  • Bodybay [link] 43/46mm diameter, 50/50mm length, 25/30mls capacity
  • FeeCup [Website]
  • My cup / Kiko Cup [Website]
  • Shelcup [link] 42/45mm diameter, 72/76mm length, 20/30mls capacity
  • Sileu – [Amazon Listing]


Bodybay | Feecup | Shelcup | Sileu

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Long thin Stems

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with bumps on it

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with grip lines on it (unlike the “bumps” of the above cups), but otherwise look the same as the above

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Cups that have a long thin stem, with “Flower” like grip design on the base

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Shiny”

Cups with a tab stem that features 3 grip lines and have very “shiny” looking silicone.  Can be clear or opaque.   Often with a slightly bent stem:

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Usual measurements:
Small =40mm diameter, 75mm total length, (25mm stem).  15ml capacity to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Large =45mm diameter, 85mm total length, (25mm stem). 12ml capacity to airholes, 30mls to rim.

* different sources give different measurements for this cup brand.


ALX | Aneer | Cupissima | Gyncup

  
iClean | Intimate Rose | Luno | Sileu

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Frosted”

Cups with a tab stem, usually 3 colours (clear, pink and a “purple” that is pretty much pink) and overall look very similar to each other. Have a more “frosted” or “Matt” appearance (though that may be just how they are photographed?), sometimes with a bent stem:

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Cups with slightly closer together grip lines on the stem


CleoCup | Invisicup | NezBling | Stella

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Short thin stems

Cups that feature short rounded “stick” stems, with rings around the base of the cup and rings around the “ridge” area.  Some brands have a smooth stem, some have a grip rings but look otherwise identical:

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Usual measurements:
Small: 42mm diameter, 52mm long without stem (62mm including stem).  20mls capacity.
Large: 45mm diameter, 55mm long without stem (65mm including stem). 25mls capacity.

Smooth Stem Versions

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Aneer | Ava Loona | Blossom | Dutchess | Charlene

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Cup’ax | Femme Essentials | Skinco | Surecycle

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Grip Stem Versions:
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Athena | Easy Cups| Lola Cup | Vida Cup

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Short thick stems

Cups that feature grid-like grip lines around the base of the cup with shorter thick stems that have grip rings:

Usual measurements:
Small =42mm diameter, 62mm total length, 12mm stem.  25ml capacity
Large =45mm diameter, 69mm total length, 12mm stem. 30ml capacity

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Aneer | Ava Loona | Eva | Happy Girl

 

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Solid long thick stems

These cups resemble the Yuuki brand of cup.  Sometimes with a heart design on the side.

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Girlies | My Cup/Tati |  Xabian

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Wide Flat Tab stems – Frosted

Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, sometimes with low profile ridge (usually only on the small size) and sometimes without.

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Brands of cup that appear to be this same design:

 
Bloody Buddy | Comfy Cup | Crystal Cup | Daisy Cup

Female Cup | Femicup | Leasen | Luxury Body

MiaLuna | My Belle | Pixie Cup | Pretty Woman | Zengina

Wide Flat Tab stems – Clear “shiny”

Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, with a crystal clear silicone (can be coloured or completely clear).

  • Ivita – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter, 64/70mm length, 28/30mls capacity
  • Monicup – [Amazon Listing] 45/47mm diameter, 70/75mm length, 20/25mls capacity
  • San Nap – [Amazon Listing] (3 sizes) 42/46/49mm diameter, 63/68/75mm length, 15/20/30mls
  • Stella – [Listing]
  • Wow Eva/Freedom – [Amazon Listing] 83/84mm length, 15mls capacity

 

Ivita | Monicup | San Nap | Stella | Wow Freedom

 


Valve Stem Cups – Bassrose style

The “Bassrose” design valve stem cups have a hollow stem that opens at the end, allowing the cup to be emptied while still in the vagina.  They use a ball inside to block the opening.  I refer to any other cups that have this same shape as a bassrose rebranding.

  • Sileu – [Amazon] [Bassrose rebranding]
  • Stella – [Listings] [Bassrose rebranding]

Valve Stem Cups – Aiwo style

The “Aiwo” design has a hollow tube stem with a slit inside that opens when you squeeze the stem, allowing it to be emptied while still in the vagina.


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