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.
The cups they seem to manufacture are these:
Short stemmed cup with a series of small grip lines just under the rim
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, Playtamx, Sure Cycle, Vida Cup.
Long tab stemmed cup
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).
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.
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).
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?
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?
There are a few “branded” (named) cups available, but who don’t give enough information for me to give them a page of their own. Some of the links to them may no longer be available when they sell out of that listing. But you can always do a search based on the name.
So until I get more information on them, I’m putting them all here on the same page. Please note that some of these cups appear to be suspiciously similar to other cups available. See Similar/Rebranded Cups.
“Unique” and “Original” Brands
These brands are either the first or the only cups to feature their particular style features.
- Carrefour (Fairly Unique Design -Wide flat tab, but opaque)
- Smartcup (Unique Design – Long solid thick stem – different flower/butterfly/leaf designs on the side)
Suspected “Rebranded” and “Copied” Brands
These brands appear to have taken significant design elements from “original” brands (eg it would be difficult to tell them apart by looking at them), and/or have multiple other brands all sharing what appears to be the same design (eg they appear to be the same design given different brand names).
- Flat Narrow Tab Stems
- Flat Wide Tab Stems
- Hollow Stem Cups
- Vijay Cup (Collapsible)
- Long Thick (solid) Stems
- Long Thin Stem Cups
- Short Thick Stems
- Short Thin Stems
- Other Stems
Ava Loona | Ava Loona | Carrefour | Crystal Cup
ConsciousBotanics | Continuon | Cupissima | Easy Cups
Easy Cup | Easy Cups | Dream Lover | Femme Essentials |
LMR | Leasen | Lis Cup | Lola Cup
MCup | Pixie Cup | Pretty Woman
Sileu #1 & #2 | Smart Cup #1 | Smart Cup #2
Vida Cup | Vijay Cup | Welldone | Xabian
The “Continuon” listing was previously was calling them a “Cerene”, but photos in the reviews of people who bought a “Cerene” cup clearly shows “iCare” brand packaging.