Anigan (EvaCup) posted a couple of comments to different posts here, which I didn’t publish to the blog because some of them weren’t in relevant areas, but I’ll repost what they said here (which makes it more visible to everyone anyway).
I invite Anigan to make more comments to this post if they wish.
“First of all thank you for your interests in reviewing EvaCup. We would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to everyone that EVACUP IS NOT A KNOCK OFF. We designed, developed and patented EvaCup in the US and we’re manufacturing EvaCup in the US as well.
We are a company that specialize in menstrual products and try our best to make HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS with AFFORDABLE PRICES for women of all classes. Our quality isn’t any less than more expensive brands. EvaCup is made in a FDA registered facility as well.
We do have issues with China copying our cups and have been taking legal actions against them. They stole our design and sold the cups on Alibaba. We hired a China lawyer and international lawyer to fight them. After receiving warning letters from our lawyers, China manufactures slightly changed the cup design and continue to sell on Alibaba. We are still fighting against them but the Chinese government is not taking copyright and infringement as serious as western countries, so it’s a long journey for us.
We encourage you not to buy China made cups as their safety and quality are in question (Through our further investigations we discovered that they falsely claimed their materials. They are in fact not using medical grade silicone).
The following cups that have design like EvaCup you see on market are all the same China made cups with private labels.
– Blossom Cup
– Femma Cup
– Charlene Cup
Check out our website and Facebook for more info about EvaCup. We launched EvaCup in August 2014.
“It has come to our attention that even after we hired several lawyers including a patent lawyer for international, and specifically for China and the USA, we are still being targeted for design and rebranding.
While we find it very flattering, we began our company to offer a SAFE, well made product that was both environmentally friendly and affordable. We spend and continue to spend a great amount of time and money for testing to give you a product that uses certified and safe materials in an FDA registered facility. The materials “they” use may NOT be safe for use inside your body, as well is their colors and pigments.
We don’t want to name names, but we have had our lawyers contact counterfeit sellers and hope that they comply with NZ government. You may still find them listed on selling platforms however, “Currently Unavailable” will be shown when trying to purchase them. It’s a long process to fight infringement as some governments don’t take it as serious as western countries. Some counterfeit sellers slip through the cracks or haven’t complied yet.
As we continue to fight off the infringements, please bear with us and look for our trademark to be sure you are purchasing a product that has been tested safe.
***We are currently pending our US patent and have recently added our EvaCup logo to our mold so that YOU know you’re getting a product that you can trust!***“
I’d like to point out that I’ve never accused EvaCup as being a copy/rebranding, I have simply listed here all the brands of cup have the same design (which is an “Aneer” and a no longer available “Cerene” brand), in the interests of sharing information.
There are a few questions I’d like to bring up though….
Firstly with the safety of cheap Chinese cups – this is something that quite a few people are interested in, so we would love to have any insight Anigan can give about why some of these cups may be very cheap, and what leads them to believe they aren’t medical grade silicone. What have you seen that makes you believe they aren’t medical grade silicone?
On the cup design and other “copies”….. EvaCup looks like this:
Which has a distinctive grid-like pattern of lines around the base of the cup, with a short thick stem with grip lines and smooth “ridge” area near the rim of the cup – and the same design has been seen being sold on places like AliExpress with the name “Aneer” as well as with no brand name, and was being sold as a “Cerene” but that brand renamed to “Continuon” and sells iCare cups now.
The brands that Anigan mentioned, Dutchess, Blossom, Femma and Charlene (Also Cup’ax and Playtamx, which weren’t mentioned but are the same design too) are different designs of cup to the EvaCup though. Those all look like this:
Having short thin stems (with no grip lines), rings of grip around the base and rings around the “ridge” part near the rim of the cup.
So I invite Anigan to discuss how those brands are selling cups that are the same as EvaCup?
While clearly some (if not all) of those brands are rebrandings and it is unclear who the original was – To me, saying those brands are a copy of the EvaCup would be like saying that the EvaCup is a copy of a Diva…. both have similarities and differences. Afterall, most cups available today are very similar in design elements to other cups – mostly with slight changes to the stem design and “ridge” area.
Also, EvaCup website says “EvaCup is made in a FDA registered facility as well.” – Since EvaCup itself is not a registered device with the FDA, and Anigan is not a registered establishment – is it possible to disclose which FDA registered facility is manufacturing the cup? I also notice that there is no 510(k) Premarket Notification lodged for the EvaCup. I invite Anigan to discuss this with us also.
Now… this isn’t intended to be any accusations of any brands doing the wrong thing. This is just an observation that there are several cups that that look quite similar (if not exactly the same) to other cups. So it is mentioned here with the intention to help clear up any confusion for consumers and provide as much information on cup brands as possible.
I would also like to make consumers aware of the possibility of many of these brands being a “rebranding” – where cups can be purchased for as little as 45c each, and then resold as the new brand name for $20-$30. Click here to see my article on this.
For example here are some listings for the short stem cups that are popular at the moment. One you can buy for $1.45 each (individually), the other as little as 50c each (in bulk):
Which appear to be the same design cups as these “branded” cups that retail at anything from about $10-$30
There are also a lot of these tab stemmed cups on AliExpress for between 45c each (in bulk) or $1.55 individually…
Which appear to be the same basic design as brands like these (you can see the Luno and iCare even have similar box art)
So in the interest of fairness and transparency – and to make sure people have the full information, I’m listing those cups that appear to have very similar (if not the same) design. So you can make your own determination about which cups you may like to purchase. For more information on the issue of Rebranding – see my article on that here.
There may be a few reasons that cups may look similar or identical to another brand. These could be:
- Re-branding – Where a business may be buying cups from the same supplier as other businesses do and package them with their own brand name. In some cases they may have the packaging made for them as well (many of the AliExpress and Alibaba listings say they will provide packaging on request)
- Sharing/Selling Designs – Where one cup business has sold or given the rights to reproduce their cup design, so that another business can sell the same cups with the original creators permission.
- Copying/stealing designs – Where a business makes an copy (or perhaps a slight variation) of a brand of cup, without the permission of the original designer.
If you want to make sure you are getting a cup that is an “original” rather than a copy, look to see when the brand was established, and look to see how their overall website/business appearance is. If you’re wanting a cheaper price, then I suggest shopping around – but making sure you look at the listings well to make sure you know what you are getting (cheaper isn’t always better).
Similar looking brands
This is a list of cup brands that have the same specific features and appear to be almost identical. This is not meant to imply 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.
(If you want a listing of all the known cup brands by stem type – look at the MASTER LIST here)
Diameter 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.
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:
- “Aneer” – [Aliexpress Listing] (Smooth stem)
- Athena – [Amazon listing] 42/45mm diameter (Grip stem)
- Ava Loona – [Amazon Listing] (Smooth stem)
- Blossom Cup – [Amazon listing] 42/45mm diameter (Smooth stem) & (Grip stem)
- Easy Cups – [Website] (Grip stem)
- Charlene – [Amazon Listing] 41/46mm diameter (Smooth stem)
- Cup’ax – [Cup’ax website] (Smooth stem)
- Diamond Cup – [Diamond Cup Website] (Grip stem)
- Dutchess Cup – [Amazon review] 42/47mm diameter (unknown stem)
- Femma’s Cup – [Amazon Listing] (Smooth stem)
- Femme Essentials – [Amazon Listing] (Smooth stem)
- Lola Cup – [Amazon Listing] (Grip stem)
- Luna Cup – [Amazon Listing] (Grip stem)
- Playtamx – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter (Smooth stem) & (Grip stem)
- Sileu – [Amazon Listing] (Grip stem)
- Sure Cycle – [Amazon listing] (Smooth stem)
- The Flower Pot – [Website] (Smooth stem)
- Vida Cup – [Amazon Listing] (Grip stem)
- Vubino – [Website] (Grip stem)
- (as well as other cheap un-branded cups on AliExpress)
Grip Stem Cups: Athena | Easy Cups| Lola Cup | Vida Cup
Short thick stems
Cups that feature grid-like grip lines around the base of the cup with shorter thick stems that have grip rings:
- “Aneer” – [Aliexpress Listing] 44/47mm diameter
- Ava Loona – [Amazon Listing]
- Cerene – [(Sold out) Amazon Listing]
- Eva Cup – [Eva Cup Website] 42/45mm diameter (Claims to be the original)
- Happy Girl – [Happy Girl Listing]
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:
- ALX – [ALX Website] 43/47mm diameter 82/85mm length with stem
- Aneer – [Aliexpress listing] – 40/45 or 42/46 or 43/46mm diameter. 70/70 or 85/85 length with stem *
- Biointimo – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter 70/70mm length with stem
- Continuon – [Amazon listing] – Packaging says “iCare” (previously sold as “Cerene”)
- Cupissima [Website]
- Cuplette [Website]
- Femcup – [Femcup site] 42/46mm diameter 67/71mm length with stem
- Gyn Cup – [Gyn Cup website] 40/45mm diameter 78/85mm length with stem
- IB (Improving Birth) Cup – [IB website] 40/45mm diameter 75/85mm length with stem
- iCare – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter 78/85mm length with stem
- iClean – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter 70/70mm length with stem
- Intimate Rose – [Intimate Rose Website] 40/45 diameter 83/85mm length with stem
- Lil Cup – [Lil Cup site] 43/47mm diameter 82/82mm length with stem
- Luno – [Luno site] 40/45mm diameter 78/85mm length with stem
- Sileu – [Amazon Listing]
- Well Done – [Amazon listing]
- Also countless Cheap Unnamed brands
* different sources give different measurements for this cup brand.
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:
- Aphrodite – [Aliexpress Listing] Small = 40mm diameter, 70mm total length.
- Eve Cup (Femfulness – old design) – [Eve Cup Website] 40/46mm diameter 65/66mm length with stem
- La Luna – [LaLuna site] 41/46mm diameter 72/72mm length with stem
- Melody Susie – [Melody Susie site] 35/38mm diameter 73/69mm length with stem
- Also countless Cheap Unnamed brands
Wide Flat Tab stems
Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, sometimes with low profile ridge (usually only on the small size) and sometimes without.
Brands of cup that appear to be this same design:
- ComfyCup – [Amazon listing]
- Crystal Cup – [Amazon listing]
- Daisy Cup – [Amazon Listing]
- Female Cup – [Femalecup Site] 40/45mm diameter
- Femicup – [Femicup site] 41/46mm diameter
- Ivita – [Aliexpress listing] 40/45mm diameter (non-frosted look)
- Leasen – [Amazon Listing]
- LuxuryBody – [Amazon Listing] 40/45mm diameter
- MiaLuna – [MiaLuna site] 40/45mm diameter
- Monicup – [Amazon Listing] (non-frosted look)
- Natural mama – [Natural mama site] 44mm diameter
- Pixie Cup – [Amazon Listing]
- Pretty Woman – [Amazon listing]
- Unnamed brands
Solid long thick stems
These cups resemble the Yuuki brand of cup
- Girlies Cup – [Girlies Website]
- Purposeful – [Amazon Listing]
- Xabian – [Amazon Listing]
- Unnamed Brands Here and Here
Spiral grip line on the stem, both made in Italy, with same measurements and are available in the same clear or pink colour. I have heard that this is the same cup, just given different names when being sold online or in stores.
Cups that have a long “stick” stem with bumps on it
- Liberty Cup – [Liberty listing] – seems to have “Natu” on it, so a rebranding.
- Natu – [Natu site] – 42/47mm. has “Natu” embossed on it.
Cups that have a long “stick” stem with grip lines on it (unlike the “bumps” of the above cups)
- Amulette – [Amulette site] 40/45mm diameter
- BeCup – [BeCup site]
- Claricup – [Claricup listing] – 38.5/46mm diameter. In blue colour
- Si-bell – [Si-Bell site] 41/47mm (the “original”)
Cups that have a long thin stem, with “Flower” like grip design on the base
Cups that are “collapsible” (being able to fold up into a compact form for storage).
Country of origin: USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: 2 (“Small” and “Large”)
Dimensions: S=42mm diameter, 62mm total length, 12mm stem. L=45mm diameter, 69mm total length, 12mm stem.
Capacity: S=25ml and L=30ml
Stem: Solid Short
Measuring Lines: 7.5ml and 15ml
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD
Guarantee: Satisfaction Guarantee
Been around since: Unknown (2014?)
Unique Design?: (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand but appears to have been copied by other brands)
Other Details: Available in a range of colours. Also manufactures “Period panties” (which appear to be underpants with a leak-proof layer sewn in, and have been sold since at least 2012), steralising cups and gift packs.